Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Your Family

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett KIA South!

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year, so whether you’re flying or driving to your destination, you’re probably going to encounter some mishaps and a whole lot of angry people. Follow these Thanksgiving travel tips to reduce your holiday stress as much as possible.

First of all, it’s important to do whatever you can to stay calm and understand that everyone is in the same position as you. Especially if you’re driving, getting mad at traffic doesn’t help—it just makes you more reckless and puts you in danger.

Get things to keep yourself and any passengers you’re traveling with occupied, especially kids. If you bring electronic devices, charge them beforehand. Boredom is just another source of stress.

If you’re driving, leave fairly early in the morning to beat the afternoon rush, but don’t go too early and make yourself drowsy. The worst Thanksgiving traffic is Wednesday afternoon the day before and Sunday afternoon, when everyone is going back home. If you can avoid driving during these times, do it.

Use apps to find routes with the least traffic and nearby gas stations with low prices. Lastly, take driving brakes, especially if you’re with kids or you’re the only one driving. Switch drivers every couple of hours so you can rest. Drive safely!

Reasons to Buy a Kia

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’re probably weighing your options about which car brand you should buy. We hope that brand is Kia, and we’ve put together some reasons why.

Value is the biggest reason you should buy a Kia. Kia vehicles are some of the least expensive on the market and still offer tons of standard and optional technology. Despite their low price, Kias are high-quality and packed with amenities.

Kia also offers a fantastic warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain as well as 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, 5 years of roadside assistance, and more. Every Kia buyer gets access to these awesome benefits.

Another great thing about Kia vehicles is their hybrids. As one of the first brands to hop on the hybrid bandwagon, Kia’s Optima hybrid has already found its footing in the power department with a turbocharged engine.

Unique design is another thing Kia brings to the table. The boxy Kia Soul is one of the most popular cars in America and is one of the biggest cars on the EV market thanks in large part to its interesting styling.

KIA Soul

Kia vehicles offer incredible style and advanced engineering for unbeatable prices, so what are you waiting for? Kia has something for every driver.

Memphis Haunted Houses and Trails

Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween from Gossett KIA South!

Haunted houses and trails are two fantastic ways to get a fright and thrill this Halloween. Children and adults alike can enjoy the thrill of the holiday this year all around Tennessee. Here are some of the best Memphis haunted houses and trails recommended by us at Gossett KIA South.

  • Shadowlands Festival of Fear – This attraction is open every Friday and Saturday from October 7th until Halloween night. Doors open at 7pm and close at 11pm. Prior to the main attraction, Jones Orchard holds a farmers market until 6 pm then maintains a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and child-friendly hayrides until 10 pm.
  • Spooky Nights – Hosted by Shelby Farms Park every weekend in October, Spooky Nights is home to Memphis’ first haunted trail. Families with children can check out the nocturnal wildlife on the Nocturnal Nature Hike then go pumpkin carving. The 4,500-acre park features a number of trails, exhibits, and activities that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Wicked Ways Haunted House – Possibly the largest indoor haunted attraction in the mid-south, Wicked Ways Haunted House is located in Memphis. The haunt includes zombies, psycho clowns, and more. The attraction is open from September 30th to Halloween on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Preview: 2017 KIA Niro Hybrid Vehicle

2017 KIA Niro
2017 KIA Niro

The automotive industry has made major advances when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles that currently operate around the globe. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t uncommon but no automaker has created a similar crossover until now. The 2017 Kia Niro is set to be the first fully-hybrid model of its kind.

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid is expected to deliver a utility-driven ride with sporty performance while earning high fuel economy. This new hybrid crossover is set to redefine what it means to be a utility-focused hybrid.

Like one would expect from any crossover, the Kia Niro will boast versatile cargo space, like 60/40 split-folding rear seats and an available hidden cargo area with storage compartments.

The seats themselves will offer full support for the driver thanks to the available Integrated Memory Seat that can remember the settings for two drivers. The available heated steering wheel and front seats keeps drivers comfortable on the coldest of days as well.

The upcoming Kia Niro will boast a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Together, they’ll produce an estimated 146 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Kia expects the Niro to earn up to 50 mpg combined.

We at Gossett KIA South can’t wait to see the new 2017 Niro officially hit public roadways!

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

shifterDrivers generally know that horsepower determines how fast a car can go, but it isn’t the only determining factor when it comes to performance. Those who take the time to check out the specifications may find themselves asking “What does a car’s torque mean?” That’s a good question, and it turns out that torque is just as important as horsepower when it comes to power. Here’s a quick explanation of what torque does in a car.

At its very essence, torque is the ability to do work while power determines how quickly a certain point can be reached. Those two values hold true when it comes to modern engines. The math can be pretty complicated once you get into it. Don’t worry! We’ll be skipping the math and jump straight to the answers.

The number listed on a vehicle’s specifications page is how much torque the car’s engine can produce. As you may have guessed, larger engines produce more torque just as they produce more horsepower. The increase in torque is largely determined by how much air flows through the engine to be compressed with fuel to produce power.

Torque is what causes the car to accelerate, which means that the more torque, the faster the car. When checking out a performance car, make sure to look at both the torque and horsepower before making a decision!

Pay Attention to Your Vehicle Warning Indicator System!

dashboard lightsYour vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Warning Indicator system. This is a technical term for all those little icons that light up in your dash. A few common indicators you should know are:

Check Engine

This could mean a routine maintenance task is needed. It may also mean that a sudden engine issue has arisen. When you see this light, get your vehicle in for an inspection immediately!

Coolant Temp

See a thermometer icon light up? You will probably notice your temperature gauge is rising as well. Your vehicle is overheating, a condition that could permanently damage your engine. Possible issues could be a faulty thermostat or a busted hose. Either way, get it checked out!

Battery

If your battery indicator lights up, there is possibly an issue with the battery, your alternator, or both. Most car parts stores will check the battery for free. Do it soon before you’re left stranded somewhere!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This one is simple. At least one tire is low. Hopefully you’ve got a tire gauge in your glove box (if you don’t, get one!). Pull over somewhere safe and check your tires.

Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore their Vehicle Warning Indicators. If you do, you are losing out on a fantastic diagnostic/warning system that is designed for the sole purpose of protecting your vehicle and keeping it in top-notch shape.

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.