The larger the family grows the more difficult it becomes to manage a proper budget. You are forced to make pretty big decisions for the whole family including what type of vehicle will be used to transport the kiddos. Many things should be taken into consideration when making this decision like the size, the design, convenience features and more.
Whether you’re in the market for a SUV, minivan, or a crossover there are certain features you should take into account when car shopping. Gas mileage is a pretty big deal these days, especially when gas fluctuates at such an extreme rate. Minivans and Crossovers dominate this portion. If you need a fuel-efficient vehicle with more than enough room for the whole family then a minivan may be the direction you should gravitate towards. Now, if you need the capability of an SUV as well as plenty of room a SUV may be your best choice. Compact SUVs can get the job done but if you are looking to tow items or carry a large family they can be problematic in hilly areas, especially in the winter. Crossovers are the middleground. Many crossover models offer the same capability SUVs offer but with a much smaller footprint. This can sometimes be the most economic decision depending on where you live and how large your family is.
While gas mileage may be a key factor in your decision to purchase a vehicle it should not be the primary reason you are making the decision to spend thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. Not filling up as much can add up over time but sometimes a vehicle’s warranty may be worth losing those three or four miles per gallon. Owning a vehicle is a commitment and should be treated like one. When something breaks it is your responsibility to make sure that it gets fixed. While under warranty you can rest assured since the manufacturer has no choice but to cover the costs. Save yourself the headache and look for a vehicle that gets a decent combined MPG but also has a warranty you find acceptable for your use.
The safety rating should be another key factor in your decision to purchase a vehicle for your family. Surely you have heard about SUVs being more likely to roll over in an accident. That sounds pretty terrifying, but realistically you can roll any vehicle. It is completely dependant on just how fast you were going and how the collision itself happened. According to stats gathered back in 2005 by the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), large SUVs have one of the lowest mortality rates – roughly 24 people are killed for every million vehicles registered. The does not even come close to the Midsize SUVs average mortality rate of 57 deaths per million, or the 70 deaths per million involved in an accident with a crossover in general.
Purchasing a new vehicle can be a pretty intimidating process. Do your research on a number of vehicles before you make your final decision. Be sure to study the facts rather than the marketing schemes the manufacturers come up with. When it comes down to it, if SUVs were really that bad why would so many people own them? Do your research and you will be fine. If you need assistance finding the perfect vehicle please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our Bertera locations for advice and assistance.
Back during the 1950s through the mid 1970s, Detroit car manufacturers produced numerous cars that were out and out muscle cars. Today, muscle cars have made a comeback, despite even higher gas prices. The future for the muscle car segment as a whole is very bright. Especially with so many old models being revamped as of late.
During this time there was a fleet of manufacturers producing their own spin on the “Muscle Automobile.” Some of these versions include the Ford Mustang, Fairlane 500, and Torino; The Mercury Montego; Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette; Pontiac GTO, Firebird, and Tempest; Oldsmobile 442; American Motors’ Javelin; Plymouth Cuda, and Dodge had their Charger and challenger. Fortunately, today the Corvette, Camaro, Challenger, Charger, and Mustang are still going strong with updated models.The Dodge Magnum wagon also made a brief appearance from 2005 to 2008 but would not sell as well as Dodge had hoped.
Please enjoy this gallery of our favorite vehicles from last year’s Hot-rods for Heroes car show!
In 2005 we watched as the Ford Mustang underwent a complete transformation modeled after the 1960’s look. This update caught on along with the other manufacturers and brought us refreshed muscle cars like the 4 door Dodge Charger in 2006, the Dodge Challenger in 2008, or like the Chevrolet Camaro in 2007. Along with the new looks these models all received a complete overhaul under the hood. We would soon see these production muscle cars as production racecars.
The Mustang, Charger,Challenger, and Camaro have opened the gates for manufacturers to revive their old models. Some concepts we have or would be interested in seeing return to the roads would be the Pontiac GTO, Firebird, and Tempest. There have also been rumours of a Cuda in the works as well. What other oldies would you like to be revived with a new look and performance? Let us know in the comment section below.
