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How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

As the days pass by and we get caught up in all of the daily life activities, it’s easy to forget about simple things like taking care of our cars. However, detailing your car every once in awhile makes a huge difference. Here are some tips for how to do it on your own.

 

Start With Compressed Air

 

Before you even get the vacuum out, use compressed air to blow dirt and particles out of the hard to reach cracks and corners. Once you get it all into the center of the car, you can then vacuum it up.

 

You can also turn the compressed air on your vents to get all of the dust out of there to keep your car smelling nice.

 

Use Non-Acidic Wheel Cleaner

 

Keep your wheels and rims looking nice by using a non-acidic wheel cleaner. The acid in some washes eats away at the protective layers on your rims, causing them to rust faster.

 

Hand Wash

 

The best wash is a hand wash. This allows you to get into all of the hard to reach places and get every last bit of dirt off of your car. Avoid using things like dish soap on your car. You may end up destroying the protective layers on your paint if you aren’t careful.

 

By following these simple tips, you will be able to detail and clean your car like a pro.

Famous Women in Automotive History

Florence Lawrence

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This month we wanted to take the time to talk about some of the famous women in automotive history.

  • Mary Anderson. In 1903, this woman invented something that is used on every single car in the world today—the windshield wiper. Her version was a swinging arm with a rubber blade that was manually operated from inside the car. So, the next time you switch on your wipers, think about automotive pioneer Mary Anderson.
  • Florence Lawrence. Silent film star Florence Lawrence purchased her first car in 1913 and realized it was missing some important safety features—turn signals and brake lights. So, she invented. Her simple invention didn’t actually involve lights, but was an “auto signaling arm” that would raise a sign indicating which direction the driver was going to turn. The brake signal raised a “stop” sign.
  • Helene Rother. In 1943, she was hired as the first female automotive designer. She was originally a French jewelry designer, but GM hired her to design some elegant interiors for upscale cars. She spent much of the rest of her career on automotive interior design.
  • Denise McCluggage. She was one of the most celebrated racers of the 1950s, conquering the most difficult tracks all over the world.

As you can see, women played a vital role in making the automotive industry what it is today.

Mitsubishi November Sales Demonstrate Company Success

Mitsubishi 2016 model lineup

Mitsubishi was looking fierce in November!

Mitsubishi November sales numbers have been released to the public, and the company continues to enjoy one of its best years yet due to the continued success of the Mitsubishi Outlander and the SUV’s variants. So far in 2015 Mitsubishi Motors has sold over 87,000 units year-to-date, a stark contrast to 2014’s numbers of just over 71,000 within the same time period. That’s a 23 percent increase!

In just November alone, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has sold 6,722 products – up 3.6 percent from November 2014’s sales numbers. The Outlander shows the biggest leap in sales from the previous year, with an increase of 69.3 percent, or sales of 1,717 units. The Outlander Sport sold even more units in November; the popular SUV saw 2,955 units sold last month.

Mitsubishi’s continued success with their SUVs has caused the company to turn its attention to the SUV segment. Over the next five years, Mitsubishi plans to introduce three new SUVs to the US lineup. Mitsubishi November sales certainly back up this decision, as the company continues to find great success.

See why more people choose Mitsubishi by scheduling a test drive at Larry Jay Mitsubishi today!

Say Hello – and Goodbye – to the Lancer Evolution Final Edition in America

Lancer Evolution Final Edition

The Final Edition is going fast, so get yours today!

The Lancer Evo’s story in the US is a generations-long saga of engineering triumph and stylistic innovations, but it has reached its final chapter.

 

Mitsubishi has recently announced the Lancer Evolution Final Edition in America, a vehicle that gives a proud goodbye to an automotive legend.

 

The Lancer Evolution Final Edition in America will feature 303 horsepower (an increase of 12 horsepower from the last model) and 305 lbs of torque. Our favorite modification for the Final Edition is probably the new Bilstein shocks wrapped with all-around Eibach springs and two-piece Brembo front-axle calipers – talk about a smooth ride.

 

The Final Edition will retain that classic Lancer look, with the exaggerated spoiler and athletic posture. It will feature dark-chrome Enkei wheels to match the dark-chrome grille setting and black aluminum roof. You can get the last Evo in four colors: Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Greay, or Octane Blue.

 

Only 1,600 Lancer Evo Final Editions will be sold at a starting cost of $37,995, so hurry on down to Larry Jay Mitsubishi and get yours before they’re gone!

Mitsubishi Offers the Best Warranty in the Industry

Mitsubishi Outlander Grill Badge

Larry Jay is proud to offer the best warranty in the industry with Mitsubishi.

At Larry Jay, we love Mitsubishi—that’s why we sell them. We’re proud to do so, too, and not just because of their outstanding engineering and reliable quality. We’re proud to provide our customers with Mitsubishi vehicles because Mitsubishi offers them the best warranty in the industry.

 

With Mitsubishi, you receive Mitsubishi Confidence, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty as well as a full 5-year roadside assistance program that isn’t restricted by mileage in any way, shape, or form – a rarity from today’s carmakers. Keep in mind, the roadside assistance does not apply to the i-MiEV, the Lancer Evolution, or the Lancer Ralliart, which provide their own assistance programs.

