Lights, Camera, Action! New Chrysler and Jeep Videos

Car shopping can be a long and laborious process that, frankly, many people do not have time for. Here at Jim Shorkey, we strive to make this process easier and more convenient. Recently, Rich Stevens, sales associate (and budding movie star!) at our Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store in Irwin, put together some videos to help you save time! Start your car shopping here with Jim Shorkey and check out the 2015 Chrysler 200, 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, and the 2014 Jeep Patriot videos from the comfort of your living room. Then stop by the store and let Rich know which vehicle you want to test drive!

The Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group Celebrates 40 Years

The Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group has been a family-run business since 1974. This year we are celebrating our 40th year of service to the community. In these 40 years, we’ve grown from a tiny 3-car showroom (see the image below!) to become one of the most recognized automotive names in Western Pennsylvania. Yet, in spite of that growth, we’ve never lost touch with the family values that have made our success possible: Honesty. Responsibility. Humility.

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1976, the old Courtesy showroom, which is now Mitsubishi‘s service area. The gentleman shown in the picture, the late Ray Welty, was one of our salesmen.

Today, three generations of Shorkeys work in the business, along with numerous spouses, in-laws, and significant others. That means we have a personal commitment to our customers and associates that you just don’t find in a typical dealership. The compliment we appreciate the most is when a customer approaches and tells us that we make them FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE FAMILY. Check out some pictures and articles as we stroll down memory lane!

Here is a newspaper article from 2005 following the grand opening of our Suzuki store! It delves into the history of our dealership and our family-first mentality:

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Check out jingle lyrics from our Courtesy days! Prior to our “What a Great Day” logo we used a top hat:

Come see how we’re changing – see all that’s new,
We’ll roll out the Cour-te-sy treat-ment for you!
It’s a great day to stop by – a great day to see why
A little bit of Courtesy can make all the difference for you!!
Come see how we’re changing – see all that’s new.
A little bit of Courtesy can make all the difference for you!!

Here is a newspaper article from 2007 when Jim Shorkey III was the number 1 Suzuki salesman in the country:

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Check out this letter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in which we were named one of Pittsburgh’s best places to work:

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In 2009, Sean Rattigan, our Special Finance Manager, was recognized for his outstanding work by Special Finance Insider:

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Have a few throwbacks? Please share any photos or articles you have of the Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group or our old moniker, Courtesy!

Washington Times Declares 2014 Jeep Compass “King of Off-Road”

Rita Cook from the Washington Times posted an article this week that claims the 2014 Jeep Compass reigns supreme among off-road vehicles. While this designation is nothing new for Jeep—the undisputed heavyweight champion of dirt roads—it’s usually reserved for the likes of the Wrangler.

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Check out what Ms. Cook had to say about this all-around awesome ride and then check out some pictures below.

“A compact crossover, this Jeep can hang with the best of ’em, since the Jeep moniker means built tough — tough, however, with comfort and style. It’s no problem with the 2014 Jeep Compass.”

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“The 2014 Jeep Compass seats five passengers and comes in three trim levels — Sport, Latitude and Limited. With the Sport trim, the standards include 16-inch alloy wheels (or 17-inch wheels with the larger engine), fog lights, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, split-folding rear seats, and a tilt-only steering wheel. You can opt for the Power Value Group, which will add all the needed power accessories, heated mirrors and keyless entry. The Altitude Edition package ups the wheels by an inch and gives you mesh cloth and heated front seats.

The Latitude trim includes the Sport features and 17-inch wheels, cool interior trim, height-adjustable driver seat, front passenger seat that folds flat and a classy leather-wrapped steering wheel that also comes complete with audio knobs for easier control when driving. Packages for the Latitude include the High Altitude Edition, which will give you 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, six-way power driver seat and a sunroof.

On the high-end, the Limited trim includes all the standards from the High Altitude Edition and adds automatic climate control, driver information display, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rearview camera. There is also a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and the music server is equipped with an optional navigation system.

The Freedom Drive II Off-Road group adds on to any four-wheel-drive trim all-terrain tires with 17-inch wheels, tow hooks, and the option for an off-road mode with underbody skid plates, hill-descent and start assist.”

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“Under the hood, there is front-wheel-drive on the Sport and Latitude that includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine putting out 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. You also have the choice of three transmissions, but the five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport, you can choose the six-speed automatic or CVT too. On the Latitude it’s a six-speed automatic, but the CVT is required on the Sport and Latitude that have added the Altitude or High Altitude packages.

 Another option if you choose the front-wheel-drive Sport or and Latitude trim is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you a little more horsepower at 172 and 165 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for an all-wheel-drive, this is the standard engine and on the Compass Limited as well.”

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“For a vehicle that takes the road for a ride safety is all important and the features on the 2014 Jeep Compass include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side and side curtain airbags. There is also the rearview camera on the Limited standard and can be had as an option on the other trims as well as the hill descent and hill start control on the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package.”

