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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.

The Basic Steps to Changing Your Oil

changing your oil - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogOne of the most common car maintenance activities is an oil change. Most vehicles need an oil change once every three months or every 3,000 miles, assuming it requires a non-synthetic oil. While our professional staff at Larry Jay Mitsubishi can perform this type of maintenance for you, many drivers prefer to do it themselves. That’s why we’ve put together a post on changing your oil.

According to Edmunds, you’ll need a few tools. This includes a wrench that fits the drain plug, an oil filter wrench, oil drain pan, funnel, a jack, and jack stands. You may also prefer to use latex gloves to protect your hands. You should also have fresh oil and a new oil filter.

First, raise the car using the jack, and secure it using jack stands. Next, position the drip pan under the oil plug. Following this, you can remove the oil plug and let the oil drip from the car into the pan you have under it. You’ll need the pan when removing the old filter as well, as oil will drip from this part of the engine.

Next, replace the drain plug and the new oil filter. Many technicians suggest rubbing the gasket of the new oil filter before installing it to ensure a tight fit.

Finally, fill the car with fresh oil. You may need to check the dip stick a few times to be sure that it’s full. Then, remove the blocks and lower the car. It’s as simple as that.

What Is a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle?

2017 Mitsubishi LancerThere are lots of choices to make when it comes to buying a new car. One of the biggest choices to make it whether to buy a new or used car. But did you know you can compromise? A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is the best of both worlds.

So first of all, you’ll want to know what “Certified Pre-Owned”, or “CPO”, means. The “pre-owned” part means that the car has been previously owned by somebody else. However, the “certified” part is what makes it different from a used car. Before being considered a Mitsubishi CPO car, every potential vehicle must first go through a strict evaluation.

First, a car must be less than five years old and have less than 60,000 miles on it. After that, it has to go through a 123-point inspection to meet the tough requirements of the CPO program.

Something you’ll get with a CPO car that you won’t get with a used car is a warranty. Mitsubishi’s CPO program comes with New Vehicle Limited Warranty and Powertrain Limited Warranty. Plus, you’ll know your car’s history when you buy it thanks to a free vehicle history report.

Certified Pre-Owned cars give you like-new cars all at an affordable price. Come down to Larry Jay Mitsubishi today to check out our CPO collection.

How to Change a Tire

Change a Tire - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogKnowing how to change a flat tire is one of the most essential maintenance procedures that all drivers should know. To change a tire, you need the following equipment: jack, lug wrench, fully inflated spare tire, and your vehicle’s owner’s manual. All of these items should have come with your car.

Along with those items, it is also recommended that you keep a flashlight, rain poncho, a 2×6-inch piece of wood, gloves, and wheel wedges in your car for when you do need to change your tire.

Follow these steps.

  1. Move to a safe spot. Get out of traffic and find an open area that is as close to flat as you can get. Make sure you turn on your hazard lights and apply the parking brake.
  2. Prepare the wheel. Put the wheel wedges in front of or behind your wheel to prevent your car from rolling. You will then remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts.
  3. Use the jack. Place the jack next to the flat tire. Put the piece of wood under the jack to make it more secure. Raise your vehicle until the flat tire is six inches off the ground.
  4. Remove the lug nuts.
  5. Remove the tire.
  6. Put on the spare tire.
  7. Tighten the lug nuts by hand.
  8. Lower the vehicle. Use the jack to lower the vehicle until it just touches the ground. Then, tighten the lug nuts as tight as you can with the wrench.
  9. Lower the vehicle completely.
  10. Put away all your equipment.

If you have had a flat and need a new tire, come visit us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

How to Save Fuel

How to Save FuelThey say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. But there’s a third thing missing from that quote, and that’s gasoline. Anyone driving a gas-powered vehicle has to fill up their tank, and that’s just unavoidable. But perhaps you can fill yours less often by learning how to save fuel when you drive. Next time you’re cruising in your Lancer from Larry Jay Mitsubishi, follow these guidelines for better gas mileage.

 

Eliminate Weight

 

The heavier your car is, the more gas it needs to move. If you’re the type of person who leaves clutter in the trunk or back seat, you’re wasting gas. Clean out your car for less drag and better efficiency.

 

Cool Off the Right Way

 

Windows up or windows down? It’s the age-old question. The truth is, it depends on the speed. If you’re driving at highway speeds, having the windows down makes a vehicle less aerodynamic and therefore uses more gas. In this case air conditioning is more efficient. However, when driving in town, it’s better to do windows rather than AC.

 

Check Your Tire Pressure

 

Under-inflated tires aren’t functioning as well as they could be, and require more gas from the car to function. Check your tires’ PSI regularly to make sure your tires are inflated properly and giving your car the best mile to the gallon possible.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Tire Pressure

Know About Tire Pressure

When you think about the most important safety features on your car, you might think of your traction control, brakes, or even airbags. However, these features are nearly useless without your tires. That is why it is important to take good care of your tires. And, the simplest way to do that is by making sure they have the right air pressure.

Here are five things you need to know about tire pressure.

  1. Tire pressure measures the amount of air in your tires. Too much or too little air can cause undue stress on your tires making them wear out sooner than they should.
  2. Proper tire pressure is important. Not only does it prolong the life of your tires, but it keeps your fuel efficiency where it should be and helps prevent tire emergencies, like blow-outs.
  3. Your tire pressure decreases over time because of things like air slowly leaking through the rubber compound, an actual puncture in the tire, leaking valve stems, and impacts, like running into the curb.
  4. To check your air pressure, you will need a pressure gauge. Unscrew the cap on the valve stem and touch the pressure gauge to the stem until you hear a stream of air. Quickly remove the gauge and read the pressure. Repeat to ensure accuracy.
  5. Adding air to your tires is simple. Most gas stations have air pumps. The correct pressure should be indicated on your tire’s sidewall. Add air until all tires are properly inflated.

