Thursday, January 28, 2016

What to Do if You are Involved in an Accident

When accidents happen, it's a good idea to have a plan of action in place. At the best Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Ram Dealership in the Jefferson City area, we understand that accidents are....well, accidents! They can happen at any time. Your most trusted car and truck dealership in Mid-Missouri has put together a step by step guide on what to do if you are involved in an accident.

Step 1. Check to Make Sure Everyone is Okay.

Accidents can vary wildly from one to another. Assess the people in the vehicle with you and make sure that no one is injured. Be especially careful with children - they may not be able to adequately describe what they are feeling. If there are any doubts or concerns of an injury, call an ambulance. Once you have checked on everyone, exit the vehicle and call the local authorities. The police will dispatch someone to come and help everyone involved.

Step 2. Assess the Damage to Your Vehicle

If your vehicle is capable of moving, you may want to move it off to one side of the road while you wait for a tow truck. (Make sure your vehicle is not leaking fluids when you attempt to move it!) Once you have the vehicle to a location where you can move around it safely, observe for noticeable damage. This is the perfect time to bring out your smartphone camera or the disposable camera in your emergency kit. Take pictures of all the damaged sustained. This allows you to have an accurate history of the damage caused at the point of impact, along with giving you more information that you can pass to your insurance agent about the accident.

Step 3. Exchange Insurance Information with the Other Driver (If Applicable)

Being in a multi-car accident means you need to make sure that you have the information of everyone involved. Usually, a traffic control officer (police) can assist you with this exchange. Often times people involved in an accident are encouraged to wait for the police, as emotions tend to range wildly in the aftermath of a traumatic experience.

Step 4. Call Your Insurance Provider

It may seem counter-productive to call your insurance company before you know all the details, but giving your agent a head start on paperwork can save them and you precious time. If you need a rental vehicle or a claim against your vehicle for repair, calling your agent ahead of time can accelerate this process. You should mention that you have pictures of the accident. This can help them determine the total cost of possibly repairing or totaling your vehicle.

Step 5. Drive or Tow Your Vehicle Away

If the accident was minor, and you can safely drive your vehicle away, you will likely be able to leave after the officer on scene has finished getting a report of everything that happened. If you are unable you drive away, the officer can assist you in finding a towing company to remove your vehicle from the scene. Remember not to leave until after the officer has finished all the necessary paperwork.

Spieler's Inc. Wants to Make Sure You are Safe in the Event of an Accident.

Stress can be at an all time high in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Spieler's Inc. understands that sometimes there's nothing you can do to prevent an accident from occurring. However, there are steps you can take to mitigate the struggle of recovering from an accident. Remain vigilant on the road, and should you become involved in an accident, you can remember the steps given to you by you most trusted car dealership in Mid-Missouri.

Proudly Serving the Columbia,
Jefferson City, and California, MO Areas

1109 W. Buchanan St.
California, MO 65018

(888) 455-2107

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stuck in the Snow? Try These Tricks to Get Back on the Road!

Driving in snowy weather is a stressful situation. Sometimes it's made even worse when you get stuck! The best car dealership in Missouri knows that snowy road conditions make for prime opportunities for your vehicle to get stuck. We've come up with a few tricks that may help keep you from getting stuck in the snow or get you moving again after your car has stopped. The #1 Chrysler, Dodge, Ram dealer near Jefferson City wants to keep you as safe as possible on the road when the weather gets rough.

Don't Stop Moving

When you feel your car begin to slide due to snow, sleet, or ice, your first instinct may be to hit the brakes! Unfortunately, this is one of the worst choices to make. Your vehicle has lost control and traction on the road, which are both needed in order for your brakes to work properly. A better option would be to gently press the brake and gradually slow down the vehicle, stopping only if necessary to gain control. 

If your vehicle is already stuck, the same rule applies: Don't stop moving! Gently rocking your vehicle between reverse and the drive positions may give the wheels enough momentum to rock out of the problem. Stopping your vehicle removes all the momentum you've built up, making it more difficult to get your car out of the situation. 

