End of Summer Calls for Fall Vehicle Maintenance!

As much as no one wants it to happen, summer is slowly bowing out for the year. We’re still in the thick of the heat, but as kids go back to school, we know it’s on its way.

When fall and winter come around, we all need to remember to schedule a service appointment to cover all fall vehicle maintenance. Here are just a few items to make sure that you check out this time of year!

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Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

  • Heater/Defroster – with cold and snow lurking around the corner, it’s important to have working heat. Defrosting keeps your windows fog-free so you can see.
  • Battery – a weak battery will only get worse in the winter. Don’t leave yourself with a dead battery in the bitter, cold air! Check the strength to ensure that your car will be able to turn over this fall. Warning: if you’re not comfortable dealing with these operational features, visit a professional.
  • Tires – we tend to wear our tires down a lot during the summer, due to vacations, road trips and normal wear and tear. Check the tread and overall condition of your tires. You may even want to consider buying snow tires for the winter!
  • Emergency Equipment – because accidents do happen, it’s important to keep a few things in your car at all times. Flares, blankets, a small shovel, tire chains and a flashlight are just a few to start. No matter what situation you’re in, you’ll also want to keep your roadside assistance (like AAA) contact number handy.

Visit us at any Joseph Auto location near you in Cincinnati, Columbus or Northern Kentucky. We’ll be sure that you’re ready for the oncoming elements.

How to Clean Inside Your Car

Road trips can get pretty messy—you’ll probably come home with a backseat full of trash, carpet covered in spilled drinks, and food crushed into the upholstery. So if you’re just getting home and realizing what a mess you have to clean up, follow these tips on how to clean inside your car.

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Items to clean:

The first thing to do is clean all the trash out of your car, which is the easiest part. Next you’ll want to vacuum the carpets and the seating, especially if you have cloth seats. Buy some cleaning products that are made for whatever kind of interior you have. Cloth, vinyl, and leather all require different products to keep the material in good shape.

If you have stains on your carpet or cloth seats, treat with a stain lifter and follow the instructions on the can. You don’t want to leave stains—they can seep into the carpet or seats and start to smell! Scrub the carpet, dab it dry with a cloth, and vacuum again.

You may also want to clean the dashboard and inside the windshield and windows. Go and grab some glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels. Glass cleaner works on the dash too!

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Brings The Heat

In the history of Chevrolet, there are few vehicles that made quite the splash that the Corvette did. The Corvette is nothing if not known for being one of the best sports cars that money can buy. Now, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is taking it up a notch.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Game-changing handling

The racing game has officially been changed with this upgraded Corvette model. Where Z06 models have been known to overheat, the Grand Sport has just pure power. It’s wider with more aerodynamic changes, so it’s perfect for track use (or high-speed cruising).

Both the handling and brakes performed wonderfully, reported after testing. Top speeds do not intimidate this speed-demon of a vehicle! Racers will be pleased to learn that professional drivers have given this car the seal of approval.

Also, manual and automatic handle well over many factors. Miles per gallon are also reported to remain relatively high, even while driving at high speeds.

Joseph Auto Group carries many Corvette models. We have two Chevy stores – Joseph Chevrolet and Columbia Chevrolet – both in Cincinnati. While we may not have the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport in stock yet, we’re hoping we will soon! We want you to have the car of your dreams, so keep checking back.

Plans Announced to Retire Audi V8 engines in Favor of Electric

Audi vehicles are the perfect balance of performance and premium quality. All of their success depends largely on what the automaker puts under its models’ hoods –  no sacrifice of power. A wise company can change their product in anticipation where demand is headed, as market trends and consumer interest continue to change. We know that Audi is a smart company, and that is their plan.

2015 Audi R8 Spyder - plans to Retire Audi V8 engines

That’s why Audi has announced it is retiring its V8 engines in the coming years. They’re opting instead for battery-powered electric vehicles. After the most recent V8 engine—a turbocharged diesel with massive torque—is released with the new Audi SQ7, no more V8s will be added to the brand’s lineup.

When will this start to affect the Audi lineup?

In fact, Audi is changing almost a third of their lineup, anticipated, to be electric or hybrid by 2025. This means that Audi is phasing out gas-guzzling blocks like the V8s for more eco-friendly and fuel efficient engines. Audi is one of the many automakers making this change to stick with changing trends.

While plans to retire Audi V8 engines may disappoint some, we at Joseph Auto know that Audi won’t let its fans down. Even in the form of electric batteries, Audi’s performance excellence will still be apparent.

The Best Ohio Summer Festivals of 2016

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The only problem with Ohio summer festivals is that there are too many to choose from! So, to help out, we’ve narrowed down the list for you—make sure you mark these dates on your calendar.

Festival of the Bells

June 30th – July 2nd – Hillsboro

If you are searching for a wholesome festival for Fourth of July weekend, the Festival of the Bells is it. Here you get the opportunity to hear awesome Christian artists like Jana Kramer in the beautiful and quaint town of Hillsboro

Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest

July 9th – Kettering

Gorge yourself on chicken wings while taking in some great rock’n’roll–that’s what this festival in Kettering is all about. Various eateries from around town set up shop to offer their own take on the chicken wing.

Ohio Valley Music Festival

August 20th – Marietta

If you are a fan of country music, you will love this festival. Catch iconic artists like Clint Black and John Michael Montgomery as well as hot newcomers like High Valley. It’s for a good cause, too—proceeds from beer sales go to the American Legion of Veterans.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer in Ohio than taking in a festival. Just remember to bring your sweet tooth and your sunscreen!

