Our Top Pick for the Best Car for College Students: Jeep Renegade

Here at All Star Automotive Group, we understands that as a parent of a college student you are looking for a vehicle that is reliable, safe, stylish and most of all…inexpensive! That is why our top pick for the best car for a college student is the Jeep Renegade. The Jeep Renegade gets great gas mileage at 24 city and 31 highway meaning this is a great vehicle for those college students that commute to and from school, work and home.

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The Jeep Renegade is a subcompact crossover and comes in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. All trim levels comfortably seat five passengers! From the base level trim all the way to the Trailhawk trim, the Jeep Renegade is a fun, sporty and easy vehicle to drive. College students will love the Jeep Renegade due to its rugged style and loads of cool features. Parents of college students will also love the Jeep Renegade because of its price point and safety. Anytime you upgrade from a sedan sized vehicle to a crossover sized vehicle, you are going to have more safety. From keyless entry to the Uconnect infotainment system, the Jeep Renegade is overall a great vehicle for college students!

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Manually removable sunroofs can be ordered on all of the Jeep Renegades, except on the Sport model, the front sunroof can also be power-operated. Also a tow package is available on all but the Sport trim. It is clear as to why this is a great vehicle for college students. It has great gas mileage, off-road capabilities, depending on while trim level you purchase, and the room of a crossover without being too large! All-in-all, this is a great vehicle if you’re a college student, or you’re just wanting a little extra room in your vehicle! Click here to view our entire Jeep Renegade inventory!

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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 for a new, used or certified pre-owned vehicle, 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. You can also schedule your service online and get the expertise of one of our factory-trained technicians. All these options are available at Baton Rouge’s favorite place to buy and service vehicles – All Star Automotive! Proudly serving Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Zachary, Baker, Denham Springs, Prairieville, Hammond and surrounding areas.

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Featured Vehicle – 2017 Hyundai Elantra

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All Star Automotive Group loves keeping our customers in the loop about anything and everything related to vehicles. Before you know it, all of the 2017 vehicle models will be coming out and we will be saying goodbye to the 2016s. Introducing the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra!

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been completely redesigned. Highlights include fresh styling, a more upscale interior and a host of new technology offerings. The Elantra now sports the hexagonal corporate grille found on other Hyundai models, along with more subtle contours and creases for the sheet metal. The new design of the 2017 Elantra has a more mature look that reflects the car’s polish and refinement.

Sitting down behind the wheel will make you feel as if you are sitting in a high-end luxury vehicle. The new Elantra’s interior is comfortable and gives off a premium vibe. The control layout and touchscreen are easy to use. To give the Hyundai Elantra more room, it has reallocated space by adding room to the backseat while taking a little bit away from the front row and the trunk.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is offered in three trim levels

  • SE
  • Eco
  • Limited

The SE model comes standard with

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Air-conditioning
  • Full power accessories
  • Height-adjustable front seats
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 60/40-split folding rear seatback
  • Six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a CD player

The Eco model is similar to the SE with Popular Equipment and Tech packages but substitutes 15-inch alloy wheels and a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. There are no options available for the Eco model.

The Limited model comes with everything found on the SE with Popular Equipment and Tech packages, plus

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Additional chrome body trim
  • LED taillights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment)
  • Blue Link system

Limited models have their own Tech package that includes

  • Sunroof
  • Heated rear seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Bigger driver information display
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Voice commands
  • Navigation system
  • Eight-speaker Infinity sound system

View our current 2017 Hyundai Elantra inventory here!

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 for a new, used or certified pre-owned vehicle, 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. You can also schedule your service online and get the expertise of one of our factory-trained technicians. All these options are available at Baton Rouge’s favorite place to buy and service vehicles – All Star Automotive! Proudly serving Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Zachary, Baker, Denham Springs, Prairieville, Hammond and surrounding areas.

Featured Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Durango SXT

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If you’re shopping for a reliable seven-passenger SUV, then look no further than the 2015 Dodge Durango. With its muscular styling and performance, standout interior and agreeable road manners, the 2015 Dodge Durango is a great choice for a seven-passenger SUV. An available V8 power and industrial-grade towing capacity, the Dodge Durango is an overall star. This vehicle is the perfect balance of luxury and ruggedness.

