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.

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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.

2018 Ram Vehicles

We love this season in the automotive world, when the new model year rolls around and new versions of our favorite classics start landing on the lot at Corwin Dodge Ram. If you’re looking to see what’s new with 2018 Ram vehicles, look no further. We’ve got the latest news right here.

2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten

In this new special edition Ram pickup, the capable Ram 1500, and the even stronger Ram 2500 HD and Ram 3500 HD, receive a luxurious treatment. The exterior is absolutely elegant, with a limited grille and limited wheels, and leather has been placed all throughout the roomy cabin. Generous standard features like heated and ventilated front seats and an 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system make the luxurious Tungsten trucks an indulgent pick by every standard. The 2018 Ram 1500 Limited Tungsten will be available later this year.

2018 Ram Rebel

If off-roading is more your cup of tea, you’ll be very happy to hear about the new 2018 Ram Rebel. This pickup uses the capable Ram 1500 as its foundation and adds more power and engineering to make it the ultimate off-road-ready truck. And when we say more power, we mean it, for the 2018 Ram Rebel gets its 575 horsepower from the Hellcat 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine. All-wheel drive only adds to this truck’s capability, as will plenty of other smart performance features. The 2018 Ram Rebel is expected to arrive on lots at the end of the year, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Introducing the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept

 

Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept

We are pleased to share with you Ram’s latest Rebel concept: the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept truck, which Ram is calling the “Off-Road King.” While it may just be a concept, for now, you will be able to order it eventually at dealers like Corwin Dodge Ram.

The Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept is powered by a supercharged6.2-liter HEMI® V8 engine that delivers 575 horsepower and can easily reach speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. This makes it the most powerful factory-engineered half-ton pickup ever to be manufactured. Further boosting performance is its off-road suspension and the available 4X4 Performance Control System for traction in five different terrain modes.

Ram has put a lot of thought into style, inside and out. The exterior is chiseled with an hourglass body design, Ram’s signature large front grille, and huge fender wells. Inside, the Rebel TRX Concept features suede seats, a paddle shifter, and a six-point Racing Harness for every passenger.

If you can’t wait to experience the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX Concept here at Corwin Dodge Ram, whet your appetite with this sound clip of the concept’s HEMI® engine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmrD9Ylep3M

Keep checking in for more updates regarding the new Ram Rebel pickup concept.

Tips for Taking Road Trips in a Coupe

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If you drive a small car or a sports coupe like the Dodge Challenger, road trips can be hard to execute—especially if you’re traveling with family. Sure, the Challenger provides exceptional driving fun, and you’ll love zooming across the country in it. But what about packing? Long-term comfort? Here are some tips for road trips in a coupe or small car.

First, understand that less is more, and that you don’t actually need to bring fifteen pairs of pants and a different shoe for every day of the trip. It can be tempting to take a “prepare for the worst” approach, but when you’re driving a coupe, you have to plan. Challengers have big spacious trunks, but you have to make room for a lot of stuff if you’re driving long-distance, so keep clothes to a minimum.

Utilize all the space you can in the car. If you’re traveling with just two other people, stick what you can in the backseat, and bring a cooler with drinks and snacks so you don’t get dehydrated. Keep essentials in reach like your kids’ favorite toys and a first aid kit.

Stop to walk around and switch drivers often to avoid driver fatigue and let everyone stretch their legs. In general, you want to make sure you have roadside assistance, have plenty of entertainment options for everyone, and use navigation services to avoid traffic jams and other problem spots.

If you have more questions about road tripping in your Dodge Challenger, give us a call at Corwin Dodge Ram!

Springfield, MO

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