Tips to Keep Your Car Clean

Keep Your Car CleanKeeping your car clean inside and out can be a tough challenge, especially if you live a busy lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a few ways to keep your car clean that only take a few minutes a day but can have a huge impact. By following these suggestions, you can keep your interior looking nice all year long and never again need to opt for a spring-cleaning overhaul.

Don’t Eat Inside

The first step to keeping any car clean is to avoid eating in it whenever possible. Fast food wrappers and food crumbs can become a major eyesore and even contribute to unusual odors. Perhaps even worse, spilling a drink could stain your carpets and seats or make surfaces sticky. By avoiding eating in the car, you avoid the requisite cleanup altogether.

Clean Up Quickly

If you have a hectic schedule and simply can’t avoid eating or drinking while on the road, it pays to clean up spills and messes as quickly as possible. The same goes for your errant wrappers, cans, and bottles—don’t leave them sitting on the floor or the passenger seat to be thrown out later.

Keep a Trash Bag

Food wrappers accumulating on the floor of your vehicle says a lot to your passengers about your general level of cleanliness. Fortunately, keeping your car clear of debris on the floor is as easy as keeping a trash bag in the passenger side. If you throw your trash into the bag and remove that bag weekly, there won’t be any trash to clean off the floor.

These are just some of the steps you can take to ensure that your vehicle stays cleaner on a regular basis. If you’re in need for a post-winter detailing, bring your ride into Gossett CDJR and we’ll get you back to square one.

Former Dodge Viper Plant to House Historic Car Collection

Dodge Viper PlantThe Dodge Viper supercar has been off the market for over a year now, but the old production facility won’t be gathering dust for much longer. The former Dodge Viper plant will soon become home to part of Fiat Chrysler’s historic car collection. While the collection may not be open to the public initially, that could change in the future.

Located near Eight Mile Road, the former Detroit facility will soon house 85 historic vehicles from the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. Soon to be renamed the Conner Center, the historic cars will take up 77,000 square feet of floor space. In total, Fiat Chrysler has more than 400 vehicles in its historic car collection.

One of the standout vehicles to be housed at the Conner Center is a 1963 Chrysler Turbine. It’s just one of nine examples left of the 55 ever produced. The former Dodge Viper plant will also house 10 Vipers, including a 1989 Viper Concept and the last Viper to roll off the production line.

“We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles. This move will allow us to house all of our collection under one roof and have the space to share that history with our employees,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, Historical Services Manager, FCA.

Here’s hoping that FCA will open the doors of the Conner Center to the public sooner rather than later. In the meantime, if you want to see the best of what Chrysler, Jeep®­, Dodge, and Ram have to offer, stop by Gossett CDJR and take a gander at our showroom.

2018 Ram 2500 Reviews Highlight Its Many Strengths

2018 Ram 2500 ReviewsThe 2018 Ram 2500 stands among the best trucks in the industry thanks to its muscular styling, sophisticated interior, and impressive powertrains. We here at Gossett CDJR already know it’s the best entry-level heavy-duty pickup in the industry, but we also understand that our customers like to have an unbiased second opinion. If 2018 Ram 2500 reviews are anything to go by, it seems industry experts and consumers agree with our assessment.

Edmunds

Edmunds cited the Ram 2500’s impressive towing capacity, coming in at 17,980 pounds when properly equipped, as reason enough to get behind the wheel of this truck. Edmunds also praised a coil-spring rear suspension, which creates a more comfortable ride for passengers, as well as the latest iteration of the Uconnect® infotainment system. Overall, Edmunds gave the 2018 Ram 2500 a sterling score of 4.5/5.

Cars.com

The reviews of industry experts certainly carry some weight, but some potential owners may be hesitant to take an expert’s word for it. Fortunately, Cars.com has quite a few owner reviews to support the experiences of experts. One consumer cites the interior comfort and performance as reason enough for a solid review. Another owner loves the efficiency and performance of the Cummins® diesel V8 engine. Others cite the Ram 2500’s tough looks and heavy-duty stance as reason enough to check out this truck. Overall, the Ram 2500 earned a 4.9/5 stars from owners.

