Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Guide to All Things Tire Maintenance

Tires are a vital part of your vehicle. They help keep your vehicle on the ground and helps promote a comfortable ride. The holiday and winter season is approaching and now is the time to think about your tires. As your family-owned car dealership in mid-Missouri, we know the importance of tires and how they can directly affect your travel experience. Ensure your tires are ready for your upcoming travels by bringing your vehicle into our California, MO car maintenance department. In the meantime, take a look at our tire guide below!


Replacement

Over time, your tires will naturally wear down and need to be replaced. New tires can help keep you and your family safe on the road, as you travel out of town for the holidays. It is also a good idea to ensure your tires are in proper condition before winter weather strikes in the area. New tires, with good tire tread, can help your vehicle grip when traveling on slick, snow-covered roads.

Rotation

Rotating tires can help to keep them wearing evenly and elongate the lifespan. When your tires are rotated, the back tires and front tires are swapped. This helps to gain maximum life and performance out of your tires. Tires on a vehicle that is front wheel drive may wear unevenly because the tires are used to grip, causing the surface to wear down quicker. If you notice uneven wear when you inspect your tires, you may need to schedule a tire rotation, before heading on a road trip.

Alignment

Proper tire alignment promotes even tire wear and helps to keep your vehicle headed straight when driving on the road. Each vehicle has proper alignment recommendations for the make and model. Over time, traveling on bumpy roads or running over something, your tires can get out of alignment. If you experience drifting or pulling, when you drive your vehicle, it may be time for an alignment.

Balance

A properly balanced tire helps to minimize uneven wear and extend the life of the tires. When a tire is balanced, small weights are attached to the wheel in order to limit vibration of the tire and wheel as they turn. If you notice a vibration when driving, schedule a tire balance for your vehicle before heading out of town for the holidays.


Ensure your check over your tires on a regular basis. Whether you're driving around town achieving daily tasks or heading out for a long road trip to visit family over the holidays, it's important your tires are top of mind. If you're in question, bring your ride by our dealership vehicle maintenance in California, MO. Here at Spieler's Inc., we look forward to helping ensure your tires are ready for a safe trip - no matter where you're headed!


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California, MO 65018
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

🍁Catch Fall Foliage on Your Next Road Trip🍁

Fall is a great time of year to head out on a road trip. Whether you're hitting the road with friends or taking your family on a quick getaway, road trips are a fun way to make new memories and spend time with others. Fall road trips in Missouri are the ideal way to catch some of the breathtaking fall foliage. As the leaves start to change, get ready for some beautiful scenery along your next trip. As the best car dealership in mid-Missouri, we've provided you with a few ideas of Missouri road trips.


Lake of the Ozarks

The Midwest’s premier golf destination is centrally located in Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks. With over 13 area golf courses, there is a course to fit any golfer’s ability level. Check what all the hype is about for yourself by playing a few rounds of golf at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, you will enjoy all of the course options the area has to offer.

Branson

If you are looking for entertainment, look no further than Branson, Missouri. With over a 50 year history in show business, the unique destination offers a long list of show options to fit the liking of your family or group. While the shows are a focal point of the area, Branson is also a major shopping destination. With an outlet mall, stores along the Landing, and a number of shops spread throughout the town, the area offers endless shopping opportunities.

Hermann

For an adult getaway, Hermann, Missouri is a unique destination. Meander through some of the prettiest scenery in the state on the Hermann Wine Trail. Seven charming wineries are located along the twenty mile trail that winds along the Missouri River. With plenty of quaint shops and winery options, you can spend an entire day (or weekend!) in this rare town.

St. Louis

Bring the entire family for a kid-friendly weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. There are a number of entertainment opportunities in the largest city of our great state. Check out the St. Louis Zoo, which offers free entry, for a day on the wide side with the family. With over 600,000 square feet of fun, the City Museum is home to a playground, fun house, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel compiled of unique objects to entertain the whole family. Bring your kids to The Magic House for an engaging time with hands-on learning for all ages. With endless activities and learning opportunities, another must see in the St. Louis area for your children is the Saint Louis Science Center.

