Archive for May, 2008|Monthly archive page

Water Buoy Floats at Dick Scott Nissan

by Tim Joseph

Don’t you hate it when you’re fishing and you drop your keys in the water? Do you hate the feeling of sitting out in the middle of the lake and not being able to start your boat, or worse, you get the boat back to shore but you can’t go anywhere cuz your car keys are 12 feet under water? Are you sick of looking for a giant magnet just to forget where exactly the keys went in? We have a solution!

WaterBuoy is the size of a regular keyfob but once your keys fall in the water it uses a patented method to inflate a balloon with a harmless gas and lift itself to safety. It can lift over 2 pound which makes it idea for GPS units, phones, radios, cameras, PDS’s… It also has a light that is visible up to 820 feet. Both the light and the balloon work for a minimum 24 hours giving you plenty of time to go in and get your keys. If you would like to keep your cooler afloat simply weigh your cooler and dive by two. Thats how many waterbuoys you’ll need to secure to the cooler to lift it back to the surface.

Dick Scott Nissan is pleased to be a dealer of this device. If you’re interested, please contact Doug Harris at 800-504-8536.

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Nissan Scratch Shield

by Tim Joseph

Lets file this one under “This Rocks!”

Have you ever been washing your car and noticed a ton of scratches all over it? I hate when that happens. All the polishing and buffing you have to do to get the paint to look nice. I guess if the car sat inside the house somewhere where nothing touched it this wouldn’t be a problem. Cars are driven on the road and parked in public lots and as much as we love them, they don’t look perfect forever.

Aparently Nissan engineers don’t like their cars being scratched either. They’ve developed a new paint that is more scratch resistant than conventional clearcoats. This helps maintain the showroom look for a longer period of time. On top of that the paint repairs fine scratches by itself. It will have five times less scratches than a vehicle with a conventional clearcoat. The process takes anywhere from one day to one week. Honestly, I won’t mind the wait.

The paint is made with a highly elastic resin combined with a conventional clearcoat which increases the paint’s flexibility. Why didn’t I think of that? This also increases its strength by raising the resin density. See the graphics below-

It is unclear when this technology will be available on your favorite Nissan model. It is already being offered on some Infiniti vehicles. Now if they could only make a metal that repairs itself when it gets dented…
If you’re interested in a new Nissan vehicle, contact Dick Scott Nissan 800-504-8536

Kia To Build Small Cars In America

by Tim Joseph

Kia Motors America is in the process of building an assemply plant in West Point, GA. The initial plans where to build a pickup truck in this facility. Becuase of the rising cost of gas Kia/Hyundai have decided to instead build small fuel efficient cars.

As of right now, the only vehicle I am absolutely sure they will be producing in Georgia is the Sorento,” said Alex Fedorak, who heads public relations for Kia Motors America

The plant is scheduled to open in November 2009 and will employ about 2,500 people. It could produce as many as 300,000 vehicles. Sorento will probably not be the only vehicle built in the plant. Hyundai and Kia plan to share technology and parts.

“The days are gone when only one car was built at one plant,” said Michael Robinet, an analyst for CSM Worldwide.

To schedule a test drive Kia today, contact Dick Scott Kia at 800-730-9872

Two New Models Roll Off The Line

by Tim Joseph

Today the first of the all new 2008 Dodge Challengers rolled off the assembly line.

“Even though the development time for this Dodge Challenger SRT8 is one of the shortest in Chrysler’s history, the wait for this exciting car has been too long, and the wait is finally over,” said Frank Ewasyshyn, executive vice-president of manufacturing.

The Challenger is being build at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario.

Yesterday, the newly redesigned 2009 Nissan Maxima rolled off the line at the Smyrna, Tennessee plant.

“Even though it’s a down market, our sales goals (for the Maxima) are higher than last year’s,” Castignetti said. “This is going to be the best flagship in our history.”

They’re on their way! If you’re interested, please contact:

Dick Scott Dodge – 800-571-6906

Dick Scott Nissan – 800-504-8536

Gayot.com Top 10’s

by Tim Joseph

With the price of gas soaring to new heights people must make changes in their lifestyle to compensate. $4 a gallon used to sound like an idol threat but now it’s a reality. Many people have already taken advantage of programs like Chrysler’s $2.99/gallon guarentee. Others are buying smaller, inexpensive, more fuel efficient vehicles. But finding the right small car to trade your nice SUV is for can be a daunting task.

Gayot.com (guy-OH), a dining and travel review website named after Andre Gayot, offers us a little help with their Top 10 Best Small Cars and Top 10 Best Value Automobiles.

The Nissan Versa was present on both lists! Great job Versa! With its high crash test rating, 36 mpg and sub-$13k base price it would look good on anyone’s list.