For all that you can read about the 2018 Ram 2500, the best way to determine if it is truly right for you is to experience it up close and personal. You can do just that by stopping into Gossett CDJR and scheduling a test drive.

Tips for Springtime Auto Maintenance

Tips for Springtime Auto MaintenanceWinter is on its way out and making way for spring, which means it’s time for another round of seasonal car maintenance. Whether you’re a gearhead who loves to do it all, or if you’d prefer to let the professionals at Gossett CDJR take care of your vehicle so that you can better enjoy your free time, these tips for springtime auto maintenance should help you get ready for warmer weather.

Change Your Oil

Arguably the most important part of seasonal car maintenance is checking and changing your vehicle’s oil. Motor oil is responsible for cooling, lubricating, and protecting vital engine components. Old oil doesn’t perform its job nearly as well as fresh oil, and since oil tends to thicken in cold weather and thin in warmer weather, foregoing an oil change can result in lower fuel economy and lackluster performance.

Check Your Tires

Cold weather tends to cause tire pressure to drop, which makes it important to check your tires once a week. In spring, tire pressure rises with warmer temperatures. As a result, your car’s tires could end up actually becoming overinflated. Check the tire pressure once a week throughout spring to ensure you maintain the optimal pressure. While you’re down there, check the tread levels and keep an eye out for any damage that may stem from potholes.

Replace the Wipers

Your windshield wipers likely took a beating from the snow and ice of the winter. The rubber may have even cracked in the colder temperatures. Fortunately, a replacement set of wiper blades is inexpensive and takes just a few minutes to install at the dealership.

These are just a few of the vital things you should be doing to maintain your vehicle this spring. For any maintenance task you need performed, visit us at Gossett CDJR.

Redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 Named Cars.com Best of Show in Detroit

best of show in DetroitEarly this year, at the North American International Auto Show, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was named Best of Show in Detroit by Cars.com as part of its annual “Best of” awards.

Cars.com editors praised the Ram 1500 for its innovative features, efficiency, advanced technology, and overall durability, with which it quickly made its way to the top of the list.

When compared to the outgoing generation, the Ram 1500’s weight has been reduced by 225 pounds thanks to advanced materials and engineering. Along with its reduced weight, the new Ram is more durable and will be capable of towing up to 12,750 pounds and 2,300 pounds of payload.

One innovative feature will be an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system that will improve fuel efficiency in both the V6 and V8 engines.

It will also come with tons of available technology like a Uconnect 4C system with a 12-inch touchscreen that features split-screen capability. There will also be a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and ready alert braking.

Here at Gossett Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, we can’t wait to experience the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 for ourselves.

Late Winter Events in Memphis

winter events in MemphisAs we move through February and into March, we get to welcome in a new season, but there is a lot going on as the winter ends, so here are a few late winter events in Memphis for you to consider.

  • Signs of Spring Walk. Head to the Memphis Botanical Garden on February 18th to take this special tour that will show you the first glimpses of spring in the garden. No reservations are needed.
  • Black Restaurant Week. This dining event showcases Black-Owned restaurants and gives people in the Memphis area a chance to get to know minority-owned eateries better. The event runs March 5th through the 11th.
  • Bubble Guppies Live! If you have any young children in your house, then you probably have seen your fair share of Bubble Guppies. Make your childrens’ dreams come true by taking them to see the Bubble Guppies on stage at the Cannon Center on March 14th.
  • Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. This is the premier farm show for the Memphis area and is going into its 66th Its goal is to support local farmers and their agricultural needs, so you don’t need to be a farmer to attend. It will be held March 2nd and 3rd at the Cook Convention Center.

Which of these winter events would you like to attend? If you need a new vehicle as we move into spring, come visit us at Gossett Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for a great selection of new and pre-owned vehicles.

Valentine’s Day in Memphis

Valentine's DayWhether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with a friend, family, partner, or just yourself, you can have plenty of fun celebrating the holiday in Memphis. Here are some fun Valentine’s Day activities you can participate in.

Family Date Night/Valentine Gala – February 8th

Drive on down to Olive Branch for a Valentine’s evening the whole family will enjoy. This Masquerade Ball is family-friendly and children under two get in free. Your tickets include dinner, entertainment, a photo booth, and plenty of dancing!

