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It’s Cruzing Seazon: Presenting The Southern Cruzers 30th Annual Summer Spectacular!

Bring your summer to a close the right way at the 30th Annual Southern Cruzers Summer Spectacular! On Saturday, August 25th, the Dakota County Fair Grounds will be dressed in pure class. Rows of freshly shined show cars of all makes, models, and years will be there. If you have a vehicle parked in your garage that has just been waiting to be shown off, the time has come!

The Southern Cruzers had a 16-year tradition of what they called the “Friday Night Cruise & Saturday Car Show” during Lakeville’s Pan-O-Prog Parade. The “Cruise” became so popular, (drawing in twice the amount spectators the parade was used to) that they had to move locations. In 2005, the “Friday Night Cruise” officially pitched its tent south of the river, promptly changing its name to the “Summer Spectacular.” The Southern Cruzers got together to discuss ideas on how to make this event one of the best! They settled on 3 main elements: A Car Show, Business/Shopping Expo & Swap Meet with a lot of food and fellowship.

The Summer Spectacular was created to run based on what you want! So forget about long lines, excessive registration forms, and dirt roads that cloud your fresh coat of paint. Count on parking on grass next to your friends, voting for Best of Show trophy winners, and participating in (or spectating) limitless entertainment activities.

This is a charity event, rain or shine. Over $104,000 has been donated to local charities since 2005! We are proud to be sponsoring this event, and can’t wait to be a part of another community get-together! So roll down your windows and cruise over to the Dakota County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 25th. You might even see some Apple Autos vehicles there!

 

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When Shelby Met Ford: Don’t Miss the All Makes & Models Show this August!

You may remember these familiar faces! Mike and Carol Ackerman have been some of our most loyal Apple Autos customers throughout the years. But what makes them especially stand out? Their shared passion for Ford vehicles–in particular, Mustangs! The Ackerman’s have played a huge role in putting on the All Ford Show every year for the last 20 years. Well, get ready motor heads because this year is no exception! On August 19th, our Apple Ford Shakopee will be decked out in all your favorite Ford models.

This production wouldn’t be possible without people like Mike and Carol, who are avid members of the Upper Midwest Shelby Club. The club is a regional chapter of the National Shelby American Automotive Club (SAAC). The group is dedicated to the care, preservation, history, and enjoyment of world championship cars from Shelby American. No ownership is required for club members, just enthusiasm. We love working with the Ackerman’s and are so thankful for their devotion, hard work, and involvement with Apple Autos!

We hope you join us at the 2018 All Makes and Models Show on Sunday, August 19th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Show car registration is $5, but this isn’t just for Mustang enthusiasts and Ford fanatics. This is a totally unique event, free of cost for all spectators. So shake things up for your next day date by grabbing a quick breakfast and coming down to Apple Ford Shakopee. On behalf of Apple Autos and the Upper Midwest Shelby Club, we hope to see you there!

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Celebrate Good Times: 25 Years of Apple Autos!

On New Years’ Day of 1993, Apple Autos officially opened its doors for business. On a mission to do things different from any other automotive company, we focused our efforts on providing unmatched quality automotive products and service. By putting our best foot forward every day, we would always aim to exceed our customers’ and employee’s expectations, maintaining their loyalty for a lifetime.

Fast forward to today, we haven’t changed a bit! From the end of the Thunderbird era to the development of the Lincoln Black Label, progress has become a part of our daily routine, but our core values and founding beliefs have not budged. We are thrilled to be celebrating 25 years in business this year! Thanks to our valued team and customers, Apple Autos has now reached 5 different locations in Minnesota, the biggest Quick Lane in the world, and has its logo stickered on the back of 1/4th of the new Ford vehicles you see driving around the metro area.

We feel so fortunate to be where we are today. It’s because of the loyalty of our customers and employees that we are able to team up with several organizations while instituting ways to support our community.

We want to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in making Apple Autos so much more than a business. Here’s to another 25!

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Apple Ford Shakopee wins Ford President’s Award!

Celebrations are in order for our Apple Ford Shakopee store! We are incredibly honored and proud to have received the Ford President’s Award. We promise to continue to aim for this standard of uncompromising quality in order best serve our customers, employee’s, and community.

What is the Ford President’s Award?

The Ford Presidents Award is given to dealerships with the highest level of customer service, satisfaction, and overall experience. And our Apple Ford Shakopee store has won the Ford President’s Award 7 times out of the last 10 years!

Why it matters?

There are over 5,000 Ford dealers across the nation, and this level of honor is only awarded to 340 of them.We don’t take this award lightly. Since we started Apple Autos in 1993, it has been our primary mission to meet the needs of our customers and community by serving them according to their best interest.

Come see for yourself why Apple Autos was awarded the Ford President’s Award. Shop for your next vehicle in a stress-free, no pressure environment with team members who genuinely care about finding the best car for you!

 

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The Great County Get-Together just got closer to home

 

It’s almost that time of year! Summer is winding down and our community is celebrating with one last hurrah at The Dakota County Fair, August 6th – 12th.  We are proud to sponsor this event while teaming up with the Twin Cities very own up and coming Vitals Aware Services App.

By connecting with families, non-profit organizations, and first-respondents, the Vitals team gathered that one common challenge for those with special needs is communication. Compelled to help families and caregivers of those with special needs, the team developed a uniquely designed app to bridge the communication gap. They call it the Vitals App.

The Vitals App allows authorized first responders 24/7 access to you or your loved one’s specific needs and information during a time of crisis. With safety as its primary goal, the Vitals App is dedicated to positively impacting the community. Whether it’s reducing the stress of a parent or caregiver, prompting successful encounters, or simply offering peace of mind, the Vitals App is there to help.

And what better place to promote safer communities than the cousin of the Great Minnesota Get-Together? Because believe it or not, before there was Minnesota, there was Dakota County. We are thrilled to be hosting The Vitals App team at our Apple Autos booth this year at the Dakota County Fair! Bringing the community together since 1858, The Dakota County Fair is more than just a Demolition Derby and petting zoo’s, it’s a celebration of our town’s history and progress.

Founded in 1849 by the Dakota tribe of American Indians, Dakota County was one of the original nine counties developed by the Minnesota Territory Legislature. Not long after the tribes had settled, Europeans came and forced Indian tribes further west. From there, Dakota County just kept growing with more and more European settlers. And in May of 1858, Minnesota finally had its place on the map.

We are honored to be sharing in the celebration of our towns history. It’s not every day that our 8 brands and 5 locations come together to meet you where you are. So come stop by the Apple Autos booth and try your chance at $500 for a text-to-win campaign. Plus, meet the faces behind the Vitals App!

See you there!

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Hope Chest for Breast Cancer in the news

Just by getting your oil changed, you can help change a life. Oil Change for Hope is a partnership between Apple Autos and Hope Chest for Breast Cancer where all through the month of May, Apple Autos will donate one dollar from each oil change at one of the five locations to Hope Chest. Hope Chest for Breast Cancer provides the quickest access to help for the most urgent needs of local breast cancer patients and their families, including housing, transportation, utilities, food and child care. Since 2011, Oil Change for Hope has helped raise over $40,000 for those in need, whose stories you can read about here.

Recently, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director, Nancy Pihofer, was interviewed by KSTP on Oil Change for Hope and how the funds raised help Hope Chest continue to impact the lives of those affected by breast cancer. You can watch the full video here.

If you want to be a part of Oil Change for Hope, here is a list of the five Apple Autos locations where you can get your oil changed:

  • Apple Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram:  1684 Weston Court, Shakopee, MN 55379
  • Apple Ford Lincoln Apple Valley:  7200 150thSt W, Apple Valley, MN 55124
  • Apple Ford Shakopee:  1624 Weston Court, Shakopee, MN 55379
  • Apple Chevrolet Buick Northfield:  1600 Cannon Lane, Northfield, MN 55057
  • Apple Used Autos Shakopee:  1400 1st Ave. E. Shakopee, MN 55379
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Girls on the Run Twin Cities

Helping girls find their inner strength at a young age is critical to their development of confidence and success in the future.  Girls on the Run is an organization that strives to provide those opportunities to 3rd – 8th grade girls in the Twin Cities area.  Apple Autos Jana’s Fund is honored to be a partner with GOTR – TC and we recently sponsored the Limitless Potential Luncheon on May 8th.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization passionate about teaching girls their true potential and motivating them to pursue their dreams. The Limitless Potential Luncheon helped them surpass their fundraising goal, by raising over $100,000 to help empower girls throughout the Twin Cities and Rochester.

The event featured keynote speaker, author, and the first female NFL coach Dr. Jen Welter with opening remarks from CaringBridge CEO Liwanag Ojala as well as emcee and Olympic runner Carrie Tollefson. During the event, Dr. Jen Welter talked about how when girls have people who believe in them and opportunities to set and reach goals, anything is possible.

As stated by Mary Uran, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Twin Cities, the funds raised at this event, “will help motivate and inspire more than 5,000 girls in 2018 to not only unleash their confidence through accomplishment, but also grow in their connections and contribution to our local community.” Thank you for making this possible!

Apple Autos will also be at the Girls on the Run Spring 5k that is taking place on June 3. You can learn more about and register for this event here.

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May is Oil Change for Hope Supporting Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

Barbara Hensley lost her two sisters to breast cancer. She saw firsthand the financial hardships that cancer patients face. After meeting other patients and hearing their stories, she had to do something. In 2001 she started Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

Hope Chest doesn’t fund research, it funds the financial needs associated with treatment. It pays the rent, keeps the lights on, puts food in the fridge, pays for childcare, and other needs of breast cancer patients.

Barbara Hensley is an Apple Autos customer, and we became a supporter of her and her cause. Since 2011 we have raised over $38,000 for Hope Chest. Every May we donate $1 for every oil change we do to support Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. Customers have the opportunity to match or round up. This year our goal is to contribute another $10,000 to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

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I Am Thankful for… Grab a Marker and Share on a Vehicle…

What are you thankful for? Grab a neon marker and share your thoughts on the vehicle!

During this season we are reminded of all that we have to be thankful for. Grab a marker and write what you are thankful for on the vehicle located at any one of our 5 locations. Feel free to take a photo and post on social media with #appleautos. We will be posting some of our favorites throughout the month.

It’s Different Here!

 

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Wheels for Wheels Campaign supporting Free Bikes 4 Kids

Wheels for Wheels is an Apple Autos promotion that supports  Free Bikes for Kids (FB4K.org). For every new car Apple Autos sells in November we’ll donate the funds necessary to acquire and recondition a bike to be given away. We’re committed to providing $10,000 so that lots of kids can have a bike this holiday season.

In 2008 Free Bikes for Kids gave away 300 bikes, in 2015 – 5000 bikes, this year – who knows. In the last eight years over 30,000 bikes have rolled through and FB4K is not done yet—their sights are set on other locations throughout the US and the world.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, FB4K organizes thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then  give them away to kids in need.

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