Jim Shorkey Brand SUVs, Crossovers Top Most Affordable to Insure List

With their versatility, dependability, and ability to accommodate an entire family, SUVs and crossovers have been dominating new-car sales for years. Still, many people think they cannot afford one, let alone insure one.

Believe it or not though, on this year’s Insure.com cheapest-to-insure vehicles list for 2015, 7 out of the top 10 least expensive vehicles to insure were SUVs or crossovers. And the news keeps getting better: You can get 6 of those 7 vehicles at Jim Shorkey! (For the 7th one, you’ll have to browse our extensive used car inventory.)

So which SUVs and crossovers are the cheapest to insure? Leading the pack—as it usually does—is the Jeep Wrangler Sport, which is followed by its cousin, the Jeep Patriot Sport. A few spots down is the Dodge Grand Caravan SE Plus and the Jeep Compass Sport. Ford also makes an appearance with the Edge SE and the Escape S.


Schedule a test drive with one of these surprisingly affordable SUVs or crossovers today!



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.

Jim Shorkey New 2015 Ford Fiesta Pittsburgh North HuntingdonNew: 2015 Ford Fiesta

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.


Jim Shorkey New 2015 Kia Optima Pittsburgh North HuntingdonNew: 2015 Kia Opima

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.


Jim Shorkey New 2015 Jeep Renegade Pittsburgh North HuntingdonNew: 2015 Jeep Renegade

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.


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.

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.


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.


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?

Robot Car

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.