GAP joining with SecureRisk

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SecureRisk and Georgia Agency Partners (GAP) Combine to Form the Nation’s Fourth-largest Insurance Agency Partnership
The two Georgia-based associations join resources together.

(GEORGIA, U.S.) SecureRisk, which has over 100 independent insurance agencies working in all 50 states with more than $4 billion in annual premiums, is excited to announce that Georgia Agency Partners (GAP), an agency group with more than 30 member offices across the Southeast, will be joining the Tucker, Ga. agency partnership.

SecureRisk and GAP, ranked 5 and 14, respectively, on Insurance Journal’s 2022 Top 20 Agency Partnerships list, will consolidate to create the nation’s fourth-largest agency partnership with nearly $600 million in property/casualty revenue.

“We are thrilled that GAP agencies are becoming part of the SecureRisk team,” said SecureRisk CEO Brian Bandrowsky. “This alliance gives us greater strength, buying power, and reach. With these advantages, we can deliver more options and better value to our customers.”

With two of the nation’s top 20 agency partnerships joining forces, member agencies will be working with a dedicated team consisting of former agency, broker, carrier, and consulting experience and will be able to provide greater benefits, a larger marketplace presence, and more robust resources for their clients.

Bandrowsky continued, “Both GAP and SecureRisk have over 25 years each operating as networks, which makes this unification so powerful.”

“We are pleased to have our two Georgia agency partnerships join forces,” said Brad Powell, GAP Chairman. “Through the integration planning process, it has become even more apparent that our associations share common values, goals and a commitment to putting our members and their clients first. This strategic alignment cements our status as a major player in the insurance industry.”

SecureRisk agents provide a range of products for nearly any insurance need, including automobile, homeowners, commercial property & casualty, workers’ compensation, bonds, risk management, loss control, health, life, employee needs, and more. With an excess of $3 billion in combined insurance premiums, each member of SecureRisk is able to offer policies underwritten by some of the most respected and financially stable insurance companies in the world. And because the agencies are still independently owned, customers’ best interests take priority, unlike agencies that are bank-owned or only represent one company.

MORE INFORMATION ON SECURERISK
Based in Tucker, Ga., SecureRisk is a cooperative venture of over 100 exclusive independent insurance agencies and 750 licensed agents collaborating to bring the most comprehensive coverage and best insurance solutions to their clients at the most competitive price. Originally founded as Shared Agency Services, LLC in Georgia and later expanded into Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Shared Agency Services rebranded to “SecureRisk” in 2012 to illustrate its commitment to securing the assets and risks of the communities the agents serve. In 2022, Georgia Agency Partner (GAP) joined SecureRisk to create the nation’s fourth-largest agency partnership with nearly $600 million in property/casualty revenue. Today, SecureRisk maintains more than 130 member offices nationwide and strategic alliances and relationships with hundreds of regional and national carriers, brokers, and vendors. For more information, visit SecureRisk Insurance Solutions on the web at securerisk.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party to Benefit Local Boys & Girls Club Set for Nov. 7

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(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) The Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County will hold their largest annual fundraising event, the Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party, on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat at 265 Drivers Way in Hardeeville, S.C.

Hunt, Fish & Shoot will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a Jeep Rally. A raffle will follow, featuring donations from local businesses, corporations and individuals. Raffle items include hunts, fishing charters, guns, kayaks, dinners and date nights for men and women among other gifts.

All raffle ticket purchases will support the club’s programs and services. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to offer our Jasper and Beaufort County communities the chance to win these amazing prizes that are generously donated by our sponsors who support our programs at the Boys & Girls Club,” said Chris Protz, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.

Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat and Enmarket are the presenting sponsors for the event.

“We have been supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry for many years, and we are so pleased that we are able to contribute with this fun event for the community,” said Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock.

The programming of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County is designed to empower youth to excel in school, practice good citizenship and lead healthy, productive lives.

