How Being Actively Involved in the Community is the Zimbrick Way

By nbetterbid | Posted in Community Information on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 7:00 AM
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When John Zimbrick purchased a Buick franchise in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1965, he used the term “civic rent” to describe the debt he paid to the local community. This “rent” included donations of both time and money to the people of Madison that has continued to this day.

8 Ways the Zimbrick Auto Group Remains Involved in the Community

United Way of Dane County

Zimbrick is among the biggest contributors to the United Way of Dane County thanks to an annual fundraising campaign that has included golf outings, softball tournaments, poker tournaments, and more where all money raised is given to the foundation.


Zimbrick’s technicians have a lot of knowledge about cars and they aren’t afraid to share it. High school students are brought on board to work as apprentices, a college scholarship program is in place and Zimbrick employees serve as judges for local automotive clubs.

Blood drives

Zimbrick’s biannual blood drives are some of the largest blood drives in all of Dane County.

Meals on Wheels

Fittingly, Zimbrick employees are involved in a weekly Meals on Wheels program in the local community.

Adopt a Highway

Just as fittingly, Zimbrick employees take part in an Adopt a Highway program to maintain a section of Verona Road.

Stuffed animal drive

Every year during the holiday season, Zimbrick employees have been collecting and donating new stuffed animals to be donated to children in area hospitals.

AIDS ride

Two particular Zimbrick employees ride some 300 miles across the state of Wisconsin every year to raise money for the fight against AIDS.

Cancer fundraising  

A Breast Cancer Golf Rally event, organized by a Zimbrick employee, helps raise money for the Carbone Cancer Center and the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation. Zimbrick has also teamed up with Chevrolet for test drive events where a donation is made to the American Cancer Society for every test drive made.

The Zimbrick Way

Serving the local community has been the Zimbrick way for decades and that commitment to the people of Madison is reflected in the many awards we’ve piled up over the years for our service to our customers.  

Visit your nearest Zimbrick location to connect with our associates and experience the Zimbrick way.


Turn Heads with the New Fully Loaded 2017 Hyundai Veloster

By nbetterbid | Posted in Hyundai on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 7:00 AM
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Quirky, unconventional, and sportier than most other hatchbacks on the road, the three-door 2017 Hyundai Veloster has been turning heads in cities across the U.S. With one over-sized driver door, two smaller passenger doors, and a lifting hatch, this compact sedan is great for city drivers and couples on-the-go looking for an edge.

Add in outstanding safety reviews, four trims, standard high-tech features, and a starting price of $18,100, and the Veloster is a great beginner car or upgrade for those that want practicality and uniqueness.

Four Trims for Maximum Customization

Choose from four trims, each with standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, rearview camera, and infotainment setup with 7-inch Display Audio AM/FM/SiriusXM with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™.


MSRP: $18,100


132 HP

Standout features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 6-way adjustable driver seat
  • Daytime Running Lights

Value Edition

MSRP: $21,350


132 HP

Standout features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof
  • 132-hp 1.6L GDI DOHC D-CVVT 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
  • 7-inch touchscreen navigation system
  • Automatic Temperature Control with auto defog
  • Dimension® premium audio with 8 speakers including subwoofer and external amp

Turbo R-Spec

MSRP: $21,600


201 HP

Standout features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 201-hp twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission with B&M Racing® sport shifter
  • Torque Vectoring Control (TVC)
  • Sport-tuned steering and suspension
  • Unique interior seating with red leatherette bolsters and cloth seat inserts


MSRP: $22,600


201 HP

Standout features:

  • Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Proximity key with push button start
  • 6-speed manual transmission or optional 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
  • Active Sound Design (ASD)
  • Unique front fascia/grille and body kit
  • Body color side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Unique high-end interior appointments

2017 Hyundai Veloster Special Features

Interior and Exterior

Inside the 2017 Hyundai Veloster, you’ll find plenty of room for storing gear for a weekend road trip with the back seats flipped down. The dash is sleek and inspired by a sport-bike design. For the Turbo trim, you’ll also get a the option for heated, leather-embossed front seats and panels and dynamic interior color-matching. On the outside, it’s like nothing else, with a third door, vivid color options, a distinct front grille and upgradeable exterior accents and wheel designs.

