How to Prepare Your Car for Winter While It’s Still Warm Outside

Is your car ready for the cold weather this year?

Prepare Your Car for Winter

It may seem like summer has only just ended, but cold, potentially hazardous weather will be upon us soon, creating dangerous driving conditions. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to make sure that your car is ready:

 

  • Make sure that your current tires are in excellent condition, and consider replacing them with snow tires, if appropriate.
  • Replace any emergency supplies in your car that were used, and add both a blanket and some warm weather gear to your trunk.
  • Check to make sure that you have enough antifreeze, and test that your heater is working ahead of time, before it gets too cold.
  • Consider getting some windshield wiper fluid that is designed for winter weather, or at least make sure you have enough regular fluid.
  • Grab a quality ice scraper, some thick gloves, and small shovel and put them in you car, so you will be ready the very first time snow strikes.
  • Lastly, make sure your oil is at the right level and clean, and perhaps even switch to winter-grade engine oil.

 

For more information on how to prepare your car for winter, or to start the season behind the wheel of something totally new, contact us or visit us anytime at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

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10 Songs Perfect for Road Trips

Vacation destinations can be a ton of fun! However, the trip to get to them can be quite boring. However, that trip doesn’t have to be dull when you burst out belting these 10 songs perfect for road trips!

Songs Perfect for Road Trips

  1. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson- Willie Nelson’s tribute to traveling is the best way to start out a road trip.
  2. “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane- Jam out this this song while heading out on the highway.
  3. “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash- Compare everywhere that you have been with all of the places that Johnny Cash has been.
  4. “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf- It might be a bit cliché, but you will never feel tougher on the road than you will while singing this song.
  5. “Take It Easy” by the Eagles- This relaxing song will get you through the more stressful moments of your trip.
  6. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman- You don’t need a fast car to get caught up in the infectious beat of this single.
  7. “Every Day Is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow- Sheryl Crow’s hit song has become synonymous with feel-good road trips.
  8. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers- You don’t have to understand what “haver” means to enjoy this road trip classic.
  9. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen- While you may not exactly be running in your car, you will still connect with this classic by the Boss himself!
  10. “Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham- Whether you are going to Walley World or not, this song will remind you that your vacation could always be a little crazier!

Don’t forget if you are heading out on the open road, get your car checked!

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Affordable 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named One of KBB’s 10 Best

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has honored the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander as one of their 10 Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicles of 2016, landing impressively at third place on the list, and cementing the vehicle’s spot as one of the best family-friendly models on the road.

 

To be eligible for the list, vehicles must be able to seat either seven or eight passengers, and all of the models are in a price range of $23,000 to $30,000.

 

Concerning the Outlander, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA Don Swearingen said, “Our objective was to provide consumers with a reliable, value-oriented vehicle that offers them the technology, safety and utility today’s families require”

 

And it’s clear that Mitsubishi has achieved just that with the latest Outlander, which has also been praised for its safety features, fuel efficiency, and versatility.

 

To learn more about the affordable 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander or to check one out in person, contact us or visit us anytime at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

Affordable 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Mitsubishi Donates $30,000 to the American Red Cross of the Heartland

Mitsubishi is a brand that is always willing to lend a helping hand. Mitsubishi dealerships have a long and proud history of aiding various causes in the communities they call home. Recently, Mitsubishi teamed up with one of its dealerships to make a big difference for one local nonprofit.

According to a Mitsubishi press release, Mitsubishi donated $30,000 to the American Red Cross of the Heartland.

The donation was a dual effort by the Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation and the O’Brien Mitsubishi dealership, located in Normal, Illinois.

The Red Cross of the Heartland will use the donated money to help fund their Red Cross Home Fire campaign, which aims to install smoke detectors in at-risk locations throughout the community.

“The American Red Cross is a great organization that works to improve the well-being of the community,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “We’re honored to play a part in the Red Cross Home Fire campaign and trust that the donation made today will further their efforts.”

When it comes to helping those in need, Mitsubishi works to do its part in the community.

American Red Cross of the Heartland

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How to Spring Clean Your Car’s Interior


Spring has finally sprung, which means it is finally time to head outside! However, before you do, you may want to consider cleaning the inside of your vehicle. Over the course of winter, plenty of dust and junk can accumulate in the interior cabin of your vehicle. In order to get rid of it all, follow these steps on how to spring clean your car’s interior.

Step 1: Brush the Vents

The heating vents in your vehicle are certainly used quite a lot during the winter. This also means that dust can accumulate inside the vents. Use a fine brush to clean out the crevices of your vehicle’s vents. Also, keep a vacuum nearby so that the dust doesn’t just float away to somewhere else!

Step 2: Clean Your Interior Windows

Most drivers remember to clean their outside windows. Unfortunately, many forget to clean the inside of the windows as well. Be sure that you do clean them, using a rag in a circular motion.

Step 3: Polish the Leather

Leather is a nice feature to have inside your vehicle’s cabin. Therefore, it is important to keep it looking nice. Using the right cleaners and a gentle hand, polish the leather surfaces of your car to make them look good as new.

Looking for more DIY and FAQ?

Clean Your Car’s Interior

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How to Clean Headlights That Have Lost Their Luster

Are your headlights becoming dull or yellowed? Not illuminating as much as they were before? Visibility when driving is extremely important, and properly working headlights can be the difference that saves you from a collision.

