Safe Driving Tips for Fall

Safe Driving Tips

Autumn brings breathtaking foliage and cooler temperatures, as well as more challenging driving conditions. Consider these safe driving tips to improve your safety on the road this season.

Beware of glare

The sun shifts closer to the horizon during fall, which can increase sun glare. Make sure to have sunglasses in your vehicle to help combat this challenge. Additionally, make sure to keep your windshield clean to further enhance visibility.

Go slow on wet roads

Fall rains mean puddles and wet leaves on the asphalt. Watch out for these hazards and lower your driving speed when necessary. On rainy days, try driving in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you to increase your own vehicle’s traction.

Maintain your tires

Investigate your tires to make sure they have sufficient tread so they can grip slick roads. You’ll also want to monitor tire inflation as well. Keeping the tires properly inflated will help prevent a blowout.

Look out for critters

According to the IIHS, drivers are 3.5 times more likely to hit an animal in November — especially deer. So be extra cautious when driving on dark roads at night or during the dim hours of early morning, which is when many wild animals are most active.

Contact us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi if you’re in need of a new vehicle. We can also schedule an appointment to install new tires on your current vehicle to help ensure your family’s safe travels and make sure that you are up to date on other important autumn maintenance needs.

 

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Mitsubishi and The Asher House Team Up to Help to Find Homes for Dogs

Mitsubishi and The Asher House

Americans treat their pets like one of the family, but there are thousands and thousands of animals living in shelters across the country in desperate need of a loving home. Mitsubishi and The Asher House have joined forces to help find families for many of these animals.

The Asher House is an organization started by Lee Asher. His passion for finding homes for shelter dogs led him to quit his job in 2017 and dedicate himself fully to the cause. He raised money to purchase an RV and started travelling across the country to host adoption events. To date, Asher has found loving homes for 146 dogs. To help him and his team with their mission, Mitsubishi gave The Asher House a new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer, MMNA, said, “Lee started with a passion when he created The Asher House and it has become a movement to help raise awareness for rescue animals and shelters across the country; Asher’s bold decision to take action on his ambition is admirable and we’re privileged to be able to help support his mission.”

Along with donating the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi will also provide support for local rescue events and gatherings. Asher will use the Eclipse Cross to drive him and his team, which includes six dogs, to many of these events.

If you are in the market for a pet-friendly ride, check out the Mitusibishi Outlander, Outlander Sport, or Eclipse Cross, available to test-drive at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

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Important Fall Car Care Tips

fall car care tips

Now that the leaves have started to change and there is slight chill in the air, fall is officially on its way. This means it is time to prepare your car for the cold with some fall car care. Read the tips below to get your car ready for the season ahead.

Tires. Your tires are one of the most important parts on your car. Make sure they are in good condition with regular inspections. Look for signs of wear like uneven tread, tread that is too shallow, or bulges in the sidewall. You also need to check the tire pressure to ensure that it is up to the levels suggested in your owner’s manual

Brakes. If your brakes are too worn down, it can become difficult to stop suddenly, and especially when the ground is slick or covered with wet leaves. It can also cause additional damage to the brake rotors, which leads to more costly repairs down the line. Take care of your brakes now and save yourself a major headache.

Battery. A weak battery can fail when the temperatures start to drop. Have your battery tested to make sure it has enough power to make it through the cold. If you haven’t had a replacement in about five years or so, you are quite likely due for an upgrade.

Oil change. If you have neglected your oil changes, get your car back on track. You can schedule an appointment with us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. We can catch you up on all of your car’s routine maintenance. Check your owner’s manual to see what you need to do and when.

All of this and more can be done quickly and easily at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. Call us and schedule your next appointment.

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Sightseeing and Fun in Charleston

Sightseeing and Fun in Charleston

If you’re too busy for a tropical vacation this summer, there’s nothing stopping you from loading up the family and taking a day trip to one of the many fun and engaging sightseeing locations in West Virginia.

In a little over an hour’s time, you can drive the 60 miles from Beckley to Charleston to explore all that it has to offer, including its museums, ballparks, and nearby natural beauty. Here are just a few:

Avampato Discovery Center

As part of the 24,000-square-foot Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, the Discovery Center is two floors of highly interactive exhibits in science, health, music, culture and more that are family-friendly and super fun.

