These Spring Car Cleaning Tips Will Help You Start the Season on the Right Foot

Spring Car Cleaning Tips
Make Your Car Sparkle This Spring

The weather is slowly getting nicer and the birds are even starting to chirp again. With that, you know what that means – spring cleaning will soon be upon us. This year, we recommend that you give the interior of your vehicle a thorough cleaning. You will be glad you did!

Here are some quick spring cleaning car tips to get you started:

  • Start with your car vents, cleaning them out with Q-tips or felt brushes. The fresh air alone will make a huge difference.
  • If you have removable floor mats, take them out and give them a good scrub. After they dry completely, grab the vacuum cleaner and get to work.
  • Do your best to clean the upholstery, using the appropriate cleaner for whatever you have: leather, fabric, vinyl, etc.
  • Don’t just get rid of all the garbage inside; organize and downsize the mess. Do you really need three cell phone chargers?
  • Grab some Windex and clean up those windows, inside and out, which have likely not been cleaned on the inside since day one.
  • Once you’re all finished inside, cruise through a car wash to clean the exterior.

If you’d rather start out spring with a new car entirely, we’d be happy to set you up on a test drive! Contact us any time or simply stop by at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru.

Self-driving Subaru Models are Already About to Hit the Road

Self-driving Subaru Models - We are always innovating!
Subaru is Always Innovating – Photo By Tino Rossini

The race to produce self-driving cars has begun, with the latest news telling us that Subaru plans to test drive autonomous vehicles on the state roads of California. It’s safe to assume that, if an automaker is already testing its self-driving cars, mass-produced versions can’t be too far away.

The Goal

In fact, Subaru has stated that it aims to offer mostly self-driving models that are safe for highway driving by 2020. With all of the success of Subaru’s various EyeSight systems, which autonomously assist drivers, the timeline seems easily achievable.

New Features

Subaru even has a new feature on the horizon that will allow your vehicle to navigate and steer on its own for speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. This is ideal for aggravating traffic jams and similar slowdowns where it seems like the driver hardly has much input anyway.

We don’t know when the first self-driving Subaru models will be available, but we do know that current models already come with Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Warning, Sway Warning, and much more.

Find Out More

If you would like to learn more about what Subaru has coming up, or if you’re looking to test drive a current Subaru model, contact us or stop by any time at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru.

New Subaru Apps Introduced in STARLINK Multimedia System on Subaru Impreza

Eight new Subaru apps have been introduced in Subaru’s STARLINK Multimedia infotainment system that improve navigation, assist with driving habits, and even cater to hobbyists.

Magellan NAVI, for instance, provides advanced cloud-based mapping to guarantee that maps aren’t outdated and is free for three years on the Subaru Impreza. Best Parking finds and compares rates for short- and long-term parking spaces in 105 U.S. cities and 12,000 parking facilities.

The new Yelp app lets drivers safely locate restaurants, doctors, and more while driving, while eventseeker is the Yelp of local events like concerts, nightlife, and festivals. The new Impreza will even come with eBird, an app developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help birdwatchers find sighting locations and make data from sightings available for scientific study.

Glympse, a new location sharing technology, lets you notify others of your estimated arrival time, and RightTrack, developed by Liberty Mutual Insurance, monitors your driving habits and gives tips on how to improve and thus lower your insurance rates. The Impreza will also come with a digital app version of the Quick Reference Guide that will offer In-Vehicle Help.

The new apps available on the Impreza make it even more unnecessary to reach for your phone or take your eyes off the road when you’re driving, so check them out!

Do you think this will help make the roads safer? Our team at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru are always happy to see our customers drive safely. So let us know your opinions in the comments below!

How to Get Better Winter Fuel Economy

Cars driving in winter

You’ve probably noticed that you tend to use a lot more fuel in winter than in warmer months. This is because cold air affects your vehicle in a lot of ways. Your engine has to work harder to warm up and stay warm, your tire pressure is lower, and you have all your warming features on, from the heater to your defroster to your heated seats. Here are some ways you can improve your winter fuel economy.

