Tips for Buying Your First Pickup Truck

Tips For Buying Your First Pickup Truck | Spirit Lake, IA

Here in Iowa, pickup trucks are a popular choice. If you’re thinking about buying one of your own for the first time, we have some tips for you to consider. Then, come visit one of our Motor Inn Auto Group locations throughout the state to get behind the wheel of your favorite model.  

Consider how you will use it. Are you planning on using your truck for work, towing, or just your family vehicle? Think about these needs when choosing the powertrain, bed, and cab configurations.

Trucks drive differently. Trucks are a lot bigger and heavier than a sedan or even some SUVs. This means they will handle differently and be harder to park. They also take longer to stop because of their heavier weight.

Do not overbuy. It can be tempting to buy the biggest, toughest truck on the lot. However, if you will realistically never go slogging through mud or tow a fully loaded horse trailer, you don’t need a truck with those capabilities.

Choose options carefully. Perhaps more than any other type of vehicle, trucks are available with a lot of options. Choose features that you need and then see how much room you have in your budget for more luxury and convenience features.

Still have questions about buying your first truck? Contact our experienced Motor Inn Auto Group sales staff to learn more about making the best choice for your wants and needs.

2020 Ford Edge ST-Line Makes Stylish Debut

2020 Ford Edge ST | Spirit Lake, IA

If you are looking to add some bold style to your life, the new 2020 Ford Edge ST-Line is ready to do just that. It gives you the performance-inspired looks and style you can find in the Edge ST performance SUV, but without the extra power that you don’t need.

The Edge ST-Line is all about prioritizing value and strong performance. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

“Edge ST continues to break new ground with terrific styling, powerful performance and smart technology,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “But some customers want style and value and don’t need all of the horsepower. For them, Edge ST-Line hits the bull’s-eye — again.”

Along with the same sporty styling as the ST, the ST-Line comes with the same advanced technology including a wireless charging pad, Waze, Ford+Alexa™, and SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. It is also available with Ford Co-Pilot360® Assist Plus technology. This suite includes Evasive Steering Assist, Active Park Assist, Lane-Centering, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, and All-Wheel-Drive Disconnect.

The 2020 Ford ST-Line is currently available to order here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and we welcome you to contact our sales staff for more information on this stylish new model. 

Summer Safety Supplies for Your Vehicle

Summer Safety Supplies For Your Vehicle | Spirit Lake, IA

Whether you’re sticking close to home or venturing farther away during the warmer months, it’s wise to be prepared for an emergency. Get ready for unexpected situations by stocking your vehicle with these important summer safety supplies.  

Water

Hot summertime temperatures can quickly cause dehydration, especially if you are doing any physical activity. If you are going out, be sure to bring along a water bottle along. Keep a case of water bottles in your trunk for an emergency.

First aid kit

You never know when someone in your family might fall on a hike and need some bandages. Keep a first aid kit in your car with antibiotic ointment, bandages, pain relievers, bug repellent, and a small supply of any prescriptions your family needs.

Sun shelter

If your vehicle brakes down and there is no nearby shade, it won’t take long for your car to get dangerously hot. A simple sun shelter, like a beach umbrella, can give you some shade while you wait for help.

Charged cell phone

You may have a few old cellphones sitting around your house. Charge one of them up, turn it off, and keep it in your car. Even if it doesn’t have service, you can use it to make emergency calls.

With these safety supplies, your vehicle will be well-prepared for summer adventures. For even more peace of mind, visit one of Motor Inn Auto Group’s Iowa locations and we’ll take care of all your vehicle’s scheduled service and any needed repairs.

How to Care for Your Idle Vehicle

Caring For Your Idle Vehicle | Spirit Lake, IA

If you have been staying at home more than usual lately, you’re probably leaving your car parked for longer periods of time, too. While you may be saving money on gas, there are still a few things you need to do to care for your idle vehicle.

Drive it

Every couple of weeks, take your car out for a drive. This could be a 20-minute drive down the highway or a more adventurous afternoon seeing new sights in Iowa. This keeps all the fluids moving and recharges the battery.

Check your tires

The longer your car sits in one spot, the more likely its tires are to develop flat spots. While this likely won’t happen after just a few weeks, problems could start to appear within a month. Moving or driving your car occasionally is the best way to avoid this. While you’re at it, make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level, too.

Fill up the tank

You aren’t using as much gas as you used to, but you should still keep the tank full. When a vehicle sits for a while with a low tank, condensation can start to form in the fuel tank. This can potentially lead to rust. If the tank is full, condensation can’t form.

If your vehicle develops a problem while it sits idle or requires more serious care, we invite you to schedule a service appointment at one of our Motor Inn Auto Group dealerships throughout Iowa.

Important Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Tips For Sanitizing Your Car | Spirit Lake, IA

In today’s world, sanitizing your car is more important than ever. Proper sanitization is a great way to protect yourself and your passengers — and it can also help preserve resale value and maintain the interior of your vehicle. From sanitizing high-touch surfaces to treating cloth and leather, here are the tips to keep in mind when cleaning your car.

Start by washing the hard surfaces with soapy water or disinfectant wipes. Most hand soap and dishwashing soap will work well if you wring out the cloth thoroughly. Wipe down high-touch surfaces, such as the door handles, the steering wheel, shifter, center console, turn signal, and seat belts.

For electronics and more delicate areas, spray a microfiber cloth with disinfectant or alcohol-based cleaner and then wipe the surface. Be wary of using ammonia-based products on screens and buttons, as these can degrade anti-glare coatings.

Treat fabrics by first vacuuming to remove any lose dirt. Upholstery shampoo is especially suitable for cloth fabrics on the seat and the carpet, while leather cleaner and conditioner will keep your leather surfaces smooth and well preserved. Avoid bleach-based cleaner so you don’t accidentally discolor fabric, and don’t forget about the headliner.

Finally, you can keep the interior especially clean by removing any garbage under the seats, and also pay attention to the HVAC system. Replace the cabin air filter if you haven’t in the past couple years, and spray compressed air into the vents to help clear out any dust and mold and to keep the cabin smelling fresh.

To learn more about safely and effectively sanitizing your car, contact one of our Motor Inn Auto Group service departments here in Iowa.