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RepairSmith Offers Busy Moms a Convenient Soultion to Car Repairs

I am a stay at home Mom, as I know many of my readers are, too.  What do you do when your car needs an oil change or even a tune up?   I make an appointment and take my car and have to wait. And wait. That is not very convenient for me.  So, I am going to tell you about RepairSmith.


What is RepairSmith?

RepairSmith comes to you and fixes your car in your driveway.  How awesome is that?  And, it can all be done online. Just schedule your appointment, get a quote via text message and you can manage all your repairs and maintenance online. Their expert delivery mechanics are equipped with company vans and state-of-the-art tools and equipment allowing them to handle about 85% of repairs on-site. If shop-level tools are required, car owners can drop off at one of our fully-vetted shops. They stand behind all work with a 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
Convenience

This is life changing for me!  No more waiting at a dealership or auto repair shop for an oil change.  That gets hectic, especially if you have to take your kids. If you cannot start your car, you cannot get it to the shop to get it fixed.  In instances like this, you would normally have to get your car towed.  That is expensive! RepairSmith can come to your home  and fix your car.  I don't have to get kids ready and lug all their sippy cups and things to entertain them.  I can schedule all my repairs and maintenance online at my convenience, at a time that works for ME!


What services can the RepairSmith technicians do at my home?

If an oil change is all you need, they can most definitely do that.  But here is a list of the services they can do at your home.

  • Replace front brake rotors
  • Replace rear brake pads
  • Replace alternator
  • Service automatic transmission fluid
  • Transmission rebuilt/replace
  • Synthetic oil change
  • Replace spark plugs
  • Replace front brake pads
  • Replace catalytic converter
Make sure to visit RepairSmith to enter your specific information(car make, model, mileage)  to see the exact repairs  they can do at your home. Check out this video!

Let's talk price and warranty

RepairSmith offers compete pricing on all repairs. They do not charge you more because they are coming to your house.  And once they quote you a price, that is what you pay. When the technician arrives and finds your car needs more or less services, their team always reviews this with you before proceeding and get your approval. They offer a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty on all their repairs. That is a great warranty! 

Locations

While RepairSmith is currently serving The Greater Los Angeles are, Orange County, San Diego, the Bay Area, and San Fransisco they are rolling out to more cities this year. Be sure and check their website often to see them in a city near you!  Check out their social media below.
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I am so happy I have found RepairSmith.  My life just got a million times easier!

This post is sponsored by RepairSmith but all opinions are my own.
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SUV or Pickup – Which One is for You?


Anyone out there looking for a size upgrade in their vehicle will typically think of an SUV or a pickup truck as possible options. The question inevitably is, which one will best suit your needs? Both SUVs and pickups have many advantages, and also lots of things in common. Their size, utility, fuel consumption and insurance costs may be comparable, but there are also key differences that buyers should consider carefully before making a final decision.

The Case for the SUV
First, let’s address what situations would suit choosing a new SUV as the family car. It’s hard to deny that the SUV is, for many, the pure aesthetic choice. Though modern pickup designs have gone far in boosting the truck’s image, it’s still hard to compare a pickup with a stunning Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk with its sporty lines, glittering alloys and sumptuous interior packed with features. So, what kind of buyer should favor the SUV?

l  Those looking for more flexible seating options --- an SUV may come with the all-important third row, but in general offers flexible and all-comfortable seating arrangements for the entire family as a standard feature.
l  Those looking for best balance of utility and comfort --- an SUV will give you more-than adequate cargo space for groceries, kids’ school stuff, sports gear and whatnot, but also tremendous passenger and driver space and comfort.

The Case for the Pickup
When it comes to pickup trucks, you often think of power and utility. Even though pickups have been greatly upgraded and rebranded in recent years, they have never lost these two essential qualities. They may still not be able to match the extent of luxury that many SUVs offer, but they are closing the gap. Not only have interiors been greatly improved, but many useful driver assistance features and tech features are also now included. What kind of buyer is destined to opt for the pickup?

l  Those who still, after everything, prioritize utility before comfort --- anyone in need of regular space to move goods or tools will always prefer the space that the rear bed of the pickup offers.
l  Those who use their vehicle for professional activities --- for those working construction, contracting or similar jobs that takes them off-road, the power of the pickup is what they prefer. What’s more, they still have the option of a double cabin with extra seating should they need it.

In the end, both SUVs and pickups have numerous benefits to the driver. This certainly isn’t a case of one being better than another. If you’re thinking of making an upgrade yourself, then you should think about your own driving needs carefully being signing up for either a new SUV or pickup truck.

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How to Spot the Most Common Engine Ailments


It’s pretty obvious to most that the engine underneath your hood is a pretty complex piece of machinery. We therefore rely on well-trained and skilled mechanics at our local dealership to help us when we encounter any difficulty. The ordinary driver may not be a trained automotive professional, but there are still important signs you can look for that indicate your car’s engine is having a problem. Sometimes, these early signs can mean the difference between a minor maintenance invoice and a huge repair bill.
 
