2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Although I’ve been a fan of Mustangs forever, I can’t imagine a car that is more amazing than this one. Here is the 2013 Ford Shelby GT 500.

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Fast Facts on the GT500:

  • 5.8L supercharged V8
  • 650 horsepower
  • Torque: 600 lb-ft @ 6000rpm
  • 6 speed manual Tremec transmission
  • 15/24 mpg (when run on Plutonium)
  • 1.21 jigawatts of electricity

Check out this video and fall in love.

If you’d like to order your Shelby GT500, give All Star Ford a call at 225-456-2911.

At All Star Automotive, we offer a wide range of automotive services to make every step of your ownership experience as easy as possible, whether you’re shopping around, or need repairs from certified experts.

To help you find just what you’re looking for, our new inventory and used inventory search provides plenty of options. And when you’re ready, quick credit approvals and online financing help make your purchase go smoothly and efficiently. Then schedule your service online and get the expertise of one of our factory-trained technicians. All these options at available at Baton Rouge’s favorite place to buy and service – All Star Automotive!

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We’d bet if you never hear the expression “think outside the box” in an ad campaign or at another meeting, it wouldn’t be too soon. But in the case of the 2012 Scion xB, however, most of the good thinking takes place inside the box; in this case, the xB’s friendly, practical, boxy bodylines.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, 500,000th Vehicle

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. recently celebrated production of the 500,000th vehicle at the West Point, Ga. automobile manufacturing facility. Vehicle number 500,000 was a snow white pearl Optima SX and will now be allocated to one of Kia Motors America’s more than 755 dealerships nationwide.

Is Your Car Ready for Holiday Travel?

Many people don’t think  about getting their car ready for winter (or summer) until it is time to leave.  It may be too late at that point if you need a lot of work done on your vehicle.  Now is the time to schedule your vehicle’s checkup and make sure that no issues will arise while you are on the road traveling.

“…while modern vehicles don’t need conventional lubrication jobs, you need to check CV joint boots – rubber enclosures that surround constant-velocity joints on front and all-wheel-drive vehicles that connect the engine to the wheels – for cracks that can let lubrication out, dirt and water in” says Rennie Bryant of Redline Performance.

You will want to have the brakes inspected, the belts and hoses; fuel, oil and air filters, the cabin air filter; the windshield wipers and washer fluid; the tires as well as the spare tire needs to be inspected.  Make sure all lights works.  If you are traveling to a cold environment you may need to put antifreeze in the radiator.  Brake lines need to be checked, oil, transmission fluid and brake fluid need to be checked.  It may be time to rotate the tires as well.

All Star Kia of Baton Rouge East Service Dept.

Don't wait to have your Winter Check Up

What Does A Bumper To Bumper Warranty Cover?

bumper to bumper warranty

Ever wonder what a bumper to bumper warranty covers?

New cars include a warranty that is anywhere from 3 years/36,000 mile to 10 years.  This is usually conditional coverage and will not cover most wear and tear items.  The warranty also requires that you keep up the regular maintenance (i.e. oil changes) or it could prevent the manufacturer from covering issues that may arise.  

Bumper to bumper warranty may cover everything from roadside assistance, free gasoline if stranded on the side of road, major mechanical repair and electronic equipment.

The list of specific items may vary a little, but the most common exclusions are brake pads, wiper blades, aftermarket accessories, exhaust system, hoses, belts, light bulbs,  drums and rotors.  Natural wear and tear during normal operation is not covered by the warranty.  Damage caused by an accident, negligence or deliberate abuse is also excluded.  You can check with your dealer to find out exactly what would be covered under the warranty.

Bumper to bumper should not be confused with the drive train warranty which covers the cost of repairs if any part of the vehicle’s transmission system stops performing as designed.  Consumers may also purchase extended warranties for their vehicles after their initial warranty has expired.

Bumper-to-bumper: Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance, like fluid top-offs and oil changes, but a few luxury brands — most notably BMW and Saab — have separate free-maintenance provisions. Bumper-to-bumper warranties usually expire faster than powertrain warranties. ~Cars.com

 

 

Why are Gas Prices so High?

I have noticed the cost at the pump doing something strange in the past week-it has been steadily going down.  I paid $3.36 per gallon 2 weeks ago and that was actually on a day when gas less expensive, then within a few days started watching gas prices go from $3.36 and jump rapidly down to $3.18 per gallon.  It is a shame to say that I was elated at the thought of $3.18 per gallon gas prices when I remember 5 years ago paying $2.28 per gallon.  In 2006 gas prices rose to over $3 per gallon and have not dropped below since.  It seems that  seasonal summer demand was greater than ever, the price of crude went up as did the cost of ethanol.  

The demand for oil has never been as high as it is these days.  And one of the main reasons for this is the continuing rapid economic growth of China and India, the two largest economies of the developing world.  Consumers and individuals in both countries are using energy at an increasing rate.  In the United States people continue to drive gas guzzling vehicles such as SUVs.  The United States and Europe continue to grow economically which generally means an increase in demand for oil.

Politics, geography and supply problems may also contribute to the rise in gas problems over the last few years.

“For example, the war in Iraq has resulted in reducing oil production there, as has also happened in Nigeria due to rebel activity. The continuing nuclear weapons wrangle with Iran, the government increasing its control over industry in Russia, and the oil companies being nationalized in Venezuela has given rise to misgivings about future supplies.”  states  Rita Patatunda

Offshore drilling is more costly and many of the places that were easy to drill in the United States have gone dry;  this increases the cost of the United States to produce oil.  Stations try to meet the demand for fuel by keeping enough supplied, but cannot predict how much they will have to pay for the next tanker of gasoline.

“… oil that made the gasoline that customers are putting into their cars today may have only cost $85 a barrel, but the oil that makes the fuel that will replace it will cost a lot more. Customers, then, are paying more now to cover the station owner’s cost in the future.” says Hazel Sanchez of CBS New York

Coffee-Powered Car Breaks Land Speed Record picture: 418548 – Top Speed

With gas prices always on the rise it seems more and more people will be looking for alternatives means of transportation.  However, a bicycle isn’t always the best way to go.  You can’t get on the interstate with a bicycle and not every street is conducive to traveling this way.  If you are lucky enough to live close to work you may not spend much money on gasoline, but if you commute long distances then it could become quite expensive just to drive to work.  Electric cars are always great alternatives as are hybrids.  But check out this article I just found on a coffee powered car.  I’m game!

!Coffee-Powered Car Breaks Land Speed Record picture: 418548 – Top Speed.

What Kind of Customer Service Should I Expect From a Car Dealership?

Customer Service 

You should expect to be treated with the same respect at a car dealership that you expect when you dine at your favorite restaurant.  Everyone has a need to feel appreciated.  Whether taking your car in for service or purchasing a new vehicle you should be treated with dignity and respect.   Everyone in the dealership should make you feel at home and someone should greet you, rather than you having to find a service adviser or sales person.  You should feel that the organization went the “extra mile” for you and if any problems arise they should be able to help resolve them in a timely manner.  Everyone who comes in contact with you should smile and be friendly and if you have questions that cannot be answered by one person, they should be able to direct you to someone who can.  Remember that they are still human and will make mistakes, but it is the willingness to help that is customer service.   It is not the product but the attitude of the employees or the way in which they may have been treated (otherwise known as the experience) that people tend to remember.  

Service Adviser greeting customer