Jeep Is Now An SUV Heavyweight

As a result of the SUV revolution Jeep has become Fiat Chrysler’s dominant big-volume brand.  Combined with Ram, Jeep is now the automaker’s foundation stone, according the Detroit News.

 

“We were a niche brand just a few years ago,” remembers veteran Jeep designer Mark Allen.  Now Jeep has grown to a full-line ute-maker.

 

While Chrysler-Dodge sales have stagnated, Jeep is taking charge of all-wheel-drive ute dominance.  For example, in 1992 Jeep sold 268,724 cars in the U.S.  In 2016, it sold a whopping 926,376. It is also surfing the SUV wave in Europe, South America and China. It’s considered Chrysler’s first international brand.

 

In 2009, Jeep had four plants in the U.S. This year, it has 10 plants in six countries.

 

At Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep, we’re thrilled with the new growth of the Jeep brand, but we’re not surprised.  Jeep offers classic designs and unique looks, provides 4 X 4 capabilities and offers greater visibility on the road, thanks to its height advantage.  It can also be customized and personalized so it’s easy to make it your own.

 

Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep is one of the top car dealerships in NJ.  We’ve got a great reputation, built on the belief that our customers deserve the best in all automotive needs.  We hope you’ll come see us if you’re in the need for a new, used or Certified Preowned Jeep or Chrysler.  We can help you find the right vehicle to fit your lifestyle and your budget. We are part of the Pine Belt Lakewood car dealers family!

 

Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep

1400, Ocean Ave, Route-88

Lakewood Township, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.993.7792

Website: www.pinebeltchryslerjeep.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target

Buying a Car At The End Of The Year: Yay Or Nay?

End of Year Sales Event

You’ve heard it said that the best time of year to buy a car is at the end of December.  But is it really true, or just a ploy by car dealerships?

 

Actually, it’s true.  This is a great time to buy a new vehicle and for lots of reasons.  First of all, there are fewer buyers out there right now.  So why does that matter?  Car dealerships still have sales quotas, and the fewer people shopping, the fewer buyers.  Many consumers are focused on buying holidays gifts and not vehicles.

 

Another reason is weather.  People don’t like to go out in cold, messy weather to shop for a car or truck.  Because it gets dark earlier, they’re also not as likely to shop in the evenings.

 

Many dealerships are trying to get rid of their current model year vehicles and make room for the new models.  That means you can usually get a great deal on a 2017, so they can make room for the 2018s.

 

At the end of December, dealerships and sales teams are also trying to hit two sales goals:  for the month of December and for the whole year.  Many times automakers add extra incentives to help sales team members make their goals and targets.  Once the new year rolls around, those targets are gone and the offers no longer exist.

 

At Pine Belt Chevrolet, Pine Belt Subaru and Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep, we’ve got the best deals of the year.  Whether you’re looking for a new, certified preowned or used sedan, truck, SUV, crossover or hybrid, we’ve got a great inventory and terrific incentives.  It’s worth checking out!  Our Pine Belt car dealerships in NJ have a great reputation for customer service.  And we’re the best among Lakewood car dealers—come see for yourself!

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target

2018 Chrysler Pacifica: A Closer Look

The minivan is alive and well in America, as evidenced by the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica.  With its second and third-row disappearing seats, an unbeatable entertainment system and even an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain, it’s a standout in the category.  In fact, Car and Driver named the 2017 to the 2017 Best Trucks and SUVs list.

It’s got the world’s most clever stowable seating system, as well an an abundance of storage bins and cubbies.  The 2018 includes upgrades to the UConnect infotainment system like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an onboard wifi with a 4G LTE data connection and more.  There are new wheel designs and body-colored exterior mirrors.  And the Touring L model has chrome roof-rack rails, perforated leather seating surfaces and two new colors:  Ocean Blue Metallic and Copper Pearl Coat.

The Pacifica is also super easy to maneuver for its size.  it rides comfortably, handles well and gives you the power you need for brisk runs to Costco and cross country trips.  At Pine Belt Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, we think it’s downright peppy to drive. You get a 3.6-litre V-6 with 287 horsepower.  You can hit 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, which is pretty reasonable for a vehicle of this stature.  You’ll have to power you need to merge into highway traffic and pass others on those back country roads.

