Jeep and Ram Vehicles Prove Themselves to Be Top Outdoor Adventure Vehicles at Annual

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Every year, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) hosts the “Mudfest” competition, which puts the most adventurous vehicles head-to-head for a day of friendly competition and fun. This year, Jeep® and Ram vehicles soared ahead of the competition and were honored with three top awards out of the six vehicle categories, surpassing other vehicles in their segments because of their exceptional off-roading capabilities.

To be named a “Mudfest” winner, a vehicle must go through two days of rigorous testing on paved and off-road paths. At the end the various trials, the 2018 Jeep® Wrangler was awarded the top spot in both the Compact and Mid-size Utility Vehicle category and the Extreme Capability category, while the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel was declared the winner of the pickups category. The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler took home an additional award, earning the title of “Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year.” The all-new Wrangler was praised by the President of NWAPA, who said “Jeep® has taken the Wrangler to the next level, adding safety, technology and on-road refinement to its unparalleled off-road prowess. NWAPA members were impressed by the Wrangler’s performance both on and off the road.”

Meanwhile, the Ram 1500 was celebrated for its “comfort and refinement,” boasting an interior that “rivals luxury cars” while still being able to perform any task set for it. This is not the first time that the exceptional interior of the 2019 Ram 1500 has been recognized, as it was named to WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors List for 2018.

Take these incredible vehicles for a test drive when you visit Corwin CDJR.

4th of July Camping with Your Ram 1500

Camping with Your Ram 1500 | Corwin CDJR FIAT | Springfield, MO

Americans love celebrating our independence. Many of us throw big parties, watch the local parades, and spend the evening watching a fireworks spectacle. This July 4th, try something new and go camping with your Ram 1500.

The Ram 1500 is the ideal camping truck. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 10,620 pounds. This is enough power to pull your pop-up camper or maybe even your boat to your camping destination. The bed has plenty of space to hold all of your camping gear, including sleeping bags, your camp stove, and tent.

Did you know that you can get a lot of fantastic accessories that are designed for your Ram truck that will make your camping experience even better? Be sure to try out some of these during your next big camping trip.

  • Tent. If you don’t like the idea of sleeping on the ground, get your self a tent that fits right into the bed of your Ram 1500.
  • Cargo Net. You don’t want your camping gear to get loose while on your journey. Get a cargo net to cover your bed and keep everything secure.
  • Bike Rack. Add a roof-mounted bike rack to your Ram 1500 to save room in your truck bed.

Of course, if you need to purchase a Ram 1500 vehicle for your trip, be sure to explore our pickup lineup here at Corwin CDJR.

White Hart Renaissance Fair Returns this June

White Hart Renaissance Fair | Corwin CDJR | Springfield, MO

Come one, come all to the White Hart Renaissance Fair. This June, it enters its 13th glorious season. Come experience the world of Shakespeare, of swashbuckling pirates and warring lords, of daring queens and brave knights. The White Hart Renaissance Fair offers fun for the whole family, and you won’t want to miss it.

The Fair will immerse you in the times of the Renaissance, featuring food, drinks, and revelry that will transport you back to a medieval environment. The village market will offer unique, hand-made goods from merchants in period dress, and you can shop around at your leisure. Afterwards, feast with the family, and then watch knights joust and jockey for the crowd’s favor. With a wide range of amusements and crafters, the White Hart Renaissance Fair will delight you and your family from dawn to dusk.

The Fair will offer entertainment that you can’t see anywhere else. Among the entertainment promised is Bound by Fire, a dancing gypsy group that, appropriately enough, dances with fire. In addition, you’ll hear authentic Celtic music from Bruce the Bruce and witness historic swordsmanship from the Five Rings Fencing. With its wealth of entertainment opportunities, everyone will experience a breathtaking performance that brings a smile to the faces of visitors both young and old.

Getting to the Renaissance Fair can be quite difficult on horseback, so consider a new vehicle from Corwin CDJR instead.

