The Most Efficient Way to Use Your Car’s Air Conditioner

efficient way to use your car’s air conditioner

While it may feel like you are walking through an oven every time you go outside, you know the worst of the summer heat is still to come. That is why you love your air conditioning so much and take excellent care of it, right? If you are looking for ways to cool your car down quickly and find an efficient way to use your car’s A/C, we have a few tips for you.

  •  Park in the shade. If at all possible, park your car in the shade. Just a little bit of blockage from the scorching sun can keep your fingertips from burning when you touch your steering wheel. If you can’t find any shade, use a windshield screen.
  • Start low. After starting the car, keep the air conditioning turned down low. It will need a minute or so to warm up. Automatic climate control will do this on its own.
  • Open the windows. When you first get in your car, open all the windows and try to do some sharp 90-degree turns. This will hopefully push all the hot air out and let some “fresh” air in. Once you feel cool air coming from the vents, close the front windows and then the back windows a minute or so later so the rest of the hot air can be pushed out.

You do take care of your A/C, right? If it’s been a while, bring your vehicle into Mountaineer Mitsubishi and we’ll make sure that you stay as cool as possible all summer long.

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Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV Win Automotive Science Group Best 5 All-Around Performance Award

Automotive Science Group Best 5 All-Around Performance Award

Since their launch, the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV have been making waves. Mitsubishi is known for its innovative engineering and design, and the new 2018 Outlander proved to live up to this reputation perfectly. The Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid crossover, and the overall performance of the Outlander can’t be beat: it consistently outperforms other SUVs in terms of efficiency by a remarkable 22%.

This past May, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV received the coveted Best 5 All-Around Performance title from the Automotive Science Group. The Outlander PHEV is particularly impressive, as it has an all-electric driving range of 22 miles and boasts a fuel efficiency rating of 74 MPGe.* The Outlander also delivers in terms of fuel efficiency, boasting 30 mpg on the highway.* For the SUV segment, both numbers are especially impressive.

The Automotive Science Group with even more impressed with Mitsubishi vehicles, awarding the automaker with further titles. Mitsubishi was named the Best All-Around Performance Brand and Best Economic Performance Brand, and the 2018 Mirage was also awarded the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award and the Best Economic Performance Brand.

From the looks of it, Mitsubishi is propelling us into the future of automaking with its smart, efficient, and environmentally-conscious vehicles, and we couldn’t be more excited. To get in on the excitement, stop into Mountaineer Mitsubishi for a test drive.

*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

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Summer Activities for Kids

 

summer activities for kids

Even if you’re just a kid at heart, there’s something magical about the end of the school year and start of summer. If you have little ones who are getting out of class and looking to cut loose, consider getting in on some of the fun and partaking in these family-friendly summer activities for kids.

Squirt Guns

Squirt guns are a classic way to stay cool in the hot summer. Just be sure to lay down basic rules of respect with your kids, like teaching them to only play with friends who don’t mind getting wet. Add a little structure to the fun by building a pyramid of plastic cups that the kids can knock down, and incentivize a job well done with ice cream after.

Fly Swatter Bubbles

Every kids loves bubbles, and you don’t have to spend lots of money for bubble making kits. Just use a fly swatter dipped in bubble solution to make big bubbles all afternoon. Be sure to supervise and remind your kids that bubble solution should not be ingested.

Water Balloon Targets

Instead of throwing water balloons at one another, have kids throw water balloons at a target drawn on with sidewalk chalk. This prevents hurt feelings and unwanted arguments.

Frisbee Golf

You can buy your very own frisbee golf game for your backyard. It serves as a fun outdoor game for kids of many ages. When they’ve had enough practice at home, take them to a park or field and let them enjoy an even bigger course.

These are just some of the fun activities your kids can get into this summer. If you want to reward a year of hard work at school with a great road trip, drop into Mountaineer Mitsubishi first to see the current offers on Mitsubishi’s latest and greatest vehicles.

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Motorcycle Safety Tips to Consider This Summer

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Now that the weather is nice again, it’s the perfect time for motorcyclists to enjoy a ride on their bike through beautiful West Virginia. Do your part to keep the roads safe by reading up on these motorcycle safety tips and being aware of how to share the road respectfully.

Create Plenty of Space

You should always create more space between your vehicle and a motorcyclist than you would between your vehicle and another car. Some people like to use the four second rule, which means counting four seconds between the cyclist ahead of you and your vehicle. In general, it’s best to leave as much space as is reasonably possible—never tailgate a motorcyclist.

Be Aware

You should, of course, always be aware when you’re driving no matter what or who is around you. But it’s good to get in the habit of being extra aware when you know there are motorcycles on the road. Always know where they are in relation to you and remember to check your blind spot well before changing lanes.

Look Before You Turn

Many motorcycle accidents are the result of cars turning left while a motorcycle goes straight. It’s easy to miss a person on a motorcycle compared to a large SUV or truck, but it’s imperative that all drivers are just as alert to motorcycles. Look carefully before you make any turn, and do so patiently, so that you can help keep motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike all safe.

If you love the feeling of the open road, Mitsubishi lets you experience it in style and comfort. Stop into Mountaineer Mitsubishi for a test drive and see why Mitsubishi should be your next choice for a new vehicle.

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is Here

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

There is no segment in the auto industry hotter than the crossover, and there may be no more anticipated new vehicle in the segment than the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Combining a bold approach to Mitsubishi’s winning style and many of the features you demand for an affordable price, the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is already a knockout that has customers at Mountaineer Mitsubishi sharing one word: wow.

Mitsubishi’s newest arrival is turning heads with a powerful design that speaks of power, proficiency, and, most importantly, fun. This crossover’s aesthetic is backed up by hardware, as it earned a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.* That focus on style extends to the comfortable interior, which boasts a clean layout, premium materials, and a flexible second row that can be adjusted for up to nine configurations.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn’t just fun to look at; it’s also a lot of fun to drive thanks to its standard 1.5-liter MIVEC direct-injection turbo engine, which delivers a balanced output of 152 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. The Eclipse Cross is even more fun to drive when optioned with available Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), which provides responsive performance for off-road travels and added confidence when tackling inclement roads.

There’s enough to love about the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that it’s frankly a bit difficult to put it all into words. The best way to experience what the Eclipse Cross can offer you is to experience it firsthand. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is available to test drive at Mountaineer Mitsubishi, and we’re quite sure you’ll fall in love once you get one out on the road.

*In the permanent Design Collection of The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

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Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Different seasons place different demands on your vehicle. As the seasons change, you should be aware of the changing demands of the road and prepare your vehicle accordingly. As the weather gets warmer and summer draws near, there are a few general upkeep tasks you should perform to get your car ready for summer.

  1. Check your tires – You will want to check your tire pressure, tire treads, and for signs of uneven wear. If you tire treads are too low, you will want to get new tires as soon as possible. If you use winter tires during the cold months, you will want to switch back to your all-season or summer tires.
  2. Check your oil – Engine oil keeps an engine functioning efficiently and smoothly, so you will want to check you oil and make sure it isn’t low or a darker color than it should be. Low oil or oil sludge cause the engine to become hotter while running, which is something you want to avoid during hot summer days.
  3. Change your wiper blades – After months of cold temperatures and scraping at snow and ice, your wiper blades need to be checked. If they’re skipping sections and leaving streaks on your windshield, you should get them changed to increase your visibility while driving.

These are just three of the many important steps you need to take to get your car ready for summer. Whether you plan on going on a road trip or taking the kids to and from their baseball games, you’ll need your vehicle to be as reliable as ever. The team at Mountaineer Mitsubishi’s service department can help get you there.

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Cheap Spring Break Trips to Consider in 2018

Cheap Spring Break Trips to Consider in 2018

Spring is well on its way, which means that it’s time to start planning your spring break. Taking a vacation might seem like an expensive thing to do, but are plenty of cheap spring break trips to consider. The following are just three to keep in mind when mapping out your spring break adventure.

Daytona, Florida

Daytona Beach and Daytona proper are prime spring break destinations, but visiting does not necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg. While driving may take more than a dozen hours, it’s a great way to save money that you would spend on a plane ticket. Keep the savings going when you arrive by booking a cheaper hotel room—depending on your timing and location, you can find rooms for right around $70 a night.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City features plenty of waterfront hotels and attractions, such as casinos and night clubs, but a trip there doesn’t necessarily have to set you back a ton. With rooms starting at under $100 a night, Atlantic City can make for a great spring break trip—who knows, you might even get lucky and make bank with a big night out at the casinos!

