Getting Ready for Summer Travel

2 Jun

From beautiful gardens and riverbanks to colorful arts scenes and historic homes, Columbia SC is a great stop for a family vacation. With schools being out, summer travel is on the rise and vacations spots are getting crowded. Here’s one place where you don’t have to worry about reservations or dealing with minimum age restrictions.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is packed with fun and lots to see. With more than 2,000 animals and blossoming gardens, there’s never a dull moment. It’s no wonder this is one of the nation’s most loved botanical garden and zoo. People of all ages can enjoy a fun experience at a low cost. The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a unique destination where you actually pay less for more. From feeding giraffes and watching elephants to taking a tour of the aquarium, the zoo offers new discoveries all round.

The Riverbanks Zoo

The Riverbanks Zoo is home to about 350 species of animals from all over the world. There are plenty of fun activities to watch such as gorilla and elephant presentations and aquarium dive demonstrations. The kids will get to see the animals up close and get a chance to take pictures for their summer journals. If they’re lucky enough they might even get a chance to feed the penguins.

The Riverbanks Botantical Gardens

The Riverbanks Botanical Gardens was deemed as one of 10 gardens that inspire by Horticulture magazine for a reason. With nine unique gardens to explore, the Riverbanks Botanical gardens offer beautiful scenery and an abundance of color. It’s no wonder this is one of the most common locations for special events and weddings. The gardens beautifully display more than 4,200 species of plants from all over the world on 70 acres of land.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is open every day of the year except during Thanksgiving and Christmas. For a small charge you get to enjoy the Riverbanks attractions from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visit the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden website for more information.

Getting your Dodge Summer Ready

Car Summer Ready Checklist

Get your car checked out

Oil Change? Check. Tire Pressure? Roger that. Getting your Dodge ready for driving under the summer heat doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here’s a guideline to help you get started:

Get an Oil Change. Instead of waiting for the 3,000 mile mark to hit, it’s always better to follow the recommendations in your owner’s manual instead. This will ensure your car’s parts stay well lubricated at all times.

Check your Tire Pressure. When inspecting your tires check the pressure and pay attention to signs of uneven wear and tear. While you’re at it, get your wheels realigned for an improved ride quality.

Get your Brakes Inspected. With schools being out for summer, the roads are more crowded and less predictable. Now is a great time to get your brakes inspected. Although some accidents are unavoidable, having good brakes always comes in handy.

Check your Coolant. If you can’t remember the last time you had your coolant checked it might be time for a coolant flush. Relying on last winter’s tune-up is a recipe for disaster. Schedule a coolant flush to keep your car from overheating under the summer sun.

Memories are waiting to happen. Once you visit Columbia SC, you’ll be happy with the outcome. Be sure to visit Dodgeland of Columbia to get Dodge summer-ready. We are located just three minutes away from the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. You can find us at 190 Greystone Blvd, Columbia, SC 29210 or give us a call at (803) 799-1900!

 

How to Make Traveling With Your Dog Easy

5 May

My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton

Tips for Traveling with your Dog

Spring is here and that means vacation season is right around the corner! Why not bring your dog along and share the adventure with your little heartbeat.

Don’t let your fear of traveling with your furry friend take away the fun and adventure he or she deserves. Bringing your pet on vacation can be a great opportunity to bond and further train your dog. Traveling with your pet can also eliminate the worry of wondering how he or she is while you’re away.

Here are a few travel trips to help you plan your next traveling adventure:

Plan Ahead
If staying with a friend or family is not an option, do homework before hitting the road. Conducting online research is a great way to find good deals on pet-friendly hotels or bed and breakfasts. Also, it’ll give you a chance to read reviews and make a more educated decision.

Car Safety
Roads are unpredictable, especially when driving in unfamiliar places. To help ensure your dog’s safety be sure to pack a first aid kit with pet specific supplies for your dog. Another way to keep both you and your dog safe is by investing in a pet barrier or restraint. This is a great way to prevent your dog from distracting you while you’re driving.

Pack Goodies
Keeping your dog occupied in the car can be challenging. The best way to prevent him from getting tedious in the back seat is by investing in pet-travel accessories and toys. Also bring dog snacks, food and water that your dog is used to eating. There is a higher risk of your dog getting sick if you switch up his diet while traveling.

Rest Stops
Take advantage of rest stops to avoid any backseat surprises. While you’re at it, go for a walk to give yourself and your dog time to stretch and relax. Also, by doing this you get to exercise your dog and keep him or her from getting antsy during the remainder of the trip.

