Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Jeep has unveiled its newest creation recently and it has left vehicle-lovers in absolute awe. The Grand Wagoneer is the newest addition to the Jeep lineup and will be available for purchase this summer. Long-time Jeep lovers will remember the rough and tough Wagoneer SJ. You know, the classic beach cruising vehicle with the unforgettable wood paneling from the 1960s. It has been reincarnated into an elegant, classy SUV with attractive charm. It is something we have never seen from Jeep and the teasers have been nothing short of magnificent.

Nostalgic Influences

The legendary automaker has taken its predecessor and created a machine to rival even the most popular luxury brands. Its size and presence will attract any wandering eye within seconds like a moth to a flame. The exterior styling alone is enough to question how Jeep designers pulled off such an extensive feat. The smooth-flowing body lines were inspired by none other than the majestic American landscape of the west. What is a modern vehicle without LED lighting? The Wagoneer lights up the way through every twist and turn with headlights that adapt to the surroundings. The available 22-inch machined aluminum wheels tie the complete package together with a refined design. 

Road Trip Ready

Take everyone with you with eight-passenger seating and available Quilted Palermo Leather-Trimmed Seating with 24-way adjustable power. When the road trips are a little longer, utilize the massage capability to take the edge off, and discover true relaxation. While relaxing, crank up the tunes with the available Industry-Exclusive McIntosh Entertainment System to bring the drive to life. It will be difficult for the rear passengers to ever be bored with two 10.1-inch screens that have the potential to stream your favorite shows from Amazon Fire TV. 

Stunning Looks and Capability

Don’t let the stunning good looks fool you. The Grand Wagoneer is quite a capable SUV with a towing capacity of 9,850 pounds. Back into any spot using the ParkView Rear Backup Camera with confidence. Hop into the cabin with ease on the power deployable running boards and head to your favorite outdoor attractions. The Advanced All-Terrain Group teams up with the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System to set the appropriate traction options for the terrain ahead. This includes rock, sand/mud, snow, sport, and even auto mode. Quadra-Lift Air Suspension will cushion the ride for a cloud-like experience driving down the road. Tackle impossible terrain with a two-speed transfer case and a front axle skid plate for added protection.

The All-New Kia Carnival

Kia’s minivan has experienced a number of dramatic changes. At first glance, one might not even recognize it after a facelift and name change. Kia’s Sedona has been completely transformed into what is no longer a minivan but a multi-purpose vehicle. The overall redesign will hint that more than just a few changes have arrived. The new aura projects familiar SUV vibes. Kia designers have done well with masking the classic minivan-appearance by creating smooth lines and a bold SUV-like front end.

Room for the Whole Family

Moving to the interior of the all-new Carnival it retains most of the commonly known minivan features which is the main reason why we love them so much because of their usability. There is seating available for 7 or 8 depending on your desired configuration. Either configuration is customizable to get the most out of your ride. Your mind will be at ease headed down the road knowing that intelligent airbags are there for you, child safety was a key factor during development, and a newly introduced durable, stable frame will provide a safe and smooth ride.  

Impressive Interior Tech

The upgraded interior technology is really where the Carnival shines the brightest. Enjoy connectivity with your favorite smart devices via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Keep them charged and your passengers happy with 9 USB chargers in addition to two 100-volt power outlets. The driver and front passenger will have access to a wireless charger upfront for convenience. Passengers will experience royal treatment with features like best-in-class passenger space with three available seating arrangements, 2 rows of heated/ventilated seats, 12.3-inch front screens with navigation, a dual rear 12-inch LCD entertainment system with screen mirroring, a newly introduced two-way intercom system to facilitate ease of communication, and tied together with an impressive 11-speaker Premium Bose sound system.

Exceptional Value

The Kia Carnival has been finely tuned to cater to the needs of families who make it their vehicle of choice. It has been tested in some of the harshest conditions and temperatures Mother Nature has to throw at it. The 290 best-in-class horsepower provides an impressive 3,500 lbs of towing capacity to bring your favorites toys with you on those weekend getaways. As if the Carnival couldn’t get any more enticing it comes with the industry’s best warranty providing powertrain protection for 10 years/100,000 miles. Come visit Quirk Kia, give us a call, or visit us online with two convenient locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Ford Ranger Tremor

FORD RANGER TREMOR

THE FULL PACKAGE

Ford Ranger Tremor skidplates

Ford has added a new trim level to its mid-size pickup for all off-road lovers. The Ford Ranger Tremor will boast a number of goodies that will enhance its trail-riding capabilities. The Tremor package will fall below the Raptor combining the best of all applications yet maintaining daily drivability for the average commuter. Although the first time you will find the Ranger with such goodies it is available on Super Duty models as well as the best-selling truck in America, the F-150.

WHAT’S NEW?

Ford Ranger Tremor Fox Shocks Rear

Offered in the crew cab configuration, the Tremor package is upgraded with all-terrain tires, great for tackling any road conditions, skid plates to protect the undercarriage for peace of mind, an upgraded suspension for additional clearance and comfort, and a locking rear differential controlled electronically from the cockpit. The package will also include metal side steps for ease of entry and exit into the cabin, an auxiliary switch panel with six switches, and Tremor graphics to tie it all together.

PERFORMANCE NUMBERS

Ford Ranger EcoBoost

When popping the hood, you will see it retains the same engine as other trim levels, sporting a 2.3L four-cylinder engine producing 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 mph time is unexpectedly healthy with a time of 6.5 seconds. The Tremor’s 7,500-pound towing capacity will remain the same, but the payload is affected by just 130 pounds down to 1,430. Combined mpg will fall in at an estimated 19 mpg which is quite acceptable with larger, upgraded tires.

Quirk loves to support our communities!

Manchester, NH–Over the past year, communities hit hard with financial hardship are relying more and more on charitable organizations like Catholic Charities New Hampshire for emergency assistance and support.

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities New Hampshire have announced they will be hosting their annual Mardi Gras Gala virtually this year and will be streaming the event live at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.16 on their website (www.cc-nh.org).

The organization typically hosts their annual Mardi Gras Gala in-person, which is held the last Saturday before Lent, but COVID-19 has prevented that from happening this time around. Catholic Charities New Hampshire hopes to return to an in-person event next year, contingent on the state of the pandemic.

Despite this change, the organization says they’re excited to make the most of the virtual event, and have a great afternoon planned with a lineup of guest speakers, opportunities to bid on getaways, golf experiences, and chances to win some great prizes, like a Commander’s Palace meal for two and more.

 “We are grateful for the generous organizations like Quirk Auto Dealers and our many other incredible sponsors for making our Virtual Mardi Gras possible,” said Thomas Blonski, president & CEO of Catholic Charities NH. “This year’s virtual event will be held on Fat Tuesday at 4 p.m., in a unique and creative way. Funds raised go directly to programs and services that provide pathways forward for our New Hampshire neighbors in need, such as homeless veterans, seniors battling hunger and isolation, and people struggling with mental health, grief and depression. We cannot thank our sponsors and event attendees enough and hope everyone enjoys a fun evening together in the comfort of their own homes or offices.”

Sign up to attend the Catholic Charities New Hampshire Virtual Mardi Gras event online at: https://www.cc-nh.org/misc/mardi-gras/. There is no cost to attend, but generous gifts of any amount are welcomed.

Established in 1977, Quirk Auto Dealers is an award-winning auto group serving the New England region with numerous dealerships located throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. To learn more about Quirk Automotive, visit https://www.quirkcars.com/. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for company information, industry news, and more.

Courtesy photo. A student at the CCNH’s St. Charles School in the
classroom with the class tortoise.
Courtesy photo. Volunteers of CCNH’s The CareGivers load food
deliveries bound for senior clients.
Courtesy photo. A resident of the Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation and
Nursing Center in Manchester laughs with a staff member.

See related New Hampshire Union Leader news article covering this event: https://www.unionleader.com/news/human_interest/catholic-charities-to-host-mardi-gras-gala-virtually/article_9763745a-bf92-56bd-ab67-4cd75d012214.html

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Ford Introduces Maverick

  • Ford brings back Maverick as unibody pickup
  • May share powertrain/interior with Bronco/Escape
  • Will fall below Ranger in pickup truck lineup

Do you recall Ford’s compact car, the Maverick, produced in the early 1970’s? You know the one produced to compete with the gas-saving imports of its day? Yes, that’s the one! Ford is bringing it back reincarnated as a compact unibody pickup truck. It will fall just below the Ranger in terms of size within the lineup. It is rumored that it may share a lot of its platform with the Bronco and Escape due to their similar size.

With a smaller size, comes a smaller price tag. We can expect it to land somewhere around $26,000 for a starting MSRP. Unfortunately, there is no concrete word on powertrain configurations, but since it will be a similar size to the Bronco and Escape, we can almost be sure that we may see a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and/or a turbocharged 2.0-liter. We also cannot be sure if it will share it’s styling with the Bronco or take on its own persona, but we are excited about the official unveiling.

