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Car Care Tips for the Winter

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We might not get any snow down here in South Florida, but the winter weather can still get pretty cold. Although it may just take a sweater or a warm jacket to keep us protected from the cold, the same can’t be said for our cars. All kinds of weather can affect a vehicle, from sun damage and salty air in the summertime to harsh winds and cold weather in the winter. Taking care of the car with some routine maintenance can keep it running strong through the cold months, and consumers can take additional steps to protect their vehicle.

Weather Damage

Anyone who has lived in Florida long enough knows about wind damage from hurricanes and powerful tropical storms. Just because hurricane season is coming to an end doesn’t mean we’ll stop seeing storms. Up north they may get a winter storm, but the heat of South Florida will turn it into a regular storm. And hey, we’ve seen hail a few times over the last few years – winter is serious business!

The best way to avoid car damage is to park somewhere with a roof, like a public or private garage. Otherwise, getting a car cover to keep the vehicle protected from the sun and the wind is the next best alternative. In the winter months, rain can turn into hail at any point and a winter storm can really pick up the winds. Loose debris can cause minimal and mild damage to a vehicle, from cosmetic wear to battery life.

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Beat the Traffic With a Hybrid

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Beating the traffic with a hybrid sounds odd right? Hybrid vehicles aren’t known to go fast, and they’re surely not meant for racing. So how does one exactly beat traffic? Well, there’s one of two ways to beat traffic, especially rush hour traffic – you either dodge it altogether, or join it in stride.

Dodging Rush Hour Traffic

When it comes to dodging rush hour traffic, that’s going to be a pretty hard goal to make. Based on a study by INRIX, a global company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics, Miami is one of the top ten most congested cities in the world. On average, the everyday driver spends 65 hours of their life in traffic per year. That’s three days of their life, every year, spent stuck in traffic.

What. A. Bummer.

There are ways to avoid and dodge traffic though. Aside from using back roads or trusting apps like SiriusXM Traffic, it all comes down to practice and timing. Let’s make an example.

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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.

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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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What Is Gap Insurance and Should I Get It?

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In the state of Florida, it’s illegal to drive without auto insurance. Of course, the most important thing when you’re dealing with an accident is to know you’re covered and will have enough money to pay off any existing payments owed.

Gap insurance is used together with collision coverage or comprehensive coverage. If you’re leasing or financing a new car, many lenders require you to have collision and comprehensive coverage on your car insurance policy until your car is paid off. Gap insurance is available to help when your vehicle has been totaled in an accident and your totaled vehicle has to be paid off.

An Example of When You’ll Need Gap Insurance

Let’s say, for example, you were just in an accident and your vehicle has been totaled and you still owe $15,000 on the loan for your vehicle. Your insurance company will reimburse you for the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident, so say that’s $10,000, you are still responsible for paying the remaining $5,000 of the loan, and that’s where gap insurance comes in. Gap insurance covers the remaining loan balance after the insurance company has paid the insurer for the value of their vehicle.

This does not cover any funds that you’ll need for a new vehicle. The money you would receive to pay off the totaled car is only for that and never goes over that amount. If you were looking to have money for your next vehicle, the option of new car replacement coverage is an option to add to your insurance plan. Those new car coverage plans can be coupled together with certain insurance plans that will include gap coverage.

How Do I Know If I Need Gap Insurance?

Ask these questions if you’re not sure to get gap insurance: Do you owe more money to pay off your loan than your vehicle is worth? Can you afford to pay out the difference today if your vehicle is a total loss? These are the factors that should make up your decision to go with gap insurance. If your auto loan is more than 60 months or you’re currently leasing your car, you might have gap coverage included.

When Can Gap Insurance Be Applied?

Gap insurance can be applied if you’re vehicle is stolen or totaled, which the latter is a decision entirely on your insurance and can’t be determined any other way. If you have more questions about whether or not you want to include gap insurance with a vehicle you plan on buying or leasing from us, stop on by for a longer conversation.

Where To Go For New Vehicles

Our lineup of vehicles will impress you and we offer test drives so you can enjoy finding out the right fit for you! Visit Miami Lakes Automall and our professional team can answer your questions and help with any concerns you may have. Our finance team is able to work with you to determine a great deal and provide answers for you concerning coverage.

To find the latest 2018 Mitsubishi models. Our professional and courteous staff will ensure you have a great experience and want to return for any maintenance or repair needs with our servicing department down the line. We hope you join us for a test drive, we’re open seven days a week for your convenience.

Mitsubishi’s Advanced Safety Features

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With every passing year few brands have added and expanded their safety features as much as Mitsubishi Motors. From the latest technology that has been added to their entire lineup of vehicles, there’s been a substantial improvement with higher safety ratings as of late.

Recent Safety News for Mitsubishi Motors

Most recently, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander being named to the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick list for Small SUVs. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), even with stiffened requirements for their 2018 ratings, bestowed the Top Safety Pick rating to Mitsubishi for their dedication towards providing improved safety.

Let’s take a look at some of the features that you’ll find not only in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, which received a 9.3 safety rating from U.S. News, but in nearly every 2018 Mitsubishi vehicle that help protect drivers every day.

Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE)

All Mitsubishi vehicles today are built with the signature Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) construction design. In the event of an accident, this design enhances passenger protection with energy-absorption technology built into the front, rear, and sides. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander side collision rating by U.S. News is a 5, the highest for that category. Mitsubishi drivers can feel safer knowing their passengers and cargo are better protected.

Front Pedestrian Impact Crumple Zones

Similarly, the body construction of 2018 Mitsubishi vehicles are also designed to protect pedestrians. Crumple zones have been implemented into the bumper and lip of cars to reduce injury to any pedestrian that might end up being struck by a vehicle.

Active Stability Control

This system is designed to monitor the traction and grip of each individual tire. If wheel slip is detected, an anti-lock braking system is quickly engaged and will apply the brakes to the wheels with traction to avoid a spinout. This is a huge upgrade to ensure safety, even at high speeds.

Traction Control Logic

Another feature for driver control, like all cars that have stability and traction control systems, traction control logic keeps wheel spin among all tires equal by applying brakes to a freely spinning wheel and applying torque to it, the opposite of active stability control to bring an equilibrium between all of the tires, thus allowing the vehicle to continue moving safely ahead.

Advanced Safety Features

While distracted drivers are the culprit of some accidents, there are plenty of accidents that don’t involve distracted drivers. To help keep the driver and passengers safe, Mitsubishi has a couple advanced safety features that help drivers by alerting them of potentially hazardous situations or even taking control of the vehicle when necessary.

Forward Collision Mitigation

One of the best systems for any modern vehicle is that will warn the driver if approaching another vehicle too quickly and will apply the brakes if the driver does not react in an attempt to avoid an accident or decrease the intensity of impact.

Lane Departure Warning

When a driver begins to depart their lane or gets too close to the lines separating different lanes, a buzzing sound will notify the driver. This is a simple, yet effect measure to help reduce accidents from happening.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive cruise control provides drivers with an extra cushion of protection as it automatically adjust a vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

The Place to Drive a New Safe Vehicle Home

Find out what these features can do for you with a live, test drive when you visit Miami Lakes Automall. We’ll be happy to assist you with your automotive needs from buying, leasing or selling and we take trade in offers as well. We look forward to helping you drive away with one of the safer vehicles we sell with our 2018 Mitsubishi lineup.