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Auburn shuts out Alabama, get a free car!!!

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Seeing as the Mother of All Iron Bowls will be dripping with SEC as well as BCS implications, and is still 11 days away from actually kicking off, there’s plenty of time for myriad storylines and angles to be developed, repeated ad nauseam and ran deep into the ground.

Thankfully, an Alabama car dealership is adding a quirky twist to the run-up to the Alabama-Auburn game.

By way of, Lynch Toyota in Auburn is offering a rather unique deal to its potential customers: any car that is bought between Nov. 19 and Nov. 29 will be paid for by the dealership IF the Tigers shutout the Tide in the Nov. 30 Iron Bowl.  Additionally, the dealership will give away $25,000 to one buyer if AU wins the game regardless of whether Auburn whitewashes Alabama or not.

Every individual who purchases a vehicle between the stated dates will automatically be entered to have their vehicle paid for as well as the $25,000.

Here’s the clip of the commercial the dealership is currently airing:

“Other dealerships have done things like this for Alabama, but no one has done it for Auburn,” Alan Cox (not pictured), sales manager at Lynch Toyota, told the website. “So, we wanted to be the first to say we’re here and we want them to win. It’s to show that we’re pro-Auburn. We felt it would be a good way to give back.”

Of course, the odds of the dealership actually being on the hook for dozens of free vehicles is, um, not good.

The Tide has scored in 166 straight games, the third-longest such streak in school history.  That streak extends all the way back to Nov. 18, 2000, when Alabama was shutout by… Auburn, of course.  It was the last of four times the Tigers had blanked the Tide in the 76 games the rivalry’s been played.

The closest the Tide has come to being shutout during the Nick Saban era (2007-present)?  The 9-6 loss to LSU in 2011.  In fact, that was the only time the Tide has been held to single digits with Saban as coach, and have only been held under 20 points eight times in 86 games during his six-plus seasons in Tuscaloosa.

On the flip side, Auburn has given up 20-plus points in seven of its 10 games against FBS schools this season, and have failed to record a shutout against anyone on their slate.

So, breathe easy, Lynch Toyota.  It’s highly doubtful a scoreboard doughnut will be on the menu two Saturdays from now, so not only will you not be on the hook for X amount of free cars you’ll get miles upon miles of free publicity and the residual business that comes with these types of stunts.

Well played, car dealer guys.  Well played indeed.

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19 Responses to “Auburn shuts out Alabama, get a free car!!!”
  1. sssjim7 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    lol… good thing college football games are never fixed… I can just imagine what would happen if the whole state of Alabama decided to go buy a car and then get really sick that day…

    no game… final score 0-0… everybody gets a free car… lol

    … just kidding here, of course…


  2. dhardy8207 says: Nov 19, 2013 3:50 PM

    Judging by the photo, either this guy is stuck in the 70s or this is one of those “buy here pay here” places that target the poor. The shades, slicked back hair, that thrift store shirt and leisure suit are all traits of the 70s. If thats not enough for ya, look at that fine 30 year old automobile behind him that looks like it was the shizzle in those days. …

    They probably don’t have a car on the lot that cost $25 grand and this is not to promote game excitement but an attempt to profit and take advantage of people.

    Roll Tide……

  3. thraiderskin says: Nov 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    Shady… but funny.

  4. auburntigers34 says: Nov 19, 2013 4:12 PM

    watch the video. i’m pretty sure that the guy in the pic is just some random photo that would come up if you googled “used car salesman”. it’s not a pic from the actual dealership.

    War Eagle!

  5. John Taylor says: Nov 19, 2013 4:15 PM

    I would also think that if people actually read the post — … Alan Cox (not pictured), sales manager at Lynch Toyota, told the website… — there would be no confusion either.

  6. DicksSportingWoods says: Nov 19, 2013 4:21 PM

    Does this dhardy8207 person actually think that the picture is that of the noted dealership? It appears so, judging on how he/she went on and on about it. Wow.

  7. louforprethident says: Nov 19, 2013 4:24 PM

    dhardy8207, was it really that difficult to figure out the picture was supposed to be “funny”?

    auburntigers34 and John Taylor (no relation) took it easy on you.

  8. dhardy8207 says: Nov 19, 2013 4:25 PM

    I read the post, didn’t watch the video… still say this is a gimmick…

  9. buckeye1nation says: Nov 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    The dealership wouldn’t lose a dime in the deal. Insurance would cover it..

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 19, 2013 5:16 PM

    buckeye1nation says: Nov 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    The dealership wouldn’t lose a dime in the deal. Insurance would cover it..

    But how much does an insurance policy like this cost?

    Apparently they sold around $800k (33 cars) in the same time frame last year. So you’re probably looking at a $1M policy.

    If its more than a few thousand dollars to buy the policy, it’s probably not worth it. That cost has to be spread over approx. 33 cars. Must not be a lot of faith in the insurance community that the Tigers can shut out the Tide….

  11. titansbro says: Nov 19, 2013 5:41 PM

    Dhardy coming in hot! Lol. Don’t you ever change bro.

  12. dhardy8207 says: Nov 19, 2013 6:01 PM


    “Dhardy coming in hot! Lol. Don’t you ever change bro.”

    Not a dude but glad I could give you a chuckle. AND for those that want to give me a hard time because I didn’t watch the video I think I’ve already admitted that I didn’t. To think the photo wasn’t real you obviously have never been through Auburn…

  13. Deb says: Nov 19, 2013 7:57 PM

    The devil on my shoulder says that if my Tide were destined to lose, I’d want it to be a shutout. But I would never, never, never want the Tide to lose. Never. No matter how much I enjoy Just Desserts. 😉


  14. dcroz says: Nov 19, 2013 8:37 PM

    It’s a safe bet for they guy. Auburn’s defense is improving but still needs a lot of work, so a shutout of the Tide would seem to be highly unlikely.

    Now, on the flipside, Alabama has shutout Auburn twice in their last five meetings (36-0 in 2008, 49-0 last year) and has not given up an offensive touchdown to the Tigers since the fourth quarter of the 2010 Iron Bowl. Auburn did score 14 in a 42-14 loss in 2011, but one score came on a defensive recovery of an AJ McCarron fumble in the end zone, and the other by the special teams running back the opening kickoff of the second half.


  15. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 19, 2013 9:17 PM

    This is just a sales gimmick. People do this ALL THE TIME. It’s a simple insurance policy. The cost of the policy can essentially be tabbed as advertising expense since this type of promotion gets them free advertising in the media and places like this.

  16. BrownsTown says: Nov 19, 2013 9:21 PM

    Is that field goal from the video actual game footage from last year’s game?

  17. Deb says: Nov 20, 2013 12:34 AM

    Of course it’s a sales gimmick, 8to80texansblog. But it would be fun once in a while to see people have to pay out on these gimmicks :) Unfortunately, my team would have to lose for that to happen … so, no, can’t hope for that this time.

  18. waynefontes says: Nov 20, 2013 5:13 AM

    Of course it’s very unlikely that Alabama is going to get shut out.

    It isn’t crazy to think that Auburn can upset the Tide. Probably won’t happen, but stranger things have happened. Especially in the Iron Bowl.

    Which means somebody will get $25,000 if Auburn wins regardless of the final score.

    They’re putting their money where their mouth is.

    Pretty cool marketing idea.

  19. bamajs says: Nov 20, 2013 1:48 PM

    Safest bet in the world! No cars will be given. RTR!

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