Where Are the Best Gas Prices Around Pittsburgh?

We enjoyed a drop in fuel prices a couple of months ago around the Pittsburgh and North Huntingdon areas, only to see it slowly creeping up again.

And while many of you drive our fuel-efficient Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid, Mitsubishi Mirage, Chrysler 200, Ford Focus, and more, climbing gas prices are always a sore sight.

But don’t let these hikes pinch your wallet; check out AAA’s fuel finder tool, which can be used to find the lowest gas prices around you.

Browse our inventory here, and check out AAA’s fuel finder tool for yourself at http://aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx!

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What Are the Best Safety Add-Ons for Cars?

Car manufacturers are deep into the technology game, constantly trying to outdo one other to come up with the latest and greatest gadget that sways car shoppers in their direction.

Unfortunately, this technology isn’t always found in used cars. And while you can rest assured that each used vehicle we sell at Jim Shorkey has undergone rigorous safety and mechanical inspections by our knowledgeable and trained mechanics, these cars may not match the same technological level as their new counterparts. But never fear, here at Jim Shorkey, we found this Consumer Reports list that details three of the best a la carte safety systems you may want to consider.

  • Radars, cameras, and other sensors are used by forward-collision warning systems to scan the area in front of your car and then warn if they calculate that you’re closing in too fast on a car. The leading aftermarket purveyor is Mobileye. A top product in their line is the Mobileye560. Using a miniature camera installed behind the inside mirror and a small display with a built in speaker that mounts to the dash, the Mobileye 560 gives audible and visual warnings if you are following too closely, begin leaving your lane without signaling, or are approaching a pedestrian or bicyclist. It can even read speed-limit signs, monitoring your speed, and dip your high beams automatically. You can also use a smart phone as the display for its various warning functions.
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  • Looking where the driver may struggle to see, blind-spot warning (BSW) systems provide alerts when vehicles are lurking in the blind zones in adjacent lanes. Several aftermarket kits are available to add this useful feature, complete with sensors, electronics, and LED warning lights that are installed near the outside mirrors. When the system detects a vehicle in one of the blind zones, it lights up LEDs mounted near your side mirrors. An audible warning chirps if you start changing lanes into the path of a vehicle or some other obstruction alongside

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  • Backup cameras are both a safety and a convenience item. With their bumper-level view, they can help prevent back-over accidents, and they’re also very handy for parking in tight spaces and for lining up a trailer with your hitch. Prices start at around $100, with many name-brand systems available in the $300 to $500 range. The easiest to install are wireless systems, which use a small transmitter to beam a signal from the rear-mounted camera to a display screen on or near the dashboard. That’s simpler to install than a wired system, which involves running concealed cable from trunk to cabin. Features to look for include a wide angle of view, night-vision capabilities, and guide lines that overlay the video image, showing the car’s path. To minimize interference from other devices, look for a system that uses a digital rather than analog signal.

On the Horizon: Three Automotive Trends to Look Out for This Year

Things are constantly changing—from the seasons to the latest fashion trends to the menu at your favorite restaurant. And the automotive industry is no exception. Like clockwork, a new crop of cars, crossovers, SUVs, trucks, and subcompact cars enter the market, each one trendier than the next.

And here at Jim Shorkey, we like to stay up-to-date on all things car related. So here are our best guesses on what to except this year and beyond.

Techs and Specs Are Standard. As the times change, so do the cars. Automakers are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of each other, much to the benefit of drivers everywhere. And it’s our guess that cutting-edge technological advances are just around the corner, with even more breakthroughs coming in the form of better electric vehicle technology, first ever dirt-repellant car paint, fuel-economy saving transmissions, web-connected in-car experiences, vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), high tech safety technology, and so much more. The industry is even looking at energy-storing car body panels for hybrid/EV usage.

Just the Way You Like It. Automakers understand everyone wants a vehicle designed for them. So get ready for a more customized, design-shifting experience over the next few years in the automotive industry.

Lots of automakers already offer such a customized experience, but moving forward you’ll be able to fine tune the way your car drives, glows (yes, glows), holds things, and potentially even the way it looks with relatively little effort.

Cozy Cabin Quarters. Already apparent in cars like the 2015 Chrysler 200, in-car cabin quality is being forever changed through feedback from user experiences and a higher class of materials being used. Thank you, carbon fiber and beautiful wood trim.

There also seems to be a trend appearing to unfold that makes the passenger and driver experience more pleasing inside the vehicle – partnerships with companies, including Beats by Dre, Bose, Siri, and Google Maps.

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Look for this to continue with an emphasis on infotainment applications (apps), entertainment (USB backseat ports), and even comfort (a la NASA-inspired seating).

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!

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

Five Reasons to Love the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

With its diminutive size, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is quite nimble, allowing for excellent maneuverability on busy roadways, in tight spaces, and when (groan) trying to parallel park on busy streets. Keep in mind, the Mirage may not win any drag races, but it will get everywhere it needs to go, and it will save money the whole way. In particular, the 2014 Mirage is an all-new model for the Mitsubishi line. It’s a 5-door subcompact vehicle, available in two trim models, and powered by a tiny engine that helps make big EPA-estimate numbers.

Gas (And Money) Saver. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door hatchback has been listed as the highest ranked non-hybrid vehicle on the prestigious “Greenest Vehicles” list of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (www.aceee.org) and is featured on the Greenercars.org website. This translates to a direct savings to your wallet—which we can all appreciate heading into the sweet summertime.

Surprising Cargo Space. This lightweight subcompact vehicle may look like the Chihuahua of cars, but its extra room in the back for stowing and going may surprise you. There’s 47-cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear seat folded, while competitors like the Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ only offer 31.2 cubic feet and 16.7 cubic feet, respectively. Check out the cargo animation below to see for yourself how well the Mirage carries various everyday items.

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Fun Color Palette. Black cars are fine, white cars are common, but colorful cars are twice as nice. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage covers all of its chromatic bases with color choices that range from Sapphire Blue to Kiwi Green to Infrared to Plasma Purple. Even it basic colors choices of Thunder Gray, Mystic Black, and Cloud White are anything but ordinary.

Price, price, price. If the real estate saying goes, “Location, location, location,” then many car buyers live by the mantra, “Price, price, price.” The introductory MSRP of the Mirage is just $12,995, making it one of the least expensive new cars available in the country.

May the Safe Be With You. On the safety front, standard safety features of the Mirage include seven air bags; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist. Hill Start Assist (HSA) is also standard on all continuously-variable transmission-equipped (CVT) models. Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) is also included on all models. The ASC/TCL helps stabilize the vehicle when it detects skidding and/or when the system detects a loss of traction on slippery road surfaces.

What others are saying:

“With an impressive list of standard and optional features, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a practical and fuel-efficient subcompact.”Edmunds

“The diminutive, affordable hatchback does offer a surprising amount of passenger space, excellent maneuverability and combined fuel economy of 40 mpg – that’s tops among non-hybrid cars in the United States.”Left Lane News