Tips for Making a Cold-Weather Car Kit

Cold-Weather Car Kit | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog

Winter driving can be stressful, but you can reduce this stress if you are properly prepared. One way to prepare for driving in the cold months is to make a cold-weather car kit. Although you hopefully never need some of these items, you’ll be grateful to have them if something goes wrong while you’re on the road.

  • Essentials to stay warm: It’s handy to have a blanket, extra jacket, spare winter wear — including gloves, hats, and socks — and boots stowed away in your vehicle during the winter months.
  • Water and snacks: Winter weather can create unanticipated driving delays and put stress on your vehicle. It’s a good idea to have snacks and water on hand in case you’re stuck out in the cold longer than anticipated.
  • First-aid kit: Scraping ice off your car or slipping and falling on ice can scratch your hands. Even in seasons other than winter, have a first-aid kit ready in your vehicle.
  • Tools for potential car issues: Store a small shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight, and salt or sand for gaining tire traction in the trunk in case you need them. Winter weather can zap the car battery, and you want to be prepared it won’t start.

Giving your car a winter tune-up will also help it run better this time of year, and the Tom Hodges Mitsubishi service team would be glad to prepare your car for the cold.

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Mitsubishi Supporting Asher House

Mitsubishi Supporting Asher House | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog

Mitsubishi Motors is no stranger to charitable causes and routinely takes part in philanthropic endeavors to support those in need. This past August, the auto company announced its support of The Asher House, which is an organization that is working hard to help shelter dogs find loving forever homes. To help the organization, Mitsubishi gave Lee Asher – the organization’s founder – and his team an all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The support comes as part of Mitsubishi’s “Drive your Ambition” campaign. As chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Mark Chaffin, stated, “Our consumers have wide-ranging ambitions in life and Mitsubishi Motors is here to help drive those ambitions. Lee started with a passion when he created The Asher House and it has become a movement to help raise awareness for rescue animals and shelters across the country; Asher’s bold decision to take action on his ambition is admirable and we’re privileged to be able to help support his mission.”

Along with the sophisticated new Eclipse Cross to drive Asher, his team, and his six adopted dogs around the U.S. for adoption and advocacy events, Mitsubishi will provide support to the organization for local rescue and social events.

Lee Asher quit his job, raised money to buy an RV, and began traveling around the U.S. to raise awareness about shelter dogs and hold adoption events, founding the Asher House in 2017. Since the organization’s founding, Asher has helped 146 dogs find homes.

Here’s hoping that Asher helps far more dogs find new homes. Meanwhile, if you are welcoming your own furry friend home, we would be more than happy to show you the most dog-friendly models here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Driving in the Snow: All-Wheel Drive and Mitsubishi S-AWC

All-Wheel Drive and Mitsubishi S-AWC | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi

Driving in the snow can be particularly dangerous. In fact, about 41 percent of weather-related crashes involve winter conditions—a particularly striking statistic considering winter is only a few months. If you’d like to prepare for winter driving, one of the best things you can do is slow down, get winter tires, and, if possible, get all-wheel drive.

According to Consumer Reports, all-wheel drive doesn’t really help when you’re braking, and in many cases, it won’t help while you’re corning in wintery driving conditions. The reason to use it, then, is all about preventing you from getting stuck. As winter temperatures plummet, the last thing you want is to be stranded with your tires spinning. With all-wheel drive, your vehicle strength is moved to the wheels with the most traction, which can significantly reduce the likelihood that you’ll be stuck in the snow.

Mitsubishi models specifically come with an available Super All-Wheel Control system that may help to provide even more traction. Unlike traditional all-wheel drive, S-AWC comes with an Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control, and Active Stability Control—each of which not only prevents you from getting stuck, but also helps with acceleration and cornering.

So, in short, to really prepare for winter weather, Mitsubishi S-AWC and a quality pair of winter tires may be your best bet. If you want to get a vehicle with S-AWC, make sure to come down to Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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What’s in A Name?: Mitsubishi Model Names Across Countries

Mitsubishi Model Names | Tom Hodges BlogEvery country has its own unique culture. Because of this, you will often find that car manufacturers will change the name of a model depending on the country they are marketing that vehicle to. Mitsubishi is one of those carmakers that has chosen different model names depending on the country. Here, we take a look at the Mitsubishi model names we know – and how they differ in other markets.

Mitsubishi Mirage/Mirage G4

The Mirage and Mirage G4 are subcompact cars that are perfect for the budget driver. In Europe and Singapore, the Mirage the exact same car as it is here in North America. It just happens to carry the name Space Star. The Mirage G4 also boasts a different nameplate in the majority of markets, going by the badge Attrage. You will notice, though, that the Philippines in particular calls this small sedan the Mirage G4 due to Attrage sounding similar to the Filipino word atrás which means “going backwards”.

Mitsubishi L200

Though the US market doesn’t get the pleasure of having the L200 pickup truck in its lineup, this model is a prime example of how model names can change in different markets. It’s called the Triton in Australia and Israel and the Strada in the Philippines.

