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Monthly archives for May, 2012

Sending Your Teen To College In the Right Car

Wood RiverMost parents will have to face the day when their little baby has grown up and needs to head off to college.  There’s a great debate, that will likely continue to be debated, as to whether or not that child should be given a vehicle that has been paid for by the parents, or they should be taught to save up their money and purchase the vehicle themselves.  Whatever you decide, your local Dodge Dealer serving Wood River can’t help you make that decision, but we can provide you with a wide selection of used vehicles that are safe, fuel efficient and affordable for your teen driver headed to college.

When selecting a vehicle for your teen driver, there are many factors to consider. For most parents there are however, two that top the list; Safety and Fuel economy. With the vast amount of technology being poured into the automotive industry in the past 5 years or so, there is a great number of makes and models for parents and their college bound students to choose from. As gas prices rise, car makers are more intent on providing better miles per gallon in their vehicles as they understand people are just not willing to pay the additional monies for a car that guzzles gas as well- especially if that student will be traveling any amount of distance to and from school on holidays. Most vehicles today are equipped with safety features that come standard on a large variety of models.  Stop in to your local Dodge Dealer today and test drive a handful of our used inventory.  This is a great opportunity to send your teen off to college in a vehicle that matters to both of you.

The Future of Talking Cars

EllisvilleAll Star Dodge, home of the Dodge Ram Truck near Ellisville, is committed to keeping its blog readers up to date with the latest information surrounding the automotive industry.  That’s why we are pleased to bring you this information about the future technology of vehicles.  There are a group of people who believe that allowing cars to “talk” to one another could drastically reduce collision rates by as much as 80%.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently working with automakers to test their theory.  NHTSA Administrator, David Strickland claims that if their test proves successful, we could then possibly see mandates on the use of this technology.

The type of technology the NHTSA hopes to see will alert drivers of both vehicles of pending conditions that could possibly cause an accident, such as slick roads after a rain or ice storm, or another vehicle running a red light.  During the Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual SAE World Congress, David Strickland was quoted as saying, “Our research shows that these technologies could help prevent a majority of the collisions that typically occur in the real world, such as rear-end collisions, intersection crashes, or collisions while switching lanes.”

The Department of Transportation will soon begin a series of tests that will last over the course of an entire year and could yield results that equip automakers with the information they need to move forward on technology for cars of the future.  The tests will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will include approximately 2800 vehicles in the testing program.

Strickland was not alone in his enthusiasm as several other participants of the SAE congress agreed with his predictions and excitement over the project.

Turn Signals Becoming A Bigger Issue-Part 2

FlorissantAll Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant is committed to keeping its blog readers up to date with the latest information surrounding the automotive industry.  That’s why we are pleased to bring you part 2 of 2 part series in an effort to keep our consumers safer while driving.  Recently research performed by the Society of Automotive Engineers, revealed that drivers either neglect to use their signals when changing lanes, or they fail to turn the signals off after a lane change has been made. As a result, there are an estimated 2 million accidents caused by this neglect each year.  The study points out that police have done little to enforce the use of turn signals with drivers.  Perhaps with this new information coming to light in the midst of all the talk about distracted driving, that will soon change.  The number of accidents related to neglect of turn signals keeps rising and something needs to be done.  This would be a great opportunity for inventors to create ‘smart blinkers’ or technology that will help drivers remember to use the signals.  Technology is continually improving the driver satisfaction experience, and much has been done to improve driver safety.  Other than changing priorities and handing out more violation tickets, the new study actually suggests a solution to the issue by naming what they call a “Smart Turn Signal.” They “are the perfect complement to the Stability Control System since Stability Control predominately prevents single-vehicle crashes, whereas the Smart Turn Signal prevents multi-vehicle crashes.” This would be a great option for those that are just not willing to use their turn signals.  All Star Dodge is committed to keeping its drivers safe and secure.  We encourage you to consider using your turn signal and keeping yourself, as well as other drivers, safe while on the road.

Chrysler To Release Their New Sedan

St. PetersIf you are looking for value in a car from your local Dodge Dealer near St. Peters, then look no further.  Dodge is introducing their first compact sedan in years.  And this beauty has features no other competitor can offer.  Dodge will soon have the Dodge Dart Sedan in showrooms for consumers to test drive, purchase, and brag about to their friends.

