Car-Buying Tips from Jim Shorkey In North Huntingdon

Buying a car can be intimidating at many dealerships. What car do I want? What color? New or Used? But at Jim Shorkey in North Huntingdon, we make sure your car-buying experience goes as smoothly as the K900 drives! Here’s a list of helpful tips to get you started!

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  1. Determine how much you want to borrow. This includes deciding what type of car you want, and the average price for the car. Additionally, you should determine how much you can afford. A rule of thumb is to pay what you can easily pay over a 3- year period. You should also look at your budget and determine the available amount that you have to pay. It is important to realize your budget, because it can prevent mistakes when buying a car.
  1. Look for a loan. Many lenders will not guarantee a rate until you sign the papers, but they will give you pre-approval for a loan amount and the current rate. You should begin by contacting your bank. If you are eligible for a credit union, it would be beneficial to check with them as well. Ask about automatic payments and interest rates. Or, even easier, fill out a finance application with us here.
  1. Find you’re perfect car! Use our Smart Browser tools to narrow down your search of our Mitsubishi, Kia, and Chrysler inventory. You can find great deals through these sources.
  1. Once you have picked out your car, it’s time to pay for it! You can contact your bank with the final details. Generally they will need the title or vehicle identification number to process the loan.
  1. Once you own the car you will need to get a new title and tags (license plates) for your car. You can do this at your local DMV office. Most cities have a DMV for driver’s licenses and a different DMV for titles and tags. If you have a loan on the car, then the DMV will send the new title directly to the bank. The bank will give you a form to take to the DMV with the new title. But don’t worry—at Jim Shorkey in North Huntingdon, we will help you take care of all of this. And remember, you will not be allowed to register your car until you have found and purchased car insurance.

 

Autonomous Cars: Right Around the Corner?

Flashback to your younger days, pondering if life would be like a Jetson cartoon when you were older—living on Mars, driving spaceship-like hovercrafts around, and talking to people without actually moving your lips.

Flash-forward to this year, and one of those estimations may not be too far off. While we cannot exactly call them spaceship-like hovercrafts, several automakers are working on autonomous vehicles—that is, self-driving vehicles.

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And while automakers work away, it may be a while before we see any of these cars on the road, as some legislation is keeping them at bay. Understandably, the governing powers seem to be concerned about letting untested technology share the streets with the general public, as there are worries about endangering lives and property.

Currently, only four states (Michigan, Florida, Nevada, and California—no PA!) and the District of Columbia permit self-driving cars. Notably, California has several new rules in place for manufacturers that are planning to test a self-driving car in public. This includes a mandatory $5 million insurance policy and a fleet that doesn’t exceed 10 vehicles. Additionally, any accidents or incidents where the autonomous driving function needs to be overridden must be reported to the DMV.

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It’s easy to see why people are so interested in self-driving cars. In theory, these cars could help cut down on accidents and fatalities on the road. They could operate regardless of the age or condition of its passengers. They could also drive themselves to a service center for maintenance or repairs. For the driver, they open up the time otherwise spent commuting for more productive or leisurely activity. Finally, all the mental frustration of being lost in an unfamiliar area could be eliminated.

On the other hand, for every advantage of an autonomous vehicle, there seems to be an unanswered question too. For example, if an accident does occur, who is liable? Should self-driving cars have redundant controls for an operator to take control? How reliable and secure is the software behind autonomous cars? What would happen to individuals whose livelihood depended on driving a vehicle, like bus drivers, truck drivers and taxis?

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Beyond the concerns about safety many want to know how much an autonomous vehicle will cost. A survey conducted by JD Power in 2012 pointed out that while 37 percent of respondents would consider buying an autonomous vehicle, only 20 percent would consider it if the feature cost $3,000 or more.

Until autonomous cars become a reality, we’re left dreaming about the Jetson life.

Top Car Add-Ons People Can’t Live Without

Customizing a car to your liking is a must! From GPS Navigation to satellite radio, the add-on options are endless! Below is a list of top car add-ons.

GPS Navigation. Always know where you are going! Navigation systems are extremely popular with many car owners. Though many cars have pre-installed systems, these add-ons are more flexible and better designed than the former. They are portable units that can be used in different vehicles, as required. Many of them also have Bluetooth connectivity and other technologies that make them simpler to update and use.

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Intelligent Keys. Intelligent keys are the latest trends! Intelligent keys free the car owner from being stuck to using a physical switch to get the car started. These keys can automatically configure car seats and radio stations, as well as the mirrors according to the owner’s preference.

Alloy Wheels. Wheels are one of the first things people upgrade! Alloy wheels are an option that have a very positive impact on the handling and performance of the car and also add value in a very simple manner.

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Heated/Air-conditioned Leather Seats. Keep cool on a hot summer day or stay warm on a bitter cold winter night with heated/air-conditioned seats!

