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If Wishes Had Wheels

3 Local Car Dealers Talk Giving Back—And Which Vehicles They’d Give Their Loved Ones

Michael Faul

General Manager

Mercedes-Benz of North Scottsdale

What do you love most about the holidays?

Life is so stressful and full of uncertainty, and having a special time of the year when we know exactly what to do and how to do it secures a sense of comfort, control, and stability. From blessings at the table, and toasting family and friends, to immersing ourselves in the spirit of the holiday, traditions are priceless and highly anticipated each year with the family.

 

Is there anything you or the dealership are doing to give back over the holidays?

We are currently reaching out to our church to sponsor a family or two. Providing Christmas dinner, gifts for all, and being their extended family. Additionally, we are a Toys for Tots (TFT) huge drop-off center, and everyone here brings in gifts as well for TFT.  We are continuing our commitment to the Jonny Mac Soldiers.

If you could choose the perfect automobile to give someone special for the holidays, which one would that be?

Everyone knows how special a Mercedes-Benz is, but we have a special vehicle that most of us only dream of. Our dealership also has the franchise to Airstream a formidable competitor in the luxury RV business. A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter converted to an RV. Families are making changes in how they travel, and our line-up of luxury RVs is second to none.   

What makes this car special?

It’s a Mercedes!

18530 N. Scottsdale Road, Phoenix; MBofNorthScottsdale.com

Jason Plotke

President

Radical AZ

What do you love most about the holidays?

People pay a little more attention to the things that truly matter, such as family, friends, giving vs. receiving, as well as a priority placed on being with those who matter in your life.

Is there anything you or the dealership are doing to give back over the holidays?

We participate in a number of charity events that coincidentally seem to fall in the holiday season. We donate to many local and national causes.

If you could choose the perfect automobile to give someone special for the holidays, which one would that be?

Well, if you ask us, we are certainly biased towards the Radical product. The Radical SR3 is one of the most successful, and the only production race car in the world. It delivers a level of performance that none have been able to duplicate, and from a driver’s perspective, it is one of the most rewarding driving experiences available, including some of the world’s most expensive sports cars and supercars. 

What makes this car special?

The ability to jump in, even as a novice, and immediately start enjoying the vehicle’s capabilities. You can start modestly and as a full-fledged race car, there are many racing series that will deliver an experience similar to racing, say an Indy car! It's hard to find that with any other vehicle. I often tell prospective buyers that you are the only thing holding the car back from going faster, and once you learn to really drive it hard, you can compete on a local, national, or international level, should you so choose.

9035 E. Pima Center Pkwy., Scottsdale; RadicalAZ.com

Mark Kaiser

General Manager

BMW North Scottsdale

What do you love most about the holidays?

The atmosphere of giving is what I love most about the holidays. This is the one time of year when you can really feel the spirit of giving and the joy that it brings.

Is there anything you or the dealership are doing to give back over the holidays?

We have a program called BMW North Scottsdale Gives Back that allows us to help those in the community who are experiencing financial hardship and need help with service and maintenance on their vehicle. We also participate in the Toys for Tots toy drive and run a food drive for St. Mary’s Food Bank.

If you could choose the perfect automobile to give someone special for the holidays, which one would that be?

Hands-down, that would be the BMW X5! 

What makes this car special?

The X5 is incredibly versatile, luxurious yet sporty, and very spacious! The power of the engine, the awe-inspiring handling, and the look of the X5 is unparalleled. The X5 delivers on all marks and is a real head-turner!

18018 N. Scottsdale Road, Phoenix; BMWNorthScottsdale.com

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