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Consider Donating to these Charlotte Charities This Holiday Season

Charlotte Charities

This holiday season, it’s easier than ever to give back to the community by helping those in need, thanks to the many excellent charities here in Charlotte that focus on holiday-centric work.

 

Of course, a donation to most major charities is sure to make a difference, but here are a few Charlotte charities to keep in mind this season:

 

  • HopeMatch – Directly matches a family in need with a family who wants to provide, so that more personalized and specific donations can be made during the holiday season. Learn more here.
  • The Sandbox – Supports the families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer or another life-altering illness, through financial aid, gift donations, and much more. Learn more here.
  • Kids First of the Carolinas – Offers holiday gifts to families in need, from additional Christmas gifts to Easter baskets; this organization also supports local teachers and students. Learn more here.
  • Charlotte Family Housing – Aims to empower homeless families to obtain long-term shelter and services, by helping them find paths to more permanent homes. Learn more here.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte – Brings people together to build new houses and communities for those who need them most. Learn more here.

 

For more ideas about how to help our community, visit us anytime at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

We love living and working here in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, something we might love even more is eating here. Charlotte has one of the best dining scenes in the state and we’re lucky enough to be right in the middle of it. Here are five of the best restaurants in Charlotte.

 

  1. Fig Tree Restaurant. This delightful restaurant delivers not only delicious food, but excellent service and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. They offer a wide menu selection along with a varied wine selection.
  2. Carpe Diem Restaurant. If you’re looking for an excellent night out to celebrate any occasion or just to enjoy a decadent meal, head to Carpe Diem. They also offer catering services for wedding and other events.
  3. Capital Grille. If you prefer your dining served by friendly, knowledgeable wait staff, head to the Capital Grille. You’ll enjoy perfectly prepared food, a warm atmosphere, and a great drink selection.
  4. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. For a more laid back dining experience, Bad Daddy’s offers mouthwatering burgers, crispy French fries, and even some healthier options, like a build your own salad.
  5. Midwood Smokehouse. A North Carolina dining experience wouldn’t be complete without some barbecue and Midwood Smokehouse has some of the best in the city.

 

What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Finally Coming to the US

A Mitsubishi Outlander out on a sunny day

The Outlander PHEV is coming to America!

For a few years now, Mitsubishi has been marketing a plug-in hybrid EV version of its popular Outlander family in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, but the variant never made its debut on North American soil. However, following the introduction of the Outlander’s next generation sometime after 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will finally be available in the US.

The decision accompanies Mitsubishi Motors’ announcement that the company has reevaluated its plans and has chosen to more aggressively target the SUV segment. The current generation of the Outlander PHEV could arrive in the US as early as next May. In addition, the automaker expects to have released three new SUVs to the lineup by 2020, including a new unnamed crossover, the next installment of the Outlander, and a new Outlander Sport. Mitsubishi says all three vehicles will offer optional hybrid powertrains, in addition to the traditional gas setup.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been around for four years now, but the company is just now bringing the plug-in hybrid model to the American market. However, the decision makes sense now that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has turned their sights on the SUV market in an attempt to focus on their strengths.

Can’t wait to get your hands on a new Outlander? You can at least partially quench your thirst for the PHEV by test driving a 2015 Outlander at Larry Jay Mitsubishi 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!

Enjoy Fall at the Ballantyne Festival in Charlotte

The Ballantyne Festival: Autumn in the Park Featuring Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast is a one-day festival in Charlotte that seeks to provide a fun, autumn-themed event for all Charlotte’s citizens. It’s free to the public, totally family-friendly, and includes tons of events and attractions. The Ballantyne Festival will take place October 10th from 11am to 9pm at Ballantyne District Park.

Everything about the Ballantyne Festival screams fall, from the chili cook-off to hayrides to pumpkin painting. Craft tables will be set up for kids, as well as inflatable bounce houses and games, but there’s plenty of fun for adults too. The oyster roast is sure to please seafood-loving adults, and the festival will feature lots of beer sellers.

There’s also plenty of live entertainment, including four local bands headlined by acoustic rock group Simplified. And the music isn’t all that’s local—Ballantyne is a huge supporter of local businesses in Charlotte. Tons of Charlotte businesses with a passion for community and personal interaction set up booths in Exhibitor Alley.

Net proceeds from Ballantyne go to local charities and nonprofits. It’s a great cause and fun time, so don’t miss it! We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi love it!

How To Handle A Backseat Driver

how to handle a backseat driver

We’ve all experienced it. We are driving down the road—and doing a good job of it—when someone in the backseat leans forward to offer some unsolicited advice. While your passenger might mean well, the advice itself is typically unwanted—and distracted.

Backseat driving is a well-recognized phenomenon and has even attracted the attention of psychologists. According to Psychology Today, the need to “backseat drive” finds its source in a positive personality trait—namely, confidence. But it’s more than that. It’s about the confidence you have the power and the knowledge to help, “that you’re capable enough to influence any situation for the better.”

Recognizing that backseat drivers are really only trying to help can make it easier to deal with them. That idea can be a great way to dialogue with them. Try explaining to them that you know they are only trying to help but in reality, from your perspective, they are hurting the situation by making you doubt yourself.

Your driving experience is going to be significantly easier if you know how to handle a backseat driver. Make sure you keep this in mind the next time you have a backseat driver! Check out our new inventory today and decide which vehicle is best in preventing backseat drivers!

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Tops Cars.com List of Most Affordable Three-Row Crossovers

most affordable three-row crossovers

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The crossover segment is not only popular—it’s crowded. There’s no mystery as to why the crossover has become the most popular segment. They work when a minivan or full-size SUV would be too bulky or inefficient and when a car would be too small. Because the crossover segment is so popular, it comes as no surprise that every year, Cars.com announces its Most Affordable Three-Row Crossover list, naming the best of the best in the segment. This year, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has come out on top.

The list is determined based on the characteristics consumers look for in a three-row crossover. These characteristics include an automatic transmission, power driver’s seat, rearview camera, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. Then, the crossover’s affordability is calculated by an equation involving the five-year fuel cost, price, and residual value.

Cars.com found that the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander met all of the requirements to be the year’s Most Affordable Three-Row Crossover. The estimated five-year fuel cost for the Outlander was $2,000 less than the next competitor on the list. Though its residual was not as strong as some, the fuel cost and a low starting price helped the Outlander to win.

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