Steve Hahn’s Toys for Tots

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 10:38 PM

The Marine Toys for Tots is a foundation in which the goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. It is ranked as one of the top rated charities since 2001. The Marine Toys for Tots Program collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children in this past year allowing them to experience the joy of Christmas and receive a message of hope that otherwise would not have been there.

On Friday December 8th we hosted the Marine Toys for Tots toy drive here at Steve Hahn’s. This is an annual event that we couldn’t be happier participating in. A large group of employees gathered here decked out in Christmas attire at 6am and brought their Christmas cheer. We had Santa, Mrs. Claus and our employees posing as elves and Santa’s helpers to encourage the spirit of giving! We also had a special guest show up, Mrs. Donut Hole from Krispy Kreme! They donated several dozen donuts and carafes of coffee and hot cocoa for this event.

KIT 1280’s Dave and Lance were there interviewing guests and people who donated as well as Steve Hahn. They were playing Christmas music intermittently between interviews and enjoying the festivities. Yakima Mayor Kathy Coffey stopped by with her donations. We even had children bringing gifts in before school as well as people stopping in before work to drop off gifts and monetary donations.

With so much support and people donating their time and money to make this happen, it was a huge success. This years gathering brought in over $1000 in monetary donations and over 500 toys. If you missed the event, that’s no problem. You are still to make toy or monetary donations by dropping by Steve Hahn’s at 1st and Mead. All Donations will be collected by the Marines just before Christmas Eve. We are so thankful for this community and their generosity.

Steve Hahn’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat!

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 10:25 PM

This year’s  Second Annual Trunk or Treat was a huge success. There were 82 decorated trunks on the lot and roughly 7,800 parents and children in attendance. We were so pleased with the amount of businesses that were willing to participate in some way shape or form as there were over 100 willing businesses.

Whether they were vendors with trunks or they simply made a donation to the event, there was a ton of generosity shown. From the hand sanitizer stations, portable bathrooms, barrier fencing, standing propane heaters and a tons of donated pumpkins, candy and hay bales, and our own employee’s time, it was smooth sailing.

This year’s goal was to raise money to go towards the First Responders of Yakima. We asked each business to donate $50 to raise money for the First Responders of Yakima, on top of decorating a trunk full of candy. Almost an admission of sort, however not a stipulation to be able to participate.

All were willing and a few that were not able to be a trunk vendor still gave the donation and that’s where the other donated items came into play. So many people were willing to help out in some way to provide to the community event.

A major goal of Steve Hahn’s was to be able to provide the community with a safe and fun environment. Parents are more at ease bringing their children to an event like this and not worrying about the dangers of walking in the dark or receiving questionable candy from strangers. Having raised his children and now having grandkids, Steve understands the importance of keeping our kiddos safe.

We were able to provide a completely enclosed event with one entrance and one exit. We had police officers volunteering their time to be at the event also.

We managed to host an unforgettable event that was complete with face painting, a costume contest for children and adults, a dance contest, photo backdrop/selfie stage, a huge HAUNTED HOUSE and not to mention TONS of candy! The looks on the children’s faces were priceless and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

The participation on our staff’s behalf was pretty great as well. From witches, to Wednesday Adams, Katniss Everdeen and clowns, we had a variety of fun costumes worn by our staff. There were so many awesome and creative costumes that came through.

We had an adorable 3 year Transformer, a set of Washer and Dryer sisters, die hard 2 year old dancing twin Fairies, Princesses, super Heroes and Villains.

However the costume contest winners for both child and adult prizes went to a family who hand made their Alice in Wonderland costumes. The adults received prizes donated to us from Hendo’s Accessories, Bale Breaker and the Yakima Steak Company and the child’s costume contest winner received a birthday party package for 10 donated to us from Get Air!

