Jim Sigel Automotive | 50 Years | Grants Pass

By jessies | Posted in Dealership News on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at 11:15 PM

50 Years. Current Location

Jim Sigel Automotive | 50th Anniversary | Grants Pass, OR

2018 is a special year here at Jim Sigel Automotive!  We are celebrating 50 years in beautiful Grants Pass, Oregon!  It all started 50 years ago when Jim “J.J.” Sigel moved his family to Grants Pass from Portland Oregon at the request of his business partner, Ron Tonkin.

J.J. had been a General Manager for Ron for many years in the Portland area and had always dreamed of owning his own store.  In 1968 they purchased Kelt Chevrolet, renaming it Sigel-Tonkin Chevrolet, and J.J. became the General Manager.  With Ron’s financial assistance J.J.’s dream of owning his own store was closer than ever before.  The first location was on the corner of 7th and J Street, in the heart of downtown Grants Pass (Now occupied by the Purple Parrot, Joe’s Place, Liberty Tax and more!)

50 Years in Grants Pass

Honda |1971

In 1971, with Ron Tonkin’s insistence, J.J. added Honda.  Ron traveled around the world visiting automobile manufactures in foreign countries.  On a trip to Japan around 1969 he discovered Honda and realized the potential value of this innovative company, already well known for motorcycles, as they began building automobiles.  The first Hondas to arrive at Jim Sigel were the 600 models.  Then in 1973, just as the gas shortage was hitting, Honda introduced the fuel efficient CVCC engine and the Honda Civic.  Thanks to Mr. Tonkin’s foresight and timing Jim Sigel was selling the new gas efficient Hondas in record numbers.    And the rest is history.  Today, 47 years later we are still selling this awesome brand.

Jim Sigel Chevrolet | 1976

In 1976 J.J. was ready to buy out his partner and the dealership was renamed Jim Sigel Chevrolet.  Along with being a dealer, J.J. dreamed of building a state-of-the-art facility.  That goal was achieved in 1977 when he opened our current location at NE 7th St.

50 Years in Grants Pass

Nissan & the Import Store | 1989

The Year 1989 brought about a few changes for Jim Sigel Automotive.  J.J.  acquired Auto Martin Ltd. And a second store, the Jim Sigel Import Center, was opened on 6th St.  (Today Taco Bell and the Human Bean can be found there.)  The Import store brought with it three other lines; Mercedes Benz, Volvo and Nissan.  As the years passed J.J. moved Nissan and Volvo to our current location and the Mercedes franchise was sold and moved to Medford.

From 1993 – 1997 the dealership had 5 brands in one location; Chevrolet, Honda, Geo, Nissan and Volvo.  In 1997 Geo was discontinued by GM and in 2003 Volvo closed in Grants Pass.  For the last 20 years we have offered three great brands in one location; Chevrolet, Honda and Nissan.  Making us a unique opportunity for customers to shop, compare and buy a variety of models in one location.

50 Years in Grants Pass Oregon

Then and Now | 1968 – 2018 

Jim Sigel Automotive has experienced a lot of changes since the beginning in 1968.  But two things remain the same.  Our hard working employees and our AMAZING customers who allow us to continue as your local Chevrolet, Honda and Nissan dealer in Grants Pass.  There is now an energetic third generation in the building to carry on J.J.’s legacy for years to come.  What started as a dream 50 years ago has many years ahead of it in Grants Pass.  So stop by and say, “Hi!” and wish us a “Happy 5oth Birthday!”

Jim Sigel Automotive.50 Years

RMT Silverado | Grants Pass, Oregon

By jessies | Posted in New Models on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 6:37 PM

 RMT Silverado Grants Pass

| Rocky Mountain Truckworks Silverado |

RMT Silverado | Grants Pass

To say that the RMT Silverado has become one of the favorite vehicles we sell is an understatement!  These awesome trucks come from a certified GM upfitter, Vanworks Inc.  Not only do they arrive with  a ton of great looking features, but also an warranty that covers all of the accessories!  We are the ONLY authorized dealer here in Southern Oregon to sell these lifted trucks!

Chevrolet RMT Models | RMT Packages

All RMT’s start as a factory built Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500 or (the now available) Chevrolet Colorado.  They are then transformed with one of RMT’s signature packages; RMT Off Road, Colorado Off Road or RMT Diamond Edition.

