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Trunk-or-Treating: Tailgating For Halloween

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A perfect alternative, or even an addition, to the many Halloween festivities like the traditional trick-or-treating, “Trunk-or-Treat” is like a tailgating Halloween party. Usually set in a large parking lot, church or school, Trunk-or-Treating turns the trunk of a parents car into their front porch. Families can personalize their decorations just like they would display at home, while kids go “trunk-to-trunk” collecting those yummy candies.

One of the appealing elements about trunk-or-treating, especially for parents, is the safety factor. Rather than your child going door-to-door, they can hop from one trunk to the other and all while staying close to you. Considering that times are currently a bit stressful, added child safety is every parent’s first priority. Community-friendliness is another engaging factor to trunk-or-treating. For those families that are new to a neighborhood and/or religious congregation, this Halloween tailgating event is not only an ideal way for the community or congregation to welcome newcomers, but it also allows for opportunities to get together again in the future.

Also, imagine the idea of ONLY having to decorate the trunk of your car rather than your front yard or porch? Instead of worrying where to store all those Halloween decorations, that are most likely squeezed between your Christmas and Thanksgiving decorations, trunk-or-treating allows parents to decorate their trunk only once while allowing them the chance to try something new every year without breaking the bank. Trunk-or-treating really is the perfect way for adults to socialize, but also enjoy all the creative costumes.

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So, we took it upon ourselves to break down just how trunk or treating works. Generally, communities and congregations follow the steps listed below to pull-off the best trunk-or-treating event:

  • It’s encouraged to start about a month in advance, in order for the host of the trunk-or-treat event to begin collecting volunteers. Sometimes the parking spaces are limited, so be sure to get in on the fun as quickly as possible!
  • While the volunteers are buying candy and planning decorations in preparation for this Halloween fun, the host will likely be sending out a sign-up sheet at the location (like a church or school) where it’s being held, or online so anyone in the area can join. Trunk or treat is often an RSVP event for the kids – that way there’s no risk of running out of candy as the volunteers will know more or less how many trick-or-treaters to expect.
  • Once the big night comes around, the cars are given specific spots to line up in, separate from the attendee parking lot. They will specifically arrange themselves in an area that the kids can safely run around and ask for candy. Some of the car decorations and displays can be quite elaborate, requiring hours of setup time in advance.
  • When the kids arrive, that’s when the real fun begins. They’ll usually be told to go in a certain order and they’ll say “trick or treat!” and collect their candy, just like at houses on Halloween night. Some parents are more generous than others but for the most part, they give out more than one piece so the kids will end up with a pretty good amount of Halloween candy. And the parents get to steal a few pieces, of course!

The beauty of an event like this is that it can be turned into a night-long event if Halloween night lands on the weekend. Of course, it’s important to stay safe this holiday season and also check your local community calendars or talk to your friends and neighbors to find a trunk or treat event near you. At the Miami Lakes AutoMall, we offer plenty of cars that are perfect for any trunk-or-treating event. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, check out our entire new car inventory vehicle selection today!

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For the first time in 11 years, FCA has outsold Ford Motor Company.

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For the past 11 years, Ford trucks outsold Ram trucks and the Mustang outsold the Challenger, but for the first time in a little over a decade, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has outsold Ford Motor Company. Chrysler has typically been referred to as the smallest of the American automaker groups based on sales, but in September 2018, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat came together to outsell Ford and Lincoln – placing the Ford Motor Company in third, a rare occurrence since 2007.

Last month, when compared to the 197,404 units of Ford deliveries, FCA posted a 15 percent increase in U.S. sales with 199,819 unit deliveries, primarily powered by its Jeep and Ram brands. Within the first nine months of the 2018 model year, FCA beat Ford in retail sales five times out of those nine months. In an email statement, Michelle Krebs, an automotive analyst for Cox Automotive stated “It was mostly expected to happen this year, as Ford moves away from sedans. It might just be a fluke month, but that’s a significant shift in the automotive world and a wake-up call for Dearborn.”

However, Ford Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service, Mark LaNeve seemed undeterred.

“We don’t worry about being in a contest with FCA. There have been months when we beat General Motors, and we didn’t pound our chests…it was a function of timing,” says LaNeve.

He also overlooked being overtaken by FCA, blaming it, in part, on Ford’s decision to reduce sales to the fleet and rental car companies. And yet, the numbers don’t lie. General Motor Corp. no longer releases monthly sales figures but saw an overall decrease by 11 percent during the third quarter across all brands. Furthermore, while third-quarter sales for Ford decreased by 3.5 percent in comparison to last year, FCA third-quarter sales were up by an estimated 10 percent.

“We entered the quarter with very lean inventories of our 2018-model full-size pickups, so we focused on driving a very strong mix of SUVs, crossovers and mid-size pickups,” Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. Vice President of Sales Operations, said in a statement. “We also transitioned to the 2019 model year far earlier than some key competitors, which allowed us to reduce incentives while others raised them sharply.”

According to Mark LaNeve, the decrease is a “tale of two hurricanes.” He states that Hurricane Florence disrupted its business on the East Coast, particularly in the Carolina’s, last month. Hurricane Harvey in Houston, last year, created a surge in replacement demand during September 2017 – which was the best sales month for Ford. LaNeve also stated that it was “impossible to quantify the effect of Florence,” but the majority of its East Coast markets were impacted in one way or another.

“Our Ram and Jeep brands propelled both our retail and total sales to their highest level in 18 years,” says Reid Bigland, FCA Head of U.S. Sales.

The FCA Jeep brand continues to lead the charge for the Italian-American automaker, posting a 14 percent increase in September sales on gains for the Cherokee and Compass models – Jeep is up 20 percent for the year. Ram has also reported a nine percent increase in September. Clearly, natural disasters are no threat to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Stop by the Miami Lakes AutoMall and test drive the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, check out our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection today!

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The 2019 Chrysler 300 Goes Out on a High Note

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been keeping a lot of their new models on the downlow, and while 2018 comes to a close, many automakers are starting to tease out their 2019 model lineup. With FCA currently going through some changes, their shift towards hybrid vehicles and electric cars may push some aside for good. One of these is the Chrysler 300, but before it gets the axe, they’re bringing the sedan back for one more model year. Check out what’s good on the 2019 Chrysler 300.

Looking for Performance?

Right out of the gate, for consumers that want a sedan that can perform, then the 2019 Chrysler 300C is definitely the sedan to get. Powered by a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, this baby generates 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. Designed with a Multi-Displacement System (MDS), Fuel Saver Technology, and optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) technology, the fuel economy isn’t all that bad either, with 25 mpg available on the highway. Ride on 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels with a Platinum Chrome finish and get the best control out of the 300C with sport mode activated for increased engine and throttle responsiveness and firmer steering. Choose the best gear for the ride with paddle shifters, or leave gear shifts up to the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system, all trims that come equipped with a V6 engine can also ride on either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive without any input from the driver. All trims but the 2019 Chrysler 300C come with the V6 engine, so there’s plenty to choose from.

Only Interested in Style?

If looking for a sedan that has enough attitude without a V8 HEMI, the rest of the lineup is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine, also optimized with VVT, able to generate 292 horsepower and offer 30 mpg on the highway. Check out the 2019 Chrysler 300S for performance-tuned suspension, performance-tuned steering, blacked-out exterior accents, and Black Noise wheels. Inside, enjoy leather-wrapped sport seats and exclusive Piano Black interior accents, or take control with paddle shifters and sport mode to really get the most out of this vehicle.

Being top-of-the-line, the 300C has some of the best interior features around. Segment-exclusive deep-quilted and perforated Nappa leather seats and door panels, hand-sanded natural pore wood, French accent stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique chrome accent ring are just some of the standard features to look forward to. For the interior cabin, consumers can choose the available signature two-tone Indigo/Linen or Mocha for a little more color.

There’s also the selection of exterior colors and interior style to look forward to. Depending on the trim, consumers may choose to paint their 2019 Chrysler 300 in any of the following colors – Bright White, Ceramic Gray, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal, Green Metallic, Maximum Steel, Ocean Blue, Silver Mist, and Velvet Red. Some personal style may already be apparent, such as those found in the 300S and 300C, but consumers may also choose from Black, Black/Linen, Black/Caramel, Black/Smoke, Mocha, and Indigo/Linen where applicable.

How Safe is the Chrysler 300?

Aside from having advanced multistage front airbags, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Keyless Go, a ParkView rear backup camera, and more, the 2019 Chrysler 300 can also offer some nifty advanced and automatic safety features. Opt-in for the SafetyTec Plus Group for safety features such as Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path detection.

There’s so much to look forward to for the 2019 Chrysler 300. Find yours at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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