If you have access to a garage or other indoor parking, use it. The warmer your car is when you start it the less energy goes into warming up the engine. You should also avoid warming your car up in the morning before you take off. It doesn’t actually heat your car very efficiently since cars warm up much more quickly when they’re being driven—you just end up wasting a lot of gas.

Check your tire pressure regularly. Cold air reduces tire pressure, which reduces traction and makes your car work harder to go forward. Adding air to your tires when they’re low will have a big effect on fuel economy.

Minimize the weight in your car as much as possible—remove roof racks and anything heavy, unless you have trouble staying steady in high winds. The lighter your vehicle is the less fuel you’ll use. Finally, use the heater and warmers as little as possible. Once your car is warmed up, turn them down or off until you need them again.

If you feel your car isn’t performing the way it should this winter, stop by Ed Shults of Warren Subaru for service!

#SeizetheSnowDays: Subaru Winterfest

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Get ready to #SeizetheSnowDays with Subaru’s WinterFest line-up.

If you’re a Subaru-lover, then you probably live an active lifestyle. This is what the Subaru Winterfest 2017 is all about. If you’re ready to take on the winter season, say “#SeizetheSnowDays” and celebrate with Subaru.

Subaru WinterFest 2017 is a huge winter event that spans multiple cities and mountains. Covering eleven states, these winter events will take place at twelve different resorts. Winter and adventure lovers can take on skiing or snowboarding and enjoy the party that Subaru brings.

 

“Subaru has long taken pride in being a brand to facilitate your passions, including winter sports, and our all-wheel-drive vehicles help to power skiers and snowboarders to countless winter adventures,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc.

 

Subaru owners won’t find it hard to get up to these mountain destinations either, thanks to Subaru vehicles’ standard all-wheel drive. Subaru brings the party to the mountain where Subaru owners not only get to enjoy their favorite winter sports, but also live music, daily giveaways, gear demonstrations, and plenty of food and beverage.

The events take place from January to April, spanning across the U.S. You can find more information about WinterFest Events and where you can participate on Subaru’s website.

Winter Car Seat Safety Tips

child in car seat - Winter Car Seat Safety Tips
Keeping your child safe is one of the most important, and stressful, tasks as a parent. These tips will help ensure your son or daughter is safe while they are in your vehicle.

We all know how important car seats are for the safety of our children. But it’s not only about having the car seat – it’s about using it properly as well. Winter can be a harder time to implement car seat safety, so here are a few tips to help you out!

 

Keep the Car Seat Inside

Try to keep the carrier part of the car seat inside the house. This way it’s at room temperature and not as freezing cold as your car. This will not only help keep the car seat warm, it’ll also keep your child’s body temperature warm as well.

 

No Coat in the Car Seat

While you want your child to be warm in the winter, bulky layers and car seats do not add up. If there’s bulk, you can’t tighten the belts as much on the car seat, which means that their body won’t be properly secured. Dress them in long sleeves and pants and bring a blanket outside. Then, put the blanket around them after you buckle them in to keep them warm.

 

No Add-Ons

Avoid using any add-ons like sleeping bag inserts that didn’t come with the car. These may add bulk or prevent the car seat and seatbelts from doing their job.

Here at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru, we want your entire family to be safe this winter! For more helpful tips, check out this page.

How to Host a New Year’s Eve Party

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Get some of the best tips on how to host a New Year’s Eve Party and have a blast with your friends this New Year!

As the year comes to a close, we can all celebrate the accomplishments of the year or even just be glad it is over. However you feel about 2016, we can all agree that we want 2017 to be even better. To get the year started off on the right foot, why not host a New Year’s Eve party to bring together all the people you loved most?

Here are a few tips on how to host a fun party that doesn’t cost a fortune as you ring in the New Year.