From the factory, with a pit stop in Fort Collins Colorado, these trucks arrive fully customized here at the dealership and ready to tackle any adventure you have in mind.  Check out our inventory here |RMT Silverado @ Jim Sigel|

Rocky Mountain Truckworks Accessories

While each package has its own set of offerings, some options include:

  • 6” Suspension Lift Kit
  • 20” Custom Alloy Wheels
  • All Terrain Tires
  • Westin HDX Side Steps
  • Color Keyed Fender Flares
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Magnaflow Dual Exhaust
  • Spray-in Bedliner
  • Customer Leather Interior
  • Custom Bullet Grille w/ LED Lighting
  • Front Tinted Windows
  • Custom RMT Badging
  • Speedometer Calibration

Read about more offerings from Rocky Mountain Truckworks here: |RMT Accessories|

The best part?  All of these features are put on before you purchase your vehicle.  When you buy your RMT there is NOTHING you have to do to it to customize it!  Not to mention, it is all wrapped into the final purchase you pay here at the dealership!

RMT Warranty

Each RMT Silverado or Colorado comes with a 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty that allows Rocky Mountain Truckworks to assist you if you do have any issues down the road with your truck.  We know that buying a new truck is an exciting time, and this warranty just give you even more piece of mind that you have made a great choice with a product and company that stands behind their product.

So what are you waiting for?  You know that you have always wanted a truck that could star in a country song!  Give us a call and come take one of these awesome trucks for a test drive!  Call us at 541-476-0811 or click here to schedule a test drive with one of our truck experts |RMT TEST DRIVE|.

2018 Partnership with Crossing Bridges TRC | Part 2

By jessies | Posted in Community Events & Involvement on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 12:09 AM


2018 Partnership with Crossing Bridges TRC

Thank you to our amazing customers!  Between our dealership donation of $1000 for test drives, and our customer contribution in the Service Department we were able to give Crossing Bridges $1,295 this year!  This year was even more special to partner with them because their Scholarship Program was in dire need of funds!  With these donations all of the children that are on scholarship will have their spring sessions covered!  Thank you again to everyone that participated!  We love our community.



2018 March Events | Grants Pass

By jessies | Posted in Community Events & Involvement on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 11:49 PM

March Events in Grants Pass

With the weather… changing by the minute.  It is finally starting to feel like spring here in Grants Pass!  The March event calendar for the community is starting to stack up with fun for the whole family.

As always the Winter Growers Market is in full swing at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.  It runs every Saturday   9:00 – 1:00 pm.  Located in the Commercial Building with heat and indoor restrooms, the market can continue through the not as fun weather months.  The Winter Market continues to provide produce, baked goods, specialty foods and artisans goods just like the downtown market.  Make sure to check it out.

|March Event Calendar|

  • All Month! Say Cheese for the Josephine County Food Bank – support our local community run food bank by eating Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! It couldn’t get much easier than that!  Over 20 restaurants are participating with their own twist on an old classic!  Pick up a punch card at one of the participating restaurants and collect at least 5 stamps to be entered to win a $100 gift card from Fred Meyers!  Take a photo with your sandwich and use the #saycheeseGP and be entered to win a $100 gift card for Dutch Bros.!  What are you waiting for?  Get out there and try some of these AMAZING grilled cheese sandwiches!  For more information check out the Food Bank’s Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/JOCOFOODBANK/
  • March 3rd – 12th Annual First Crush (4:00 – 7:00 pm @ Josephine County Fairgrounds Pepsi Building) Help the Greater Grants Pass Rotary Club support an array of local nonprofits!  This event celebrates the wine, beer, and chocolate paired with your favorite local restaurants.  Tickets are $40 and includes all tasting of food and wine.  Read more here: http://www.firstcrushtickets.com/
  • March 11thSpay-ghetti Dinner (3:00 – 7:00 pm @ Baldini’s Restaurant & Lounge) Support another one of our favorite nonprofits here in Grants Pass by having dinner at Baldini’s! $11 buys you a spaghetti dinner with meat sauce (vegetarian options avalaible), served with salad and garlic bread!  All proceeds benefit the Rogue Valley Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Program for Community Pets!    Read more on their website here: https://roguevalleyhumanesociety.org/events/126/spay-ghetti-dinner/
  • March 17thRelay for Life Bunco (1:00- 3:00 pm @ Club Northwest) Come support Team Loraine! {one of our AMAZING CUSTOMERS} Loraine is raising money for Relay for life with this fun afternoon of Bunco!  Food and wine will be provided as well as prizes.  Entry fee is $20.00!
  • March 17th – March 18th14th Oregon Cheese Festival (11:00 – 5:00 Saturday & 11:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday @ Rogue Creamery) Come enjoy Southern Oregon wine, craft beer, ciders artisan cheese and specialty foods all in one place! Large heated tents will grace the parking lot of Rogue Creamery and over 100 vendors will be on display.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Read more on their website here: http://oregoncheesefestival.com/

 Spring Time in Grants Pass

What are some of your favorite spring time activities here in Grants Pass?  We’d love to hear about them! Hope (pun intended) on over to our Facebook page |https://www.facebook.com/JimSigelAuto| and tell us what you  love!

Favorite Part of Spring. Grants Pass

2018 February Events | Grants Pass

By jessies | Posted in Community Events & Involvement on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 6:34 PM

February Events in Grants Pass

2018 February Events | Grants Pass

Can you believe that it is ALREADY February!  Neither can we! While our little town seemed to take a deep winter snooze the month of January, the month of February has a packed events calendar!

As always the Winter Growers Market continues every Saturday morning, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.  You’ll be sure to find winter veggies, crafter’s goods, and a lot of food vendors tucked into the warm Commercial Building.

Other February Events Include:

  • February 10th Siskyou FilmFest  (4:00 – 8:00 pm @ GPHS Preforming Art Center): The Siskyou FilmFest focuses on the science and history of our environment as well as solutions to environmental challenges on a local, regional and global level.  The festival tries to offer films based on the Klamath-Siskiyou region whenever possible. $15 adult/ $10 student
  • February 14th Dutch Love Day  (all day @ all locations): For every beverage sold all day $1 will be donated to the Josephine County Food Bank!  What a great way to show some love on Valentines Day!
  • February 17th 2018 Black, White & the Blues  (5:00-11:00 pm @ Josephine County Fair Grounds Flower Building): Celebrate the Grants Pass Mesuem of Art!  Live music, dinner and a silent auction to help keep art alive in our community!  $75 a ticket
  • February 24th Girls ROCK (8:30 am – 3:00 pm @ Grants Pass High School): A day of fun-fill day  for girls ages 9-13 to get excited about STEM!  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math workshops are provided!  Adult must attend with student.  The event is FREE!  To sign up for Girls ROCK and to read more about the event check AAUW’s website here: https://grantspass-or.aauw.net/events/girls-rock/. 
  • February 24th Bowling For Bowzer (1:00-4:00 pm @ Caveman Bowl): Head out to support another one of our favorite nonprofits in Grants Pass, the Rogue Valley Humane Society!  Bowling for Bowzer is a great fundraiser to help our four legged friends in our community! $10.00 per person for 3 games!

Valentines Day 2018


2018 Partnership with Crossing Bridges TRC | Grants Pass

By jessies | Posted in Community Events & Involvement on Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 10:06 PM

Partnership with Crossing Bridges 2018

2018 Partnership with Crossing Bridges TRC

For the second year in a row we are partnering with Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center.  Crossing Bridges holds a special place in our hearts of here at Jim Sigel Automotive.  Many of our employees have a personal connection with the program.  Whether it be volunteering, instructing, or having students who ride there, Crossing Bridges and their mission of helping children with special needs is a passion of ours.  Crossing Bridges was founded in 2013  by Jennifer Clark.  She has worked tireless hours to create the amazing environment for all children to learn from one another and grow.

|The Mission|

“To enrich the lives and hearts of individuals and their families through the healing power of equines. At Crossing Bridges, students are given the tools and support they need to overcome obstacles and bridges in their own lives.”

Students gain confidence, independence and compassion with every lesson.  Crossing Bridges doesn’t just touch the lives of children with special needs.  It also teaches compassion and caring to the older teens and adults that volunteer their time each week.  The growth the students make at Crossing Bridges is truly amazing  To read some testimonies from the families check out their website here |CB Testimonials|.  To read more about the program check out our blog from last year here |2017 Partnership|.  If you would like more information check out their website here: www.crossingbridgestrc.org or their Facebook page:  facebook.com/crossingbridgesTRC .

How Can You Help?

There are two ways you can support our fundraising efforts for Crossing Bridges here at the Dealership.  The first way is easy, go on a test drive!  When you test drive a new Chevrolet $25 will be donated in your name to this awesome organization!  The second way is something new we are going to try; when you donate $5 on the day you have your vehicle in for service, you will get 10% off your service up to $25!  Spend $5 and save $25!

2017 Partnership with Josephine County Toys for Tots | Thank You!

By jessies | Posted in Community Events & Involvement on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 12:27 AM

Thank You.Toys for Tots 2017

2017 | Josephine County Toys for Tots | Thank You

Thank you to our amazing customers and community for helping us collect toys for Josephine County Toys for Tots! In November we pledged to match every donation of a new/unwrapped toy that was donated here at our dealership!  With the communities help we collected 4 boxes of toys at our dealership and matched each donation and more!  We spent over $1000 on toys and books for children here in our community!  Stuffing the back of the 2017 Nissan Murano with our donation (and the last box from our showroom.  Pictured above.)

Josephine County Toys for Tots Final Numbers

Josephine County Toys for Tots collected 4252 toys, 352 books and 1560 stocking stuffers for the children and teens of our county.  The Young Marines held two different pick ups at the Merlin Center for families December 16th & 20th.  These two events reached 1,033 children.  But the toys they collected didn’t stop there.  Several other organizations partnered with Toys for Tots this year to reach more children in our community.  They included;  The Redwood Lions Club, who gave away toys in Riverside Park December 23rd, The Rotary Club of Cave Junction, that distributed toys in Illinois Valley, and the Probation Department who distributed toys to children who have  incarcerated parents.  A total of 488 families and 1703 children received toys across the county this year!  If you missed our Partnership with Toys for Tots read more about it here |Toys for Tots & Jim Sigel Automotive|

Josephine County Toys for Tots

Thank you again for your help!  We can’t wait to work with and support this great organization again this next year!


Grants Pass | January Events | 2018 | Things To Do After the Holidays

By jessies | Posted in Community Events & Involvement on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10:32 PM

January Events. Grants Pass

Grants Pass | January Events | 2018

The holidays are officially over and it is time to make your New Years Resolutions!  We would love to hear what yours is over on our Facebook Page |New Years Resolutions|.  Making responsible resolutions like; hitting the gym, getting to bed earlier and servicing your vehicle regularly, doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun!  If you are looking to get out in Grants Pass there are a few January events to choose from.

 January Events

  • Friday, January 5thFirst Friday Live is happening downtown Grants Pass even during the winter months.  With shops staying open just a bit later than normal and musicians and artist showcasing their work First Friday is always a fun night to get out and experience downtown Grants Pass.
  • Saturday, January 6th, 13th, 20th & 27thWinter Growers Market @ The Josephine County Fairgrounds!  Come see what our local farmers and artisans have been working hard to prepare in these winter months.  With artists and craftsmen to food vendors and produce there is something for everyone to find as the browse around.
  • Saturday January 13th @ 7:30Barnstormers Theatre continues on their Storytellers Music Series.  Support this wonderful local theatre company!  Tickets are on sale through their box office online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=barns

Community Partnership | January 2018

We are excited to announce that starting January 15th, we will be again partnering with Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center!  Crossing Bridges is near and dear to our hearts here at Jim Sigel Automotive.  The work that this organization does with children and adults with special needs is truly heartwarming.  Read more about the partnership, and how YOU can be involved, click on over to our page here |Partnership with Crossing Bridges|.



Nissan ProPILOT Assist | Mastering the Drive | Grants Pass

By jessies | Posted in New Vehicle Tech & Safety | Grants Pass | on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 at 10:24 PM

ProPILOT Assist 2018

2018 ProPILOT Assist | Mastering the Drive | Grants Pass, Oregon

Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility receieved some serious upgrades this year.   ProPILOT Assist is now offered on several models including the 2018 Rogue and the 2018 Leaf.  ProPILOT is a great example of Level 2* autonomous driving.  The best part of Nissan’s system?  It is accessible on affordable vehicles such as the Rogue and Leaf.  More autonomous than the current lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control offered, ProPILOT is designed to alleviate some of the stress out of driving.  However, it still requires the driver to keep at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times.

How ProPILOT Works

ProPILOT uses a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver remain in the center of the lane and maintain speed (selected by the driver.)  If in traffic, it helps maintain the gap between the vehicles ahead.  ProPILOT Assist can also slow a vehicle to a complete stop if in a traffic jam.

