Bachman Bernard Promotional Giveaway Shocks, Thrills Afton Woman
BY RICH JONES
ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
Ever know of someone actually winning a new car from one of those invitations in the mailbox to just drop by a car dealership?
Meet Candace McClure, of Afton.
She just might have been the happiest person in Afton on Tuesday, if not all of Greene County.
She had just won a new Chevy Spark in a promotional giveaway at Bachman Bernard Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac.
"I thank God for His blessings," she said Wednesday, still not quite believing that she had won the car.
"When they called me (Tuesday), I said, 'Are you sure?'"
They were sure.
What's more, the TV cameras were waiting for her.
"When they told me 'You're the right person,' I was just in shock," Candace said.
Then she was told that she had 15 minutes to get down to the dealership on the U.S. 11E Bypass.
"I'm six months pregnant, so I had to keep myself calm in getting down there," Candace said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
She piled in the family car, a 2012 Nissan Sentra, along with her husband, Josh, and daughter, Sandy, age 6.
When the family arrived the TV cameras were rolling as Myron Bernard, co-owner of the dealership, handed her the keys to the white 2013 Chevy Spark.
By Wednesday, Candace still couldn't believe her good fortune as she recounted how the whole thing unfolded.
After she received the promotional invitation, she decided to go to the dealership, was pitched on a new vehicle, but couldn't make connections on a deal, because of owing too much on the 2012 Nissan.
Nevertheless, officials at the dealership scanned her bar code from the flier and advised her she had won a $1 coin.
As she left the dealership, Candace didn't realize that the scan of her bar code had also made her eligible for the grand-prize drawing on Tuesday.
Russ Kauffeld, general manager of Bachman Bernard, said Wednesday that Candace's name was drawn out of more than 1,000 entries that had been placed inside the Chevy Spark on the showroom floor.
Entries included people who brought in their flier, and also walk-ins at the dealership.
Kauffeld said the car giveaway was part of a recent dealership sales promotion.
Other lesser prizes, he said, included a mountain bike, and a computer tablet.
After becoming the grand-prize winner, Candace's only problem was that she doesn't know how to drive a five-speed shift vehicle, which the Spark is.
The McClure family and Bachman Bernard worked out a deal in which the just-won Spark and the family's 2012 Nissan Sentra were traded for a new, 2013 Chevrolet Impala.
The new wheels will come in handy as a family car, Candace said on Wednesday.
She said everything is falling into place for the McClure family.
"The Lord's been good," Candace said.
Their new baby is due in three months, and Candace has been hired as a custodian for the Greeneville City Schools, effective when school starts up again.