Archive for April, 2015

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Study says Consumers Concerned About Crashes

While navigation and surround sound are nice creature comforts to have, consumers are much more worried about technology that keeps them safe inside their vehicles. A recent report from J.D. Power shows that drivers are getting used to “auto-pilot” features like lane change assist, blind-spot detection and night vision. Basically, anything that can help a driver avoid a collision is now a more popular feature than satellite radio. Auto manufacturers are going to need to continue to develop safety features that may do away with driving altogether

Building Toward Driverless Cars

As collision prevention technology continues to improve, automakers are heading down a path where the end result will be driverless cars. “Small instances will begin to culminate [and lead to] self-driving vehicles,” said Kristing Kolodge, an editor at J.D. Power. The survey took a close look at three specific areas technology when it comes to driver assist: traffic-jam assist, limited help and fully autonomous driving. Fully autonomous was the most popular choice by far, followed in order by limited help and traffic jam assist. Other top technologies were rear view cameras and self-healing paint. Stop in at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and see what new safety features are available to protect your precious cargo.

Energy Efficiency, Infotainment at Bottom of List

Possibly because of low fuel prices and a proliferation of high gas mileage vehicles, consumers had little interest in technology that would help increase fuel efficiency. Features like active shutters to control aerodynamics and solar glass roofs did not resonate with respondents. Surprisingly, features like Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity were also low scores on the survey. “Lukewarm interest in these technologies that connect your phone to your vehicle coupled with consumer loyalty to their phone provide a unique challenge for automakers,” Kolodge said. Being tied to one choice of phone is something manufacturers will have to work out in the years to come. One option is to create radios that will connect both with Apple and Android operating systems.

Price Not a Major Concern

Younger buyers are used to paying more for technology, so the issue of price was not a major concern. Younger people said they would spend as much as $3,700 on important technology, while older buyers said $2,400 would be the top of the mark. Along with being used to spending more on technology, Kolodge pointed out that the younger buyers are also just coming into their peak earning years, while older buyers are looking at retirement. The Chapman Arizona dealerships have a variety of technology-filled vehicles at all different price points.

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Excellent fuel economy, increased space, considerable power, stylish looks, and affordable price, there are not many downsides to buying a compact SUV at Chapman Arizona. And the word has been spreading.

Undoubtedly, consumer demand for compact SUVs continue to show an upwards trend. The battle has been waging for a long time, but it looks like compact SUVs are finally making inroads. A dominance in the marketplace enjoyed by midsize and compacts according to reports by Edmunds.

“Compact SUV popularity is truly a product story,” Edmunds’ Key Insights report noted. “They are a desirable size, but concede very little in efficiency and are comparably priced with models in other popular segments. They combine aspects of the market’s best-selling and pragmatic segments — establishing a new middle.”

Examining the numbers

Let’s evaluate this trending shift! Edmunds stated that 63% of all trade-in deals for compact SUVs came from either previous midsize SUV, compact car or midsize drivers. Therefore it’s not the case of drivers opting to purchase a new compact SUV, but rather a matter of drivers being ready to switch from their standard car class to the compact SUV category.

Perhaps the most influential cause is the similar price points between compact SUVs and sedans. Motorists can enjoy all the advantages and positive benefits of driving one vehicle class without spending too much out of pocket. Edmunds claims that the average transaction price for a midsize vehicle came at about $25,887, whilst the price for a compact SUV was slightly closer to $26,420. Over the long run, it’s evident that a majority of motorists don’t mind paying several more hundred dollars in return for increased power and extra space.

What models should you consider?

If you’re anything like the average driver, you’ve at least done some basic research about compact SUVs. However if you’re new to this vehicle class, understanding where to begin could be challenging. Vehicle makers are constantly improving models daily and there’s plenty of competition between the various brands.

Here are a few popular compact SUVs models available at Chapman Arizona:

Honda CR-V

U.S. News & World Report named it the number one choice in the affordable compact SUVs category. There is no great mystery as to why the Honda CR-V is rated as the best consumer option. To speak plainly, you get the whole package. It offers great fuel economy and is also spacious. Honda delivers terrific value for this price range with plenty of standard features.

