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Central Maine Motors Auto Group Gives Back to the Community We Love this Thanksgiving

For millions of Americans, there will be no big family dinner in a warm home this Thanksgiving, as they will struggle just to scrape by a meal for the day or find a place to sleep sheltered from November’s bitter cold. We at Central Maine Motors Auto Group wanted to do something for those who don’t have as much to be thankful for this season, so we organized a food drive all month at our various dealerships to deliver meals to the hungry.

Residents of Waterville, Maine truly love the city they call home and the people who live in it with them. We were able to deliver lots of food thanks to the efforts and donations of caring members of the local community. Check out all this chow!

Donations from the food drive

We worked with the Greater Waterville Area Food Pantry and the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, in addition to the Waterville Public Schools, to set up food pickups and drop-offs. We loaded up the food into a Chrysler, GM and Toyota truck to send to the three different locations.

food in truck

Loading the food into the truck

Many donated to our food drive, but we had to highlight one donator by sharing the story of James Paul. James was a down-on-his-luck man, homeless and roaming the streets of Waterville. He met a local small business owner one day and the two became fast friends. Unfortunately, James passed away just a few months ago. But the small business owner was shocked to discover that James had named him the executor of his estate and the money he had left. Touched, and in honor of his dearly-departed friend, the business owner donated the money he had inherited to local areas in need. He gave a portion of the funds to our food drive and additional funds to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in memory of the late James Paul.

You could say there are two morals to this heartwarming true story, the ideal tale for us to tell this Thanksgiving. The first is to always be thankful for what you have, because there will always be someone out there you care about who struggles because he or she has less than you. The second moral? It’s the good old Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated… and never underestimate the value of friendship.

We had a lot of food to deliver, and it went to those who truly could use it. We thank everyone in Maine who participated in our food drive and brought some happiness to those in need, and we hope you’ll remember James Paul this Thanksgiving!

The Central Maine Motors Auto Group team
The Central Maine Motors Auto Group food drive

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Dodge Fans Get Exclusive Motley Crue Concert in Dallas, TX

We can often reap very cool benefits thanks to the company we keep. It’s not quite so common to reap the benefits of the cars and trucks we drive. But then, Dodge is an uncommon automaker, and its fans all over the world know the thrill of driving a Dodge vehicle is one of a kind. So it’s only natural that the manufacturer paired its hardy SUVs and powerful cars with hard rock and power ballads, sponsoring Motley Crue’s final tour and giving Dodge fans a semi-private concert they won’t soon forget.

On November 1, Motley Crue rocked the house at the Gas Monkey Live concert club during the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey special event. The event was held for Dodge car owners who registered in advance and drew about 1,000 vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages to the club’s parking lot. It was a more intimate event than both the band and fans are used to, as Motley Crue shows are known as epic spectacles, but everyone involved loved the unconventional experience, considering such a show in a small venue to be a rare treat. Motley Crue and Dodge seem to get along great: Tim Kuniskis, Dodge President and CEO, has been a huge fan of the band since childhood, and the band even worked with the automaker to remix the legendary Kickstart My Heart music video. Check out the video above!

If that video got your blood racing and makes you want to drive on the Wild Side, find out what all the buzz is about by testing out a brand-new Dodge muscle car at our Dodge dealership in Waterville. Once you strap in behind the wheel of a fiery vehicle like the Dodge Charger or Challenger, you’ll never settle for anything less. It’s time to drive Home Sweet Home in a new Dodge — visit Central Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to make it happen!

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Announcing the Winner of the “Football Maine-ia” Contest!

When Central Maine Motors Auto Group decided to run the Football Maine-ia Contest, we had no idea how competitive it would become. We received many great photo submissions from Maine motorists living all over the state, and the likes, shares and comments came pouring in like an avalanche! But after a very tight race, we’re happy to announce the winner of our successful contest. Congratulations, Jeff Chretien!

Warriors football team in Maine

The rules of the Football Maine-ia Contest were as follows: fans of Central Maine Motors submit a photo of themselves, a family member, friend or even a pet wearing their favorite football team’s gear to our associated email address. Then, we shared the photos on Facebook. The person who submitted the photo that received the most likes, comments and shares would win a free comprehensive reconditioning of their vehicle. Simple!

Jeff sent in a photo of his favorite team, one that struck a chord with Central Maine fans: the local Warriors Football Team. When we shared it on our Facebook page, Jeff’s photo received a whopping 72 likes, 13 shares and 32 comments! We sure love those Warriors! Jeff wins a significant vehicle detailing from end to end, free of charge.

Of course, it’s worth mentioning that Jeff and the Warriors narrowly beat out another submission. The runner-up was baby William Vincent, all cozy and warm in his New England Patriots pajamas. This little guy racked up 70 likes, two shares and six comments. So is he a future fan or future player? Impossible to tell right now, but one thing’s for sure — that is one seriously cute kid.

baby contest photo

Thanks again to everyone who sent in their great photos and the many voters who participated in our contest. If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry: we have another exciting photo contest coming up very soon! Stay up to date by following our Maine car dealership on Facebook and you could score a fantastic automotive prize of your own!

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Desert Race Truck Shows Potential of Toyota Tundra TRD Pro at SEMA

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Toyota’s new TRD Pro Series off-road packages went on sale this fall for the 2015 Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, and this week the automaker is showcasing their full potential at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Heading up the rugged display is the modified 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck, which is scheduled to compete in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 endurance race in Mexico later this month.

Based largely on the production 2015 Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax 4×4, Toyota’s desert race truck features only minor modifications for the Baja 1000, including a custom TRD cat-back exhaust, larger 37-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires and a Herbst Smith Fabrication tube roll cage. Also included are Mastercraft race seats and harnesses, a custom Fuel Safe fuel cell and a full complement of Hella lighting up front. Meanwhile, every buyer of the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro receives a TRD suspension with tuned front springs and remote-reservoir Bilstein front and rear shocks, as well as a quarter-inch aluminum skid plate and a rowdy TRD-tuned dual-exhaust for the truck’s 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine.

“Toyota has been offering off-road parts and accessories from its in-house TRD tuning shop for many years, but the new TRD Pro Series packages are the most rugged and race-ready yet,” said Jeff Leclerc, general sales manager of Central Maine Toyota, a Toyota dealership in Waterville, Maine. “The lightly modified Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck will soon display that go-anywhere performance in the Baja 1000, and now buyers have most of that incredible capability at their disposal right off of the dealership lot.”

The Tundra desert race truck won’t be the only example of the TRD Pro Series in the Baja 1000, as three Toyota chase trucks will join the adventure after their showcase at SEMA Show. Outfitted by off-road fabricator N-Fab, the 2015 TRD 4Runner, TRD Tacoma and another TRD Tundra will sport TRD suspensions, off-road tires and wheels while housing DC Safety off-road emergency kits, small coolers with holders, RCI chase radios and a variety of off-road utility equipment from Rigid Industries and Smittybilt.

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Our President, Charlie Gaunce, Is Nominated for TIME’s 2015 Dealer of the Year Award!

Charlie Gaunce of Central Maine Motors Auto Group in Waterville, ME

Yes, you read that title correctly. TIME Magazine, in association with Ally Financial, nominated Waterville, Maine’s very own Charlie Gaunce for the prestigious 2015 Dealer of the Year Award. We couldn’t be more proud of our president!

Charlie, 77, was one among a select group of 55 dealers from all over the country who were nominated for this exciting award. A whopping 17,000 auto dealers were examined for potential candidates, so the competition was fierce! The TIME Dealer of the Year Award is a coveted honor, presented only to dealers with a clear and demonstrable dedication to community service. And Mainers know that there’s no one who cares more about the surrounding community than Charlie! He’s contributed to, and served as vice president of an economic development team that brought 1,500 much-needed jobs to the area. He supports the Salvation Army, the Alfond Youth Center, the Waterville Opera House, Meals on Wheels Association of America, Coats for Kids and more. He’s also closely associated with the Rotary Club of Waterville, the Inland Hospital, the Inland Foundation and Waterville Main Street. Simply put, Charlie has a real big heart and genuine love for his home state!

We love Charlie here at Central Maine Motors Auto Group, so we wanted to take some time to congratulate him on his nomination for this prestigious award!


“WOW!!! What an incredible honor to be nominated for the Dealer of the Year Award! I can’t think of a person who deserves it more than you. I feel so proud to be a part of the incredible team of people you employ. Many congrats are being sent your way! Thank you for all that you do for your employees, customers and the community! – Judy Bedard

“Congratulations Charlie! It is a pleasure to work for such an amazing person. Your leadership and dedication is an inspiration to all of us”! — Jess McQuillan

“Congratulations on your award, there is no owner who deserves this more than you! You are a great leader and it is an honor to work for the Gaunce family! Congrats again!” – Lea Baird

“We are all very proud to work for Charlie!! A great owner, leader, teacher and friend who has inspired us all to give back to our communities. Congratulations for this well-deserved honor.” – Luxy LeClair

“Charlie, congrats!! You deserve it! Thanks for making us proud to work for Central Maine Motors Auto Group!” – Ben Mason

“Congratulations Charlie, it is a pleasure to work for a dealer of this caliber!” – Sheila Turcotte


Way to go, boss. We hope you win the big award in January!