Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

January 17, 2013

Where do I find a owner’s manual for my car?

1934 Dodge Truck Shop Manual CoverHelp, where can I get a replacement owners manual for my car?

When you buy a used car or if you lost the manual to your new car, there used to only a couple of solutions. You could go order one from the dealership and pay a bunch of money and wait weeks to get it or your could try to find a used one at a salvage yard or garage sale or the like.

Today that is not the case. If you want a replacement manual, you can still attack if old school style or you can move into more current times.

1) there are a few printers that produce most of the new car manuals and they have replacement manuals available as well.

http://www.techauthority.com is available online or by phone at (800) 890-4038
This is the website to order the printed versions of all Chrysler owners manuals

http://www.helminc.com/helm/welcome_select_oem.asp?Style=helm
Helm, Inc. offers paper manuals for Acura, Ford, all GM brands, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Jaguar, Lincoln, Lexus, Mercury and Mitsubishi, Toyota and Scion — for a fee. 

2) Besides the printed versions, many manuals are available online. Here are several links that allow viewing, printing and even downloading manuals for free from online sources and in some cases they offer the ability to purchase some as well. It is amazing how many manuals there are access to in these links.

http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-find-your-car-owners-manual-online.html
http://www.manualsforcars.com/     Manuals that are not available online, like VW, can be found here in many cases.
http://www.samarins.com/maintenance/manual.html

You can purchase paper manuals for Audi and VW at the links above as the mfg. does not make them available online at all at the time of this writing.

And if a used owner’s manual is OK, or you’re after the manual for an obscure model, eBay, Amazon or other sources for used merchandise are always worth a shot.

I am always glad to help if you are looking for new or pre-owned car. Please give me a call at 503-708-7269.

Randy May
Fleet and Internet Sales Manager
503-708-7269

December 6, 2011

New Dodge Dart Hitting the Bull’s Eye

Filed under: Alpha Romeo,Automotive,Dodge,New Models — rmay4 @ 10:32 pm

Dodge continuing to market aggressive and sporty cars does it again. The classics revisited has worked so far. Both the Charger and the Challenger in their 21st century formation have sold well and perform well. I always wanted a Dart, now I get my chance.

Randy May

Fleet Sales

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

503-708-7269

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2013 Dodge Dart, 40MPG turbo 1.4 Fiat 500 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Dodge Dart, a 1960s compact car that gearheads turned into street racers, is making a comeback.

Chrysler said Tuesday that it will use the Dart name for a new compact car based on Italian technology that it will introduce in the U.S. next year.

The brand has a special meaning for St. Louis. When Chrysler opened its south plant in Fenton, the facility began its life in 1959 building the Dodge Dart among other vehicles. Local workers assembled the Dart until Chrysler dropped the brand in 1976.

The south plant was torn down after the automaker shuttered the facility in 2008.

The new Dart, which is expected to get 40 miles per gallon of gas on the highway, is an extremely important car for Chrysler Group LLC, which currently has outdated offerings in the fast-growing compact car market. Young buyers in the U.S. generally pick compacts as their first new cars, and research shows they’ll stick with a brand if they like their first vehicle.

The new car is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a compact sold in Europe, but will be wider and longer to handle Americans’ need for more space. Chrysler said in a statement that the four-door sedan will perform well and be efficient. It’s the first car sold by Chrysler dealers that is based on Fiat underpinnings.

The Dart, due in showrooms during the first half of next year, will replace the Dodge Caliber, a slow-selling compact SUV that is based on a Spartan design from Chrysler’s lean years before bankruptcy protection. Two other compact SUVs, the Jeep Compass and Patriot, will still be sold.

The Dart also is important to Fiat because the Italian company will get another 5 percent stake in Chrysler once it starts making a car in the U.S. that gets 40 mpg. The Dart will be produced at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill., where the company is investing $600 million.

Chrysler said the Dart, to be formally introduced in January at the Detroit auto show, will offer three choices for a four-cylinder engine. It has a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that also goes in the high-performance Fiat 500, a 2-liter four and a larger 2.4-liter engine.

The Dart comes at a critical time for Chrysler, with strong growth projected in the compact car segment. Compacts could unseat midsize cars this year as the largest U.S. market segment for the first time in at least two decades, according to J.D. Power and Associates, a marketing information firm.