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Top Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips for Pittsburghers

After a snowy winter and a rainy spring, Pittsburghers deserve a weekend getaway. What better time to pack the suitcase and gas up the car then Memorial Day weekend? (Of course, we suggest driving the Kia Optima/Kia Optima Hybrid or the Mitsubishi Mirage.) No need to stress if your checkbook cannot handle the getaway of a lifetime. There are plenty of entertaining, affordable, and accessible destinations scattered within 2 hours of Pittsburgh that provide that elusive escape you deserve. Whether you’re looking for adventure, romance, or family-friendly attractions, we recommend these retreats to rejuvenate yourself before summer.

Disclaimer: If your Memorial Day weekend plans will keep you in/around the Pittsburgh area, then you should definitely check out our 13th annual chain-wide Dogs N’ Deals sales event Thursday–Saturday at any Jim Shorkey location!

Fallingwater. Mill Run, PA. About an hour and 20 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh is one of the county’s most stunning homes: architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Situated in the beauty of the Allegheny Mountain’s Laurel Highlands, this award-winning home features unique modern designs built into the surrounding natural beauty of waterfalls and lush forestry. Also in close proximity are the Laurel Caverns, Ohiopyle State Park, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, or even Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. McHenry, MD. Take a quick two-hour drive to Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake for picturesque nature views while combining the pleasure of outdoor activities with tranquil seclusion. You can bike the wooded trails, spend the afternoon boating on peaceful waters, and stroll hand-in-hand with your sweetheart around the lake.

Splash Lagoon. Erie, PA. Unfortunately, Mother Nature may not allow western Pennsylvanians to swim on Memorial Day weekend. Enter Splash Lagoon. This sprawling indoor waterpark kicks off the summer with a fireworks display, waterslides, a gigantic wave pool, and even an indoor ropes course. Children can go wild in the laser tag area, Adventure Bay swimming space, and Treasure Island Arcade, whereas parents can appreciate the park’s lazy river, soothing lava pool, and adults-only Paradise Cove.

The Wilds. Cumberland, OH. You won’t believe you’re just two hours west of Pittsburgh when you hop aboard a safari vehicle at The Wilds. Get up close and personal with beautiful birds, unusual amphibians, creepy crawlers, and a diverse collection of African animals, including deer, giraffes, cheetahs and even rhinos, on your personal safari tour. Check out the Wild Zipline Safari or the Fishing Safari when you’re there.

Laurel Caverns. Farmington, PA. You only need to drive 50 miles south of Pittsburgh to find the state’s largest cave, Laurel Caverns. This mysterious and majestic underground passage is composed of a three-mile maze that offers caving/spelunking, cave rappelling, a cavern-themed mini golf course, fossil/gemstone panning and much more. At Laurel Caverns, you’ll be led deep into 46 stories of mountainous interior that features soaring rock formations and the famed optical illusion, Gravity Hill.

How To Schedule a Service Appointment Online At Jim Shorkey Kia

If you’re like many of our busy service customers, it can be difficult to find time to call into the dealership and schedule a service appointment. So, what can you do? The good news is that we recently added a redesigned and enhanced Service Appointment Scheduler to our Jim Shorkey Kia page—eliminating the need to call into the dealership altogether.

Scheduling an appointment with the new system can be completed in a few quick steps outlined below:

  • Simply go to www.JimShorkeyKia.com and click on the Schedule Service Appointment in the middle of the page:

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  • This will then take you to the page below. Click on the tab across the top that best suits you and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment at the most convenient time and date.

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Finally, check out Andy White, our Service and Parts Director at Jim Shorkey Kia, as he walks us through the step-by-step process in this short, helpful video:

How to Sync a Smart Phone with a Car’s Bluetooth

Chrysler became the first North American car company to offer Bluetooth connectivity after it introduced the system on its 2004 Pacifica line. Initially, this option mainly supported hands-free calling, but as the technology improved, so did the functionality. Today, most new cars are Bluetooth-enabled and offer an assortment of functions, from streaming online music to performing vehicle diagnostics. Unfortunately, one of the most common questions we hear around our showrooms is: How do I connect my smart phone to my car? While the answer to this question may vary, we’ve put together a list of the basic steps you will need to sync your phone with ease and convenience.

  • Turn on your car’s stereo and your cell phone.
  • Press the Bluetooth-pairing button on the car stereo to enable the discoverable mode.
  • Go to your phone’s main-menu selection.
  • Select the “Settings” option to view the options that are available.
  • Select the option for “Bluetooth” or “Bluetooth Menu” from the list.
  • Select the “Add” or “Sync” option to detect the car stereo. Select the “Connect” or “Start” button to begin the connection process.
  • Wait while the phone searches for devices that are in range.
  • Select your car stereo from the list of Bluetooth devices that are displayed on your phone.
  • Enter the pairing number for the car stereo. This can be found in the documentation for the car stereo.
  • Wait while your phone is synced with the car stereo.