Key features in the 2015 Dodge Durango SXT include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control (includes separate rear air-conditioning)
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • 60/40-split-folding and reclining second-row seat
  • 50/50-split-folding third-row seat (with power-folding headrests)
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Uconnect voice controls
  • 5-inch touchscreen

View more details of this 2015 Dodge Durango SXT here!

All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is a proud member of the All Star Automotive Group, and carries the Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram line of products; which are some of the most reliable and dependable vehicles in the world. We serve the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas as well as Denham Springs, Walker, Addis, Central, Baker, Prairieville, Gonzales, Hammond, Port Allen, Plaquemine, White Castle and Lafayette. If you are in the market for a Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep or Ram, come by our Dealership at 2590 Range Park Drive in Denham Springs and experience Sales, Parts, Service and Collision that is really All Star!

Let our team at All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram help you find just what you are looking for! We have a large selection of new and used vehicles to choose from. There is something for everyone. Click here to see our inventory!

Our staff is qualified and able to assist you with any vehicle needs, concerns or questions you might have. We assure you that you will not be disappointed in our team! Come on over to All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram to receive All-Star service!

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.

Should I Purchase a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle or Used Car?

What Makes a Pre-Owned Vehicle, Certified?

Every certified car has to go through an inspection before it can be certified.  The only certification that means anything is a manufacturer certified pre-owned car. All others are insurance backed programs.  A certified car will only be offered by your local dealer and the warranty will extend beyond the initial “new car” warranty coverage.  The warranty must be backed by the original manufacturer to be certified pre-owned.    

 If problems are found, the factory-trained technicians will fix it or disqualify the car from the program. The certified warranty protection typically takes effect when the original warranty expires and, like a new car warranty, offers coverage for a certain number of years or miles, whichever comes first.   ~Edmunds.com  

Don’t be fooled by used cars sold with extended warranties;  make sure you are getting a factory certified pre-owned vehicle.  The manufacturer is not involved in the extended warranty, it is  the consumer who is responsible for purchasing the warranty.  Extended warranties often require the customer to pay for the repairs in advance and then be reimbursed upon approval of the repair, or pay a deductible that the customer may not be aware of.        

A certified pre-owned vehicle undergoes a thorough 100 point inspection by the manufacture’s certified dealerships and is either deemed unfit and thrown out of the program or it is approved.  They go over vehicle with a fine tooth comb to make sure it is sound.  Vehicles with longer initial factory warranties make better candidates for certified vehicles as the warranty doesn’t begin until the initial warranty expires.  

As you can see there is a definite benefit buying a certified pre-owned vehicle from a dealer as opposed to purchasing a vehicle from an individual or car lot that is not certified.  The consumer pays less money for a certified pre-owned vehicle with a good warranty than he/she would a new vehicle.    They generally cost more than the non-certified pre-owned vehicles, but the benefits of the manufacturer backed warranty may be outweigh the extra cost of having to pay out of pocket for extended warranties and repairs.   

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

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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.  

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1964 1/2 Mustang

Ponycar Revolution

In 1961 Lee Iacocca had a vision to create a sports car which would seat 4 people, weigh less than 2500 lbs and be no longer than 180 inches.  This vision would become reality and would become one of the hottest selling cars on the market.  On March 9, 1964 the first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line and was introduced to the world on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.  The Mustang sold over 22,000 units and a revolution had begun.

The truth is that there is no 1964 1/2 Mustang, but that term was coined by Mustang enthusiast.  This model was produced for 6 months before refinements were made, the ones produced within the next 6 months are considered to be 1965.  But technically they are all 1965 Mustangs, I will  still call it a 1964 1/2.   Besides knowing the date it was manufactured, how can you tell if it is a 1964 1/2?  It  has to be factory-equipped with a generator charging system, a 170ci six (U-code), a 260 2V (F-code), or a 289 4V (D-code) low-compression, large horns mounted down on the frame behind the radiator, a brake light pressure switch on the master cylinder, a center “off” heater fan switch, and a generator charge light, just to name the basics. These are features exclusive to Mustangs built between early March and July 31, 1964.  There was never a fastback made in those early production units, so if you find a ’65 fastback it is not a ’64 1/2.

The pony interior was added in the ’65 production group featuring  special seat covers with running horses across the back, exclusive interior door panels with integral armrests and pistol-grip door handles, a five-gauge instrument panel, wood-grain steering wheel, and appliques on the instrument cluster, glove-box, and center console (if equipped).