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We were one of 250 dealers who participated in a “Drive Away” event yesterday and picked up the first 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye!! The car is referred to as a “Redline Red” edition, which starts at $18,995. While this is the first of the models to arrive at the dealership, we were reassured that there will be an influx to arrive shortly.

The Dart is the first vehicle jointly designed with our new Italian partner, FIAT SpA. The Dodge Dart is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which is a compact sold in Europe; however, it is wider and longer to handle Americans’ need for more space.

This car is the embodiment of customization, with 14 interior colors, 12 exterior colors, six wheel options, three engine choices and three transmissions. Also available for the vehicle are technologies not usually found in the compact segment, such as a 7-inch reconfigurable screen.

Why are we excited about the 2013 Dodge Dart?

There is LOTS of reasons to love this new addition to the Dodge line-up, demands a test drive! You can click, call, or visit either our Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store located in Greenwood (on the south side of Indy) or our tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store located on the north side of Indianapolis to view our 1st 2013 Dodge Dart.  Due to the interest in this new addition to the Dodge line-up and to minimize the time you spend at the dealership, we encourage you to call the Customer Care Team at 317-534-2256 to schedule an appointment for a test drive!

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I have never been to a Jeep Jamboree; however, I have attended multiple Camp Jeep Events over the years…talk about FUN!! We are talking a 3-day adventure of off-roading, camaraderie between “Jeepsters”, and events for the entire family! Unfortunately, the type of Camp Jeep’s that I attended are no longer held; however, Jeep and their sponsors are continuing the tradition of Jeep Jamborees.

Here is a clip of a family that has attended the event and their thoughts about being Jeep owners and participating!

Jeep® Jamborees are off-road adventure weekends that bring together the outdoors, down-to-earth people, and their Jeep 4x4s. These treks have been a tradition since 1953 when 4×4 pioneer Mark A. Smith organized the first ever Jeep Jamboree and voyaged across the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of the old Rubicon Trail. In 1954, Willys Motors – then manufacturer of Jeeps – became involved and Jeep Jamborees have been an off-road tradition ever since.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the Jamborees scheduled for 2012. Take a close look, as one is held every year during the fall season at French Lick. The next event will be the 32nd for French Lick, and is scheduled for October 4 – 6. Interested in going? Here is a link to register! If the Jamboree’s are anything like a mini-version of Camp Jeep…be prepared to have SO much fun! I would encourage you to take the family along…we are talking an adventure that everyone will enjoy! Click here to Receive a free copy of “Mark A. Smith’s Guide to Safe, Common Sense, Off-Road Driving”

By the way, you can enter to win a trip to a Jeep Jamboree for Two!
The contest is being held to draw attention to the first Jeep Jamboree at the Coal Mountains in Simoken, Pa.; compliments of Superchips (read more about the event). Sign up quick as the contest registration ends June 30th.

Today’s sunshine, and the thought of enjoying the ONLY 4×4 convertible made (Jeep Wrangler’s), brought back memories of Camp Jeep that I attended! If you own one…attending a Jeep Rendezvous is a MUST! Then, you will understand…”It’s a Jeep thing!”

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
“Our family works for you. Since 1933”
Your leading Greenwood, Franklin, Indianapolis, Carmel, Plainfield, Avon, Lawrence, and Noblesville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Toyota and Scion Dealer!

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Going to the race this weekend? The O’Brien Automotive Family has a long history with the race. I have only been with the organization for a couple of years, so you can imagine my surprise when the Tom O’Brien CJDR Greenwood President carried in a large copy of the photo included in this post into a meeting this past Monday! Check out this interesting tidbit of history!

Per our company history, the O’Brien family automotive business started in January 1933 when Thomas J. O’Brien opened Sullivan and O’Brien DeSoto and Plymouth dealership on Virginia Avenue here in Indianapolis. One of their first advertising ventures included sponsoring car #25 during the Indianapolis 500 in 1933, a mere 5-months after opening. The car was driven by Shorty Cantlon.

Shorty’s race ended short of the finish that day, but the experience of sponsoring a vehicle for the dealership was well-received by the general public. Consequently, they went on to sponsor a car several years after that initial race.




Do you have a story to share about your family and their involvement with the Indianapolis 500? We would love to hear about it!

