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    As of March 1, 2017 Jim Butler Alfa Romeo and Jim Butler Maserati have officially moved to their new home to 3050 S Hanely Rd, MO! 

    A sleek new building in Maplewood is now home to two Italian luxury dealerships: Jim Butler Alfa Romeo and Jim Butler Maserati. The new 14,800-square foot, glass-walled structure opened in early March, offering high-performance luxury cars backed by Jim Butler’s Black Tie Concierge Sales and Service.   
    “Our goal is to provide the best luxury experience that drivers will find in St. Louis,” said Brad Sowers, CEO of Jim Butler Auto Group. “The time is right for people to discover the thrill of being behind the wheel of an Italian luxury car. There’s just nothing like it.” 
    “The Italian flair for design and attention to detail offered by these two brands are simply unmatched among luxury cars”, Sowers added. The two auto makers offer models ranging from sports cars to mid-size luxury sedans to high performance luxury SUVs.  
    The new location will also offer a large selection of pre-owned cars of all makes and models. The dealership will service all makes and models and will coordinate warranty work with appropriate dealerships. 
    The building, designed by M2 Architecture Studio and built by Hensley Construction, places visual emphasis on the tall, glass showroom as the jewel case, highlighting the cars within as sparkling jewels. Interior finishes are all high-end, commensurate with the quality of the vehicles within. 
    Full height, glass-walled sales offices, a custom customer lounge, and material selection areas surround the open showroom floor. The service center features eight service bays and a retail parts department.  
    The facility is part of Cozad’s Sunnen Station Development, situated at the northeast corner of South Hanley Road and Sunnen Drive. 
    Sowers said that Jim Butler’s staff will consist of product experts that will provide the top service that luxury car buyers deserve. Services include personnel to help facilitate the purchase or lease of new or pre-owned vehicles, courtesy transportation vehicles and service options that include pick-up and delivery. See all the new vehicles at www.jimbutlermaserati.com and www.jimbutleralfaromeousa.com. 
    Make sure to come visit our new location: 3050 S Hanley Rd, MO, 63143. 

    About Jim Butler Auto Group

    Jim Butler Auto Group has served the St. Louis region with new and pre-owned sales and service for more than 30 years. It is comprised of seven dealerships: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and one of the top 21 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler Kia, the fastest-growing Kia dealership in the St. Louis region; and Jim Butler Maserati, Jim Butler FIAT, and Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, all of which opened in 2015. Jim Butler Alfa Romeo opened in 2016. Jim Butler Auto Plaza is dedicated to pre-owned sales.  Jim Butler Collision Center offers comprehensive auto body repair services. Combined, the Jim Butler Auto Group sells 6,500 vehicles annually, including about 2,600 new vehicles.  The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. For more information please visit www.JimButlerAutoGroup.com.


  • Liberty High School has been awarded $10,000 by Brad Sowers, president of Jim Butler Auto Group, for having the most pledges in the third annual STL Safe Driver online pledge contest, in which 162 area high schools participated. A total of 36,292 pledges were made and 15,478 of them were from students, parents and faculty of Liberty High School. New Athens High School, located in Illinois, won the second-place prize of $1,000. 

    The annual contest invites teens, parents and teachers to read and sign the Jim Butler Teen Driving Contract. This contract outlines the dangers of distracted driving and drowsy driving and helps drivers to better understand the importance of safe driving practices and vehicle safety. 

    Though this year's contest is over, the Jim Butler Auto Group team encourages you to help your teens understand the rules of the road by reviewing the contract together and taking the Safe Driver Pledge!

    Keep them safe. Even when you're not driving. 


  • This month, Jim Butler Fiat of St. Louis will be welcoming the Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione to its lot. The Prima Edizione, translating to “First Edition”, is being manufactured in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 124 Spider. This car will be available in Azzurro Italia (blue) exterior paint, exclusive to this vehicle and saddle-colored premium leather seats. Every vehicle purchased will come with a limited edition commemorative badge and unique 124 Spider leather bag.