GMC Terrain

The first thing that jumps out at you about the GMC Terrain is its-muscle bound appearance. It’s built like a tough SUV in every shape and form, and it comes at a somewhat affordable price in comparison to the CR-V. Furthermore, reviews have raved about the spectacular interior and high comfort levels. Buyers can select between a powerful V-6 engine with the ability to tow 3,500 pounds, according to Kelley Blue Book – or the fuel frugal standard options that are available as well.

Mazda CX-5

If sporty is more your style, then look no further than the Mazda CX-5. Mazda’s compact SUV is an ideal standard that proves why so many motorists are perfectly fine switching from slightly larger vehicles. It’s a gorgeously styled car that culminates to a statuesque SUV, along with the slim and athletic look of a sports car. The Mazda CX-5 is also amazingly affordable and it’s fuel economy is on par with the competition.

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Age Behind the Wheel Keeps Going Up

With more than 44 percent of the nation’s driving population over the age of 50, the U.S. Department of Transportation says it’s important to keep up maintenance on the nation’s aging highway infrastructure. The DOT anticipates the number of drivers over the age of 60 will be a record 57 million by 2030 and those over 65 will make up more than 20 percent of all U.S. drivers in the next 10 years. As people age, their reactions slow down, which is why it’s important for the highways to be as safe as possible.

Driving Record Number of Miles

Although U.S. drivers were a bit shy of the record 3.03 trillion miles set in 2007, last year’s total of 3.02 trillion miles shows a trend upward. With more than 255 million vehicles on the road, Americans are spending more time just sitting in traffic. U. S. drivers, on average, sit in traffic without moving for almost five days per year. Sitting in traffic causes strain on your car’s coolant system and engine. As summer nears, stop in at your local Chapman Arizona dealership and have all your fluid levels checked during your next oil change.

Seniors More Likely Than Adults to Cause Accidents

According to a study by the Rand Institute, people age 65 and over are about 16 percent more likely to cause a fatal accident than people in the 25-64 age category. While that number is significant, it is still far less than young drivers in the 15-24 year old age group. Young drivers are 188 percent more likely to cause a fatal crash than the middle age group.

People More Likely to Die in Senior Vehicle

Probably due to the effects of old age, a person involved in a crash in a car driven by a senior is almost 600 percent more likely to die than a person in a car driven by an adult. Another factor that contributes to this number is that seniors are much more likely to drive by themselves. If they had passengers, chances are that some would survive a crash, as opposed to the single driver being killed and skewing the statistics.

Seniors Compensate for Loss of Skills

While young drivers are still trying to hone their driving skills, most seniors are smart enough to realize that their eyesight and reaction times have diminished. They usually are more careful drivers and avoid situations that might put themselves and their passengers at risk. Seniors also usually realize when they are a danger on the road and give up driving, or are influenced by friends and family members who urge them to stop.

 

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Let’s face it, a roadside emergency can take place at anytime, any place. It doesn’t matter if your car is brand new or older. Unfortunately, these emergencies can range from mild to rather serious. As a driver, it is important to be prepared for these types of situations. Even if you have roadside assistance, having an emergency kit in your vehicle can greatly increase your safety and reduce the stress that comes with a roadside emergency. So, what are some basic items that you should try and carry in your vehicle at all times?

First Aid Kit

This one is decently self explanatory. A simple first aid kit is ideal in emergency situations. From small cuts or burns to more severe injuries, a first aid kit can really come in handy. Look for one that is easy to use and compact. It is a good idea to get familiar with how to use your kit before anything happens. Take note of what is in it and the instructions for the individual items.

Fire Extinguisher

Vehicle fires can arise from various causes. If a car catches fire, it is important to get a safe distance as soon as possible. Yet, it is still a good idea to keep an extinguisher in the event that a small fire can be put out safely. The sooner a car fire is put out, the less damage there will be. It is best to carry a smaller sized one labeled 1A10BC or 2A10BC.

Cell Phone

Whereas it is not a good idea to talk or use a phone while driving, a cell phone can actually be quite handy in an emergency situation. It is a good idea to keep a charger handy, just in case a low battery happens. It is important to take note of your location in case you need to inform the 911 operator.. Having the ability to contact emergency personnel can be the single most important aspect to your safety. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep your cell phone on while traveling.

