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Routine Summer Car Maintenance

The summer heat is rolling in which means you’re running out of time to take care of some crucial routine car maintenance! Ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained is important to enjoying summer, especially if you plan on taking any long road trips. Here are a few routine summer car maintenance items to take care of from us here at Bell Mitsubishi!

Oil

Oil lubricates, cools, and protects the engine, and effectively works to prevent a major breakdown and costly repair later in the vehicle’s lifespan. The extreme summer heat can result in thinning of your old oil, and that won’t end well, especially if you’re in the middle of a family road trip. Save yourself both time and money by getting an oil change before summer arrives!

Tires

Keeping your tires properly maintained will result in better fuel economy, a smoother ride, and a pretty penny in savings. Start by checking to see if you have enough tread on your tires for optimal traction on wet roads. Next, check the tire pressure and inflate (or deflate) to the manufacturer-suggested level. Finally, look for any abnormalities, like bulges. Don’t forget to rotate your tires!

Wipers

Heavy spring rains after winter’s ice likely did a number on your windshield wipers. Fortunately, a new set is cheap and easy to install. Simply check your owner’s manual for instructions. It only takes a few minutes!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Named Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicle

Three-row SUVs tend to cost a pretty penny, but the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander serves as an exception to the rule. The 2017 Outlander has proven itself both on- and off-road, making it perfect for a family vacation and hitting the trails on the weekend. Capable of seating up to seven passengers, there’s room for the whole family.

The latest model is more than just a spacious three-row SUV, though. It was also declared the “Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicle” on Kelley Blue Book’s top 10 list.

Kelley Blue Book compares the top 10 seven- and eight-passenger SUVs under $29,000. Using the Fair Purchase Price as of March 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander takes first place with a price of just $22,614.

“A 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is about as far from everyday as a 7-passenger SUV can get. With proven off-road credentials, a feature-rich cabin and a great warranty, there’s really very little to argue with,” said the editors at KBB.com.

It seems as though consumers agree. The Mitsubishi Outlander three-row SUV performed just as well this April as the last. The smaller Outlander Sport saw a 2.8% increase in sales compared to April 2016.

We here at Bell Mitsubishi are happy to see the Outlander continuing to perform exceptionally well!

 

All-Season Tires vs. Summer Tires

summer tires in water

Winter tires are a popular option during the colder months, but one of the most rarely talked about kinds of tire is the summer tire. So what are summer tires, and what are the benefits of them?

“Summer tires” is kind of a misnomer. While summer tires aren’t ideal for winter, they’re great in spring, summer, and fall. They’re better at driving on wet and resisting hydroplaning than all-season tires, but they have little to no grip in the snow.

On the other hand, all-season tires, which most cars come pre-equipped with now, are mostly fine throughout the year, but they’re a compromise—they don’t perform as well during spring, summer, and fall as summer tires, and they don’t perform as well in winter as winter tires. If you don’t want to spend the money or take the extra time to switch over to winter tires when it gets cold, all-season tires are a good choice.

If you do want to take the time out, though, consider switching your all-season tires out for summer tires. You’ll experience better traction in the rain thanks to the softer grip, and when the cold weather hits, just spend an hour putting your winter tires on. You’ll be amazed how much better your car does in the snow with them!

For more information about tires or to schedule a service appointment, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV First Drive Reviews

Mitsubishi Motors logo

Mitsubishi first announced that the plug-in hybrid version of its popular mid-size crossover would be coming to the US in January of last year, and though it hasn’t debuted in the US just yet, first-drive reviews of the 2017 model are rolling in. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to go on sale in the States sometime this summer.

The Outlander PHEV has been a smash hit in Europe and Australia, ranking as the best-selling electric car in Europe since its release in 2013. Recently released in Australia, the new Outlander PHEV has received a big styling refresh as well as engineering updates for better fuel economy and performance.

First drive reviews report that the Outlander PHEV comes with plenty of standard features on its base LS trim, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, and more. The luxurious Exceed trim offers features like heated seats and a power liftgate.

The 2017 Outlander PHEV adds fast-charging as well as an EV mode, whereas previously it was only available in a hybrid drive mode. The all-electric mode is nearly silent, according to reviewers, and it brings in gasoline power when needed for big bursts of speed or as the battery power gets low.

For more information about the upcoming Outlander PHEV, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi Among Most Affordable Cars to Lease

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Getting a new car can be exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s not scary either. Thankfully, you don’t have to be scared when leasing a car from Mitsubishi. Mitsubishis are some of the most affordable cars to lease.

Growella is a website that gives advice on money, and part of that is giving advice on great cars. In a study by Growella, they named Mitsubishi to the “Cheapest Cars to Lease” list. This title is important because you shouldn’t have to break the bank to lease a great car.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is at the top of the list, with low depreciation, low insurance rate, and only $79 as the average amount of money spent on gas each month. Including all of this and the average monthly payment, Growella estimated that the Mirage comes in at only $219 per month.

Not only is it affordable, but the Mirage also has great quality. Its estimated mileage is 39 combined mpg, making it the most affordable efficient non-hybrid car in the country. Plus, the Mirage has plenty of technology, like smartphone compatibility and a premium audio system.

Want a great car but an affordable monthly payment? You can have it all with the Mirage! Come check it out today at Bell Mitsubishi.

Understanding Your Mitsubishi

Car Mileage

Car Mileage

Your car can be confusing, but we are here to help! Here are some tips on understanding how your Mitsubishi works and what you should do to take care of it.

