With so many different brands and models on the market these days, it’s hard to figure out which one is right for you. We’ve made this list of easy tips for researching cars to figure out what you can afford, what you need, and where you can find it.
1: Figure out your budget
Before you start researching cars and get your heart set on something outside your price range, figure out how much you can afford to spend on a car.
Do you have money for a down payment? How much can you put toward the monthly payment and insurance each month, and what about the cost of maintenance and annual registration fees? Know exactly what your budget looks like before you start researching.
2: Figure out what you need
Do you need a three-row SUV for your big family, or do you need a compact, fuel-efficient sedan for your daily commute to the city? If you’re buying a used car, consider how often you’ll need to drive it, and whether it will last long enough to be worth buying.
3: Browse online
Get a feel for what’s available at dealerships like Tom Hodges Mitsubishi by looking at online inventories. Compare the specs and prices of cars that fit your lifestyle and make a list of ones that work with your budget. Look at new and pre-owned cars to see the price difference.
4: Check the history
Before you buy a used car, ask for a vehicle history report or run a history check yourself to check for warning signs such as whether it’s been in any accidents or the odometer has been reset to show a lower mileage. Tom Hodges Mitsubishi is glad to provide this information on the pre-owned cars we sell.
If you have questions about the car-buying process, Tom Hodges Mitsubishi would be glad to answer them. Call or email us anytime.
Mitsubishi prides itself on making affordable, useful vehicles and for developing a revolutionary line of concept cars. From electric SUVs to trucks to race cars, Mitsubishi has created an exciting and innovative array of concept cars that could lead to the new normal in only a few decades. These are some of the coolest Mitsubishi concept cars.
Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept
This all-electric crossover SUV gives a glimpse into the future Mitsubishi is imagining. Electrical power, all-wheel drive, and artificial intelligence combine to make the e-Evolution smart, safe, and efficient.
Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV
This Sport Utility Truck merges the features of the reputable Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck with the spaciousness and ride experience of an SUV. From the front, it appears as if it’s an aerodynamic and handsome crossover SUV. But, keep going past the rear passenger seats, and you see how the GR-HEV seamlessly shifts to a smoothly-contoured, multi-functional pickup.
MiEV Evolution II
Mitsubishi went outside the box with this all-new, completely original electric racing prototype. A four-motor drivetrain, Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control and clean-sheet aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork hold the stellar lithium-ion batteries which power the MiEV Evolution II.
While we don’t sell these prototype models at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, the new cars we do have feature the same great technology Mitsubishi has developed.
Living by the ocean can be easier on your spirit but tougher on your car. Salt air is corrosive and will rust your car faster than in other environments. The humidity can further corrode parts of your car, and the hot sun will heavily impact your car’s paint job.
Following these tips will help prevent ocean-caused damage to your vehicle.
Prime and Paint Years of driving in humid, hot, and salty air will eventually chip away at the paint job. The sheen will disappear and rust will set in. Touch up areas that are missing paint, and consider taking your vehicle in for a full fresh paint to provide another layer of protection.
Wash and Wax Just like you need to consistently brush your teeth to avoid corrosive build-up, the same is true with your vehicle. Regular washing and waxing will make your car look great, and it will take care of the salty, wet build-up that accumulates on your vehicle in ocean climates.
Immediately Repair If an incident occurs, and your car is even slightly damaged, take it in for repairs immediately. Chipped paint leaves metal exposed, which will expedite the rusting process.
Great Garages Garages shield your car from the harmful ocean air. If you don’t have a garage, consider renting one.
If your car needs maintenance to keep it clean and rust-free, talk to the service experts at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi to see what we can do for you.
If your level of enthusiasm for Mitsubishi vehicles is anywhere near ours here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, you shed tears back in 2016 when the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was retired from the United States market.
But, some rumors have us holding in hopeful breaths: A Lancer Evo return may be imminent.
First launched in 1992, the Lancer Evo swiftly became a rally superstar. It might have been a no-frills performance sedan, but that didn’t prevent it from being all thrills for thousands of drivers across the States. Mitsubishi is looking back to its sporty roots after solidifying a platform-sharing partnership with Renault.
Autocar is reporting that the new iteration of the Lancer Evo will share a platform with the Renault Megane RS and will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. They speculate that the new Lancer Evo could achieve outputs of as much as 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, if it is anything like its cousin on the Renault side of the family.
According to some whispers, the next-gen Lancer Evo will be available as a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan. It will likely offer a manual gearbox and the Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control four-wheel drive system.
Many vehicles have recalls for various reasons; however, it can be difficult to know for sure if you’ve received all the important safety notices about your vehicle. Luckily, there are several ways to learn about recalls that have been issued for your car.
According to Consumer Reports, one of the best ways to get the latest recalls is to update your registration. Make sure your mailing address and the vehicle’s location are up to date. That way, the automaker can send you all the latest information. Wade Newton at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers trade group notes that “automakers use state registration data to send out notifications by mail, as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”
You can also subscribe to email alerts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Simply enter your email and vehicle information, and the organization will send you all the information you need.
Another way to learn about any recalls is by registering through Carfax. While you may have to pay for some services (such as a vehicle history report), the brand will provide a free recall alert service that’s unique to your specific vehicle.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the first-ever plug-in hybrid SUV, hit a big milestone this spring when it reached the 200,000 global sales mark. The Outlander PHEV first debuted in 2013, and has served as a flagship model for the company. Its success shows that plug-in hybrids are in high demand across the globe.
