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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.

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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!

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Watch a review about one of this year’s viral concept vehicles, the Jeep Crew Chief 715!

Watch a review about another one of this year’s viral concept vehicles, the Jeep Comanche!

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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.
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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.

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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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When it comes to our customers we are willing to make any change for their comfort. With that being said allow me to introduce you to the new and improved service area at Bertera Subaru in Hartford! The gallery below shows the construction progress of the building from the middle of May up until just a few days ago. We have kept the images in order to show you the groundbreaking process and just how long it takes to get a building standing. We think our newest addition to the building looks great and we cannot wait to utilize it! Stay tuned for more updates on our new service area and be sure to leave some feedback in the comments below!

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child safety day @ bertera
July 17th 2016 marked our first Child Safety Day at Bertera! We were lucky enough to have so many people participate! A big thank you to the Palmer Police, Wilbraham Police, and Belchertown Police departments from making it out and bringing Buddy along! The Palmer Public Library made it to promote their summer reading program and to sell books! The Palmer Fire Department showed up with one of their trucks for the children to learn about and play in. We were fortunate enough to have the Palmer Ambulance Service arrive in one of their ambulances. The children not only made a mess of the ambulance and fire truck but learned a lot while doing so! Shaggy from KIX 100.9 made it out with free swag and prizes for everyone! Did we mention even the Boy Scouts were at Bertera’s Child Safety Day? Be sure to stay tuned for more events in the future! With such success you can be sure we’ll be having another one soon! Enjoy some of our favorite images and videos from the event below.

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Our customers have got to be the best in the world. We receive letters, pictures, and more all the time! We love sharing with our customers and it warms our hearts to know they’re willing to share with us as well! We received the letter below from one of our loyal customers a few days ago. Have a look for yourself and find out just why our customers are the greatest!

Good morning Todd,

I enjoyed the visit to Bertera Subaru of Hartford to have our 2016 Legacy serviced. While I was there I said hello to the Sales Manager and had a welcome cup of coffee in your customer lounge. I am amazed at how professional and courteous your dealership is. I am so glad that I bought our Subaru there. Thank you again for the great visit. Will definitely recommend your dealership and your brand of vehicles to anyone who asks about such.

Darian P.
The proud owner of a 2016 Subaru Legacy Premium

The next one is from a pretty experienced car buyer. Check it out below!

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you the express my appreciation of the fine experience we had with sales rep Joe Boughton. I purchased a 2004 Subaru Forester for my daughter Katherine on May 17, 2016. My wife and I were met by Joe about the car I saw advertised on the internet.

Joe took us for a test drive, were satisfied, made a deposit, pending purchase on my daughter’s approval the next day, and purchased the car, Although this was a modest purchase $, Joe was the most personable, detailed and knowledgeable car salesman I have met (I’m 85, and have purchased many cars in my day).

We would certainly want to deal with Joe again when we decide to purchase a new Subaru in the future. Joe is a fine asset to your dealership, and deserves a kudo from you.


John P J.

P.S. Joe called a few days after the purchase to be sure all was ok and left a message. Thank you, Joe.


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A letter from a happy customer!


On Wednesday June 1st we kicked off our Share the Love Check Presentation with Make-A-Wish Connecticut, some fresh snacks from the California Pizza Kitchen and games! IHeart Radio even stopped by to provide some fun games and goods for our guests! It was a great event for a great cause! We have managed to raise $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation in the last two years! We are very grateful to be a part of something so special and truly hope we can continue to help provide wishes in the future. Enjoy some of our favorite images from the check presentation below. You can also download the full gallery below as well as listen to the radio ads.

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Almost 50 years after it’s original introduction the all-new FIAT 124 Spider will be returning to dealers in three new breathtaking styles, the Classica, Lusso, and Abarth. The FIAT 124 Spider is the most affordable turbo powered convertible in America and would you believe it starts at only$24,995?

Powered by a turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine for best-in-class 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque on the Classica and Lusso trims. You will find that the Abarth has more of a bite with 165 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. All three trims are available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. For more information on the specifications of the different trims please click here.

Some of the available safety features in the all-new 2017 FIAT 124 Spider include blind spot minoring, rear cross path detection, and a rear backup camera. Let us not forget some of convenient new tech features like keyless entry, bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, and FIAT Connect 7.0 with Pandora, Aha, and Stitcher!

You can take home your brand new 124 Spider in these three flavors:
•FIAT 124 Spider Classica – The Classica will come in a variety of colors including a red clear coat (Rosso Passione), white clear coat (Bianco Gelato), jet black metallic (Nero Cinema), gray metallic (Grigio Argento), dark gray metallic (Grigio Moda), and bronze metallic (Bronzo Magnetico).
•FIAT 124 Spider Lusso – The Lusso will come in the same colors as the Classica with the addition of a crystal white pearl tri-coat (Bianca Perla).
•FIAT 124 Spider Abarth – The highly anticipated FIAT 124 Spider Abarth will come in the same colors as the Classica with the removal of the dark grey metallic color (Grigio Moda) and the bronze metallic color (Bronzo Magnetico).

Keep in mind the first 124 units will be available as a limited-edition Prima Edizion Lusso! So be sure to pre-order yours if you haven’t already by visiting us online at

Have a look at the gallery below and let us know what you think about the all-new 2017 FIAT 124 Spider in the comments!

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2016 earthfest
May 21st marks the 23rd annual Earthfest sponsored by Radio 92.9, Whole Foods, and Subaru of New England! There will be food, music, and plenty of fun for the whole family! They’re expecting well over 100,000 attendees this year, so be sure to get there early for parking or prepare to use public transit.

Price: FREE
Date: May 21st, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, in Boston
Website: Radio 92.9

Some of the featured artists this year are:

Fitz and the Tantrums
Headlining the 2016 Earthfest is no other than Fitz and the Tantrums! They’ve been around since 2008 but really struck gold with their debut album Pickin’ Up the Pieces, released in August 2010. You can have a listen to HandClap, a song off their newest album below!

For more please visit their official website here.

Hailing from Rochester, New York, Joywave is an indie-rock band that rose to success in 2014 off of their LP How Do You Feel Now? Enjoy the song Life in a Bubble I Blew off of their newest release SWISH below!

Be sure to check them out on YouTube!

The Strumbellas
Coming all the way from the great north are The Strumbellas! You may have heard their single Spirits on the radio and if not have a listen below!

Did we mention there will be a Battle of the Bands event and the winner will be opening for Fitz and the Tantrums as well? Other musical guests are still being determined. For an up to date list of the artists attending click here.

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