Frank Myers Auto Warns Consumers Of Flood Cars In North Carolina

Around 230,000 vehicles were damaged by Hurricane Sandy’s rain and flood waters in late October. Now the National Dealers Association has warned car dealerships that some of those vehicles have been re-conditioned in order to be sold in other states, including North Carolina.

Tracy Myers, owner of Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston Salem, said he won’t be buying any water-damaged Sandy cars.

“If we get that car we’re not going to sell it. We advise any consumer to never buy a flood car,” Myers said.

If you’re in the market, Myers said there are some things you need to check out on a car to make sure it’s not water-damaged.

For the car’s interior, water lines are often hard to get rid of, and may still be visible even with repeated washing.

In the trunk, detailers often miss the spare tire well, which can become rusted if a heavy amount of water is in the trunk.

Under the hood, untreated bolts and screws will also show rust, despite a dealer’s best efforts. All of these examples should be red flags, Myers said.

Then there are the things you can’t see.

Robert Thomas, Director of Service at Frank Myers Auto Maxx, said water can damage the car’s on-board computer, which can cause the diagnostic system to malfunction.

“It’s impossible to completely dry a car’s electrical components if it’s been submerged,” Thomas said.

Myers advised all buyers to get a complete vehicle history report, which would disclose if a car had ever been flooded. “All reputable car dealerships will give consumers a complete vehicle history report, such as Auto Check from Experian, for free.”

Failing to disclose damage to a vehicle is a misdemeanor in North Carolina, and it can also leave someone convicted of the offense open to civil action.

Staying On Track In 2013

Happy NEW Year…Almost! 

WOW! How did February get here so soon? It seems as if we just celebrated New Years Eve and now Valentines Day is already upon us. However, it’s still early enough into 2013 to claim this as a “new year” and there’s something invigorating about it. A fresh start. A blank page. The chance to make a change. The opportunity to make this year better than the last. Kind of like the first day of school all over again.

With all the holiday decorations put away, the house feels renewed. Around the dealership, people seem to be on a mission. Everyone has things they want to accomplish and I’m no different.

I’ve got big goals for 2013! One big goal is helping even more people get out of cars they hate this year. Another goal is to be healthier. The older I get, the more I realize the truth to the statement, “Health Is Wealth.” Which didn’t stop me from overindulging this holiday season. So here I go again, the sugar has gone away and fruits and vegetables are here to stay! I’m eating better, even if my attempts at poetry continue to fail.

But enough about me.

What are your goals? I encourage you to figure out what you want to achieve this year and then write down your plans. It’s important to write your goals down so that you won’t forget them.

Make time to review your goals each month so you can keep focused on what you want to get done in 2013. Sadly less than half of people who make goals and resolutions fulfill them. Break the chain and be victorious. Make sure that you’ve set goals that motivate you. Don’t set too many either. Focus on a few things that are the most important to you.

It’s also important not to rush your goal setting. Take the time you need to create goals that mean something to you so that are spending your time achieving things that really matter to you!

One thing that can guarantee your success is to find a way to track your progress, whether that is through a real person or a virtual assistant.

So if you can find a partner to help keep you on track, great! If not, I put together a list of virtual resources for you to make tracking more efficient.

Lifetick.com

Lifetick is web-based software that brings together goal setting and achievement through an intuitive and easy-to-understand process. Like a personal goal trainer, this tool helps you gain perspective, stay on top of tasks, measure performance and manage your goals on the go. Accessible from smartphones, with a mobile Web version. Free trial version. Uses SMART methodology.

ToodleDo

ToodleDo allows you to set multiple goals and associate your tasks with those goals. It’s convenient because you can create an action plan or at least a set of tasks that will help you achieve your goal. Both web version and mobile apps are available.

Joe’s Goals

Joe’s Goals is a free daily goal or habit tracking web tool with a simple and pleasant interface. You can create multiple goals and check off each day you accomplish them. A daily score helps you stay motivated, and you can also share your progress with others. Ease of use and simplicity are this tool’s key strengths.

MyGoalPlanner.com

MyGoalManager.com is a goal planning and organization tool that gives you everything you need to be your most organized and productive, even when mobile. The system helps you maintain better organization, craft detailed action plans, prioritize and more.

43 Things

43 Things is a social goal-making site that helps you create your list of goals, set reminders about your resolutions, and connect with others who have similar goals. The community aspect of 43 Things is what makes it shine: you can get inspiration for new goals and adopt others’ ideas, send and receive “cheers” for supporting resolutions, add comments and progress updates (the site connects to your Facebook account) and more with the free service.

TheCoveyCommunity

The Covey Community is an online community built upon the principles of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s a support system with the sole purpose of helping people achieve the most important things in their lives. Features include a goal wizard, goal-setting programs, daily progress tracking and journals.

