Ricart to host Career Night on Friday, Jan. 25
Do you know someone who would like to work at Ricart?
Ricart is hosting a career night at our Ricart Hyundai Kia
Mitsubishi Nissan showrooms from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and we are hiring
for sales positions.
Interested applicants should bring a resume and be prepared
to fill out a Ricart application. Applicants will likely meet Terry
DeRammelaere and Staci Wyss of Ricart's HR department.
Program provides assurances to Used Car Factory buyers
top Ricart: An exclusive Motor TrendCertified Advantage Dealer
(Nov. 16, 2010) -- Ricart Automotive Group is giving its used car
customers another reason why they can buy with confidence from The Used
Car Factory at the Ricart Mega Mall.
Today, Ricart became one of
the first dealerships nationwide to become an official Motor Trend®
Certified Advantage Dealer. CEO Rhett Ricart accepted the designation
in ceremonies at The Used Car Factory from Ira Gabriel, publisher of
Motor Trend® magazine, and Larry Dorfman, chairman and CEO of EasyCare, a
leading provider of automotive service contracts.
magazine, a publication of Source Interlink Media LLC and founded in
1949, is internationally recognized as a leading brand in automotive
publishing. Motor Trend has a circulation of 1.1 million and a
readership of 7.6 million.
The Motor Trend® Certified Advantage
Dealer program is a partnership between Motor Trend® and EasyCare®. The
program guarantees that certified pre-owned cars are thoroughly
inspected, fully repaired and guaranteed through a service contract for 6
months or 7,500 miles. Motor Trend's repair standards are stringent.
Other elements of the program include
- Paintless dent removal for 12 months
- Free key replacement for 12 months
- A 72-hour (maximum 300-mile) exchange policy
- A $500 additional trade-in guarantee when the vehicle is serviced at Ricart
- One year of EasyCare Personal Assistant, a 24-hour telephone concierge service for anything the customer needs
of Motor Trend®, said Ricart was thoroughly vetted before being
accepted into the program. Examined were Ricart's customer service index
scores, its relationship with manufacturers and its community service.
Gabriel said Ricart was the only Ohio dealership so far to become Motor
Trend certified. As of mid-November, there were just 40 Motor Trend
Certified Advantage dealers nationwide.
"We're thrilled to offer
Motor Trend certification," Ricart says. "Our customers get an extra
assurance that they'll be as happy six months from now as they are the
day they bought their late model car from Ricart Automotive.
"For us at Ricart, we've found another way to make sure we're delivering the very best to our customers."
State's support strengthens Bloom program
top Ohio State Highway Patrol partnerswith Bloom Driving School
Ohio State Highway Patrol is now an official partner of the Bloom
School of Driving Dynamix Inc., which offers specialized driving
instruction at the Ricart Test Track.
OSHP became an official partner in October. Other partners are Ricart, AAA and the Franklin County Juvenile Traffic Court.
news means OSHP will routinely staff BSDD's Saturday Car Control Drills
Program, which BSDD offers at the Ricart Test Track at the Ricart Mega
Mall. The OSHP's interest is in keeping teen drivers safe on the road.
very pleased and proud to be affiliated with such a highly respected
organization as the highway patrol," says Mark Bloom, president. "This
partnership enhances our relationships with Franklin County Juvenile
Traffic Court and AAA and it further validates what we offer."
founded the driving school in 2005 after many years of road racing
sports cars and teaching advanced and high performance driver training.
That background gives him unusual insight into the physics of driving.
For example, he knows what will happen when a driver brakes
significantly while making a hard left -- and he knows how speed will
change that outcome.
passes along his knowledge to his BSDD students, many of whom are
referred to Bloom?s driving program by Franklin County Juvenile Traffic
Court. His instruction includes two hours of class time and four hours
behind the wheel of their car at the Ricart Test Track.
our drills, we show these young drivers -- in a controlled environment
-- how speed affects even the simplest maneuver," Bloom says. "We take
away that first 'wide-eyed' moment and then offer feedback and coaching
on what happened, why it happened and what to do if it happens again in
Bloom offers insights into how to control a moving vehicle under
adverse circumstances, Ohio State Highway Patrolmen explain the legal
ramifications and driving dangers that teen drivers face.
important instruction particularly for teen drivers, few of whom have
any experience driving in bad weather or in heavy traffic. In 2008, more
than 800,000 U.S. teen drivers age 15-18 were involved in
police-reported traffic crashes.
has allowed BSDD to use the Ricart Test Track since 2008, because "it's
the right thing to do," says Rhett Ricart, CEO. "We all want our kids
to be safe. We're happy to make our test track available to someone like
Mark Bloom. His racing background has given him tremendous insight into
how to handle a moving vehicle in all kinds of road conditions."
in 1953 as a stand-alone Ford store in Canal Winchester, Ricart
Automotive Group today operates the 60-acre Ricart Mega Mall in
southeast Columbus. The group includes Ford, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia,
Mitsubishi and Nissan new-car franchises and The Used Car Factory.
For more information about Bloom School of Driving Dynamix Inc., go to www.bloomdrivingdynamix.com.
Ricart updates, expands service and showroom
Ricart enters luxury market with Equus
(Sept. 10, 2010) - Ricart Automotive will enter the luxury car market
this fall when Hyundai Motor America delivers its first Equus to the
Equus is a full-size premium luxury sedan that
Hyundai designed to attract American car buyers who now drive Mercedes
S-Class, Lexus LS 460 and BMW 740 and 750 model cars.
Equus is starting out as new model in the Hyundai line-up, it eventually
will be a separate high-end brand much like Lexus is to Toyota and
Infiniti is to Nissan, said Rhett Ricart, co-owner and CEO.
is the Hyundai's flagship in the premium luxury sedan market," Ricart
said. "But with prices starting at $55,000, Equus will be available at
two-thirds the price of its competition."
Initially, the Equus
will come in two styles -- the Equus Signature, starting at $55,000, and
the Equus Ultimate, starting at $65,000. Both come with standard 375 HP
-V8 engines. The Equus will be available in four different exterior
colors and in three interior colors.
But there's more. "This car has more standard features that most of us can only imagine," Ricart said.
Other exclusive features include:
-- Reclining rear seats with a massage system, air conditioning and heat
-- A rear entertainment system
-- A rear console refrigerator
-- A rear seat electronic head restraints
-- A forward view cornering camera
-- Nine air bags for safety
Plus, the owner's manual will be electronic, complimentarily delivered to the Equus new-car customer on an Apple iPad.
also plans to court its luxury shoppers with service. Qualifying
customers can test-drive the Equus Signature or the Equus Ultimate from
their homes, courtesy of a Ricart Hyundai salesman who takes the car to
Once they buy, Equus owners can request a Ricart valet to
come and pick up their car for service and return it to their home or
place of work, at no extra charge.
Ricart's 14 Hyundai salesmen
are undergoing 20 hours of training so they can answer new customers'
questions and deliver the world-class service that luxury car owners
look for. Ricart expects to sell about 75 Equus vehicles a year.
Co-owner Fred Ricart said Equus is perfect for Ricart.
breaking into the U.S. luxury market with the Equus, and so are we,"
Fred Ricart said. "Equus is a great fit for us, because our customers
will be getting all the perks at a great price. Ricart has always
delivered that kind of value."
Founded in 1953 as a stand-alone
Ford store in Canal Winchester, Ricart Automotive Group today operates
the 60-acre Ricart Mega Mall in southeast Columbus. It now includes
Ford, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Nissan new-car franchises and
The Used Car Factory.
Math teacher wins right to drive 2011 Ford Focus for a year
Ricart honors GMHS teacher
10th grade algebra and geometry teacher at Groveport-Madison High
School won free use of a 2011 Ford Focus for the next year, courtesy of
Diana Bossie, a 9-year teaching veteran at
Groveport-Madison High School, discovered that she won when her key
opened the driver's side door to the red Focus. Bossie lives in Canal
She and about eight other educators, all of whom were
named teachers of the month during the 2009-2010 school year, had equal
chances to win use of the car. Ricart presented keys to each of the
teachers who, in turn, tried to open the locked door.
recognized Groveport-Madison's teacher of the year for each of the past
five years by presenting them use of a new Ford Focus. Winners are
responsible for insurance, licensing and taxes.
annually presents a $500 scholarship to a deserving Groveport-Madison
High School senior. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Doug
Espie, who plans to study music at Capital University. Doug plays the
Rick Ricart, spokesman for Ricart Automotive, made the
presentations for the company during May ceremonies at the high school
"We at Ricart Automotive believe that education is key
to our children's success and the success of Central Ohio as a strong
business community," Rick Ricart said. "We are happy to support the work
that Groveport-Madison teachers are doing, and we are happy to
encourage students like Doug Espie as they continue their education
beyond high school."
Ricart Automotive's 60-acre Mega Mall is just 1.25 miles from Groveport-Madison High School.
in 1953 as a stand-alone Ford store in Canal Winchester, Ricart
Automotive Group has grown to include Ford, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia,
Mitsubishi and Nissan new-car franchises. It also operates a large Used
Car Factory store.
Ricart has 40 positions it needs to immediately fill
Ford's success fuels Ricart hiring
Columbus (March 31, 2010) - Ricart Automotive is hiring.
Columbus-based auto dealership has 40 vacancies, ranging from
entry-level cashiers, valets and vehicle prep jobs to sales and service
technician positions at its Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi and
Nissan new-car dealerships and the Used Car Factory.
Salaries range from $10 an hour to $75,000 annually. Numerous part-time positions are also available.
the current job market, we don't expect these positions to be empty
very long," said Rhett Ricart, president and CEO, "but we want to get
the word out so everyone can have the same chance."
Success is fueling Ricart's need:
Motor Co. has been increasing its U.S. market share of the new-vehicle
sales for more than a year. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Co. announced
that sales for every brand and in every product category pushed the
company to a 43 percent sales increase in February, over the year
before. February sales were 22 percent higher than in January.
Motor Co., as well as Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Kia, are
capitalizing on the challenges that General Motors, Chrysler and Toyota
are facing. All are offering well-qualified buyers zero percent
financing on many models for terms of 60 or 72 months.
- Almost all are offering cash incentives for Toyota trade-ins.
owners who are opting to keep their existing cars are also spending
more money on service, so Ricart is expanding its service capacity. A
$400,000 renovation at Ricart Imports is turning space once occupied by
Isuzu's new-car showroom into a new Imports service drive-in. Isuzu
pulled out of the American market two years ago.
owners know that following their car's maintenance schedule is the best
way to guarantee a longer life for any vehicle," Ricart said.
accepts online applications at Ricart.com. Information about jobs is
available by clicking on the "about us" tab on Ricart's Web site.
Applicants can also send resumes to Terry DeRammelaere, director of human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or applicants can apply in person at Ricart Automotive, 4255 S. Hamilton Road, Columbus.
Ricart is an equal employment opportunity employer.
2010 Columbus International Auto Show
Auto show premier gala now open to the public
you want to mingle with some of the best automotive minds in the
Columbus market, you now have a great opportunity come Wednesday, March
17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
That's the day that
the 2010 Columbus International Auto Show kicks off with its annual
"Cars are the Stars" Preview Gala, sponsored by the Columbus Dispatch.
Doors open at 7 p.m. The car show opens to the public the following day.
The gala is black-tie optional.
are $250 apiece for the gala. Tables for 10 run $2,500. A portion of
the expense will be tax deductible, because proceeds from the gala will
benefit two local nonprofits:
-- The Stefanie Spielman Fund for
Breast Cancer Research and The Ohio State University Comprehensive
Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove
-- The Make-A-Wish Foundation's Central Ohio Region, which includes Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
a prime opportunity for anyone in the market for a new car," says Rhett
Ricart, co-owner of Ricart Automotive, chairman of this year's auto
show and president of the Columbus Auto Dealers Association.
are car people," Ricart said. "Not only will you see the latest,
greatest and hottest new cars available today, but you can talk to
dealers who have a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the auto industry and
the industry's latest technological developments."
Entertainment for the evening will be the Hoo Doo Soul Band. The ticket price also includes dinner and drinks.
preview party has always provided attendees the very first chance to
see the season's hottest new cars, which will fill the convention center
floor for the 2010 Columbus auto show, March 18-21. But in the past,
attendees have primarily been invited guests - those who work in the
automotive industry and their vendors.
This is the first time
that the preview party has been advertised as open to the public, says
Nikki Bragg, auto show manager with the Columbus Auto Dealers
Those interested in attending the gala can call Bragg at (614) 799-2232 for ticket information.
auto show will open to the public at noon on Wednesday, March 18 and
run through Sunday, March 21. Tickets to attend the auto show only are
$8 apiece. Children 12 and under are admitted free when they are
accompanied by an adult.
Details are available regarding the
four-day auto show at the auto show's Web site at
www.columbusautoshow.com, including a link to purchase tickets online.
Ricart Ford Wins President's Award
|Publication:The Columbus Dispatch;
||Date:May 9, 2009;
RICART WINS COVETED AWARD
Story by the Columbus Cars staff
corks weren't flying nor bubbly being poured over employees' heads, but
there definitely was some celebrating taking place at the Ricart Ford
showroom at the Ricart Mega Mall on Thursday.
winning the NFL Super Bowl trophy for dealerships," Rhett Ricart said
just after he and his brother Fred had accepted Ford Motor Co.'s
prestigious President's Award.
Making the presentation was
Ford Regional Manager Michael O'Brien. The President's Award is only
given to the top 1 percent of Ford dealerships for excellence in
customer satisfaction in new-car sales and warranty service.
be such a high-volume dealership and keep those customers happy is
something special," O'Brien told the employees and well wishers
He also presented the brothers with an award they've won before: the One Hundred Club award, which recognizes top
dealerships' sales activity. Ricart Ford
ranks No. 44 in new-vehicle sales activity, O'Brien noted, out of some
3,800 Ford dealerships nationally.
O'Brien said the Ricart
dealership is enthusiastic, passionate about its products and loyal to
the brand. "We're really proud of the job they've done and the
representation they provide (Ford)," he said.
"It's a lot
easier to sell the cars than to make everyone happy," Fred said
following the presentation. Fred also marked the occasion by singing a
song while playing his trademark guitar.
ranking high in customer satisfaction, Fred gave credit to the
dealership's new user-friendly Internet site and the skills of its
service employees for pushing them over the top.
always been chasing the President's Award," said Rhett, who said it was
a dream of their father, Paul Ricart Sr., to win this particular award.
"He'd be crying," Rhett said of his late father if he were still here.
Ford has won a lot of awards from Ford during the years, including the
Salute to Dealers Award three years ago. The Ford Foundation awards the
Salute to Dealers annually to 12 dealers recognizing their community
No doubt one of the reasons why Ricart Ford
won that honor was because of something that happened later that day.
In front of the student body of Groveport Madison High School, nine
teachers were given the chance to win the free use of a new Ford Focus
for a year.
During the school year, the student body votes
on a teacher of the month, placing the teacher in the running for the
Teacher of the Year honors. At a school rally on Thursday, all of the
nominated teachers were given gift baskets and drew one of nine random
keys - one of which unlocked the door to a new Ricart car.
the state of the economy, school officials weren't sure if the
tradition of the free car for the year would continue. But Fred and
Rhett both said they never considered not doing it. After all, it's a
five-year tradition, Fred noted, and the students get so excited.
year, Tim Brown, a physical-education teacher and football coach, drew
the lucky key for this year, winning use of the brand-new Ford Focus
decked out with Groveport Madison High School and Ricart stickers.
PHOTO BY JOHN KNOUFF Ford Regional Manager
Michael O'Brien (left) presents Ricart Automotive Group co-owners Rhett
Ricart and Fred Ricart with the dealership's first President's Award as
well as an award the dealership has won several times before: the One
Hundred Club award.
Ford Motor Credit recognizes Ricart
Ricart lauded as a "top 100" Ford dealer
Ricart Ford is now recognized as one of Ford Motor Credit Co.'s best customers.
Golliher, Cincinnati Regional Manager for Ford Motor Credit Co.,
presented Rhett Ricart, president and CEO, and Jim Moshier, general
sales manager for Ricart Ford, with a plaque acknowledging Ricart as a
"top 100" Ford Credit contract volume dealer. The award was presented
Feb. 24 at the Ford dealership.
Ricart Ford is the only Central
Ohio dealership to receive that designation. The award recognizes the
many Ricart customers who finance new and used cars and trucks through
Ford Motor Credit.
Ford Motor Credit Co. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., the only North American automobile
manufacturer that did not tap federal subsidies for a financial bailout
last year. That and Ricart's designation as a Top 100 Ford Credit dealer
means good things for Ricart's customers.
"The environment at
Ford Motor Co. is much better than a typical bank - or for other lending
institutions, for that matter," Ricart said. "People who tried to
finance a vehicle seven months ago might now qualify. That reflects
The award from Ford Motor Credit Co. is a
first. Ford Motor Co. has recognized Ricart as one of its top 100 Ford
dealers for many years but there has been no similar recognition at Ford
Motor Credit - until now.
"This is a big deal," Golliher said.
said Ricart is Ford Credit's largest volume dealer within its
Cincinnati region, which includes Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia
and portions of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Illinois.
"By being the biggest dealer in the region, we're also the best dealer in the region," Ricart said.
addition to selling new Fords, Ricart Automotive Group offers new
Hyundais, Kias, Mazdas, Mitsubishis and Nissans, and it has a huge used
car business at the Used Car Factory. All are located within the
60-acre Ricart Mega Mall in southeast Columbus.