Archive for November, 2017

For those who remember the day when you turned your radio on with a knob and only had your choice of half a dozen or so AM stations, the technology in today’s new vehicles can be somewhat overwhelming. Whether it’s trying to connect via Bluetooth, access your vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot or stay calm when your car automatically applies the brakes, it’s a brave new world for consumers when it comes to car buying. That’s why the friendly folks at the Chapman Arizona dealerships take the extra time to explain every detail that comes with your vehicle purchase.

Run-Flat Tires Most Popular

According to a report by J.D. Power, the favorite piece of technology has nothing to do with entertainment or navigation, it’s a relatively simple thing that can save you hours of frustration. Run flat tires are engineered to allow you to drive up to 50 miles at 50 miles an hour, which is usually enough to get you to a gas station or dealership for repair. The invention of run-flat tires has also eliminated the spare in many modern vehicles, saving a little weight and increasing gas mileage.

Smart Air Bags Lessen Impact

If you’ve ever had an air bag go off in your face, you can relate to the feeling of being in a heavyweight fight. New dual-stage “smart” air bags expand in two stages, with the initial stage being much gentler than the final explosion. This lessens the impact and is much safer for children.

You Gots to Have Your Tunes

No surprise that a premium surround sound stereo system is the third most popular piece of technology according to the JD Power report. While most new cars come with some sort of infotainment system, premium sound can be an option that costs $8,000 or more. For that money you’ll feel like a baby in your mother’s arms, swaddled in symphonic sound as you battle the daily commute.

Safety Features Proving Popular

Coming in next on the list, in order, are active cornering headlights, rear view cameras and blind-spot monitoring. Active headlights actually turn with your wheels, leading the way around corners on dark, lonesome roads. Rear view cameras allow a clear view of any obstacles you might normally back over, and the blind-spot monitoring system alerts you when a vehicle is lurking beside you in a place you just can’t see in your mirrors. All these pieces of technology and much more are available in many of the new and used vehicles for sale at the Chapman Arizona dealerships. Take some extra time and make sure you get all the technology you need – and want – to improve your driving experience.

Picture this scenario for a moment: You head off to a trip for some late season chances to look at the changing leaves in northern Arizona, heading off on backroads where you heard there’s a glorious stand of Aspens in full display of autumn hues. You see storm clouds, but don’t think much about them. After all, you do have all-wheel drive. You park the car and take your picnic lunch on a bit of a hike to see the trees, which are just as beautiful as promised. You notice it getting darker, and then it starts to rain. As you rush back to your vehicle, the rain turns to hail and the hail turns to snow. It is an early blizzard that’s not common, but not unheard of in northern Arizona. Pretty soon the snow is several inches thick, turning the primitive road and surrounding meadows into one serene white blanket, morphing ditches and obstacles into a winter wonderland. If your car would get stuck, would you be prepared to spend a night in the snow? One great way to make sure you don’t have any vehicle problems is to get an inspection at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships.

Gasoline the Eraser for Bad Decisions

Okay, so if you had it to do over again you probably would have checked the weather report before heading out into the back country. But at least you had the good sense to fill up your tank, right? Keeping your tank as full as possible in the winter, whether you’re driving on Interstates or testing your luck on some dirt roads can be key to being relatively comfortable or spending a long, lonely night in a freezing vehicle. You can easily make it through the night on a tankful of gas, letting your heater run and keeping all occupants cozy, if not happy.

Food and Drink Essential

You’d be surprised at how little food the human body can get by on over an extended period of time, but it is important to have sustenance, if only to improve your passengers’ mental outlook. A few protein bars, a jar of nuts and even a jar of peanut butter and some crackers are all great ideas to stash in your survival kit. A couple of gallons of drinking water are even more important to keep everyone hydrated.

Charge that Cell Phone

It’s true that there are many areas in the boonies that don’t get cell reception, but if you don’t have a charged cell phone it’s not going to matter. Always have a cell phone charger in your car. If you don’t get reception within the car, try standing on the roof and reaching as high as possible. Those few extra feet can mean the difference between getting a signal and spending the night in the cold and dark.

Blankets and Come in Handy

Keeping a couple of old, large blankets in your car is a great idea to help ward off the cold. If all goes south and you run out of gas on your night on the trail, huddle all the passengers as closely together as possible and surround yourself with blankets. Try and close any holes so your body heat will create a thermal layer of warmth.

Don’t Forget the Shovel

A small garden shovel can be the difference between a nice hot dinner and a night in a motel and hearing your occupants complain that all they have to eat are some protein bars and water. If you do get stuck, determine the drive wheel and dig a gradual slope out of the obstruction. It will take a while, but do it right and you should be able to drive right out of your obstacle. When you finally get home, make sure and take your car into one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and get the undercarriage checked out in case you knocked something loose.

If you remember the days when hanging a transistor radio from your rearview mirror or using your left arm to signal a turn were all common practices, you might be having a bit of an anxiety attack from all the new technology available in modern vehicles. From driver assistance features that not only warn you of a possible collision but also take control of your car to engines that vary the number of cylinders used depending on load, new technology can be a wonderful thing. It can also be a little overwhelming at times, which is why the pros at the Chapman Arizona dealerships are ready to take the time to explain all the features of your new vehicle.

Are Self-driving Cars the Wave of the Future?

Self-driving cars are definitely coming. Just drive around in Tempe and you’ll see a fleet of self-driving minivans with giant sensors mounted on top going endlessly through the neighborhoods. Whether or not the autonomous vehicle is a wave or merely a ripple remains to be seen. While industry experts say it will take autonomous vehicles talking to each other to solve urban gridlock, the fact remains that there are cost, technology and regulatory hurdles to clear. Expect baby steps in the next couple of decades with autonomous vehicles being available on a limited premium level in the mid 2020s.

Nikola Tesla would be Proud

Although self-driving cars may be a way away, the proliferation of electrified vehicles continues to be on the front burner of most major car companies. Hyundai just announced a new initiative to increase their available inventory of electrified vehicles and other automakers are doing the same. Hybrids that combine a small electric motor with a four-cylinder gas engine are still the most available and affordable, but prices are coming down on plug-in hybrids and all Electric Vehicles (EV). The improvement of batteries and ability to extend the range of an EV to more than 200 miles make the prospect of driving an electric car much more palatable to the general public.

Cars Will Communicate with Each Other

One of the major technological breakthroughs coming in the next few years will be the ability of vehicles to talk to one another. Cadillac has implemented this technology in its CTS sports sedans this year, so expect other automakers to follow suit. Cars will be able to more easily flow from lane to lane if they know what other cars are doing. Real time traffic reports, road conditions and inclement weather are other bits of information that can help traffic flow. Keep up to date with the very latest technology by visiting any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and taking a test drive today.