Archive for November, 2017

When it comes to holiday gifts for the automobile enthusiast in your life, there are plenty of home runs available at places like the Chapman Las Vegas auto dealerships. Whether your budget includes a new car or a simple accessory, knowing what that special someone has been longing for is as important as how much you spend. While there are plenty of big hits available at a variety of price points, stay away from potential strikeouts. For example, the pine tree deodorizer that hangs from the mirror doesn’t say “I love you” as much as it says, “I’m cheap and your car stinks.”

Go Big or Go Home

If you’re thinking about putting a big red bow on a new or used vehicle, the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships have hundreds of choices starting at just a few thousand dollars for a gently-used vehicle to premium Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands. If the idea of “thousands of dollars” on a holiday gift is making you choke just a bit, remember that with awesome finance and lease rates that figure can equate to just a few hundred dollars a month. Now is the time to take advantage of big savings as all the dealerships try to clear inventory off the lot to meet year-end quotas and move out the remaining 2017 model inventory.

Parts, Parts and More Parts

From chrome tire inflator caps, bras to protect the front end, wheels, tires and much, much more, the parts departments at the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships are a treasure trove from which you can buy presents ranging from just a few dollars on up. If you’ve been listening during the year, that special someone has probably said something about how much he or she would like a certain accessory for their new vehicle. That could include an upgraded stereo. You could buy the unit and put it under the tree with an appointment card for installation.

How About Some Apparel?

Along with numerous accessories available for America’s favorite off-road brand, there are plenty of apparel items available for Jeep lovers. From caps and t-shirts to jackets and hoodies, some Jeep clothing will bring a smile to the face of the most hardened off-roader.

Time for Some Overdue Maintenance

If your friend has been putting off that 3-month oil change for, oh, say the last 9 months, you’ll not only be doing them a favor but their car will breathe a sigh of relief when you prepay for some maintenance at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships. Make sure and kick in a little extra for a new air cleaner filter and some other odds and ends. If your friend isn’t changing the oil, chances are there are other items that need attention. It may not be the sexiest gift but you’ll have peace of mind by helping them keep their car on the road.

Following the news that a self-driving shuttle in Las Vegas got into a wreck with a human-driven vehicle on the shuttle’s very first day of service, there are undoubtedly going to be those nay-sayers that let out with “I told you so,” but the truth is that someday self-driving vehicles are going to be the rule rather than the exception. In Arizona, following months of testing with humans sitting behind the wheel, a whole fleet of self-driving vehicles are roaming the streets in the Phoenix suburbs. More testing goes on across the nation as automakers try to perfect the hardware and software that will let vehicles safely take over the roads while passengers check their phones, take a nap or watch a movie on their tablets. While you’re waiting for the self-driving cars to take over, now’s a great time to take advantage of year-end deals at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.

Still Waiting on Flying Cars

Even the baby boomers of the post-World War II era are still waiting on the flying cars promised by Popular Mechanics in the magazine’s 1950s and 1960s issues. While that still seems like decades away, the truth is that a lot of progress has been made on the autonomous vehicle front. Modern driver assistance devices rely on cameras and sensors to warn a driver of an impending collision and then take action to either avoid the wreck or lessen its severity. These systems are now standard on many higher-priced trim level and will soon be standard across the board from most automakers. They are the first steps in a system that will allow a driver to input a destination and then sit back and enjoy the ride as vehicles communicate with each other to theoretically reduce traffic jams and provide a more pleasant commute.

What are the Hurdles?

Aside from the technological hurdles of making a self-driving car actually work, and those are significant, there are also many other challenges before you see autonomous vehicles taking over the road. One of which is regulatory as the rules governing self-driving vehicles have not yet been determined in all states. Whether they are regulated by the state or federal government is a sticking point that has yet to be decided. Another major hurdle is cost. All this technology is already adding thousands of dollars to the price of a new vehicle, and a fully equipped self-driving car is not going to be cheap. How many people will turn up their nose or simply not be able to afford a new vehicle is something yet to be determined. There’s always the issue that many people just like to drive. Crusing through a mountain road with the wind in your hair and the rumble of a throaty exhaust is one of life’s great pleasures and many people may not be willing to give that up.

Drive on Drivers

The truth is that while significant inroads are being made to make a self-driving car possible, the cost, regulatory and fun factors are major hurdles that stand in the way of a fully-autonomous driving society. For now, enjoy your drive and check out your dream vehicle when you take a test drive at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.