• Jun 19, 2007
The most common question I've been asked this week is "Who won the Autoblog Relaunch Celebration Sweepstakes featuring the All-New 2007 Dodge Nitro R/T?" Whose garage is the Nitro parked in right now? Well, no one's yet.

One thing we've learned is that giving away a $30,000 vehicle is nothing like giving away a $400 iPod. We can't just draw a name from a hat and send the Nitro to the winner's house on a flatbed. As a matter of fact, Autoblog isn't drawing anyone's name. We hired a professional contest/sweepstakes company to handle all the back end stuff for the Sweeps, and they are responsible for the process of randomly picking and verifying the winner.

That process is complex and involves choosing the winners and a number of alternates. The potential winner must be contacted, verified as eligible, and made aware of what's involved in accepting the prize. If that person is eligible and agrees to accept the prize, that's when we'll be able to announce who won. If not, the process starts again with the first alternate drawn and so on. Obviously, this is a process that doesn't happen overnight. We are dying to know who won our Sweeps more than anyone, so we'll be sure to post who the winner is the minute we're told.

Again, thanks to everyone for entering. We've never done this before, but have been told by those helping us who have that it was a wild success.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I should win, because I've had to replace the upper and lower ball joints twice; even after the factoy recalled was made, inner and outer tie rods, and front wheel assembly on my 2001 Dodge Durango. I'm borke now!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the contest was a good idea, and even though I registered only three or four times out of all the days available, I have high hopes for winning.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "We hired a professional contest/sweepstakes company to handle all the back end stuff for the Sweeps"

      So, McDonald's style? Firends and family only?
      • 7 Years Ago
      John Neff,

      If you throw in a good for me, I will promise to no longer accuse you of your obvious bias towards Ford.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha, wow, low-blow buddy.

        I take it you aren't a fan of obvious quality?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So...this means I won, right?

      :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any word on this yet? It's been almost three weeks...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for my Nitro....
      • 7 Years Ago
      CONGRATULATIONS....YOU WON THE NITRO...

      Dear Sir/Madame,
      Let me intoduce myself. I am Valadazez McZavehhauf from the republic of Cosmostad. I am in charge of validating and selecting the winners. Please send me your drivers license number, bank account number, and social security number to validate your identity. I will be in touch with you soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly, the third party vendor isn't really telling us anything until they have a confirmed winner. They don't have a reason to tell us who "may" have won until they're sure that person is eligible and wants to accept the prize. I have no idea if the person drawn as the winner has been contacted yet, either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What if your contact information has changed? Such as a telephone number?
        • 7 Years Ago
        that's why they asked for more than one piece of contact information, like your email address
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the drawing was on the 18th, the winner has already been contacted presumably. So, unless they don't accept the prize, we are all SOL.
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