Where to Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte, North Carolina

St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte - Larry Jay Mitsubishi Charlotte, NC

On March 17, we all get to be a little bit Irish and join in the fun of St. Patrick’s Day! If you are looking for some places to have some fun, here are the best places to go for St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte. Just remember, if your plans include drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or call yourself an Uber.

  • Patrick’s Day Parade. On Saturday, March 17, Charlotte will host its 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. It steps off at 11 a.m. at N. Tyron St. and 9th Street in Charlotte. After the parade, there is a grand festival with live music, delicious food, and local vendors.
  • Pub Crawl. Get your friends together and join in the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. This unique event on March 17, lets you experience a lot of uptown Charlotte. Wear your green t-shirt (your ticket to the pubs), and spend the day eating, drinking, and having fun.
  • Kids Craft. For a more family-friendly event, visit Summerfield Farms on St. Patrick’s Day from 2 to 3 p.m., and your kids can make a shamrock necklace and leprechaun mask.
  • Luck of the Irish 5K. If you want to get a run in before your party, sign up for this virtual 5K. You get to choose your route and when you run the race. You will get a medal and bib in the mail.

We at Larry Jay Mitsubishi hope you have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Can Singing in the Car Actually Improve Your Health?

singing in the carSinging in the car — we’ve all done it. Some people belt out their favorite tunes proudly, while others only do it when no one is around. Regardless of your singing preferences, there is one thing that drivers who sing tend to have in common — they’re often healthier because singing in the car can, in some cases, boost your health.

According to Life Hack, singing caused a release of chemicals in your brain. Scientists believe that singing releases oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin in small quantities to give you a heightened sense of positivity and enjoyment. Therefore, singing in the car can actually improve mental health.

We at Larry Jay Mitsubishi were also surprised to learn that singing in the car can improve cardiovascular and lung health. Singing loudly — which most people do behind the wheel — can impel you to use chest and lung muscles that aren’t usually active throughout the day. In fact, because most people sing alone in the car, there’s no pressure to sing “well”; ergo, you may sing louder and more frequently in the car.

Singing with others can also be great for psychological reasons. Harmonizing with your friends is a great way to strengthen bonds, and people who sing together tend to form closer relationships than those who don’t participate in social activities.

The Basics of Headlight Car Care: Cleaning and Replacing

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Headlight car care is easy to overlook, but it’s something that becomes especially important as your car gets older. Headlights can sometimes acquire a yellow film as your car ages, which can limit visibility. You should also perform routine headlight care to ensure that one of your bulbs isn’t out, as it can be surprisingly easy to miss at night.

According to Your Mechanic, headlights can sometimes turn yellow or opaque (or both) over time because the plastic materials tends to oxidize. Headlights can also become hazy if there is grit and grime buildup that isn’t removed. To fix this, you can rub headlights with toothpaste to help remove oxidation and dirt. You’ll want to rinse off the headlights when finished, and be sure to apply car wax to protect lights from future damage.

Replacing bulbs can be a little more complicated. For those who aren’t that mechanically inclined, you may want to bring your car to Larry Jay Mitsubishi for maintenance. Headlights can be removed if you loosen a series of screws that secure the headlight cover (you may need to pop the hood), and then unscrew and replace the bulb. Be sure to consult an auto expert and your owner’s manual to ensure you’re using the right bulb.

Mitsubishi Racing and Rally Cars: A Century of Performance

Mitsubishi racingMitsubishi’s history dates back to 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. released the Model A, the first ever Mitsubishi vehicle. A century later, Mitsubishi is still producing high-quality, affordable vehicles all over the world, including a range of incredible cars for the racing circuit.

The history of Mitsubishi racing goes back to the 1960s, when the automaker entered the Mitsubishi 500 Super DeLuxe in the Macau Grand Prix in 1962. Initially a marketing tactic to promote the brand’s first post-war vehicles, the 500 Super DeLuxe destroyed the competition, taking the top four places in the Under 750 cc category.

Mitsubishi’s racing success continued through the years in more than just circuit racing—in the 1970s it dazzled the off-road racing world, sweeping the top spots in the East African Safari Rally and the Southern Cross Rally, multiple times. Since it started competing in the World Rally Championship in 1973, Mitsubishi has won 34 titles.

Mitsubishi is also the most winning automaker in Dakar Rally history, with 12 wins from the late 1980s to 2007. These are just a few of Mitsubishi’s many racing wins throughout its long history. To find out more about Mitsubishi’s performance vehicles, give us a call at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

Car Headlight Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know

Car Headlight Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know

Having working, clear headlights is important year round, but it’s especially necessary in the wintertime, when it gets dark earlier and inclement weather can seriously hurt visibility. Follow these tips on headlight maintenance to make your car as safe as possible this season.

If you have a burnt out headlight, it should be easy to replace it yourself. How to access the bulb will depend on what kind of car you have (usually it’s through the hood), but you can find this information in your owner’s manual or even look up a guide online to help you replace it.

You don’t have to wait until your headlight burns out to replace it! You can tell when a headlight is getting weaker by examining it. If one side is brighter than the other or there are any other defects or irregularities, it’s time to change it. You should always replace headlights in pairs to avoid creating an uneven field of vision where one light is dimmer than the other.

Cleaning the cover on your headlights is also important! The covers can get dirty and foggy, which reduces visibility. Soap might not do the trick with caked on dirt, so using toothpaste can help thanks to the grit in it. Just put it on a cloth and use it like you would soap, and then rinse the headlight.