Kanawha State Forest

Just ten minutes from downtown Charleston, the Kanawha State Forest is a 9,300-acre recreational area with facilities for camping, hiking, fishing, biking, cross-country skiing, and much more.

Shoney’s Big Boy Museum

Located just off the Kanawha Riverfront is a museum dedicated to all things Shoney’s Big Boy. Marking the spot of the first Shoney’s restaurant, the museum commemorates the founding of the eatery and the origin of the legendary Big Boy mascot.

There’s plenty more to see and do in Charleston, but there’s one right way to get there: in a slick new ride from Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

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How to Take the Perfect Test Drive

How to Take the Perfect Test Drive

Even today in the information age, the test drive is an essential step in the process of buying a new vehicle. No matter how much research you do, it is impossible to truly know if a car is right for you until you get behind the wheel. Even so, 16 percent of car buyers do not test drive a vehicle before they purchase it, which is a recipe for dissatisfaction. Don’t make that mistake — follow these tips and take the perfect test drive:

Don’t check for quality

News flash: a new car doesn’t make it to the sales floor unless it works. That sounds obvious enough, but one of the biggest misconceptions about test drives is that they’re a safeguard against buying a lemon. Instead of listening for clanks and clunks, pay attention to how the car feels. If you’re buying a new Mitsubishi, you’re protected by a 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, so you won’t have all that much to worry about if something does go awry down the line.

Don’t joy ride

Sure, it might be fun to find a country lane and test how fast it can get up to 60 mph, but is that a practical use of your time? A test drive should mimic your typical driving experience as closely as possible. Instead of doing donuts in the mall parking lot, you should drive toward your kid’s school, toward the office, or toward home. On the way, change lanes, check your blind spots, and find a stretch of curb to try a parallel park. Our sales associates will certainly thank you for being less of a daredevil.

Remember that accessories matter

Some factors are more important than others: gas mileage, safety features, drivetrain, and so on. But don’t ignore accessories — they are the features of the car that you will probably interact with most. If you don’t like the seats, the infotainment screen feels awkward, or the overhead light is too bright, that’s something you’ll want to consider in your final purchase. On your test drive, be sure to twist every knob, flick every switch, and experience the full complement of seat positions, hands-free features, and Bluetooth® capabilities.

There’s no better way to experience a vehicle’s capabilities than a test drive. Take yours at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

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Mitsubishi’s June Sales Continue Growing Trend

Mitsubishi’s June sales

2018 has been a great year for Mitsubishi Motors, which is on pace after six months to continue its status as the auto industry’s fastest-growing non-luxury brand.

Mitsubishi’s June sales saw one of the biggest growing trends of the year, with sales up over 46 percent compared to June 2017. For the first half of the year, total sales grew 23.4 percent.

Leading this growth are Mitsubishi’s family of crossovers. At the head of the pack is the Outlander, which sold 3,673 units in June — a gain of 58.8 percent over last year. Another big seller was the smaller Outlander Sport, which also sold over 3,000 units.

The Outlander PHEV, the newest member of the family, sales nationwide sales of 390 units in June. This brings its year-to-date sales to 1,956 units. Total sales for all Mitsubishi crossovers combined came to 8,250. This is an increase of 64.4 percent over June 2017.

At the other end of the lineup is the subcompact Mirage — the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in America. It had a sales jump of 42.8 percent over last year’s June sales. This is an exciting time to own a Mitsubishi thanks to our ever-growing lineup of innovative and modern vehicles.

If you’re considering getting a new Mitsubishi, join the crowd — stop into Mountaineer Mitsubishi and get on board with the hottest brand in America.

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Triple Diamond Darrell! Wooooo!

Triple Diamond Darrell

Heyyyyyyy this is the WORLD’S low-price Mitsubishi champion…Triple Diamond Darrell. Wooooo! For all you people out there who want to learn how to be cool, you can just keep reading right here! Summer time is the time for the cool kids to take vacations, so I took me one down to Florida and was stylin and profilin’ down A1A. Checkin out the palm trees, talkin’ to the sea gulls…stealin’ kisses and checkin’ out all the biggest houses on the biggest side of town. I could drive whatever car I want down that beautiful strip of highway, but I’m nobody’s caddy, and I ain’t continental I’m worldwide…that’s why I drive only the best of the best! I drove the biggest Mitsubishi Outlander, with the biggest, brightest panoramic glass roof to look out on my bright future! Woooo!

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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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