New Subaru Record: Isle of Man TT Lap Time

If you’ve never seen a clip of someone driving the Isle of Man TT course, you will be amazed. The complexity, length and narrowness of the track is astounding. And guess what–the Subaru WRX STI just broke the lap record time.

2016 Subaru WRX - Subaru record Isle of Man TT lap

This Subaru record has been a long time (and work) coming. The modified WRX STI used has about 600 horsepower, weighs in at 2,590 pounds and has a top speed of 180 mph. While these stats in themselves are pretty amazing, the final lap time is even better: 17:25!

This time blew the previous record out of the water–the Subaru blew through the course just over 2 minutes faster! It averaged at 128 mph on the track, even through the small towns and narrow roads that it takes to complete one lap.

You can watch the video here of driver Mark Higgins beating the record. It’s a sight to behold, for sure!

In a world with many crazy racing stunts, this is one of the crazier tracks! For more insane driving, check out the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One 24-hour race tests the ability of both the drivers and the cars! It’s one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the others being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

 

Cincinnati Sports: Who to Watch

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No matter the sport, Cincinnati likely has a team! From baseball to football to soccer: you name it, Cincinnati sports has it. See which teams we love and think that you should, too!

Football

If you watch the NFL, you’re probably aware of the Bengals. Their 2015 season brought them the AFC North title and one step away from the big game. They’re definitely a team to watch this year as they plan for another great season.

Baseball

Another well-known Cincinnati sports team is the Cincinnati Reds. While they haven’t won a World Series title since 1990, fans are always cheering on the team for a win! We love them just the same, year after year.

Soccer

FC Cincinnati is a new team this season, but they’ve had a great start so far!  They play in the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium and have filled it for a few games. That’s a pretty impressive inaugural season!

If you’re looking for something to watch or somewhere to go, there are always sporting events going on in Cincinnati! There are also college teams that have spectacular players. Of course, there are plenty other teams in the area, so look around for your favorite sport – I’m sure you can find it!

How to Remove Smells from a Car

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Lingering smells can bother everyone, including the driver themselves. Not only can they be bothersome, unwanted smells can also lowered your car’s resale value. Luckily for you, getting rid of unwanted smells is easy if you have some common household items. Here’s how to remove smells from a car from us here at Joseph Auto!

  • Newspaper – As it turns out, not all newspapers are going digital. Physical newspapers may seem outdated, but they happen to be very good as absorbing and removing unwanted smells. Just throw a few crumpled pages into your car, preferably near the source of the smell, and the smell will be gone in a few hours.
  • Cat Litter – If you have a feline companion, odds are you already have cat litter lying around the house. Designed to remove odors, a bowl of cat litter will leave your car virtually odorless relatively quickly.
  • Coffee Grounds – Part of a driver’s morning routine, a cup of coffee can go a long way. Fresh coffee grounds can be just as useful for your car as coffee is for you. Placing a bowl of your favorite coffee grounds for the day will result in a fresh mocha scent before you know it!

Hyundai Veloster and Elantra Win Vincentric’s Best Value in America Award

2016 Hyundai Veloster - Vincentric's Best Value in America Award

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster and 2016 Hyundai Elantra have earned Vincentric’s Best Value in America Award, marking the fourth and second consecutive year the two cars receive the honor, respectively.

Vincentric is an automotive research firm that specializes in determining the cost of owning a car. Every year, it measures the cost of ownership using eight different key factors, including financing, fuel, insurance, depreciation, opportunity cost, fees and taxes, and repairs. It measures the vehicles that had lower-than-expected ownership costs and ranks them in the appropriate segment.

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster offered the “Best Value in America” in the sports car segment and the 2016 Hyundai Elantra in the compact hatchback segment. This gives you double the opportunities to purchase a great vehicle, whichever type of car you prefer!

“The Veloster has a strong history of performing well in our awards analysis, delivering a low cost-of-ownership package that helps provide high value to consumers,” said David Wurster, president of Vincentric. “The Elantra similarly delivers class-leading value, is fuel efficient and inexpensive to maintain, offering drivers exceptional value for the money.”

Get the most bang for your buck with the Hyundai Veloster and Elantra cars at Joseph Auto! We are proud to sell both vehicles, both new and used!

Prodrive and Subaru Team Up to Set New Isle of Man Record

 

2016 Subaru WRX STI - Isle of Man Record

Prodrive and Subaru have teamed up once again, to set a new Isle of Man record on the TT Course. Prodrive is famous for building Subaru rally cars from 1990 to 2008, so there’s a lot of buzz surrounding this latest collaboration. In the last 8 years there have been many technological advancements, so this collaboration should be very exciting to all racing fans.

The engineering group is tuning a Subaru WRX STI to set a new record attempt before the 2016 Isle of Man TT kicks off on May 28th. The cabin has been stripped out of all unnecessary equipment, even including door panels and carpet. It also boasts a full body kit complete with flared fenders and a large wing at the rear.

Mark Higgins, the three-time British Rally Champion who has already broken the Isle of Man record several times in the past—and who holds the current record with a bone stock 2015 WRX STI—will be at the wheel of the Prodrive-tuned car. So far, his best time is 19 minutes and 15 seconds. That’s pretty impressive for a 37-mile circuit – that’s an average speed of just over 115 mph! At Joseph Auto, we’re hoping he can do it under 19 minutes!