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This involves a brief initial setup, but when you’re done, your phone will automatically connect each time you get in the car. After a few hands-free commands, you’ll never want to handle your phone while driving again.

Finance Series, Part 3: What to expect from the finance department at Jim Shorkey

We received such great feedback from Parts 1 and 2 of our recent Finance Series that we created a bonus Part 3. This helpful, 1-minute video features Jed Reaggle, Finance Director at Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Jed provides valuable information as he explains what to expect from the finance department when you purchase a car from Jim Shorkey!

It’s a bird? A plane? It’s … a Ram Power Wagon

If Batman drives the Batmobile and Spiderman drives the Spider-Mobile, then what does Superman drive? His cape? Enter Chrysler when they unveiled a special Ram Power Wagon last summer. Tied in to the premier of Man of Steel, the unique truck packed a blueish-grey vinyl wrap (textured like Superman’s outfit), gloss-black accents, anodized red trim, 17-inch alloys, and an interior decked out with Superman logos.

It was a nice tribute to the super-est of superheros, but Ram only made the one, and it wasn’t offered for sale. That is, at least, until now. With the movie’s debut now long behind us, the one-off Power Wagon is being auctioned off to benefit LA Family Housing, a charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged families in Southern California.

The online auction page places the donated vehicle’s value at $112,674, but bidding currently stands at $47,500 with 3 days remaining. Head on over to Charity Buzz to help out a worthwhile cause and give yourself the chance to get your hands on a one-of-a-kind vehicle and piece of cinematic history.

The Ram Truck brand and Warner Bros. Pictures team up for the action adventure “Man of Steel” movie. As part of the partnership, the Ram design team created a special edition, one-of-a-kind “Man of Steel” Power Wagon with special design cues, colors and badging. The truck will be on display at special events throughout the summer and fall before being auctioned off for charity at a later date.The Ram Truck brand and Warner Bros. Pictures team up for the action adventure “Man of Steel” movie. As part of the partnership, the Ram design team created a special edition, one-of-a-kind “Man of Steel” Power Wagon with special design cues, colors and badging. The truck will be on display at special events throughout the summer and fall before being auctioned off for charity at a later date.As part of its partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures for "Man of Steel," the summer action adventure movie in theaters beginning June 14, the Ram Truck interior and exterior design team created a one-of-a-kind "Man of Steel" Power Wagon truck with special "Man of Steel"-inspired design cues, colors and branding.  Interior features include custom mesh seat inserts reminiscent of Superman's own suit with integrated Superman logos on the seats and console, Anodized Red paint trim accents and interior "Man of Steel" logo badging.The Ram Truck brand and Warner Bros. Pictures launched a new co-branded commercial for the Ram 1500 as part of a partnership promoting Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated “Man of Steel” movie. The 30-second “Action” spot intersperses scenes from the movie with footage of the Ram truck. The Ram Truck brand and Warner Bros. Pictures launched a new co-branded commercial for the Ram 1500 as part of a partnership promoting Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated “Man of Steel” movie. The 30-second “Action” spot intersperses scenes from the movie with footage of the Ram truck.    As part of its partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures promoting the “Man of Steel” summer action adventure movie, the Ram Truck brand teamed up with DC Entertainment comic artist Shane Davis to create a custom illustration for a print ad debuting June 7 in the weekend edition of USA Today.  With the headline, “Everyone has the ability to do something amazing, some just do it on a more regular basis,” the  message of the ad is that the work that Ram owners do make them superheroes in their own right.

How to Save Money at the Pump

With road trip season upon us, prices at the gas pump are heading in the wrong direction in Southwestern PA. But don’t let this keep you from enjoying the wind in your hair and sun on your face this time of year—here are some basic tips to help squeeze the most miles from your fuel dollars.

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Avoid High Speeds. As your speed increases, so does your aerodynamic drag. Some experts say driving 62 mph versus 75 mph can reduce fuel consumption by about 15%!

Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard. By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated. Ensure your tires maintain a pressure level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under-inflated by 2 PSI can increase fuel consumption by 1%. This may not sound like a lot, but depending how many miles you drive, it could make all the difference.

Use A/C Sparingly. This may be more difficult during peak summer months, but try turning your air conditioner down. It causes your engine to work harder, which in turn uses more fuel—sometimes by about 20%. Side note: The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.

Close Your Windows. Windows open—especially at highway speeds—can increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10% in some cases.

Service Vehicle Regularly. Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs, or low fluid levels. Keeping your car in top shape will save you in the long run.

Use Cruise Control. Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas, as the engine doesn’t have to work as hard.

Avoid Heavy Loads. Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.

Avoid Long Idles. If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.

Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle. When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle, such as the Mitsubishi Mirage, Mitsubishi Lancer, Kia Forte, Kia Optima or Kia Optima Hybrid, Kia Rio, Kia Soul, and Dodge Dart, with a manual transmission will provide you with better fuel economy than larger models.