Mitsubishi Pajero

Because the name Pajero doesn’t translate well in certain markets, this SUV – which we don’t get in the US anymore – carries the name Montero in Spain, the Philippines, and the Americas with the exception of Brazil and Jamaica. It’s called the Shogun in the UK.

Here in the US, we are happy to stick to our own names of Outlander, Eclipse, and Mirage (although Space Star does hold a certain appeal). Come and look over the Mitsubishi lineup here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Benefits of Buying Used

benefits of buying used | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi BlogEvery potential car buyer must answer the same question: should I buy new or buy used? Although there are plenty of benefits and drawbacks of each option, oftentimes, the benefits of buying used is a smart choice, both financially and otherwise. Here are some of the benefits of buying used.


New vehicles can lose up to 40% of their initial value in the first two years alone! This typically means you’ll end up paying for value that no longer exists over time. When you buy a used car, this depreciation process has already occurred. This gives you a better upfront cost for the vehicle.


Since new vehicles have such a steep mark-up price that more desirable vehicles are out of your price range. If you decide to buy used, however, it may place some of these vehicles within your budget and allow you to get your dream car.

Similar Features as Current Model Year

In general, cars from recent model years have the same or similar features as the current model year. Unless the current model year has undergone a significant re-design or is the beginning of a new generation, usually you can find recent-model used vehicles with the modern, advanced features you desire.

Lower Insurance Costs 

Used cars are cheaper to insure than new vehicles, which means you’ll save money over time on insurance payments along with saving money on the initial purchase.


Typically, used vehicles come with a warranty when you purchase one from a dealership, ensuring that your investment is covered. In addition, certified pre-owned vehicles come with a warranty directly from the manufacturer after undergoing a thorough inspection, giving you additional peace of mind in your purchase.


When buying used, you’ll have more options than just limiting yourself to the current model year. If you want a discontinued model or feature, buying used will allow you to fulfill these wishes.

If you are in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, stop by Tom Hodges Mitsubishi. We have an impressive inventory that is changing all the time, so we can certainly help you find the perfect vehicle for you.

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Get Out and Enjoy the Weather in These Hollywood Area Parks

Hollywood area parks | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi BlogLooking for Hollywood area parks to get out and enjoy the sunshine? There are several good options, and here are a few.

Greenwell State Park

The park has three main programs: equestrian, summer camps, and nature connection programs. The camp also offers a half-day discovery camp for children ages 4-6, trail riding, and a non-rising horse camp.

Judge P.H. Dorsey Memorial Park

The 79-acre park includes a playground, pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, hiking trails, grills, and is pet friendly. It also has a number of sporting options, including fields for baseball, softball, soccer and football, as well as basketball and tennis courts.

Snow Hill Park

This 163-acre park charges fees for admittance that vary for county residences and non-residents. Season passes are available.  The park has a public beach and an area that can be used to launch kayaks and canoes.

Cove Point Park Pool

The facility has diving boards, a children’s pool, picnic and shade area, concessions and more. Charges a fee for daily or seasonable entry.

Myrtle Point Park

Myrtle Point features a beach area, hiking, and portable restrooms. A fee applies.

Calvert Cliff’s State Park

Calvert Cliff has a beach, picnic areas, hiking, nature trails, hunting, youth group camping and fossil hunting. A day use service fee applies.

If you find that you need a new ride to make your way to the park, stop by Tom Hodges Mitsubishi—we will help you find the perfect vehicle for you.

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New Mitsubishi Lancer Could Be A Hatchback

Mitsubishi Lancer | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi BlogMitsubishi – No Stranger to Risks

Mitsubishi is no stranger to taking risks when it comes to redesigning existing nameplates in its lineup. Just this year, Mitsubishi gave the Eclipse name to a whole new vehicle. Giving us the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross!

Now, another remake might be on the way for the recently-discontinued Mitsubishi Lancer. Experts are predicting it will come back to the lineup in the form of a crossover or hatchback.

The Mitsubishi Lancer vanished from Mitsubishi’s menu only recently, with the last model year being the 2017 model. However, auto publication AutoExpress says that, in a recent conversation with Mitsubishi Chief Operating Officer Trevor Mann, Mann let slip that a revival of the iconic nameplate could be on the way. The next Lancer could use the e-Evolution concept revealed last fall at the Tokyo Auto Show as a starting point for its design.

What About the Fans?

Fans of older Mitsubishi models like the sporty Lancer Evolution and the Eclipse sedan should be excited! We’re sure they can’t wait to see how the new Mitsubishi Lancer plays out. This all depends on how the e-Evolution concept’s design is applied to the new Lancer. It could be either an athletic hatch or a more practical crossover.


Either way, here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi we will be excited to see what the brand brings out next. If you can’t wait, stop by today for a test drive in one of the other great Mitsubishi models!

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Spring Car Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi

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!


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.


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!


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

Taking Care Of Your Mitsubishi | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi

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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