What Are the Best Cars for New Graduates?

Graduation season is about to start, and what new graduate doesn’t need a new car?! From driving to interviews to starting a new job to moving across town or the country, new grads need reliable transportation. Yahoo Autos recently compiled a Best Cars for Recent Graduates list, and to no surprise, some Jim Shorkey cars made the cut! Check out what they had to say about each one.

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Used: 2012 Ford Fiesta

Another compact car that comes in both a sedan and a hatchback and is fun to drive is the Ford Fiesta. For 2015, a base Fiesta starts at $14,455, and can be priced up to the super sporty Fiesta ST for $21,435, Like the look but not the price? A 2012 Fiesta still can bring all of the fun but will set you back $5,000 to $6,000 less than a brand new version — although you won’t find a Fiesta ST older than 2014 because that was its first year of production.


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Used: 2011-2014 Kia Optima

If a midsize sedan is what you are seeking, look no further than the Kia Optima. For 2015, the Optima’s styling has held it’s own and is still as sleek, sophisticated, and sporty as the day it was first revealed in 2010. While a used 2011-2014 Optima can be found at discounts from the original MSRP, it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on the 2015 model year which will soon be marked down to make way for the newly redesigned 2016 Kia Optima coming out later this year.


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Used: 2011-2013 Jeep Patriot

Looking for a modern looking SUV and the brand that epitomizes American off-road driving? For 2015, Jeep has introduced the five-seater Renegade. Starting at $17,995.00 for the front-wheel-drive version, the Renegade is a sophisticated new look for Jeep that compliments the elegant Grand Cherokee, but on a smaller scale. It even comes in the dirt-loving Trailhawk 4X4, starting at $25,995. The older, less well-liked Patriot will have more cargo room and can be found used for under $15,000, although Jeep quality has been iffy in the past; as with any used car, a thorough inspection is recommended.


Do You Know What Influences Car Insurance Rates?

One Pennsylvania city is reported to have one of the highest average car insurance rates in the nation…and it’s not Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia, Detroit, and Brooklyn claim this status, according to online quote-comparison website CarInsurance.com. Good or bad, where you live does affect how much you pay in car insurance. Relative theft and crime rates in cities play a large part in influencing insurance rates as well.


Rounding out the top 10 were Providence; New Orleans; Los Angeles; Woodbridge, Connecticut; Baltimore; Miami, and Royalton, Kentucky.

So if you’re thinking about buying a new car, you can relax knowing that you’re going to most likely get a better rate than if you lived 6 hours in the other direction. Start your engines!

Trading In Your Vehicle Offers Convenience over Selling Privately

When looking to buy a new car, you undoubtedly face many options. One option, in particular, is what you should do with your current car: trade it in or sell it privately. While there are a variety of factors involved in each scenario, we have some advice.

If you decide to sell your vehicle privately, then you are likely going to have to post an online ad or newspaper ad and wait for calls to come in. This means you will have to field calls from various people and negotiate the price with them—something that most people do not find too appealing. That being said, you will probably deal with many different people before you find one serious about the purchase. Is it possible to get more money selling privately than via trade in? Sure, it is. However, all that extra work likely won’t be worth any small gain. By trading your car in, you can complete the entire transaction of selling and buying a new car usually within a single day.

And at the Jim Shorkey Auto Group, with locations in Irwin, Uniontown, and East McKeesport, we are more than happy to help. Stop by one of our lots or give us a call—our team will be glad to chat with you about your trade-in and negotiate a price that works for you. With the trade-in completed and your new car selected, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is where you want to drive to first.

Car Buying at Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group

Why Buying a Used Car Makes Sense

Everyone loves a new car, but sometimes buying a used car just makes more sense. Don’t let the uncertainty of a used car make you sweat. At Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group, we offer our exclusive lifetime warranty program, Warranty Forever, on every eligible used car we sell. We also have an impressive selection of value-priced vehicles if you’re shopping on a budget. Need more convincing? Here are a few reasons why it’s worthwhile investing in a used vehicle from the Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group.

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  1. Affordability, Of Course: This is certainly one of the biggest advantages of a used car. Even if a vehicle’s only been out on the road for a short period of time, it’s still considered preowned, even though it still has new-like qualities.
  2. Better Value: This isn’t always the case, but preowned vehicles are much more likely to retain their value. New vehicles depreciate in value after the first few years of use. A used vehicle’s been there, done that.
  3. Insurance Rates: Used vehicle insurance rates tend to be less expensive.
  4. Low Registration Fees: Likewise, with insurance rates, registration fees tend to be lower with used vehicles.
  5. Reliability: Of course, our selection of new vehicles at Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group are known for their reliability, but used vehicles also do well in this department since they’ve already been tested and hiccups have been addressed.
  6. Safety: Some used vehicles are notably safe! The IIHS recently released a list of the safest used cars for teens, many of which you’ll find in our inventory.

There are other reasons to consider purchasing a used vehicle, so if you’d like to continue the conversation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any of Jim Shorkey locations on Route 30 in North Huntingdon or Pittsburgh Road in Uniontown.

Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Test Drive

More and more, people are researching vehicles they’re interested in online, browsing online inventory, and even beginning the financing process before even entering our dealership. However, no matter how technologically advanced our lives become, there is one aspect of the car-buying experience that cannot be replicated online: the test drive.

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And most drivers are so excited to get behind the wheel of the car they’ve spent days, weeks, or months researching, that commonsense usually goes out the window. Well here at Jim Shorkey, we want you to make an informed, logical decision, so here are some tips to making the most of our test drive, whether your shopping for a new or used vehicle!

  • Schedule an Appointment. Admittedly, it can get a little hectic in the showroom, and we want to make sure you do not waste your time. Schedule an appointment with us, and we can have a car or cars ready for you to step into within minutes of arriving. You can find our contact information here.
  • Get to Know the Vehicle. Prior to getting behind the wheel, your sales associate will walk around the vehicle and talk about it with you. Pay close attention to make sure the features on the vehicle are the ones you are specifically looking for. If something’s missing from the vehicle (or there’s something extra), don’t be shy when asking about it.
  • Familiarize Yourself with the Captain’s Chair. Before you drive off, make sure you know where the headlight and windshield wiper controls are located, make note of how easy it is to access radio and climate controls, and check out the size of the glove compartment and center console storage areas. Glance in the mirrors and make sure your lines of sight are optimal.
  • Make Adjustments Before You Go. Adjust your seat, steering wheel, mirrors, and sometimes even the foot pedals before you drive off the lot. The last thing you want to be doing is trying to make adjustments on the fly in the middle of traffic.
  • Turn Off the Radio. Although a quality sound system is important to many shoppers, save testing out this feature until you have sufficient time behind the wheel. You’ll want the cabin environment to be as quiet as possible so you can better hear the engine, the smoothness of gear change,s and wind noise.
  • Parking and Turning Radius. How easy is it to maneuver your vehicle into a tight parking spot? As you wrap up your test drive, find a place to parallel park the vehicle and test out its turning radius.
  • Test Comparable Models the Same Day. If you plan on driving multiple vehicles before making your final decision, do your best to test drive each of the vehicles in the same day. This way, you’ll be able to easily compare each vehicle you drive so you can make an educated decision on which you’ll ultimately purchase or lease.

Dodge Dart, Kia Forte Deemed Top Tech-Savvy Cars Under $20,000

Our smartphone culture has spread to almost every aspect of our daily lives, including our cars. We want to sync and stream from the comforts of our cabin, and we want it at an affordable price! With this attitude, AOL Autos recently ranked the top tech-savvy cars under $20,000. And it came as no surprise to us that two Jim Shorkey cars made the list: the ultra-stylish 2014 Kia Forte and the sportiest of the sportiest 2014 Dodge Dart.

How the Kia Forte made this list:

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The Kia Forte offers attractive styling, a refined interior and a great starting price. The Forte offers numerous comfort features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, LED taillights and power heated and ventilated leather seats. It can also be had with Kia’s UVO infotainment system, which provides the user with a clean, responsive interface. The system will even let you set a navigation destination from your computer and send it to the car.

How the Dodge Dart made the list:

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The Dodge Dart is a sporty little sedan that employs some great tech. The most notable tech feature on this car is its UConnect infotainment system, which is arguably the best in the business. Super fast, responsive and with a great easy-to-use layout, it makes controlling nearly everything in your car — from the climate to the radio to apps — a breeze. The screen is also the largest in this class of vehicle at 8.4 inches.

Feeling inspired? Give us a call—on your smartphone, perhaps—and schedule a test drive for one of these awesome vehicles today!

