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Dick Scott Rewards Program

Here and Dick Scott we place a high value on our loyal customers. One way we reward our loyal customers is with the Dick Scott Rewards Program. When you become a Dick Scott customer you receive a rewards card. There are so many ways to earn and redeem points that we encourage you to give your salesperson or service advisor a call and ask them to explain the program to you. Itching for info right away? Here is a quick rundown!

New Vehicle Purchase – 1,000 points
Used Vehicle Purchase – 1,000 points
Manufacturer Survey Return – 1,000 points
Lease Inspection – 3,000 points
Customer Referral – 2,000 points
Warranty Repair at our Shop – 100 points

$1 spent = 1 point * –
Service Contact Purchase
Rust, Paint, Fabric Protection
TheftGuard Purchase
Service Repair/Parts Purchase**

* upon early cancellation, points will be reversed
** Sublet repairs do not qualify

How do you redeem these points?

500 points
Mopar touch-up paint
Tire Rotation (excludes dual rear wheel vehicles)
Free car wash

1000 points
$20 over the counter parts/accessory gift certificate
Lube Oil & Filter (excludes diesel)

2000 points
$40 over the counter parts/accessory gift certificate
Tire rotation and balance
Front end alignment cars and minivans (parts extra)
Free brake inspection
Free engine detail

3000 points
$50 discount on new or pre-owned vehicle purchase/lease
Cooling system service
4-cylinder tune up (up to $30)
Wheel cover (for applicable SUV’s)

There are more ways to earn points and more products and services you can redeem them for. Its just another way we feel Dick Scott is different.

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May 2008 Employee Spotlight

Lee Derrick, Service Director at Dick Scott Kia

Lee Derrick has been in the Automotive Industry for 22 years, the past 19 of which have been with Dick Scott. He is currently the Service Director at Dick Scott Kia in Canton. Lee graduated from Livonia Franklin High School and lives in Garden City with his Wife, three wonderful kids and his dog, a Silky Terrier named Beau Henry.
In his spare time, Lee enjoys Baseball and Coaching Soccer. His favorite movies are “The Natural” and “Field of Dreams.” He currently drives a 2006 Kia Optima and a 2005 Chrysler Sebring; his dream vehicle is a 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 Triple Black.Lee is our Spotlight Employee for May because of all the hard work and dedication he has shown for the past 19 years at Dick Scott. If you have a question or concern about your vehicle’s service, Lee is the one to ask. Thanks Lee for all that you do; you are an important member of the Dick Scott “Best Shot” Team!

Sync for Kia

Kia is a vehicle that keeps impressing me at every turn. Have you heard about the new Sync system? It is a voice activated MP3 system for automobiles. Who is the second automaker to offer this system in the United State? Keep readin, I’m impressed.

From the Associated Press-

(AP) Microsoft Corp. has signed a worldwide deal with automakers Hyundai and Kia to use its in-car software that allows people to use voice commands to control personal music players and telephones.

Microsoft’s exclusive, one-year agreement with Ford Motor Co. for offering Microsoft Auto in the U.S. expires in November. Ford’s system, called “Sync,” connects mobile phones, iPods or MP3 players to the car’s audio system.

Fiat sells cars with the software outside the U.S.

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors will be entitled to sell cars equipped with Microsoft Auto around the world starting in November, but the companies are working on new capabilities and probably won’t be ready this fall, said Velle Kolde, senior product manager for Microsoft Auto.

Kolde wouldn’t say what types of features Hyundai and Kia may add but said the software could include navigation and an emergency call service activated when air bags inflate.

“What specific features you see will be tailored toward the types of vehicles they go into,” Kolde said.

The two Asian automakers also will tailor features to geography and needs of each country where their cars are sold, he said.

Microsoft is now free to license the software to other automakers as well.

Nissan Car Show

This past weekend was the annual Dick Scott Nissan car show. I had the opportunity to work at the event the last two years and had a blast both years. This year we had local members of the Z Car Club of America and the newly formed Nissan Infiniti Owners of Detroit club come out. It was a pretty good turn out. One of their members had this to say about us ->

I want to thank all the great people at Dick Scott Nissan for their hospitality on Saturday May 3rd. The Nissan show that they sponsored was great. It is wonderful to see a Nissan dealership that cares for the Z Heritage as well as the wonderful Nissan car family.

Nissan makes exceptional products. What makes a show wonderful is the fine host as well as the personalities of the individual car owners. Seeing older Z’s, 80’s and 90’s Z’s, 350 Z’s, 240sxs, Maximas, and Titans gives us a well rounded experience of the Nissan family.

I live 500 yards from a Nissan dealership in Grand Rapids, but I would buy a car from Dick Scott Nissan. The staff is interested in Z history. They also are very hospitable and friendly. It is difficult to show my Z’s in Michigan. Car shows are starting to have foreign car categories at their show events. It was special to see over 30 cars at your fine dealership. We love to share stories and all the unique features of our cars. That is what makes us “Z” owners special.

NIO-Detroit has a new website. Our club is new and always looking for fresh ideas and new people to join us in future events. The Z Car Club of America is having a couple of wonderful shows this year. The National Z show is in Cleveland the end of September. Check the ZCCA.org site for more info. The Windy City Z car club is sponsoring the Midwest Heritage show the first weekend in Chicago. Should be lots of fun!

Thanks again to the staff and management of Dick Scott Nissan. We all had a fun day! Nissan needs more dealers like you!!!

Steve C. Kentwood, Michigan

1971 Datsun 240Z
1986 Nissan 300Zx 2+2

Check out this video of the event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VS9iFiGPdY

Edmunds.com Top 10 Deals for May 2008

Edmunds.com has just released their Top 10 Deals of the Month for May 2008. Dick Scott is happy to say that we have you covered on 6 out of the 10 deals!

Some of these vehicles offer great deals with regard to leasing. Edmunds analyzes monthly payments, down payments, term, mileage, drive-off fees and their own True Market Value. From this information they singled out vehicles offering lease deals that provide customers with a great value for the money.

Other vehicles bring tremendous financing deals to the table. They looked at APR, term and again, their own True Market Value to identify vehicles with special financing deals that offer a great savings on interest charges when compared to average market rates.

Finally, some of these vehicles offer great cash incentives. They take advantage of customer cash rebates and manufacturer to dealer cash incentives. They were able to give you a list of the vehicles that offered the greatest overall discount to customers who want to pay cash for their purchase.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 Deals of the Month for May 2008

1. Dodge Grand Caravan SE: Finance, cash and lease deals available
2. 2008 Mazda Mazda5 Sport: Finance and lease deals available
3. 2008 Nissan Quest 3.5SE: Finance and cash deals available
4. 2008 Cadillac Escalade: Cash deals available
5. 2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited: Finance, lease and cash deals available
6. 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo: Finance, cash and lease deals available
7. 2008 Land Rover LR3 V8 SE: Finance deals available
8. 2008 Nissan Rogue S: Lease deals available
9. 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 ST: Finance and cash deals available
10. 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Crew Cab: Finance and cash deals available

Contact us for your personal price quote –
Dick Scott Dodge – (734) 451-2110
Dick Scott Motormall (Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge) – (517) 223-3721
Dick Scott Nissan – (734) 495-1000

Refuel America Program

by Tim Joseph

Chrysler has announced some big news this week. The maker of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles announced Monday an offer that will put a $2.99 per gallon cap on the price of gas for people who buy or lease a new Chrysler vehicle now through June 2, 2008. The actual savings will depend on what happens with gas prices over the course of the three years but prices have been on the rise for a long time now and it doesn’t look like they’re going to be going any lower.

“Today, we are proud to introduce an unprecedented program to help put customers’ minds at ease and do something to help working people who are worried about the volatility of fuel prices and vehicle cost of ownership,” Jim Press, Chrysler president and vice chairman, said in a statement. The program “puts money in your pocket today, and allows our customers to better manage their fuel expenses.”

The average mile per gallon of a Dodge Durango is around 16mpg. At 12,000 miles per year you would be saving about $465 per year if the average price of gas stays at today’s Michigan average of $3.61. This would be a total savings of $1,395 over the course of three years. If prices go up to $4 per gallon as we’ve been told they will then your yearly savings will be $757.50. Not a bad chunk of change if you ask me. There has never been a better time to buy a new Chrysler vehicle.
Contact us for your personal price quote –
Dick Scott Dodge – (734) 451-2110
Dick Scott Motormall (Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge) – (517) 223-3721

Tire Pressure Monitors? Can You Rely on Them?

Drivers Must Still Be Vigilant, Even With TPMS

By Mac Demere, Contributor (Edmunds.com)

Here’s a quiz: What might it mean when your car’s tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light is not illuminated?

  1. Your tires may have plenty of pressure for all situations;
  2. Your tire pressures might be so low that they may overheat and blow out;
  3. Your tire pressures might be so low that the tires have little traction for wet roads or accident avoidance;
  4. All of the above.

The answer is “4.” And “4” is the best grade some tire safety experts, consumer groups and drivers may give tire-pressure monitoring systems. Why? Because TPMS will warn you only when a tire is severely — perhaps dangerously — underinflated.

TPMS: Mandated by the Federal Government
If you’re driving a car, truck or SUV built in the past few years, there’s a good chance that it has a TPMS. Starting with all 2008 models, in fact, it’s a required feature. In response to the rollover incidents involving the
Ford Explorer and Firestone tires, Congress enacted the TREAD Act in 2000. Part of this act got the process moving for having a TPMS in every vehicle.

An illuminated tire-pressure warning light symbol looks like the cross-section of a tire with an exclamation point in it. But due to a variety of considerations from tire companies and automakers, a TPMS warning light isn’t required to come on until a tire is 25 percent underinflated.

“[This is] well below the pressure required for safe driving,” says the American Automobile Association. This is partially because the recommended pressure for some vehicles is barely adequate to carry the vehicle’s maximum load, according to the Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (RMA). This means if you’re driving a minivan full of high school football players or a pickup with a bed full of damp mulch on a slightly underinflated tire, it could overheat and blow out.

Only as Good as the Driver

In theory, a TPMS is just one more feature that helps a driver understand the safety of his or her car. But it’s effective only if drivers are still vigilant about checking their car’s tire pressures.

People who rely on the TPMS to warn them about low pressure are taking their chances. A worrisome survey conducted by the RMA revealed that 40 percent of motorists say they would never check their tire pressure unless the TPMS light came on.

And once the light does come on, of course, some people might wait days to get around to filling their tires. In addition to being a safety hazard, low tire pressure decreases fuel economy and causes tires to wear out more quickly — all reasons to be vigilant.

Losing Control Before the TPMS Illuminates
From personal experience on the racetrack and test track, I know how poorly a car handles in emergency situations with a tire underinflated by even a small amount.

But everyday drivers are also at risk. During driving demonstrations, I’ve ridden with hundreds of non-professional drivers in cars with low air pressure. They drove around a wet-handling course in two identical cars: one with proper pressure and the other with rear tire pressure intentionally set 23 percent low.

When the rear tire pressure was low, many drivers lost control and spun out before they had completed a single lap.

If you reversed the situation — properly inflate rear tires but reduce pressure in the front tires — the car won’t respond appropriately when you turn the steering wheel. It will just plow straight ahead.

The accompanying photos, taken by Michelin engineers, explain much of what’s happening. A vehicle moving at 60 mph passed over a glass plate covered by 5mm of green-colored water. When inflated to the recommended 35 psi, the tire kept much of its tread on the surface. When pressure was lowered to 30 psi, less of the tire stayed in contact with the surface. When pressure was dropped to 25 psi, almost the entire tire literally floated on top of the water.

The accompanying infrared photos show that underinflating a tire just 5 psi can potentially cause a tire failure. An underinflated tire flexes more than a properly inflated tire, and that creates heat. Excessive heat can break down components and chemical bonds inside a tire: It’s much like bending a wire coat hanger: Bend it far enough and long enough, and it’ll heat up and snap. This is especially important when the weather is hot and speeds are high.

Where Do Automakers and the Government Stand?
So why didn’t the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) require that the warning light illuminate sooner, before the pressure dips too far? According to NHTSA spokesman Eric Bolton, “The TPMS regulations were meant to warn drivers that a tire failure is imminent, not to indicate unsafe handling might occur.”From the standpoint of the automakers, having a TPMS that activates at a lower threshold is problematic from a false warning perspective. Changes in temperature can have a dramatic effect on tire pressure. The concern is that frequent tire pressure warnings would cause drivers living in places with extreme temperature fluctuations to ignore the systems entirely.

Indirect Vs. Direct TPMS
Much more useful to drivers are the type of systems that actually display the pressure of each tire. There are two types of TPMS: indirect and direct. The lower-cost, indirect TPMS doesn’t actually monitor air pressure. Rather, indirect systems use the antilock braking system’s wheel-speed sensors to detect that one tire is rotating faster than its mates. (An underinflated tire has a smaller circumference so it has to roll faster to keep up.) Thus, the margin of error of indirect systems is large.Meanwhile, direct TPMS measure a tire’s actual pressure. Expensive versions are accurate to within 1 psi. Current direct systems use a gauge mounted to the wheel or tire valve. This gauge sends a signal to the car’s computer. When you see the warning light from a direct system, trust it and immediately check your tire pressures.

Until recently, if a moderately priced car had TPMS, it was likely an indirect system. Only super-high-performance cars and those equipped with run-flat tires had the more expensive direct systems. In order to meet the full requirements of NHTSA’s TPMS standard, however, almost all new cars have direct systems. With direct TPMS, an automaker can also decide whether to display the actual pressures for each tire via a multifunction display or just rely on the warning light.Rely on YourselfOn new cars, the automaker’s recommended pressure is on a placard on the driver’s doorjamb. On older cars it can be on the trunk lid, fuel door, glovebox, center console lid, passenger’s doorjamb or in your owner’s manual. It’s not on the tire.

Rely on TPMS to warn you only of a puncture or an active air leak. If you take away only one thing from this article, this is it: It’s your responsibility as a driver to check your tire pressures monthly, or at least to have them checked by someone else.