Best Ram and Dodge Models for Families

dodge models for families

As the school year is starting back up again, you may be considering getting a new family hauler. If your current car just doesn’t have enough space, flexibility, or technology, check out these excellent Ram and Dodge models for families.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

In reality, no crossover, sedan, or SUV can match the minivan when it comes to ideal family transportation, especially if you have younger children still in car seats. The Dodge Grand Caravan is an excellent option in the minivan segment. It gives buyers a wide range of models and options to fit their budget and needs. You’ll love the versatile seating, cargo configurations, and easy sliding doors.

2016 Dodge Journey

With athletic styling, affordable pricing, and three rows of versatile seating, the Dodge Journey is an excellent choice for families. For true family versatility, opt for the available floor-mounted cubbies and built-in booster seats in the second row. And, if you like your car with a bit more performance, choose the V6 engine.

2016 Ram 1500

Modern truck cabs are often as spacious, high-tech, and comfortable as their car counterparts. That is why the 2016 Ram 1500 can be a good choice for families, especially in Crew Cab form. Not only will you get the space you need for passengers, but you’ll have the capabilities you need for tough jobs.

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Used Car Care Tips

used car care tips

We all know that buying a used car is a great financial decision. But, used cars do come with a little bit of risk—you don’t necessarily know the vehicle’s entire history. However, cars are more reliable than ever before, and even if you buy a car more than five years old, it should last you for many years to come. Here are a few used car care tips, to help you get there.

  • Change the oil. Follow the oil change schedule laid out in the owner’s manual. This simple step will ensure the engine stays lubricated and running smoothly.
  • Clean it. Built-up dirt and grime can slowly wear down a car’s interior and exterior. Clean it regularly, including washing the outside and vacuuming the interior. Also don’t forget to apply some wax to your paint to keep it protected.
  • Park in the shade. UV rays can be pretty harmful to some of the vehicle’s materials. Park your car in the shade as much as possible to avoid premature wear of your car’s interior features.
  • Check your fluids. Check all of your vehicle’s fluids on a regular basis and follow the owner’s manual for when it recommends getting them changed.

If you follow these simple steps, you will have a car that you can rely on year in and year out!

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How to Change Your Air Conditioning Coolant

How to Change Your Air Conditioning Coolant

The temperature during the summer can become pretty hot pretty quickly, especially if you are in an enclosed space like your car. That is why it is important to make sure that your air conditioning is functioning properly. Unfortunately, several problems can arise for your vehicle’s air conditioning system. One of the most common is running out of coolant. However, don’t lose your cool! Our service team has assembled step by step instructions on how to change your air conditioning coolant.

Step 1: Check to see if your air conditioning unit has any coolant left at all.

Step 2: Inspect the air conditioning unit for any leaks.

Step 3: Open the valve of your refrigerant can.

Step 4: Secure the tapping valve to the refrigerant can.

Step 5: Be sure to purge the charging hose of any debris. Be careful, as the coolant can harm the skin on contact.

Step 6: Turn on your vehicle’s air conditioning system.

Step 7: Carefully open the valve until you can hear the coolant passing through the hose system.

Step 8: Allow the coolant in the can to dispense.

Step 9: Close the valve and disconnect the hose from it.

Step 10: Turn on your air conditioning to make sure that the system is now functioning properly.

If you follow these instructions, then you will be back to staying cool during those long summer trips!

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New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips

So you’ve finally got around to purchasing that vehicle that you’ve had your eyes on. Congratulations! A new vehicle is certainly something to be proud of. However, that pride can soon start to crumble if you don’t take care of your new vehicle. Improper maintenance and care can quickly add up to a less than desirable vehicle. In order to keep the quality of your new car high, take heed of these new car care tips!

Wash Your Car

You are probably proud of the way that your car looks. You bought it after all! However, dust and dirt can soon make the exterior of your vehicle look less than lovely. Wash your vehicle on a weekly or monthly basis to help it maintain that new car gleam!

Change Your Vehicle’s Oil

We all know the adage about changing your vehicle’s oil every 3,000 miles. However, 3,000 miles can add up fast! Don’t wait until the last moment to change your vehicle’s oil. Doing so routinely will make sure that your vehicle runs a lot smoother.

Clean Your Car’s Interior

When you bought your new car, was it filled to the brim with lots of random items? Hopefully not! Therefore, if you want your car to look good as new, you will definitely want to clean out any clutter from the inside of its cabin.

By following these simple tips, your car will keep that new car feel for many years to come!

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5 July Events in Oregon

July Events Portland

Summer is the most exciting time of the year, and the most exciting month of summer is definitely July! Here in Oregon, there are several events happening in July that you will definitely want to be a part of. Be sure to check out these 5 July events in Oregon.

Portland Vintage Racing Festival (July 7-10)

We might be a little biased due to our love of cars, but one of our favorite Oregon summer events is the Portland Vintage Racing Festival. During the festival, dozens of classic sports cars will be put on display.

Race Across Oregon (July 15-17)

Race Across Oregon is a great way to get some exercise and see Oregon at the same time! This 500-mile bike race can be exhausting, but the experience is well worth it.

Jackson County Fair (July 20-24)

The 2016 Jackson County Fair is set to be the biggest in Jackson County’s history. This is thanks to some of the musical acts headlining the event, including Queensryche and Eddie Money.

