All Valley RV and Outdoor Show

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 5:38 PM

The Payne Auto Group Street Team were on site at the Mercedes Livestock Show Grounds for the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association’s All Valley RV and Outdoor Show. The three-day event, which started Thursday, is part of a statewide trade association representing companies that sell or operate in all categories of the recreational vehicle industry.

Members of the Payne Auto Group Street Team greeted attendees, and provided information on several of the vehicles that were showcased such as the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, 2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch and GMC Canyon. Gear such as t-shirts, keychains and other products were handed out at the Payne booth while Chris Marshall serenaded guests with country music in live performances across all three days.

“This event presents itself as an opportunity for just about anyone,” Donna Shawhan, Creative Marketing Director for the Payne Auto Group, said. “This isn’t a market that normally gets the spotlight, but this show provides businesses with the ability to put their items in the public sphere while attendees get their own personal and up-close looks at this type of vehicles.”

KVEO’s Richard Moore of the Richard Moore Outdoor Report was also present at the Payne Auto Group Booth and informed attendees of several of his documentaries that are in production as well as the wildlife that inhabit the Rio Grande Valley. Other activities such as food, walk-arounds of RV’s on site, and vendors spanning from companies, such as Taco Palenque, were available at the event.


Attendees get their own personal view of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler.


Richard Moore for the Richard Moore Outdoor Report talks to a fan about his upcoming documentary.

Gary Allan Concert KTEX Appreciation Party

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Gary Allan’s vocals filled the small room of the Francis B. Cooper Event Center October 18, 2017 during the KTEX Appreciation Party. In sponsorship with Payne Auto Group, Bar-B-Cutie’s, and KTEX FM 100.3, Allan’s private performance was held as part of the radio station’s up-close and personal concert which included rising musician, Jackson Michelson, and Payne Auto Group’s own Chris Marshall.

The musicians played their set of songs to a crowd of a hundred country-loving individuals Wednesday night. Attendees were treated to the concert free of charge. However, tickets were only made available through registration opportunities at Payne dealerships, and KTEX. Allan, who has developed one of the most dependable careers in the business, and has been nominated for various Country Music awards, performed several of his hits such as “Watching Airplanes,” “Every Storm” and “Man to Man,” in what proved to be his return to intimate productions.

Chris Marshall performed as the first act of the KTEX Appreciation Party.

Gary Allan opens his performance with one of his hit songs.

Country musician Gary Allan sings “Smoke Rings in the Dark.”

Payne Auto Group Employee Appreciation Luncheon

By sarah | Posted in Community on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 3:14 PM
Payne Auto Group Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Payne Auto Group recently hosted company luncheons across our Rio Grande Valley dealerships, where members of our Payne Auto Group team were awarded for their efforts. From our finance department, to our team of skilled mechanics, and our always-helpful customer service department, our success would not be possible without the many valued employees found throughout our Payne Auto Group dealerships.

Check out these photos of the fun!

Ed Payne Motors

Congratulations to Payne Dodge Master Tech, Alex Pena for 20 years of dedicated service!

Thank you to Vincente Cabrera, porter at Payne Dodge!

Ariel Serna, was awarded Sales Employee of the Second-Quarter! Congratulations!


Payne Weslaco Ford 

Joe Cantu was awarded Salesman of the 2nd quarter!

Congratulations, Danny Ramirez!

Thank you to Selina Sanchez, who was awarded for her superior customer service.


Payne Weslaco Chevrolet

Congratulations, Memo Flores, who has worked for Payne Auto Group for more than 20 years!

Congratulations to service warranty clerk, Esmer Puente!

Joey Barbour was awarded the Sales Professional of the second-quarter award! Thank you for all you do, Joey! 


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Payne Auto Group Participates in Hurricane Harvey Relief

By sarah | Posted in Community on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 8:11 PM

Communities all over the country are coming together in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Payne Auto Group is proud to join forces with several local organizations to help those affected by this natural disaster.

When Payne put out the call for donations, the community answered. And they came through strong. Thanks to the donations of many Rio Grande Valley residents, Operation Texas Strong is helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The supply drive has contributed countless bottles of water and other items to families throughout the Coastal Bend area. And our work is far from over.

Three flat beds, five pickup loads and one Craig’s Furniture truck full of supplies have been delivered to residents of Aransas Pass, Taft, Robstown and Corpus Christi. Each item donated is one step closer to rebuilding these communities.

