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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!

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Repairs are Important!

Collision Repair Center at All Star Dodge Ram near Ballwin

With all of this early spring weather we have been having has been fantastic! We have noticed a lot of people taking drives and enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, more people on the road usually translates to more accidents. What do you do with your Dodge Ram cars after an accident? Do you take it to the Joe Smoe shop down the street and hope for the best? Or do you take your vehicle to the people who know your model inside and out and has all of the tools and parts at their disposal to get it repaired properly? If you are like us, then you want to take your Dodge Ram vehicles to the people who know what they are doing. You want to take your vehicles to All Star Dodge Ram near Ballwin.

At All Star, their team is stocked with factory trained and certified technicians who know each Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler model inside and out. (They could probably do the repairs with their eyes closed, they know so much, but they won’t.) The team at All Star has all of the latest and greatest tools to get any and all repairs done. Another added benefit of taking your vehicles to All Star is that their parts department is fully stocked with factory made and certified parts that were specifically designed for each individual model. This is a big deal because parts that were specifically for your vehicles means that they allow your vehicle to perform at its peak. You get the best fuel economy, the best performance, and the longest life out of your vehicle when you use factory made parts. For more information on the repairs process, head to All Star today!

Know Chrysler History

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Oakville

Did you know that Chrysler has been around for nearly one hundred years. It started as a small company and has grown into one of the most loved auto brands in the country. Today we want to take a brief look back at the history of Chrysler. This impressive legacy is easy to be a part of, you just need to head to All Star Chrysler near Oakville.

1946-1954: The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI® combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.

1955-1962: Exner revived Chrysler production car design with the sleek, sculptured Forward Look designs of 1955 that transformed the product line overnight. The Forward Look flagship was the 1955 Chrysler 300, a striking automobile that combined smooth styling with brawny HEMI power. The 300, arguably the first muscle car, became a legend on and off the race track and set records throughout the 1950s, including a 143-mph performance at Daytona Beach. As the Fifties progressed, Chrysler products began to sprout distinctive tailfins, ostensibly to improve handling and stability above 70 miles per hour. The 1957 Chrysler brand standard-bearer, the 300C, was equipped with a standard 392-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower HEMI, two four-barrel carburetors, a high-output camshaft, Torsion-Aire suspension and the new Torqueflite transmission, making it the fastest, most powerful production car built in America that year and earning it the appellation “beautiful brute.” (This information was compiled from chrysler.com and nadaguides.com.)

Get your Chrysler Cars at All Star today!

Dodge Parts? More Please!

Dodge Parts at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

It is absolutely no secret that we LOVE Dodge Ram vehicles and one of their great dealers, All Star Dodge near Town and Country. It is also no secret that we love the Dodge parts at All Star as well. In the beginning, before the Dodge brothers built their first car, they were a huge manufacturer of auto parts. The Dodge brothers gained such notoriety for their quality of parts that Mr. Olds, you might know him from Oldsmobile, decided to make the Dodge brothers the primary manufacturers of their engine parts. However, Oldsmobile was not the only auto maker who wanted to get Dodge parts in their cars.

On February 23, 1903 the Dodge brothers formally agreed to supply Henry Ford with 650 chassis (including engines, transmissions, and axles) for $250 each, thus beginning a profitable relationship between the two firms. This contract kept the 150 men at the Hastings Street plant fully occupied and the Dodges began working exclusively for Ford. He built a plant on Mack Avenue to assemble cars from parts made elsewhere, the entire operation dependent upon extensive credit from his parts suppliers. In return for an investment of $10,000 ($7,000 in materials and a $3,000 bank note), the Dodge brothers accepted 100 shares (one-tenth of the total) in the Ford Motor Company., newly-incorporated on June 16, 1903. Dodge delivered the first shipment of chassis to Mack Avenue in July via horse-drawn hayracks and the Ford Motor Company assembled its first cars. (Part of this information was compiled from dodgemotorcar.com). It is not uncommon to find Dodge parts in old Ford models.

To get your own Dodge Parts, head to All Star Dodge. Their parts department is stocked with knowledgeable technicians that will help you get the right parts for whatever job you need to get done!

Chrysler 300: Power Car

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in MO

The Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in MO is a sedan with a long history of power and agility. We want to take a look back at what started the legacy of the Chrysler 300.

