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.

 

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.

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

 

If Jim Shorkey Brands Were Presidents

In honor of Presidents Day, we are examining the traits and characteristics exemplified by some of our most admirable presidents. And while taking a look back at the men who shaped our country, we found some similarities with our automotive brands! So we thought it would be entertaining to imagine Jim Shorkey brands as presidents.

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Ford: George Washington

Other than both being the first – George Washington being the first president and Ford building the first affordable, mass-produced automobile – Washington and Ford share similar qualities. George Washington’s character can be defined by both great strength and great influence. And for that reason, our Founding Fathers chose him as our first president. Likewise, the Model T was built to accommodate everyone—large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It was made from the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering devised. And because of the automobile’s great strength, it was named the world’s most influential car of the 20th century in an international poll. Both George Washington and Ford set the standards for presidents and automobiles to come.

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Jeep: Theodore Roosevelt

The life of Theodore Roosevelt was one of constant activity and outdoor adventure, immense energy, and enduring accomplishments. Roosevelt’s engaging personality enhanced his popularity and his features became symbols of national recognition. You can find these same admiring qualities in the Jeep brand. Jeep is no stranger to the great outdoors, for their main product range consists of sport utility and off-road vehicles. Today, the Jeep Wrangler is one of the few remaining four-wheel-drive vehicles with solid front and rear axles. These axles are known for their durability, strength, and articulation. Just like Roosevelt, Jeep has a signature look with its seven-slot grille that is recognized anywhere.

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Mitsubishi: Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson can be described as confident, ambitious, intelligent, loyal, generous, and extremely hardworking. Wilson was a leader of the Progressive Movement, and after a policy of neutrality at the outbreak of World War 1, Wilson led America into war in order to “make the world safe for democracy.” The Mitsubishi brand follows in Wilson’s footsteps when it comes to loyalty and safety. The Mitsubishi Mirage received recognition for the highest loyalty in the Non-Luxury Sub-Compact Market by IHS Automotive. And not to be outdone, the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and Lancer have been honored with the title of “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). These Mitsubishi models are designed to make the roads a safer place.

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Kia: John F. Kennedy

John Kennedy was charming, witty, ambitious, competitive, gregarious, and easy on the eyes. He made the rules and often ignored convention – he was “The Boss.” Much like JFK, Kia is “The Boss” of the automotive market. While most automotive manufactures are used to the conventional way of producing vehicles, Kia took a different approach and made design its “core future growth engine.” JFK was described as an imposing figure, with flashy threads and a smile to match. JFK’s style can be found in Kia’s “Tiger Nose”, which Chief Designer Officer, Peter Schreyer, describes as “a powerful visual signal, a seal, an identifier.”

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

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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!

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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 Brands Take Over Motor Trends’ Top 20 Selling SUVs List

The SUV isn’t exactly a hard sell. These road warriors are usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road capabilities, and often include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. However, the current automotive market is saturated with SUVs, making your decision a little more difficult.

Motor Trend recently ranked the top selling SUVs, and one thing is for certain: People are buying Jim Shorkey brands. From the Jeep Cherokee to the Dodge Journey, check out which of our SUVs made the list and what Motor Trend has to say about them.

20. Jeep Patriot: 84,028

With a brand dedicated to SUVs, it’s no wonder Jeep has four models in the top 20. The Jeep Patriot is the least expensive way to get into a Jeep model. Two four-cylinder engines are offered: a 2.0-liter (158 hp, 141 lb-ft of torque) or a 2.4-liter (172 hp, 165 lb-ft). A five-speed manual is standard and a six-speed auto is available. Front-drive is standard, and two four-wheel-drive systems are available: Freedom Drive I and the off-road-oriented Freedom Drive II.

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19. Dodge Journey: 85,151

Although five-passenger seating is standard, the Dodge Journey is one of the most affordable crossovers available with a third row and seating for up to seven passengers. Powertrain offerings include a 2.4-liter (173 hp, 166 lb-ft) inline-four mated to a four-speed auto or 3.6-liter (283 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to a six-speed auto. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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13. Ford Edge: 100,924

The Ford Edge sits between the compact Escape and three-row Explorer in the automaker’s lineup. Ford offers three engines. The base is a 3.5-liter (285 hp, 253 lb-ft) V-6, and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 and a 3.7-liter (305 hp, 280 lb-ft) V-6 are optional. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available with the V-6 engines. The Edge’s advantage is much more interior volume than the smaller Escape, as well as the available V-6 engines.

9. Jeep Cherokee: 160,793

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee effectively replaced the Liberty in the SUV-maker’s lineup. The Cherokee is available with a choice of a 2.4-liter (184 hp, 171 lb-ft) I-4 or 3.2-liter (271 hp, 239 lb-ft) V-6 and three four-wheel-drive systems, including Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. A nine-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Despite controversial looks and an unconventional transverse powertrain, Jeep sold just 532 fewer Cherokee models than the traditional Wrangler.

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8. Jeep Wrangler: 161,325

The Jeep Wrangler could be considered the last hardcore off-road SUV left on the market, thanks to its body-on-frame construction and solid front and rear axles. Power comes from a 3.6-liter (285 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. And of course all Wranglers come with a standard four-wheel-drive system with a 2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low ranges. The Wrangler is the only choice for serious off-roaders.