“The sponsors and attendees of this event are key to making this night the success it has been in recent years,” said James Dismond, area director of resource development for the Boys & Girls Clubs. “I love seeing our community come together to support the future of our Lowcountry youth and to help the Jasper County Boys & Girls Clubs continue to have a positive impact.”

The Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party is also sponsored by Latitude Margaritaville of Hilton Head, Palmetto Electric, Premier Exteriors, Vaux Marscher Berglind P.A, Everlasting Memories Event Planning and Epperson Service Experts. For more information, visit https://www.bgclowcountry.org/jasper-county-events.

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
For more than 32 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry have enabled young people as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nine clubs impact around 10,000 young people annually. Clubs are located in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Northern Beaufort County and Jasper County. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. In a national Harris survey of Boys & Girls Club alumni, 54 percent said the club saved their lives. Learn more at http://www.bgclowcountry.org and https://www.facebook.com/boysandgirlsclubofthelowcountry.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 21 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843) 208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party to Benefit Local Boys & Girls Club Announced for Nov. 8

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Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party to Benefit Local Boys & Girls Club Announced for Nov. 8
Hosted by Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) The Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County will hold its largest annual fundraising event, the Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party, on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat at 265 Drivers Way in Hardeeville.

Local businesses, corporations and individuals are donating prizes, and all raffle ticket purchases support the club’s programs and services.

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Singing guitarist, Brad Wells, to be featured at the Hunt, Fish & Shoot Party on Nov. 8

“We’re hoping our Jasper and Beaufort County communities will take advantage of the opportunity to win amazing raffle prizes generously donated by our sponsors while also supporting programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County,” said Chris Protz, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry.

Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat and Derry Plantation are the presenting sponsors. Hunt, Fish & Shoot will begin at 6 p.m., and tickets are free. Raffle items include hunts, fishing charters, guns, kayaks, dinners, date nights for men and women and other items.

“We have been supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry for many years, and this is one more way for us to contribute,” said Peacock Automotive president & CEO Warner Peacock. “We’re looking forward to a great turnout and lots of funds raised for the Jasper club.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County has five core program areas — arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills and sports, fitness and recreation. The programs are designed to empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives.

“Our sponsors and raffle item donors are the intricate piece to this successful puzzle,” said DeLauren White, director of program development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry. “I love seeing our community come together to support the futures of our Lowcountry youth. By supporting and attending this event, you are directly supporting the programming within our Jasper County Club.”

ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY 
For more than 32 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry have enabled young people as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, seven clubs serve 9,814 young people annually. Clubs are located in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Northern Beaufort County and Jasper County. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. In a national Harris survey of Boys & Girls Club alumni, 54 percent said the club saved their lives. Learn more at http://www.bgclowcountry.org and https://www.facebook.com/boysandgirlsclubofthelowcountry.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive dealerships representing 14 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Peacock Subaru Hilton Head Donates Science Books to Okatie Elementary School

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Peacock Subaru Hilton Head Donates Science Books to Okatie Elementary School

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Subaru Hilton Head, as part of its effort to improve education in its community, donated 150 award-winning science books to Okatie Elementary School.

Throughout the month of August, the dealership, located at the Peacock Auto Mall on Highway 278 near Bluffton, S.C., asked customers to personalize custom labels for the science books that were supplied by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“We’re pleased to take part in the Subaru Loves Learning initiative, which reflects the desire of our team members and customers to improve the education and the lives of those in this community,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “It reflects the larger goal of the Subaru Love Promise Community to make a positive impact in the world in which we live and work.”

Okatie Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School that has earned “Palmetto Gold” statewide honors for student achievement and closing achievement gaps. Its mission, based on science, health and technology, is to meet students’ academic needs while promoting character development, leadership and healthy lifestyles.

