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If you own a Hyundai, you may be asking how the recent events in North Korea might affect your ability to get needed  Hyundai parts. However, over half of Hyundai’s vehicles in the America are built in factories in Montgomery, Alabama. So there is no need to worry, Chapman Hyundai will have you covered. The parts department at Chapman Hyundai is, in fact, fully stocked and ready to serve you as well and as quick as they always have.

Just to be on the safe side, it is important to stay up to date with the service of your vehicle. Follow the suggestions in your vehicle’s service manual. Proper maintenance should be performed every 3,000 miles. Sometimes these checks will involve only an oil change. Other times, a more complex inspection of items including gauges, sensors, and belts is required.
You should always have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. This prevents buildup of sludge and grime. With a properly lubricated engine, you are practically guaranteed that the engine will not seize. Consider going to the Chapman Hyundai service department. They will not only change your oil but also perform safety checks, including inspecting the brakes, tires, fluids, lights, and more for you. It may cost a little more, but it can save you from trouble in the future.

Once a year, you should have your radiator flushed and refilled. This can prevent radiators from developing holes prematurely.

Always make sure you have a full windshield fluid tank. Clean windows can be the key to preventing some accidents. At the same time, you should replace your windshield wiper blades twice a year. This is especially true in the hot Arizona sun, which can cause rubber products to dry-rot and crumble from repeated exposure to high temperatures. Dirt can also cause blades to wear quickly.

Headlights, turn signal lights, brake lights, and parking lights should all be working. Turn on your lights and then walk around the car to make sure they are working. If they are not, replace the blown bulbs. This can prevent others from rear ending you. Properly working lights are important to preventing accidents.

Every few months, you should check all seat belts for frays, twists, or rips. In the event of an accident, a worn seat belt could fail causing you permanent injury or even death.

To ensure that your vehicle is up to date, visit Scottsdale Hyundai.

 

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People tend to drive more in the summer. This means an increase in demand for gas and an increase in gas prices. Fortunately, there are tips and products that can help increase fuel efficiency year round and will put dollars back in your pocket.

The best part is most tips and products that help save gas and money are relatively cheap and easy. Doing things like getting a new air filter, downloading cheap gas locating phone apps, putting air in your tires and replacing your broken gas cap could save you hundreds in the long run.

One product that’s inexpensive yet increases fuel efficiency is spark plugs. They usually cost less than twenty dollars and replacing them often is a sure way to make your vehicle run more efficiently. Another product less than $20 that’s a big time money saver is a working gas cap. One report estimates 17% of cars on the road have cracked or broken gas caps, causing roughly 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year from gas tanks.

Air filters are one more relatively inexpensive product that increases fuel efficiency in the summer. There is more dirt in the air during summer (especially in the desert), which causes the engine air filter to work overtime. Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale wants to remind desert drivers that replacing their air filter will improve engine performance and fuel efficiency. Last but not least, air is the secret to better fuel mileage. Driving on partially deflated tires is like driving with the parking brake on and drains fuel. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, checking them once a week during the hottest summer months.

One perk of living in the age of technology is that anyone with a smart phone can download gas saving apps onto their device that locate gas stations near you with the cheapest gas. These apps are available on all carriers and include “Cheap Gas!” and “Gas Buddy,” two of the more popular apps to find cheap fuel. For more information about how to save gas this summer visit your local Scottsdale Hyundai dealer.

 

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Getting lost can be one of the most frustrating issues encountered when driving; it can quickly start a snowball effect of problems. On road trips, it’s possible to be driving in the wrong direction for an hour or more before realizing you’re lost. Getting lost on the road is a problem that’s getting easier to solve for Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale drivers due to free and convenient services like Google Maps and Apple Maps.

Phoenix Hyundai has integrated Google Maps (via BlueLink) into their navigation systems instead of Apple Maps for a number of reasons. Google Maps has been collecting data longer than Apple;  Google has more people updating GPS routes and collecting street-views of maps; and Google is more reliable when it comes to keeping its data current.

Google Maps best asset is its manpower. They have more people on the ground gathering data from governments, private data sellers, satellites and dashboard-mounted cameras. Dash-mounted cameras offer a great feature in street-views. Street-views are pictures of what streets and their surroundings look like from the perspective of a driver on that street. Once the data is collected, Google has thousands of people they call “operators” that polish the data, create final images and sync the images with the most recent GPS routes.

Google’s manpower allows them to keep its maps current. Google has a force of cars equipped with GPS mapping units and dash-mounted cameras to provide up to data street-views and driving directions. These cars constantly explore the streets of America and send data back to Google’s “operators” who edit the final maps.

For these reasons Hyundai has adopted Google Maps and integrated it into the navigation systems of their vehicles. Road trips in Arizona can be treacherous as there is desert no matter which way you go. Getting lost in the desert is a fate no one wants and therefore the simple-to-use Google Map integrated navigation system can save drivers from the headaches of missing a turn. For more information, visit your local Scottsdale Hyundai dealer.

 

Car shopping can be bittersweet for car buyers who desire luxury features but own economy-sized wallets. As the auto industry develops new and existing product lines, brands like Hyundai are redefining their image and blurring the line between luxury and economy. Hyundai is stepping up with new vehicle models that attempt to rival more expensive luxury options. Some examples of Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale’s steal of a deal luxury cars include the following.

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Hyundai Azera

According to cars.com, the 2013 Hyundai Azera is a mid-size sedan powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. FWD paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission enables the Azera to achieve an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Features include 19-inch wheels, tilt-and-slide sunroof, HID xenon headlights, heated/ventilated front seats, push button start, navigation system, iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and rear side window shades. Safety is comprised of vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and advanced airbags, and tire pressure monitoring system.

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Hyundai Genesis

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis is a full-size luxury sedan, available with two different engines. The standard Genesis is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 333 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. For added performance Hyundai offers the 5.0 R-SPEC trim, featuring a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. RWD is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission for an EPA estimated range of 16 mpg city to 29 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Visit a Scottsdale Hyundai dealer to see features including LED headlight accents, adaptive front light system, HID headlights, power heated side mirrors, tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, dual front automatic temperature controls, push button start, HD radio, auxiliary input jacks, 17 speaker sound system, touchscreen DVD/navigation system, rearview camera, and heated seats. Safety is comprised of dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors.

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Hyundai Equus

The Hyundai Equus is a full-size luxury car, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission and continuous damping control enables the Equus to achieve an EPA estimated 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Features include HID headlights, LED turn signals, heated mirrors, rearview camera, ultra-premium leather seats, 12-way power seats, driver seat massage system, heated/cooled seats, rear console refrigerator, 17-speaker sound system, navigation system, hands-free phone capabilities, steering-wheel mounted controls, power rear sunshade, and push-button start. Safety is encompassed by vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, anti-lock braking, lane departure warning, and tire pressure monitoring.

 

For more information on Hyundai’s affordable luxury, visit Hyundai Phoenix.

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The Hyundai Sonata is J.D. Power and Associates “Most Dependable Midsize Car” of 2013. After over 20 years of improvement, the Hyundai Sonata is safer, faster and more comfortable than ever. The Sonata has kept the features drivers have grown to love and added new ones such as a standard automatic transmission, best-in-class horsepower engine, heated seats, navigation system and sunroof. These features and awards are why Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale is stocking up on 2013 Sonatas. Great deals are available at Chapman for someone looking to buy a Sonata in Phoenix.

The Sonata is the first family sedan to get a 5 star crash rating since the federal government enacted stricter guidelines in 2011. Every Sonata has 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and a one-year subscription to Blue Link with Automatic Collision Notification and SOS Emergency Assist; a rear camera is available on some models. Unbiased institutions such as The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety named the Sonata “2013’s IIHS Top Safety Pick.” The Sonata is in a class-all-itself in terms of safety. Few cars offer the superior combination of safety and performance like the 2013 Sonata.

Besides being the “Most Dependable” car in its class, it’s also the fastest. The 2013 Sonata is equipped with a best-in-class 200 horsepower and a 2.4 liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine. The Sonata’s engine maintains Ultra Low Emission Vehicle standards and some versions meet Partial Zero Emission Vehicle standards. An optional engine upgrade is available in the Sonata 2.OT which boasts a twin-scroll turbo engine that generates 274 horsepower and 34-MPG highway. The standard 2.4 GDI gets 35-MPG highway making it one of the more fuel-efficient cars on the market. Both engines have a 6-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission that increases fuel economy and paddle shifters for manual operation are available on certain models. Visit your local Chapman Scottsdale Hyundai dealer for more information about J.D. Power and Associates “Most Dependable Midsize Car” award winner, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata.