How to Save Money but Still Get that V8 Engine

 

Very often drivers find themselves torn—they want to feel the need for speed with that V8 engine, but they also don’t want to spend a lot of money. Unfortunately, it’s usually a give and take; you can have one, but not both. However, the good folks at Automobile Magazine recently ranked the 10 cheapest cars with a V8 engine, and low and behold, you can many of them at Jim Shorkey! Check out which ones made the list and what the mag had to say about them.

2015 Ram 1500 Tradesman, 5.7-liter V-8, 383 hp/400 lb-ft
You might think the stripped-down, $27,420 Ram Express is the go-to pickup for cheap power, rugged capability, and no nonsense. The heart and soul of that brutally basic pickup is the iconic 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, but there’s actually an even cheaper route to get the Hemi. Opt instead for the Ram 1500 Tradesman and tick the box for the 395-hp Hemi with 407 lb-ft of torque, and you’ll walk out the door paying $690 less than you would for a Ram 1500 Tradesman with a V-6. The secret is that the Hemi can be paired with an old-school six-speed auto; it undercuts the cost of the newfangled eight-speed automatic, which is included as standard on the V-6 to eke out every last MPG. More power, less money. What more do you want?

Tradesman Express

2015 Ford F-150 XL, 5.0 V-8, 385 hp/387 lb-ft
The cheapest way to get a V-8 engine in the new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup is in a regular-cab, short-bed XL model with rear-wheel drive. The 5.0-liter V-8 itself costs $1,595 over the base 3.5-liter V-6, meaning that it slots in between the F-150’s two Ecoboost V-6 engine options, price-wise. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but not much else—the bare-bones XL does without a CD player, power windows and locks, and cruise control, making for a no-nonsense work truck with old-school V-8 power (385 hp to be specific).

de895c699d2690f6e5b78cab0596a4f0x

2015 Ford Mustang GT, 5.0 liter V-8, 435 hp/400 lb-ft
There’s been a lot of buzz about the 2015 Ford Mustang’s new EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo engine, but America’s original pony car still comes with a honkin’ V-8 engine to please traditionalists. The cheapest Mustang V-8 is a base GT, which comes standard with the 435-hp 5.0-liter Coyote engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Star winner comes decently equipped to start, with features like HID headlights, a backup camera, and Ford Sync as standard, but at this price you’ll miss out on the appealing GT Performance Package ($2,495) that gives the ‘Stang a tighter suspension, better brakes, and upgraded wheels and tires.

e63f000b9b502c3991991964d14aa0a7x

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, 6.4-liter V-8, 485 hp/475 lb-ft
People tend to lose their minds over the 707-hp Challenger Hellcat, but the real gem of Dodge’s muscle-car lineup is the Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Reviving a 45 year-old package, the R/T Scat Pack brings the monstrous 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 from the $46,990 Challenger SRT 392 into sub-$40k territory. With 485 hp and a swift 4.1-second sprint from 0-60 mph, it combines the affordability of the R/T line and the performance of the SRT line. Take your pick of either the standard Tremec six-speed manual or the optional, $1,400 eight-speed automatic, and leave your opponents in the dust. The R/T Scat Pack would be even cheaper if it weren’t for Uncle Sam, who takes a $1,000 bite out of your wallet for the gas guzzler tax.

deb03fa91413e3e52c5e4e347bd69336x

Advertisements

How the Jim Shorkey Car Brands Got Their Names

As most of you know or could guess, The Jim Shorkey Auto Group is named after the man who started it as just a 3-car showroom – Jim Shorkey. Now decades and dealerships later, Jim Shorkey Auto Group is still a family run business and has become one of the most recognized automotive names in Western Pennsylvania.

But how did the car brands we sell get their names? Just like Jim Shorkey, Ford, Chrysler and Dodge we’re named after their founders. While Mitsubishi, Kia, Jeep and Ram have a different story. Check out below as we break down how these iconic brands got their names!

Mitsubishi
It’s not often that a company is named after its own logo, but that’s been the case with Mitsubishi since the 1870s. Mitsu is Japanese for three, and Hishi (pronounced Bishi at the end of a word) means rhombus, or diamond. The logo is a combination of two familial crests: that of the founder, and that of his first employer.