ID Tag
Dogs tend to run off when in unfamiliar territories. In the event that your dog runs off, an ID tag will come in handy. Attach the tag to his collar and be sure to include all your details such as name, address, email address and phone number. Another option is to get a microchip implanted in your dog that helps shelters track lost dogs.

Now that you’ve got dog travel preparation under control, it’s time to focus your attention on your car. Like your dog, your Dodge needs care to ensure good travel conditions. Visit us at JT’s Dodgeland of Columbia for a pre-road trip spring-cleaning service for your new Dodge or used car.

Dodgeland of Columbia offers a wide range of new and used vehicle servicing. Visit our service department and checkout our latest service specials. Call us at (877) 331-9243 to schedule a service appointment today!

 

Top 5 Car-Buying Tips for College Grads

11 Apr

Spring is here! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and graduation caps are flying through the air. Yeah, that’s right; spring means college graduation. It’s the end of an era and beginning of your journey into adulthood. Why not treat yourself to a fun yet practical gift, like a Dodge.

Dodge College Grad Program

With graduation comes spending more time in your car, from the endless job interviews to waiting in rush hour traffic and even the occasional road trip to your alma mater. You need a vehicle you can rely on.

Buying your first car as a recent college grad is an exciting yet daunting experience. Weighing your options and doing your homework will make the process smoother. We’ve made it easier than ever to find the perfect new Dodge for you with these five easy tips!

Buy Used

Pre-owned cars are a great way to save. The last thing you want is to be stuck with large monthly car payments on top of having to pay off your student loans. Buying a used car is the smarter option that won’t leave your wallet feeling pinched. Plus, at Dodgeland of Columbia, we have a huge inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles that have passed our rigorous performance and safety tests, so you can drive confidently in a used Dodge.

Establish a Budget

When coming up with a budget for your car, consider all your monthly costs including rent, bills and student loans. This will help you stay within the limits of what you can afford so you don’t get in over your head with payments. Setting realistic goals will help you manage other financial areas, too.

Look for Incentives

Yes, you may be done with college, but you still have to do your homework. Many dealerships have incentive programs, like the Dodge College Graduate Program. Get to work – save some cash and get a good value by finding the perfect incentive program.

Take a Test Drive

A test drive is like trying on clothes – it can determine if the car is the right fit. Also, it gives you a better feel of the car’s quality, inside and out. During your test drive, be sure to test the brakes and lights while driving on both slow roads and busy freeways. Don’t forget to check out the passenger seats. The more time you spend with a car during a test drive, the more accurate your evaluation will be.

Buy from a Dealer

One of the advantages of buying from a dealer is scoring a car in good condition. Although buying online may seem cheaper, it’s not always the best option. Dealerships offer a safer environment and certified pre-owned cars in good condition. Plus, you can ask questions and the knowledgeable staff can answer them with ease.

Avoid buyer’s remorse by visiting Dodgeland of Columbia (190 Greystone Blvd. Columbia, SC 29210). Dodgeland of Columbia offers a wide range of new and used vehicles along with auto financing services. Call us at (877) 331-9243 and schedule a test drive today!

 

Source:

http://www.wartburg.edu/careers/sye/BuyingTips.pdf

Eco-Friendly Cars- The all-new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

6 Mar

Growing concerns about the effects of the carbon footprint on the environment has led to new technological inventions in the automotive industry. Engineers and designers are combining their thinking caps in an effort to produce more fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly cars. A recent study showed that the USA makes up only 4% of the world’s population but accounts for an astounding 25% of the world’s greenhouse gasses. A big part of this percent is a result of CO2 emissions from care emissions.

Dodge Ram 1500 Eco-Diesel

Dodge has taken a stand in trying to counter the carbon footprint by producing eco-friendly vehicles. The all-new 2014 Ram 1500 HFE (high fuel efficiency) with Stop-Start System is one of Dodge’s “green” models with a class-leading fuel economy. The 2014 Ram maintained a similar style and frame to its predecessor. New features include a 3.0 – liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine, Ram’s stop-start system, aluminum hood and enhanced performance.

Eco-Diesel V6 Diesel Engine

The Eco-Diesel engine is the first of its kind in the half-ton pickup segment. Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) was used to give it a lightweight build. With the Chrysler group exclusive MultiJet 2 common-rail fuel-injection system, the 2014 Ram offers unsurpassable performance. The Eco-Diesel engine was named one of the world’s 10 Best Engines for 2014.

Stop-Start system

This is the industry’s first non-hybrid full-size pickup with hybrid-like qualities. The stop-start system improved the new Ram’s fuel economy by up to 3.3%. Similar to the hybrid, the stop-start system operates without the drivers influence. It automatically restarts when the brakes are released and a battery sensor monitors the system voltage to recharge the engine. Drivers have an option to turn of the system through a system disable switch on the dashboard if they chose. The stop-start is a groundbreaking eco-friendly, fuel-saving technology.