The sedan will arrive in showrooms next month and has many features to offer.  Some of the features include a blind spot alert system.  The sedan boasts a new sporty look and it handles well with great performance.  This sedan has 160 horsepower and a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine.  With a six speed manual transmission, the sedan comes into the Fifteen to sixteen thousand dollar price range.  And for those that don’t care for the manual transmission, you can easily add an automatic transmission for an additional $1100.  There’s also an option for a turbo charged 1.4 liter four cylinder engine for those that want a little extra power.

Some of the higher models includes options like touch screen controls for the navigation system and luxurious leather upholstery. This sporty looking sedan was developed in partnership by Chrysler and Fiat.  It boasts a 97.2 cubic foot passenger compartment.  That’s not all the roomy space.  This newly designed sedan has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space and gets great gas mileage.  Coming in at 27 miles per gallon in the city, a whopping 39 miles per gallon on the highway and an impressive 32 miles per gallon combined.  This sedan is definitely the car of choice for those in the market for a new sedan.  Stop in to your local Dodge Dealer next month and be one of the first to drive this innovative addition to the Dodge lineup.

Turn Signals Becoming A Bigger Issue-Part 1

FlorissantAll Star Dodge Dealer, maker of the Dodge Ram near Florissant is committed to keeping its blog readers up to date with the latest information surrounding the automotive industry.  That’s why we are pleased to bring you this latest information in an effort to keep our consumers safer while driving.  According to a new study, theres a big issue brewing in the world of driving accidents. Drivers who neglect to use their turn signals are causing as many as 2 million accidents every single year. According to research by the Society of Automotive Engineers, drivers either neglect to use their signals when changing lanes, or they fail to turn the signals off after a lane change has been made. This happens more than 48% of the time. The failure rate for making a turn is close to 25% . That means almost 2 billion times a day, drivers will neglect to use signals their turn signals. That comes out to more than 750 billion times annually.

We would like to believe it isn’t a lack of courtesy that causes the neglect of this important form of driver communication. It could be poor training or even laziness. Whatever the reason, the SAE study says the problem is causing accidents as it results in about 2 million roadway collisions per year. Richard Ponziani, P.E., President of RLP Engineering and author of the report was quoted as saying, “This is a first of its kind report on a subject that amazingly, has never been studied.”

This is part one of a two part article by All Star Dodge Ram Dealer in Bridgeton. If you would like to learn more about this topic, please check back on our blog for part 2 of this two part series.

Chrysler To Work Through Summer Break

FlorissantAll Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant is committed to keeping its blog readers up to date with the latest industry information.

Floating on the wings of double-digit sales gains for more than14 months in a row, Chryler announced that it still struggling to keep up with consumer demand.  As a result they will cancel their normally planned summer shutdowns at four of its North American assembly plants.  To additional plans will have their break cut in half.  This comes after the announcement that it’s April sales surged 20% above levels one year prior, leaving Chrysler with 25 consecutive months of increased sales.

Chrysler typically shuts its assembly plants down for two weeks in the summer as an added perk for their workers under the United Auto Workers Union contract.  But like other car makers, Chrysler uses the break as a means to balance inventories and perform maintenance at the plant or use the opportunity to upgrade some if its new models of vehicles.  However, due to unexpected consumer demand, the car company is forced to keep the plants open to try and keep up with inventory demand.

In order to meet the additional demand, that in addition to keeping plants running during the traditional summer break, Chrysler is also planning to add additional shifts to its Jefferson North plant, in Detroit, where they also build both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango.

Chrysler is hoping to hit gold with their new Dart sedan, which will hit showroom floors in the coming months.  For more information on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, or the new Dodge Dart Sedan, stop by your local Dodge dealer.  They can help you find the car that suits you best

Underinflated Tires 3 Times More Likely To Cause Death Part 1

St. LouisRecently, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration released a study that stated that underinflated tires were a contributor to many crash related deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2007.  In fact, underinflated tires are three times more likely to cause death in a crash, according to the study. This is interesting news to many who have recently been concerned about low tire pressure being an issue in saving gas mileage.  Many people ask questions about additional ways to save gas on their New Dodge Ram Truck near St. Louis. The  NHTSA study states that, in 1999, underinflated tires contributed to 247, or 0.8 percent, of 32,061 fatalities and 23,100, or 0.8 percent, of almost 3 million injuries were caused by vehicles driven on underinflated tires. The study by the Government agency also estimates that 41 vehicular-related deaths occur annually because of blowouts alone from underinflated tires.  The under inflated tires cause the accidents because it greatly reduces the maneuverability control a driver has over the vehicle when faced with adverse circumstances.