During the early 1970s, the then present crop of muscle cars received just ten to twelve miles to the gallon around town and fifteen to sixteen miles per gallon on the highway. Although fuel mileage will definitely be lower than many other models, the brand-new group will still be much more fuel efficient than the previous generation of muscle cars.
Today’s muscle cars use a number of different engine and transmission pairings to provide us with what seems to be an endless amount of combinations. Unlike their predecessors today’s muscle cars are so advanced that we can even change the mode our vehicle is set to, to improve the performance on different terrains like the track or street. They may only resemble their predecessor’s looks but the next generation of muscle cars provide a lot more than we can summarize in this blog post. Head on over to our dealership to take one today’s muscle cars for a spin.
If you are ready to find the perfect next-gen muscle car then give us a visit online or in-store today! We have a number of Dodge Challengers and Chargers available for purchase. You can always find gently used muscle cars in our used inventory as well. Give us a call and we would be happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for yourself.
The newly refreshed 2017 Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD have undergone some minor changes for the upcoming model year release. Along with some of those minor changes is the new single cab Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD. Nissan may have just paved the way for their entrance into the commercial setting.
Some of the changes mentioned above include the available Cummins V8 turbo diesel engine, Tow/Haul mode, a trailer brake controller, Around View Monitor and Trailer Light Check. These new breathtaking features can make any job even easier. If that wasn’t enough to seal the deal, did we mention the 2017 Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD have available TITAN Box removable in-bed storage and Utili-track channel system.
When a serious load needs towing, take advantage of the available gooseneck hitch. Since the hitch has been built directly into the frame it can provide additional strength for all your needs. Additionally, when you need a completely flat bed, the hitch ball can be flipped around and placed out of the way.
Check out this brief overview of the features offered on the new 2017 Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD.
The 2017 Subaru Impreza has been making waves in the media as of late. Whether you have heard of it's amazing price tag, it's exceptional new safety tech, or simply just like how the new design looks here is everything you need to know about the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza!
Let's start with some of the major changes coming to the Impreza for the 2017 model year. First, the 2017 Impreza is getting bigger! That's correct, the sporty and often called "Tiny" Subaru has grown. This has been done to provide more interior space as well as aide the vehicle in it's new global design. Second, fuel efficiency is up! What exactly does that mean? Subaru decided to include a direct-injection engine in the Impreza's final build which has proven to both increase power and decrease fuel usage. Lastly, Subaru has changed the Impreza platform from the ground up. The new global design will share components between other Subaru models. Oh and did we mention that the Japanese vehicle will be manufactured here in the U.S.?
When Will It Be Here?
The 2017 Subaru Impreza has been completely redesigned. We can expect the new Subarus to start rolling into dealers by at least December. The price is up a few hundred dollars but that is saying a lot when there has been so much added to the new design. If you cannot wait for the completely redesigned 2017 Subaru Impreza then feel free to come give us a visit at Bertera Subaru in West Springfield to test drive or even purchase your very own 2016 model. For more information on pre-ordering or getting your hands on a 2017 Subaru Impreza please contact us.
The New Premium Interior
Subaru has gone above and beyond when it comes to their newly-designed interior for the 2017 Impreza. New premium materials are being used for the soft-touch interior. Many reviewers have already expressed their excitement about Subaru's new premium interior. It's a premium feature for an economic price, what more could you want in a vehicle?
Subaru Eyesight Updates
Lane Keep Assist will be available in the 2017 Impreza. What does Lane Keep Assist do exactly? It uses a number of sensors and cameras to keep your vehicle in-between the two lines that make up your lane. The feature will lightly nudge you back into your own lane should you begin veer. Blind Spot Detection is another new feature available on the 2017 Impreza. A small indicator light on your mirror will light up when a vehicle is in that pesky blind spot. High Beam Assist and Steering Responsive Headlights are two more new features added the Impreza's impressive Eyesight lineup.
Android Auto & Apple Carplay
Plenty of manufacturers are making their infotainment systems compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay for a reason, it's changing the game. If you would like the control of your phone while driving in comfort this is the option for you. Apple Carplay and Android Auto give you the control of your phone on your infotainment screen. This includes navigation, voice calls, and much more. For more information on Android Auto and Apple Carplay and which one might be right for you please click here.
