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?

Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Tips for Thanksgiving TravelThe holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for traveling, and it can become quite the hassle if you don’t plan ahead. Avoid the headaches this year with these simple tips for Thanksgiving travel. You’ll thank us later.

If you’re flying to your destination, make it as simple as possible. Flying during the holiday season can be a nightmare, so fly direct as often as often as possible to avoid lengthy delays. There’s nothing worse than sitting at an airport for eight hours while everyone at your destination is relaxing.

On a similar note, pack wisely when traveling by plane. While you can bring some foods with you on your trip, it’s best to save the cooking and food for when you arrive at your destination. If you pack wisely, security will be a breeze, and you may not even have to check a bag.

When you land, skip the traditional taxi services. Call and Uber or Lyft for a more efficient ride. You can even share rides with other people on some services to cut down on the price. Otherwise, try the metro for speedier travel.

By following these few simple tips, your holiday travels will be much simpler. Enjoy your holiday season.

Tips for a Better Road Trip

Tips for a Better Road TripThere are few things that are as fun and inherently American as a road trip. Between the thousands of beautiful things to see in this country and the bonding time in the car with family and friends, there isn’t anything quite like it. Here are just a few tips for a better road trip to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

Make a Playlist

Since radio stations come and go as you travel further and further, it’s best to make a playlist before you set off on your journey. You may not even have service at some points, so download a list to your device.

Make a List of Games

Although road trips are great, there are stretches of boredom at times. Have a list of simple games that everyone will enjoy to fill in the gaps.

Get Comfortable

Have blankets, pillows, and comfortable clothes to wear. You’re going to be in the car for a very long time, so be prepared.

Schedule Bathroom Breaks

Not everyone is on the same page for bathroom breaks, so schedule breaks in intervals to ensure that everyone is happy.

By following these few simple tips, you will make your road trip experience even more enjoyable.

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