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When thinking of the legacy of the Dodge brand, one word should come to mind: muscle. At Chapman Dodge, that legacy lives on in the throwback Dodge Challenger and the oft-updated Dodge Charger.
The Dodge Challenger was introduced in its present form in 1970, and it has since been the quintessential “pony car.” Sporting a massive engine and the low, flat, two-door body befitting of its heritage, the present day Challenger features several trim packages with 4-speed and 5-speed automatic transmissions as well as a 6-speed manual option. The common thread between every iteration of the Challenger is power: the smallest engine available is a 3.6-liter V6, ranging up to the legendary 392 cubic inch (6.4L) HEMI V8.
Edmunds clocked the 6.4-liter SRT-8 at 12.6 seconds in the quarter-mile, while the base Challenger’s V6 engine manages 27 miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency on the highway. The Dodge Challenger truly offers everything that a muscle car aficionado desires.
The history of the Dodge Charger is somewhat more complex than that of its pony car counterpart. The Charger moniker has been used to describe everything from two-door pony cars to the current four-door sedan that deftly masters the challenge of blending performance and comfort together.
Mated to the same engine options as those present in the Challenger, the Charger’s spacious interior received substantial redesigns from previous models to tame its substantial power. The Charger takes just enough from its muscle car lineage to satisfy your inner gearhead while simultaneously appealing to the mature sensibilities of the 21st Century driver.
Derived from the same Mercedes platform at the Chrysler 300, Edmunds describes the new Dodge Charger as a muscle car that the entire family can enjoy. Style, performance, and drivability from the track to the city streets – the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger are ready to light up Las Vegas (or anywhere else their driver takes them).
The refreshed 2013 Ram 1500 has more power and better off-roading, towing and hauling capabilities to fit your needs. Here are some of the new and improved features:
Air Suspension This feature reduces drag by automatically lowering the truck when it reaches highway speeds and levels when you pull a trailer or load the bed. You can also choose between two off-road positions that will give you the most ground clearance. The air springs let you raise and lower your truck at each of the four corners of the suspension.
Electric Power Steering Provides a smoother off-roading experience by eliminating the belt-driven hydraulic pump and compensating for drift that is caused by uneven road conditions. It is controlled by a computer and is much quieter than a hydraulic system.
Hemi® V8 This engine provides enough power for all of your hauling and towing needs. It automatically shuts down four of the eight cylinders at cruising speed to improve fuel efficiency. Visit Las Vegas Dodge Ram for more information and options.
Eight-Speed Transmission This is the only light-duty truck in the United States that has an eight-speed transmission. It improves efficiency and provides great acceleration even in low gears.
Center Stack w/ Uconnect® The 8.4-inch touch screen gives access to features such as emergency assistance, voice texting, real-time vehicle performance stats, WiFi and a BingTM search engine. It also includes Bluetooth® connectivity.
Console It has been redesigned to include built-in AUX/USB ports and an SD card slot so you can connect your portable devices while in your vehicle. Not to mention more storage for your needs.
Rambox® This cargo management system is lockable, drainable and even has lights so you can see in the dark. It is located on one side of the bed and can be accessed with remote keyless entry for added convenience.
Aero-Dynamics The new Ram 1500 is even more aerodynamic with a redesigned front bumper, flexible air dam and wheel-to-wheel tubular side step. It’s new Active Grill shutters open and close depending on the powertrain’s cooling needs and reduce drag by closing at highway speeds.
Visit Chapman Dodge to drive away with the revitalized Ram 1500.
There is a wide range of financing alternatives for customers in search of a new automobile. Of course you can pay cash, but for many if not most that choice involves factors such as the annual percentage rate and a “cash back” incentive. Cash back is a popular enticement that dealerships offer in order to encourage people to buy a new vehicle. While these offers seem like a good deal, potential buyers should weigh other factors to determine if the cash-back incentive makes the most financial sense. Here are a few common options explained:
Cash-back incentives typically are offered by the car manufacturer as a cash-back reward for people who buy a new car. For example, a consumer goes to buy a new 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 from Nevada Dodge dealer, and agrees to a financing plan they will then receive a $1000 ‘cash-back’ incentive to use as part of the cars down payment. Ultimately the cash back in conjunction with whatever discounts will allow the cars price tag to come down thousands of dollars for the consumer.
A new car is a major purchase, and few people pay cash for it. Most consumers obtain a loan to buy a new car or finance the purchase through the manufacturer or a financing department. A car loan, like any loan, comes with interest rates, known as an annual percentage rate, or APR. For example a consumer could get a 2012 Dodge Caliber for an APR of 0% for up to a 60-month lease.
Low APR or Cash Back?
Some car manufacturers offer a combination of cash back and a low interest rate. Some of these offers are either/or, meaning the consumer may choose either the cash-back reward or the low interest rate, while others offer both cash back and low interest.
If a new Dodge Vegas consumer is faced with the decision of purchasing a new car with a cash-back incentive or a low APR, they must perform a few calculations. There are several automobile websites that offer calculators that help with this task. For example, if you’re offered $5,000 cash back or a 1.0 percent APR on a 48-month loan for purchase of $24,230—with no trade-in or cash down—you’ll save $13 per month by choosing the low financing over the cash-back offer.
Cash Purchase vs Low APR:
Another option for Las Vegas car buyers is to skip financing altogether and pay for a car in cash. Buying a car in with cash saves you money in the long run as you don’t have to pay interest, but it also takes a lot of money out of your pocket. As long as you aren’t taking money out of your emergency funds or selling other assets to purchase the car, buying a car with cash is often a good option.
Chapman Las Vegas Dodge Chrysler Jeep General Manager Don Hamrick says “Regardless of if you go with our cash back incentives or a low APR, you can be assured you’re getting a quality vehicle at a quality price. Our goal is to work with the customer to ensure their not only happy with their vehicle but also with their financing choices.”
For more information on any of the vehicle deals in this article as well as many others, come by Chapman Las Vegas Dodge Chrysler Jeep.
Strong sales have put automakers in the power seat this summer, which means consumers will likely see sparser deals than in previous years. Still, there are a few bright spots for buyers. Cheap and more widely available credit has led to favorable financing deals, and high vehicle-resale values have helped dealerships push cheap leases. Plus, there are still a few cash deals. Here is where drivers in the market for a new car can still find bargains:
Leases. “Right now, we’re seeing the most attractive leases across the board that we’ve seen in a number of years,” says Alec Gutierrez, a senior market analyst at auto-pricing publisher Kelley Blue Book. Leasing payments often factor in a vehicle’s expected resale price, and used-car values have been rising, he says. That encourages manufacturers to drop lease prices, even to the point where they beat financing deals for buyers.
Consider: A 2012 Dodge Challenger SXT For Only $249 a month on a 36 Month Lease, 10k miles/year, $999 Down, is available now at your Las Vegas Dodge dealer.
Low-rate financing. Consumers who want to hang on to a vehicle for more than a few years may find that financing is still the better deal, Caldwell says. “There are lots of 0% offers, because credit is cheap,” she says.
Consider: Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep has seven models for as low as $199 per month with 0% APR for 36 months. Also right now at Las Vegas Dodge is offering pre-approved financing if you make at least $350 per month.
Big vehicles. Larger SUVs and trucks typically have the biggest cash rebates, and this year is no exception, says Jesse Toprak, the vice president of market intelligence at TrueCar, an auto-pricing website. Those categories don’t typically do well when gasoline prices are high and face increased competition from new crossovers that mix size and efficiency, he says.
Bigger vehicles account for the bulk of autos with cash incentives of $1,500 or more right now, for example the Jeep Liberty has a $3,500 enticement.
Model redesigns. If price is more important to you than style, look for a car that is set to be redesigned in its next model year, Merrihew says. Incentives typically are better than on recently redesigned models because the look isn’t as fresh. There often is more room to negotiate, too. “The downside is, it will look like yesterday’s news pretty quickly,” he says.
Consider: Las Vegas Jeep has great deals on the 2012 Jeep Wrangler since the 2013 model has just hit showroom floors. The MSRP on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler is $24,575 but with a $1000 cash bonus and $843 drop in price, one can be yours for only $22,732.
Hall Brothers racing is a Dodge sponsored racing team that is made up of the unique duo Raminator and Rammunition.
Both Raminator and Rammunition have 565 cubic-inch supercharged Hemi engines that can certainly take care of business, and the competition. The team is made up of Tim, Mat and their crew. According to their website, Tim Hall is now a four time MTRA “Mechanic of the Year,” while Mark Hall’s number of times winning the “Driver of the Year” award has increased to a record seven times. Raminator has won the coveted “Truck of the Year” six times as well. Add seventeen season point championships to this list and it makes for some pretty impressive stats.
Mark Hall was quoted saying, “You can never let your past success go to your head. We run against some great competition, and it is always anybody’s race. We just have to keep doing the best we can and see what happens.” Tim Hall agrees. “We have a lot of power in our trucks and great drivers in the seats. Our team feels very fortunate with our achievements and we just have to keep doing what we do!”
Mark Hall believes it takes far more than just winning races to be considered a true champion. He says it takes someone who is driven and truly enjoys the sport. Mark is the pilot of the famed Dodge Raminator. Hall not only races in a number of series and special events, but travels the country doing dealer appearances and charity functions.
Ram truck Vegas fans should know that Raminator and Rammunition are both among the most feared opponents in racing. The Dodge factory backs both trucks and has allowed for significant performance gains, especially for the engines. Horsepower is the main advantage to the Dodge team since it translates directly into high-flying freestyles. The team is especially notable for ending Bigfoot’s run in the ProMT and the Special Events series, Bigfoot is a Ford backed racing truck.
For more information or to find out when the Hall Brothers are making a Dodge dealership appearance check out your Vegas Dodge dealership.