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Are we surprised? The answer is no, and has been for a while. Even with all of the broken records from this year’s ACR model, the Dodge Viper just is not a feasible vehicle. If you have over a hundred grand to blow then one of the new five 2017 Dodge Viper Special Editions may be perfect for you. The 2017 Dodge Viper will be the final model year the car is produced.
After a pretty solid 25-year run the, track king, Dodge Viper is coming to an end. Rather than explaining the entire press release we have included it below along with a video summary from our friends at The Fast Lane Car. Check them out and let us know which Viper Special edition you like best!
Since it is the final year the Viper will be produced, Dodge has surprised us with not one or two special editions but five individual special editions! Like you would imagine in true Dodge style each is heavily equipped with both visual and performance increasing modifications. In other words the 2017 Dodge Viper is looking amazing! The five special editions offered for the 2017 model year will be:
•The Viper 1:28 Edition ACR
•Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR
•Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC
•Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR
•Viper Dodge Dealer Edition ACR
Now this doesn’t even begin to cover the “1 for 1” program Dodge is offering to allow you to create a one of a kind Dodge Viper. There will never be another Viper like it. If you are interested in rare vehicles this may be another option for you to explore.
Now you are probably asking what is next for the Viper and Dodge? We do not have an answer for you. However, what we can say is that Dodge has had plans to revive older performance vehicles. The future is bright for Dodge and perhaps we may see the revival of the Viper one day. For now we will all have to settle with these final versions of the Dodge Viper and we couldn’t be more satisfied.
The guys from The Fast Lane Car have a video dedicated to the final year of the Dodge Viper, check it out!
Official Press Release
New for 2017
Dodge has developed five serialized special edition models to commemorate the end of production and the Viper’s 25th Anniversary
Viper 1:28 Edition ACR
Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR
Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC
Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR
Viper Dodge Dealer Edition ACR
Viper ACR (American Club Racer) model returns as fastest street legal Viper track car ever and undisputed track record king with 13 road course lap records as certified by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
All 2017 Viper GTC and ACR models are available in more than 50 million unique build configurations through ”1 of 1” customization program for truly exotic, one-of-a-kind snake
June 22, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Viper with five serialized special edition models to commemorate the final year of Viper production.
Continuing for the 2017 model year is the exclusive Viper “1 of 1” customization program that enables buyers to create their one-of-a-kind “Snake” from the ground up. With 16,000 exterior color options, including matte exterior finishes, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims and seven aero packages, three brake packages and four suspension options, there are more than 50 million ways for buyers to customize their one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper.
The fifth generation of the flagship performance machine of the Dodge and SRT brands features more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts. Powering the 2017 Viper is an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque — the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world. Standard Viper safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and a new four-channel anti-lock brake system.
The newest Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) launched in 2016 and has taken the performance car world by storm by becoming the indisputable “ultimate street-legal race car” with more track records than any production car in the world — a total of 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America.
Since 1992, Dodge and SRT have built approximately 30,000 Vipers at the Mack Avenue Assembly (1992–1994) and Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (1995–current), both in Detroit.
New serialized special edition models for 2017 include:
Viper 1:28 Edition ACR – pays tribute to the current production car lap record of 1:28.65 set at Laguna Seca Raceway by a Dodge Viper ACR in October 2015 and features black exterior with red ACR stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, serialized instrument panel 1:28 Edition badge and custom car cover
Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR – designed after one the most distinguishable and iconic Viper paint schemes of all time and features Pearl White exterior with Blue Pearl GTS stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, Exterior Carbon package, unique red Stryker badge decal, GTS-R exterior sill decals, USA flag B-pillar decals, ACR interior with red accent stitching, Header Red seat belts, serialized instrument panel GTS-R badge and custom car cover
Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC – features Snakeskin Green exterior color inspired by the original 2010 model with a custom snakeskin patterned SRT stripe, Advanced Aerodynamics Package, GT black interior, serialized instrument panel Snakeskin badge and a custom car cover
Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR – modeled after the original 2010 model year VooDoo edition and features black exterior and graphite metallic ACR driver’s stripe with red tracer outline, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, VoooDoo II exterior sill decals, ACR interior with silver accent stitching, serialized instrument panel VoooDoo II badge and custom car cover
Viper Dodge Dealer Edition ACR – available exclusively through Dodge’s highest volume Viper dealers, Tomball Dodge of Tomball, Texas, and Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Ill.