    Equipment and features of the Prima Edizione include a 1.4L Turbo Multi-Air engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, a dual tipped chrome exhaust, and 17” aluminum Lusso wheels, painted silver. Inside, you will find a FIAT connect 7.0 touchscreen radio display and a 9-speaker Bose premium sound system, a ParkView back-up camera, heated leather trimmed seats, and more. 

    For more information regarding the Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione or to check one out for yourself, visit us at Jim Butler Fiat located in St. Louis, MO!  

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    Jim Butler Auto Group is proud to carry such an amazing car. The new 2016 FIAT 550x is the brand’s first ever all-wheel drive vehicle. The new model offers five different and unique trim levels and 12 beautiful exterior colors, making it easy for customers to show off their personality.  This car isn’t just personality though; it has a premium feel with its rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-path detection. It’s no surprise that the FIAT 500x’s sales have been up 52 percent in the last month.

    Along with the Autotrader Must Test Drive Award, the 500x also won Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 FIAT 500x is loaded with 70 advanced safety and security features, including seven standard air bags, Forward Collision Warning Plus, and Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus.

    The 500x is available in nine-speed automatic transmission or all-wheel drive with disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency


  • Jim Butler Automotive Group grew revenue 34.8 percent in 2015 to $244.36 million thanks to a 30 percent uptick at its flagship Chevy dealership in Fenton.

    Jim Butler sold around 3,000 Chevy’s last year, said Brad Sowers, Jim Butler president and co-owner. Those figures put it among the nation’s top 21 Chevy dealerships, Jim Butler officials said.

    “That’s the mothership,” Sowers said. “Chevy was a huge driver for us last year.”

    State data show that Jim Butler’s six Missouri dealerships sold 7,873 vehicles in 2015, up from 6,477 vehicles in 2014.

    The Fenton dealership sold 4,371 vehicles in 2015, up from 3,403 vehicles in 2014, a 28 percent increase.

    Other large St. Louis-area dealers grew revenue last year, though not as fast as Jim Butler. Bommarito Automotive Group, the region’s largest dealer, grew revenue about 8 percent to $1.35 billion, while Jim Trenary grew revenue almost 3 percent to $160.34 million.

    The Fenton dealership was recently named a Chevrolet Dealer of the Year. Just 56 of more than 3,800 GM dealers were given the recognition.

    The company also sells Maseratis, Kias and Fiats at dealerships across the area. Jim Butler Fiat in South County opened in late 2015. Jim Butler Maserati opened in April 2015, and Jim Butler bought the Carrol-Rehma Motors in Linn in October 2015.

    Sowers said Butler plans to open an Alfa Romeo dealership later this year, with sales across the system growing another 30 percent.

    “The car business, I believe, is going to have its best year ever,” he said. “Already in January, we’re up 26 percent year-over-year.”

    The group is owned by Chairman Jim Butler; his brother Tom Butler; and Sowers, who is Jim Butler’s son-in-law.


    Brad Sowers, CEO, Jim Butler Automotive Group
  • The new Abarth 124 Spider just made its first appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Abarth124 Spider is based on the 2017 Fiat 124 model that is slated to be re-introduced in the fall of 2016. Powered by a 1.4 liter turbo four-cylinder, generating the same 184 pound-feet of force and a 170 horsepower, which is an increase for over the base model. Consumers still have the ability to pick between the six-speed manual and automatic transmission; both of the options come with Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers, and a Record Monza exhaust.

    The Abarth has electric steering, but has a proper mechanical slip differential, and there is a “Sport” button that allows for manual steering. The Abarth’s 0-62mph time was documented at 6.8 seconds and has a top speed at 143 mph. Although the specs that we have are currently just for the European model; if and when the Abarth Spider makes its way to the Landmark Fiat in Atlanta, the specs should be very similar.
    The vehicles that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show were decked out by the technicians at Mirafiori, and they did not cut corners when it came to equipping the Abarth with visual enhancements. The Abarth has a full aero kit, larger air vents, 17-inch alloys, a black hood to cut down on glare, small-diameter steering-wheel, short gear lever, and aluminum pedals.