Reasons for the under inflation of tires can be attributed to many factors. Poor maintenance of the tires, poor driving habits, punctures in the tires, hazardous and degrading road conditions, or the quality of material used in tire construction are some of the many factors to be considered in the low inflation issue which can cause accident related deaths.

This is part 1 of a 2 part article written for the All Star Dodge Dealer blog.  To find out more information about the study conducted by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, please check back on our bl

Dodge Ram 1500 Boasts Many Features

St. LouisIf you are currently in the market for a New Dodge Ram Truck near St. Louis, you may want to take a hard look at the Dodge Ram 1500.  This truck is full of options and features that suit the needs of a diversity of backgrounds. All you will need to do is stop by your local Dodge Ram Dealer and test drive this truck.  Once you get behind the wheel of this truck, you know you are sitting behind a machine that is full of power and performance. And you can’t help but note the smooth ride, comfort and style of this well built vehicle.

With up to 390 horsepower and 10,450 pounds maxium towing capacity, this truck is truly built for strength. The Powertrain on the truck is unmatched. Dodge Ram is the only truck to reach a 20 miles per gallon highway across the light duty lineup. When you buy this truck, you get strength, performance and fuel efficiency.  When you move this vehicle into fuel saver mode, the Fuel Saver Technology shuts down to four cylinders.  This truck has an available dual exhaust, platinum tipped sparkplugs and two sparkplugs per cylinder fired by a Distributorless Ignition System also known as DIS.   The Ram 1500, with 4.7 Liter SOHC V8 was designed to run on conventional gasoline or E85 ethanol.  Any blend of the two of these fuels allows you to take advantage of a a cleaner burning E85 alternative fuel when it’s available. For additional information, stop by your local Dodge Dealer today and check out the vast inventory of the Dodge Ram 1500, take a test drive and you will quickly see what we are talking about.

Is Facebook Losing The Auto Industry

BridgetonAll Star New Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton is committed to keeping its blog readers up to date with the latest news and information surrounding the automotive industry. That’s why we are pleased to bring you this information on the viability of using Facebook to sell cars.  Recently, the news has been filled with articles about car makers pulling ads from Facebook. More and more automotive dealers are cutting budget costs across the books and advertising for the social networking giant seems to be on the top of the list for those getting the ax.  Facebook is one of the fastest growing community websites and has an audience of millions around the world. So why the sudden change?  Will Perry, Director of Business Intelligence for Dataium , a company that analyzes the online shopping behavior of car buyers, was recently quoted as saying, “ Facebook does a good job of driving brand awareness.  But if the goal is generating sales leads, that’s not the best vehicle.” Facebook has witnessed  growth that is beyond what most could expect and has become a household name across the world.  However, their primary audience does not specifically log on to Facebook to search for their next car or truck.  On the other hand, car makers still need to be aware of their presence on Facebook, as it, along with other social networking sites, is often used by consumers to give immediate feedback on their shopping experience, negative or positive.

All in all, the best place for consumers to find the Jeep of their choice is by visiting their local Jeep Dealer.  Stop in to All Star Dodge and Jeep Dealer today. You’ll experience friendly service, from knowledgeable employees.

Chrysler Recalls Certain Minivan Models

BridgetonAll Star New Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton is committed to keeping its blog readers informed of all the latest information on all Chrysler products. That’s why we want to inform you that Chrysler is having a recall on certain models of Town and Country and Dodge Caravan models manufactured between March 9th and March 12th of 2012.  Chrysler has already sold over 84,000 minivans this year.  It is unfortunate that only a select few were built with a defective liftgate sensor. This news comes amidst a recall report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The power liftgates were designed to stop during automatic closing if they detect resistance. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states the recalled vehicles could malfunction, and “may close on an appendage.” Owners are advised to keep their arms and legs safely inside the vehicle. Notifications are expected to be mailed from Chrysler to owners later this month. Dealers will be fixing affected vehicles free of charge.

The press release, announced this week states, “CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 TOWN AND COUNTRY AND DODGE GRAND CARAVAN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 9, 2012 THROUGH MARCH 12, 2012. SOME VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A RIGHT SIDE LIFTGATE PINCH SENSOR THAT DOES NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY. AS A RESULT, INCREASED FORCE MAY BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO STOP THE POWER LIFTGATE DURING FINAL CLOSING STAGES.”

NHTSA believes the consequence to the faulty material may cause the liftgate to close on an appendage which greatly increases the risk of injury to a consumer.  The press release notifies owners of the action Chrysler will take by stating, “CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE RIGHT SIDE LIFTGATE PINCH SENSORS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER”.