Ways to Get Your Car to 200,000 Miles

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You Take Care of It, It Takes Care of You

With most cars well north of the $20,000 mark and many in the $40-$50K range, it makes sense to get the most out of your investment. Many people think that getting 100,000 miles out of a vehicle is about all you can expect, but in truth its not uncommon to get twice that or even more as long as you maintain your vehicle. For many people a new car is an emotional buy, but remember it is a mechanical object made of steel and nuts, bolts, gears, valves and a thousand other parts that need attention. Getting regular maintenance at a service center like the ones at Chapman Las Vegas dealerships is a good place to start your road to 200,000 miles.

Fluids are Life Blood of Your Car

Think  of the fluids that run through the various systems of your car as human blood. If your blood pressure gets low, chances are you aren’t going to have the same energy or ambition as when you’re feeling fine. The same is true of your vehicle. Low oil pressure can make your car stutter and stop and eventually lead to a ruined engine. It’s important to change and check the oil on a regular basis. You need to keep a close eye on the brake fluid, coolant level, transmission fluid and power steering fluid as well. New cars rarely need any type of fluid added, but once you start getting past the 60,000 mile mark, there may be some leakage or burning. By getting a regular oil change at Chapman Las Vegas, all your fluids will be checked and topped off.

Stay on Schedule

Every car comes with a maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual, with specific items listed at certain mileage intervals. By going to the same service center all the time, the service advisor will become familiar with your vehicle and let you know about upcoming maintenance so you can plan your budget.

Love Your Car

Loving your car doesn’t mean you have to sleep in it, but it does mean you need to show pride of ownership. Clear out all those french fry baskets and empty cups on a regular basis. Keep it washed and vacuumed and you’ll have more desire to get more miles out of it.

Change Those Filters

Changing the air filter on a modern vehicle is a simple process that will add thousands of miles to the life of the car. You’ll also want to follow manufacturer instructions on when to change the cabin air filter, and of course change the oil filter with every oil change. The service advisors at Chapman Las Vegas dealerships are eager to get to know your car and help you both live a long and happy life together.

Vegas Car Clubs Offer Four-Wheel Fun

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Celebrate Everything from Corvair to Corvette

If you’re a fan of classic cars, sports cars, off-roaders or just vehicles in general, Las Vegas has a car club for you. Go to lasvegascarclubs.com and you’ll find links to information on more than 30 different car clubs, offering regular meetings, the chance to learn from experts and most importantly, tons of cool cars. If you’re looking for your cool car, or have one that needs serviced, stop by any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships for excellent customer service from trained professionals.

Ferrari Club Open to Past, Current and Future Owners

The Ferrari Club of America, Las Vegas chapter, is looking for new members who either have owned a Ferrari, currently own one, or hope to own one at some future date. The club has regular events where you can get up close and personal with these amazing cars. “Our goal is to inspire ownership, operation, restoration and preservation of Ferrari automobiles,” according to their website. Mopars of Las Vegas is dedicated to Dodge and Chrysler fans, whether they own a classic 60s muscle car or a new Hellcat Charger or Challenger. The club currently has 228 members with 367 vehicles and is well-known across the nation. You don’t have to own a Mopar vehicle to join, but if you’re looking to pick one up you’ll get the best selection and price from Chapman Las Vegas.

Last Chance to Get a New Viper

If you’re looking to join the Viper Owners Association, Nevada Region, this is the last year to buy a new Viper. Fiat-Chrysler America (FCA) has decided to drop the unique sports car from its lineup. People love their Vipers, both for style and the sheer exhilarating performance of driving this beast. The Vegas Valley Mustang Club is for owners of Ford’s historic pony car, as long as its in “reasonably good condition.” This family-oriented club represents more than 50 years of Mustang production, including the Shelby GT models. Regular events give you a chance to show off your Mustang and talk to the public, promoting the club and vehicle.

Rambler, Gremlin and Pacer Owners Take Note

Tired of polishing that old AMC Rambler without showing it off? You need to join the Southern Nevada AMC Club. “Our club is devoted to promoting pride in ownership, restoration, preservation and recognition of these legendary cars,” according to the website. The club participates in a number of local car shows, as well as gathering socially for parties and barbeques. The list of car clubs in Las Vegas is an extensive one. Click on the link above to find out which one best suits your interests or start a club of your own.