 

Here are some simple steps to follow, regarding how to clean headlights:

 

  • Before you get in there with harsh chemicals or anything strong, remove as much muck and grime as you can with simple glass cleaner.
  • If you plan to sand your headlights or use anything that could damage your vehicle’s paint, be sure to cover the paint with tape ahead of time.
  • Consider rubbing away the build-up on your headlights with sandpaper or a similar surface, which will no doubt make a serious difference.
  • Another DIY tip is to try cleaning your headlights with toothpaste containing baking soda.
  • Look into a quality polishing component and/or a UV sealant, to help protect your headlights once they’ve been cleaned.

 

For more tips and for your regular service needs, visit us anytime at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

How to Clean Headlights

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Brand New Mitsubishi SUVs to Hit Dealerships Every Year until 2021

Mitsubishi SUVs

Mitsubishi already offers two of the most celebrated, reliable SUVs on the market – the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport – and now, the automaker is looking to expand, big time, by offering another new SUV every single year, until 2021.

 

The first new Mitsubishi will be based on the eX concept, an all-electric model that experts are predicting may also come in a petrol and diesel version. The eX concept model also gives us a good idea of Mitsubishi’s future design direction.

 

Then, you can expect a larger version of the ASX model found in the UK, a new mid-sized SUV similar to the Outlander, and finally, full-sized Shogun and Shogun Sport models, also based on European models.

 

The Outlander line has been an enormous hit in the United States, so it’s no wonder that Mitsubishi is planning to expand its SUV lineup so drastically. In fact, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was just named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. Mitsubishi will undoubtedly aim for similar recognition for all its SUVs.

 

Want to learn more about Mitsubishi SUVs, or check out the new Outlander? Visit us anytime at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

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New Mitsubishi Concepts to Debut in Geneva

Mitsubishi hybrid vehicleMitsubishi has two new models to put on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show after bringing on new design head Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who left Nissan to pursue a career under Mitsubishi. The brand has already unveiled plans to rejuvenate its lineup by pursuing the crossover and SUV segment; Mitsubishi also revealed the eX electric SUV, which debuted in Tokyo late 2015. Now, two new Mitsubishi concepts are appearing in Geneva — a truck and a crossover.

A teaser image of both vehicles was posted to Mitsubishi’s website, but the picture itself is vague, showing both vehicles’ dark silhouettes against a dark background, with only the bright orange accents clearly distinguishable from the rest of the image. According to inside sources, the ASX crossover and L200 pickup are not meant to be production-ready, but are being referred to as “design studies” instead, though the lifecycle of the current ASX is drawing to a close and a new generation is expected to appear at any moment.

Either way, the introduction of new Mitsubishi concepts breathes new life into the idea that Mitsubishi is effectively restructuring the brand and pulling back the curtain for the public to see its progress so far. The ASX certainly also fits neatly into Mitsubishi’s plans to focus more strongly on SUVs and crossovers, while the L200 is an experimental surprise coming from a brand that is known for its sedans and SUVs.

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Mitsubishi’s January Sales Spike 50% Over Last Year

Mitsubishi’s January sales

Following the release of the all-new Montero Sport, which had been entirely redesigned in order to improve a number of design flaws that caused the previous year’s model to lag behind competition within its segment, demand was so strong for the vehicle that Mitsubishi’s January sales, as reported by Mitsubishi Motors Phillippines Corp., were boosted by 50% when compared to the previous year’s sales.

 

The new generation of the Montero Sport accounted for over a third of all units sold in January. MMPC reported selling 4,867 products in January, with 806 new Montero Sports and 816 of the previous generation being sold. In addition, orders still have not been fulfilled for the 3,000 consumers who reserved a Montero Sport in advance.

 

Froilan Dytianquin, MMPC’s vice president in marketing, commented, “We believe that apart from its strikingly attractive and exciting styling, Montero Sport’s other features such as the new powerful and efficient 2.4 Mivec clean diesel, class-leading 8 speed automatic transmission, advanced four-wheel drive system and safety features convinced our customers to consider our all-new Montero Sport.”

 

The significant improvement of Mitsubishi’s January sales followed a spike in December sales, which showed a year-over-year improvement by 14%, having sold more than 200 times the amount of Montero Sports in comparison to the previous December.

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No New Mitsubishi i-MiEV for 2017—New Hybrids and PHEV Crossovers Instead

new Mitsubishi i-MiEV

There won’t be any new Mitsubishi i-MiEV models added to our lineup at Mountaineer Mitsubishi in the coming years, but that’s because we’ll be getting even better hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles to replace it.

In addition to cutting the i-MiEV, Mitsubishi is expected to launch a coupe-like CUV with a plug-in hybrid option sometime after autumn of 2017, according to Automotive News. After 2017 will come a new Outlander PHEV and, in 2019, a next-gen Outlander Sport with an EV trim will be introduced to the lineup.

“We are strong in SUVs and four-wheel drives. And that is what we would like to focus on as core models in the US market,” said Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko.

In all, Mitsubishi will offer gasoline and electrified variants for a lineup of three sizes of crossovers, and we’ve already seen what the next-gen CUV design language will look like with the eX Concept that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Looks promising, if you ask us!

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