Ticket drawing, a tent, trades and more


Starting Friday, Sept. 29, Button Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is having a First Responder Appreciation Day taking place from noon until 2 p.m. This event is all based around the raffle of a 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat. Button CJDR teamed up with the FOP, Fraternal Order of Police, to benefit the family of fallen officer Deputy Carl Koontz.

“After the cost of the vehicle, the proceeds are going towards Deputy Carl Koontz’s family. We had a total of 1,000 tickets and they were all sold out. So, that is the center of the First Responder Appreciation Day,” said Button CJDR General Sales Manager, Travis Patton.

The raffle is taking place at 2 p.m. where the community is invited to attend or watch the drawing live on Facebook via the Button CJDR page. There will be plenty of food and drinks for everyone to enjoy and first responders will get to eat for free. Additionally, WWKI will be broadcasting live.

“It is a really neat event, giving us the opportunity to help Deputy Carl Koontz’s family. Plus, we get to do something good for first responders who do good things for us all the time,” said Button CJDR Sales and Leasing Consultant, Matt Jones.

Patton wants to make sure that the community knows that Button CJDR appreciates the warmth and support of Howard County and the surrounding areas.

“We appreciate all the support we have received for the First Responder Appreciation Day. We have gotten a lot of Facebook sharing from the community to help spread the word. All the proceeds will go toward Deputy Koontz, so that is an awesome thing. It really gives us a good feeling in our hearts to be able to give back to his family and the community. Thank you, everyone who helped get the word out and all who bought tickets,” he said.

Tying into the First Responder Appreciation Day, Button CJDR is going to have some leasing specials for that day only. There will be a 2017 RAM Big Horn Crew Cab, 4-wheel drive on special for as low as $299 per month. This special is with approved credit and other rules. Customers are encouraged to see the dealer for details.

 “This particular RAM is phenomenal because that is a $49,000 truck for under $300 a month, which is a hard price to beat. These trucks have a HEMI on them, which makes it almost like a hotrod with a bed in the back and 4-wheel drive,” Jones added.

Patton said, “We also have a special with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited for $360 down and $360 a month for 24 months. Just a couple specials we are having for the First Responder event only, but everyone is welcome to come out for a good time and a good cause.”

Button CJDR is going to continue to have the tent until Monday. There are many deals available and virtually everything on the lot is going to be on special.

“Anyone who knows anything about the car business knows that there is a big push at the end of the month to close out business for the month,” said Patton.

Dealerships have quotas to meet each month and these goals and deadlines can create unique opportunities that customers can take advantage of.

“We are going to be making deals we wouldn’t normally make,” said Patton. He continued with a laugh, “Deals that would probably make the general manager cringe a little bit, but that’s okay.”

This is what makes a tent event is different from just a regular dealership or factory sale.

“Typically, when you have a tent event, you know the deals are really good. There are going to be deals in or around the tent. There will be shelter with the tent, food, drinks, music and of course crazy deals all weekend. We are closing the month and we are going to make deals we wouldn’t normally have,” added Patton.

Anyone who has given thought at all about trading or dreams of a new car, now is the time. Button CJDR is also looking for cars for their inventory. They’ve had great success the last few months with used car sales, so with that they have depleted their inventory.

A big part of having a tent event is buying, selling and trading inventory, but there is more to it than that.

Jones said, “The biggest thing is, we are actually trying to build a group of loyal, lifetime customers here at Button. We love to give exceptional service to all of both new and lifetime customers, meet their needs and put them first.”

”We’re looking to buy local trades this weekend. We could go to the auction, but we would rather buy from local people because likely the vehicle has been serviced here locally and we know that it has been well-taken care of,” said Patton.

If you haven’t had your car professionally appraised, Button CJDR is doing that as well. Kelly Blue Book will be at the dealership to help do appraisals for instant cash offers. There is also no obligation to buy or sell if all you are looking for is an appraisal.

Button CJDR is willing to accommodate their hours to suit customers who may not work traditional hours in order to meet the demand and to move inventory.

“Monday is going to be a later night than normal. We’d normally like to close the doors at 7 p.m. so our employees can go home and be with their families, but we have goals to beat,” said Patton. He continued, “Last call is at 7 p.m., so be sure to get in an appointment. We are open all evening on Monday. We are flexible and we can work around your schedule if you work all day or second shift.”

Jones is thrilled to get the members of the community out for this special occasion.

He said, “Come out and enjoy the festivities. We are having many specials all weekend and everyone is invited to come out and test drive some vehicles. If you like what you see then put a Button Dodge in your garage!”

Button CJDR is located at 1220 E. Boulevard in Kokomo. For more information, please call 765-457-1189 or visit www.buttondodge.com. Button CJDR can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.


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