Visit Vero Beach: America’s Fourth Happiest Seaside Town!

fourth happiest seaside townSummer on America’s coasts is something spectacular, whether you’re basking in Atlantic sunlight, catching a wave on a Pacific swell, or relaxing with a couple lines in the water at one of the Great Lakes. A plethora of little towns dot our nation’s coastlines, but all these sweet cities and quaint getaways are not created equal. All of us here at Dependable Mitsubishi are a bit partial to our hometown, but the results are in, and it is now confirmed that Vero Beach is a cut above the rest. Coastal Living has just named Vero Beach the fourth happiest seaside town in the country!

To determine which seaside town is happiest, Coastal Living solicited nominations through social media and then went on to compare those nominations to the towns ranking on the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, the overall healthiness of the beaches, crime statistics, walkability, standard of living, and editorial input on the “coastal vibe” of each town. After assessing these factors carefully, Vero Beach snagged the fourth happiest seaside town title, beating out Cannon Beach, Oregon; Bellport, New York; Hampton Beach, New Hampshire; Cambria, California; Anna Maria, Florida; and Bluffton, South Carolina.

Congratulations to all the happy citizens, local leaders, and visitors of Vero Beach!

Fourth of July Events in Vero Beach and the Surrounding Area

Fourth of July events
Fourth of July events

The Fourth of July celebrates American independence, and there are a number of things to do in Vero Beach this year to mark the occasion. From fireworks and special events to backyard barbecues, there’s truly something for everyone, so get outside this Fourth of July and celebrate with your community.

There are multiple Fourth of July events planned for the Treasure Coast, including fireworks displays. For example, on July 2nd, there will be Shuckers’s Fireworks on Hutchinson Island. Shuckers is a local restaurant and bar, and there will be live music from 2pm to 6pm for the celebration. Fireworks will begin at dusk on the beach over the water. There’s a Chow Down Food Trucks River Walk from 5pm to 9:30pm in Fort Pierce, where there is also going to be the Stars Over St. Lucie Fourth of July Celebration in Marina Square from 6pm to 9:30pm.

For those who want to stay close to home, there’s a Vero Beach Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Riverside Park. There will be food, entertainment, and family friendly activities, with fireworks starting around 9pm. People will begin to show up around 4pm, so feel free to bring a picnic blanket and some games to make a day of the Fourth of July celebration.

No matter what you decide to do, we at Dependable Mitsubishi wish everyone a happy Fourth of July!

Father’s Day Car Gifts: Show Dad You Care

Show Dad You Care
Show Dad You Care

Father’s Day is on June 17th, which means now is the perfect time to buy Father’s Day car gifts. While anyone can buy their dad a new tie, if you want to stand out from the crowd and show Dad that you really care, it might be time to buy a car-related gift. This includes things like new tools, phone mounts, and more.

According to Best, one of the top car-related gifts is a steering wheel cover. Steering wheel covers keep your hands cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and they also protect the original materials from wear and tear while adding necessary grip. Best of all, steering wheel covers are affordable, so you won’t break the bank with this gift idea.

Does Dad have a pet? Consider buying a car seat protector. These protectors are great for covering leather and cloth seats, protecting the material from scratch marks and accidents. Most are heat resistant and stain resistant, making them great for long trips.

You can’t go wrong with a car care kit. Meguiar has a complete kit for about $50, though you can always build your own. Every kit should have a fine cloth, wax, tire cleaner, leather conditioner (if applicable), and a high-quality auto detergent.

If Dad’s a film buff, you could also consider buying a collection of movies. The Man and Le Mans is a great film documentary about Steve McQueen, and you can also consider buying a box set of Top Gear (the British version, of course).

Finally, a 200-piece mechanic’s toolset will make any mechanically-inclined dad happy. Though this gift can set you back at least $200, it will be a great way to show that you really care this Father’s Day.

As you work on buying the right car gift for your dad, feel free to ask us at Dependable Mitsubishi for recommendations.

Famous Movies with Mitsubishis in Them

Famous Movies with Mitsubishis in Them
Famous Movies with Mitsubishis in Them

Who doesn’t love spending an evening watching a great movie? If you want to combine your love of movies with your love of cars, here are six fun-to-watch movies with Mitsubishis.

