Tailgating Tips for an Awesome Tailgate Party

One of the biggest parts of any good football season is the tailgate parties. If you plan on throwing one (or many) this season, here are a few tailgating tips.

  • Stay organized. Used a toolbox to keep all of your party supplies organized. It can include things like grill tools, wooden skewers, condiments and sauces, sunscreen, a first aid kit, a mini flashlight, hand sanitizer, and other items.
  • Pack a cooler. Of course you want to bring a cooler for your food, but knowing how to properly pack one can make a big difference. Make sure all containers are water tight. Put heavy bottles and cans on the bottom and add a layer of ice, pushing pieces in any spaces. Chill everything beforehand to make the ice last longer. Place other bags and containers on top of the drinks and add more ice. Pack it full to avoid pockets of warm air.
  • Prepare early. Do as much preparation the day before as you can. For example, putting food on kebabs, shaping burgers, slicing veggies, etc.
  • Skip the plates. To make clean up easier, only serve foods that can be eaten with your hands. Burgers and kebobs are a good choice, but you can also do walking tacos.

How do you make your tailgate parties run smoothly? Need a new tailgate party truck? Come visit us at Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram today.

2018 Ram 1500 Updates

The 2018 Ram 1500 marks another year of the much-loved pickup, but it doesn’t make its way to the market empty-handed. The upcoming model will boast two new editions, making the Ram 1500 one of the most innovative and appealing full-size pickups in the industry.

2018 Ram 1500

Perhaps due to its status as one of the oldest vehicles in the full-size pickup truck segment, the Ram 1500 is popular among drivers of all ages. The automaker has done an excellent job of introducing new updates and it doesn’t look like that will change for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Ram 1500 will be available in two new models, Sport and Big Horn Black. The two new models feature design cues and features that aren’t found in other models.

The Sport model boasts body color bumpers and trim along with dark emblems. The model also channels the Dodge Challenger with two hood scoops. A new RAM grille replaces the iconic cross grille.

The Big Horn Black model features plenty of, well, black. Black paint, wheels, and trim all make their way onto the tough truck. While it may feature the iconic cross grille, the Big Horn Black model also features the sporty two-scoop hood.

We here at Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are ready to see the 2018 Ram 1500 in action!

Things to do in Lansing, Michigan

 

Slingerland CDJR is happy to be centrally located compared to several remarkable Michigan cities. We’re just 45 minutes outside of Lansing, so it’s close enough that we get plenty of chances to enjoy some of the great things to do in Lansing, Michigan. Whether you’re a local resident or just passing by, be sure to stop at one of these fun attractions soon.

Potter Park Zoo

This charming zoo features over 100 species of animals, including red pandas, bald eagles, a reptile house, and even Siberian tigers. It’s small enough to be walkable and enjoyable for families with young children, but big enough to keep you occupied for a casual day-long visit.

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

As car buffs ourselves, it probably comes as no surprise that this automotive museum is one of our favorite spots in Lansing. You’ll find everything from old REO vehicles out of Lansing to bicycles to trucks. You’ll get plenty of background information on the history of automotives here while you check out a beautiful collection of antique machines.

River Trail

If you’ve been traveling and need a chance to stretch your legs, the Lansing River Trail is a lovely place to do it. This 13-mile paved trail runs through Crego Park and along the Red Cedar River and offers up plenty of beautiful scenery along the way. It’s a great resource for locals to exercise and explore the city, and a great place for tourists to stop and do some exploring themselves.

10 Reasons to Buy a Jeep Wrangler

There are plenty of reasons to buy a Jeep® Wrangler, but here are the top 10 reasons to buy a Jeep Wrangler from us here at Slingerland CDJR!

Reasons to Buy a Jeep Wrangler

Selection

Drivers can customize the new Jeep® Wrangler to fit their lifestyle. A two-door model is perfect for those who enjoy the simpler things in life, and the four-door model maintains the rugged look with more interior space.

Features

The Jeep® Wrangler may be a rough, tough, off-road-ready machine, but it comes equipped with a plethora of features. Leather seats, a navigation system, and power windows and locks make it a hard SUV to pass up.

