Archive for January, 2018

If you’re one of the many who moved here after having enough of shoveling out your driveway only to see the snowplow come and bury your work in five feet of snow and ice, welcome to Arizona. If you’ve moved here permanently, state law requires you register your vehicle, get new plates and change your driver’s license immediately. You can find all the requirements at www.azdot.gov, but generally if you meet any of the below situations, you need to attend to your driving license requirements:

• You work in Arizona

• Have children going to school here

• Live here for more than seven months out of the year

• Have a business here that uses vehicles in this state

The state of Arizona has 40 offices where you can complete all your license and registration needs. There are also more than 160 private offices that do the same located all over the state. You may pay a bit more at the private registration locations, but the wait might be less. If you drove here from out-of-state, now is the time to get your vehicle checked out at any of the Chapman Arizona service locations.

Few Cities as Organized as Phoenix

When it comes to laying out a city for driving, there are few major metropolitan areas that are as easy to navigate as Phoenix. You’ll get the hang of it very quickly if you just remember that Central Avenue is the dividing line between the east and west. To the east, there are streets (7th St., 24th St., 48th St., etc). To the west are avenues (7th Ave., 19th Ave., 43rd Ave., etc.). Washington is the dividing line between north and south Phoenix. Unfortunately there is no smart naming function for the streets north and south of Washington. If you get lost, head to the skyscrapers where Central and Washington intersect downtown and start all over again, or just use your GPS.

Dust is not Your Friend

We don’t have ice and snow here, but a little bit of rain can send the town into a tizzy. Fortunately, it doesn’t rain very often. What we do have are dust storms. Some people call them monsoons, others call them haboobs, but whatever you call them, they can be extremely dangerous. The monsoon season starts in late June and continues until mid-September. A wall of dust can come out of nowhere and cut visibility to zero. If you find yourself in a dust storm, pull off the road as far to the right as possible, take your foot off the brake and turn off your lights. Wait until the coast is clear (usually about 15 minutes) and pull safely back on the highway.

Now’s a good time to start thinking of preparing yourself for the upcoming summer as 100 degree temperatures can start as early as March. Come to any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and develop a relationship with a service advisor, who can have your car examined and let you know what you might need to safely negotiate the desert storms.

For those of you making a little extra money on the side, or perhaps pulling in a full-time living, as a rideshare driver for companies such as Uber and Lyft, the right vehicle goes a long way toward making the most out of your hours on the road. Of course, gas mileage is important, but so are such things as rear leg room, the infotainment system, luggage space and the way you keep your vehicle maintained. Most companies have some kind of requirements for a rideshare vehicle, including that it has at least four doors and can’t be more than a few years old. You don’t have to buy something new to get in the rideshare business, but take your time and inspect the entire inventory of  new and used vehicles at the Chapman Arizona website before you make a decision.

Compact, Midsize or SUV?

One of the first decisions you need to make before getting in the rideshare game is if you want to be one of the “elite” drivers who gives rides to upscale clientele, or if you want to make your living on the economy side. There are benefits and drawbacks to both. You make more money per ride on the upscale side, but the rides might be farther apart. If you want to drive for the upscale market, make sure and check out your company’s rules. They can be very specific as to type of vehicle, using involving a premium SUV. The rules are more lenient for the more affordable market, but before you spend the money on that new compact or midsize sedan with the high mpg figures, take a moment to sit in the back seat. Is there plenty of leg room or do you feel like a sardine in an unopened can? Also check the trunk space. More than one rideshare driver has had to turn down a ride because they couldn’t fit all the client’s luggage in their car.

Minivan a Happy Medium

Although minivans don’t get great gas mileage, they aren’t all that horrible either. Most of them can get around 20 mpg in the city and they all provide you the opportunity to take both lower end rides and those in the “XL” category. When you find an affordable minivan on the Chapman Arizona website, you can be sure that it’s been thoroughly inspected and is ready for the road. Whatever vehicle you decide, stay safe, keep thorough records of your mileage for some pretty hefty tax deductions, drive smart and have fun making all that extra money.