May-16-2017

2018 Model-Year FCA Preview

The FCA US Fleet Product Preview started its journey to visit 24 Cities last week. If you're a FCA US LLC Fleet customer looking to test drive an array of Dodge, Ram Truck and Chrysler vehicles, you'll need to check if the 2018 model-year FCA Product Preview will be visiting your city. Every year this road tour is setup for commercial, daily rental fleet, and government customers around the country. This year the event started in Dallas and Kansas City on May 9th and will be ending June 29th in New York.

 

The highlight of this year's preview will be the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. “The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a no-compromises minivan, giving customers everything they need or want. We started from the ground up to design the most technologically advanced minivan, which offers bold styling, class-leading ride and handling, and unmatched fuel economy, with the Pacifica Hybrid delivering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families,” says Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our fleet and small business customers to test drive our all-new Jeep Compass and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan," said Jeff Kommor, Vice President – U.S. Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales, FCA US LLC. "Both have been re-engineered from the ground up on all-new platforms, and both deliver class-leading safety and performance. We look forward to showcasing our new products, introducing 2018 model-year vehicle specs and demonstrating why FCA vehicles are above the competition." Check out the event area and dates below.

If you have any questions about our new model vehicles or would like to schedule a test drive, come visit us at Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a service appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.


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Apr-26-2017

The 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was recently unveiled ahead of the New York International Auto Show and its jaw-dropping 840-horsepower and 770 pounds-feet of torque 6.2-liter super charged V8 engine was the highlight of the day. This is the most powerful V8 engine ever put into a regular production vehicle. The last record was guarded by Dodge Challenger Hellcat that had 707-horsepower.

This is a huge jump in horsepower, so much that the Demon has already claimed the world's fastest run every by a factory production car in the quarter-mile. The final time was certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) at 9.65 seconds and 140 miles per hour. According to Dodge, this beast has the fastest zero to 60 time (2.3 seconds) for any production car. The crazy amount of acceleration G-force you experience in this car will give you goosebumps. If you don't mind your car lifting its front wheels off the ground, go ahead and mash that gas pedal down.

If you're planning on taking your friends for a cruise around, you'll have to make sure you pay the $1 fee to get back each seat. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes standard with only one seat. Front passenger seat and rear seat were removed to reduce the overall weight. Dodge breaks down a few items and shows their weight.

  • 58 pounds: Removed front passenger seat and belt
  • 19 pounds: Used smaller, hollow sway bars
  • 20 pounds: Removed trunk deck cover trim, carpeting, spare tire cover
  • 55 pounds: Removed rear seat, restraints and floor mats
  • 18 pounds: Removed mastic, body deadeners, insulators and foam

Only 3,300 Demons will be build with production starting late this summer - 300 for Canada and the rest for the United States, according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. If you have any questions about your next vehicle or need help shopping for your next car, come visit us at Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a service appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.


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Mar-07-2017

The Dodge Challenger Demon is Drag Ready

When you want to build a car that is drag strip ready, you need to make sure the vehicle can handle the stresses that regular street cars never experience. Dodge has definitely taken those precautions for the Challenger SRT Demon and equipped the vehicle with "race-hardened" parts. We're just one month away from the debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but for now we have to rely on Dodge's teaser videos for information about this monster.

In the video above we get a glimpse of Dodge introducing the race-hardened parts. There are a few key parts that give this vehicle the extra edge it needs to preform at peak conditions. Its high-strength steel driveshaft has been increased 20 percent in thickness and provides 15 percent increased torque capacity. The heat-treated aluminum alloy and stronger gear material on the differential housing lets this vehicle control 30 percent more torque.

This vehicle isn't quite up to par with the Drag Pak Challenger, but it did have some work done to the suspension that will make it more capable down the quarter-mile than the Hellcat. Dodge wanted to take a tradition approach of a loose front suspension sans sway bar coupled with a stiff rear suspension to help shift the weight over the rear rubber. Instead they used modern tech to create a similar effect. The Demon gets lower spring rates front and rear, a hollow front sway bar and adaptive dampening shocks. 

If you're familiar with wheel hop, you know it can damage the drive-train components as the tires rapidly gain and lose traction over and over. Dodge implemented their launch control system that will help lower torque output at the first sign of wheel slippage and on top of that Dodge added a four-point harness bar in place of the back seat to reduce the driver from hopping around.

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Feb-16-2017

The Almost 500 Horsepower 2018 Dodge Durango

The brand will be using the Chicago Auto Show to introduce their SRT alternative of its full-size Durango SUV. Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis, the man who is behind the Hellcats and the coming Demon that will be displayed ahead of the New York Auto show in April calls the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT the most powerful and fastest three-row vehicle. Most people know that Dodge stands for power and performance, this vehicle captures both of those categories with ease.

"This is what you get, when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT: a 12 second quarter mile, toy-hauling, three-row muscle car," Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA's passenger cars brands said in a statement. This vehicle will be equipped with a Hemi V-8 engine that generates 475- horsepower and 470 pound feet or torque and has a towing capacity of 8,600 pounds.

The SRT is a Dodge subbrand that is reserved for performance versions of each model. This version of the Durango comes with a wide variety of special performance features including:

  • New Brembo high-performance brakes
  • Standard eight-speed automatic transmission specially calibrated for the Dodge Durango SRT
  • SRT hood with cold-air duct and heat extractors to improve overall performance
  • SRT seven-mode drive system to adjust drive settings to maximize performance.
  • New exhuast system

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles did not release pricing for the 2018 Durango SRT, but you can expect to see these models arriving in dealerships during the fourth quarter of this year. If you have any questions about your next vehicle or need help shoppping for you next car, come visit us at McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a service appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.


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Jan-30-2017

Production of Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks shifting to America?

Production of Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks shifted to America

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There are a lot of automakers taking heat from the new Trump Administration to start building more of their vehicles in the United States. This is part of the president's agenda to increase the number of American jobs. There has been a lot of push back from some of the industry because they said smaller vehicles won't create any profit because of higher labor rates and climbing regulatory cost in the United State. Sergio Marchionne CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also agreed that bringing all automotive manufacturing back to the U.S from Mexico would cause monumental consequences to the industry.

Last year the FCA imported more than 407,000 vehicles from Mexico last year, with a high percentage being Ram pickup trucks. In a recent talk about policy in Washington earlier this week, the chief executive Sergio Marchionne of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles believes that the FCA could shift those pickups to the United States by 2019 or 2020. He also stated, “The repatriation of the Ram heavy-duty truck is possible,” and “The infrastructure to execute that is in place and, given the right motivation, it could be accomplished quite easily."

