Every year, your family heads out to your favorite Christmas tree farm and picks out the perfect tree for your home. Now, you have the problem of taking it home. Here are a few tips on how to transport your Christmas tree without damaging it or your car.
Trust the experts. If there are workers at the farm or lot who will help you load up your tree, or even do it for you, let them. They deal with hundreds of trees each year, while you only manage one.
Wrap the tree. If you have to do it yourself, it is safer to drive home with a wrapped tree. Most places will slip your tree through a binder that wraps it in a net.
Prevent scratches. Place a tarp or blanket on top of the roof before you add the tree to prevent scratches.
Trunk goes first. When placing the tree on top of your vehicle, make sure the trunk is pointing toward the front. This is the most aerodynamic way to drive with a tree.
Tie down the tree. If you have roof rails, that is what you will use. If you don’t, open the doors and loop the rope across the cabin ceiling, or tie it to something sturdy inside.
Once everything is secure, give the tree a good tug. Drive home slowly and avoid highways. Need a new vehicle before your Christmas tree shopping? Visit us at Dependable Mitsubishi.
Earlier this month, Mitsubishi unleashed details on the newest iteration of its popular economy model, the Mirage. If we learned one thing from the latest announcement, it’s that designers weren’t messing around when it came to the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage tech options. Even the base ES model has been outfitted with connectivity options that rival those of much pricier vehicle segments.
For 2018, the Mitsubishi Mirage ES base model (which starts at $13,395) will get a 7-inch touchscreen display audio unit that boasts a rearview camera and Bluetooth® phone and audio streaming, complemented by steering wheel Bluetooth® controls.
Connective technology only improves from there up the lineup. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage SE and GT trims both benefit from a center console USB port, as well as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.
“The Mirage offers consumers a new vehicle option that provides the reliability, connectivity and warranty-reassurance that other cars in the segment cannot,” explained Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America. “The practical appeal seen in its predecessors is at the core of the 2018 Mirage and we look forward to seeing this model-year continue to build on its steadfast momentum.”
The affordable and tech-laden Mirage manages 43 miles per gallon on the highway* and comes with Mitsubishi’s gold-star warranty: the best in the industry. Test drive the 2018 Mirage today at Dependable Mitsubishi.
Tires are one of the most crucial elements of your car and your safety on the road. Over time, tires become worn down and eventually need to be replaced. How do you know when it’s time to replace your tires? Here are the four common warning signs you need new tires:
Tread depth: The single biggest indicator that it’s time to replace your tires is the wearing away of your tire tread, which is imperative for good traction, especially in rainy and wintry weather. Use the old penny test to make sure your tires are in good shape.
Cracks: The sidewalls of your tires will begin to show age with cracks; these are often your first warning signs that a leak is impending—or worse, that your tire could blow out.
Changing tire pressure: If your tire keeps losing pressure—faster than your other tires—it’s possible you have a leak. Bring it in to Heritage Mitsubishi, and we’ll take a look.
Vibration: Your car will shake on the highway at high speeds, inevitably. However, too much vibration is a sure sign that your tires could be misaligned or ready for replacement. Vibration can be a sign of other issues, too, so it’s best to let a professional investigate.
Dependable Mitsubishi has been a part of the Vero Beach community for nearly 50 years, and we’re proud to call the area home. We have third-generation owners and customer-focused sales and service staff who are dedicated to the people we serve.
We know you have other options when looking for a new car–or even a new Mitsubishi–in the Vero Beach area, but we’d like to encourage you to do your shopping at our dealership and experience the Dependable difference firsthand.
So why buy at Dependable Mitsubishi? Because to us, the word “Dependable” describes more than just the cars we sell (but Mitsubishis are pretty dependable and backed by the best warranties in the industry). To us, being dependable means providing the best customer experience for all drivers, whether it’s their first or fiftieth time on our lot.
Our sales staff is transparent, informative, and welcoming; our service crew is fast, efficient, and knowledgeable; and our people, whether in finance or parts or somewhere in between, are always willing to help. When you call us, you’ll get a person, not a robot. When you bring your car in for maintenance, we’ll make sure you’re comfortable during your stay but that you’re out the door as quickly as possible. That’s the Dependable difference.
Each year, Mitsubishi hosts Mitsubishi Owners Day–twice. One of the Owners Days is for the west coast and the other is for the east coast. What makes these days special? Mitsubishi owners from all over the country come together to show off their vehicles, celebrate their brand, and raise money for good causes. That’s because 100% of the proceeds for Mitsubishi Owners Day go to a charitable cause.
This year, the West Coast MOD was held on July 8th in Cypress, California, at the brand’s North American headquarters. With the money raised from participants in the event, Mitsubishi was able to make a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, which serves 250,000 hungry people in the area.
The East Coast MOD was held more recently on August 19th at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The money raised at this event went to the Wounded Warriors Project, which empowers injured veterans and their families.
“Both of these influential organizations work to improve the well-being of their respective communities,” remarked Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Mitsubishi Motors is committed to giving back and we trust that the donations made will help further their efforts.”
In total, more than 5,000 people participated this year, which marks the 100th anniversary for Mitsubishi. We at Dependable Mitsubishi are grateful to all those who participated.
Mitsubishi is preparing to become a solely SUV-focused automaker in the US, and it’s pretty clear why: Mitsubishi does SUVs very well. Just take the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, for instance. There’s a whole lot to love about the new Outlander, such as the following:
It has a great warranty. Mitsubishi offers the best warranties in the industry, such as the Outlander’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.
It is incredibly efficient. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander can achieve up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway, despite its larger size.*
It is affordable, to boot. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander was named to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com’s “10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles” of 2017 list.
It offers a lot of seating. It seats up to seven passengers, as a matter of fact, and keeps them comfortable and entertained with available features like front dual-zone automatic climate control and the premium Rockford Fosgate® surround sound system.
It’s got a bevy of safety technologies. Available safety tech includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert, the Multi-View Camera System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, Super All-Wheel Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Departure Warning
Here in Vero Beach, Florida, we know that the summer sun means business. Keeping your car cool is crucial when driving—not just for your comfort, but for your safety. Here are some easy tips to keep your car cool in the Florida heat.
Use your AC. Make sure your AC is in fine working order (you can have it tested at Dependable Mitsubishi if something seems off), and use it when traveling in hot temperatures. If possible, turn on your AC a few minutes before getting into your car to cool it off.
Park Smartly. Ward off heat by parking in the shade, whenever possible. If you’ll be away from your car for a few hours, anticipate where the shade will be in the final hour before returning to your car. If you can, park your car so that most of the sunlight will hit the rear of your car, so that the steering wheel won’t be hot to the touch.
Invest in Window Shades. Buy window shades to suction to your windows, as well as a big reflective one for your windshield.
Leave Windows Cracked. If you are in an area where you feel comfortable and rain is not on the menu, consider cracking your windows just a touch. Doing so will allow some air to circulate, though not much.