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Monthly archives for April, 2012

What Exactly Does Certified Mean?

Jerseyville IL IllinoisMany people know their local IL Jeep Dealer has a Certified Car or Truck section. But many people don’t completely understand what that means, or whether or not a certified, pre-owned car is the right vehicle for their family. One major factor of determining a car or truck as certified lies within the inspection the car must go through. Certified, pre-owned vehicles go through a stringent evaluation process and, as a result, carry comprehensive warranties not typically offered with non-certified used cars. Buying a used, non-certified vehicle from a dealer or individual comes with no guarantee that the car has been cared for and is actually worth what the owner claims it to be. You receive no type of guarantee with a car that has been certified. Purchasing a vehicle that has been certified brings with it guarantees not commonly associated with non-certified pre-owned vehicles and consumers appreciate, and are even willing to pay a little extra for a car that has been rigorously inspected and guaranteed by the manufacturer. Your local Jeep Dealer can confirm whether or not a vehicle is certified.

The actual inspection a car or truck must go through before being stamped certified is rigorous to say the least. Some of the commonly found inspection standards are: General Evaluation-this includes inspection of the safety systems, mirrors, lights, brakes, steering, and an overall engine evaluation.  The vehicles electrical, engine cooling system, seatbelts, air condition and power steering is also evaluated.  An interior evaluation, exterior assessment, required service and maintenance assessment, as well as an exterior detailing analysis are also conducted with each inspection.

As always, your Missouri Certified Jeep Dealer can answer any questions you may have regarding the inspection process. Manufacturers stand behind these certifications and want to make sure you are getting the best vehicle available.

No Texting Zone

MO Missouri IL IllinoisTexting while driving is a serious issue.  Your All Star Dodge Dealer serving Bridgeton is committed to keeping it’s blog readers informed with the latest safety information.  With April being National Distracted Driver Awareness month, we wanted to give a friendly reminder to all our readers that texting while driving can be a fatal mistake to yourself or someone else on the road.  No message is more important than your life or the life of others on the road.  Make a commitment to stay off of your phone while driving, even for that quick second it takes to read or respond to a text message.

Each year, too many lives are lost in that quick second.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association about 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.

We value our customers and we want them to remain safe.  In our opinion, 1 life lost due to distracted driving is one too many. We take safety seriously and we are committed to providing our consumers with the best in safety features. While many Dodge cars and trucks are equipped with the most updated safety features, consumers have to take responsibility for their driving behaviors when behind the wheel.  Many families are adopting no cell phone contracts, where each member of driving age in a family, signs an agreement stating they will not talk on the phone or text while driving and the other family members are responsible for holding them accountable.  Consider creating one of these contracts for your family.  Always remember safety first.  To check out some of the available features on the newest Dodge vehciles, stop in and see us today.

Undistracted Driving For Teens

St Louis EllisvilleAll Star Jeep Dealer serving St Louis is committed to the safety of its consumers.  Many of our vehicles come equipped with several features that focus on safety.  Safety is no laughing matter to us. With April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we are even more focused on safe driving and have come up with some ways to keep your teen driver safe while behind the wheel.  A recent study was released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and it was found that “teen girls are twice as likely as teen boys to use cell phones and other electronic devices while driving, Electronic devices were the most commonly observed distracted driving activity for new teen drivers of both genders, although video captured many other serious distractions.”

AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger stated: “Cell phones, texting, personal grooming, and reaching for things in the car were among the most common distracting activities found when cameras were put in new teen drivers’ cars. This new study provides the best view we’ve had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers.”

We encourage all families to develop a system of accountability when it comes to safe driving. Many families have created safe driving agreements for all members of driving age. This contract, signed by all parties involved is an agreement, which states no cell phones, or other distractive devices will be used while driving. Period. All parties have an understanding that if the agreement is broke (for any reason), a severe consequence will be issued, one that encourages every family member to adhere to the agreement. If every family takes a few simple, but important, steps to encourage safe driving, we can make the roads a safer place.

How To Find The Right Car

Wood River So you’ve made it to your MO New Dodge Dealer and think you’ve found the right vehicle for your family. Then there is that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that makes you wonder if you should consider a different model.  How do you make that final decision?  Allstar Dodge Dealer is committed to helping its readers make the best decision with all the information possible, so we’ve come up with a few questions to ask your self before signing on the dotted line. We’ve scoured the Internet and found questions that other reputable websites are suggesting and we came up with this list from Edmunds.com as a great starting point:

Do you want a manual or automatic transmission?
Do you really need four-wheel drive? Or all-wheel drive?
What safety features do you want?
Do you require a lot of cargo capacity?
Will you be doing any towing?
Do you have a bad back and need flexible seating positions?
Will the car easily fit in your garage or parking space?

