Archive for January, 2017

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.