Spring Car Cleaning Tips

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Cleaning your car is always an important, yet overlooked part of car maintenance. However, it’s especially necessary in the spring. After your car has spent the winter getting beaten up by road salt, dirty snow, and all kinds of harsh elements, it’s in definite need of some TLC. So, as the flowers begin to bloom, here are some easy spring car cleaning tips!

Undercarriage

First of all, don’t forget your undercarriage. The underside of your car gets hit the worst during the winter, and it’s the most neglected area of your car when it comes to cleaning. Make sure you clean off all the rust-causing muck that’s built up.

Wheels

There are plenty of other areas we tend to skip when cleaning our cars too, like the wheels. You should take off the hubcaps and wash them, as well as the tires. You should also pop the hood and remove any leaves and other debris that have gotten stuck there. Get into all the cracks and edges as thoroughly as you can. You’ll be amazed how much better your car looks!

Interior

Inside, vacuum any carpeting and upholstery, and wipe down leather. Wash your floor mats off with a strong hose, and use a wet cloth to clean off the dashboard, cup holders, and consoles. Don’t forget to wash your windows from the inside—you’d be surprised how dirty they can get.

After a winter’s driving, of course, if you decide that you want to replace that dirty old car, come take one of our vehicles for a test drive at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Come Out and Experience the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival

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The 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Every spring the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Washington, DC. Visitors from all across the states flock to our nation’s capital for this spectacular celebration! This year, the festival will be held from March 20th to April 15th, with numerous events throughout this period. The following dates are the days we think you and your family won’t want to miss:

Saturday, March 24th  – Opening Ceremony

Head to DC and experience the official kick-off of the National Cherry Blossom Festival! Join guests from near and far to celebrate spring and the magnificent trees gifted to the United States by Japan. The event will showcase American and Japanese musical performances and art.

Saturday, March 31st  – Blossom Kite Festival

At the Blossom Kite Festival, kite makers from the United States and other countries will show off their skills. Stop by to watch various demonstrations and competitions and bring the family and your own kites to enjoy this festival even more!

Saturday, April 7th  – Petalpalooza

Petalpalooza features a full day of fun for the whole family. Come enjoy art, music, and games on this festive day. Then end your evening with the fireworks display!

Saturday, April 14th  – National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade runs, for ten blocks, down lovely Constitution Avenue. This parade features sophisticated floats, celebrities, music performances, and marching bands from across all the states. It’s a great way to end a beautiful festival.

So, if you love spring and want to celebrate the end of winter, you don’t miss out on this year’s festivities at the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival! Then stop by Tom Hodges Mitsubishi for all your new and used car needs for the spring!

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Guidelines for Taking Care of Your Mitsubishi

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Taking Care Of Your Mitsubishi

If you put in regular maintenance on your Mitsubishi, your vehicle can be expected to last long time. Each Mitsubishi from Tom Hodges Mitsubishi comes with its own specific maintenance needs. Many of which will be outlined in the owner’s manual. As a general guideline, however, you can follow this maintenance schedule to make taking care of your Mitsubishi a breeze.

15,000-Mile Service

When you reach 15,000 miles or have had your Mitsubishi car for about a year, bring it into Tom Hodges Mitsubishi. Bring it in for an oil and oil filter change, a new set of wiper blades, and a check up. With regular checkups every 15,000 miles, our team of experts will be able to provide guidance that will help you give the best care to your Mitsubishi.

30,000-Mile Service

In addition to addressing the 15,000-mile service points, 30,000 miles is often the time to get a new fuel filter. As well as, replacing power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and engine coolant.

45,000-Mile Service

Every 45,000 miles, your Mitsubishi should get a comprehensive checkup by our professional team. It’s often around this time that your Mitsubishi will need new spark plugs. Maybe even additional care towards various transmission and engine parts.

