Mar 30

A Look at Red Top Mountain State Park

Anyone who was raised in Georgia or has driven through the area knows that there’s a lot to adore about this state. We have big metropolitan areas, small college towns, plenty of booming industries from film to Coca-Cola, and some of the most gorgeous parks in the country. Red Top Mountain State Park is one of our favorite Georgia parks to visit and is located just 30 minutes away from Paulding CDJR.

Red Top Mountain State Park

Photo by Mikel Manitius

The Lake

Red Top Mountain State Park sits on the edge of the smooth, 12,000-acre Lake Allatoona. The lake is the perfect place to take a cool dip in the summertime. You can also use your Chevy or Jeep to tow your boat down for some water skiing and tubing. Boat rentals are also available on Lake Allatoona.

Hiking

Once you’ve finished playing in or on the lake, you can hit up some of the many miles of hiking trails that run through Red Top Mountain State Park. Bring a camera or a pair of binoculars, as you’re sure to see plenty of wildlife and gorgeous views. Red Top Mountain State Park also offers its share of camping sites, cottages, and picnic shelters. These elements make this Georgia park the perfect place to get away for the weekend this spring.

Mar 14

Off-Road Safety Tips

At Paulding CDJR we specialize in some of the best vehicles for off-roading. Whether you’re looking at a RAM 1500 or a Jeep Wrangler, you might be itching to try your hand at the road less traveled this spring. No matter if you’re a newbie or a veteran, follow these off-road safety tips to protect you and your vehicle from damage on your next adventure.

 

Walk First

If you don’t know a path or its conditions already, it’s a good idea to take it by foot first. Check out how muddy or sandy the ground is, and use this time to judge whether or not your vehicle will be able to handle the terrain.

 

Go Slow

If you think you’ll need to go over 10 mph to accomplish any off-road task, the chances are it’s not going to work out. Take things slowly, and always approach your obstacles with patient caution.

 

Stay on the Trail

It’s tempting to make your own, new trail, but this is how even the best off-roaders get stuck. Stick to the designated off-road trail for a successful and safe outing.

 

Tell Someone

Let a friend or family member know your off-roading plans and when you plan to be back. This way, if all else fails, they will be able to send help if you don’t return and can’t get cell phone service.

Nov 23

Winter Car Care Tips for Preparing for the Colder Months

winter car care

When you were a kid, winter meant snow days and time off for the holidays, but as an adult, it just means extra preparation and responsibilities. One of these many responsibilities is caring for your vehicle in the colder months. Winter car care is important because extreme temperatures and hazardous road conditions can be rough on many different parts of a vehicle.

Before you head into winter, you should definitely have your tires checked. Make sure they are properly inflated, as cold air causes tires to deflate faster, and ensure the tread depth is deep enough to maintain a good grip on slippery roads. You may even want to switch to winter tires for improved traction.

Cold air also affects your battery capacity. Before winter starts, you should keep in mind the age of your battery, as well as checking to make sure all connections are clean and tight. Even if you are confident in your battery, you may want to keep jumper cables in your vehicle, as well as an emergency kit full of other supplies like water bottles, blankets, and flashlights.

Winter car care is crucial not only to the health of your vehicle but also to your own personal safety. Remember that if you feel unsafe driving, it’s better not to drive at all and to trust your instincts. Stay safe this winter!

Nov 09

How to Prepare the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

perfect Thanksgiving dinner

Ah, Thanksgiving—with so much good food bringing the family together, it’s easy to get excited. Of course, if you’re hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner, you might be a little stressed out, too. Don’t worry! Here are some key tips for preparing the perfect Thanksgiving dinner that is sure to bring everyone together in honor of giving thanks for such a delicious meal.

Turkey is Key

What’s a Thanksgiving meal without a turkey? Turkeys are enormous birds, so you might get in over your head if this is your first time preparing a turkey. Remember to do your research in advance and start prepping ahead of time.

Make Room for Everyone

Make sure you pick a place in your house that’s welcoming to the amount of people you’ll be hosting—and that you have enough tables and chairs to accommodate everyone, too!

Have Guests Bring Dishes

Thanksgiving can get overwhelming if you try to make the whole meal yourself. Pick a few choice things to make—maybe classics like turkey, mashed potatoes, or cranberry jelly—and tell your relatives to show up with a couple goodies of their own.

There’s a lot more to a perfect Thanksgiving dinner than that, but following these simple tips cover the basics and make life a lot easier and more fun for everyone involved.

Oct 26

Tips for Buying Your First Car

Tips for Buying Your First Car

Buying your first car can be overwhelming, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that you get the right car for the right price. Here at Paulding Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we have some helpful tips for buying your first car.

 

  1. Research – Do some research into all different makes and models, and then determine which one would work best for you. Narrow your search down to a few segments and then identify several models that best fit your needs in each category. Try to test drive them all and see which one is a better fit for you.
  2. Prioritize – If you don’t have a use for a truck, don’t buy one. If you don’t go off-roading, a versatile, fully-stocked off-road vehicle probably isn’t the way to go either. You may not get your dream car on your first trip to the dealership, but getting what you need is more important than buying what you want.
  3. Budget – Having a loose budget is a mistake, especially if you don’t have much in the way of liquid assets. Buying an expensive car will be fun for a few months but you’ll quickly regret it once you can’t make the payments. Set a budget and stay firm, no matter what a dealership tries to sell you. Odds are there’s a car within your budget already on the lot. You just have to find it.