There was a bright young man working for Chrysler in the 1950’s who had a great idea to improve upon the existing Hemi-engined model that Chrysler was already making. This young man proposed that Chrysler build a special car, a two-door hardtop, for the Hemi. There wasn’t any budget for new sheet metal, so he bolted the top-of-the-line Imperial’s nose onto a New Yorker hardtop two-door body shell with Windsor model rear quarter panels to produce the 1955 300. Chrysler’s chief designer, Virgil Exner, tweaked the design by excising the Imperial’s massive front bumper in favor of the less ornate one used on the base Chrysler, and the 300 went into production. Today the Chrysler 300 is the herald of a new rear-drive future for Chrysler and the most spectacular home yet for an all-new Hemi V8. It’s amazing how Chrysler came back to the young man’s basic idea nearly a half century later.

The current Chrysler 300 is nothing short of sensational. Except for the fact that it’s built in the same plant and can be had with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine in lower-end models (there’s also a base model with a 2.7-liter V6), the new 300 shares practically nothing with the outgoing 300M. The new unibody structure mounts a rear-drive drivetrain and incorporates suspension components originally developed for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The styling is aggressively American with more than a taste of gangster influence. (This information was gathered from chrysler.com and classiccars.com.)

For more information on the current Chrysler 300, head to All Star and work with a member of the All Star team!

Where Did the Ram Pick-Up Truck Start?

Ram Pick-Up Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near University City

The pick-up truck is one of the most iconic images in Americana history. We have seen it on television and movies for as long as we can remember. Today we want to take a look at the history of the Ram pick-up truck. You can always get a great Ram pick-up truck at All Star Dodge Ram near University City.

The Dodge brothers (John and Horace) got their start making parts for Ford and other makers. From the first Dodge Brothers automobile in 1914, the Dodge brothers’ durability and quality earned their company a strong reputation and good sales. They did not build an actual truck until World War I, though, and that was a panel van, not a pickup – with a half-ton capacity and a 35 horsepower four cylinder engine. The underlying chassis was likely almost unchanged from their cars.

In 1921, Graham Brothers started selling 1.5 ton pickups through Dodge dealers, using Graham bodies on Dodge chassis. A one ton model showed up later in the 1920s, powered by that same four cylinder engine, and Dodge Brothers bought Graham Brothers over 1925 and 1926.

In 1928, Chrysler acquired the Dodge Brothers company, after giving Plymouth dealers a line of Fargo trucks, which sold in the US from 1928 through 1930, and continued for decades as an export brand; they had nothing in common with Dodge trucks, sharing parts with Plymouth and DeSoto instead.

“Dodge introduced a half-ton pickup for 1929 just after its acquisition by Chrysler, the last truck designed by the old Dodge Brothers company. Three engines were available – two Dodge engines with six cylinders (63 and 78 hp), and a Maxwell four cylinder that produced 45 hp (more than the old Dodge Fours). The trucks had four wheel hydraulic brakes, a significant safety feature unique to Chrysler-built pickups, and standard across Chrysler Corporation vehicles.” -allpar.com

A History Worth Remembering

Chrysler Cars at All Star near Town and Country

We don’t know what it is, but we have a tendency to get a little nostalgic this time of year. Maybe it’s because it is cold outside and we stay inside looking through old photos. Today we want to take a look at the history of Chrysler. You can always get your Chrysler Cars at All Star near Town and Country.

From 1920-1924: Chrysler teamed up with three ex-Studebaker engineers, Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer, to design a revolutionary new car. They defined what the products of the Chrysler brand would be – affordable “luxury” vehicles known for innovative, top-flight engineering.

1924: The first was the 1924 Chrysler Six, an all-new car priced at $1,565 that featured two significant innovations – a light, powerful, high-compression six-cylinder engine and the first time four-wheel hydraulic brakes were standard on a passenger car. The well-equipped Chrysler Six also featured aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.

From  1930-1935: Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corporation’s leadership in innovation had earned for it the label of Detroit’s “engineering company.” Chrysler’s list of early automotive “firsts” included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields.

“Chrysler entered a higher level of competition with its richly appointed Imperial series. With a custom-built body from LeBaron or Briggs, a 145-inch-wheelbase chassis, a 125-horsepower engine and a price tag of $3,145, a typical Imperial of the early 1930s rivaled a Duesenberg in style, but cost only about a third as much!” -chrysler.com

For more information on the different models made by Chrysler, stop by All Star today. Their team would love to share more of the history of this great model with you!

 

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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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!