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How are your windshield wipers doing? Just because you don’t use them very often in Phoenix doesn’t mean they can’t wear out. With monsoon season just around the corner, now’s the time for a check of your wipers and a number of other components and parts to make sure you stay safe on the road. Industry experts suggest you change your wiper blades once a year, even if you’ve never used them. The harsh Arizona sun can degrade the rubber to where it’s ineffective, causing streaks and creating a muddy mess during one of our patented summer gully washers. For a quick check of your wipers and other commonly needed parts, swing by any of the Chapman Arizona service centers.

Heat is Arch-nemesis of Your Battery

Batman has the Joker. Superman has Lex Luthor. The Arizona summer sun has your car battery, which is apt to go out at the most inopportune times. Your battery can seem fine in the morning, but then after a trip to the mall and maybe a bite to eat, you go out in the scorching afternoon sun, turn the key, and…nothing. The intense summer heat can rob your battery of years of performance. It’s not uncommon to need a new battery every couple of years, or even sooner if you don’t provide proper maintenance. AAA of Arizona says it responds to about 65,000 calls for dead batteries a year. Experts advise to take your car in and get the battery capacity tested. If it’s below its rated capacity, it’s well worth the hundred bucks or so to get a new one and buy yourself at least a couple of years of trouble-free service. It beats standing in mall parking lot when its 110 degrees waiting for someone to come help.

Keep Cool Baby

If you haven’t had a coolant system flush in a couple of years, now’s the time to schedule one with your local Chapman Arizona service advisor. Making an appointment is as simple as going online and filling out a little information. Once your vehicle is in the service bay, the Chapman techs will go through the cooling system and look for signs of cracked hoses, fraying fan belts and other problems that might leave you at the side of the road on the hottest day of the year.

Water is Your Friend

No matter what type of vehicle you have or how new it might be, keeping a couple of gallons of water in the trunk can be the difference between an inconvenience and a miserable few hours if you get stranded on the highway. It’s particularly important if you leave the Phoenix metro area on less-traveled roads. Take water, a couple of nutrition bars and a fully-charged phone with a mobile charging system to help keep you safe and sound during your summer travels.

“Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is?” That old chestnut that you may have heard your mom recite is one of the true rites of spring. Drivers may want to add another verse, questioning the locations of the inevitable spring potholes. Although desert drivers don’t have it as bad as people where ice and snow melts create giant craters in the road, an unexpected pothole can do a lot of damage to your car. Chapman Arizona offers the following tips to help avoid high maintenance bills caused by hitting a pothole:

Keep scanning the road. It’s easy to get lost in the music or daydream about what’s for lunch, but constant vigilance is still the best way to avoid potholes. Keep an eye out for water in the roadway. It may just be a wet spot, but it also might be hiding a giant hole in the road.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Keeping your tires up to the recommended pounds per square inch (psi) is an important part of avoiding damage from potholes. The more air you have, the more of a cushion it provides to protect your wheels and suspension from damage. A tire inflation check is just part of an overall inspection provided by your Chapman Arizona dealership.

Get problems looked at early. If you hit a pothole and then notice your car is perhaps pulling to the right, making weird noises or operating irregularly in some other fashion, it’s best to get it checked out before the problem gets worse.

Report potholes to authorities. The road department can’t be everywhere. Help out your fellow drivers and report potholes to the street authority in your city.

Drive defensively. If you see a pothole at the last second, it may be better to take those lumps than to swerve and hit another vehicle. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times and drive defensively. It’s better to throw your car out of alignment than to cause a more serious accident by overreacting.

If you’ve hit a pothole and are concerned about vehicle damage, schedule an appointment with your local Chapman Arizona dealership for a vehicle inspection. While some damage may be readily apparent, such as a flat tire, other things like a minor misalignment might not be as noticeable. Damage to the alignment, suspension and brakes can have long-term consequences that will drive the cost of repair higher than if you take care of the problem early.

While the Arizona desert can be beautiful, especially this time of year when the spring flora is in full bloom, summer temperatures can make it a particularly harsh environment. The folks at Chapman Arizona encourage you to follow these five tips when trekking out across the desert highways in triple digit heat.

