Five Ways to Put Kibosh on Car Thieves

So you’ve gone to one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and picked out the new love of your life. Maybe it’s a Camaro, or maybe it’s a Hyundai Accent. The model and whether it’s new or gently used isn’t really important. What’s important is that this new (to you) car is now an important part of your life. It gets you to work, to school and to all the fun things you do in your life. It’s important you keep it from getting stolen. Here are five good tips:

Keep it in a Garage

On the scale of 0 to duh, this may be the most obvious way to keep a car from being stolen, but you’d be surprised how many people use their garage for storage rather than securing a car. Take some of those old toys, tools and what not to the local thrift center to help others and make room to lock your car up at night.

Keep it Looking Sharp

While you might think keeping your car clean and looking like it came off the showroom floor would attract thieves, the exact opposite is true. Thieves like to pick on people who aren’t as apt to have an alarm or vehicle tracking device. If you take the time to get a detail, or a simple car wash, you are more likely to take steps to keep your car from getting stolen. Thieves hate getting caught. Well-maintained cars are a warning sign that you care if your car is stolen.

Get All Your Valuables Out of the Car

Consider this scenario: some thug is wandering down your street some night and happens to glance in your car window. He or she sees a laptop, a briefcase and maybe a phone. The car’s not in a garage, it’s a mess inside and there’s a potential payday even if that person can’t get the car started. Leaving your valuables in your car is like leaving the pie on a picnic table at your campground. If there are bears around, they will find it.

Put in an Alarm with a Flashing LED

Although it’s true that people don’t pay too much attention when they hear a car alarm, the simple fact of having a flashing LED alerts the thief that they will have more than a door lock with which to contend. Check in with your Chapman Arizona service advisor about getting an alarm with a flashing indicator. Better yet, install an alarm with a kill switch to keep the car from starting.

Create a Visual Deterrent

In conjunction with the previous step, creating any kind of a visual deterrent is a buzz kill for thieves. Thieves are lazy, which is why they steal instead of having a job. Installing a locking arm that goes across the steering wheel may not keep a really determined thief from stealing your car, but it will make your average thief keep on walking in search of easier prey.

Those Little Dash Lights Require Attention

Black Tape is Not the Solution

You know those funny little lights in your dash that come on when you start your vehicle, then usually go away immediately afterward? Those are indicator lights that, when they stay on, are telling you there is something amiss with your vehicle. It might be as innocuous as a loose gas cap or dirty sensor, but they might be telling you that something is serious and needs to be addressed. The solution is not to put a piece of black tape over the light and hope it resolves itself, but to head to a qualified service advisor at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. Your service advisor can use a computer to quickly determine the problem and advise you of the best way to fix the problem and keep you on the road.

Check Engine Light Means Exactly That

The “Check Engine” light is usually the outline of an engine and is telling you that one of some 4,000 things is wrong with your vehicle. A diagnostic reader is plugged in under your dashboard to narrow down the problem, which many times has something to do with the emissions system. First, check the gas cap to make sure it’s on securely, but if that doesn’t work, head to Chapman Arizona and let them run the codes through the computer.

Some Lights are Self Explanatory

The light that looks like a battery means something is wrong with the charging system. It could be the battery, but might also be the alternator or a fan belt. When the brake warning light beams, the warning may mean the parking brake is on, but it also might be signaling a low level of brake fluid. Different manufacturers have different meanings for the same light, so check your owner’s manual or bring the vehicle in for service. The ABS light indicates there’s something going wrong with the anti-lock brake system. This requires immediate attention. It might be something as simple as a dirty sensor, but you don’t want to find out the brakes are gone when you’re at the top of a hill.

Oil Warning Light Spells Trouble

If a light that looks like an oil can, or maybe a Genie’s lamp, is illuminated, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and call for help. Low oil pressure is caused by a number of things, including lack of oil and a failed oil pump. Whatever the cause, if your pistons are not receiving the proper amount of oil your engine will certainly seize up and result in the cost of thousands of dollars for a rebuild or new engine. Develop a relationship now with one of the friendly service advisors at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. They will ensure you and your vehicle can stay happy together for many years to come.

Family Friendly Events Fun for All

As the weather warms into the friendly, but not scorching, beautiful days of an Arizona spring, a number of car shows are the perfect opportunity for getting outside and enjoying the climate. The First Friday of every month is an opportunity to see some classic cars at the 5 and Diner at 5220 N. 16th Street in Phoenix. Live music and a sock hop help get the festivities rocking promptly at 6 p.m. If you’re looking for a future classic to invest in, check out any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a new or gently used muscle car.

