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Grand Caravan Drives On!

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Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star near Oakville

When we first heard that FCA was putting out the Pacifica, we assumed that the Grand Caravan would be going away, while that was the plan initially, as it turns out, people wanted to see the Grand Caravan continue on. Today we want to take a look at just why the Grand Caravan will continue to live on and be available for purchase at All Star near Oakville.

So why is it that the Pacifica is not replacing the Grand Caravan? “Well, it turns out that A) the new Pacifica is a bit too fancy to play at a mid-$20s price point, B) thanks to a flexible manufacturing system and skilled workforce, the old and new minivans can easily be built alongside one another, and C) the old van still makes a reasonably convincing argument for itself with available second and third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and almost the same Pentastar V-6.,” (motortrend.com).

In an interesting pricing move, Dodge increased the 2016 Grand Caravan pricing by $1,000 very late in the model year, perhaps to minimize the apparent price rise of the 2017 model. As for the model realignment, an entry level American Value Package model that’s been offered for the past few years is gone, leaving the SE model as the base offering with more standard equipment but also an opening price that increases by another $1,400 to $25,990 (The AVP started 2016 at $23,590). A $2,700 SE Plus package adds more of the most popular optional gear (second-row Stow ‘n Go seats, Uconnect, aluminum wheels, and power second and third row windows—those third-row vent windows are not available on Pacifica).

We will be interested to see just how long we will continue to be able to get the Grand Caravan at All Star.

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A Hybrid for Families

NEW YORK - MARCH 23: A Chrysler Pacifica 2017 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show during Press day,  public show is running from March 25th through April 3, 2016 in New York, NY.

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Mehlville

There has been an increase in demand for electric and hybrid cars as of late. People want something that can be plugged in and drive them where they need to go without the use of fossil fuels. The problem has been that there are just no options for families. Most of the hybrids are just to small or too expensive to make them viable options for those who need to transport families. This was a problem, until now. Say hello to the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in!

This thing has been in the works for a while. We already knew it would have around 30 miles of all electric range. We already knew it would have seven (yes, seven!) passenger seats. And we already knew it would have all the fancy bells and whistles of a modern minivan.

“So far, however, pricing information has been pretty elusive. However, some very promising rumors have recently begun to circulate. According to both newsautospeed and NSEA Voice, the base level MSRP for adding the hybrid drivetrain is going to be in the mid-30ks. That means, after tax credits, we could be looking at a final cost of $29,000 or so.” -treehugger.com

Given that a 30-mile range will cover most about-town driving for many of us, and that the regular Pacifica gets 28 MPG highway, it seems reasonable to assume that most owners will save many hundreds of dollars each year in gas. (The always confusing MPGe rating is said to be 80.)

While we hope to see this model in the near future at our local All Star Chrysler near Mehlville. Their team would be happy to answer any questions that you might have as well as take you on a test drive of the existing Pacifica.

What is Guaranteed Financing?

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Guaranteed Financing at All Star near Fenton

The title is a question that people frequently ask when they find out that All Star near Fenton offers guaranteed financing. Today we want to define guaranteed financing and provide you with some information so that you know what the process is, and a little bit about how it works.

What is it? – It is typically a free service and is currently available primarily to borrowers with poor or bad credit. Companies offering guaranteed car finance allow buyers to request the amount of credit needed to purchase a new car. The terms of the agreement with guaranteed car finance lenders are not limited to purchasing the vehicle from the lender or dealer. A new buyer is permitted to shop elsewhere and bring in their outside loan agreement for financing.

How do I get it? – The borrower applies with the guaranteed car finance company for the loan. A deposit of a sum that can be equal to four monthly payments or 20 percent of the car’s price is required along with the following documentation at the time of application:

  • An Identification card (usually driver’s license and/or passport)
  • Your full name
  • Your address
  • Employment details
  • Banking information, including bank statements
  • A current utility bill
  • Proof of current mortgage or rent payments (or process to make current)

This is just a sample of what you might be asked to provide. The team in the All Star Financing Department will provide you with what information you will need to provide and will walk you through the entire financing process. They are really quite wonderful at getting people the auto loans that they need no matter their credit.

For more information on the guaranteed financing program offered at All Star, stop by the dealership today!

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New 3500 Spied!

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Ram 3500 at All Star near Kirkwood

We love getting a look at the spy shots that are released on the Ram 3500 at All Star near Kirkwood. Recently, the Ram 3500 was spied doing some street testing and we want to share with you a description of what we saw. It is expected that this new Ram 3500 model will be released in 2018, but there are rumors that it might not happen until 2019.