  1. Thunderbolt. This 1995 movie stars Jackie Chan as a driver who has to beat a criminal street racer to save his sister. He drives both a 3000 GT and a Lancer Evolution III.
  2. Wheels on Meals. This 1984 Hong Kong comedy features cousins played by Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao with a mobile restaurant in the form of a 1979 L300 van. They have to team up with a detective friend to save a pickpocket named Sylvia.
  3. The Fast and the Furious. The first installment of this high-speed franchise came out in 2001. An Eclipse Coupe was one of the main cars in the film.
  4. 2 Fast 2 Furious. In part two of this franchise, released in 2003, two of the main cars are a Lancer Evolution VII and an Eclipse Spyder.
  5. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In 2006, we got yet another one of these movies. This one prominently features a Lancer Evolution VIII.
  6. Police Story 2. Yet another Jackie Chan film for this list. In this one, a 1983 Colt is used in multiple scenes.

It’s clear that Mitsubishis are meant for the big screen—and your driveway. To star in your own Mitsubishi adventure, pay a visit to Dependable Mitsubishi.

How to Keep the Sand Out of Your Car

How to Keep the Sand Out of Your Car
How to Keep the Sand Out of Your Car

Now that warm weather has finally arrived, it is time to bask in the sunshine and head to the beach. Although it’s fun to dig your toes into the sand at the beach, you don’t want to bring that sand home with you. So, it’s important to keep sand out of your car. Here are a few things you can do to keep your vehicle sand-free.

  • Shake It Out. Before packing anything up, give everything a good shake. Empty your pockets, shake out your towel, and brush your hair.
  • Line Your Trunk. Cut open a trash bag to line your trunk or use an old sheet. That way, if you miss any sand, it will get caught in the liner.
  • Use a Brush. Get a soft-bristle brush that you can use to scrub sand out of stubborn places like the soles of your shoes.
  • Use Baby Powder. Sprinkle baby powder on your skin and rub it off with a fresh towel to help remove the sand.

In the event you do wind up with some sand in your car, it is not too difficult to take care of it. You will want to thoroughly vacuum your car as soon as possible. You can also use a damp cloth to help clean up any stubborn sand.

If you need a vehicle to take your family to the beach in, pay a visit to Dependable Mitsubishi. We have a great selection of new and used cars and SUVs.

Stay Informed on the Go with Mitsubishi Connect and Android Auto

Mitsubishi Connect and Android Auto
Mitsubishi Connect and Android Auto

Mitsubishi provides new ways to make your everyday drive more thrilling and fulfilling with Mitsubishi Connect and Android Auto™ integration.

Mitsubishi Connect is a comprehensive infotainment network guided by the automaker’s advanced in-car connectivity technology. It features intuitive Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA), which gives you access to operate maps, music, media, messaging, and calling with voice commands for a safer and more informed driving experience. SDA is also equipped with a rearview monitoring system and FM/AM radio.

Android Auto™ is a phone-to-vehicle integration system that cleanly presents all your pertinent and desired content through Mitsubishi’s built-in display system. Android Auto™ revolutionizes app-based integration with its development and design by Google. Talk directly to your Google Assistant to stay up-to-date on your calendar and manage your media without taking your hands off the wheel.

Android Auto™ is compatible with many 2017 and 2018 vehicles, such as the Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander, Outlander PHEV, and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Both Mitsubishi Connect and Android Auto™ help drivers stay focused on the road without sacrificing access to their music, podcasts, personal data, and more. Being safe, connected, ­and entertained while behind the wheel has never been easier.

Visit Dependable Mitsubishi to check out our line-up of models that come with Mitsubishi Connect and Android Auto™.

There’s a New Mitsubishi Motors North America President & CEO

Mitsubishi Motors North America President
Mitsubishi Motors North America President

In late February, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced Ryujiro Kobashi’s successor, who would become the new Mitsubishi Motors North America President and CEO: Fred Diaz.

Diaz has almost three decades of sales, marketing, and customer relations experience in the United States, putting him in the perfect position to build off of the successes of Kobashi’s four-year term, which including the release of the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross CUV. Kobashi will return to the Tokyo to helm overseas sales from company headquarters.

The appointment of Diaz at the wheel demonstrates the brand’s investment in an American perspective in shaping the future of Mitsubishi Motors North America.