First Weekend in March Busy

Saturday, March 4 is a busy day around the Valley of the Sun for car aficionados. It kicks off in San Tan Valley with the 4th Annual Cruise-in for Vets Car and Bike Show. The event has 22 classes and is located at the American Leadership Academy at 850 W. Combs Road. The Chandler Classic Car Show will be part of the Ostrich Festival in downtown Chandler the same day, including a parade of classic cars, rat rods and interesting rides. March 4 is also the day for Chester’s Classic Car show as part of the Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair, which will also feature a beer garden, arts market, food trucks and live music. Head over to the Scottsdale Pavilions that night for the weekly Saturday night car show, a favorite among Valley regulars.

Races Coming March 11 and 12

Road Racers will be flocking to the Arizona Motorsports Park in Litchfield Park on Saturday, March 11 for ProAutoSports Road Racing, featuring open and closed wheel cars. There will also be time trial programs, kart road racing and a driver’s education program. Head down to the race track at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler for the U.S. Drag Car Championships on Sunday, March 12. Competition styled eliminator bracket racing is the rule of the day as racers attack the quarter-mile strip with reckless abandon.

Kiwanis Nuevo Sponsors Catch-A-Wave Show

Circle Saturday, March 18 on your calendar for the annual Catch-A-Wave car show at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Nuevo Club, this show has 20 separate classes including custom cars, hot rods, pick ups and old classics. A silent auction will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as other Kiwanis charities. If attending all these car shows gives you the bug to update your ride, head over to any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. You can search the Chapman website to find the muscle car of your dreams, getting you started on the road to collecting and exhibiting your ride.

It’s that time of year when the government starts issuing tax refunds. A sudden influx of anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars can make fantasies of vacations and big purchases float in your head like sugar plum fairies, but before you blow it all on a trip to Hawaii or a new flat screen, remember that friend of yours sitting in the garage.

Your car is a faithful servant, starting up every morning taking you to work and the kids to school. On weekends it takes you to the mall or the soccer games, and what does it ask in return? Aside from an occasional wash and fill-up, you don’t have to do much to keep it running. Or do you? If it’s been a few months (or years) since you’ve had a check-up, it’s time to take old Betsy (or Bob) into a service advisor at one of the many Chapman Arizona dealerships. It doesn’t cost much for a basic checkup, oil change and tire rotation, but you might want to spend a few more dollars to make sure you have a trouble-free transportation experience for the next year.

Check out your owner’s manual (it’s that book in the glove box that came with the car) and it will spell out exactly what you’re supposed to do when you come up to certain mileage milestones. In case the book is missing, here are a few tips to spend your tax dollars on to help ensure you keep rolling down the road.

Every 3-5K Miles Means it’s Time to Change the Oil

If you want to keep your car running well into the 100K mile range, it’s a good idea to take it in for an oil change and fluid check every 3,000 miles. You can stretch that out to 5,000 miles if you use synthetic oil. About the 15,000 mile mark and then every 15,000 miles thereafter is a good opportunity to change the transmission fluid to ensure it keeps shifting smoothly.

40K Miles is Time to Check the Rubber

When you hit 40,000 miles, your car is probably now out of warranty so its really important to keep an eye on things. This is about the time belts and hoses can begin to go, as well as tires and brakes. This is a good time to put your trust in a Chapman Arizona service advisor, who can tell you what’s still in shape and what might be a cause for concern. Arizona summers are also death on batteries, so make sure and get the water level checked as well as having the advisor look for any dead cells. Windshield wipers and cabin air filters are also apt to be about shot around this time frame.

60K Miles Means its Timing Belt Time

It’s not a given that your timing belt will need replacement at 60,000 miles, but as long as you have the money this is a good time to get it checked out. The 60,000 mile checkup is also an opportune time to look at the spark plugs, wires, coolant and anything else you haven’t addressed previously. Invest a little of that tax money every year in keeping your car running and you won’t have to buy a new vehicle for a good, long time.

If you’re looking to have a fun time and soak in some history before the temperatures start to climb again, you could do a lot worse than taking in all the sights of a southern Arizona road trip. Phoenix residents can be watching a re-enacted gunfight in Tombstone or taking in the arts in the cool old mining town of Bisbee in less than three hours. The area is filled with monuments, ghost towns and great places to stay and eat, making for a fun weekend for you and the entire family. Before you head out on this, or any road trip, make sure and get your vehicle checked out at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. Some fresh oil, lube and a quick check of all your fluids is a good idea before traipsing across the desert.

Tombstone Too Tough to Die

Head about 40 miles past Tucson on I-10 to the Benson turn-off and you’ll be closing in on Tombstone, the town “too tough to die.” Tombstone was a boom town in the old silver mining days and a place where tough guys went to shoot and get shot. You can enjoy a nice lunch at Big Nose Kate’s saloon, then head over to see a re-enactment of old-time gunfights. The Bird Cage saloon offers an interesting glimpse into the past, including authentic posters of the day and a ton of memorabilia. You can stay in an RV park or local motel, or take the 30-minute drive to Sierra Vista for more modern accommodations, shopping, restaurants and movie theaters.