    The Abarth 124 Rally is built to FIA R-GT regulations. The 1.4-liter engine was changed out for the 1.8-liter engine. Not only did the engine get an upgrade, but it was moved further back and is producing an extraordinary 300 horsepower. The 124 Rally also has a fixed rood, full roll cage, and a long list of many amazing spec upgrades. 

    Jim Butler Auto Group is excited for the Abarth 124 Spider to make its way to the States. It will make a wonderful addition to the Fiat model lineup


  • Jim Butler FIAT and Autoblog show you how to remove those troublesome salt stains from your vehicle

    Though the weather may start warming up, the St. Louis weather is always unpredictable. Perhaps the snow has subsided for the season, or maybe St. Louis forecasts will see some early spring snow. Either way, you have or probably will have salt stains on your vehicle after it’s all said and done.

    You may have some salt stains on your floor mats of you vehicle. Jim Butler FIAT and Autoblog are ready to show you how to remove salt stains from your car and its floor mats. 

    Standard table salt (NaCl) is soluble in water, but the salt that is used by MoDOT crews is a mixture of salt and other chemicals such as calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. This is why just just taking a wet rag to the mats won’t get the salt stains off completely.

    If you’re a do-it-yourself type or like DIY projects, then you may already have some of the necessary items needed to complete this task. According to Autoblog, you will need:

    —Shop vacuum
    —White vinegar
    —Terry towel
    —Stiff bristle brush
    —Empty spray bottle
    —Fabric cleaner

    First, mix 50 percent hot water and 50 percent white vinegar in a spray bottle. Vacuum the floor mats to remove any road salt crystals that may still be hanging around. Spray the mat with the mixture and let sit for two minutes. The vinegar-water mixture will help break down the road salt. 

    Then, with the terry cloth, blot out the stain from the mat or use a wetvac to remove the moisture. After this once the stain is gone, spray the area with some fabric cleaner to help get rid of the vinegar smell. Go throught the mat with a stiff bristle brush, then dab with a towel or go over the mats again with a wetvac until dry.

    Autoblog recommends letting the mats air out overnight or next to a heavy-duty fan. 

    We hope these tips help. If you want your vehicle detailed or cleaned, bring it by Jim Butler FIAT’s service and detail department. Rubberized winter floor mats can help reduce the problem and can be ordered through our Mopar parts catalog online.

    Contact Jim Butler FIAT of South County online

  • St. Louis dealership group joins local team effort to help end violence in St. Louis

    Jim Butler Auto Group has been a part of the St. Louis community for decades. We may be the Most Trusted Automotive Family in St. Louis, but we know that sometimes even our great city could use a hand. 

    Jim Butler Auto Group: Jim Butler Auto Group Pitches in to Imagine a Better St. Louis


    Imagine a Better St. Louis is part of a local effort to help end violence in St. Louis, and the Jim Butler Auto Group is honored to be a part of that team. In 2016, we invite you to image a city free of violence, neighborhoods where children can play outside safely, kids and teens getting the education they need and all the communities from North County to Jefferson County feeling a renewed sense of hope.

    This is the mission of Imagine a Better St. Louis. Other local pillars such as KMOV, Cardinals Care and Washington University are stepping up to the plate as well. Local businesses and media outlets are supporting this effort, and the Jim Butler Auto Group invites you to do your part.
     


    Be on the lookout for stories on KMOV St. Louis channel 4 for stories about people, organizations and schools in the community lending a hand to help everyone Imagine a Better St. Louis. You can watch a playlist of those stories as they air and are added here.

