Thursday, December 6, 2018

The New Jeep Gladiator is Finally Here!

Finally! After years of rumors, teaser concept vehicles, and plenty of handwringing Jeep has finally announced a new truck: The Jeep Gladiator. We know, we know…we bet that if they resurrected a previous Jeep truck name that it would be the Scrambler. Nobody’s perfect – so let’s just move on, shall we?

We were sure that Jeep would include a convertible which they have. The soft tops available on all Gladiators release using two sturdy latches and easily folds back to enjoy the open air. The doors on all Gladiator trucks will be removable using a simple hand tool included with each truck. The windshield folds down and quickly latches in place in classic Jeep style – try to find another truck made in the 21st century that does that!

Jeep has dedicated a ton of space for storage. They included a removable rear-seat storage bin that spans the full length of the backseat and locks into place and out of sight. The included truck bed cover securely latches to the bed frame and can be popped open in their “Weekend Warrior Mode” for easy access and additional storage space while remaining locked down. The cover rolls up to the front and straps into place to keep it securely in place.
The truck bed is 5” long and 6.5” with the tailgate down.

A few other bells and whistles we are excited about include the front trail camera for closely navigating rough terrain. The camera points 2” in front of the truck and displays on the dashboard console. The camera even has a washer nozzle for keeping the lens clean! The Gladiator comes with awesome 33” all-terrain tires with the option for even more rugged mud terrain tires. The Gladiator comes with an optional Bluetooth speaker that is removable and charges when locked in its secure docking station. They also included 3 child seat tethers for taking the kiddos out on endless unforgettable adventures!

The offerings vary between the Gladiator Rubicon, Overland, and Sport. However, they all have the option for soft tops and removable hard tops, exceptional towing capacity, and four fully removable doors. Jeep has crammed as many awesome features into the new Gladiator as possible and we’re sure a few more will be announced by the 2020 launch date. A convertible truck has just entered the game. Get ready!

How do you feel about the new Jeep Gladiators? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Monday, November 19, 2018

What’s up with that new Jeep Truck?

Well, we now know that the rumors were true! Jeep recently ‘announced’ that our dreams were all coming to fruition, and just in time for Christmas! We say announced because they really only teased us with the release of the new Jeep truck. But, considering the revolt that would ensue if this turned out not to be true, we’re betting on a new Jeep truck. This is something that Jeep fans have been waiting and asking for and apparently Jeep was listening.

So, we’ll know what the new Jeep truck will look like this month – in just about a week or so. The new trucks should officially drop in 2020, but at least we know they’re real and they’re spectacular!

Some believe it will be called the Jeep Gladiator, some (like us) think it will be called the new Jeep Scrambler, but Jeep only knows what they’ve landed on. Insiders have been indicating a few options, but the Scrambler is the most likely choice. We’re also betting on a convertible. The teaser images we’ve found have had the extended wheel base and squared frame with an extended bed similar to the Scrambler, but we don’t know much else. Only a four-door version has been seen and Jeep’s official teaser video doesn’t give away much.

While our earlier predictions were a more loyal Jeep customer buying this new masterpiece, the buzz is starting to feel different lately. This new Jeep truck may be the gateway to an entire new Jeep enthusiast. We know that’s a bold statement considering that the Jeep brand has already broken down so many barriers. But, we’re expecting big things come on the 28th and we couldn’t be more excited. Jeep’s about to launch a new truck, and when they do, all will be right in the world again.

Who’s looking forward to the new Jeep Scrambler? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Prepping your Convertible Car for Fall

Winter is coming... so it’s time to say goodbye to driving with the top down and the toasty feeling of the sun beaming down on you while the wind blows through your hair as you cruise in your convertible. We all know that for some of us convertible enthusiasts, a little cold weather never stopped any of us devotees from cruising down the road with the top down. Regardless of how cold it is, prepping your convertible for winter weather will ensure that your convertible remains in tip-top shape year round. Depending on your location, some winters are harsher than others so we’re going to drop a few important tips and tricks to keep in mind this winter season. So, whether you opt in for garage storage or road ready, these tips will keep your convertible safe and sound as the cooler months rapidly approach.

Spot Check Soft Top Convertibles

Make sure there are no holes, cracks, tears or rips in your soft top convertible. This will prevent the elements, like rain and snow from getting into the car and damaging its interior fabrics. If there’s damage to your roof, repair it. More importantly, make sure it’s fully functioning and can completely open and close. If you choose to drive or store your convertible outside for the winter, keep in mind the type of material of which your convertible soft top is made. Modern soft top convertibles are built with treated and weather-proof materials to protect from water and snow, but older convertible soft-tops made out of vinyl and less durable and weatherproof, which can shrink in the cold. If this is your case and you choose to ride with the top down and try to put it back up afterwards, this can cause the fabric to rip and tear. So, be mindful when operating your convertible top to prevent damaging the roof.

Cleaning and Protective Treatments

Prep your car BEFORE it gets cold. Giving your car’s soft top a good cleaning with a gentle car shampoo and cleaner will ensure that it remains free of dirt, grease, bird droppings, tree sap and film that can stain your vinyl or top’s fabric. Cleaning stains and dirt before the cold weather will prevent them from causing permanent damage from being compacted by heavy amounts of snow. Once your top is completely dry, evenly apply a top protectant and repellent. These treatments will create a “shield” over your fabric or vinyl tops to keep your soft-top safe from liquids, dirt, stains, and UV solar rays that can cause premature aging, keeping your top safe and ready for the winter months.

Remove Snow the Right Way

Soft top convertibles require a more delicate method to remove ice and snow. Aggressively hacking away at ice or snow can cause significant damage. Take a soft bristle brush or hand-wrap a mitt in a towel to brush off ice and snow. Allowing your car to warm up or keeping it parked in the garage can loosen ice and snow to make the removal process easier. Patience is a virtue. If you store your car outside during the winter months, plan accordingly and give yourself enough time to prep your car in the mornings before you leave.

These are just a few things you can do to get your convertible ready for winter. Winter maintenance will vary for convertibles based on their soft top composition. Essentially you want to make sure you store your soft top convertible away to protect it from harsh elements, keep it clean and add extra protection with treatments. Giving your convertible a little extra love during the winter season will keep it functional year round and in good condition for when the warmer months return!

What are your favorite tips for cleaning or prepping a convertible soft top for the fall and winter months? Share your tips and stories in the comments section below!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Tips for Selling a Convertible Car

It’s said that the two greatest days in a boat owner’s life are the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it. However, the same cannot be said about convertible car owners. Selling a beloved convertible can be a difficult task for even the toughest among us. But, when it’s time, it’s time and we’re here to help make sure you get the most out of selling your car. With these helpful tips, as well as a few of your own, selling your convertible might not sting as much as you thought it might.

Clean it Up

You should always give your convertible a thorough cleaning before showing any potential buyers. This means vacuuming the interior and cleaning all floor mats, scrubbing away all stains, shining all surfaces, and polishing all windows. Under the hood is a place many convertible car sellers forget to focus on. Using a degreaser is a great way to remove stubborn debris from the engine and the underside of the hood and other surfaces can be cleaned with soapy water and a sponge, then dried with paper towels. The tires should be shined and sprayed with your favorite tire shine. Of course, make sure the convertible top glistens inside and out!

Tune it Up

It’s always a good idea to flip all the fluids in your car before putting it up for sale. Smart buyers will check the oil and, if the engine is cold, pop open the radiator to check if there is fresh coolant. If it is remotely near time to change the transmission fluid, go ahead and do it to accommodate potential buyers’ rough test driving. A new battery, fresh spark plugs, and other simple fixes will help push potential buyers closer to a sale. All head and tail lights should be operational and the vehicle should be able to pass state emissions tests.

Dress it Up

To virtually ensure the selling of your convertible, dress it up a bit! A new convertible top can go a long way towards reassuring a potential buyer that they are getting a great deal and we have almost every kind and color imaginable. Car stereo systems have become extremely affordable and a new stereo able to connect with smart phones can be a major selling point for older convertibles. There are great products for removing smaller scratches from any color paint that will add solid value to the sale price.

After all that work, you may not want to sell your beloved convertible. But, whether you’re making room for the new baby or simply upgrading to a new convertible, now you’re ready! Many buyers will have likely already seen their fair share of lemons before reaching your driveway. Meeting a seller who clearly cares can provide the reassurance they need to make a final decision.

What are your favorite tips for selling a car? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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