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Call Them Haboobs or Monsoons, Dust Storms are Dangerous
Anyone who has lived in Arizona for at least one summer has probably seen a weather occurrence that resembles the 1999 film, “The Mummy.” Most often seen originating in the stretch of dry land between Casa Grande and Phoenix, a giant wall of dust arises seemingly out of nowhere, cutting visibility to near zero. Watching a helicopter camera shot on the evening news, the wall of dust is a frightening natural occurrence that can either be accompanied by torrential downpours or is content to leave a dry path of dirt in its wake. Driving along the I-10 toward Tucson can be particularly dangerous during a dust storm and there have been many fatal collisions as a result. A proper check of filters and fluids at any Chapman Arizona dealership can help your car survive a dust storm. Here are some other tips from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
Avoid the Trip if Possible
The months of June-September are the worst times for dust storms, but they can happen any time of the year. If you are planning a trip through the desert, pay attention to newscasts regarding storm activity, and if a storm is brewing, try and delay your trip if possible. If you must head out, have a few simple rules memorized.
Pull Aside, Stay Alive
ADOT has a long-running publicity campaign with the simple slogan, “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.” As soon as you see a dust storm developing, first check around your vehicle for traffic and begin to reduce your speed. Once it’s safe, either exit the freeway if you can, or pull as far off the paved highway as possible. The natural reaction at this point is to either turn your lights on or flip the switch for your emergency flashers. Do not turn on any lights. Lights are an attraction to other drivers who may be frightened and have zero visibility. Turn all your lights off, put your emergency brake on and keep your foot off the brake until the dust storm passes. Although some storms last an extended period, they are so fast-moving that many can pass by in 15 or 20 minutes.
Be Ready for An Emergency
The Arizona desert is one of the harshest environments on Earth, particularly in the summer. Before heading out on any extended trips through the desert, make sure you have at least a gallon of water, an emergency bag with jumper cables and a roll of duct tape, and a fully-charged phone. You should take your car into a Chapman Arizona service center at the start of the summer for a complete checkup. Clogged air filters can starve your engine for oxygen, causing it to sputter and stall. Summer heat is death on batteries in Arizona, with many cases of brand new batteries unable to hold a charge after only two years. If you haven’t had your car checked lately, take it in now for an oil change and complete examination. Just a few minutes in a dust storm will make you glad you did.
AAA Study Shows Aggressive Thoughts at All-time High
A recent study by the Automobile Association of America shows that “road rage” is brewing at least occasionally in 80 percent of all drivers. Although, thankfully, that rage usually never manifests itself into action, at least half of the 2,705 drivers surveyed admitted to tailgating other drivers after suffering a perceived slight. Another third make angry or obscene gestures, while four percent admitted to actually leaving their to get in a verbal or physical confrontation with another driver. Three percent confessed to hitting another vehicle on purpose, which would amount to almost 6 million drivers. Hot temperatures can add to the stress factor, so make sure and take your air conditioner in to one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for regular service.
As Temperatures Rise, So Does Anger
Studies show that more crime and acts fueled by anger occur on hot days than any other time of the year. When the thermometer starts topping 110 and 115 degrees, as it frequently does in the Valley of the Sun, it causes a physiological response that changes your metabolism and sets off the “fight or flight” button in your sympathetic nervous system. Others point to psychological triggers that include just being tired of the long, hot summer. When you aren’t as comfortable as possible, it doesn’t take much to set them off. Even though they really might just be mad at the heat, they frequently take out their frustration on other things, including people.
Play it Cool to Avoid Road Rage
While you can’t really control how anyone else reacts to the heat or acts out because of a perceived traffic incident, by staying calm and cool you can help avoid acts of aggression out on the roadway. “It’s completely normal for drivers to experience anger behind the wheel, but we must not let our emotions lead to destructive choices,” according to AAA Director of Safety Jake Nelson. “Don’t risk escalating a frustrating situation because you never know what the other driver might do. Maintain a cool head, and focus on reaching your destination safely.”
Drive Defensively and Stay Aware
Because of the connection between the intense desert heat and aggressive driving, it’s best to stay as alert as possible with your eyes taking in the whole landscape of traffic in front of you. Be aware of people driving with their windows down. Unless they just love the hot air, chance are their air conditioning either doesn’t exist or is broken. Maybe they haven’t had the time to swing into a Chapman Arizona dealership and get it fixed, but chances are they aren’t in a good mood. If someone cuts you off or otherwise doesn’t practice safe driving, back off and let them do what they want to do. You may be insulted, but it’s not worth the headaches that come from getting into a confrontation.