Bisbee Home of Artists and More

Bisbee was originally founded as a mining town in 1880, but as the gold, copper and silver got played out, it has morphed into more of an artist enclave these days. If you’ve ever been to Jerome, Bisbee will remind you of that mountain town with the houses stacked on top of each other up into the hillside. You can get a real taste of old-town Bisbee by taking the Copper Queen Mine tour, traveling deep into the hillsides to see what life was like a hundred years ago. Stay at the Copper Queen Hotel and you might get to meet one of the reported ghosts who still roam the halls at night. There are plenty of shops to visit or you can just wander around and enjoy the Victorian style architecture.

Ghost Towns Abound in Southern Arizona

Head down south of Tucson and there is a wide selection of ghost towns to visit, as well as the historic Fort Bowie. Fort Bowie was first established in 1862 as a base from which to fight the Apaches. After Geronimo surrendered in 1886, it was closed and is now a National Historic Site with remnants of walls and buildings. Pearce, Courtland, Gleeson and Fairbank are some other historic sites that are interesting and make great pictures. Remember before you embark on a trip across the desert to get you car serviced at a Chapman Arizona dealership. They’ll get you on your way quickly giving you the peace of mind to enjoy your trip.

Start by Building Your Credit

If you have a credit score of 720 or above, you have nothing to worry about. Even if you have a score much lower than that, the finance professionals at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships can work to get you a good loan deal. For the very best deals, it usually pays to build your credit score up so you can take advantage of all the manufacturer incentives available. Leasing is often the best way to get a lot more car for less money per month, but it does require a pretty stable financial record. If you need to build your credit up a bit, focus on paying down credit cards, making all your monthly payments on time and stashing enough away for a good down payment.

Buy When You Can, Not When You Need To

If you are pushing your clunker onto the lot after its umpteenth and final breakdown, some sales people might consider you as someone who really needs to buy a car. On the other hand, if you drive your shiny, several-year-old vehicle onto the lot with no sense of urgency, you might have a bit of an upper hand in the negotiating process. Once your vehicle starts getting over 150,000 miles, it can start to let you down. That’s the time to get your finances in order, research the type of new car you want, and head to the dealership from a position of strength.

Sales Events are Great Ways to Save Money

Getting a free hot dog (if you can fight the salesman off from the bbq) is not the only good thing that happens at large sales events. Memorial Day, Labor Day, End of Model Year and End of Calendar Year are often the very best times to get the best deals? Why? For one reason, the dealership has spent a lot of money on advertising and a purple inflatable gorilla, so they need to recoup some of that cash. The real reason is that many of those big sales events revolve around manufacturer incentives where you can save thousands off the price of a new car. If you’re looking for a used car, head to one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships about a week to 10 days after a big sale. The used car lot should be flooded with trade-ins.

Give the Finance Guys a Chance

People used to think (and many still do) that the finance department at a dealership was for suckers. “Get your financing in order before you go,” your dad will tell you. That’s still a good idea for a fall-back position, but the finance pros at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships have developed long-standing relationships with local banks and credit unions. Give them a chance and you might be surprised at how they can get you a lower payment than going through your own finance institution.

Choose From Dependable Transportation to Luxury Cars

Whether you just need a dependable ride to get back and forth to work or have reached a point in your life where you can afford a premium luxury car, there is a Chapman Arizona dealership that has a car, truck, van or SUV for you. It doesn’t matter if you live in Phoenix, Tucson or even the Mogollon Rim country, you can choose from a wide variety of both domestic and foreign cars. Chapman Payson Auto Center, serving the central and northern part of the state, offers the entire Chrysler lineup of new vehicles as well as Chevrolets. As with all the other Chapman dealerships, Chapman Payson has a website where you can search the current expansive inventory of both new and used vehicles.

Phoenix Covered With Chapman Dealerships

Metro Phoenix is home to 14 Chapman auto dealerships selling both new and used vehicles. Luxury car owners enjoy the convenience of having a Chapman BMW dealership in both Phoenix and Chandler, along with the new premium Hyundai Genesis lots on Bell Road in Phoenix and in Scottsdale. Chapman has Chevy dealerships in both Tempe and Chandler, along with two Hyundai lots and a Mazda store. Scottsdale is also home to Chapman Ford, Chapman Volkswagen and Chapman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. There are two lots dedicated to pre-owned vehicles; Chapman Mesa Used Cars and Arizona Auto Express in Tempe.

Tucson Offers Large Variety of Dealerships

Folks in the Tucson area have the benefit of a number of Chapman dealerships, including the luxury Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche customer service centers. Chapman also has a Honda store, an Acura lot and VW dealership in tucson, as well as three stores dedicated to pre-owned vehicles.

