J.D. Byrider to donate to Tuscaloosa tornado relief efforts

Area franchisee, corporate office giving matching donations

May 27, 2011 // Franchising.com // TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – J.D. Byrider, the nation's leading used car and finance franchise company, is joining with its Tuscaloosa franchisee to donate to area organizations providing assistance to members of the community affected by the recent tornado outbreak.

Tuscaloosa franchisees Steve and Jeanne Locklear, who own the J.D. Byrider location at 3109 Greensboro Ave., as well as the Locklear Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership at 550 Skyland Blvd., donated $1,500 to Holy Spirit Catholic Church and $1,000 to The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa. J.D. Byrider's corporate office is matching each for a total donation of $5,000.

"Although our business was destroyed, we feel extremely lucky to have survived the disaster," said Steve Locklear. "By donating to two organizations that are assisting with food, housing, financial support and other daily needs, we hope to help others in our community get a sense of normalcy back to their lives." In addition to the cash donation, the Locklears gave a courtesy van – the vehicle used to shuttle people to work or home when their car was being serviced – to The Salvation Army.

"We are devastated to see the destruction and loss of life caused by the April 27 tornadoes," said J.D. Byrider CEO Steve Wedding. "We are proud to stand with the Locklears in the rebuilding of the city of Tuscaloosa while caring for the needs of those who have been affected by this natural disaster."

About J.D. Byrider

In business more than 20 years, J.D. Byrider is the nation's leading used car sales and finance enterprise. The company was founded to serve customers with special auto financing needs and to ensure that they receive the same quality service in every J.D. Byrider dealership. With nearly 900,000 consumers matched to quality, affordable vehicles, the company continues its focus on reliability and customer satisfaction. Headquartered near Indianapolis in Carmel, Ind., J.D. Byrider has 127 franchised- and company-owned dealerships in 30 states. Visit www.jdbyrider.com to learn more.

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