Choose Value, Luxury, New or Used
If you’re in the market for another vehicle, consider the wide lineup of dealerships Chapman Arizona offers in the Phoenix and Tucson marketplaces. Choose from luxury vehicles like BMW, Porsche, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Or perhaps you’re more interested in the newest lineup from trusted American automakers like Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep. You can choose from brand new vehicles, used cars, SUVs and trucks, or even get the peace of mind of buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle. Visit the Chapman Arizona website for a complete list of dealerships across the state.
Need Special Financing? We Have It!
If you’ve had some financial troubles and need a little help securing financing, all the Chapman Arizona dealerships have long-term relationships with many different lenders. If you have a regular paycheck, chances are you can get approved. The online application process makes approval easy, so you know exactly what you can afford when you visit the sales lot. Chapman is very strict about only using your personal information to obtain a loan and never sells or loans your data to any other company. In Tucson, both Palo Verde Used Cars and Chapman Speedway specialize in obtaining hard-to-get loans. Chapman Mesa Used Cars also offers in-house financing as well as a large selection of cars, SUVs and pickups.
Beat the Heat and Shop Online
Every one of the Chapman dealerships has their complete inventory listed online, along with prices, pictures, video and a CarFAX report. Don’t waste time driving around in the desert heat trying to find the vehicle that’s right for you. Shop online until you find your dream car, then give the dealership a call to make sure it hasn’t been sold. You can also view the weekly specials online, saving you even more money.
Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles a Good Buy
When you’re searching online at the Chapman Arizona website, be sure and click on the CPO Inventory link at the top of the page. Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are the cream of the used car crop. They have undergone a thorough inspection and come with a warranty so you can rest assured that any problems will be addressed. Many CPO vehicles only have a few thousand miles on them, but still offer tremendous savings over the cost of a new vehicle. CPO inventory follows the rules set down by the manufacturer, so all warranties will be a little different. The important thing to remember is the initial depreciation has already been paid by someone else.
Statewide Car Shows Continue Through Summer
Something like a little heat or vicious dust storm will never stop car show enthusiasts from the completion of their appointed rounds. Even though the temperature has already hit 120 in several places around Arizona, regular car shows go on like clockwork all around the state. Some are competitive, offering trophies for different classes, while others are just a chance for car owners to show off their beloved creations. If you’re looking to take your car out to show, stop by any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a professional detail to bring it back to showroom quality.
Pavilions Rock and Roll Show Every Saturday
If you live in the Valley, head to the Pavilions shopping center at the intersection of the 101 freeway and Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale any Saturday night for a huge lineup of classic cars and hot rods. The folks displaying the cars are extremely friendly and willing to discuss their vehicles, as well as give you advice on how to restore your ride. The show is free to those displaying as well as the public. It starts at 4:30 p.m.
Cruising For Cause Aligns with Snowflake Pioneer Days
On July 23, the Home Depot in Show Low will be hosting a “Cruising for the Cause” car and bike show to benefit the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The entry fees to display a vehicle are $25 for cars and $20 for bikes, a portion of which will go to help fund research to fight those diseases. Entry for the public is free. This is the weekend of the Snowflake Pioneer Days festival, which will also host a car show on the 9th Fairway of the Snowflake Golf Course. Snowflake is only a 20-minute drive from Show Low, so you can scratch two car shows off your list in one trip to the cool mountains.
Five and Diner Hosts First Fridays Cruise
The 5 and Diner at 16th Street and Colter in Phoenix has a Sock Hop with live music to go along with a car show the first Friday of every month. Drivers who display their cars will receive half off their dinner bill. Another regularly scheduled car show is held at the K-Mart parking lot at 1445 S. Power Road in Mesa. Car lovers turn out in droves every Saturday night starting at 6 p.m. in the summer. If you’re down in the Tucson area and want to see hot rods in action, stop by the Tucson Dragway most Saturday nights at 8 p.m. for the Midnight Drags. Remember that summer heat is hard on your vehicle, so if you haven’t done so yet it’s a good idea to get an oil change and your fluid levels checked at any Chapman Arizona dealership.
