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Pohanka of Salisbury Raises Over $15,000 for Relay For Life



After a year of dedicated fundraising the Pohanka of Salisbury Relay For Life Team was able to donate over $15,000 at the 2017 Wicomico County Relay For Life Festival on September 22nd.


Pohanka showed their automotive spirit by decorating a booth at the festivities as a make believe car wash. Kids could run through the streamers and sponges while bubbles were blown in the wind to give the effect of an actual car wash. The team also created a Pohanka exclusive convertible made from cardboard and complete with working head and tail lights. Each of the Pohanka store logos were showcased on the side of the car giving a feeling of maximum Pohanka Pride. A livestream of this vehicles race around the track can be seen here. The team’s motto of “wash away cancer” was also shown through their sale of wet wipe containers specifically designed to fit in the cup holder of a car. All proceeds of these sales were donated to the American Cancer Society.


Of course these sales were not the only donation Pohanka made. In fact, Pohanka of Salisbury had been hosting fundraisers all year long to raise as many donations as possible for the Relay For Life organization. From in house paint nights to hot dog lunches Pohanka continuously looked for opportunities to raise money for this profound organization. President of the Pohanka Relay team, Samantha Seaton, even hosted a ladies night in which representatives from local companies made a donation to set up a booth in Pohanka Toyota and have the opportunity to sell their products to locals. Each vendor also donated an item to raffle off. All the proceeds from the raffle were donated as well.


“Everytime I think of Relay I think of the fact that we do this so one day we don’t have to,” Says Samantha Seaton. “We do all of this so that one day there will be a cure for cancer.”


A large portion of the community came out to the Wicomico County Relay For Life event. Many survivors and their family members walked the track but many local business and organizations also made an appearance. Families and teams from all over the state came to show support for those fighting for their lives. “I love seeing kids and families at these events because it’s important to inspire the next generation to get involved and be aware at a young age that they can make a difference.” Seaton exclaimed.


Pohanka’s year long combined efforts generated a donation of over $15,000 to give to the American Cancer Society. This was the second largest donation made by a single team in the county. The entire Pohanka team wanted to thank everyone who made a contribution to their efforts. The Pohanka of Salisbury Relay For Life Team is already working on fundraisers to start generating donations for next years relay. Like the Pohanka of Salisbury Facebook page for updates and details on upcoming events!


5 Ways Your Car Can Fail In the Summer and How We Can Help



Everyone loves the freedom that comes along with brisk summer days. While you may be enjoying the sun and day trips to the beach the heat, humidity and long journeys can actually be harmful to your vehicle. Few know that vehicles are particularly susceptible to faulty behavior in the summertime particularly in conditions of extreme heat and humidity. Here is a list of the five most common ways a car can be negatively affected in the summer and how Pohanka of Salisbury can help.


  • Poor Shocks: You’re bound to run into construction or back roads in your summer travels. An over exposure to these bumpy areas can make your shocks go bad resulting in a less than smooth ride and eventually permanent damage to your vehicle. If you feel your journey continuously getting bumpier schedule an appointment at one of our service departments as soon as possible before any major damage can occur.


  • Inflated Tires: Between all your traveling and the extreme temperatures of summer it is important to make sure your tires are properly inflated. If they aren’t your tires can go bald and your chances of getting a flat are much higher. Check out our discounts on getting a brand new set or a tire alignment!


  • Battery Problems: The summer time is extremely harsh on your car battery especially in high humidity. Though any car battery should be changed every four years or so high humidity can cause the battery to die much faster without you realizing it. If your lights seem dimmer or your car is taking longer to start than usual have your battery checked or replaced for a low cost.


  • Check The Oil: While traveling a lot during the summer the time to have your oil changed may creep up on you. Putting in all those miles takes a lot out of your car and requires proper care and lubricant. We offer discounts and coupons during this time of the year to make sure your journey as safe as possible.


  • Overheating Engine: Beware of your engine overheating in the summer months. With the temperatures high your cooling system has to work extra hard to keep up. Be sure to check your fluid levels often and pull over to the side of the road if you see smoke coming from your engine. If you have any questions about your fluid levels or engine trouble give us a call at (410) 749-2301 and our customer service reps would be happy to assist you.


There you have it! If you follow these tips and know what to look for you and your vehicle should be good to go. Feel free to stop in one of our service departments or give us a call for any concerns you may have. Our primary focus at Pohanka of Salisbury is the safety and happiness of all of our customers. Safe travels!  


Pohanka Welcomes Cars Made EZ to Their Trusted Family of Dealerships

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Pohanka has been a trusted name in the automobile industry since 1919. Known as a company committed to excellence and growth Pohanka strives on a daily basis to better themselves as well as the community around them. Pohanka of Salisbury has always made it their mission to provide a unique and worry free experience when purchasing a car or making a trip to one of their service departments. Now the car buying experience is as easy as ever with Pohanka of Salisbury’s newest dealership “Cars Made EZ.”