Don't Spin Your Tires

Unfortunately, the first thing many drivers tend to do is accelerate to attempt and try to unstick their car. By rotating your tires against the mix of ice/snow/ground, you could be tearing up your tires! Even worse, you could be accidentally making the situation worse by digging your car into a deeper hole! Instead, gently press the gas pedal, rocking in and out of the stuck area until you are able to rock out and drive away safely.

Get a Better Grip

If you're already stuck, it's usually too late to add chains to your tires, but you can still gain traction! Grab some sand or small rocks and place them on the front/back side of the tires to gain traction and hopefully manuever out of the situation. Popular items used to gain traction are:
  • Sand
  • Rock salt
  • Kitty Litter
  • Cardboard
  • Branches and sticks
  • Rocks (quarter sized or smaller)
  • Floor mats (last resort) 

Dig Out a Path

Sometimes there's just no better method of getting a car unstuck than digging it out of the snow and ice. Make sure your tires are pointed straight and dig out a path leading the car to stable terrain. This is the longest and hardest method of getting your car unstuck, other than sitting and waiting for a tow truck. It's recommended that you carry a shovel and/or some salt in your car if you're expecting inclement weather. These tools will prove invaluable should you get stuck.

Spieler's Wants to Make Sure You're Safe When Bad Weather Hits!

Bad weather increases the chance of an accident. Missouri's most trusted car dealer wants everyone to be as safe as possible should inclement weather occur. By practicing safe and effective driving, you may be able to mitigate the risk of an accident. Should you find yourself stuck, try one of our tricks from above to help get your vehicle back on the road! 

Proudly Serving the Columbia,
Jefferson City, and California, MO Areas

1109 W. Buchanan St.
California, MO 65018

(888) 455-2107

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spieler's is Helping Celebrate Jeep's 75 Year Anniversary!

Jeep is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. This is a huge achievement and Jeep is putting out a special edition for each of its models this year to commemorate the event. The best Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep dealership in Mid-Missouri wants to show you how amazing these special edition Jeeps are.

Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is the closest Jeep model to the original vehicle used in World War II.  Complete with bronze accents, a distinct 75th anniversary color commemorating military color patterns and rugged 17-inch premium aluminum wheels, the special edition 2016 Jeep Wrangler will find a soft spot in those looking for a sleek aesthetic with a resemblance to the Jeeps of times past.

6 color options- Sarge green for the special edition option
Power dome hood
Bronze accents
17 inch wheel with low gloss paint
Gas shocks with heavy-duty suspension
Trail Rated®
Command-Trac® 4x4 System

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The more spacious larger brother to the Jeep Wrangler, the Wrangler Unlimited model comes with all the above options and room for others as well! The Wrangler Unlimited was recognized as the "4x4 of the decade" by four wheeler magazine, and with good reason. With Tru-Lok® locking differentials, you can rest assured that power is being evenly distributed to each of your tires, allowing for unparalleled control in rough terrain.

3.6 liter V6 24 valve VVT engine
Front/rear stabilizer bars
Fuel tank skid plate
Electronic roll mitigation
Hill start assist

 Jeep Cherokee

The Jeep Cherokee was introduced in 1980. Like other Jeep models, it helped usher in a new age of adventure and vehicle exploration. The Jeep Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition comes complete with special colors, accents, and badging, along with the features that set it apart as one of the best vehicles on the market. 

8.4 Inch Uconnect® touchscreen
Eight-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar
Fold-flat passenger seat
ParkView® rear backup camera
Exclusive recon green 75th anniversary edition color

Jeep Compass

Born from the idea that families can enjoy the passion for adventure as well. The Jeep Compass contains features of family-style SUVs, with the rugged body and design features of the Jeep Brand. The 75th Anniversary edition comes in Recon Green, with a badge to show that you’re not just a family, you’re a Jeep family.

Power sunroof
McKinley leather-trimmed seats
Bronze interior details
Dual tone accent French-seam stitching
18-inch aluminum wheels with low gloss bronze coating

 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 75th Anniversary Edition has a brand new front fascia, complete with bronzed finish and an upgraded 3.6 Pentastar® V6 engine with start/stop technology. The Grand Cherokee model is perfect for families on the move who enjoy a weekend getaway full of trails, hiking, and camping. 