We may be lucky enough to see it later this year in 2021 and with great anticipation. Since the Ford Maverick will be built on such a small-scale it will be perfect for simple daily tasks. After research concluding that it will be offered in a full four-door cab, it will work well for a daily driver and taking the kids to school. The bed will offer convenience for camping on the weekends, dump runs, gardening, and other homeowner-type tasks. The Ford Maverick may be the ideal pickup truck for the average homeowner looking for an eye-catching pickup truck that will save on gas but remain functional for daily use.

End-of-Year Car Fleet “Section 168 (k)” Tax Incentives: What this Means for your Business

For businesses wanting to end the year with a bang, capitalizing on Section 179 and 168(k) tax incentives for auto fleet purchases might be a great way to do it. As the current tax year comes to an end, a tax increase is certainly a possibility, which may be an important factor to consider when weighing your fleet purchasing options.

Automobile manufacturers such as General Motors, Ram, Ford, and Nissan are offering end-of-year incentives that provide substantial savings that may be hard for businesses to ignore.

  • Ford: https://www.ford.com/ford-sales-events/commercial-vehicle-season
  • General Motors: https://www.gmfleet.com/tax-deductions
  • Ram: https://www.ramtrucks.com/section168k/index.html

Quirk Auto Dealers is proud to represent numerous automobile manufacturers offering qualifying fleets which are available for purchase. Taking advantage of these incredible tax incentives being offered now until the end of the year can greatly benefit businesses’ bottom line.

Reach out to your local Quirk Auto Dealer, and you can be confident we will work with you to make a great deal happen. Hurry and take advantage of these incredible tax incentives before they expire on December 31, 2020.

If you have specific tax questions, consult your tax professional to determine accurate vehicle depreciation and tax benefits pertaining to your specific company.

We look forward to assisting you with your vehicle fleet purchase!

Clean Those Bugs

Spring is here and summer is right on its tail. Bugs are out in full force, and they are going to take over your vehicle whether you like it or not. Bug splatter is not something to ignore as it could cause a great deal of harm to your expensive paint. Inspect your paint weekly for bugs and other paint imperfections. Constantly examining your vehicle, in general, can save you tons of money in repair costs if problems are caught early. Once you notice a build-up of bugs/insects take action to get rid of them before it is too late and time to head to the paint shop.

Keep Your Vehicle Waxed

One of the smartest things you can do to your vehicle is to keep it as clean as possible. Preventative maintenance will keep everything running smoothly for years to come. The first step is to apply a generous coat of wax to your paint or utilize a ceramic coating. This will allow for easier removal of bug splatter and road debris. A coat of wax will create a barrier between contaminants and your paint. There are many products on the market, so all you have to do is choose the one that appeals to you.

A Little Extra Elbow Grease

Removing bugs from your paint isn’t too tough of a task if you make sure to keep up with washing your vehicle weekly. There are a few different methods that prove effective, but it is up to you which one you prefer. A paint-safe bug & tar remover is a strong but gentle cleaning agent that can take out some of the elbow grease. Using soft water with a traditional car wash to compliment the bug & tar remover should do the trick.

Cleaning Hacks

There are also “hacks” that you can try at your own discretion. One hack is to use dryer sheets in addition to water to scrub the bug-covered areas. Make sure to clean the area with your bucket of car wash thoroughly so that the chemicals in the dryer sheets do not dry and tarnish the paint. A classic versatile tool is the legendary WD-40. Have no fear it will not damage the clear coat. Lastly, if these methods are not getting the result you want, try using a bug sponge. It is a normal synthetic sponge that is encased with a nylon cover for extra scrubbing power.

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Crossovers vs SUVs

Crossovers have been making their name in the automotive market to bridge the gap between SUVs and cars. However, it seems that many confuse the two. Although they are referred to interchangeably, they are actually quite different. They exist in two completely different categories because they are built and constructed in different ways with different components. You may find that an SUV may cater to your needs better than a crossover and vice versa, but this blog should help you distinguish between the two and which may be better for your lifestyle.

SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE

Let’s start with the Sport Utility Vehicle or SUV as you may better know it as. The Sport Utility Vehicle has been around for decades carting around the family on those grocery store trips and family vacations. With an SUV there is plenty of room to load up the kids, pets, and some may even be equipped with roof racks so you can stack up the luggage and other equipment. The major difference between the crossover is the SUV is built in a way that is called a body-on-frame design. It is built exactly how it sounds with the body mounted to a frame, more specifically a truck frame. This allows for a higher tow capacity and better articulation for offroad use. It is also cheaper to manufacture and allows manufacturers to use the same frame for multiple applications.

