Four Simple Tips to Save for a New Car!

It sounds super simple: to save more, spend less than what you earn. But many people have trouble putting that idea into practice. If you are trying to save for a new car, here are a few tips from Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM on how to get your finances in order.

  1. Calculate Your Ideal Car Payment

For those who can’t pay for their car in full, you need to calculate how much you can afford to pay out every month. Be sure to give yourself a little wiggle room for basic car maintenance, such as oil changes, insurance costs, and new tires.

 

  1. Determine What You Want and Need in a Car

Once you know how much you can spend, including a down payment, monthly loan costs, and maintenance, it’s time to find the car of your dreams. Be realistic when it comes to choosing a vehicle and do your homework. If you have a growing family, a new sports car may not be the best option. The sales reps at Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM can help you take a look at our large inventory and narrow down your search for the perfect vehicle.

 

  1. Make a Budget

After you pick out your car, now comes the hard part. This is sticking to an actual budget and saving what you need. The best way to do this is to take all of the guesswork out and write down everything you pay for during the month. This includes other debt payments, utilities, rent or mortgage, food, savings, and some fun money. Never live above your means.

 

  1. Ask for Help

Our car finance center makes it easy to get the money you need for a new car. Call Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM at 877-461-2058 to see how we can help you.

 

A car is a big purchase. But knowing exactly what you can spend, precisely what you want, and setting a budget can help you drive off in the car of your dreams.

5 Car Cleaning Tips from Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM

Since your car is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever have to make, it’s important to keep it looking as good as the day you saw it in the showroom. Not only is this good for your self-esteem, but regular car cleaning is essential for the quality of your vehicle as well as its trade-in value. Before you get down and dirty, here are five cleaning tricks you need to know from Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM.

  1. Use Hair Conditioner for a Premium Shine

If you want a freshly waxed sheen to your vehicle, wash it with a hair conditioner that contains lanolin. You’ll instantly be impressed by your car’s newfound shine.

  1. Fizz Your Windshield with Soda

A rain shower can turn a windshield into a grimy mess. Stretch a towel along the bottom of the windshield before pouring a can of cola over the glass to clean off blotches, stains, and streaks. The bubbles in the soda’s fizz will zap grime away. Remember to wipe it off so it doesn’t get sticky!

  1. Baby the Interior

Use baby wipes to gently clean your vehicle’s interior, including the dashboard, center console, windows, and glove compartment. What could be easier?

  1. Clean the Wipers

Mix a solution containing one quart of cold water and ¼ cup of ammonia to instantly clean your cruddy windshield wipers. Dip a clean rag into the solution and wipe both sides gently. Wipe dry with another towel.

  1. Ward Away Odor

Use a lemon essential oil in your car’s interior for a lasting citrusy scent!

After you get your car nice and clean, make an appointment with the car service center at Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM to ensure everything is running in tip-top shape. Call us today or schedule an appointment easily online!

 

Test Driving Tips from Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM

When you’re looking for a new car, it’s important to do your homework on the web, including looking for specific inventory and even starting your financing research. However, there is one component of the car-buying experience that cannot be replicated online, and that’s test driving your potential new vehicle. Thankfully, Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM has made the process easy for our customers in Lakeland, FL.

Here are some test driving tips that you need to know about:

Prepare

The average consumer spends 12 total hours shopping for a vehicle online. You should put the same amount of effort in when seeing your new car up close and personal! Schedule a test drive with our sales team in advance and know which vehicles you wish to test drive.  Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM will be more than happy to greet you and get you on the road in no time!

Get to Know the Vehicle

Just as you would any car you might own, familiarize yourself with all of the different aspects of the vehicle. Our sales reps will give you a thorough overview of the car or truck you’ll be test driving, but it’s smart to have an intimate understanding for yourself. Know where the headlight and windshield wiper controls are located, make note of how to use the radio, AC and heat, and check out the glove compartment and center console areas. Play with the radio before you hit the road.

Enjoy the Ride

Let yourself enjoy the ride in your potential new car! If it’s a match, you’ll be driving it for years to come.

Contact Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today by calling 877-461-2058 to check out our inventory of new Chrysler cars. We look forward to getting you behind the wheel of one!

How Fall can Affect Your Tires

You may be ready to say hello to autumn, but are your tires?

Fall’s downpours can wreak havoc on your tires. From falling leaves, trips for the holidays, and rain puddles, your tires need to be in tip-top shape to keep you safe and sound while on the road.

Here are a few simple ways you can check your tires and ensure they’re ready for fall.

Check Tire Pressure

If your car or truck’s tires aren’t inflated properly, the risk of a blowout is much higher. Prevent this from happening by checking your tire pressure monthly.