Lane County Fair (July 20-24)

Happening at the same time as the Jackson County Fair, the 2016 Lane County Fair is full of fun activities for the entire family, making it hard to choose between the two!

Oregon Brewers Festival (July 27-31)

At the end of July, some of Oregon’s most successful independent brewers will gather together at the Oregon Brewers Festival. That means you have a chance to sample their custom-made beers!

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5 Beautiful Portland Parks

Parks In Portland

Portland, Oregon, is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in the entire country. One of the main reasons for this reputation is the sheer number of public parks located throughout the city. Whether you are a Portland resident of visitor, you won’t want to miss these 5 beautiful Portland parks!

Forest Park Conservancy

A forest located right in the middle of the city of Portland, the Forest Park Conservancy is not only one of the largest parks in Oregon, but the entire nation! It is a fantastic natural oasis that you can find in an urban environment.

Washington Park

One of the largest parks in the Portland area, the Washington Park is home to several play areas for children and trails for adventurous souls, making it a perfect park for any kind of guest.

International Rose Test Garden

Located inside Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden is home to a diverse variety of rose bushes and other plants. The result is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world!

Laurelhurst Park

While Laurelhurst Park may not be one of the biggest parks in Portland, it is arguably one of the prettiest, with several ponds and bodies of water.

Gabriel Park

Whether you are taking the dog for a walk or going on a run by yourself, Gabriel Park has several trails on property for guests to use.

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How Fiat Chrysler Supports the U.S. Military

Supporting Our Military

The month of May is dedicated to appreciating and acknowledging the sacrifice of our military. But Fiat Chrysler supports the U.S. military all year round!

Fiat Chrysler honors those who serve and have served, both past and present. The history starts early, from the Jeep being awarded the Purple Heart, to Dodge producing many of the Army’s convoy vehicles. Chrysler’s military support even goes all the way back to the 1930’s.

What does Fiat Chrysler do now? Plenty! They make an annual donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, have provided construction support towards the World War II Memorial, and support the USO (United Service Organizations).

Jeep brand’s “Operation SAFE Return” raises awareness and gathers community support for returning troops and their families. With this program, Jeep vows to contribute over $1 million in funding and vehicles to the USO. Jeep employees also volunteer for service at USO events.

Fiat Chrysler works hard to honor those who make such a difference.

As we celebrate Memorial Day, let’s make sure we take a moment to thank everyone who has served for us, because that’s the true meaning of Memorial Day.

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How and When You Should Check Your Credit Score

Checking Credit

Your credit score is an important part of getting a car, whether you’re buying new, used, or leasing. But how can you access your credit score, and how often?

How often should I check my credit score?

It’s a good rule of thumb to check your credit once a year. However, if you’re out looking to purchase a car, you’ll want to check your credit score ahead of time. Or, if you’re looking to build up your credit, you’ll want to check it once a month so you can monitor the changes in your credit and link them to your purchases and payments.

How do I get my credit score?

There are many ways to get access to your credit score. Everyone can order a free credit report once per year on Annual Credit Report’s website. This gives you a full report on your score and all sources that contribute to your score.

Another way to get your credit is to use free websites, which give you access all year round. One website is Credit Karma, which gives you your credit score anytime you want it. It’s updated once a month, and can give you info on how to improve your credit.

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Jeep’s New Trackhawk Spotted

We at Withnell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are thrilled that Jeep’s Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee has been caught on film in the wild! This is the second time this vehicle has been spied, but this time it looks ready for production.

Reportedly destined to be called the “Trackhawk”, the first appearance of this vehicle appears to be highly similar to the Grand Cherokee SRT. However, upon further examination, differences can be seen hidden behind the fabric mask.

It appears as though there is a new supplementary air intake below the grille, which will help the supercharged motor’s airflow. The air intakes are restyled and located in front of the wheel wells and the fog lamps have been lowered.

Jeep confirmed the Hellcat V8 engine being added to the Grand Cherokee at the Detroit Auto Show and is hoping to have this vehicle in showrooms by the end of 2017. The name “Trackhawk” has been trademarked for a while, so it appears that the name and design are ready to go.

We are (not-so-patiently) waiting to feast our eyes on Jeep’s new Trackhawk. For now, we will just have to enjoy these pictures captured of the latest test drives!

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan Drives a Pacifica

Chrysler is kicking off an advertising campaign for their newest minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, with the help of comedian Jim Gaffigan.

Gaffigan discusses how the Pacifica strengthens his “Dad Brand”. The commercials show him interacting with his kids and/wife and talking about what makes a good father. He relates it to the safety and convenience features on the Pacifica. His real wife and kids are featured in the commercials with him.

So far there are five commercials. Each one has a different focus, from cool features of the vehicle to family scenarios. Of course, Gaffigan uses his humor in each commercial, discussing funny topics, like how he defeated an elderly woman at tennis, or how he remembers most of his children’s names.

We at Withnell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram love the new advertisements. We are waiting to see if one comes out soon with details of the powertrain, since the Pacifica is the first minivan that offers a hybrid option.

To see the commercials, click here. To check out the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica in real life, stop by Withnell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. You’ll love this new minivan!

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