Kia
According to Kia Motors, the name “Kia” derives from the Sino-Korean words ki (“to come out”) and a (which stands for Asia), it is roughly translated as “arise or come up out of Asia” or “rising out of Asia”

Ford
Ford Motor Company’s name pays tribute to the man, the myth, the legend himself – Henry Ford. Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Chrysler
Chrysler falls into the same category as Ford and Dodge in naming their company after themselves. Walter P. Chrysler was an American automotive industry executive and founder of Chrysler Corporation.

Dodge
Dodge owes its name to the two founding brothers – Horace and John Dodge, who were both automobile manufacturing pioneers.

Jeep
Everyone always assumes Jeep comes from the slang version of the army term “general purpose,” or GP. That’s not entirely wrong, but it runs deeper than that. The Willis Overland was more frequently called the “Peep,” since it was a reconnaissance vehicle. As such it was coded GP, which meant it was a government vehicle with a wheelbase of 80 inches.

Ram
Although Dodge had produced trucks since 1917, the 1981 pickups were the first to sport the Ram name. Dodge actually used a Ram’s head hood ornament back in 1933 to characterize its trucks as rugged vehicles. The symbol was dropped in the 1950s and then resurrected for 1981 when Lee Iacocca (then President and CEO at Chrysler Corp.) and Dodge’s marketing team decided to name Dodge’s trucks after the tough beast and brought back the old mascot.

Shorkey-Auto-Group-Logo-wFranchises-4C-2

Stop by any of our dealerships and take these iconic car brands out on a test drive today!

 

The Pittsburgh International Auto Show Is Right around the Bend!

The Pittsburgh International Auto Show is held every February at the David Lawrence Convention Center, displaying cars of all makes and models! This year, some of our brands are being featured; and were excited for it!

Some Ford featured vehicles include:

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford C-Max
2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Escape
2015 Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Super Duty F-250
2016 Ford Explorer

01-2015-ford-mustang-1

Jeep will be featuring their highly anticipated Jeep Renegade! Which will be available in our showroom in March!

Dodge is featuring the “Pit Viper” and the 2015 Dodge SRT Hellcat! Check out this photo of the Hellcat we had in our showroom!

2015 Dodge Hellcat SRT Jim Shorkey CDJR

The Chrysler, Ram, Mitsubishi, and Kia vehicles are left to the imagination, but we’re sure we wont be disappointed!

The International Auto show will run from February 13th – 16th, So make sure you stop by and check these cars out!

Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram’s Gridiron Challenge: Success!

A couple weeks back, Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram hosted the Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser at McKeesport High School to help raise money for the school. We are proud to say we raised over $1,300! This past weekend, our own Sales Manager Jim Jenkins and Internet Manager Beth Robosky presented a check to Devon Harper on behalf of the Parents Boosters.

Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser, Ram Pittsburgh

Check out pictures from the event below!

ram pittsburgh, ram north huntingdon ram pittsburgh, ram north huntingdon ram pittsburgh, ram north huntingdon photo 6 ram pittsburgh, ram north huntingdon

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!

tips for buying a car, car-buying tips, vehicle purchase, jim shorkey in north huntingdon

  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.

 

Jim Shorkey Brands Drive Away with Top Spots on Total Quality Index List

A roll call of cars under the Jim Shorkey name has received some of the highest scores among other vehicles in Strategic Vision’s—a research outfit in southern California—Total Quality Index for 2014.

Strategic Vision says its study involves 38,361 owners who rank what they perceive as the best vehicles in every category. So without further ado, we present to you the winners.

Dodge Dart Mitsu Lancer

  • Small multi-function Car (tie), Kia Soul/Volkswagen Golf

kia-soul-blog-back.jpg

  • Midsize car (tie), Subaru Impreza Sedan/Kia Optima

Kia Optima

Dodge Charger

  • Heavy duty pickup (tie), Ford F-250/350, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, Ram 2500/3500

Ram 2500

jeep wrangler unlimited

dodge durango

  • Best mass-market brand, Kia

Kia logo

Shorkey Off-Road Vehicles: The ultimate outdoor experience

So you love Ram Trucks and Jeep Wranglers … but you want something different. Something bigger, something badder, something your friends can stand around and gawk at while you gleefully beam, keys in hand.

ce3d85cdcdc34d592d60b2cf7b92af64x

At Jim Shorkey, we have that something in our brand-new line of off-road vehicles, Shorkey Off-Road. We have partnered with Rocky Ridge Conversions and are now offering the most aggressive-looking and durable trucks on the market. Our full line of Shorkey Off-Road vehicles is fully stocked with everything you can imagine. From Wranglers with the Phantom package to the Cummins diesel powered Ram 2500 Altitude Edition, we have monster vehicles to suit any taste. Call us today and speak with a Shorkey Off-Road specialist to find the vehicle of your dreams. After all, summer awaits.

Watch Rich Stevens in his natural habitat as he demonstrates a 2014 Ram 2500 with assorted features and upgrades that elevate this already top-of-the-line truck.

 

Check out our exclusive inventory of Shorkey Off-Road vehicles for your browsing pleasure!

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.

Ram Outsells Chevrolet

We’ve been blog-happy about our Ram trucks lately, but as it turns out, there is a great reason for it—

After sweeping several awards, including Motor Trends’ Truck of the Year for an unprecedented 2years in a row, the Ram truck is now also defeating their competition in the showroom.

For the first time since 1999—when Ram was still under the Dodge brand—Ram outsold Chevrolet during March to take second place in monthly pickup sales. A breakdown of the numbers includes 42,532 Ram pickups sold in March for a 26 percent increase; its highest March total since 2007. Chevrolet sold 42,247 Silverados last month, up only 7 percent.

ram vs chevy

GM spokesman Jim Cain tried to play down Ram’s recent success by telling Automotive News that the success in March was all driven by incentives. “The 1980s called. They want their marketing strategy back,” Cain said in response to the Silverado’s third place finish. “It’s really easy to deeply discount your truck, mine the subprime market and offer cheap lease deals to buy market share.”

What Cain failed to mention was that Chevrolet offered incentives of its own last month. The redesigned 2014 Silverado has been well received by critics since it launched last summer. But it hasn’t sold as GM would have liked.

Which points to what we think the real reason Ram had such a huge March: diesel.

March was the first full month of sales for the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel—the only half-ton pickup with a diesel engine currently on the market. That 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine gets 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 mpg in the city makes it the most fuel efficient pickup ever. Game on, truck world.

Why the Ram 1500 Is More Useful Than You Think

By now, everyone knows the award-winning Ram 1500 is the proverbial who’s who of trucks on the market. Named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for an unprecedented 2 years in a row, the Ram 1500 is featured in countless articles, reports, and online reviews (including this blog!)—all of which tout its class-exclusive features and functionalities that make it the loveable beast on the road that is. But what people may not know about this vehicle is what it can do when it’s parked. Here are some non-driving uses of this special truck.

Red Ram 1500 (1)

More food, please. Does food really taste better when you eat it outside? Around a campfire? Ram 1500 drivers can field test this theory—multiple times if necessary—by grilling a smorgasbord of food and serving it to a hungry group. Simply flip down the tailgate, pile up the food, and form a line. Watch as your group of friends, err scientists, try to prove/disprove this theory.

Turn it up. Whether you’re being outdoorsy, creating a smorgasbord (see above), or sitting by a campfire with a couple of friends, any activity instantly shoots up the fun scale when music is involved—especially when it’s delivered through crystal-clear Alpine speakers on your Ram 1500. Just don’t forget to fire up the engine now and then.

Premium seating for 2+. Nothing screams “summertime” more than fireworks. Unfortunately, it can be less than ideal to sit on the ground while watching said fireworks. So rather than fight the crowds for a slightly muddy, slightly questionable slice of dirt, why not claim premium seating on the back of your Ram 1500 in a nearby, ultra-convenient locale?

 

Red Ram 1500 (3)

Look at that. When the summer sun sets, the Ram 1500 Dual Halo LED Projector Headlights illuminate any scene—be it tents that need built or a rousing neighborhood game of kickball that needs completed in its last inning.

Make your bed. How picturesque do warm nights, clear skies, and a million stars sounds? With the Ram 1500, you don’t have to picture them—you can actually experience them! Do yourself a favor and spend at least one night in the back of your Ram this summer. Sure you might need an air mattress or at least some comfy blankets, but the huge 8-foot bed is more than enough room to sleep comfortably under the stars.

What are some other non-driving uses you get out of your Ram 1500? Let us know, or send us a picture!