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Wouldn’t it be great to roll your brand new Chapman Dodge Durango off the lot and know more than 5,000 different components are covered under warranty? Or that your extended warranty covers trip interruption, up to $1,000, if your vehicle is inoperable due to a mechanical failure covered by the service contract or warranty? Or if you sell your vehicle, the extended protection plan is transferrable, adding value to your resale?

It’s time to start feeling great because the Mopar Maximum Care vehicle protection package is available for all new and Certified Pre-Owned Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep and SRT vehicles purchased at Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep. In addition to providing coverage for up to eight years or 120,000 miles, or a Lifetime if you are the original owner, it also provides tremendous peace of mind about your vehicle’s longevity, says Brian Laasch, Finance Manager for Chapman Scottsdale Autoplex.

“In terms of what it offers, it is one of, if not the most, comprehensive protection plan out there you can buy for your vehicle,” he explained. “Whether it’s a new vehicle or a Certified Pre-Owned, the Maximum Care plan covers an array of components and has a tiered system of deductible amounts – depending on the plan you chose, your deductible may be $0 out of pocket.”

Components covered by the plan, which is offered by their Dodge dealer in Scottsdale include: Engine, Transmission, Driveline, Steering, Air Conditioning, Engine Cooling and Fuel System, Electrical/Expanded Electrical, Front/Rear Suspension, Brakes/Anti-lock Brakes, Instrumentation, Power and Luxury Groups, Body Mechanisms, Manual Interior Mechanisms and Safety and Security. What’s not included fits into a small set of bullet points:

–          Wear items such as tires, manual clutch assembly, brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, belts and wipers;

–          Maintenance services and items used in such services;

–          Snow plows, winches and trailer hitches;

–          Body and paint items, including soft trim; and

–          Glass and plastic lenses.

Laasch said the plan provides a $35 first-day car rental allowance or taxi reimbursement, $100 towing/roadside assistance benefit, and the aforementioned trip interruption protection. Additions can be made to the plan, including Auto Appearance Care, which provides unlimited ding and dent coverage; Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Protection Plan, and Lube, Oil And Oil Filter plans. Maximum Care plan prices start from $850 and increase, depending on add-ons, Laasch said.

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anti-theft tips

The Dodge Challenger is the third most stolen car in America. Given that statistic, drivers must take initiative to avoid getting their vehicles stolen. According to Allstate insurance, a car gets stolen every 26 seconds, costing Americans $7.6 billion a year.

Below are some anti-theft tips that will help deter criminals from stealing your car.

1. Get a good alarm. Most car alarms are motion activated. An important issue to remember about car alarms is the “tune-out” factor. How many times have you heard the incessant tones of a car alarm in the parking lot, only to tune it out because you’ve heard it so many times? To combat this, Allstate Insurance Agency suggests using an alarm system that pages you if it is activated.

2. Many people get their cars broken into because they kept valuables in plain sight. MP3 players, cell phones, CDs – even charging cables – should be kept out of view and safely stowed in the glove box or storage compartment. Or, keep valuables with you, or locked in the trunk. This last tip is especially important to follow during this holiday season, when thieves will be looking for gifts and shopping bags left in view on your vehicle seats.

3. Allstate also suggests that drivers not advertise the kind of alarm they have in their vehicle. This means no stickers, decals, etc. Don’t give thieves an advantage by telling them what kind of alarm you have, so they can find out how to disable it.

4. This tip seems obvious, but must be said. Don’t leave your key in the ignition or leave a spare key anywhere inside the vehicle.

5. Another way to ensure your vehicle doesn’t get stolen is to park in lots and garages that have security. Choosing where you park is just as important, according to Allstate. Don’t park the farthest away from an attendant or security guard. Park close to the entrance instead.

Follow the above tips in order to avoid car theft. To check out Dodge vehicles visit Chapman Dodge.

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For those looking for a reliable SUV, the 2014 Dodge Durango is for you. The SUV won the 2014 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy award for large SUVs.

The redesigned Durango was made a little bigger in order to put it into the large SUV class. However, some things remain the same. It still offers the power to tow with a HEMI V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Interior upgrades include a new customizable TFT gauge cluster, high-def Blu-ray dual-screen entertainment system, and a new available 8.4-inch Uconnect  Touchscreen navigation system.

The Dodge Durango fits up to seven people and features more than 50 different seating configurations, making it a great choice for families looking for seating and cargo space options.

In addition to seating, consumers can have their choice of engines as well. The Durango comes standard with a 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine, capable of up to 295hp in Rallye mode, and getting up to 24mpg on the highway. The beefier V8 is a 5.7L HEMI capable of 360hp and up to 23mpg on the highway with the V8 RWD option.

The 2014 Dodge Durango starts at $29,795 for the SXT  and $40,995 for the luxury Citadel model, which includes in its base price the rear-wheel drive, a 3.6L Pentastar V6 and an 8-speed transmission.

Considering the features that come standard and its size, the Dodge Durango is a great buy, especially families. To check out the 2014 Dodge Durango, visit Chapman Dodge.