As the Keizer University of the Palm Beaches outdoor auto show and the Chili Cook-Off approach, Professor Brian Bastin offers his top tips for the ultimate car buying experience. The Auto Show and Chili Cook-Off will showcase the latest makes and models along with delicious chili recipes. The event will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Keizer University’s flagship campus at 2600 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409.
Bastin’s SMARTTOOLS for car buying include:
S – State your needs, desires, and limitations. Just as every good sports team makes a game plan before the game, you need a game plan before you start shopping for your dream car.
M – Set a budget and stick to it. It starts with an overall budget – know your current and potential future income, as well as your non-discretionary expenses.
A – Evaluate your trade-in online or through an independent buyer. Finding the true value of your vehicle before visiting a dealer will save you time and ensure you are prepared.
R – Research your selection online. Find out which vehicles are right for you. Develop a shortlist of a few cars you want to test further, keeping in mind your budget and that a low-mileage vehicle may be best.
T – Talk to your own bank or other banks before going to the dealer. Dealers often have the lowest rates, or they may be the only source to lease a vehicle. You still need to have your options ready.
T – Test the vehicle, dealer and people. While vehicles can be bought unseen, it is important to test drive the vehicle first. Your online dream car may not meet your needs or be as comfortable as you hoped.
O – Orchestrate your game plan. You’ve chosen the car, now it’s time to put your game plan into action by first negotiating the price of the car and then the payment. Remember that you have done your research and gotten your bank offer. Now is the time to get the best deal for the total price and improve the number and price of payments. Remember that car leasing has its advantages too.
O – Buy only the vehicle and products that add value and fit within your budget. Once the negotiation is complete, you will see a menu with all kinds of products. Extended warranties, spare keys and eco-friendly products are just a few of the items available. Only buy products that add value, fit your budget and are easy to manage.
L – Unless you get what you want, go. Remember that you always have another car available, so take the time to shop wisely.
S – Enjoy the victory. At the end of the day, the transaction has to work for both parties. The merchant provides many services and needs to be compensated for those services, and buyers need to be treated fairly and respectfully. The SMART TOOLS plan offers a win-win experience for both the buyer and the dealer. Enjoy your new ride!
As proceeds from the Auto Show and Chili Cook-Off benefit the construction of Keizer University’s Water Sports Center, friends and neighbors from the community are invited to check out the latest automobile makes and models while sampling some of the South’s finest chilies . For more details, including registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit here.
Car show: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free
Presented by students from Keizer University’s Automotive Dealership Management program, car enthusiasts can enjoy vendor prices while viewing and learning about the latest luxury, exotic, economy and electric models while browsing in a pressure-free sales environment.
For questions and more information about the Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, please contact Brian Bastin at [email protected].
Chili Cook-Off: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. $10 bracelet
With the purchase of a $10 bracelet, guests can see the car show while sampling spoonfuls of the spicy stew before voting for their top recipes. Tastings begin at 12:00pm and the winner will be announced at 2:45pm.
Those wishing to submit their best chili recipes to compete for the $300 cash prize can register their team and view the full rules and regulations of the Chili Cook-Off Contest here. Setup of the chili booths begins at 7:00 am and registration will remain open until all booths are full.
For questions and more information about the Chili Cook-Off, please contact Natalie Clark at [email protected] or call 561-386-2704.
Keizer University’s Bachelor of Arts program in Business Administration Automotive Dealership Management prepares students with the skills needed to become future industry leaders. The curriculum examines various environmental factors affecting the automotive industry, such as technological advances, consumer expectations, government regulation, and personal mobility. Students will be exposed to the unique challenges faced by today’s automotive and vehicle retail distribution systems, and graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and techniques to thrive in this new environment.
Keizer University’s future Olympic watersports facility, which will serve as the home of the victorious Keizer University NAIA Seahawk Swim Teams, will be located on Keizer University’s flagship campus in West Palm Beach and will also serve as a community resource to support swimmer safety. The facility’s announcement followed the Water Safety and Swim Certification Bill for K-12 Students, which passed with bipartisan support.
Keizer University is a private, independent, not-for-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students in 21 Florida, online and two international campuses. Co-founded by Chancellor Arthur Keizer, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keizer in 1977, Keizer University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associate to doctoral degrees. Keizer University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #1 in the United States for providing social mobility by US News and World Report in 2023.