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Young Driver Safety Brings Peace of Mind
If you’re a parent of a young driver, no doubt you worry every time your teen takes to the road. Even if they are an excellent driver, there are enough careless people, intoxicated drivers and news horror stories that keep you breathing a sigh of relief every time you hear your kid pull into the driveway. Although you’ll never be able to protect them completely, Chapman Arizona wants you to know that there are steps you can take to help protect your children in their first years on the road. Here are some of the best tips from Teen Driving to help your children navigate all the dangers of the road.
Take the Safe Driver Quiz
The Safe Driver Quiz consists of just eight questions that remind your teen of all the little things that go into being a cautious driver. It covers everything from before they start the car to all the steps necessary to avoid a collision. Things like buckling a seat belt, adjusting mirrors and simply knowing where all the vehicle controls are located can mean the difference between a safe trip and one with consequences. The test emphasizes the importance of defensive driving, what to do when stopping or turning and the importance of checking mirrors when backing up or changing lanes.
Good Driving Practices
People who have been driving for years, or decades, usually don’t stop to think about all the actions that go into becoming a good driver. For instance, you probably know how to get gas, change a tire or add fluids, but does your teen? The simple act of knowing how to put on a spare tire can be the difference between them coming home for supper or stuck out somewhere on a country road. Let your teen gain experience by taking numerous short trips. Have them stop and get gas, and show them how to change a tire or use duct tape to temporarily fix a busted radiator hose. The more they know, the safer they will be.
Do You Really Want Them in the Jalopy?
Over the years it has been a time-honored rite of passage that the youngest driver gets the worst car in the family fleet. While that seems to make sense, you’re also putting your teen in potential danger. Does the old boat need brakes or tires? Does it only start when the moon is full and you wish upon a star? You’d be surprised at how affordable a late model vehicle with air bags, anti-lock brakes and numerous other safety features can be. Set a budget and stop by any Chapman Arizona dealership to find a vehicle your child, and you, can always depend on. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Freeway Chevrolet or Chapman Chevrolet and take advantage of Teen Driver technology in the new Malibu.
Rip-off Artists Can Make Good Deal Turn Bad
The proliferation of free websites where you can sell a car is a both a good and a bad thing for private individuals who want to get the most money possible for a used ride. On the good side, you can reach a wide audience of buyers who just happen to be looking for a 1994 Geo, or whatever you car happens to be. On the bad side, there are people who do nothing all day except think of ways to scam people out of their money. One way to sell your car is to take it to a Chapman Arizona dealership and get a bonafide offer from the used car department. You’ll be dealing with professionals who will offer a fair price and there is no risk of injury either to yourself or your pocketbook. If you are determined to sell it to a private party, here are some things to consider.
Be Wary of ‘Sight Unseen’ Offers
No one, and we mean no one, will make an offer to buy your vehicle sight unseen unless there is some sort of tomfoolery afoot. These types of offers are usually accompanied by sending a phony money order or certified check. Many times the “buyer” will send an intermediary to deliver the fake check and pick up the car, leaving you nowhere to turn when you discover the money isn’t real. Always insist on meeting the buyer in a public place to ensure your safety and only accept cash.
Overpayment is Not an Option
If a buyer falls in love with your car and offers to overpay, there should be some red flags and cannon shots going off in your brain. Many times the person will say a third party owes the buyer more than the cost of the car, but that you can keep it all. Or perhaps they will send a money order for more than the cost of the car, asking that you keep a percentage of the extra for handling before sending back the excess. Again, the money order or certified check will almost certainly be fake, leaving you holding the bag and out thousands of dollars.
Document the Transaction
One good way to stay out of trouble when dealing with private parties is to make sure and document the transaction. Get their name and address and send that information in to the Arizona DMV to make them aware that title is being transferred. Having a record of the buyer’s personal information is a great way to keep yourself out of trouble in case the car is involved in an accident or criminal activity.
Sell to a Dealership
Although you may not get the same money for your vehicle by selling to a Chapman Arizona dealership as you would to a private party, you will avoid any headaches and scams. Just drive in and ask to see the used car manager. He or she will evaluate your car and give you the facts on how they arrive at the price they quote. You can then either take the deal or not, but at least you’ll have a good idea of the true value of your vehicle.
Even Desert Winter Brings Special Challenges
Although there are some nights that temperatures in the Valley of the Sun dip below freezing, as a general rule you don’t have to worry much about your engine coolant freezing when winter finally comes. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other maintenance items on your car that need attention. Although the highs are still flirting with triple digits, it won’t be too long before cooler temps bring snow to the mountains and some rain to Phoenix. After dealing with a particularly brutal summer, now’s the time to bring your car into any of the Chapman Arizona service bays to get an oil change and a full inspection.
Summer Sun Plays Havoc With Rubber
Don’t get caught in the middle of a storm with windshield wipers that are more of a suggestion than an actual water squeegee. If you’ve had your wipers for a couple of years, chances are the sun has caused them to crack and break. You not only need wipers for rain or snow, but also for that early morning condensation that can make the first few minutes of your morning commute treacherous. Similarly, the rubber hoses of your heating and cooling system should be inspected at this time. Replace cracked and aging hoses so you don’t get stranded. Hoses not only are important to prevent leaks, but also to ensure your defroster and heater continue to keep you warm and the windshield clear.
