Pohanka Raises Over $17,000 for the American Cancer Society at Annual Golf Tournament

One of the largest and most anticipated charitable events of the year on the Delmarva Peninsula is the annual Pohanka Pays It Forward Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament was held on Sunday, August 8th at the GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin MD, and benefited the American Cancer Society. Over 70 golfers came out for a day of fun, sport, and charitable giving.

Many Pohanka employees as well as a large group of local business owners, golfers, and philanthropists attended the tournament and put their best foot forward on the green.

“It’s a great event we here at Pohanka look forward to all year,” Says Jared Algier, General Sales Manager at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury. “It’s a fantastic way to bring people together and raise money for the community we live in.”

Collectively the tournament raised over $17,000 for the American Cancer Society and gave their first-place trophy to the Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury team which included Toyota’s General Manager Thurman Donoway and their Sales & Leasing Consultant Ryan DeVage.

Many participants were thrilled with the outcome of the tournament and look forward to participating next year. Caleb Moore, Sales Manager at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury said, “I have not had that much fun in a long time and I am looking forward to participating in the future to help the tournament grow.”

Pohanka of Salisbury has been known for its continuous community involvement and generous charitable donations on the Eastern Shore since founding the “Pohanka Pays It Forward” charity initiative in early 2009. Sandy Angello-Fitzgerald, the automotive group’s Owner/Operator, started the initiative amidst the great recession in order to grow the community we all live in and raise our families in. Since that time the program has succeeded in donating over $3,000,000.00 to more than 750 local charitable organizations.

5 Steps to Prepare your Vehicle for Harsh Winter Weather

Driving in winter weather can be difficult and scary. Snow and sleet can make the roads slippery and even cause harm to your vehicle. Still, certain precautions can be taken to ensure your vehicle is as ready as possible to face harsh weather conditions. Here are five easy steps to prepare your vehicle for driving in winter weather.  

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

In order for your tires to perform their best make sure your tire pressure is within its recommended range. When it’s cold outside the air within your tires condenses often causing your tire pressure to fall. If your tire pressure falls too low it results in excessive wear, tread separation, and even a viscous blowout while on the road.

2. Check Your Battery

Cold weather also negatively affects the battery of your car, truck or SUV. The strength of your vehicle’s battery plummets in cold weather compromising its ability to start and run your vehicle efficiently. It is important to check the condition of your car battery before taking your vehicle out on the road when the outside temperature is freezing or below.

3. Invest in Winter Windshield Washer Fluid

Not all windshield washer fluid can help when traveling in icy conditions. In fact, some will even freeze while being applied to your windshield. For this reason, it is important to make sure you use proper winter weather windshield washer fluid when driving in snowy conditions. This will provide prime visibility and will not freeze to your windshield when traveling in freezing temperatures.

4. Have the Proper Tools Readily Available

It may sound simple but make sure you have the necessary tools available to help your vehicle and passengers get through winter conditions. This can include an ice scraper to help defrost your windshield and windows, tire chains for hard to navigation conditions, a first aid kit for emergencies, and more. Make sure you know exactly where these items are and how to get to them in need of an emergency.

5. Check for Wildlife

After a storm, be sure to check under your vehicle before starting it. Many times stray wildlife hides under automobiles in order to keep warm or shelter themselves from the storm. Starting your vehicle too quickly can harm them and even cause damage to your car.

Concerned about preparing your vehicle for harsh weather? Come by one of our service departments for a complete vehicle inspection and have our expert technicians make the necessary adjustments for your vehicle to perform its absolute best with the changing conditions. 

Pohanka Recycles Over 450 Tons of Automotive Material in 2020

Pohanka of Salisbury has made many generous contributions to the Eastern Shore since the foundation of the “Pohanka Pays It Forward” charity initiative in 2009. Their unique program has succeeded in donating over $3,000,000.00 to more than 750 local charitable organizations. Their generosity has provided financial aid to much-needed programs all over the shore ranging from children’s sports leagues to hospice care for local senior citizens.

Another way Pohanka greatly contributes to society is by recycling as much automotive waste as possible in order to better treat the environment. Automotive waste is one of the largest and most profound contributors to our planet’s “carbon footprint.” By choosing to recycle products such as tires, batteries, oil, transmissions, and more, Pohanka is playing a large part in reducing waste and protecting valuable natural resources. In the year 2020 Pohanka of Salisbury recycled over 450 tons of automotive parts and products. 