Aluminum Materials

The use of lightweight materials such as aluminum decreased the hood’s weight by 26 pounds. Additional lightweight materials were utilized in the frame, suspension pieces, bumper and powertrain elements. This removed 143 pounds from the overall weight of the new Ram, thus improving its maneuverability and torque.

Performance

The Eco-Diesel engine and the six-speed automatic transmission is an unbeatable combination. The engine generates a smashing 305 horsepower while offering 20% better fuel economy than the previous model. A new power-assist steering was put in place to reduce engine drag for enhanced performance. The thermal management system maintains the engine and transmission’s temperature at the ideal level. This beaut is designed for optimum performance with every part strategically designed to complement the other.

The 2014 Ram was selected as Motor Trend’s 2014 Truck of the Year for the second time in a row. It also exceeded the EPA’s highway rating for the top-ranked small pickup. It provides optimum performance, a good fuel economy and emits less C02 into the environment. What more could a pickup enthusiast want.

To get the best deals on the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Eco-Diesel, visit Dodgeland of Columbia or give us a call at (877) 331-9243. Also, check out our new car inventory stop by your local Dodge dealer, Dodgeland of Columbia, located in Columbia, SC for a test drive today!

Sources:

http://www.hybridcars.com/2014-ram-1500-ecodiesel-now-lead-pickup-highway-fuel-economy/

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/04/2014-ram-1500-ecodiesel-28-miles-per-gallon/

Image Source: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/ecodiesel/

The 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop

7 Feb

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has been taking place for over a century. For the first several decades the show was strictly geared toward US auto makers until 1987 when a group of visionary auto dealers thought it fit to bring the global community of auto enthusiasts together. The objective was to allow individuals who love and appreciate the artistry within the automotive industry to share ideas and gain insight on the latest auto trends. What has made the NAIS a success over the years is their ability to engage individuals by giving them a sneak peek into the future of the automotive and technological industry.

This year’s Detroit Auto Show was a success in engaging and enhancing the experience of attendees by delivering over 60 spectacular and innovative new vehicle models. The show attracted the most influential media and car-buying public; bringing together over 800k attendees. On the last day, 102,000 people attended and brought the two week total to 803,451; which is recorded to be the highest number of attendees the show has had since 2003.

Dodge’s smallest but highly futuristic offering was the 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop. Unlike many car’s that were redesigned, Dodge Dart kept its simple design but added a touch of finesse to the exterior by offering unique wheels, select glossy exterior colors and Gloss Black accents throughout. Dodge has made the Blacktop its signature theme by adding the feature to the smallest member of its line-up, the Dart. Last year, Blacktop versions were made available on bigger cars such as the Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey.

2014 Dodge Dart

The Blacktop feature along with the 18-inch Gloss Black wheels, Gloss Black side mirrors, darkened headlamp bezels and unique sport interior gives the vehicle a luxurious and sporty look. This sinister themed beaut will be available in a variety of colors such as Redline Red, Header Orange, Blue Streak, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver, Pitch Black and Bright White. Interior features include the Black/Ruby Red premium cloth interior with Ruby Red accent stitching on the panel brow, center console and seat bolters. Ruby Red accents stripes are also on the front seats and door trim panels.

2014 Dodge Dart Interior

The intricate detailing and styling of the Dart makes it the most luxurious compact car manufactured by Dodge and the most award winning vehicle in its class. It’s designed for Luxury, style, comfort, fuel efficiency and safety.

If this sounds like your dream-car visit Dodgeland of Columbia to get the best deal on the new Dodge Dart.

If you’re interested in other Dodge models, view Dodgeland of Columbia’s new car inventory. To test drive any of our new cars, stop by your local Dodge dealer, Dodgeland of Columbia, located in Columbia, SC today.

Sources

http://www.dodge.com/en/dart/

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/14/2014-dodge-dart-blacktop-detroit-2014/

Image Sources

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/14/2014-dodge-dart-blacktop-detroit-2014/

New Year Resolutions for Dodge Owners

9 Jan

Another year has come and gone and 2014 has arrived! Whether or not you have made personal New Year resolutions, you should consider resolutions for your Dodge.

Car Care Resolutions

If you own a new or used Dodge, reference our top five resolutions for 2014 and start your new year off right!

