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Think You Know the Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near University City

The Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near University City is one of the top selling minivans of all time. It is a great family vehicle that has a smooth ride and is fun to drive. Today we would like to take a look at some of the earlier versions of this model so that we can see just how far this model has come through the years.

The long wheelbase Grand Caravan was introduced in 1987. During the 1960s, Dodge did sell a small cargo van adapted for passenger use, called the Dodge A100 which was discontinued in 1970 and replaced by the larger, full-sized Dodge B-series van in 1971.

Beginning with model year 1987, all trim levels were also available in a long wheelbase variant, marketed as the Grand Caravan, which allowed more cargo space behind the rear seat. Interior trim, controls, and instrumentation were borrowed from the Chrysler K platform, and coupled with the lower floor enabled by the front-wheel-drive, the Caravan featured car-like ease of entry. There were three trim levels: base, SE, and LE.

Base vans came equipped for five passengers in two rows of seating. The LE came with seven passengers standard in three rows of seating. The base van had two bucket seats with attached armrests and open floor space between them in the front, a three-person bench seat in the second row. The seven-passenger came with two bucket seats with attached armrests and open floor space between them in the front, a two-person bench seat in the second row, and a three-person bench seat in the back row.

For more information on the Dodge Grand Caravan, head to All Star. Their team would love to take you on a test drive!

Do You Know How to Buy a New Chrysler?

New Chrysler Cars at All Star in Missouri

Just about anybody can buy a new Chrysler at All Star in Missouri, but do you know how to buy a new car? It is so much more than just picking out which vehicle you want to buy. There are a few more steps to take in the process to help you insure that you get the very best deal and the right vehicle for your driving lifestyle.

  1. Determine the type of vehicle you need. Once you’ve established the kind of vehicle that fits your lifestyle, it’s time to choose the model you want. Do your research on the Internet before going to a dealership. Talk to others who have the same kind of car – what do they like about it? What do they NOT like about it? How do the gas mileage and insurance cost compare to your current vehicle? Are there features you want your vehicle to have that are not available or come standard on another model? These are all things to consider when purchasing a new vehicle. Having a good idea of what you want is a good idea, but don’t “marry” yourself to just one. Keeping two or three options open will allow you flexibility if, for any reason, something goes wrong along the way.
  2. Just before visiting the dealership, you can usually check out their inventory online to make sure they have the vehicle of your choice in stock. If you head out, ready to buy, only to find out they don’t have one and you can’t even complete a test drive, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment from the start.

All Star has an amazing selection of new and used Chrysler Cars, stop by the dealership to check them all out!

Could Guaranteed Financing be Right for You?

Guaranteed Financing at All Star Dodge in MO

What do you do when you need a different car but maybe don’t have awesome credit? Do you settle for a sub par car with an astronomical interest rate, or do you go to a dealership that is looking out for you and wants to help you find a great car at a great price? The answer seems to be pretty easy, you go to the dealership that is willing to help you out. You head to All Star Dodge in MO and work with their finance team to attain guaranteed financing.

How does the Guaranteed Financing Program work?

We have 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 we 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.

Does buying a pre-owned vehicle really help me reestablish my credit ?

Yes, when checking with the credit bureau, many lending institutions look at automobile loans closer than any other type of loan (other than home loans) to verify your credit standing. Buying a car from a “buy here, pay here” lot that does not report to the credit reporting agency is simply not a good option because it does not help your credit record at all.

For more information on the guaranteed financing program at All Star, contact their finance department. They would love to assist you in getting your credit back on track!

Perks of Certified Pre-Owned

Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Ram at All Star Dodge Ram near Illinois

When you are shopping for a new car, you have a lot of options. You can go new or used, but you can also do a little something in the middle. We are of course talking about certified pre- owned cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Illinois. Today we want to share with you some major benefits of buying a certified pre-owned vehicle at All Star.

The biggest benefit of choosing a certified pre-owned car over a standard used car is definitely the warranty coverage. It’s true that some used cars might have some of their factory warranty remaining, and that means you’re already covered by a warranty, even if something breaks. But certified pre-owned programs extend existing warranties, which gives you coverage for a longer term.

