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Beat the Heat: Keep Your Car Cool

Beat the Heat: Keep Your Car Cool | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAWhile we’re past the hottest part of the year, the weather has still been pretty warm lately.  If you can’t bear the heat of your car when you climb in—especially on a hot afternoon—consider the following tips to keep your car cool.

  1. Park strategically. If you have a garage or carport at home, use it. Take this as an opportunity to finally clean out the garage to make room for all of your vehicles, thus keeping them out of direct sunlight. When you park away from home, look for shaded parking garages or spots beneath large trees. If you can, park away from the sun, leaving your back windows to face the sun; that’s because rear windows tend to be smaller and will allow less heat in.
  2. Cover your windows. Invest in some shades for your windows—and not just the windshield. You can find trendy yet functional window shades at several retailers that fit all window sizes. For further protection, and if it’s legal in your state and within your budget, consider getting your windows tinted. (Read here for Georgia tinting laws.)
  3. Allow for circulation. When you park your car, leave your windows cracked slightly. If you have a sunroof or moonroof, leave that cracked as well. This will allow some air circulation while you’re out of your vehicle.

If you’re noticing that your air conditioner is not running optimally, schedule an appointment with our service department at Heritage Mitsubishi as soon as possible. Stay cool out there!

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Is Here at Heritage Mitsubishi

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAInterested in an affordable, eco-friendly, tech-laden, and fun-to-drive car? Consider the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4, which is available now at Heritage Mitsubishi.

The Mirage G4, now in its second year on the market, is the sibling to the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage (also available now at Heritage Mitsubishi) and boasts a starting price of just $14,395. Beneath its hood is the same efficient engine you’ll find in the Mirage: a 1.2-liter three-cylinder that yields 41 miles per gallon on the highway.*

Thanks to a longer wheelbase, the Mirage G4 offers a roomy interior and spacious trunk. The new Mirage G4 features forward-thinking in-cabin technologies like a rearview camera and a touchscreen display audio unit with Bluetooth™ phone and audio streaming, as well as available smartphone integration and a USB port.

“Coming out of the Mirage G4’s first year on the market, we’re pleased to see the sedan variation resonating well among consumers,” reported Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Offering impressive fuel economy and the same affordability and practical appeal of the Mirage hatchback in the form of a 4-door sedan, the Mirage G4 has bolstered the Mirage lineup.”

Test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 at Heritage Mitsubishi today!

*EPA estimated.

Mitsubishi Owners Day Raises Money for Good Causes

Mitsubishi Owners Day Raises Money for Good Causes | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAEvery year, Mitsubishi hosts appreciation events for Mitsubishi drivers who want to come out, celebrate the brand, and show off their Mitsubishis. The day—or days, rather—are called Mitsubishi Owners Day. This summer, there was an Owners Day for west coast drivers and an Owners Day for east coast drivers.

All proceeds raised at the events directly benefited two charities. This year, more than 5,000 people turned out for the two events. This year also marks the 100 year anniversary for Mitsubishi, which made the celebrations even more special.

West coast Mitsubishi owners celebrated their Mitsubishi Owners Day on July 8th at the North American headquarters for Mitsubishi in Cypress, California. Money raised that day was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, which feeds 250,000 underprivileged people in the Orange County area.

Meanwhile, east coast Mitsubishi drivers had their Owners Day more recently, on August 19th, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The chosen charity for that event was the Wounded Warriors Project, which provides services to wounded veterans, as well as their families.

“Both of these influential organizations work to improve the well-being of their respective communities,” stated Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Mitsubishi Motors is committed to giving back and we trust that the donations made will help further their efforts.”

Need a Mitsubishi to take to an Owners Day next year? We’ve got you covered at Heritage Mitsubishi.

15 Must-Haves for Your Car Emergency Kit

15 Must-Haves for Your Car Emergency Kit | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAOur homes are typically stocked with emergency supplies, food rations, and first aid kits. But what happens if disaster strikes when you are in your car? We at Heritage Mitsubishi recommend that you design a car emergency kit if you don’t already have one, which can easily be stored in your trunk or behind the seats.

Here are some must-haves for your car emergency kit.

  1. Basic tool kit
  2. Blankets, gloves, coats, and warm clothing
  3. Bottled water
  4. Cell phone charger
  5. Duct tape
  6. First aid kit
  7. Flares
  8. Flash light with batteries
  9. Food (non-perishable)
  10. Ice scraper for your windshield
  11. Jumper cables
  12. Pocket knife
  13. Rags
  14. Reflective warning triangles
  15. Tire gauge

In addition to packing your emergency kit, arm yourself with knowledge. If you don’t know how, have someone teach you to change a flat tire and jumpstart a car. Always make sure you have a map of the location you are exploring, and always tell someone where you will be driving before you leave and when you expect to arrive at your destination. Finally, make sure to keep up with your vehicle’s routine maintenance; schedule an appointment today at Heritage Mitsubishi.

No one ever wants disaster to strike on the road—or anywhere—but it is always better to be prepared than to be sorry.

Seasonal Car Maintenance 101

Seasonal Car Maintenance 101 | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAThe age-old adage is that you should have your car serviced about two or three times a year, but an even smarter way to ensure your car stays on the road longer and drives more efficiently is to use the four changing seasons as a reminder to get your car checked out by our service staff at Heritage Mitsubishi. But what kinds of seasonal car maintenance do you need? It depends on the season.

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Every Season

Each season (or every three months), have our technicians perform the following:

  • Brake check
  • Battery test
  • Engine tune-up
  • Oil change
  • Tire rotation (and tread/pressure check)
  • Lights check

In addition to the above, have the following maintenance performed depending on each season.

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Summer

  • A/C performance check
  • Air filter replacement
  • Cooling system condition check

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Fall/Winter

  • Exhaust system check
  • Heater/defroster performance check
  • Windshield wiper replacement (fall or winter)

Seasonal Car Maintenance: Spring

  • Cooling system condition check
  • Windshield wiper replacement

Spring is also a good time for you to do a good spring cleaning of your car, though your car should be washed and cleaned out regularly throughout the year.

Need to schedule maintenance? Contact Heritage Mitsubishi’s service department today.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: A Look Back

It was a sad day when Mitsubishi announced it would be discontinuing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, but all good things must come to an end, or so they say. To pay it the homage it most certainly deserves, we at Heritage Mitsubishi want to offer a brief look back.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAThe Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, or EVO, got its start in 1992, when Mitsubishi developed the car to compete in the World Rally Championship. Lucky for driving enthusiasts, Mitsubishi also released a stripped down, street-legal version. A year later came the EVO II and then the EVO III in 1995; each iteration brought forth even more compelling performance feats, such as the revised turbocharger for the EVO III.

According to The News Wheel, it was the EVO IV that truly left its mark when it debuted with a twin-turbocharger, Active Yaw Control, the famed fog lights, and a limited-slip front differential. The EVO V came in 1998, offering a more aggressive stance and the torque to back it up. A few years later marked the arrival of the EVO VII and then, in 2003, the EVO VIII. It was the EVO IX in 2006 that many fell in love with, however, as it offered several driving modes, an updated transmission, and variable valve lifting. The EVO X was the final version, appearing in 2008 here in the States.

Thanks for the ride, Lancer EVO. You were a true thing of beauty. We still have Lancers in stock at Heritage Mitsubishi – come take one for a test drive!

Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport Named Best Vehicles for Teens

Best vehicles for teens

Whether you’re gifting your teen a car or they’re working for it, used cars are always a good option for a teen driver to save some money on bills. So when you consider a used car, you’ll want the most affordable and safest: the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport.

Part of what makes Outlanders some of the best vehicles for teens is their low price tag. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety only considers the most affordable cars to be named to the “best choices” list for teens. To be considered, vehicles on this list have to be under $20,000. They also must come with a quality base engine, have a bigger size, and come (standard) with electronic stability control.

