By HENRY PRIMEAUX III
Crown Bristow and Primeaux’s Kia
KOREAN WELCOME: The most gracious Nam-Hong Cho, president and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation, was an excellent host to Jane and me during our recent visit to South Korea.
Much has happened in my life since my last column. Several months ago, a broker called to tell me about a Kia dealership that was for sale. I wasn’t too interested at first. My former partner David Moritz in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area purchased two Kia stores and he was very happy with them, saying that Kia had a very bright future ahead.
I went ahead and looked into the deal, and one thing led to another, and now I own a Kia dealership. The facility, located at 4747 South Yale in Tulsa, was at one time the Dean Bailey Oldsmobile location, which was one of the largest Olds dealerships in the Southwest.
We have excellent facilities here to serve our customers, including a full body shop, a fine service and parts area, a nice show room, and a three-story parking garage to store our vehicles. We will also continue to make improvements on the facility.
Kia is a special vehicle in that we have a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. The big thing with Kia is safety and price. It has a great crash test response and a very low price in relation to the quality of the vehicle.
When Kia first came to the United States, the product was not necessarily acceptable by many consumers. The company retooled the car, and today they are coming off the manufacturing line as good as any car in the world.
Jane and I were invited to South Korea by the company management, and we were totally impressed. Kia has an aggressive 10-year marketing plan that will rival any company.
We had never been to Korea before, and we found the country very interesting and refreshing. Many of the people are very shy, though not subservient. They are a very peaceful people. The country was decimated by war in the 1950s, and today many of the buildings are brand new and shining. There are new apartment complexes one after another.
The Kia executives treated us excellently, giving us a DVD and CD of our visit, including a complete movie when we left. Jane and I are also part of the movie.
The Kia dealership gives us a very good match with our Five-Star Crown Bristow location, which features the great products of Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler. Come out and see us at both locations.
We appreciate the support of all the fans at the Tulsa Talons games, including our season ticket holders, our sponsors and our advertisers. We try to give the fans the best in Arena 2 football, both on and off the field. This year has been highlighted by halftime performances of the Grambling band and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Both groups lived up to their billing, and the fans loved the performances.
Disney’s The Lion King is true top-notch Broadway entertainment at the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa. The choreography in the show is fantastic. I took my family, and everybody loved the show. The Lion King is in its ninth sold-out year on Broadway and will play here through July 2. It’s a must to see with the family if possible. It has won many awards, including the Astaire Award for outstanding Choreography, two Drama League Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Thank you Larry Payton of Celebrity Attractions for bringing this and many other great shows to our area!
I’m still wearing my Big Easy Rising bracelet. They are being sold as a fundraiser for small businesses in need due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the surrounding area. Check out the Web site at www.bigeasyrising.org.
Be sure to come and see us at both locations! We’ll be happy to visit, and we’ll beat any deal!