Typical engine problems include examples like:
l  Eroded, bent or otherwise damaged gaskets and valves
l  A build-up of carbon on spark plugs
l  Contaminants in the engine oil that build over time
l  Electrical problems
l  Filters are clogged up
l  Belts get worn out

So, what signs can you look out for that can warn you of these problems? Many can turn into serious problems if left unchecked. Let’s see:

1. Look out for a dash warning light
Your dash is quite proficient at lighting up when one of your key systems is experiencing an issue. Your first line of defense lies right there on the dash. Heed its warnings and take your car to the dealership for a checkup or tune up if you see one. The lights are not arbitrary! Don’t ignore them.

2. Excessive engine noise or apparent shaking
If you sense (or see with the hood open) that the engine is shaking and/or making much more noise than usual, then this is also a strong warning. The additional noise is typically generated more by your exhaust system rather than the engine, but the problem is likely to originate in your car’s engine. One of your gaskets or seals may have ruptured, or a hose might be damaged, or the timing belt might have a hole. All of these possibilities warrant a professional opinion.

3. Smoke (of any color)
If you see black smoke, then that is probably a clogged filter. If you see blue smoke, it’s likely to be a valve that has worn out. White smoke suggests a blown gasket. Did you ever think that so much different smoke could come from your engine? If you catch sight of any, it’s a certainty that something is wrong.

4. Unwelcome or unfamiliar smells/noises
The normal operation of your car shouldn’t allow any strange smells or persistent noises to enter the passenger compartment. If you smell burning, or oil, or hear tapping, knocking or grinding, none of these things are normal in any car, especially new cars.
With many of these signs, you can’t afford to wait and see what they turn into later. This kind of mechanical problem won’t resolve itself. It will only get worse (and more expensive to fix). If you spot anything, get on the horn to your dealership and get help.

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All-Season Tires Vs. Winter Tires



“I have all-season tires. I’m ready for any kind of weather.” We hear you, but unfortunately, you are wrong about this. If you live in California, Florida or Texas, then your all-season tires are undoubtedly sufficient for the weather and road conditions in those states. Up here in New England, however, it’s a different story. You need to have tires that give you the traction and stability to meet the challenge of winter roads up here. Sure, driving an SUV with 4WD and advanced traction control like the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a start, but when it comes to tires, the only ones able to provide what your car really needs are winter tires.
 
Below we’ll analyze the basic differences between the two:

1. Tread pattern
All-season tires usually feature a simple tread pattern and are recognizable by the three or four straight lines they have running through the middle of the tire. Winter tires, on the other hand, have more jagged and even random-looking patterns. They almost look aggressive; ready to roll into battle. The winter tire tread gives much better stability on the road, and some even come with metal studs in them for extra traction.

2. Materials
All-season tires are typically made from a firmer material compounds, which are not suitable for the extreme cold. They do, however, ensure a longer tread life in a temperate climate free of any temperature extreme. Frigid temperatures require softer tires that make better contact with the road, thus giving better traction.

3. Use in different weather conditions
Winter tires are typically recommended for any area that experiences winter weather below 44-45 degrees (7 degrees Celsius). Unfortunately, all-season tires are not designed to maintain proper traction below these temperatures. The snow and ice brought on by the New England winter demands a more durable and purpose-built tire.

It’s understandable why some drivers are hesitant to make a special purchase of winter tires. They’re not the cheapest item on the shelf, nor are they easy to store unless you have a garage with enough free space. It’s also a hassle to get them put on and then taken off again in the spring. Furthermore, the other type of tire is billed as “ALL season,” right? The truth is, they are more like “three-season” tires. They are fine in the mild-to-hot months of the year, but winter is a harsh mistress, especially in Connecticut and the rest of the Northeast. For better traction, safer braking distances, and greater safety for you and your passengers in winter, we strongly recommend you consider winter tires.

Seek help at your local dealership if you have further questions or need help finding the most suitable tires for your car.

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How Regular Maintenance on Your Car Saves You Money


It seems counterintuitive to increase the amount of maintenance and professional care for your car. Doesn’t it just increase your costs? First of all, a lot of routine maintenance won’t set you back a lot --- oil/filter changes, topping up transmission fluid, replacing a brake pad etc. Sure, you pay the mechanic at the dealership for the repairs, but these small bills are actually saving you money in the long term. The reason? You are saving your car from more serious defects and damage that would happen if you left this routine maintenance undone.
 
Your car is made up of many moving parts, all of which are connected to each other. If even one thing is damaged, like the timing belt, for instance, then it starts a chain reaction on its connected parts, leaving dents, bent parts and even holes in the engine. Here are some ways that basic maintenance will pay for itself in savings:

1. You maintain gas mileage --- money saved on gas
Keeping your tires at the right pressure; keeping the car properly aligned; ensuring that the timing belt is working well, and other similar small jobs may cost you some cash, but thy all help your car achieve its best-possible gas mileage, which means you are always saving money you’d otherwise be throwing away buying gas. All this is before those small problems turn into something more serious which then lands you with a huge mechanic’s bill as well.

2. You can use your car for longer
A well-maintained car will last longer without the need for upgrades or major repairs. You’ll enjoy using it at optimum capacity for a longer period, thus removing any need to fork out for a new lease or new vehicle outright.

