Archive for February, 2017

‘Depend’ is Not One of its Abilities

One of the most important features of any vehicle is dependability. If you find yourself saying a prayer, rubbing the head of a red-headed boy and reciting a good luck mantra every time you step into your vehicle, it might be time for a trade-in. No one likes a car payment, but the lease and financing deals at any Chapman Las Vegas dealership are surprisingly affordable, and usually much less than the monthly bills at the local auto parts store. Have credit problems? The finance pros at Chapman Las Vegas have plenty of contacts to help you get an affordable loan.

Safety is a Prime Consideration

So your 1985 Chevy has served you well. It’s taken your kids home from the hospital, hauled them to soccer practice and was where you got your first kiss. It is also dangerous. Safety technology has improved vastly in the last 30 years, with strategic airbag placement, smart chassis design and driver assistance features that help avoid collisions. Something to think about.

Is it Time for Expensive Maintenance?

So, you’ve just passed the 150,000 mile mark and your Yugo is living on borrowed time. It needs tires, a timing belt, new windshield, an alternator and gosh knows what else. There’s an old saying “don’t chase good money after bad.” Before you spend a couple of thousand fixing up the old wreck, see what that type of down payment can get you at a Chapman Las Vegas dealership. One tried and true formula according to edmunds.com: “If the cost of repairs is greater than either the value of the vehicle or one year’s worth of monthly payments, it’s time for another vehicle.”

Peace of Mind is a Good Thing

You’d really like to go on some day trips; maybe go see the Grand Canyon, maybe head up to Aunt Lucy’s house in Reno, but you’re just not sure the old boat will get there without a problem. Trading your car in on a new vehicle gives you at least a 3-year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty along with free roadside assistance if you get in a jam. It’s better to part with your car when it’s still running than to wait and have to call a tow truck.

You Know Your Mechanic’s Kids’ Names

Have you spent so much time at your local service station that you not only have a first name relationship with the mechanic, but know the spouse and kids names as well? That’s a sure sign that you are pouring way too much money down the drain fixing an old car. If your car is a classic, that’s one thing. Spend the money, cherish it, keep it in the garage until your Sunday brunch drive and be ready to pull over and pull a wrench. But for daily transportation nothing beats a dependable late model car that includes all the technology the 21st century can offer.

Spring is Perfect Weather for a Drive

Before the temps turn back to the broiling point, take a few weekends and escaped the bells, whistle and neon lights of the Strip and explore the interesting areas and lush landscapes surrounding Las Vegas. There are mountains, lodges, horse riding and a whole host of activities to keep your family occupied and provide a break from the city. Before you head out, make sure you get your oil changed, fluid levels checked and tires inspected at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.

Head Northwest for Mt. Charleston and More

Take Route 95 northwest of Las Vegas an hour or so to get to the Mt. Charleston Mountains and the Mt. Charleston Lodge. You’ll be fascinated as the scenery turns from desert to heavily-treed mountains. Roll down those windows to take advantage of the brisk air before enjoying lunch at the lodge. You can stay overnight, or head back towards Las Vegas and stop by Lee Canyon, one of the best skiing spots near Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon Filled With Recreational Opportunity

Head west about 32 miles from Las Vegas to Red Rock Canyon, which features a beautiful 13-mile drive through statuesque rock formations along with many opportunities for hiking, picnicking and enjoying nature. Red Rock Canyon is part of the National Parks System, so it’s free if you have either an annual or senior pass. It costs just $7 a day per vehicle to enjoy the park. Head a little farther west on Highway 159 and you’ll hit the Old West town of Bonnie Springs. It has everything you’d want for a day of fun, including a train, gun fights, cowboys and a zoo. Make sure you take plenty of pictures to make lasting memories.

Moapa Paiutes Indian Reservation Offers Unique Landscape

Take I-15 about 30 miles north to see the sandstone formations that are part of the Moapa Paiutes Indian Reservation. This prehistoric flood plain has some of the most unique landscape in the area. There are plenty of places to have lunch and buy souvenirs. The Moapa Valley is also home to the Valley of Fire State Park, where 40,000 acres of sandstone formations, petrified trees and petroglyphs make for an interesting afternoon. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle before taking off across the desert, please stop in at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships, where customer service is the number one priority.