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All Star Stocked Up!

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Saint Charles

You might have heard that there is a shortage of the Dodge Grand Caravan, but no need to worry, All Star Dodge near Saint Charles is all stocked up! You might be wondering why a dealership would need to stock up on a minivan, or any vehicle for that matter. It’s because sometimes plants have to go on hiatus to be retooled for the next year’s models production to begin! This may be the case for the Dodge Grand Caravan!

The reason for the Grand Caravan’s extended production break is unclear. Two FCA spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment on the hiatus or whether the vehicle would be significantly altered when it returns as a 2018 model. Officials with Unifor, the union representing Canadian auto workers at FCA’s Windsor Assembly plant in Ontario, could not be reached for comment.

Such production breaks are common if a vehicle’s supply outstrips demand, but FCA began June with just 11,967 unsold Grand Caravans in inventory, a 22-day supply, which was the lowest days’ supply of any vehicle in FCA’s lineup. By way of comparison, its line mate, the Chrysler Pacifica, started June with a more standard 66-day supply.

“FCA has extended the life of the Grand Caravan at least twice. Originally, production was to end when what became the Pacifica debuted in 2016. But executives initially spared the ax when they realized that they needed the Grand Caravan to cover the value end of the minivan market and to meet continuing demand for minivans from daily rental fleet providers, with both actions not only generating profits but protecting the residual values of the newly launched Pacifica.”-autonews.com

Get your Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge today! Their team is ready to serve you!

 

Chrysler and Sesame Street a Winning Combination!

Electric Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ballwin

Chrysler has been making some great changes lately, one of which being the introduction of the hybrid Chrysler Pacifica, the other being their partnership with the characters of Sesame Street. Today we want to take a brief look at both! Remember, you can get all kinds of Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ballwin!

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind vehicle, the sole plug-in hybrid minivan offered for sale in North America. The Pacifica Hybrid is back on sale in its second model year, and the minivan with 33 miles of electric range has some new support from familiar faces.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced a new ad partnership with both Sesame Streetand actor Dax Shepard to support the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid. The ads began to appear across social and digital media channels on September 27, including the one in the video above. Titled “It’s Electric,” the spot features the Two-Headed Monster and Big Bird alongside Shepard, and explains the Pacifica’s plug-in hybrid powertrain in the most basic terms.

“The fact that buyers are eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit will likely help the Pacifica Hybrid’s sales, since that brings its post-incentive price close to the conventional version. California buyers also receive a $1,500 purchase rebate, plus a “Green Sticker” that gives access to that state’s highway carpool lanes. While Sesame Street works to increase awareness of its green minivan, FCA’s future will involve more electrified vehicles. “-greencarreports.com

We cannot wait to see what other electrified vehicles Chrysler will come out with! One thing is for certain, that they will be awesome! After all, with friends like Big Bird and Elmo, you can’t go wrong!

Get more information on the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler today! Their team would love to help you go electric!

What Do You Need for Guaranteed Financing?

Guaranteed Financing at All Star Dodge near Oakville

Navigating the waters that is guaranteed financing can be tricky, but at All Star Dodge near Oakville, they want to make things a little easier. Not all dealerships offer guaranteed financing, but All Star wants to make sure to go the extra mile for their customers. We want to tell you a bit about what you might need to take advantage of guaranteed financing.

Proof of Income – In many cases, lenders of guaranteed auto loans require proof of income in the form of paycheck stubs, income tax return or other documentation that can validate the applicant has work history and current income that is accurately reported on the application. Since the lender is not usually going by actual credit history, they are taking a risk in offering a guaranteed auto loan and want to make sure that the person who is applying for the loan can afford the monthly car payments.

Proof of Insurance – Another requirement that many lenders of guaranteed auto loans require is proof of auto insurance. If the person applying for the loan already owns a car and has auto insurance, then this requirement is usually fairly easy to supply. The applicant can show a copy of their auto policy and usually obtain a temporary insurance provision for the purchase of a new car. If, however, the applicant does not currently own a car, they will need to secure auto insurance before completing the loan process. This is also a standard requirement for most other types of auto loans.

It is important to remember that each person is an individual case and All Star will handle their auto loan accordingly. If you have anymore questions about the guaranteed financing process, just talk to a member of the All Star Dodge team!

Let’s Talk Torque

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton

When you are shopping for a truck one of the key things that we know you look for is how much you can tow and what kind of torque it offers. The Ram line up of trucks is highly capable and offers loads of torque, especially the Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton. Let’s take a look at what kind of torque the 2018 Ram 3500 will have to offer!

