Not all the best gifts fit under the tree: Drive away with your dream ride this holiday

Dec. 17, 2018

This paid piece is sponsored by Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls.

Does your holiday dream gift have four wheels? We’ve got the perfect present for you.

The only tough part might be deciding which one you want at the top of your wish list.

BMW 8 series

It has been 30 years since BMW launched the 8 series, and this is a reinvention worth the wait.

“It’s the definition of a luxury sports car,” said Tyson Elder, sales consultant at Luxury Auto Mall. “It has a sexy body line. It is tremendously powerful.”

Offering all-wheel drive, it’s “a true driver’s car,” Elder said.

“It’s a car that didn’t have anything overlooked. With its power and performance and luxury amenities and cockpits, it’s everything rolled up in one car.”

The new 8 series just arrived at Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls, and customers were waiting.

“We even had customers nationally who wanted one,” Elder said. “And, of course, some of our valued clients were among the first to get one.”

Convertible season – really!

Here’s a reason to rethink when convertible season really is.

“There’s a big shopping advantage,” said Mike Chaplin, Luxury Auto Mall general manager. “If you’re going south, buy a convertible now. We have them, and we’d love to find a home for them in Arizona or Florida or California. You’ll be buying a good time.”

Many convertible owners trade in late in the year because they don’t want to store the vehicles, Chaplin explained.

“We have late-model, S-class convertibles, and we also have brand-new 2019 convertibles,” he said. “And if you’re staying in town for the winter, it’s still a good time to buy. We’ll be glad to hold onto it for you until convertible season, so you don’t have to worry about storing it.”

Must-see SUVs

You don’t see names such as Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche on dealerships in Sioux Falls, but you often can find their luxury vehicles at Luxury Auto Mall.

“They’re mostly SUVs right now, and there’s considerable demand,” Chaplin said.

Test drive a Porsche Cayenne midsize luxury crossover or Porsche Macan, a five-door luxury crossover utility vehicle.

Explore the Jaguar F-Pace, a compact luxury crossover SUV.

Or drive home in a Land Rover SUV.

“We have the Range Rover Supercharged – it’s a diesel – and we just took in a Sport, which is the next size down, and they’re both 2017,” Chaplin said.

Racers’ dream

If there’s a little racer in your blood, put one of these vehicles on the wish list.

The Mercedes AMG and the BMW M, which stands for motorsports, are derived from vehicles that can really speed around the track.

“It’s phenomenal driving them,” Chaplin said. “They’re obviously fast, have a lot of torque, but they’re still luxurious, so you’ll get everything as far as comfort and technology.”

And how about pairing your dream ride with a dream trip? Both brands offer to treat new owners with a day of lessons at their driving academies, where you’ll ride with the experts and take a spin around the track yourself.

Giving back

There’s a vehicle in the Luxury Auto showroom this month that most would tell you is the most important one on the floor.

It’s a Mercedes Metris van, and it’s filled with gifts bound for Sanford Children’s Hospital.

“It’s fun to watch. Every day, more toys show up, and we invite the employees to come with us when we deliver and drop them off,” Chaplin said. “It’s by far the most touching thing you can do.”

Sanford provides a list of what’s needed for babies through older kids staying at the hospital during the holidays. Parents then can pick out toys at the children’s hospital.

“One of our values is to be a good community citizen, and this ties our employees into a greater purpose,” Chaplin said. “Every day, we sell cars, and because they do such a good job, we’re able to give back. It reminds all of us that we’re not just here doing our jobs. We’re part of something greater than the walls of the store.”

Not all the best gifts fit under the tree: Drive away with your dream ride this holiday

Does your holiday dream gift have four wheels? We’ve got the perfect present for you. The only tough part might be deciding which one you want at the top of your wish list.

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