UV Rays are Killer on Paint and Interior
Along with getting regular oil changes and fluid checks from the service pros at Chapman Arizona dealerships, you need to be aware of the damage the sun can inflict on your car paint and interior. While cold weather states have a problem with rust from moisture and salt, Arizona’s reputation as the sunshine state means your paint, dash and rear deck are subject to intense attacks from the summer sun. Along with a constant beating from above, the monsoon season brings dust storms that can pit your paint and ruin exterior rubber components like your windshield wipers.
Wash Your Car Often
Simply taking a hose to your vehicle to wash off the dust and then giving it a quick dry with a chamois can do wonders to improve your chances of keeping that showroom shine. Removing all the dust particles that are inherent with living in the desert can reduce pitting and the breakdown of your protective paint layer. Find some shade and give it a good hand wax once a month and you’ll find that paint job you fell in love with lasting for many years.
Protect Your Dash and Rear Deck
The best ways to protect your car are to either park it in a garage, under covered parking or use a car cover to keep the sun’s rays at bay. If that’s not possible, use a folding dash protector in your windshield to reflect the sun when you’re parked for long periods of time out in the open. A dash mat for the front and rear is also helpful in keeping the interior from cracking. If you can’t invest in a dash mat, a folded bath towel works just as well.
Protective Paint Layer Works Wonders
Stop by the paint shop at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and inquire about a protective paint layer for your vehicle. This protective surface not only helps reduce damage from the sun, but can combat the little nicks and scratches that come with the daily life of being a car out in the world. Many new cars come with this protection, but it becomes a little less effective each year. The protection is much less than the cost of a new paint job, making it a worthy consideration for keeping your vehicle looking like new.
Keep a Close Eye on Your Battery
Although it has nothing to do with the way your car looks, your battery may be the one thing that needs your closest attention during the summer. It’s not much fun standing beside a stranded vehicle in 115 degree heat. The scorching summer temperatures in Arizona can ruin a car battery in as little as two years. Get it checked at the beginning of each summer and then with each subsequent oil change. An ounce of prevention is worth a couple of hours waiting in the sun for help.
Wide Range of Dealerships Provides Choice
If you’ve been shopping for a new or used car recently, chances are you’ve considered a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle. Although the rules vary depending on the manufacturer, CPO vehicles are generally low mileage, covered by warranty and offer a price break from the cost of buying new. With dealerships including Chevy, Ford, Hyundai, BMW and more, the Chapman Arizona automotive chain has CPO deals for virtually every possible make and model car, SUV or truck.
CPO Deals Start as Low as 10K
Dependable transportation with a variety of features can be had for as low as $10,000. Although makes and models vary and are subject to previous sale, a quick check of the Chapman AZ CPO website shows a year-old Chevy Spark LS with just under 7,000 miles is selling for $10,888. There are more than 300 cars available in the CPO program as of this writing, from basic compact transportation all the way up to a BMW X5 sport SUV with navigation and a slew of features. When calling about any CPO vehicle, make sure and ask for specifics regarding the inspection process and available warranty. When comparing a CPO model versus a new car, make sure you are matching trim levels and options to create an equal playing field.
Hyundai Recently Won Best CPO Program
“Autotrader” magazine recently awarded Hyundai the “best non-luxury CPO” program due to its class-leading warranty. Hyundai vehicles have a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty when new, which carries over for the new CPO owner. This includes roadside assistance for the term of the warranty. A 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty covers the powertrain, giving new buyers peace of mind for many years after the purchase. Since many CPO vehicles have 20,000 miles or less on the odometer, a new buyer can have many years and miles of worry-free driving ahead.
CPO Programs Frequently Offer Free CARFAX Report
One of the biggest problems used car buyers can have is when they purchase a vehicle that’s been in a major wreck. Although those cars don’t generally qualify for CPO status, a free CARFAX report will detail any reported wrecks in which the vehicle has been involved. The report also lists the complete history of the car, including where it has been sold, how many miles were on it at each sale and any title problems. For the best selection of CPO vehicles, go online and visit the Chapman Arizona website.
Don’t Let Stifling Heat Spoil Your Fun
Just because summer’s about to rear its ugly head in the Valley of the Sun doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy going to car shows. You’ll just have to take a little drive up into the mountains where the cool air and classic cars combine to create weekend events that draw hundreds of spectators. Before you go on a long trip, make sure and stop by one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a quick check up. You don’t want to miss the best parts of the show because you’re stranded alongside the road.