Valentine Retreat – February 14th

If you want the ultimate getaway, head to this Valentine’s Day Retreat at Le’Chiq Restaurant in Bartlett. Here you’ll be served a full Valentine’s dinner in a peaceful and romantic setting.

Singles Awareness Day – February 15th

Single on Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone! Universal Parenting Place at Knowledge Quest is throwing a party for all the Memphis singles. While they usually have parenting events, you don’t need to have kids to enjoy this event!

Poetry, Love & Hip-Hop: Valentine’s Day Edition – February 17th

If you’re a literature-lover, this Valentine’s Day event is perfect for you. Taking place at the Rumba Room in Memphis, it will feature poetry readings that are all, of course, love-themed.

So what are you waiting for? Head out on the town and enjoy Valentine’s Day – the Memphis way!

Teasing the Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck

Jeep Wrangler pickup truckThe Jeep® Wrangler has always turned heads – but now it’ll be turning even more thanks to the addition of the  Jeep®  Wrangler pickup truck. This truck will have the body of a Wrangler, but with all the benefits of a truck. It’s perfect for Jeep® lovers who need to get the job done.

So far, the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck has been kept (literally) under wraps, but the previews of this truck tease an unstoppable vehicle. What Jeep fans do know is that the Jeep Wrangler Pickup will sport a four-door Wrangler body, but instead of ending with a hatchback trunk in back, it will sport a functional truck bed. Finally, we also know the name: the Jeep® Scrambler.

The Scrambler will likely have plenty of power underneath the hood, as the expected engine options will be a gas-powered V6 and a turbo inline-four engine. While nothing is certain yet, it is suspected that an eco-friendly diesel engine might be an option as well.

In terms of road capability, this pickup truck is named the “Scrambler” for a reason. It will scramble over rocks and mud with coil springs at all four corners and a low anti-roll bar to keep you steady.

While you wait for the Jeep Wrangler pickup to be ready, you can always come down to Gossett CDJR and check out our inventory.

Road Trip Tips For the Holidays

If you are traveling for the holidays by car this year, you’re not alone. Experts predict that there will be more traffic on the roads than ever this Christmas season due to families trying to avoid high air fare prices. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you head out on the road.

road trip tips

There’s nothing like routine maintenance

No matter what you do to prep for you trip, keeping your vehicle in tip-top condition is the best you can do. Make sure you catch up on any routine servicing you’ve fallen behind on before you head out on a trip.

Map your route ahead of time

Having a GPS is convenient, but traffic jams and road closures happen, so it’s a good idea to have a map on you and some printed directions with alternate routes, too.

Bring plenty of distractions for the kids

If your children are prone to boredom during road trips, make sure you pack all their favorite games and mobile devices, along with whatever else they need in order to distract themselves.

Stretch often

If you’re traveling long distances, try not to drive without stretching more than an hour at a time. It’s bad for your circulation and can hurt your back, too. Make sure you routinely stop for a break.

Follow these road trip tips and you’re sure to have a significantly less stressful drive this holiday season.

Jeep® Scrambler Pickup Truck To Get Optional Soft Top

It’s a story that has been years in the making; Jeep® enthusiasts have been passing around rumors of a Jeep® pickup for ages. However, in the past year or so, those rumors have solidified into something more concrete, and now, the Scrambler pickup truck is almost here.

Scrambler pickup truck

Based on the iconic Jeep® Wrangler, the Jeep® Scrambler has just as much off-road prowess and capability as its sibling but with the addition of a truck bed.

Jeep® announced recently, however, that they’ll be bringing another part of the Wrangler’s design to the Scrambler and incorporating it – a soft top. The addition of an available soft top will be a segment exclusive among pickup trucks, transforming the Jeep® Scrambler into a sort of convertible truck with a top that can be lowered or removed.

The pickup truck will be going into production a year from now in November of 2018 as a 2019 model year.

If you want to get a peek at the upcoming Scrambler pickup truck, however, you’re in luck. It’s set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, so keep a look out for more information. And when it launches, make sure you come to us here at Gossett CDJR FIAT.