 

Test Drive a Pacifica At Pine Belt Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

As the year draws to a close, there are great year-end deals to be had at Pine Belt Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.  Whether you want the spaciousness a Pacifica has to offer, are looking for a sporting Jeep Cherokee or even a great preowned Chrysler or Jeep, we’ve got a great selection.  We’d love to help you find the right vehicle to fit your lifestyle and your budget at Pine Belt, the best among car dealerships in NJ.  We have three Lakewood car dealers in the Pine Belt family.  Come experience the Pine Belt difference!

 

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com

 

Pine Belt Subaru

1104 NJ-88

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.729.0466

Website: www.pinebeltsubaru.com

 

Pine Belt Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

1400, Ocean Ave, Route-88

Lakewood Township, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.993.7792

Website: www.pinebeltcdjr.com

The New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

A 707-horsepower SUV that carries five PLUS all of their camping gear?  Yes, it’s true.  The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considered one of the most ridiculous creations in the automotive universe, and for great reasons.

Motor Authority says it’s the most vicious Hellcat you can buy. Under the hood, you’ll find a 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with a 2.3-liter supercharger pushing 11.6 pounds of boost to create the horsepower.  That thrust is routed through a strengthened all-wheel-drive system, delivering 0-6 mph in just 3.5 seconds and blasting through the quarter mile in a mere 11.6 seconds.  Oh, and it reaches a top speed of 180 mph.  Wowza.

While most Hellcats are LOUD, this baby isn’t, thanks to mufflers borrowed from the Dodge Durango SRT.  The idle isn’t loud, either. You only get the Hellcat roar when you bury the throttle.

At Pine Belt Chrysler Jeep, we’re especially impressed with how much the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can haul, no matter the situation.  It can tow up to 7,200 pounds of whatever you have, including a race car or a boat.  And it might be even faster than the race car.  Seriously.  About the only thing it can’t do is provide you with fuel economy.  The Trackhawk is rated at 11 mpg city/17 highway and 13 combined. However, there is an ECO mode that enabled by a button on the dashboard, but it feels like you’ve ripped off the claws out of a Hellcat.

 

The Best Car Dealerships in NJ

The Pine Belt dealerships are the best Lakewood car dealers.  At Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep, we invite you to come in and learn more about the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, or any other model, for that matter.  You can check out our inventory online, and even make a service appointment there.  Whether you want to drive a beast like the new Trackhawk, or you’re interested in a subcompact, we find find the right vehicle to fit your lifestyle and your budget.

 

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com

 

Pine Belt Subaru

1104 NJ-88

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.729.0466

Website: www.pinebeltsubaru.com

 

Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep

1400, Ocean Ave, Route-88

Lakewood Township, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.993.7792

Website: www.pinebeltchryslerjeep.com

Celebrate the Holidays In Lakewood Township

December is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate.  Whether you’re celebrating Santa’s arrival, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, there are plenty of activities in our area.  A favorite is the Santa Parade that takes place on Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m. in Town Square. You’ll see the Lakewood High School marching band, choruses from the Lakewood elementary schools, Lakewood High School sports teams and cheerleaders, recreation sports teams and Santa’s elves. The Lakewood Police and Fire departments will assist Santa in distributing gifts, donated by the Lakewood Recreation Department. The first 2,000 children age 10 and under will receive gifts.

 

You and your family will enjoy holiday music and kids can even ride in a horse-drawn wagon!

 

Plan Your Holiday Surprise Early

 

Are you planning on surprising a special someone with a new car during the holidays?  That’s great!  However, it’s time to start making the plans for it.  We invite you to come visit with our expert sales teams at Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep, Pine Belt Chevrolet and Pine Belt Subaru.  We’ll get everything in order to make your holiday surprise a real surprise—including getting that giant bow!  If you’re surprising a teen with their first car, we have a great selection of preowned vehicles.  Does your husband deserve a new Jeep for off-roading adventures? We’ve got ‘em.  And if your family needs a little more space to carry all that sporting equipment around, we’ve got you covered.  You can check out our entire inventory online, and then come in for a test drive! We are the best among car dealerships in NJ!  come see the best Lakewood car dealers today. Our finance team can help arrange great financing and lease options, and our factory-trained service technicians can keep your vehicle running great for as long as you own it! Let us help make your holidays bright.

 

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target

The Scoop About Driving on Icy Roads

Hey, we live in New Jersey.  Of course we know how to drive on icy roads, right?

 

Not so fast.  Just because you’ve got lots of experience driving on icy roads, doesn’t mean you can drive faster than 45 miles per hour.  That’s right.  Experts say the fastest you can drive on icy roads is 45 mph.  But they actually recommend driving 10 miles per hour.  Because you can slide off the road in treacherous black ice going that slow.  More importantly, you aren’t usually the only one on the road, and while YOU may  be experienced driving on icy roads, the people around you may not be.  They could easily spin out or slide into you, unless you are keeping your distance from them—and driving at a slower speed.

 

At the Pine Belt family of dealerships in Lakewood NJ, we wanted to share a list of safety precautions for driving on icy roads with you.  Here’s what our service technicians recommend:

 

  • If you don’t have to go out on an icy day, don’t.
  • Read the weather forecast so you know what to expect.
  • Wear a seat belt at all times. Each year, there are many road fatalities that happen because someone had a minor accident on an icy road, but a seat belt wasn’t worn.
  • Don’t stop for accidents or stranded vehicles. Yes, it’s nice to be a Good Samaritan, but pulling over to the side of the road on an icy highway can cause other drivers to brake and lose control.  It’s better to call 911 and report the issue and let them handle it.
  • Icy road accidents tend to be in multiples. Once one car spins out or control, other drivers tend to do the same.  that’s why you should leave plenty of room between you and other drivers and drive at a very slow rate of speed.

 

Pine Belt Can Prepare You For Winter

 

Bring your vehicle to Pine Belt Chevrolet, Pine Belt Subaru or Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep and let us make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.  We’ll check your wiper blades, tires, fluid levels and more. As premier Lakewood car dealers, we are here to help you stay safe on the roads.  No wonder we’re among the top car dealerships in NJ!

 

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target

2018 Jeep Wrangler Features Leaked

At Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep, we love a good secret.  And the secret’s out about the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and its standard features.  It appears that at launch, the JL will only be offered with the tried-and-true 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6.  It appears there is a 3.0-litre diesel V-6 and a “Hurricane” turbocharged four cylinder in the works, but Jeep is keeping mum about it.  The JL does offer a choice of automatic or manual transmission.

There are three different “flavors” of Jeep, so to speak:  the Sport (base), Sahara and Rubicon.  The Sahara is the middle ground, splitting the difference between the Sport and the Rubicon with a mix of off-road-ready gear.  The Sahara and Rubicon both have a 220-amp alternator, standard. By having more amp, you’ll have more breathing room for accessories and tools like light bars and winches.

The Excitement is Building at Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep

At Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep, we’re pretty excited about the new Jeep Wrangler.  But we love all things Jeep. That’s why we carry a full range of accessories and parts.  We’re a family owned and operated dealership with a rich history and tradition of providing exceptional service.  From the moment you step into our dealership, through the sales and finance process and in our service bays, our team is dedicated to providing you with the best service.  We also offer the Pine Belt Rewards Program, that gives you a lot of unique and exciting perks, like free lube, oil changes and filter changes, priority service scheduling and members-only parts and service pricing.

The Pine Belt Challenge

We promise we’ll give you the best deal on your new or preowned Jeep, or we’ll give you $1,000 in cash, guaranteed.  No one can beat Pine Belt’s pricing!

We hope you’ll come see us at Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep. Whether you’re looking for a Certified Preowned Chrysler, a brand new Jeep Wrangler or a great used vehicle, we’re one of the best car dealerships in NJ! Come to your #1 Lakewood car dealer today.

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target

How To Make A Winter Emergency Kit

Winter in New Jersey can be tough on drivers.  There’s snow, sleet, rain, wet and icy roads, short days and long nights.  That’s why it’s smart to put together a Winter Emergency Kit for your vehicle.  If your car breaks down or you get stuck in the snow, it’s a good idea to be prepared.  The service experts at Pine Belt Chevrolet, Pine Belt Subaru and Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep put together this list of items that would be helpful if you find yourself stranded during harsh winter weather.

  • .first aid kit
  • windshield scraper
  • a metallic space blanket or wool blanket
  • cat litter, road salt or and for road traction
  • battery cables
  • a cell phone charger
  • emergency flares and a flashlight with extra batteries
  • snacks, like energy bars, nuts, dried fruit or packages of food you can eat hot or cold
  • water
  • extra gloves, a warm hat and socks

As the top car dealerships in New Jersey, the Pine Belt automotive team recommends that you store these items in a plastic bin, in car seat pockets or other storage inside your vehicle, instead of in the trunk.  After all, if you are in an accident and can’t access the trunk, your emergency kit won’t help you.  Plus sometimes trunks can be frozen shut.