For more headlight maintenance tips, call us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

All About Headlights

Most drivers make sure to keep their car clean but many forget about one of the most important safety systems: the headlights. Like the rest of the care, the headlights need tender loving care to operate at peak efficiency. Here’s a page all about headlights from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. Drive safe this holiday season!


How to Replace a Bulb

To begin replacing a burnt out bulb, start by checking the owner’s manual to see what kind of bulb you need. If your owner’s manual doesn’t list this information, call a service department and ask.

Once you have the bulb, open the hood and locate the back of the headlight. From there, remove the power wires attached to a plug at the base of the headlights. Remove the old bulb. Finally, install the new bulb.


How to Clean the Lenses

Headlight lenses experience oxidization that cause a cloudy look. Cleaning them is relatively simple. First, gather car soap, masking tape, a soft cloth, toothpaste, and water.

Start by cleaning the lenses with the car soap and let them air dry. If they still look cloudy, cover the surrounding areas with masking tape. Add toothpaste to a damp, soft cloth and firmly rub your headlights in small circles.

Clean each headlight for up to five minutes, then rinse them with water and let them air dry. Add car wax to avoid future damage.


When to Use High Beams

It’s safe to use high beams when no other cars are coming towards you. High beams should always be used outside of cities and in rural areas provided there isn’t any oncoming traffic. Turn off your high beams when closing in on another vehicle.All About Headlights

Should You Get Your Windows Tinted?

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Driving with the sun shining in your face or beating down on your body can be uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous. One way to alleviate some of these issues is by getting your windows tinted. However, there are a few rules regarding window tinting.

Here in North Carolina if you get your windows tinted, different rules apply to different types of vehicles. If you drive a sedan the rear and side windows can be tinted, but the windows have to allow in more than 35 percent of the light. With an SUV or van, this restriction only applies to the front side windows. Any darkness can be used on the rear windows.

Another aspect of tinting windows is reflective coatings. Just like you see in some sunglasses, some tinting film uses metallic surfaces to help reflect sunlight. In North Carolina, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive, the tinting cannot be more than 20 percent reflective, regardless of which window it is on.

Along with helping to shield you and your passengers from the sun, there are additional benefits to window tinting such as privacy, security, UV protection, keeping your interior cooler, and protecting your interior from sun damage.

If you are interested in adding some tint to your windows, we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi will be happy to assist you.

What is a Vehicle’s Trim Level?

Vehicle's Trim Level - Larry Jay BlogFinding the vehicle you want is difficult enough, and adding in multiple trim levels to choose from doesn’t make it any easier. Different trims come with different options, but it doesn’t have to be confusing. Here’s a quick breakdown of the meaning behind a vehicle’s trim level.

Vehicles are generally available in a selection of trim levels, each of which builds on the base model. Upper-tier models might include more technology, better performance, higher efficiency, or come equipped with different packages. Take the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander for example.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander features four trim levels. The Outlander ES 2.4 is the base model and features a standard seven-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and Bluetooth® connectivity. The base model is followed by the SE 2.4 and SEL 2.4, both of which build on the features of the ES 2.4.

At the top of the range sits the Outlander GT 3.0 AWC. This top-spec trim comes standard with a V6 engine, multi-view camera system, more advanced safety technologies, and paddle shifters.

That trim level hierarchy remains the same throughout the Mitsubishi lineup. The ES will always serve as the base model, followed by the SE, then SEL, then the top-spec GT trims.

Other automakers follow a similar trim hierarchy. Honda, for example, always starts with an LX base model. Meanwhile, Chevrolet always starts out with an LS trim.

Trim levels are a straightforward system once you get the hang of it! For more information, please visit us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid | Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogPlug-in hybrid SUVs have become all the rage in recent years with luxury automakers bringing out their premium models one after another. Unfortunately, nearly all of those SUVs, like the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, are well out of the price range of the average consumer. Enter the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid.

Starting well under the price of those premium models, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV brings quality and efficiency at an affordable price. Not only does it have a much lower starting price, it’s also eligible for a hefty federal tax credit, plus whatever your state may offer.

Now that we’ve covered just how affordable the new Outlander PHEV is, let’s talk specifications.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features two full-time electric motors paired with a four-cylinder gasoline engine. A 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack stores the system’s power. The vehicle recharges using regenerative braking technology, and owners can plug it in at home for overnight charging.

In addition to generating around 197 horsepower, the hybrid powertrain features six regenerative braking modes, an electric-only mode, and Battery Save mode.

Designed for the average driver, the Outlander PHEV brings a standard seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and much more.

We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi are excited to see the brand’s latest hybrid in person!

How Is Trade-In Value Determined?

How Is Trade-In Value Determined? - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogWhen you’re ready to buy a new car, one option is to trade in your old one to cover part of the new car’s price. If you’re planning to get rid of your old car anyway, this can be an easy, convenient way to do so. In addition to getting the price taken off of your new purchase, you also have nothing to worry about in terms of liability because the dealer takes care of everything. However, the trade-in value of your car will often be slightly lower than the value of reselling the car on your own, but this difference in value is worth it to many for the sake of convenience.

The trade-in value itself depends on several factors—the same type of factors one would consider when buying a used car. These include make and model, year, mileage, and condition. If you want to figure out what your trade-in value will be, you should start by getting an idea of the car’s market value. You can do this by using a resource like Kelley Blue Book where you will enter the details about your car’s condition. This resource can give you a good idea of what people are paying for a car similar to yours across the board and should give you an idea of what to expect as a trade-in value as well.

To learn more about trade-in value and other financial questions, call us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

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