With more track records (13) than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR honors its long-standing legacy as ultimate street-legal track car through significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades
Ultimate stopping performance combined with unprecedented brake fade resistance through ACR-exclusive Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix 15-inch two-piece rotors and six-piston front calipers
Unique track suspension features 10-setting, double-adjustable, Bilstein coil-over racing shocks and unique race alignment delivering up to 3 inches of suspension height adjustment for fine-tuning corner weight
Latest race tire compound technology with massive Kumho® Ecsta V720 high-performance tires (295/25/19 front, 355/30/19 rear), designed and developed specifically for the ACR, delivers laps times that are 1.5 seconds faster than off-road only race tires
Combination of suspension, aero treatment and ACR-specific tires delivers sustainable 1.5 g cornering during high-speed turns
Unique Alcantara hand-crafted interior to assist driver stability under high G-loading features iconic “ACR” dash badge and accent stitching
Optional ACR Extreme Aero Package delivers nearly 1 ton of peak downforce at top speed through massive, adjustable, dual-element carbon fiber rear wing, rear carbon fiber diffuser, unique SRT hood with removable louvers, detachable extension for the front splitter and additional dive planes
Viper GTC and ACR models are available in more than 50 million unique configurations as customers can choose from more than 16,000 unique paint colors (in gloss or matte finishes) and more than 48,000 unique stripe combinations from “1 of 1” customization program, for truly one-of-a-kind hand built American supercar
Each “1 of 1” model Viper features a personalized instrument panel badge with customer’s chosen name to commemorate their exclusive design
No two customers can order the same configuration, including color, in the same model year
All Dodge Vipers are powered by the iconic, hand-built 8.4-liter V-10 engine rated at 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world
For 2017, the Dodge Viper lineup consists of the following models:
Viper 1:28 Edition ACR
Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR
Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC
Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR
Viper Dodge Dealer Edition ACR
Anodized Carbon (Matte)
Billet Silver Metallic
Ceramic Blue Clear Coat
GTS-R Blue Pearl Coat
Stryker Green Tri-coat Pearl
Stryker Orange Tri-coat Pearl
Stryker Purple Tri-coat Pearl
Venom Black Clear Coat
Viper White Clear Coat
Yorange Clear Coat
Custom color in matte or gloss finishes
Flood Damaged Vehicles are considered, vehicles that were harmed by the water level being raised to seating level. Most flood damaged cars, suvs and trucks are sent to a salvage area, however some are tidied up and taken directly into the market where they will be purchased by unsuspecting customers who think they are getting a great deal. Flood water can leave quite a bit of unseen damage on a vehicle. When it is time to get into a new vehicle be on the lookout for these cars even if you do not live in an area where it floods often, because dishonest individuals move them around. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you spot a vehicle with flood damage.
•Get a Vehicle History Report•
There are a number of websites and resources that allow you to enter the vehicle’s VIN number to get a history report. Carfax does a great job of investigating a vehicle’s background, but a clean slate is not a 100 % assurance that the vehicle or truck has not suffered water damage.
•Look for Moisture•
Search for moisture within the lights. Inspect the glove console, compartment and trunk and inspect them for any indication of wetness, moisture or dirt that appears to be a leftover from a flood. Look under the hood for accumulated dirt or indications of rust or rot. Check under the seats for signs of wetness. Check the wheel wells for signs of rust or rot.
•Have a Sniff•
This can truly assist in spotting flooded cars. Do you smell a sour, mildew-like smell? Drenched seats, carpeting and other components are hard to dry in a hurry, so there is more than enough time for mold and mildew to grow, especially if the flood occurred in a hot and humid place.
•Look for Mismatched Interior Components•
Does the carpeting have a different brand name or is it even too new-looking for the vehicle? Do the seat covers match the carpeting? Elements that do not match up may have been changed out after the vehicle was removed from the flood waters.
