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Dodge SRT Teams Up With Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving

Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving

Dodge SRT and Bob Bondurant have announced a new partnership that should delight all of their customers.

Bob Bondurant, owner of the Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving, will switch his entire fleet of nearly 100 vehicles to include mostly Dodge Challengers, Chargers, and Vipers. His customers will be able to enjoy the latest Hellcats and even the mind-boggling Viper ACR on the track with a trained professional.

Furthermore, anyone who buys or leases a new SRT model will get a free one-day course at Bob Bondurant’s school, including professional instruction on the track. In addition to the fun they’re guaranteed to have, it’ll also be a good way for new SRT owners to get to grips with just how capable their new car can be, before getting too loose out on the street!

So if you somehow needed more incentive to get your hands on an SRT model at Sierra Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, there you have it!

Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept Inspired by Easter Jeep Safari Event

Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept

There have been many great Jeep models made over the years, but the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock concept may be the best yet!

There may be no larger celebration of all things Jeep than the annual Easter Jeep Safari event, held every year in Moab. In 2016, the event will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and has unveiled the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock concept in celebration at this year’s SEMA. The rough and rugged concept takes its inspiration directly from Moab’s fascinating red rock landscapes.

Bold, intimidating, and capable, the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock concept is based on the already hardcore Hard Rock Wrangler Rubicon, but adds even more aftermarket parts, both from Mopar and other companies, to create the roughest, toughest, and most capable rock-climbing Jeep yet.

According to gizmag.com, some of those additions include 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, a two-inch lift, LED headlamps, a Warn Rubicon winch, a set of 17-inch beadlock wheels, a Jeep-branded CB radio, front and rear differential covers, and a custom interior finish with Amaretto Brown leather and silver stitching.

“The annual Easter Jeep Safari remains one of the most significant events on any Jeep enthusiast’s calendar. We’re extremely grateful to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers for continuing this iconic Jeep event, and we present our Wrangler Red Rock Concept as a tribute to them and the enthusiasts who attend the annual Jeep Safari and support our brand,” stated Mike Manley, Head of the Jeep Brand.

Jeep will produce just 50 units of the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock, which will become available to some very lucky buyers next year. Stop by Sierra Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to learn more, and to test drive any of our exciting and capable Jeep vehicles!

Throwing a Tailgate Party on a Budget

Tailgate Party on a Budget

Football season is well underway, and that means you should have had plenty of time to perfect your tailgating game. Just in case you need some tips on dropping the cost for your pre-game parties, here are some tips for having the most fun out of your tailgate party on a budget.

Pro tip #1 – Teamwork is key. Ask your friends to help contribute food, drinks, and supplies to keep costs down. Decide in advance who is in charge of bringing what. Doing so will allow everyone to prepare food at home, instead of buying pre-made snacks and meals, which can get costly.

Pro tip #2 – Don’t buy new. If you need a new grill, tent, table, chairs, or other major supplies ask around. If any of your regular crew owns what you need, see if they mind bringing it along for the games. If not, consider buying used before splurging on brand new equipment.

Pro tip #3 – Take turns driving. If possible, take turns carpooling and driving to the game. This will help to spread the burden of parking costs and gas among everyone in the group. If you don’t want to pay for premium stadium parking, look into other lots in the area. If they aren’t within walking distance, you might be able to find a shuttle or public transportation to get you to the game when the party is over.

Do you have other genius tips for hosting a tailgate party on a budget? Share with us in the comments!

On the other hand, if you’re all about going all-out, check out this list of awesome tailgating essentials for the coolest party in the parking lot.

If you need an affordable tailgate-worthy vehicle for your next party, stop by Sierra Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today to see our exciting lineup of SUVs and pickups!

2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit’s Built-In Tech

Pursuit’s Built-In Tech

The 2015 Charger has received some serious police upgrades for 2016.

It’s no secret that police vehicles need to be fast, strong, and reliable, and Dodge has done just that. The new 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit adds plenty of space for police officers behind the wheel. Say goodbye the laptops of old and welcome the new 12.1 inch Uconnect touchscreen system.

The touchscreen is a new feature added based on feedback from officer’s statements that they needed more space. That spawned the touchscreen that allows officers to transition between vehicle controls quickly.

Police cruisers are a necessity and that means there’s market share to be had. Ford had long held the lion’s share for the better part of 30 years until the Crown Victoria was replaced by the Taurus. Dodge has been gaining ground in the past few years though.

In 2006, Dodge held just 2% of the market for police vehicles. By 2014, that number had jumped to an enormous 43%. The newest model is expected to drive that number upward even further.

The Charger Pursuit’s built-in tech brings all the car’s technology into one place, eliminating the need to shift, lean, and strain while behind the wheel.

All in all, we here at Sierra Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are happy to see Dodge working to help the boys in blue!

How to Jump Start Your Car

Jump Start Your Car

There are certain things every driver should be able to do to stay safe on the road. Knowing how to change a tire and jump start your car are just a few of those things. While jump starting your car can sound complicated, it really isn’t. Take it from us here at Sierra Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, jump starting your car is a pretty easy task!

