Daily Archives: December 5, 2009
Winterize Your Vehicle
The following is a small checklist that everyone should consider—
- Battery. Have your vehicle’s battery inspected by a technician using professional equipment to ensure it has sufficient power.
- Tires. In areas where snow and ice are facts of winter, install snow tires.
- Windshield Wipers. Replace old, worn blades, and if your climate is harsh, snow (rubber-clad) blades can be an effective alternative.
- Engine. Get drivability problems such as harsh idling and stalling repaired. Replace old air and fuel filters as well as a faulty positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve.
- Anti-Freeze/Coolant. Make sure the condition, level and concentration (usually a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water) of your vehicle’s anti-freeze is appropriate.
- Fuel. Maintain a gas level of at least half-full. A full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming and also adds a beneficial weight increase.
- Oil. Change your car’s oil according to the manufacturer’s recommended intervals. In extreme conditions, switching to synthetic oil, which is less susceptible to thickening, can be advantageous.
- Heater/Ventilation/Air Conditioning. In order to drive safely and comfortably, your vehicle’s HVAC systems need to be in good working condition to keep the cabin dehumidified.
- Lights. Inspect all lights, replace burned-out bulbs and clear any grime that has accumulated on the lenses.
- Exhaust System. Your vehicle’s exhaust system should be inspected for leaks. Take it to a professional who can place it on a lift and examine the system properly
All of these things can be handled by your Certified Technician. In fact, our technicians have more training, and the manufacturers equipment necessary to safely inspect all of the list above and more.
Posted in Service, Special News
2010 Acura ZDX Release Date Set for December 15th
Designed, developed and manufactured in North America, the ZDX has already generated a tremendous amount of excitement since its world debut at the New York Auto Show in April, thanks to its stunning coupe-like styling combined with flexible utility, a commanding presence and outstanding performance.
The ZDX will be available in three trim packages, the well-equipped ZDX; ZDX with Technology Package; and the ZDX with Advance Package.
Power for each package is generated from a 3.7-liter, 300 hp, V-6 VTEC engine with 270 lb-fr of torque while producing EPA numbers of 16/23.
Also standard on each ZDX is Acura’s SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive) that boosts handling and ensures heightened all-weather and all-season road-holding capabilities.
Standard fare includes what Acura bills as the world’s longest panoramic glass roof, concealed rear door handles, and a hand-stitched leather dash, center console and door panels.
In addition to the features found in the Technology Package, the Advance Package adds several premium technologies including a new blind spot information system (BSI), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), an Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) active damper system, heated and ventilated front seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather seating surfaces, premium brushed tricot headliner material and a sport steering wheel.
Visit www.scholfieldacura.com or call a Client Care Specialist for more details on the new 2010 Acura ZDX
-Mandy Stephan, CCC-
Posted in Acura, New Vehicle
Tech Corner – HDTV Buying Guide
Click here for a popular website that makes buying an HDTV easier. It explains the numbers and what all the jargon means.
Posted in Special Interest
Scholfield Select Pre-Owned Center is now Open!
West Wichita now has the unique initiative that East Wichita has been able to enjoy, all at the best location on their side of the city. The Scholfield Select Pre-Owned Center is now open at the corner of Central and Tyler in Wichita. Not only will you be able to buy your next vehicle from one of our trained professionals on the West Side, but you will also be able to enjoy the package of amenities that come along with your purchase… The Scholfield Luxury Experience. What better time to have recieved such a beautiful gift than right before the Holidays?
Carrie Rengers writes for the “Business Scoop” section of the Wichita Eagle. She interviewed our General Sales Manager, Travis Brandenburgh, on the opening of the new Scholfield Select Pre-Owned Center.
Scholfield Select Pre-Owned Center
8800 W. Central Ave.
Wichita, KS 67212
-Mandy Stephan, CCC-
Movie Review – The Blind Side (PG-13)
The Blindside (PG-13)
Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.
Posted in Movie Reviews
Travel Review – Las Vegas, NV
One of the most popular features of our Scholfield Luxury Expereince is our Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service. In fact, we have already served nearly 500 guests with this service. Although we do not keep exact stats, it seems a majority of these trips are to Las Vegas. Since I have been to Vegas many times, I thought I would give a few bits of advice to you from my experiences and those of our guests.
I have stayed fancy (Paris, MGM, Bellagio) and I have stayed cheap (Excalibur, Imperial Palace, Sahara) and can honesty tell you that the experience is not dimenished by staying cheap and saving money. In fact, I like staying on the side of the strip that the monorail is on (MGM, Imperial Palace, Bally’s) because it makes it easier to get around.
What to Do?
Besides the Bellagio Fountains, the Forum Shoppes, and the Wynn Hotel, be sure you check out ALL the hotels. Each one is different, and has a look and feel all it’s own. Also check out the Planet Hollywood Mall. A great place to find inexpensive gifts for the kids at home and the office. Planet Hollywood is also where Ashton Kutcher filmed a movie. The club in Planet Hollywood can be star filled on most weekends. There is a columnist named Norm that gives all the celeb sightings.
In all, Vegas can be a quick, cheap getaway from Wichita. It’s funny how nearly everyone comments that they are glad to be home when they get back to Wichita. Me included…
Dan Watkins-CCC Manager
Posted in Special Interest, Travel
Recipe – Easy Smoked Salmon Dip
3 tbsp. Liquid Smoked
1/2 lb. cream cheese
2 tbsp. sour cream
1 tbsp. minced garlic
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. Tabasco or Hot Sauce
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. dill
1/2 tsp. paprika
Put thawed salmon filets into a zip bag with the Liquid Smoke. Turn several times. Set on counter.
In large mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients until well blended.
In non stick skillet, saute filets until done. No need to worry if they are pretty or not, as you are about to mash them. In a seperate bowl, mash salmon with a fork until it no longer resembles a salmon filet. Let cool a few minutes and pour salmon into first mixing bowl. Combine all ingredients well. Serve with Triscuits or other sturdy crackers. Enjoy!
Variations include more hot sauce or using different herbs.
Recipe by Dan Watkins, CCC Manager
Posted in Recipes