Declare-It

Declare-It is an online application that helps you easily create, track and be held accountable for your goals. It focuses on seven different areas of achievement to help you develop better habits and achieve your goals. It includes a built-in accountability system.

GetGoaling

Get Goaling is an online tool to help you set goals, plan actions and make progress. It is simple to set goals and track them to completion with the included goal setting tools and tracking options.

GoalEnforcer

GoalEnforcer is a visual goal planning software that can help you plan, get focused and accomplish goals. You can set and rearrange a goals by dragging and dropping virtual objects. It includes color coding, status reports, and progress chart features for goal tracking.

GoalPro

GoalPro is goal setting software that lets you create, categorize and simplify goals. It includes action processes, performance tracking, reporting and daily journals to help keep you on track.

GoalScape

Goalscape goal setting software provides a unique visual display to help you identify, develop and communicate the key elements of any complex challenge, including overall structure, relative importance, and progress tracking. The tool lets you break down your challenge into manageable parts and track your progress.

GoalsOnTrack

An online goal setting tool to help you create SMART goals, track progress, manage goal-oriented tasks, plan daily activities, keep a journal, review reports and more. Best for anyone looking for a full-featured goal planning/achievement system. Offers a 60 day money back guarantee.

AchievePlanner.com

Achieve Planner is time management and life planning software for Windows that helps you get organized, get focused, and make better use of your time. You can work with multiple projects and goals without feeling overwhelmed, plan your time for maximum productivity, and feel more focused and productive while you work toward your goals.

Goalmigo

Free goal setting and tracking site. Fun source of motivation. Participate in the community. Give and hare some inspiration.

Don’t Break The Chain

Don’t Break The Chain is a simple calendar designed with the Jerry Seinfeld motivation technique in mind. Don’t Break the Chain! has the simplest of interfaces and can be integrated with iGoogle and Google Chrome. Best for completing a single goal in a quick and visual way.

StickK

If you’re the kind of person who really needs more motivation, StickK may be the Web tool for you. The site gives you an option to commit money to the goal. Then if you don’t achieve it, StickK will send your money to a friend, charity, or an organization you don’t like (as a further incentive to make sure you achieve your goal). StickK says that your chances of success when you put actual money on the line increase up to 3X.

Wow, that’s a lot of choices. Perhaps your first goal should be to decide on one of my recommendations. Until next time…

About The Author

Tracy Myers is the owner of Frank Myers Auto Maxx. He is also an award-winning small business marketing & branding solutions specialist, car dealership owner, best-selling author, speaker, business coach and entrepreneur. He is commonly referred to as The Nation’s Premier Automotive Solutions Provider while Best-Selling author and legendary speaker Brian Tracy called him “a visionary… a Walt Disney for a new generation.”

He is also a Certified Master Dealer and was the youngest ever recipient of the National Quality Dealer of the Year award by the NIADA, which is the highest obtainable honor in the used car industry. His car dealership, Frank Myers Auto Maxx, was recently recognized as the number one Small Business in NC by Business Leader Magazine, one of the Top 3 dealerships to work for in the country by The Dealer Business Journal, one of the Top 15 Independent Automotive Retailers in the United States by Auto Dealer Monthly Magazine and one of the fastest growing privately owned small businesses in America by Inc. magazine.

Tracy has been featured in publications such as Forbes, USA Today and Success Magazine, been profiled on The Biography Channel and The History Channel, written for Fast Company, been a guest business correspondent for the FOX News Network plus he’s appeared on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates across the country. His inspirational stories and strategies for success have given him the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Jack Canfield, Zig Ziglar (Author of See You At The Top), James Malinchak (Star of ABC’s The Secret Millionaire), Brian Tracy, Bob Burg (Co-Author of The Go-Giver), Tom Hopkins and Neil Strauss (Author of The Game & Co-Author of The Dirt with Motley Crue)…just to name a few.

Tracy is recognized as one of the top thought-leaders in the business world and has authored or co-authored 7 best-selling books alongside Brian Tracy (Author of Eat That Frog), Jack Canfield (Author of The Secret, Creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series), Tom Hopkins (Author of How To Master The Art Of Selling) and many others, including the breakthrough #1 hit YOU Are The Brand, Stupid!. He was also featured in the Emmy nominated film “Car Men”, which won 5 Telly Awards, and is an Executive Producer of the film “Esperanza”.

As the founder of his own coaching & consulting program, Tracy teaches ambitious professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners how to get noticed, gain instant credibility, make millions and dominate their competition by building their expert brand.

Tracy spends his spare time with charities that are close to his heart and has made his home in Lewisville, NC with his wife Lorna and their two children, Presley and Maddie.

