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Minivan Market Shrinking

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Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star near Ballwin

We should have known that it was coming. When SUV models and crossovers started hitting the market, we should have known that this was going to happen. We are starting to say goodbye to the minivan. When Chrysler brought the first minivan to market, it was popular, but its popularity really exploded during the late 1980’s and 1990’s. There wasn’t hardly a family that didn’t have a minivan. But are we starting to see a decline in the number of minivans being produced and being bought. Why is this? Let’s take a deeper look at this today.

“Minivan sales shrank by 4 percent in 2013, according to industry data, to 532,357. That’s still enough volume that the industry can’t completely write off what critics have dubbed “mom-mobiles,” but it’s a far cry from the 1.4 million minivans manufacturers like Chrysler sold at the segment’s peak in 2000.” -nbcnews.com

Meanwhile, there are fewer players in the current minivan segment since the mid-1990s, when the segment captured a peak 8.5 percent of the total U.S. automotive market. Chrysler alone has killed off the old Plymouth Voyager and the short-wheelbase Dodge Caravan. Both General Motors and Ford Motor Co. have pulled out of the segment.

There are some that say that the generation that grew up being shuttled around in minivans are now becoming parents themselves and don’t want to drive the vehicles that they associated with stay at home soccer moms. It could also be that we are seeing a decrease in family size. People are having fewer children and sometimes at a later time in life. We are not seeing families with 3 and 4 kids like before, most have only 1 or 2. We hope this is not the end of the minivan, Chrysler will continue to put out quality minivans for as long as people want them, and All Star near Ballwin will have them.


What to Expect Over the Next 5 Years from Chrysler

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New Cars at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield

Auto makers are always looking for ways to be more innovative and the enhance their vehicle models. As there is always new technologies being developed, companies like Chrysler do rolling updates on their models at fairly frequent rates. Since we do not always know what those updates will be, we like to speculate based on statements released by the company itself and on statements based on industry professionals. We want to share with you a few things that might be coming down the pipeline from Chrysler. When these models become available, you will be able to see them at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield.

  • Grand Cherokee and/or Wagoneer, labeled as new on the investors’ chart. Wagoneer has an extended wheelbase, starting in price where Grand Cherokee leaves off. The Durango is likely to continue in some form as well — could it move to the Ram basis?
  • “Around 2018-20, the Dodge Journey is likely to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á laMaserati Levante, possibly changing its name to Durango; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler. The Fiat Freemont may split off and use a lengthened 500X chassis, by way of the Fiat Toro. Before the new Journey, buyers will see the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover, made in Cassino, Italy, on the same line as the Giulia; according to Automotive News, the Journey will be made on the same line as the Stelvio and imported to the US.” -allpar.com

For more information on the current status of each of the models, head to All Star. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would love to share with you everything that they know about your favorite Chrysler models.

There are Guarantees in Life!

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Guaranteed Financing at All Star near Mehlville

It has often said that in life, there are no guarantees except for death and taxes. While this is true, there is actually a third guarantee. It is the guarantee of financing at All Star Dodge near Mehlville. You read that correctly, we said guaranteed financing. Today we want to explore what this means and how it can help you.

If you have credit problems, you can get the financing you need for the vehicle you want….and help yourself re-establish your credit while driving your new used vehicle! Don’t be taken advantage of because of your credit history. All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram can arrange all of your financing and take the hassles out of your next car buying experience.

Financing at All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is both easy and guaranteed. Our experienced staff can give you the best rates on buys and leases with our relationships with many area lenders. By understanding your personal situation and your vehicle desires, we can tailor a custom financing plan for you.

How does the Guaranteed Financing Program work?

All Star has lenders that work with individuals with a variety of credit issues. Depending on the extent of your credit issues, you may be required to have a cash down payment up front. The amount that you are allowed to borrow will depend on your credit application. To determine your qualifications, simply fill out a credit application and All Star will get back to you within minutes! The terms of the loan allowed for the annual percentage rate will vary depending on your credit history.

All Star really does want you to repair your credit, and they want to help you do it! For more information, stop by All Star today!

Tow Even More with the Ram 3500

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Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton

If you are looking for a truck that can tow some really impressive weights, then you need the Ram 3500 that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton. You might be surprised at just how much this great vehicle can tow, we want to take a deeper look at that today.

For 2016, the Ram 3500 is rated to tow a monstrous 31,210 pounds, 1210 pounds more than the 2015 Ram 3500 and a mere 10 pounds more than Ford’s F-450 pickup, the tow rating of which stands at “just” 31,200 pounds.

