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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Winter Activities in Beckley, WV

Winter Activities in BeckleyWhether you’re looking to get closer to nature or spend some time in the snow with family and friends, Beckley is your one-stop spot for it all. The area is home to a long list of state parks that feature scenic views and offer plenty of chances to get some exercise.

No matter whether you’re looking to get into a snowball fight or hit the trails on a hike, Beckley is the place to be, so here are a few state parks near Beckley to help you experience winter to the fullest:

  • Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Seneca Rocks State Park
  • Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

From the scenic waters of Blackwater Falls State Park to the historical significance of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Beckley is the place to see it all. As an added bonus, there’s no admission since parks are open to the public!

No matter where you head out to, make sure to dress accordingly! No one wants to experience the bite of winter when there’s plenty of fun to be had.

If you happen to pass Mountaineer Mitsubishi on your way, stop in to say hello and test drive one of our fantastic vehicles!

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Daytrips to Take in Your Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Once you have a new vehicle, the itch to travel is nearly irresistible. The only question is where you should go. If you’re behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the answer is almost anywhere. Check out these great daytrips to take in your Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and don’t forget to stop in here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi along the way!

Summersville Lake

Located in Nicholas County, Summersville Lake is the perfect place to be when the weather warms up. Swimming, hiking, and getting a tan are on the docket of things you and your family can do. Plus, the spacious Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is more than capable of transporting all of your required gear!

Timberline Four Seasons Resort

As winter rolls in, the Timberline Four Seasons Resort looks better and better. Crisp snow, great hills, and clear paths make it the perfect place to hit the slopes. Whether you do so on skis or a snowboard is up to you! The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is incredibly capable of slippery roadways, making it a great choice for a family vehicle.

Winterplace Ski Resort

Located in Ghent, the Winterplace Ski Resort is a great spot to sip hot chocolate or tear down snow-covered slopes. With nine lifts and 27 trails, there’s plenty of fun to go around! Snow tubing is a fun-filled activity for those that just want to sit back and relax.

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Staying Safe in the Heat During the Summer

With summer upon us, the heat can get absolutely unbearable and sometimes dangerous. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe in the heat this year.

staying safe in the heat

Work out in the morning or evening

If you typically work out in the middle of the day, you may want to switch up your routine and avoid those peak hot hours. The air is typically cooler in the early morning or late evening, so it’s best to change your schedule during the summer months.

Wear loose-fitting cotton in light colors

Light colors absorb less light (and heat) than dark colors and cotton is a very breathable fabric that doesn’t trap sweat against your body. Loose, light-colored clothing will allow air flow against your body and keep you cooler.

Put water bottles in the freezer

If you plan on being outside in the heat for a long period of time, place your water bottles in the freezer, rather than the refrigerator. The water/ice will be colder for a longer period of time and will cool you off a lot better than lukewarm water.staying safe in the heat

Eat small, cool meals

Avoid eating big, hot meals, like chili or stew, during the summer. Opt for items like salads, chilled fruit, or other small snacks to avoid being uncomfortable and to save your house from heating up from oven use.

Avoid caffeine

It may be tough to get through the day without your usual cup of coffee, but your body may thank you if you avoid it this summer. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and it raises your heart rate, causing you to warm up (even iced coffee). Not to mention, caffeine also dehydrates you, which is not ideal for those hot summer months.

We hope you stay safe this summer and, if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and say hello to our friendly team here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

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Mitsubishi Releasing Limited Edition Lancer for 2017

Limited Edition Lancer

The Lancer has had a long-standing, solid spot in the Mitsubishi lineup as an efficient, comfortable, sporty sedan. However, for the 2017 model year, Mitsubishi is giving Lancer lovers even more to look forward to. With the Limited Edition Lancer, drivers will get access to all kinds of comforts and features standard on a new trim that’s never been seen before. For a unique ride that’s packed with value and intriguing features, look no further than the 2017 Limited Edition Lancer.

The Limited Edition trim will be just above the base ES model, with new touches including bold black accents on the upper front grille, door mirrors, 16-inch wheels, and roof. The unique black design continues in the interior, which also features red contrast stitching. Limited Edition Lancer drivers will also get a standard 6.5-inch color touchscreen with Smartphone Link for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to the attractive gloss black finishing in the cabin and Limited Edition badging.

If you’re interested in checking out the Limited Edition Lancer and possibly taking one for a test drive, feel free to visit us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. This stunning vehicle will only be available through the end of 2017, so don’t wait to see one for yourself!

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Information

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The crossover segment is booming, and drivers are itching for sporty, efficient models that look good while remaining functional. The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is one crossover that enthusiasts and drivers alike are eagerly anticipating. From the sleek design to streamlined technology, the new Eclipse Cross is bound to redefine the crossover segment in one fell swoop.

 

Based on the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts from a few years back, the crossover brings a coupe-like profile with aggressive curves and an athletic stance. The grille and headlight look similar to other Mitsubishi models. Unique C-shaped lights are split in the rear window by a body-colored bar. The upcoming crossover bears some stylish similarity to the original Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car.

 

The crossover comes with a standard touchpad controller, head-up display, a center-touchscreen, smartphone integration software, and much more. Under the hood lies a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Drivers can upgrade to an available 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will also come with standard all-wheel drive.

 

In terms of size, the upcoming Eclipse Cross is similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

 

Check back frequently for updates as more information about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is revealed. We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi can’t wait!

 

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Tips for Financing a Used Car

financing a used car

If you’re in the market for a new car and you’re on a tight budget, financing may seem like the better option for you. However, there are plenty of things to consider before you make a decision on whether to buy new or used and, if you pick used, whether to finance it or buy it outright.

Financing a used car will have lower initial costs, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the costs will be less overall. Lenders consider used cars to be higher risk than new ones, so they often give shorter loan terms and higher interest rates. This means you pay a higher monthly payment and you pay more over the entire length of your loan.

The easiest way to avoid this is to talk to banks in advance whom you already have an established relationship with instead of letting the dealership find a loan for you. If you can get a loan through your bank or a bank who already knows you have a solid history of making payments on time, you may be able to get a longer loan term even for a riskier loan on a used car.

You can also check out dealership certified pre-owned programs, which will get better loan offers because they meet certain qualifications and are inspected and repaired so they’re like new. These easy options will help you save on costs, get a better deal, and avoid being taken advantage of at the dealership. Find out our used car financing options at Mountaineer Mitsubishi today.

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Hiking Trails Near Beckley, West Virginia

hiking trails near Beckley

West Virginia is full of beautiful hiking trails for every kind of hiker. Here in Beckley, we’re a short drive from areas like the New River Gorge and various area parks. Here are some of the best hiking trails near Beckley, West Virginia.

Beckley is just half an hour away from the New River Gorge, which holds some of the best hiking trails in the state. Grab a hiking trail map and head to the New River Gorge Bridge, and then start your journey through the 17 hiking trails just in this area. From short and easy trips to more difficult, many-mile hikes, the New River Gorge has something for everyone.

Thurmond is another popular area for hiking in the New River Gorge area, with more than 13 developed hiking and biking miles across 7 trails. Glade Creek Trails, Grandview Park, and the Sandstone-Hinton Area all offer New River Gorge-area hiking as well.

You can also check out the hiking scene at the many state parks. Little Beaver State Park is less than 20 minutes from Beckley and has 10 hiking trails, and Babcock State Park and Hawks Nest State Park are also close. One thing is for sure: you’ll never run out of trails to hike in the Beckley area. At Mountaineer Mitsubishi, we’re committed to experiencing nature and getting fit while you do it, so we hope you’ll check these out!

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Get Excited With These Fun Facts About Spring

Spring is perhaps the most exciting and promising time of the year here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi–and, it’s also pretty fascinating! For example, did you know these fun facts about spring?

  • The first flowers to bloom this spring are likely to be lilacs, daffodils, dandelions, lilies, and tulips.
  • The first day of spring is called the “vernal equinox,” with “vernal” being Latin for “spring,” and “equinox” similarly translating to “equal night.”
  • From the view of the equator on the first day of spring, the sun will pass directly overhead. This is only true on the first day of spring and of fall.
  • While to most people spring starts on March 20th or 21st, meteorologists’ first day of spring is March 1st, marking the first month of the year that temperatures rise by about 10 degrees.
  • In Greek mythology, the beginning of spring corresponds to the return of Persephone, the daughter of Demeter – who is the goddess of fertility.
  • Honeybees are most likely to form new colonies during the spring months.
  • Lastly, spring and summer are the most popular times of the year for weddings – so get your formal attire in order!

For more talk of spring, or to start your spring season out behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi near Charleston, WV!

Fun Facts About Spring

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