  1. Routine Maintenance – Aim to schedule at least two routine maintenance appointments this year. Routine maintenance appointments are key to ensure your car or truck is properly functioning. From oil changes, to brake checks, maintenance is an important part of every vehicle.
  2. Cleanliness – From the interior of your Dodge to the exterior, make an effort to clean your new or used Dodge at least every couple of months. Periodically visit your local car wash to remove any dirt or grime build up, ensure your headlights and taillights are clean and can easily been seen. Lastly, occasionally clean out the inside of your car or truck by vacuuming carpets and removing any trash or unwanted items.
  3. Practice Safe Driving Habits – While safe driving tips should be something everyone practices 365 days a year, sometimes we may stray and forget to signal or experience road rage during rush-hour traffic. Each day you’re driving, incorporate safe driving habits. Always buckle up, signal when merging or turning, stay within a reasonable speed limit, and work toward staying clam during traffic jams.
  4. Assess Insurance Coverage – If you have not assessed your insurance coverage, now is the time to do so! Review your current coverage and ensure you are properly covered. Also, conduct research to compare insurance rates to get the best bang for your buck.
  5. Accessorize – Have you always wanted to add running boards to your Dodge truck? Or perhaps purchase new floor mats? This year, work toward your goal of purchasing those accessories for your car or truck. For ways to accessorize your vehicle, reference our,” Five Accessories for Full-Size Pickups” post.

From check-ups, to cleanliness and even accessories, there are many ways you can help enhance the life of your new or used Dodge this year. Make an effort this year to take care of your vehicle and have a safe and healthy 2014!

To schedule your next maintenance appointment, visit the Dodgleland of Columbia online service scheduler.

If you’re looking for a new or used Dodge, visit Dodgeland of Columbia for new and used cars in Columbia, SC. When you think of Dodge dealerships in Columbia, SC, think Dodgeland of Columbia!

‘Tis The Season to Prep Your Car

4 Dec

According to the Arbitron National In-Car Study, the average American over the age of 18 spends 18 hours and 31 minutes per week in his or her car, averaging out to 2 hours and 38 minutes per day. Your car is important to you and it is a major part of your identity. We know you want your car to be protected and safe during the winter season so we have compiled a list of things to do in order to prevent weather damage. Although temperatures during this time of year are mild in the South, it is still necessary to keep up-to-date with visits to your car dealership for maintenance checks. Below are items to keep an eye out for.

Car Care Tip - Tire Pressure

Tires

As the seasons change, so do your tires. Dropping temperatures result in dropping tire pressure. This can cause more friction on the road due to uneven wear and tear, less protection from rims and wheel alignment problems. Be sure to get your tires rotated and aligned. Check your owner’s manual to find the ideal tire pressure for your car.

Oil

Oil tends to thicken in lower temperatures, therefore, thinner oil is recommended in colder temperatures because it travels more rapidly through your engine. Thick oil is less efficient in keeping your engine clean and safe from harmful contaminants. Changing your car’s oil and filter is the best way to prolong engine life. Be sure to visit Dodgeland of Columbia or your nearest car dealership in Columbia, SC to get your oil viscosity checked.

Battery

Seasonal changes can be your battery’s worst enemy, even if you live in warmer climate with mildly cold weather. Check your battery cables and clamps for corrosion. If you notice a white powdery substance around the clams, fear not, that’s corrosion from battery acid which can easily be cleaned off with baking soda, water and a toothbrush. If your car is older than six years, consider replacing your battery.

Antifreeze

Antifreeze is not only meant to prevent freezing. It also serves as a lubricant, anti-corrosion and stabilizing fluid that keeps the engine balanced in varied temperatures. A 50/50 percent mix of antifreeze and distilled water is recommended for your radiator. If you have missed a service interval or if you are not sure whether your car has the right coolant mix, pay your car dealership a visit and have your antifreeze flushed and filled.

Windshield Wiper Blades

Do you remember the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If not, it might be time to invest in new ones. Finding yourself in the midst of a storm while you’re on the highway is never fun. Avoid any hassles this season by inspecting your wiper blades and replacing them if there is any sign of wear. Rule of thumb is that you should change your wiper blades every six months.

Preparing for seasonal changes will prolong the functionality of your car especially when temperatures drastically change. Take a weekend to change your oil, check your tires and check your battery and antifreeze. Last but not least, check your windshield wiper blades to ensure safe and worry-free driving this season. Visit Dodgeland of Columbia online to view our latest parts and services specials.

Sources:

http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/8-tips-for-ensuring-a-safe-winter-in-your-car.html/

http://www.northdallasimports.com/blog/2013/11/14/winter-car-care-tips-and-precautions/

http://aardvarkautorepair.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/6-fall-and-early-winter-car-care-tips-from-an-ase-master-technician/

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