If you have any questions about your tires, stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi and we’ll inspect them for you.

Three Ways to Know that It’s Time to Buy a New Car

It’s Time to Buy a New Car

There are plenty of car commercials, glossy magazine ads and well-lit dealerships that are always around. If you were to get a new car, you’d know where to look. But how can you tell that it’s time to buy a new car? Here are three signs that may mean you should start shopping.

Frequent Repairs

Some maintenance is to be expected in a car that’s got a healthy amount of miles on it. Parts wear down and need replaced and systems need tweaked. But if you’re having trouble keeping your car running without shelling out some serious cash every couple of months, it may be time to upgrade.

Repairs Cost More Than the Car

One way you can weigh the benefits of getting the repair versus starting fresh is by learning what your car is worth. If its current market value is close to what it will cost for a new transmission, then you may as well put that money towards a new car.

Extra Unnecessary Costs

As a car becomes more and more outdated, it can cost you a lot more than it would to invest in a new vehicle. Not only do older cars have outdated fuel systems that will cost you more in gas but older vehicles will cost you more from insurance, too. Plus, aged cars are likely lacking the “drive clean” technologies that would let them pass emission tests by today’s standards. Buying a new car will be a safer choice not only for you and your family, but for the environment as well.

If you’re having these problems and think it’s time for you to begin car shopping, contact Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

Test Driving Tips: Finding the Right Car

Before you buy a car, you should always test drive it. Many dealerships now allow you to take cars overnight, which is a great way to get to know a potential vehicle. You should look out for things like drivability, comfort, ease of use, visibility, and more. Below are some test driving tips to keep in mind to help you get the most out of your visit.

Test Driving Tips

Do Research

According to Car and Driver, the first tip is to do some research. If possible, narrow it down to two or three vehicles. Then, test drive these cars back to back. This will help you determine which you like better. You should also see if any friends or family are available to give you a second opinion. However, be sure to ask a few days in advance and have a backup plan. If necessary, make a list of things that you think are essential in a vehicle.

Get Acquainted

Next, get acquainted with the car before you drive it. Are the seats comfortable? What’s it feel like in the back? Is there a lot of storage space? What does the exterior look like? These are all questions you should ask yourself before even driving the car. If you have a car seat or other accessory, make sure it will fit as well.

Pay Attention

During the actual test drive, pay attention to things like visibility, comfort, media features, and enjoyability. Are there many blind spots? Are you too high or too low to the road? Are you comfortable? Can you use media gadgets without taking your eyes off the road? Is it fun to drive? You should also consider handling and performance as well.

These are the basics to test driving. First, come prepared. Next, give it a once over while it’s in park. Finally, when test driving, pay attention to enjoyability, safety, and more. With these tips in mind, your drive will help you make the right decision.

What to Do In Case of a Dead Car Battery

preparing to charge a car battery - what to do in case of a dead car battery

Car batteries die for a number of different reasons. You may have left your accessories like headlights or the radio on while the car wasn’t running, left your car in storage without starting it for a long period of time, didn’t keep up with battery maintenance, or it might just be cold. How do you deal with a dead car battery? Here’s what to do.

Call Somebody: Whether it’s your roadside assistance service, a family member or friend, or a local towing service, there is someone in the vicinity who can come help you in your time of need. Keep in mind if you call a towing place, however, that they’ll need to charge your vehicle at their headquarters, so they’ll need to tow your car.

Jump Your Car: Whether you’re doing this with a friend or someone else, it’s easy to jump your car. You simply need jumper cables and two vehicles – the car with the dead battery and a “rescue” car. Park both vehicles nose to nose and attach the jumper cables to the positive and negative battery terminals, and turn on the ignition of the rescue car, allowing it to charge your dead battery.

Use a Charger: Having an AC Charger handy when your battery dies or is weak allows you to charge your vehicle’s battery without having to enlist the help of someone who can jump it.

A dead car battery is a frustrating emergency, but preparing – or at least knowing what to do in advance – can be a big help in a pinch.

Winter Car Prep Tips for Drivers

person cleans frozen windshield - winter car prep

Is it December already? As temperatures drop, you might want to take the time to get some winter car prep time before the freezing temperatures of January and February move in. Extreme cold can have a big impact on the inner-workings of your vehicle, so it’s best to be prepared.

Check Your Fluids

It’s best to have your vehicle in top working conditions during the colder months so you have one less thing to worry about. Keep your gas above half a tank, top off your oil, keep an eye on your coolant, and next time you get your car serviced…

Switch to Winter-Grade Oil and Wiper Fluid

As part of your fluids check, you should definitely switch over your oil and windshield wiper fluid. Winter-grade oil will be more effective in freezing temperatures, and the wiper fluid you use year-round might freeze on your windshield in extreme conditions.

Gauge Tread Depth and Tire Pressure

Having good grip between your tires and the road is crucial in hazardous road conditions. Cold also makes tires deflate faster, so keep on top of your tire pressure.

Pack a Winter Emergency Kit

Accidents still happen even if you stay on top of maintenance and do everything right. In those cases, you should have things like blankets, water bottles, a flashlight, and other emergency supplies packed and in your trunk.

Winter car prep will help you and your vehicle get through the cold winter months easier and safer than ever.

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