COVID-19 Information

In light of the growing public-health concern about coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share what we know about this illness so far, and what Marin Luxury Cars has been doing to prioritize your health and wellness. With that in mind, I specifically want to cover the following topics:

1.    The most up-to-date information about coronavirus and its overall impact to date.

2.    What you can do to help prevent illness and stay healthy.

3.    What Marin Luxury Cars has been doing to help keep employees and customers safe.

1. What We Know About Coronavirus
The coronavirus is a novel respiratory disease that has been spreading globally since late 2019. It presents a threat due to its newness, its contagiousness, and the lack of a vaccine or a clear treatment plan. The 
World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and local health officials are the trusted sources for the most accurate information, as well as updates on the status of vaccines and treatments (which are in development).

The coronavirus's health risk to date appears to be comparable to that of influenza, which many of us have experienced. The CDC provides the following data about the preliminary burden estimates of influenza for the 2019-2020 season in the United States (October 1, 2019-February 22, 2020), which are contrasted with current burden estimates of coronavirus globally:

*Data updated as of March 4, 2020; Source: New York Times.

Based on the data so far, it's worth noting that children do not appear to be more susceptible to coronavirus than adults. In fact, no deaths have been reported among the young. Additionally, based on existing cases, it's estimated that about 80 percent of people who are affected experience mild symptoms.

Unfortunately, coronavirus may live on certain surfaces at room temperature for several days. This, along with its rate of contagiousness, make it unlikely that the virus can be contained. And because its symptoms are similar to those of influenza, it initially may be hard to know if they are indicative of coronavirus or another illness.

2. What We All Can Do
Stay informed. It's important to process the considerable information we're all receiving in a balanced and thoughtful way. With that in mind, worrying or panicking in response to the overwhelming amount of information can create stress in the body, which is known to compromise immunity. The CDC provides a comprehensive overview of "
What You Should Know."

Boost your immune system. Now more than ever, it's essential to prioritize our health and well-being, and do all you can to boost your immune system so you're as healthy as possible, in the event you encounter this virus. Research shows that sustaining healthy habits supports immunity and can help prepare our bodies to better fight and recover from illnesses, including coronavirus. These include:

·  Stick to a nutrient-dense, toxin-free diet, including known immune-supportive foods like garlic and ginger. Avoid foods that tend to weaken the immune system, such as sugar, refined grains, industrial vegetable oils, and processed and refined foods, as much as you can.

·  Get plenty of sleep, ideally seven to eight hours a night. This is your body's time to perform preventive maintenance, which bolsters the immune system. Research shows that repeatedly short-changing sleep by even an hour or two can negatively affect immunity.

·  Get plenty of sunshine and supplemental vitamin D + K2. High levels of vitamin D have long been linked to lower rates of illness.

·  Consider taking additional vitamins, micronutrients, and supplements to support immunity, such as a high-quality multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3 fish oils, vitamin C, elderberry, and digestive enzymes. Probiotics and powdered greens have also been shown to support immune and gut health.

·  Get at least 20 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity exercise a day to prime the immune system. This movement results in the production of more white blood cells, which combat bacteria and viruses, and promotes improved circulation.

Practice good hygiene. These habits include:

·  Wash your hands frequently, and for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water to protect yourself and others from germs.

·  Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

·  Refrain from Handshaking.

·  Keep your hands away from your face, because germs routinely spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs, and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

·  Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx.

If you begin to develop cold- and flu-like symptoms or become ill, take care of yourself and minimize the spread to others by staying home. If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, call your healthcare provider immediately.

3. What Marin Luxury Cars Is Doing
At Marin Luxury Cars, we are monitoring the evolving situation and following the guidelines of the CDC in our dealerships and workspaces to keep our customers and team members safe, and our spaces clean. This includes:

·  Increasing our cleaning protocols using products such as Purell Healthcare Spray, which has been found to be effective against viruses such as coronavirus.

·  We have increased our cleaning and disinfecting the doors, handles, keyboard and desk areas.

·  Asking employees and customers to please refrain from visiting the dealership if they're not feeling well, as is always the case when it comes to illness, for their own good and the good of others.

·  Having plans in place should the need arise in any of our communities. We are meeting regularly to refine and update those plans as new information becomes available, and to continue learning as much as we can in order to make informed decisions.

While there is still more to learn about coronavirus, our intent in sharing this is to provide current and accurate information about the situation, and to offer pragmatic steps we all can take to keep our ourselves, our family and friends, and our communities healthy and safe, while minimizing panic.

