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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.

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.

Pohanka’s Exclusive Pre-Owned Vehicle Certification Brings Peace of Mind to Used Car Buyers

Pohanka of Salisbury has created a new way to bring peace of mind to used car buyers on the Delmarva Peninsula with their Pohanka Certified Pre-Owned vehicle program. This exclusive certification puts pre-owned vehicles through a rigorous 165 point inspection and is given only to those in top-performing condition letting customers know they are getting a safe and reliable pre-owned vehicle.

These certified vehicles are covered with a wide variety of protections including a one of a kind 10-Year/100,000-Mile Warranty. Each vehicle also comes with an extensive vehicle history report, complimentary roadside assistance, trip-interruption reimbursement, and more. Pohanka of Salisbury, located in Salisbury Maryland, has been serving the local community for over 30 years and continues to meet the needs of consumers in new and exciting ways. Below is an outline of the certification program details.

Vehicle History Report
Each Pohanka Certified Pre Owned vehicle comes with a detailed vehicle history report. This report showcases that particular vehicle’s accident history, mileage, title status, information about previous ownership, and more. The function of this report is to give the new owner conclusive information about the vehicle they are purchasing.

Rental Vehicle/Alternate Transportation and Trip Interruption Reimbursement
Should there be an issue with your Pohanka Certified pre-owned vehicle you will be supplied with a rental vehicle or alternative transportation. This mode of transportation will allow you to go about your daily life while your vehicle is getting worked on in one of our service departments. Also, should a trip be interrupted due to a fault in your vehicle you will qualify for Trip Interruption Reimbursement for the cost it takes to get your vehicle back home safely.

165 Point Inspection
Each Pohanka Certified vehicle has been through a rigorous 165 Point Inspection. During this inspection, all parts of the vehicle are thoroughly checked to make sure the vehicle is in top-performing condition. The inspection is always performed by a certified technician and any vehicle who fails even a single point of the inspection is not given the Pohanka Certified title.

Roadside Assistance
Complimentary Roadside Assistance is included with the purchase of every Pohanka Certified pre-owned vehicle. Roadside assistance provides necessary services for vehicles stranded on the side of the road including a jumpstart, supplying you with gas or fuel, changing a flat tire, towing, and more. This service allows you to get help and stay safe should a problem occur.

Exclusive Limited Warranty
Every Pohanka Certified pre-owned vehicle is covered by our exclusive 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Warranty. This warranty covers all makes and models as long as they have passed the 165 point inspection described above. Backed by Allstate, this inclusive warranty keeps you in good hands wherever you go!

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