Bring Plenty of Water

If you’re heading out of town across the desert, make sure you bring plenty of water for you, your occupants, and your vehicle. A safe bet is a gallon of water for each occupant of your car, and a couple of extra gallons in case your cooling system should spring a leak. Water’s cheap and dehydration is no fun.

Get Your Car Checked Out

Before you leave, bring your car into any Chapman Arizona dealership for a complete check-up. If your cooling system has never been flushed, now is a good time to start. The pros at Chapman can identify any trouble spots such as cracked hoses or belts. A few dollars spent now can save you a ton of torture in the hot desert sun.

Stick to Popular Roads

While the Arizona back roads can lead to some wonderful scenery, the summer is no time to go out exploring. Stick to roads where other cars pass by frequently and where there are gas stations and other places that can lend help in an emergency.

Let Someone Know Where You Are

Before you tackle traveling across desert, let someone know your travel plans. Tell them you will check in with them when you arrive. If they don’t get a phone call in an appropriate amount of time, they can call for help and perhaps save you from spending a night in your car on a lonesome road.

Learn How to Do Simple Maintenance

A roll of duct tape, some water, a pair of pliers and a screwdriver can mean the difference between you staying mobile and being stranded in the desert. Learn how to do simple maintenance on your vehicle such as patching a hose or changing a tire. Use the shiny side of a CD to signal for help when all seems lost. These are simple things that can help you survive those horrible summer temps. Remember to swing by any Chapman Arizona dealership before you head out and have your fluids checked, oil changed and tires rotated. A little preventive maintenance can give you peace of mind and be the difference between a fun trip and a nightmare.

Hey, we get it. When it comes to your to-do list, a coolant flush is right up there with watching grass grow or paint dry. Unfortunately for you, flushing your coolant once a year is an important maintenance requirement to keep your cooling system fresh and working properly. It’s even more important when you live in the desert, where triple-digit temperatures six months out of the year put a lot of strain on the systems keeping your engine within optimal operating temperatures. Make an appointment today with any Chapman Arizona dealership for a painless coolant flush to prepare yourself for the coming summer heat.

Flushing Different Than Draining

It seems simple enough to loosen the ball-cock on the bottom of your radiator and drain out all the old coolant, then refill it with fresh anti-freeze. A coolant flush does much more than that. Using proper equipment, a Chapman Arizona service technician will use pressure to push all the anti-freeze, rust, scale deposit and contaminants out of your cooling system. At best, draining the radiator only removes about 50 percent of those harmful deposits.

Includes Total System Check Up

Getting a coolant flush also means your entire cooling system will be tested under pressure for possible leaks. That’s also the time for a look at all the belts and hoses, which are put under tremendous strain in the Arizona heat. A few dollars spent now on new hoses and belts can mean avoiding a dangerous situation stuck alongside the road this summer.

New Coolant Has Many Benefits

Loading up your vehicle with new coolant not only gets rid of all the gunk in your radiator system, but also has additional benefits such as lubricating your water pump and preventing rust build-up and foaming within the system. Your old anti-freeze has lost many of these protective powers, making now the time to schedule an appointment at any Chapman Arizona service center for a coolant flush to get ready for the summer months.

Chapman Techs Highly Trained

Whether you have a Ford, Chevy, Dodge or Import, the Chapman Arizona dealerships offer ASE-certified technicians who know the ins and outs of today’s complicated vehicles. While a coolant flush is a relatively minor but important procedure, the Chapman techs are trained to spot more serious problems that may be looming. By developing a relationship with a service advisor, you’ll be the first to know when your vehicle needs maintenance and if any recall notices require attention.

So you’ve gone to one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships and picked out the new love of your life. Maybe it’s a Camaro, or maybe it’s a Hyundai Accent. The model and whether it’s new or gently used isn’t really important. What’s important is that this new (to you) car is now an important part of your life. It gets you to work, to school and to all the fun things you do in your life. It’s important you keep it from getting stolen. Here are five good tips:

Keep it in a Garage

On the scale of 0 to duh, this may be the most obvious way to keep a car from being stolen, but you’d be surprised how many people use their garage for storage rather than securing a car. Take some of those old toys, tools and what not to the local thrift center to help others and make room to lock your car up at night.

Keep it Looking Sharp

While you might think keeping your car clean and looking like it came off the showroom floor would attract thieves, the exact opposite is true. Thieves like to pick on people who aren’t as apt to have an alarm or vehicle tracking device. If you take the time to get a detail, or a simple car wash, you are more likely to take steps to keep your car from getting stolen. Thieves hate getting caught. Well-maintained cars are a warning sign that you care if your car is stolen.

Get All Your Valuables Out of the Car

Consider this scenario: some thug is wandering down your street some night and happens to glance in your car window. He or she sees a laptop, a briefcase and maybe a phone. The car’s not in a garage, it’s a mess inside and there’s a potential payday even if that person can’t get the car started. Leaving your valuables in your car is like leaving the pie on a picnic table at your campground. If there are bears around, they will find it.

Put in an Alarm with a Flashing LED

Although it’s true that people don’t pay too much attention when they hear a car alarm, the simple fact of having a flashing LED alerts the thief that they will have more than a door lock with which to contend. Check in with your Chapman Arizona service advisor about getting an alarm with a flashing indicator. Better yet, install an alarm with a kill switch to keep the car from starting.

Create a Visual Deterrent

In conjunction with the previous step, creating any kind of a visual deterrent is a buzz kill for thieves. Thieves are lazy, which is why they steal instead of having a job. Installing a locking arm that goes across the steering wheel may not keep a really determined thief from stealing your car, but it will make your average thief keep on walking in search of easier prey.

Black Tape is Not the Solution

You know those funny little lights in your dash that come on when you start your vehicle, then usually go away immediately afterward? Those are indicator lights that, when they stay on, are telling you there is something amiss with your vehicle. It might be as innocuous as a loose gas cap or dirty sensor, but they might be telling you that something is serious and needs to be addressed. The solution is not to put a piece of black tape over the light and hope it resolves itself, but to head to a qualified service advisor at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. Your service advisor can use a computer to quickly determine the problem and advise you of the best way to fix the problem and keep you on the road.

Check Engine Light Means Exactly That

The “Check Engine” light is usually the outline of an engine and is telling you that one of some 4,000 things is wrong with your vehicle. A diagnostic reader is plugged in under your dashboard to narrow down the problem, which many times has something to do with the emissions system. First, check the gas cap to make sure it’s on securely, but if that doesn’t work, head to Chapman Arizona and let them run the codes through the computer.

Some Lights are Self Explanatory

The light that looks like a battery means something is wrong with the charging system. It could be the battery, but might also be the alternator or a fan belt. When the brake warning light beams, the warning may mean the parking brake is on, but it also might be signaling a low level of brake fluid. Different manufacturers have different meanings for the same light, so check your owner’s manual or bring the vehicle in for service. The ABS light indicates there’s something going wrong with the anti-lock brake system. This requires immediate attention. It might be something as simple as a dirty sensor, but you don’t want to find out the brakes are gone when you’re at the top of a hill.

Oil Warning Light Spells Trouble

If a light that looks like an oil can, or maybe a Genie’s lamp, is illuminated, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and call for help. Low oil pressure is caused by a number of things, including lack of oil and a failed oil pump. Whatever the cause, if your pistons are not receiving the proper amount of oil your engine will certainly seize up and result in the cost of thousands of dollars for a rebuild or new engine. Develop a relationship now with one of the friendly service advisors at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. They will ensure you and your vehicle can stay happy together for many years to come.

Family Friendly Events Fun for All

As the weather warms into the friendly, but not scorching, beautiful days of an Arizona spring, a number of car shows are the perfect opportunity for getting outside and enjoying the climate. The First Friday of every month is an opportunity to see some classic cars at the 5 and Diner at 5220 N. 16th Street in Phoenix. Live music and a sock hop help get the festivities rocking promptly at 6 p.m. If you’re looking for a future classic to invest in, check out any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships for a new or gently used muscle car.

First Weekend in March Busy

Saturday, March 4 is a busy day around the Valley of the Sun for car aficionados. It kicks off in San Tan Valley with the 4th Annual Cruise-in for Vets Car and Bike Show. The event has 22 classes and is located at the American Leadership Academy at 850 W. Combs Road. The Chandler Classic Car Show will be part of the Ostrich Festival in downtown Chandler the same day, including a parade of classic cars, rat rods and interesting rides. March 4 is also the day for Chester’s Classic Car show as part of the Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair, which will also feature a beer garden, arts market, food trucks and live music. Head over to the Scottsdale Pavilions that night for the weekly Saturday night car show, a favorite among Valley regulars.

Races Coming March 11 and 12

Road Racers will be flocking to the Arizona Motorsports Park in Litchfield Park on Saturday, March 11 for ProAutoSports Road Racing, featuring open and closed wheel cars. There will also be time trial programs, kart road racing and a driver’s education program. Head down to the race track at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler for the U.S. Drag Car Championships on Sunday, March 12. Competition styled eliminator bracket racing is the rule of the day as racers attack the quarter-mile strip with reckless abandon.

Kiwanis Nuevo Sponsors Catch-A-Wave Show

Circle Saturday, March 18 on your calendar for the annual Catch-A-Wave car show at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Nuevo Club, this show has 20 separate classes including custom cars, hot rods, pick ups and old classics. A silent auction will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as other Kiwanis charities. If attending all these car shows gives you the bug to update your ride, head over to any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships. You can search the Chapman website to find the muscle car of your dreams, getting you started on the road to collecting and exhibiting your ride.

It’s that time of year when the government starts issuing tax refunds. A sudden influx of anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars can make fantasies of vacations and big purchases float in your head like sugar plum fairies, but before you blow it all on a trip to Hawaii or a new flat screen, remember that friend of yours sitting in the garage.

Your car is a faithful servant, starting up every morning taking you to work and the kids to school. On weekends it takes you to the mall or the soccer games, and what does it ask in return? Aside from an occasional wash and fill-up, you don’t have to do much to keep it running. Or do you? If it’s been a few months (or years) since you’ve had a check-up, it’s time to take old Betsy (or Bob) into a service advisor at one of the many Chapman Arizona dealerships. It doesn’t cost much for a basic checkup, oil change and tire rotation, but you might want to spend a few more dollars to make sure you have a trouble-free transportation experience for the next year.

Check out your owner’s manual (it’s that book in the glove box that came with the car) and it will spell out exactly what you’re supposed to do when you come up to certain mileage milestones. In case the book is missing, here are a few tips to spend your tax dollars on to help ensure you keep rolling down the road.

Every 3-5K Miles Means it’s Time to Change the Oil

If you want to keep your car running well into the 100K mile range, it’s a good idea to take it in for an oil change and fluid check every 3,000 miles. You can stretch that out to 5,000 miles if you use synthetic oil. About the 15,000 mile mark and then every 15,000 miles thereafter is a good opportunity to change the transmission fluid to ensure it keeps shifting smoothly.

40K Miles is Time to Check the Rubber

When you hit 40,000 miles, your car is probably now out of warranty so its really important to keep an eye on things. This is about the time belts and hoses can begin to go, as well as tires and brakes. This is a good time to put your trust in a Chapman Arizona service advisor, who can tell you what’s still in shape and what might be a cause for concern. Arizona summers are also death on batteries, so make sure and get the water level checked as well as having the advisor look for any dead cells. Windshield wipers and cabin air filters are also apt to be about shot around this time frame.

60K Miles Means its Timing Belt Time

It’s not a given that your timing belt will need replacement at 60,000 miles, but as long as you have the money this is a good time to get it checked out. The 60,000 mile checkup is also an opportune time to look at the spark plugs, wires, coolant and anything else you haven’t addressed previously. Invest a little of that tax money every year in keeping your car running and you won’t have to buy a new vehicle for a good, long time.

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.