“The Ram’s increase was made possible in part by upping the number of bolts on the rear-axle ring-gear hardware (from 12 to 16, if you must know) on versions equipped with the 11.8-inch rear axle, as well as by using a stronger differential-case material. Also helping matters is a 35 lb-ft increase in torque for the 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six diesel engine, bringing the total to a nice, even 900 lb-ft (also bragging-rights material). The latter boost was made possible by re-calibrated fuel-delivery and turbo-boost settings, Ram says.” -caranddriver.com

The Ram 3500 also has the highest payload at 7390 pounds when equipped with the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. We are not sure how long the Ram 3500 will hold these titles, but we will boast about their accomplishments for as long as possible. In the auto game, the other guy is always going to try and out do you; it’s no big deal, because the next time we will just out do the other guy, or leap so far ahead that we leave them in the dust. We will have to wait and see how things pan out.

For more information on the Ram 3500, head to All Star and speak with a member of the team, they would love to assist you!

What is a Certified Pre-Owned?

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Dodge Cars at All Star Dodge near Kirkwood

When you are shopping for Dodge Cars, you will find that there are a number of different vehicle types and options available. We are not just talking about a sedan or an SUV or a truck, we are talking about new, used, or certified pre-owned. New Dodge Cars and Used Dodge Cars are pretty self explanatory, but you might have some questions about what a certified pre-owned vehicle is, so we want to explain this vehicle type today.

A certified pre-owned vehicle is one that has been owned or driven by someone else, but that meets certain dealership and manufacturer qualifications and can then be classified as a certified vehicle. A certified vehicle will usually come with additional warranties above what one might expect with a used vehicle. You should think of a certified vehicle as one that has an extra vote of confidence from the dealership. A certified pre-owned Dodge is a vehicle in like new condition without the new car price sticker.

All Star Dodge Dealership near Kirkwood has an impressive selection of certified pre-owned vehicles from which you can select your next vehicle. If you are still not sure about the different things that make the certified pre-owned vehicles at All Star such great choices for your next purchase, then stop by the dealership and work with a member of the All Star team. They have the knowledge and skill to help you find the right certified pre-owned to suit your vehicle needs. It would be the pleasure of the All Star team to put you behind the wheel of a great Dodge Car today.

If you are interested in the new or used cars also offered by All Star, they would love to help you with that as well.

Buying Special with Cash Means Big Benefits

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Vehicle Specials at All Star near Ladue

We love all of the different auto specials that All Star has to offer each and every month. They are a great opportunity to get a great vehicle at an even better price. But did you know that there is a way that you could possibly get an even better price on a vehicle that is on special? There is! Pay with cash! While this won’t work every time, because All Star prices their vehicle specials really low, it could get you an even better deal. Today we would like share with you some of the benefits of buying your next vehicle from All Star near Ladue with cash.

  1. Financing could mean lost discounts – Auto makers love to attract customers with financing offers that sound spectacular. One or two percent APRs are popular and zero percent offers are sometimes even options. The one thing many people forget, however, is that all of these offers come at the expense of a higher price. Read the fine print and you will most likely see that there is a rebate offered to buyers who decline financing. But even in cases where that’s not explicitly mentioned, you will always be in a better position to utilize effective negotiation strategies when you bring cash to the table.
  2. Auto loans are not tax deductible – “A mortgage on your primary residence and a student loan can both be great deals because you can deduct interest payments from your income and pay taxes on a reduced amount. However, there is no such tax deduction on automobile loans.” -moneycrashers.com

These are just a couple of reasons that paying with cash could mean extra savings. For more information on the different vehicle specials that are available at All Star, head to the dealership today!

The Renegade is the Motorcyclists’ Jeep!

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Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Creve Coeur

There are a lot of different kinds of people in the world, but we can usually group people together based on the things that they like and the experiences that they embrace. For example, we know of a woman who love to bake, craft, and decorate her home. She is a proud housewife and belongs to several local groups that have similar interests to hers; she also finds that driving an SUV allows her to haul her crafts and get her friends to their meetings comfortably. We can apply this same concept to people who love to ride motorcycles. People who have and ride motorcycles usually love adventure, freedom, and can be very spontaneous. This kind of person needs a vehicle that will suit their personality. This kind of person needs a Jeep Renegade from All Star Jeep Dealer near Creve Coeur.

The Jeep Renegade is such a great vehicle for those who are adventurous. It has a sleek body that is designed for spontaneous trips. It is not overly large, so it can easily navigate a variety of terrains. Though it is not large in stature, it does not lack on interior space. It is comfortable for all of your passengers. If you love riding a motorcycle, then the Jeep Renegade is the SUV for you. It will afford you most of the things that you love about riding a motorcycle, just from the comfort of a bucket seat with optional heating and cooling options.