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to plan your Missouri fall road trip! Before you hit the road on your getaway, bring your ride by our trusted car dealership in California, MO. We can look over your ride and make sure you're in good shape for your excursion! Give Spieler's Inc. a call today to schedule an appointment with our maintenance department.

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California, MO 65018
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Perks of Buying a New Vehicle

Are you dreaming of a new ride? When it comes to buying a new vehicle in mid-Missouri, you have plenty of options available. There are benefits of buying both used and new vehicles for sale near Jefferson City, MO. Don't forget to check out last week's blog featuring the perks of buying a pre-owned vehicle. While you weigh your options to find the best fit for your unique needs, take a look below to find some of the benefits of buying a new car in California, MO.


Pick and Choose Features

If you know exactly what you want in a vehicle, new may be the way to go. You can pick and choose the exact features in a vehicle. Whether you want a specific color or certain feature combination, you can custom order that in a new ride. If you're after something specific that may not be very common, selecting a new ride is a great option.

Financing Length

Typically, the newer the vehicle the longer a bank will loan on the vehicle. If you're wanting to keep your payment at bay, a new ride may be the right option for you. A lender will usually lend out 72 months on a new ride. This can help dramatically decrease your monthly payment compared to a 60 month loan.

Minimal Wear & Tear

A new vehicle is just that - new. If you want a ride in immaculate condition, a new ride sounds like the way to go. A pre-owned vehicle will often times have some minor wear and the only way to avoid that is to purchase new. From a perfect exterior to no stains inside, a flawless new vehicle can be found at our dealership.

Vehicle Longevity

A new vehicle will usually last longer than its pre-owned counterpart. If you want to get the most use out of a vehicle, starting new is the best way to accomplish that. A vehicle with the least amount of miles - usually new - will likely be on the road longer than a pre-owned model from years past.

Warranty Options

A new vehicle usually has a variety of warranty options available. The manufacturer likely will have some sort of warranty available on the vehicle. A standard warranty will cover bumper to bumper for a certain time/mileage and then powertrain for an extended time beyond the bumper to bumper warranty. You can rest assured your new ride will be fixed at no charge while it's within the warranty guidelines.

Now that you know some of the perks of buying a new vehicle in mid-MO, you're ready to start your car search! Stop by the best car dealership in California, MO to check out our current selection of new vehicles. If we don't have exactly what you're after, we can help you track it down. Let our sales team know what vehicle and features you're interested in and we can customize the perfect ride for your unique wants and needs! Here at Spieler's Inc., we look forward to helping you find the right new rig for you and your family.

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California, MO 65018
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Perks of Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle

Are you dreaming of a new-to-you ride? When it comes to buying a new vehicle in mid-Missouri, you have plenty of options available. There are benefits of both buying a new or used vehicle for sale near Jefferson City, MO. While you weigh your options to find the best fit for your unique needs, take a look below to find some of the perks of buying a used car in California, MO.


More Affordable

The main perk of purchasing a used car is that the price tag is significantly lower. Not only are you able to save money on the purchase, but you could also get a much nicer model for the price that you would have paid for a new, lower-end model. If you’re looking to save some money on your next car purchase, our selection of used cars is a great place for you to go!

Information Readily Available

With used cars, there’s a wealth of information out there on which ones run the best, have the least issues and are going to be a good used purchase for you. The new car market is constantly dealing with recalls trying to get everything right, while the used car market has already found and remedied these issues. There are forums all over the internet where you can find the answers to pretty much any question you might have about your used car.

Lower Insurance Rates

Not only will the price of a used car be less than that of a new one, but the cost of your insurance will likely also be less. Insurance rates are affected by several things, including the age of the car. The premiums on used vehicles tend to be less expensive. Also, if you paid cash for your used vehicle instead of financing it, you won’t have to purchase full coverage, which can also save you money.

Slower Depreciation

While cars lose their value with each passing mile and minute, the steepest depreciation on vehicles happens in its first year. Some vehicles can lose as much as 20% of their value after you drive them off the lot. When you buy used, there’s no immediate depreciation; the previous owner already took that loss for you. Your used car will still depreciate in value, but you’ll lose less money less quickly than you would buying brand new.