The 200,000 global sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are made up from sales in over 50 countries that have sold the plug-in hybrid SUV since its debut. Sales of the Outlander PHEV started in Japan, and by the end of 2018, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was considered the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the world. This proves that the Outlander PHEV stands out not just as an SUV, but as a hybrid vehicle in general as it gets picked over other hybrid cars and SUVs alike.
The continual success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV demonstrates the company’s commitment to developing and evolving the vehicle as it ages, always keeping it one step ahead in innovation and engineering. The Outlander PHEV had earned numerous awards since its debut, and will surely continue to garner attention and be a top seller in the world of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
To learn more about this eco-friendly vehicle and the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup, contact us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.
Earlier this year at the 89th annual Geneva
International Motor Show, Mitsubishi pulled the covers off its new Mitsubishi
Engelberg Tourer, a next-generation SUV concept. But that wasn’t the only big
innovation to come out of Mitsubishi at the show. The automaker also unveiled
its Dendo Drive House system, which could revolutionize the way we power our
cars—and our homes.
The Dendo Drive House (DDH) system will initially be offered
in Japan and then Europe this year, but we will hopefully get our own version
in the States here soon. DDH is a vehicle-to-home (V2H) system that allows
drivers to charge their Mitsubishi EV or PHEV vehicle using their home’s solar
power during the day. This saves on electricity costs and makes Mitsubishi
vehicles even cleaner. Then, at night, using the bi-directional charger, the
Mitsubishi EV or PHEV can power the home with its stored energy, saving owners
from having to rack up expenses on their electric bill and reducing carbon
According to Mitsubishi, any driver purchasing a
battery-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be offered the system
at all dealerships in Japan and later Europe.
You can learn more about the Dendo Drive House system and the new Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept here. While you can’t buy it from Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, contact us to learn more about the Mitsubishi PHEV and its clean energy solutions.
Mitsubishi was ahead of the game when it launched the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, in 2013. The vehicle has been a solid performer in the move towards a greener future, which is reflected in its latest sales milestone. In mid-April, Mitsubishi announced that it has sold 200,000 Outlander PHEV vehicles around the world.
When the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first
rolled out, it started in Japan. Now it has sales in more than 50 countries.
Its 200,000 milestone is especially impressive when you consider that it was
the bestselling plug-in hybrid in the world at the end of last year. It has a
large following in Europe, where it was named the best plug-in vehicle for 2019
by the UK’s COMPANY CAR AND VAN magazine and a 2018 OFF ROAD Award in Germany.
Here in the United States, Green Car Journal
named the Outlander PHEV the 2019 Green SUV of the Year and the New England
Motor Press Association gave it the award for Best Green Winter Vehicle. Its
updates for the 2019 model year lowered its CO2 emissions levels. Besides being
even better for the planet, the 2019 Outlander PHEV has an updated drivetrain
for a quieter ride and reduce vibration.
Earlier this month, Mitsubishi unveiled the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX. Known as the Outlander Sport in the American market, this new ASX is giving us something we’ve been waiting for a while now – a look at what the next-generation Outlander Sport will entail.
For the 2020 model year, the ASX has undergone a design
change, modeling itself after the new design language that has been seen
recently in the Eclipse Cross and the new Outlander. It has a sleeker front end
that features more sculpted lines, helping the vehicle stand out on the road.
Mitsubishi has also added a new line to the sides of the ASX, which adds a
touch of sportiness that the vehicle was missing before.
Inside, the vehicle has only seen some slight changes,
including a new eight-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system and a
slightly more rectangular design. The ASX can also now store USB drives when
it’s stationary, which is an added benefit for many.
While we don’t know what the powertrain will be when the ASX
becomes the Outlander Sport here in the United States, we do know that the ASX
model will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to either a
five-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission.
Mitsubishi is expected to release more information about the US-based Outlander Sport soon, so make sure you keep an eye out. For more information about the current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, contact us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.
We don’t know about you, but we’re waiting for the spring thaw to hit here. To keep ourselves occupied until then, we’ve compiled a list of fun spring festivals in Maryland to look forward to once it finally warms up.
Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival
The Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival is the perfect place for a parents-only get away. From March 29 to March 30 in Timonium, you get a chance to enjoy good food, great drinks, and live music at this festival. Your admission will buy you a sampling glass to try as much beer and bourbon as you’d like, and all for $40.
Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival
For the eighth year of the Eastern shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, it’s moved to a larger location near the waterfront in St. Michaels. Enjoy food, live music, river cruises, and beautiful crafts from more than 70 artisans inside the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The event runs from April 6 to April 7.
National Wine and Food Festival
World-renowned chefs, artisans, and culinary wonders come together at the National Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor. This festival, which has been running for a decade now, offers foodies the chance to enjoy the best food and wine the nation has to offer while also enjoying the beauty of the harbor. Tickets are available in advance for $40. It runs from May 4 to May 5.
We at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi can’t wait for it to finally warm up in Maryland, and once it does we’ll go and enjoy one of the state’s various spring festivals to celebrate and get out of the house in a new Mitsubishi.