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How to Finance a Car at Randall Mitsubishi

Finance a Car

Randall Mitsubishi wants to make the car financing process as quick and easy as possible!

 

It’s easy to pick out the perfect car, especially if you already have one in mind, but getting the money for it is a different story. If you’ve never had to finance a car, whether you’re a first time buyer or bought from private parties prior, here’s a quick overview of what the process is like.

If you’re buying from a dealership, a finance department is likely to do all the hard work for you. Preapproved loans take more work and the offers are similar to those you’ll receive when applying through a finance department.

You’ll need to know your employer, expenses, income, rent/mortgage payment, and social security number before you’ll be able to fill out applications. Once they’re filled out and submitted, all you can do is wait.

Lenders will run a credit check that will reveal your credit score and any outstanding debt. Based on that information and your application, they’ll accept or reject you. If they accept, they’ll make a loan offer.

Once you receive loan offers, it’s important to pay special attention to the annual percentage interest rate (APR) and length of the loan as they determine how much interest you pay. Accept the loan that’s right for you!

We have a great finance department here at Randall Mitsubishi! Come down and see us for your next car purchase.

Check Out These End of Summer Car Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Fall

End of Summer Car Maintenance

Getting your car prepared for Fall and Winter is important to prolong the life of the car.

As the summer season slowly drifts away into autumn, it’s more important than ever to perform a routine maintenance check on your vehicle. Doing so will both evaluate the damage of summer and prepare your car for the hazards of fall—and the ensuing winter.

Here are some end of summer car maintenance tips to get you started:

  • Check your owner’s manual, and make sure you are following all recommended maintenance schedules.
  • Give your tires a thorough inspection, keeping an eye out for tire pressure, tread, and alignment.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly, and evaluate your windshield wiper fluid, which may be running low.
  • Though it may still be warm outside, you’ll want to check that your heater is working now, before it’s too late and you find yourself stuck in the cold.
  • Get your car checked out by a professional in the Randall Mitsubishi service department. Our service technicians will certainly pick up on anything you may have missed.

Do you have any other tips? Let us know your routines in the comments or at Randall Mitsubishi!

Car Gifts for Dad

Car Gifts for Dad

If your dad loves cars then you can’t go wrong with one of these great car themed gifts!

You might feel like you just finished celebrating your mom, but now that it’s June, it’s time to think about your dear old pop. Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21st, this year, so you still have a few more days to find the perfect gift. If your dad spends more time under the hood than anywhere else, here are some suggestions for car gifts for Dad.

  • Gas pump liquor dispenser. Make your dad’s bar complete with this liquor bottle in the shape of a gas pump. Don’t forget to fill it with his favorite beverage.
  • Racing school. If you have a bit more money to spend, or perhaps go in on a joint gift with your siblings, then send your dad to racing school. There are a few options, including the Stock Car Racing Experience.
  • Tool chest. Are his workshop tools spread all around his garage? Buy him a big tool chest to keep everything nice and neat. There are numerous models to choose from, so find one with features you know he wants and needs.
  • Car care kit. Get him everything he needs to keep his car clean. Consider things like buffing pads, towels, car wax, microfiber cloths, and more.

Will you be getting a car-themed gift for your dad this Father’s Day? For all your car needs visit Randall Mitsubishi!

Upcoming Events in San Angelo

Upcoming Events in San Angelo

You won’t want to miss any one of these exciting events going on right here in San Angelo, TX.

There are quite a few upcoming events in San Angelo that would be well worth your while to check out! It’s time to get out of your same old routine and try something different. We have highlighted a few of the events for you below.

May 8th: An Evening of Dance – San Angelo Civic Ballet

Ballet isn’t for everyone; however, if you haven’t been to one before, it’s definitely worth a watch. The evening incorporates classical and contemporary styles, meaning you will be whisked away for the night by the San Angelo Civic Ballet dancers.

May 8th – 10th: Mary Poppins – San Angelo Broadway Academy Youth

Mary Poppins is a wonderful story we’re all familiar with, so grab your family and head over to the San Angelo Broadway for Youth Theater! Tickets for the event can be found here.

May 9th: Jewelry & Accessory Expo

This is the perfect mother/daughter event happening just before Mother’s Day! The event is completely free and will feature 25 vendors with beautiful jewelry and accessory items to choose from. If you’re one of the first 200 people at the event, you will even receive a free gift bag. Grab all the wonderful women and girls in your life and head over to the Sunset Mall to get your glam on.

May 9th: 7th Annual Simply Texas Blues Festival

This event will be music to your ears… blues that is. Head downtown on the 9th to check out the wonderful musicians, car show, motor cycle show, and Rib-fest cook-off! Ribs and music, what could be better?

There’s a little something for everyone coming up this weekend, so get outside and enjoy what our wonderful city has to offer. For more upcoming events in San Angelo, head to www.visitsanangelo.org. To help you get around to all these events check out Randall Mitsubishi for all your car needs!

Epic U.S. Road Trip Covers 13,699 Miles

U.S. Road Trip

Hop in your car and hit the open road this summer following this map and have an adventure of a lifetime!

If you’re planning a road trip this summer, you might as well go all out. Two researchers have mapped out an epic U.S. road trip that will be the only U.S. road trip you’ll ever need to take. In fact, this route covers 50 major national landmarks, historic sites, national monuments, and national parks.

Mapped out by Randy Olson, a fourth-year graduate research assistant at Michigan State University with help from Tracy Staedter, the route includes 13,699 miles of driving, and makes its way through every single one of the 48 contiguous states. Olsen points out that without stopping, the trip would take about 9.33 days (224 hours) to complete, but in reality it would likely take two to three months. What’s the point of a road trip without stopping to take in the scenery, anyway?

Olsen used a genetic algorithm to find the best possible route with as little backtracking as possible. The result is pretty impressive. See it here.

“It’s grand by design,” Olson told the Daily News. “It has a combination of major sites that Americans want to see at some point in their lives.”

A road trip like this requires a dependable car. Stop by Randall Mitsubishi today to get behind the wheel of a new, fuel efficient vehicle capable of getting the job done!

Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show – The Updated L200 Pickup

Mitsubishi's Newest Innovation - L200
Mitsubishi's Newest Innovation - L200

The updated L200 pickup for Mitsubishi will be introduced in the European market.

 

Introducing Mitsubishi’s newest innovation to the European market – the updated L200 pickup.

Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the fifth-generation mini-truck offers passengers a more car-like driving experience with a stiffer frame, refined suspension, and a larger enhanced cabin while still offering the “functionality and reliability” of a work vehicle. With a redesigned front and rear fascia, the L200 features an interior that features DAB radio and dual-zone climate control. The Mitsubishi L200 also offers passengers keyless entry, a rear view camera, and added safety features that include lane departure warning and hill start assist.

The updated L200 also boasts powertrain improvements, offering a 2.4-liter diesel engine with a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive option. The European truck stands ahead of its competitors in regards to fuel efficiency with a 42mpg rating and four-ton carrying capacity. Due to the success of the company’s Outlander PHEV model, Mitsubishi has hinted that a hybrid option for the L200 might be forthcoming.

The L200 is comparable to the Outlander in the U.S. market, so if this has you excited, be sure to come visit Randall Mitsubishi to see all of the newest innovations imbued into our line of products!

Millennials and Car Shopping: A Match Made in Heaven, After All

For a moment there, we thought millennials didn’t like cars. Thanks to a report called “Millennials in Motion,” we were under the impression that these young vibrant members of society would rather walk, bike, or Uber their way around, and had very little interest in driving, owning a car, or obtaining a driver’s license. In fact, the study suggested that a growing number of millennials have a lack of interest in driving. Turns out, that report just isn’t totally true.

Millennials and Car Shopping

The one-and-only MTV did a study of its own, and found that eight of ten millennials (ages 18-34) get around by car more than any other type of transportation. In fact, millennials drive more miles per month than older generations. The study even goes so far as to say that millennials love their cars more than social media and texting (gasp!!). That’s right: 72% of millennials would rather give up texting for a week than give up their car for the same amount of time.

To come to these conclusions, the “Millennials Have Drive” study surveyed 610 millennials between the ages of 18 and 34, 400 generation X-ers, and 403 baby boomers. The study featured focus groups, virtual travelogues, one-on-one interviews, car-creation groups, deal-alongs, and expert and car dealer interviews. The study put to rest a variety of myths about millennials and car shopping.

Here at Randall Mitsubishi, we don’t deny that millennials are more environmentally-conscious than previous generations. The good news is that they still want their own cars (they just want them to have really stellar fuel economy).

For automakers, this is a huge lesson learned. The future car-buyers of America want to buy cars, even if they can’t quite afford them yet. It’s time for automakers to understand what drives millennials, and tap into those emotions. The opportunities are endless.

Reasons to Stay Home on New Year’s Eve

reasons to stay home on new year’s eve

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, there is the question that philosophers have been wrestling with since time immemorial: go out or stay in.

Of course, there are pros and cons to both options. But going out is certainly the more glamorous, which is why, with the help of the Huffington Post, we’d like to highlight some great reasons to stay home on New Year’s Eve…

Reasons to Stay Home on New Year’s Eve

You can save money. You’ll already be spending most of January trying to recoup the losses you incurred while buying everyone gifts for Christmas. Why not stay in and save a few bucks? No suffering the bloated bill at a fancy restaurant where the food isn’t really that good anyway. You don’t have to pay a babysitter either.

You can wear sweat pants. Leave your sequin dress in the closet and watch the ball drop in your sweats. It’s empowering.

You can avoid bad champagne. It tastes like cheap tonic water that’s 50 years past its shelf life.

You don’t have to brave the roads. As many a mom has said, “There are crazies out there.” And they come out in droves for New Year’s Eve. Don’t be victim to their craziness—or their drunken driving.    

Whatever you decide to do, we at Randall Mitsubishi wish you a safe and fun New Year’s Eve.