Check Your Tread

The minimum acceptable depth of your tread is 3/32 of an inch – or about the distance from the edge of a penny to the top of Abe’s head. If your tread is worn out, your tires might need replacing. Be sure to let Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM know so we can take care of it at our service center!

Check for Uneven Wear and Tear

When you examine your tread, also check for signs of an uneven wear pattern. Run your fingers along uneven spots to check for lumps.

Purchase a New Set of Tires at Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

If you notice any damage to your tires while performing the following checks, contact Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today. We can help fix tires and get them ready for fall. Now is the time to act and schedule a service checkup for your car!

Our highly experienced technicians will provide outstanding service and even offer a wide variety of MOPAR parts that will seamlessly work with your vehicle. Call us today at 877-362-5062 to schedule your appointment today and fall into great service!

2017 Chrysler Pacifica LX

We Can’t Wait to Offer These 2017 Jeep® and Chrysler Models!

For more than a century, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and RAM have been manufacturing dependable, affordable, and efficient vehicles. Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM proudly offers the latest models available, including the curvaceous 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited Sedan and the sporty 2015 Dodge Challenger.  Now we are excited to shine the spotlight on some of the brand new 2017 models that will soon be available to Lakeland, Bartow, and Winter Haven, FL residents to own.

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is way more than just a minivan. The sculpted body, available in an array of different electrifying hues, is bound to turn heads. The available 20-inch wheels, tri-pane panoramic sunroof, and gorgeous redesigned headlamps make the Chrysler Pacifica standout, whether you’re at the grocery store or driving the kiddies to school. Inside, you’ll find seating for up to eight, heated and ventilated seats, an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen interface, and more.

Jeep takes performance pretty seriously and it’s no surprise that the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler will offer comfort and capability. The improved fuel economy, updated tech features, and powerful engine are bound to impress.

If you want to get up close and personal with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica or the 2017 Jeep Wrangler when it’s finally available, visit Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today. If you can’t wait that long, we also have an impressive inventory of 2015 and 2016 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM models to choose from. Plus, our certified pre-owned vehicles are an unbeatable offer. Call our sales department today at 877-461-2058 or visit our Lake Wales Chrysler dealership located at 21529 US Highway 27 North. We look forward to hearing from you very soon!

Tire Care and Maintenance Guide

One of the most important components of your vehicle is your tires. They are your car’s only contact with the road, so it’s important to ensure that they are in tip-top condition. One of the easiest ways to achieve satisfactory mileage and performance is to give your tires a simple inspection every month for even tread, signs of damage, and proper inflation.

Proper Inflation

To achieve optimum results from your vehicle, Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM recommends that you check for proper inflation pressure. You can easily do this with an accurate tire pressure gauge. This guarantees that your vehicle will have efficient fuel economy and will keep you safe on the road.

Never attempt to re-inflate a tire that is deflated. It’s best to get it replaced by the experts.

Wear and Tear

Check each of your four tires every month for signs of wear and tear. Damaged tires can put you in harm’s way as wet weather can lead to accidents due to skidding on balding tires. Excessively worn tires are also more susceptible to penetration from glass, rocks, and debris on the road.

Let the Professionals Handle It

At our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM service center, our expert mechanics have the experience and know-how to get the job done right. Never attempt to mount your own tires as serious injury can happen due to a tire or rim explosion or improper mounting procedures. For optimum handling and control, get all four tires replaced at once.

If you want to schedule an appointment with our service and parts department, contact us today for more information. We are looking forward to hearing from you and servicing your vehicle!

 

 

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Beach

Ready, set, summer! August is the last month of summer, so you better go on that last-minute trip to the beach. As with any other adventure, it’s important to get your vehicle ready for the occasion. Here are some tips on preparing your car for a trip to the ocean from Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM.

Prepare for the sunshine. Sunny conditions require extra prep work. It’s worth getting your vehicle’s exterior washed and waxed to protect the bodywork from the sun’s rays (as well as any sand that might be thrown up by the wheels). Also ensure that your car’s tires, oil, and windshield wipers are all working properly. You can easily do this by scheduling an appointment at our Chrysler service center.

Protect your interior. You may not be able to park in a shady spot, so your vehicle’s interior may get very hot. Don’t leave any electronics in your car as they will get damaged from the high temperatures. Place sun shields on the windows to deflect as much heat as possible. Never leave any pressurized items inside, as the rising temperatures could cause them to explode.

Bring the essentials. Ensure your car is stocked up on water, beach towels, sunscreen, bug spray, a change of clothing, and plenty of snacks. In case of an emergency, take a fully stocked first-aid kit, a flashlight, and a mobile phone charger for your car.

Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM wants you to enjoy every moment you spend at the beach. Ensure your car is beach-ready with these easy tips! Call our Lake Wales Chrysler dealership to see what our latest inventory addition is. We look forward to speaking with you!