We would like to thank everyone including Bear event services, Imperial’s Garden, Get Air, Hendo’s and the people at the Washington State Fair Grounds and I’m sure there’s many more for coming out and being a part of this year’s Trunk or Treat. Thank you for your amazing donations of cash, prizes, borrowed items and to Hanson’s Fruit warehouse for allowing us to store our entire inventory in your back lot for 24 hours. 

A HUGE thank you to Miss Kelly West for being an amazing DJ and providing the services and items that you brought to make the event all the more LOUD and exciting! AND last but not least, thank you to the First Responders of Yakima for protecting our city and donating your time at this event. We are very pleased to say that this event raised over $3,500.00 that will be presented to the First Responders!

The goal is to be bigger and better with every year, so with that being said…We’ll see you all in 2018 for our Third Annual Trunk or Treat!

Tis the Season for Pumpkin Spice!

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 7:53 PM
Goodbye summer welcome fall where it is pumpkin spice everything everywhere!
It’s time to accept the fact that pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING is now a way of life, at least for the foreseeable future. Fall is here and the pumpkin spice products are coming at you. Good Bye, iced coffee — hello, pumpkin-flavored lattes, donuts, Oreos, you name it.
How many products do you think there are with pumpkin spice?
We better start with the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte because it’s probably the most popular and most anticipated each year.
 Now let’s take a look at a few others. You can be the judge on these products. Pumpkin Spice Pringles, Extra Pumpkin Spice gum, your breath can now be “PumpSpi” fresh.
Muscle Egg Pumpkin Spice flavored protein drink! Yes this is real!
Pumpkin Spice harvest pumpkin tortilla chips! Hum…how can you eat those with salsa? Nestle toll house Pumpkin Spice flavored Morsels with cinnamon and spices! Ok, maybe… Pumpkin Spice Oreos! Did they really just ruin Oreos? Natures Baker fig bar! Yes figs! Pumpkin Spice Milk! Maybe you can dunk your Oreos in it? Silk (soy milk product) Pumpkin Spice! We don’t wanna leave out the Vegans and lactose intolerant! Pumpkin Spice candy corns! The original candy corn wasn’t good enough? Pumpkin Spice fettuccini! I’m sorry what? This is definitely crossing the line. Archer farms Pumpkin Spice Monster trail mix! Made with Pumpkin Spice M&M’s! Greek non fat yogurt Pumpkin! Nope! Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds! To each his own I guess! Kraft Jet Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows! Do you want some pumpkin with your S’more’s or maybe cocoa? Pumpkin Spice Cheerios! How do you think your cholesterol is now? Ok this list could go on and on but I’ll spare you from boredom and a possible stomach ache
from thinking about things like pumpkin fettuccini.
What is Pumpkin Spice anyways? It’s basically a mixture of spices with a little orange dye because there really isn’t a pumpkin flavor. Those spices consist of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg or mace, ground cloves and ground allspice. I personally like to take those same spices and add it to my banana bread, cinnamon apple bread and sometimes even cookies. BUT I’m talking about maybe a dash for a favor booster, not intending for it to be the only thing you’re tasting like the Pumpkin Spiced products as I mentioned.
So there you have it when those people in their marketing meetings say “Who cares what it-is slap a pumpkin spice label on there and people will buy it”. Are they taking about you? Pumpkin Spice hysteria is here to stay at least until snow falls then it’s all about hot cocoa and cider. It’s officially fall, have a slice of Pumpkin pie like a normal person!

The Importance of Credit

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Are you looking for a new vehicle? Would you love to get into your dream vehicle? Then let’s talk a little bit about credit! Making an investment into your  future on a new vehicle often brings up the question of credit! In light of the recent Equifax breach that lasted from mid-May through July. Hackers were able to accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to check whether you are one of the 143 million people whose data may have been compromised.

What are credit scores versus credit reports and how do these two things play a part in your future? These three little words you’ll probably hear time and time again as you approach major financial milestones in life: “You need credit.” Interested in a credit card so you don’t have to carry around a lot of cash? “You need credit.” Looking to buy a car? “You need credit.” Want to own a house? “You need credit.” And, while most people probably have a base understanding of what that means — you’ll need to borrow money, of course — they may not understand the ins and outs of credit and why their credit reports and credit scores are so important. Well, we’re here to break it all down.