Air Conditioning

If there’s one thing many off-road SUVs lack, its air conditioning. The Jeep® Wrangler brings cool air as a standard feature.

History

Jeeps made their debut in 1941 at the height of World War II, when their capability knew no bounds, and continues to do so.

Nostalgia

From television to a personal lifestyle, Jeeps hold a special place in the heart of America.

Removable Doors

Name a vehicle other than the Jeep® Wrangler with removable doors. We’ll wait.

Ride

Whether on urban streets or rough trails, the Jeep® Wrangler offers a smooth ride thanks to its independent coil suspension.

Removable Top

Generally reserved for slinky sports cars, the Jeep® Wrangler features an available removable hard and soft top.

Easy Cleaning

Cleaning the Jeep® Wrangler’s interior is as simple as popping the drain plugs and letting loose with a hose.

Rubicon

There aren’t many off-road-ready SUVs like the Jeep® Wrangler, and the Wrangler Rubicon takes it to a new level. Heavy-duty axles and more ground clearance are just two of the Rubicon model’s most attractive features.

Best Michigan Road Trips: The Great Lakes State

Michigan Road Trips
Case in point: Makinaw

Now that the warm spring weather is finally here, everyone at Slingerland CDJR is itching to take a trip with the windows down. If you’re ready to hit the road, too, check out one of these great Michigan road trips.

The Border

If you have a week to spare and love lighthouses, water, and small towns, then this is the trip for you. A trip around the border of Michigan will allow you to stop in places like Ludington State Park and Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. Stay in little bed and breakfasts along the way, or go car camping in your Chevrolet or Jeep. Be sure to spend a night in Mackinac to get in some seriously unbeatable stargazing.

Small Towns

If you want to focus only on the small towns, then you can alter the above trip to head up the west coast, but back down I-75. Stop off at places like Saugatuck, East Tawas, and Frankenmuth where you can take a stroll through a Bavarian-inspired downtown and sip on a cold brew.

Ghost Towns

Make things a little creepier by centering your road trip around Michigan ghost towns. This trip will take you to the Upper Peninsula, an area worth exploring unto itself. Visit places like Mandan, which was founded in 1864, the Quincy Mine Smelter, and Hubbell. Get out the maps and pack up the car—it’s time to hit the road!

Owosso CarFit Driver Education

No matter your age, it can never hurt to freshen up on safe driving and mobile practices, right? That’s exactly what Baker College’s Owosso campus hopes to help older drivers do by hosting a CarFit driver education event. The event takes place on May 9th and is run by the college’s occupational therapy assistant program.

The CarFit driver education event will offer students a hands-on learning opportunity for students who are CarFit technicians. Senior drivers will move through three vehicle stops throughout a 20-minute checkup. Students will evaluate drivers based on CarFit’s 12-point list.

“CarFit is a win-win for our occupational therapy assistant students and for the elderly drivers who take advantage of it,” said Evelyn Greaux, the program director.

Elderly drivers who need assistance will receive information about local resources that can help them continue to maintain their independence. AAA, AARP, and the America Occupational Therapy Association jointly developed the CarFit program.

The Owosso CarFit driver education event can help motorists improve their driving skills to be both safer and more mobile. The free event starts at 11:30am and takes place on Baker College’s Owosso campus.

To make an appointment, call (517) 364-3743 or register at car-fit.org.

We here at Slingerland CDJR hope you’ll take part in this safety opportunity at Baker College’s Owosso campus!

2018 Jeep Wrangler Updates: Spy Shots and More

2018 Jeep Wrangler Updates
The new model will stick with Jeep’s seven-slot grille.

Year after year – Jeep raises the bar with the Jeep Wrangler pick-up truck, an off-roading monster that has been relied upon since World War II. And now, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is about to hit dealerships, stronger than ever before.

Jeep is fully redesigning the Wrangler for the first time in about a decade, with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler being the 11th-generation version of the vehicle. The new SUV has yet to make any official public appearances, but more than a few spy shots have been captured of the model in testing.