  1. Start by identifying the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals of both batteries and ends of the jumper cables.
  2. Attach the positive (red) end of your jumper cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal then connect the other end to the live battery’s positive terminal.
  3. Next, attach the negative (black) end of the cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  4. The other end of the negative cable needs to be attached to an unpainted piece of metal under the hood. Look for a jumping post. If you can’t find one, unpainted bolts on the engine will suffice.
  5. Once everything’s connected, start the car with the live battery. Rev the engine lightly and let it idle for a few minutes.
  6. Try turning on the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both cars run for a few minutes. If it doesn’t, wait a few more minutes or call a professional.
  7. To disconnect, remove the cables in the opposite order you put them on (last first).
  8. Once both cars are running and disconnected, shut the hoods and hit the road.

Strategic Vision Total Quality Index Recognizes FCA

Chrysler 300

When we buy almost anything, we are always pitting quantity against quality. Quantity is the amount of money we have to spend. But how do we measure quality? According to Strategic Vision, it is what they call the “total experience.” This includes problems that customers might have with the automobile.

But as Strategic Vision points out, “modern and efficient manufacturing” makes it so that if you base a measure of quality on the number of problems a vehicle has, these days you are still dealing with a huge number of vehicles. That’s why they also take into account “over 155 specific aspects of the customer’s experience.”

After over 46,000 customers’ scores were tallied, the highest corporate Total Quality score went to Fiat Chrysler America. Strategic Vision Senior VP Christopher Chaney said, “It’s hard to not be in admiration of the turn-around achieved by FCA (Chrysler) company employees.”

The Strategic Vision Total Quality Index is a respected measure in industry quality. The company describes itself as a “research-based consultancy.” They’ve been in the business for 35 years.

Tips on How to Inspect a Used Car

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Looking for a used car? After deciding how to get it financed and then deciding what color you like, it can be a daunting process. It can especially be difficult to determine if the car you are about to buy is in good working condition. To help, we’ve provided a few tips on how to inspect a used car:

 

  • Do general research on the particular model you are interested in. You should find a reliability index online, since a number of companies put that kind of information together.
  • Examine the exterior. Consumer Reports says, “Minor cosmetic flaws and light scratches are no cause for concern, but rust is.”
  • Sit inside the car. A moldy smell could indicate water damage.
  • Take a look at the engine. Feel the radiator hoses for leaks or cracks. Make sure the belts are fresh-looking and taut. Fluid levels should all be checked. Look underneath the car for any leaks.
  • Take a test-drive. Shifting should be smooth, whether it’s an automatic or manual. Braking should be immediate and firm. Take pressure off the steering wheel and see if the car veers this way or that. This will tell you whether it needs to be aligned or not.

 

The most important thing is to take your time. Most people who end up unhappy with their purchase—of anything really—were the ones who rushed into it.

2016 Ram Heavy Duty Capability Wins Three Awards

Ram

We all know that person that excels at everything, always winning awards and getting promotions. Well, in the automotive industry, that person would be the 2016 Ram Heavy Duty. Raking in awards left and right, the Heavy Duty recently added three more honors to its substantial list.

According to Chrysler, the 2016 Ram Heavy Duty capability earned recognition Best-in-class Power, Towing Capability, and Payload Capacity. Between the 1500, 2500, and 3500 models, the Heavy Duty is one of the most capable trucks in the world.

“Ram maintains leadership in all three pickup segments offering best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class towing, best-in-class power and best-in-class payload,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand. “Ram continues to break records in the most important consumer-driven titles of the pickup truck market and we’re not slowing down.”

With up to 900 lb-ft of torque, a 31,210-lb towing capacity, and up to 17,980 lbs in payload capacity, the Heavy Duty is no slouch. If you want a truck that can get the job done no questions asked, you want the 2016 Ram Heavy Duty.

Avoiding Drowsy Driving: Tips to Stay Alert

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Drowsy driving is something many people encounter, especially when they’re on the road late at night. Although there’s no way to measure tiredness, driving while sleepy is comparable to driving while under the influence. We’ve put together tips on avoiding drowsy driving to help you stay safe behind the wheel.

Aside from simply pulling over, the best thing to do is plan trips with a companion. According to The Sleep Foundation, many sleep-related accidents occur when the driver is alone. If you know you’ll be driving early in the morning or late at night, take a friend to keep you alert.

Avoid alcohol and medication if you know you’ll be driving. Even if you don’t drink enough to exceed the legal limit, any amount of alcohol can increase drowsiness. If you do any drinking, don’t drive.

Although you should consult a doctor or dietician first, caffeine is a good way to stay awake for many people. While there can be adverse side-effects, drinking two cups of coffee is usually enough to keep most people alert for short periods.

Last but not least, plan trips accordingly. If you know you have to drive for extended periods of time, make sure to plan ahead for naps and adequate stops. Knowing when to rest could save your life in the long-run.

Jeep is First American Automaker to Return to the Tokyo Motor Show

Jeep will be the first American automaker to return to the Tokyo Motor Show after an eight year absence. Though foreign-brand car sales in Japan have declined about six percent in the first four months of this year, Jeep sales were up 21 percent over the same period.

That would explain why Jeep is returning to the Tokyo Motor Show even when fellow Detroit automakers such as Ford, General Motors, and even Chrysler are not. The Big Three had originally walked away from the show after the 2007 event because of the global economic crisis and haven’t come back since.

But now Jeep is the best-selling American brand in Japan. It will be part of an eight-vehicle, four-brand showcase overseen by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Japan. Joining it will be cars from Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, as well as 13 other foreign makes.

Sierra Motors Chrysler is happy to once more be looking forward to the Tokyo Motor Show!

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