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Why Keep Trying?

“The best managers, the best leaders are…not the people who never fall. They’ll fall but they’ll jump immediately after. They’ll try to get the lessons from what happened to them. They’ll go further and they’ll continue to stretch.” – Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan

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Fuel Economy Series Part 3 1/2

by Tim Joseph

Last night after I posted my Part 3 article I got to thinking… How did they calculate my savings? I did some research and came up with a set of equations that yield the same results. I’m pretty excited.

To calculate your tire savings:
Cost of a set of tires / 4 = tire savings

To calculate you fuel savings:
((miles per year / mpg) x average cost per gallon of gas) x 0.07111 = fuel savings

Total savings:
tire savings + fuel savings = total

This is very quick and simple but could save you hundreds of dollars per year.

My example is: 15,000 miles per year, 32 mpg, $4/gallon average, 300 for a set of tires.
My tire savings is $75
My gas savings is $133.33
My total savings is $208.33 per year

I think $3.75 per tire is more than worth that kind of savings.

Also, remember, if you’re in need of an oil change soon (and who isn’t), we’re offering the following special:
The Fuel Saver Special – 27 point safety inspection, oil change, nitrogen inflation in all four tires for $29.95.

Since most oil changes will cost you about $30, its like getting your nitrogen free!

Dodge – 800-571-6906
Motormall – 800-486-2415
Kia – 800-730-9872
Nissan – 800-504-8536

Fuel Economy Series Part 3

by Tim Joseph

Last November I got a couple of my tires replaced at our Nissan dealership. I said to the tech who did the work, “Why don’t we put Nitrogen in the two front tires and air in the back two?” We both thought that’d be a fun experiment. After a very very cold winter and now a very warm spring I’m happy to say that the Nitrogen held up very well. A lot better than regular air. I’ve since filled the back two tires with Nitrogen but I have to ask myself.. what is it about this nitrogen that makes it better? How does it keep the tires inflated longer? Why is that important?

In researching this blog series I have read countless tips and tricks to get you the best gas mileage. One thing that every website out there agreed upon was the need to get your tires properly inflated. Nitrogen has become the gold standard in tire inflation. Because it has more mass, it migrates through the tire 3-4 times slower than compressed air. Also, it runs 20% cooler than air which leads to less tire degradation.

On average a tire filled with air will lose 2.7 psi per month. Nitrogen filled tires will only lose about 0.7 psi per month. This is a significant difference in tire pressure. When your tires are not properly inflated it is like driving your car through sand. The engine has to work harder and you use more gas. Nitrogen will also have you money on tires. 15% under inflation will result in 8% less tread mileage and 2.5% degrease in fuel economy.

According to a Nitrogen Savings Calculator I found, I save $208 a year with nitrogen in my tires. That made the $3.75 per tire charge well worth it.

Right now, Dick Scott has a fuel saver special – 27 point safety inspection, oil change, nitrogen inflation in all four tires for $29.95.

Dodge – 800-571-6906
Motormall – 800-486-2415
Kia – 800-730-9872
Nissan – 800-504-8536

Spotlight Employee of June

Mary Cay Bottrell, Office Manager at Dick Scott Nissan.

Mary Cay has been in the Automotive Industry for 18 years, the past 9 of them have been with Dick Scott Automotive Group. Currently, she is the Office Manager at Dick Scott Nissan in Canton. Mary Cay graduated from Flat Rock High School and lives in Dearborn Heights with her husband, son and their animals: a beagle named Mater and two cats, Sassy and Chuck. In her spare time, Mary Cay enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and son. She currently drives a Dodge Nitro but her dream vehicle is a 1950 Chevy Pick Up.

Mary Cay is our Spotlight Employee for June because of all the hard work and dedication she has shown for the past 9 years at Dick Scott. If you have a question or concern, Mary Cay is the one to ask!

Thanks Mary Cay for all that you do! You are an important member of the Dick Scott “Best Shot” Team!

Fuel Economy Series Part 2

by Tim Joseph

I’m all about fuel economy lately. Even though I live close to work I managed to save $4 in gas last week and hope to do at least that or better this coming week.

FuelEconomy.Gov is an excellent place to calculate and plan for better savings at the pump. On the bottom left hand corver of the page I discovered the “My MPG…” sections. In this section you can put your own vehicle in and track your gas usage. I clicked on View MPG Estimates from Drivers Like You and selected the 2007 Kia Rio. This gave me a list of other people and what kind of mileage they are getting. One user was averaging 35mpg while the other was averaging 32.9. Your mileage will differ based on yor driving habits of course. I drive a vehicle with a manual transmission and have been shifting at 2,000 rpms. I’m going slower but saving a lot of gas. It is very exciting to see that you can save money that way.

I read somewhere that following too closely to the vehicle ahead of you causes you to hit the breaks more often. Not only is it dangerous but it causes you to brake and accelerate more which costs you money at the pump. I’ll be giving you more tips and techniques like this as I test them and as the series progresses.

If you’re interested in a Kia Rio or Rio5 please contact Dick Scott Nissan at 800-730-9872

Fuel Economy Series Part 1

by Tim Joseph

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be writing a lot about fuel economy. Traditionally, gas is at its highest prices in the summer months when most people are traveling. It seems to spike even higher during holidays like July4th. With the 4th less than a month away, gas prices are expected to go up to $150 per barrel which is about $20 more than they are now. Today the gas station I pass on the way in to work had 87 octane for $4.05. At Dick Scott we have several high mileage vehicles that will get you where you want to go for a whole lot less. Vehicles like the Nissan Versa or the Kia Rio. I’ll tell you a lot more about those vehicles as we progress in the series but for now let’s talk about fuel economy in general.

FuelEconomy.gov is a great reasource for everything fuel related. Do yourself a favor and download the Fuel Economy Guide for 2008. A lot changed in the way fuel economy was calculated in 2008 so if you bought your car in 2007 you may want to see what has changed. You car hasn’t changed but the new testing may give you a more accurate look at where your money is going.

One thing of interest on this website is the section about “Find Your Car’s EnergyImpact Score“. This made me think of a good friend of mine who had a 2005 Ford F-150 w/ the big 5.4L V8 engine. He drove around 15,000 mile per year. He traded it in for a Versa, admitting that there was no need to have such a big vehicle. I did a side by side comparison between the 05 F-150 and the 07 Versa and here is what I found:

Versa Ford F-150
Cost To Drive 25 Miles $3.52 $7.04
Fuel To Drive 25 Miles 0.89 per gallon 1.79 per gallon
Cost to fill up $26.81 $126.55
Mile on a tank 333 450
Tank Size 13.2 gallons 35.7 gallons
Annual Fuel Cost $2110 $4220

Not only did Derek lower his payment a couple hundred dollars a month on his payment (even more on insurance) but he cut his gas bill in half! If you are considering a Nissan Versa or any one of Dick Scott’s high mileage vehicles, please compare your vehicle to the new one to see how much you’ll save. Now that’s being frugal!

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

All-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country Wins Ward’s Interior of the Year Award

from: TheAutoChannel.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 4 — Ward’s judges named the all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country “Interior of the Year” at the 2008 Ward’s Auto Interiors Show, the publication’s annual auto interior event. The prestigious top award emphasizes Town & Country’s place as the premium minivan in the segment.
“Best-interiors nominees included the usual smattering of utility vehicles, from the sporty Mazda CX-9 to the sophisticated Volkswagen Touareg 2,” said Eric Mayne, Editor – Ward’s Automotive Reports. “But the Chrysler Town & Country’s rich content and well-executed functionality made it the consensus winner.”
The Chrysler Town & Country’s seating and storage features gave it the leg-up in the 10-judge interior competition. The industry-exclusive Swivel ‘n Go(TM) seating group was praised for its ability to face third-row passengers, and in-floor storage bins designed from the Stow ‘n Go(TM) seating system provided a great solution to help eliminate unnecessary interior clutter.
“(Ward’s AutoWorld) Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter swooned over the rich suede micro-fiber that accented the first- and second-row seats,” Mayne said. “Finished in pearlescent white leather, the seating surfaces invoked macho Drew to use the L-word (love). But just as a successful campaign helps politicians cut through the clutter, a well-designed interior helps motorists manage it. On this issue, the Town & Country is a clear winner.”
Read more at: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2008/06/04/088960.html