3. The preventative approach
An oil change might set you back $100, say. And you might get one twice a year, or maybe more, depending on your annual mileage. Failing to maintain fresh engine oil can cause total engine failure. A new engine can cost well into the thousands of dollars. Keep getting the oil changes, and never miss an engine tune up.

4. Re-sale value
We all know and understand that a car is a depreciating asset. It loses about 20 percent of its value as soon as you drive it off the lot. If you decide to sell it on before purchasing another, how well you’ve maintained will be one of the main reasons you give for your higher asking price. People will pay a little more for a pre-owned car that has been looked after to the point where it’s still like new. The extra care is worth it.

Don’t get careless with your car’s maintenance. There’s more at stake than you think, and those simple routine checkups are potentially saving you thousands over the years of your car’s life. Look to the dealership for expert advice and assistance with keeping your car in good order.

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The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander – Green Machine


The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander combines enough factors to make it a driver’s dream --- affordability, capacity, style and green credentials. It’s the crossover SUV with a conscience that can also carry up to seven people. It’s the perfect family car, loaded with great standard features and great advantages over other SUVs in a competitive market. The hybrid version had been available in Europe for several years, but in 2019 it finally came to the US as well, giving Mitsubishi customers yet more choice when selecting their new car.
 
Let’s start by looking at standard features (using the SE trim as a guide):

The 2020 Outlander comes with a new 8-inch touchscreen on most of the trim levels, with stereo and speakers provided by Rockford Fosgate. There are also new rear seats with an extra USB port. The same great performance in gas mileage continues in the 2020 model as it did in the 2019 model. You can expect to achieve 25mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. It’s not easy finding SUVs that can either match of surpass that rating. Furthermore, all models come with all-wheel drive.

Other standard features include three-row seating, 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space when third-row seats are down. You’ll find the price of the Outlander hard to beat when you look at other models with three rows of seats. The Outlander also comes ready to plug in either for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and the high-tech wizardry also stretches to safety --- forward-collision detection, rear-view cameras to help with blind spots while reversing, lane departure warning and more. Most of those features are standard on all trim levels.

Now let’s take a look at optional features

Mitsubishi reflects its own slogan “Drive your Ambition” when it offers buyers so much choice. First of all, the higher-end GT model provides a V6 engine option that pushes horsepower up to 224hp, as well as 215lb-ft of torque. There’s also a 2.2-liter diesel engine option to add to the existing standard I4 and the V6 options.

Finally, Mitsubishi also blow the competition away with a hybrid option --- not common for crossover vehicles. If you’ve been needing an SUV or similar car but haven’t been able to match any specifications to your own want to help the environment, then we may have found the perfect match for you.

Features aside, the Outlander is a high-quality and comfortable ride, as well as an SUV with attractive outer and inner design. Furthermore, San Antonio is blessed with a dealership offering sales, servicing and more for all current and prospective Mitsubishi owners. Visit us today and make the Outlander your new on-road partner.

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The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee


Back in 2010, Jeep unveiled a new Grand Cherokee model to the world. Now, it’s nine years later and the country (and the world) is continuing its love affair with this iconic machine. It remains the more rugged option among crossover vehicles, which can just as easily feel at home in off-road environments as it can on-road. In this article, we’re exploring all the best features of the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
 
First, let’s get the lowdown on what’s new.
Truthfully, there aren’t any major changes for 2020. The Trackhawk now comes with optional 20-inch titanium-finish wheels and a black/grey leather interior. There are also a standard sunroof, bi-xenon headlamps and LED foglamps for the Limited models, the latest addition to the lineup which just joined in 2019. The Overland has optional dark sienna and black interiors.

Next, let’s go inside
When you’re buying a bigger car, it’s often because you need the space. The 2020 Grand Cherokee certainly competes with others in its category like the Chevy Blazer or Nissan Murano, offering 36.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and around 68 cubic feet if you fold the second-row seats. It’s a good choice for any family looking for a week-long road trip somewhere. The Uconnect infotainment system is held within an upgraded 8.4-inch touchscreen display, and performs well with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

All Grand Cherokees get the blond-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems. The Active Safety Group package includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist and parallel and perpendicular parking assist. It possesses a strong safety recommendation of 4 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Finally, how does it go?
The standard engine comes with a 3.6L V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, delivering a powertrain of 295hp with 260lb-ft of torque. Head up to the Limited trim, however, and you’ll get a 5.7L Hemi V8 engine as an optional upgrade, bringing it up to 360hp and 390lb-ft torque. You’ll get 14mpg city and 22mpg highway with the V8 option. The V6 offers better mileage at 18mpg city and 26mpg highway. Note that a 4WD option will reduce those ratings by about 1mpg.

Perhaps the best reason to consider the Grand Cherokee, besides its good looks, power, features and trim options, is simply to look at its strength and versatility. Whether you need it for towing, a family car, an off-road companion --- the Grand Cherokee fits the bill. Visit your dealership today to learn more.

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5 Reasons to Buy A Honda


There are a lot of reasons that Honda has done so well in the United States market. No, it’s not an American brand, but it brings the American consumer the very best quality and reliability, and that’s what the US driver deserves! In this article, we want to explore all the best reasons to buy a Honda.
 