Tracy Myers of Frank Myers Auto Says “Drive The Vote!”

November 6 is next Tuesday and you know what that means! YES, it does mean that you only have a few weeks to bust out best pumpkin pie recipes and best stuffing recipes, although that in and of itself is a very important matter (In fact, I’ll talk turkey on my next post). However, it’s also time to get out and VOTE!

You saw the young people take control of the last election and do it their way with ROCK THE VOTE, now it’s my turn time to DRIVE THE VOTE this November 6.

Although I know that I was ranting and raving about negative campaign ads last month, that won’t keep me from voting! I admit, political ads are pretty annoying and have taken on a life of their own but the issues behind the ads are far too important to ignore.

It’s sad that so many Americans don’t vote in elections. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, turnout by all races and ages was only 64% during the 2008 elections.

Why are only 64% of the population making decisions for 100% of the people? You may think that voting doesn’t matter but ask yourself: if you don’t vote then who is voting? Think about the fact that even if you aren’t voting, someone is and that someone is making decisions for you. There is a LOT riding on this election. Your vote does count and does matter. Don’t give it up.

There was some good news and bad news with regard to voting last election. First the good news: about five million more Americans voted in the 2008 elections than in the elections four years prior to that. Voter turnout was highest in Minnesota and the District of Columbia at about 75%. Now some bad news: voter turnout was lowest in Hawaii and Utah, where just over half of voters went to the polls. At 64% of the people voting, there is one thing that is certain. We KNOW can do better.

So…who do you know that needs help voting? Why not help them make it happen? How about you? Make sure you are registered and know where to vote. More important, go the polls armed with information. Responsible government only comes as a result of responsible voting. You may be tempted to go to the polls only knowing half the story. Take time to educate yourself before election day. You’ll be glad you did when you are staring at the ballot November 6.

Here are a few online resources to help you:

http://www.canivote.org/
Need help with voting–nonpartisan web site created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go and vote.

http://votesmart.org/
Find out who’s running for office before you go to the voting booth at Project Vote Smart Web Site—nonpartisan. Get more information about the candidates where you live.

http://www.ontheissues.org/
On The Issues: Every Political Leader On Every Issue—Find out about the issues that are important to you and your family.

Get your engines running and DRIVE THE VOTE November 6. Tell ’em that I sent you!

About The Author 

Tracy Myers is the owner of Frank Myers Auto Maxx in Winston Salem, NC and is commonly referred to as The Nation’s Premier Automotive Solutions Provider. For more information, visit http://www.TracyMyers.com

Fantastic Fall

Labor Day is here! For me that means the end of summer and the beginning of my favorite season, fall.

September brings good things. Happy things. Fall things.

With the first cool, crisp breeze arrives that feeling of anticipation . . . tailgates, pumpkin patches, tricks and treats and a lot of really delicious things to eat. Ok, that’s my attempt at fall poetry. There’s a reason I’m not a poet.

Ok, back to blogging . . . poetry and car dealers don’t mix.

Fall 2012 is sure to be better with some planning, as is anything in life and of course, we all want our fall to be fantastic, don’t we?

So here’s my . . .

5 Ways To Make Fall 2012 Fantastic!

Idea #1: REVEL IN THE LEAVES

Plan a trip to enjoy the leaves. It would be a shame to wake up on a cold winter morning and realize that you didn’t take the time to savor the beautiful fall foliage while it lasted. Plan a day to drive or fly somewhere breathtaking where fall’s bounty is apparent. You won’t regret it. And if you just can’t get away, there is one small thing you can do to enjoy the leaves in another way, JUMP IN A PILE!

Idea #2: FOOTBALL FUN

For some of you, this suggestion is a complete waste of time because you live and die by the football season. If I’m describing you, skip right to the apples. For the rest of you, why not go to a live football game this year? Root for a team, munch on hot dogs, drink a Coke and travel back to a simpler time. Become a cheering fan in a stadium—local homecoming games are an economical way to enjoy football, or travel back to your alma mater to attend a college game. And if watching football is the last thing you feel like doing, why not get in the action yourself? Organize an impromptu game of touch football in your neighborhood. What a great way to get to know your neighbors!

Idea #3: APPLES A PLENTY

Plan a visit to the Apple Orchard. Apple picking is an ideal way to unwind and unplug from today’s hectic schedules and technology overload. Then enjoy the result of your private harvest for weeks after. Can’t you just smell the home-baked apple pie? Or the cider stewing on the stove?

