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.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Preorders Pour in from All 50 States

Ford Mustang Mach-E | Spirit Lake, IA

Ford Mustang Mach-E preorders are coming in from all over the country, as customers in 50 states have now made reservations for this new model. The Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric performance vehicle, offering a new eco-friendly take on a classic American pony car. With extended range and a sporty look, the Mustang Mach-E has it all.

The Mach-E boasts an available 300 miles of range*, all-wheel drive, and a special GT trim level with boosted performance and added features. Its innovative powertrain is specially designed to handle snow and off-road driving.

“Since revealing the Mustang Mach-E last November, we have seen a high level of interest from customers around the world. We designed the Mustang Mach-E with the aim to deliver an electric, guilt-free, performance SUV while providing peace of mind through our strong dealership network,” said Mark Kaufman, Ford’s global director of electric vehicle marketing and distribution.

To ensure the success of the Mach-E, Ford is building up its FordPass Charging Network, which is the largest charging network in North America. Currently, there are more than 12,500 places to charge the Mustang Mach-E, including fast-charging sites.

The Mustang Mach-E has been especially popular in the West and Southwest, with the most orders in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington. Contact any of Motor Inn Auto Group’s five dealerships to learn more about Mach-E preorders here in Iowa.

*EPA-estimated mileage based on a full charge. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, and lithium-ion battery age.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV Promises Performance & Efficiency

Ford Mustang Mach-E | Spirit Lake, IA and Algona, IA

Since the Ford Mustang debuted 55 years ago, the pony car has become an icon. Now, the American carmaker is looking to expand the Mustang lineup with a vehicle that represents two firsts: The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the first-ever Mustang-inspired SUV, and it is the first all-electric Mustang, shaking up the way people see electric-only performance.

The Mach-E is a sleekly designed SUV that embodies the Mustang’s rebellious spirit with its low stance and sculpted hood. With its spirited performance, there’s no doubt that the newest addition to the Mustang lineup is a one-of-a-kind ride.

Set to arrive in late 2020, the Mustang Mach-E will come with either rear- or all-wheel drive. You can also opt for either a standard or extended-range battery. When the Mach-E is equipped with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, it will be capable of an EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles. It will even boast a targeted 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque –extremely impressive numbers for an all-electric vehicle.

This new vehicle will even have the option of two special-performance variants. The GT model can hit 60 mph in just under four seconds, while the GT Performance Edition will hit 60 mph from a standstill in the mid-three-second range.

Motor Inn of Spirit Lake is excited to see this new innovation from Ford and look forward to having it among our wide selection of Mustang sports cars.

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Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

Toyota LQ Concept Car | Spirit Lake, IA

Autonomous driving and artificial intelligence are no longer material from science fiction novels – and Toyota is ready to highlight how much this advancement can improve everyday life.

The Japanese carmaker recently introduced the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. Displayed earlier this year at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, this concept car looks to take the bond between car and driver to an entirely new – and more emotional – level.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

The Toyota LQ combines automated driving options with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to discover the driver’s habits, learn from them, and provide a personalized driving experience for each individual driver. Yui looks to engage the driver in a variety of ways, including interactive voice communications, lighting, fragrances, air conditioning, and in-seat functions that reduce stress and increase the driver’s alertness behind the wheel.

The AI will also choose the music you want to play based on the driving environment, and will even give you real-time information on topics you’re interested in. With this driver-focused, emotion-based AI interface, Toyota is changing the way we think of our vehicles, bringing us into the future of transportation.

For the latest available safety and driving assistance technology from Toyota, visit Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Earns Ninth Ideal Vehicle Award

Jeep Grand Cherokee | Spirit Lake, IA

For the ninth consecutive year, the Grand Cherokee has outclassed every other midsize SUV in the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. 

Approximately 50,000 new vehicle owners who purchased their vehicle toward the end of 2018 were surveyed by AutoPacific at the beginning of 2019. People answer questions based on their own opinions of the vehicle after having driven it for at least 90 days, and the awards are allotted out based on customer satisfaction per the surveys.

AutoPacific president George Patterson had this to say about the awards: “The Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires.”

The excellent Jeep® Grand Cherokee quality helps it fare so well in the AutoPacific competition; it is uniquely customizable with four available 4×4 systems and a host of other features suited to both driving on the road and off. Selec-Terrain traction management system is unique in its class and delivers an optimal driving experience across a multitude of terrains.

Receiving awards based solely on customer satisfaction is a huge honor for Jeep®, and Motor Inn of Spirit Lake is proud to continue to, as Patterson says, to sell vehicles that are “just right” for owners.

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