1. Made in the USA
It may be a Japanese marque, but Hondas are made right here in America. The company operates 12 facilities across the country, including its newest facility in Ohio, which opened in 2016. Now you get to have your cake and eat it too, buying a top-quality overseas brand, but made Stateside.

2. It might be the most durable car you ever drive
Whether you’re buying a Sedan, SUV or other model on offer, Hondas will surprise you with their impressive handling and quick acceleration. They put together the power of race cars with the comfort of high-end sedans. The Civic Type R for example can go from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. That is not a typo.

3. The keep their resale value
Everyone knows that when you buy a car it’s basically a loss, right? As soon as it’s off the lot, the value has decreased. That may be true in general, but with a Honda you’ll get the best-possible retention. High-quality individual parts mean that typical wear and tear affects the Honda less than some other brands. This means you’ll be able to pitch a higher price than you would with another car.

4. Perfect for a budget
Not only are Honda’s affordable to buy or lease, but they make you further savings on the road with their great fuel economy. The 2019 Honda Accord, for example can average up to 38mpg on the highway and 30mpg in the city. It doesn’t even stop with the smaller cars and sedans. Honda’s pickup truck, the Ridgeline, can achieve 19mpg city and 26mpg highway. Gas mileage always depends on your exact usage, but these numbers do nothing but impress.

5. Safety features
Solid safety features are practically woven into the fabric of the Honda brand. To take just one example, the Accord has long been recognized as one of the safest and most reliable cars on the road. Honda cars come with the Honda Sensing technology package as standard, which contains forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and much more.

Honda may never have leapt to mind before when you considered a new car, but why not get to your nearest dealership and test drive your first Honda today?

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The 2020 Honda Odyssey – Why It’s Your Next Car


Who says that minivans can’t be cool? You may think that a minivan is the sign of “giving up” on the world of great cars, but after you’ve experienced the 2020 Honda Odyssey, you’ll know why that’s a load of bunk. In 2020, the Honda Odyssey is celebrating its 25th birthday, and the new models come with loads of great features. Let’s explore them here and see why this great new minivan has to be your next family car.
 
First, the 10-speed automatic as standard
Whichever trim level of the Odyssey you buy, you get the 10-speed automatic transmission. The 10-speed means a more efficient transfer of power and torque, as quick shifts maintain engine power after each shift. This means a better performance and more pleasing all-round driving experience for you.

Second, it’s made for big families and big cargo
If you have a big brood, then the Odyssey is really for you. It comes with a maximum cargo volume of 144.9 cubic feet. The legroom is also generous at 40.9 inches in the front and second rows, and 38.1 inches in the third row.

Third, affordable and flexible trim options
Pricing is offered on a varied spectrum depending on trim. If you’re on a budget, you may sacrifice one or two of the more luxury features, but you still enjoy all the fundamental great things about the vehicle, and at a good price. The more luxurious trims take you to levels of style that you may previously have thought impossible in a minivan. Go for the EX which comes with the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, top safety features like active lane control, power sliding rear doors and much more.

Finally, comfort, comfort, comfort
The seats in the Odyssey are “all-day comfortable” which makes the ultimate people hauler. The above-mentioned EX model comes with other great features like three-zone climate control which is sure to stop any arguments about temperature on the journey. Speaking of the journey, your ride is made all the more comfortable by the smooth and quiet atmosphere it has while on the road. Family driving can be stressful in its own way, but at least you don’t have to add road noise to the mix!

Ask your nearest dealership about the 2020 Honda Odyssey and make it your next family car.

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Mastering Your Car’s Interior Cleaning


Warm water, a sponge and a good brand of car shampoo are normally enough to get the exterior of your car clean, but you can’t exactly throw a bucket of water over your dash, or use the sponge to clean up your interior carpets or upholstery. You might balk at the idea of spending more money to clean the inside of your car after working so hard on the outside, but here we have some money-saving DIY interior car cleaning tips.
 
1. De-smoke the interior
Do you or another member of the family ever smoke in the car? There’s a really simple trick you can use to rid your entire car of the sticking acrid smell that lingers. All you need is a can of something like Dakota Non-Smoke. Give a light spray (but not too much) to the headliners, seats, door panels and carpet. Afterward turn the fan to max and switch to recirculate (a/c on max will do the job too). Next spray the mist into the intake opening, then leave the doors and windows closed for an hour and the smell will be gone.

2. De-sticker the windows
Lord only knows why our kids sometimes clutter up the windows with silly stickers. You may not notice at first, and by then some could have been stuck on too long and will leave a mess. Fear not, you can easily get rid of them with some degreaser and a plastic scraper. Lay a towel in the area beneath the stickers, dab on the degreaser, then scrape the suckers off.

3. A screwdriver for nooks and crannies
Have you ever found an ideal solution for cleaning into those tiny lines and edges that a regular cloth just won’t reach? Well here’s a step you may never have tried. Take a screwdriver (without sharp edges), wrap a bit of cloth around it and then spray some all-purpose cleaner on there. Move it gently along the trim lines and pick up the stubborn hidden gunk. You’ll be amazed at the difference this kind of deep clean can make.