Kick Off the Summer in Alpine
Head about 4 hours northeast of the Valley, almost to the New Mexico border, for the Route 66 Blast From the Past Car Show on May 28. Hosted by the Coronado Trail Cruizers in the beautiful mountain town of Alpine, this show has 20 different classes with 1st through 3rd trophies for each class. Prize raffles are held every quarter hour in this show that is free to the public. Some of the proceeds from the show support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Cruz’n The Rim Set June 3-4
The weekend after the Alpine show you can head up to Show Low where the Rim Country Cruisers are the sponsors of the “Cruz’n the Rim 2016” car show. This is part of the annual Show Low Days event, where vendors and artists gather. Classic cars of all years are welcome. There will be a beer garden and live entertainment following the car show.
Classic Cruiser Car Show in Prescott
June 18 is the day when the Yavapai Classic Cruisers host their 16th annual car show at the Mile High Middle School in Prescott. All show vehicles from 1986 and prior are welcome and there are 29 trophies to be awarded. A 50/50 raffle gives someone in the crowd a chance to take home a little money. The following weekend, another car show is scheduled for Prescott Valley. The 4th Annual Pronghorn Ranch Car Show and Craft Fair is set for the Pronghorn Ranch Clubhouse. This is a non-judging show, but offers a chance for anyone to display his or her classic vehicle. Along with the craft fair, there will be raffles and an old-fashioned picnic.
Maintenance Important for Classic Vehicles
If you think you are driving a vehicle that will one day become a classic, there’s nothing more important than regular maintenance. Take your car to one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and develop a relationship with a service advisor. They not only keep you up to date on required maintenance, but also let you know about any potential recalls. Keep all your paperwork and maybe one day the four-wheel love of your life will be up for a best of show trophy.
Arizona Offers Best of Both Worlds
If you’re new to the desert, it may be a shock to discover that you can escape the summer heat by just driving a couple of hours into the mountains. Whether you go to the White Mountains, Mogollon Rim Country, Prescott or the mountains surrounding Tucson, Arizona offers a number of places you can easily go to escape the triple digits. Take Highway 87 north from Mesa and you’ll be in Payson in just an hour and a half, breathing the cooler air and marveling at the tall stands of Ponderosa Pines. Payson is usually about 15 to 20 degrees cooler than the Valley during the day and significantly cooler at night. Before you head off to the mountains, make sure you get your vehicle serviced at one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships.
Beeline Highway Gateway to the Mountains
Highway 87, also known as the Beeline Highway, has undergone massive improvements to create a quick four-lane thoroughfare to Payson. Once you get to Payson, you have your choice of heading east on Hwy 260 to the White Mountains, or continuing on 87 towards Pine, Strawberry and the Mogollon Rim. If you head east, you’ll soon come upon the small communities of Star Valley and Christopher Creek before you really start climbing. At the top of the Rim you’ll find some lakes that are idyllic for camping and fishing. Woods Canyon Lake is a very popular campground, so make sure and get there early or make reservations so you have a spot. Head east another hour or so and you get to Pinetop-Lakeside, a beautiful little mountain town with plenty of cabins, motels, restaurants and things to do.
Pine-Strawberry a Trip Back in Time
If Mayberry were a real place and was transported to Arizona, it would probably be the towns of Pine and Strawberry combined. About 20 minutes north of Payson, Pine is home to a number of arts festivals throughout the summer. Mom and Pop restaurants and shops line the highway. Have some real biscuits and gravy and then spring for some mountain art to take home. Explore the dirt roads surrounding the main highway and you’ll often see wildlife in the form of deer, javelina and sometimes elk. Just another couple of miles up the road is Strawberry, the smaller of the two towns with more small shops and restaurants. Just the other side of Strawberry is the climb to the top of the Rim.
Mogollon Rim 8,000 Feet of Pure Coolness
The road goes straight up once you leave Strawberry to the top of the Mogollon Rim, an escarpment of 8,000 feet that bisects Central Arizona. It’s a steep climb, so it’s a good idea to have your cooling system checked at one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships before heading out. The Rim is a popular camping spot, with a few neighborhoods of cabins dotting the landscape. Normally about 30 degrees cooler than the Valley, you’ll find people ready to camp lined up on the highway Friday night. If you can break away Thursday or wait until Saturday morning, you’ll skip a lot of traffic.
Flagstaff the Coolest City in the North
There are two ways to get to Flagstaff from the Valley. The quickest, and most travelled, is to take I-17 north. A more beautiful drive is to take Highway 87 up through Strawberry and turn left on Lake Mary Road (FR 3) at Long Valley. Chances are you’ll see a lot more wildlife and miss those big trucks. Flag is a major city with plenty to do in terms of nightlife, but don’t miss a trip to the Lowell Observatory, the site that discovered Pluto.
