Payne Weslaco Ford Partners with BlueWave Express Car Wash

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 8:48 PM

Payne Weslaco Ford has partnered with BlueWave Express Car Wash to offer an incredible deal! Come on by to Payne Weslaco Ford and purchase a 2018 Ford Edge or a 2018 Ford Explorer and receive ONE YEAR unlimited BlueWave car washes*! That means that you can walk away with a new car, and get to keep it looking new for a whole year!

So now that we’ve got your attention, which should you choose? The 2018 Ford Edge or the 2018 Ford Explorer? Let’s break down some of the specs on these amazing vehicles.

2018 Ford Edge

The 2018 Ford Edge is built with technology in mind. This vehicle comes equipped with various driver features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system, and adaptive steering. The Edge also comes equipped with a 180-degree camera as a part of the Ford Safe and Smart Package.

The 2018 Ford Edge is stylish as well. The Edge comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise, secondary audio and 5-way controls, a hands-free, Foot-Activated Liftgate, and BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert.

2018 Ford Explorer

This vehicle was built with family in mind. The 2018 Ford Explorer can hold up to seven people comfortably in its spacious interior.  The second row features a 60/40 split-fold-flat bench and available bucket seats and console, while the third row has a 50/50 split folding seat with generous passenger space. With both the second- and third-row seats folded flat, Explorer provides up to 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space! That’s enough to fit anything you or your family needs!

Technology doesn’t lack in the 2018 Ford Explorer. This vehicle is equipped with adaptive cruise control, enhanced active park assist, a voice-activated navigation system, and an abundance of parking and safety features.


The 2018 Ford Edge and the 2018 Ford Explorer are both highly rated in safety features and design. Whether you want the more technology-driven 2018 Ford Edge or the spacious 2018 Ford Explorer, you will not be disappointed with any of these models.

Come on by to Payne Weslaco Ford to see the 2018 Ford Edge and the 2018 Ford Explorer in person! Take one home today and automatically qualify for ONE YEAR unlimited BlueWave car washes!

Check out our inventory and follow Payne Weslaco Ford on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for future promotions and offers.


*All models excluding Sport trim. Expires October 31, 2018. See dealer for details. 

Payne Street Team Attends the Algodon First Bale Auction

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 7:15 PM

On Thursday, September 13, the Payne Street Team attended the Algodon First Bale Auction in Harlingen, Texas. This event featured a live and silent auction, food, music and a continuation of a long-standing tradition in Texas.

Chris Marshall with the First Bale of Cotton

The Algodon First Bale Auction comes from the tradition of the first bale of cotton grown in the nation being required to be certified in Houston, Texas. The tradition of certifying the nation’s First Bale of the year dates back to the 1800’s when the grower of the First Bale was required to transport the cotton to the Houston Cotton Exchange for certification. Once certified as the first bale of cotton to be harvested in that year, the Houston Cotton Exchange would then put it up for auction. This continued since from the 1800s to 1953, when the Harlingen Cotton Committee took over the rights to auction the First Bale.

For almost 70 years, the Harlingen Cotton Committee has been solely responsible for certifying the First Bale of the nation.

Winner of the First Bale

This year celebrated the 2018 cotton crop with a First Bale Auction & Scholarship Fundraiser at the TSTC Cultural Arts Center. This auction and scholarship fundraiser is held with he Algodon Club, a non-profit organization founded in 1953 whose purpose is to exhibit the importance of cotton to the Rio Grande Valley’s economy.

Chris Marshall of the Payne Street Team was auctioned off for $1200. This money goes to the Harlingen Cotton Committee who in turn puts it into scholarships awarded through the Algodon Club.

Chris Marshall entertaining the crowd at the event

Payne Auto Group is proud to be able to support the Rio Grande Valley in such an important tradition! We hope to be a part of this tradition for many years to come!

For more information about the First Bale tradition and the Harlingen Cotton Committee, please visit the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce’s website.

To learn about future events and offers through Payne Auto Group, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!



September 2018 Salesmen of the Month

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 7:33 PM

We at Payne Auto Group are extremely proud of our hard-working sales team. Every month brings new and exciting opportunities to grow and be better as a company. Payne Auto group is honored to have such a great team that brings us to new heights every month.

This month we take the time to honor our Top Salesmen of the Month! These hardworking individuals went above and beyond to represent the Payne Auto Group and get their customer’s an amazing deal!