“If you have your eye on a 2017 Ram 3500HD equipped with the optional turbocharged 6.7-liter inline-six diesel engine with an intent to tow, then we’d recommend you wait to sign the paperwork. Next year’s truck equipped with the Cummins-sourced diesel engine will be available with a massive 930 lb-ft of torque—a gain of 30 lb-ft over the torquiest 2017 Ram 3500HD. “-caranddriver.com

The Ram’s extra grunt isn’t for naught, either, as the model is now capable of towing up to 30,000 pounds when equipped with the brand’s new fifth-wheel hitch design. That’s an increase of 5000 pounds over the 2017 truck. The hitch will set Ram buyers back $1395 but allows the 3500HD to tow up to 2500 pounds more than a Ford F-series Super Duty can do when equipped with a fifth-wheel hitch.

The 2018 Ram 3500HD goes on sale this month with pricing that’s expected to remain close to the numbers for its 2017 counterpart. Although Ram isn’t ready to release horsepower figures for its diesel variant, we expect similar output to the 385-hp unit that currently sits at the top of the 2017 Ram 3500HD’s diesel totem pole.

Head to All Star today and get more information on the power and towing capacity that the current 2017 Ram 3500 and the new 2018 Ram 3500 will have to offer. Their team is ready to help you!

How to Buy a Used Car

Used Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

You need a car on a budget? That’s great because All Star Dodge Ram near North County has a huge selection of great used cars and certified pre-owned that are all at a great price. This might be your first car purchase, and if it is, congratulations! However, we also know that it can be a little scary! We want to help you navigate this process, so we have a couple of tips to get you started!

  1. Set a budget – A rule of thumb: If you’re taking out a loan to pay for your car, your car payment shouldn’t be more than 20 percent of your take-home pay. If you’re sticking to a tight budget, you may want to spend even less. Used cars will need a little extra attention from time to time: new tires, maintenance and the like. And then there are the other ownership costs shoppers sometimes forget to account for, such as fuel and insurance. If the car you’re planning to buy is out of warranty, it might be a good idea to set aside a “just-in-case” fund to cover any unexpected repairs.
  2. Make a list of cars you would like to own – Do some research and make a list of vehicles that fit what you need and what you want. Certain used cars cost more than others, it can even vary by brand. So if you’re looking to save money, consider more than one brand. We suggest making a list of three cars that meet your needs and fall within your budget

There is no reason to go through the car buying process alone, let the team at All Star help! Their friendly staff would love to help you buy a used or certified pre-owned car!

Know What You’re Doing!

New Cars at All Star Dodge near Creve Coeur

So many people realize that they need a new car, but have no idea about how to go about getting one. They know they need to go to the dealership, but past that, not much else. Today we want to share some tips for how to go about taking advantage of one of the new car inventory specials at All Star Dodge near Creve Coeur.

Have a budget: While you may have your heart set on a specific car, you won’t be able to take it home unless you can afford it. A good rule of thumb is to spend no more than 25 percent of your monthly household income for all the cars in your household. And this figure should include not only monthly car loan payments but all other vehicle costs, including fuel and car insurance.

Decide between new or used: Thanks to a large number of lease returns, a wide array of used cars that are about three years old is currently on the market, making buying a used or certified pre-owned (CPO) car more attractive than in recent years. In addition, there are more inexpensive new cars available than ever before, making your choices positively dizzying, regardless of your budget. All Star also offers a vast selection of inventory specials on many new vehicles. You are sure to find the right car, truck, or SUV from their selection of inventory specials.

Head to All Star today and take advantage of the inventory specials that this wonderful dealership has to offer. Their friendly and knowledgable staff would love to assist you in finding the right vehicle and helping you to get whatever financing you will need. All Star really is a one stop dealership!

Mass Appeal of the Renegade!

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue

The Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue really has a huge mass appeal. This compact SUV has a lot of bells and whistles as well as incredible capabilities. We want to explore more about this incredible model here today.

It’s safe to say that the Renegade is making a big impact. Along with the flagship Grand Cherokee, the Renegade is one of the highest-rated vehicles Jeep currently makes. Now in its third model year, the Renegade also scores better than many of its competitors in the burgeoning class of subcompact SUVs.

The Renegade isn’t just a cute ute with a Jeep badge; it can also “Go anywhere and do anything” like its larger siblings. No other SUV in the class can match the Renegade’s off-road capabilities. In fact, few vehicles in any class can, and most of them wear a Jeep badge. This little Jeep isn’t just an off-road warrior though. It shows its manners on paved roads, with confident handling, a composed ride, and an adequate engine. It also gives you plenty of day-to-day utility, with excellent passenger room and a decent-sized cargo hold.