  • Have guests bring their favorite dishes. Tell everyone to bring their favorite appetizer or snack for everyone to share.
  • Serve a champagne cocktail like sangria. Alcohol is expensive. Create a delicious treat like sangria to cut down on those costs without skipping adult beverages
  • Have a midnight meal. There’s no better way to spend time together than by sharing a meal. Try something like a hearty potato bar or pancake dinner.
  • Ask guests to share predictions and resolutions. When everyone arrives at the party, have them write down a few predictions for the New Year. Put them all in a bowl and read them out later. Guests can try to guess who wrote them.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to having a fun night counting down to 2017. Happy New Year from all of us at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru!

Subaru’s November Sales Set New Record

Subaru Driving Through Snow - Subaru's November Sales Record
Subarus are designed to handle any terrain and any weather conditions. No wonder Subaru’s Subaru’s November sales increased!

November was a great month around the auto industry, especially for Subaru. Not only was November the 33rd consecutive month of vehicle sales over 40,000, but it was the best November ever for the brand with 51,308 vehicles sold. This was an 11.4% increase over November 2015.

The best performing models were the Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, and Legacy, with each achieving its best November sales ever. In fact, the Outback, Legacy, and Crosstrek saw double-digit gains over last year’s sales.

“November was the 60th consecutive month of yearly month-over-month sales increases, the longest streak of any automaker in the U.S.” said Thomas J. Doll, president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru is well positioned to end 2016 well. The all-new 2017 Impreza will be arriving soon and the annual Share the Love event is already in progress. If the current rate of sales continue through the end of the year, Subaru will achieve its eighth consecutive all-time sales record.

If you want to help Subaru earn this new record, stop by Ed Shults of Warren Subaru and check out the exciting Subaru lineup. If your purchase or lease a new vehicle during the Share the Love event, Subaru will donate $250 to your choice of charity.

How to Pack Thanksgiving Food in the Car

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Pack your Thanksgiving dinner safely in the car!

No matter what kind of car you have, figuring out how to pack Thanksgiving food in the car is tricky. Here are some tips on keeping your food from sliding around and spilling!

One good tip is to fill your trunk with beach towels you can nestle your pots and pans in. This is doubly helpful, since it keeps your dishes from spilling and makes cleanup easier if they do! If you can’t use your trunk or it gets too full, put your dishes on the floor of the backseat, not the seat itself. It will slide around and probably spill.

If you have dishes with tight-fitting lids, great! Those are perfect for transporting Thanksgiving food. If not, invest in some or get yourself a ton of plastic wrap and go crazy on your dishes. Or both. You can’t be too careful. If you have a really big turkey dish or a casserole, you could try loading them in a laundry basket surrounded by towels.

Of course, if you want to make things a little easier on yourself, just volunteer early on to bring food you can transport easily. Rolls, cookies, stuffing, and drinks are the least likely to spill. Drive more carefully than usual—take turns more slowly, slow down gradually, and don’t hit the brakes too hard.

How to Add and Check Coolant Levels

Adding Coolant
Learn how to check coolant & add it to your vehicle.

With the weather getting colder, it’s important to make sure your antifreeze is at the right level. Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is vital to your engine because it keeps it from overheating and keeps all parts moving smoothly. Follow this easy guide on how to check coolant and add it if necessary.

Always check the coolant when your car has been turned off for at least half an hour and is in park or neutral. Set the parking brake and pop the hood, then find the reservoir and look for the fill line. If the coolant is up to the fill line, you’re good to go.

If you need to add some, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual and find the right kind of coolant for your engine type. Once you’ve bought some, again wait for the car to cool off and then open the hood. Loosen the cap on the reservoir to let pressure release, then remove it the rest of the way.

When you add the coolant, mix it with distilled water at about a 50/50 ratio and pour it into the reservoir until it goes up to the fill line. Don’t put the coolant directly into the radiator! Put the cap back on and you’re all done.

Contact our service department at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru for more information!