After you’ve asked your self these questions, you will want to make a checklist to take to your local Dodge Dealer with you. As you are looking over the large selection of vehicles offered, you’ll want to make sure that your looking at a model that meets the criteria on your checklist. Next, just take your time when you sit down with your salesman and carefully go over your needs in a new car.

Finding the right car for your family can seem like an overwhelming process. By asking yourself these few questions and really focusing on the needs of your family, instead of focusing on all the extras, you’ll be sure find the perfect car.


Finding The Right Financing For Your Dodge Ram

O'Fallon St. LouisIf you’re like most people, pulling cash out of your pocket to pay for a new or pre-owned Dodge Ram is just not a reality. Even if it’s in the realm, you may not want to empty your savings account to get there.  For those of us with out that kind of spare change laying around, this means we either have to lease the vehicle, or find appropriate financing for the truck.

While leasing is good for some families and certain situations, it’s not always the best option for others. If you’ve decide on the Dodge Ram of your choice and are ready to sign on the dotted line, but know very little about financing, we’ve got some pointers for you. First, let me say that your local Dodge Dealer has finance experts on hand that can help you find some great financing deals.  Financing through your dealer is fast, extremely convenient, and often competitive.  But if you are a do it yourself kind of person, and want to find financing on your own, we have a couple of tips for you as well.

First, talk to your bank, the place where you already have your money.  They’ll be able to offer you decent rates and can help walk you through the process.  You’ll want to make sure your credit report has no surprises on it, so pull a free copy of your report and just double check.  Next, you’ll want to make sure you are prepared with a down payment.  Although some lending institutions will give you a loan for 100% of the car, you’ll want to make sure you have some money saved, just in case.  Last, before you sign anything you’ll want to really look over the terms of your financing.  Good luck and happy shopping!

New PSA Geared At Saving The Lives Of Children

St. Louis St Louis ChesterfieldRecently, transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the launch of several new public service announcements (PSAs) that aim to raise awareness about the importance of choosing and correctly installing the right child safety seat. Your local All Star Jeep Dealer serving St. Louis is committed to the safety of its consumers and their children and want to keep you informed with the latest information. The ads, which are being released in partnership with the Ad Council, aim towards an audience of parents with children between the ages of infancy up to age 12. The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted studies that show approximately 8,959 lives were saved by child restraint systems from 1975 to 2008.

Mr. LaHood is quoted as saying: “Safety is our top priority for everyone on our roadways, and we’re calling on parents to do everything they can to protect our most vulnerable passengers,” said Secretary LaHood. “Together, the new public service announcement and website will help parents understand the differences in child safety seats, make sure they choose the right seat for their child, and properly secure them every time they get behind the wheel.”

The ads are titled “The Right Seat” and their primary goal is to make sure all parents and anyone transporting a child fully understands they way to properly secure a child in the correct car restraint system (rear-facing, forward facing or seatbelt). The ads are geared specifically towards parents and caregivers who are already using car seats to help remind them to check to make sure they are using the correct car seat. David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator reminds us “The proper use of a child seat is the most effective way to keep a child safe in a moving vehicle”.


Whether Buying Or Leasing, Dodge Dealer Offers Many Options

Bridgeton FlorissantDeciding to buy or lease a new car from your new Dodge Dealer near Bridgeton and Florissantcan be a tough decision for some.  All Star Dodge Dealer is committed to keeping its blog readers informed so we’ve come up with a few pros and cons of leasing to help make your decision process a little easier.

Buying a car has many advantages and it allows loads of flexibility for the consumer. When you purchase a car, you own the car outright.  You may choose to find financing for the car, but in the end, the title belongs to you and the car is yours to change as you please.  You can change the rims on the tires, add a new sound system, tint the windows, or a number of other alterations.  For some consumers, the sizeable down payment that is often required can be a point of concern.

When leasing a car, you many not have the flexibility that ownership allows, but there are nonetheless, many options available to you, which may turn some consumers towards leasing options over a full purchase. In particular, consumers do not have the devaluing issues that owners have after the purchase of a car or truck. Leasing a car can often be done with a small down payment.  It also affords the consumer the option of trading the car in on a newer model more frequently than if the car was purchased.

Whether you choose to lease or buy a car, making a visit to your local Dodge Dealer will help you decide on the many options you have.  With various makes and models to choose from, you can take your time selecting which Dodge vehicle you want to drive away with.

The Dodge Ram 2500 is Ready to Roll

new Dodge RamEighteen years ago, the Dodge Ram forever altered the truck industry to  introducing customers to a full-sized pickup truck could that was more than just functional. It was around this time period that modern day truck styling began to evolve into what it is today. The Ram 2500 boasts tough and muscular appearance that was initially inspired by big rigs. When the Ram introduced the redesigned look in 1999, model sales doubled in the US practically overnight. Truck consumers were hooked and the same enthusiasm has lasted for the better part of the last two decades.

