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Jasneet and her new MINI Countryman (Credit: AOL Autos)... Jasneet and her new MINI Countryman (Credit: AOL Autos).
Earlier this year, AOL Autos announced we'd be giving away a 2012 MINI Countryman as the first part of a new program in we regularly rewards readers for their loyalty and steady readership. Here are the results of the MINI giveaway:

Our inaugural winner, chosen at random, is a Commerce Township, Mich. resident who is a 19-year-old pre-med student at Michigan State University. Jasneet, who asked that we not use her last name, had been using the family's Chrysler 200 to driver back and forth to school. But now she's hoping her new wheels can take her through medical school and beyond.

How did Jasneet find out she won? Her little brother opened the e-mail, called her and said, "Hey guess what, I think we won a car." Jasneet says she was really excited, of course, and immediately called her best friends and family. "I was overwhelmed at first, and as time went on, and it became more real, I have just become more and more excited."

So were we. "I was flabbergasted to find that, with all the entries from all over the country, our winner lives 20 miles from our editorial offices," said AOL Autos editor in chief David Kiley, who noted there were more than 39,000 entries.

We wish Jasneet many safe miles in her new Countryman, courtesy of AOL Autos. And we look forward to giving away a lot more cars and auto accessories, informing our readers about new and used cars and engaging them in our passion for cars and driving.

More about the contest

AOL Autos chose the MINI Countryman for two reasons. For a year, AOL Autos and its sister site, Autoblog, have been driving a MINI Countryman as a long-term test vehicle. "We thought it made a lot of sense to involve our readers in a car we had for a year and were very familiar with," said Kiley. The second reason was that MINI USA is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the U.S. this year, and planned a cross-country rally, MINI Takes The States, which kicked off in New Jersey on July 4 and finished in Los Angeles on July 15.

AOL Autos' Kiley, senior editor Scott Burgess and assistant editor Colin Croughan covered the entire drive in a special 2012 MINI Countryman, traveling through 16 states and almost 4,000 miles. See the photo diary of the trip here.

We're planning more giveaways in the months ahead. So don't fret if you didn't win this time around. There's more to come.



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      Stephen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who drove what where? Your story says "Jasneet, had been using the family's Chrysler 200 to driver back and forth to school." Drive back and forth to school or drive her back and forth to school... which is correct? Don't you ever bother to proof read what you are about to commit to public scrutiny. I am seeking work as a proofreader and I would be more than willing to proofread EVERY single post your news section writers write, all I ask is a fair rate of pay. Flying the patriotic flag is often a good thing... but it must be remembered that the Mini is a British car designed by an Italian, and I believe owned by Germany's BMW. What are you trying to say here?
      Ageless_match_Com
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      DSD
      • 2 Years Ago
      CONGRATS TO HER!!
      EricDJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aol did a good job of promoting this. They found me to enter the contest. Sadly I didn't win. I would have sold my car and drove this while using my cars worth towards a down payment on a house
      rosiesgal29
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a wonderful and exciting gift im sure she will appreciate it God bless her.
      swimdude1978
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      lgnu
      • 2 Years Ago
      First I have heard of this contest also. AOL you need to publicize this better.
      efvann
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congratulations on winning the Mini! But that brings up a question: WHEN does a pre-med student find time to be a "steady reader" on AOL? Please let us know, since I'm not sure I'd want a Dr. who trained on AOL. : ) Just sayin'....
      dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      congrats!
      gcs566
      • 2 Years Ago
      good for you, Jasneet! Anyone know how to enter this contest? I wouldn't mind winning one!
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