Now that you know some of the perks of buying a used car in Mid-Missouri, you're ready to start your car search! Stop by the best car dealership in California, MO. We look forward to showing you around our pre-owned vehicle selection. Spieler's Incorporated is here for all of your car buying needs! Our friendly staff can help you find the right vehicle for your wants and needs with no pressure! It's an experience unlike any other!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

WE'RE HIRING - Career opportunities available at Spieler's Inc.!

Have you heard? Our central Missouri car dealership is hiring. If you're looking for an automotive job near Jefferson City, MO, we have a few opportunities available for you. Don't you want to work for the best auto dealer in California, MO? Of course, you do! Take a look below for the positions we have available.


About Spieler's Inc.

Spieler's Inc. has been your family owned Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Dealership in Central Missouri since 1968. We are located at 1109 W Buchanan Street, California, Missouri. We are happy to tell you that we've been serving the Central- MO area since 1968. With those years comes invaluable expertise which we put to your advantage. We're not just talking about selling new Dodge, RAM, Chrysler and Jeep models, but also Pre-Owned vehicles, providing service and auto repairs and perhaps most importantly - Dodge, RAM, Chrysler and Jeep financing.

About Our Team

We hand pick each member of the Spieler's team for their high level of competency, vast knowledgebase, eagerness to learn late-breaking technology, ability to relate to drivers from all walks of life, and commitment to keeping Spieler's Inc. a pressure-free environment. Which if you ask many of our patrons, makes us a different kind of dealership.

Available Positions:

Automobile Salesperson

Salesperson needed for New and Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. Hours 8-6 M-F, with 1 full day off during the week, and 8-3 Saturdays. Closed evenings and all major holidays. Health, Life, Disability, and Dental benefits. Contact Kim Spieler at 573-796-3129 at Spieler's, Inc. California, MO(just 20 minutes from Jefferson City on Hwy 50) or email resume' to Cinda@spielersinc.com or come by and visit us in person!

Automotive Service Technician

Service technician wanted for Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in California, MO (just 20 minutes from Jefferson City on Hwy 50). Hours are M-F 8-5, rotating Saturdays 8-noon. Health, Life, Disability, and Dental benefits. Contact Kim Spieler at 573-796-3129 at Spieler's, Inc. Or email resume' to cinda@spielersinc.com or stop by in person.

If you are interested in either of these openings, contact Spieler's Incorporated right away. We're hoping to fill these positions quickly! Give us a call, email your resume, or stop in our location. Join our team and become part of the Spieler's Inc. family culture! We look forward to seeing your applications.


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California, MO 65018
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bad Habits to Break Behind the Wheel

Driving a vehicle is a major responsibility. You are not only in control of your life and others in your vehicle, you have an impact on all other drivers on the roadways. It's important to take this great responsibility to heart. When driving, you should give the task at hand 100% of your attention. There are many habits that can cause you to be distracted while driving. Take a look below to learn about the top bad driving habits everyone should break.


Traveling Above the Speed Limit

A common bad habit for many drivers is speeding. Speed limits are set for the purpose of keeping drivers safe. Usually speeding will not get a driver to their destination that much quicker. Take your time when driving and leave in plenty of time to avoid going over the speed limit when traveling on the road.

Failure to Use Turn Signal

Many drivers do not use a turn signal when turning or changing lanes. This helps show other drivers on the road which direction you plan to turn or merge. If you do not use a turn signal, another driver may not be aware of where you plan to move your vehicle.

Following Too Close

A good rule of thumb is to allow 1 car length for every 10mph you are traveling. For example, if you are going 60mph, you want to have 6 car lengths of space between your car and the car in front’s bumper. Allowing adequate room between vehicles gives enough time to react if the car in front were to break suddenly.

Taking Your Eyes Off the Road

Distracted driving is the cause of many accidents. Looking at your phone instead of focusing on the road is a dangerous distraction. Even if you are watching the road while on a phone call, you still may be more focused on your conversation than driving. Switching the radio and glancing away from the road for just a second can also be dangerous. Many drivers will be rushed and complete their daily grooming tasks behind the wheel. This is a big distractor and can be dangerous for the driver and others on the road.

Speed Up Through Yellow Light

When a light turns yellow, many drivers will accelerate through the intersection to avoid stopping at the soon approaching red light. When a driver speeds through, the light may have already turned red which triggers the alternating lights to turn green. This can lead to an unnecessary wreck in an intersection.

Not Wearing Seatbelt

Wearing a seatbelt while driving or riding in a vehicle is not only the law but a huge safety precaution. Unfortunately, wrecks do happen and having a seatbelt on helps to keep the individual in their seat. Keeping your safety device buckled while the car is in motion can improve your chances of surviving if a crash does occur.

Do you do one or more of these tasks while driving? Try to reduce the number of distractions around you as you drive. As the best car dealership in mid-Missouri, we know what a big responsibility driving is. It's not something we take lightly and you shouldn't either. We want to help be a driving force in making the roads around our California, MO car dealership safer for our customers, friends, and family!

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

New Trucks at Spieler's Inc.

Are you in the market for a new truck? If so, Spieler's Incorporated has the hookup! We have a TON of new trucks for sale near California, MO. Ride around in style in one of our tough new trucks. If you're interested in buying a new truck in Mid-Missouri, stop by our car dealership today for a test drive. We look forward to showing you our show-stopping options!

2019 Ram 1500 BIG HORN / LONE STAR CREW CAB


This show-stopping 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn comes equipped with all the standard amenities for your driving enjoyment. Top features include front dual zone air conditioning, fully automatic headlights, heated steering wheel, and 1-touch window functionality. It features four-wheel drive capabilities, a durable automatic transmission, and a powerful 8 cylinder engine.

2019 Ram 1500 LARAMIE CREW CAB

Check out this sleek 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie. You'll appreciate its safety and convenience features! Top features include leather upholstery, automatic dimming door mirrors, heated and ventilated seats, and remote keyless entry. It features four-wheel drive capabilities, a durable automatic transmission, and a powerful 8 cylinder engine.

2019 Ram 1500 LARAMIE CREW CAB

Don't miss this sweet 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie! Both practical and stylish! The following features are included: a built-in garage door transmitter, automatic dimming door mirrors, and voice activated navigation. Under the hood, you'll find an 8 cylinder engine with more than 350 horsepower, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Four wheel drive allows you to go places you've only imagined.

Now that you've gotten a sneak peak at a few of our new trucks for sale near Jefferson City, MO, you're ready to come check out our selection in person! Stop by our California, MO car dealership to check these sweet trucks out. Our sales team can help show you around and get you scheduled for a test drive today. We look forward to helping you find your dream truck at Spieler's Incorporated!


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Top Road Trip Games

How are you going to entertain your kids on your next road trip? Many families take advantage of a long weekend - like Labor Day - to take a trip. It's a great opportunity to spend time together and make new memories with your loved ones. It can be a little tough to spend so much time in a car together, though. Games are a great way to help keep your children (and adults) enteratined. Take a look below for some road trip games for your next adventure.


1. The License Plate Game

As you drive down the road, everyone in the car looks for license plates from different states. The goal is to spot vehicles from all 50 states, although Alaska and Hawaii are rare finds!

2. Tic-Tac-Toe

This classic game will keep 2 members of your road trip entertained for a while. Two players are assigned an X or an O; the two alternate placing their symbol, and then the player with 3 in a row wins. Make a tournament with all passengers or play best of 5 to extend the game.

3. 20 Questions

In the popular road trip game, 20 Questions, the first player mentally chooses an answer; then all participants try to narrow down the answer by asking questions. If the carload gets to the twentieth question without figuring out the answer, the answer is revealed.


4. I Spy

Most people are familiar with I Spy. This is a fun way to get everyone on your road trip involved. The first player starts off with, “I spy with my little eye, something (color/shape)”. The person who spots the correct item wins and is now the one who chooses an object.

5. Hangman

Passengers can play hangman on paper or a small whiteboard. The “Wheel of Fortune” based game gives players a chance to guess the letters that make up the phrase. This is a fun way to test knowledge and pass the time.

6. The Alphabet Game

Similar to I Spy, The Alphabet Game can be played by anyone in the car. Players look for any object outside the vehicle that has letters. The trick to the game is to go in order through the alphabet as you pass signs, buildings, or any object with words. Be warned, this game can be pretty dry if there are few signs along the road you travel.

7. Spot The Car

Another fun twist to I Spy, a player starts the game by selecting a car make and model and everyone tries to spot that type of vehicle. The first person to spot the right car gets to pick the next type to find.

8. The Singing Game

If your group is into music, this is the game for you! When a song comes on and everyone is singing along, randomly mute the radio. The last person still accurately singing the lyrics is the winner.

9. I’m Going on a Picnic

Memory games are a great way to spend time on a road trip. The first participant starts with, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing….(something that starts with an A). The next person will start the phrase over and add an item that starts with the better B. The goal is to continue through the entire alphabet. The player who is stumped when remembering the full list of items to bring on a picnic loses.

Before you hit the road on your adventure, ensure your ride is ready for the trip. Double check your tires to ensure there is adequate tread to safely navigate the roadway. Also make sure your fluids are filled. You can bring your ride by our California, MO vehicle maintenance department for a quick check up. We can change your oil and perform a multi-point check to make sure your ride is ready for your next road trip! Happy Labor Day Weekend from the entire team at Spieler's Inc.!

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California, MO 65018
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Tips for Buying Your First Vehicle

Buying a vehicle is a BIG DEAL! For many, it's the first step toward independence and a major milestone. If you are approaching this stage in your life, you may feel a little anxious about taking this big step. As your family owned car dealership in California, MO, we want to help you through this exciting time in your life. Take a look below to learn some tips for buying your first vehicle.


Know Your Credit Score

Your credit score has a big impact on your car loan rate and your ability to get a loan. If you aren't sure what your credit score is, it's time to find out. Once you know your score, you can start making financial adjustments to raise it, if needed.

Set a Budget

Know your price range before you head to the dealership. This can give you a good idea of what range you should be looking in. Your budget can have a direct impact on the year, style, and mileage of the vehicle you can afford. This price range can help lead your search as you won't want to fall in love with a vehicle you simply cannot afford.


Make a List of Car Features

Once you get ready to go car shopping, think about the features you do and don't want in a ride. If you want a certain color or feature be sure to let your salesperson know this information. They can help point you in the right direction and give you options for rides that have your list of required features and attributes.

Test Drive Vehicles

Once you've narrowed down a few vehicles in which you are interested, it's time to take a test drive. It's important to get a good feel for the vehicle. You can test out how the seat fits, how the vehicle handles, and how you feel driving the ride you are interested in. Test driving can help you further narrow down your ride of choice.

Apply For a Loan

Once you know what you want, it's time to apply for a car loan. Our finance department can help guide you through the loan application process. You'll need to provide some personal information to see if you qualify. No matter what your credit situation looks like, we can help you find a loan that works with your unique situation.

Line Up Insurance

As you are finalizing the purchase of your vehicle, you'll need to provide proof of insurance. Have this information in mind as you are seriously looking to purchase a vehicle in mid-Missouri. At this time, you can shop around for insurance for your new ride to get the best rates possible.

Think About All Costs

Your monthly payment is not the only expense that goes hand in hand with buying a new vehicle. When it comes time to register your vehicle with the DMV, you will need to pay sales tax on your purchase. You will also need to get new tags for your ride. If you choose a vehicle with different fuel efficiency that you are used to, you will need to work the increased gas prices into your budget, as well.

Now that you know all about these tips for buying your first car in mid-MO, you're ready to start car shopping. Stop by Spieler's Incorporated to check out our current selection of vehicles. One of our salespeople can help you find the right ride for your wants and needs. We look forward to helping you find the perfect new ride!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Top Perks of Buying an SUV

Are you debating what type of vehicle will be in your near future? An SUV is a great all-around vehicle and ideal for many lifestyles. From sporty to family-friendly, there are a TON of perks of owning an SUV. As your family owned car dealership in California, MO, we know how important it is to find the perfect ride for your wants and needs. If you're interested in a new ride and aren't sold on buying an SUV yet, take a look below for top perks of this vehicle type!


Optimal Fuel Mileage

Many SUV's are equipped with great fuel mileage. It's typically comparable to driving a full size car, even better in some models. Make the most of your gasoline usage and get further while using less fuel! An SUV is a smart choice if you are concerned with fuel efficiency.

