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Does Buying CPO Make Sense for You?

CPO Specials at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville

If you have been talking to friends and family about getting a different car, truck, or SUV, then someone has probably suggesting buying a CPO or certified pre owned vehicle. CPO vehicles have a lot of great benefits to offer, especially if you buy one from All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of buying CPO.

You will pay more for a CPO vehicle than a comparable used car without it. Depending on the brand and value, the cost can increase the price by 3 to 7 percent. Is it really worth it? If you are that person who has a rainy-day stash of cash for emergencies, maintains an annual service contract for your major appliances and belongs to an auto club for its free roadside assistance, then you are a prime candidate for CPO. You are willing to pay for peace of mind. Many CPO programs, however, contain some added-value items that can help save money in other areas. “Qualifying for CPO deals requires the dealership to inspect a used car following a checklist dictated by the manufacturer. If an inspected system or part doesn’t meet the manufacturer’s standard, it must be fixed or the car can’t be sold as CPO.”-autotrader.com

Every CPO program has added benefits that increase the value of the deal. All include some amount of free roadside assistance, typically following the limits of the CPO warranty. Nearly every program offers special financing deals which can lead to some nice savings.

We encourage you to stop by All Star today and learn more about their CPO program. Their friendly and knowledgeable team members know all about the different specials offered on the CPO vehicles and can show you all of the great CPO vehicles currently offered at All Star!

Nothing More Perfect than a Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

If you are in the market for a great family vehicle that is both stylish, functional, practical, and fun to drive, you need to check out the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold. This delightful minivan and SUV hybrid is a truly amazing vehicle that you need to experience for yourself. Today we want to take a look at a few of the different trims that are offered on the popular Chrysler Pacifica.

Starting things off is the Pacifica LX with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, push-button ignition, seven-passenger seating, folding/collapsible second-row Stow ‘n Go seats, a 60/40-split folding third-row seat, an eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar), three-zone climate control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an electric parking brake, a 5-inch center touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, voice commands, Uconnect Access and a six-speaker sound system with a USB and auxiliary inputs.

Moving up to the Touring gets you those features plus power-sliding rear doors, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, and satellite radio.

“The midgrade Touring-L adds on a power liftgate, roof rails, fancier exterior trim, foglights, remote engine start, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, LED taillights, a security alarm, automatic climate control (three-zone), leather seating, heated front seats, second- and third-row sunshades and added storage for the first-row floor console.”-edmunds.com

These are just a few of the trims that are offered on the Chrysler Pacifica, there are more trims to discover and more information on each of the different trims. The team at All Star would be more than happy to share with you their knowledge and take you on a test drive of the incredibly popular Chrysler Pacifica!

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Let’s Talk Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue

One of the many wonderful SUV models at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue is the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. A lot of people ask, “Isn’t the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited a trim option of the Jeep Wrangler?” The technical answer to this question is, “yes”. However, we think that the Wrangler Unlimited is so special that it deserves its own conversation; it is also offers more customization than some of the other trims levels. Let’s take a closer look at the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is powered by a 285-hp, 260-lb-ft of torque 3.6-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. This rugged four-door SUV only comes equipped with a full-time four-wheel drive system and received an EPA-rated 18 mpg combined driving with either transmission. The Unlimited comes standard with a soft top or can be equipped with a removable hardtop. Four-doors add an additional 20.6 inches of length separate the regular Wrangler from the Wrangler Unlimited.

“With available 3.21, 3.73, or 4.10 gear ratios (depending on the model), the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited allows customers to prioritize between fuel efficiency or off-road capability. The Sport and Sahara models come equipped with a Dana 30 front axle and a Dana 44 rear axle with an available Command-Trac, part-time, two-speed transfer case featuring a low-range 2.72:1 gear ratio and Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential.”-motortrend.com

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, head to All Star. The All Star team would love to help you get behind the wheel of this incredible SUV. They are also available to help you select the options that would best achieve your driving goals and provide you with the off road capability that you desire. The friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to help you!

Nothing Beats a Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near University City

If you want an amazing vehicle you need look no further than the Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near University City. This SUV is built to go off road on some wild adventures but to also handle the daily drive to work. The Wrangler is available in a number of different styles and trims – let’s explore some of those options today!

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler is available in a pair of body styles: the two-door, four-passenger Wrangler and the four-door, five-passenger Wrangler Unlimited. Each is available in three core trim levels — Sport, Sahara and Rubicon — with additional special models that are based on those trims. A vinyl convertible roof is standard on both, but a hardtop with easily removable panels above the front seats is available.

The Sport trim includes 16-inch steel wheels, on/off-road tires, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, foglights, removable doors, a fold-down windshield, manual mirrors and locks, full metal doors with crank windows, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a tilt-only steering wheel, a one-piece folding, tumble-forward backseat, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Unlimited version gets a bigger gas tank, air-conditioning and a 60/40-split folding, tumble-forward seat.

