Archive for September, 2008|Monthly archive page

Nissan In The Future

by Tim Joseph

Nissan is becoming quite the innovator. They are scheduled to release an Electric Car in 2010, they’ve developed a paint that fills in it’s own scratches and they have developed their ECO Pedal that pushes back when you push the gas too hard. They already have advanced technology like CVT transmissions, intelligent key and GPS navigation.

The big buzz on the internet today is Nissan’s new BR23C robot. The robot is equipped with a collision avoidance system that works the same way a bee’s eye does. It is able to detect objects in a 180 degree range in it’s forward direction. While I would like to take one of these robots home with him to watch it run around, Nissan has no plans of selling it. It’s more of a concept robot that they hope to integrate with their PIVO 2 electric concept vehicle. When the system detects an object it is able to quickly move around an object.

If you’re interested in seeing what Nissan has to offer, please contact Dick Scott Nissan at (734) 495-1000. Ask for Terri Young!

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When To Shift Into 1st?

by Tim Joseph

I read an interesting article today. You can click the below link to read it for yourself. Someone wrote in and asked a couple of car experts an interesting question I wondered about when I got my stick shift vehicle two years ago. The guy had just purchased a 2008 Nissan 350Z and let his friend drive it. When his friend would take off from a red light he would start off in 2nd gear. He said it was better for the engine and easier on the clutch and transmission.

The answer was the complete opposite. It is actually harder on the clutch and engine and will wear out 2nd gear quicker. Typically 1st gear does not get worn out and if any gear does, it’s usually 2nd according to the article.

If you are interested in saving money at the pump, this is not the way to do it. We have several articles written here about how to save money. You can check some of them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 3 1/2, Part 4

http://www.courant.com/business/yourmoney/hc-ymclick0928-ylif.artsep28,0,6207868.story

Chrysler Unveils Electric Vehicle

by Tim Joseph

There are three reasons why Chrysler is going to be okay through this tough time in the auto industry pictured above. A demonstration was given today outside the Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The little yellow sports car was demonstrated on CNBC this morning by Chrysler chief executive Bob Nardelli. It is able to drive 150 miles before it needs charging again. It was unclear from my sources if this will be a production model or if another electric vehicle will grace the showroom floor. They did, however, say they would have an electric vehicle for sale by the end of 2010.

Dick Scott Nissan September Service Specials

*** To receive these specials you MUST PRINT them at HERE ***

Fall Fuel Saver Special

$49.95
(regular $84.99)
Oil & Filter change, air filter replacement, nitronize all 4 tires, 27 point inspection.
*Must present coupon when order is written. Plus tax & shop supplies. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 10/31/2008

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Fall Car Care Special

Free
(Regular $39.95)
27 multi-point inspection, battery charging analysis, top off all fluids, full report of vehicle inspection, 250 points added to your rewards card. 15% Off parts & labor on recommended service repairs

*Must present coupon when order is written. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 10/31/2008
Redeemable at Dick Scott Nissan, Canton, MI

What Impacts Fuel Economy

by Tim Joseph
A lot of saving money at the gas pump is knowing what factors affect your fuel economy. There may be things costing you money that you don’t know about and that’s why educating yourself is so important. Today I came across an interesting website (http://www.willyoujoinus.com) created by the good folks at Chevron. I don’t believe we have any Chevron gas stations here in the Detroit area but this website can help us none the less. If you click on the MPG Optimizer you can move these little sliding icons around to see what is impacting your fuel economy.

The website asks you to set the icons based on a series of seven questions. By moving the icons I found that I save 15 miles per gallon. The questions are:

  1. What kind of car do you drive?
  2. Are you an aggressive driver in the city, accelerating and braking suddenly?
  3. How fast do you drive when you’re on the highway?
  4. Do you use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil?
  5. How much extra weight do you have in your backseat and trunk?
  6. Do you get your car’s engine tuned up regularly?
  7. How well-inflated are your tires?

Most people are not sure how often they need to tune their car up. Usually it’s 60,000 – 100,000 miles so most people would answer “Always” to question 6. By changing a few little things, you could save big just by knowing that you need to change.