What Is Credit? Simply put, when you pay “by credit,” you are borrowing the money you need to make purchases. In exchange for that financing, you generally agree to pay the lender back the amount you spend or borrow, plus interest. Here are a few of the most common ways we use credit:

– You are using credit when you make purchases with a credit card or charge card at a retailer and pay your credit card or charge card bill later.

-You are using credit when you borrow money to buy a home or car and pay back the amount you borrow, plus interest, in monthly payments to the lender.

-You are using credit when you take out a personal loan to consolidate debt.

While all of these examples involve using credit, their borrowing terms aren’t exactly the same. Here is a closer look at three major types of credit accounts.

  1. Revolving Credit:  With a revolving credit account, you are not required to pay the bill in full each month. A revolving account enables you to revolve the spending that you make from month to month. You are charged for the money you borrowed to make purchases you didn’t pay back in full, plus finance charges for rolling over the debt from month to month. Credit cards are revolving credit accounts: You are given a credit limit for your spending, but you are only required to pay the minimum back at the end of the month. If you carry a balance, you will pay interest. If you pay that balance down, the credit that you were using will become available to you again.
  2. Charge Cards: Charge cards are similar to credit cards, in that you borrow money (up to a pre-set credit limit) to make the purchases and pay a bill to your lender or creditor later. The key difference is that with a charge card you must pay the account in full each month.
  3. Installment Loans: These loans have a fixed number of payments over a fixed number of months at a set interest rate. With an installment loan, you borrow a certain dollar amount from a lender and agree to pay the loan back, plus interest, in a series of monthly payments. Auto loans, mortgages, student loans and home equity loans are all examples of installment loans.

 

Do the Types of Credit Matter? Yes, for two major reasons. First, it’s important to know what you’re signing yourself up for. You’ll want to understand the terms and conditions of each loan you apply for. You’ll want to pay particular attention to how that loan is to be repaid, since payment history is the most important factor among credit scores. Speaking of credit scores, it’s important to have a mix of revolving accounts and installment accounts on your credit reports in order to show creditors that you can handle both types of credit. The types of accounts in your credit file make up 10% of your credit score. You can learn more about what goes into your credit score by doing a little research.

What Is My Credit? There’s a good chance you’ve been asked, “How’s your credit?” at some point in time. And, while the answer technically involves the money you’re borrowing and all your different credit lines, the inquisitor is most likely referencing the information on your credit report. Your credit report is a complete compilation of all the loans your currently have or have had in the past. They’re compiled by the credit reporting agencies, and are used primarily by lenders to assess the likelihood that you’ll pay back the money you’re asking to borrow as agreed. Your credit reports are also used when a lender wants to calculate your credit score. That score can determine whether you get a loan and, if so, what interest rate you’ll be offered.

Why Is Credit Important? In addition to affecting your ability to secure affordable financing for all those major milestones we mentioned, your credit report and/or credit scores are also pulled by service providers, like insurers and cell phone companies, landlords, and even employers — meaning, subsequently, that information can affect the price you pay for a service, the ability to rent a home or even secure certain jobs. Basically, credit permeates all aspects of your life, so it’s important to know where you stand. Luckily, federal law entitles you to one free credit report with each major consumer credit reporting agencie a year. You can request these reports at AnnualCreditReport.com, Creditkarma.com and you can also contact each of the three credit bureau’s separately and request your free credit report. Those three bureau’s are — Experian, TransUnion and Equifax.

