Archive for August, 2015

cars for families

Most of us put off our dream 2 seater sports car for a much more practical family vehicle. If you want to go with sleek and sporty or comfortable and roomy or maybe a safe option for any kind of weather, you will find one to suit your needs.

Chapman Arizona has many vehicles to choose from for growing families. Below we have obtained a list featuring a handful of wonderful contenders fit for driving a lot of passengers.

The Ford Flex

If you are looking for a bit more pep in a family vehicle, the Ford flex is for you. It seats seven and still has a good size cargo area and with a standard 287 hp V6 engine you get the power to move everyone safely and quickly. For a few extra dollars you can upgrade to the EcoBoost 365 hp model.

The Kia Sorento

Well known for its low price and high value. Great to look at on the outside and the interior has high quality materials. The starting price for the Sorento is in the mid $20,000 range. You can go for the V6 power upgrade which allows you to haul as much as 5,000 pounds.

The Kia Soul

If you are looking for a great deal price wise and you don’t need 7 full seats, the Kia Soul is for you. With ample head and cargo room you can comfortably carry up to 3 kids as well as a full trunk of groceries. It comes in around $10,000 less than the Sorento beginning around the $16,000 price point.

The Honda CR-V

The market has spoken loudly and what they are looking for are crossovers and leading the way is the 2015 Honda CR-V. The Best Buy of 2015 is how Kelley Blue Book rated this SUV in the Small SUV category. The US News & World Report named it the No.1 affordable compact SUV. It is no surprise that the CR-V is at the top of its class and it is mostly due to its great reliability, snappy handling, reasonable price and great fuel efficiency.

The Subaru Forrester

Subaru are known for making cars that perform great in any kind of weather conditions. Do you need a vehicle with AWD? Do you live in a climate with lots of snow? Then the Forrester is for you. It has plenty of passenger space, provides a smooth ride, has great safety ratings and fuel economy and is very reasonably priced. The only drawback is its lackluster 170 hp engine, but that might not be the major concern when driving your family around.

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Technology One Answer to Urban Gridlock

Although the debate is certainly still on, the possibility that driving will become illegal by 2030 is definitely an interesting debate point. As urban areas become clogged with more and more cars on the road, automakers are striving to create cars that can communicate with one another and take over the driving chores to more efficiently move through cities. Some say that technology will only go so far and will never replace the role of an actual driver, while others contend that driving has become just too dangerous with varying skill levels competing for open lanes of traffic. Here are some of the challenges that need to be overcome before you have to give up your driver’s license.

Security Has to be Priority One

With the number of hackers out there spending time cracking the code of retail chains, government facilities and other cyber challenges, the thought of taking over a computer in a moving vehicle must be too great to ignore. There have already been instances where car systems have been hacked for information. Automakers are taking cybersecurity very seriously and working toward a solution that involves both hardware and software. Dealerships, like the ones in the Chapman Arizona chain, will also be very important in helping customers have the latest security updates.

Regulatory Industry Must be on Board

A number of different governments regulate the rules of the road, including federal, state and local. To get all these agencies to agree on rules for autonomous driving will certainly be a major task that will take years of dedicated lobbying. As technology improves to the point of making driverless cars a possibility, look for this issue to be on the front page of your local news website. It’s an issue that simply will not go away.

What About All The Used Cars?

Just because technology advances, doesn’t mean Uncle Bob and Aunt Gertie are going to give up on their 2015 Ford Fiesta. They love that car and they love not having payments, so it will take some convincing to get them into that 2030 Audi A99 that has a base price of $416,000. It may come down to cars that need drivers being outlawed, but that may be as successful as trying to take people’s guns away. Feel free to stop into any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and discuss the future of autonomous driving at your convenience.

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What All Those Numbers Mean

If you’ve ever bought a tire, you might have seen a number something like “245/40R19.” This number describes the size of your tires and is carved into the sidewall. The first number, 245, relates to the number of millimeters at the widest part of the tire. This may be preceded by a letter, such as P for passenger car or LT for light trucks. The number immediately following the slash, 40, describes the profile of the tire. In this case, the sidewall of the tire measures out to 40 percent of the widest part of the tire. The higher the number, the higher the tire. The lower the number, the shorter the tire. “R” just signifies the tire is a radial, which most tires are these days. The size of the wheel the tire should be mounted on is the last number, in this case, a 19-inch wheel. For more information on how numbers relate to your tires, talk to one of the service pros at the Chapman Arizona dealerships.

Skinny Tires Making a Comeback

With the emphasis on fuel economy, it’s important to have tires that can offer the least amount of resistance on the road, while still providing plenty of handling. Tall, skinny tires are common on hybrid and electric vehicles. They not only provide less resistance, but also help lift the front end to reduce drag. Skinny tires are usually inflated to a higher pound per square inch than conventional tires to help with braking and acceleration. Newer sports cars, like Chevy’s Corvette, are also moving to taller and skinnier tires. Along with better performance, these tires also allow for a bigger passenger compartment.

