3 Fun Alabama Road Trip Destinations

Alabama road trip

Not all road trips are created equal. What can make for a fun and stress-free adventure oftentimes has everything to do with how you get there.

That’s why your best bet is to take a Hyundai. Drive one to any of these Alabama road trip destinations and you are guaranteed to make many wonderful memories.

Located near Emory University in Atlanta, the CDC Museum is a fascinating destination in one of the country’s most dynamic cities.  Not to mention, the Gasoline Direct Technology and EcoShift transmission ensures you can get there for cheap.

Not too far from southern Alabama is the largest forest in Florida, the Apalachicola National Forest. This is a great spot for backcountry camping. The fact that your Hyundai is both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible means that you can enjoy your phone’s app, no matter where you go.

Before you head to Spectre, you should know that it’s a fictional town. It’s actually the remnants of the film set built for the movie Big Fish. A fascinating and admittedly eerie destination, the ruins at Spectre are located on the beautiful banks of the Alabama River.

Heading to any of these Alabama road trip destinations, there’s potential for at least one less argument thanks to the Integrated Memory System on your Hyundai. It allows you and your fellow companions to have your own driver seating position. It’s one of the many great Hyundai tech features that make for a better road trip, as well as daily commute. Check out the lineup of great Hyundai vehicles for any trip here at Mitchell Hyundai.

Hyundai: Made In America

Made in America

Next time you are on the road and see a Hyundai vehicle, imagine it’s branded with the slogan “Made In America.” It’s a fact that over half of the Hyundai vehicles sold in the United States are manufactured here. The automaker may have gotten its start in Korea, but over time Hyundai has become woven into the fabric of the community and industry in this country.

The numbers prove just how much faith Hyundai has in the American economy. The plant located in Montgomery, Alabama alone represented a $1.1 billion investment. By 2011, Hyundai had created 94,000 American jobs. The automaker also has engineering facilities located in Michigan. There’s a research and testing facility located on the West Coast as well, demonstrating the reach and influence that Hyundai has.

The Montgomery manufacturing facility is a center of American ingenuity and hard work. It has been found to adhere to the industry’s highest standards by inspectors. To boot, the productivity is amazing. Technicians can assemble a Hyundai vehicle in just under 19 hours. The facility also happens to be where 2,700 Alabama residents go to work every day. Every year, Hyundai contributes over $3.8 billion to the Alabama economy, and even more to the country’s overall economy. That’s why our staff at Mitchell Hyundai is proud to sell Hyundai vehicles.

Alabama Auto Show

Alabama Auto Show
What’s in store for the Alabama Auto Show?

Have you ever wanted a way to browse through new vehicles in a casual setting? Maybe you’ve been interested in learning more about how vehicles compare to one another. Or perhaps you’re just curious about what’s new in the automotive world. If any of these sound like you, then you need to head to the Alabama Auto Show, which takes place April 6-9 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

The Alabama Auto Show is an event created by the Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association (BADA). BADA was formed in the 1930s as a means for local dealerships to come together and create a positive, trusting relationship with consumers. The Alabama Auto Show continues to be a great way for BADA to do this.

At the Alabama Auto Show, visitors will have the chance to check out tons of vehicles from the 2017 and 2018 model years. There will be trucks, cars, SUVs, vans, international vehicles, diesel models, hybrids, and electric vehicles. Experts will be on hand from manufacturers and local BADA dealerships to answer any of your questions. If you’ve ever thought about switching to a hybrid, wondered about the latest safety technologies, or have any other questions about the automotive market, the Alabama Auto Show is a great resource for you.

How to Spring Clean Your Car

Spring clean your car
Get your car spic and span for spring!

‘Tis the season for spring cleaning, and nothing is used more than our beloved vehicles. Here are some tricks to give your car a clean makeover.

Cleaning Hard to Reach Spaces

To really give your car a fresh, neat look, you need to get in all of those little crevices. All you need in order to do this is the right tools. Dust your car vents by using a foam art brush. Grab a screwdriver and wrap it with a rag to scrape small, tight surfaces.

Interior Details

It’s easy to wipe down your dashboard, doors, and other surfaces, but there are some things that you might not think of cleaning. Your floor mats, for example, are easy to remove and run through the washer. Give your cup holders a good scrub, and place reusable cupcake liners inside to help keep them clean in the future.

Exterior Details

There are several cool tricks you can use to make cleaning the exterior of your car easier. For instance, you can take dryer sheets and use them to clean the bugs off of your front grill. Use toothpaste containing baking soda to scrub your headlights. Use glass cleaner to shine your windshield, and finish it with Rain X. When you spring clean your car, you’re not just making it look nicer—you’re also making it safer.

The Piney Woods Art Festival

Experience Art At This Years Piney Woods Art Festival
Experience Art At This Years Piney Woods Art Festival

For the past 43 years, the Piney Woods Arts Festival has been a staple event here in Alabama. This year’s event will take place March 18th and 19th, held at the running track of Enterprise State Community College.

What is it?

This annual event is one of the oldest juried arts and crafts shows in the area and will feature original artwork and craft items from more than 100 artists, both local and from further afield. In addition to the art on display, there will be a fun children’s area, live entertainment, and food for purchase.

Cost And Time

The event is free to the public. This year, it will include the Weevil City Cruisers Car and Truck show, along with a Civil War Living Display. Visitors should plan to attend on Saturday between 9am and 5pm and on Sunday between noon and 4pm.

For additional information on the festival, you can call 334-406-2787 or visit the Coffee County Arts Alliance online. The festival is considered the end of the Arts Alliance’s season. However, a new season of wonderful art events should begin sometime in the fall.

Here at Mitchell Hyundai, we love this annual festival and appreciate getting to see and experience all the wonderful artistic talents of local residents.

Hyundai Leads the Charge in Mobility Revolution

The Mobility Revolution Builds On The Automotive Industrie's Expansive Use Of Robotics
The Mobility Revolution Builds On The Automotive Industries Expansive Use Of Robotics

While it might seem like something out of Star Wars, Hyundai is working on ways to help those with physical disabilities move freely again by using wearable robots. These robotic exoskeletons are part of an on-going mobility revolution that looks beyond just cars.

Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton

The H-MEX (Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton) is geared primarily toward patients with lower spinal cord injuries, with the goal of helping them walk, sit, stand, turn, move, and even go up and down stairs.

Hyundai Universal Medical Assist

A second device, called the Hyundai Universal Medical Assist (HUMA), is another exoskeleton that offers those with limited muscular power more mobility. By providing them with additional torque power, those with limited mobility will be able to move effortlessly, whether walking or running. Additionally, this device could be used for military or industrial purposes to assist with load carrying.

Hyundai Waist Exoskeleton

Finally, a third device, called the Hyundai Waist Exoskeleton (H-WEX), helps support manual labor workers who perform repetitive tasks or heavy lifting by providing upper body and hip support.

Tae Won Lim, Head of Hyundai Motor Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute, said, “We have a vision that Hyundai Motor will become more than just a manufacturer of cars and the advances we make in assistive robotic technologies will allow us to offer customers new levels of mobility freedom.”

Here at Mitchell Hyundai, we are excited to see these robotic devices put into use in real-world scenarios.

Hyundai Santa Fe Named Best Large Crossover

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has made a name for itself as one of the most family-friendly crossovers on the market. Now the popular model has earned recognition from the Hispanic Motor Press. That’s because the newest version of the Santa Fe was named the Best Large Crossover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hispanic Motor Press cited the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe’s price, versatility, and fun-to-drive nature as reasons for their choice. Other reasons included the advanced infotainment system and safety technologies.

This large crossover boasts standard third-row seating, a feature rarely found in its segment. The Santa Fe also brings a seven-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto capability, a rearview camera, and more.

The Hyundai Santa Fe pulls off top scores when it comes to safety as well, proving this vehicle is the right choice for families on the move. Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded top scores to the 2017 Santa Fe.

The Hispanic Motor Press serves as the only independent Hispanic awards presented in the United States. The panel includes Hispanic journalists, influencers, and creators. The group evaluates new vehicles with an eye for features that appeal to Hispanic families.

We here at Mitchell Hyundai are proud to stock the best large crossover around!

Tips for Buying a Car in 2017

Buying a Car in 2017Buying a new car is a major investment in your future and isn’t something you want to take lightly. Entering the market for a new car varies from year to year and 2017 is no different. Fortunately keeping track of what you need to know is rather simple. Here are a few helpful tips for buying a car in 2017 from us here at Mitchell Hyundai. Happy New Year!

  • Budget – Plan your budget and stick to it. The last thing any driver wants is to go overboard and end up further in debt. Buying a pre-owned or used vehicle can help reduce the cost of a monthly car payment, while maintaining most of the benefits of a new car. It would be wise to determine your ownership costs and take them into account as well.
  • Financing – There are two ways to get financing: preapproval or at the dealership. Obtaining pre-approved financing can speed up the process and get you the better deal. Financing through a dealership could bring some enticing incentives, but make sure to check out the interest rates first!
  • Negotiate – At the end of the day, the dealership wants to sell you a car, so don’t be afraid to negotiate! Try to get as close to the car’s invoice price as possible and check out what discounts the automaker or dealership offers in advance. Research the value of your trade-in vehicle online and don’t be afraid to decline the extras to avoid increasing the price of the car!

Five Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

healthy New Year’s resolutionsThe New Year is right around the corner. For many Americans, this means it is time to make resolutions, or goals, for the upcoming year. If you’re looking for some ideas and want 2017 to be a better year, here are five healthy New Year’s resolutions to consider.

  1. Get more sleep. Sleep is a critical part of nearly every aspect of your health. If you’re not getting enough, it may not matter how much exercise you get or what kind of food you eat. In 2017, make rest a priority and everything else may fall right in line.
  2. Help others. When you help others, it is helping you, too. By focusing on other people’s needs, it makes you feel happier, and when you’re happy, your body is healthier.
  3. Eliminate stress. Everyone has stress and a little bit can help in some situations. But constant stress without a break can take a heavy toll on your health. If you’re always working long hours, never take a vacation, and barely see your family, try doing the opposite. Learn to say no, so you can have a break.
  4. Stay connected. While you may feel up-to-date with your friends and relatives through your Facebook feed, make sure you stay connected face-to-face as well.
  5. Save money. This year, plan to save a certain percentage or dollar amount from each paycheck. Have a goal in mind, for what you’re saving towards, whether it’s paying down debt or taking a vacation. Cut out unnecessary costs to quicken your savings.

Which healthy New Year’s resolutions are you planning to tackle?

Best Christmas Gifts for Car Lovers

gifts for car loversChristmas is right around the corner and if you’re trying to find some great gifts for the gearhead in your life, here are some excellent gifts for car lovers.

  • Build Your Own V8. While building a real engine is a laborious and expensive process, you can get a similar experience in miniature form with this kit. It sells on Amazon for less than $70.
  • 20th Century Classic Cars. This fantastic coffee table book explores the past 100 years of automotive history through colorful automotive ads.
  • Driving sunglasses. For anyone who loves driving, having proper eyewear can make a big difference on sunny days. Get a pair of nice sunglasses specifically designed for driving, like this pair.
  • Waxing kit. Help your car lover take care of what they love most with a waxing kit. Any car aficionado knows regular waxing helps preserve the finish on a car. Find out their favorite brand and get them stocked up on supplies.
  • Flux Capacitor USB Charger. Turn your car into a DeLorean with this fun USB charger that plugs right into your car. It even lights up as it charges your devices.
  • LEGO car sets. LEGO offers a wide range of creator kits to build some awesome cars, including a 1:17 scale Ferrari.

What gifts are you planning for the car lover in your life?

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