MazelSpotlight: Chosen Auto Broker
Meet Jesse Peter Blum.
Jesse is a Colorado native who has been an Auto Broker for just under 8 years and serves as the “Chosen Auto Broker for the Chosen People.” He is licensed with Greenwood Automotive located in Greenwood Village a few miles west of I-25 and Arapahoe.
A proud graduate of CU Boulder in 2005 (Go Buffs!), Jesse currently lives in the Mayfair neighborhood of East Denver with his wife, Caity, their dog, Piper and Alaria the cat. When not working, he enjoys softball, skiing, traveling and checking out restaurants on the town.
Let’s find out more about Jesse and his expertise with the vehicle industry!
What was Jewish life like growing up in Colorado?
My parents did an excellent job of raising me Jewish. I attended JCC Ranch Camp, had my Bar-Mitzvah at BMH-BJ and attended Herzl Jewish Day School and Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy. This allowed me to learn Hebrew and take several Judaic classes. During high school, I was heavily involved in BBYO and AZA6 where I made many friends I still talk to and do business with today. The Israel Study Tour through Jewish Colorado in 1999 led me to living in Israel for a year post high school. I had the honor of leading the IST 2010 trip and being a counselor for a Denver/Dallas Birthright trip in 2014.
How did you get into this line of work?
I became an auto broker after growing up a car enthusiast. As a child, my first word was Yamaha. In first grade I took 100 toy cars (Matchbox and Micromachines) to “Share 100 of something you love day.” I chose to become an auto broker as Colorado does not have the car magazines (many based in Detroit) or manufacturers (again Detroit and the East Coast). I enjoy helping people and the broker aspect allows me to discuss multiple brands while working not only for one brand such as Subaru, Toyota or Chevrolet.
What are the benefits of using an Auto Broker?
The benefit of using an auto broker is being able to show clients all types of cars, trucks and SUVs without bias or pressure at my office. I am similar to a financial advisor who does what’s best for every client. For some financing makes sense when planning to keep long term. For others a lease allows a payment to be more affordable without using a down payment or having a 5-6 year loan. In certain instances a cash purchase is best for a client (for instance Subaru was incentivizing their 2019 Outbacks on cash deals as the redesigned 2020 arrives).
The process is basically three steps. First, I have a conversation with the client. The second part is to set up an appointment at my office to test drive (and evaluate trade(s) if involved). Third, I obtain finance/lease approval as well as adding any accessories/warranties if desired before delivery takes place.
What are your top 5 recommended Colorado all-terrain family vehicles?
- Toyota Highlander
- Subaru Outback
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Audi Q5
Thanks Jesse! Buying or leasing a new or used car doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can save time and brain damage by using an Auto Broker. Give Jesse a buzz if you’re in the market for a new or used car for the holidays or to drive into 2020!
Jesse Blum is a member of the Denver Jewish Chamber of Commerce.