Wide Tires Alone do not Create Better Traction

If you’re out shopping for used cars in Phoenix, it’s important to know that just because a car has super wide tires, it does not necessarily have better braking or acceleration. Wider tires are prone to actually have less contact with the road because of the way they crown. If cornering is your goal, then wide tires are the way to go. Tires flatten out as you go around corners, which means a wider tire will actually have better road contact. Confusing? Yes, which is why you should speak to a tire professional at one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships to make sure you get the right tires for your intended use.

Tire Maintenance is Key to Long Life

Whatever tires you end up buying, remember to keep them properly inflated and rotate them with each oil change. Not only will you get better gas mileage, but the tires will wear more evenly and give you many more miles of service.

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Improved Reliability Results in Longer Vehicle Life

As automakers continue to improve their products following the great recession, one result is the age of cars on U.S. roads have reached a record high. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now at 11.5 years old, despite the act that new car sales are at a greater volume than ever before. American drivers are stepping into a new vehicle at a rate exceeding 17 million vehicles per year. Low interest rates and greater consumer confidence is at a higher point than before the start of the Great Recession in 1929. Stop by any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and you’ll see the quality and affordability available in a new vehicle today.

Getting Harder and Harder to Buy a “Lemon”

“Vehicles are simply lasting longer than ever before,” said Mark Seng, industry analyst. “The consumer is hanging onto their vehicle longer than ever before.” As a result, many owners are opting to keep their old car rather than trade it in on a new one. At last estimate almost 14 million cars that are 25 years or older are still traveling the nation’s highways. That figure was only 8 million in 2002. Cars that range between 16 and 24 years old number 44 million, which is a substantial rise from the 26 million counted in 2002.

Service Centers Capitalizing on Number of Older Vehicles

Although the quality in vehicles is higher than ever before, that doesn’t mean they don’t need the occasional service. As cars reach and surpass 100,000 miles, they typically have gone through a couple of brake jobs and may need work on the suspension, transmission or engine. Tires last an average of 50,000 miles, so the additional older vehicles are also good news for the tire industry. Although new cars need little service for a few years, when they do need help the owners are more likely to take them into dealership service centers, like the ones offered by Chapman Arizona.

Dealerships on the Hunt for Used Cars

As people decide to hold onto their older cars, the natural result is dealerships have to turn to other sources for used cars. Auction prices are showing a rise as used cars become more and more scarce. Some dealerships have taken to scouring the want ads, offering competitive prices for people selling good used cars. Because of the recession and a lack of financing options during that time, cars that are between three and five years old are difficult to find. The cost of used cars and the shorter time you can finance them actually make new car payments lower in some cases.

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Another Summer of Record Heat Tasks A/C Units

As good old Mr. Sun bears down on a weary nation during another summer of record heat, it’s common to take refuge where air conditioning can keep you cool. Common places to go are your home, a mall, a movie theater and even your car. When your car sits out in the sun for a few hours, the interior temperature can be more than 140 degrees, so it’s a little unreasonable to expect instantaneous coolness. Still, there are a few things you can do to get the temperature down quickly.

  • Roll down the windows. You make think you are letting hot air in, but since the interior of the vehicle is hotter than the outside, you are actually leveling the temperature, making it easier for your air conditioning to do its job.
  • Leave the unit on. If you are a bit too cold after a while, don’t turn the A/C off. Instead adjust the temperature until you get a desired range. Turning the air conditioning on and off creates undue strain on the system and could land you in the repair shop.
  • Max A/C is good, use it. The Max A/C button, which sometimes looks like a recirculating diagram, is the best way to cool down your car quickly. Once the vehicle’s cool you can turn that button off.
  • Adjust vents to the rear. If the front riders are cool but the rear passengers are sweating, don’t just turn the A/C up. Instead, re-direct the vents until the rear riders can feel a breeze.
  • Give your interior a break. Either pull into covered parking, park in the shade or use a windshield sunscreen to help combat the sun’s harmful rays. Utilizing shade can result in a drop of 40 degrees or more, making it much easier for the A/C to take over and cool your car.
  • Remote start is good. If you have a remote start system, first make sure your car’s climate control is set to cool and then feel free to start your car five minutes before you’re reading to head out. Your hands will thank you for not leaving an imprint on the steering wheel.
  • Perform regular maintenance. If your vehicle is consistently low on refrigerant, don’t keep heading to the auto parts store to pick up a can of coolant. There’s a reason why it is low and you need to get that checked out at an authorized service center before the system fails you completely.

If you’re having trouble cooling down your vehicle, take it in to the service experts at any Chapman Arizona dealership for a complete checkup.