Dealership Seeks God, Not Gov't for Bailout

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Even with the "Cash for Clunkers" program, it's been rough for the nation's auto dealers. Many of them have their eyes on Washington for help, but one Arizona dealership is counting on a higher source.

The employees of Cardinale Motors in Mesa, Ariz., are literally praying their business will succeed in this economic downturn. Both the sales and service teams pray together regularly, and they share their Christian faith with customers in a time of financial uncertainty.

"It's affected a lot of people financially, so absolutely, we go to Him to help us get through some of these tough times," said general manager Phil Kerr.

From the leadership on down, the company is committed to putting the principles of the Bible in action.

"We believe that our Christian-based philosophy throughout the store, that we talk about each and every day, is getting us through the tough times," he said.

And their philosophy seems to be popular with customers, who keep coming to the showroom and the service center.

"We get a lot of people that like the way we do business," Kerr said.

"Having that belief lets me know that they're trying, trying to do the right thing," customer Jeffrey Coe said. "I'm more confident that they have good character."

"We're here," Kerr added. "The results are we're still in business."

*Originally published August 12, 2009

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