We all have a responsibility to do our part to limit the spread of this virus and other illnesses, especially to those at a higher risk due to age, compromised immunity, or pre-existing conditions. Additionally, by doing as much as we can to stay healthy ourselves, we support the healthcare providers who will be caring for those in greater need when it becomes necessary.

Your health and happiness are paramount to us at Marin Luxury Cars, and we are committed to monitoring the situation, communicating openly with you, and doing anything we can to help with this situation and anything else that comes our way.

Thank you for your partnership in health.

Bret Feasel

General Manager

Many consumers think or feel that if they buy a new vehicle from an auto broker they get their best deal, well…Not necessarily true. The Auto Broker will mark up the cost and charge it to the consumer, mark up the rate or money factor (if a lease), or charge a “Broker Fee”. The broker fee is the only fee that must be shown on the contract; all other fees can be hidden within the deal itself (payment etc…). Now, an auto broker can save you the time of searching and negotiating with the Dealer, but at a cost. Years ago, when buying a vehicle was so stressful, and you never knew what the lowest price was or could be, auto brokers made sense (before the I-Net). When you tossed in your trade in, the stress level skyrocketed, what is my car worth? How much should I expect to get on a trade in, etc.? Today, after years of regulations by the Government, Auto Dealers must follow strict laws and processes, they kind of brought this on themselves, but it was due and good for consumers. With a plethora of information at the consumers fingertips (I-Net/Google, that web thing or as Richard Rollins says, the Interweb) consumers can easily find the price range on a particular vehicle in about one hour (if the I-net dept. are doing their job, 15 minutes - this is another blog upcoming). You can easily send 5-10 e-mails or leads in about 30-45 minutes to several dealer in your area, or even better, send a few outside your area (this will give a greater view of reality). Why would you go to an auto broker and pay a fee? By the end of the day you will have a much better idea of what you should be paying for the vehicle you want. Next, send out an e-mail or lead asking what your payment will be? You can also reach out to any credit union or your bank and ask what your payment will be, here is the kicker, based on your portfolio or credit report/score. Once you have secured all this information, you can go into your local dealer, I like buying local because the taxes help build better roads and improve our schools, and show them your research, if they want to sell a vehicle, they will match or, even beat the prices you got on line. Why would you pay the fee from and auto broker? One last note on this, you can even reach out to an auto broker and ask them for their price and payment, then, get it it writing (always) and show this research to your local dealer. Lastly let’s discuss the trade in? What is my vehicle worth? What can I or should I expect for my current vehicle? Again, before the Interweb, you had to rely on the dealer or auto broker for the value; now you have the ability to search values on your own. You can go to any Dealers website that signed up with KBB (Kelley Blue Book) instant cash offer product (ICO). Please understand, this is a bit different then going to KBB for a value. ICO asks more questions regarding the condition, if there is or were any accidents or damage, whether it was ever a rental and maintenance history. This deeper dive allows KBB to give a more realistic value; KBB has algorithms built in to properly appraise without view or driving your trade. In addition, KBB-ICO is a product that the Dealer has agreed to utilize (if they are a member) and will give you this value (the price/value is e-mailed to you in a certificate form to bring to the Dealer) as long as you have imputed the information and condition accurately (this is always a interesting part of the equation, as the owner seems to think it is nicer than the Dealer). Once again, with this information available to you, why would you pay a broker fee? Always remember, an auto broker is "NOT" a dealer. They can't sell you a car cheaper than a dealer because they must buy the car or get the price from; you guessed it, a Dealer. The Dealer must sell the vehicle to the auto broker, or give the price to the auto broker (so they can figure out the structure and quote you a price or payment) before you can utilize the auto broker. With that said, why would you not go directly to the Dealer? Save the broker fee, buy direct. Delivery of your new vehicle is something that should be and must be remembered! An auto broker is not trained or certified to deliver your vehicle; remember, they broker all makes and models. When you buy or lease from a Dealer, you are getting qualified or certified employee of that brand, they understand the options and safety features of that vehicle and can demonstrate, properly, those features. I can't begin to tell you how many clients, which purchased from a broker, stop by my Dealership and ask "how do you operate the Bluetooth streaming product"? How do you use Apple Car-play? How do you, etc... I even have had several clients that did not know they could send a call to roadside assistance for a lock out, battery jump or gas? Nearly 99% of the time, they purchased from some broker who thought they had "Car-Intelligence", but quickly realized, they were wrong! Again, armed with this knowledge alone, why would you pay the broker fee? Most important, you can always get up, walk out and go to a Dealer of your choice, they will most likely be within a few dollars of each other, or, you can get up and go to the broker. Now that you have this information, and 20+ years of education in the automobile business, what do you think, Auto Broker or Auto Dealer?

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