Kia Rio and Rio5 made the best small car list. Starting at under $11k and producing 32 mpg the Rio keeps a lot more money in your pocket where it belongs.

The Kia Sedona showed up on the best value list. The website describes it as “A powerful, roomy and versatile family hauler with a low, low price.”

We could sit and brag about our vehicles all day long but its more convincing to our customers when other people do the bragging for us.

If you are interested in a Versa, Rio or the $2.99/gallon offer, please call:

Dick Scott Nissan at 800-504-8536
Dick Scott Kia at 800-730-9872
Dick Scott Dodge at 800-571-6906
Dick Scott Motormall at 800-486-2415

JeepSpace.com

by Tim Joseph

Part of the fun of owning a new car, truck or SUV is the looks you get everywhere you go. More specifically, the looks you get from people who drive the same vehicle as you. Recently, Dick Scott dealerships have hosted annual car shows for the Motor City Viper Owners and the Nissan Infinity Owners of Detroit. There is no better feeling that the one you get from talking about your car with other people and having them tell you how much they like it.

Recently I stumbled upon a website that made me raise and eyebrow. It’s JeepSpace.com. A social networking website for Jeep owners. The concept is similar to MySpace.com in that you sign up, post pictures, make friends and even write a blog. The difference, other than it is for Jeep owners, is that you can find Jeep events, read articles about Jeeps and join Jeep clubs. Buying a Jeep is almost like being inducted into a fraternity. Once you are an owner, you’re a member of the club and privy to some great benefits. If you’re a Jeep owner, I encourage you to sign up. If you’re not yet an owner, you should definately take a look at all of the benefits to ownership. JeepSpace.com along with our Dick Scott Difference and Rewards program, could make this the best experience you’ve ever had owning a car.

If you are interested in owning a new Jeep, please contact Dick Scott Motormall at 800-486-2415

Date A Kia?

by Tim Joseph

Most of the time shopping for a new car is a lot of fun but other times it can be quite cumbersome. While we here and Dick Scott always try to make it a fun experience, Kia has developed a way to make it that much better. KiaMatch.com is a website that asks the question, “What if you could find love with a few clicks of your mouse?” The idea is to find the kia that will make you fall in love by answering a few simple questions.

The first question is asked me was “I am… a guy or a girl.” Simple enough, click guy and move on. My second question was “Your idea of a perfect date would be…” I chose answer number one, a walk in the woods, jog on the beach followed by a gondola ride. On to question three- “Which of the following mental pictures turns you on?” Answer number one has to do with a lumberjack woman. Not exactly my idea scenario. Number two was a lifeguard on the beach playing a viola. I do love music by the beach so that was my answer. The Kia Sportage ended up being my perfect match and I have to admit I’m in love.

After you’ve found your perfect match, call Dick Scott Kia at 800-730-9872.

Mini Van Crash Test Ratings

Chrysler issued the following press release:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., The all-new 2008 ChryslerTown & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan earned “good” ratings, the highest ratings available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),in both frontal offset and side crashworthiness tests.

“Minivans are the one of the safest vehicles on the road and our all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are built withmore than 25 years of proven engineering innovations,” said Larry Lyons,Vice President — Car and Minivan Product Team, Chrysler LLC. “Our Chryslerand Dodge minivans come loaded with standard features including all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags, advance multi-stage front driver andpassenger air bags and an Electronic Stability Program.”

If you are interested in taking a closer look at one of these vehicles, please contact:
Dick Scott Dodge – (734) 451-2110
Dick Scott MotorMall – (517) 223-3721

Motor City Viper Owners Spring Tech Day

Saturday, May 10, 2008, Dick Scott Dodge hosted the Motor City Viper Owners club Spring Tech Day. This is a yearly event at Dick Scott. For more information and pictures please visit their message forum.

Is The Nissan Versa Safe?

by Tim Joseph

A lot of people ask me if the Nissan Versa is safe. This has become an even bigger issue now that Chrysler and Nissan have announced a partnership to build cars for each other. Nissan is going to be developing a small vehicle for Chrysler and Chrysler will develop a large pickup for Nissan. Here is what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has to say:

The following are in oder, Front, Rear, Side. Good is the highest rating available.
Nissan Versa Good, Good, Good
Toyota Yaris (w/ sidebags) Good, Good, Marginal
Honda Fit Good, Good, Poor
Mini Cooper (tested previously) Good, Acceptable, Marginal
Chevrolet Aveo Acceptable, Marginal, Poor
Scion xB Good, Poor, Marginal
Toyota Yaris (w/o side airbags) Good, Poor, Marginal
Hyundai Accept Acceptable, Poor, Poor