Oct 12

How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Summer has finally come to a close, which means it’s time to start preparing your car for the colder months of the year. Fall marks the perfect time to make sure your car is in proper working order. Here are some tips to help you get your car ready for fall, courtesy of those of us here at Paulding Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

 

  1. Battery – If your car’s battery is more than a few years old, it may be time for a replacement. For those who want to take care of the battery themselves, start by scraping away the corrosion from the posts and cable connections. Clean the surfaces and check the fluid level every month if the battery caps are removable.
  2. Tires – As the weather grows colder, tires tend to deflate. Now is the time to check your tire pressure and ensure they’re properly inflated. Properly inflated tires provide better traction, increased fuel economy, and an overall smoother ride. Best of all, you only need to check your tire pressure once every week or two.
  3. Lights – A vehicle’s lights are one of the most important safety systems there is. Without them, drivers can’t see you and you can’t see them. Replace any dead bulbs and clean the lenses to ensure maximum safety during the colder months.

Sep 21

Top Atlanta Restaurants in 2016

Top Atlanta Restaurants in 2016

Atlanta is overflowing with restaurants to choose from, but for those who feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of top Atlanta restaurants, here’s a more condensed list of suggestions for foodies to try. These locally-owned secrets deliver top-knotch food.

Staplehouse

Owned by the founders of Giving Kitchen, a non-profit that helps poverty-stricken restaurant workers, Staplehouse is good food by good people. The menu changes daily and reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome at the bar.

Makan

Ever had real ramen? No, not the block of wax you ate everyday in college. The Makan Restaurant and Bar serves the original noodle dish in its true form, plus plenty of other gourmet Asian meals for those looking for more exotic flair.

Madre + Maison

Southern cooking meets Latin cuisine in this restaurant, which features a diverse menu consisting of soups, salads, sandwiches, and various entrees with Madre + Maison’s unique blend of flavors.

Home Grown

If you want something more traditional, Home Grown is the one-stop shop for Southern comfort food. Everything from burgers to barbecue to chicken dipped in creamy gravy is right here on the menu.

1Kept

This joint might be quieter than some of the other options thanks to its status as “Atlanta’s best-kept secret.” Lots of wholesome meat-based American cuisine abounds in this rustic, cozy restaurant.

There are plenty more top Atlanta restaurants to try, but this is a good starting point for anybody overwhelmed by amount of delicious food to come out of Georgia’s capitol city.

Sep 07

What We Know About the Jeep Wrangler Pickup

What We Know About the Jeep Wrangler Pickup

Jeep has been teasing the idea of a Jeep Wrangler pickup since it pulled the sheets off the Gladiator concept over ten years ago, but the concept never made it to production. Since then, rumors have faded in and out of the auto industry about the existence of a Jeep pickup truck but nothing ever came to fruition. Now, however, the Jeep Wrangler pickup is becoming a reality. The next Wrangler, due out in 2017, will feature a pickup variant in its lineup.

This is what we know: Jeep CEO Mike Manley has given the Wrangler pickup a late 2017 launch date, and confirmed that it will be based on the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. The current generation of the Wrangler will continue to be built until March 2018, but production of the next-gen model will overlap. Likely to be produced in Toledo, Ohio, the Wrangler will retain its classic body-on-frame build, but with a new aluminum-intensive body. And while rumors of a Hellcat engine are just rumors, the Wrangler pickup will probably get an available 300-HP Turbo engine.

Considering anticipation for a Jeep Wrangler pickup has been building since before rumblings of an official truck variant coming to light surfaced last September, it’s likely the Wrangler truck will find success in its niche market. Keep an eye out for it late 2017.

Aug 24

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips

Getting a new car is one of the most exciting moments of your life. But it can also be scary having a brand new car in your hands. Here are some new car care tips for your new ride!

Change Your Oil

This is pretty obvious, since you should be doing this whether you have a new or used car. But it’s actually tricky with a new car, because you should change your oil after the first 20 miles. You want to do this because your car parts are new and not worn in yet.

Gradual Acceleration

You want to be easy on the gas when you have a new car. Practice gradual acceleration and stops when you’re behind the wheel. You break in a new pair of shoes, so you’ll want to “brake” in your car.

Wash & Wax

You’ll want to give your new car a nice wash before you take it out. Using wax or paint protection will keep the car not only from getting dirty, but from getting chipped.

The best advice you can get on your new car is from your dealership! Once you get a new car, ask us here at Paulding Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram what to do!

Aug 10

75 Years of Jeep

75 Years of Jeep

Jeep has been around for quite a while—75 years to be exact! And they’re not done making history. Let’s go back in time and celebrate some of Jeep’s biggest milestones!

1940

In 1940, the first Jeep was born. It was called “Willys Quad,” and essentially was the first Jeep Wrangler! Production of other models continued through the decade and helped soldiers around the world.

1953

This was the year Jeep (called Willys-Overland then) was sold to Henry J. Kaiser. This is significant because it was the start of growth and research on 4WD sport utility vehicles.

1963

Ten years later, the Jeep Wagoneer was born, which is what led to the development of the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.

1986

The 1987 Jeep Wrangler was introduced, which immediately became popular. Shortly after, Jeep became a division of the Chrysler Corporation.

1993

This was the year the famous Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced, which ended up replacing the Wagoneer. The Grand Cherokee continued on to become one of the most popular SUVs on the market.

2015

Jeep wasn’t done with surprises in 2015, when they premiered the innovative Jeep Renegade, taking on the small SUV market.

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