The Science Behind Distracted Driving

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On a daily basis, we are constantly reminded to drive safely. Whether it is the “Stop Texting and Driving” bumper stickers, billboards, or the Pokemon Go update that stops the app if it senses the user traveling at a certain speed, we are constantly reminded that distracted driving is a bad idea. Yet with all of the signs and all of the numbers, we continue to allow ourselves to be distracted while driving. We’ll delve in to what constitutes distracted driving, why it continues to happen on such a large scale, and what we can do to prevent it.

What is distracted driving?

Simply put, distracted driving is any activity that takes attention away from the driver of a vehicle. These distractions can be broken down into three main types: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distracted driving can include anything from texting on your phone, to applying makeup, looking at navigation and entertainment systems, or even playing a game. Manual distractions involve taking your hands off the wheel, whether this is to pick up something that was dropped, eating, drinking, or tinkering with the stereo. And cognitive distractions are those that take your mind off of driving – speaking with other passengers in the car, driving while sad or angry, and a number of other potential risks.

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Miami Lakes Automall Spring Cleaning

#NationalCarCareMonth

Miami Lakes Automall Spring Cleaning

April is National Car Care Month, and everyone is getting in on it with the hashtag #NationalCarCareMonth. Officially made a “thing” by the Care Care Council, two months every year are dedicated to bringing attention to the importance of car care and preventative maintenance. Like “National Heat Awareness Day” is the last Friday in May, and January is “Move Over Month”, car care now has April and October as the two months to get a jump on car care.

National Car Care Month

Okay, so why April? Well, being on the verge of the hottest season, the summer, April is the best time to get one’s car ready for all those summer road trips, vacations, and days spent at the beach. Spring can also mean inclement weather like a lot of rain or slushy and slippery streets up north.

We have plenty of articles on proper maintenance for one’s car for the warm seasons, like how to beach proof your car, and also how to kid proof your car, being the messy little buggers they are. Let’s not forget pet proofing a car, too, since pets can be as messy as kids. A single picnic during this wonderful spring, and kids and pets will be bringing in all sorts of dirt and mud. However, there are other tips and advice straight from the Car Care Council to keep in mind during Car Care Month.

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Features That Make the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Awesome

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One of the most popular PHEVs vehicles in Europe is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and it was recently made available in the United States. With unmatched PHEV SUV fuel economy and off-road capabilities, it’s easy to see how this vehicle gained fanfare the world over. We’ll examine the details that have propelled this vehicle to international acclaim.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the best selling PHEV crossover vehicle and its a fuel efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) SUV that boasts five-passenger seating, all-wheel-drive and has a remarkably low price. Given all the accolades, it’s no wonder why this vehicle has the sales it does.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Overview

So what exactly is the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV? There are two Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV trims, the Outlander PHEV SEL S-AWC and the Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC. Both trims have seating for five passengers and have the same internal combustion engine paired to a battery-powered motor. When powered by only by its battery, the Outlander PHEV has an all-electric range of 22 miles, but when the battery and engine work together, the 2018 Outlander PHEV has a combined city/highway fuel economy 74 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). How is it able to get that kind of remarkable gas mileage?

Does the Battery Require Charging?

The Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid so, it does require charging. But. don’t worry about that because the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV charges remarkably quickly. How quick? Less than 30 minutes to reach about 80 percent battery life is not only fast, but streamlined and efficient. Gaining the ability to do most of your daily routine without having to use any fuel is a huge factor for this vehicle being popular and successful. The requirement to charge a battery is hardly a concern with those kind of automotive perks!

Is the Outlander PHEV Wildly Expensive?

Starting price for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is just $34,595 MSRP (plus destination fee) and includes a wide, roomy  passenger experience with modern tech in the interior. Additionally, the Outlander PHEV is even more affordable because it qualifies for a federal tax credit. It even has off-roading and has strong towing capabilities! There are two other factors that make the Outlander PHEV stand out from other PHEVs on the market. The Outlander PHEV is the only plug-in hybrid available with DC Quick Charging, so it can be recharged really fast, and the Outlander PHEV is extremely affordable! Keep reading if you want to learn more about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

And What Kind of Warranty Does the Mitsubishi Outlander Have?

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is backed by multiple warranties. The vehicle is backed by a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited PHEV parts warranty. The main drive battery is backed by its own 10-year or 100,000-mile warranty. Consider yourself covered!

Sign Me UP! – Where Can I Test Drive This Vehicle?

So, now you want the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, right? Miami Lakes Automall is exactly the place to find out when you can take one home! We’ll be ready to assist you with any trade-in, buying or selling when you visit us.

If you need assistance with your current vehicle, even if you didn’t buy with us, our servicing department can help. With a simple appointment, we only use quality licensed parts to providing the proper attention to you for any of your needs, we will make your visit a wonderful experience. Miami Lakes Automall is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave., Miami Lakes, FL 33014.