If your vehicle is stranded or stuck, call 911.  Let them know your name, phone number, location, number of people that are in your vehicle, your license plate number and make and model of your vehicle.  Come to an agreement with the emergency operator about what you are going to do.  If you do decide to leave your vehicle, leave a note with your name, phone number, time of day you’re leaving the vehicle, which direction your are going in and what you plan to do.  Put the note on the dash of your car—inside, so it can’t blow away or get ruined by rain or snow.  Make sure the note could be read by someone standing outside your car.

Get Winterized at Pine Belt

Now that winter is almost here, why not bring your vehicle into one of the Pine Belt dealerships.  We’ll put your vehicle through a multi-point inspection and make sure it’s winter-ready. If you need snow tires, let us know. As the top Lakewood car dealers, we are here for you!!

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target

Tips For Safe Winter Driving

In Lakewood NJ and the surrounding areas, we know that winter can wreak havoc on roads and driving conditions.  With winter on its way, the team at Pine Belt Chevrolet, Pine Belt Subaru and Pine Belt Chrysler Jeep thought it was a good idea to remind our friends and customers about how to stay safe while driving in inclement weather.

It’s Raining

  • It’s best to slow down by 5-10 miles per hour.
  • If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, try not to panic. Lift your foot off the gas pedal and let your vehicle slow down until it feels stable again.
  • Try to avoid driving through flooded areas, because it’s hard to determine the depth of water. Water can stall your engine.
  • After you’ve driven through a puddle or deep water, feather your brakes and take your foot off the gas.

It’s Foggy

  • As you approach fog, turn on your fog lights. If you don’t have them, be sure to use your low beams.
  • Pump your brakes before you enter a fog bank to alert drivers behind you to back off.
  • Slow down before you head over the top of a hill. You don’t know if a car has stopped on the other side of the hill because of the fog.

It’s Snowy or Icy

  • Drive 10 miles per hour below the speed limit to reduce the chance of sliding.
  • Slow down as you approach stop lights and stop signs, just in case there is black ice.
  • Be sure not to tailgate and give yourself plenty of room to stop in case the driver in front of you tries to stop suddenly.
  • Don’t use your brake while turning.
  • If you start to skid, turn into it so your car can correct itself and go straight.

Winterize Your Vehicle at Pine Belt Chevrolet, Pine Belt Subaru and Pine Belt Chrysler Jeep

The service experts at the Pine Belt dealerships in Lakewood, NJ suggest that you bring your vehicle in for a winter maintenance checkup before the weather gets nasty. We are the best among car dealerships in NJ, and committed to providing you with the best customer service. We are the premier Lakewood car dealers—come see for yourself!

Pine Belt Chevrolet

88 Ocean Ave

Lakewood, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.482.5920

Website: www.pinebeltchevrolet.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target

Get Wrangled Up With Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep

Rubicon Jeep

Get Wrangled Up With Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep

From the hardcore Rubicon to the stripped-out Sport model, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is one of the best do-anything, go-anywhere type of vehicles. There’s a Jeep for every off-road scenario at Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep so come get wrangled up with us at our Lakewood car dealers.

Wrangler Overview

Some people are just “Jeep purists”. They know what they’re getting and they know they’ll love it. That’s why Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep loves the 2017 Wrangler. Its design is as original as they come. An off-road-friendly SUV available in two- or four-door that doesn’t exactly make compromises for comfort. But that’s no biggie! You can tune into satellite radio or connect your smartphone via Bluetooth but the main mission for the Wrangler is to take you on a journey that no other SUV or crossover can get you.

The best part about the Wrangler is you know what you’re getting. The old-school approach is appealing to a lot of our Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep customers. Our Wrangler lovers expect  a rough ride, tough seating and a loud highway driving. It’s all part of the experience! The charm it has is undeniable and you’ll find it holds its value years down the road. For a throwback that stays true to its history, the Jeep Wrangler is where it’s at.

New Features For 2017

Not many, but that’s not always a bad thing! For 2017 it gets new optional LED headlights and foglights and a Cold Weather package including remote start, all-weather floor mats and heated seats.

Keepin’ It Real At Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep

For Jeep lovers, the Wrangler might be a go-to when it comes to picking out a new vehicles. Well, Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep wants to be your go-to dealership for all of your vehicle needs. Whether it’s maintenance, sales or financing, we are here to provide the best customer service you can get. We look forward to seeing you soon!  We’re the best among car dealerships in NJ.

Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep

1400, Ocean Ave, Route-88

Lakewood Township, NJ 08701

Phone: 888.993.7792

Website: www.pinebeltchryslerjeep.com/?ibp-adgroup=SE_Target