Fiat Chrysler announced in early January that it plans to fix up their facilities in Michigan and Ohio. After these upgrades to the plant in Warren, Michigan the facility will be capably of assembling Ram heavy-duty trucks that are currently manufactured in Saltillo, Mexico. This will open up the opportunity of 2,000 jobs for the italian-American company. Fiat Chrysler employs over 11,800 workers in Mexico at their seven manufacturing facilities.

If you have any questions about your next vehicle or need help shopping for your next car, come visit us at McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a service appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.


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Jan-21-2017

Dodge’s 2018 Demon – The Challenger SRT

Dodge's 2018 Demon - The Challenger SRT 

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If you were at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, you probably heard that Dodge created a new pop-up website to give us a glimpse of their new product(ifyouknowyouknow.com). This website will update videos from their YouTube page with information regarding the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. If you're a huge fan of Dodge products and want to be the first to know about this vehicle, you have to check out this site.

Dodge will slowly be giving us information on this vehicle in a series of 12 videos that are planned to be released over the next 80 days, after that it's official reveal will be at the New York International Auto Show in April. After watching their teaser trailer "Reduction" you can see that this vehicle is losing some weight from the wheels, suspension, brakes, interior components, and the steering. Compared to its Challenger SRT Hellcat kin, we can appreciate this vehicle won't be weighting in at almost 4,500 pounds.

If you take a closer look at the X-ray rendered video of the car you'll notice the abnormally large wheel base. This will be a great improvement over the 275-width rear tires that are equipped on the regular Challenger SRT Hellcat that can barely grasp the 707 horsepower from the engine.

There have been some leaked photos of this vehicle on Instagram from illegal machine that shows an air intake on the hood that covers at least half of the total width, this is almost double the size of the previous intake on the SRT Hellcat. We also get a glimpse of some very luminous brake discs behind the dark rims, this could be a light weight material that helps improve the overall weight loss of the vehicle.

If you have any questions about our vehicles or need any help shopping for your next car, come visit us at McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a service appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.

 


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Dec-21-2016

Spice Up Your Holidays With The Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Spice Up Your Holidays With The 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

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With Christmas right around the corner, i knew when i saw the Dodge Charger R/T that this was the gift i wanted above all else. I checked out a few other vehicles including the Mustang GT and the two-seat Mazda Miata, but after doing some research i knew the the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack was the best bang for my buck. Dodge combined the R/T-level interior with the legendary 6.4-liter V-8 from the SRT-392 to create this incredible vehicle. This package delivers Best-in-Class 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque for under $40,000.

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The design of the Dodge Charger Scat Pack is somewhat elegant, the mesh grille inserts give the car a crisp style while the exclusive Scat Pack grille badge adds the perfect touch to celebrate its racing heritage. The front hood scoop adds a nice touch to the design despite the fact that it doesn't directly feed cold air to the intake. The 20-inch machined aluminum and satin black wheels are visibly charming and the bright red Brembo brakes will remind you of Rudolph's nose. Just behind the front wheel the "392" badge will let passing vehicles know you got a massive HEMI under the hood.

The standard interior on the Charger Scat Pack comes with quite a few modern technologies. With a big portion of the cost going to the performance area on this vehicle, some people would expect a cutback on interior luxury but that's not the case here. You'll still get to enjoy power front seats, key-less entry, remote start, rear-view camera, multi-function steering wheel, a part assist system and a version of Uconnect running Dodge Performance Pages. The backseats are very roomy and provide a generous amount of leg room for grown adults.

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If you have any questions about this vehicle or need any help shopping for your next vehicle, come visit us at McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a service appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.


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Dec-11-2016

The AWD 2017 Dodge Challenger GT Revealed

The AWD 2017 Dodge Challenger GT Revealed

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The Dodge brand developed the world's first all-wheel drive American muscle coupe. This vehicle will warm up the hearts of car enthusiasts that live in  colder areas of the country or anyone that wants to drive a Dodge muscle car all year long. The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD is a 2-door muscle car with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a impressive 305 horsepower and equipped with ZF's 8-speed automatic transmission. The starting price is $34,490, which includes the $1,095 destination charge. Expect to see this car on the showroom floors within the first few months of the new year.

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This vehicle's AWD system will be the same one used on the 4-door Dodge Charger AWD. The Active transfer case and front-axle disconnect will automatically shift between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Dodge says, "In normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels for a performance driving experience and when additional traction is needed, sensors engage the front axle to change into AWD."

The interior boast blush nappa leather, an 8.4 inch Uconnect display, a 276-watt Alpine stereo with six speakers, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, metal-trimmed pedals, all-season tires, rear park-assist, and so much more. This vehicle has everything you'd expect from a Dodge Challenger but if you're looking for a little extra, the GT interior package comes with Alcantara sport seats, higher-end leather, and a 9-speaker sound system.

If you have any questions about this vehicle or need any help shopping for your next vehicle, come visit us at McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a service appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.


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Dec-02-2016

New Concept Vehicles 2016 SEMA Show

According to DigitalTrends.com the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas is “unlike conventional auto shows” because “the concept vehicles unveiled at SEMA aren’t built to show off future styling or technology, they’re just built to be cool.” To aptly fit SEMA’s theme, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is set to showcase six concept vehicles — a good mix of models representing past and present.

The Dodge Shakedown Challenger  boasts of a 485-horsepower Hemi V8 combined with a six-speed manual transmission from a Viper; Brembo brakes from a Challenger SRT Hellcat; and headlights and taillights from a 2017 Challenger.

The Dodge Shakedown Challenger weaves together design cues from the past and present to create a uniquely original Mopar creation.

Modern trucks are also part of FCA’s showcase, which include the Ram Macho Power Wagon (based from the Ram Power Wagon off-road truck but with added enhancements like a 4.0-inch lift kit and 37-inch Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires.

The Dodge Durango Shaker gravitates towards on a on-road performance, with its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine — used in FCA SRT performance models like the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392.

The last two concept vehicles: the Ram ProMaster and the Chrysler Pacifica Cadence weren’t souped up for performance but have their own share of bells and whistles.

“The Ram ProMaster pit stop is a bar on wheels, complete with keg storage and four onboard taps,” describes DigitalTrends.com, while the Chrysler Pacifica Cadence showcases accessories available to the redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. New features include custom 20-inch wheels and a surfboard carrier.