Satellite Radio. Sirius XM is a must in today’s cars! A large percentage of consumers are spending a lot of money on electronic upgrades, and these offer a good return-on-investment at the point of sale. These may be satellite radio or even premium stereo packages and DVD entertainment systems

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Additional Updates. Body kits such as grills, running boards, fog lights, and legal window tinting or even taillight treatments are the updates that add can add value to your car.

What are some add-ons that you can’t live without?

Pets: Man’s Best Friend AND Travel Companion

With the end of summer right around the corner, you’re trying to fit in as many last-minute vacations as possible, even if it is just a long drive for a day or a trip to Jim Shorkey! Here’s some tips to make sure you and your pet get the most out of your road trip!

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1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Carriers come in a wide variety of sizes, from wire mesh to hard and soft-sided. Whichever one is right for your pet, make sure it’s large enough for your per to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. And don’t forget to secure the crate or carrier so it wont slid or slip at a quick stop.

2. Prepare your pet for a long trip by taking them on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.

3. Feed your pet 3 to 4 hours prior to your road trip. This allows for the food to digest so your pet won’t get car sick. Don’t feed your pet in a moving vehicle – even if it is a long trip. Take a break and walk your furry friend in a pet-friendly rest stop.

4. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time. And on a cold day, the car can become an icebox in a matter of minutes!

5. Pack your pet’s traveling bag. Make a checklist so you don’t forget all of your pet’s necessities. Travel papers, food, bowl, leash, waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication , pet first-aid kit, and your pets favorite toy!

6. Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone number, and any other relevant contact information.

7. If you plan on traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings.

8. Don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window; they could be injured by flying objects. And for safety reasons, keep them in the back seat in a crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

9. Bring bottle water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area that they are not use to could result in an upset stomach.

10. If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers.

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Don’t forget that we are pet friendly at Jim Shorkey! So bring your pet in and find the perfect vehicle for you and your furry friend!

What To Do Before Your Lease Agreement Ends

Remember our blog post, To Buy or to Lease: That is the question? Well, for all of those who decided to take advantage of our great leasing specials and go the leasing route, here’s some pointers that will help you prepare for a lease inspection.

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Step 1: Read your lease agreement to make sure you are clear on what is acceptable wear and tear. You will not be charged for normal wear and tear, but the specifics of what constitutes “wear and tear” can vary. For example, minor scratches, dents, and dings are considered to be normal. Damaged interior, dented trim, and missing parts are considered to be more excessive and you will most likely be charged.

Step 2: Go through the leased vehicle and remove all of your personal property. Make sure you check the trunk, glove compartment, center console, nooks, and crannies for all personal belongings. Check that nothing is missing, such as the car’s manual, lighter cap, floor mats, and anything else that came with the car when you originally leased it.

Step 3: Inspect the vehicle yourself for things to do to prepare it, and note any concerns you may have. Note any concerns you have about the vehicle and what would be considered wear and tear. List any concerning marks, scratches, and damaged areas that may pose a problem or cause a car lease penalty.

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Step 4: Consider getting your leased vehicle detailed before its inspection. A professional cleaning and waxing will help prepare your car for inspection at the end of your lease. Detailing will also ensure that you didn’t miss anything minor before handing the car in.

Step 5: Check the tire treads as part of your car inspection preparation. Typically, your tires should have more than 1/8-inch of thread. Check your agreement for the requirements when turning in your leased vehicle. Additionally, you should make sure all the tires are the same, or you may have to purchase a new set.

And if you are turning your leased vehicle in, feel free to check out our inventory here!

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Is Heading to Auction

The first production of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is heading to the Las Vegas auction block in September. Dodge said the vehicle with VIN0001 and a Viper exclusive Stryker Red exterior will be auctioned on September 27th during the Barrett – Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction.

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Tim Kuniskis, Dodge and SRT president and CEO stated, “The 2015 Challenger Hellcat is already guaranteed to be one of the hottest cars that will roll through the Barrett-Jackson auction lanes in decades to come, the VIN 0001 being auctioned this year is the ultimate one-of-one collectible 2015 Dodge Challenger, as Dodge is ensuring there will never be another one like it.”

The Hellcat models are due out later this year and will feature the vehicle’s standard 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine rated at an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque and class-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.

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The vehicle heading to Vegas includes exclusive Hellcat accessories, like a Hemi-painted presentation box with a VIN0001 electronic vehicle build book and video documentary, still shots, vehicle footage, and an authentic Hellcat embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas Area.

The supercharged  vehicle is expected to arrive in dealerships in September, but the Hellcat already has a solid resume with a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 miles per hour (with drag radicals, the run dropped to just 10.8 seconds at 126 mph). It’s these performance details that make it the most powerful production muscle car to date.

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The Hellcat, starting at roughly $60,000, anchors a lineup of updated 2015 Challengers that includes nine other models.

How much do you think the Hellcat will go for in the auction? Don’t forget to check our inventory in September for the exclusive Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat!

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