MMC views the United States market as a pivotal point in its strategic growth plan, “Drive for Growth.” The strategy is an intense three-year development plan which aims to deepen Mitsubishi’s network of dealerships and increase sales by 30% to 130,00 units per year. It also aims to enhance the brand image of Mitsubishi and make its vehicles more prevalent within the United States automotive market.

Mitsubishi is well on its way to meeting its Drive for Growth goals. In 2017, Mitsubishi Motors North America surpassed its 100,000 sales mark, earning the title of fastest-growing non-luxury brand in the United States. If you’d like to see why Mitsubishi vehicles are becoming so popular, check out the lineup at Dependable Mitsubishi.

O Brave New World: The Future of Mitsubishi is Bright

2018 Mitsubishi Lineup
2018 Mitsubishi Lineup

Mitsubishi is a world leader when it comes to innovation, but even car enthusiasts were surprised to hear about the future of Mitsubishi. The brand has six new models in the works, as well as a whopping five redesigns. In short, Mitsubishi is revamping its entire brand, offering a new lineup and a new look that’s bound to impress a wide range of drivers.

According to AutoBlog, the brand will expand over the new three years or so and plans to bring those profits back to the driver. Two new vehicles have already been released as part of the brand’s expansion, including the Eclipse Cross and a compact crossover called the Xpander (that’s not for US markets).

Redesigns will focus on cars like the Outlander—which is due for a new look—and the affordable Mirage. Mitsubishi announced recently that a large portion of its focus will be on SUVs, trucks, and plug-in hybrid models, which is good news for a majority of drivers.

The brand has big plans, and a lot has to do with an increase in revenue. “Mitsubishi has revealed its plans for the next three years, and they’re all focused on expansion. The company wants to improve unit sales and revenue by 30 percent, which would have it selling 1.3 million cars worldwide. It also plans to improve profit margins from 0.3% to 6%,” said Joel Stocksdale at AutoBlog.

We can’t wait to see what the brand reveals over the coming years. For now, we’ll enjoy the latest Mitsubishi models currently available at Dependable Mitsubishi.

Planning a Vero Beach Day Trip? Explore These Areas!

Vero Beach day trip
Vero Beach day trip

If you’re looking for something fun to do this spring, take a Vero Beach day trip in your new Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander comes with a spacious interior, providing plenty of seating for up to seven passengers and loads of cargo space to ensure you don’t run out of storage. The Outlander also has a powerful engine that doesn’t waste fuel, something any driver can enjoy.

There are tons of day trips you can take around Vero Beach, according to Trip Advisor, and these are just some that we at Dependable Mitsubishi recommend. For those who want something educational, check out the Environmental Learning Center. While here, you can take a program, visit the boardwalks, and tour the mangroves. Whether you’re a nature lover or you simply want to do something fun with the family, the Environmental Learning Center is a great day trip.

Next, check out the Lake Wales area to see some stunning waterways. There’s the Nature Conservancy, a state park, and more. This is great for those who want to go birdwatching or simply get outside for the day.

Palm Beach County is just a short drive away as well, and it has snorkeling opportunities (a must if you’ve never done it before), scuba reefs, and other aquatic adventures. You can check out local shopping and get great food while you’re there.

If you need a new family vehicle to use on your local road trip, visit Dependable Mitsubishi for can’t-miss deals.

Reasons Why Oil Changes Are Important

Reasons Why Oil Changes Are Important
Reasons Why Oil Changes Are Important

Your car’s oil is like its blood. Without it, it is going to die. That is why it is so critical to keep up with your car’s oil changes. In fact, here are four reasons why oil changes are important.

  1. Cooling. As the engine’s parts move, they create friction, which them creates heat. Oil helps draw the heat out of these parts to prevent them from overheating.
  2. Lubrication. Inside the engine, everything is moving very fast. Without proper lubrication, it can cause these parts to seize or even break. Use the correct oil weight and grade to keep everything moving freely.
  3. Cleaning. Another important oil function is to clean the engine. It will collect any dirt or other particles in your engine. Over time, as the oil gets dirtier and dirtier, it will begin to turn into sludge. Routine oil changes prevent this from happening and keep your engine clean.
  4. Efficiency. By always having clean oil in your engine, you will keep your car’s efficiency where it is supposed to be. Dirty oil will make an engine work harder, thus wasting a lot of gas and money.

If you need to get caught up on maintenance, schedule an appointment with our service center at Dependable Mitsubishi. We’d be glad to get your vehicle back in healthy condition.