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Winter is Coming – Service Now!

Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville

We have certainly had our cold snap in the St. Louis area! One day it starts out at seventy degrees and end that same day at thirty degrees. Talk about weather whiplash! This colder weather has gotten us thinking about getting our vehicles serviced at the Service Center at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville. You might be thinking, do I really need to get my Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler Cars serviced now? It is just started to get cold. Now is the perfect time to get your vehicle serviced!

Imagine that you are out driving home from a delightful day of Christmas shopping. Everything has gone your way. You found the perfect gifts, they were on sale, and the salesmen were all polite as could be. You load up your SUV and start out towards your house, thinking that all is well with the world. And why wouldn’t you think that? You just had a great day! Then all of a sudden it starts to snow and you think to yourself how great the light snowfall is going to look. Then the snow starts coming down harder and you have to turn your windshield wipers on, but the blades are pretty worn and not cleaning the windshield off like they should. You then notice that the road is getting slippery and you can feel your vehicle starting to skid. This is likely happening because your tires are worn through. This very situation is exactly why you need to get your vehicle serviced now and before you find yourself stuck in a sticky situation. Never fear, the team in the All Star Service Center is here to help. Bring your vehicle in and let them service it so that you are ready for whatever the season may bring.

Fast Facts About Cars

Parts Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville

We love trivia! Sometimes it’s fun to learn fun and interesting facts about the auto industry. Today we thought we would broaden your knowledge of things pertaining to cars. Let’s get learning!

A Swiss diplomat copped a speeding fine worth $290 000. Seriously.

In Switzerland, the cost of a speeding fine is based on the speed the vehicle was travelling at as well as the driver’s income. The diplomat in question, who earns around $26 million per year, was clocked driving his Ferrari at 137km/h through a village.

60 million cars are produced worldwide every year.

That’s 165 000 cars per day!

Women buy more new cars than men.

Think that the auto market is a man’s world? Think again.

Recent research by Cooper Tires revealed that women buy 60% of all new cars sold,
and influence 80% of all new car purchases.

The average person will spend 2 weeks of their life stopped at red lights.

Ouch. Maybe we should make that time worthwhile. Start learning a language, anyone?

The average car is made up of over 30 000 parts.

Alright, so this number does include the small stuff, like handle screws and panel pins.
But 30 000 is still an incredible figure when you give it some thought! The good news is that the Parts Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville can help you release all of them when the need arises. The friendly team in the parts department has the knowledge to help you figure out just which parts you need to keep your car running smoothly.

To get more information on the latest and greatest cars, trucks, and SUVs that have been put out by Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and Chrysler, head to All Star today. Their friendly team is waiting to serve you!

Chrysler 300C – Large and In Charge!

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near North County

When you want a large sedan that is comfortable and stylish, you get the Chrysler 300C from All Star Chrysler near North County. The Chrysler 300 is a top rated sedan and people everywhere love it! Today we want to take a closer look at all that the Chrysler 300C has to offer.

If you’ve enjoyed driving large sedans in the past, the 300C will not disappoint. This is a bit of a throwback when compared to larger cars today. There is more cushion on the road; it may even be considered a bit floaty over some bumps. Relaxed driving is rewarded with a nearly silent ride that does a good job of coddling the driver and passengers. It’s a joy on longer trips when the luxury car comes out. If you push the 300C, it responds nicely but expect some lean in tighter, faster corners.

This 300C drives like a larger car, so getting used to parking in smaller spaces takes a few minutes. The rear visibility isn’t the best because the back window is rather small. Fortunately, the rear view camera and front and rear park assist pretty much park the car for you. The fuel economy for this large car is on par for this class. “I managed 23.4 mpg in my 340 miles of mixed driving, a tiny bit better than the 23 mpg on the sticker. This tester has the V-6 engine which does a decent job of moving the big Chrysler. There is an optional V-8 I recommend you look at if you plan to have a full car on most of your trips.”-wtop.com

For more information on the Chrysler 300C, head to All Star today. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to take you on a test drive!

We’re Thinking Used Cars

Used Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Creve Coeur

We have used cars on the brain today! Maybe it is because we are looking at the car our spouse is driving and thinking that it is time to get something different, but that we do not really have the budget to buy a new car. Luckily for us, All Star Dodge Ram near Creve Coeur has a huge selection of used cars and inventory specials that are just ripe for the picking! Today we want to take a look at some of the benefits of buying a used car.

Less Depreciation: New cars typically depreciate about 20 percent when they are driven off the lot. Most cars will lose another 10 percent in value during the first year. That’s a 30-percent loss in value during the initial year of ownership. A $30,000 car loses roughly $9,000 in value during that period. You can avoid that hit by buying a one-year-old used car. He cautions that one-year-old used cars are hard to come by, but it’s becoming easier to find two- and three-year-old used cars. Additionally, with the “right” used car, it’s possible for an owner to buy it, drive it and sell it with little loss in equity.

Less Insurance Costs: A key factor in determining the cost of car insurance is the value of the car. Because a used car has less value than a newer version, the cost of insurance should be less. Experts say that even more money can be saved because some elements of car insurance can be dropped. “Collision and theft: Once a car is old enough, you can do away with those if you choose,” Reed from Edmunds says.

For more information on the benefits of buying a used car from All Star, stop by the dealership today!

It’s Coming!

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge Ram in Missouri

There have been rumors swirling for months, but now it is really happening! The Dodge Challenger Demon is coming to dealerships, including All Star Dodge Ram in Missouri! This powerful sports car is sure to get your blood pumping! Don’t just take our word for it, we want you to experience it for yourself! However, that is not going to keep us from telling you about it here today!

In a news release from Friday, the company said the limited-production 840-horsepower car – “the industry’s first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car” – is on its way to dealers. The car goes 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and has a 6.20-liter Hemi V8 engine.

The Demon is the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car, as certified by the National Hot Rod Association, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tests found the car can travel a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. It has a top speed of 168, according to Popular Science.

“The people who bought a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are performance enthusiasts to the core, and having a custom car with accessories that improve overall performance is critical,” said Tim Kuniskis, Fiat Chrysler North America’s head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT.

Only 3,300 will be produced and prices start at $84,995. Customers can also receive plenty of extra accessories. While the mega-muscle car has been highly anticipated by fans, its production hasn’t been without controversy, the Free Press reports.

A top trade publication, Automotive News, wrote an editorial seeking to ban Demons from the street: “The 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from Fiat Chrysler is so inherently dangerous to the common safety of motorists that its registration as a road-worthy automobile should be banned,” it says.

We think that the drivers should decide. Get to All Star today and get your Dodge Challenger!

Used Car Benefits

Used Cars at All Star Dodge near Ladue

We know that you know that All Star Dodge near Ladue has a HUGE selection of used cars. What you might know is that there are a lot of great benefits of buying a used car from All Star. We want to share some of those benefits with you here today.

Sales Tax Savings – Every ad for a new car glosses over the tax issue. Many state laws subject new cars to state sales tax, but not used cars. In Georgia, for example, if you buy a used car from a private seller, you won’t owe any sales tax at all. The laws in Missouri and Illinois are different, so be sure to check with a member of the All Star finance team for information on your specific information. Comparatively, the sales tax that dealers have to add to the price of a new car can be thousands of dollars. Don’t underestimate the savings, and research your state’s laws on the subject before you make a decision.

Cheaper Registration Fees – “In most states, the rate of your annual registration fee is based on your car’s value and its model year. In Colorado, for example, registration fees fall dramatically during the first few years after a car is manufactured. The rate is highest in the first three years, and then levels off after five years. If your state has similar rules, you can save about a thousand dollars by avoiding the new car registration fees and buying a car that’s at least three, or better yet five, years old.”-moneycrashers.com

To check out some of the different vehicles that are currently on the used car lot, head to All Star today. Their team is ready to help you!

Is Buying New Right for You?

New Cars at All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton

There is a lot of debate over whether it is best to buy a new or used car. Today we are going to share the benefits of buying a new car from All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton. All Star has the latest and greatest selection of new cars in the St. Louis area and we are sure that they will have the right new car for you!

Made to Order — Chances are, you can spec a new car just the way you want it, or at least have the dealer search for one with the right combination of options and interior and exterior colors.

It’s Not Used — Well, duh. A new car hasn’t been in any accidents, hasn’t been mistreated by unknown evildoers, doesn’t smell funny, has seen no wear or tear, and comes with a clean history that includes only being driven off the line, onto a transporter, and around the dealer’s lot.

Warranty — Like the rest of it, the new car’s warranty is untouched. You can buy warranties for used cars or go the certified preowned route, but the best warranty you can get—without paying extra—will be the one that comes with a new car from the manufacturer.

Latest Gizmos — “The newer the car, the more modern the geeky tech that’s packed inside. Multimedia and navigation interfaces are constantly evolving and improving, so if you have to have the latest in gadgets (and don’t want to add them yourself post-factory) the selection will be better in the new-car showroom.”-caranddriver.com

There are so many more great benefits of buying a a great new Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep car, truck, or SUV. Learn more at All Star Dodge Ram today!

Let’s Talk 1960’s Dodge Dart

Dodge Dart at All Star Dodge near St. Louis

While we all know that the latest Dodge Dart at All Star Dodge near St. Louis is a wonderful machine, but we want to go back a little bit further in time and take a look at the third generation of the Dodge Dart. We like to know a bit about where a model comes from and so we can speculate on where it’s going.

For 1963, Dodge made a last-minute decision to drop the Lancer name in favor of Dart for Dodge’s newly designed “senior compact”, a marketing term referring to the wheelbase having grown to 111 in (2,819 mm) from the Lancer’s 106.5 in (2,705 mm). This longer wheelbase used the same A-body suspension of the Valiant and defunct Lancer, and would underpin all Darts from 1963 to 1976 except the 1963–1966 station wagons which used the Valiant’s (106 in (2,692 mm) wheelbase) and the 1971–1976 Demon/Sport which used the Plymouth Duster’s 108 in (2,743 mm) wheelbase. The longer wheelbase gave more rear seat legroom than the previous Lancer or the contemporaneous Valiant. The Dart was available as a 2- or 4-door sedan, a 2-door hardtop coupe, a station wagon, and a convertible. Three trim levels were offered: the low-spec 170, the high-spec 270, and the premium GT, which was available only as a 2-door hardtop or convertible. The 1963 Dart has a turning radius of 38.9 ft (11.9 m).

The Dart was an instant market success, with 1963 sales up sharply compared to those of the 1962 Lancer. The Dart remained extremely popular through the end of the Dart’s production run in 1976 in comparison to the Ford Falcon and the Chevrolet Nova. (This information was compiled from dodge.com, classiccars.com and wikipedia.com.)

You can still get your own Dodge Dart at All Star Dodge today! Their friendly team is ready to assist you!

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Taking a Look Back

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Saint Charles

Every once in a while we like to stop and take a look back at where Chrysler got its start. We believe that knowing where you are coming from is important – because how can you know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been? Today we want to look back at the 1950’s area for Chrysler. Remember, you can always get your latest Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Saint Charles.

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.”

“The company’s engineering “firsts” from this era include the first “safety cushion dashboard,” the famous Chrysler push-button transmission (which became an icon of the ’50s), power steering, torsion-bar suspension and the first practical alternator (introduced in 1960, it proved so successful it became standard equipment just one year later).”-chrysler.com

To learn more about the Chrysler brand, head to All Star. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would love to share with you what they know about the different Chrysler Cars!

Getting to Know Dodge

Dodge Ram cars, trucks, and SUVs at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville

As we start to hit the holiday season, we are feeling a bit nostalgic. We like being reminded of our joyous memories from the past and thought we would share some of our memories with you. We want to take a look back at how Dodge got its start, doing all the way back to the founders, the Dodge brothers. You can always get the latest Dodge models, as well as some classics too, at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville.

Like many other pioneers in the automobile industry, the Dodge Brothers were skilled machinists from a modest background. John Francis Dodge (bom October 25, 1864) and Horace Elgin Dodge (bom May 17, 1868) were two of the three children of Daniel Rug and Maria (Casto) Dodge of Niles, Michigan. Delphine Dodge was the third child. They attended public schools, but learned the machinist’s trade from their father, who ran a shop specializing in internal combustion engines for marine use. The inseparable brothers built the first bicycle in Niles. They left this sleepy town in southwest Michigan in 1886, stopped briefly in Battle Creek and Port Huron, Michigan, and then worked steadily at the Murphy Boiler Works in Detroit until 1894. They moved across the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario, where they became machinists for the Canadian Typograph Company and soon began their first venture to manufacture precision metal products.

They began with only twelve employees, but quickly established a reputation for excellent workmanship. Consequently their business grew and forced them to move to larger quarters at Hastings Street and Monroe Avenue. When they left there in 1910 for the spacious Hamtramck site, the Hastings Street plant was the largest and best-equipped machine shop in Detroit. (This information was compiled from dodgemotorcar.com, dodge.com, and classiccars.com.)

Get your Dodge Ram cars, trucks, and SUVs at All Star today!