Payne Auto Group Celebrates Labor Day

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at 4:05 PM

The first Monday of September holds a very special place in American worker’s hearts. The day is Labor Day, and it has been a staple of American holiday since the early 1880’s.

The Industrial Revolution changed the face of the United States. Some of these changes included social and living conditions. Prior to the mid-to-late 1880’s, most 18th century American’s lived in rural and self-sustaining communities. The Industrial Revolution created the transition from self-sustaining to manufacture jobs. During this transition it wasn’t uncommon for factory workers to work upwards sixteen hours a day for six days.

Fun Fact: As American’s worked 16 hours a day in factories, Henry Ford saw an opportunity for change. The Ford Motor Company created the 40-hour workweek. Henry Ford believed “too many hours were bad for worker’s productivity.”

While American’s toiled away in hard labor, a need to celebrate and recognize this hard work had to be created. Thus Labor Day came to be.

Labor Day was first officially celebrated on the first Monday of September in 1884. The Central Labor Union urged other organizations throughout different cities to celebrate as well. This “workingman’s holiday” spread throughout the major industrial cities of the early United States.

In modern times Labor Day has morphed into a day for major sales and discounts for the working class to take advantage of.

The Payne Auto Group is excited to announce our annual Labor Day Sale! This amazing promotion is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • $3 for your first 3 payments
  • $2 for your first 2 oil changes
  • $1 DOWN!

The Labor Day Sale starts August 27, 2018 – September 3, 2018.  Come by any of the Payne Dealerships across the Rio Grande Valley to take advantage of this amazing deal!

Throughout the last 134 years, the working class has seen some major changes. Labor Day is seen as a day of recognition for America’s hardest workers. Payne Auto Group is proud to have such dedicated and hard workers representing the Payne brand.


To find out more about our annual Labor Day Sale or future promotions and offers, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Alfresco Weslaco: Back to School 2018

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 6:10 PM

On Thursday, August 17 the city of Weslaco held it’s monthly event: Alfresco Weslaco. This month’s theme was Back to School.

Alfresco Weslaco is a family-friendly event that happens every month. Vendors from all over the Weslaco area attended to sell their products, food and connect with locals.

Historic Downtown Weslaco bustled with people of all ages. There was a sense of community in the air as people danced to music, walked through antique shops, and ate delicious food from all types of vendors.

Backpack Giveaway at Alfresco Weslaco

The theme of this month’s Alfresco Weslaco was “Back to School.” Sponsors of this event, Payne Auto Group included, provided school supplies to Weslaco based school children. These supplies included a backpack and various other things needed to start school off with.

Throughout the night, entertainment was provided in the form of performances and music. The Weslaco High cheerleaders and the Weslaco East cheerleaders performed cheers to hype the crowd up. There was music provided by Jesse Flores and Escandalo. There were even appearances by Miss Teen Belleza Latina and Miss Belleza Latina, as well as other crowned winners such as Miss Angel of Love Pre-Teen and Miss South Texas Belle. Guests were encouraged to bring lawn chairs to camp out in front of the main stage to see all the performances.

Ford F-150 Super Duty

The Payne Auto Group mingled with the crowd passing out redeemable coupons for $500 off a new car purchase or half off an oil change. The Ford F-150 Super Duty was showcased, courtesy of Payne Weslaco Ford, alongside the vintage car show behind the main stage.

As proud sponsors of Alfresco Weslaco, we are excited for every month we are invited to attend and sponsor this event. For more information about Alfresco Weslaco please visit their Facebook page.

And don’t forget to follow Payne Auto Group on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrating 25 Years of Payne Weslaco Ford

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 8:41 PM

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Payne Weslaco Ford celebrated 25 years of business.

Payne Weslaco Ford 25th Anniversary

The history of Payne Auto Group is an illustrious one. The founder of the organization was E.J. Payne. He grew up in a Ford dealership in Southern Illinois learning all the tricks of the automotive sales industry. When the United States went to war in World War II, so did E.J. Payne, flying 104 missions in a P47 and eventually making it home safely. Of course, you can guess what he did next, he opened a car dealership called Ed Payne Motors in November of 1949, right here, in Weslaco. He may not have known it then, but what he really started was an organization that now spans 13 different franchises scattered all over the Southern tip of Texas. [X]

25 years ago Payne Weslaco Ford was Donalson Ford. Owned by the Donalson family for over 33 years, the patriarch of the family decided to sell the family business to Bud Payne in 1993. “[Donalson Ford] was the first small dealership in Texas to win the President’s Award!” Pete Donalson stated proudly. Pete Donalson is still loyal to Ford and has continued happily working here since his father sold the business to Bud Payne. “It’s a family company,” Donalson says.