We were able to closely inspect this this Ram test truck and got a good look at a bulging hood addition grafted onto the front of the truck, which was covered by a camouflaging bra. The hood add-on is interesting, since GM’s recently updated HD pickups showcase a ram-air hood scoopthat feeds as much as 60 percent of the cooling air to their trucks’ Duramax engine. We were left to wonder, are future Ram HD trucks testing a similar air-intake strategy?

It’s clear that the bulge is something that is attached to the test Ram’s hood, and not smoothly sculpted in. We’ve inspected the hood bulge by hand and, by all accounts, the feel and appearance of this hood seems to be a housing for an air scoop. When the truck is driving at speed, we witnessed the camouflage puff up, as some air manages to get underneath the camouflage. However, if it’s a functional air inlet, the camouflage makes no special provision to allow unobstructed air into the hood-mounted add-on. GM had tested its ram-air hood scoops for years before they went to production, and their camouflage always had an opening to let air pass through. That may be a strike against the case for a new ram-air-enhanced design, but testing temperatures were notably cool on this day, so it’s possible a slit in the hood camo wasn’t necessary.

Expectations of a Certified Pre-Owned

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Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Ram at All Star near Creve Coeur

Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Ram Cars are great for the discerning buyer who want the financial benefit of buying a used car without the risk. Today we want to talk a little bit about what you can expect when purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle from All Star near Creve Coeur.

To be a CPO car, a vehicle needs to meet specific age and mileage requirements. It then must go through a thorough inspection at the dealership. If a car passes, it gets an extended limited warranty and will carry a higher price than a non-CPO model. Many people feel comfortable in paying that premium, though, because of the peace of mind a CPO program gives them.

There is something that is key to remember when looking at Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. Only a manufacturer’s franchised dealer can sell that manufacturer’s CPO vehicles. This means that if a dealership can sell new Dodge Ram models, then it can also sell Dodge Ram CPO used vehicles. It cannot, however, sell any other brand of used vehicle as certified that it does not sell new. (At All Star you can get CPO Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles, because they sell all of those models new.

If you want to buy a CPO Dodge, make sure you go to a Dodge dealer like All Star. Check the window sticker for the manufacturer’s CPO logo and find out who is providing the warranty. If the companies match up, you’re in good shape.

When you shop at All Star, you can rest assured that you are getting a real Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. If you have any questions about the certification process or to check out their inventory of CPO vehicles, just stop by the All Star Dealership!

Specials Make it Better!

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New Car Specials at All Star near Ladue

We all know that All Star near Ladue is the best place to get a new Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler. They have the best selection and the friendliest sales people. You will never want to shop at a different dealership ever again! So today, we would like to tell you how to take advantage of All Star – not in a bad way, just how to get the best price on your next new car. The team at All Star would also be happy to help you get the most rebates and cash back on the vehicle you are purchasing.

“New-car incentives and rebates are discounts offered by an automaker to help steer consumers away from the competition or make sure they stay loyal to a brand. They are also used when a certain model is not selling well enough and the automaker needs a lower price to spur sales. Knowing about car incentives and rebates and how to incorporate them into the buying process can potentially save you thousands of dollars.” -edmunds.com

Incentives typically take the form of cash rebates, low APR financing and special leases. Many carmakers also provide additional incentives to first-time buyers, college graduates, members of the military and other specific customer segments. All Star also frequently offers different vehicles on specials. These vehicle specials are designed to give you, the customer, the best possible deal on a great new car.

For more information on the different models that are featured on specials, head to All Star and talk with their team. They would be more than happy to help you get behind the wheel of a great new car today! Don’t wait any longer to get a great new car, head to All Star now!

Safety Always First

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Chrysler Town and Country at All Star near Clayton

If you are looking for a new family vehicle, it is likely that you are looking for a vehicle that has a great safety rating and that possesses great safety features. If this is what you are looking for, then you need to get the Chrysler Town and Country at All Star near Clayton. Today we want to look at a few of the safety features offered and at its overall safety rating.

Standard on the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country are antilock disc brakes, stability control, active front head restraints, front seat side-impact airbags, a driver knee airbag and full-length side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is also standard. Blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-path detection system are standard on the Touring-L, Limited and Limited Platinum. “In Edmunds brake testing, the Town & Country came to a stop from 60 mph in 120 feet, an above average braking distance for a minivan.” – edmonds.com

In government crash tests, the Town & Country received four out of five stars for overall protection, with four stars awarded for overall frontal-impact protection and five stars for overall side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the Town & Country earned the top score of “Good” in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset impact test as well as the side-impact, roof-strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.

