Our Favorite Summertime Destinations in Iowa

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Summer is the perfect time to fall back in love with the open road. And if you’re in Iowa, you’re in luck, as there is certainly no shortage of incredible things to discover. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just visiting this summer, make a point to check out new places this year. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of our favorite summertime destinations in Iowa.


Okoboji is home to five blue water lakes featuring over 70 miles of beautiful shorelines, making it an indispensable summertime location in Iowa. Check out Arnolds Park Amusement Park, visit the Okoboji Summer Theatre, or revel in the Dickinson County Nature Center area.

Des Moines

For a trip with an urban flair, visit Iowa’s capital Des Moines. No matter what you’re into, this city has something for everyone. Stop by the beautiful Des Moines Farmer Market or stroll around the historic East Village area. You can also explore the Blank Park Zoo or the Des Moines Botanical Gardens.


For a more idyllic getaway, look no further than Winterset, home to some of the most iconic covered bridges in the country. While there you can also visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. You can also stroll through the city park, or just get lost driving on some incredibly gorgeous backroads.

If you need a new vehicle to transport you to and from these fun summertime destinations in Iowa, stop by Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Ways to Stay Cool in Your Car This Summer

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Now that it’s summer, the temperature is rising and so is the temperature of your car’s interior. If you are sick of being hit with a heat wave every time you open the car door, consider trying these tips to stay cool in your car.

Cover the Steering Wheel

We’ve all been there — the car is parked directly in the sun, and as a result, the steering wheel is unbearably hot to the touch. You can prevent this from happening in the future by keeping a small towel in your car and using it to cover the steering wheel when the car is parked.

Park in the Shade

Sunshine is nice, but it has a lot to do with heating up a parked car. If and when you can, park your vehicle in the shade. Even if you have to walk a little more, the shady parking spot will be worth it, as your car will be much cooler when you return.

Invest in a Sunshade

If you can’t find shade to park in, a sunshade can serve as a decent substitute. Some sunshades are designed to not only shade from sun rays but to reflect them, offering optimum shading and cooling.

Although we do have frigid winters in Iowa, we at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake know just how unbearably hot it can get in the summer. We hope these tips help keep you and your vehicle cool this summer.

Ford Offers a First Look at the New Ford Puma

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Spring is a time of new beginnings, and Ford has embraced the meaning of the season. The brand hosted an event in Amsterdam this past April, where it showcased the grand debut of several upcoming models. Among these premieres was the new Ford Puma, a sleek compact crossover with a stylish platform based on the Ford Fiesta. Ford is promising that the new Puma crossover will have the best cargo space of its class. The Puma is also expected to have a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain under its hood.

Aside from that information, we don’t yet know many details about the Ford Puma. Its full reveal is expected to come in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. According to reporters who attended the Go Further event in Amsterdam, the Puma looks close to complete, and the laser lighting that surrounded the crossover hints at the sleek, cool and modern styling that we can expect in the Puma.

Everything about the Ford Puma sounds pretty exciting, and we sure hope we have the option of selling it at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake. However, it’s still unsure whether or not the Puma will be coming to America. Rumors suggest that it’s quite possible, but only time will tell. 

We at Motor Inn are definitely looking forward to the full reveal of the Ford Puma in September. With the comparison to the Ford Fiesta and the promise of having the best cargo space of its class, we believe the Puma would make a great addition to our dealership.

Summer Car Care Tips for Enjoying the Best Driving Weather of the Year

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Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner, and with it comes some of the best weather of the year. It’s the perfect season for hitting the open road and falling in love all over again with the joy of driving. Now that the coldest months of the year are over, though, it’s important to do some routine summer car care to make sure your ride is in the best shape possible.

Monitor Tires

Changing temperatures can cause the air in your car’s tires to expand and contract, which can lead to under-inflated tires. While you won’t have to worry about snow and ice this summer, wet and slippery conditions are always possible. Make a habit of monitoring your car’s tire pressure, tread, and alignment.

Check Oil

Regularly checking and changing your vehicle’s motor oil is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep everything running smoothly for years to come. Don’t forget this step as summer approaches.

Inspect Coolant Mix

You should change your vehicle’s coolant at least once a year. Right before summer is the perfect time to do so, as soaring temperatures make overheating all the more likely.

Get a Tune-Up

Finally, nothing beats a comprehensive tune-up. Schedule a service appointment at one of our five Motor Inn locations today and one of our expert technicians will make sure your car is in the best shape possible for the summer.

Must-Have Car Accessories for Dogs

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No matter the destination, your dog is the perfect companion in the car. However, when it comes to car rides, dogs have certain needs that differ from our own. Here are some of our favorite car accessories for dogs that all canine owners will love.

Car Harness

Our favorite car harness for dogs is the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness. Crash tested for safety and suitable for dogs of any size, this car harness is one of the best ways to keep your furry friend safe and secure while you drive.

Car Booster Seat

Dogs love looking out the window in the car. But for small dogs and puppies, this is often difficult. The Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat solves this problem by offering an elevated vantage point for smaller dogs while also keeping them snug and safe.

Car Seat Cover

Even if your dog doesn’t shed, car seat covers are an absolute must for protecting your vehicle’s upholstery from scratches, mud, drool, and all of the other joys of dog ownership. The 4Knines Dog Seat Cover is a great choice because it offers excellent protection without being too bulky.

The Right Car for the Job

Above all else, having the right car for you and your dog makes a huge difference. At Motor Inn Auto Group, we carry a huge selection of midsize SUVs – the perfect vehicle for keeping you and your four-legged friends happy no matter the destination.