2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition VIN 001

On January 21, 2021 Ram rolled VIN #001 of the Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition off the assembly. The vehicle will be up for auction on March 26th through Barrett Jackson and the proceeds are going to charity.

Check it out here -> https://twitter.com/RamTrucks/status/1352316657964888070?s=20 

The link for bidding on March 26th is https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home

Questions to Ask When Getting a New Vehicle

Getting a new vehicle whether you’re leasing, buying, new, or used can be stressful. Here are some questions to ask yourself as well as the sales representative while getting the vehicle.  

Questions to ask yourself: 

  • How am I paying/financing this? 
  • What is the maximum monthly payment I can afford?  
  • Do I want a brand-new car or a used one?  
  • Is leasing or purchasing better for me? – you can always go over this with the sales representative.  
  • What features do I want? Examples: heated seats, sunroof, cloth or leather seats, or automatic start.   
  • What kind of vehicle do you WANT and what kind of vehicle to you NEED?  
  • Am I going to trade my current vehicle in or try to sell it myself?  

Questions to ask at the dealership: 

  • What does the warranty cover? How long does it last?  
  • What does long term maintenance look like?  
  •  What safety features are there?  
  •  If you’re getting a used vehicle ask about its history.  
  • How much would it be after fees and licensing?  
  • Are there any incentives going on?  
  • Can I see the purchase agreement?  
  • What are the financing terms for the deal?  

Try to remember the sales representative is just trying to get you into the vehicle you want and they will help you as best they can.   

It’s also a good idea to do some research before going into the dealership to know what you want or are looking for.  

FCA – PSA Merger: Stellantis

This week the merger between FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA – Groupe PSA was completed. Creating the fourth largest automotive maker.

The merger was originally announced in 2019 and is complete after some set backs from the Coronavirus. The merger is under Stellantis whose headquarters will be in Amsterdam with operation centers in France, Italy, and the United States. The former CEO of Groupe PSA Carlos Tavares will be the CEO of Stellantis and Mike Manley the former FCA CEO will be the head of North American operations.

The merger will help reduce research and development costs of both corporations especially since both are getting into electric vehicles. Electrification is one of the focal points as well as the number of electric vehicles in the lineup. They currently have 29 electric vehicles and would like to add 10 more by the end of the year.

As of right now there are 14 brands, some were concerned if Fiat and Chrysler will survive the merger, as of right now the CEO can not confirm. Its stated a couple times that Manley will help Tavares understand Jeep and Ram as they are the most profitable FCA brands and that they will push those two brands into other countries.

This merger will bring many great things over the next years!

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Amazon Products for Your Vehicle

If you checked out our post from last week about tips for keeping your vehicle clean here are some products from Amazon to help as well as just some cool products for your vehicle! 

Cleaning slime allows you to clean off all the dust and small particles of dirt from anywhere in your vehicle – it works well at cleaning your cupholders!  

Gap filler to fill the gap between your seat and the center console so you don’t lose your phone down the crack.  

Purse holders are great to hold any bags that you may have so that they won’t spill or fall over.  https://www.amazon.com/IPELY-Universal-Vehicle-Headrest-Grocery/dp/B01IEH5CRG/ref=zg_bs_15857501_10/130-7909246-3405369?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=HVP5T9VT06RVH72ZJ1GX 

Air fresheners are always an easy way to make it seem like your vehicle is clean even if you don’t have the time to clean it right now. 

Car coasters are great to keep your cup holders clean and to absorb any condensation or spilled liquid.  

Trunk Organizer will help you organize anything you keep in your truck and help keep stuff from rolling around. You can even look for one to hold groceries! 

Phone holder is a good and somewhat safe way to have your phone accessible to view your gps or phone calls. But remember don’t actively be on your phone while driving!   

Blue tooth adaptor if you drive an older vehicle that doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities this adaptor is great!  

Garbage can is a great way to keep your vehicle clean but if you don’t want to just have a bag hanging around your car then this garbage can is for you. It just hangs around your gear shift so you will always have easy access to it and you may be able to hang it around a head rest too!  

This Emergency Tool is always good to have around in case you need to cut the seat belt or break open a window if you or someone you see gets into an accident or any other emergency situation. 

Jeep 80th Anniversary

This year Jeep is celebrating their 80th anniversary! To celebrate they released 80th anniversary editions of their vehicles.   

In their press release Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America said “After nearly 80 years, the Jeep brand remains true to the original SUV by continuing to deliver legendary 4×4 capability that has enabled countless adventures and open-air freedom… As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we’re pleased to provide our customers with 80th Anniversary models that offer a unique appearance, great value and loads of safety and technology features… As a tribute to our unique, enthusiastic and growing customer base, we are expanding our Jeep Wave customer care program across the entire Jeep vehicle lineup… We are pleased to reward our loyal customers with Jeep Wave premium service that offers peace of mind and no-charge maintenance for three years.”  