4. Simple carpet wash
We’re often at a loss with what to do about our carpets. Here’s a simple and affordable solution to get great results on the car’s carpets. First, spray Plastic & Leather Prep on the carpet, then scrub lightly with a nylon bristle brush, and finally just let it dry. Once it’s done, you can vacuum away and see the carpet’s proper color return.

5. Move the seats
Now. this final piece of advice may seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many people overlook it. When you’re cleaning the inside of your car, move the seats forward! You may think that nothing could get all the way down there, but we’re telling you know --- you’re wrong. Move those seats forward and behold the mess!

A great detailing doesn’t have to be a costly affair. You may get some satisfaction out of trying these methods to help keep your car’s interior in good order.

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The 2020 Jeep Wrangler --- your perfect winter companion


When the weather gets cold and the roads become treacherous, people start to hide their cars away. For owners of the Jeep Wrangler, however, it’s time to come out and play. No amount of snow and ice will stop this bad boy, and that’s why we’re here to tell you why this amazing vehicle is your perfect companion in the winter climate.
 
The 2020 Wrangler Unlimited (Rubicon/Sport) is probably the hardiest, most rugged Jeep ever made, It was made for the outdoors, and no season can stop it. The car comes packed with great features that make winter driving an easy task.

l  3.6L V6 Engine
l  6-speed manual transmission, 4WD
l  Command-Trac® 3:1 Part-Time 4WD system
l  Remote keyless entry
l  Optional remote start system
l  Jeep Trail Rated® kit
l  Electronic front sway bar disconnect
l  ABS brakes
l  Heated front seats
l  Heated steering wheel
l  All-weather slush mats
l  Radio 430N infotainment system with 6.5-in touchscreen display
l  GPS navigation

Strong traction control, a panic alarm and integrated roll-over protection come as standard in this Wrangler. What’s more, it’s economical and can achieve up to 23mph on the highway. It also boasts quite an impressive 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up, and up to just-over 46 cubic feet when you put them down. There are also new engine-size options, as a 3.0L diesel V6 has been added to the lineup. The standard 3.6L V6 produces 285hp and 260lb-ft of torque, and comes with an optional 8-speed transmission if the manual doesn’t suit your needs.

But where the 2020 Wrangler really excels is off-road. Its fully-boxed ladder frame and five-link coil suspension is really at home off the pavement, and that’s when it will perform at its best. It benefits from an approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees and a ground clearance of 10.9 inches.

If you’re thinking of a new car as the winter approaches, you want the best-possible automotive ally out there on the roads. When you drive the Wrangler, you can kick Jack Frost to the curb. Visit your nearest dealership to learn more.



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The Chrysler Pacifica – The Perfect Family Car


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A growing family means you need the perfect vehicle for school runs, carpooling, family vacations and more. Enter the Chrysler Pacifica. Since 2017, this award-winning vehicle has been receiving rave reviews and changing the way the country looks at minivans. As the new school semester approaches, we’re here to tell you why the Pacifica was and still is the perfect choice for the family on the go.

1. Hands-free side sliding doors
You thought it was cool when they put in the sensors that meant you could open the trunk with just a wave of your foot. Well, the Pacifica lets you do the same with the sliding doors. So, as you’re loading the kids, as well as their bags, lunches, their friends and even the dog into the van, it’s all hands free.

2. Comfort all the way
Every row of seats in the back offers comfort and space, not like many vans where the third row is more cramped. Now everyone in the family can sit comfortably and securely. What’s more, the second-row seat can be tipped forward, even when there is a child-seat installed. The Pacifica knows the struggle is real, and now brings you the answers.

3. More latch anchors
Boost passenger capacity for carpooling days by using the LATCH anchors, which come for up to five seating positions --- two sets in both the second and third rows, and an additional eighth seat that clicks in between the second-row captain’s chairs.

4. UConnect
Chrysler’s Uconnect Theater, the car is also a portable fun center designed to keep kids busy and/or entertained. The touchscreen displays come with games and apps, and parents can keep control of content and even listen in from the main infotainment system. HDMI ports are available in each screen, and every row also comes with USB ports. It’s truly a car for modern “charging” times.

5. There’s a Hybrid version
No, this is not a typo. The Pacifica was the first ever minivan to come in a hybrid model; a plug-in hybrid. It’s the perfect gas saver, allowing you to run all your daily errands without using a drop of fossil fuel. For longer trips, use up the power first and it’ll switch seamlessly over to gas for the rest. This vehicle really has your back, and is your wallet’s friend!

We know! Minivans have been uncool for years, and family’s have often begrudgingly traded in their beloved sedans and sports cars in exchange for a spacious family alternative. With the Pacifica, however, you’re not getting any “ordinary” minivan. Check out your nearest dealer for great deals on the new jewel in Chrysler’s crown.

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Readying the Car for the College bound



It’s an emotional time for many as they prepare for the end of their kids’ final summer at home from high school. This time they’re off to college, and that means they’re not just out for the day, they’re gone for the semester or even the entire school year. We understand it’s hard to lose them, but it’s important that we get them as ready as possible to face the challenges ahead, starting with prepping the car.

First, make sure they have their insurance, license and registration.
They haven’t been driving long, and may forget this otherwise basic requirement of drivers. Remind them to keep them in the glove compartment at all times, and store them in a way they can’t get wet or damaged.

