Trunk or Treat Tips That Will Help You Win at Halloween

trunk or treat tips
trunk or treat tips

We know it is only September, but it is never too early to start planning for Halloween. Many churches and community groups host trunk or treat events in October, and 2018 will be no exception. These are where people decorate their vehicles and kids go from car to car to collect candy and play games. If you want to have the best decorations this year, here are a few trunk or treat tips from us at Dependable Mitsubishi.

Coordinating Costumes

To really get a great theme going, you should coordinate the decorations on your car with your family’s costumes. Perhaps you have a Wizard of Oz theme with everyone dressing up as different characters, and then you can deck out your car as the Emerald City.

Games

To take your Halloween display to the next level, you should add an interactive element. This often includes a game that the kids play before they get their candy. Think simple games like a ring toss, a fishing game, or dancing contest.

Music

Add a soundtrack into your theme to attract more kids. This is really easy if your theme is based on a movie with great music like Star Wars, any Disney film, or Harry Potter.

Fun

The most important tip of all is to just have fun. If you are stressing about your decorations, just remember that all the kids really want is some candy. So, throw on any old costume and have a blast!

We at Dependable Mitsubishi hope you have a spooky but safe Halloween. If you need a new vehicle for your next trunk or treat, pay us a visit for a frighteningly good deal.

Mitsubishi Named To Best Employers List by Forbes

best employers listEven though people don’t often associate work with happiness or fun, being satisfied with your workplace is an important part of having a positive outlook on life. That’s why Forbes makes its annual Best Employers List. By honoring companies that provide a positive work environment and experience for their employees, Forbes encourages other workplaces to do the same. For 2018, Mitsubishi was one of the employers honored on the Best Employers List.

Forbes collaborated with research firm Statista to evaluate 30,000 different employers through recommendations by employers, employees, and employee surveys. After looking at categories such as salary, work conditions, company image, and potential for growth, Forbes and Statista compiled final scores for more than 2,300 U.S. companies.

Mitsubishi, regarded as one of the fastest-growing non-luxury auto brands in the United States following the launch of the Eclipse Cross and Outlander PHEV, benefits greatly from being recognized as one of the Best Employers in the nation. The title adds momentum to the brand’s revamp of its image and lineup.

Forbes’ Best Employers List validates Mitsubishi’s commitment to crafting a dynamic, supportive work environment that facilitates the brand’s vision for the future. Fred Diaz, president and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., responded to the honor by saying Mitsubishi employees are “the driving force behind our brand’s momentum.”

Dependable Mitsubishi is proud to have our lots filled with Mitsubishi vehicles. For a look at our Mitsubishi lineup, visit Dependable Mitsubishi today.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlanders Earn Automotive Science Group Honors

automotive science group honorsEvery year, the Automotive Science Group honors innovators in the automotive industry for leading in technological, safety, and performance advancements. For 2018, both the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Mitsubishi Outlander have earned top honors from that discerning and hard-to-impress set of vehicular scientists.

Both the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV were bestowed with the “Best 5 All-Around Performance” award. In order to be one of the top five, a vehicle must score highest in its class in environmental, social, and economic performance surveys.

This top-spot was earned out of a pool of 372 competing models. Today, the crossover and SUV market is more popular than ever, so the size and stiffness of the competition the Outlander platform had to take on was bigger than before. However, we weren’t surprised when the Outlanders blew that competition out of the water.

At Dependable Mitsubishi, you could say that we’re close to “experts” when it comes to the auto industry — it is our passion and livelihood after all. So when we see something special like the attractive, efficient, and reliable Outlander models, we take notice — and the real experts agree.

If you want to see and test-drive the two crossovers that scored the coveted Automotive Science Group honors, come to Dependable Mitsubishi today.

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.