Flares or Warning Light

A roadside emergency at night can be a very scary experience. Not only is it difficult to see the area around you, but other vehicle’s may have a hard time noticing you on the side of the road. It is vital to give other drivers a warning that there has been an accident or emergency. With the use of road flares or a warning light of some sort, you can let other people know that a wreck has taken place and to take caution when passing.

These basic ideas can be supplemented with additional items if necessary. Having a good base for an emergency situation is ideal. It is also important to check your vehicle frequently to make sure all parts are running correctly and safely. Feel free to contact Chapman Arizona with any concerns or questions.

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Summertime is upon us! Perhaps you are planning a summer vacation or you have  other ideas for how you will be spending those hot days. Whatever your options are, it is important to keep your vehicle safe from the impending Arizona heat. Here at Chapman AZ we have some great ideas for “Summerizing” your used or new vehicle.

Check Your Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is a must have in Arizona. With the scorching temperatures that are commonplace throughout the summer months, it is important to ensure that your vehicle’s air conditioning is working to its fullest capacity before the heat hits. Have your vehicle inspected for worn or damaged belts. There is a belt on the vehicle’s air conditioner that drives the compressor to work. If that belt is not functioning properly, the air conditioning system will not work. The air conditioner also has a condenser that closely resembles a radiator. It is a good idea to inspect this condenser to make sure it is clear of dirt and debris. If the air is able to move freely through the condenser, the refrigerant system will do a better job of cooling your vehicle.

Check Your Car’s Cooling System

Having a working cooling system is critical to maintaining your car’s coolness during the summer. In order to protect your vehicle’s engine against corrosion and deterioration and maintain the proper oil viscosity, the cooling system aims for a constant 200 degrees Fahrenheit. In the event that the coolant exceeds the standard temperature, your vehicle could overheat and damage the engine. When your vehicle is cool, be sure to check the radiator and hoses for any cracks or leaks. The reservoir level should always be at least half full. If it is low, add coolant or antifreeze. If your vehicle ever does overheat, take immediate action by turning on the heat in your vehicle. This will help pull hot air off of the engine. Give your vehicle time to cool down before attempting to drive again.

Check Your Vehicle’s Tires

It is important to always check your tires. Especially in the summer time! By equipping your vehicle with summer tires, you can get better handling, increase your speed, and get better fuel efficiency. There are all season tire options as well, which are a good alternative to having to switch back and forth between winter and summer tires. Always keep an eye on the tire pressure and amount of tread on each tire to ensure proper functioning.

Summer can be a fun and exciting time of year! Keep your vehicle summer ready to ensure your summer remains worry free on the transportation front! By prepping the used cars in Phoenix for the summer heat, you can guarantee a stress free and cool summer vacation!

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Interacting With Other Passengers Top Cause

AAA reports that a recent study that reviewed in-vehicle video footage before a crash found distracted driving is a bigger problem among teens than previously thought. In 2013, the last year for which data is available, almost one million crashes involving teens were reported to police. Of those, nearly 400,000 resulted in injuries including almost 3,000 deaths. Distracted driving was the cause of the crash nearly 60 percent of the time, including almost 90 percent of instances where a vehicle left the road and just above 75 percent of rear-end wrecks. Of the wrecks involving distraction, 15 percent were attributed to the driver interacting with other passengers.

Cell Phone Usage Number Two

Calling or texting was the second biggest reason, coming in at 12 percent of all distracted crashes. Video shows that teen drivers took their eyes off the road for an average of more than four seconds to use their phone just prior to a crash. What’s perhaps more troubling is that teens who crashed due to phone usage failed to react at all, meaning no braking or evasive steering prior to the wreck. Other things causing distractions that led to an accident include looking at something either inside or outside the vehicle, singing and moving to music, grooming, or reaching for an object.

AAA Recommends Tougher Laws

According to Beth Mosher, a spokesperson for AAA Chicago, tougher laws are needed to keep teens safer. She said AAA is pushing for laws that eliminate cell phone usage and keeps passengers to just one non-family member for a driver’s first six months on the road. Thirty-three states already prohibit teen cell phone use and another 18 limit the amount of passengers per teen driver.

