All About Trim Levels

During the car-buying process, it’s important that you get the features you’re looking for in a new vehicle. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to decipher what each models’ trim levels mean. Here is a quick overview of trim level basics to help make the car-buying process a bit easier.

What is a trim level?

A trim level is the nomenclature used to identify a model with a particular set of features. Trim levels that are higher in the model lineup will have more features than that of the entry-level or base model. An example of this nomenclature can be seen on the Dodge Grand Caravan, which has three trim levels: the base SE, the mid-range SE Plus, and the premium SXT.

While it might seem difficult to keep track of trim information, carmakers tend to apply a consistent set of hierarchy to their models’ trim levels. For example, in Dodge, every SE will be considered the base model.

Which trim level should you buy?

With the vast array of trim options available to you, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which one you should buy. There are two things you should consider, though, when making your decision: your “must have” list and your budget.

If you’re looking at a particular model, you first need to think about what you want in regard to comfort and performance. Then, find the right trim level that fits your budget and offers the majority of the features you want.

Visit Withnell Dodge; our expert sales staff is ready to help you discover which vehicle trim is the right trim for you.

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Fall in Love with a New Ride

Valentine’s Day may be over, but there’s no better time to fall in love with a new ride than on the day of love. Start shopping at Withnell Dodge.

Capability

If you’re a hard worker or you simply need a capable truck, there’s no going wrong with the Ram 1500. With a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 pounds when properly equipped, it’s practically a match made in heaven. Available with multiple body styles and a number of amenities, there’s no better partner than the Ram 1500.

Performance

If you to like to live on the wild side then the Dodge Challenger is the car for you. With an array of engines and a dynamic body style, this muscle car ensures that there are plenty of thrills to be had. After all, there’s nothing more exciting than tearing down a drag strip in the 808-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon.

Family

If you’ve already found the perfect partner and need a vehicle to compliment them, there’s no better vehicle than the Dodge Journey. This popular crossover boasts a spacious interior and plenty of technologies, two factors that make family trips much more enjoyable.

Fall in Love with a New Ride

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Five Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Shopping for car enthusiasts is no easy task. After all, what do they want except more cars? Here are some great Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.

Leather Driving Gloves

The Salem, Oregon, area isn’t known for its record-breaking low temperatures, but that doesn’t mean your loved one won’t need to don a pair of gloves this winter. When the weather gets chilly, leather driving gloves are the go-to hand warmer for car lovers. In addition to keeping hands toasty, the gloves will also protect the steering wheel from dirt and oil.

Dash Camera

Car accidents happen, and many are unavoidable. A dash camera can help your loved one streamline an insurance claim. Dash cameras start at under $100, too, making them a great and affordable safety gift.

Jump Starter

Traditional jumper cables require another car, but a powerful self-jump starter only needs someone to attach the cables. After that, it’s as simple as pressing a few buttons. A jump starter could help your Valentine out of a jam if there aren’t any other vehicles around.

Key Finder

A key finder is great to have on hand. After all, who hasn’t misplaced their car keys before? Many key finders attach to the key ring and sync to compatible smartphones. After that, all you have to do is open an app to find your keys.

Auto Care

A good helping of auto care supplies, ranging from car soap to a specialized nozzle, can make any car lover’s day. Microfiber towels and a collapsible bucket can certainly complete what surely will be a great Valentine’s Day.

For more ideas and to test drive the newest 2018 models, visit Withnell Dodge.

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Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling during the holidays isn’t something most people look forward to, but it’s a necessity for many to get together with their loved ones for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Large crowds and delays can be a major cause for stress, so check out these holiday travel tips to streamline your travel experience in the coming weeks.

Avoid Crowds

Did you know that you can likely avoid the massive holiday crowds and delays that come with them? Do your best to fly early in the morning or late at night when most people are at home or work. An early morning flight can mean the difference between leaving on time and a two hour delay. You could also manage to avoid some inclement weather, if the forecast calls for it.

Use Technology

Many airports and airlines have smartphone apps that provide customers with all the information they need. From airport layouts that can help you find your way to the right gate to getting your ticket in a short amount of time, utilizing the proper app can save you time and money this holiday season.

Leave Time

Make sure to leave a few hours of extra time when planning for holiday travel. Delays aren’t uncommon and can throw a huge wrench into your plans if you don’t plan for them.

We here at Withnell Dodge wish you safe travel this holiday season.

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Differences Between an Automatic and Manual Transmission

While manual and automatic transmissions are both available in modern vehicles, they are very different. From the driving experience to smaller details, both transmission types have their pros and cons. Check out the differences between an automatic and manual transmission, then come see us here at Withnell Dodge to test drive a new car!

Manual Transmission

A manual transmission, while it may seem outdated at first glance, has quite a few benefits to it. Cars with manual transmissions are less likely to be stolen due to the simple fact that many people can’t operate one. Opting for a vehicle with a manual transmission will also be cheaper than upgrading to an automatic. As any driver will tell you, the appeal of a manual transmission comes down to controlling the gear shifts and getting closer to the road.

One of the major drawbacks of a manual transmission is the learning curve. One mistake could lead to an accident or traffic ticket.

Automatic Transmission

Once considered a luxury, the automatic transmission nearly eliminated engine stalling and made cars more comfortable to drive, especially in heavy traffic. Automatic transmissions usually require less maintenance. New transmissions with more gears offer better efficiency as well.

On the downside, a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission costs more than a comparable vehicle with a manual transmission. While maintenance often depends on the brand, a bad transmission usually means an extensive, and potentially costly, repair.

