CAR CARE NEWS :: DECEMBER 2014

New Challenger Blends Muscle with Best-In-Class Horsepower

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New Challenger Blends Muscle with Best-In-Class Horsepower

Dodge’s top-selling Challenger is back in 2015 with an all-new R/T Scat Pack and 392 Hemi, best-in-class 485 horsepower, Scat Pack Shaker models and an all-new interior.

Under the Hood

Dodge engineers didn’t hold back on horsepower in the 2015 Challenger. The R/T Scat Pack is centered around a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission that will take it from 0-60 in the mid four-second range.

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Download Mobile App for Access at your Fingertips

Download Mobile App for Access at your Fingertips

Now it’s even simpler to communicate directly with Elk Grove Dodge. A free mobile app gives customers the ability to make appointments, download mobile coupons and view inventory at their convenience.

“Our new mobile app is easy to use and navigate,” said Vince Bloom, general manager of Elk Grove Dodge. “It was designed to give customers up-to-date information at their fingertips.”

To download the mobile dealership app for Android, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/qc4qno7

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Seasonal service

Prevent Road Trip Delays with Routine Vehicle Check-Up

Prevent Road Trip Delays with Routine Vehicle Check-Up

Gifts have been loaded into the car, the kids are dressed and you’re ready to drive out of town for Christmas dinner with family. A handful of miles into your journey the brake pedal vibrates with every touch.

“Issues that were minor during the summer can become major concerns when winter arrives,” said Rafael Lemaitre, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  “Conducting a thorough check up before winter arrives can help you avoid being stranded”

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Car care

Interior Detailing Helps Maintain Vehicle Value

Interior Detailing Helps Maintain Vehicle Value

Have you ever admired a car from a distance, only to find a soiled and disheveled interior upon closer inspection?

Basic cleaning is easy to overlook. Yet, regular maintenance makes for a healthy cabin and can improve the value your vehicle.

So says Jim Dvorak of Mothers, a polish and wax company based in Southern California.

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Accessories

Swapping Tires: When Do Winter Treads Make Sense?

 Swapping Tires: When Do Winter Treads Make Sense?

Most vehicles are outfitted with all-season tires designed for mild winter conditions--rain and median temperatures above freezing. What if you live in a cold climate prone to snow or travel frequently on icy mountainous roads?

Consider swapping out your vehicle’s all-season treads for winter tires.

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Seasonal driving

Seasonal Lighting Displays Brighten Parks Across the Country

Seasonal Lighting Displays Brighten Parks Across the Country

Mickey Mouse no longer has a corner on the market for holiday lighting extravaganzas.

Holiday fairs are lighting up across the US and Canada, giving families a bright way to share the holiday spirit. The themes range from traditional Christmas to elaborate fairs.

“We’ve’ created a theme park that lasts for one-and-a-half months and then disappears into pixie dust,” said Erich Rigling, creative designer for Global Winter Wonderland in Sacramento.  “Each of the structures were individually built on site by 60 artisans from China.”

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Before you go

Programs Aim to Keep Teens Focused on the Road

Programs Aim to Keep Teens Focused on the Road

Training young drivers to avoid distractions may be the best way to protect them when you are not along for the ride, according to safety experts.

“Teens have the highest crash risk of any age group, and research confirms that distraction is often a factor,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. “Eliminating distraction caused by electronic devices and passengers, two of the main culprits for novice drivers, is essential.”

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