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Spring Maintenance Tips for your Car

We’ve made it through another long, cold New Jersey winter. Now it’s time to make sure your car did, too. Here’s what to do (and look out for) as we move into a windows-down spring and a summer full of roadtrips.

Check Tire Pressure

Everyone knows that you’ve got to check your tire pressure, and usually put some air in them, when it first gets cold. Well, the reverse is also true: When the temperature warms up, your tire pressure goes up too, and you don’t want to be driving around on overfilled tires. So make it a point to check the recommended air pressure in your owner’s manual and then let out some air if need be. And if your tires are looking a little ragged, Subaru of Morristown offers great replacement Subaru tires at good prices.

Clean that Car!

It hasn’t been the snowiest winter in recent memory, but your car still got plenty of exposure to road salt, gravel, and ice this winter. All that can corrode your vehicle’s handsome paint job, so give it a thorough bath this spring and then a nice coat of wax to protect it from whatever the summer sun has to offer.

Have it Inspected

Winter isn’t just rough on your car’s exterior. Freezing temperatures and rough roads can spell trouble for it mechanically, and it isn’t uncommon for cars to pick up squeals, squeaks, creeks, and other unpleasant noises after the colder months. Beneath those annoying sounds could be actual operating issues, so make sure your suspension, engine, drivetrain, and brakes are all in good working order before making big summer driving plans. Your steering might need to be aligned, and it might be time for an oil change. And if anything needs to be addressed, get on it sooner rather than later by finishing our Mendham area service center.

Check Wiper Blades

This might seem like an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be. Frigid temperatures, the resulting thaw, can cause those thin rubber wiper blades to split and crack. Wipers are a quick, easy replacement, but they make a world of difference when spring showers and punishing summer thunderstorms roll through our area, so give them a look, too!

Excellent Car Service near Mendham

Whatever your vehicle needs this spring and summer, make sure you don’t ignore it. Get your car serviced by the best at our Mendham area Subaru service center. From routine maintenance to major fixes, we’re the ones to trust with your beloved vehicle. Schedule your appointment online today!

How to Tie Your Christmas Tree to Your Car

christmas tree farm

It’s that special time of year again and you just scored big at the Christmas tree farm, now all that’s left is to get it home in one piece. That can be easier said than done, but with these tips and tricks you can safely tie your Christmas tree to your car without any added stress.

1. Measure: Before purchasing your Christmas tree, measure the height of the room where you plan to display the tree to ensure it will fit. Ideally, your tree should be at least six inches below the ceiling or lower depending on the size of your tree topper.

2. Use the Right Vehicle: It’s best to transport your new fir tree on top of a vehicle equipped with a roof rack, but if need be you can use the bed of a pickup truck, or an SUV, van, or minivan that can fit the tree inside with all the doors closed.

3. Protect Your Car and Tree: Most Christmas tree farms provide netting, but if you happen to go to one that doesn’t, shake the tree before wrapping it in an old blanket or tarp to free any loose needles. It’s also a good idea to lay down another blanket on the roof or bed of your truck to protect your car from scratches, and ensure the tree won’t shed as many needles on the way home.

4. Position the Tree: The tree should be placed so that the trunk is facing toward the front of the car. This helps prevent wind damage to the tree and guarantees your beautiful tree you just picked out won’t lose too many needles.

christmas-tree-on-car

5. Tying it in Place with Roof Racks: If you have a roof rack, secure the tree to your vehicle by first opening your car doors; if you try to tie the tree down through the windows, you won’t be able to open your car doors. Next, take a piece of rope and knot it to one side of the roof rack. Stretch the rope across the tree, stopping to wrap the line a couple times around the trunk, before tying off the rope to the roof rack on the other side. Wrapping the line around the trunk helps to prevent the tree from sliding under the line and becoming a danger on the road. All that’s left is to repeat this process at the middle and near the tip of the tree to fully secure it to your ride.

6.Tying it in Place Without Roof Racks: If you don’t have a car with a roof rack, you can still get your tree home safely. As with roof racks, remember to tie down the tree with the doors open, rather than going through the windows. Follow the same instructions as above but use a heavier gauge rope so as to not cut into your car door weather stripping and keep your tree in place.

Whether you get your holiday fir from a local lot or a nearby tree farm, these few foolproof tips can help you transport your Christmas tree without risking life, limb, or damage to your vehicle. For more information on all your Subaru can handle, or to find the right ride this holiday season, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

Turn Heads at This Year’s Trunk or Treat Events

Each year, it seems like trunk or treat events are even more popular than the year before! If you’ve missed the memo, a trunk or treat event is when a location–like a municipal complex, mall, or auto dealership–invites locals to park their cars, decorate their trunks, and have trick or treaters go from car to car collecting candy. It provides a safe, supervised alternative for kids in areas where trick or treating might not be the best option.

Dog at Halloween trunk or treat

If you plan on participating in a trunk or treat event, decorating is crucial! Just like some folks decorate their yards or homes to get in the Halloween spirit, it’s important to spruce up your trunk for the event. Here are some of our favorite ideas!

Keep It Classic

You’ve probably done some last-minute costumes in your day, in which case you know just how much house hold stuff can be used to make some spooky crafts. Old sheets or pillowcases become ghouls; pizza boxes or cardboard from the recycling pile turns into tombstones; just about anything orange can be converted into a jack-o-lantern with some creativity.

Classic trunk or treat decoration

Of course, a quick stop at your local seasonal halloween shop can turn a few dollars into some appropriate decorations, too. Don’t worry, there’s no shame in the store-bought route! Plus, those same items can be used to decorate your home when you get back.

Use Your Environment

Since you’re decorating your trunk or cargo area, don’t forget about the open trunk lid or hatch. You can hang items here, using thread or fishing line to suspend floating ghouls or hanging shower curtains or other backdrops to add to your area.

Don’t be afraid to leave the trunk, either. Extra items on the ground, like tombstones or hay bales, are easy to set up and add a new element of involvement as little ones make their way through.

Be Creative

Sometimes, “creative” really means “resourceful.” Don’t have anything spooky hanging around? Just like a costume, you can always leave the classics behind and embrace other hobbies or interests. Ever dressed up as an athlete or movie character at the last minute? You can do the same thing for trunk or treat! Hang a jersey or banner from the trunk and load up on sports gear and collectibles for a last-minute solution that looks great–even if it’s not likely to scare anyone!

Whatever route you take, participating in a trunk or treat is a great and safe way to get involved and have some fun in your community. For more information on local events, or on how to get your car ready for just about any event, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today.

Making Tailgate Food Ahead of Time for a Low-Stress Game Day

Whether you’re rushing to the field after work for the local high school’s game, starting the weekend with a Rutgers game on Saturday morning, or waking up with the sun on Sunday to root for the Giants or Jets, one thing is certain during football season: you’re not a true fan if you’re not in the parking lot for the tailgate!

Of course, getting everything ready for game day isn’t always easy when you’re juggling work, school, or other commitments. You’re definitely going to want your burgers to be fresh off the grill, but prepping other food beforehand can make things a lot easier. Here are a few of our favorites!

No-Mayo Potato Salad

This one’s got a lot going for it: it’ll keep in the fridge the day before, it won’t get gross during the tailgate, and the flavors go perfectly with a meal fresh off the grill! Use potatoes, parsley, onion, and your other potato salad favorites. Instead of mayonnaise, though, toss them all in a dressing made from ¼ cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. The result is savory, flavorful, and keeps longer than it’s mayo-based cousin. Want an extra bit of freshness? Toss a diced apple into the mix!

No Mayo Potato Salad

Lightspeed Chili

You might think of chili as a time consuming, simmering dish, or even an all-day-in-the-slow-cooker dish, but using different ingredients can speed things up. Stick to Great Northern beans and pre-canned green chiles for your base, and toss in a shredded rotisserie chicken from the store, and you’re practically done before you’ve even started. Simmer for a bit the night before, then heat things back up with a pot on the grill for gameday. This one’s perfect for those cold weather games!

LIghtspeed Chili

Sausage Snacks

Essentially a stuffed mushroom without the mushroom, these savory delights are going to fly once you uncover them. Mix sausage, cooked quinoa, shredded cheese, and a bit of pepper and cornstarch, then shape them the way you would make meatballs. Simply bake them, and you’re good to go! While they still need to be cooked before the game, it’s good to note that you can refrigerate the balls the night before or even freeze them up to a month beforehand. It’s easy to make a double batch, make half for the game, and save half in the freezer for an easy setup next time.

Whatever you decide to snack on, cooking and packing your Subaru beforehand can make for a nice, smooth morning on game day. For more on all you can do in your Subaru to ensure an awesome tailgate, or to find the right ride this season, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

Traveling Safely With Your Pets This Summer

Road trip with pets

Summer weather is perfect for road trips and adventures, and there’s no better companion than your four-legged friend. After all, your dog might be the only one on Earth who loves spending time outdoors even more than you do!

Of course, traveling with your pets calls for some added planning and preparation. While no pet owner wants to think about the worst case scenario, it’s important to plan out your adventure in a way that keeps your pet safe.

Along the Way

Your Subaru is designed for your protection. In addition to advanced active safety systems to help you avoid accidents, though, you also rely on passive features like your seat belt without giving it a second thought. You should certainly provide the same safety for your pet, whether it’s a harness that buckles into the seat belt receiver or a crate that ties down in the cargo area.

Dog in a pet harness

In many accidents, being thrown around the cabin is actually what causes injuries for many pets. This also keeps your pet secure after an accident, when their first reaction may be to flea from the vehicle even if it isn’t safe to do so. By using an appropriate harness, you can keep your pet safe and secure.

Once You Arrive

You wouldn’t want to get caught on a sunny day without plenty of water, and neither do your furry friends. Any time you’re headed on a long drive or a day outdoors, be sure to bring water specifically for your pets. The pet supply store offers many options, from collapsible bowls to bottles with built-in drinking dishes. Bear in mind that your pup will likely drink more than usual due to heat and exertion, so bring plenty of water along to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

As long as you take the time to plan for your adventure and keep everyone safe and happy, your four-legged pal is sure to make a perfect copilot. For more information on how to tackle summer road trips safely, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Car Lovers

Even a driver who loves their vehicle is sure to get excited if they see a brand new car with a ribbon on the hood sitting in the driveway, but for most of us a new vehicle doesn’t quite fit into the holiday shopping budget. Don’t fret, though. If you’ve got an automotive enthusiast on your shopping list this year, the team at Subaru of Morristown has gift ideas for just about any budget.

Cleaning Up

While you might not be breaking out the hose until winter’s over, you can bet that car lovers will be rushing out to wash salt and road grime off of their beloved vehicles the first chance that the weather allows. You can help ensure that they’re ready when the moment comes by gifting them with an auto-care bucket.

Car wash supplies

You can buy pre-packaged car wash buckets, or you can go to the store and set one up yourself. Start with a bucket, then load it up with quality car soap, wax, microfiber cloths, and other essential car wash gear. Think of it like a gift basket with a practical side!

The Feel of Leather

Leather driving gloves might seem like a blast from the past, but for spirited drivers there’s not much better than staying warm without sacrificing grip. Plus, they just look cool! Alternately, you can also opt for a nice leather keychain for a stylish touch. If your recipient has a common name, you might be able to find a personalized one. If not, you can always custom order one with their name or monogram stamped in.

Keychains

Easy Tech

While modern motorists likely have a lot of tech built into their vehicles–especially if they’re Subaru drivers–many drivers still opt to use their smartphones for directions, music, or communication on the road. Buying your special someone a phone mount that attaches to the windshield or air vent can make this dependence a lot less risky on the road.

Car phone mount

We’d also suggest looking into a dash cam for your favorite driver. These are becoming more and more common, and the footage can go a long way with insurance companies if an accident does occur. They also double as the perfect companion for drivers who like to visit the track or explore off-road.

Whatever type of driver is in your life, we’re sure that you can find a great gift to show them you care without breaking the bank. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Subaru of Morristown online or to call our team directly at (866) 910-3466 today!

Dog Owners Have Some Fun in the Sun

Summer is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the weather with your furry friend. While your dog may not be able to tell you himself, take it from us: he’s tired of going on walks around the block! Exercise is always great for your pup, but why not try something new this season?

Go for a Hike

Throw your walk into high gear by heading out for a hike with your dog! New Jersey is home to a ton of forests, mountains, parks, and recreation areas, and your Subaru is the perfect vehicle for getting to the trailhead. You’ll appreciate the fresh air and scenery, and your dog is sure to love a whole world of new scents on the trail!

Hiking with your dog

If you’re really feeling adventurous, planning ahead and choosing the right area can turn your hike into a camping trip. Your four-legged friend may love the bed you have for him at home, but his ancient wolf spirit is sure to enjoy a night spent under the stars.

Take a Ride

If you’re ready to get off your feet for a while, consider bringing your pup along for a ride on your favorite outdoor mode of transportation. Depending on the size of your four-legged friend, you can enjoy everything from bikes on the trail to canoes and kayaks out on the water. Just like your human companions, though, make sure you have a life vest for your dog just in case.

Dog in a kayak

Grab a Snack

Take a break and grab a bite to eat! Many restaurants with outdoor seating, including ice cream shops, have dog-specific menus or treats available for pet owners. If not, bringing your dog’s normal food or a special meal along for the experience is always a nice change of pace!

Wherever you go, be sure to take note of leash laws to help keep you and your pal safe along the way, and check for ticks when you get back home. For more information on soaking up the sun with your furry buddy, be sure to reach out to the pet-loving team at Subaru of Morristown by contacting us online or giving us a ring at (866) 910-3466 today.

Subaru of Morristown Suggests Perfect Destinations Right in NJ

Now that the calendar and the weather forecast finally seem to agree that spring has arrived, it’s the perfect time of year to roll the windows down and enjoy some fresh air. If you don’t have the free time to take to the interstate for a true road trip, don’t worry; we’ve got plenty to see right here at home in New Jersey!

Subaru family trip

At Subaru of Morristown, we’ve spent plenty of time exploring NJ’s well-known attractions and hidden gems. If you’ve got an afternoon free, check out one of our favorite spots.

Hamilton, NJ – Grounds For Sculpture

You don’t need to know much about art history to enjoy this contemporary collection of artwork. With over 250 sculptures in a constantly evolving outdoor exhibit, checking out the Grounds For Sculpture is more like a nature walk with artistic accents than a visit to a museum.

If you’re planning your trip ahead of time, don’t forget to see what’s going on with their indoor exhibits. These displays change seasonally, so there’s always something new to see!

Camden, NJ – Battleship New Jersey

Not only does this vessel take its name from our beautiful state, but it’s also the nation’s most decorated battleship. Floating on the Delaware River in Camden, the Battleship New Jersey is practically a floating museum.

Battleship New Jersey

Built in 1942, this ship has plenty of stories to tell. It was sent to serve in World War II immediately upon its completion, and then proceeded to serve in Korea, Vietnam, the 1983 Lebanese Civil War, and the Persian Gulf War before taking a well earned retirement right here at home.

Smithville, NJ – Historic Smithville and the Village Greene

Right off Route 9 in Atlantic County, Smithville offers a delightful splash of quaint comfort in a state many of us feel is a bit congested at times. Occupying 20 acres on the edge of a lake, a collection of locally owned businesses and old-style shops comprise the historic town’s shopping.

Various festivals and attractions crop up in Smithville throughout the summer, too, adding even more to the itinerary. This is also a perfect destination for a break from the hustle and bustle during a stay in nearby Atlantic City.

Wherever you set your sights this spring, New Jersey is sure to provide plenty of scenic backdrops and fun activities for your whole crew to enjoy. To find the perfect vehicle for all of your upcoming trips, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown online or to call our team at (866) 910-3466 today!

Morristown Subaru dealer inventory

Working Toward a Greener Future for the Next Generation

Subaru and the National Parks Service

In our role as a trusted Subaru dealership, there’s one thing we’ve learned firsthand about Subaru drivers: no two are quite alike! From solo adventurers to fun-loving families and with plenty of unique personalities in between, the only thing that all of our drivers have in common is a love for exploration.

As such, it’s easy to see why Subaru of America is so committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. The men and women of the United States National Parks Service share the same passion, and now our two organizations are coming together.

Subaru Focuses on Sharing Knowledge and Experience

In 2003, Subaru’s international plants became Zero Landfill. This designation means that none of the automaker’s plants send anything to landfills or incinerators; every resource is reused or recycled in an effort to minimize environmental impact.

The following year, Subaru was recognized as the first manufacturer in United States history to achieve this status. In the decade since, the company has learned a lot. Now it’s time to share that knowledge by working with the National Parks Service to help our nation’s parks achieve the same status. This process will begin with three of the United States’ most beautiful areas.

Yosemite

Yosemite National ParkOne of California’s best known natural areas, Yosemite was among the first areas to be considered for the National Park status. Since becoming part of the agency’s jurisdiction when it formed in 1916, the park has continued to attract enthusiastic visitors from all over the world.

Composed of cliffs, valleys, and old-growth forests, Yosemite continues to represent the very spirit of the National Parks Service. With over 675,000 acres of designated wilderness area, the beauty of this park is undeniable.

Grand Teton

Grand Teton National ParkThe highest peak in the Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains, Grand Teton is an environment known for a wide array of wildlife. With placid lakes, brilliant peaks, and beautiful valleys, this park is as picturesque as they come.

Captivating views abound for adventurers here.

Denali

Denali National ParkOne of Alaska’s eight national parks, Denali is well known around the world as the home of North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley. Wonder Lake awaits those who choose to traverse the park’s single service road. Remote and peaceful, this park highlights the contrast between calm glaciers and thriving populations of plants and animals.

While these three remarkable parks will be the first to benefit from the partnership between Subaru and the National Parks Service, they only represent the beginning of what promises to be a long and fruitful relationship. The effort we all make today will be reflected tomorrow, and we look forward to the blossoms that these seeds will create.

To learn more about Subaru’s efforts in these breathtaking parks, as well as the company’s efforts closer to home, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown online or to call our team at (866) 910-3466 today.

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