Each model comes in the 80th anniversary edition which comes in a granite crystal paint job and all are well equipped.  

Visit us at dickscott.com to see what we have in stock of the 80th anniversary edition Jeeps!

Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Clean

Keeping your vehicle clean whether its inside or out can be difficult. Here are some ways help keep it clean!

Keep a trash can or trash bag in it. Make sure to take it out when full and replace the bag. TIP: A plastic cereal container works great!

Use organizers or containers to help keep items in place

Keep napkins, tissues, or wipes to clean up any spills. If you can clean up any spills right away, but if it happens to stain, stain remover for clothes works great!

Buy car coaster or use silicone cupcake liners to keep your cup holders clean.

Air fresheners are a great way to cover up any odor your vehicle may get over time. You could even put them in multiple places in your vehicle. TIP: the ones with the elastic string fit around the headrests of the front seats.

Knock your shoes off before you get into it. Especially if you live somewhere it snows.

One way to get junk out of your vehicle is to take something with you every time you get out of your car. That way you don’t have to get it all out at once and will get you in the habit of taking out your items when you leave the vehicle

Find something to keep your loose change in – if you have an extra cup holder buy a cheap plastic cup to use!

Keep all your paperwork in your glove box organized (or at least try to.) If you have the room buy a folder or organizer to put it all in.

Use small containers with lids to hold any small products you may have but don’t use often.

The dollar store also sells some things to keep your vehicle clean in their automotive section!

National Rubber Ducky Day

Have you heard about ducking?

Its a trend where you leave a duck on a Jeep you think is awesome! As Jeep put it on Instagram “Some see a little rubber toy. We see a symbol of the joy, humanity and positivity that the #JeepFamily spreads to one another. Happy #RubberDuckyDay to you all and keep on ducking! ”

This is a great way to tell someone their vehicle is cool and just another way that the Jeep community is amazing and fun!

If you do this anytime soon remember to stay safe while doing it! ⠀

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Got a Great Jeep Easter Egg Idea? Here’s Your Chance to Make It a Reality

Everyone loves finding Easter eggs in their ride — whether it’s the cat and cub in a Jaguar E-Pace, the spider under the fuel door of a Jeep Renegade or the myriad examples in the latest Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in particular is known for including dozens of Easter eggs in its vehicles — and now, likely because FCA assumes you’ve been home and bored for the last three months or so, the automaker is giving you the chance to dream up an Easter egg for inclusion in an upcoming Jeep product.

Now through July 2, you can submit your ideas for the next Jeep Easter egg at TheNextJeepEasterEgg.com. The winner will be announced on July 31, but getting your idea into a future Jeep product isn’t the only prize; you’ll also win a new Jeep of your choice, which is a pretty fantastic Easter egg in itself. 

Read the full article at: https://www.cars.com/articles/got-a-great-jeep-easter-egg-idea-heres-your-chance-to-make-it-a-reality-422956/

Michigan, Fiat Chrysler join federal self-driving car initiative

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is one of nine companies participating in a U.S. Department of Transportation initiative designed to improve the safety and testing transparency of self-driving cars, and Michigan is one of eight states also joining the effort. 

But safety advocates sharply criticized the transportation department for sticking with an voluntary approach to self-driving regulation that critics have described as toothless, citing fatal accidents involving partially autonomous cars that have been operated in recent years by companies such as Tesla and Uber. 

The agency announced Monday the formation of a new Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative that it said will include “a series of public events across the country to improve transparency and safety in the development and testing of automated driving systems.” 

The voluntary initiative will provide an online platform for sharing details about testing with the public.

Read the full article at: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2020/06/15/michigan-fiat-chrysler-join-federal-self-driving-car-initiative/3194309001/

2/12/2020 Challenger Challenge Indian Motorcycle Draws A Line In The Sand With “Challenger Challenge” – A Head-To-Head Comparison Of The New Indian Challenger Dark Horse & Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special

Minneapolis (February 12, 2020) – “May the best V-twin win.” That’s the rally cry for the newest marketing campaign for Indian Motorcycle’s all-new Indian Challenger – a fully-loaded premium bagger designed as a superior alternative to the category leader, the Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special. This morning, Indian announced the “Challenger Challenge,” a campaign that invites motorcyclists to test ride the Challenger and Road Glide® Special back-to-back for the ultimate head-to-head comparison.

Launching at Daytona Bike Week on Friday, March 6, the Challenger Challenge product demo tour will visit Indian Motorcycle dealers around the country, as well as select motorcycle rallies and events, including the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. In addition to the national tour, select Indian Motorcycle dealers will have a Road Glide® on hand to ensure that any customer who visits their dealership can take the Challenger Challenge.

Read the full article at https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/news/press-releases/indian-motorcycle-draws-a-line-in-the-sand-with-challenger-challenge/