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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.

New Ram 1500 Special Editions

The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup known for its intimidating stance and overwhelming strength but now the truck is about to turn even more heads. Fiat Chrysler is adding two new Special Edition models to the popular pickup. While they’re mostly cosmetic, the Ram 1500 Special Editions are certainly a welcome sight in the full-size truck segment.

Ram 1500 Special Editions Rebel Mojave Sand

The Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand edition brings a more refined look to the pickup. The Mojave Sand paint job is exclusive to the package and costs about $600.

The exterior color goes well with the all-black interior that comes with the package. Add in the black hood stripe and gray contrast stitching for a customized look that’s sure to turn heads!

2017 Ram 1500 Special Editions Ignition Orange

Orange trucks are a thing of the past but the Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport looks to revitalize the color. The Ignition Orange Sport returns with a, you guessed it, orange paintjob with black hood graphics, black-out exterior trim, and black wheels.

The interior of the Ram 1500 Ignition Sport brings orange stitching, orange-painted trim, and orange ram’s-head logos on the headrests.

Both packages are limited to Ram 1500 models.

We here at Corwin Dodge Ram are pumped for the addition of the new Ram 1500 Special Edition packages!

New Ram Truck Brand Commercial Honors Hard-Working Everyday Heroes

Every year, Thanksgiving Day is a time for being thankful for what you have. For Ram, that means thanking the hardworking people throughout the United States. The American truck-maker showed their appreciation with a new Ram truck brand commercial called “Praise.”

This 90-second advertisement aired on Thanksgiving Day during the traditional holiday NFL football games on CBS and Fox. It honors people from all walks of life, from a single mother of three to a grandfather who has spent his entire life working in a mill. The commercial features a number of occupations and individuals throughout the 90 seconds, showcasing the variety of jobs and people employed in them throughout America.

Beyond the Commercial

At the end of the commercial, Ram encouraged viewers to show their thanks on social media using the hashtag #RamGivesThanks. This new commercial reached over 55 million viewers who watched the Thanksgiving football broadcasts. In addition to this new broadcast, Ram also acted as the Official Truck of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the second year, more than 25 Ram trucks towed the floats during the parade’s live broadcast on NBC.

So if you’re interested in finding out more about the Ram truck brand, come visit Corwin Dodge Ram and see what our pickup trucks have to offer.

New Ram Truck Brand Commercial