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Pacifica NOT Replacing the Dodge Grand Caravan Just Yet!

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Illinois

There was talk that started last year that the Chrysler Pacific would be replacing the Dodge Grand Caravan. There was a little evidence that this was happening, as production on the Grand Caravan decreased, however, the Grand Caravan is still available for purchase. We want to take a look at what the Grand Caravan offers.

Most of us presumed that the arrival of Chrysler’s shiny new high-tech Pacifica minivan would deal a death blow to Dodge’s Grand Caravan. After all, these days most dealers sell both brands, so why bother rebadging a Dodge? 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. (Lower compression and the lack of variable intake-valve lift drop the Dodge’s output 4 hp and 2 lb-ft.) So Dodge’s minivan is, in the immortal words of Monty Python, “not dead yet.”

“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.” -motortrend.com

Test drive the Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Illinois. Experience everything that this minivan has to offer.

 

Chrysler Plans for the Next Few Years

Chrysler Cars at All Star near IL

Over the past year we have seen some changes in the Chrysler line up, but it turns out that there might be more changes coming to the beloved auto brand. We want to take a look at what some are saying we should expect over the next few years. As soon as these new cars are available, you will be able to see them at All Star near IL.

Chrysler 100: Plans for a Chrysler 100 small sedan have been shelved as part of the automaker’s production conversion to build more Jeeps and Rams. However, there has been talk about continuing with the plans for the 100 now that FCA has decided to invest in their existing factories instead of building in Mexico.

A Midsize Crossover?: Delayed to 2019, the front-wheel-drive, three-row vehicle will share a Fiat platform and many components with the Jeep Cherokee.

Chrysler 300: Redesign of Chrysler’s large sedan has been delayed until 2020, when it would move to the Giorgio platform if the model is continued. But the 300 is under consideration to be withdrawn after the 2020 model year.

The Hybrid Pacifica: The minivan will pick up a hybrid variant this fall that is expected to achieve an equivalent of about 75 mpg. Its next redesign won’t come until at least late 2019.

A Full-Size Crossover: The all-wheel-drive crossover with three rows of seats will share a platform and many features with the Pacifica, but without its sliding doors and Stow ’n Go seats. It has been delayed until 2018.

Bear in mind, this is just conjecture at this point, we are not sure about any of  these plans actually come true, except for the Hybrid Pacifica, that is happening. Stay tuned for more changes in the Chrysler line up; check them out as soon as they are available at All Star!

What is Guaranteed Financing?

Guaranteed Financing at All Star in Bridgeton

Let’s say that you want to buy a new car, but your credit isn’t awesome. What do you do? The answer is simple, you head to All Star in Bridgeton and talk with their finance team about guaranteed financing. Today, we want to give you a little bit of a description of what guaranteed financing is and what to expect in the financing process.

Who is guaranteed financing for? It may be good for those individuals who are looking to purchase a new car through financing, but do not have the credit standing necessary to purchase a vehicle. Guaranteed car finance is a relatively new concept in auto financing. It is an innovative way for a lender or car dealer to provide a car to a new buyer, regardless of their credit history.

What is guaranteed financing? – 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.

What are some examples of the terms of the loan? – “The loan agreement is a contract for hire arrangement where the finance company takes ownership of the vehicle during the loan period. The company charges a monthly rental fee to the borrower in exchange for use of the car. The monthly rental fee is comprised of the loan amount plus an interest and financing charge,” (carsdirect.com). This is just an idea of what terms might be, your terms may be different.

For more information, talk to the team at All Star!

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The 2018 Ram 3500 Spied!

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters

We love getting a chance to look at the prototypes of the new models that we expect to see over the next few years. One prototype that we are really excited about is the 2018 Ram 3500. We were bummed for a while because we were expecting a redesign on the Ram 3500 in 2017, but due to some changes in the company’s financials, discontinuing a few models, and retooling a few of the plants, things were delayed. Let’s talk about what we saw on the prototype.

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 scoop that feeds as much as 60 percent of the cooling air to their trucks’ Duramax engine.

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,” (new.pickuptrucks.com). 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.

For more information on the Ram 3500, head to All Star near St. Peters. The 2018 Ram 3500 will soon be there!

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Is a Used Car the Right Option for Me?

Used Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale

It is a question that has been asked for decades, should I buy a new car or a used car? While both options have their pros and cons, we want to talk about a few of the reasons that you might want to consider buying a used car over a new car.

“The average person owns 13 cars in a lifetime, each costing an average of $30,000, according to a report by the National Automobile Dealers Association. If each of those cars was 3 years old, instead of new, you could save nearly $130,000 during your lifetime.” -nerdwallet.com

Think about that for a minute. Over your lifetime you could save $130,000. What could you do with that extra cash? Depositing it into a savings account could lead to huge yields over time. Did someone say extra retirement money, or retiring early money?

For a long time there was a stigma about buying a used car. It was said that they would deteriorate quickly and require a lot of upkeep. This is simply not the case any longer, especially when you buy a used car at All Star near Glendale. They do a rigorous screening on each of the used cars that they have on their lot to ensure that you only get the very best vehicles. Cars have never been more dependable than they are today. It’s not uncommon for some cars to deliver more than 100,000 miles before needing major repairs. All cars require regular maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotation, brake jobs. But you can drive today’s cars much farther in between these scheduled maintenance visits. Even tires and brake pads last much longer than before.

Check out the used car selection at All Star, we are sure you will find your next vehicle there!

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Should I Buy Used?

New and Used Cars at All Star Dodge near O’Fallon

Are you realizing that the car you have been driving for the last number of years is starting to require more maintenance? Are you starting to think you need to get a different vehicle? If you answered yes, then you need to check out the selection of used cars at All Star Dodge near O’Fallon. Today we want to share a few pros and cons of buying a used car.

The biggest advantage to buying used is the cost savings. New cars depreciate heavily during the first 3 years of ownership – dropping by an average of 50% compared to the original MSRP. When buying used, you’re letting the original owner absorb most of the depreciation cost. Some cars tend to depreciate a lot quicker than others, so it’s smart to pay attention to the residual values when buying a car. If it depreciates quickly, you should really lean towards buying used. The other advantage is that you will typically have to pay less for insurance. As cars get older (and the value decreases), they’re simply cheaper to insure.

One disadvantage to buying a used car is you won’t have as much choice when it comes to colors, styles, and options. You’re limited to whatever is on the market and you may have to shop around for a while before finding one you like. However, All Star has a huge selection of used cars, and they will help you track down the right model for you!

There are so many great used cars at All Star that you really need to stop by the dealership and view the inventory for yourself. (We know it’s cold out, so you can also shop their online inventory. It is kept up to date with the latest models on the lot!) Happy Shopping!

Jeep Renegade Expanding!

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near St. Louis

Those in the know, know that the Jeep Renegade is the crossover SUV to get if you want to have a great off road adventure and a smooth highway drive. We are really pleased to announce that for the 2017 model year that Jeep is expanding this model line!

Jeep is continuing to expand the Renegade subcompact crossover SUV model line with the addition of two new trims: the Altitude and the Deserthawk.

Like other Jeep models to previously wear the Altitude badge, the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude lands on the lot with a host of exterior and interior features dolled up in Gloss Black. This includes the crossover’s 18-inch wheels, badging, seven grille rings, and taillamp surrounds. Although the Altitude is available in a variety of colors, the interior is limited to just one—black.

Based on the $22,490 Renegade Latitude, the $23,385 Altitude includes features such as a rearview camera and proximity key with push-button start. A 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed manual transmission is standard; however, $1330 buys a bigger, 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available with either powertrain for an extra $2000.

“The 2017 Jeep Renegade Deserthawk, meanwhile, appears to be little more than a U.S.-spec version of the Renegade Desert Hawk the brand revealed at the Paris auto show, itself based on a concept Jeep trotted out at its Easter Safari event in 2015. Despite its name being condensed to one word, the Deserthawk wears the same Moab map on its hood, U.S. Army–style star decals on its D-pillars, and black-painted, 17-inch wheels that can be found on the European Desert Hawk.”-caranddriver.com

For more information on the new additions to the Jeep Renegade line, head to All Star Jeep Dealer near St. Louis!

The New Minivan in Town

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star near Wentzville

There is a new name in the minivan game, and that name is the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star near Wentzville. This model is replacing the Town and Country, and we certainly don’t hate it. Today we want to investigate the new things that the Chrysler Pacifica has to offer.

“The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the next big idea in the segment. In fact, we think its plug-in hybrid powertrain is the biggest minivan idea since the original. Yes, we’re excited about a hybrid people mover.”-autoblog.com

For 2017, Chrysler has reworked, refocused, and renamed its minivan effort, ditching the Town & Country moniker in lieu of the Pacifica nameplate. The odd recycled name aside, it’s not only far superior to Chrysler’s outgoing minivan, but, with most of the competition several years old, the new Pacifica is easily the current class leader.

Owing in part to its newness, the non-hybrid Pacifica was already one of the most fuel-efficient minivans on the market, with ratings of 28 miles per gallon highway, 18 city, and 22 combined. Add in the hybrid equipment, with its 16-kWh battery pack providing 30 miles of electric-only range, and the new Pacifica Hybrid achieves an astounding 84 MPGe, trouncing everything else in the segment (because, again, it’s the only hybrid van). When working as a hybrid and not in EV mode, the Pacifica Hybrid nets a combined rating of 32 mpg. On a full tank and a full charge, it has a range of 566 miles.

We could not be more excited about this new hybrid minivan option! You can test drive this model now at All Star. Their team would be more than happy to show you everything that the new Chrysler Pacifica has to offer. The minivan hybrid is here!

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Rubicon Edition

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Chesterfield

There are few vehicles more versatile than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, especially when you get the Rubicon Edition. Today we want to take a broad look at the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Edition and what it has to offer.

A Wonderful Exterior – With its fender flares, iconic seven-slot grille and removable doors and top, the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited is stylishly capable and fun to drive. For an upscale premium appearance, choose the available body-color Freedom Top® hardtop option on the Sahara and Rubicon models.

A Comfortable Interior – Inside the 2017 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 and an available auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated LED map lights.

It’s Highly Capable – The Wrangler Unlimited is one powerful freedom machine. Its Trail Rated status, 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 Systems are just a few of the reasons why Wrangler Unlimited capability is a force to be reckoned with.

It’s Really Safe – “Wrangler Unlimited comes with a wide range of standard and available safety and security features including standard advanced multistage front airbags and available supplemental side airbags with sensor detection. Additional features include on- and off-road four-wheel disc antilock brakes and more.” – jeep.com

Going off-road is incredibly important for Jeep Wrangler Unlimited drivers and it is nice to know that it will keep you safe. “Adventure freely, safely and securely with available Wrangler Unlimited off-road features like Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and the Tire Pressure Monitoring Display System.” – jeep.com

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, head to All Star near Chesterfield. Their team has the knowledge to help you get behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited today!

 

Wrangler Going Pick-Up?!

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Mehlville

There are so many people in this great country that love the Jeep Wrangler. There are clubs devoted to the Wrangler and driving them. One change that we know is coming to the Jeep Wrangler in 2018 is the addition of a pick-up truck trim. While this model will not be available at All Star near Mehlville until late 2017 to early 2018, we are still excited to see what will be on the new Wrangler, lets explore this today!

Jeep will continue with rugged body-on-frame construction to serve the off-roading aspirations of its faithful and multiplying constituents. That said, the coming edition will use modern materials to cut weight and boost mileage. Expect a hydroformed steel ladder frame carrying a body made of high-strength steel, aluminum, and plastic. A four-door pickup will join the lineup of two- and four-door models with hard- and softtops. Today’s 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 will soldier on with manual and automatic transmissions. Fiat Chrysler’s current product plan also includes a turbo-diesel alternative in the near term and a hybrid after 2020, along with a possible turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder code-named “Hurricane” making around 300 horsepower.

There has been talk about some competition coming for the new Jeep Wrangler trim. “The Wrangler is without peer, a gully-busting rock climber you can drive to work. Compact crossovers bow in its presence. A new Land Rover Defender, expected next year, may re-invade this sphere, though at twice the price.” -caranddriver.com

There are some big expectations on what will make the cut for the pick-up truck trim on the Wrangler, and with an expected sticker price starting at $25,000, it will be easy to talk us into buying one to experience on a daily basis. For more information on what is coming, head to All Star today! Their team will be happy to share more about the new Jeep Wrangler trim!