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.

Why Your Next Florida Vacation Should Be Vero Beach

next Florida vacationYour next Florida vacation should take you to one fantastic destination, and that’s Vero Beach. From breathtaking views to refreshing activities, there’s plenty to do at Vero Beach.

Local Culture

You never have to worry about running out of things to do in Vero Beach because the downtown area is packed with art, music, cinema, and even opera. Visitors wanting to scratch that retail itch can head to the boutiques on Ocean Drive or to Route A1A to check out the renowned Village Shops.

Get Your Foodie On

Dining is a critical part of the Vero Beach experience, with a slew of local restaurants just waiting for you. Seafood like fish, crab, and lobster is offered fresh and local at a number of establishments, but Italian and Asian cuisine, coffee shops, and breweries are also available in spades.

Places to Stay

Vero Beach is home to hotels like Costa D’Este, the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, and even Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. These stunning beachside hotels deliver comfort with a spectacular view right outside your window.

Scenery

Above all, the main draw of Vero Beach is the beach. Sea turtle nesting tours are available, or you can head to Pelican Island, the Indian River Lagoon, or the McKee Botanical Gardens. Take a cocktail cruise aboard the Moonraker for a more lush experience on your next Florida vacation.

The next time you visit Vero Beach, we hope to see you at Dependable Mitsubishi, where we have plenty of must-see suggestions for your trip.

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.

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.

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.