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Benefits of Four-Wheel-Drive in Your Car

There are many benefits of four-wheel drive systems in your car including the extra control over your vehicle on the road, which can provide you with added peace of mind.

Awesome Traction

4WD, also called 4×4, began as a way for off-road vehicles to handle the obstacles and unpredictable terrain that came with driving off the beaten path, according to the experts at DigitalTrends.com. As a result, 4WD vehicles are well-equipped to handle tough surfaces and provide stronger grip.

Power Goes to All Wheels

In RWD or FWD, power is only transferred to two of the wheels, while the other two simply spin because of momentum. This can be rough if you get stuck in a ditch or snow bank where your front or rear wheels are lifted off the ground. 4WD, however, delivers torque to all four wheels.

Modern Innovations

4WD used to have some issues, like draining fuel economy or making fast turns difficult. However, most modern 4WD systems allow you to turn your 4WD on or off depending on the situation, as well as utilize technology that allows wheels to spin at different speeds for better handling.

Have more questions about the benefits of four-wheel-drive? Contact us at Withnell Dodge, and we will be happy to answer them.

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Best Hiking Spots in Salem, Oregon

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge - Best hiking spots in Salem, Oregon

Fall is the perfect time of the year to get outside. The leaves are changing and the mornings have a delightful crisp in the air perfect for a morning hike. Thanks to its off-roading capability and cargo space, your RAM truck is the perfect vehicle for venturing off the beaten path. Pack up your Ram with all of your favorite gear and snacks and head out to one of these hiking spots in Salem, Oregon for a break from the routine.

Croisan Creek Trail

This pleasant hiking trail is less than 10 minutes away from Withnell Dodge. The trail winds tightly past local residents, so its location provides convenient access but its beauty makes you feel like you’re far from civilization on this nature trail.

Minto-Brown Island Park

As the largest park in Salem, Oregon, it’s no surprise that Minto-Brown Island Park has plenty of areas to explore. It’s the perfect place to bring the dogs for an afternoon outside and also has plenty of areas suited for a picnic in the sun.

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

A trip to the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge will take you along a winding boardwalk through wild swamplands. You’re likely to see tons of wildlife on this hike, so bring a camera or a field guide for an inspiring afternoon.

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What to Expect from the 2018 Ram Model Year

2018 Ram Model Lineup

2017 Ram Model Lineup. Stay tuned for pictures of the 2018 Ram lineup.

It’s an exciting time in the automotive industry. With the new model year on its way in, we can look forward to new trim levels, updated favorites, and enhanced designs and engineering. So far, the 2018 RAM model year is looking pretty thrilling. Here’s what we know about what to expect on the lot at Withnell Dodge as the 2018 RAM lineup unfolds.

2018 Ram 1500

The light-duty pickup—whose performance feels like anything but light-duty—is a constant favorite among buyers. The 2018 version of this truck gets its fair share of updates, including revised trim levels. The RAM 1500 and 2500 Sport gets body color bumpers and a new, bold RAM grille. A Big Horn Black edition is also new this year, and features blacked-out design for a bold, handsome look.

Limited Tungsten Edition

One of the most exciting options available in the 2018 RAM model year is the new Limited Tungsten Edition. This special edition makes for the most luxurious RAM pickup yet, featuring a beautiful leather interior, a Tungsten Chrome grille, body-colored bumpers, and generous standard features like heated seats and the 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system. With the Tungsten edition, buyers will get the very best in both capability and luxury.

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Common Truck Terminology

2017 Ram 1500 - truck terminology

If you’re looking to buy a pickup for the first time, you’re probably seeing some common truck terminology that you may not recognize. Here Withnell Dodge presents a guide to the most popular truck-related lingo to help you get your bearings in the hunt for the perfect pickup.

Light-Duty

Light-duty pickups, like the RAM 1500, will have a payload capacity of 1,500-2,000 pounds and a maximum towing capacity near 10,000 pounds. These are the most common trucks and used for personal needs like towing ATVs and boats.

Heavy-Duty

Trucks like the RAM 2500 and 3500 are more powerful and are designed to tow 20,000 pounds or more. These pickups are often used for commercial work like construction, or for hauling RVs.

Torque

Torque is the amount of twisting force applied to the engine. Pickups use more torque at lower speeds to create more force for hauling heavy objects

Payload

This word refers to the weight of the cargo that is hauled within the bed of the truck.

Cabs

Trucks come with different cab options, meaning different sizes and configurations for the interior passenger space. For instance, a standard cab will have just two bucket seats or a front row with little interior cargo space, while a Crew Cab will have a roomy second row plus four-door access.

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Safety Tips for Off-roading with Your Ram

2017 Ram 1500 - tips for off-roading with your ram

Summer is the ideal time to head off the beaten path. If you drive an off-road capable Ram truck, it is time to get in touch with your adventurous side. Here are a few safety tips when off-roading with your Ram.

Know your truck

Just because your truck is equipped with 4WD, that doesn’t mean you can go crawling over rocks or tackling deep, muddy trenches. Make sure your truck is properly equipped for the type of terrain you will encounter.

Drive slowly

You have likely seen commercials with trucks tearing across rugged terrain at a pretty fast clip. You will need to drive slower than that. Allow plenty of time to judge the terrain so you can react.

Keep your thumbs safe

Drive with your thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel. A sudden bump can jerk the steering wheel and if your thumbs are on the inside of the wheel, you could get injured.

Pack appropriately

Bring tools and supplies to get you through a few pitfalls, like a flat tire. Make sure your gear is secure so it doesn’t bounce around.

If you need a new off-road capable truck, come check out the Ram lineup available now at Withnell Dodge.

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