Five Safety Features Every Vehicle In North Huntingdon Should Have

Traction Control (TC) Systems

The traction control is also known as ASR or Acceleration Slip Regulation. This is especially useful for Pittsburgh drivers, when the roads are slippery and wet in the harsh winters. When the driver moves at an accelerated speed, this feature will help cope with the torque. The result is that friction of the tires against the pavement will be reduced.

Automatic Headlights

When driving at night, with little to no light, it is important to be cautious of your surroundings. You won’t be able to clearly see other vehicles around you. Instinctively as an experienced driver, you may turn on the bright headlights. In some updated cars nowadays, however, you don’t have to do this manually. A lot of newer car models have light sensors that detect the necessity for more light.

Tailgate Step

Tailgate steps are needed for all truck owners who are relatively older and those who have a hard time getting on the back of pickup trucks.

Anti-Lock Brakes

When you often jam the brakes, you may find the anti-lock braking system a lifesaver as the car uses electronic controls to stop your wheels from locking. So without rotating, you can steer around with longer braking distance even while applying maximum brake force. Same as the TC systems, these anti-lock brakes are more effective when driving on slippery roads. Keeping them handy gives the benefit of steering around obstacles during emergency braking.


Airbags are essential in any car to avoid injuries when driving. When head-on collisions occur, airbags protect your head and chest as they provide buffer by instantly inflating during a frontal collision. There are also side airbags that protect your upper body, and these are deployed when there’s impact on the sides.

The Best Family Cars for Pittsburghers

Automotive choices often mirror our progression through various life stages. Case and point, sporty coupes and hatchbacks are frequently traded in for SUVs and minivans. But family-hauling doesn’t have to mean frumpy and unrefined. Recently, MSN Auto ranked the top great-handling family cars, and it was no surprise to us that more than one Jim Shorkey vehicle made the list. Specifically, the Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat were called out for their handling, smooth ride, and capacity for a crowd. See below what MSN Autos says about each vehicle.

Chrysler 300

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Detroit created the muscle car in the 1960s and that tradition continues today. The difference is that today’s cars go around corners just as well as they accelerate in a straight line. The full-size Chrysler 300 SRT8 seats five comfortably and boasts 470 horsepower from its 6.4-liter V8 engine. Performance-tuned suspension and large-diameter Brembo brakes bring its power and mass under control while still delivering a smooth ride. A base 300 SRT8 runs $48,900 plus a $1,000 gas-guzzler tax.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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Fine-handling vehicles aren’t limited to cars. Some of today’s crossover utility vehicles do a great job of combining room for the family with canyon-carving handling. Few do that better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It is motivated by the same 6.4-liter 470-horsepower V8 engine as other SRT models, but it has even bigger brakes and offers a commanding view of the road typical of a crossover. Plus it has room for five passengers and all the hockey equipment they can carry. A base Grand Cherokee SRT costs $64,380.

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is due later in 2014, and like its younger sibling Challenger SRT Hellcat, the heart of this beast will be a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces a ludicrous 707 horsepower. But power won’t be the Charger Hellcat’s only calling card. Dodge hasn’t released technical specifications, but the Charger Hellcat will certainly get the adjustable performance suspension and big brakes from the Challenger Hellcat, which will allow this big 5-seater to corner and stop almost as well as it blasts down a quarter-mile.

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.


Warranty Forever: What is it and how does it work?

Sure you hear “Warranty Forever” when you visit the dealership, listen to Jim Shorkey commercials on the radio, or browse new and used vehicles on our website, but what does “Warranty Forever” truly mean? Simply stated, “Warranty Forever” is—are you ready for this?!—a warranty forever.


We believe you should browse and buy with 100% confidence. Therefore, we provide the exclusive Warranty Forever® program with every eligible new and used vehicle we sell. This includes an engine, transmission, and drive train warranty, including seals and gaskets, for as long as you own the vehicle. When we say “forever,” we mean forever. There is no deductible or separate parts and labor charges, and we do not tact on maximum mileage or ownership term criteria. Best of all, it comes at absolutely no cost to you. You don’t have to worry about “opting in” and getting hit with another couple $1,000 on your bottom line.

All we ask is you perform the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance on your vehicle. That’s it.

We recently sat down with Jim Shorkey III, and asked him to explain Warranty Forever® in his own words. Check out the video below! If you still have any questions, visit the information pages on our website here.