Extend the Life of Your Vehicle and Keeping You Safe

We’re always looking for tips that can extend the life of your car AND keep you safe! My Ford Magazine is a great resource and they’ve posted an excellent article about your shocks and struts – and why this is important to you!

Below are great tips to protect your car in winter and spring driving conditions and what to look for if your shocks and struts are not the best they can be and you need to be ready for those summer road trips!

1. REDUCED BRAKING ABILITY
When your shocks or struts become worn down, your vehicle “jounces” more over bumps, which means it bounces up and down. This makes braking more difficult and could significantly increase your stopping distance. So take note: If your vehicle is taking longer than usual to stop, or if it is nose-diving when you do so (another sign of decreased traction), have your vehicle checked at any of our four service locations. A suspension check is part of the multi-point inspection included; during the inspection our technicians will ensure that all possible pothole-related damage is assessed, and you’ll have less to worry about.

2. LESS CONTROL ON CORNERS
Watch out for an exaggerated “body roll” when you turn corners—this is when you feel yourself and your vehicle tilting a bit more than normal, which can be a sign of damaged shocks or struts. If that’s happening to you, take your vehicle in for a suspension check right away, because excessive body roll can affect your ability to safely steer around obstructions in the road.

3. ROUGHER RIDE
Getting jostled on your journey is not only uncomfortable, it can affect your ability to safely control your vehicle. Try a quick bounce test at home by pushing down firmly on the front and rear of your vehicle. If the car moves up and down more than once or twice, have your shocks and struts checked at any of our four service centers.

4. TIRE WEAR
When struts or shocks are worn out, your tires wear out faster. A damaged strut or shock can also contribute to quicker wear on the other steering components of the vehicle, like rods and wheel bearings. If you notice a rumbling or increased vibrations at higher speeds, have a Ford auto technician look for “cupping” on your tires, which is a type of scalloped wear pattern associated with struts and shocks. Cupping happens when your car jounces up and down, leaving indented scuff marks on the tires, and is a big red flag that your suspension needs repairing.

5. MORE HYDROPLANING & SKIDDING
Worn shocks and struts can affect the way your wheels engage with the road, especially when roads are slick. If your vehicle is sliding or hydroplaning frequently, get your suspension checked out now—before more April showers arrive.

Our Ford and Acura service centers are located at 1899 Highway 99 N in Ashland and can be reached at 541-482-2521. Our Kia dealership is located at 4950 Crater Lake Avenue, 541-776-3088 while our Hyundai dealership is located at 5000 Crater Lake Avenue, 541-245-5335. Call for an appointment today if you notice any of these issues with your vehicle.

Kia K900: Fit for a King

Meet the Kia K900, a luxury car from a most unexpected source. A couple new commercials take you inside the plush sedan to show you why the K900 is fit for a king – King James, that is, as in, NBA star Lebron James – and to encourage you to challenge the luxury you know.

All-New 2016 Kia Sorento to Debut at LA Auto Show

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All-new 2016 Kia Sorento

While the rest of the automotive industry is talking SEMA Kia’s looking ahead to the Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s when the auto maker says it will debut the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento, a totally refreshed minivan about which Kia will only say the following:

“Beautifully redesigned inside and out, the 2016 Sorento is larger than the previous generation and offers up to three rows of seating.  Packed with luxurious amenities and capable enough to tackle any adventure-seeker’s lifestyle, Kia’s best-selling CUV will be available in L, LX, EX, SX and SXL trim levels.”

That’s it for now.  If Kia releases any more information about the all-new Sorento before the show starts November 21st we at Butler Kia will make sure you know!

Kia Soul EV SEMA Entry Plays on Nostalgia

Summer may be a memory but the ice cream truck’s still around… at least it will be when Kia hits SEMA next month!  This year’s Kia entries will all pay homage to racing and the influence the sport’s had on the brand.  Our next glimpse of the fleet Kia plans to roll into the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show comes in the form of the Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV, an alternative fuel vehicle that lends a little of the flavor of being at the track.  Earlier this month Kia hinted at a K900 SEMA appearance.  Even with the limited information being released we like the way this Day at the Races theme is playing out.  We’ll take a vanilla cone, please!

Kia Hints at K900 SEMA Appearance

Today, we offer Kia like you’ve never seen it before. Well… almost. You see, Kia’s promoting the appearance of the K900 at this year’s SEMA show with a short tease of a video. “A Day at the Races” gives a glimpse of the high-performance sedan, and that’s about all. The text only alerts us to a time and date: 9:30 a.m. Las Vegas time on Tuesday, November 4th… which also happens to be opening day at SEMA. We don’t know about you but we’ll be certain to tune in then!

To read the entire Kia press release click here.

Last Butler Open House of 2014 in the Books

IMG_8359We wrapped up our Open House season last night with a delightful evening at Butler Kia.  Good conversation, happy customers, and plenty of food made for the perfect event.  The highlight might have been the presentation of flowers to Butler’s Service Manager, Curtis Hancock, for Boss’s Day.  He just about had a heart attack when he ran across the toy snake hidden in the bouquet!  Thanks to everyone who participated!  See you next year!

Kia to Bring GT Concept to Production

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It’s happening!  Edmunds confirms Kia will make a production version of the GT concept, a vehicle Kia calls “the thinking person’s muscle car”.  The 4-door fastback which debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011, is expected to keep its sporty silhouette but lose the suicide doors.  Look for the GT at Butler Kia sometime in 2016.

For more on the production Kia GT click here.

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