Both Outlanders checked off all of these requirements. The used Outlander and Outlander Sport typically come in under $11,000. That makes them affordable for teens and parents. But that’s not all. Both vehicles also have plenty of safety. They earned high safety ratings from IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Mitsubishi Motors prides itself on consistently delivering top safety features at an affordable price to ensure our customers receive the best possible value,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA

So if you’re looking for an affordable, reliable car for your teen, come down to Heritage Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi Mirage Earns KBB’s Most Affordable Award

Most Affordable Award

Kelley Blue Book is venerated as one of the most renowned and reputable sources of vehicle information in the business for both buyers and sellers, and as a result, it’s responsible for bestowing a number of honors and awards on automakers and models every year. One of these awards is a spot on the annual “10 Most Affordable New Cars” list. For 2017, the Mitsubishi Mirage secured itself a spot on the list, earning a Most Affordable Award from the prestigious organization.

In order to determine which models make the shortlist, KBB.com looks closely at what they feel not only offers car buyers the most bang for their buck, but also how well each nameplate holds value over a period of 5 years. Insurance and gas costs as well as depreciation all factor into KBB’s 5-Year Cost to Own. After looking at a variety of different vehicles, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 both made the list of Most Affordable New Cars thanks to features like great fuel economy and some of the best powertrain and new vehicles warranties in the industry. Additionally, available upgrades like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a Rockford-Fosgate sound system add to the appeal.

Come to Heritage Mitsubishi to check out the winners of the “Most Affordable” Award today – the 2017 Mirage and Mirage G4.

Limited Edition Mitsubishi Lancer Gets Tech Upgrade

Limited Edition Mitsubishi Lancer

For 2017, Mitsubishi is offering a new trim level for the Lancer sedan that’s not only tech-savvy and available in limited quantities, but affordable, too. The Limited Edition Mitsubishi Lancer will offer drivers a number of cool, stylish features for only a little more than the base ES 2.0 trim level with a price point of $20,660. Not bad for a sedan that will offer drivers standard features such as a custom black-and-red interior, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and more.

The inclusion of connectivity software like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the Limited Edition trim level brings the software to the U.S. Lancer lineup for the first time. Before, only the Mitsubishi Mirage and Outlander nameplates featured in-vehicle connectivity for smartphone users. In addition, the Lancer will also provide unique, sporty design elements and even a sunroof, allowing drivers to grab a practical, efficient sedan with a stylish vibe and high-tech upgrades for a competitive price.

The Limited Edition Mitsubishi Lancer can be found at dealerships as of late May 2017. Picking up the Limited Edition trim is your last chance to own a Lancer, as Mitsubishi recently announced it will be discontinuing the nameplate in August to focus on crossovers and plug-in hybrid technology.

Call or visit us at Heritage Mitsubishi for more information on Mitsubishi vehicles!

Mitsubishi Sales Continue to Grow

Mitsubishi sales

Mitsubishi is headed into the height of summer with great momentum. In May of 2017, Mitsubishi sales saw an increase of 4.5% over 2016 sales. Leading the sales were the popular Outlander SUV and the compact Mirage.

Along with a monthly increase, Mitsubishi also saw year-to-date growth as well. Total sales through the end of May came in at 46,951 units. This is compared to just 43,911 during this same time period in 2016. That is an increase of 6.9%.

With a 15.2% jump in sales, the Outlander is the most popular model in the Mitsubishi lineup. It offers buyers attractive styling, one of the best warranties in the country, affordable pricing, and great fuel efficiency.

Another leader is the Mirage, which had sales growth of 11.6% in May with total sales numbering 2,342. This year, the Mirage added the Mirage G4 sedan model giving buyers even more options when searching for an affordable, reliable, feature-packed vehicle.

If you are having trouble finding a great car that fits in your budget, come visit us at Heritage Mitsubishi. Every model comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty along with plenty of standard features even on the base models. We think once you give Mitsubishi a chance, you will find something you love.