How to Warm Your Car Up Quickly

Ram Chassis Cab with Snow Plow | How To Warm Your Car Up Quickly in Chilliwack, BC

Winter weather in BC can get harshly cold. When you have to make your morning commute, it can be difficult to want to leave your warm toasty house when you know you have to get into a cold car. To keep you cozy this winter, remember these tips on how to warm your car up quickly.

Turn on your ignition, but don’t start your engine. Doing this will help you get hot air quickly, since the engine will be primed. When the engine is primed, it will produce heat quickly.

Idle for a bit. Once your engine is primed, you want to idle your vehicle for about 30 seconds to a minute. This will help the heater core produce warm air.

Time to go. Driving your car will actually help it warm up faster. That’s because your engine will warm up, allowing more hot air to pass into your cabin. Modern vehicles usually only need about 30 seconds to warm up, so you won’t have to suffer in the cold long.

Think about where you’re pointing the hot air. When your car is finally warmed up, you want to direct the warm air at you and your passenger’s chest to help your bodies warm up quickly. Then, once you’re warm again, direct the heat toward your feet, since heat rises.

Contact us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for more tips on keeping your vehicle in peak condition during BC’s extreme winters.

Celebrate with These New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers

New Year's Resolutions For Drivers In Chilliwack BC

On Jan. 1 every year, people around the world decide to take advantage of the New Year’s clean slate to set new goals for themselves. If you’re struggling to think of some resolutions for yourself this year, then why not consider improving your driving habits? Here are a few New Year’s resolutions for drivers that you should add to your list.

Don’t Drive Distracted

We all know that driving distracted is bad, but many people admit to still doing just that. From texting while driving to fiddling with the radio and eating snacks on the go, all of these distractions can make it difficult to keep an eye on the road. For 2020, make a resolution to prevent distracted driving. That means putting your phone away where it can’t distract you, waiting to eat until you get home, and using your car’s steering wheel-mounted controls to change your radio station.

Practice Safe Driving Habits

Along with not driving distracted, there are other safe driving habits that you should add to your resolutions list. Make sure you always buckle your seat belt, drive the speed limit, and make sure you don’t tailgate while driving. Also, remember to always use your turn signal to indicate where you’re going and drive defensively.

Keep Up With Your Car’s Maintenance

Life gets busy, which makes it hard to remember when you need to bring your car in for its routine maintenance. In the new year, strive to keep up with your car’s maintenance so it continues to run smoothly into the years to come.

O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram wishes you a great (and safe) New Year’s. And remember to schedule your vehicle’s routine maintenance appointment, if you need new tires, an oil change, or a wheel alignment this winter.

Stay Safe With These Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips in Chilliwack BC

Highway road conditions throughout British Columbia in the winter can be unpredictable. With rapid elevation changes that lead to a mixture of snow, ice, sunshine, and rain, it’s important that you understand how to be ready for driving in any condition. These winter driving tips will help you better handle the cold months ahead.

Obey Winter Tire and Chain Signs

Throughout BC, you will find there are areas that require you to have either winter tires or chains. You shouldn’t go past these signs without the proper equipment. Instead, make sure you switch to your winter tires early on and consider driving with chains in your trunk to ensure you’re ready for anything.  

Carry an Emergency Kit

You never know what might happen on the road ahead. Make sure you always carry an emergency kit with you while driving to ensure you’re not stranded in freezing temperatures without proper kit.

Drive for the Conditions

When winter weather affects road conditions, it’s important to drive intelligently. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, slow down your speed to match the road conditions, and avoid sudden movements.

Know How to Handle Skidding

If you find yourself skidding on a slick road, don’t slam on the brakes and over-steer. Instead, gently ease off the accelerator or brake, then look and steer in the direction you want to head.

Ensure that your travels are safe ones this winter when you take your vehicle in for a service appointment here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Used Jeep Vehicles at a Dealership | Tips for Buying a Used Car in Chilliwack BC

Buying a used car is a great way to save money — but how do you go about doing so? Here are some tips for buying a used car that should help make the process a bit easier.

Set a budget. It’s important to know what you can and cannot afford before you begin looking for a used car. Consider how much it will cost to own the vehicle, along with what your monthly payments might look like if you take out a loan to purchase it.

Research. Before you even begin looking for your next vehicle, make sure you know what you want. If you have a big family, consider a minivan like the Chrysler Pacifica; for someone who likes to head off-road, a Jeep® Wrangler might be appealing. Once you have done your research and found the ideal vehicle for your needs, then you can begin properly searching.

Decide between dealership vs private purchase. Dealerships tend to have a range of late-model used cars available, thanks to lease returns and trade-ins. Used cars at the dealership can also be part of the manufacturers’ Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle program. This means the vehicle has undergone a multi-point inspection to ensure it’s as good as new. A private seller’s vehicle hasn’t undergone this type of inspection, though it does usually offer a lower price.

Inspect and drive. Take a look at the used vehicle to see if it is in good condition. Also, make sure you drive it for more than five minutes and, when you are driving it, make sure you do so as you would if it was yours.

Contact us at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram if you have any questions about buying your next pre-owned vehicle.

Vancouver Area Car Shows You Won’t Want To Miss

Vancouver Area Car Shows - O'Connor 2nd Annual Car Show 2019

There’s nothing like heading out for the day to enjoy beautiful cars and family-friendly fun. Luckily, Vancouver has a number of car shows each year that you can attend. These are some Vancouver area car shows that you should consider heading to throughout the year.

The Vancouver International Auto Show

Every year, car enthusiasts from across Canada join in slobbering over new cars at the Vancouver International Auto Show. From March 25 to March 29, 2020, this show will take over the Vancouver Convention Centre West, showing off concept cars and new models from some of the biggest names in the automotive industry. It’s the perfect opportunity to see what’s to come from your favourite carmaker.

DRIVEN

Do you love aftermarket modifications? Then check out DRIVEN, which focuses on just that. This annual event highlights some of the best accessories and custom carmakers, giving you the chance to get inspiration on how you can modify your own vehicle.

O’Connor Car Show

Classic Car at the 2nd Annual O'Connor Car Show in Chilliwack BC

Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention our own car show that we hold each year. This year, our second-annual show happened in July. It was attended by a range of car enthusiasts, who got a chance to check out classic and current vehicles, including a 1969 Charger, 1966 Impala, and 67 Dodge Dart. We had live music performances and also raised $6,500 to the BC Cancer Foundation based on our “Drive for 65” campaign.

Contact us at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for more information about these or other auto-themed events in the Vancouver area.