Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Recent world events have made it more important than ever to keep a clean environment. Frequent drivers may be especially concerned about their cars. To help, these are a few tips for sanitizing your car.

Use disposable gloves

If you think your car needs to be sanitized for the sake of your health, then you ought to wear gloves in the process. Use disposable gloves — not reusable ones — to protect your hands while you pick up trash and apply cleaning chemicals to the surfaces of your car. When you’re done, peel them off your hands — turning them inside out — and immediately wash your hands.

Clean high-touch surfaces

The areas of your car most in need of sanitizing tend to be the ones that you and your passengers touch the most. Focus on the steering wheel, shifter knob, door buttons, audio, and climate controls as well as the infotainment touch screen. Use disinfecting wipes to avoid damaging the electronics, and stay away from ammonia-based cleaning products when cleaning the touch screen, as these can damage its anti-glare coating.

Clean fabrics

Soft surfaces, particularly the carpet, headliner and fabric seats, are very good at absorbing germs. You’ll want to use the cleaning solution that’s appropriate for each of these surfaces, such as upholstery shampoo, leather cleaner or vehicle carpet cleaner. Bleach-free sprays and wipes should also do the trick. If you use a non-leather cleaner for your leather seats, make sure to use a conditioner afterward to prevent cracking. Don’t forget to clean the back of the seats as well. When your second-row passengers cough or sneeze, that’s where it all goes.

Kevin’s Royal Auto hopes these tips for sanitizing your car are helpful during these difficult times!

How to Care for Your Vehicle While It Sits Idle

It may sound obvious, but cars are meant to move. If they go too long without being driven, they can start to develop problems that range from mildly inconvenient to potentially dangerous. Thankfully, there are a few easy signs to keep an eye out for and some simple ways to care for your vehicle while it sits idle.

Potential issues

What issues your car develops while inactive depends in large part on how long it sits still. If you haven’t driven in a while, you may find that the battery is dead or the tires are deflating. The simplest way to prevent either of these issues is to take your car for a spin every week or two, if possible.

Over longer periods of time, more serious issues can crop up. For instance, if your car isn’t driven for long enough, some fluids can separate, and components that are meant to be lubricated can sustain lasting damage. Similarly, if your brake rotors don’t move for an extended period of time, they can start to accumulate rust and eventually permanently harm the brakes.

Simple solutions

The cure for nearly all of these problems is to keep your car in motion, preferably for at least 20 minutes every two weeks. Of course, if the issue is more serious, you can always bring your vehicle in for service.

If you want some more advice on how to care for your vehicle while it sits idle — or if you’re in need of repairs or maintenance — don’t hesitate to give us a call at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, New York.

4 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Ford

Warmer weather is the perfect time to show your vehicle some TLC. Here are a few spring cleaning tips for your Ford.

Wash the exterior

Handwash the exterior of your vehicle with a carwash product and sponge. Use a tire-cleaning spray and firm brush to scrub grime off of the tires. Rinse it clean with a hose, and make sure to hose off the undercarriage to eliminate any road salt and other debris that have accumulated during the colder months of driving.

Dejunk and clean the interior

Dispose of any trash that is cluttering up the cabin and relocate any unnecessary items you’re keeping in the vehicle. Vacuum the upholstery and carpets, then take out the floor maps to vacuum or hose them off, depending whether they’re carpeted or vinyl. It’s also a good idea to dust the air vents and other hard surfaces throughout the interior, especially if you’re sensitive to spring allergens and dust mites. 

Clean the headlights

If your vehicle’s headlights have grown hazy with film, it’s time to clean them. Save yourself some time and hassle by scheduling a maintenance appointment with us here at Kevin’s Royal Auto. You’ll also want to inspect the bulbs of your headlights, hazards, and turn signals to ensure that they are still working.

Replace wiper blades

Spring often means heavy rain showers. Make sure to inspect windshield wiper blades for signs of damage and deterioration in case you need new ones to ensure visibility during a new season of driving. If the wiper blades are still in good shape, wipe them clean with some rubbing alcohol to remove any residue to prevent them from leaving streaks on the windshield.