The Dodge Ram 2500 is the 3rd generation of this truck. Contemporary models offer engines that are stronger than ever and are available with an impressive variety of trims and configurations. Other than the standard cab, buyers can choose the four door cab or mega cab for extra cargo and passenger space. The V8 5.7 liter engine is capable of producing an abundance of raw torque, making it the perfect truck for transporting big loads or driving on rough terrain. The Ram’s bold styling and impressive power are two of the primary factors that have made these new Rams so popular.

For those who are interested, Ram diesel trucks come as two-wheel or two wheel versions. Buyers can also pick a variety of trim configurations and body styles. The mega cab will have a shorter storage bed as a tradeoff for more interior space. Pick out a new or used Dodge Ram of your own at All Star Dodge located in Bridgeton, Missouri.

There are three trim levels of the top-of-the Ram 2500; Laramie, SLT, and base model ST. The higher trim levels provide plenty of options and extras such as a hard-drive navigational system, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, and automatic climate control. It really just a matter of how much one is willing to spend to drive off with quite possible the best truck ever produced.

To test drive a new or used Dodge Ram in Missouri, visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer in Bridgeton today, you won’t be disappointed.

Interior and Exterior Advantage

Ellisville O'Fallon St LouisThe 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 has many features to suit every style of tastes.  Whether using the truck for work, play or family time, there’s a feature that will surely meet all your needs.

The Dodge Ram has features like ParkSense ® Rear Park Assist System.  The rear park assist system will detect any obstacles that may be in the rear path of the driver.  This is a great feature to use when you are trying to maneuver in and out of tight spaces.   The sensors are mounted on the bumper of the vehicle and will send off ultrasonic sound waves to a distance up to six feet. The system will then alert the driver that an obstacle is in their path with an audible warning tone inside the truck.

When it comes to Exterior Styling, the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 has a multitude of features as well.  Some of the available styling features are the class exclusive integrated dual exhaust. The Dodge Ram 1500 also boasts a bold hood bulge, wrap around full chrome bumpers and aggressive forward leaning grille and six passenger cab.

If its interior features your looking for, the 1500 has plenty in store for you.  There are class specific features, each with contrasting interior stitch on the seats.  For those potential occasional spills, the seats are coated in stain resistant fabric protection for cloth seats. And heated seating is available for rear seats and front seats as well.  The Dodge Ram 1500 certainly doesn’t skimp on storage.  Some of the availabilities are in the two-tier center console and rear under-seat storage.  Some classes also offer in-floor rear storage for wet, dry, soft or hard material storage.  The bins can be removed and drained so filling them with ice is an easy option.

To check out additional features for the 1500, visit your local Dodge Dealer and take a test drive in one of the many Dodge Ram Trucks available.


Calling All Muscle Car Lovers

Bridgeton Florissant St PetersFor anyone who has ever loved a good muscle car, but saw it only as a distant dream that was financially unattainable. Enter the Modern Muscle Car, specifically, the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee. It costs substantially less than the traditional muscle car, and you don’t even need to attend an auction to get one. A quick visit to your local Dodge Dealer will score you a test drive and the opportunity to check out some of the great deals Dodge has going on right now.  The SRT8 has beautiful design features. A 6.4 L HEMI® V8 with 470 Horsepower and Fuel Saver Technology, 20 in SRT design forged aluminum wheels, heated, leather wrapped performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, a black front grille with black honeycomb and SRT badge.  It has bolstered heated/ventilated leather and perforated sued trimmed performance seats with the SRT logo on the seat backs. A functional hood scoop, bright pedals and unique SRT8 fascias, rocker panels and spoiler, it surely doesn’t lack in the beauty category.

When it comes to performance, the SRT8 has many features as well.  In addition to the 6.4 L HEMI® V8 with 470 Horsepower and Fuel Saver Technology, the SRT8 also boast 0-60 in the upper 4 second range. It can hit 175 miles per hour top speed, and can do the quarter mile in the upper 12-second range. It has high performance independent front and rear suspension with stabilizer bars, adaptive damping suspension with ‘Auto’ and ‘Sport’ modes.  The SRT8 also has performance tuned hydraulic steering, performance 4-wheel disc antilock Brembo brakes with vented and slotted front and rear discs. Brembo 4-piston Red clippers, P245/45R20 all-season performance tires, performance tuned steering and SRT® design steering wheel with paddle shifters.

The SRT8 is a great way to fill the muscle car bug with the budget of an every day vehicle.