Idea #4: HALLOWEEN HYSTERIA

Why not organize a Halloween get together this year? Make your house the “spot” that everyone wants to stop! Oh no, back to rhyming. Geesh. Halloween is the ideal time to get creative and wow your friends with a unique Halloween costume. If you come up with a plan now, you won’t fall victim to the “last minute I don’t know what to do or what to dress up as” syndrome. Avoid attending the same lame party this year. Make your bash so much fun that people will talk about it for years to come!

Idea #5: Dixie Classic Fair

Attending the Dixie Classic Fair is a Winston Salem tradition that has been around since 1882. Why break this tradition of family-fun now? Gather the family and head to the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds to enjoy the day riding rides, eating lots of unhealthy food and visiting the petting zoo.

Now that you have a plan to make this fall fantastic, you can enjoy this last weekend of summer!!!

Until next time, I’m Tracy Myers and I’m looking out for YOU!

About The Author

Tracy Myers is an award-winning small business marketing & branding solutions specialist, car dealership owner, best-selling author, speaker and entrepreneur. He is commonly referred to as The Nation’s Premier Automotive Solutions Provider while Best-Selling author and legendary speaker Brian Tracy called him “a visionary…a Walt Disney for a new generation.”

He is also a Certified Master Dealer and was the youngest ever recipient of the National Quality Dealer of the Year award by the NIADA, which is the highest obtainable honor in the used car industry. His car dealership, Frank Myers Auto Maxx, was recently recognized as the number one Small Business in NC by Business Leader Magazine, one of the Top 3 dealerships to work for in the country by The Dealer Business Journal, one of the Top 15 Independent Automotive Retailers in the United States by Auto Dealer Monthly Magazine and one of the fastest growing privately owned small businesses in America by Inc. magazine.

Myers has been featured in USA Today and on The History Channel, written for Fast Company, been a guest business correspondent on FOX News plus he’s appeared on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates across the country. His inspirational stories and strategies for success have given him the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Zig Ziglar, James Malinchak, Brian Tracy, Mike Koenig, Bob Burg and Tom Hopkins…just to name a few. His books have helped people become better consumers as well as inspire industry leaders to become “game changers. They include the #1 Best-Sellers Uncle Frank ‘Sez’ and YOU Are The Brand, Stupid! in addition to Pushing To The Front written with the legendary Brian Tracy, In It To Win It written with Tom Hopkins and The Success Secret written with Jack Canfield. He was also featured in the Telly Award winning film “Car Men”, which was shown on The Biography Channel, and is an Executive Producer of the film “Esperanza”.

As the founder of his own marketing and branding academy, Tracy teaches ambitious business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs how to get noticed, gain instant credibility, make millions and dominate their competition by building their celebrity expert status.

Frank Myers Auto Maxx Featured On Biography Channel Series

Profiles of Success, a new television series of documentaries, will premiere on August 3, 2012 on the Biography Channel and feature Winston Salem, NC entrepreneurs

Orlando, FL – A new television series created by Emmy Award Winning Director and Producer Nick Nanton, and Emmy Award Nominated Producer JW Dicks, called Profiles of Success.

“Profiles of Success” is a series of specials that will air Nationally on The Biography Channel on Friday mornings throughout 2012 and 2013 at 7:30am to help people start their day with success.

The premiere episode will be a documentary produced by CelebrityFilms® titled “Car Men”. It will air Friday, August 3, 2012 at 7:30am.

“Car Men” has won 5 Telly Awards and features two Winston-Salem business owners, Frank and Tracy Myers, detailing their touching and occasionally hilarious story of how the they created a car business known all across America for its successful out-of-the-box thinking. “Car Men” was filmed on location at Frank Myers Auto Maxx and the surrounding Winston-Salem area in the Summer of 2011.

About CelebrityFilms® 

CelebrityFilms™ produces documentaries and television shows about real life businesses, entrepreneurs and experts in their industries. The edutainment productions all tell true stories with real practical information that viewers can learn and benefit from.

“Movies and television that both educate and entertain are unique mediums that let people convey powerful stories and practical lessons to their audience”, says Nick Nanton an Emmy® Award Winning Director and Producer,

Nanton and Emmy Nominated Producer, JW Dicks also produce multiple syndicated television shows including The Brian Tracy Show, Meet the Experts, The Michael E. Gerber Show, World Fitness Elite, Consumer’s Advocate, The New American Dream and Health & Wellness Today.  Their productions have been nominated for 2 Emmy’s, have won 1 Emmy, and they have been awarded 13 Telly Awards for excellence in television and film production.  Combined, they have produced and directed more than 300 television episodes and are currently in production on over a dozen films.

Dicks & Nanton have been seen in USA Today, The Wall St. Journal, Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, Entrepreneur® Magazine, FastCompany.com and have appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX television affiliates around the country, as well as on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and CNBC, speaking on subjects ranging from branding, marketing and law, to American Idol.