Dick Scott Motormall – 800-486-2415
Dick Scott Dodge – 800-571-6906

Next Generation Sorento?

by Tim Joseph

Remember a couple weeks ago when I wrote about the “Kia Of The Future”? It seems as if the future is rapidly approaching. Take a look at the picture below:

This picture has been traveling the internet under the name 2008 Kia Forte. It looks a lot like the Kia Koup concept car. Seen below:

The speculation is that the top picture is a rendering of the next generation Sorento or it’s replacement called the Forte. We’ll have to wait and see but if this is the direction Kia is moving it, watch out!

Ready to rumble: 2009 Dodge Ram Hemi is more powerful and more fuel-efficient

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Detroit News regarding the upcoming 2009 Dodge Ram. It is encouraging to hear at a time when gas prices are rising and people are buying smaller vehicles.

Ram’s success is important
The redesigned pickup is Chrysler LLC’s bread and butter. Profitable trucks pay the bills at the struggling carmaker, and the company’s future rests on the Ram’s coil-spring suspension, overhauled interior and potential 20 percent increase in gas mileage from powertrain and design changes.

And there’s never a wrong time to introduce a great truck, said Stephanie Brinley, an industry analyst at AutoPacific Inc.
“Dodge can misstep on a midsize sedan and recover,” she said. “If they misstep on the Ram, they can’t.”

Dodge readily admits what everyone knows. The suburban truckers — those truck customers who have nothing to tow and only haul the kids to school — are quickly becoming extinct. People are opting for crossovers or cars.

But there are still many more people in the United States who need a truck. Pickups are their livelihood, as much as a hammer is to a carpenter’s.

“The segment is never going to go away,” said Tim Longnecker, the automotive industry executive at Acxiom, a marketing and research firm that analyzes consumer trends. But, he noted, “It’s not the best time to be coming out with a flagship vehicle.”

A recent study by Acxiom shows that the silver lining in the storm cloud hovering over Detroit is this: pickup owners remain exceptionally loyal to their brand.

“These consumers come to the purchase decision with brand loyalty first,” Longnecker said.
Accavitti said Dodge breaks down customers into five categories, ranging from strictly work truck owners to the equivalent of truck poseurs. The poseurs can’t afford the fill-ups, but others can’t afford to not to have a truck.

“The truck segment is still huge,” he said. “We’re very bullish on it.”

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080530/OPINION03/805300348/1149/AUTO03

Dick Scott Goes Green!

by Tim Joseph

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Dick Scott would be collecting cell phones to recylce in support of the Plymouth YMCA. We’ve set up drop boxes where you can donate you old phones for a good cause.

Today we started a new paper recycling program at Dick Scott. I was given a small box that I’ll use to recycle all my paper that would normally go into the trash. The program is called RecycleMax, Inc. Did you know that we produce more waste per person than any other country in the world?

With the office and writing paper we throw away each year we could build a 12-foot high wall from Los Angeles to New York City. One ton of recycled paper saves 24 trees, 2.5 barrels of fuel oil, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity and keeps 3.5 cubic yards of materials from being landfilled!
Our janitor is a little more bored but we all feel like we’re doing something positive by recycling an enourmous amount of paper. Paper I used today may someday end up as tissue paper, paper towels or a cereal box. Hey… it IS easy being green!