For more information about Peacock Automotive or the Peacock Subaru Hilton Head dealership, visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ or call (843) 208-1258.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, S.C., Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Peacock Automotive Opens Audi Dealership in S.C. Lowcountry and Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Oct. 4

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Peacock Automotive Opens Audi Dealership in S.C. Lowcountry and Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Oct. 4

American Heart Association to Unveil Theme of the 2019 Heart Ball and the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry to Honor Warner Peacock

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Peacock Automotive will hold a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 4, for its new $6 million Audi Hilton Head dealership prominently located at the entrance to Peacock Auto Mall on Highway 278 in Hardeeville, S.C. A VIP reception will be held that evening at 5:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony with Audi representatives, Peacock Automotive representatives and local officials will take place at 6:30 p.m. The public and the media are invited to attend.

Jeremy Davis Quintet will perform during the event and food will be provided by Skull Creek Boathouse. Three to four hundred guests are expected to attend the event at 46 Auto Mall Blvd.

“We’re excited to show off our new facility at our event. We’ve increased the inventory of all of our Audi vehicles, and have more than two times the space of our former vehicle display, sales, customer waiting and service and parts areas to better serve our clients,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “You’ll still see the same friendly faces in both sales and service and you’ll see some new folks, as well.”

In addition to new automobile sales, the new Audi Hilton Head features a state-of-the-art repair center. It is also a dedicated Audi Sport facility, which provides an expanded inventory of high-performance Audi Sport models along with Audi Sport factory parts and accessories.

“Audi Hilton Head is ushering in a new era in the South Carolina Lowcountry,” Peacock added. “The quality of our products is reflected in its architecture, décor and equipment. Like our products and our customer-centric associates, this facility will stand out from the competition to create a premium customer experience.”

During the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, the American Heart Association will also kick off the 22nd Annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast by announcing the gala theme. Audi Hilton Head is the Legacy Sponsor of the American Heart Association’s 2019 Heart Ball.

Additionally, Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry will present Mr. Peacock with an award during the event. Peacock Automotive has been a high-level sponsor of the Clubs for many years through a variety of partnerships and sponsorships.

For more information about Peacock Automotive or the Audi Hilton Head dealership, visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/ or https://www.audihiltonhead.com or call (843) 208-1258. For additional information about or to RSVP for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, contact Jill Jauch at jj@peacockautomotive.com.

 

Peacock Automotive

 

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive, Joins Automobile Dealers Association Board of Directors

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Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive, Joins Automobile Dealers Association Board of Directors

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive, has been appointed to the board of directors for the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association (SCADA).

Warner Peacock Headshot

Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive

The organization has about 250 members who account for more than 90 percent of new vehicles sold in the state. The association works on behalf of its members on public policy, regulatory issues and economic developments that impact the automotive industry.

SCADA is one of the most respected trade associations in the state, and I am honored to become a member of its board,” said Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Being part of a larger voice that forges meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships between South Carolina’s auto dealers and our local, state and federal representatives reinforces our mission at Peacock Automotive to create positive experiences for and lasting relationships with our customers.”

SCADA was formed in 1937 to represent independently owned automobile and truck dealerships. It offers title services, business forms, information industry publications, educational forums and a fully licensed insurance agency. The majority of its members are family-owned businesses that have been serving customers in local communities for generations.

Peacock Automotive operates a network of dealerships in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina that employs more than 700 people and annually sells more than 16,000 cars and trucks. The company is headquartered at the Peacock Auto Mall near Bluffton, S.C. For more information about Peacock Automotive, please visit www.peacockautomotive.com/

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Peacock Automotive Collision Center Earns Certifications and Undergoes Renovations

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Peacock Automotive Collision Center Earns Certifications and Undergoes Renovations

(RIDGELAND, S.C.) Peacock Automotive has recently earned new manufacturers’ certifications and completed building renovations at its Collision Center, located at 1667 N. Okatie Hwy in Ridgeland, S.C.

“We have been working on continuous improvement since the facility opened in 2014, continually educating our technicians and estimators,” said Joanie Iaco, Manager of Peacock Collision Center. “We have been able to earn several certifications with additional manufacturers and have added new technicians to our staff.”

Specializing in all types of collision repair from frame straightening to suspension, Peacock Collision Center’s 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility features precision equipment and computerized paint-mixing systems. To achieve the certified status with manufacturers, the company has worked to maintain its current equipment while investing in new equipment and technology.

The new certifications, which primarily focus on the repair of specific manufacturers’ vehicles, include:
• Assured Performance Certification
• FCA Recognized Certified Repair Facility Program (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, MOPAR)
• Enterprise Elite Service Partner Program
• Ford National Body Shop Network
• Hyundai Recognized Certified Repair Facility Program
• Kia Recognized Repair Facility Program
• Audi Aluminum & Factory Certified
• VW Factory Certified
• Honda/Acura Profirst Certified
• Nissan/Infiniti Factory Certified
• I-CAR Gold

“We are dedicated to maintaining strong manufacturer affiliations and performance certifications,” Iaco explained. “This helps assure our customers that their vehicles will be attended by a team of experienced technicians who do everything possible to get them back to like-new condition, no matter the extent of the damage.”

Other recent improvements include renovations to the customer lounge and employee lounge. New individual desk spaces were also added to the adjusters’ area.

“Customers can now enjoy watching a big-screen TV from comfortable leather chairs or from new café-style high-top tables while they wait to get back on the road,” Iaco added. “We strive to make the repair process as pleasant and hassle-free as possible, and offer the kind of stellar hospitality that drivers expect from Peacock Collision Center.”

For more information about Peacock Collision Center, visit https://www.peacockcollisioncenter.com or call (843) 645-5500.

Peacock Automotive

Peacock Collision Center

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Alfa Romeo, Peacock Maserati, Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Jaguar Hilton Head, Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Peacock Genesis of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Volkswagen and Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Brunswick, Peacock Genesis of Brunswick and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Brunswick in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Peacock Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Columbia, Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Florida. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and the Wellness Institute in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Savannah. Peacock Automotive was awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Navigating Georgia’s New Hands-Free Law

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Navigating Georgia’s New Hands-Free Law
By Joanie Iaco

Joanie Iaco, Peacock Automotive

Joanie Iaco

It’s the law. Georgia motorists will have to put down their phones while driving to comply with the new Hands-Free Georgia Act that becomes effective July 1.

The goals of the new law, signed earlier this year by Gov. Nathan Deal, are to lower incidents of distracted driving and rising insurance premiums by prying our eyes and our attention away from cell phones while we’re behind the wheel.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionhas reported that highway fatalities rose by one-third in Georgia from 2014-16. While cell-phone use cannot be pinpointed as a cause for this increase, the state Department of Driver Servicesprocessed 3,866 citations for using phones while driving in 2016, up more than 30 percent from 2014.

The costs associated with car crashes differ depending on the injuries sustained, but the average cost for the physical damage to one car is $7,500. If there is a fatality, the financial impact can reach into the millions. Even for non-fatal crashes, total costs can soar into the hundreds of thousands.

The hands-free law doesn’t allow drivers to support any wireless device with any part of their body when they’re behind the wheel unless they’re legally parked. This means that you cannot hold it in your hand, lay it in your lap or hold it against your ear with your shoulder.

While the new law prohibits you from holding your phone while driving, you can still talk and even text as long as you’re using hands-free technology.

You may also use your phone as a GPS, but you must set it up before you begin driving. If you need to change your route, you must be legally parked before you pick up or touch your phone. This does not include being stopped at a light or stop sign. You are only considered legally parked if your vehicle is parked in a parking space, parking lot or driveway.

The new law also prohibits drivers from watching or recording a video and from typing, sending or reading any text-based communication unless legally parked.

The only exceptions to the hands-free law would be if the driver is reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, crime, delinquent act or hazardous road condition. Law enforcement officers are exempt from the law as long as they are performing their official duties.

The prohibition is considered a primary enforcement law, which means an officer may cite a driver for using a hand-held cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safetysays the Georgia Department of Public Safetyand local law enforcement may issue warnings as part of the effort to educate and to help motorists adapt to the new law. However, citations can and will be issued starting July 1. Penalties will begin at $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense and $150 for three or more violations.

With the passage of the new law, Georgia becomes one of 16 other states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to prohibit drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

In South Carolina, it is illegal for motorists to text and drive, but hand-held cell phone use is still permitted and drivers are allowed to use the GPS feature on their handheld device for navigation purposes.

Joanie Iaco is Manager of Peacock Collision Center, part of Peacock Automotive, which owns and operates 24 automotive dealerships representing 31 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, 5 miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. For more information about Peacock Collision Center, call 843-645-5500or www.peacockcollisioncenter.com.

Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

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Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund Launched with Peacock Automotive Making First Donation

(JASPER CO.) The Greater Bluffton Chamberrecently formed the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, to help with scholarships, apprenticeships, special projects and small business assistance for the greater community.

Organized by chamberChief Executive Officer Shellie West and founded by members of the Greater Bluffton Chamber, this fund will help the chamber to strengthen support for area businesses and its people. “It’s been a vision to have a fund like this since we created the chamber,” said West. “The response we received from our members to give to the fund and the founders was overwhelming.”

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

Peacock Automotive President & CEO Warner Peacock presented Shellie West, CEO of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, a check for $1,000 to kick off the fundraising efforts of the Greater Bluffton Chamber Community Fund

The first donation to the fund was made by Peacock AutomotivePresident & CEO Warner Peacock. “We’ve supported the Greater Bluffton Chamberand CVB, Inc., since its inception in 2012 and we felt that it was important to give to the fund for its mission and success moving forward,” said Peacock.

“The chamber and I truly appreciate the businesses who have supported us and really are grateful for the donation from Peacock Automotive. They have done wonderful things for this community,” said West.

Anyone may donate to the Greater Bluffton Chamber Fund. Please contact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountryby visiting its website at www.cf-lowcountry.orgor by calling 843-681-9100. Or, contact the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerceat info@blufftonchamberofcommerce.orgor 843-757-1010.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotiveowns and operates more than 20 automotive franchises and other holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing upwards of 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai and Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Brunswick, Ga., and Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotivealso owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. Peacock Automotivewas awarded Business of the Year in 2017 from the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Peacock Automotive Expands into Brunswick with Acquisition of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Hyundai Dealerships

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Peacock Automotive Expands into Brunswick with Acquisition of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Hyundai Dealerships

(BRUNSWICK, GA) South Carolina-based Peacock Automotive has announced it is expanding into Brunswick with the purchase of two area dealerships — AutoNation Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and AutoNation Hyundai at 5400 Altama Ave.

With this acquisition, Peacock Automotive has added more than 18 acres and nearly 30,000 square feet to its footprint of 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

“We have fallen in love with Coastal Georgia, and we love these brands,” said Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive. “There’s a great synergy since we already own franchises for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Hyundai, and we’re pleased to be able to bring these brands and our commitment of great treatment, service and selection to the Brunswick market.”

Peacock Automotive owns 13 dealerships at the Peacock Auto Mall in Jasper County, S.C., along with the Hyundai, Volkswagen, Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealerships in Savannah.

The acquisition of the Brunswick properties is expected to increase Peacock Automotive’s inventory by 1,000 new and pre-owned vehicles and add 40 jobs to the group, which now employs about 600 people at its franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. The company is headquartered at the Peacock Auto Mall at the I-95 Hilton Head Island gateway near Bluffton, S.C.

For more information about Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Brunswick and Peacock Hyundai of Brunswick, visit www.peacockcjdrbrunswick.com or www.peacockhyundaibrunswick.com. For Peacock Automotive information, visit www.peacockautomotive.com or call (843) 208-1258.

Peacock Automotive Expands in Brunswick

Peacock Automotive Acquires Two Dealerships to Expand in Brunswick

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the Peacock Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. Fifteen brands are featured at the Auto Mall, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Maserati, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Savannah Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah and Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center and The Wellness Institute in South Carolina. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Advertising and Marketing Manager
912-507-7171
jj@peacockautomotive.com