Plenty of Storage Space

SUV's offer ample storage space. The back door often offers a wide range of storage options AND it's much taller than a car for those unusual items you may haul. An SUV offers the best of both worlds - it has ample storage space like a truck, but much larger than a car with limited space. AND your items will be inside the vehicle, therefore protected from outside elements.

High Safety Ratings

The safety ratings on an SUV is impressive. It's a bigger vehicle than a car but with a more stable stance than a truck. Many SUVs are top in impact testing, as well. There are a number of safety features included in most models. From side impact airbags to auto door locks when the vehicle is in drive, you can increase the safety of your family with the purchase of an SUV.

Ideal Comfort for All

Along with storage space, there is typically more seating space available in an SUV. This type of vehicle can sometimes offer a third row of seats, depending on the model you are looking for. In addition to extra seats, an SUV often has larger seats and more foot room than it's counterparts. If you often have people in the backseat, an SUV offers comfortable seating for everyone in your vehicle.

Renowned Off-Road Capabilities

If you live life on the adventurous side, an SUV is an ideal vehicle for you! The suspension is tough for those bumpy roads and many SUVs offer a safe chassis, ideal for getting you exactly where you want to go! Whether you are going camping with the family or out for a thrilling day of trail riding, an SUV is the right option in a vehicle for you!

What are you waiting for? Swing by our California, MO car dealership to check out our current selection of SUV's! We look forward to helping you find the perfect ride to meet your wants and needs in a new SUV. The sales team at Spieler's Inc. is second to none and truly care about helping our customers find the perfect fit in a new ride. Even if you're not interested in buying an SUV, we can help you find the right vehicle type for you and your family! Stop by the best car dealership in mid-MO to check out our inventory today.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

🚌Safety Tips for Back to School🚌

It's that time of year again, the kids will be going back to school in the next few weeks. As this time of year rolls around, it's important to keep safety tips when it comes to school drop-offs and navigating around buses top of mind. As your dedicated car dealership in California, MO, we want to help keep you and your kids safe this back to school season. Take a look below to learn some quick safety tips reminders to refresh as the school year gears up.


Watch Out For Bus Stops

As you drive to and from school, there will likely be busses traveling along your same route. Keep in mind that a bus cannot come to a stop as quickly as you may be able to; allow adequate stopping distance when flowing a bus. Be prepared to stop frequently when driving behind a bus, they will stop to drop off students often. Remember, all lanes of traffic must stop when students are entering or exiting a bus on the roadway. A 10 foot radius around the bus is the most dangerous place for a child. Be sure to allow enough space for children to exit the bus safely. Keep in mind that children are unpredictable, and often unaware of dangerous situations that a road can present. Being aware of busses and children this back to school season will help promote a safe commute for everyone involved.

Use Caution at the Loading Zone

Schools typically have specific pick-up and drop-off safety suggestions for parents. When taking your kids to school, or picking them up, make sure you know the procedure. Do not double park in a school loading zone; this can prevent a child from seeing other vehicles. Try to avoid picking up or dropping off your children across the street from the school. This may make your commute quicker but can also create a dangerous situation for kids when they have to cross a road or parking lot at a busy time.

Look Out for Pedestrians at Crosswalks

Roads surrounding schools are filled with crosswalks. Many children heading to and from school will use these spaces to cross the road. Do not block a crosswalk when stopped at a light or stop sign, forcing the students to walk around your vehicle and out of the crosswalk. It is a good rule of thumb to stop and let a child cross the road if they are waiting. Sometimes kids forget to stop and wait, and may dart out into the road without being aware of oncoming traffic. Keep an eye out for children walking along or crossing the road when heading back to school this year.

Now that you have a refresh of safety tips of going back to school, you're ready to get your kids ready for the big day. As you prep your children for back to school, you should also ensure your vehicle is ready for the school drop-offs and other activities that go hand in hand with the school year gearing back up. Whether it's sports practice or other extracurricular activities, you may be on the run this fall. Bring your ride by Spieler's Incorporated to have one of our factory trained mechanics take a look at it. We can let you know if there's anything you should have repaired before you get ready for the busy school year!