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  • Make sure you know the trade-in value of your vehicle. Online sites such as blackbookonline.com will help you determine an approximate value that you can expect. Be realistic. This seems simple enough but all too often people have an elevated opinion of what their vehicle is worth. If the blue book value says your trade in value is $3000 you shouldn’t expect to get $4000.
  • Before you trade-in your old car, make sure you’re not short-changing yourself. Be sure to clean the car thoroughly inside and out. First impressions do make a big difference.
  • Have any paint chips or minor body work repaired. If there is noticeable scratch on the paint or a loose trim piece hanging on, have a car detailing service make those small repairs.
  • We advise you to remove any personal belongings.
  • Some items to bring along would be repair and service records; this information can help to potentially increase the value that can be offered for the vehicle as it may reduce the reconditioning costs that might need to be factored in on the overall appraised value!
  • Additionally, bring all keys and key fobs related to the trade-in vehicle, and the owners’ manual.
  • If you still owe on your vehicle, bring your payment book with you. Also, we highly suggest that you contact your lender to find out your payoff amount.
  • To minimize the amount of time you spend at the dealership, we highly encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with the dealer. We have found that when a Product Specialist is involved early in the process: you and your vehicle get in front of the on-site appraiser more quickly.

The O’Brien Automotive Family is thrilled to work with customers and their vehicles. Like many dealers in our market, we are actively looking for inventory for our many locations. Obviously, if you will be replacing your current vehicle, we will work to get you into one of ours. Only looking to sell your auto without replacing? Any one of our locations – Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Greenwood * Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Indy * O’Brien Toyota Scion * O’Brien FIAT — would like to see your auto and make you a purchase offer. Call us today to set an appointment at (317) 534-2256, click, or come in for more information (check out our locations here).

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It’s May in Indianapolis, and you know what that means! In a word, excitement! So much to do, and it is all crammed into 31-days!




One of the first things I think about when May rolls around is the Indy 500. And of course, I then think about the tradition of the event and everything that leads up to the race. Jim Nabors and his rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana”….Let’s start with the announcement that Jim Nabors will not be here, in person, to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana”….Did you know Nabors began performing the song in 1972? The 81-year-old will undergo a heart surgery later this month and will miss the pre-race celebration where he has sung for years. An IMS Productions video crew is scheduled to fly to Hawaii next week to film Nabors singing the song, IMS spokesman Doug Boles said today….so, the tradition lives on!

Other events of interest / Of course for us, it is ALL about cars:



The Celebration of Automobiles also will take place on Opening Day, Saturday, May 12 at IMS, with nearly 200 beautiful, rare vehicles competing for awards – including the Road & Track Trophy — in the Vintage and Historic Car Show. An Emerging Tech Showcase has been integrated into the Celebration of Automobiles this year.





Full-sized Hot Wheels® cars are ready to race into The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis May 26 in the all-new exhibit, Hot Wheels For Real™. just in time for The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. This new family exhibit will serve up immersive activities for three generations of Hot Wheels fans. There’s something for mom, dad, grandparents and of course today’s youngest Hot Wheels fans.

Lots to do in and around Indianapolis during the month of May – do you have any plans? Any family traditions regarding the Indianapolis 500? We would LOVE to hear about your favorite memory regarding the Indianapolis 500!


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How intricately entangled is Toyota’s assembly operation to our home state? The answer may be more than you expect.  Toyota operates two assembly plants in the state of Indiana. One is completely dedicated to production of Toyota vehicles, and the other is the product of a joint venture with Fuji Heavy Industries.

While the primary production of the Toyota Camry is alongside the Avalon in Georgetown, Kentucky, Toyota is also building them in Lafayette, Indiana.  Through a joint partnership with Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), a much more niche’ automaker.  This proves beneficial to the people of Lafayette and Subaru as well, as the production demands of smaller brands doesn’t warrant the extra man power and shifts to produce the vehicles.

In Princeton, Indiana, Toyota assembles the Sequoia, the Highlander and the class leading Toyota Sienna.  The Sienna is one of the leading Minivans on the market today, and sets the standard for what a high end Minivan should look like.  The latest numbers from Toyota state the facility employs 4100 workers in Southern Indiana.

Domestic production for Toyota is rapidly approaching 1 Million Vehicles assembled in the United States, using Domestic and Globally sourced parts.  Other Domestically Assembled cars include the Toyota Corolla, Mississippi; the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma, Texas; and the Toyota Venza, Avalon and Camry just south of us in Georgetown, Kentucky. Toyota has clearly made a commitment towards Domestic production, and that’s something to be proud of for both company and as a country.

To see these fabulous Toyotas check us out, http://www.obrienauto.com

If you are interested in learning even more, check out www.toyotainaction.com

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