Do a Quick Light Inspection
The last person to know when their taillights or stoplights go out is usually the driver. Grab a family member or friend to help you do a quick inspection of all the lights, including the turn signals. Replace burned out bulbs and clean the lenses. If your headlights are fogged up due to age, ask your Chapman Arizona service advisor about products that can restore the transparency to like-new condition. Winter is the worst time of the year for early morning fog, so ensuring your headlights are clear and adjusted is extremely important.
Time for Tire Check
When you go into a Chapman Arizona dealership for an oil change, say yes when they ask if you want a tire rotation. Rotating the tires on a regular basis keeps the tread patterns wearing evenly. If you’re tires are getting to the point of replacement, ask if there are any specials or check the website for coupons. Fall is also the perfect time for a brake inspection, radiator flush and to make sure your in-vehicle emergency kit is stocked with supplies.
Fans and Collectors Flock to Gatherings
Whether you live in the Valley, Tucson area or any outlying mountain or desert town, there is probably a great car show within an hour’s drive. From the monthly and weekly shows at different shopping centers and public places in the Valley to the special annual get-togethers, car shows are family-friendly events that celebrate an interesting mix of nostalgia and technology. From the stock cars of the 60s to the rambunctious Hellcat Dodges of the modern era, car shows provide an opportunity to remember the old days and celebrate the new. Dodge, Ford and Chevy are all about bringing back the muscle car era with the Charger, Challenger, Mustang and Camaro as popular as ever. If attending a car show gives you the taste to put a muscle car in your garage, visit one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for the best deal on these beasts of the road.
Check the Web for Listings
A simple search engine check is the best way to find out what car shows are happening around the state. Just type in “Arizona car shows” and you’ll get choices such as Arizona Auto Scene, which lists every show out there along with a link to provide more information. Regular shows like the KMart Cruise Night in Mesa, AJ’s Cruise-In at Arrowhead Village, Cruz’n@Phils in Fountain Hills and Friday Night Drags at Wild Horse Pass are all listed. One of the most popular car shows happens every Saturday night at the Scottsdale Promenade, near the intersection of Indian Bend Road and the 101 Freeway. Depending on the weather, hundreds of exhibitors bring cars of all ages, shapes and conditions. Owners are extremely friendly and ready to discuss their vehicles.
Combat Dolls Charity Shows Help Vets
The Combat Dolls are a group of women who dedicate their time to “fighting a different war to help support those who serve our country.” They have a monthly charity car show that benefits different veteran’s organizations. On October 16 the Dolls are hosting a car show at Phoenix Indoor Karting in Phoenix with proceeds going to the Let’s Roll Foundation. Let’s Roll helps veterans with their transportation needs. A haunted house will be part of the attraction.
Today’s New Car is Tomorrow’s Classic
If you’re interested in becoming involved in the car show scene, talk to the exhibitors and find out what kind of car is the best investment. You can spend a few hundred dollars on something that’s not running and then invest thousands of dollars and hours in a restoration, or buy something new or gently used that has potential to be a collector’s item someday. Sports cars like the Mustang, Camaro, Challenger and Corvette have held their popularity over time. If you’re interested in a new or used sports car, check out the available inventory by perusing the Chapman Arizona website.
Enjoy Adventure, Lunch and Head for Home
The diverse Arizona landscape provides a wide variety of locations for day trips to get out of the Valley without breaking the bank. Head in just about any direction from Phoenix for 2 or 3 hours and you’ll find an interesting spot to take some pictures, have a nice lunch and do a little shopping before heading home without incurring the cost of a motel room. Now that the weather is cooling down, but not quite ready for winter snows, you can make a quick getaway and celebrate the state’s rich and varied history. Before you head out, make sure you swing by any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for an oil change and to get all your fluid levels checked. You don’t want your trip spoiled being stuck alongside the road waiting for the tow truck.
Head South for Old West History
If you haven’t explored the area south of Tucson, you’re missing out on a great part of Arizona’s exciting past. Tombstone is only about 180 miles from Phoenix, but it’s a couple of hundred years in the making. Along with the famous OK Corral, Boot Hill (Here Lies Lester Moore, Shot in the Head with a .44. No Les. No More.) and shops, bars and restaurants, you can witness gunfight re-enactments throughout the day. Head just a bit south and you’ll find Bisbee, an old copper mining town that has evolved into an artist enclave with boutiques, shops and a genuine haunted hotel.
Sedona-Flagstaff Delivers Photo Opps
Head north on I-17 and there are a number of photo opportunities you just don’t find anywhere else. Started with the cliff dwellings at Montezuma’s Castle, which hearkens back to the 12th century. From there you can head over to Sedona and the stunning red rocks, where you might even find yourself powering up under a vortex. Take the route through Oak Creek Canyon up to Flagstaff and you’ll not only experience the beauty of the tree-line drive, but you can enjoy the pubs and shops of Arizona’s third-largest college town.
