Recently Ernie C., Phil, Charlie, Kim and I met with Bill Waddingham of Rotolo Chevrolet. Bill also introduced us to couple of the managers in service and parts. We had a complete tour of the facility, which is very clean and modern. Bill and his managers were very personable and several times said they would really like to be our sponsor. They have offered to have an open house at the dealership sometime after Thanksgiving (since the place will be decorated for the holidays) for the club.
The dealership territory is Fontana and Rancho north of Foothill, so if we want to include them in an event in Victoria Gardens they could in fact participant. If you recall Richard Hibbard was not suppose to go to Upland back when we were having our car show.
One item we discussed was the idea of service being so far east for some people. They said that they now have 2 vans and they would not have a problem giving anyone a ride home. Phil had pointed out that La Verne was a little outside their shuttle circle – they said not for the club they would go anyplace. It might not be in 10 minutes but they would get you home. We asked could they supply a loaner car for those way out of the area if the car was going to be in for an extended period. He said they would consider it, there is an Enterprise very close, he will get back to us on that issue.
They said standard discount for the club members would 15% on parts and service.
They can work on any and all GM vehicles. They do install some aftermarket parts. For any club members who are interested in buying a car the member would deal directly with Michael Caposio the general manager, and possible their internet sales person.
We also spoke of extra things for example: new car flags for each member with the 50th logo and now the Rotolo logo, would they help fund that and he thought that was a good idea. We spoke about the “50th” jacket idea that I was working on with Richard Hibbard and Rosemary. Again he thought that was a good idea. The key was he said they did not want some large sponsorship to be cast in stone as a annual thing, rather a base with special projects was good. He said their goal would be to exceed our expectation. I believe him on this point.
One example of his openness was he mention that if the club was doing a hay ride or toy drive and needed a couple of Silverado trucks to carry the toys or pull the hay wagons – that they could loan them to us. I thought immediately of the Morro Bay where we might want to have a van for the wine tour or to carry wine home. What he said was they would help us out at no cost.
They do currently sponsor the Inland Valley Corvette Club – I believe this is the club that broke off from Corvettes West.
Final point, we asked about items for our monthly raffle and he said no problem. An oil change (Mobile 1 – they showed us their stack of cases of the stuff) and some other stuff (hats, clocks, etc.) would be no problem.