Five Ways to Prevent Car Theft

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Give Thieves a Challenge

Car thefts continue to be a problem in Las Vegas, but there are a few things every vehicle owner can do to help ensure their car will remain where it was parked the previous night. The key is to make your car a challenge to thieves, who look for the easiest prey possible so they can take the car quickly and hit the road. Things like alarms, steering wheel bars, window etching, and vehicle locators all contribute to making crooks think twice about taking a car. For alarms and other services that can help make your car less tempting to thieves, swing by any Chapman Las Vegas dealership and talk to a service advisor.

1. Lock it

The simple act of locking your car goes a long way toward making it less attractive for thieves. Lock your car when you leave it, and lock your car when you’re driving. Carjackers like to surprise drivers at stop lights by opening the door quickly. If your car is locked, chances are they’ll just run to a different vehicle. As long as you’re locking your car, if you’re in an area that suffers a rash of thefts, invest in a bar that locks across the steering wheel. Although professional thieves have ways of defeating those locks, the thought of fighting with a huge steel bar will deter people just out looking for a joy ride.

2. Empty Your Car

Only leave the bare minimum of paperwork and little else in your vehicle when you turn in for the day. Never leave your title in your car, and hide your registration where only you know where to reach for it. Often thieves can get away if they are able to produce a registration when stopped by police. Also take all the valuables out of your car, whether its money, electronics, jewelry or firearms. You don’t want thieves thinking they can get an added bonus by stealing a car full of cool stuff.

3. Install Anti-theft Device

Whether its an alarm, ignition cutoff or GPS tracking device, thieves don’t like it when car owners install anti-theft devices. It’s just another challenge that another car down the road may not have. Etching your VIN number in all the windows is another excellent way to deter thieves. Take a few minutes and talk over all the options with your Chapman Las Vegas service advisor.

4. Park Under a Light

The best place to park at night is in a secure garage, but if that’s not an option, try and find a well-lighted spot. Thieves like to work under the cover of darkness and will often avoid an area that is well-lighted, or has the possibility of being under a security camera.

5. Be Aware

Whether you’re driving down the street, coming out of a shopping mall or parking in your driveway, be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for strangers acting suspiciously and drive away if things don’t feel right.

Vegas Gearing Up for Annual SEMA Show

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Specialty Auto Gathering at Convention Center

All eyes in the automotive industry will be on Las Vegas this November as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) holds its annual show at the Convention Center. Although the show is not open to the public, expect to see a wide variety of super cars and odd configurations on the streets of Vegas. More than 100,000 attendees are expected to be on hand to see the latest in accessories, performance parts and concept vehicles. Some of those concept cars may one day end up on the show room floor at one of your Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.

More Than 2,500 Products Offered

By the time the show begins on November 1, show officials say more than 2,400 companies will be displaying at least one new product. Auto industry leaders attend the show to find new items to increase sales and pad the bottom line. More than 1,500 trucks, bikes, ATVs, UTVs and cars with insane modifications will be on display as exhibitors use the show to demonstrate the uses for their products. Business building seminars on topics like social media, marketing and customer service are also part of the show. Everything from collision repair to proper human resources etiquette will be discussed in different forums.

Public Can Attend SEMA Ignited

At the end of the SEMA show, exhibitors will be rolling out their specially modified vehicles to the Gold Lot at the Convention Center in an event that is open to the public. This party, titled SEMA Ignited, not only gives people a chance to see all the cool cars and trucks, but also features food, music and a few celebrities. As part of the Battle of the Builders, competitors will enter their vehicles into a judged contest to see who is the ultimate builder. A special “Young Guns” category is new this year for builders age 35 and younger. Fans of the TV show “Overhaulin’” will recognize master builder Chip Foose, who was one of the 10 finalists last year with his integration of a 1965 Chevy Impala onto the frame of a newer Corvette. SEMA Ignited promises to be great fun for the entire family. General admission is $20 for the show, but students and military personnel can get in free with a valid identification.

Find Your Specialty Vehicle Today

Interest in unique automobiles and muscle cars always goes up around the time of the SEMA show. If you’re interested in something a little newer or more fun to drive, head over to any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships for the best deal on a new or used vehicle.