MORE POWER

An SUV would be considered a more capable vehicle. Many people associate poor gas mileage with SUVs. That is because they tend to have larger bodies and larger motors. Although gas mileage is not the best, tow capacity is optimal. With a bigger body that means there is more cabin space including that sought after third-row seating. Lastly, SUVs are usually configured in a 4×4 drivetrain. By that, I mean that there is usually a solid axle in the rear with selectable 4×4 with a transfer case. So there is one drive-tire in the rear opposed to its counterpart with AWD. As I had mentioned before you may find that the SUV is more capable in terms of tow capacity. There are a number of full-size SUVs that have impressive numbers. The 2020 GMC Yukon is capable of towing upwards of 8,400lbs which means you can tow anything from a small yard trailer to a full-size sedan and everything in between. Of course, it has all the options to keep the family entertained and keep them safe on those long trips.

CROSSOVER TO THE OTHER SIDE

Crossovers are becoming more and more popular due to their practicality. Some crossovers that you may have heard of could include the Ford Edge , Mazda CX-5 , Chevrolet Trax , and the Buick Encore. The main difference between a crossover and an SUV is the construction of the body. A crossover is a small SUV that is mounted on a car frame, hence the name crossover. As time goes on, crossovers are beginning to become more popular with a unibody design. All that means is that the body is one piece in addition to the sub-frame where the engine mounts. They are typically lighter but safer in the way that they have built-in crumple zones to protect the driver and passengers. The biggest advantage of a crossover is its fuel efficiency. Since they are constructed with lighter materials and are scaled-down in size, they do considerably better on fuel. So if you need an upgrade from a sedan, a crossover may be the vehicle for you if you need that extra space, but still want to maintain fuel economy.

Paint and Rim Maintenance

We all know Mother Nature can wreak havoc on our vehicles and we cannot escape it, but we can definitely fight back. There are many factors that work against your vehicle. Salt and rust is one that man has been battling since what feels like the beginning of time. Salt is highly corrosive and does not mesh well with paint and metal. Paint on your car is an obvious one, but the rims on your car absolutely take the brunt of brutal winter conditions. Mother Nature can be unforgiving but there are a number of things that can be done to battle back to ensure your car will last for years to come.

WAX ON, WAX OFF

We all love that freshly waxed look. Waxing your car in the off-season is the # 1 way to ensure your paint remains resistant to contaminants. Keeping your vehicle waxed will not only protect from oxidation, but it will repel that damaging salt. Most quality waxes will last nearly a year and remain effective. Waxing your car doesn’t just apply to certain body panels; wax the ENTIRE car. This includes hard to reach places such as the roof, side skirts, and rocker panels. Anything that has paint applied to it, wax it. You will be happy you did. Just make sure to avoid vinyl and plastic as it may cause fading and discoloration.

KEEP THOSE RIMS SHINING

Maintaining your rims are just as important as your paint. These days there are many materials that are used in the manufacturing of automobile rims. Luckily the same waxing process can be used for most materials. Common materials include aluminum, steel, chrome, and painted surfaces. These will all react negatively with the salt and create oxidation and/or rust. Aluminum rims will corrode and the clear coat will begin to peel further exposing it to contaminants. Painted rims will oxidize and become faded. Waxing both types of rims will protect them through the winter months. To further protect rims there is a little trick to follow. Apply WD-40 to all 4 rims with a towel. DO NOT SPRAY IT. If sprayed, it can go through the rim and affect your braking ability. A light coating of WD-40 will ensure an extra slick surface and keep everything looking clean.

DON’T FORGET THE CAR WASH!

Now that everything is waxed and ready to go, a weekly car wash is a must. Just one storm can cover your car and it is important to clean it as soon as possible. The less time the salt remains on the car, the better. If you choose to wash your car yourself it is easier to clean all the cracks and crevices. Make sure to inspect door jams and inside of doors to make sure nothing leaked through. The areas most prone to rust are where panels meet and where metal seams exist such as the areas in the wheel wells. Once the paint cracks and exposes raw steel there is not much you can do to stop rust from spreading. It is best to wash your car when the temperatures are above freezing so that the water doesn’t freeze and create problems with any other parts of your vehicle. If you are not one to wash cars in the driveway the best option is to take it to the neighborhood car wash. The car wash does a great job, but doing it yourself will not only save money, but you will also be able to clean those hard to reach areas. It is highly recommended to utilize the under wash feature at the car wash. The underside of your car is just as important as the paint and rims. Keep that car clean!

If you have any paint issues or imperfections that you want to eliminate, don’t forget we have state-of-the-art auto body shops to bring that paint back to new. Whether you are in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, we have you covered.

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