Second, take the car to the dealership for a checkup.
They may have enjoyed using the car over the summer break, and that may have taken a toll on the car’s engine, tires, fluid levels and more. Before you let them drive off to college in that car, get the experts to perform a full check on it and get everything up to scratch. If nothing else, it’ll help give you peace of mind.

Third, instill a maintenance/cleaning schedule.
While the car is getting checked, ask the dealership to help furnish your son/daughter with the basic maintenance information that they need for the car model they’re driving. An expert mechanic there can instruct him/her on what to do weekly, monthly and annually to keep everything in working order. Furthermore, you can remind them of a proper daily and weekly cleaning schedule --- empty the trash every day, vacuum every week, take a trip to the car wash every two weeks. You know best, so make sure they do, too!

Fourth and finally, do some research into the local facilities at their college destination.
Your local dealership is always the best place to get car issues resolved, but if your child is away at college with the car, and has a serious problem, they may not be able to get the car back. In that case, you should scout out the area by looking online for reputable outlets for car repair, maintenance and other services like washing/detailing the car. Try to find an approved center that specializes in the brand/marque that you’re driving.

None of this makes the separation easier, but it should at least give you a little assurance that your child is safe on the road and ready for anything that could happen. It’s a scary world out there, let’s make sure our kids are ready for it.

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Why you should stick to the dealership for your car needs



We are often told that the best think about a market system is that it gives us, the consumers, choice. This is certainly true, and will make our next message a little strange to hear. When it comes to car repair, however, you can’t beat the dealership. In this article, we’ll tell you the main reasons for this:
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1. Market forces make the dealerships competitive
We are not advocating a monopoly. Competition out there means that dealerships are stronger than ever, offering high-quality services at affordable rates. The existence of competitors means you can be sure you aren’t being given a bad deal.

2. The dealership knows your car best
The dealership that sold you the car know it inside out. Because most dealerships specialize in a particular marque or manufacturer, the mechanics there have received dedicated training to perform maintenance and repairs on that specific vehicle. Ordinary mechanics may call themselves a “Jack of all trades” but they are also, commonly, masters of none. Your dealership has the tools, the right parts, and, more importantly, the know-how.

3. The dealership knows you
Going back to the dealership means you build a closer working relationship with them. They know you, they know your car, and how you use it. Over time you can build a rapport with the staff there, and enjoy even more benefits and gain more direct access to services and advice. Customer loyalty has many advantages.

4. Peace of mind
A dealership comes with a brand name, and thus a higher standard to maintain. Should a dealership wish to continue displaying certain marques, accreditations and certifications of standards, then they have to do everything properly and by the book. This means you won’t have to worry about a mechanic cutting corners, using the wrong parts to save time, or being unable to get hold of the skills needed to get the job done right.

5. Comprehensive services
A dealership isn’t just a sales floor like in the past. Dealers now offer comprehensive services to their customers, including car finance, repairs, washing/detailing and more. The local dealership is truly a one-stop shop for your auto needs. All of this means less stress for you.

Shed your previous notions of what a car dealership is like, and come see for yourself. Check out what’s in your local area that matches your car type, and start enjoying the benefits today.

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Reasons you should lease your next Chrysler



 
You may believe that leasing seems a strange option when it comes to a car for everyday use. “Isn’t it cheaper just to buy it if you’re going to use it all the time?” The game has changed when it comes to car leases, it’s no longer a day-to-day deal. For some, leasing may be a better option than buying. Sure, some will always want to buy, and that’ll work for them, but below are the best reasons we can give you to consider leasing instead.

1. Your car is a depreciating asset
As soon as you drive a car off the lot, it has lost a good deal of its monetary value. If you plan to have the car just for a year or two before switching, why buy? If you lease for up to three years, you can be sure that any issues with the car (if any) are covered by the warranty agreement, something that you won’t have if you buy in the long term.

2. Spread the cost
If you have a good income, but not a lot of savings, then a lease is a good option because you can pay smaller, regular amounts instead of larger lump sums. Spreading the cost into monthly payments makes it easier to manage.

3. Always have the latest models
Once your lease cycle is up, you can trade the car in for the latest model. This means you can stay at the forefront of new technology and features without adding more stress to your bank balance. What’s more, always being in a new car is a great confidence booster.

4. Less paperwork
Leasing is easier than buying. It presents a whole new dynamic to dealerships, who can now win repeat business in a faster turnaround time than they could with car sales. This means the process is made simpler, too.

5. Fewer maintenance problems
Because you have the latest models, loaded with the newest gear and newest parts, then the risk of experiencing a breakdown is much lower. This is another saving in the long run as you can avoid being hit by expensive repair bills.

If any of this sounds like it would benefit you in particular then consider leasing your next car instead of buying. It might just be the smartest decision you ever make.

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Post Summer Car Maintenance




Thermometer readings are dropping, the sunscreen is being put away, the phrase “back to school” is emerging more and more wherever you look. All of this can only mean one thing --- the summer is ending. If the heat is not your friend, you may be heaving a sigh of relief, but don’t think that your problems are done. Another member of your family that has experienced a great deal during the sweltering summer months is your car. Here are some important maintenance tips to check on after the summer is done.