Of course, the testing vehicles have been highly camouflaged, but there are still a few things we know. The new model will stick with Jeep’s seven-slot grille, for one thing. In general, the new Wrangler is likely to reflect the latest trends, but will still be embracing Jeep’s signature style.

The Jeep Wrangler has been the ultimate off-road SUV for decades, and we think it’s safe to say that the redesigned edition of the model will be better than ever before. The model is slated to hit the market sometime next year.

We will keep you posted on 2018 Jeep Wrangler updates, and in the meantime, if you’d like to check out a current Jeep model or any other vehicles that we have in store, stop by and visit us anytime, at Slingerland CDJR!

Chrysler’s $1 Billion Investment to Create 2,000 Jobs

Car Assembly Plant

Automakers have been making major investments in American manufacturing following the 2016 President Election and Chrysler isn’t about to be left out. The manufacturer announced that it would spend $1 billion to update plants in Michigan and Ohio. The announcement of Chrysler’s $1 billion investment comes with confirmation of several new vehicles in the brand lineups as well.

Fiat Chrysler’s manufacturing plant in Warren, Michigan will see modernization across the board as well as the capability to produce a full-size pickup. The Michigan plant will also produce other large vehicles, such as the returning Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

As for Ohio, the Toledo Jeep plant will see a plethora of new equipment that will allow it to create the recently-announced Wrangler pickup.

The investment will bring 2,000 new jobs to Warren and Toledo as well as the surrounding areas.

Renewed confidence in the American automotive market comes with the increase in demand for trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. The investment comes as a major step towards adding two new large SUVs and a pickup to the Jeep lineup.

The automaker officially announced the return of all three vehicles at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

We here at Slingerland CDJR Fiat are happy to see such a large investment in United States manufacturing!

Safe Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tipsNow that winter is in full swing here in Michigan, roadways will routinely be slick, icy, covered in snow, or all of the above. Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT has some safe winter driving tips to help you get through the season safely.

  • Switch to winter tires. Even if you don’t frequently encounter heavy snow, winter tires can make a big difference on winter roads. They are made from a special rubber blend that stays pliable even under frigid conditions.
  • Have an emergency kit. You never know when winter weather will get the best of you and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Keep an emergency kit filled with lots of gear, such as a warm blanket, a flashlight, shovel, spare cell phone, and battery, as well as snacks.
  • Leave some space. Even if the road looks clear, there could be black ice that can be difficult to stop on. Keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you and slow down. Then, if you do need to stop, you’ll have room to spare in case there is an emergency.
  • Tell people where you’re going. Let people know where you’re headed. In case you don’t get there when you should, people can look for you.

If you follow these tips, you can hopefully keep your wheels on the road and arrive safely in the spring.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Fuel Economy Exceeds Expectations

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Fuel Economy

When Fiat Chrysler announced that they were producing a hybrid minivan, people got excited. Fuel economy and family-friendly space? You can’t get much better than that—especially since this would be the first-ever mass-produced hybrid minivan.

Originally, the Italian-American carmaker estimated that the hybrid minivan would achieve 80 MPGe combined, but it looks like the company was wrong. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica fuel economy instead received an EPA-estimated combined 84 MPGe, making it by far the most fuel-efficient minivan ever.

“At 84 MPGe, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid surpasses our initially stated performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA US Head of Passenger Car Brands. “These EPA test results paint a clear picture of the benefits our customers can expect from driving the most fuel-efficient minivan ever.”

Along with this incredible fuel-efficiency rating, the EPA also gave the Pacifica Hybrid a total driving range of 566 miles and an electric-only range of 33 miles. Finally, the all-new minivan also received a Green Vehicle Guide rating from the EPA of 10, which is the highest possible score.

The Pacifica Hybrid combines a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery with an electric motor and the brand’s popular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine for power. The battery pack can be recharged within two hours using a 240-volt charger and 14 hours with a 120-volt charger.

To find out more about the brand-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, don’t hesitate to stop in to Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat.