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Archive for October, 2014

Now that Thanksgiving is exactly one month away, millions of Americans are making their plans for this special holiday. Although it may be hard to believe just how many people across the US hit the road to go see their loved ones, AAA estimates that over 42 million Americans will drive at least 50 miles away from home over the course of the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Whether you’re planning to visit relatives within the state of Arizona or are driving to another state to enjoy time with your family, Chapman Payson wants you to be safe during your Thanksgiving travels. Since traffic is heavier during this holiday, many people are driving longer than they normally do and the weather can be less cooperative than it would be during the warmer months of the year, there are some important things to do and remember in order to stay safe on the road.


Here’s exactly what you should do before and during your holiday drive to ensure you reach your destination safely:

Have Your Car Checked and Serviced

If it’s getting close to time for you to have an oil change, get it done at Payson Auto Center now to avoid the rush that always comes right before Thanksgiving. Not only will the oil change be a task you can check off your to-do list, but bringing your vehicle in will give us a chance to check it and alert you to any issues that should be fixed prior to your longer Thanksgiving drive.

Texting Can Wait

Although you should always avoid texting while driving, it’s especially important during a longer drive in heavier holiday traffic. If you’re driving by yourself, let those closest to you know that you’ll update them when you pull over for gas. And if anyone else is riding with you, you can put them in charge of all texting.


Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Whether traffic slows down because of bad weather or a wreck, delays on the road are very common during holidays. To avoid getting stressed or feeling the need to rush, be sure to add a buffer when you’re calculating how long your trip is going to take. With this approach, the worst case scenario is you’ll arrive a little early and have to sneak a few tasty bites from the kitchen as Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared.

Make Child and Pet Gear Easy to Access

If you’re traveling with children or pets, make sure their gear is easy to access. Just remember that if you do need to grab anything for them, it’s always best to pull over instead of trying to reach around while driving.

By following all of the above steps, you can minimize the stress of a Thanksgiving road trip and focus all of your energy on enjoying this special day with the people who matter most to you.


With upgraded electronics, a V8 transmission upgrade, new shifter and much more, the 2015 Dodge Charger is ready to make a big statement. This awesome vehicle will be available in SE, SXT and R/T. The dramatically upgraded SE features a V6, as does the SXT. And for drivers looking for maximum power, the V8 R/T delivers in a big way.

What to Expect From The 2015 Dodge Charger

Regardless of which model you decide is right for you, there are a lot of great features that you will be able to enjoy as you’re behind the wheel. The first is a new electric power steering system that’s mounted on the steering column. Because this new system modulates power assistance based on current conditions, it can increase efficiency by as much as three percent.

The next notable feature of the 2015 Dodge Charger is it has new axles and housings made from cast aluminum. Because these elements are now made from cast aluminum instead of steel, it reduces the vehicle’s overall weight. On the inside of the car is a 7” driver information display. This provides drivers with a wealth of information, including turn-by-turn navigation, warning messages, fuel economy and tire pressure. It can also help guide a driver whenever they need to parallel park.


A Great New Look

When you see this new vehicle at Chapman Payson for the first time, you are going to be very impressed with how it looks. While the Charger has always been a vehicle that stands out on the road, there are many new style elements that make the 2015 even more stunning. The spoiler, front doors, tail lamps, headlamps, fenders and hoods have all been changed. As the designers responsible for this vehicle stated in an official press release, all of the changes add up to an awesome vehicle with “cleaner lines to create a sleek, chiseled, nimble and lighter visual weight.” Long-time fans of the Charger will likely notice the inspiration that was drawn from the 1969 model.

Although the 2015 Charger was inspired by a classic, it’s anything but dated. On the contrary, its exterior features some of the most cutting-edge elements on the road. With LED turn signals, crosshair grille and blacked-out graphics on the front of the car, there’s no question that the 2015 Charger is setting the modern standard that all other vehicles will try to reach.

Lots of Awesome Color Choices Inside and Out

Choosing the color of your car is the best way to make it really feel like your own. And with this 2015 vehicle, there’s no shortage of available options. On the outside, drivers can choose Bright White, Ivory Tri-Coat Pearl, Billet Silver Metallic, Jazz Blue or several other striking colors.

And on the inside, available trims include Black & Ruby, Black & Pearl or Black & Tungsten. While the color choices are completely up to you, one thing you can be sure of with any color is you will be the envy of everyone else on the road!