Jack Fitzgerald’s Child Safety Seat Program To Install the 50,000th Child Safety Seat

NORTH BETHESDA, MD – June 20, 2019 Fitzgerald Auto Mall will mark a milestone on June 20, 2019 as it installs the 50,000th child safety seat since the beginning of their program in 1999. Fitzgerald hosts a monthly Child Seat Inspection program at Fitzgerald Buick GMC Truck on Nicholson lane in Rockville, MD. No other local volunteer program in the United States has ever achieved this many child safety seat inspections within a single program.

Jack Fitzgerald, the founder of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, initiated the Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program in 1999 after he learned about the dangers of improperly installed child safety seats. Since then, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, in partnership with national and local government agencies, has been committed to injury prevention and increasing the number of lives saved through properly installed child safety seats.

“We started this because my own people wanted to make sure children were safer in cars, including their own. I am so thankful for their efforts because I know they’re making a difference every day,” said Jack Fitzgerald. “We couldn’t do this alone and we are grateful to have the support of the local government and state organizations to promote public safety. For 20 years now, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services and Police have been actively involved at our child safety seat events and I thank them for their support. Today we also welcome back the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board).” The Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program has been a shining example of public-private partnership success. The local Montgomery County police and fire rescue volunteers have been integral in helping to organize and staff the events.

From 1975 through 2008, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that almost 9,000 children were saved in crashes because they were restrained in car seats or seat belts. The misuse of car seats remains a big problem and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 3 to 14. The latest numbers show that every day in the United States, an average of 4 children younger than 14 were killed and 529 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. In 1999, the first year of the Fitzgerald Child Safety Seat Program, the misuse rate was 97%. The numbers have dropped to 50% year to date. Please join us in celebrating this milestone and join us June 20 to educate families about how to properly install their child’s car seat and safety in around vehicles.

Child Safety Seat Inspection & Celebration of 50,000 Seats Inspected
Thursday, June 20, 2019 10 AM-1 PM. 9:45 AM Press Event
Fitzgerald Buick GMC Truck – 5501 Nicholson Lane Rockville MD 20852

Attendees | Jack Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Torine Creppy, President, Safe Kids Worldwide, Honorable Jennifer Homendy, National Transportation Safety Board, Member
Monthly events are held at the Buick GMC Dealership on Nicholson Lane, on the third Thursday of every month. Visit for details or to make an appointment.


Fitzgerald Auto Mall Debuts One of the Largest Solar Roofs

Media Contact:
Name: Lauryn Hreben
Phone: (202) 248-1392

May 7, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) - Fitzgerald Auto Mall – Gaithersburg Genesis, Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of the largest Solar Roof Array used for an auto dealer east of the Mississippi on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. (EST).

The Fitzgerald Solar Array has 2,435 panels, which covers approximately 45,168 square feet. Annually, this solar roof will generate 1,100,000 kWh (Kilowatt Hours), which is estimated to generate approximately 83% of the campus power.

To put this into perspective, an average house in Maryland uses about 1,200 kWh per month. The Fitzgerald Solar Roof Array will generate on average about 90,000+ kWh per month, or enough to power 75 homes per month in the area. The roof will make a tremendous positive impact on the environment, as it will save approximately 1,702,800 pounds of CO2 emissions, the same amount of energy a power plant produces. This would be the equivalent of planting 42,891 trees per year in order to offset those C02 emissions.

The Fitzgerald Solar Roof is the largest of any car dealer in the DMV and is believed to be the largest solar roof array east of the Mississippi. Please join our journey in going green by attending the ribbon cutting ceremony

Fitzgerald Auto Mall – Gaithersburg Genesis, Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota
RSVP | Blanca Posada 301-881-4000
908 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg MD 20879
Wednesday, May 15th 10 A.M. (EST)

About Fitzgerald Auto Mall

In 1966, Jack Fitzgerald founded Fitzgerald's Colonial Dodge in North Bethesda, Maryland. From the beginning, the guiding principle of this new dealership was to provide exceptional value in the most comfortable, customer friendly sales and service environment possible. Today, Fitzgerald Auto Malls represents over twenty brands at Auto Mall locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Florida, where that same guiding principal continues. That's the #FitzWay!



January 30, 2019
Contact: Rob Smith
(301) 252-7268


January 30, 2019, Rockville, MD - For the second consecutive year, NADA sponsored a nationwide video competition to highlight the many and various roles women play in automobile dealerships. Dottie Fitzgerald, President of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, started with her brother, Jack, when he opened his first dealership in 1966.

In the Fitzgerald Auto Mall video, Dottie recalled that traditionally, women worked in the office or ran the switchboard. She further said “What I have come to love about the business is that once your foot is in the door, your pathways are unlimited. This is a great business full of opportunity.” The opportunities available in the industry are richly illustrated in the video thru the vignettes of some of the many Fitzgerald Auto Mall #WomenInAutomotive.

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For More on NADA’s competition visit: NADA’s Blog

Fitzgerald Auto Malls was founded in 1966 and has represented more than 25 brands of cars and trucks. Fitzgerald is known for their no-hassle, no-haggle discounted posted price on every vehicle. For more information visit


Consumers Relying on Nation’s Largest Car-Buying Service Pay Much More Than They Need To, Study Finds

By Jamie Lettis
Consumer's Checkbook

October 15, 2018

A Competitive Bidding Process Yields Far Greater Savings than the TrueCar Service, Which Is Heavily Promoted by Major Consumer Groups

WASHINGTON— Many respected consumer organizations, including AARP, Consumer Reports, AAA, and USAA, receive fees for steering consumers to the TrueCar buying service. Consumers are led to believe the price they get from TrueCar is the best, or almost the best, possible price. But testing reveals that consumers who make dealers bid competitively for their business can be expected to pay on average about $1,300 LESS per vehicle than if they use TrueCar.

Consumers’ Checkbook, an independent, nonprofit consumer organization, has been advising consumers since 1991 that the best way to save on a new car is by competitive bidding. Checkbook has written guides with a step-by-step explanation of how a consumer can effectively make dealers bid against one another to drive down prices. Consumers can do this on their own or, if they prefer, they can have Checkbook’s experts conduct the bidding process for a fee through a service called CarBargains.

Based on many actual transactions, Checkbook has identified a representative sample showing how much more consumers can save using the Checkbook-recommended competitive bidding system compared to the for-profit, dealer-supported TrueCar program. CheckBook’s comparison website details many representative examples of actual savings such as the following:

  • This competitive bidding process saved a Cambridge, MA, consumer $2,526 compared to the TrueCar TruePrice on a 2018 Toyota Camry LE
  • This competitive bidding process saved a Glen Ellyn, IL, consumer $1,242 compared to the TrueCar TruePrice on a 2018 Honda Accord Sedan EX-L
  • This process saved a Croton-on-Hudson, NY, consumer $1,247 compared to the TrueCar TruePrice on a 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD
  • This process saved a Marietta, GA, consumer $221 compared to the TrueCar TruePrice on a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate FWD
  • This process saved a Prosper, TX, consumer $820 compared to the TrueCar TruePrice on a 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD
  • This process saved a North Bend, WA, consumer $2,720 compared to the TrueCar TruePrice on a 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i

On average, in the tests, consumers got their vehicles at about $1,300 below the best TrueCar price. These savings are even after taking into account the service fee for consumers who use the CarBargains service.

“It’s amazing how much a competitive bidding process can save people and sad how much money people are wasting by relying on TrueCar,” said Robert Krughoff, President of Checkbook.

The problem with TrueCar is that it only steers people to TrueCar-participating dealers, which do not have to compete with low prices. TrueCar steers consumers to dealers that pay TrueCar a fee for customer referrals. In addition, AARP, Consumer Reports, AAA, USAA, and other widely-respected organizations that refer consumers to TrueCar get a fee from TrueCar for these referrals.

In order to make money, TrueCar needs dealers to participate in its service. If TrueCar requires prices that are too low for dealers’ liking, dealers might back out of the process. And the fact that dealers also have to pay a fee of hundreds of dollars if they make a sale via a listing with TrueCar creates even more reason for dealers not to be willing to offer a really low price through TrueCar.