Right to Left – Robert Lucio, Bud Payne, Mark Payne, Pete Donalson, Austin Payne and Kurt Laur.

Fast forward 25 years to August 14, 2018. The Payne Weslaco Ford showroom is glittering in blue, silver and confetti emblazoned with “25th anniversary” logos. Guests included everyone from the Weslaco Ambassadors to Miss Weslaco 2018.

At 6:30 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially honor the event. Kurt Laur, of Ford Credit and Larry Goch, the Ford Division Regional Manager, expressed their deep appreciation for the hard work the Payne’s provided throughout the last 25 years. Goch states “It is an honor to be here today to present [this 25th Anniversary Plaque] on behalf of all the executives of Ford Motor Company. I don’t get to give many of these away!”

After the ceremony and speeches concluded, guests were directed to the food table. The event was catered by Motöramen. Patrons were treated to Korean barbecue such as brisket sandwiches, bratwurst hotdogs, and slow-cooked ribs. For dessert, blue and silver cupcakes to match Ford’s blue and silver color scheme.

Miss Weslaco 2018

The event marked a quarter of a century of Payne Weslaco Ford. Through years of serving the community, Payne Weslaco Ford welcomes the future.

“Here’s to the next 25 years… with these guys!” Bud laughed, pointing at Mark and Austin Payne.

Congratulations to the Payne’s and Payne Weslaco Ford!

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Start a New Career Today with Payne Auto Group!

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 5:24 PM

Do you want a fulfilling career that offers in-company growth? Why not apply at Payne Auto Group?

With dozens of jobs open daily and an ever updating online career portal, your new career is just a few clicks away.

Are you an energetic personality? Do you love speaking with customers in person and through the phone? Why not apply as a receptionist? Payne is always looking for an energetic personality to greet all incoming phone calls and customers. Could that be you?

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Greeting Customers
  • Answering Phones
  • Transferring Calls
  • Assisting Sales Managers in clerical work

If this sounds good to you, please visit our Payne Careers website to apply.

Are you self-motivated? Do you excel in commission-based positions? Are you a people-person? Consider applying for a sales position. Payne is in need of driven people such as yourself! Our best salespeople make over $5K/month!

We offer :

  • monthly bonuses
  • yearly bonuses
  • incentives

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing accurate information for customers in reference to their vehicles and financing
  • Maintaining positive relationships with your customers before and after the sale of the vehicle
  • Meeting sales goals
  • Answering phones
  • Sending out emails
  • Assisting all customers that walk into the dealership
  • Becoming knowledgeable of used and new models

All training provided. Any sales experience or car knowledge helpful. If this sounds good to you, please visit our Payne Careers website to apply to any sales positions you see fit for you.

Our career portal is updated consistently with various positions throughout our 13 locations. Please feel free to apply to multiple positions at once! Good luck!

Payne Street Team Supports Driscoll Children’s Hospital

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Monday, August 13th, 2018 at 8:54 PM

Chris Marshall playing at the Cattlemen’s RoundUp

On August 11, 2018 the Payne Street Team attended the 34th Cattlemen’s RoundUp in Edinburg, Texas.

This benefit was held at the Edinburg Livestock Auction grounds. This benefit was used to raise money for the Driscoll Children’s Hospital. According to the Driscoll Children’s website, “local 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America chapters, county extension agents and businesses participate by donating goods and services to auction off for the hospital.” [X]

Cattlemen’s RoundUp, August 11, 2018

Payne provided our very own Chris Marshall of the band, Marshall Law, to be auctioned off for the benefit. Chris was able to garner $1600 in bids for the Driscoll Children’s Hospital!

All of the proceeds from this benefit will go toward construction a North Pavillion on the hospital grounds. This building will be two-story, 70,000-square-feet and the new center for Outpatient Surgery Center and will modernize the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Payne Auto Group is proud to support such a prestigious institution such as Driscoll Children’s Hospital. We are glad to help our community in any way we can!