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7. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 166,610

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the SUV brand’s most luxurious offering. And with the SRT model, it’s also the fastest and most powerful. Four engine options from mild to wild are available. The base engine is a 3.6-liter (290 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6, and a 3.0-liter (240 hp, 420 lb-ft) EcoDiesel V-6 and a 5.7-liter (360 hp, 390 lb-ft) Hemi V-8 are optional. The SRT model is powered by a 6.4-liter (475 hp, 470 lb-ft) Hemi V-8. All engines are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee is available with rear-drive or all-wheel drive.

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6. Ford Explorer: 172,707

At one time the Ford Explorer was the best-selling SUV in the U.S. by a wide margin, selling more than double what it has sold this year. The Explorer is offered with two engine options, and the Explorer Sport is offered with a third, more powerful powerplant. The base engine in the Explorer is a 3.5-liter (290 hp, 255 lb-ft) V-6, and a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 is available. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with the 3.5-liter. The Explorer Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter (365 hp, 350 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 and a standard all-wheel-drive system. All models feature a six-speed automatic. The Explorer seats seven passengers in three rows.

2. Ford Escape: 280,609

Since its last redesign, the Ford Escape has gained in popularity. With three engine choices and several trim levels, the Escape offers lots of choices for consumers. A 2.5-liter (168 hp, 170 lb-ft) is the base engine, and two EcoBoost engines are available: a 1.6-liter (178 hp, 184 lb-ft) I-4 and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) I-4. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, and the EcoBoost engines are available with all-wheel drive.

Ranked: Our Top 10 Cars in Movies

Behind every great action film is a great action-packed car. We aren’t talking any car either; we’re talking a car that influences a generation and inspires a car culture. There’s tons of cars that could have made the list, but we chose our top 10!

  1. James Bond – Goldfinger

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James Bond has had tricked out rides in all his movies, but the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that was driven in Goldfinger and Thunderball takes the cake. Without modifications, the Aston Marin DB5 is already a masterpiece. But the special Bond effects added is what really made this car the one of the greatest movie cars of all time. The added gadgets include a ram bumper, machine guns, ejector seat, smoke screen, oil-slick sprayer, and more! This Bond car may have even started the revolution of navigation systems, with the most interesting feature – the map screen.

  1. Smokey and the Bandit

After a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am was shown sliding around corners, leaping over broken bridges, and evading Sheriff Buford T. Justice for hundreds of miles, it became one of the most sought-out vehicles of the 1970’s. After Smokey and the Bandit debuted, sales jumped by about 30,000 cars from 1977 to 1978, and by another 24,000 for 1979. Fans were amazed by the Starlight Black Special Edition paint job, the T-Top roof; the car was also quicker and had better handling than the Corvette of the same generation

  1. American Graffiti

Before George Lucas reached fame with his blockbuster hit Star Wars, he filmed American Graffiti. This film was a reflection of his memories of the car culture in California in the 1960’s. The film included A-list stars, but it’s the cars we are most impressed by. The brash Canary yellow ’32 Ford that was used became the most recognized Deuce Coupe in the world.

  1. Back to the Future

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The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 that was used in Back to Future has become a cult classic. The DMC-12 was a stainless steel stunner was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro. The futuristic look combined with movie magic gave the DeLorean its legendary status.

  1. Bullit

Steve McQueen could have made any vehicle look cool, that’s why the 1968 Mustang GT 390 used in Bullit became an instant car classic. Well that, and the fact that it’s a sweet machine! The movie’s chase scenes on the streets of San Francisco, tailing a 1968 Dodge Charger, are some of the best ever recorded on film.

  1. Vanishing Point

One of the most impressive pony cars to come out of the muscle boom in the 1960’s and 1970’s was the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T – especially the Hemi model.

  1. Batman Begins

The Batmobile is one of the most recognized movie cars. The tough militaristic Batmobile Tumbler that made its debut in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises is the most visually and technically significant Batmobile since the George Barris-designed 1960s version.

  1. The Fast and the Furious

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The Dodge Charger has been making appearances in TV and movies for decades. In 2000, the Dodge Charger made an appearance as a menacing black street-racing machine for Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious. The Charger was decked out with a wicked stance, huge rear tires, and a monstrous engine and supercharger sticking out from the hood.

  1. Blues Brothers

The 1974 Dodge Monaco used in the Blues Brothers was used to perform outrageous stunts, such as jumping over an open drawbridge, flipping backwards in midair, and even flying for brief periods of time. This Monaco could do everything, except light a cigarette.

  1. Jurassic Park

If there were Dinosaurs chasing you, what vehicle would you use? Well, thanks to Jurassic Park, you would use a Jeep Wrangler. The 1992 Jeep Wrangler Sahara used in Jurassic Park was the perfect vehicle to tackle the terrain, transport stolen embryos, and escape a dinosaur chase.

Whats your favorite movie car?

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.

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

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

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Dodge Charger

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

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  • Best mass-market brand, Kia

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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.

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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!

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!

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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