Cars Made EZ is a pre-owned car dealership that offers top of the line models with a quick and simple system that allows you to get into your new pre-owned vehicle in no time. When coming to the dealership you will be welcomed with the kindness and professionalism you would expect from any Pohanka dealer and will have the ability to purchase a reliable and top of the line ride at an affordable price. Like other Pohanka dealerships the employees at cars made easy are highly trained in giving a one of a kind customer experience while getting you into a vehicle ideal for your personal needs. On top of that the skilled finance team works tirelessly to guarantee approval to every customer no matter what their credit and financial situation.


Another entity to this new dealership is the Cars made EZ website (link below). On this site shoppers can get an interactive tour of new and used inventory as well as receive a quote and/or apply for financing. The Cars Made EZ website is full of accurate, relevant and abundant content on both the dealership and inventory. The website also provides a “contact us” page and a phone number for questions, concerns or to schedule a test drive with one of the Cars Made Easy sales reps.


“At our dealership, we have devoted ourselves to helping and serving our customers to the best of our ability.” Says Robin Hagel, Manager at Cars Made EZ. “We believe the cars we offer are the highest quality and ideal for your life needs.”


Come in today to experience Pohanka’s world renowned service at their newest dealership or visit the Cars Made EZ website to learn more!


Cars Made EZ

Address: 36365 Sussex Hwy, Delmar, DE 19940

Phone: (302) 846-7280



Pohanka of Salisbury Raises Over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society

Pohanka Pink 2017


Pohanka has delved into the community numerous times to give to those in need. Over an eight year period they have single handedly managed to give over $1,000,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations. Pohanka’s endeavors have reflected positively upon both their brand and the community. However no attempt has been quite as lucrative as Pohanka’s involvement in the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This campaign advises both men and women to show their loathing of breast cancer and their support to finding a cure by wearing the color pink. Pohanka of Salisbury amazed many by raising over $10,000 in less than a year back in 2016 and by toping that goal in 2017.


Back in 2016 Pohanka of Salisbury Vice President Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello and her fearless team worked together to launch a “Go Fund Me” campaign in which they asked their customers, community members, friends and family to make any donation they could to “Real Men Wear Pink.” George Angello, Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello’s loving husband, was the face of the campaign sporting a large pink bow tie and being prominently featured on every flyer and advertisement encouraging donations. Also, as an added incentive, anyone who made a donation would receive a pink bracelet embellished with the words “Pohanka Pays It Forward,” the name of Pohanka’s community service campaign launched in 2009. The bracelets were not only an incentive to donate but also to show a sense of unity throughout the community. In just less than a year Pohanka had met their goal and raised over $10,000 to give to the American Cancer Society.


Pohanka was looking to top their $10,000 donation by launching another “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign in 2017. Though still supporting The American Cancer Society this year’s campaign now uses Alex Macatuno, Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury General Manager, as their spokesperson. “Breast cancer affects everyone.” Said Macatuno while sporting a large florescent pink bowtie and pocket square. “I am determined to raise awareness and money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and save more lives than ever before from this horrible disease.” The 2017 campaign was officially launched in the beginning of the year and already they have reached their goal of $10,000.


Through both campaigns Pohanka of Salisbury has managed to donate a total of over $20,000 to the American Cancer Society. Their love and support for charity involvement has truly set Pohanka apart from other dealerships and have made them a prize in the community.


Pohanka Collects Donations to Send to Soldiers Overseas



This past June as a partnered event Pohanka offered a discount on any vehicle service in exchange for a donation to Operation We Care, a group who creates care packages for soldiers overseas. The dealership wasn’t asking for cash however, instead they needed household items that would make daily life more comfortable for soldiers stationed in various locations. Items like tissues, chapstick and toothpaste were requested.  A full list along with information on the organization was posted on the Pohanka of Salisbury website. It wasn’t long after the promotion began that community members began to flock to the six dealerships with items to donate. Some didn’t even want the discount advertised but simply wanted to support Pohanka’s involvement in the community.


The idea was so successful that the event, which was only anticipated to last a weekend, was extended another five days! For a consecutive week customers were coming in the door, arms full of donations, in exchange for $25 off any service including an oil change. The Pohanka service departments were full and the waiting rooms lively as people conversed, had a cup of coffee and talked to our sales specialists about Pohanka automobiles and the company’s involvement with local non-profit organizations.