 

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Cold Weather Relatives Bound to Appear

There are a few constants in Las Vegas that would be a sure bet if any casino was foolish enough to take the action. 1. It gets hot in the summer. 2. Everyone thinks they will be the one to be the big winner. 3. Most people are disappointed. 4. Your cold weather relatives will treat your house like a vacation resort from October through April. Along with all the other great things about living in Las Vegas, the winter weather is a sure draw for those people who are tired of scraping ice off their windshields. You could continue to drive them around town in the treasured vehicle that you bought your sophomore year in college, or, you could visit one of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships and be surprised at just how easy and affordable it is to upgrade your ride.

Selection, Selection, Selection

Just like location, location, location is the most important thing in real estate, a wide selection is one of the key factors in selecting a vehicle. With two new car dealerships, a lot totally devoted to gently used vehicles and the only Ram Truck center in Nevada, Chapman Las Vegas offers a wide selection of brand new and quality used cars. Before any used car goes on the lot it undergoes an extensive safety examination to make sure it is roadworthy. Chapman’s certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle inventory only carries Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles with very low miles. These vehicles are usually only a couple of years old or newer and retain the rest of the factory warranty, along with an additional CPO warranty, giving you peace of mind that any covered problems will be addressed.

Now’s the Time to Buy New

Every fall the new model year necessitates dealers move out the previous model year vehicles to make room for the new crop. That means massive savings, rebates and special finance and lease deals on select Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. With the new Pacifica replacing the Town and Country minivan in the Chrysler lineup, you can expect great deals on the former king of people and cargo hauling. With power sliding doors, Stow ’n Go seats and tons of creature comforts, the Town and Country is the perfect vehicle to show the family the sights of Vegas in relaxed comfort.

Servicing Your Vehicle is a Snap

If you’re not quite ready to get rid of your vehicle, at least make sure all the maintenance is up to date. Go online to the Chapman Las Vegas website and you can schedule your service at your convenience, making sure the service center has the parts you need. That way you’ll be back on the road in a flash, taking the cousins from Ohio on another trip to Hoover Dam.

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Drive When You Want

When the State of Nevada made rideshare driving legal late last year, it opened up a world of opportunity for drivers who want to make a little extra cash with services such as Uber and Lyft. For those who don’t know, rideshare drivers use their own vehicles to transport riders around town. Since Las Vegas is a mecca for tourists, the opportunities here are endless to take people from casino to casino for shows and gambling. According to Edmunds, one of the top consumer publications in the auto industry, there is one thing in common with three of the top five rideshare vehicles; they are hybrids. If you’re looking for a new or gently used vehicle for ridesharing, check in at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.

Roominess and Efficiency are Key

Remember that to be a successful rideshare driver, you need a vehicle that not only carries people, but also can carry stuff. You’ll be hauling a lot of luggage around, so it’s important to get something that has some cargo room. At the top of Edmunds’ list is the Chevy Traverse. The Traverse isn’t a hybrid, but it can seat up to eight people and get 22 mpg on the highway. As a rideshare driver, you will be paying for your own gas so you need to weigh that when purchasing a vehicle.

Hybrids Now Offer More Room

Although many rideshare drivers utilize the Toyota Prius, the most recognizable hybrid can be limited in cargo room. Larger models such as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid and Lexus RX 450h offer more room for storage, a comfortable ride and nice interior appointments. These cars also offer up to 47 mpg in combined driving, meaning you’ll be wasting less time and dollars at the gas station. Remember there are varying levels of rideshare driving, with the highest paying gigs reserved for vehicles like Escalades, Navigators and Town Cars. Those vehicles are much more expensive, and can carry different licensing and insurance requirements. Make sure you get all the information before you make a decision on which car to buy.

CX-5 Provides Room and Mileage

Search the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships website for a deal on a gently used Mazda CX-5. This popular mid-size crossover vehicle is fifth on Edmunds list, providing, room, comfort, power and wonderful fuel efficiency at 33 mpg on the highway. Remember to check your rideshare company’s requirements before purchasing any vehicle. Although conditions vary, most of them don’t want cars more than a few years old. They also must have at least four doors and pass a safety check.