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Jefferson City, and California, MO Areas


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California, MO 65018
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

🦆All About the Great Dam Duck Drop🦆

This QUACKY event at the Lake of the Ozarks is one that brings locals and visitors from all around! If you've never been to the Great Dam Duck Drop, it's time to make the trip to Bagnell Dam for this thrilling event THIS WEEKEND - August 3rd & August 4th! As a sponsor of this family-friendly event, Spieler's Inc. wants to fill all of our friends in on the details. Take a look below to learn about this area event your kids of all ages can enjoy!


Quacky Golf Tournament

On August 3rd, join in on the fun at the quackiest golf tournament at the Lake! This four-personal scramble style tournament is filled with fun and thrills. Registration and lunch start at 12:30pm. A shotgun start is scheduled at 2:00 pm. Crazy holes and fun obstacles will be placed around the course to test your game. We weren't kidding when we said it's the quackiest around!

Family Fun Zone & Duck Drop

Calling all kids to the FUN ZONE! On Saturday, August 4th at the Osage River come down below the Bagnell Dam Strip for the ultimate in family fun.  Wristbands are FREE and include all of the events, games, and prizes. The FUN ZONE will open at 10:00am. Bounce houses, kid-friendly activities, and games will be ready for the kiddos to play. Check out a few of the things you can look forward to below:

GAMES & PRIZES
BOUNCE HOUSES
LIVE DJ
GREAT FOOD
SHAVED ICE
DUNK TANK
DUCK TICKET SALES
(Ticket Sales End at 11:00 SHARP!)

A helicopter will fly over the river and drop the ducks to see which one makes it's way across the finish line first. The winning duck will be matched with it's ticket and the winner will be announced! It's a sight to see! The first place prize will be $5000! 10 additional ducks will win prizes, as well. Don't forget to snag your tickets at the Fun Zone before 11:00am!

Now that you know all the details of this exciting event, you're ready to make plans to attend. Before you hit the road, ensure you look over your ride. Make sure you get your oil changed on a regular basis, ensure your tire pressure is at the recommended PSI. This can help your tires last longer and create safer driving conditions for your ride to the Great Dam Duck Drop!

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Jefferson City, and California, MO Areas


1109 W. Buchanan St.
California, MO 65018
(888) 455-2107




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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with kids can be tricky, but it's an important task to master. If you have kids, you're likely going to be traveling with them a few different times of the year, at the least. Whether it's going on a summer vacation or visiting family around the holidays, the team at Spieler's Inc. knows how important it is to be able to take a road trip with your family. Take a look below to learn a few tips that may come in handy next time you load up the car for a trip!


Plan Your Route

Before you hit the road, know what route you will take to your destination. Try to plan your approximate stops. It's good to get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs. This is a great opportunity for your kids to get out and run some of that pent-up energy off! Also, plan out your stops for fuel. This is important if you are going through a long stretch of highway with little to no gas stations. You don't want to run out of gas on your road trip - it will put a big damper on your plans!

Pack Plenty of Snacks

Buying snacks beforehand is much more inexpensive than buying at a gas station. If you have snacks in the car already, you won't have to stop for a quick bite, either. It's a great way to help keep the car rolling down the highway and keep your crew happy! Granola bars, dried fruits, and nuts are all easy and healthy snacks to keep on hand.

Prepare Entertainment

It's important to have a variety of entertainment options available for your kids. Puzzles and cards are great non-electric game options. A portable DVD player or other electronic device is another way to keep the kids entertained for a couple hours with their favorite movie. Try to play road trip games as a family as well. It's a great way to get the entire vehicle involved and help pass the time!

Pick a Playlist

Rocking out to some great music is another fun way to entertain your kids. Pick a variety of their favorite songs for the ultimate road trip playlist. While their favorites may not be the same as yours, you can always have your own playlist ready for when they take a nap!

Now that you know these tips to make traveling with kids easier, you're ready to plan your next adventure. Before you hit the road, ensure your ride is up for the challenge! Bring your vehicle into our California, MO vehicle maintenance shop. We can do a quick maintenance check and ensure your ride is ready to roll. While you're here, we can perform a routine oil change to help your engine run at it's best for your big excursion with your family!

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Jefferson City, and California, MO Areas


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California, MO 65018
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