1. Fluid Levels
We all know that water evaporates as it reaches boiling point, but how do we forget that other fluids essential to our car can also evaporate more rapidly in the summer heat? Lift the hood and take a look – check the levels of coolant and battery fluid. The battery is especially important because the water in the mixture evaporates and can expose the lead plates, which come winter will mean you don’t even have enough juice to get started.

2. Battery life
While you’re checking the fluid levels of your battery, look at the terminals as well for corrosion. Your long summer road trip will have brought extra vibration to the battery which can impact its life. If anything looks amiss, have the dealership mechanics check it for you, and get the issue dealt with quickly before it gets worse.

3. Tire Tread
Higher temperatures outside mean greater air pressure inside your tires, forcing them to ride on less of the tire’s total surface area. The heat also makes your tires dry out, which exacerbates strains on them further. You may follow a regular annual schedule for tire checks and changes, but consider moving that schedule up after a strenuous hot summer.

4. Steering and Braking --- The Works
Extreme heat negatively impacts a lot in your car, not just the fluid levels and tire tread. Pay close attention while driving and see if the steering or braking feels off in any way. If it does, you should take in to your dealership to get it checked and put right. It’s not only the ice and snow that affects your cars “mood” but also the summer’s high temperatures.

5. Oil Change
Maintaining proper engine lubrication through the summer is challenge, and many overlook the extra needs of the car’s engine during that time. Many of the newest oil products mean you don’t need to switch viscosity between the seasons, which is convenient, but the problem of keeping up with regular oil changes hasn’t gone anywhere. However recently you did a check and/or change of your oil before or during the summer, check it again as the season winds down.

Follow these tips and stay safe this fall. Don’t forget, if you are uncertain of any maintenance problems, take your car to the dealership and let the experts look.

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2019 Camaro


The Chevrolet Camaro is a legendary American muscle car; an iconic piece of engineering. Good on the street or track, this high-end car never fails to draw envious eyes wherever it goes. The 2019 Camaro comes with improvements on the previous model, and in this piece, we’ll look at all the reasons you should make Camaro your first choice for a new car this year.
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1. Improvements and High Standards
The 2019 model comes with an updated front and rear styling, giving it a cutting-edge look without losing any of the classic allure that has consistently made this car the icon that it is. In addition, there’s a brand-new infotainment system to replace MyLink. Many other great features come as standard: wi-fi hotspot, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, new touchscreen interface, emergency comms system, adjustable driving modes and more.

2. Incredible Performance
The base model comes with a 4-cylinder engine that offers up to 275hp with 295lb-ft of torque. Not only will it get you from zero to sixty in less than 6 seconds, but will even give you gas mileage of 31mpg on the highway. If you need more power, the boosted V6 engine raises the pony power to 385hp but still gives you 28mpg. The V8 will take it to 450hp. What’s more, the Camaro doesn’t just look like a race car, its precision handling make it handle like one, too. Packing in performance and practicality is not a common feature on this type of high-end model.

3. Safety
Yes, it’s powerful and stylish, but it’s also a safe car. Safety features include things like forward collision alert and blindspot warning. Parents worried about a teen family member driving their Camaro will be glad to know that there is also a feature to allow them to monitor their teen’s driving. Better safe than sorry!

4. Great Value
The Camaro looks a million dollars, but you can pick one up for around $25,000-35,000, a relatively small price tag for a machine of such stature, quality and performance. Consider a certified pre-owned model and you can save even more.

5. Because it’s the Camaro
A glamorous Hollywood image may have helped along the popularity of the Camaro, but it has always been a unique symbol of the American tradition of muscle cars. Its stylish lines, strong hardware and raw power are all you need to know about this incredible machine.

Contact a dealership to learn more about the Camaro and other Chevrolet models today.


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Best Northern Illinois Road Trips



America is a country partially built on the great tradition of road trips. Before everyone started flying everywhere, the country’s intricate road networks, which still crisscross the nation, were the lifeblood of many a small town and city. For many, they still are. If you’re thinking about your next road trip in northern Illinois, we have some great tips for you on where to go! We’ll look at three routes --- the Great River Road, Historic Route 66, and the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

Great River Road
This 570-mile stretch runs from East Dubuque in the north, down to Cairo in the south, following the Mississippi River all the way, and passing through some 18 different counties. Winter time is especially good if you’re a birdwatcher. The skies will be littered with eagles and other spectacular birds of prey. The northern part of the route is filled with great charming riverside spots and lovely towns full of their own unique character. Stop in Galena to see the characteristic old buildings housing the artisanal shops and small restaurants. You can get more history in Nauvoo too, the town named by Mormon church founder, Joseph Smith. The town is a treasure trove of heritage. Finally, there’s Quincy, whose Washington Park hosts great events like the Dogwood Festival.
 
