Advantages of Going to a Local Car Dealership

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Going to a local car dealership can make it easy to shop for your next vehicle. This guide highlights the advantages you face when choosing to visit a local car dealership.

Top 5 Advantages

1. Convenience: Your local dealership is a short drive, so you can save some gas, especially if you car or truck gets poor MPG. Remember that this matter of convenience impacts both buyer and seller. The dealership is hoping that their convenience can sway you, even with a higher price.

2. Supporting the Local Economy: Car dealerships are small businesses, and many are integral parts of their communities. You can help support the dealership's funding of local events by visiting an area dealership.

3. Personal Connections: You may already have an established friendship with someone who sells cars at a local dealership. Although this relationship can make purchasing your vehicle easier, you may not get the lowest price possible.

4. Easy to Test Drive: As a result of the dealership's close proximity to home, you can complete test drives without having to travel far. However, visiting a local dealership for a test drive can become problematic if the dealership continues to call you to make sure you are completely satisfied.

5. Establish a Service Relationship: Purchasing a vehicle locally will make it easier to establish a relationship with the dealership that will later provide your service. Warranty restrictions put in place by some manufacturers can make it difficult for service departments to adequately handle customers who purchase vehicles elsewhere. Having a relationship with the dealership can make things easier when warranty work is required.

Original Source: (January 27, 2012)

2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn Black

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2018 Ram 1500 Sport Moves Out of the Crosshairs, Big Horn Goes Black

Ram is continuing to slowly phase out its brand’s cross-hair grille, as the 2018 Ram 1500 Sport and Ram Heavy Duty pickups equipped with the Sport Appearance package adopt a variant of the snout found on the Laramie Longhorn, Limited, and the new-for-2018 Ram Limited Tungsten trims. As on those Ram trims, the 2018 Sport and Sport Appearance package’s body-color grille is distinguished by its pig-like nostrils and large “R-A-M” script and is paired with either black or chrome wheels and badges.

The cross-hair grille design can be traced back to the 1986 Dodge Ram. Now that Ram is no longer a part of the Dodge brand, it’s not surprising the relatively young truck brand is trying to separate itself from its Dodge brand mates that also use the cross-hair grille.

Still, Ram isn’t abandoning its former face overnight, and the new-for-2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn Black continues to bear the cross-hair mug of Rams past. Looking much like the Ram 1500 Black Express that was introduced in 2013, the Big Horn Black features black paint, black wheels, black badges, and black headlight bezels. Unlike the lesser Ram 1500 Black Express, the 2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn Black features convenience items such as an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 7.0-inch gauge cluster display.

Source: (June 30, 2017 at 11:34 AM by Greg Fink | Photography by Alex Conley and the manufacturer)

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS - Test Review

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Your quiet suburban cul-de-sac has officially been put on notice.


Chevrolet’s all-new, sixth-generation 2016 Camaro is lighter and more powerful. It’s a more disciplined machine with meaningful control feel. Its steering, balance, and ability to engage its driver are all unquestionably improved relative to the car it replaces. None of that matters to the wider populace, because, let’s face it, Camaros are for burnouts. And rubber will be melted during this test, no doubt.

Because excess is the whole point in Camaro-land, we outfitted ours with the most powerful engine then available, the 455-hp LT1. Mated with a six-speed manual and a limited-slip differential, the small-block made many friends during its time here. The 2016 V-8–equipped SS coupe started at $37,295, and we added only five options. The $5000 2SS package provided heated and ventilated power seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Our only per­form­ance add-ons were the $1695 magnetic-ride-control suspension and the $895 dual-mode exhaust, but we also tacked on the $495 Mylink audio system with navigation and black 20-inch, five-spoke wheels for $200. All in, a $45,580 Camaro.

Source: (Jul 2017 by Josh Jacquot | Multiple Photographers)

How to Maximize Your Vehicle’s Fuel Economy

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How you drive and take care of your vehicle can have a big effect on how much fuel you use. Follow these simple tips to save money and reduce pollution.

Cars run their best and consume less fuel when they are well maintained. Below are a few ways to keep your car in peak condition and keep money in your wallet:

Before You Hit the Road:
  • Keep your vehicle well tuned
  • Check your tires
  • Be weight-conscious
  • Keep track of your fuel economy

Behind the Wheel:
  • Drive moderately
  • Don't let your vehicle idle for more than a minute
  • Park in the shade

Driving a Clean Car Revolution:
  • Keep moving, but drive less
  • Buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle
  • Advocate for better transportation policies

Will Kentucky Pay for My Windshield Replacement

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Kentucky is one of the few states that will waive the deductible for windshield replacement under certain conditions. The law requires you to be covered by comprehensive insurance that meets the minimum standard of the Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS), which does cost slightly more than the monthly cost of the standard legal minimum liability.

KRS 304.20-060, titled coverage for safety equipment, states:

  1. As used in this section, “safety equipment” shall mean only the glass used in the windshield, doors and windows, and the glass, plastic or other material used in the lights required by KRS Chapter 189 on any automobile.
  2. Any automobile insurance policy that provides comprehensive coverage, whether designated as such, or included within a broader coverage, shall provide complete coverage for repair or replacement of damaged safety equipment, without regard to any deductible or minimum amount.
In the case of an unexpected broken windshield, it can be a major relief to know you’ll incur no out-of-pocket expenses, assuming a windshield replacement costs less than your deductible. If your windshield has been cracked or broken and needs repair or replacement, then a claim should be made through your comprehensive automotive insurance policy. Before doing so, be sure to discuss your policy with a representative who can explain the depth of your policy, and explain whether or not you qualify for the required comprehensive minimum under Kentucky’s automotive safety laws. If you do qualify, contact your local automotive glass repair shop to have certified glass and safety experts get your vehicle back on the road.

Source: (July 31st, 2014)

Unlimited Off-Road Show & Expo

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Off-Road Action and Performance is Right Here

JUNE 1 – 2, 2018 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 

The UNLIMITED OFF-ROAD Show & Expo turns Louisville, KY into the biggest melting pot for Jeeps, Trucks, UTVs, Buggies & Performance. 

Thousands come to enjoy a truly action packed weekend. 
Get your wheels dirty, watch the Race Action and check out the best and latest leading off-road manufacturers have to offer. 

Come to Louisville from June 1 – 2 and enjoy a great weekend with friends and family.

Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide

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Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide: More Car for Your Money

Roomy, comfortable, efficient, tech-savvy, and sometimes even fun to drive, today's midsize sedans deliver more bang for the buck than perhaps any other category of vehicles. It's no wonder they remain among the top-selling cars in the country.

Explore your 11 options below -- listed in order of popularity according to the most recent year's sales -- or scroll past the cars to get you first peek at new models, pick up some smart sedan test-drive tips and more.

  1. 2017 Toyota Camry - Starting Price: $23,905
  2. 2017 Honda Accord - Starting Price: $23,990
  3. 2017 Nissan Altima - Starting Price: $23,335
  4. 2017 Ford Fusion - Starting Price: $22,995
  5. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu - Starting Price: $22,555
  6. 2017 Hyundai Sonata - Starting Price: $22435
  7. 2017 Kia Optima - Starting Price: $23,095
  8. 2017 Volkswagen Passat - Starting Price: $23,260
  9. 2017 Chrysler 200 - Starting Price: $23,210
  10. 2017 Subaru Legacy - Starting Price: $22,815
  11. 2017 Mazda Mazda6 - Starting Price: $23,830

First Look: 2018 Toyota Camry

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With miles of Kentucky ATV trails through the breathtaking wilderness landscapes of the Bluegrass State, Kentucky ATV riding enthusiasts  can find a trail on nearly any kind of terrain.  

From flat lands and bogs to steep mountainsides and wilderness trails, ATV and OHV trails present plenty of challenges in these Kentucky ATV parks.  Old access roads and trails from Kentucky's coal industry have left an extensive network of riding opportunities. Riding destinations may be found across the Commonwealth, from scenic view points on eastern Kentucky ridge tops, to intriguing and challenging river bottoms in western Kentucky.

Explore the listings below to find Kentucky OHV trails, ATV parks, trails and more! 

Source: (2017)

Nine Good Reasons to Buy a Used Luxury Car

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An old saying goes; “The best used luxury car to buy is the newest one you can afford.” After all, while the price of entry might be well within reach of the average individual, maintenance expenses can often be reasonable only to those who could afford to buy the car new. If something goes terribly wrong, repair costs can sometimes mitigate much of the savings you achieved. Of course, purchasing a certified pre-owned luxury car could do much to alleviate this worry, which is why it is one of these 10 best reasons to buy a used luxury car.

  1. More car for less money
  2. Manufacturer's certified pre-owned programs
  3. Third party extended warranties
  4. In general, you'll experience less depreciation
  5. Good independent mechanics
  6. Think domestic
  7. Driving a lesser car won't suit you
  8. Advanced safety equipment
  9. Leading edge comfort and convenience features

Source: (Lyndon Bell - 2017)

How to Change Your Oil

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An Easy DIY Project that Saves Money
The basic oil change is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance.

Why change your own oil?

One of the cornerstones of do-it-yourself car maintenance jobs is the home oil change. It's a simple process that requires few tools, and it's a sure way to save some money while you avoid the hassle of sitting in a dull waiting room somewhere reading outdated magazines.

More than anything, the basic oil change is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance. The time you spend under the hood and under the car affords you an excellent opportunity to look around and see if anything else needs attention.

Our video shows the process in action:

Money Saved: Between $25 and $75
Time Required: One hour the first time out; 30 minutes on average
Tools Required
  • Wrench to remove drain plug (box end or socket)
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan
  • Funnel
  • Latex gloves
  • Jack and jack stands or ramps (optional, depends on ground clearance)
Materials Required:
  • Oil
  • Oil filter
  • Replacement drain plug washer (depending on application)

Source: (Apr 17, 2015 by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing)