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Meet Some Female Friendly Dealers Near the Nation's Capital!

Published Feb 13th 2007, 6:42pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Ask Patty has many fantastic Female Friendly dealerships around the country, but we wanted to share a little bit about a few of our dealers in the D.C. and surrounding areas!

Askpattymba_240p Mercedes-Benz of Annapolis
Acquired in February of 2000 from George Benson, what we now call Mercedes-Benz of Annapolis was once another name entirely – Benson Motor Cars. For a portion of 30 years, the company had been operating as an AMC dealership picking up Mercedes-Benz in 1971. Several years later, the AMC brand was dropped and the dealership focused its efforts solely on Mercedes-Benz under the leadership of General Manager John Dunphy. Since 1983, Mercedes-Benz of Annapolis had benefited from John’s hands-on experience, along with that of several other key employees, who have been with the family for years and are all instrumental to our growth and success.  In 2005, a new 30,000 sq ft state-of-the-art service facility was completed with 34 fully air-conditioned service bays, seven service advisory stations and a full customer lounge! Wow!

They have a great staff of Female Friendly sales and service people and they are ready to answer any questions you might have! You can reach Iris Harley at 888-862-1668 or or call Erin Coik in Service at 888-859-0557 or email her:

Jenny_trotselthumb_1 Saab of Baltimore
Saab of Baltimore, established in spring of 1999, has been providing Baltimore and the surrounding area the ability to experience the Saab automobile lineup. What began in '99 as a partnership of three dedicated Saab enthusiasts has developed into a business that as of the Fall of 2004 boasts one of the Auto Industries few woman Dealer Principals, Jenny Trostel. The firm has been actively involved in the community. Initially Saab of Baltimore partnered with St. Vincent's Center...and currently they have an ongoing commitment to Maryland's Top 100 Women Program. With a staff that totals over 300 years of combined Saab experience and a state of the art facility, we welcome you to become a part of our company's heritage!

The team at Saab of Baltimore is trained and certified to sell to women and they make it their priority to make sure you have a great buying experience! The staff is ready to help! Call them at 888-581-7057 or email Brian at

Schaefer & Strohminger
Schaefer & Strohminger is the Baltimore metropolitan area's oldest automotive organization. It was founded in 1917 by Michael Schaefer and Henry Strohminger (brother-in-laws) at Fleet and Eaton Streets in Highlandtown. Still family-owned, the company today is headed by Chairman, Louis M. Schaefer and President David Strohminger and it sells 9 vehicle lines from eight locations. The company's lines are Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Mazda, and Pontiac, Schaefer & Strohminger has four locations in Baltimore County, three in Harford County and one in Cambridge, Maryland.

Ask Patty rep Tamara Awonusi's auto sales experience has taught her that women require a special kind of attention when it comes to car shopping. She believes you need to have patience and attentive listening when addressing women customers needs. She also relates that women need a sense of compassion, sympathy, and someone who is attentive to what they are looking for to help make their buying experience a lot easier and allow them to make a well informed decision. You can reach Tamara at 888-281-7359 or email her at

Christine Checkered Flag
Checkered Flag Motor Car Corporation has been serving the greater Hampton Roads Region since 1964. They are a family owned and operated dealership group, whose size and volume allows them to offer the largest selection, best prices, and the best added value program. They strive to make your shopping, buying, driving, and ownership experience second to none because their emphasis is on customer satisfaction. Exceeding the expectations of every customer is the goal of each employee at Checkered Flag. Checkered Flag has been a charitable organization for groups such as the United Way, Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters, DePaul Hospital, the City of Virginia Beach, Neptune Festival, Beach Events, and we are the sole sponsor of the Checkered Flag 8K held around the Shamrock Marathon. 

Checkered Flag stores and employees are recognized throughout the automotive industry. They dedicate many efforts to recognizing their own employees by promoting within the organization, holding contests, giving awards, and offering spotlight opportunities. Contact the Checkered Flag Ask Patty representative at or call them at 888-484-6852.

Check out the local article on D.C.'s NBC Channel4 news site!

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