What Is a Good Credit Score? The answer to this question is a little complex since there are many different credit scores out there. Most scoring models,   however, utilize a range between 300 and 850. The higher your score, the better, but you don’t need to be perfect to have good credit. Scores between 700 and 749 are generally considered good, while scores of 750 or higher are considered excellent. You may have heard that credit inquiries can hurt your credit score. But you may not be sure what that means — what is a basic inquiry, a soft inquiry or a hard inquiry? An inquiry is created when your credit report is accessed by a business. Let’s say you apply for a car loan, and the lender requests your credit report and score from Experian. The fact that your credit information was used by a particular company will be noted on your Experian report with the date, name of the company that requested it and the type of inquiry.

Before we get into the specifics of how inquiries work, it’s important to put them in perspective. Unless you have been shopping heavily for credit (more on that in a moment), they shouldn’t have a huge impact on your credit scores. New credit, which includes inquiries as well as new credit accounts, makes up just 10% of yoru FICO score. As a result, a single inquiry is likely to drop your score by less than five points, but only if it’s a hard inquiry and with the limits described below. While inquiries remain on your credit reports for two years, only those within the past year count, at least with the majority of score models used these days. Older ones are ignored. Hard inquiries can affect your credit scores. They show you’ve applied somewhere to get credit, whether that’s a car loan, mortgage, student loan or credit card. Each of these credit checks counts as an inquiry and indicate a lender has reviewed your credit because you’ve applied to borrow from them. Hard inquiries are created when you apply for credit. They can potentially drop your credit score which can result in higher interest rates when you borrow. On large loans, like those for a car or home, a drop of even a few points can mean a higher interest rate. And that may mean you’ll pay more over the life of the loan. Soft inquiries aren’t generated by shopping for credit and do not affect your scores. For example a lender sending you a preapproved credit offer without you applying is a soft inquiry. Checking your own credit score is also a soft inquiry. Similarly, if you already have a credit card or loan with a lender, they may review your account from time to time. The resulting account review inquiry will not show up when lenders request your reports or scores. As an aside, inquiries generated by an employer or an insurance company are ignored for the purposes of calculating your scores.

How Can I Keep My Credit Scores From Dropping? There are several ways to minimize the likelihood that your scores will drop due to hard inquiries. Here are a couple of them:

Shop Around

Looking for a mortgage, car loan or student loan. It’s a good idea to limit your shopping to a two-week period.. If you do, it’s likely those applications will only count as a single inquiry. That’s because most scoring models count all inquiries of one of those types as one, provided they take place within a 14- or 45-day period (depending on the model being used).

Monitor Your Credit

It’s wise to check your credit report and credit scores before you shop for credit. Then do your homework and try to apply for loans for which you are likely to qualify. If you review your credit reports and see an inquiry listed but don’t recognize the name of the company, make sure it’s not a promotional inquiry. If it is, you were probably sent an offer for preapproved credit, and have nothing to worry about. (You can opt out of preapproved offers on the Federal Trade Commission website.) If that’s not the case, the contact information for that company should be listed on your report so you can get in touch. If that information isn’t provided, be sure to ask the credit reporting agency for it.

One in Five Americans Are Shocked to Find Errors on Their Credit Report

Credit report mistakes can lead to disqualification for mortgages and car loans, as well as increased insurance premiums and interest rates. In some cases, those mistakes can even prevent you from getting a job. Some consumers have started enlisting law firms to dispute negative items on their credit reports. Although I personally do not endorse one law firm over another you can research different ones and make appointments to learn about the strategies they can use to help you fix your credit if possible.

Getting to the point

There is so much more that a person can learn about their credit, what it is and how it can affect your life and future. It’s important that you do your own research for yourself on how you can establish credit, build your credit, keep good credit, protect yourself, repair your credit and make sure you as the consumer are aware of all the ways your credit and credit score can lead you on a path to a bright credit future!

The Key to a Healthy Car and Happy Driver? Maintenance!

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 7:33 PM

 

Summer is almost over! Vacations have been fun and you’ve played in the sun. Kids are going back to school and fall weather will soon set in leading to winter. Now is the perfect time to do some preventative maintenance on your vehicle because we all know in the winter how a vehicle breaking down can be so inconvenient and at times deadly if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Lack of regular maintenance can jeopardize the investment you have made in your vehicle as well.
The following tips can give drivers a road map to fall car care.