Employee Spotlight: September 2008

Bill Neu, Service Technician at Dick Scott Kia
Bill Neu has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years and we have been fortunate to have him working in the Dick Scott Automotive Group Family since1993. For the last 8 years, Bill has worked at our Dick Scott Kia location; he is Kia ASE Certified and a Master Certified Technician through the State of Michigan. Bill attended Schoolcraft College and MOTECH. He lives in Plymouth with his wife Patty and their two cats, Freckles and Merlin.
In his free time, Bill enjoys reading books by Clive Cussler and W.E.B. Griffin, and spending time with his two “fantastic” grandchildren, Michael and Natalie. He loves Pizza and one of his favorite movies is The Goonies. Bill also loves to hunt, fish, hike and spend time on his computer. Currently, Bill drives a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee but he would love to own the original HumVee one day.
Bill is our Spotlight Employee for September because of all the hard work and dedication he has shown. He has been a great asset to the Service Department at Dick Scott Kia and to our Dick Scott Automotive Group Family! If you ever have a question about your vehicle’s maintenance, he is the one to ask. Thanks Bill for all that you do; you are an important member of the Dick Scott “Best Shot” Team!

Dick Scott Motormall September Best Shot Deal

Call us at 800-486-2415 today!

2009 Chrysler Jeep Patriot FWD

Bright silver, 5 speed manual transmission, air conditioning, CD stereo, rear defrost & much more… Stock #: 16104.

Chrysler Employee: $13,648*
General Public: $14,417*

2008 Dodge Charger SE PLUS

Own, don’t rent! Payments as low as $234/mo**

2008 Chrysler Sebring Sedan

$21,555 MSRP. Automatic, A/C, cruise control, power locks/windows/seats, my gig media radio system and much more. Stock #: 26129

Chrysler Employee: $15,551*
General Public: $16,421*

*Plus tax, title, plate, DOC Fee and destination charge. Must qualify for Loyalty Rebate and Military Rebate. Chrysler employee must provide valid Chrysler Employee Control Number for Employee deals. All rebates to dealer. See Dealer for all details.
**Plus tax, title, plate and DOC Fee. Must qualify for Employee Discount, provide a valid Chrysler Employee Control Number and be a returning lessee. Must finance through Chrysler Financial, qualify for A-Tier Credit and provide 10% down payment. All rebates to dealer. See Dealer for details. Offers Expire 09/30/2008

Dick Scott Nissan September Best Shot Deal

2008 Nissan Altima
$169/mo* on a 39 month lease. $2,999 Due at signing.
Call us at 734-495-1000 to schedule your test drive today!

*Plus tax, title, plate, DOC Fee and destination charge. Must quality for College Grad Rebate. All Rebates to Dealer. Initial due at lease signing of $2,999 includes first payment, down payment and $0 security deposit. Payments are plus tax. To get the total of payments, multiply term x payment. Option to purchase at lease-end at pre-determined price. Based on 12,000 miles/year. 15 cents per mile in excess. Lessee responsible for excess wear and tear. Picture may not represent actual vehicle. Must take delivery from dealer stock. With approved credit. For well-qualified buyers; not all people will qualify. See Dealer for details. Prior sales excluded. Expires 09/30/2008.

Dick Scott Kia September Best Shot Deal

2009 Borrego

2.5% APR plus $1,000 Bonus Cash for Qualified Buyers! Financing for A+ Credit only through KMFC. Program concludes 9/30/2008

Please call us at 800-730-9872 for more details!

Dick Scott Dodge September Best Shot Deal

2008 Dodge Charger SE PLUS
Own, don’t rent!
$234 per month!
Dick Scott Dodge (800) 571-6906

* Plus tax, title, plate and DOC fee. Must qualify for Employee Discount, provide a valid Chrysler Employee Control Number and be a returning lessee. Must finance through Chrysler Financial, qualify for A-Tier Credit and provide 10% down payment. All rebates to dealer. See dealer for details. Offer Expires 9/30/2008.