 

Mitsubishi’s 10-year/100,000-mile warranty is a full five years and 40,000 miles better than our next competitor. That’s why Larry Jay Mitsubishi can confidently say that we can give you the absolute best warranty in the industry today – and, more than likely, tomorrow, too!

How Alternators Work

alternator

The alternator is one of the most important parts of your car, since it’s the part that generates electricity to keep your battery charged as you drive. If you’ve ever wondered how they do this, we here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi have created a brief guide on how alternators work.

Alternators contain several parts, including a rotor, a stator, a rectifier assembly, and a set of brushes that maintain contact with the rotor, all of which are housed inside an aluminum casing. There’s also a pulley outside the casing.

The word alternator comes from the phrase alternating current. The rotor and stator work together to produce electromagnetic power, which is then sent to the battery. The engine rotates the alternator pulley, which causes the rotor to spin past wire coils that are part of the stator. This produces alternating currents in the rotor and stator. The electricity from this is funneled through stator leads to the rectifier diodes, which send the current in the proper direction.

Alternators also require a voltage regulator that determines the amount of voltage that goes into the engine, since too much can damage it. This isn’t everything there is to know about the alternator, so read up if you’re interested!

Tips to Take Care of Your Car’s A/C

take care of your car’s a/c

As you gaze out into the hot summer from your cool and comfortable car, take a few minutes to say thank you to your air conditioning. We know you don’t want your A/C to fail, so here are a few tips on how to take care of your car’s A/C.

  • Turn it on. This is the simplest way to prolong the life of your air conditioner. Simply by using it, you are keeping the compressor in good working order. Auto experts recommend you turn on your air conditioning on its coldest setting for 10 minutes every week—even in the winter. Not only will this keep the parts working, but it will help clear out any excess moisture from your car’s vents.
  • Have it serviced. Usually every two years, your air conditioner will need a refresh—which entails re-gassing and cleaning up the system.
  • Give it a break. While using your A/C will keep it working, using it too much may cause it to break down. Try relying more on the fan speed instead of a colder temperature to keep you cool. If it’s blazingly hot and you’re trying to turn your car into a freezer, you are making your car work really hard.

If you think your car’s air conditioning might need a bit of a pick-me-up, give the service department at Larry Jay Mitsubishi a call and we’ll make sure you stay cool this summer.

Drive-in Theater Tips: Getting the Most out of Your Drive-in Experience

With warmer weather on the way, that means we’ll be seeing drive-in theaters open across the region. Drive-ins are a great way to have fun with family or friends, but there are a few things that can optimize your experience. We’ve put together a list of drive-in theater tips to make sure you get the most out of your film-going experience.

According to Tips for Family Trips, the key is to choose the right double-feature. If you’re unfamiliar with drive-ins, most offer two movies for the price of one – but some might not be appropriate for children. The best thing to remember is: which films are the best for everyone?

Our second tip is to get a Mitsubishi or pack lawn chairs. Most cars can get uncomfortable after a few hours, so lawn chairs can help you spread your legs and relax. If you have a Mitsubishi, odds are you have plenty of legroom and comfy seats.

Tip number three is to avoid going during a heat wave. If you’re going to sit through a few hours of family entertainment, make sure to choose your day carefully. Avoid going when it’s too hot outside, because you probably won’t want to run the A/C the entire time you’re there.

Last but not least, start your car every once in a while. Drive-ins work using radio frequencies, so most people run it with just the car battery on. Although some drive-ins will remind you, remember to start your car to charge up your battery.

Mitsubishi Mirage Included in List of “10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Under $25,000”

fuel-efficient cars under $25,000

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

If fuel-efficiency on a budget is your top priority when considering a new car, then the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage may be the car for you. It was recently included on Kelley Blue Book’s list of the “10 Most Fuel-efficient Cars Under $25,000.”

Being included on this list is a natural fit for the Mirage. For one, it is the least expensive car on the list with a starting price of only $12,995. And, it is the only non-EV/non-hybrid car on the list and has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 40 mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered, non-hybrid car available in the United States.

“The Mirage continues to be an important vehicle for the Mitsubishi brand,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President, MMNA, in a statement. “With its affordable price, incredible fuel economy and surprising list of available features, the Mirage is a great value that people recognize – February 2015 was the vehicle’s best-ever sales month since its launch in 2013.”

And, drivers seem to love the Mirage. On KBB.com, the Mirage currently has a rating of 9.3 out of 10, based on consumer reviews. But, don’t take their word for it. Stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi today and take the Mirage out for a drive.

More Options for the New 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

new 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a niche car, like any car. It’s for people who like to be able to negotiate an urban environment without hauling along unneeded bulk. This super compact car can get into some really tight spaces! Don’t ever worry about not finding a parking space.

This EV from Mitsubishi is also for people with a shorter commute. Its 16 kWh battery will get you 62 miles of range. In other words, the i-MiEV is perfect for your work commute. Since 2014, the battery has had a “DC fast charging capability,” according to Gas2.

The new 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV sees the addition of some exciting new options. There’s a navigational package that includes a seven-inch touch screen displaying real-time traffic data and 3D mapping. A rear-view camera option makes a nice safety touch. You’ll also be able to pick up the i-MiEV with optional Bluetooth hands-free phone system and USB port.

The i-MiEV is also for people who want to reduce their footprint and do their part to unclutter America’s increasingly overcrowded urban roads. We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi are very excited for this vehicle.

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