Power and Performance

The Veloster and Value Edition trims each feature a 132-hp 1.6L GDI DOHC D-CVVT 4-cylinder engine, fully capable for city and highway driving. The Turbo R-Spec and Turbo trims boost your power with a 201-hp twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. With only a $3,500 price difference between the standard model and the Turbo R-Spec, which will rev your interest more?


The 2017 Hyundai Veloster comes standard with 6 airbags, and plenty of high-end safety features like Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and much more. These features and more have earned it several awards and 5-star ratings.

Test-Drive a 2017 Hyundai Veloster at Zimbrick Automotive Group in Madison, WI

The best way to see all the best features of the 2017 Hyundai Veloster is to schedule a test-drive. With over 20 locations and more than 50 years of selling and servicing vehicles in Madison, Wisconsin, and the surrounding areas, Zimbrick Automotive Group is your friendly, knowledgeable source for new and used Hyundai vehicles. Visit us today. At Zimbrick Automotive Group, you’re in good hands.


How to Get Your Used Car to 200,000 Miles and Beyond

By nbetterbid | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 7:00 AM
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Now more than ever, it makes perfect economic sense to keep your car in good condition and running rather than trading it in for a newer model. If you’ve bought a used car within the past fifteen years, chances are it has outstanding fuel efficiency, modern safety upgrades, and is loaded with the latest navigation and infotainment technology.

No matter what kind of used car you own, these quick maintenance tips will help you get your vehicle to 200,000 miles and beyond.

4 Biggest Tips to Keep your Used Car Running Like New

The average U.S. car driver has a vehicle that is over 10 years old. Keeping your car well maintained will not only keep it alive past 200,000 miles, but could have it running better than most newer vehicles. Here’s how:

  1. Stay on Schedule

The first step in maintenance for any used car owner is to keep up with your service schedules without missing a beat. Read your vehicle’s service manual for mileage maintenance markers and make a calendar to stay on a reliable schedule for changing your oil, filter, tire rotation, spark plug replacement, and more. For those cars that use synthetic engine oil, the time between oil changes is even longer – but don’t forget! Missing even one routine service could damage your vehicle.

  1. Maintain Your Tires

At least once a month, it’s recommended that you check your tire pressure. Not only will this give you a smoother ride and get you consistent mileage, but you’ll also curb the risk of major alignment and brake issues. Always check the tread on your tires during a routine service, and don’t skimp on a better set if you are a daily commuter.

  1. Don’t Skimp on Replacement Parts

You’ll need to change your spark plugs, hoses, mufflers, timing belts and more over the life of your vehicle. To get it past 200,000 miles, always opt for manufacturer’s parts over generic parts. Purchase high-performance fluids and oils and extend the life of your vehicle. Time will wear any vehicle down, so do your best to slow it down. You’ll save more in the process.

  1. Check Your Liquids

Cooling systems, hoses, and pumps inside of used cars have it rough. If you fall out of the habit of checking and replacing fluids, you run the risk of a cracked radiator, busted hoses, or worse! During summer months, always check on your wiper fluid, radiator coolant, and water levels. During the winter, always give your car time to thaw. If you notice any odors or sludge, bring it to a service center asap.

Reliable Used Car Service In and Around Madison, WI 

Finding a mechanic you trust and scheduling service for your used car is easy. With over 20 locations and more than 50 years of selling and servicing vehicles in Madison, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas, Zimbrick Automotive Group is the quickest, most reliable place to keep your car up and running well past the 200,000 mile mark. With a full line of services, preventative maintenance and more, you’ll stay in peak condition for years to come. At Zimbrick Automotive Group, you’re in good hands.


Follow These Steps for Taking a Test Drive and Making a Great Purchase

By nbetterbid | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 2:00 PM
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Taking a test drive is one of the most integral steps to buying a car. But many consumers don’t know what it is they should actually be testing for when they get behind the wheel of a car they are considering buying.

Follow these steps to take a great test drive that is sure to make your purchasing decision a whole lot easier.

Step #1: Test before you drive

Your test drive begins before you actually put the car in drive. Get in and out of the car several times repeatedly, fully opening and closing the door and fastening your seatbelt each time. Locate the position of the turn signal and radio dials to test the ergonomics and check all your mirrors and blind spots to see how the car fits your eye.

Step #2: Know your needs

Your test drive should match your everyday driving style. If your morning commute consists of bumper-to-bumper traffic with a lot of braking, test out the stop-and-go performance of the car. If your commute is on a winding backroad, pay special attention to the handling and cornering.

Step #3: Test the specs

A test drive is also an opportunity to consider the activities you participate in and how the car suits those needs. Need a lot of trunk space for sporting equipment? Towing capabilities for a boat or camper? Make sure the car is well-equipped for these needs.

Step #4: Control the climate

If you live in a particularly hot or cold climate, it’s important to test out the heater or air conditioner. Some cars warm up and cool down better and quicker than others and the performance and efficiency of some cars is affected more by these systems.

Step #5: Push the limits

Find an empty parking lot where it’s safe to do so and test the hard braking and hard steering of the car. It’s important to know how the vehicle can perform in an emergency situation.

Test Driving a Used Car

If you’re test driving a used car, there’s a whole checklist of things you should inspect. Following these steps will help increase your chances of getting a great value on a used car.

Test Drive at Zimbrick

Now that you know how to make the most of your test drive, the final step is to visit one of the 25 Zimbrick locations in Wisconsin and get behind the wheel. We have over 3,000 vehicles in both new and used condition to choose from and a host of specials to take advantage of. Come see us for a test drive today.     

Torque vs. Horsepower explained

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 8:08 PM

What is the difference between Torque and Horsepower?

There are many drivers and car shoppers out there that are searching for a new vehicle that don’t know exactly what some of the specifications they reading about really mean. When researching new cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs, there is a lot of information offered and knowing what it all means will help you find the vehicle that is perfect for your specific driving needs. One of the things that confuses new and used car shoppers the most when performing the necessary research is horsepower and torque. Knowing what the difference is between torque and horsepower will help you pick an engine that suits your performance needs. Keep reading to find out how torque and horsepower are different from each other and what each one of them does. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Selecting the Best Possible Color for Your New Car

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 4:22 PM
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Things to Consider When Choosing the Color of a New Car

One of the most exciting things about selecting a car—besides deciding the model itself—is choosing the color. The exterior color of the car can say a lot about you as a driver, and about the car itself, and for that reason, it’s important to get it right. You may be quick to select your favorite color, and while that is fine, there are some other things that you want to consider when choosing the color. Some food for thought: Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways to Avoid Getting Motion Sickness in the Car

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 3:23 PM
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How to Prevent Motion Sickness While Driving

Summer is here, and that more than likely means that you’ll be spending more time in the car. Whether it’s a full-blown road trip, or just a few hours to a nearby destination, spending more than the usual time in the car can lead to car sickness or motion sickness, and if you’ve ever experienced that feeling, you know that it can really kill the excitement that you have about getting to your destination. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to prevent, or at least get through symptoms of motion sickness. Read the rest of this entry »

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Advantages

By blogsadmin | Posted in Used Cars on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 2:38 PM
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Benefits of Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Car

You’ve definitely heard of a used car, but you may be less familiar with a certified pre-owned car, which is, in essence, a used car, but that comes with what you could call a guarantee of quality. If you have been wondering whether you should buy a used car or a pre-owned car, we hope that we can help you to make your decision by taking a close look at some of the benefits that can come from buying a pre-owned car. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Increasing the Life of Your Tires and Saving Your Life

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 5:04 PM
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Three Life-Saving Tire Tips

Your car’s tires are the one single connection between your car and the road, and for that reason, it is important to make sure that they are in the best possible condition. Tires are one of those things that most people don’t pay much attention to unless they are not working properly. To ensure that you stay as safe as possible, however, it’s important to keep up with the maintenance of your tires. To help you out, we thought we would provide you with three potentially life-saving tips to know about your car tires. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways That You Can Save on Your Monthly Insurance Bill

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Tips for Lowering Your Car Insurance Bill

If you have been making some changes to your budget recently, one line item that you might be eyeing up is your car insurance bill. Depending on your driving record and the number of drivers and cars that you have on your policy, you could be paying quite a bit. Today, we thought we would look at a few ways that you can attempt to lower your car insurance bill. There are some common discounts out there that you can look at, and you can also look at switching providers. Here are some suggestions that we have. Read the rest of this entry »