Archive for October, 2017

Although the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas is one of the biggest events of the year, the main part of the festivities is only open to people in the industry who want to market their automotive accessories. The good news is that SEMA opens up the viewing of specialty vehicles with the SEMA Ignited aftershow, being held this year on Friday, November 3 starting at 3 p.m. on the Las Vegas Convention Center Gold Lot. That’s where you’ll be able to see all the cool builds from the show, a formula drift exhibition, live music and enjoy some food trucks. You can go to to purchase tickets and get more information. For all your local Las Vegas automotive needs, visit any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.

Battle of Builders Culminates in Aftershow

As anyone who has ever attended the SEMA show can attest, one of the highlights is the battle of the builders, where specialty shops and solo artists create some outrageous concept vehicles. The Battle of the Builders culminates at SEMA Ignited, where all the finalists are spotlighted and the winner is announced. It gives fans and auto lovers a chance to interact with the builders and see just what goes into creating these spectacular vehicles, including the stories that inspired these fantastic creations. There’s also a “Young Gun” category for builders who are under age 27, encouraging young people to get an early start with their automotive works of art. The top 12 builds that are voted on during the SEMA show will lead the cruise over to the SEMA Ignited area.

Special Requirements for SEMA Show

Although SEMA Ignited is open to everyone, the actual SEMA show is only available to people who work in the automotive aftermarket industry. Documentation is required to get an entry badge unless you have attended previous shows. The SEMA show begins October 31 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and is designed to showcase the premier automotive specialty products available from around the globe. It is the premier show of its kind in the world and auto industry enthusiasts begin preparing for next year’s show almost as soon as the current event is concluded.

Accessories Big Part of Auto Industry

If you’ve never spent any time in the aftermarket department of a car dealer, you might be surprised at all the options available to personalize your vehicle. Stop by any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships and you can find anything from items to increase your performance to just cool looking add-ons meant to put your own stamp on your pride and joy.

If you own a 1997 Honda Accord, a 1998 Honda Civic, 2006 Ford or Chevy full-size pickup or a 1997 Nissan Altima, you just made the list of the top five vehicles stolen in the state of Nevada according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Although the rate of theft in Las Vegas and the surrounding area is down in relation to the rest of the country, it’s still higher than in most areas. Las Vegas ranked 18th in the country for car thefts per capita in 2016, down from a high of second in 2005. For accessories and alarm systems that can help keep your car from becoming a statistic, visit the parts department at any Chapman Las Vegas dealership. Here are some other ways to keep your car from disappearing:

Park in a Well-Lit Area

Car thieves don’t like to be out in the light, especially with the proliferation of cameras in neighborhoods these days. If you can’t park in a garage, try and park under a light or in a populated, busy area. Other clues that car thieves look for are a bunch of parking tickets on the windshield or a layer of dust that indicates the car hasn’t moved in a while. Move your car around regularly even if you don’t drive on a daily basis.

Hide the Electronics

A quick peek inside your vehicle may be all a car thief needs to take a crack at breaking in. Cords, electronics, briefcases and other items of value are like worms to a fish when it comes to car thieves. Either take your valuables inside with you at the end of the day or hide them out of sight.

No Visible Alarm System

When you get your alarm installed at a Chapman Las Vegas dealership, they will make sure there’s a visual indicator that say, “this car is alarmed.” Items like a locking bar across the steering wheel are also good deterrents. While those “Clubs” aren’t fool-proof, it does take some effort to break one open. Usually a thief will just move on to an easier looking score.

Install Kill Switch

Take your car to a service bay at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships and they’ll be glad to install a hidden kill switch, which is just another deterrent that a thief has to overcome. Once they realize that bypassing the ignition isn’t doing them any good, they’ll likely move on rather than spend the time looking for the kill switch.

Drive a Stick Shift

If you’ve been looking for another reason to trade your automatic in on a stick shift, a manual transmission is a proven deterrent to car theft. You’d be surprised at how many people, including car thieves, cannot drive a stick shift. If they see it’s a stick, they’ll just move on down the street.