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!


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.


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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Indoor Winter Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

Indoor Winter Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

Cabin fever got you and your family feeling down? Beat your cold-weather blues with these great indoor winter activities from the folks at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

Scavenger Hunts

Place clues and treasures around the house and have your children track them down for a day of fun.

Make a Reading Nook

When all else fails, books will always be there. Make quiet reading time more fun by letting the kids customize their reading nook.

Build a Play House from Cardboard

Can’t go play outside? No worries, bring the playhouse inside—with cardboard, of course. Instead of having the kids build a fort out of chairs and blankets, help them make a house out of sturdier materials.

Hot Cocoa Pajama Party

Get everyone dressed up, camp out in the family room, and make hot chocolate or cocoa for everyone! Pair this with other activities, too, like a pillow fight or board games.

Movie Night

A lot of people avoid doing movie marathons because they’ve become the cliché staple of a night in, but they became so common for a reason. Pick out winter- or holiday-themed films to have a movie night.

There’s plenty of indoor winter activities for the whole family to enjoy. Can you think of a few more of your own?

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Nearby Holiday Events in Southern West Virginia

Nearby Holiday Events in Southern West Virginia

There are several nearby holiday events in Southern West Virginia, just a short drive from Mountaineer Mitsubishi and Beckley. If you’re looking for something to do, check out these activities.

Appalachian Coal Town Christmas

Enjoy this event right here in Beckley at the local Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. It takes place on December 5th and 6th, offering light displays, a marshmallow roast, a horse-drawn carriage, and more.

Santa’s Christmas Adventure

Taking place at Glade Springs Resort, your family can enjoy all sorts of fun activities at this Christmas adventure, including helping the elves in the workshop, writing Santa letters, meeting Santa himself for tea, and more!

Fayetteville Holiday Art Show

Live music and refreshments will be available as you browse local Appalachian artisans and vendors for unique gifts and goods. Jewelry, pottery, paintings, and many other locally made crafts will be available.

Bramwell’s Christmas Historic Homes Tour

Once the home to more millionaires than any other spot in the country, Bramwell still houses beautiful historic mansions. Join the many people who stroll Millionaires’ Row on December 13th to see the sights.

These nearby holiday events in Southern West Virginia are sure to be fun for the whole family this Christmas season. Browse unique gifts, meet Santa, see beautiful sights, and more.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Tips for the Best Holiday Meal Ever

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips for the Best Holiday Meal Ever

A home-cooked turkey can make or break an otherwise perfect Thanksgiving meal. This year, take these Thanksgiving turkey tips from Mountaineer Mitsubishi to ensure your Thanksgiving meal is the best one yet.

Prepare for a long thaw

The safest method for thawing a frozen turkey is by letting it rest in the refrigerator. Be sure to plan ahead, though, as it takes 4-5 days to fully thaw a turkey in this way. You don’t want to be left with an ice-block come Thanksgiving morning.

Don’t open the oven

No matter how tempting it is, don’t open the oven door until you think the turkey is completely done cooking. A fluctuating temperature inside the oven only increases the chances of ending up with a dry turkey in the end, so be patient and no peeking!

Don’t Over stuff

Your turkey will cook much more evenly if it’s not overstuffed. You can add extra flavor by loosely filling the cavity with herbs and aromatic vegetables, but it’s best to prepare the stuffing in a separate dish.

Plan ahead

When it comes to cooking a turkey, don’t wing it! As the main entrée at the thanksgiving table, you don’t want to end up with a flavorless or overcooked bird, so find a good recipe before the big day comes.

With a little preparation, cooking a delicious turkey for Thanksgiving is easy. Follow these simple tips and get ready for the best Thanksgiving meal of your life!

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New Mitsubishi Safety System Aims to Protect Everyone Inside and Outside the Car

Mitsubishi Safety System

Because safe driving means protecting everyone on the road, not just everyone in the vehicle, Mitsubishi has announced a new Safe and Secure Lighting system that aims to keep pedestrians safe along with those riding in the vehicle.

This innovative new Mitsubishi safety system uses a combination of road-surface projections and car-body displays to inform pedestrians and other drivers about the car’s movements so they can better anticipate what the car plans to do next.

With this new technology, the driver’s actions automatically trigger a bright projection that lets pedestrians know when they intend to reverse or open a door, giving those around the vehicle plenty of time to respond in a safe way.

Research indicates that about 60% of pedestrian road fatalities happen at night, so Mitsubishi hopes that using bright, easy-to-read projections to signal a vehicle’s next move will help to reduce this number.

Additionally, there is a concern that it could be difficult to interpret the movements of future self-driving cars. So, Mitsubishi is also looking at ways to make this new technology useful in a future market where autonomous cars are more common.

To learn more about Mitsubishi innovation, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi and schedule a test drive today.

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History of Halloween Explains What Makes This Holiday Spooky

History of Halloween

For adults and children alike, Halloween is one of America’s most popular holidays. But how did this holiday originate, and what lends it its uniquely spooky characteristics? Read this brief history of Halloween to find out.

The origins of what we call Halloween can be traced back to Celtic traditions from over 2,000 years ago. The Ancient Celts marked November 1st the beginning of the new year. On October 31st, they celebrated Samhain, when they believed the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On this night, the Celts dressed in costumes and ghosts of the dead where said to walk amongst the living and lend druids special powers of divination.

By the year 1000, Romans has conquered most of the area occupied by the Celts, but Celtic traditions didn’t disappear. Eventually, the Catholic Church designated November 1st as All Saint’s Day, a holiday to honor the dead that included practices such as going door-to-door asking for food—sound familiar?

Today, many believe this was an attempt by the church to replace the Celtic tradition with a church-approved celebration. All Saint’s Day was also referred to as All-Hallows or All-Hallowmas and the night before—the traditional night of the Celtic Samhain—became known as All-Hallows Eve, or Halloween.

Halloween didn’t catch on right away in colonial America because of the strict form of Protestantism that prevailed, but as the number of immigrants in America increased, European traditions blended with Native American practices to create a distinctly American Halloween holiday.

By the beginning of the 20th century, as Halloween grew in popularity and became increasingly family-oriented, most of the religious and supernatural elements of the holiday faded. Clearly, though, not all of the spookiness has been removed from Halloween, and we still see many traces of ancient traditions today.

And if you’re looking to treat yourself this fall season, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!

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