All new exterior look
Power sunroof
Blind spot monitoring
Heated seats
Bronze painted all aluminum wheels

Jeep Patriot

Since the beginning of the Jeep brand, adventure has been the mainstay focus of the company, and no model showcases this focus more than the Jeep Patriot. The 75th Anniversary Edition is built to stand out and showcase your love of the Jeep brand.

Dark slate McKinley leather interior finish
Moroccan Sun interior accents
Tow hooks
Low gloss bronze details
Brake assist

 Jeep Renegade

"The most capable small SUV ever." When you want to combine the trailblazing abilities of the Wrangler and the aesthetics of the Patriot and Cherokee, the Jeep Renegade is a perfect choice. With the 75th anniversary edition, you'll get the bronze accented exterior, low gloss paint, and the 75th anniversary edition badge, telling everyone around that your passion for adventure runs deep. 

MySky® removable roof panels
BeatsAudio™ premium audio system
ParkView® rear backup camera
2,000 LBS towing capacity

Spieler's is a Proud Dealer of Jeep Vehicles

Jeep is celebrating their 75th anniversary with some incredible vehicles. The #1 Jeep dealership in Missouri can help you find the perfect vehicle that not only fits your needs but fits your lifestyle as well. Spieler's Inc. offers a wide selection of new Jeeps, Chryslers, and Dodge vehicles, as well as premium lightly used models. Stop in and test drive your next vehicle today!

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Jefferson City, and California, MO Areas

1109 W. Buchanan St.
California, MO 65018

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Buying or Leasing a Vehicle From Spieler's Inc.

Did you know you can lease a car like you would lease an apartment? Both buying and leasing have advantages and disadvantages for a potential buyer or leasor. The most trusted dealership in Missouri wants to clear the air regarding leasing a vehicle and provide you with some pros and cons surrounding leasing vs. buying.

Leasing a Vehicle

Leasing makes it easier to get higher priced vehicles for less money. You are paying only for a portion of the vehicle instead of buying the entire vehicle. While leasing looks great in the short run, leasing will eventually be more expensive. If you continuously lease a vehicle, you'll always be making payments, and never actually own a vehicle!

Advantages of Leasing

  • Monthly payments are generally lower.
  • Down Payments are lower.
  • You can drive a better car for less money each month.
  • Lower repair costs (for a three-year lease, the factory warranty covers most repairs.)
  • It's easier to drive a new car every two or three years.
  • No trade-in paperwork at the end of the lease.
  • You pay sales tax only on the portion of the car you finance.

Disadvantages of Leasing

  • You don't own the car you're paying for at the end of the lease.
  • Your mileage is limited to a set amount. (Excess miles are paid for at the end of the lease. Mileage limits can be negotiated).
  • Lease contracts can be confusing.
  • Leasing can be more expensive over a long period of time (as opposed to buying and driving until the vehicle can no longer support you).
  • Wear-and-tear charges can add up (paid at lease termination).
  • It can be expensive to end a lease early if your driving needs change.

Buying a Vehicle

The person who buys a car will have something to show for it at the end of their payments. Once they have made all of their car payments, the car now belongs to them. It may not have much trade-in value, but if you're willing to drive it for several more years, it becomes a cost-efficient mode of transportation for as long as it's properly maintained.

Advantages of Car Buying

  • You can modify and change your car as you please.
  • It is more economical in the long run unless you buy and trade-in often.
  • There is no mileage limit
  • Flexibility - You can sell the vehicle, trade it in, and adapt as things change in your life.

Disadvantages of Car Buying

  • Monthly payments are possibly higher.
  • A higher down payment is generally required.
  • You're responsible for maintenance costs after the warranty expires.

Spieler's Inc. Wants to Help You into the Right Vehicle!

No matter which option fits your lifestyle better, Spieler's Inc. is here to help you weigh the pros and cons of each choice. Our expert sales team can help identify your needs and determine what suits you, based on your lifestyle and what you want. Come down to the best car dealership in the Jefferson City area and learn more about leasing a vehicle or buying one.

Proudly Serving the Columbia,
Jefferson City, and California, MO Areas

1109 W. Buchanan St.
California, MO 65018

(888) 455-2107

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