Best Drive-Thru Restaurants in Memphis

When you’re always on the go, you don’t always have the time to stop for food at a nice sit-down restaurant. Fortunately, there is no shortage of great drive-thru restaurants in restaurants around Memphis that will satisfy your cravings for everything from Mexican to seafood.

Cook Out

Cook Out has something for just about everybody, from delicious burgers to hot dogs to chicken. The prices are every bit as impressive as the food — you can score a full meal for right around $6, making it an exceedingly great value option given the quality of the food.

Hook Fish and Chicken

In the mood for some seafood? Hook Fish and Chicken is where it’s at. Located in Whitehaven on Elvis Presley Blvd., everything at HFC is made to order, meaning your order will be always hot and fresh. Hook Fish and Chicken is especially known for its shrimp, but its menu is quite stacked from top to bottom.

Lot-A-Burger

If you’re in search for the best drive-thru hamburger in Memphis, your search ends at Lot-A-Burger! The burgers stand out for their melt-in-your-mouth quality, especially when ordered with sautéed onions. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, Lot-A-Burger’s shakes are a lot-a-tasty in one cup.

Taqueria Express

Taqueria Express the drive-thru window to hit up if you’re craving some Mexican food on the quick. Taqueria Express’ menu has just about everything you’d want at a Mexican restaurant, from street tacos to a simple chips and salsa.

Memphis is not wanting for great food options, and if you’re in need of a hot new ride to show off at the drive-thru window, look no further than Gossett Kia South.

Kia Tops J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

For four years in a row now, Kia has topped the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study as the best non-premium brand in the auto industry. This streak was extended in the 2018 IQS, in which Kia scored an average 72 problems per 100 vehicles over the first 90 days of ownership, proving once again the brand’s reliability and commitment to quality.

“Ranking No. 1 among all mass market brands for four consecutive years leaves no doubt as to the world-class quality and craftsmanship instilled in every car and SUV that Kia builds,” said Michael Cole, chief operating officer, and EVP, Kia Motors America. “With two segment winners and four additional models finishing in the top three of their respective segments, the evidence of Kia’s progression and focus on the ownership experience is overwhelming.”

In addition to another year atop the IQS for the brand as a whole, the Kia Sorento and Kia Rio topped their respective segments in terms of initial quality., The Kia Optima, Kia Sportage, and Kia Sedona all ranked second in their segments, and the Kia Forte ranked third, confirming Kia’s powerhouse standing.

The best way to experience Kia’s commitment to excellence is to get hands-on. Stop into Gossett Kia South and test-drive the latest and greatest from the highest-quality auto brand on the planet.

Car Emergency Kit Essentials

As unfortunate as it may be, a vehicle breakdown is a seeming inevitability of being a vehicle owner. While there’s not much you can do once you’re stranded on the side of the road but wait for help, you can take steps to make sure that your car emergency kit is stocked with essentials.

Car Emergency Kit

First-aid kit

The foundation of any good car emergency kit is the first-aid kit. Ideally, a first-aid kit should include items including hand sanitizer, bandages, antiseptic, cotton balls, gauze, aspirin, and tweezers, just to name a few. These items will come in handy if you should bust open your finger changing out a tire or come down with a particularly bad headache.

Important tools and equipment

If you’re putting together an emergency kit, there are a number of essential tools that you should have handy. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, this might include a flashlight, jumper cable and/or jumper pack, road flares, jack, funnel, and an empty gas container. Having these handy can mean the difference between waiting for a friend to show up and getting yourself back on the road.

Got your emergency kit all put together but need a new ride to put it in? Come to Gossett Kia South and we’ll help you out.

2019 Kia Niro EV Street Date Set for Winter 2018

We’ve all been patiently waiting to hear more information on the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the fully-electric variant of the new crossover. When will it arrive at Gossett Kia South? How efficient will it be? Wait no longer: The answers have been revealed.

2019 Kia Niro EV Street Date

Kia has revealed that it will launch the 2019 Niro EV in the United States by winter 2018, and that it will be initially available “in select markets in limited quantities.” Whether Memphis will be one of those select markets remains to be seen, but we can only hope it will be.