“The Power Convenience Group adds power windows and locks, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, a security alarm and an auto-dimming mirror. The Cold Weather package adds the Power Convenience Group’s equipment plus remote start and heated seats. Also available for the Sport are 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning (for the two-door) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.”-edmunds.com

Head to All Star today and test drive some of the amazing trims that the Jeep Wrangler has to offer. We are sure that you will find a Wrangler that you absolutely love!

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Dealer Service is the Best Service

All Star Service Center at All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood

When it comes to getting your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler car, truck, or SUV serviced, it can be a hassle. Where do you take it, how long are you going to have to sit there and wait, and is the technician going to do what is needed and do it correctly? What if we told you there was a way to avoid the hassle and know that you are getting the best service? There is! All you have to do is bring your vehicle to the Service Center at All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood!

The All Star technicians are the very best! The technicians at the dealer level are specialists; they are manufacturer-trained and typically work only on your make of vehicle. Most dealers have an ongoing training program for the service staff, which includes not only the service technicians but also the service manager, advisers and support staff. The manufacturers offer these training programs only to their network of dealers. The dealers typically pay for these programs to keep up with the latest vehicle enhancements and repair techniques.

If you have a warranty, you are also going to get the most out of your warranty if you take your vehicle to the service center at All Star. “A dealer will perform repairs for free if your car is still under warranty. Dealers are paid by the manufacturers to perform this service and require the service technician to verify the problem, so you might find that dealers are hesitant to perform warranty work for problems they have difficulty substantiating. Even if you have to pay for repairs outside the warranty period, dealers can back up their repairs with a warranty that is good nationwide.’-edmunds.com

Take your cars to the All Star Service Center today!

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Are Manufacturer Parts Important?

Manufacturer Parts at All Star Dodge near Arnold

We get asked this question all of the time, “Are manufacturer parts important?” The short answer is that yes, buying manufacturer parts are important. These are the parts that were designed specifically for your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles. They will keep your cars, trucks, and SUVs running as they should. Today we want to share with you what some of the other kinds of auto parts are out there, and why you should NOT get those other parts. You can get all of your genuine auto parts at All Star Dodge near Arnold.

Rebuilt or Remanufactured – A rebuilt or remanufactured part is essentially a used component that was completely taken apart and fitted with new parts. It is then tested to ensure it performs as well as a new part.

Aftermarket – Aftermarket parts are made by a company other than the original manufacturer.  These parts are made to fit and perform as well as, but in many cases, not as well as the original.

Refurbished or Reconditioned – Refurbished or reconditioned parts are used parts that have been cleaned and maybe a few external components replaced like nuts and bolts or gaskets. These are very inexpensive compared to new parts, for a reason.  However, they are used parts and do have some level of wear.

Used or Recycled – Recycled is just the new term for a used part. A used part is an alternative when your car is older or has very high miles. They are also very good choices for parts that don’t wear such as door handles, trim, glass, moldings or body parts. Used parts are the least expensive you can buy but they do have some level of wear already and will not last as long as a new or rebuilt part. Sometimes these parts are the only option if you are restoring a classic Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, or Jeep model.

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Personal Thoughts on the Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Florissant is a really powerful and impressive SUV. We don’t know if you have had an opportunity to drive one or own one, but you will really want to drive a Cherokee after you read the person thoughts that we got from Edgar, a new Cherokee owner that we had the opportunity to talk to!

What did you buy?: I just purchased a 2017 Cherokee Latitude a few weeks ago, and continue to be impressed. To put it in perspective, I also have a 2016 Honda CRV and can make a good comparison now.

What kind of pricing did you get and do you think you got more value with the Jeep Cherokee?: I had shopped both cars and negotiated rock bottom deals on both. Both cars ended up within $100 of each other, Latitude for the Jeep and EX for the CRV. But compare what I got in terms of value: Power: the 6 cylinder engine of the Jeep is is much more powerful and smooth than the 4 cylinder in the Honda..a 90 hp difference..advantage Jeep. Convenience: The Jeep has Power tailgate, Much better/larger LCD Infotainment System, Remote Start, More Adjustable and comfortable power front seats Auto Mirror, integrated 911 system etc not on the CRV. The CRV came with heated seats and the blind spot camera, both nice things but not of the value of the Jeep. Utility: The Jeep came with Roof Rails, Tow package (can tow 4500 lbs!), and full size spare. Honda did not include roof rails at that price point or tow hitch, and can tow only 1500 lbs if so configured. Advantage Jeep. Design: The Jeep has a unique outdoorsey presence about it, with off color stitching. The CRV is just kind of ‘blah’.