For more information on the Jeep Renegade, head to All Star. Their team of talented and knowledgeable individuals would be more than happy to show you all of the incredible features that the Renegade has to offer.

What’s Coming for the 2017 Chrysler Town and Country

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Chrysler Town and Country at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

Chrysler really invented the idea of the minivan several decades ago, and have been the leader in fun and safe family vehicles since then. With the 2017 year model coming down the line, Chrysler did some redesigns to the beloved Town and Country model. Today we want to take a look at what we can expect from the new model and what fun surprises there might be in store.

These are a few of the changes for the 2017 model:

  • 250 pounds of weight reduction, coupled with greater body strength, for better economy and acceleration
  • Better handling, ride, and noise reduction; improved sliding doors with no-touch openers
  • The new plug-in hybrid is estimated at 30 miles on a charge, 80 MPGe city
  • Plusher and better equipped, even the base model; much nicer trim; but still carries a 4×8 plywood sheet
  • Dual 10” screens for the middle row, big screens up front.
  • Some options, such as HID headlights, are only available in top trim levels

The interior is delightful and spacious. The different interior colors are vast and the stitching is contrasting throughout the interior (higher models); extra-thin chrome surrounds are meant to be elegant. The glossy, high-contrast Uconnect touchscreen (five or 8.4 inches) is flush with the instrument panel. Upper trim levels get a stitched instrument panel. Backlighting is white for buttons and blue for the gauges; other control elements also use blue lighting.

For more information on the incredible Chrysler Town and Country, head to All Star Chrysler near Arnold. You will want to test drive this impressive model and experience everything that it has to offer for yourself. You are sure to want to make the new 2017 Chrysler Town and Country your next family vehicle. Stop by All Star today!

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – A Timeless Classic

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near North County

If you are in the market for a great SUV that can take you wherever you need to go, be it on road or off road, then you need to get the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited from All Star Jeep Dealer near North County. This incredible SUV has a long history of getting people where they need to go with style and utility. Today we want to explore this impressive model a little more in depth.

“Inside the 2016 Wrangler Unlimited, you’ll enjoy ample storage space, thoughtfully designed ergonomics and noise, vibration and harshness protection. You’ll also get comfort and convenience features including: available heated, leather-trimmed front seats, illuminated cup holders, lighting in the foot well and an available auto-dimming rear view mirror with integrated LED map lights.” – jeep.com

While the interior is built for comfortable rides, the engine and the entirety of the vehicle itself are built for capability.  The Command Trac 4×4 system splits torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles for off-roading or for conditions where more traction is required. The main case joint is clamped by 18 bolts for added structural stiffness. The Rock-Trac 4×4 system helps deliver more control and more torque at the wheels to help you go virtually anywhere you point your vehicle. The Rock-Trac 4:1 low gear ratio and crawl speed provides the Rubicon with greater torque at the wheels — making it easier to trek over obstacles like large rocks and timber and ascend or descend sharp inclines.

For more information on any of these impressive features, head to All Star Jeep Dealer today and meet with a member of their staff. It would be their pleasure to share with you some information on this incredible model! Get a great Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Few Things Safer than a Jeep Wrangler

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Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood

When you are shopping for a new Jeep, you will really want to check out the Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood. The Wrangler comes with a bunch of safety features so that you and your passengers are kept safe, whether you are on or off road. Another added benefit of buying a Jeep Wrangler at All Star is that you get a really great warranty package. Today we want to look at both aspects a little more indepth.

“The Jeep Wrangler is an attractively rugged SUV but it is also incredibly safe. The Wrangler comes with 4-wheel ABS, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, supplemental front set side airbags, child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation and, in the event of an accident, post-collision safety system. There is even an advanced stability control system in place to help the driver in difficult driving conditions. As the new suv Jeep Wrangler in St Louis is designed for off-road driving, it comes with a compass and tachometer so that you know just how far and in what direction you have been driving. The Jeep Wrangler is an incredibly safe SUV that powers through a variety of off-road conditions. Even with the doors removed and the top off you can rest assured that you are driving something safe.” -314allstar.com

The warranty package that will come with your new Jeep Wrangler is pretty extensive. Your warranty package will include:

  • Basic Limited Warranty: 36,000mile or 36 months
  • Drivetrain Limited Warranty: 60,000 miles or 60 month
  • Roadside Assistance: 100,000 miles or 60 months

For more information on the warranty package offered or on how the different safety work, just stop by the All Star dealership today!