Chapman Dealerships are Full Service

Chapman Arizona prides itself on offering excellent customer service, whether you are just coming by to window shop, get an oil change, or doing research on a new vehicle. Each new car dealership has a full service center where you can develop a relationship with a service advisor who will ensure your care receives the best care. By working with a Chapman service advisor, you’ll be notified when vehicles are due for maintenance or have a recall notice. Chapman Cares is not a marketing slogan, but the name given to the involvement of the employees in the community. Whether volunteering to staff charity events, collecting toys for children or walking to help fight a disease, Chapman employees give back to their neighborhoods by making the world a better place to live.


Four Simple Steps Help Maximize Trade Value

With the advent of the Internet and a myriad of sites devoted to consumer education about the auto business, it’s rare indeed for a customer to walk onto a car lot and not have a general idea about how much they’re willing to spend. Some buyers spend weeks researching new cars, reading reviews and finding out how much a specific vehicle with all the options they want will cost. Sometimes though, customers forget about one important part of a new car purchase: the trade-in. Educating yourself on the value of your trade, along with taking a few simple steps to increases your vehicle’s worth, will go a long way towards securing a few hundred extra dollars when it comes to trade in time. When it does come time to trade your car in, rest assured that all the Chapman Arizona dealerships will give you top dollar whether you’re buying a new or used vehicle.

Make Your Vehicle Something You’d Want to Buy

There are numerous horror stories about people who treat their car like a garbage can, which is certainly their right, but then don’t take the time to clean it up when it comes time to trade it in. A very simple rule is to make your car look like something you might want to buy. You can either take it to a full-service car wash and for about 20 bucks have it cleaned inside and out, or you can do it yourself. It doesn’t have to look new, but looking like it was cared for can make a big difference in the dealer’s offer.

Understand Where the Dealer is Coming From

Most dealers have a website like the ones of the Chapman Arizona dealerships, where you can look at the used car inventory. If you have a 2008 Chevy Cavalier and you see 20 other Chevy Cavaliers in the dealer’s used car list, chances are they aren’t going to be that excited to get another one. That doesn’t mean you can’t still get a good deal, but you need to adjust your expectations to the reality of the situation.

Do a Little Research

Websites such as Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book are two good places to go for a general idea of your cars worth. Just type in the year, make, model and optional features of your car to get an instant quote. What those sites don’t take into consideration are a dealer’s particular needs, or the experience of the Used Car manager. The used car manager attends auctions on a regular basis, so he knows what vehicles go for in a particular market. Manufacturer incentives on similar model vehicles also come into the picture.

Make a Trip to the Wizard

Numerous dents and dings can affect the value of a car tremendously. There are “dent wizards” who are very affordable and skilled at popping out small dents so they are virtually unnoticeable. Once you’re ready to trade your car in, visit any of the dealerships in the Chapman Arizona group. They’ll give you a fair price with a no-hassle sales experience.


Everything in Life is About Timing

Remember when you met that special someone? You were walking around a corner, he or she was coming at you and all of a sudden your eyes met? The rest is history. What if you’d been a minute or two later or hadn’t gone to the mall at all that day? Whether you believe in fate or coincidence, everything in life is about timing, and the same is true for scoring a great car deal. Head to any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships in the month of December and you have a great chance of scoring the best deal of the year on new 2017 or remaining 2016 models, plus that special person will absolutely love the gift of a new car.

The End is the Best Time

You’ve probably heard that the end of the month can be a great time to secure the best deal on a new or used car as dealerships scurry to get their monthly sales quotas. Guess what? The same holds true for the end of the year. Like any business, car dealerships have financial goals for each year and you never know how close, or far away, they may be to reaching those goals. Sales people also have goals for the month and year, so it doubles your chances of a dealership being more amenable to a lower offer for a vehicle.

Still Some 2016s in Stock

Although special offers on the 2016 models have been going on for a few months now, chances are there are still some 2016 models still on the lot that need to find a loving home. Head to the Chapman Arizona website and you can shop for remaining 2016 vehicles in the comfort of your own home. Along with deep dealer discounts, manufacturers often offer rebates and special financing offers in order to move last year’s models off the lot. Because December is also a busy time for used car sales, chances are you’ll get the best offer for your trade-in at the end of the year.

It’s Cool Out and Everybody’s Happy

Have you ever shopped for a vehicle in summer in Arizona? It is a grueling task where neither the customer or salespeople can be comfortable sitting in boiling hot vehicles looking for the perfect match. The Holiday Season not only brings a smile to everyone’s face, but cooler weather means you can take your time and sit in a number of different vehicles until you find the one that’s just right. The Holidays are also a time when people are in a more benevolent mood, making the sales experience a happy one for all involved. Buying a car at a Chapman Arizona dealership is always a pleasant experience. Stop by today and give someone an extra Happy Holiday.

Driving Tips Help Keep Teens Safe


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.