  • Check all fluid levels. If the fluid levels in your car are low, there is usually a reason behind the low level. A hose could have a small hole that could cause fluids to leak out. Talk to your local mechanic about the frequency in changing your oil.
  • Check tread and air pressure on tires. Low tire pressure can be very dangerous and just as bad as having a bad tire. New tires not only give you better gas mileage but will be much safer as well.
  • Check spark plugs and wires to ensure they are firing correctly. One spark plug that is not firing can be problematic.
  • Apply high-grade car wax to your vehicles exterior to help protect it from the possible onslaught of snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain.

Our weather here in the Yakima valley can be so unpredictable. Last year’s winter season seemed unexpectedly endless. There were numerous school closures including some small businesses. If you didn’t have a decent set of tires on a rear wheel drive vehicle, you weren’t going anywhere! Whether it was for reasons of a long heavy winter being unexpected or simply procrastination, tire stores were definitely busy. Sales here at Steve Hahn’s Auto Group went up significantly, customers were flooding in, trading in and swooping up deals on all wheel drive vehicles. Our service department was equally busy with customers needing studded tires, battery checks, changing out the washer fluid to prevent freezing and cracking of the reservoirs and coolant flushes.

Here’s another helpful piece of advice. For all of us that travel over the passes, it’s also wise to put together a winter car survival kit. Jumper cables, flares, ice scrapers, road salt, flashlights, flares, blankets, first aid materials and snacks are all good to include in your kit. It is also beneficial not just for yourself but to potentially help others stranded and unprepared. Making sure to tell others where you are traveling to, when you are planning on taking a road trip during winter, is also another very important step in staying safe during the traitorous winter conditions. This way, if something were to happen to your or your vehicle, the person you communicated with can trace your trip plan to find you.

Got Insurance?

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 4:49 PM

It can be a love hate relationship when it comes to maintaining auto insurance. It is a monthly expense that some are not prepared for.  Yet for some, the moment you need it and it’s not there, a minor collision can turn into a devastating financial occurrence for all involved. You’re driving, watching the road and traffic signals, doing your part in being a safe driver, BUT is everyone else? The other day my daughter’s friend was driving and an oncoming driver became distracted, his car collided with hers head on causing the airbags to deploy and resulting in her car being a total loss. Thankfully, she was wearing a seatbelt and walked away with minor injuries such as a fractured wrist, bruising and soreness. She and her parents know the coverage she has but the next question was, is the other driver covered as well?

Most of us already know how insurance works and how important it is to have uninsured motorist added to your policy for situations like these. Did you know that in the Yakima Valley statistics say that only 40% of the drivers are insured? That’s a scary thought. There’s also a coverage worth inquiring on if you have a rather pricy vehicle. Lets say you get into an accident in your $50,000 car and the driver at fault’s property damage liability is $20,000, the coverage you’d want in that moment is UNDERinsured motorist property damage! Unfortunately this coverage varies from state to state and varies per insurance company. In addition state standards are very low compared to the price of vehicles. In Washington state the standard insurance required to legally drive is are as follows; bodily injury liability coverage: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident, property damage liability coverage: $10,000, underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident, basic personal injury protection: $10,000 per accident. So if you have $10,000 in property damage liability coverage you may be underinsured if you hit a newer Mercedes that has a value of $25,000 or more.

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for good coverage. I recommend finding an insurance agent rather than calling the first company in the yellow pages. It’s their job to find quotes for you that specifically suit your financial needs with your best interest in mind. Adding anti-theft devices can also lower your premium. According to the Yakima Herald in the year 2016 Washington state had 1170 vehicle thefts, that put us at #19 in the US for auto theft. Other ways to save money is by having multiple vehicles covered on one policy, adding renters or home owners insurance and military discounts, always ask about additional discounts! You can also lower your auto premium by raising your deductible-the amount you pay out of pocket  when you make a claim. The difference between a $250, $500 or $1000 deductible is usually quite substantial. Decide how much you can afford out of pocket and make that adjustment. With all of that said, don’t be a statistic or a victim of the statistics! Protect yourself, your property and others.