 

 

Miami Lakes Automall Auto Financing Questions

What to Ask When Financing a Car

Miami Lakes Automall Auto Financing Questions

When shopping for a car, not everyone is walking around with the cash to buy a car right off the lot. Most consumers will have to do a little auto financing to seal the deal. It’s a helpful way to borrow money and get your car on the road fast. Before getting involved with that though, there are some questions a consumer should ask themselves.

Money, Money, Money

It’s all about the money before looking into buying or leasing a car. After doing all the car research one can on a car they’re interested in, the next step is finding out the real price. Keep in mind that the starting MSRP of most vehicles doesn’t include the destination fee, which is a fee charged to transport the vehicle to dealerships. So make sure to include about $1000 into the MSRP at face value.

Then find out the fair market price of a vehicle. There are several sources, like Kelly Blue Book, that provide fair market prices.

Secondly, a consumer should be employed and be able to provide a pay stub. This will show proof of employment and that the consumer is making enough to afford car payments. Third, it comes down to credit score.

Even if making good money at the most lucrative job in the world, with poor or no credit, getting auto financing will be a huge hurdle to jump. A credit score can range from 300-850 (the higher the better), and it is the measurement of how reliable someone is to pay off a loan. You can find out your score by contacting  Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion and requesting a copy — each of these organizations are legally obligated to give you a score free once a year. Just keep in mind that your FICO Credit Score and your FICO Auto Score are not the same; the latter is not available to the public, but for a point of reference, this would be a history of auto payments, loans, and other financial standing within the automotive industry.

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5 Accessories to Make Your Outlander Awesome for Camping Trips

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Camping trips are fun for many reasons, and a lot of the fun comes from the driving experience to get to where you’ll stop to camp. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is an exceptional ride. It provides comfortable seating for seven passengers and it is available with enough power to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Also, the Outlander has a great fuel economy that averages 25 mpg on the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Being a comfortable ride with remarkable fuel economy makes your camping trip that much easier.

With a starting price for the base model of $23,795 MSRP (plus destination fees), the Outlander is affordable to lease or finance. With available All-Wheel-Control to take you every With summer rapidly approaching, we have ideas for modifications you can do to make your summer camping trips even more fun.

Use Your Outlander to Help You Sleep Under the Stars

There are many ways to turn your 2018 Outlander into a camper, or special hammocks that can tie to the end of the Outlander and all you need to do is tie the other end to a strong tree to have a place to sleep. Various items online exist that can partially connect to your Outlander, letting your Outlander serve as the perfect steady base to hold your tent or hammock.

Roof Racks

Streamline roof racks are a great option to compliment additional cargo onto the roof of your 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Lack of space is no longer and issue with durable and supportive roof racks that fit the Outlander. Store your bikes, additional luggage or tent above your vehicle and give your guests more interior space.

Inflatable Tent

If you want an innovative, modern tent, you can find them in 2018. Get ready to relax with an inflatable tent where you don’t have to struggle to put it up. In less than 60 seconds, items like “The Cave” made by Heimplanet are ready for you to enter (All that’s need is an air pump to do the work for you).

Portable Stove

Having a convenient propane burner stove is always useful on camping trips. There’s a market for mini grills that can be easily setup and provide exactly what you need to make a warm meal. And with an Outlander, you can bring and carry a large portable stove with great ease.

Mini Solar Panel Charger

Beginning to feel like James Bond, yet? A portal, niffy solar panel that can grab all the sunshine to power your cellphone or other portable devices is a useful tool. You won’t have to worry about using your vehicle’s battery and you don’t need any power to charge the solar panel. We recommend investing in one.

Lightweight Chairs

There’s nothing more important on a camping trip than the portable lightweight chair to sit next to a campfire with. Make sure to find one that’s trim, comfortable and foldable to easy cargo storing. With or without a cup holder, what makes most is that the chair works properly.

Always Remember, Safety First

Driving a long way for adventure? The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander received highmarks and attention for upgraded technology and safety improvements, which further raised the value of the popular SUV. The active safety technology on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the 2018 Outlander earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The First Place to Find Your 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

If you’re ready to go on the road with a new vehicle, try your hand first at what Mitsubishi has to offer. Visit Miami Lakes Automall today to ride a new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Our friendly staff will help you buy, lease or sell your vehicle. Get the most for your trade in with us and stop by for any future servicing needs you’ll have; even if you didn’t buy with us.

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Mitsubishi Motors Helps to Create Renewable Energy

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Mitsubishi Motors has been making headlines and causing quite the buzz in the auto industry ever since Mitsubishi hooked up with the Renault-Nissan alliance and released the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Now that the Eclipse Cross is being sold at dealerships around America, Mitsubishi and its respective factions (Mitsubishi Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy) can focus on developing better technology, such as autonomous self-driving vehicles, artificially intelligent smart devices, and ways to develop renewable, clean energy. Well, it seems like that last one is closer to becoming a reality than we think. Due to a recent partnership, Mitsubishi Motors may have developed a platform for renewable energy.

What is Renewable Energy?

In layman’s terms, renewable energy is, in a sense, recycled energy. Energy is used, collected, restored, and used again, repeat. That’s what Mitsubishi is aiming to do in a partnership with Hitachi Europe Ltd. and ENGIE. Together, an automaker, a consumer technology and electronics company, and a French multinational electric utility company find a way to obtain renewable energy.

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Routine Car Maintenance: Know Where To Go

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There are some perks if you have decided to purchase a vehicle instead of leasing. One perk is you don’t have to worry about going over a certain amount of miles per year, but you will have to worry about repairs you might not have faced before. As aging vehicles approach around 100,000 miles or get older, there’s usually different concerns as the vehicle will require closer attention to any problems. However, preventive maintenance before that mark should always occur every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

For newer drivers, routine maintenance is what we we’ll cover here so that you car can make it to that 100k mark.

Along the way, usually different parts need to be replaced or serviced, from brake rotors and brake pads to common fluids that help your vehicle move and stay lubricated, such as oil. That’s where Miami Lakes Automall can help. We can ensure you have the right parts and quickly get you back on the road in a safe, properly running vehicle. Below are different routine car maintenance services we commonly address and will be happy to help you out with for the life of your vehicle.

Routine Tire Rotations + Alignment

Your vehicle needs to have its tires rotated regularly. Your vehicle’s alignment is also important to maintain a proper wear with your tires, an alignment fix is all it takes to ensure your vehicle can stay running smoothly. If you’ve noticed your tires are wearing down only on one side, or simply your vehicle drifts either left or right when your hand is not on the steering wheel while moving forward, that means you’ll need to have your vehicle’s alignment looked at.

Oil Changes

For most vehicles, between every 3,000-5,000 miles traveled is when the oil should be changed. If you use fully synthetic oil you can help your vehicle with a product that offers greater engine wear protection and requires fewer changes. Synthetic oils typically outperform conventional motor oils and synthetic oil flows better at low temperatures. Whether you choose synthetic or conventional, your vehicle’s engine will thank you when you come in for an oil change.

Brake Replacements

As mentioned above, brakes wear down over time. If you notice your brakes have some wear, that’s normal. It’s when you can hear a loud squeaking sound that they might be worn down or if you press your brakes and they don’t respond promptly. That’s when you should take care of this problem and we have all the parts to ensure your vehicle will stop properly.

Radiator Fluid Replacement

Flush your radiator and cooling system is not something you’ll have to do often. Most likely only once or twice in your vehicle’s lifetime. A flush doesn’t cost a lot at all and allows your vehicle to cool the engine more efficiently. Getting a flush done is best when left to the professionals though, as this task requires proper disposal of the old radiator fluid. Radiator fluid can be toxic; meaning you don’t want to do this at your home anyway. With a proper flush and radiator fluid replacement can last for upwards of 150,000 miles.

Where All Your Maintenance Needs Are Met

Trust our service team. We have experience handling vehicles of all makes and models every day of the week, we’re ready to help you out at Miami Lakes Automall. Our professional staff has been trained and welcomes you on your visit.   

With a simple appointment, we’ll be ready to service your vehicle for any of the needs you’ll have that were mentioned above and more. We look forward to making your vehicle run like new, even if you haven’t purchased your vehicle with us. We use only quality parts at our service department and work to ensure your replacement parts are made specifically for it.

When You Want to Get Into a New Vehicle

We’re your destination for new and pre-owned vehicles in case you’re not ready to keep investing in your current vehicle. Take a look at our inventory and stop by for a test drive. We’ll be ready to assist you with any trade-in, buying or selling when you visit us at Miami Lakes Automall!

From quality licensed parts to providing the proper attention to you for any of your needs, we will make your visit a wonderful experience. Miami Lakes Automall is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave., Miami Lakes, FL 33014.

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Myths About Plug-in Hybrids

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great model made by Mitsubishi Motors. Finally available in North America, this plug-in hybrid can do wonders. We wonder if it came a little too late though, because now that alternative fuel vehicles are becoming more practical, a lot of myths and misconceptions are springing up as popularity grows. Let’s debunk some myths about owning a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Buying a Plug-in Hybrid Doesn’t Really Make a Difference

Unless you have a phobia of electronics or getting electrocuted, then more than likely, you can plug a car into a charging station. That’s one of the benefits of a plug-in hybrid – the battery is large enough to power the vehicle itself. That means consumers can drive on electricity alone (more on that later) or in tandem with the gasoline engine. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Together, they provide a fuel economy of 74 MPGe and have a driving range of 310 miles.

There’s also the environment to consider. On FuelEconomy.gov, we compared the Outlander PHEV to the original Outlander for a better idea of how it all looks. In terms of annual petroleum use, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV only uses 6.8 barrels a year, nearly half of what the Outlander consumes every year (12.2). There’s also tailpipe emissions and our atmosphere to worry about. Although plug-ins still emit carbon dioxide, again, the Outlander PHEV (174g per mile) is nearly half of its predecessor (326g per mile).

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