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!

81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair

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We’re less than 100 days away from the 81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair and we could be more excited! The fair kicks off on July 27th and runs through August 5th and features a long list of attractions that everyone will enjoy. The Ozark Empire Fair has been going strong and boasts a reputation as a fun-filled family event everyone can enjoy!

The 81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair is being held in multiple locations, including the Corwin Dodge Arena in Springfield. Many of the usual events and displays, including the Life & Arts Department, will be in attendance.

The fair kicked off in the early 1900s as a way for artists to show off their handiwork. It wasn’t long after that a permanent location was established and a small admission fee became standard. By the 1940s, concession booths had to be booked early as the demand for display areas grew quickly. New car dealerships began to attend the show with the latest models on display.

The Life & Arts Department will have live demonstrations, cooking contests, educational exhibits, and much more! Stop by to see what’s in store for you at this year’s fair.

We here at Corwin Dodge Ram hope to see you at the 81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair this summer!

Catch Up On The Latest Dodge News

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Dodge Charger On The Run

As one of the most prominent brands on the market today, it’s important to keep up with what Fiat Chrysler is doing with the Dodge brand. That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of some of the most important Dodge news that you need to catch up on.

Special Edition Dodge Challenger

In celebration of Mopar’s (Fiat Chrysler’s parts and service brand) 80th birthday, Fiat Chrysler will be offering a pair of 80-car limited edition, hand-painted, customized Dodge Challengers.

Each of the customized Challengers will feature a 6.4-liter, V-8 engine with a six-speed manual transmission.

New Viper

As part of a bittersweet celebration for its 25th birthday, Fiat Chrysler has announced that the 2017 Dodge Viper will be the last edition of the powerful sports car. Available in six different editions, lovers of the V-10 sports car will not be disappointed with this year’s model.

2017 Charger

This year’s edition of the Dodge Charger has been upgraded with an impressive new infotainment system. Also featured this year is a special-edition Daytona variant.

If you have any questions about what Dodge is up to for 2017, feel free to get in touch with us down here at Corwin Dodge Ram. We would love to hear from you!

All-New Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Comes Standard With Drag Tires

all-new dodge challenger srt When some folks find out that the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will have a wider body than any previous incarnation, they might be a little mystified. The wider body is designed to accommodate bigger tires. Why bigger tires? To handle the massive amount of power the Demon will be putting on the ground. In fact, the Demon will be the first car to ever go into mass production that comes outfitted with drag radial tires.

 We first heard about the SRT Demon when Dodge put up a website displaying some maddeningly teasing footage of the new ride. That’s when we first learned it tagline, “Domestic. Not Domesticated.” Reminding us, as if we need it, that the upcoming Demon is going to be pure American muscle, much like the rest of its siblings. Dodge continues to post teaser footage of the Demon.

 So, how powerful are we talking? No one knows just quite yet. And that’s exactly where Dodge wants us, overwhelmed with anticipation. A few clues have come to light though. The Demon will be 200 lbs. lighter than the Hellcat. Also, remember the Hellcat version boasts a wild 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque. Dodge has said that Demon will offer 35 percent more launch force. Can you already smell the burning rubber?

Visit Corwin Dodge Ram and check out our Challenger models in stock!

New Ram 1500 Rebel Black Special Edition Turns Heads at Auto Show

The Ram 1500 Rebel Black was recently revealed at the North American International Auto Show, one of the largest events in the industry. The Rebel Black special edition offers off-road capabilities, an improved design, and some added performance. This model is truly unique, one reason auto enthusiasts are going wild over it.

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black

What sets the Rebel Black special edition apart? This truck comes with anodized bezels on doors, special instrument design, all-black and embroidered seating, and more. According to FCA, you also get your choice between the 5.-7liter HEMI V8 or the Pentastar V6. With these, you get impressive performance and fuel economy.

“Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road truck will continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand and Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The Ram Rebel is unique in the full-size truck segment with 33-inch off-road tires, air suspension and custom interior details.”

2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Black

Other great features include things like 33-inch all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, tow hooks, and more. You’ll also find an air suspension to make your ride more comfortable, as well as available 4×4 (standard depending on the wheelbase). When properly equipped, this model generates up to 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

All of us here at Corwin Dodge Ram can’t wait to see the new Ram Rebel Black in action, as it should be available in March of this year.

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