With respect to how it will perform, Kia estimates that its electric motor will generate output of around 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque, making it an impressive performer by any measure. With its cutting-edge, liquid-cooled battery, it’s expected to deliver all-electric driving range of up to 240 miles on a single charge.*

With the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the future of green driving looks as bright — and stylish — as ever. More information about this exceptional crossover will be available closer to its launch at the end of the year, so watch this space to learn when you can expect to see the Niro EV at Gossett Kia South.

*Final EPA estimates will be released closer to Niro EV’s on-sale date. Actual range will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature and your vehicle’s condition. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.

2018 Kia Souls Named One of KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars List Under $20k

The 2018 Kia Soul is raking in awards left and right. The Soul was named one of the best family vehicles on the market by both Edmunds and Parents magazine, and it was also recently named to Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 for 2018.

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According to Kia, the editors at KBB.com website consider being fun to drive and fun to own among the main criteria in determining the awards. Each car to make the list should have impressive driving dynamics, great styling, and engaging tech gadgets. They should also cost less than $20,000, thereby making coolness more accessible to the masses.

“Soul’s fun and funky personality continues to shine as reflected by being named to Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Cars list for the seventh consecutive year,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of product planning for Kia Motors America. “The versatile hatchback continues to provide consumers with a fun-to-own vehicle equipped with many convenience features.”

The Soul is currently in its fifth model year as a crossover, and it has some advanced features to select from for the 2018 year. This includes available UVO infotainment, a Plus Primo Package with driver assist technologies, and smart new HID and LED lighting as well.

To see for yourself why the 2018 Kia Soul is among the coolest of the cool, test drive one for yourself at Gossett Kia South.

Cooling Your Car Quickly: What’s the Best Way?

Many of us have gotten into a car on a hot summer day and been hit with astronomical temperatures. Sometimes, your vehicle gets so hot that it might even feel hard to breathe. What do you do? You could simply roll down the windows, but that might not work on a particularly sweltering day. You could flip on the A/C, but that seems to be nothing but hot air for the first minute or so.

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According to Lifehacker, there are a series of steps to take that may sound contradictory. Just trust us, and it’ll work. First, you must roll completely down the windows. Then, crank up the A/C on the fresh air setting (it’s important that you’re not recirculating warm air). Turn the fan on full and be sure the thermostat is on its coldest setting.

Then, you can drive for a minute to force out the hot air. As the air starts to cool, switch on the recirculate button and roll up the windows. Then you can adjust the temperature and fan settings to get the cabin just right. If you want to decrease the temperature from the start, consider buying a sun shade.

It’s that simple! Or, if you want a vehicle that will allow you to remotely start your A/C before you even leave the office, stop by Gossett Kia South to see the technologically advanced vehicles we have on the lot.

Things to Do in Memphis this Memorial Day

No matter what time of year it is, there are always plenty of things to do in Memphis, but the cusp of summer is a particularly nice time to explore Music City, USA. Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the summer season, and so the long weekend is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy goings-on around the city.

Here are just a couple suggestions for fun activities in and around Memphis this Memorial Day Weekend:

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901Fest 2018

This year’s 901 Fest celebrates all things Memphis with good food, live music, and much more. This year’s performers include Southern Avenue, 8Ball and MJG, Mighty Soul Brass Band, and IHeartMemphis. Other entertainment includes an air show over the Mississippi River, Knockerball and Zorb ball, a Creative Arts Tent, the inaugural 901Fest Cornhole Tournament, and show-closing fireworks.

Great American River Run

If you’re looking to work up a sweat over the weekend, the Great American River Run Half Marathon & 5K takes place on May 26, carrying walkers, joggers, and runners through the street of downtown Memphis. Once the race is over, you’ll want to stick around for a post-race party that features food, drinks, and live music.

There are always places to go out and be seen in and around Memphis, so you’ll want a ride that makes you the center of attention. That’s where Gossett Kia South comes in—stop in today and check out our selection of exciting new Kia vehicles.