Apache Trail, Grand Canyon or Havasu Also Beckon
You could probably take off every weekend between now and the first of the year without ever duplicating a day trip and still find amazing locations to visit. The Grand Canyon is well-documented, but if you want the feeling of seclusion, pack some drinks and a lunch and head up the Apache Trail. It doesn’t take long until it becomes a dirt road as you drive past the Salt River lakes. You can either get off at Roosevelt Dam, or continue all the way up to the Mogollon Rim. We’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend a trip to Lake Havasu, home of the London Bridge. Just remember to make sure your vehicle is in good shape with a visit to any Chapman Arizona service center before heading out.
Cool Night Weather Makes Driving a Breeze
As temperatures continue to go down in the Valley of the Sun, it’s a perfect time to put the top down and enjoy the cooler weather. Although daytime temps may still be a little high for open air driving, the thermometer is down in the 70s after the sun goes down, making it a perfect time to get a little wind in your hair and enjoy the nightlife. Chapman Arizona has so many dealerships in Arizona that no matter what make or model you’re looking for, they’ve got you covered.
Z4 Roadster a Sassy Option
If you’re looking for a fun roadster that’s easy to park and even easier to love, head over to one of the Chapman BMW dealerships and take a look at the Z4 roadster. Starting just a tad under $50k, the Z4 will satisfy your need to look cool while providing the power to steal your breath. It goes from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 165 mph. As with all BMWs, it is an Ultimate Driving Machine just waiting for you to unleash your inner wild child.
Pony Cars a Popular Choice
The Pony Car wars are still going on, with the Mustang and Camaro convertibles right on the front line. Head to Chapman Ford in Scottsdale to take a look at the Mustang convertible line, which offers a wide choice in both price range and option. If you just want to feel the breeze, the V6 convertible starts at about $30K and delivers all the fun you’ll need for city driving. You can step up to the GT Premium and Shelby models if you dare, but they are a bit pricier. The Camaro, Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 2016, also has a number of options in the same price ranges. You can look them over either at Chapman Chevrolet or Freeway Chevrolet
Affordable Miata Fills the Bill
Always a good choice, the affordable Mazda Miata starts at just a bit under $25k and provides the same excitement as the aforementioned models, along with lower payments and greater fuel efficiency. This rear-wheel drive sports car provides near perfect balance and agility, along with the ability to zip in and out of tight parking spaces on the fly. Head to Chapman Mazda to see how much fun a little money can buy.
Jeep, Porsche Add to the List
For the ability to enjoy a beautiful night on the town and then spend the next day climbing to the top of a mountain, no vehicle can compare with the Jeep Wrangler. Head to any of the Chapman Jeep dealers either in Phoenix or Payson for the best buys on this nearly indestructible icon of off-road enjoyment. For a totally different choice, Porsche of Tucson has a number of drop top cars that are built for excitement. Owning a Porsche 911 is the dream of many car enthusiasts. Take a test drive and you’ll see why. Remember, you don’t have to buy new. Go onto the Chapman Arizona website and sort the inventory by “convertible” to see all the previously-owned deals that will satisfy your need for speed while allowing the wind in your hair.
Low Gas Prices Contribute to Truck Sales
Despite a prediction from auto industry experts that used vehicle sales would drop in 2016, the market is still going strong. Industry forecasters noted that a large number of vehicles are due to come off lease, flooding the market with low mileage used cars. More than 3.1 million cars, trucks and SUVs have their leases set to expire this year, up almost a million from last year’s number. Strong sales of used pickups, due in part to lower gasoline prices, have helped dealers like those at Chapman Arizona to keep sales moving briskly, helping the local economy and continuing to provide jobs.
CPO Inventory Priced Competitively
Automotive News also reports that lower pricing for Certified Pre-Owned vehicles has also contributed to strong used car sales this year. Different automakers have different rules for their CPO inventory, but basically it involves vehicles of a recent model year with low miles. After undergoing a stringent inspection, these vehicles are offered for sale with an extended warranty, giving peace of mind to drivers who don’t necessarily want to buy other people’s problems. The Chapman Arizona dealerships have a large selection of CPO vehicles ready for you to take home.
Consider Outgoing Model Year
Fall is the time when the new model year vehicles start arriving on the dealership lots, so pay intention to incentives offered on the outgoing models. Rebates and special finance and lease deals can save you thousands on the cost of a new car, sometimes undercutting the cost of a similar used model. All the Chapman Arizona dealerships have a website that gives you complete information on the available inventory with pictures, prices and current incentives to make your car shopping experience painless.
Consider Extended Warranty for Used Vehicles
If you purchase a vehicle that’s a few years old, consider adding an extended warranty to cover all the major components. Long gone are the days when a shade tree mechanic could fix a problem with a wrench and a hammer. Modern vehicles consist of very complicated technology, so repairs can easily run into the thousands of dollars when something goes wrong. Take the time to talk to one of the Chapman Arizona finance specialists to see how a few dollars a month can give you the peace of mind that any expensive repairs are covered by a warranty. Modern vehicles have the capability to run for 200,000 miles or more if properly maintained, so don’t let high mileage necessarily defer you from picking the car of your dreams.
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.