 

Ultimately, servicing your car at regular intervals is the best way to help it continue to perform as though it were still new. As always, If you have more questions about routine car maintenance for your Mitsubishi, ask any of our qualified technicians at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Tips for a Clean Car in Winter

Clean Car in Winter

Winter has struck hard in the northeast, but keeping your car clean isn’t an impossible task. All you need to do is think smart and take the proper precautions. At Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, we know of a few ways to maintain a clean car in winter.

Wash your car

Washing your car in winter can be a tricky thing, especially when the temperatures aren’t too forgiving. When the weather steps above 40 degrees, however, there’s no excuse not to head to the car wash. Cleaning off the road salt, dirt, and other debris as often as possible will help preserve your vehicle’s paint for years to come.

Watch where you park

Ideally, you’ll want to park your car in a garage or another enclosure to protect it from the elements. That isn’t always an option though, which makes it important to watch where you park during winter. If it’s possible, avoid parking in places where water, ice, and snow can accumulate. Keeping your car out of the elements can extend the life of your car’s clear coat as well as help keep rust away.

Rubber floor mats

Keeping your car’s interior clean is just as important as making sure you get all the salt, dirt, and other road debris off the exterior. Rubber floor mats are the perfect way to protect your carpet. Ridges help keep melting snow contained and off the floor of your vehicle. Best of all, a set of rubber floor mats is fairly cheap when compared to detailing your car after winter.

Need a special part or accessory for your car to help you this winter or all year round? Visit us today or complete our Parts & Accessories Order Form, and we’ll take care of the rest!

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The Making of ICE!®

Making of ICE!®

It’s not often master artisans capable of creating a city of ice travel to the D.C. area, but this year, they’re doing just that! The making of ICE!® is bound for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center for the Christmas season. This year, the signature holiday attraction will feature a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme.

Ice artisans from Harbin, China put their skills to transform two million pounds of ice into a winter wonderland. ICE!® is more than just a unique attraction that draws in thousands upon thousands of visitors every year. To the artisans, it’s an art that dates back more than 500 years ago.

Ice Lantern Festivals date back to the Chinese province of Heilongjiang, where a population of hunters used ice blocks and candles to navigate through the dark forests. The ice that surrounded the candle magnified the light, effectively creating an ice lantern.

In 1963, the Mayor of Harbin created a competition that challenges entrants to create spectacular ice displays. The competition has since seen some massive ice creations placed in public parks every year since.

This year’s ICE!® attraction features a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme. 35 artisans took to two million pounds of ice in nine-degree weather to create four ice slides, the Nativity scene, and the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The attraction is open until January 1st. Tickets are $24 per child and $32 per adult.

We here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi hope you and your family will find the time to experience the making of ICE!® This unique winter attraction is an amazing display the entire family will enjoy!

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Preparing Your Car for Winter

Preparing Your Car for Winter

Winter is approaching quickly, but there’s still time to make sure your car is ready for anything this coming season. Here are a few tips on preparing your car for winter from us here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

Emergency Winter Supplies

In the event that you end up sliding off the road or have a mechanical problem, you’ll want a stock of emergency winter supplies to fall back on. Create a supply box that includes simple items, like nonperishable food, a flashlight with batteries, and a bag of sand. It can make all the difference while you wait for help to arrive.

Coolant

Your vehicle’s coolant, also known as antifreeze, prevents the engine from freezing during winter. Without it, your car could end up inoperable, or worse, mechanically damaged. While you can check the coolant yourself, it’s well worth the money to have a technician perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle to spot any problems before cold weather sets in.

Tires

Your vehicle’s tires are one of the most vital safety features that your car has to offer, and that goes double during winter. Balding or under-inflated tires may lack a good amount of traction on the road, effectively increasing the chance of an accident.

Take the time to check your tire pressure each week and inflate tires to the manufacturer-suggested pressure. If your tire tread is nearly worn down, make sure to get a new set before winter arrives.

Preparing your car for winter is important for your car and your safety; and it’s easy to do! If you have any questions at all, feel free to stop into Tom Hodges Mitsubishi and we’ll lend you a helping hand.

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