Practice Driving With Your Teen

The day your teen gets his or her license is a reason to celebrate, but it’s also a time for a serious conversation. A car is many things, but it’s also a killing machine. Once your teen is behind the wheel it’s important for them to understand the power that is in their hands. Take a drive once a week with your teen and practice what to do in certain situations. Have them count to three and look both ways before taking off from a stop light. Make sure they check their mirrors before changing lanes, use their turn signals and above all else, put the phone away while driving. Their life and the lives of others just may depend on keeping your child focused behind the wheel. Also make sure that your vehicle has a regular safety inspection. All the Chapman Arizona dealerships are ready and willing to provide an inspection with your regular oil change, ensuring your car is as safe as possible on the road.

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Every car enthusiast spends time on the road and Chapman Arizona knows what they love the most––driving! So while you or your car enthusiast cruise the highway, why not experience some of the most popular destinations in Arizona?

Phoenix is commonly referred to as the “Valley of the Sun” for good reason. The city is famous for its sub-tropical desert climate, where temperatures can blast beyond 100° F during the summer. With a range of beautiful galleries, remarkable museums, top-notch Tex-Mex cuisine, and cactus-dotted landscape, it’s easy to understand why Arizona’s state capital is one of the most revered metropolises in the U.S. It behooves the city’s 4.2 million residents to venture out every once in a while and take advantage of myriad vacations spots within descent driving distance. Time to get excited and pack your luggage, crank the A.C., and jump in the car – let’s hit the road!

 

Road Trip #1: Phoenix to Sedona, AZ

Total Driving Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes

Distance: 117 miles

For all you nature lovers, check out the captivating allure of the red rock formations of Sedona.

With its iconic Red Rock landscape and spiritually-energized ambiance, Sedona is a powerful escape to paradise for earthbound explorers. The city is practically ensconced by endless hiking trails. Sedona is also a blossoming metropolis however, comprised of local galleries, Native American craft shops, and indie boutiques. For an indulgent experience, check out the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa. The property offers breathtaking views of the Rocks from the fire pit on the observation deck, as well as from the private, in-room balconies. But the hotel’s true attraction is the spa, with treatments inspired by the outdoor yoga classes. For a no-frills yet family-friendly stay, the Bell Rock Inn is a highly affordable alternative. The inn offers two heated pools, a picnic area and an outdoor playground for kids, all with the views of the Rocks.

 

Road Trip #2: Phoenix to Tucson, AZ

Drive Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Distance: 116 miles

Tucson, famously known as the Old Pueblo, is one of the world’s finest spa destinations.

Regarded as one of the top spa destinations in the U.S., Tucson offers incredibly luxurious retreats that can accommodate all budgets. Located beneath the Sonoran Desert, the city also has its fair share of golf courses and shopping centers. The shopping areas are perfect for those seeking a little retail therapy in between spa appointments. One of Tucson’s most famous spas is Canyon Ranch, an all-inclusive retreat designed for those with high style and deep, deep pockets. Offering fitness and nutrition classes, sleep labs and a fully-staffed “Life Management” team, Canyon Ranch puts daylight between every other spa hotel. For those that want to enjoy lavish retreats at budget-friendly prices, choose to stay at the Hacienda del Sol. The hotel matches similar amenities at a fraction of the cost, such as a full-service spa, mountainside pool and horseback riding stables for the seasoned rider. Offering incredible Southwestern decor and Santa Catalina Mountains scenery, Hacienda Del Sol has the feel of a posh resort at a descent price.

 

Road Trip #3: Phoenix to Las Vegas

Drive Time: 5 hours, 28 minutes

Distance: 298 miles

The Venetian offers a quintessential Vegas experience — in sheer magnitude alone!

Arizona has its fair share of casinos and nightlife, but the ultimate adult playground is just 50 miles to Las Vegas. Spas may reenergize your spirits, but most opt for the 24-hour party approach for full recovery. And where better to do that than the famous Sin City? For a Hangover-inspired vacation, check out the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, a terrific experience from start to finish.

The trip to Las Vegas is pretty direct along US-93. The drive delivers some of the most awesome detours in the country, including the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and the Sunset Crater Volcano, so don’t be afraid to veer off the path a few times en route to Sin City.