 

How to Drive in Heavy Traffic

Summer is upon us here in Music City, USA — and that means folks from around the country are heading our way to experience everything our beautiful, fun-loving city has to offer. We love to welcome out-of-towners to our hometown, but all that extra traffic sure can make it difficult to get around. Here are a few tips to help you drive in heavy traffic and save yourself a bit of the headache.

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Distance Yourself from Distractions

If you can connect your phone to your infotainment system or heads-up display, do so. Otherwise, leave your phone in your bag or on the seat screen-down so you’re not tempted to peek at those incoming texts. Pick a playlist or radio station to listen to in advance and keep the music at a somewhat low level.

 

Practice Defensive Driving

Defensive driving ostensibly means that you react to other drivers rather than force other drivers to react to you. This means no swerving in and out of lanes, cutting off other cars, or tailgating. Some tips for defensive driving include keep your eyes moving in search of changes to traffic or road conditions, go with the flow of traffic, always signal before turning or merging, and avoid vehicles that are driving erratically.

 

Plan to Avoid Heavy Traffic Times

Sometimes you will have no choice but to drive in heavy traffic, but you can and should do your best to avoid rush hour traffic. Planning ahead and heading out early doesn’t just reduce your stress, it can also potentially save you a great deal of time.

 

Traffic is an unfortunate part of the driving experience, but Kia’s comfortable interiors and cutting-edge infotainment technologies make it all a little bit more bearable. To experience the Kia difference for yourself, stop into Gossett Kia South.

How to Change the Windshield Wipers

The winter season is quite harsh on your windshield wipers, leaving them worn and brittle at the start of spring. Since you should be changing your wipers every six months, the start of spring is a great time to swap out your old blades for new ones. How can this be done? Here’s what you need to know.

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What to look for

The surest way to tell if your wipers are due for a change is a lack of effectiveness when you use them. If your blades leave streaks or don’t make total contact with your windshield, then they’re almost certainly due for replacement. Visible wear like cracks or tearing is also indication enough that you need a new set of wipers.

 

Make sure you have the right size

If you’re buying windshield wipers for yourself, the most common mistake is assuming that one size fits all. Every vehicle has specific sizing for its wiper blades, and you’ll be able to find the size necessary for your Kia in your owner’s manual. If you want to spare the step, you can ask our service technicians when you come in for service, and we’ll get the correct size for you.

 

Do it yourself

Once you’ve acquired your wiper blades, replacement is as simple as lifting the wiper arm, sliding off the old blade, and locking a new one into place. Because the process is quick and easy, it’s just as easy to have our team do it during your spring maintenance service, especially if you’re getting genuine wiper blades at Gossett Kia South.

 

Replacing the wiper blades on your Kia is a snap. You can do it yourself, or we can do it for you when you stop in for your seasonal check-up. Call or email our service department to set up your appointment and be sure to request a pair of new wiper blades for superior springtime visibility.

 

Tips for Bicycle Safety This Spring

The return of spring presents the opportunity to break your bike out of storage and head out for a ride. Because you will both ride a bike and drive a vehicle this spring, now is a good time to brush up on bicycle safety for both situations. By staying informed of what to do on the road, you’ll be better able to ensure your safety whether at the wheel or at the handlebars.

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Safety while riding

Dress right.

  • It should go without saying that you’ll want to wear a helmet and pads when going out for a ride. Also make sure that you are wearing the proper clothing—if you plan on riding day or night, try for light and reflective clothing for better visibility

Get a check-up.

  • Just as your car needs seasonal maintenance, you’ll want to make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. Things to look for include properly inflated tired, frame integrity, and chain condition.

Be aware.

  • Always assume that there is a vehicle in the vicinity of where you’re riding. You’ll want to ride in such a way that you’re always visible while making sure to watch for road hazards like puddles, loose gravel, and manholes.

 

 

Safety while driving

Take your time.

  • If there is a cyclist on the road in front of you, do not pass them unless you are absolutely certain that you can do so with a wide berth and clear line of visibility. Share the road, and be considerate

Take it slow.

Be courteous.

 

 

These are just some of the tips you should keep in mind when heading out for a ride or a drive this spring. If you are looking for accessories that make it easier to take your bike with you on road trips, stop into Gossett Kia South and see what we’ve got to offer.