Call us at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown to have one of our experienced technicians give your vehicle a spring inspection.

Deluxe Jeep® High Altitude Trim Comes to Wrangler and Gladiator

Jeep® is known far and wide for its rugged, trail-ready trucks and exciting SUVs, and now you can add premium touches and sophisticated details to the list. At the recent Chicago Auto Show, the ultra-luxurious Jeep® High Altitude trim was unveiled for both the Wrangler and Gladiator.

The High Altitude versions of the Gladiator and Wrangler come with a bevy of exterior and interior upgrades. On the outside, you can outfit your vehicle of choice with 20-inch painted gloss-black aluminum wheels, matching body-color hardtops, door handles, bumpers, and more. You’ll also stand out wherever you go thanks to the exclusive Trail Rated® badge.

Inside, you’ll find yourself swaddled in luxury thanks to standard full-leather appointments like a leather-wrapped dashboard and center console, Nappa leather seating, and an available leather-wrapped steering wheel. You’ll also enjoy a standard suite of infotainment and connectivity features.

“We’ve taken the most capable SUV and midsize pickup on the planet and delivered a pair of truly unique vehicles, inside and out, so there’s clearly no compromise between luxury and capability,” said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep® Brand – FCA North America.

To get behind the wheel of the highly-sophisticated Jeep® Wrangler High Altitude or the Gladiator High Altitude, stop in at Kevin’s Royal Auto and take one out for a spin.

Take on Snow Like a Pro in the 2020 Ford Super Duty

Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall can make cold weather in New York rough for less capable pickups, but not the Ford F-Series Super Duty. With Ford’s recent introduction of the Snow Plow Prep Package, 2020 Ford Super Duty owners can tackle winter’s worst weather with ease.

The Super Duty’s Snow Plow Prep Package comes with mounting hardware, heady-duty springs, and a high-capacity alternator built to handle a high electrical load. Super Duty owners who opt for this package will enjoy a best-in-class maximum 1,400-pound snow plow rating on gas engines and a 1,290-pound rating on diesel engines.

The Super Duty’s chief engineer, Mike Pruitt, says of the new package, “With our new Snow Plow Prep Package, we’re really delivering for folks who clear the way after a big storm. Being able to safely hook up bigger plows means roads, driveways and parking lots are cleared quickly and drivers can move on to the next job.”

The available Snow Plow Prep isn’t the only feature the Super Duty offers to tackle inclement weather. F-Series trucks equipped with the available 10-speed TorqShift® transmission have the ability to switch to a Deep Snow drive mode for better traction in poor conditions. Cold-weather comfort features for Super Duty owners include heated steering wheels, a de-icing windshield wiper system, and heated leather seats.

Get a head start on next winter by visiting Kevin’s Royal Auto of Cooperstown to browse our inventory of 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks.

Welcome Spring with These Routine Vehicle Maintenance Steps

Keeping up with routine vehicle maintenance is the No. 1 step you can take to ensure that your car, truck, or SUV drives safely and smoothly for years to come. With spring making its arrival, now is a great time to get started.

Get an oil change. Your vehicle needs an oil change roughly twice a year or every 5,000 miles. If you haven’t had an oil change since the fall, bring it in for one — and have your tires rotated as well. Good mechanics will perform thorough inspections of your entire vehicle, pinpoint potential issues, and keep you up to date on less common maintenance items.

Take care of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning isn’t just limited to your house. Give your car a good wash and wax, and take this opportunity to clean out the inside as well. Throw away trash, vacuum the carpets, and dust all the air vents.

Ensure good visibility. Get ready for those spring showers by replacing your wiper blades if yours are leaving streaks. Now is a good time to inspect all exterior lights as well to ensure none are burnt out. Replace any as necessary.

This spring, be sure to take care of these car maintenance essentials — either at home or with a visit to our service department at Kevin’s Royal Auto.

2020 Ford Expedition Limited Gets New Off-Road Features

If you want a rugged off-roading machine, but don’t want to sacrifice the creature comforts of a luxury vehicle, the 2020 Ford Expedition Limited’s all-new FX4 Off-Road Package can give you the best of both worlds.