Five Tips to Thwart Car Thieves

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Hourly Thefts Add Up in Vegas

According to an article in the Las Vegas Sun, the city and surrounding area experiences a car theft about once an hour. The worst zip code for car thefts is 89119, followed closely by 89103, 89109, 89121 and 89115, but thieves will take any car, anywhere, especially if it looks like an easy target. Your best bet is to keep your car in a secure garage, but not everyone has a garage. Talk to the service pros at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships to find out the latest in alarm technology, including GPS locators and ignition cut-off switches. Here are some other tips to help your car avoid a trip to the chop shop.

1. Don’t Keep Valuables Inside Car

You may think you’re being clever by putting your valuables in the trunk or under the seat, but thieves are pretty tricky. Stashing anything of value, including jewelry, firearms and even cash, is an open invitation to someone looking to make money the easy way. Thieves watch people they think are vulnerable, whether you’re coming out of an expensive store with a purchase or simply putting things away before heading in for the night. Take your valuables inside with you.

2. Park in Lighted Area

While thieves are bold, that doesn’t mean they are interested in taking on any more risk than necessary. Thieves like to work in the dark, under the cover of nightfall, where public security cameras and spying eyes can’t quite make out what’s going on. If you can’t park in a garage, park in a well-lighted place that’s as conspicuous as possible.

3. Make Theft as Difficult as Possible

When you’re talking to the service advisor at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships, consider a multi-layer approach to protecting your car. Alarms alone frequently just annoy the neighbors, so you might want to add a cut-off switch, locking steering wheel bar or some other device to make your vehicle less attractive to thieves.

4. Lock Your Car

Perhaps the most important safety tip of all is to lock your vehicle, even if you’re just leaving for a few minutes. The Las Vegas Police Department says locking your vehicle reduces your chance of theft by more than 60 percent.

5. Keep Information Handy

In the event your car is stolen, make sure you have all the pertinent information handy. You might keep data like the year, model, color and make of the car on your phone, along with the license plate and VIN number. This helps the police get information out quicker, giving you a better chance of recovering your vehicle.

How to Get Best Price on Your Trade-in

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Pick the Best Season for Demand

There are many great tips on how to get the best for your trade-in, but one of the top ways is to pick the best season to sell your particular brand of vehicle. Although it’s generally sunny in Las Vegas most times of the year, the rainy season probably isn’t the best time to cash in on your primo LeBaron convertible. Also, if gas prices are on the rise, the demand will be lower for a gas hogging SUV. If you see a lot of vehicles similar to yours on the lot at one of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships, chances are there might be a better time to do a trade.

Know Your Stuff

Don’t go into the dealership totally blind about the worth of your vehicle. Websites like KBB.com and Edmunds.com have vehicle value calculators that do a reasonable job of providing a ballpark estimate as to what your ride will bring in a private party sale vs. a dealership trade-in. Remember, dealers have a responsibility to sell only safe, dependable cars, so if yours is going to need a lot of work to bring it up to snuff, make sure you figure that into the trade value. As mentioned earlier, demand is a big factor as well. If you’re trading in a minivan and you see 20 pre-owned minivans on the lot, you might not get as much as you expect.

Bring it Back to Showroom Condition

If you can’t bring it back to showroom condition, at least give your car a thorough scrubbing both inside and out. If it costs $20 for a premium car wash, you’ll get that money back in spades by just taking the time to show you have pride of ownership. If a used car appraiser has to move aside hamburger wrappers and drink cups just to take a seat behind the wheel, that person may not be as motivated as possible to put a big number on your trade.

Let the Dealer Know What You Know

It doesn’t help your case to play dumb when it comes to the negotiation process. The sales staff and management at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships will be up front with you through the entire sales process, so it helps if you’re up front with them. Just mention that you’ve researched your vehicle online and found it to be worth $X. They may agree with you, or come back with a different number and offer an explanation why the figures don’t match. Either way the negotiation process doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Chapman Las Vegas professionals don’t play games like holding your keys or your license. These are modern dealerships that want to create a pleasant shopping experience so you’ll come back the next time you need a new vehicle.