Classic FCA Automobiles Making the Move

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Something old, new, borrowed, and blue? The move that some historic FCA automobiles are making feels a little like this old phrase. About 85 classic FCA vehicles will move to an exhibit at the old Dodge Viper plant.

This move comes with the closing of the Dodge Viper plant last August. While it was hard to say “goodbye” to the Viper, its production center is becoming a new nostalgic home. Some of the cars making the move to this new exhibit include the 1955 Chrysler 300, 1941 Chrysler Town and Country, 1970 Dodge Charger, and a 1934 Chrysler Airflow. There are also incredibly unique concept cars, like a 2015 Jeep® Chief sporting a beachy white and blue exterior.

With its transformation into a classic-car showroom, the old Viper plant will get a new name: the Conner Center. Unfortunately, the exhibit is not yet open to the public. But Historical Services manager for FCA US, Brandt Rosenbusch, pointed out the bonding benefits to FCA employees, “We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles. This move will allow us to house all of our collection under one roof and have the space to share that history with our employees.”

To see all the vehicles that FCA currently offers, take a trip down to Corwin CDJR.

Drury International Food Festival is Right Around the Corner

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Every year at Drury University, the International Student Association hosts the Drury International Food Festival. It marks a time to explore familiar and unfamiliar food, culture, music, and performances. There is certain to be something new and surprising for everyone to enjoy; maybe you’ll discover a dish that becomes a new favorite or experience a performance that expands your perspective.

The event represents the diversity of cultures present on Drury University’s campus and invites students to share their cultures and traditions with other students and community members. As of 2017, approximately 13% of Drury’s student population comes from abroad, with 53 countries represented. The International Student Association recognizes the important diversity of backgrounds and contributions that such students bring to the university’s campus, so the event is not only meant to bring students and community members from different backgrounds together, but allow them to share their backgrounds, cultures, and food with one another and learn from one another. What better way to do so than to center the event around food, inviting others to eat your favorite cultural dishes at your table?

The Drury International Food Festival will take place this year on April 14th, and will be hosted on the University’s campus in the Findlay Student Center from 6-9pm. There is a small admission price for the event, but one we at Corwin CDJR think is well worth it: the event will be $10 for students and $15 for the general public.

Pile your family into your Ram to make traveling to the event all the more enjoyable; we’re sure it will be able to haul your satisfied, full bellies home.

Ram 1500 Named “Best of Show” at 2018 International Auto Show

Ram 1500 Named “Best of Show”

In order to determine who receives the “Best of Show” award, Cars.com auto experts take into consideration the vehicle’s innovation, impact at the show, and fulfillment of stated claims. Cars.com proudly defended their choice, stating, “Ram climbed to the top of the heap for its blend of capability, comfort, technology and efficiency.” The combination of features offered on the 2019 Ram 1500 makes it like no other pickup truck that has come before it: it is remarkably durable, technologically-advanced, efficient, and full of convenient and desirable features. Both its comfortable, luxurious feel and new eTorque mild hybrid system that boasts fuel efficiency stands out among other pickups.

The auto industry came into the new year strong at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, which took place from January 13-28 in Detroit. The show presented plenty of vehicles and innovative technologies to be excited about for the coming year, creating a lot of buzz among auto industry experts and car enthusiasts alike. We at Corwin CDJR were thrilled to hear that at the show, Cars.com editors awarded the coveted “Best of Show” award to the brand new 2019 Ram 1500.

 

 

Come into Corwin CDJRto learn more about what the 2019 Ram 1500 has to offer. We’re sure you’ll be impressed.

Head to the 6th Annual Beer Wine Cheese and Chocolate Festival

Join the entirety of the Midwest in celebrating what it loves best – beer, wine, cheese, and chocolate – at the annual Midwest Regional Beer Wine Cheese and Chocolate Festival. Taking place in the E*Plex East Hall, which features functioning heat, on February 3rd, 2018, the Beer Wine Cheese and Chocolate Festival offers guests the chance to try all sorts of delicious foods and beverages.