Pohanka of Salisbury has been recycling products since the foundation of their dealership. However, it was in 2011 that they really began to take an interest as to how they could better serve their environment. 

“We have been recycling for many years and the amount we recycle has grown substantially over time.” Says the Pohanka of Salisbury Parts Director Herb Williams. “About 10 years ago we started to look at how much we actually were recycling and began to look for more things we could recycle on a daily basis.” 

While most products including tires, cardboard, and scrap metal simply get recycled, other “core” automotive parts such as engines and transmission are shipped to manufacturers to be rebuilt and reused. As the recycling industry has grown over the years so have Pohanka’s environmental efforts. 

“It has become much easier to participate since the growth of the recycling industry. Our environmental efforts have grown substantially over the years and now it is an initiative all of our employees proudly take part in.” 

Come see Herb and the rest of the Pohanka team at their Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, or VW dealerships located on Route 13 in Salisbury MD. 

Pohanka of Salisbury Opens the Very First Fully Electrified Volkswagen Dealership in the Country

Pohanka Volkswagen of Salisbury officially opened the doors to their all-new state of the art showroom on Thursday Evening. Joined by representatives from the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pohanka VW team gathered outside the new facility for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolizing the opening of the new location. 

The brand new building, located on Salisbury Boulevard in Salisbury MD, is a sleek structure with floor to ceiling windows and an easy to access service lane. The all-new showroom is slick, spacious, and open creating a modern and sophisticated atmosphere for both customers and employees to enjoy. “It’s so nice to shave a showroom with enough space to house some of our top of the line vehicles to show our customers,” says Cassie Ullrich, Sales Manager at Pohanka Volkswagen of Salisbury. 

Not only does the new building provide an exemplary space to shop for a vehicle but it also shows the direction in which the Volkswagen brand is heading with an emphasis on electric and hybrid models. “We are very excited to be the very first fully electrified Volkswagen dealership in the entire country,” Says Dan Fitzgerald, General Manager at Pohanka Volkswagen. “We are also the first with both outdoor and interior eclectic chargers to demonstrate for a customer what it’s like to drive an electric vehicle.”

The Pohanka Volkswagen team is proud and excited to offer their showroom and services to car shoppers all across the Delmarva Peninsula. Paul Eaton, Chief Operating Officer of the Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group says “This is truly an exciting time for us! Volkswagen and this amazing facility is the result of hard-working team members focused on providing a quality experience to our customers and the community.” 

With both the new showroom and service center officially opened customers are free to start utilizing the new facility. The Pohanka Volkswagen team looks forward to assisting each and every customer with an unforgettable car buying experience.

Pohanka Gives Wheelchair Accessible Van to Family In Need

Local Salisbury resident Denny Mogan was formally diagnosed with ALS in early March. This progressive disease affects the nervous system and all types of muscle control including the ability to breathe, speak, swallow, and walk. Though Mogan is already facing mobility issues his wife has a deep desire for him to travel this summer and spend time with their two young sons. Pohanka of Salisbury’s Owner/Operator Sandy Angello heard about the family’s struggles when they reached out to local friends and family asking for help to find a wheelchair accessible van.

True to Pohanka’s giving nature the automotive team had a handicap lift installed into a conversion van available on-site. A few designated Pohanka employees brought the now wheelchair accessible van to the family’s home and presented them with the vehicle free of charge. Angello and the rest of the Pohanka team will also be assisting the Mogan family in establishing a non-profit in Denny Mogan’s name to help local families facing illness and hardship for years to come.

“I am so thankful to have been part of this,” Says William Toadvine, Sales Manager at Pohanka of Salisbury. “This man has tremendous courage and is so brave. This van will allow him to make some great memories with his children.”

Pohanka of Salisbury has made serving the community a prime goal of their organization since establishing the Pohanka Pays It Forward initiative in 2009. Since its founding, Pohanka of Salisbury has donated over $3,000,000.00 to more than 750 charitable organizations. It is Pohanka’s belief that nothing is more important than giving back to the community that we all work, live, and raise our families in and they are grateful to be assisting their local community in this time of need.