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Value Center Now Dedicated to Truck Lovers

As the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported, the Chapman Value Center on Boulder Highway has undergone a facelift and now serves as the only pure Ram Truck Center in Nevada. Although it will still sell different models of new and used cars and trucks, the attention will be purely on the Ram brand of pickups. As part of the Chapman Las Vegas family of dealerships, the Ram Truck Center is the place to go for your next Ram truck.

Ram Trucks Offer Variety of Choices

From the eight different trim packages on the Ram 1500 to the larger 2500, 3500, Chassis Cabs and Promaster Vans, Ram has a truck for every possible need. The Ram 1500 Tradesman is the truck of choice for many individuals and contractors who just need a basic truck to haul materials or cargo. Other choices, like the Big Horn, offer a more sophisticated interior. The Rebel adds some sporty styling and your choice of the standard 5.7L V8 Hemi or the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6. Move all the way up to the top-of-the-line Limited edition for a truck that is as luxurious on the outside as it is in the cabin. Extensive use of chrome accents and a premium leather interior make this truck at home whether you’re heading to the opera or an off-road adventure.

Only Half-ton Truck to Offer Diesel Option

The Dodge Ram is the only half-ton production truck to offer the choice of a diesel, making it far and away the most fuel-efficient choice among all competitors. The diesel produces an impressive 420 pound-feet of torque along with 240 horsepower, making sure you’re not sacrificing payload and towing power for fuel efficiency. Ram trucks offer a four-corner air suspension system that helps level heavy loads along with increasing fuel efficiency on the highway. When you reach highway speeds, the truck automatically lowers to achieve the best aerodynamic performance. Other technology helps keep your tow load stable and gives you the ability to start from a dead stop on a hill without drifting backwards.

Truck Center Offers Best Selection

By converting the Value Center to the Ram Truck Center, Chapman Las Vegas is capitalizing on the demand for the popular trucks. “This is an exciting strategic move for Chapman and our dealerships here in Southern Nevada,” Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram GM Don Hamrick told the Review-Journal. “The Ram truck continues to be a best seller and with our dedicated location, we’re delivering on the expectations of consumers, offering the best selection of new and pre-owned Ram Trucks.”

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Slightly Used Vehicles Still Come With Warranty

Head to the Chapman Las Vegas website and click on CPO Inventory to find a large selection of vehicles worthy of Certified Pre-Owned status. These vehicles come with the remainder of the factory new car warranty, a 7-year/100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain, along with a 3,000-mile, 3-month Maximum Care Coverage that includes more than 5,000 components. Each vehicle also comes with a complete Carfax report, so you know whether it has been in an accident. Other features of the CPO program include roadside assistance, an allowance for car rental, 3-month SiriusXM subscription and the ability to upgrade your warranty at any time.

125-Step Inspection Ensures Vehicle Worthiness

People opposed to buying used cars always say “you don’t want to buy someone else’s problems.” There’s not much chance of that with the CPO program, because each vehicle has to undergo a thorough 125-point inspection of all major components, fluids and equipment. To qualify for the program, the vehicle must have less than 75,000 miles, be no more than 5 model years old, have no frame damage and a clean title. The vehicle must also not have any accessories installed that would compromise emissions, safety or the vehicle’s operation. Each vehicle is also detailed inside and out to bring it back as near to showroom condition as humanly possible.

Save Thousands With CPO Inventory

By heading to the Chapman Las Vegas website and viewing the CPO Inventory, you can not only find the perfect vehicle for your needs, but you can also save thousands off the cost of a new car, SUV or truck. Sadly it’s true that once a new car drives off the lot the owner loses a substantial sum to depreciation. By purchasing a CPO vehicle, you let someone else suffer that loss. Click on any of the vehicles on the website and you’ll see a suggested retail price followed by the Chapman price. There’s also a link on the website where you can call up the Carfax report and see the complete history of the vehicle from its date of purchase. You can also see if the vehicle has a salvage title, was a rental or personally owned, and how much original factory warranty is still available.

Save Time and Shop Online

Use the Chapman Las Vegas website to view the company’s entire selection of new and used vehicles. You can pick the vehicle you want without spending time walking around the lot in the heat. Once you have your new car, truck or SUV, use the website to also schedule your regular maintenance appointments. You’ll get in and out of the service center quickly without any hassle.