“The Jeep Renegade should appeal to many shoppers for a variety of reasons. First, it has the lowest base price in the class by a sizeable amount, getting you an off-road-ready partner cheaper. However, be prepared to spend more money to bring the Renegade in line with the competition. The Wrangler may be the model that put Jeep on the map, but if you want a lot of what makes a Jeep a Jeep but in a more comfortable package that also works as a daily driver, then the Renegade could be for you.”-cars.usnews.com

Get your Jeep Renegade SUV at All Star Jeep Dealer today!

Pacifica is the Right Minivan!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

If you are in the market for a new minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold is right for you. This delightful vehicle is available as a hybrid and we could not be more thrilled. Let’s take a look at this delightful vehicle.

Chrysler offers this hybrid version that knocks out all comers on fuel efficiency. Think the equivalent of 84 miles per gallon for the 33-mile range of the electric-only mode or 32 as a conventional gas-electric hybrid.

That beats the all-gas Pacifica’s 22 miles per gallon and even Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s 29.

“The catch is cost, but it’s not a big stretch for those seeking an upscale minivan. Prices start at $43,090, including destination, not taking into account that Pacifica Hybrid qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. So now we’re down to $35,590. That compares with $28,590 for the standard Pacifica, but you get many more standard features. Think leather seats, power doors and tailgate, 8.4-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and remote start.”-bizjournals.com

ou’re looking at a gap of about $7,000 for the base Pacifica, even less for Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. But if bargain pricing is a priority, consider Dodge Grand Caravan or Kia Sedona.

Pacifica Hybrid offers just two trims, Premium and Platinum, compared with six on the gas version. The all-gas Touring L is probably the closest match to the Hybrid Premium, which brings the difference down to two grand and you still don’t get the 8.4-inch UConnect screen. That puts payback at less than three years for most drivers, faster if you’re heavy on the short electric runs and charge up overnight.

Get your Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler today! We are sure that you will fall in love this this hybrid minivan!

When Will We See the New Wrangler Unlimited?

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Town and Country

News has been buzzing all year that 2018 is going to mean a new generation of the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The main question that everyone has been asking is when? When will be get to see the new next generation? We think we may now know! We’ve done some looking around online and found some interesting news.

“Jeep fans know the countdown clock for the new Wrangler—code-named JL—is ticking. According to an unnamed dealer source cited by JLWrangler Forums, the 2018 Wrangler will roll off the Toledo assembly line in mid-November, although some variants won’t start production until months later.”-caranddriver.com

The forum reports the four-door Unlimited V-6 hardtop will be the first out, followed by the Dual Top and softtop versions in December. Next up, in February, are the two-door V-6 hardtop and various versions of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Unlimited. Softtop versions of the four-cylinder, in both body styles, start in March, at which point Jeep will stop building the current JK. A power top (possibly as both hard- and softtop) will be built starting in May 2018, with the diesel coming in August. A hybrid based on the V-6 will arrive later as a 2019 model.

None of these claimed production start times are confirmed by Fiat Chrysler, nor are they on-sale dates. They’re also subject to change. Fans who can’t wait to see the new Wrangler’s sleeker interior and largely same-looking body in person should book a flight to L.A., as the JL will be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show this fall.

So while this information is not yet confirmed by the higher ups at FCA, we are hopeful to see the newest Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sooner rather than later at All Star Jeep Dealer near Town and Country!

Jeep Wrangler Spy Shots

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO

We LOVE getting to look at spy shots of the latest vehicles that come out. This includes the Jeep Wrangler that will soon be out at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO. These spy shots were very revealing and we wanted to share what we thought we saw here with you today.

Previously standard on Sahara and Rubicon models, improved LED headlights are something the die-hards have wished for a long time now. The newfangled clusters appear to offer greater lighting performance than the current units, but they’re not alone. They’re complemented by round-shaped fog lights located under the headlights, grafted into the Wrangler’s bumper.

The newest spy photos of the JL Wrangler further reveal two hood vents and a set of chunky BF Goodrich tires wrapped around black-painted wheels fastened with six lug nuts. The body-on-frame configuration also appears to offer better approach and departure angles than the JK Wrangler, whereas the rear incorporates a tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

There were two mules (test models) out, one of them is fitted with the removable soft top, and the other features some sort of hardtop. According to leaked documents, the first type of 2018 Jeep Wrangler to roll off the line is the two-door JL in hardtop configuration. In March 2018, the Toledo plant will start production of the soft-top Wrangler, whereas right-hand drive models are go for June 11.

“Next August will see the introduction of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, which will prove popular in markets such as Europe based on the sales figures for the JK and JKU. Over in the United States, the biggest sellers in terms of engine options will be the tried-and-tested Pentastar V6 and the Hurricane inline-4.”-autoevolution.com

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