If you see a service light pop up (described as “Routine Maintenance Required”), don’t ignore it! This light might tell you something about what’s going on under the hood under your car. Thankfully, Mitsubishi tells you exactly what maintenance you’ll need on your car with their mileage-based reminder system.

Your Mitsubishi will keep track of your mileage, and along with it, what specific service needs you’ll have. Of course, this isn’t set in stone. If you’re somebody who uses their car for towing or drives in particularly harsh weather conditions, the mileage-based system can be changed to allow for your driving style.

How and where you drive your Mitsubishi can affect how long you go between oil changes. In light driving conditions and mild temperatures, you’ll be able to go 7,500 – 10,000 miles in between oil changes while in moderate conditions you should go 5,000 to 7,499 miles. If you tow heavy equipment or do a lot of off-road driving, you should only go between 3,000 and 4,999 miles between oil changes.

No matter what your service needs are, Bell Mitsubishi will be here for you when those lights come on.

Regular Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Taking care of your car can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you aren’t sure what exactly going into regular maintenance. Fortunately, modern cars are advanced enough that they only need regular maintenance every few months. Here’s some crucial information on regular maintenance for your vehicle from us here at Bell Mitsubishi.

Oil Changes

Most quick-change oil outlets advertise the 3,000-mile rule as the general guideline for when you need to have your car’s oil changes. Modern vehicles and oil technology have come a long way since that rule first came to light. Today’s vehicles vary when it comes to oil change by mileage. Your owner’s manual can give you can exact number but a general rule to stick to is every six months or 5,000-7,500 miles.

Scheduled Service

Most automakers stick to a pretty consistent service schedule. The 15,000-mile mark should include an oil change, tire rotation, and inspection of important components.

The 30,000-mile mark should include a more thorough inspection and new fuel filter. Some vehicles may need new transmission fluid at this point.

The 45,000-mile mark is generally the same as the 15,000-mile mark with the addition of new transmission fluid, provided it hasn’t been changed already.

The 60,000-mile mark should include new belts, valves, and hoses as well as the items included in the 30,000-mile mark.

The 100,000-mile mark should include new spark plugs and a few other items that vary from vehicle to vehicle.

Mitsubishi Lancer Production to Cease

It isn’t too often that we hear of a vehicle ceasing production, but that’s exactly what’s happening to the Mitsubishi Lancer. The Japanese brand cut the Lancer Evolution two years ago and with sales of the sedan continuing to decline, the automaker has decided to cease production. The decision to cease Mitsubishi Lancer production came long before Nissan and Mitsubishi joined forces.

Mitsubishi spoke to the media ahead of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, announcing the decision to cut the Mitsubishi Lancer from the lineup come August. The sedan saw just over 14,000 Lancers sold in the United States in 2016, a 19% drop.

The Mitsubishi Lancer was first introduced to drivers at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, much to the pleasure of enthusiasts. The sedan saw a surge in popularity in its early years, but sales continued to drop as crossovers grew more popular.

While the Lancer may be outgoing, Mitsubishi is bringing in new models to replace it. A new crossover, slotted between the shrinking Outlander Sport and regular Outlander will hit the market in 2018. The unnamed model will see a turbocharged engine and feature plenty of technology.

We here at Bell Mitsubishi are sad to see the legendary Lancer heading off into the sunset for good come August.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi’s popular 7-passenger crossover utility vehicle, has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus for the fourth year in a row when equipped with the optional Touring Package.

The IIHS, or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is a leading auto safety agency that tests vehicles for crashworthiness in various areas, including small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Ratings of “good” in all five tests are required to be named a Top Safety Pick, while a Top Safety Pick Plus has to earn a rating of “advanced” or “superior” for front crash prevention in addition to “good” crash test ratings.

The new Outlander is competitively priced at $23,495 and includes a wide array of safety features like stability control and tire pressure monitoring at the base level, with active safety features like Forward Collision Mitigation and Pedestrian Detection available at the highest SEL trim, which goes for only $29,495—still much less than competitors.

Mitsubishi North America’s executive vice president and COO said in a statement that the company is “committed to safety and providing the best value for our customers” and went on to say that the Outlander’s safety features have been expanded upon even since the 2016 model year. There’s never been a better time to buy a Mitsubishi Outlander, so make sure to check out Bell Mitsubishi for all of your Outlander needs!

Rahway Prevention Coalition Partners with Real Estate Company to Lessen Drug Access

In March of 2015, the Rahway Prevention Coalition was launched after a $625,000 Drug Free Communities Support Grant was awarded to the city to aid in the prevention of drug use and abuse. The coalition serves the community by implementing education opportunities, marketing campaigns, and policy changes to combat drug addiction.

The grant, which was awarded in 2014 and will give $125,000 to the coalition annually over five years, has been proven to reduce youth drug use in other communities, according to data from the White House Office of National Drug Control.

In mid-December, The Rahway Prevention Coalition announced that it will partner with Remax 1st Advantage, a New Jersey-based branch of the expansive real estate company Remax. 1st Advantage agents work in and around Rahway, which encouraged them to bring the coalition to the attention of owner and operator Susan Bakes.

Spearheaded by agent Wendy Christow, Remax 1st Advantage organized the partnership in order to obtain pill pods, which reduce prescription drug theft and use by real estate clients who are viewing homes for sale. Pill pods require a combination to open, preventing people touring the homes from taking homeowners’ pills from their medicine cabinets.

The Prevention Coalition has done fantastic things for the community, and the partnership with Remax will further reduce access to drugs in Rahway and surrounding areas.

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