Please continue to donate items to your local Payne Auto dealerships. We’ll be making several more trips to the area to distribute supplies over the next two weeks. Members of our crew even cooked a big Texas BBQ for residents over the weekend. All of this is done to lift the spirits of those affected by the worst natural disaster to hit Texas in more than a decade.

It’s our  Payne mission to give back to the communities that have given us so much. Stop by one of our Payne Auto Group dealerships to contribute to the Hurricane Harvey Relief drive. Items like cleaning supplies, mosquito spray, canned foods, can openers and blankets are all in demand.



Texans helping Texans. What a beautiful thing.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Contact our auto dealerships throughout the Rio Grande Valley to learn more about how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. From supplies, to monetary donations, your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Ramtech Completes the First of Four New Pre-owned Sales Centers for Payne Auto Group

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 at 10:21 PM
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Design-build construction firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, Texas has announced that the company has completed work on the first of two 2,400 square foot permanent modular buildings to be used as pre-owned sales centers in Harlingen and Edinburg for South Texas-based Payne Auto Group. Ramtech will also use permanent modular construction to build two 3,828 office and showroom complexes for the dealership’s Mission and Brownsville Mitsubishi dealerships.

Mansfield, TX (PRWEB) August 29, 2017

Design-build construction firm Ramtech Building Systems of Mansfield, TX has announced that the company has completed work on a new 2,400 square foot permanent modular building for Payne Auto Group. The prefabricated building is the first of two facilities that will be used as pre-owned sales centers by the South Texas-based auto dealership. The recently completed facility is located in Harlingen, Texas while the second building will be installed at the dealership’s Edinburg location. Both buildings will utilize a combination of wide-flanged steel and HardiePanel vertical siding for the exterior. The Harlingen facility has eight offices with a 900 square foot open area in the center of the building. After consultations with the client after the completion of the first modular building, Ramtech helped to value-engineer the Edinburg complex to incorporate 10 offices and a larger 950 square foot open area in the same 2,400 square foot building footprint. Ramtech expects to have the Edinburg facility completed in October.

During the month of September, Ramtech will also manufacture two 3,828 square foot facilities that will be used by Payne Auto’s Mitsubishi dealerships in Mission and Brownsville, Texas. Both of these facilities are designed to include seven offices with a large open area including a showroom capable of parking two to three cars inside the modular buildings. These prefabricated structures will use Ramtech’s traditional permanent modular construction which will incorporate a concrete stem wall and grade beam foundation system along with a reinforced floor in order to handle the additional weight loads of the autos. Ramtech expects to have both of these facilities operational by the end of the year.


About Ramtech Building Systems

Since 1982 Mansfield, Texas-based Ramtech Building Systems has been providing innovative permanent modular construction and relocatable modular buildings to educational institutions, government agencies, healthcare providers, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the Southern United States. As a design-build construction company, Ramtech offers full in-house design, a manufacturer direct product, and complete site construction services all within a single-source provider solution. By emphasizing a value engineering approach, Ramtech has successfully completed over 3,500 total projects of diverse sizes across multiple industries. Their school project portfolio includes both relocatable buildings and facilities built using traditional pier and beam permanent modular construction and the companies flagship Accelerated Building System slab-on-grade permanent modular construction. For more information, visit the company’s website at

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Rio Grande City Ford 2017 Drive 4 UR School/Community Event

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 9:11 PM

RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS, MAY 6, 2017 – The Payne Auto Group Street Team and Rio Grande City Ford participated in the 2017 Drive 4UR School event. Ford’s annual Drive 4 UR Community has helped raise thousands for local organizations. Read on for more about this great event!

Rio Grande City Ford Drive 4 UR Community

The event, held at the Payne RGC Ford dealership, awarded $20 to RGCHS for each valid Ford test drive. This one-day fundraiser allows participants to earn up to $6,000 for their cause. Ed Payne Rio Grande car dealerships are committed to serving the community. In fact, this is one of many community events Payne dealerships participate in annually.

The Street Team partnered with the Rio Grande City High School band for the second consecutive year. As a result, Payne Rio Grande City Ford raised $1,000 for the school. In fact, schools or community organizations can raise money to be applied to virtually anything through these events. This includes athletic equipment for school teams, or supplies for community programs and other causes.

