Judging Procedure, Notification and Finalists Judging:
Of all entries submitted, only those in which entrants have correctly answered all five questions will be considered "Eligible Entries". The essays submitted with those Eligible Entries will then be judged on the basis of: why the Entrant or person the Entrant has nominated deserves to win a Mazda vehicle, creativity, on-air appeal, and originality.
Decisions of the judges are final as to all Contest-related matters.
Upon satisfaction of all rules and conditions, the Eligible Entrants and their Nominees, if applicable, must be available to the Sponsors via phone and/or email beginning November 9, 2013. Eligible Entrants and their Nominees, if applicable, must respond to phone calls and emails, and return completed forms from Sponsor within a twenty-four hour period or Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify that entry.
Of the Eligible Entries, approximately ten will be chosen as Finalist Entries.
The persons identified as the Finalist Entries are required to participate in a background screening process. Failure to consent to the background screening process will result in disqualification. The potential Winner ("Winner") is considered either the Entrant if nominating him/herself, or the person that the Entrant has nominated.
Based on the essays, aforementioned judging criteria, and the background checks, the judges will choose three Winners. In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in the judging category of why the Entrant or the person being nominated by the Entrant deserves the car will be declared the Winner.
In the event the Entrant or Winner is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with contest procedures, or is unavailable on the day that the vehicle is to be awarded on Good Morning America, then another winner will be chosen from qualified Finalists, time permitting, or Sponsors reserve the right to terminate the contest or a portion thereof at their discretion
The Finalists and Entrants who nominated them, if applicable, must be available to be videotaped by "Good Morning America" sometime between November 10 and November 20, 2013 for one or more videotaped and/or live segments the broadcast may produce related to the Contest.
Each day from on or about November 18 - 20, 2013, one Winner will be announced during the live broadcast of "Good Morning America" and awarded a Mazda vehicle. The vehicle shown on the air is not necessarily the same vehicle that the Winner will receive but is the same model as the vehicle that will be given to the Winner.
Each winner will receive one 2014 vehicle in the color of Soul Red with Grand Touring (GT) trim from Mazda North American Operations ("MNAO"). The vehicle will be one of the following models: Mazda 3 – 5 door, Mazda 6, or Mazda CX-5. MNAO will determine what features are included with each vehicle, not subject to modification by the Winners. Sponsors will determine which vehicle will be awarded to each Winner.
In addition, the Winner of the Mazda 3 – 5 door will receive approximately $2,700.00; the winner of the Mazda 6 will receive approximately $3,000.00; and the winner of the Mazda CX-5 will receive approximately $2,800.00 from MNAO to be used toward the fees due when the Winner receives the vehicle, which include but are not limited to: Sales tax, title, and license fees ("Transaction Fees"). These amounts are estimates and final numbers will vary based upon factors such as where the vehicle is registered.
Additionally, the Winner of the Mazda 3 – 5 door will receive $7,411.00, the winner of the Mazda 6 will receive $8,241.00, and the winner of the Mazda CX-5 will receive $7,655.00 from MNAO to be used toward the Winner's Federal, State and Local income taxes ("Taxes"); however, Sponsors make no representation or warranty that this amount will be sufficient to pay all of Winner's federal, state and local income tax liability, which is solely the responsibility of each Winner.
Upon being declared a Winner during the "Good Morning America" broadcast, the Winner must complete a W-9 and any additional paperwork required by the Sponsors and return all completed forms to Sponsors. Upon satisfactory completion and receipt of the forms, Sponsors will forward onto MNAO these forms within 5 (five) business days. Subject to manufacturer/distributor/dealer manufacturing, production and delivery schedules, the Winner will be able to claim the vehicle no later than 180 (one hundred and eighty) days after MNAO receives the completed forms. MNAO will make commercially reasonable efforts to provide vehicles for pick up within 100 (one hundred) miles of Winners' residences and will notify Winner of vehicle's availability and location for pick up.
Winner must be present at the Mazda dealership and provide proof of a valid driver's license and legally required automobile insurance covering the vehicle in order to claim the vehicle. Winners are solely responsible for insuring their vehicles, and for payment of all associated Transaction Fees, Registration and Taxes.
The Winners and possibly Entrants (if Entrant has nominated the Winner) will be featured in videotaped and/or live broadcast segments on Good Morning America, as determined by the Sponsors.
All videotape and live production will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. The Winners are not entitled to exchange or transfer the prizes or to obtain cash or other substitutes (other than the funds being provided towards the Transaction Fees and Taxes which are also taxable to the Winners), but Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may substitute prizes of equal or greater value.
Any appearance on Good Morning America is subject to availability. Sponsors are not responsible for cancellation or preemption of show or for other circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill this element of the prize. The appearance portion of the prize has no approximate retail value and if it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this or any element, Sponsors' only obligation will be to provide the remainder of prize, if any.
Federal, state, and local taxes associated with the receipt or use of the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Each Winner must provide a validly completed IRS Form W-9 to the Sponsors prior to receiving the vehicle. An IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more, if required by law, will be issued to the Winner.
The Approximate Retail Value of each Winner's prize package, which includes the vehicle, Transaction Fees, and funds to be used towards Taxes are as follows:
For the Winner of the Mazda 3 – 5 door: $37,056.00 (Thirty-seven thousand and fifty-six dollars). For the Winner of the Mazda 6: $41,206.00. (Forty-one thousand two hundred and six dollars). For the Winner of the Mazda CX-5: $38,275.00 (Thirty-eight thousand two hundred seventy-five dollars). The final value of the prize will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsors based upon location of Winner's residence and elements used to fulfill the prize.