Old-fashioned service - Modern technology

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

Sometimes I'll find a business whose on-street marketing is so good that I want to use them as soon as possible. Today was such a day.

I was taking a shortcut, something that I enjoy doing because I always have my handy dandy Canon 550D camera with me, and there are a lot of interesting things to take pictures of when you slow down by taking a shortcut.

Does that make sense? ☺☻☻☺

Here is what I saw today:

On-street marketing for an auto repair shop

1930 California license plate

Can you guess what type of business this was?


Here's what was on the side of the door in the first picture above:

Door advertising

That has to be the best advertising I've ever seen for an automobile repair business.


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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Russel-

It's great that it still runs! I think that the idea of "old fashioned service" is perennially appealing - even to those who love as shortcut!

By the way, is that a 1930 Model A Cabriolet?


Jul 08, 2010 11:01 PM #1
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I love it!  What a great message!  Glad that you took a short cut and glad that you had your camera.

Jul 08, 2010 11:04 PM #2
Keisha Hosea- KASIHomes.com
KASI Homes - Chino Hills, CA
Real Estate Solutions For Real People

That was very cool!

Jul 08, 2010 11:15 PM #3
Janet Sebile
Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors - Rowlett, TX

Believe it or not it's refreshing to see people take an old approach and make it new again.  This was great and thanks for posting.

Jul 08, 2010 11:23 PM #4
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

They must do body work as well as engine work - that car is a beauty!  And if they restored it themselves, I agree that they couldn't have a better advertisement.  I'd go to them if I were in that area.

Jul 08, 2010 11:34 PM #5
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Keller Williams Legacy - Woods Cross, UT
The C Team

Russel, that is a great old car!  I agree that is the best advertisement for an auto repair business that I have seen also!

Jul 09, 2010 01:53 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

that was a great findl, Russel.....I'll have to get into the habit of having a camera with me at all times....you just never know what you'll find.

Jul 09, 2010 01:54 AM #7
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Was that an oximoron Russel...short cut??  That is a great piece of marketing!  Old fashioned service...someone was creative.

Jul 09, 2010 03:09 AM #8
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Russel,

That is a great piece of advertising..very creative and having your camera on you allowed you to capture good material for a post!

Jul 09, 2010 06:40 AM #9
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

You have obviously learned one of the secrets of being able to post a plethora of fun AR blogs -- namely, to always have your camera nearby.  Nice job!

Jul 09, 2010 09:18 AM #10
Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine

Russel, that is a great car not to mention the advertising.

Jul 09, 2010 11:12 AM #11
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Tampa Bay, Florida Real Estate

Hi Russel. This post reminded me of handwritten thank you cards. Considered "old fashioned" by some but still appreciated in this high-tech world.

Jul 09, 2010 04:31 PM #12
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Denver, CO

Russel.....A great old car and a super advertisement.

Jul 09, 2010 08:31 PM #13
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON


Being creative and giving great service really can produce results, as you have shown!


Jul 13, 2010 02:39 PM #14
Ryan Smith
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage - Pickering, ON

Thats almost bang on what I use as my marketing slogan. Mine is " Good Ol' Fashioned Service With A Modern Touch"

Jul 18, 2010 11:23 PM #15
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I'm following up on these older posts like this one to see if anyone had any questions or if I really need to respond to anyone's comments.

I will read all the comments and respond to any that need a response, but since this post is rather old, rather than making comments here in my post to each and every one of you, I'll just let everyone know that I have read all the comments and if there are any questions, I'll answer those in comments below this one. Otherwise I'll simply post this comment and then head over to your blogs soon to visit and do some reading and commenting. I hope you'll have a nice welcome mat out for me!

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Jul 29, 2010 12:28 AM #16
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