Another benefit of buying a certified pre-owned vehicle is that they tend to be better quality than a run-of-the-mill used car is. Dealers only issue certified pre-owned warranties after a comprehensive inspection that makes sure the car in question doesn’t have any serious defects or problems. If the car had serious problems, the manufacturer wouldn’t want the dealer to offer it with a warranty, because the automaker will likely end up losing money on the transaction. “Most automakers typically require that their certified pre-owned vehicles be free of any major accidents. Many car brands also insist that their CPO cars have reasonably new tires and brakes to ensure that the buyer doesn’t have to return to the dealer right away with potentially expensive issues.”-autotrader.com

For more information on the different certified pre owned cars at All Star, stop by the dealership and look at the many models that are included in their CPO specials. We are sure you will love a great CPO!

 

Ram 3500 is the Tops!

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

The Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country is a top pick up truck. It is highly capable and comfortable to ride in. Today we want to talk a little bit about how the Ram 3500 pick up truck got its start.

The Ram 3500 was part of a radical for the Dodge full-sized truck line-up that emerged during 1994. Existing as the largest capacity version of the pickup truck, the dual rear wheel, one-ton Dodge Ram 3500 featured an eight-foot long bed box and power from a host of potent engines. A 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 furnished base power for the 1998 Ram 3500 generating 250 horsepower.

Optional engines available with the Dodge Ram 3500 in 1998 consisted of a gasoline-powered Magnum V-10 and a Cummins diesel. Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations were offered with the pickup truck. In 2001, a Ram 3500 equipped with the 5.9-liter Cummins turbocharged diesel mated to a six-speed manual transmission could pull up to 15,100 pounds of weight using a 4.10 rear gear.

“In 2003, a new version of the one-ton Dodge pickup truck featured a larger front grille and was offered with a regular cab or Quad Cub body style. A four-door Mega Cab was added to the Ram 3500 line-up starting in the 2006 model year. The 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 came with standard power from a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine producing 345 horsepower. A 305-horsepower 8.0-liter Magnum V-10 powerplant was offered for the final time in 2003 on the Dodge Ram 3500.”-nadaguides.com

For more information on the Ram 3500, head to All Star today. You can test drive this powerful pick up truck and experience its comfortable ride. We are sure the that Ram 3500 is just the truck you need to handle all of your tough jobs. Experience the Ram 3500 today!

Are Inventory Specials a Great Deal?

Inventory Specials at All Star Dodge near St. Peters

When you are shopping for a new car, you will notice that there are a bunch of different options available to you. Some options will save you a lot of money, some, not so much. However, if you take advantage of the new car inventory specials at All Star Dodge near St. Peters, you are sure to get a great price on your next new car.

You might be wondering if inventory specials are really that great of a deal. The short answer is yes! The long answer is that these new cars that are part of the inventory specials are drastically discounted. This discount happens for a number of reasons. One reason is that the manufacturer is discounting the model in an effort to get more people driving that specific vehicle. For example, if a new model has been introduced, you might be able to get a great deal if the manufacturer is looking to raise brand awareness. Another reason that a specific vehicle could be discounted is because the dealership has too many of them on the lot. Sometimes, a dealer will order a bunch of a specific model, thinking that they will be able to sell them, and they don’t. This means a surplus of a specific vehicle that the dealer needs to move off of their lot to make room for other models. This is a simple case of supply and demand. It might also be that the dealership just wants to offer you a great deal! All Star is cool like that!

We invite you to head to All Star and walk their lot to see what all new cars on currently on special. Their team will help you find the right model for you!

Feel Rebellious in a Jeep Renegade

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton

If you have a rebellious spirit and like to take your adventures off road, then you need to get a Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton. It is a powerful SUV that is incredibly maneuverable and yet rides amazingly smooth. We want to take a look back at how the Renegade started.

The Jeep Renegade (BU) is a subcompact crossover SUV produced by Jeep. It is built in Melfi, Italy (alongside the related Fiat 500X); Goiana, Brazil (alongside the recently launched Fiat Toro); and in Guangzhou, China. It was first shown to the public in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show and mass-production started in late August of that year. The Renegade is the first Jeep product to be produced exclusively outside of North America and will sell in South African, European, North American, and Brazilian markets.

The Renegade offers two four-wheel drive systems Active Drive I and Active Drive Low, both of which are paired with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain System. It also has an available My Sky dual panel removable roof. The My Sky can be either retracted like a standard sunroof or removed completely for a more open-air experience, similar to that of the Jeep Wrangler.

At one time it was believed that the Renegade would replace the Compass and Patriot in the Jeep lineup, but the Renegade has since been clearly identified by Jeep as being in a smaller class than the MK twins. (This information was compiled from jeep.com and nadaguides.com.)

Test drive the incredible Jeep Renegade at All Star today. Their team would love to show you everything that the Renegade has to offer. Are you ready to be rebellious from behind the wheel of your own Jeep Renegade?

