Only American-made car on the list
Summer is over and school has started but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. If you’re searching for the perfect set of back to school wheels, the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is a smart choice. In fact, recently, the Sonic was selected by Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com as one of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2014.
We can’t say we’re all too surprised by the Sonic being a top back-to-school choice. In fact, this is the third year in a row the Sonic has appeared on KBB.com’s list.
So what makes the Sonic such a compelling choice for students? The editors at KBB.com singled out the 2014 Sonic for its practicality, affordability, personality, and style.
The Sonic boasts some impressive features, too. In addition to an advanced safety package that includes forward collision alert and lane departure warnings on all but base Sonic models – features almost exclusively found in more expensive cars – the Sonic also comes with a standard rearview camera.
But the Sonic’s appeal doesn’t end there. For the 2015 model year, the Sonic will add standard OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in WI-FI hotspot, which provides internet access to students whenever the car is on. It also comes with a three month/three gigabyte data trial.
Apple iPhone users will be happy to learn that the Sonic also supports some rather nifty Siri integration. Students running iOS6 or iOS7 can ask Siri to perform various tasks via voice controls through the available MyLink infotainment system—all while safely keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
The Sonic also does away with the traditional (and expensive) navigation system in favor of a more user-focused and phone-friendly BringGo navigation app. Simply install the app onto your phone, and the BrinGo app provides instant navigation through the Sonic’s MyLink system.
It’s also incredibly fuel-efficient, earning an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway.* What better way to save students and parents money than spending less time at the pump?
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic starts at $14770, ** and it doesn’t take an honors student to understand the amazing capability of the Chevrolet Sonic. For more information, or to test drive one today, be sure to visit or contact our dealership.
*Based on EPA-estimated for LT/LTZ with available 1.4L turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission.
**The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.
Take the Wheel Tuesday- Chevrolet Sonic
Building progress coming along quickly
Keep up-to-date with what's happening with the all-new state-of-the-art Honda, Nissan & Volkswagen facilities. Click here for the most recent pictures! The new location, which will boast 12.5 acres to stock new and used vehicles, is at the intersection of Highway 83 and 57th Ave NE, north of Furniture Row.
The all-new 2015 Honda Civic recently went on sale with an MSRP of $18,290* for the base model Civic Coupe LX, but Honda enthusiasts can also look forward to the new high-value Special Edition (SE) sedan for only $700 more than the LX. The new SE sedan boasts added telematics, audio, comfort features, and stylish upgrades.
The 2015 Civic Sedan SE comes equipped with a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that works with the Civic’s 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine to provide excellent fuel efficiency and smoother, quicker acceleration. The SE comes with the redesigned Civic exterior, 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Honda LaneWatch™, automatic climate control, Display Audio with next-generation HondaLink, and extra tweeter speakers.
The entire Civic line now enjoys newly upgraded interiors as well as a variety of available premium features including: Honda LaneWatch™, Display Audio, HondaLink, and Smart Entry with Push Button Start. Standard features included on every Civic are a rearview camera with guidelines, expanded view driver’s mirror, and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink.
Call or contact us online or stop by our dealership to test drive the new 2015 Civic Sedan SE and learn more about the entire Civic lineup.
* MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
Following a study conducted in conjunction with Safe Kids Worldwide during National Child Passenger Safety Week, the GM Foundation discovered nine out of ten parents allow their children to transition to seat belts from booster seats before they meet the recommended height and weight requirements. Children should be at least 57 inches tall and weigh at least 80 pounds before transitioning to seat belt only.
Chevrolet is addressing this problem by adding several innovative new child safety features to their vehicles. The new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab combines its removable headrest with a rear passenger side seat cushion to allow the use of larger booster seats. It also meets the child restraint manufacturer’s requirement that 80 percent of the seat be supported by the vehicle seat.
The Chevrolet Impala is built with expansive rear seating to accommodate young passengers and their gear comfortably and safely. It also comes equipped with easily accessible LATCH anchors for all three rear seats, so each position can accommodate a child safety seat.
In an effort to increase child passenger comfort and safety, GM offers shoulder belt comfort guides in all our vehicles. The plastic guides are designed to comfortably position rear shoulder belts on smaller adults and children who have outgrown child safety seats. Hopefully this will encourage proper use of seat belts and prevent child passengers from putting the shoulder belt behind their back or under their arm—a common practice that greatly decreases the effectiveness of the seat belt in a car accident. In addition, all GM vehicles offer a glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release so children can easily find it if they are trapped in a locked trunk, and rear door safety locks that help keep young children safely inside of moving vehicles.
To learn more about how Chevrolet is going above and beyond to protect our children, contact us or visit our dealership today.
What are the differences?
The decision of whether to lease or purchase your new vehicle is one of the most important choices for car-shoppers to make. There are many important differences between the two which can help you make your choice. This guide highlights some of the most notable aspects.
Monthly Payments: Monthly lease payments are always lower than they would be if you purchased the vehicle. That’s because you only have to pay for the vehicle’s depreciation and additional rent charges. The depreciation estimate is based on the assumption of a certain amount of miles per year and proper maintenance of the vehicle itself.
Sales Tax: Typically, drivers who lease a vehicle will only pay sales or use tax on their monthly payments and any capitalized cost reduction. This means less sales tax paid over a longer period. When purchasing a vehicle, sales tax is paid on the full purchase price (although the value of your trade-in is often excluded from this amount).
Who Owns the Vehicle: During a lease, the leasing company maintains ownership of the vehicle. At the end of a lease, you can choose to renew your lease, purchase the vehicle, or return it to the dealership and pay any associated costs. Purchasing a vehicle means that you are the owner whenever you make your final payment.
Warranty Coverage: All vehicle warranties cover terms of 36 months or less, which means it’s likely that your full lease term will be covered. This helps ensure fixed costs of driving over that period. If you finance a vehicle, your warranty will expire after a certain period and your costs of driving will be variable.
Trading Vehicles: Drivers who lease have the option to change cars whenever their lease term is up by simply entering into a new lease. Purchasing a vehicle makes it more difficult to change vehicles frequently, since you will be paying for the full cost of the vehicle and the depreciation, including any unexpected depreciation (in a lease, the risk of unexpected depreciation is carried by the lessor).
We offer affordable lease options on almost every new model. Contact or visit our dealership today for more information on leasing and purchasing.
Your engine air filter is a little something that makes a huge difference. You might not even realize it’s there until it’s clogged, but an engine filter check is a worthwhile investment to avoid bigger problems down the road, like costly engine replacement.
How it Works
Your filter is made out of material like paper, foam, or cotton, that contains large sponge-like pores designed to let air in and keep abrasive particles out. To allow airflow with minimal resistance while also trapping the maximum amount of dirt and dust particles, filter designers use the largest surface area of material as possible and fold it into a series of corrugations to make the filter fit into its “housing” in your vehicle.
Healthy Engine Filter
Every car, driver, road, and combination of the three is different, so it’s hard to diagnose whether or not your engine filter is healthy based on day-to-day driving experience. The best way to check its health is to visually check it yourself. If you can get to your engine filter, take a look at it. If it is clean, and you aren’t experiencing any engine performance issues, you likely have a healthy filter on your hands.
Unhealthy Engine Filter
If your filter is exhibiting any of these symptoms, take it in for a check-up.
Black areas on the section of the filter where outside air enters could mean there’s some build-up that needs to be addressed. Without an expert’s eye, it’s hard to tell whether or not your filter’s level of build-up is safe. Take your car in for a filter-check ASAP.
Age plays a major role in filter efficiency. The range for filter use varies significantly with roughly 15,000 to 30,000 miles recommended between replacements, depending on the manufacturer. However, this number is largely affected by the type of road you normally take. If you spend a significant amount of time on dirty, dusty roads with ever present debris, a frequent engine filter check is in your best interest.
Leaving a faulty filter in place for too long can lead to expensive engine damage. If you have any doubts, or don’t have a solid idea of the last time your engine filter was replaced, it’s worth some attention. A stop by our service department for a filter check will help both you and your car breathe easier.
An easy homemade Halloween costume is just a few steps away
Most superhero costumes start out with the same base: a bathing suit over tights or solid colored pajamas. From there, the details make the hero. Add homemade lightning bolts, crowns, stars, chest letters, belts, or capes to bring the character to life. Don’t forget coordinating socks, boots, or masks. With a little creativity, your child’s hero costume will be more lifelike than those overpriced getups they sell at party stores.
If you’re running low on time, this is a perfect option. Most party and discount stores sell some sort of luau décor. If you can find a grass skirt, some fake flowers and a few leis, you can transform your child into a Hawaiian princess (or prince) and say “Aloha” to savings.
This is a classic. A simple pleated skirt, sweater with a hand-fashioned letter, pom-poms and a megaphone will have your little one ready for the game and a night of trick-or-treating. Naturally, a few ribbons, a ponytail, and tennis shoes would add to the ensemble. If it’s a cold night, just layer tights under the skirt or attach team letters and logos to a chunkier sweater or cardigan for your child to wear.
The menu here is vast and creative. Can-can dancer? A bathing suit with full skirt and multi-colored ruffles underneath will do the trick. Ballerina? Borrow or quickly make a tutu of netting, fluffed out over a leotard with ballet slippers. Charleston flapper? In an instant, you can whip together a shimmery sheath and off-center headband with a silk flower.
This is the ultimate last-minute option. If you have a red shirt somewhere, flip it inside-out so you don’t damage any design on the front, and create stripes with white duct tape. If you can, find some round black glasses, or fashion a pair out of black pipe-cleaners. Finish off the Waldo look with a red beanie. If your kid’s head is small enough, you can make one of these out of a very large red knee-sock with the length trimmed and folded over.
Kupper Automotive Hires New Employees
Schneider, a Bismarck native and graduate of Century High School and University of Mary, brings eight years of automotive experience to Bismarck Motor Company. Previous to working in automotive, Schneider spent nine years in the banking and finance industry. Schneider enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, enjoying summers pontooning and playing golf
Kupper Automotive Birthdays & Anniversaries
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Matt Schafer – October 10
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Scott Theurer – October 12
Charles Tollerud - October 12
Alden Klipfel - October 13
Mike Montoya – October 13
Jerry Coutts – October 14
Russ Howard – October 14
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Vern Hedberg – October 18
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John Palmer – October 24
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Rhonda Maas - October 26
Wayne Keeler – October 27
Wayne Peterson - October 29
Nathan Watson - October 31
Richard Heidrich - October 2 (2 yrs.)
John Ringland – October 5 (27 yrs.)
Matthew Buller - October 3 (3 yrs.)
Kayla Berglund - October 7 (1 yr.)
James Schreiner – October 7 (1 yr.)
Gwen Kubberness – October 9 (2 yrs.)
Stephanie Gorden – October 10 (3 yrs.)
Denise Bergquist – October 13 (10 yrs.)
Thomas Briese - October 17 (8 yrs.)
Merrill Krueger - October 18 (1 yr.)
Matt Schafer – October 19 (4 yrs.)
Matthew Jarrell – October 21 (1 yr.)
Tim Lapp – October 22 (7 yrs.)
Chris Lindsay – October 24 (3 yrs.)
Vern Hedberg – October 26 (16 yrs.)
Robert Nagle - October 27 (2 yrs.)
Jeff Simpfenderfer – October 28 (1 yr.)
Jeremy Mertz – October 29 (2 yrs.)
The Ultimate Connectivity: Using WiFi in Your Car
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Are you tired of the same old die-hard fall recipes that come around every year? There are ways to indulge in the tastes of the season without making the same pie over and over again. If you love pumpkin, but you’re looking for something different, check out this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They’re a delicious, cake-like, sweet (but not too sweet), new fall staple to add to your recipe box.
(Makes 2 dozen cookies)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 (16 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease two cookie sheets.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
- Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring as you add to make a smooth batter. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Drop tablespoon-sized spoonfuls of the batter on greased cookie sheets and bake until edges are golden, 10 to 20 minutes.
The leaves are changing and everything smells like cinnamon and nutmeg, which can mean only one thing: fall has arrived. In between picking a pumpkin to carve and bobbing for apples, take a minute to brush up on some fun fall trivia.
Ever wonder what give fall leaves their distinctive coloring? Turns out, the color switch results from a breakdown of chlorophyll in the leaves which causes the green color to make like a tree and…well, you know. When the green disappears, yellow and orange tints become visible while other colors form as red anthocyanin pigments develop through other chemical changes.
Why is it called both fall and autumn? Let’s take it back to the 14th century, when the Latin “autumn” first appeared in the English language. It gradually replaced the term “harvest” that had previously described the time period between summer and winter. “Fall” entered the scene in the 17th century, most likely as a poetic counterpart to “spring,” and it stuck. Autumn won out in Britain, but here in the US we still use both terms interchangeably.
For those with allergies, you may be interested to know the most likely culprit of your seasonal sniffles. Ragweed is the weed pollen that causes the most common fall allergies. 10-30 percent of Americans suffer from hay fever, most cases of which are caused by an allergy to ragweed.
Apples are the freshest in the fall, even though many varieties are available all year round, which explains why apple-picking is a favorite fall pastime. Other seasonal fruits and vegetables during this time are bell peppers, spinach, squash, and pumpkin of course.
A fall birthday leads to longevity, according to University of Chicago researchers. Apparently, based on their research people born in the fall are the most likely to live to be 100 years old.