    Throughout the years, the Jim Butler Auto Group has given its time and more to local charities and causes such as breast cancer awareness, Gateway 180 and the STL Safe Driver program. Now, all of St. Louis can use our help and yours too.

    To learn more about Imagine a Better St. Louis, contact the cause online.   

  • Bad credit car loans are no problem at south St. Louis’ credit approval location from Jim Butler FIAT

    Life may hit you hard; credit problems and bad credit situations can arise without warning. If you’re in the St. Louis area and are looking for a solution for approval for bad credit, South County Fresh Start is the answer!

    Jim Butler Auto Group: South County Fresh Start Serves St. Louis as Guaranteed Approval for Car Loans

    As a part of Jim Butler FIAT of South County and the entire Jim Butler Auto Group, we work with dozens of agencies to tackle your credit problems head on and get you approved for a new or used car loan in St. Louis! If you’ve had your eye on a new 2016 FIAT 500X, a sporty Abarth or classic FIAT 500 around Mehlville, Lemay, Affton or Lindbergh, we can get you behind the wheel with approved credit!

    The hurdles of life sometimes involve divorce, bankruptcy, student loans or even vehicle repossession. If you’re in South St. Louis County and have experienced a credit pitfall, contact us online or give us a call at 866-739-4269. We’ll work with you. If you have a willingness to pay, we have a willingness to get you approved!

    Jim Butler Auto Group: South County Fresh Start Serves St. Louis as Guaranteed Approval for Car LoansEven if you see a used car at our Chesterfield Valley KIA dealership or our Fenton Chevrolet dealer, we can get you approved for it at South County Fresh Start! That’s the advantage of being part of the Most Trusted Automotive Family in St. Louis, the Jim Butler Auto Group.

    When you contact South County Fresh Start, we just need a few simple pieces of information from you, and your credit score isn’t one of them. We don’t even run a credit check when you first get a hold of us! We’ll talk with you and see what South County Fresh Start can do for you!

    To learn more or to submit a quick application, contact South County Fresh Start online today or give us a call at 866-739-4269!
  • Happy holidays from the Jim Butler Auto Group -- the most trusted automotive family in St. Louis!



    Think of this as our virtual Christmas card! We are happy to start wrapping up 2015 with our sights already set on 2016. This year, our Fenton Chevrolet dealership continued as one of the best in the county and is still the No. 1 Chevy dealer in Missouri as well as the No. 1 GM-certified dealer in St. Louis! Jim Butler KIA in Chesterfield Valley is stronger than ever with new 2016 models rolling into the showroom every day -- and there is still time to check out the Holidays on Us event with no payments for five months!

    Jim Butler Auto Group: Happy Holidays 2015 from the Jim Butler Auto Group!As your family grew in 2015, so did ours! We added our Maserati dealership serving St. Louis, Jim Butler Maserati, to Crestwood with big plans for Jim Butler Maserati in 2016! The Jim Butler Auto Group opened up Jim Butler FIAT in the heart of South St. Louis County at Highway 55 and 255 on Lindbergh (you may remember it as the Jim Butler Saturn location! We'd love for you to come visit us and check out the fun Abarth or new FIAT 500X). Our guaranteed car credit programs grew as well as we added South County Fresh Start and Mid Mo Fresh Start to better serve even more of the Metro East community.

    We also took our talents westward and opened up the Mid Missouri Powerhouse in Linn, MO, a Chevy dealer serving Jefferson City, Columbia, MO, and all of central Missouri! Just another reason to bring the Powerhouse deals to more and more people!

    The STL Safe Driver Pledge had more signatures than ever, and we awarded $10,000 to Saint Louis University High School and $1,000 to Ursuline Academy. Our annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events and walk helped in the fight against breast cancer, and we still have the Gateway 180 partnership going on through the holidays to help homeless families in St. Louis.

    Thank you to our new, returning and loyal customers for a fun and successful 2015, and here's to an even better 2016!

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