Are You Ready For the Total Lunar Eclipse?

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 4:31 PM

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The excitement is building! People are traveling far and wide to experience what NASA is calling a total lunar eclipse. They are expecting this to cover a 70 mile stretch of land, from Oregon to South Carolina. The last time the United States experienced this was in February of 1979. Unfortunately not many saw it because it only clipped 5 states in the northwest and the weather was not cooperating. For those who do not know exactly how a total lunar eclipse occurs, it is when the Moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the umbra), you’ll see a total eclipse. If you’re in the light part (the penumbra), you’ll see a partial eclipse. This event will be exciting for all because everyone is the US will get to experience at least a partial eclipse.

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Which is why people are willing to travel to get the full experience. Apparently the flat country lands of Wyoming is a great place to be. They have less pollution in the air there due to the smaller cities within the state. People are taking vacations there during this time and hotel bookings in the area are filling up. Unfortunately the Yakima Valley is not within range to experience the total phase of the eclipse. However, some is better than none. For those of us that aren’t willing or able to travel to witness the eclipse in it’s entirety, our partial view is said to begin at 9:09am, 10:22am and again at 11:41am.

eclipseThis will be the most-viewed eclipse ever. This experience is said to last 2 minutes and 40 seconds! The largest city to have this full 2+ minute experience is going to be Nashville, Tennessee. Might want to leave early for good seats and cross your fingers for good weather! Our local forecasters in the Yakima Valley have said we are to have a high of 92 and mostly sunny skies. Also, Don’t forget to pick up a pair of eclipse lenses. These lenses allow you to look directly at the sun without causing damage to the eye. They should cost around $2. You can also wear #14 welder glass goggles. Bring snacks, a chair, sunscreen and use the restroom to ensure you miss nothing! If you miss this one, you can catch the next one they’ve predicted to happen on April 8th 2024.

Football Season is Here! And Steve Hahn’s is Giving Away Tickets!

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 7:12 PM

The NFL football season is officially underway! The excitement is in the air as the preseason games begin and the season games are quickly approaching. Fans are already purchasing new gear and making bets on their favorite teams. We here at Steve Hahn’s love our football and are all about representing our favorite teams on game days, and if you’re a Seahawks fan, Blue Friday.

Steve Hahn’s also knows how great of an experience it is to see a game live and in person. That is why we have decided to put on a contest to give our community the chance to win Seahawks Tickets to the HOME OPENER game against the San Francisco 49ers on September 17th at 1:25 PM in Seattle at the Centurylink Field. This will be a huge game to see in person due to the fact that the Seahawks dominated during last year’s match up, winning the game 37-18 on their home turf. So the 49ers are out for revenge, trying to make up for last years loss. At the end of the 2016-2017 season, the Seahawks lead the all-time series with a record of 22-15, including 1-0 in the playoffs!

Don’t miss your chance to get FREE tickets to one of the biggest games of the year! All you have to do is be a follower of our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/stevehahnautogroup/notifications/ then find the contest post on our page so that you can Like and Share the post. As long as you follow those three steps, you will automatically be entered into the contest! The winner will be drawn on September 11th, which is the Monday before the home opener game, giving the winner plenty of time to plan ahead! We are excited about the opportunity to give such an amazing prize to our community and hope to be able to keep providing such great giveaways and experiences to our valued customers and followers! If you have any questions about the contest rules, please do not hesitate to ask! GO HAWKS!

Mercedes-Benz GLC Voted Best SUV of 2017

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 11:29 PM

The Motor Trend Awards are some of the most known automobile awards in the US. Having said that, it is nothing short of impressive to find that the all new Mercedes-Benz GLC took the top prize for the SUV of the Year category! Interestingly enough, the is actually the fourth Mercedes-Benz SUV to win this remarkable award! 