It is nice to see someone really take the time to compare their vehicles, and we are always happy to see more people fall in love with the Jeep Cherokee!

More Than Expected

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton

It’s easy to see what the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton is an incredibly off-road capable vehicle. Today we are going to take a look back at how the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited got its start. Remember, you can always get the latest generation at All Star!

The JK series 2007 Wrangler Unlimited was unveiled at the New York Auto Show on April 12, 2006. It is stretched even more than the TJ model, and featured four doors. This change made it the last-remaining 2-door SUV in North America to gain a four-door option and made it the only four door convertible in production. A full 20.6 inches (523 mm) was added to the JK Wrangler’s 95.4-inch (2423 mm) wheelbase. It hit production line in August 2006 and was priced near $21,000.

The Unlimited has the same engine and transmission choices as a short-wheelbase JK. X and Sahara trims offer an option of 4×2 rear-wheel drive in the USA. Optional 4×2 was discontinued after the 2010 model year for the Unlimited. 4-wheel drive became standard for the 2011 model year. It is the only four-door convertible available in the US, since the Hummer H1 with optional rag-top is no longer sold.

The Unlimited offers more options and equipment than any previous Wrangler model, including standard electronic stability program and optional seat-mounted side airbags, remote keyless entry, navigation system, and Sirius Satellite Radio.The navigation and satellite systems are a part of the MyGig Entertainment system that also has a hard drive allowing for the storage of MP3 music files and pictures. (This information was compiled from jeep.com and wranglers.com.)

Head to All Star and test drive the powerful Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. We are sure that you will love this powerful, off-road ready SUV!

Why the Grand Cherokee?

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Mehlville

We sometimes wonder why the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is available at All Star Jeep Dealer near Mehlville, came to existence. It is one of the larger SUV models in the Jeep lineup. Today we want to take a look at why and when the Jeep Grand Cherokee made its first appearance.

At the time, the Cherokee model in its 10th year, and with consumers now enamored with Ford’s Explorer, Jeep decided it was time to bring another player into the SUV game. Although the Cherokee was still selling well, it really couldn’t compete directly against the bigger and more luxurious Explorer, which Ford brought out as a 1991 model. In 1993, Jeep responded with their handsome Grand Cherokee, which coupled legendary Jeep off-road capability with a smoother highway ride and more spacious interior than its smaller brother.

Three trim levels were initially offered; base, Laredo and Limited. All models boasted two features not seen on other vehicles in the Grand Cherokee’s class: a driver’s side airbag and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Base models had a few notable features such as full instruments, cloth interior and a five-speed manual gearbox. The Laredo added body cladding, fancier seats, power mirrors and cruise control. And the top-of-the-line Limited came with leather seating, A/C, four-speed automatic transmission, upgraded sound system and power everything. Later in the 1993 model year, the Grand Wagoneer debuted.

“Built on a stiff unibody chassis, which was lighter than a truck-like body-on-frame arrangement, the Grand Cherokee’s 105.9-inch wheelbase was 4.5-inches longer than the Cherokee’s, resulting in more legroom for those riding in the back. Unlike the Explorer or Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee was not available as a two-door model, a smart move on Jeep’s part as four-door SUVs were much more popular with consumers than the two-door variants.”-edmonds.com

You can get the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee model at All Star today!

Jeep Cherokee: A Wonderful SUV

Jeep Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois

Spring is officially here in St. Louis, as the ridiculous amount of rain we have gotten over the last few days can attest to. (We hope that all of our readers are safe and sound, we know that the flooding has been incredibly dangerous. Please do not drive on flooded roads, the signs are posted for your safety.) Springtime makes us think of rebirth and of the history of our favorite automobiles. Today we want to take a look at the start of the Jeep Cherokee that is always available at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois.

The first Jeep Cherokee, launched in 1974, was simply a two-door version of the Jeep Wagoneer. In 1977, the Jeep Cherokee, still a low-end version of the Wagoneer, was available with both two and four doors.

After ten years, a new and completely different Cherokee was brought out, which would revolutionize American SUVs. This new Jeep Cherokee had a shorter wheelbase than the original, and a shorter length – seven and 21 inches respectively – helping it to check in at a svelte 3,100 pounds, a thousand pounds less than the Wagoneer-based model, around the same weight as a Plymouth Valiant. “The new Cherokee was more economical, and easier to drive both on and off road. Again, both two and four door models were available; a pickup version called the Comanche was built on the same assembly line. In front, a multi-link front suspension with a track bar and coil springs was used, with recirculating ball steering; traditional leaf springs held up the rear.”-allpar.com

The first two generations of the Jeep Cherokee were the beginnings of the wonderful Jeep Cherokee we know and love today. Learn more about the Cherokee at All Star today!