If you would like to make a donation to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, please visit their website.

And don’t forget to follow the Payne Auto Group on Facebook and Twitter for any new offers and events that are happening!

Payne Street Team at 5X5 Brewing Company

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 at 8:06 PM

On August 4th the Payne Street Team attended 5×5 Brewing Company. Attendees were treated not only to hand crafted beer, but to the music pleasures of our very own Chris Marshall.

Chris Marshall performing at 5×5 Brewing Company

Established by Matt Mauzer, George Rice and their longtime friend, 5×5 set out to offer the Rio Grande Valley a wider selection of beer. 5×5’s “Brewmaster began a 15-year journey into the home brewing scene. With a few well-received competitions, he was able to hone his craft and develop the incredible recipes that are used today at 5×5 Brewing Co”. [X] The brews include everything from ambers to stouts.

5×5 is military veteran friendly. Founders, Matt Mauzer (U.S. Army) and George Rice (U.S. Marine Corps) partnered with two more veterans, Domingo De Le Garza (U.S. Marine Corps) and Alex Gelman (U.S. Navy). A proud military theme runs through 5×5, with even the name being “a term used by radio operators to describe when signal and clarity was at its best.” [X]

5×5 Brewing Company Storefront

5×5 Brewing company also supports military veteran charities such as the ‘Black Ale Project’, ‘Team Red, White & Blue’ and ‘Semper-K9’.

Like our friends at 5×5, Payne Auto Group is proud of our veterans and service members. Payne Auto Group is proud to offer First Responder Discounts! The First Responder Discount offers a GM supplier price for all eligible first responders*! If you are a first responder stop by Payne Weslaco Chevrolet or Payne Weslaco Buick-GMC to find out more!

Please follow us on our Facebook and Twitter to find out about future offers and events!


*First Responder Discount is eligible for police officers, sheriffs/sheriff’s deputy, correctional officers, state troopers and federal law enforcement officers, EMTs/paramedics and 911 dispatchers.

Happy Birthday Henry Ford!

By Bimmy Payne | Posted in Community on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 8:10 PM

Happy Birthday Henry Ford!

We at Payne Auto Group appreciate all the automotive geniuses that helped us get to where we are today. Today we take some time to recognize a giant in the industry: Henry Ford.

Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863 on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan. Ford’s teenage years consisted of him disassembling and reassembling watches. Because of this, Ford soon garnered the reputation of a watch repairman.

Henry Ford with his Ford Quadricycle

In 1891 and at 28 years old, Ford became an engineer with Edison Illuminating Company. After about 2 years, Ford became Chief Engineer and started working on his personal projects in his free time. Of these personal projects came the Ford Quadricycle. The Ford Quadricycle consisted of a “simple frame with an ethanol-powered engine and four bicycle wheels mounted on it.” [X] The Quadricycle became a success and thus kickstarted Henry Ford Company and later Ford Motor Company in 1903.

Beginnings of the Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford

Launched in 1903 with $20,000 (roughly $801,783 in today’s terms) with 12 investors, two of which were John and Horace Dodge. Through the next 10 years Ford created the first moving assembly line. This practice made the products more accessible for the middle class.

In 1908 Ford introduced the Model T which was a hit with consumers. The Model T sold millions over the next 20 years. The Model A then replaced the Model T in 1927 as the first ever automobile with safety glass in the windshield. In 1932 Ford launched the first low-priced car with a V-8 engine.

Throughout the last 115 years Ford Motor Company has grown exponentially. The eyes are on the future with everything from sustainability with eco-friendly ideas. One of which is the Ford Mobility Solutions. This initiative states that “Ford will invest in a number of transportation initiatives in San Francisco, all of which are aimed at improving mobility in the Bay Area.” [X] These transportation inititives include a shuttle service and bike sharing kiosks.

Another innovation we can look forward to in 2020 is Ford’s first ever electric SUV, the Mach 1. Although the Mach 1 is still tightly under wraps, we can expect ” an all-electric SUV, good for 300 miles of driving between charges.” [X] Ford also is slated to invest $11 billion into their electric car market by 2022 and have “40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup.” [X]

Innovation is what Ford has become best at. From the first ever Model T to modern electric cars, we can only wait for what Ford has in store for us in the future!


If you’re thinking about owning a Ford vehicle, check out our website! Follow Payne Weslaco Ford on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with new events and offers!