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Oct-10-2016

The Dodge Challenger T/A Is Back For 2017

The Dodge Challenger T/A Is Back For 2017

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The Dodge Challenger T/A is back for 2017. The name comes from the recognizable model Dodge used in the SCCA's Trans-Am racing series back in the 1970's. This model will be available for ordering some time in October and will come in three different trims; T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392. All 3 models will give you the thrill and perform just as you would except from the Dodge Challenger.

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392

The T/A and T/A Plus models come equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 that pumps out 375 horsepower, around the same as the Challenger R/T. The T/A 392 is rocking the massive 6.4-liter V-8 giving the car 485 horsepower. Dodge decked out each T/A model with a standard performance exhaust system that makes the vehicle roar a whole lot louder, but sadly it doesn't add any engine power.
You'll notice right off the bat that all 3 models are equipped with a new hood that has a enormous center-mounted scoop. The satin black rear wing, body-side stripes, rear wing, and fuel-filler door brings back details from the iconic '70s muscle car. The T/A also comes with a similar air design from the Hellcat that sucks in air through both headlamps to the engine intake. Optional Old-school pins are available for those who want to keep the hood secured.

If you need any information on this vehicle or have any questions about ordering one of these beauties for yourself  come visit us at McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 or contact one of our professionals at (877) 389-8538. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a maintenance appointment for your current vehicle. Come see why Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.


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Sep-30-2016

HOS Tips For Drivers And Fleet Managers

HOS Tips For Drivers And Fleet Managers

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With DOT inspections being done every month, every fleet manager and fleet driver should be aware of their legal responsibilities and requirements, when it comes to Hours Of Service (HOS) record keeping.

To address the need for awareness and knowledge regarding HOS rules, KeepTruckin.com has compiled some easy-to-understand tips and advice for the benefit of those who don’t know the particulars.

  1. Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR)

As per FMCSA’s website, Section § 396.11 states that a report is required on Equipment provided by motor carrier: “every motor  carrier shall require its drivers to report, and every driver shall prepare a report in writing at the completion of each day’s work on each vehicle operated, except for inter-modal equipment tendered by an inter-modal equipment provider. The report shall cover at least the following parts and accessories: (i) Service brakes including trailer brake connections; (ii) Parking brake; (iii) Steering mechanism; (iv) Lighting devices and reflectors; (v) Tires; (vi) Horn; (vii) Windshield wipers; (viii) Rear vision mirrors; (ix) Coupling devices (x) Wheels and rims; (xi) Emergency equipment.

  1. Days of Logs Required

KeepTruckin advises that drivers should carry 8 days of logs (the past 7 days + current day), in case they get pulled over.

  1. Printer in-cab is advisable, but not legally required

For drivers who log their HOS electronically, an officer is usually okay with viewing the logs in a mobile device or having the logs emailed or faxed to them. However, an officer can request for a hard copy at the time of inspection, so a printer in-cab is advisable.

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  1. The difference between an Electronic Logbook App and an ELD

An Electronic Logbook App “is simply an electronic version of a paper log,” where a driver still has to record his/her duty status and other FMCSA required log information. ELDs are “hardware devices that sync with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record and track a driver’s hours of service (which will be required as per the December 2017 ELD Mandate.)

  1. Cab-card: Required only for drivers using ELDs, AOBRDs or EOBRs

“ A cab-card is an instruction sheet describing how to store and retrieve ELD data. ONLY drivers using ELDs, AOBRDs, or EOBRs to record their hours of service are required to keep these printed instructions in-cab.” For those using an Electronic Logbook App, a cab-card is not necessary.

  1. Timezones

“Drivers are required to log HOS according to the time-zone of their home terminal, regardless of where they travel. Unless a driver’s home-terminal changes, there is no need to change time-zone when logging hours.”

  1. HOS rules per area/country

“According to the FMCSA, drivers operating outside of their state borders must comply with the HOS rules of that region. A U.S. driver operating in Canada must comply with the national, provincial and territorial requirements of Canada, just as Canadian drivers must comply with U.S. rules and regulations while operating in the U.S.”

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Sep-23-2016

Stay Safe – Truck Information Announced

RAM 3500 and 4500/5500 trucks announced

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889 model year 2016 RAM 3500 trucks which were manufactured from July 24, 2015 through January 7, 2016 and 2016 RAM 4500/5500 trucks manufactured from July 24, 2015 through October 8, 2015 are being recalled by Chrysler (FCA US LLC) due to “a misshapen main output shaft, creating voids that may cause a shaft fracture,” reports Limbach of ConsumerAffairs.com

“If the main output shaft fractures, the vehicle may lose motive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the driver may be unable to place the vehicle in PARK, increasing the risk of a vehicle roll-away,” writes Limbach further.

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Owners will be notified by Chrysler and dealers will replace the transfer case for free. Recalls are expected to begin by August 10, 2016. Car owners are advised to call 1(800) 853-1403 and indicate “S48” for this recall.

When you receive a recall notice, contact any dealership that sells your brand of car to make the appointment for the repair. You do not need to return to the dealership where you bought your car. All dealerships that carry that brand are required by law to make the recall repair at no charge.

If you have any questions or need more information regarding your recall notice please contact us at (877) 389-8538 or visit us at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806. Check out our online inventory here or schedule a maintenance appointment here. Come see why McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sep-16-2016

2015 RAM 2500 and 5500 Recall Information

Due to reduced response to steering input, 2015 RAM 2500 and 5500 trucks and cab chassis recalled

2015 RAM 2500 and 5500 Trucks, Cab Chassis, Dodge and Chrysler Recalls

A  recent article from  ConsumerAffairs.com informs us that, 64 model year 2015 RAM 2500 trucks and 5500 trucks and cab chassis are being recalled by Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

“The vehicles may have inadequate welds securing the front track bar frame brackets, possibly resulting in the bracket components separating from the frame. If the bracket components separate from the frame, the vehicle may have a reduced response to steering input, increasing the risk of a crash,” says ConsumerAffairs.com about the problem

It will be remedied by dealers through “welding a new track bar frame bracket or replacing the frame of the vehicle, free of charge.”

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The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (originally enacted in 1966 and now recodified as 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301) gives the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards. Since then, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects.  To read more information on this subject here.

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Aug-24-2016

U.S. Auto Industry Remains Resilient Through Fines and Recalls

Despite record fines and recalls, U.S. auto industry remains resilient

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Senior Vice President of J.D. Power’s global automotive practice says that “the fact of the matter is, there is a plethora of recalls, and after a certain point in time people become numb to them. We have more recalls now than we have ever had and yet the industry is selling more than cars than ever.”

“Today, the cars are much safer, less polluting, modestly more fuel efficient but there is still a long way to go,” says consumer safety advocate Ralph Nader. “We’ve ceased to see just carelessness, ignorance and indifference. These are increasingly criminal acts, now prosecuted because there is no criminal penalty in the motor vehicle safety law,” he adds.

In the process, automakers have had to fire CEOs, overhaul corporate structures, rethink safety processes and expedite communication with regulators.

Business Professor at the University of Michigan Erik Gordon believes that massive investigations and recalls have been detrimental to the U.S. auto industry.

“Automakers have progressed from occasional, seemingly innocent mistakes and low-profile recalls to endless, high-profile recalls that resulted from decisions to save money, to cover-ups top-level executives blamed on lower-level engineers, to cover-ups suspected of going all the way to the top and claims of paying dealers to lie about sales,” Gordon says.

Detroit Free Press notes some of the most recent high-profile crises in the auto industry:

- In June 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered the recall of 2.7 million Jeeps that were found defective and were “prone to fires due to rear-mounted fuel tanks,” only to be refused by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne. FCA finally conceded to “conduct a safety campaign for 1.56 million Jeeps to install trailer hitches for added protection, but still denies a defect exists.”

- In February and March 2014, GM recalled 2.6 million older-model year small cars due to “faulty ignition switches.” An internal investigation by GM ensues with CEO Mary Barra having to testify before Congress and GM setting up a victims compensation fund for fatal accident claims.

- In July 2016, FCA confirms being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “for the way the automaker reports sales figures to the public in quarterly reports.”

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Yet, amid the influx of said investigations and recalls, purchases from U.S. Consumers for new cars and trucks have been surging. In 2015, more than 17.47 million new cars and trucks were sold — a historical number — and sales continue to pick up this year as well.

If you're looking for more information on recalls for any of your vehicles please contact us at (877) 389-8538 or visit us at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806. Check out our online inventory here and schedule a test drive today! Come see why McPeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Aug-18-2016

FCA’s Outstanding Recall and Campaign Information

FCA’s outstanding recall and campaign information for North America

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FCA US LLC is committed to the safety of their customers and has released an “Outstanding Recall and Campaign Information for the U.S. and Canada” to educate consumers on how to go about the process.
Here is the press release, as updated in Ramtrucks.com to answer most questions that car owners may have:

Where can I find information pertaining to safety recalls or campaigns on my vehicle?
FCA US LLC regards safety as paramount and does not compromise on the safety of our customers and their families. Your confidence in our products and our services is of utmost importance to us. As a result of our commitment to you, we will periodically recall a vehicle to correct a problem or improve overall performance.

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What is a safety recall?
Safety recalls include any problem encountered with an FCA US product related to the safe operation of the vehicle or the safety of the occupants. FCA US will correct the problem, at no charge, even if the vehicle is out of warranty and you are not the original owner.

What is a campaign?
A campaign is a vehicle problem that is not a safety concern. There are two types:

Emissions Recall - Emissions are problems related to the Federal emissions warranty standards. FCA US will correct the problem, at no charge, even if the vehicle is out of warranty and you are not the original owner.

Customer Satisfaction Notification - A Customer Satisfaction Notification (CSN) is preventive in nature and involves warranty or customer satisfaction issues that are non-safety related. FCA US will correct the problem, at no charge, even if the vehicle is out of warranty and you are not the original owner.

What is a Warranty Extension?
Warranty Extensions are occasionally issued in the interest of customer satisfaction due to a quality issue that is found. Typically these actions will extend the warranty beyond the original factory terms for a specific vehicle component for a specified period of time. These actions are both non-safety and non-regulatory in nature. The extended component coverage provided by FCA US, once applied, will transfer with the vehicle, regardless of ownership.

How do I know if my vehicle is involved in a recall or campaign?
Vehicle owners are notified by direct mail for both safety recalls and campaigns. Information about safety recalls is also typically available through the print and/or broadcast media. The notices sent through the mail will give owners the direction they need to have the recall or campaign properly addressed.

Visit Recall VIN Lookup to view both recall and CSN notifications not yet performed on your vehicle. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is located on the VIN plate on the dashboard of your vehicle. You can also find the VIN on your sales agreement, insurance documents, vehicle registration, or title.

My vehicle is involved in a recall. Do I need a recall notification to get my car repaired?
If your recall letter tells you to schedule the needed repair with the dealer, just make the appointment at any authorized dealer to have the repair completed. You do not need to bring any documentation with you.

If you're looking for more information on recalls for any of your vehicles please contact us at (877) 389-8538 or visit us at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806. Check out our online inventory here and schedule a test drive today! Come see why Mcpeek's Dodge of Anaheim is all about building a strong relationship of trust and loyalty.

 

 

 


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Aug-04-2016

Getting The Most Of Your Vehicle Graphics

Getting the most out of your vehicle graphics

Fleet Identity, Graphic Installation, Graphic Selection, Vehicle Graphics, Vendor Selection, Tips and Advice

Lauren Fletcher of BusinessFleet.com writes a very informative article on the do’s and don’ts of vehicle graphics, as well as common-sense advice for producing and maintaining this crucial advertising medium.

In her own words, Fletcher elaborates on some helpful ideas, when it comes to graphic and vendor selection:

- Use an experienced vehicle graphics designer to create the original version of the image and text and have an experienced vehicle graphic professional measure the vehicle.

- Consider and communicate durability requirements.

- Review the graphics provider’s financial strength and developmental support tools.

- Request references and/or the design company’s portfolio. Because a local sign company can make signs doesn’t necessarily mean it can produce vehicle wraps, lettering, etc. for fleets.

- Understand the value-added resources available from a supplier.

- Use a certified graphic company to design and install fleet graphics.

- Prepare an image that works appropriately with the vehicle.

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When selecting vendors, Fletcher advises the following:

- Do not base a decision exclusively on price. Numerous variables influence durability and may or may not influence the ultimate price.

- Do not work with a company that doesn’t understand your fleet specifications

- Don’t choose a company that doesn’t understand your business requirements or doesn’t invest the time and energy to know exactly what is expected from your brand campaign over the life of the program.

During the process of graphic selection, Fletcher elaborates on the don’ts:

- Never price-out fleet graphics without adequate research and preparation

- Specify the time the graphic is expected to last. Most fleet graphics are specified for one, three, five or seven years. Many applications for fleet design are usually for the length of the lease, loan, etc., before the unit exhausts its term of use.

- Do not have different designs on a variety of body styles.

- Never put too much info or clutter within the graphic marketing display

- Avoid complicated designs that can present difficulties in installation and matching reprints when the vehicles are damaged due to an accident, etc.

- Don’t allow anything produced without first previewing the full-size art or a proof.

- Never use dark image colors on dark vehicle colors. Most marketing design needs vibrant colors with vivid contrasts.

After the graphic artwork has been installed, Fletcher provides tips on how to prolong the vibrance and durability of the graphic installation:

- Never power-wash the vehicle (especially with hot water)

- Remove emblems on vehicles to prolong the life of graphics

- Never take the display text to the outside boundaries of the fleet unit’s working area. The text should always be contained within a 15-percent margin from the sides of the working area, such as the cube box, truck doors, etc.

If you're looking for a commercial vehicle or truck, come visit us at McPeek Dodge of Anaheim located at 1221 S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, Ca 92806. We're here to get you into the vehicle you want. Check out our online inventory and give us a call at (877) 271-7417 if you have any questions. We can customize any vehicle with your business logo or company graphics.

 

 

 


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Jul-21-2016

4 Summer Maintenance Tips For Your Vehicle

Summer is the hottest time of the year and the temperatures have been skyrocketing lately. You'll want to make sure your vehicle is ready to tackle the summer heat so the weather doesn't cause any malfunctions or possible breakdown. If you get the proper maintenance done before tackling the heat head on, you will decrease you odds of something bad happening and increase the life of your vehicle. If you want to be fully covered have a skilled auto technician overlook your vehicle.

Summer Maintenance Tips Orange County

MAKE SURE YOUR BRAKES ARE IN GREAT CONDITION

The most important safety feature on your vehicle is the brakes. This is our first maintenance tips because summer is the most dangerous season for driving, there is a lot more people driving on the roads and more teenagers driving around since school is out. Having your brakes in tip top condition will give you the upper hand when the unexpected happens. If you have noticed any grinding of metal noises coming from your brakes you should have it checked out immediately.

 

CHECK YOUR TIRES

Tires are one of the major components on your vehicle, it's what keeps you moving on the road and without them you wouldn't be able to go anywhere. It's crucial to check your tires before every drive but most people never check them at all. If you don't have the correctly tire pressure, this can cause bulges and put stress on the sides of the tires. If unchecked for too long there is a possibility that your tire will blow. When the heat rises it causes your tire pressure to change, so make sure you get your tires checked this summer.

 

CHECK YOUR OIL

Making sure you have oil in your engine is a must during the summer. Oil keeps your engine lubricated and when your engine is lubricated it decreases unwanted friction and reduce heat buildup. Your car will thank you for every little step you do to help it stay cool. Don't confuse this with an "oil change", Changing your oil should be done every 4000-5000 miles but checking if you oil is low is very simple and can be done every week.

 

INSPECT YOUR COOLING SYSTEM

The cooling system does exactly what it sounds like it does, it controls the temperature of important components under the hood of your vehicle. The most common cause of a vehicle breakdown is causes by the summer heat. Before taking a long drive around Anaheim, you should have your cooling system checked out. A skilled auto technician will give you a detailed report on your hoses, coolant, radiator, water pump, and thermostat. If you haven't changed your coolant in the last 24,000 miles now is the time.

 

If you're looking for reliable service in the Orange County area come visit us at McPeek Dodge of Anaheim. We're located at 1221 S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806. We're here to help you service your vehicle or get you into the vehicle you want. Check out our online inventory or give us a call at (877) 271-7417 if you need any additional information.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Jul-13-2016

How Fleet Replacement Cycle Has Evolved

Fleet Replacement, Fixed and Variable Costs, Maintenance Costs, Vehicle Replacement Cycle

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In his blog, Businessfleet.com contributor Mike Antich talks about “the history and evolution of fleet replacement vehicle cycling parameters.”

Antich addresses the frequently asked question: “How long should I keep my vehicles in service?” and discusses a brief history of how replacement cycles were dealt with from the 1950s to the 1980s.

“The average replacement cycle then was 55,000 miles — a maximum of 36 months for passenger cars and 42 months and 75,000 miles for trucks. The reasons for this cycle timing were quite simple — vehicle quality was average, at best, and a 55,000-mile replacement made sense because of maintenance costs, driver downtime, and resale deducts for vehicles with higher odometer readings,” Antich writes.

Antich analyzes the principle behind fleet replacement policy — “most commonly expressed in a combination of time and mileage.”

“The logic behind this policy lies in the progression of fixed and variable expenses during the life of the vehicle. Fixed costs tend to decelerate the older the vehicle, while variable costs tend to increase. When you chart these two costs over the life of a vehicle, the time to replace it is when the descending fixed cost line intersects with the rising variable cost line,” Antich further explains.

According to Antich, the mid-1980s saw the onset of a paradigm shift for fleet vehicle replacement parameters due to a number of reasons:

- Increasing number of passenger minivans

- Arrival of the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)

- A revolution in vehicle quality

- Rising cost of new vehicles

- Buying higher mileage used vehicles became more acceptable

The 1990’s brought about the concept of a finely-detailed database — “replacement analytics became more sophisticated, as databases were now available to analyze maintenance and resale histories so economic value could be modeled to help guide the replacement decision,” says Antich.

Antich elaborates further on the “primary economic drivers” for replacement decisions:

- Acquisition-cost sensitivity (the higher the acquisition cost, the longer it paid to keep the asset)

- Resale market performance

- Warranty coverage period

- Maintenance cost history and forecast

- Increasing sensitivity to the cost of driver downtime

- Seasonal influences on the resale market and depreciation factors

These factors have reached such a granular level that it has “enabled the industry to increase the granularity of replacement recommendation down to the individual nameplate and even individual vehicle,” Antich notes.

However, Antich also notes that this “increased granularity” in the system has also brought about “increased complexity” when it came to resale market values and the introduction of new models.

“Another factor is changes in consumer buying behaviors for new and used vehicles. Changes in competitive fleet allowances and consumer rebates have influenced acquisition costs and buying behavior. External forces, such as business boom-and-recession cycles, interest rate fluctuations, and credit availability for retail buyers of new and used vehicles have all contributed to the complexity,” says Antich.

In determining replacement cycling, the following principles apply, according to Antich:

- Asset cost

- Cost of driver downtime

- Remarking seasonality

- Company image

- Retail demand for used vehicle

In closing, Antich predicts that this increasing granularity will result in an even more complex system of data analytics in the future. Read more from the original article here.

We have a huge selection of fleet vehicles here at McPeeks Dodge of Anaheim. Come visist us at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 and take a test drive today or check out our online inventory here. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at (877) 389-8538.

 

 


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Jul-06-2016

Telematic Needs Determined By Fleet Size

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It is a given fact that varying fleet sizes have differing needs.

A recent Automotive Fleet telematics survey revealed that medium fleets (100-399 vehicles) utilizing telematics are looking at four major areas to work on in the following order:

- Improve productivity (50 percent)

- Decrease fuel consumption (45 percent)

- Decrease accidents (28 percent)

For larger commercial fleets (400 or more vehicles), the following are the crucial areas that they are aiming to improve on in this order:

- Decrease fuel consumption (75 percent)

- Decrease accidents (73 percent)

- Improve vehicle maintenance (65 percent)

- Improve productivity (58 percent)

“This data suggests that larger commercial fleets plan on using telematics to more directly reduce operating expenses by cutting down on measurable business expenses. Medium-size fleets, on the other hand, are looking for telematics to provide a wider scope of benefit that makes managing their fleet easier overall, not just reducing specific expenses,” writes Dylan Brown of Automotive Fleet.

Brown further analyzes that larger fleets utilize programs which “maximize routing, schedule vehicle maintenance and accurately bill payroll” — concerns that usually arise with fleet expansion.

With regards to medium-size fleets, Brown makes an informed assumption, stating that they are “likely to have these systems in place and are therefore looking to telematics to provide comprehensive improvements in fleet management in areas outside of directly reducing business expenses.”

In choosing a telematics provider, medium- and large-size fleets were asked to rank categories on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most important, 1 the least important).

Some of the categories include: “upfront cost, monthly fees, service coverage, software features, customer service, return on investment and ease of use.” Of the categories mentioned above medium- and large-size fleets gave the following scores, respectively:

- Upfront cost (medium-size: 3.72; large-size: 3.66)

- Monthly fees (medium-size: 4.04; large-size: 3.94)

- Service coverage (medium-size: 4.08; large-size: 4.25)

- Software features (medium-size: 4.05; large-size: 3.94)

- Customer service (medium-size: 4.24; large-size: 4.09)

- Return on investment (medium-size: 3.88; large-size: 3.84)

- Ease of use: (medium-size: 4.36; large-size: 4.22)

From these data, Brown analyzes that mid-size fleets are more affected by “initial and long-term cost” compared to large-size fleets, “suggesting that mid-size fleets do not have the same access to funds that large fleets enjoy.”

Large-size fleets give more priority to service coverage, in terms of provider preference. Brown deduces that this may be caused by operations “on a more expansive geographic region” which would necessitate vehicle tracking.

Ease of use and return on investment were crucial categories for both medium- and large-size fleets.

Brown concludes his analysis with this statement: “All-in-all mid-size fleets are fairly similar to larger commercial fleets outside of a few nuanced areas. The differences in resources available generally account for any discrepancies in the need for telematics. One could justifiably argue that larger commercial fleets turn to telematics for more specific needs, whereas mid-size fleets prefer to use it as a more general fleet management enhancing tool.”

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Jun-29-2016

Natural Gas Vehicles: The Greener Choice

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Natural Gas Vehicles: The Greener Choice

Have you been thinking of switching to a green fleet for your business? If so, read on.

According to NGVAmerica.com, “Natural gas vehicles (NGV) use proven, reliable technology to take advantage of our country’s abundant natural gas reserves. The low cost of natural gas, combined with unprecedented public and private investment, has led to significant market growth and more vehicle and fueling options than ever before.”

But just like what you would do for any other investment, it would be best to weigh the pros and cons of such an undertaking and figure if NGVs suit your business’ needs and purposes. This article will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of NGVs for you to have a better understanding of how it works and if it fits the purpose you have in mind.

Vehicular Natural Gas

Vehicular Natural Gas is composed primarily of methane (CH4), “an energy dense single carbon molecule that produces far fewer harmful emissions than either gasoline or diesel, when combusted,” says WorkTruckOnline.com.

It is the same “blue flame” being used for heating, water heating, cooking and other domestic uses. “While most natural gas used today is a fossil fuel extracted from deposits found deep within the earth, a growing amount of renewable natural gas produced from landfills, sewage plants and agricultural waste (aka bio-gas or bio-methane) is being utilized, including by some fleets.”

Proponents of natural gas believe that “it is a viable path for the United States to achieve greater energy independence now and in the foreseeable future.”

NGVA Director of Market Development Stephe Yborra believes that “the existing and growing U.S. reserves of well gas and bio-methane are more than enough to absorb tremendous growth in the transportation sector.”

NGVs have internal combustion engines similar to those that run on gas and diesel. Most use spark-ignited engines but there are quite a number that use compression ignition.

“Light-duty sedans and pick-ups and some smaller medium-duty trucks use spark-ignited engines that may be either dedicated (runs exclusively on natural gas), or bi-fuel (designed to run either on natural gas or gasoline, but not both at the same time.) Nearly all spark-ignited medium- and heavy-duty engines run exclusively on natural

The benefits of NGVs

Foremost of course, is the environment-friendliness of NGVs — “natural gas is the cleanest burning commercially available alternative fuel today, and its use as a transportation fuel is improving the air quality and the health of communities across the country. NGVs significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other smog-producing emissions, when compared to gas and diesel vehicles,” says NGVA.

While NGVs “have a higher incremental cost due to the expense of specialized fuel systems and fuel tanks, the low cost of natural gas fuel relative to diesel and gas means there is a short payback period before realizing significant savings over the life cycle of the vehicle,” NGVA says further

Why NGVs?

Senior Analyst for Pike Research Dave Hurst says: “Corporate and government fleets are the strongest adopters of NGVs. More and more fleet managers are attracted to the lower fuel costs of natural gas, in addition to the opportunity to reduce their vehicles’ carbon footprint.”

Senior Vice President for AT&T Global Fleet Operations Jerome Webber asserts that “CNG vehicles provide a reduction in carbon emissions - by approximately 25 percent compared [to] traditional gasoline vehicles. That supports our corporate commitment to reduce our impact on the environment. We also expect a decrease in our overall fuel costs, especially as gasoline prices continue to trend upwards. Historically, CNG is 30-40 percent cheaper than unleaded gasoline, so adding this many CNG vehicles to our fleet will have a positive impact both economically and environmentally.”

Years ago, the need for fueling infrastructure used to be a hindrance. But according to NGVA, more companies and organizations have been stepping in and getting involved in the funding, designing and construction of natural gas refueling stations. There are now 1,640 CNG and 123 LNG natural gas stations operating in the United States — a mixture of CNG fast-fill, CNG time-fill, LNG and L/CNG stations which provide applications for which they are best suited.

We have a huge selection of fleet vehicles here at McPeeks Dodge of Anaheim. Come visit us at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 and take a test drive today or check out our online inventory here. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at (887) 389-8538

 

 

 


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Jun-22-2016

How Fleets Are Adapting To American Urban Migration

How fleets are adapting to American urban migration

Congestion and Pollution Mitigation, Fleet Vehicles, Local Governments, Population Growth, Urban Migration

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With Americans migrating into major cities, fleets are needed more than ever. Moving goods, services and people in cities where there is a spurt in population growth are crucial roles they have to fulfill, writes Chris Brown of BusinessFleet.com.

Brown recently attended the annual Advanced Clean Transportation Expo held in Long Beach, CA and shares insights he gleaned from the seminars he participated in.

According to Brown, local governments are faced with the gargantuan task of “mitigating increasing congestion and pollution while improving accessibility and livability.”

“Commercial trucks emit 50 percent of diesel particulate matter and 65 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, though they comprise less than 20 percent of vehicles on the road. In cities’ close quarters, the problem is exacerbated,” Brown states further.

Brown elaborates eight ways on how fleets are adapting to urban migration.

  1. “One consequence for fleets is the adoption of electric vehicles in city centers.” As an example, Brown discusses how transit agencies in Long Beach, CA and San Gabriel Valley in north Los Angeles County “ are fleeting up with all-electric buses” and that The San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority is “installing induction plates at bus stops to keep buses charged on the road.” “While traditional fuel isn’t going away anytime soon, carriers are figuring out how to match the use case with the vehicle and powertrain — diesel fuel for long hauls, hybrid trucks for regional deliveries, and all-electric  trucks for in-city deliveries,” Brown writes further.
  1. “Shippers are experimenting with ways to avoid bringing large trucks into cities altogether.”  According to Brown, this is done by dropping off a shipping container in the outskirts of a city and offloading packages for delivery on electric bicycles and tricycles.
  1. “Manufacturers are designing trucks for urban environments.” Because of their versatility in cities, sales for Low-cab forward (LCF) models are increasing. These vehicles “meet the demands of city fleet use — low average speeds, multiple stops, narrow streets and tight corners,” writes Brown. “Specific hybrid and electric incentives in New York City and Chicago; and in states such as California and Maryland are helping to drive adoption,” Brown adds.
  1. “Fleets will be first adopters in testing the network that connects vehicles to other vehicles and to infrastructure.” Although “connected vehicles” are still in the process of becoming driverless, but that may come sooner than later. The U.S. Department of Transportation is expecting all types of fleets (whether rental, commercial or government) to participate in pilot programs in New York City, Tampa, FL and Wyoming. The DOT is expected to release a specific vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) guides this summer, says Brown.
  1. “Fleets will become service providers to address the problem of ‘urban deserts.’” According to Brown, “urban deserts” are “economically depressed areas with fewer resources for fresh food,  health care, education and banking,” and that these services are being directly provided to these areas by purpose-built buses and vans.
  1. “City planners are working with fleets to solve ‘first mile’ and ‘last mile’ mobility issues.” To be able to accommodate those first and last miles to and from other public options, municipalities are looking into downsizing public buses  — from 60-person haulers to smaller vans, writes Brown. One of the challenges is creating a “mobility marketplace” — where fare tokens “can be transferred between transportation types using a smartphone app,” Brown says further.
  1. Auto manufacturers are providing fleet to drivers in transportation networks.” An example would be General Motors providing rental cars for Lyft drivers soon in four cities on a weekly basis.
  1. Manufacturers are growing their proprietary car sharing programs with owned fleet.” According to Brown, “these partnerships are tied together under the heading of ‘mobility’ with an eye toward the future of reduced car ownership and driverless cars.”

We have a huge selection of fleet vehicles here at McPeeks Dodge of Anaheim. Come visit us at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 and take a test drive today or check out our online inventory here. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at (877) 389-8538

 

 

 


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Jun-15-2016

Safe Driving Tips For Commercial Drivers

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Commercial Drivers, Dangerous Weather Conditions, Driver Safety, Road Safety

Commercial drivers are on the road most of the time, therefore safety should always be top of mind. Most of the tips given here by DMV.org are common-sense, but are often taken for granted.

Here are some safety tips for commercial drivers from DMV.org:

- Do not tailgate, be patient and always maintain proper space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

- Give ample warning to motorists behind you of your intended direction by signaling early, when approaching an intersection.

- Avoid changing lanes too often and check your side mirrors at least once every ten seconds.

- When driving below the speed limit for an extended period of time, use your vehicle’s flashers.

- If coming to a complete stop, give your vehicle ample time and space to slow down and use your brake lights early.

- Keep your windows closed when idling your vehicle so as to avoid prolonged exposure to fumes.

- Avoid idling while sleeping, loading or unloading

- When faced with mechanical problems which necessitate pulling off to the side of the road, highway or interstate, remember to always use flashers, reflective triangles and even road flares to alert approaching motorists.

- Have your tire chains ready and available especially before driving through mountainous areas.

- During winter, try to maintain a full tank of gas to prevent water condensation build-up in the fuel lines.

- When driving in rain or snow, maintain additional space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

- It is always safer to drive below the posted speed limit in winter/snowy conditions.

- When approaching bridges, proceed with extreme caution as bridges freeze faster than roads and are prone to black ice,  which is difficult to detect.

- Speeding in work zones could cost you your Commercial Drivers License. Always slow down when approaching work zones.

- When driving cross-country, take as many driving breaks as you need to remain alert on the road.

- If faced with eye-fatigue, pull off the road and take a nap.

- Strictly follow rules on commercial driver hour restrictions and do not drive beyond the 11-hour continuous driving rule.

We have a huge selection of commercial vehicles here at McPeeks Dodge of Anaheim. Come visit us at 1221. S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, CA 92806 and take a test drive today or check out our online inventory here. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at (877) 350-4517

 


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Jun-08-2016

The Lowdown on Fleet Departments

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The lowdown on fleet departments

Unbeknownst to most people, the fleet department of a dealership can make transactions with individual car buyers.

Consumer advocate and former salesman Michael Royce shares some of his knowledge regarding this uncommon practice.

According to Royce, fleet departments are technically allowed “to sell direct to the public.” They are just not permitted to advertise this privilege as there is a conflict of interest with the dealership’s retail sales team.

In order to purchase a vehicle from the fleet department, Royce advises potential car buyers “to specifically ask.”

Royce elaborates on the process through these simple steps:

  1. Call the dealership’s fleet department during regular weekday business hours and set an appointment. Make sure to ask for the name of the Fleet Manager. It is important to remember the fleet manager’s name as many retail car salesmen would likely intercept phone calls to the fleet department. Ask to speak with the fleet manager directly.

Before visiting the dealership, it would be good to get a free price quote so you have a valid bottom-line selling price to compare with the fleet department’s price.

  1. Go to the dealership and ask for the fleet manager by name. Shake his hand and greet him warmly and try to be friendly and casual but keep in mind that you’re conducting an important business transaction with him.
  1. Inspect the vehicle you’re planning on buying carefully. Check for dings and scratches and read the window sticker to ensure that this vehicle has all your preferred features and options. Don’t expect the fleet manager to be as helpful or enthusiastic as a retail car salesman, his job is to sell cars fast and cheap. Make sure to take the car for a test drive.
  1. If you’re satisfied with the car after the test drive, go to the fleet manager’s office and ask for the current selling price. The fleet manager would most likely talk in relation to invoice prices. Fleet department prices are based on a small profit over the invoice price (the dealer’s cost) rather than on a discount from the window sticker price. This straightforward approach makes for an easier car buying experience. The fleet manager may also show you the vehicle’s actual factory invoice.
  1. If you agree with the price, close the deal with the fleet manager directly. He’ll shake your hand, do the paperwork and bring you to the business office. If you do not agree with the price, thank him for his time and make sure to leave in good terms. Do the same process with other fleet departments in other dealerships. It would be good to compare prices, before you make a decision but note that selling prices vary for each fleet department, depending on their inventory.

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Jun-01-2016

The Basics of Buying Your First Business Fleet Vehicle

The basics of buying your first business fleet vehicle

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 So you’ve finally managed to set up your business and are looking to purchase your first fleet vehicle.

The good news is, when it comes to buying cars, vans or trucks by the bulk, nearly every automaker would give discounts for fleet sales. Fleet sales are available at almost every dealership — whether new or used — and are sold for far less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, according to Entrepreneur.com.

Business owners who are looking into purchasing or leasing five or more vehicles are often given the privilege of preferred pricing. Policies may vary between manufacturers, but make sure to look for the fleet manager at a dealership first, to ensure that you’re getting the best deal.

The fleet manager will assist you through the process of determining if you’re qualified to establish a fleet identification number. This fleet identification number will merit better pricing for both leased and purchased vehicles.

Requirements may also vary from dealership to dealership. Some may require proof of your business’s legitimacy, others put more weight on the number of vehicles you’re willing to purchase.

“In many cases, fleet vehicles can be arranged with open-ended leases, prepaid maintenance, consolidated billing plans and other financially flexible perks,” says Entrepreneur.com.

 

Bargaining power

Entrepreneur.com advises potential buyers to ask for bids from several fleet managers. Make sure to specify the exact model that you need, the trade-in vehicle you might offer and the terms you’re seeking from the deal. Sales prices would most likely vary from dealership to dealership, based on available inventory, Entrepreneur.com further advises.

Broker Isaac Bouchard recommends knowing how much “holdback” you can have. “This is the amount of profit a manufacturer builds into the invoice price. It’s an insider term that cuts to the chase and can save you maybe a couple hundred bucks,” Bouchard tells Entrepreneur.com.

Bouchard also advises that potential buyers/leasers “consider a service contract/warranty,” inclusive of rental vehicle costs. He also recommends buying the warranty from the manufacturer instead of the dealer because a dealership “may shutdown its commercial service department at any time.”

If you’re planning to lease, Business Fleet’s Chris Brown suggests that you sign a commercial lease instead of a retail lease. “Commercial leases have much more leeway on wear-and-tear clauses and mileage caps,” says Brown.

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May-26-2016

What You Should Know Before Buying a Used Commercial Truck

What you should know before purchasing used commercial trucks

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Are you thinking of buying a used commercial truck for your business? Here are some tips that will guide you through the process to ensure that you get the best deal.

  1. Oil condition

Beyond oil levels, oil condition determines whether the vehicle has been well-maintained by its previous owner. Both engine and transmission oil should analyzed for signs of contamination, metal traces or antifreeze. It would be good to look into past records as well.

  1. Rust check

Check for structural rust specifically, surface rust is usually fixable.

  1. Service records

Make sure to review legitimate service records of the used vehicle, showing the vehicle’s exact VIN. Check for recurring patterns of breakdown and be wary of used trucks that don’t have service records available.

  1. Suspension check

The suspension should be in good working order and ensure that you can easily avail of parts. Suspension repairs can be costly.

  1. Mechanic inspection and verification

It would be wise to bring the used vehicle to a reliable and trained mechanic, to ensure that all major parts are working properly: brakes, transmission, steering, hydraulic lines, A/C.

  1. Parts suppliers

Make sure to always have access to parts for the used truck. It would be best to look into at least two suppliers so there would be no delays, in case a part would need replacing.

  1. Financing

Most financing companies require a DOT inspection of the vehicle.

  1. Insurance

Make sure that the auto insurance you’ll get for the truck will be cost-effective.

  1. Reasons for selling

Don’t be afraid to ask the previous owner why they’re selling the vehicle and make sure that you’re getting a truthful answer.

  1. Hire a professional broker/dealer

When in doubt and if you’re willing to invest a huge amount of money on a used vehicle, it would be best to hire a professional truck dealer, who can help you source an excellent deal.

If you're looking for a used commercial truck that's reliable, come visit us at McPeek Dodge of Anaheim. We're located at 1221 S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, Ca 92806. We're here to get you into the vehicle you want. check out our online inventory and give us a call at (877) 271-7417 if you need any additional information.


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