By the end of the promotion Pohanka managed to fill six large boxes, one for each dealership, with goods to donate to Operation We Care. The representatives from OWC who came to pick up the donations were astounded with what they found. “Working with Pohanka was a great experience,” said Jeff Merritt, President of Operation We Care. “We love working with people in our community to help support our troops. The more folks we get involved the more we can do for them.” Pohanka had managed, yet again, to help serve a large group of people who needed it most.


Operation We Care is one of over 750 Non-Profit organizations that Pohanka has aided in the past nine years as part of their initiative to give back to the community. “Pohanka Pays It Forward” and “Pohanka Cares” are two phrases well known throughout the Delmarva community. As one of the most giving companies in the area, Pohanka of Salisbury and its six dealerships actively seeks organizations they can lend a hand to.


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Pohanka of Salisbury Prominently Featured in the Annual Firemen's Parade

Little Miss Plus Car


Pohanka was prominently featured in the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association. With a convention, conference and parade this commemoration created a week-long event from June 17th through the 23rd giving firefighters and their loved ones excellent opportunities including free training, professional networking and a variety of family friendly activities. The biggest of these activities was the Annual Firemen’s Parade that flowed from 15th street to 32nd street on the 21st of June. The massive parade included many floats, live bands and a brand new Mercedes-Benz convertible generously lent by Pohanka of Salisbury.  


The execution of the parade required a large amount of volunteers, manpower and funding. Many companies volunteered their time and expertise to make this event as flawless as possible. Advanced Computers, a local computer repair service in Salisbury Maryland, was a major contributor to the planning and execution of the parade. Rick Anderson, the President of Advanced Computers, recommended Pohanka get involved when comfortable and eye catching vehicles were needed to showcase important individuals in the parade itself. A short phone call later Pohanka was sending a 2017 Mercedes-Benz convertible to be used in the festive activities.


The Pohanka vehicle was used to chauffeur and present Aleese Augustine, who was representing the Delmar Fire Department in the parade as Little Miss Delmar Fire Prevention and Little Miss Delaware Fire Prevention. Anderson, age 6, squealed “you are so kind!” when seeing the car she would be riding in for the length of the parade. Ashley Hill, an IT Specialist at Advanced Computers who attended the festivities said, It certainly caught a lot of attention and I even heard the crowd yell ““Go Pohanka!.””


Pohanka has had a strong presence in the community since their launch of “Pohanka Pays It Forward” in 2009. Since then they have partnered with over 750 non-profit organizations  collectively giving over $1,000,000 to those in need. Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello and her team are honored to take part in community events and actively seek ways to show their love and support to those who need it.



Pohanka Partners With Brooke Mulford Foundation to Bring Toys To Local Pediatric Patients

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As of June 1st, 2017 Pohanka Automotive of Salisbury became an active volunteer of the “Brooke Mulford Foundation.” Brooke Mulford a young but ambitious girl was diagnosed with an aggressive case of Neuroblastoma in 2009 when she was just four years old.  Five years later Brooke opened “Brooke’s Toy Closet” at Peninsula Regional Health Center in Salisbury, MD. This cabinet contained toys donated by locals to give to pediatric patients. When a local representative, Kristal Elzey, went on Facebook calling for donations she gained immediate and infinite support from Pohanka of Salisbury.


“It became a goal of ours to overflow Brooke’s Toy closet at PRMC” said Conrad Morgan, Marketing Manager at Pohanka of Salisbury. After hearing about Brooke’s objective Pohanka was eager to help. Donation bins were placed in all six dealerships and an online campaign was launched to grow awareness for Brooke, her illness, and her foundation. Brooke’s bravery and selflessness were the exact traits Pohanka values in its nonprofit partners and they were beyond eager to aid and support this little girl and her mission.


Over a two week period Pohanka collected over 100 toys ranging from Lego sets to Barbie dolls to toddler appropriate playsets. The toys were personally delivered to PRMC on June 20th by various Pohanka employees. Brandy Zissimos, a vehicle specialist with Pohanka, was a large part of this donation process. While dropping off the toys at PRMC she held back tears and remarked, “Something as small as a toy can change how these children feel. It gives these kids a chance to be kids again.”  


Of Course Pohanka’s generosity and dedication to the community is nothing new. In 2009 “Pohanka Pays It Forward” was founded by Pohanka of Salisbury Vice President, Sandy Fitzgerald. This program gives monthly donations to local charities and causes. Through this campaign Pohanka was raised over $1,000,000 and given to over 750 local non-profit organizations all with the goal of aiding the community we all work, live and raise our families in. Contributing to Brooke’s Toy Closet was an honor for this organization to be a part of.


Sadly Brooke Mulford passed away on June 12th 2017 after a nearly eight year battle with cancer. Though she will be missed her joyful and optimistic spirit lives on through her family, her foundation and everyone she has touched. 


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