From Luxury to Entry Level, You’re Covered
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious supercar or just some basic transportation, the Chapman Arizona dealerships have you covered. Chapman BMW in Chandler and Chapman BMW on Camelback offer a complete lineup of some of the world’s finest driving machines. Two Chevy dealerships, Freeway Chevrolet and the original Chapman Chevrolet provide access to some of Detroit’s finest vehicles, along with Chapman Ford and Chapman Dodge in Scottsdale. Chapman also has two different Hyundai dealerships located in Phoenix and Scottsdale, providing access to an up and coming automaker that delivers an industry-best warranty. A Volkswagen dealership in the Valley and Tucson provides great deals on the iconic German autos. Tucson is also served by Chapman Porsche, Acura, Honda and Audi dealerships. For those living in the mountains, Chapman Payson offers easy access to Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge products, along with a great selection of used cars.
Chapman Choice Treats Customers With Respect
When you head to one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships, you know you’ll be treated as a valued customer and not just another sale. By representing 14 different automakers in Arizona, the Chapman Choice means you have a wide selection of automobiles, light trucks and SUVs. Chapman’s online presence provides you the latest information regarding vehicle inventory and pricing, so you can shop wisely and avoid driving all over the state to get the best deal on the car of your choice. Weekly specials are available online, providing you with even better ways to save.
Chapman Cares Boosts Community
As a major employer and respected business in the community, the Chapman Cares program provides a vehicle for the business, employees and customers to help support local charities. Chapman Arizona dealerships have been heavily involved in the fight against breast cancer, supporting area youth, being kind to the environment and benefitting local animal shelters. Ever since Jerry Chapman opened his first store in 1966, the company has been active in making each community a better place to live.
Superior Customer Service is Job One
Whether you’re buying a car, getting an oil change or simply inquiring about the latest models, superior customer service is the number one job of every Chapman employee. The Chapman business model stresses that customers are the company’s most important assets. As a result, customers are entitled to courteous service from staff members looking to help solve transportation problems. By valuing ethics, honesty, loyalty and integrity, Chapman Arizona strives to provide a great car buying and service experience for each person who walks through the door.
Summer Desert Sun Can Take Years Off Car’s Life
Sun lovers can agree that although the hot summer days of the desert can be an elixir for what ails you, those punishing UV rays can also play havoc with lawn furniture, garden gnomes and more importantly, your car. It’s almost time again to pay particular attention to how the sun affects your car, and you can start by taking a quick trip to one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a checkup. Getting an oil change and checking fluid levels is a good way to start to prepare your car for summer. Along with a fluid check, the Chapman service techs will also give your battery an inspection, making sure it has enough pep to get you through those hot summer days. The summer heat is brutal on batteries, so it’s important to make sure it has plenty of water, all cells are working properly and the posts are kept clean. Sitting on the side of the road in 115 degree heat while waiting for help is no one’s idea of a good time.
Protect Your Paint
Make sure you wash your car frequently to keep the dirt and debris off the surface. Those bits of grime can scratch your top coat and eventually lead to a pitted or flaky finish. Apply a coat of wax at least once prior to the start of summer to help repel debris and keep water spots from forming. Don’t have a garage? Try to find a place to park in the shade or invest in a car cover to keep your vehicle from baking during the hot summer days. A cover not only protects the exterior of the car, but also helps keep the dash and rear window well from cracking. If you can’t afford a cover, at least buy a sunscreen to put in the windshield. This will not only help protect your dash, but reduce the interior temperature of your vehicle.
Check Those Belts and Hoses
Make sure you ask your Chapman Arizona service representative for a thorough inspection of all belts, hoses and rubber products. Now’s the time to replace cracked belts and wipers that are infrequently used. Monsoon season is coming with its mixture of dust and rain. Be smart and be safe by having properly maintained equipment to help you through those “end of the world” driving conditions.
Keep Those Windows Cracked
When parking your car for extended periods of time out in the heat, make sure you crack your windows just a tad to let heat escape. Interior car temperatures can rise close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest days of the year. This not only causes cracks and blemishes on plastic or rubber products, but also can promote the release of gasses. Cracking your windows can let the gasses escape, protect your interior and make it just a bit cooler when it comes time to drive home after a long day of work.