Don’t Fight the Feeling: See REO Speedwagon at 2016 Live at the Gardens

concertImagine enjoying a beautiful sunset surrounded by beautiful gardens, cold beer in hand, while rocking out to REO Speedwagon. You can make this dream a reality on August 25th as the Live At The Gardens concert series brings in these iconic arena-rockers.

In their prime, REO Speedwagon scored over a dozen Top 40 singles, including “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Lovin’ You.” For many, their show is sure to be the highlight of the 2016 Live at the Gardens concert series.

Now in its 15th year, Live at the Gardens is a series of five concerts that occur in the summer and fall months. The venue has consistently attracted only top-notch talents. Past acts include such superstars as Al Green, Kenny Loggins, Heart, and Duran Duran. The venue is located in the gorgeous surroundings of the Memphis Botanical Gardens.

The venue has two seating areas. Sit close to the stage at one of the white linen-clothed tables or party in the lawn. We at Gossett Kia South prefer the cool breezes and open air of the lawn!

Soul and Sportage Named Best in Initial Quality

This just in: J.D. Power and Associates just acknowledged the KIA Sportage and Soul as the highest ranking vehicles in their classes in the U.S. Initial Quality Study!

New 2016 KIA SoulThe unique and stylish 2016 Soul SUV took home the Initial Quality award in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle category, which includes popular small SUVs like the Toyota Prius v and the Ford C-Max. The Soul had just 72 problems reported during the first 90 days of ownership for every 100 vehicles sold, which was well below its segment’s average.

The 2016 KIA Sportage also topped its segment in the Initial Quality Study, making it the most initially pleasing of all the small SUVs on the market. With only 83 problems for every 100 Sportage SUVs sold, the vehicle beat out tough competition from the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax.New KIA Sportage in Memphis, TN

KIA’s entire line was notable in the Initial Quality Study: the brand ranked best in initial quality on average for the entire auto market. Following a steady decline in problems over the past 5 years, KIA cars and SUVs reported just 83 problems per 100 vehicles for the 2016 model year. You can’t go wrong with a new KIA!

The J.D Power U.S. Initial Quality Study has examined customer satisfaction within the first 90 days of vehicle ownership for 30 years. By analyzing reported parts per vehicle for every 100 vehicles sold, the study determines the cars that are most satisfying for drivers just after they leave the low. Multiple factors are considered, including technology, exterior and interior features and performance.

Check out the KIA Soul and Sportage today at Gossett KIA South, along with the rest of the high quality KIA vehicle lineup! Our dealership is happy to help customers find exactly what they need in a relaxed, comfortable environment. We proudly serve Southern Memphis, Germantown, Collierville & Olive Branch.

Dashboard Warning Lights: What Do They Mean?

dashboard warning lightsWhen a dashboard warning light comes on, this is a signal from your car to let you know that something might be wrong. While this can be frustrating or nerve-wracking for some drivers, it is important to know what to do depending on the specific warning light you see. While some warning lights may be dangerous, others simply let you know when there is a minor problem.

According to AutoZone, many lights are divided into three categories based on color.

  • Green or Blue – a normal system is operating (cruise, high beams, etc.) or off.
  • Yellow – there may be an issue down the road. Service when possible.
  • Orange or Red – take extreme caution, and have your car inspected ASAP.

These are general guidelines for dash warning lights; nevertheless, you should always follow the instructions found in your owner’s manual.

The most common light you may see is the Check Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL). This is set off when the engine computer sets a Diagnostic Trouble Code—often related to emissions or general engine problems. The most common causes can be a loose gas cap, faulty O2 sensor, a bad catalytic convertor, or engine misfire among other things.

A Coolant Temp Warning light appears when the engine temperature exceeds normal operating ranges. This can be caused by a coolant leak or clog, bad fan, loose radiator cap, faulty water pump, or bad temperature gauge.

The Oil Pressure Warning usually indicates a loss of oil pressure, which is due to leaks or low oil levels. This can lead to serious issues if left unattended.

If you see the Brake System or ABS Warning Light, you may need to pull over. This could indicate that your parking brake is still on, or you may have brake failure. The brake fluid could also be low. Be sure to have your car inspected by a certified tech as soon as possible.

The Battery Charge Alert lets you know that there is an electrical issue. This can be caused by a dead battery, bad alternator, corroded wiring, or a range of other issues. Electricity is needed for basic operations, as well as engine combustion, making this a serious issue.

These are just some of the many warning lights you may see. If you need assistance with vehicle repair or diagnostics, bring your car into Gossett Kia for reliable service and affordable prices.

Kia Vehicle Satisfaction Earns Awards from AutoPacific

Kia recently received an award from AutoPacific for unparalleled vehicle satisfaction. The 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction awards are given every year to the top automakers in the industry, a rating determined by a series of surveys to customers and vehicle owners. Ranking fifth overall and winning in three segments, Kia does all it can to make customers happy.

According to Kia, the brand received awards for the Soul, Optima, and Sedona. Customers who owned these three vehicles were the most satisfied overall, beating out every single competitor in these segments—including brands like Audi, BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes. AutoPacific determined that Kia customers had high levels of satisfaction for everything from overall purchases to interior styling and fuel economy.

“AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have become an industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied owners are with their new vehicle, and we are thrilled to see the incredibly high level of satisfaction our customers are experiencing with our vehicles,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America.  “The Soul, Optima and Sedona are all expertly crafted vehicles and represent just how far the Kia brand has come.”

