DriveTime’s Salute to the Troops

DriveTime takes a moment to “Salute to the Troops” and celebrate our Veterans

For many of America’s military men and women, their return home can be a harsh reality; especially for those who come with life-altering injuries. Many veterans come home to ill family members, bills piling up, an unsteady economy and a severe lack of resources.

Every year the nation sets aside a single day, Veterans Day, to honor the men and women who have served our country in uniform. In like form, annually, DriveTime takes a moment to “Salute to the Troops” celebrating veterans from generations past, welcoming our new generation of veterans home from war and our future veterans still severing at home and abroad.

This year DriveTime awarded four vehicles to U.S. Army Veterans: Ret U.S. Army Staff Sargent Tommy Williams; Ret U.S. Army Petero Taufagu; Ret U.S. Army Veteran Emmanuel Adame; and US Air Force Veteran Retired Tech Sgt. Matthew Slaydon.

“Cars extend freedom to people. I think DriveTime really does extend freedom to the Veterans. We take freedom for granted and while we can never show our full appreciation for them we hope having a car will make their lives a bit easier.” – Lance Spotleson

Lance Spotleson, VP of DriveTime, traveled to Las Vegas this October to present the four vehicles to our deserving retired veterans. The 2017 Salute to the Troops event hosted was by the AirPower Foundation, a non-profit organization that was created with the mission of caring for military veterans and their families.

The fourth vehicle was presented to a Veteran located here the heart of Arizona. RET. USAF TSgt Matthew Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq. An improvised explosive device exploded about two feet from his face, throwing him almost 20 feet — leaving him so severely injured that he was almost unrecognizable. The explosion left him completely blind and doctors had to amputate his left arm above the elbow. He also suffered a collapsed lung and numerous facial fractures and lacerations in the attack. Slaydon was medically retired from the Air Force Aug. 27, 2009, as a technical sergeant.

“Was it worth it?” Slaydon asked. Yes, absolutely. I never got so much satisfaction out of anything in my life as disarming roadside bombs. Knowing that there are sons and daughters at home with their families because I did my job is what allows me to carry the weight.” – RET. USAF TSgt Matthew Slaydon

Slaydon doesn’t remember anything from the day that changed his life. However, we will all ways remember the day he changed our lives.

For more information on Slaydon’s story please check out: http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/554121/injured-eod-airman-returns-to-fuller-life/

While there is no way we at DriveTime could ever fully show our appreciation for the sacrifices these and many other Veterans have made for this country, we can only hope that we can help make the lives of our veterans a little easier through our donation.

URGENT NEWS: Florida DriveTime Customers and Employees

Florida and its neighboring states are preparing for the largest tropical storm in U.S. history.  Likewise, we are preparing to do all we can to support the affected communities and customers, and our employees.

What is DriveTime doing to help?

  • We are working with our affected employees to ensure they are not adversely impacted financially from the storm, and ensuring if they need any other assistance in getting their lives back together we are here to help.

We are taking steps to assist our affected loan customers, including:

  • We will be reaching out proactively to these customers to offer assistance
  • We will stop all collections calls
  • We will work to keep these customers in their vehicles, including providing time for them to get back on their feet before having to make payments again
  • All customers with vehicles that are totaled will be eligible for special programs, such as getting into new vehicles on favorable terms
  • Credit reporting for these customers will reflect the impact of these storms

How do we know who to help?  We use the FEMA designations for the disaster areas.  And, of course, we listen to our customers.

As we learn more about the likely devastation in the weeks and months ahead, we will look for opportunities to further assist the affected people and communities in Florida.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the storm’s path, and we commit to doing all we can to support them through this crisis.

URGENT NEWS: DriveTime Customers in Houston

Hurricane Harvey and the storms that followed have inflicted billions of dollars in damage in Texas and put millions of people at risk. The groundswell of support for these areas and the impacted people has been tremendous.  Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who suffered losses and/or will be starting the process to rebuild their lives and businesses.

What is DriveTime doing to help?

  • We are working with our affected employees to ensure they are not adversely impacted financially from the Hurricane and storms, and ensuring if they need any other assistance in getting their lives back together we are here to help.  We  have already begun to help employees with, for example, vehicles, clothing and housing, and we expect to be doing more in the days ahead.
  • We are taking steps to assist our affected loan customers, including:
    • We are reaching out proactively to these customers to offer assistance
    • We have stopped collections calls
    • We will work to keep these customers in their vehicles, including providing time for them to get back on their feet before having to make payments again
    • All customers with vehicles that are totaled will be eligible for special programs, such as getting into new vehicles on favorable terms
    • Credit reporting for these customers will reflect the impact of these storms
  • As we learn more about the devastation in the weeks and months ahead, we will look for opportunities to further assist the affected people and communities in Texas.

For those of you who may be personally assisting or giving in some way, thank you.

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2018 DriveTime Commercial: 2 Minute Time Machine

Good news! Tina and Tara have invented time travel! But with one minor catch. Their time machine only travels two minutes into the future and back. How useful is a two minute time machine? Incredibly useful it turns out!

In their latest adventure, Tina and Tara (affectionately known as the DriveTime Girls) go two minutes into the future in their custom built DriveTimeMachine to convince a used car shopper that she can–and will–get approved for a car loan and see her down payment all from the convenience of her phone in just two minutes. It sounds impossible, but what isn’t possible with time travel?

Watch the full video!

How could your future change in just two minutes? Find out by taking your own trip on the DriveTimeMachine. Get approved and see your real down payment in just two minutes on DriveTime.com.

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#DTRoadTrip: Our Fresno Finale!

We put the glamour of Los Angeles in the rear view and headed for the charming city of Fresno.

Tucked away in the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno has a much different atmosphere than California’s bustling coastal towns. It’s a big area that feels like a small town. That might be because everything seems small when compared to the massive Sierra Nevada mountains that tower over the sprawling city and neighborhoods.

There are some natural wonders that we are dying to see up in those mountains, but before we do, we need to stop and see our friends at DriveTime’s Bakersfield and Fresno dealerships.

Meet the Team!

From San Francisco Bay and Northern California, used car shoppers come from far and wide to check out DriveTime Bakersfield and Fresno. Their customer service expertise make them popular with customers, but what really makes them unique is the respect they get from their competitors. It’s not uncommon for a customer to walk through their doors and say, “I was referred to you by another dealer.” That’s because there are some customers with unique financing issues that only DriveTime can help, and the other dealerships know this.

DriveTime Bakersfield and Fresno’s relationship with their communities and their competitors is a special one that benefits everybody, especially the customer.

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