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Maximize Your Tailgating Experience With These Easy Tips

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
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tailgating tips miami lakes automall

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Ah, yes…Football season is upon us and we all know what that means – TAILGATING! Usually consisting of eating and drinking before a big game event, tailgating is truly a uniquely American tradition. According to the American Tailgaters Association, the first occurrence of tailgating occurred in mid-summer of 1861—a full eight years before the first football game—in Manassas, Virginia, before Confederate forces and Union soldiers met in the First Battle of Bull Run on—you guessed it—a Sunday. Today, tailgating has gotten pretty involved. What used to be a six pack of beer and sitting on the back of your buddies pickup truck has now turned into an elaborate party. So, to ensure you’re prepared for gameday, we’ve put together some tips to maximize your tailgating experience.

Be Prepared

It’s super important to be as prepared as possible, especially if you’re hosting a huge tailgate party. We recommend making a list of all the necessities and then some. Also, visit the stadium website for rules and regulations on tailgating and take advantage of the apps specifically made for tailgating prep. Cook as much as possible before arriving at the stadium, and for those using a grill, cook in large quantities before guests arrive to avoid spending the whole time parked behind the grill. Additionally, get creative with food while sticking to the classics (homemade buffalo chicken dip, yummy). Did you know if you throw some sage and rosemary on bbq charcoals, it acts as a natural mosquito repellent? You’re welcome.

Stay Clean

As exciting as tailgating can be, it’s important to stay mindful of your area and clean up after yourself. Fortunately, football stadiums typically have dumpsters located throughout the property and trash bins at just about every corner in the parking lot. An awesome tip in creating your own garbage bin is using a pop-up and folding hamper. Additionally, using a cardboard six-pack container works great to store condiments and utensils – which also makes for an easy pass around. Also, by filling an empty industrial-sized laundry detergent container, you can create a convenient hand-washing station for guests.

Rain or Shine

If you’re a South Florida resident or have previously visited, it’s no secret that South Florida is notorious for random thunderstorms happening at any given moment of the day. So in order to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws your way, it’s essential to not only be aware of any potential passing rain clouds but also have necessary rain supplies readily available. Also, pop-up tents make for perfect shelter during rainy weather, and just in case it gets a little windy, bring something heavy to weigh down the legs.

Tailgating Entertainment

As previously mentioned, Tailgating usually consists of drinking and eating, but why not mix things up a bit? There are plenty of tailgating games that get everyone involved and even some neighboring tailgaters too. Sure, tailgaters can always opt for the classic back and forth football toss, but tailgate games like bean bag toss, ladder golf, and washer pitching are also big hits.

Tailgate Not Required

Pickup trucks are usually the initial go-to for tailgating, but SUVs and minivans are great alternatives for those pregame festivities. In fact, a van or SUV can provide for a very usable space that can quickly be closed in the event of poor weather. And, the back hatch can serve as a bit of protection from the weather.” Pre-gamers should consider packing plastic storage containers that are clearly labeled to keep those tailgating supplies organized.     

Please keep in mind that tailgating is an all-day event, hydration is key! Packing frozen bottles of water will not only keep things in the cooler cold, but ice-cold water will be readily available once that hot weather kicks in. Here at Miami Lakes Auto Mall, we offer plenty of trucks and SUVs that are perfect for any tailgating experience. Stop by our store located in Davie, FL or follow us on social media for more tailgating tips!   

Everything You Need To Know About Google’s Android Auto

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
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android auto how to miami lakes ram

There seems to be a three-way-tug-of-war between Google, Apple, and car companies on who can take over your entertainment system the fastest. While most automotive companies prefer drivers use the standard infotainment included in the vehicle, rivaling techies offer a change of pace with a more intuitive and better packaged option – Google’s Android Auto.   

So what exactly is Android Auto? Basically, it’s a way to encourage drivers to focus on the road by minimizing distractions. By taking the features Android users know and love, Android Auto puts them directly into the vehicles infotainment display. Pretty cool, huh? Not only that, the information is displayed on an easy-to-use interface that includes legible menus, large icons, and apps you can swipe out of the way. Another really cool feature is the Google Maps-powered navigation system. This feature provides a step-by-step GPS while automatically finding alternative routes if necessary. As part of the minimizing distractions premise, drivers aren’t required to manually type in their “home” or “work” address – if it’s saved, Android Auto has got you covered.

Additionally, all previously mentioned features respond to basic voice commands as well. Drivers can ask anything from “Hey Google, is it going to rain today?” to “Hey Google, what is Android Auto?” Drivers can also reply to text messages using the speech-to-text technology. Don’t have voice-recognition technology in your car? No big deal, Android Auto’s features are accessible using the touchscreen. However, keep in mind that once Android Auto is active, the smartphone’s screen will be locked. Lastly, specific apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Skype, WhatsApp, and Spotify are also included.

While most new cars are compatible with Android Auto, there are some manufacturers that charge consumers more for the feature and some that choose not to offer it even on the base trim levels. Some of those compatible vehicles include, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Maserati, Mitsubishi, and Ram. Interestingly enough, Hyundai, Kia and Chevy were actually one of the first companies to develop Android Auto-compatible cars back in 2015. Unfortunately, Toyota has continued to go against Android Auto for unknown reasons. Oh well!

For those consumers who have recently purchased an Android Auto compatible vehicle, you’ll need to connect your device. Here’s a step-by-step process to get your device up and running:

  • Make sure your phone is running the latest Android system and you’ve already downloaded the Android Auto app.
  • After turning on your car, plug-in your device using the USB port and review all the Safety Notice and Terms & Conditions
  • Allow Android Auto to access your device’s features and apps.
  • Once you see it on your vehicles display, select the Android Auto app, follow the instructions, and you’re all set!

…and please, drive responsibly.

And don’t forget! The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie trim features an incredible 12-inch touchscreen display that comes standard with Google Android Auto. Just imagine how amazing it will look, or the convenience of the split-screen feature to choose what music to listen to while keeping GPS navigation at the forefront. Interested in test driving a 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory.  

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4×4 and AWD Trucks and SUVs Offer Performance and Off-Roading Capabilities

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Performance SUVs and trucks are a wonderful thing. They offer drivers the space for cargo and passengers, and don’t sacrifice speed, style or capabilities to do it. With over seven brands at one location, Miami Lakes Automall has a large selection of performance SUVs and trucks.

RAM

The Ram 1500 Rebel has all the loved features of the 1500 like the powerful engine options, towing capacity (up to 10,620 pounds), but it comes standard with a 4×4 drivetrain, extra off-road features and it has a more rugged appearance. The Ram 1500 Rebel is available with a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine or a powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine.

Off-road ready features include a class-exclusive active-level four-corner air suspension, 17-inch wheels, 9.3 inches of ground clearance, and 33-inch Toyo tires. The Ram 1500 Rebel also comes with some unique style features black interior with red accents, tire tread seat inserts and the aggressive RAM branded grille and tailgate. View our available Ram 1500 Rebel inventory.

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon is the heavy-duty truck version of the Ram 1500 Rebel! Stylish, powerful and off-road ready. The vehicle is powered with a 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine that gets 410 horsepower, can tow up to 10,030. Off-road features include 33-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, Bilstein gas-charged monotube shocks, hill descent control, and a 12,000-pound electric winch. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon also fas electronically locking front and rear axles and a electronically disconnecting front stabilizer bar. View our available Ram 2500 models.

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5 Reasons You Need a Ram Truck This Fourth of July

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
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fourth of july with ram miami lakes

Nothing is more ‘Merican than America’s longest lasting pickup. Looking for the best way to celebrate Fourth of July this year? Celebrate it with a brand new Ram truck! Check out these five reasons a Ram should be your go-to Fourth of July vehicle:

  • Towing – Whether your Fourth of July plans involve jetskiing, off-roading on your ATVs, or hauling your large boat down to the water, there is a Ram truck for you. Depending on your towing needs, a Ram truck can provide between 10,640 (Ram 1500) and 31,210 (Ram 2500 and 3500) pounds of towing capability.
  • Cab space – Does your Fourth of July involve a road trip? If so, you want yourself and your passengers to be comfortable. The Ram 2500 offers the mega cab option which allows for the most cab space in the truck game. Comfort is standard.

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Best Car Brands To Buy Used

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
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As much as everyone loves brand new cars, sometimes for financial reasons it just isn’t possible. This post will explore the top five most reliable car brands. These are the best cars to buy used, because you know they will last you a while, even if the car already have 75,000 miles on it.

Ram Trucks and Cummins Engines: Ram is a well-known and trusted brand in the truck world. Not only are Ram trucks “Ram Tough,” but their vehicles are available with Cummins engines, which are known for durability and endurance. In fact, Cummins engines are so durable, there is a Cummins million mile engine club. 90 vehicles with Cummins engines to-date have over one million miles recorded. The highest record of miles put on this engine is 3,016,789 miles.

Toyota: The average Toyota can last about 210,740 miles. Wow! That is impressive. Toyota vehicles are known for being dependable vehicles that last for many, many miles.

Honda: Honda cars can typically last about 209,001 miles before  they need a lot of repairs or new parts. Both the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord have great fuel economy, and have great safety ratings, which makes them great family cars.  (more…)