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona – Winner of AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Kia vehicle satisfaction was measured by surveying over 65,000 individuals, measuring a range of segments and categories. The Soul took the urban passenger segment, while the Optima won the mid-size car category. The Sedona swept the minivan category as well. With unparalleled design, performance, and quality, it’s easy to see why so many are satisfied with their Kia models.

To Avoid Burns, Don’t Forget to Wear Sunscreen in the Car

2016 Kia Optima in the SunEveryone knows to wear sunscreen during a long day at the beach, but should you wear sunscreen in the car?

If your skin is going to be exposed by the sun’s UV rays for any amount of time, it’s always a good idea to stay protected. And unfortunately, most vehicles do not provide the protection necessary.

While windshields themselves are actually quite good at blocking UV rays–impeding about 100% of UVB rays and 98% of UVA rays–side and rearview windows cannot say the same, with some only blocking less than half of UV rays.

This means that, wherever you are sitting in a car, you are constantly exposed to a solid amount of UV rays, likely from the side. If you’re the driver during a long road trip, this can be particularly treacherous.

To solve the issue, simply apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to your exposed skin, and consider keeping a spare bottle in the car, just in case!

Federal 2017 Kia Sorento Safety Ratings Declare It an Industry Best

The new Kia Sorento promises to be one of the most balanced SUVs on the market, offering excellent fuel efficiency, powerful performance, and high-tech features–all for a low price tag.

And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s also one of the safest vehicles that you can buy.

The 2017 Kia Sorento safety ratings are in, and the model has scored a perfect overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Specifically, the model received five stars in both the front and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover crash test.

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento

These safety ratings are the same for both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants of the new model, which comes standard with six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and vehicle stability management.

Additionally, optional safety programs like forward collision warning make the 2017 Kia Sorento an even safer bet.

To learn more about the 2017 Kia Sorento or to check one out in person, visit us at Gossett Kia South.

A Guide on How Electric Cars Work

Kia Soul EV
Kia Soul EV

Have you ever wondered how electric cars work? Vehicles like the Kia Soul EV—the electric version of Kia’s popular crossover—run entirely on electric battery power rather than using combustion to convert fuel into energy. But how?

Electric cars are actually a lot simpler than gas-powered cars, which have more moving parts. Electric cars don’t have a transmission or engine, just a battery and an electric motor. You charge an electric car just like you charge other electronic devices: by plugging it into a wall socket, which feeds the battery.

When you drive an electric car, the motor, which is powered by the battery, doesn’t need extra torque to go faster or start again from being stopped, because there’s no combustion process happening. Electric cars actually feel smoother to drive because of this—there’s no gear shifting, and speeding up doesn’t cause the motor to get louder.

Electric cars aren’t perfect—their mileage limitations, charging times, and battery replacement costs can still be prohibitive—but their more simple mechanics and sustainability are definitely preferable.

2017 Kia Sportage Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Status

2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage

The 2017 Kia Sportage has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest designation given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which performs crash tests on new vehicles each year to determine how well they perform in collision situations.

The IIHS updated its testing requirements this year and made it more difficult to earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus award. The 2017 Sportage is one of just a few cars that have managed to perform at this high of a level.

Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus are both distinguished honors, but the Plus designation indicates the vehicle has extra technology meant to prevent crashes that works exceptionally well when tested. The Kia Sportage’s wide range of driver assist features, from autonomous emergency braking to parking assist, help keep drivers from making small mistakes like drifting into another lane.

The Sportage is significantly improved from last year—it now moves less in overlap crashes and earned superior ratings in the front crash prevention category, as well as good ratings for side impact, roof strength, and more.

How to Deal with Road Rage

drivingWe’ve all experienced those brief moments of anger at somebody else’s bad driving, or experienced anger targeted at us. But it’s important to keep our road rage in check to avoid unnecessary accidents.

How to Deal with Your Own Road Rage:

  • If you get angry at someone else’s driving, deal with road rage by first recognizing that you’re getting angry. Take some deep breaths to try to calm down; if that doesn’t work, pull over. It might be best to distance yourself from that driver.
  • Don’t tailgate, even if you think the other driver “deserves” it. You might end up hitting them and would be at fault.
  • Listen to music, because it’s pretty hard to be angry when you’re belting out your favorite song.

How to Deal With Someone Else’s Road Rage:

  • If someone is trying to get your attention, avoid eye contact with them. Acknowledging them says to them that you want to “participate” in a fight.
  • Drive defensively because some people with bad road rage could try to hurt you or your car.
  • Note the car’s plate number because if they act very aggressively, you’ll want to report them later.
  • No matter what, try to get away from them, even if it means arriving to your destination late.

Kia Sedona Awarded Title of “Must Test-Drive Vehicle for 2016”

The Kia Sedona isn’t just your average minivan. It has more to offer than others in its class and is a surprisingly fun drive, as evidenced by AutoTrader’s recent award to the Kia Sedona: a “Must-Test Drive Vehicle for 2016.”

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona

AutoTrader’s “Must-Test Drive” awards go out to a small number of vehicles that you simply must test drive. Basically, it’s a “don’t judge a book by its cover” list of vehicles that you should test drive before passing them up.

So why was the Kia Sedona awarded a spot on this list? It has an ample list of standard safety features to keep everyone safe, plus plenty of technology and convenience features to make every drive more enjoyable. And it doesn’t lack quality or style, either.

“Even though the Kia Sedona is an ultra-functional minivan, it manages to be quite stylish as well, and to our eyes, it’s the best looking minivan available,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of AutoTrader.

So what are you waiting for? Go test drive the Kia Sedona today to see what all the talk is about!