 

Admission starts at $25, and each ticket, which is for adults 21 and up exclusively, also includes live music and entertainment, educational seminars, and even live demonstrations from the best cooks in the region, in addition to the tasting and shopping experience. And if you’re feeling adventurous and fancy, there is a VIP Pairings Dinner the night before at 6:30 p.m. that pairs local beer and wine with a four-course meal. There’s a limited number of $60 tickets for the dinner event, so reserve in advance!

 

The Beer Wine Cheese and Chocolate Festival is sure to be a great time, and you should definitely arrive in style. What better way to enjoy the event than to show up in a cool new Jeep? Stop by our dealership at Corwin CDJR and we can help match you to a vehicle that suits your weekend escapades.

Beer Wine Cheese and Chocolate Festival

Best Christmas Gifts for Jeep® Lovers

Is there someone in your life who can’t get enough of Jeep®? They’re not alone. Jeep® fans are a devoted group, and never seem to grow tired of all-things Jeep®. Use this guide from Corwin CDJR to get some ideas about gifts for Jeep® Lovers in your life this holiday season.

Christmas gifts for Jeep® Lovers - 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in Springfield, MO

Jeep® Logo Gear

From printed pajama bottoms to thermoses perfect for coffee or hot chocolate, you can find tons of items boasting the Jeep® logo on them. Get your tea-drinking Jeep® lover a mug, or a Jeep® calendar for your organized friends.

Fun Tire Cover

Part of the fun in owning a Jeep® is the option to make it your own. Help your Jeep®-loving friends and family members customize their off-roader with a quirky tire cover. With DIY websites like Etsy.com you can get almost any type of Jeep® tire cover made.

Seat Back Organizer

Do the Jeep® lovers in your life practically live out of their Jeep®? Then they could probably benefit from a little help in the organization department. A seat back organizer is one of many accessories you can buy for Jeep® vehicles that will help owners keep their belongings in order when they’re on the go.

Common Car Lease Terms

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Like with all financial contracts, a car lease can be confusing for those who aren’t savvy to the terminology. Fortunately, a few basic terms can make the difference between a bad deal and good one. Here’s a quick rundown of some common car lease terms from us here at Corwin Dodge Ram.

Base Monthly Payment – This is the same as a monthly payment when buying a car. Instead of paying off the total cost, however, this cost covers any finance charges, fees, and depreciation of the vehicle.

Capitalized Cost Reduction – Essentially the same as a down payment when buying a car, this can lower the monthly payment and could make the difference in the lease’s approval.

Closed-End Lease – The most common type of lease, this ensures that the driver doesn’t owe any extra money on the vehicle once the contract reaches maturity.

Depreciation – This is what the driver pays for in the monthly payment. When a vehicle is leased, the lessee pays the difference between the new value and predetermined used value.

Excess Mileage Charge – Most lease contracts specifically state the maximum amount of miles the vehicle can be driven. Every mile over that amount will result in an additional charge once the contract reaches maturity.

 

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Knowing how to improve your credit score essentially increases the chance you’ll have a positive financial future. Lenders use your credit score when evaluating loan applications. In short, a high credit score has a major impact on loan approval and the interest rate. We here at Corwin Dodge Ram have a few ways you can improve your credit score.

Keep Balances Low

The total amount you owe on your open credit accounts can impact your score dramatically. High amounts owed are a red flag to many lenders and could influence whether or not you get the loan. The amounts owed portion translates to a whopping 30 percent of your credit score. Keeping balances low and paying for high balances is one way to improve your score over time.

Pay Bills On Time

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Missing payments is a major red flag to lenders of all sizes. While one missed payment won’t send your credit score through the floor, multiple will have a dramatic impact on your overall credit score. Your payment history accounts for 35 percent of your score. Do you best to pay your bills on time.

Check Your Credit Report

Checking your credit report every now and then won’t have a major negative impact on your score. In fact, checking once a year is a good safety precaution. It could help you spot errors, which you can then contest and have removed from your credit report. In the end, checking your credit report can help improve your score.

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