 

Cross Over to this Crossover!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis

The Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis is a delightful crossover that is fuel efficient and fun to drive. Not only that, but it also offers a lot of seating and is perfect for a family vehicle. Today we want to take a look at the history of the Chrysler Pacifica, where it started and how far it has come.

Chrysler entered the crossover vehicle segment for the first time in 2004 with a vehicle called the Pacifica. The same chassis used by Chryslers minivan line-up served as the basis of the Chrysler Pacifica. The 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was offered as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. Standard power for the 2004 Pacifica was derived from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

The 250-horsepower V-6 engine of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission incorporating an AutoStick shifter. Attempting to showcase the Pacifica as a luxurious alternative to the minivan, Chrysler included a sizable complement of standard equipment on the crossover vehicle. 17-inch aluminum wheels, air suspension, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and leather-wrapped steering wheel were all included on the 2004 Chrysler crossover vehicle.

Three-row seating came standard on the 2004 Pacifica providing interior accommodations for six occupants. In 2005, with the addition of Touring and Limited trim levels, the third row seating was no longer included on the base model of the Chrysler Pacifica. For 2006, 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine replaced the 3.5-liter powerplant as the base propulsion of the crossover. The following year, the Chrysler Pacificas older engine was replaced by a 4.0-liter V-6 powerplant generating 255 horsepower. (This information was compiled from nadaguides.com and chrysler.com.)

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica and its different options, head to All Star Chrysler today!

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited the Most Incredible Trim

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ellisville

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ellisville is a super capable off road SUV that is designed to handle the roughest terrains. What you might not know is that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, while sometimes held out as its own model, is actually a trim of the Jeep Wrangler model. The main difference between the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is that the Wrangler Unlimited is actually longer than the regular Wrangler. Some would say that the Wrangler Unlimited is better equipped to handle really rough terrain, but that is just the opinion of some individuals. Today we want to talk a little bit about the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited model and some of the changes it has seen through the years.

Jeep made no major changes to the 2009 Wrangler Unlimited, adding start assist, a sway control system and some minor storage upgrades. In 2010, Jeep added a removable soft top, and made fog lights, towing hooks and a compass standard in the base model, as well as making some slight changes to the trims. The 2011 Wrangler Unlimited featured a newly designed interior that boasted bigger windows, offered powered mirrors, all-new climate control, Bluetooth integration and a few other minor changes.

The 2012 model year featured a standard V6 engine that was rated at 285 horsepower with a standard five-speed automatic transmission and 4WD. In 2013, Jeep added a system that monitored tire pressure and updated a few trim levels. The 2014 Wrangler Unlimited remained unchanged from the previous model year. (This information was compiled from nadaguides.com and jeep.com.)

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler, head to All Star. Their team will show you all of the amazing features the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has to offer its drivers, we are sure you will love it!

Jeep Wrangler – An American Icon

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Wentzville

The Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Wentzville is probably one of the most iconic vehicles in American history. It started out as a utility vehicle designed to help the effort in Europe during World War II and grew into a lifestyle. There are Jeeping groups all over the St. Louis area that take adventures in their Jeep Wranglers. Today we want to take a look back at when the Jeep Wrangler was formally introduced nearly 50 years after its original design.

Outwardly resembling the Jeep CJ-7, the Wrangler, which was formally announced in February 1986 at the 1986 Chicago Auto Show, was based on a new set of design parameters. “The product philosophy behind the two vehicles” François Castaing (AMC VP of Product Engineering) explained, “is completely different”.  Just like the Willys MB and the Jeep CJ, Wranglers continue to use a separate body and frame, rigid solid axles both front and rear, a fold-flat windshield, and can be driven without doors. But its suspension, drivetrain, and interior were borrowed from the new Cherokee (XJ) model.

The Wrangler debuted in 1986 as a new model after discontinuance of the famous Jeep model (CJ). It was revised in 1996, and completely redesigned in 2006. In addition to the model name Wrangler, each model received a designation corresponding to its generation: YJ (1986–1995), TJ (1997–2006), TJU’s (commonly known as LJs- 2004–2006 Unlimited models, or YJL, in the Egyptian owners manual.), JKU (2007–present Unlimited models) and JK (2007–present). Foreign military versions of the Wrangler have carried the J8 designation which was initially dubbed TJL when first produced at Arab American Vehicle’s Egyptian plant. (This information was partially compiled from Jeep.com.)

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler, head to All Star today!