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

White sand beaches are the go-to destination for spring breakers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This lively city features beachside amusement rides and seaside dining, and if you are attentive and maybe a little bit lucky, you can score hotel accommodations for cheap.

If you’d prefer a staycation this spring break, use your savings and treat yourself to a brand-new Mitsubishi. We’ve got all the latest vehicles—including the Eclipse Cross—at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

 

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April Fools’ Day Car Pranks

April Fools’ Day Car Pranks

We’re well on our way to April Fools’ Day, which means it’s time to start planning a day of pranks for your friends and family. A car prank is a great way to go, especially since most people take care of their vehicle. Check out these April Fools’ Day car pranks to get started!

Invisible Rope

This safe car prank is a play on the driver’s perception and is a favorite of ours here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. Get a friend and stand on opposite sides of the street. As a car approaches, act like you’re pulling a rope across the street. While the driver won’t see anything—since there isn’t anything to see—they’ll still slow down, just in case. It isn’t the most complex prank in the world, and it’s entirely safe.

Sticky Notes

The sticky notes prank is one that took the internet by storm a few years back. It involves taking hundreds of sticky notes and covering a friend’s car with them. While it may take some time, the expression on your friend’s face will be worth it. Plus, the notes won’t damage the paint when they come off.

Moving the Car

One great prank to pull on family and friends is to make their car disappear. To pull this prank off, you’ll need access to the keys. Once you have access, all you need is a spare moment to move the car from the driveway to the street or into a garage. Wait until the owner is ready to go for a ride and wait for a confused look!

If pranks aren’t your style, you can do something nice for someone you care about this April Fools’ day by picking up a gift card that they can use at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

 

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Cleaning Your Car for Spring

cleaning your car

Ah, spring cleaning: that time of year when the weather’s finally warm enough to throw open all the doors and windows and deep-clean your house from top to bottom. However, why not give cleaning your car the same TLC? Including your vehicle in spring-cleaning gives it a fresh feel after getting through winter’s gunk.

Interior First, Windows Last

Focus on the inside of the vehicle and then work your way outwards. You should also do your windshield and windows last, as debris from the rest of the car can make them dirty again.

Clean Out Your Vehicle

If you have garbage, changes of clothing, or other objects in your car, now is the time to get that out of the way. Don’t forget your trunk!

Upholstery

First, get down and dirty and scrub the grit out of the nooks and crannies of your vehicle. Once that’s done, move in with a vacuum cleaner, making sure to get your trunk, too.

Wash Your Car

A thorough hand-wash is necessary after exposing your car to the elements over the winter. Make sure to rinse off the salt on the undercarriage, too.

Waxing

Consider having your vehicle waxed to protect it from the wear and tear of time.

Cleaning your car for the springtime is simple when you follow these tips. If you need any help, just talk to us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

 

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Mitsubishi Ends 2017 With Fastest-Growing Non-Luxury Brand Award

Fastest-Growing Non-Luxury Brand

In 2017, the automobile industry as a whole saw a decline in growth, with an average 1.8% decline in sales numbers. However, one brand has pulled away from the rest – and it just so happens to be Mitsubishi. The brand has seen five consecutive years of nonstop growth and finished up 2017 with Wards Auto’s 2017 Fastest-Growing Non-Luxury Brand award, a prestigious title for a brand that has scrapped and redesigned much of its lineup over the past few years.

The Outlander family of crossover SUVs has been performing exceptionally well for Mitsubishi. In fact, the standard three-row model saw a 32.9% year-over-year increase in 2017, and other models in the lineup, such as the Outlander Sport and the debut of the Outlander PHEV stateside, helped bolster sales as well.

Overall, Mitsubishi posted a total sales growth statistic of 7.7% year-over-year, a considerable figure when you fact in that the rest of the industry saw an almost 2% decline.

Mitsubishi aims to keep up with customer demand for the brand’s vehicles, especially their crossovers, with the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in dealerships now. That, coupled with Mitsubishi’s affordable price range, is what makes Mitsubishi the Fastest-Growing Non-Luxury Brand of 2017. Come see us today at Mountaineer Mitsubishi for more information.

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