Category Archives: Tips and Advice

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!

Local Fall Festivals in Springfield, Missouri

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Springfield is the place to be every fall!

There’s a lot to do in downtown Springfield. Even as the weather cools off, there are plenty of local fall festivals where you can socialize, play games, and have fun. Check out any of the festivals below, or check town event calendars for more that you may have missed!

Harvest Fest

Held at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park from September 30th until October 30th, this festival invites attendees to spend weekends at the farm. Loaded with hayrides, a pumpkin patch, carnival games, a corn maze, and even Halloween activities, it’s fun for the whole family.

Cider Days

On September 17th and 18th, Cider Days comes to Historic Walnut Street to provide visitors with over 100 local artists, as well as several other activities such as live performances, food vendors, and a scarecrow village.

Hotel of Terror

Hailed as one of the oldest haunted houses in Springfield, the Hotel of Terror opens for the fall 2016 season on September 9th and continues until October. Don’t forget to check out the Dungeon of Doom, too!

Fall is a time for harvesting ripe crops, warm apple cider, and scary Halloween-themed attractions. Jump right into the action with these local fall festivals in Springfield, Missouri.

Gift Ideas for the Car Lover

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These gifts will be great for any car lover!

Christmas will be here before you know it. Last minute shopping can be exciting, but sometimes you run out of time to find that perfect gift for that certain someone. Well, if that certain someone likes cars, you are in luck. We’ve thrown together some gift ideas for the car lover.

Dash Cam

Dash cams are incredible useful. Of course, they can really come in handy in the unfortunate event of an accident. This is particularly helpful if your loved one lives in a high traffic area. But they can also be fun on a road trip. To make an Oscar-worthy road trip movie, splice time-lapse sequences into it.

Driving Gloves & Aviator Shades

If the recipient of this potential gift likes to intimidate other drivers on the road, there’s probably no better way to do that than donning a slick pair of leather driving gloves and a pair of Aviator shades.

Mopar Stuff

There’s probably no better place to find a gift for your car lover than the Mopar apparel catalog. You can find great hats, fleeces and even handsome collared shirts there, all bearing the proud Mopar logo.

How to Protect Your Car in the Winter

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Don’t let winter wreak havoc on your car; protect it with the below tips!

If you think winter is hard on you, just think about your vehicle! All winter long, you take it out every day and expose it to the ice, the snow, the salt and that bitter cold. For those of you that would like to see your vehicle arrive in the spring relatively unscathed, here’s how to protect your vehicle in the winter.

  • Always use a brush to remove the snow from your car. You may be tempted to do it with a shovel when you are out shoveling the walk but you may end scratching the clear coat or even the paint.
  • Use the time between storms constructively. At the very least, take your vehicle through a car wash (only if it is a brushless wash). Or if you really care, find a do-it-yourself place. Washers there have the kind of pressure you need to really get that salt off.
  • Though it might be too late by the time winter rolls around, salt can worsen scratches and other damage to your vehicle’s clear coat. Use touch-up paint to fill in those spots before the salt gets in!

Fuel Economy Myths

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Avoid the below methods, which may actually do more harm than good.

When it comes to saving money on gas, there is no shortage of tips and tricks – and most of them are worth trying. However, there are also a number of myths that are downright untrue, and can end up costing you money, instead of saving it. Beware of these costly fuel economy myths.

Use premium gas. There is no evidence to suggest that premium gas improves fuel efficiency. Premium gas usually has additives that offer some perks, but improved fuel economy is not one of them. Although some additives claim to improve fuel efficiency, the EPA has yet to find conclusive evidence that this is true.

Choose a smaller car. This may have been true in years past, but small cars are not necessarily more efficient than their larger counterparts thanks to improved powertrain technology and use of lightweight materials. What really matters is how the vehicle is designed, the powertrain technology, and the materials used.

Choose a manual transmission. Once again, this was true in the past, but is no longer valid. Enhancements in transmission technology allow for more efficient, smoother automatic shifting and the use of more gears.

For myths worth knowing, visit bankrate.com.

Are you in the market for a new, efficient car? Stop by Corwin Dodge Ram today!

Why You Need to Change Your Car’s Oil Often

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Change your car’s oil often to ensure top performance!

Changing your oil is a part of routine maintenance that’s suggested by the manufacturer to keep your vehicle running in tip-top shape! While it may seem like a hassle, changing your oil has plenty of benefits that keep your engine running. Even more, not changing your oil can have consequences, but do you know what they are? We here at Corwin Dodge Ram are here to tell you just what can happen if you don’t change your oil often!

Oil has three main jobs within an engine block. First, it lubricates parts to keep components working together without damaging one another. Second, oil draws away heat generated by the constant explosions within the engine. Third, it prevents carbon and varnishes from building up on the cool parts of the engine.

If you don’t change your oil, carbon and varnishes will begin to build up on the crankcase, camshafts, and valves. This can lead to carbon deposits coming from the old oil which can only be fixed by an expensive engine cleaning. You may also need to replace your piston rings.

Worse, your pistons could seize up and the camshafts could take damage. A few oil changes are pocket change compared to the bills you’d get for these repairs.

If you want to learn how to change your own oil, here’s our handy guide!

Tips for Driving Safely During Deer Mating Season

Deer Mating Season Driving Tips

Whatever your feelings may be on hunting, no one wants to see a dead deer on the side of the road, especially not one put there by your own vehicle. Deer mating season and deer hunting season cause for more deer to be scampering out onto the roads. As we have reached that time of year again, we at Corwin Dodge thought it would be a good time to share some of our tips for driving safely during deer mating season.