Historic Route 66
Starting in the incredible city of Chicago, this iconic route heads west, with 300 miles of road in Illinois alone. Over its long history it has become a literary and cultural icon, at first symbolizing escape, especially from events like the Dust Bowl. Nowadays, though, it’s about adventure and renewal. Why not enjoy the Illinois end of the route, enjoying highlights like Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant and Bakery. Located right at the beginning of the route in downtown Chicago, it’ll give you the perfect sendoff with sumptuous breakfast and lunch fare before your journey starts. Automobile enthusiasts also shouldn’t miss the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum --- a temple to automotive heritage. Route 66 is history in your backyard. Don’t miss out!

Illinois Lincoln Highway
This 179-mile National Scenic Byway is steeped in heritage, and runs across much of the north of the state. It is now mostly paralleled by I-80 and I-88. It is part of a much larger system, of course, running east to west coast to coast. Many sights and towns on the route are well worth a visit, such as Dixon, IL, the childhood home of none other than former President, Ronald Reagan. If that’s not for you, then stop in beautiful Joliet to take in the views of the Des Plaines River and the rugged limestone exteriors that still clad this former steel town. Travel the road and visit the unique communities along the way. There’s all the warmth and hospitality in the world waiting for you.

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5 Reasons to Buy a Used Car VS.a New Car


If you’ve always bought new cars or got leases, then the experience of buying a pre-owned car will be alien to you. You might get disturbing impressions in your mind of the greasy (and crafty) used car salesman, fine tuning the wrecks on his lot so they’ll last just long enough for you to drive home, but then die on you. We understand your hesitation, but if this is what you think, you’re not only wrong, but missing out on a world of advantages to be had by opting for a used car instead of brand new. Let’s look at some of these benefits.
 
1. Financial Savings
Yes, this one is obvious. The sticker prices on used cars are always going to be lower than new cars, but there’s more to it than that. New cars may dazzle you, and even intoxicate you with that heavenly interior smell, but did you know that as soon as those wheels exit the lot and hit the open road, the value of that vehicle massively depreciates. Modern cars are not like properties. You don’t buy one as an investment and sell for profit. They are a constant loss. Why not save yourself the money and go for a used car?

2. Insurance
Along with the sticker price and depreciation considerations, you’ll also have to think about insurance. It’s a must for all drivers, and the truth is that your premiums on a used model will always be lower than anything brand new. Just think what you can do with all the savings!

3. Greater choice
Opening the door of the used car market means many more choices than if you limit yourself to what’s newest on the stage. You can shop around more for something that not only fits your ideal budget, but also your exact needs. When you’re limited to the new stuff, you may have to make some compromises here and there. With pre-owned cars, it’s not a problem. Anything you need, it’s out there.

4. High-Tech Wizardry
Many features of cars that you only ever used to associate with the newest models are now standard features in a lot of models covering the past several years. This isn’t limited to infotainment and touchscreen displays, it also includes safety features like collision alerts, and driver assistance like park assist or adaptive cruise control. The traditional image of the “old banger” of a used car is a thing of the past.

5. The Benefits of the Information Age
Greater public scrutiny, awareness and information sharing have pushed dealerships to maintain impeccably high standards not only for their new models, but their used ones, too. Thanks to this relentless Internet surveillance, you can be quite sure that you’ll have little trouble finding reputable dealerships offering great deals on top-quality used vehicles.

So, shake off your old ideas about used cars and start exploring this exciting market today. You might just find the car of your dreams in a place you never expected.

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The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Why It’s the Best Model Yet


Jeep’s history goes back some 75 years or more, back to the heroic battlefields of World War Two and Korea. Since then, the brand has grown into one of the most respected not only for dependability, but also in the modern age for luxury, comfort and high-tech features --- a positive of modern peacetime, and a far cry from the rugged function-driven green jeeps of yesteryear. This year brings yet a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, and today we’re going to tell you why the 2019 model is not only the latest, but the greatest of its kind.
 
First --- it’s so customizable
Choose from a huge range of trims: the Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trackhawk. Each model comes with unique features designed to suit different kinds of drivers. The Trackhawk, for instance, is the perfect trim for those seeking the thrill of off-road adventure, and comes with a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine boasting more than 700hp. It’s also among the fastest SUVs out there, achieving 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds. There are great additional features, too, like automated parking. Find your spot, initiate the automated parking feature, and the car will steer you safely into any tricky spot. All you need to do is push the gas and brake pedals.

Second --- it’s feature-packed
You can upgrade the trim as you need, but there are also a ton of features which come as standard. These include the power liftgate, automatic headlights, remote starter system, dual-zone temperature control, folding second-row seats…the list goes on. The car is a great choice for the family, plenty of room for mom, dad, the kids, and yes, even the dog and whatever other cargo you’re moving about the place.

Third --- it’s economical and the perfect towing machine
It’s not often you see the word “economical” paired together with SUV, but another choice you have with the 2019 Grand Cherokee is the Eco-Diesel engine. This will boost gas mileage to 30mpg on the highway, which is as economical as most family sedans. If you’re in need of a vehicle that can also tow, then you’ll get just what you need with the 2019 Grand Cherokee. It can safely tow 7,000 pounds, and comes with trailer sway control as well.

Since its first incarnation back in the 1990s, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has stood for style as well as strength, luxury as well as ruggedness. You get the best of both worlds with this year’s model, especially with so many trim variations to suit every possible need. Contact a dealership to find out more about getting yourself on the road with a new Grand Cherokee.

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