ProPILOT activates when the driver pushed a blue ON button which is located on the right hand side of the steering wheel.  The driver then sets the Intelligent Cruise Control to the desired speed.  As the vehicle detects consistent lane markers the instrument panel turns green and beeps.  This is your signal that the car is now driving you.  It continues to engage as long as the camera can detect the markers on the road and your hands on the wheel.  When stuck in traffic (for more than 3 seconds) all the driver needs to do is tap the gas or hit resume to reactivate it.

Keep Your Hands on the Wheel – It Is Only Assist!

ProPILOT Assist is just that, an assist.  ProPILOT Assist provides steering assist, reducing the drivers need to constantly make small steering adjustments.  The driver’s hands however, must remain on the steering wheel at all times.  This is detected by the steering systems torque sensor.  If it does not sense your hands for 5-6 seconds, it will deactivate the system.

If the sensors cannot feel the driver’s hands on the steering wheel the warning system will activate and alert the driver to apply more pressure and a tighter grip to the steering wheel.  The steering assist is also cancelled if the windshield wipers are engaged on the low or high position, signalling inclement weather.  With this level of autonomous driving a driver must stay fully engaged in driving to watch for unforseen situations such as someone backing out of a driveway or a vehicle cutting in too close.

The Driver is Always in Control

If the driver activates a turn signal, ProPILOT goes into a temporary standby mode (no longer lit up in green, but in a gray color).  After entering the new lane it takes a few seconds for the system to kick back on.  This also happens when the driver accelerates.  Intelligent Cruise Control and lane keep assistance are cancelled when the brakes are applied.

While ProPILOT is Nissan’s next step in autonomous driving, the driver is still in control. ProPILOT eases the workload of the driver by reducing the amount of accelerations, steering and braking a driver has to do on their own.

Ready to give ProPILOT a try?  Contact one of our Sales Consultants today to test drive a 2018 Nissan Rogue! 541-476-0811


*Level 2 autonomous driving indicates that 2 systems are working together to take over part of the drive.


Kelley Blue Book | 2018 | Best Buy Awards

By jessies | Posted in Awards & Accolades on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 1:02 AM

Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards 2018

Kelley Blue Book | 2018 | Best Buy Awards

There are 12 categories awarded during Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards, 13 if you include the Overall Best Buy Category.  To say that we are excited that our brands took home 8 of those awards is an understatement!

Kelley Blue Book compiles information on models over the year, including previous year’s Best Buys, Resale Value, 5-Year Cost to Own, and of course the ever important driving component to make their decision.

2018 Honda Accord Takes Home |Overall Best Buy 2018 & Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018|

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Honda Accord not only took home Kelley Blue Book’s 2018 Midsize Car Award, but also the 2018 Overall Best Buy Award!

With its bold new look, list of tech features and new turbocharged engines the 2018 Accord was the obvious choice.  Starting at a low sticker price of $23,570 loaded with features such as dual-zone climate control, push start, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, LED headlights, a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a suite of driver-assist features with Honda Sensing.  The 2018 Honda Accord is a clear standout.

Not to mention the Honda Accord has been a nameplate in the United States for over 41 years.  When you purchase an Accord, you have peace of mind with its reputation of providing years of trouble-free cost-efficient ownership.   When you purchase an Accord you can rest assure knowing that its reputation, refinement and resale value ensure that you just made a great purchase.

The 2018 Honda Accord isn’t just the finest midsize sedan money can buy, it’s the most sophisticated, most advanced, most impressive automobile not wearing a luxury badge.” – KBB, 2018 Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018

To Read More about what KBB has to say about the 2018 Midsize Car Best Buy |Click Here| to read more about the 2018 Overall Best Buy Award |Click Here|.

Other KBB Best Buy winners are listed below.  We are beyond excited that our lineup is represented so well!  Come test drive one of these Best Buys today!  And read more about the KBB Best Buy Awards on their website here |Best Buy|.

2018 Honda Civic |Small Car Best Buy of 2018|

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid |Electric Hybrid Car Best Buy of 2018|

2018 Honda CR-V |Small SUV Best Buy of 2018|

2018 Honda Pilot |Midsize SUV Best Buy 2018|

2018 Honda Odyssey |Minivan Best Buy of 2018|

2018 Chevrolet Impala |Full-Size Car Best Buy 2018|