In contrast, the competitive bidding process that Checkbook recommends consumers use, and that Checkbook’s CarBargains experts use, has no financial incentives that might reduce competitive pricing pressure on dealers. CarBargains takes no money from dealers. It is paid $250 by consumers who use the CarBargains service as a fee to cover the cost of having CarBargains’ experts do the bidding. Unlike TrueCar, which depends on set prices submitted by dealers, CarBargains actually gets at least 5 dealers to bid AGAINST EACH OTHER for the consumer’s business. These dealers know the consumer has paid $250 for the service, so the consumer is very likely to buy a car. And the dealers know that they have to bid and bid low or they won’t get the business.

In addition to the $1,300 consumers save on average through using competitive bidding with the CarBargains experts vs. using TrueCar, these consumers completely avoid the most distasteful, difficult, and time-consuming process of car buying: negotiating with the seasoned pros at a car dealership.

Since Checkbook first began advising consumers about how to use the power of the competitive bidding process, the process has helped thousands of consumers save millions of dollars on car purchases. If consumers want to do the competitive bidding process on their own, with no fee and without relying on the CarBargains experts, the website has a full “Do It Yourself” explanation. Checkbook encourages consumers to contact it with any questions at or at 800-475-SAVE.

Another benefit of CarBargains is that there is no sales promotion or followup; Consumers who use TrueCar complain about endless haggling and being bombarded by phone calls and emails from dealers. CarBargains doesn’t sell or give the consumer’s personal information to dealers, so the consumer will never be bothered with phone calls or emails.

Checkbook Invites the Media to Test TrueCar vs Competitive Bidding Checkbook encourages journalists independently to test the competitive bidding system against TrueCar. CarBargains will refund its service fee to any member of the media who has conducted such a test using CarBargains and who requests a refund.

About Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services

Consumers’ Checkbook ( is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization, founded in 1974. The Checkbook mission is to provide consumers information to help them get high-quality services and products at the best possible prices. Checkbook publishes, in print and online, Consumers’ Checkbook magazine in the Washington, DC, San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound, Twin Cities, Chicago, Boston, and Delaware Valley areas with ratings of service providers ranging from plumbers to auto repair shops to hospitals and surgeons. Checkbook is fully funded through subscription and publication sales, fees for information services, and donations from individual consumers. Unlike other organizations ranging from TrueCar to Angie’s List to HomeAdvisor, Checkbook does not accept advertising dollars, referral fees, or similar support from businesses so there can be no question of conflicts of interest.



When:                  Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10:00 am
Where:                 Fitzgerald Subaru Rockville
                                New Subaru Showroom
                                11407 Rockville Pike
                                Rockville, MD 20852
Dottie Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Auto Malls will present “Your Dog’s Friend” (YDF) with special recognition and support for their extraordinary work with the humane training of dogs and their families. Their goal is to keep dogs from being turned in to shelters by educating and supporting them and their humans.  They promote positive methods of training and behavior modification because they are effective, build trust and unlike harsher, compulsion methods, cannot cause pain.
Dottie has been a leader in raising awareness of animal issues as well as offering adoption events at Fitzgerald dealerships throughout the region.
The event will feature brief remarks by Dottie Fitzgerald, President of Fitzgerald Subaru.  “I have always believed that education makes lives better – for ourselves, our children and yes our canine family members.  Hannah, my German Shepherd and I have personally benefited from the training at Your Dog’s Friend in their reactive dog class.  I believe that the traditional training we received elsewhere initially only exacerbated her reactivity.  Thanks to YDF we can actually go for a walk now.”
Bodhi the Collie, a student of Your Dog’s Friend will assist in the acceptance of the recognition.  Experts from YDF will be on hand to answer questions about their break through training that is known for being a great resource for new adopters.  YDF is a 501c3 non-profit.
For media interviews with Dottie Fitzgerald, please contact:
Rob Smith
Fitzgerald Auto Malls
(301) 252-7268 mobile
(301) 881-4000 office  




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