The Chrysler Town and Country is not only safe, but also a great value. It offers a number of great features and different options to help you get the minivan that will work well for your family for years to come. If you would like some more information on the different options offered on the Chrysler Town and Country, head to All Star today. Their team would love to assist you!

 

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Losing Some Weight

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star near Town and Country

In 2018, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be making its debut, but it should have a noticeable difference. It should be losing some weight. Today we want to look at what changes are being made to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to account for this weight loss. For more information, you can always talk with the team at All Star near Town and Country.

Rumor had the Wrangler switching to an aluminum tub, but in May 2015, Sergio Marchionne said, “I think we can do almost as well without doing it all-aluminum.” The Wrangler will likely use a tough hydroformed steel frame to save weight and increase rigidity. Redesigning the top of the Wrangler could save even more weight. Cars without tops need heavy bolstering; engineers may replace the “safety bar” with stronger tubes over the top and reduce lower-body reinforcement, partly to avoid being punished by regulatory changes. Jeep could then also do a fixed-roof version with relatively little re-engineering and retooling. The new open-roof setup may not look far off the 2016’s.

“The looks of the Wrangler is not likely to change much, other the “roof replacement” structure, and aerodynamic improvements may be brought about mostly by changes in the windshield angle, mirrors, and underbody covers. The front turn signals are to be pushed back onto the fenders, as in a past generation, so no sidelights would be needed in North America. The tail-lights are likely to change to Renegade-style ones, and the headlights, while sticking to round shapes, should gain an LED or HID option.” -allpar.com

Most of this expected changes are yet to be substantiated, but we look forward to seeing what else will come out on the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Changes on the Jeep Wrangler JL

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Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most loved Jeep models of all time. There are a number of great trims that make up the different model types under the Jeep Wrangler umbrella. Today we want to talk about the changes that are coming for the Jeep Wrangler JL.

“The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is perhaps the most highly anticipated SUV in America. The next-gen Wrangler is expected to get a host of updates that include new front and rear end designs, as well as an all-new pickup truck variant,” (autoblog.com). Here’s everything we know about the next version of Jeep’s iconic SUV.

October 18, 2016: Images of the upcoming Wrangler JL from a supposed Jeep dealer meeting surface, revealing the SUV’s updated front and rear end design. The renderings point towards the next-gen Wrangler maintaining a seven-slot grille and round headlights. The SUV, though, will obtain LED light bars on the front fenders, while the taillights get a similar design to the units found on the Renegade crossover. Overall, the renderings display a smoother shape than ever before.

September 16, 2016: A report from JL Wrangler Forums indicates that the next-gen Wrangler JL would utilize aluminum on the hood, as well as on the front and rear doors. The report claims the Wrangler will get its aluminum from supplier Alcoa, in the form of the company’s C6A1 high form alloy, 6022 alloy sheet, and A951, which is the company’s sheet bonding technology.

While we don’t know much right now on what the 2018 Jeep Wrangle JL will for sure offer, we can enjoy speculating right now. It is always interesting to talk about what new and exciting things Jeep is developing for their customers. For more information, stop by All Star Jeep Dealer in MO.

Prepare for Weather!

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Collision Repair Center at All Star Dodge Ram near IL

After all of the rain that we got in the St. Louis area this week coupled with the frost that we had this morning, it is time to start thinking about getting our vehicles ready for the rough weather we will start getting soon. The best way to defend against a bad situation happening is to make sure that all of your Dodge Ram vehicles are prepped for the impending weather. We all know what to expect, so planning for it need not be a big deal! Not to mention that the team at All Star near IL is ready to help you get all of your Dodge Ram vehicles ready!

Planning ahead is a great plan of action, but how do you deal with the other drivers on the road that don’t do the needed prep for the weather to come? All Star has you covered there too. In the event that the worst should happen, and you are in a collision, the team at All Star has an amazing collision and repair center that are ready to help you. They have the knowledge and skill to get your Dodge Ram back to how it was before the accident occurred. The team at All Star are all factory trained technicians and have all of the manufacturer certified parts required to handle any job that you might bring in for them. Not every dealership takes the time to build an all encompassing dealership, but All Star is not like most dealerships. They have taken the time to cultivate an environment focused on customer service and doing what is best for all of the Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles that they sell. Let the team at All Star take care of your Dodge Ram vehicles this season!

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