2013 Dodge Dart, 40MPG turbo 1.4 Fiat 500 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Rebecca Lindland, senior analyst for the IHS Automotive consulting firm, said growth in compacts will continue as the segment attracts young first-time buyers as well as baby boomers who are downsizing their cars.

General Motors has taken advantage of the growth with the Chevrolet Cruze, the company’s first decent small car in recent years, she said. The Cruze, which was just introduced last year, is among the top-selling compacts in the nation through November.

She said the Dart will have to be really good because competition in the segment is fierce.

“You’ve got to have your best game face,” Lindland said.

Chrysler nearly ran out of cash in 2008 and needed a $12.5 billion government bailout to survive bankruptcy protection. In exchange for management expertise and technology, the government gave Fiat SpA control of Chrysler and a 20 percent stake in the company.

Under Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, who now leads both automakers, Chrysler repaid its government loans, and Fiat bought the government’s stock in Chrysler. The government will lose $1.3 billion of its original $12.5 billion bailout.

Fiat now controls Chrysler with a 53.3 percent stake in the company. Under a 2009 deal with the government, Fiat got a 20 percent stake after Chrysler exited bankruptcy protection. Fiat gradually raised its stake and gained a majority share in July, when it bought the U.S. Treasury’s remaining shares.

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2013 Dodge Dart_Hornet, 40MPG turbo 1.4 Fiat 500 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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April 4, 2011

Chrysler and Fiat Producing Growth and New Models!

Filed under: Automotive,Chrysler,Dodge,Fiat,Jeep,New Models — rmay4 @ 10:09 pm

As a guy who works at a Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealer and lived through the Mercedes Chrysler fiasco, I was not excited about a Fiat version of that.  As I have watched the 2011 models come out and all the immediate improvements and the commitment to quality, even if it meant delaying the release of a new model and I do have to say that I am excited for the future. I saw the article below online today and re-posted it below.

It looks like we can expect some really cool stuff soon.

Randy May

503-708-7269

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Located in Hillsboro and servicing the Portland and Beaverton Oregon areas for new and used cars trucks and vans.

 

Fiat to launch two Dodge-based sedans in China, Russia
Luca Ciferri
Automotive News Europe | April 4, 2011 10:06 CET

TURIN — Fiat plans to launch a compact sedan in China and Russia based on the Dodge Caliber replacement that launches in North America next January.

The sedan will go into production in China in the second half of next year. Fiat has not yet announced timing for the Russia launch.

Fiat will also launch a mid-sized sedan in China and in Russia in late 2013 based on the replacement for the Dodge Avenger that will debut in the United States the same year.

Both sedans are based on a 40mm-widened version of Fiat’s new Compact architecture, which Fiat and Chrysler call Compact Wide. The Compact architecture debuted first on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta compact hatchback last year.

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the sedans are the first clear example of the global reach of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance, adding that the Compact Wide architecture will become “truly global” because it will also underpin future Jeep compact and mid-sized SUVs. He was speaking at Fiat’s annual shareholders meeting on March 30.

Fiat has not yet decided whether to sell the compact sedan in western Europe, where buyers prefer hatchbacks and station wagons over sedans.

The mid-sized sedan could possibly come to Europe badged as a Lancia. Later this year, Lancia will start sales of its first rebadged Chrysler models — the Thema large sedan, a rebadged Chrysler 300C, and the Grand Voyager minivan.

Fiat will open a new China plant in July 2012 in the Changsha Economic Zone in Hunan province with joint venture partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Guangzhou Auto has joint ventures with Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

Fiat is also looking for sites and potential partners for a 300,000-capacity factory in Russia after a planned joint venture with Russia’s Sollers collapsed in February when Sollers instead teamed up with Ford Motor Co.

In Russia, in addition to the two sedans, Fiat also plans to build two Jeeps — the Compass/Patriot and the Liberty/Cherokee successors.

In China, Fiat will build the mid-sized sedan, as well the two Jeep models also planned for Russia.

At full capacity, envisaged for 2014, Fiat-Chrysler plan to build a million vehicles a year underpinned by the Compact and Compact Wide architectures for the Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Jeep brands.

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