Visit our Payne It Forward blog for more information.

2017 Smokin’ on the Rio

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 5:53 PM

MERCEDES, TEXAS, FEB. 24-25, 2017 — The Payne Auto Group Street Team participated in the 2017 Smokin’ on the Rio State Championship BBQ Cookoff. The event was hosted at the Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes, and drew in crowds from near and far. Smokin’ on the Rio is one of the many Rio Grande Valley events Payne Auto Group attends each year.

Payne Auto Group at Smokin’ on the Rio

Smokin’ on the Rio was established in 2004 by a group of local businessmen. The event aims to raise money in support of youth agricultural projects across the Rio Grande Valley. Payne Auto Group joined other businesses such as AT&T and the city of Mercedes to support the event. In 2015, the event raised more than $160,000 in scholarships for local youth. Smokin’ on the Rio, Inc. has contributed more than $1million to the community to date.

This year’s Smokin’ on the Rio included everything from live music, to games, and, of course — food! Live music was provided by artists like Cody Johnson, Matt & the Herdsmen and Payne Street Team’s Chris Marshall. The event also included judging of foods such as Pan de Campo, fajitas, beans and chicken. Awards included $50,000 in cash, prizes and jackpots.

Check out our Payne It Forward blog for more information about our community events. Or contact one of our valleywide Payne dealerships for service and other inquiries about a new or used vehicle.


Payne It Forward: 2017 McAllen CarFest

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 6:59 PM

McALLEN, TEXAS, JAN. 27-29, 2017 — The Payne Auto Group Street Team participated in the 5th annual McAllen CarFest. The event took place the weekend of Jan. 27-29 at the McAllen Convention Center. The Auto Group showcased vehicles from their Alfa Romeo FIAT line during the event.

McAllen CarFest

Payne Auto Group is one of McAllen CarFest’s biggest sponsors. Other local sponsors included businesses such as Nothing Bundt Cakes. Attendees participated in a number of activities that aimed to highlight classic and current vehicles from collectors across the nation.

Rio Grande Valley citizens were invited to the event to observe, and judge the vehicles for a number of categories. These included Children’s Choice, Parent’s Choice, and Community Favorite.

A raffle was also hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in which attendees could purchase $5 tickets for the chance to win a rebuilt Dodge Dart from the 60’s.



Payne It Forward: 2016 Ten Man Jam

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 3:59 PM

MERCEDES, TEXAS, DEC. 3, 2016 — The Payne Auto Group Street Team participated in the 7th annual Ten Man Jam on Saturday. The event, sponsored by KTEX, was held at Mercedes’ Livestock Show Grounds. It featured a range of activities for attendees, as well as numerous musical performances from some of country’s hottest stars. The Jam was one of many events Payne Auto Group’s Street Team attends each year.

Ten Man Jam

There was no shortage of excitement at the Jam. The fun-filled event was hosted in the Payne Auto Group Rodeo Arena. A number of acts took the stage, including country artists like Drew Baldridge and Brett Young, who performed for a packed house Saturday night. Members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders also attended. Of course, the Dallas Cowboys Tour Bus, and other performers made appearances as well. The event was a great success. The Rio Grande Valley Food Bank received proceeds from the event.

Stay tuned for more about next year’s event!


Are you looking for more information about Payne Auto Group’s community events? Check out our Payne It Forward blog for more, or visit your local Payne dealership to check out our latest models. Our sales team is always available to help you locate the car of your dreams. Schedule a test drive today!

Payne It Forward: City Clash

By jaimel | Posted in Community on Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 5:07 PM

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The Payne Auto Group City Clash scholarship giveaway is well underway! The scholarships award $1,000 each to 12 high schools across the RGV during the first semester of the school year.

City Clash

Currently, scholarships have been offered to the cities of Weslaco, Mission, San Benito, Brownsville and a variety of others. The goal of City Clash is to provide students across the Valley with financial aid to purse a higher education.  The scholarships are presented before the start of selected football games on Fridays or Thursdays in which school officials, along with the Payne Auto Group Street Team, pose at the center of the stadium with giant checks.

The cash for the City Clash scholarships is given to the schools during the spring semester. The next giveaway is set to be hosted this Thursday at 7 p.m. and we have provided a complete schedule of the other schools that have participated in the event.

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