•Let Your Technician Have a Look•
Skilled auto professionals see proof of flood damage, on average, more than the majority of individuals do, so they know precisely what to look for. If you want to be sure you are not buying a flood damaged vehicle you may want to bring it to multiple technicians before finalizing your purchase.
•Turn it On and Go for a Drive•
The vehicle is being sold because it is deemed safe for the road, so jump into it and get testing! Turn the vehicle on and inspect as many electrical systems as you can. Some of these systems include the outside and interior lights, the clock(s), the audio system, and of course the dash lights that display safety and maintenance information. Test these components a few more times to be completely sure they are all working as intended. Most vehicles that have suffered from flood damage will have at least a few electrical components that will need to be repaired or have been replaced already. It is very unusual for a vehicle that has suffered flood damage to have all the electrical systems working and no signs of flood damage.
Flood damaged vehicles only supply trouble. If you suspect a vehicle has flood damage leave it. Even if the dealer or car seller assures you there is no flood damage be sure to check for yourself.
•Parts that do not match-up might have been changed in a rush after the car was pulled from flood waters.
•90 % of the time you will be able to find an electrical issue with a flooded vehicle unless it has been repaired or the electrical parts were not harmed, which is extremely uncommon.
•Flooded vehicles should be avoided at all costs. Only issues will arise, unless you are looking to perform a restoration. If you need assistance identifying a flood damaged vehicle be sure to reach out to your service technician.
Images have recently hit the internet that would claim Jeep is already testing a vehicle that strongly resembles their Wrangler line, the only difference is this vehicle has a full-sized pickup bed. If you look closely at the images, included below, you will find that the bed closely resembles the one used on the Ram 1500. Also note that the wheels don’t look like they’ve been properly fit in the wheel wells just yet. These are only a few indicators that this vehicle may still be in the early stages of testing. Also note that Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram, has mentioned in the past that the Jeep pickup will be very different from the Ram Truck models.
The images below display a 4-door model, much like that of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The bed is pretty large when you compare it to the two concept vehicles included below. Some people actually think the current design of the bed shares the design of the Ram 1500 intentionally as camouflage while Jeep is working on the real bed. It’s being said that we could see a pickup-style Jeep by 2019 at the latest. Have a look at some of the images and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Watch a review about one of this year’s viral concept vehicles, the Jeep Crew Chief 715!
The completely redesigned 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 have made their way into our dealership in West Springfield! If you are in the market for a small fuel efficient vehicle at a very low price then we have got you covered. This is the perfect vehicle for students and new drivers alike. A new Mirage or Mirage G4 will also grant you one of the best warranties in the market today, a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty that is. A quality vehicle deserves a quality warranty, but that is not the only warranty included with a new purchase of a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage or Mirage G4. Included with every new purchase you will also receive a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Vehicle Basic Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty on the restraint system, a 7-year/100,000-mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty and 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance. If that doesn’t sound irresistible then I don’t know what is.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are already priced very low but the savings do not end there! With class-leading fuel economy the Mirage and Mirage G4 will get you where you need to go without a massive impact on your wallet. As if that was not enough to change your mind about the new Mirage and Mirage G4 did we mention that Android Auto and Apple Carplay are available? That’s right, take full control of your vehicle and your phone with these new ground breaking applications. If you still aren’t sold then check out Mitsubishi’s Night Drive. It allows you to take a test drive with your smart phone and computer! Link them up and get started today.
The newly designed FIAT 124 Spider has made its way into our dealership! We are so happy to finally have our hands on these new convertibles. People all around the world have been waiting in anticipation for FIAT’s version of this vehicle. It features a 160-HP 1.4L Multiair Turbo Engine that produces 184 lb-ft. of torque, which you better believe sounds amazing! Did i mention it’s the most powerful four-cylinder engine in its class? With a turbocharger working in unison with FIAT’s six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter you won’t have to worry about this little guy not packing a punch. Please note a six-speed automatic transmission is also available along with a sport-tuned exhaust that sounds absolutely phenomenal. There are many new features to explore on the newly designed FIAT 124 Spider. Be sure to give us a call or visit us online to get more information or to schedule your test drive! Get into the perfect summer vehicle today!
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