  1. Use your high beams. When driving at night, use your high beams whenever safe for vehicles around you. A deer’s eyes will reflect the light, alerting you to its presence and giving you more time to prepare for whatever sudden actions the deer may take.
  2. Look for more than one. Deer tend to travel in packs. If you see one deer on the side of the road, be prepared to see another.
  3. Don’t swerve. If you find yourself crossing paths with a deer in the road, try to slow down as much as you reasonably can. Do not swerve your vehicle into another lane as this could cause a more serious accident. There is no guarantee you will avoid the deer, but it could cause you to hit another vehicle.
  4. Leave the deer alone. If you, unfortunately, are unable to avoid hitting a deer, refrain from trying to move it to safety yourself. If the deer is still alive, it may become frightened by your good intentions and further injure itself or you. Instead, call the police for help in filing an accident report and properly removing the deer from the roadway.

During deer mating season, we would all be wise to remain alert to deer on the move and give ourselves as much time as we can to react appropriately.

Great Tailgate Party Recipes

For many people, fall is their favorite time of year. Not because of the cool weather, beautiful colors, and pumpkin-flavored everything, but because it’s football season! For those who love the game, hanging out with your family and friends is what really brings out the fun. And what better way to do that than at a tailgate party?

One important part of a successful tailgate party is having great food. Here are a few delicious tailgate party recipes that we love here at Corwin Dodge, and that are sure to keep your hungry crowd coming back for more.

Tailgate Party Recipes
We are sure you already have your own burger recipe, so check out other ideas we have!
  1. Dips are a staple at any tailgate party. Spice up your boring chip dip and try something new, like this mouth-watering, hearty Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip that adds ground sausage, pinto beans, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese to the standard spinach dip.
  2. Deviled eggs may not seem like a tailgate party food, but just watch how quickly they disappear!
  3. Chili is another great game day food. Use your favorite recipe, just make sure it’s not too spicy. You could even whip this up a day in advance and then keep it warm in the crock pot throughout the game.
  4. For something on the sweet side, try these delicious fried pies. They’re easy to make and great for the on-the-go eating.

Remember, the key to great tailgate party food is portability. If it requires more than one utensil to eat, it probably will get passed over. Keep in mind, everyone may be standing and cheering, so food you can eat with one hand is best.

What are your favorite tailgate party recipes?

Setting Up a Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage

Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage
Who knew that something as simple as a tennis ball could help protect your car, your garage, and your stuff?

Whether you have a new teenage driver, or this is your first time with a garage for your car, you may be worried about objects being hit when you or someone else pulls into your garage. Well, it may be time to set up a tennis ball marker in your garage so you and others know where to correctly stop. This trick helps protect your car, your garage, and other items that may be around.

Now, there are two different ways to go about this. You can either do the really simple way, or the more advanced way (this involves a pulley system). Let’s take it one at a time.

How to Set Up a Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage (Easy)
  1. Park your car in the garage exactly where it should be so that it is out of the way of the garage door, walls, or any items in the garage.
  2. Attach a hook to the ceiling of the garage to hang the string and tennis ball from. Make sure it is directly above where the steering wheel is in the car.
  3. Attach another hook to the tennis ball and tie a long string to it.
  4. Tie the other end of the string to the hook in ceiling so that the tennis ball is just touching the windshield of your car.
  5. Voila! The tennis ball marker in your garage is setup!

Here is a video for the easy style:

How to Set Up a Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage (Advanced)

Follow the steps from above, with some changes.

  1. Replace the hook in the ceiling with a pulley.
  2. Run the string through the pulley and towards the garage door.
  3. Attach string towards the top of the garage door after you have measured where the ball should be when the door is open and closed.
  4. Test it out. If you ball stops in the correct spot while the door is open and retracts to the top of the ceiling when the door is closed, then you are good to go!

Here is a video for the advanced style:

For more tips and tricks with parking, driving, and other fun topics stay to Corwin Dodge

Car Cooling Tips to Help Beat the Heat this Summer

Summer is quickly approaching and we want to make sure that you know how to keep your car interior cool, and in turn help to prevent you from being comfortable. Follow some of our easy car cooling tips in order to keep your interior cool this season.

Car Cooling Tips
The sun is going to be glaring down on your car, make sure you try to keep the interior cool.

Car Cooling Tips

Park in the shade. Direct sunlight to your car can heat up the inside very quickly. In fact, with an hour it can rise up to 50 degrees hotter than what it was originally. Shade helps to protect from those extreme heats. Tinted windows also do the same thing in terms of blocking out some of the sun’s heat.

Cover your windows. We have seen the people in parking lots who put up blockers in the windshield and never really thought twice about it. Well, it is time to join their side. Blocking the sunlight from getting in can help to keep the temperature lower.

Vent out the interior. Leaving windows cracked can help to allow airflow in the car, leading to a cooler interior. Or you can follow one of the car cooling tips that we think is terrific; get a battery powered mini-fan and have it point outside the crack in your window. That will help to circulate the hot air out.

Buy a car with cloth seated interior. Leather sits tend to absorb heat more than cloth seats. When looking at purchasing a new car, take that fact into consideration if you live in a hotter area, or if you hate hot seats that badly!

Park in your garage. Yes, we know that right now it is cluttered with old boxes, tools, and maybe even some stuff that you aren’t sure what it is. Take the time to clean it out, and then you can park your vehicle in there any help keep it cool!

Good news is that Corwin Dodge carries a wide variety of new vehicles that come with cloth seats, or tinted windows, or whatever else you may be looking for! Stop in today to see what all we have to offer including the Dodge Dart, Charger, and Challenger, all offered at excellent prices!