Many of the voters loved the fact that this particular model seemed to be a perfect cross between the E-Class and the C-Class. The GLC incorporated the C-Class features, while using the E-Class platform. The voters also went on to explain that the consumer really does get the most bang for their buck when stepping into this vehicle, simply because of the fact that the interior feels as though it is the in the top of its class in luxury, but the price tag does not reflect that. With leather interior, wood accents, and all the bells and whistles you expect to get from Mercedes-Benz, it is no wonder why this vehicle obtained so much praise. 

The voters also went on to praise the design of the exterior, as well as the performance of the turbocharged I-4 engine, commenting on how quiet the cabin was while driving. The Mercedes-Benz GLC should definitely be the next SUV on your list! How can you pass up all of these amazing qualities?!?

 

 

Little Known Facts to Help Boost Your Fuel Economy

By afrett | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 7:39 PM

The road trip season is upon us! Everyone is packing up and hitting the open road for summer!

Although, ideally an electric or hybrid vehicle would be convenient for this long drives, the reality is, they are not convenient for families or large loads of gear needing to be packed along. Having said that, with a “soccer mom” SUV, it can be a little bit more of a challenge to get the most out of your miles.

Have no fear, this post discusses 6 different little known tricks and tips to boost your fuel economy and reap the benefits of your vehicle’s MPG!

1. Quit Loading Dead Weight

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This is referring to all of the extra, and pointless, junk you load into your vehicle for the road trip. Are you really going to need all of those pairs of shoes for sitting in the car? Or your kids’ soccer bags, even though the season ended?

Getting rid of this excess weight can really help your engine burn less fuel, or at least burn it slower, increasing your fuel economy.

2. Ensure the Oil is not Old

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Many people do not realize it, but the age and quality of your engine oil does have a direct correlation to your vehicle’s fuel economy.

By keeping up with your oil maintenance on your vehicle, it ensures that the vital functions not only keep the car running smoothly, but also makes sure that they are running efficiently.

3. Cruise Control IS NOT Your Friend

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Contrary to popular belief, cruise control does not actually help your vehicle’s fuel economy. While the theory makes sense as to the system helping your MPG, it does not consider the changes in the terrain your are driving on.

If you don’t believe me, try it! Set your cruise control on the highway and go over rolling hills, like the Yakima Canyon. You will notice how hard your vehicle runs and how much your car works to accelerate up the hill.

If the roads being driven on your completely flat with no traffic, then cruise control would be perfect. But the fact of the matter is that on most road trips, that is not the case. Keeping your vehicle off of cruise controls enables you to have more control over how the roads are handled!

4. Avoid Traffic (As Best You Can)

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I know this is easier said than done for a lot of people, but taking the extra 5 mile drive home on the back roads to avoid the pile up on the highway will actually be your car’s best friend!

Another way to help with this is to download different GPS apps. One of the most popular apps is called “Waze”. This app gives real time traffic and construction updates, as well as alters the route of your driving if an incident comes up that would slow you down.

Give it a try next time you are trying to save at the pump!

5. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

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This may be common knowledge, but for those that don’t know, under-inflated tires can exponentially lower your vehicle’s fuel economy. But low MPG isn’t the only consequence or low air pressure. It can also cause poor handling and premature wear.

It is as easy as stopping by your local gas station to check your air pressure in your tires before hitting the road!

6. Break Those Bad Habits!

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We all know people have bad driving habits. I, myself, am guilty of this too! Personally, my bad habit is accelerating too quickly, which causes my car to burn through fuel quicker. Changing this habit can drastically enhance my fuel economy.

Fun fact: Aggressive driving, such as speeding and accelerating too fast, can drop your MPG by a whopping 33%!!!

So next time you feel like you are in a hurry or have a need for speed, remember that the more consistent your driving becomes, the more your wallet will thank you at the pump!

 

 

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