If you are one of the nearly 20 percent of Expedition drivers who use your SUV for off-roading, you will love the tough features included with the FX4 Off-Road Package. This set of features includes seven skid plates, rugged all-terrain tires, a shortened chin spoiler, premium off-road shocks, chrome running boards, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. When properly equipped, the Expedition Limited is capable of towing up to 9,200 pounds and can reach up to 375 horsepower.

The Ford Expedition Limited will also provide you with an unparalleled upscale SUV experience. The trim’s premium features include leather-trimmed seating, wood accents, Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety technologies, and touch-screen navigation. Whether you use the off-road capabilities of the Expedition’s FX4 package for hunting, fishing, camping, or simply exploring the not-so-beaten path, you’ll be able to enjoy your adventure in the lap of luxury.

Call the experts at Kevin’s Royal Auto of Cooperstown to schedule a test drive of the new 2020 Ford Expedition Limited FX4.

Take on Winter Roads in the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD

Muscle cars aren’t usually the ideal vehicle for icy roads — especially in brutal East Coast winters. While that preconception might be true of other muscle cars, the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD breaks the mold by providing superior performance in all weather conditions.

All-Wheel Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD) technology monitors the traction of each wheel and sends power if a loss of traction is detected. AWD is especially important during the winter, when icy and snowy roads can lead to traction loss that could cause accidents. The new 2020 Dodge Charger GT is the only car in its class to make all-wheel drive available to its customers.  

No-Compromise All-Weather Capabilities: The 2020 Dodge Charger GT offers all-wheel drive capabilities without sacrificing the fun of a performance muscle car. The AWD variant of the Charger GT has a 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine that packs a punch of 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. When weather conditions are favorable, the Charger’s AWD functionality can be turned off to deliver a drive responsive enough to wow any thrill seeker. If traction loss is detected, AWD will automatically re-engage.

Contact the Dodge experts at Kevin’s Royal Auto if you want to take on the winter in style with a 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD.

Ram Named Best Truck Brand by U.S. News

Boasting an impressive combination of powerful capabilities and sophisticated features, the Ram lineup was recently honored as the Best Truck Brand for 2020 by U.S. News and World Report.

Ram trucks lead their segments in a wide range of categories, including the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine’s unbeatable 1000 lb-ft of torque, 35,100-pound towing capacity for the Ram 3500, most spacious and luxurious interior, and best owner loyalty.

In awarding the Ram brand, U.S. News cited its interior luxury, broad appeal, and leadership in innovation.

U.S. News also praised the exclusive use of the coil-spring rear suspension in the Ram 1500, which creates a more comfortable ride than most pickups, as well as its huge touchscreen infotainment system and the fuel-efficient new EcoDiesel engine option.

The magazine also noted that while Ram trucks start off at a higher price than competitors due to their abundant luxury features, a fully-loaded top trim is actually less expensive than the highest trims of competitors.

The Ram brand’s dedication to creating the perfect balance of cabin comfort and class-leading performance is why the Ram 1500 is the most awarded light-duty truck in the country. The 2020 Ram 1500 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and the 2019 Ram 1500 was named the Official Truck of Texas and a Consumer Guide Best Buy.

Ford Introduces the Electrifying Mustang Mach-E

We all love the power and performance that comes with the Ford Mustang. Now, the Mustang lineup is expanding with the innovative, all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. This SUV promises to deliver exceptional electric performance.

“The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer. “People want a car that’s thrilling to drive, that looks gorgeous, and that can easily adapt to their lifestyle — and the Mustang Mach-E delivers all of this in unmatched style.”

The Mustang Mach-E will go on sale in late 2020 and will be available with both standard and extended-range battery options. With the extended-range option, the Mach-E should have an EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles. Its powertrain will have an expected output near 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque.

For those looking for even more thrills, there will be two special performance models available, the GT and GT Performance Edition. These models will have an estimated output of 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. The GT Performance Edition will have a 0-60 mph time in the mid-3-second range.

You can reserve your Mustang Mach-E right now at Ford’s website, or test-drive it at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown later this year.