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With the start of the Spring Break for many schools in and around the Indy metro area; and Easter weekend around the corner, motorists need to be extra careful and pay more close attention to the increased hazards on roadways with more vehicles on the road.

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Some Common Sense Rules to Keep in Mind:

  • Check the vehicle you will be driving before leaving for your trip – oil, windshield wiper fluid, tire pressure, and that no indicator lights are on your dashboard – it’s always important to make sure the basic functions of your vehicle are working properly.
  • Have a Road Safety Kit on hand in case of emergency.  Suggestions to include bottled water, road flares, orange triangle, flashlight, jumper cables, jacking kit, blanket, tools, and First Aid Kit.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before leaving.
  • It is also important to take a break from driving every few hours or switch drivers.
  • Buckle up!!
  • Be prepared for higher volumes of traffic on the road than normal (sometimes traveling early morning helps to avoid some of the rush).
  • Use a map or GPS.  Plan your route ahead of time, especially when planning to drive through an unfamiliar area.
  • Do not drive under the influence.

Wishing you all a safe and fun Spring Break and Easter weekend!!

I hope you found our Safe Driving Tips for the Upcoming Holiday Weekendhelpful! We would love to hear from you with your ideas and suggestions for future posts!

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!

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Since 1933.”

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For 2013, spring officially starts tomorrow, Wednesday the 20th! Not sure what pops into your mind when you think of spring, but I think of flowers, billowy clouds, and a road trip! There are few things in life as enjoyable as driving with the top down on a beautiful, sunny day! Simply put, there is no better car to drive on that road trip than a convertible! Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram just happens to have the PERFECT solution to enjoy the spring weather that is sure to be “just around the corner”!  A drop-top that raises the standards: You’ll find it on our 2013 Chrysler 200 Hardtop Convertible, which is actually fit for all seasons.

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The Chrysler 200 Convertible, on sale or for lease now at both of the Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram locations (Greenwood at 750 U.S. 750 N / Indianapolis at 4630 E 96th Street)! This Convertible is one of the few automobiles left that will give you a pleasant ride without breaking the bank. For 2013, the Chrysler 200 convertible gains improved driving manners and new color options.

New for 2013:

  • An enhanced and retuned suspension resulting in an improved ride and better handling.
  • A larger front stabilizer bar has been added, a rebound spring was added to the front struts and damping rates have been revised, too.
  • In the rear, shock damping has been revised, rear spring rates increased and a new rear jounce bumper has been added.
  • This midsize convertible is available in both soft- and hard-top versions and has room to spare in trunk, even with the top down. You’ll enjoy up to seven-cubic feet of cargo space with the top down and 13.3 with the top up.
  • Best-in-class interior passenger volume is standard.
  • Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 18 mpg city and 29 mpg highway in the 4-cylinder.
  • Drivers who crave more power should opt for the award-winning Pentastar V6, which that cranks out 283 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic; expect 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Like all Chrysler vehicles, the 200 Convertible is safe. Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Antilock Brakes with Brake Assist, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System; there are also advanced multi-stage front airbags to go along with the active head restraints. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 200 Convertible its top rating, “Good,” in both moderate overlap front testing and side impact testing. A five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty brings you peace of mind and speaks to the quality of the 200 Convertible.

  • The Touring trim comes standard with 17-inch wheels, heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps and a power-operated cloth top. Inside, drivers are greeted by an Electronic Vehicle Information Center, ambient interior lighting, six-way power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic temperature control and the Uconnect® Media Center 130 system with six-speakers. SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a one-year subscription is also standard.
  • The Limited adds the V6 engine to the list of standards, as well as 18-inch wheels, foglamps and dual bright exhaust tips. Supple leather adorns the seats, with heaters added for the front passengers, and the Uconnect Media Center 430 with Bluetooth, DVD capability and 40GB hard drive is included, as well.
  • The 200S adds a healthy dose of attitude with unique “S” trim including 18-inch wheels with painted black pockets, body0colored door handles and mirrors, black painted “S” grille with painted black bars and a Chrysler winged-badge with black inlay. The steering wheel and leather seats with suede inserts are marked with an “S” badge, and the audio system is a premium Boston Acoustics setup.

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Available on both the Limited and 200S are the Uconnect 730 system with Navigation and 6.5-inch touch-screen, and the retractable, body-color hardtop. “Gotta” ask? What do you appreciate most in your convertible? http://bit.ly/101B3D6

We encourage you to chat * click * call * or stop into one of the Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store’s today. We are conveniently located in either  Greenwood or Indianapolis. To learn more about the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible, Sedan or our pre-owned models we currently have in stock, visit the links provided. Our sales team would be happy to help show you around the lot, discuss specifications of the different models, answer any questions you might have, as well as set you up on a test drive!

fb_We Love to Chat  Also, our Internet Customer Care Team is available during business hours by chat (Greenwood / Indianapolis),   or by phone: (317) 534-2256.

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!


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Since 1933.”

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Have you been looking for a safe and reliable compact SUV that handles like a car? Then look no further than the 2013 Jeep Patriot!

KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Award 2013 Jeep Patriot   The Patriot combines superb handling, great safety scores, and great fuel economy to create a compact SUV anyone would be happy to drive!  With gas prices that continue to climb, you will be glad to know that on the Patriot, the EPA estimates that the 2.0-liter engine will average 23/29-mpg city/highway with the manual transmission, and 23/27 with the automatic. The ratings drop slightly with the 2.4-liter engine to 23/28-mpg city/highway with the manual, and 21/27 with the CVT. Safety concerns? No worries there! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Jeep Patriot a Top Safety Pick after it scored the top score of Good in all four of the crash tests: frontal offset, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength tests. It also comes with quite a few standard safety features, such as all the standard airbags, 4-wheel antilock brake system, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control, front disc/rear drum brakes, traction control, and child safety locks. I have touched base on the most basic reasons to consider the 2013 Jeep Patriot, NOW to the BEST reasons to take into consideration!

  • Best stated by Consumer Guide – the 2013 Patriot has impressive available off-road capability; but as a daily driver ready for the occasional off-road foray, a modestly equipped Patriot makes some sense.
  • Now, KBB has reinforced that the 2013 Patriot should be at the TOP of your list to consider! If you haven’t seen the news, Kelly Blue Book recently awarded the 2013 Jeep Patriot the #4 position out of 24 vehicles that are best buy’s due to their low-cost to own!

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We ALL know that when it is time to purchase a car, we always want the best deal that we can get. But in the “big picture”, you need to consider other variables as well:

  • Fuel Costs
  • Financing Options
  • Insurance Costs
  • Actual Cost of the Vehicle Itself

The moral of this story?  You can save a lot more money by simply choosing the right car than by working a great deal on the wrong car.

Stop into two of central Indiana’s Jeep dealers, Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Greenwood or Indianapolis to learn more about the 2013 Jeep Patriot and other Jeep models we currently have in stock. Our sales team would be happy to help show you around the lot, discuss specifications of the different models, answer any questions you might have, as well as set you up on a test drive!

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!

OBrien Automotive Family Celebrating 80 Years in the Business_small“Our family works for you.
Since 1933.”

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Simply put; at all of our O’Brien Automotive Family’s central Indiana locations, we love tires!  We carry all the best brands; Firestone * Dunlop * Goodyear * Yokohama * and BF Goodrich to name a few.  We’ve got lots of tires in stock, and we know the specs on every one.  When it’s time for you to replace your tires, we’d love to help. We handle every service, maintenance, tires and repairs with the best parts, prices and people around.  And we believe our customers notice.

Take our certified technicians and service advisers for example.  Sure; their work is top notch, but they also happen to be some of the friendliest people around.  Plus, we do the “little things that count”: cover your steering wheel and add paper floor mats so that your carpeting stays clean!

Then, there is our price’s; We guarantee the LOWEST prices on tires and offer services like tire rotations and flat repairs, not to mention some of the fastest quality maintenance and repair work you’ll find. Why should you consider a dealership for your tires?

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Concerned about tire safety? Check out these videos; great info!

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The O’Brien Automotive Family of dealerships are one of central Indiana’s best source for new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, and Toyota & Scion brand vehicles along with a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles & Factory Certified Pre-Owned. Our goal is to make as many central Indiana customers as satisfied as possible when it comes to selection and competitive prices. We welcome you to stop by one of our convenient locations, call us at 317-534-2256, chat online (Indianapolis location Chrysler Brands – Greenwood location Chrysler Brands * FIAT Brand  / Toyota & Scion Brands), or submit a request make an appointment to test drive your next vehicle today. Check out our current service specials by visiting this site! Questions? Simply call:

Still haven’t pointed your car in our direction? We’ve got lots of great reasons to stop by – our service specials or parts specials for instance! Or, you can just schedule an appointment now. Did I mention we’re open on Saturday’s?

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!

OBrien Automotive Family Celebrating 80 Years in the Business_small“Our family works for you.
Since 1933.”

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Check Engine Light On_Round jpegThe first step is not to panic! Realize that this is your car’s way of telling you there’s a problem that might just be a loose gas cap, but could be more serious and costly. Even if your car is driving OK, the problem won’t go away and could get worse and cost more to repair. To minimize further damage to your vehicle, it is important to have the problem diagnosed ASAP!

Here are the top 5 most common “check engine” light repairs, according to CarMD’s repair database. Most of these repairs have more to do with durability problems than faulty parts. Let’s face it, drivers are holding onto their cars longer than ever before, which is why it’s so important to fix small problems before they result in more expensive repairs.

    1. The no. 1 most common fix is “replace Oxygen Sensor.” The O2 sensor monitors the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust and tells your car’s computer when there is either too much, or not enough fuel. So what’s it mean to you? A faulty O2 sensor costs less than $200 to fix but can lead to as much as a 40% reduction in gas mileage if ignored. At the price of gas today, this can cost you more than the actual repair over time.
    2. The no. 2 most common repair is “replace loose, damaged or missing gas cap.” Simply tightening the cap for free or replacing it for a couple dollars is the fix, but if left unchecked can result in a 0.5% decrease in gas mileage and harm the environment.
    3. “Replace catalytic converter(s)” is now the no. 3 most common car repair, but it shouldn’t even be in the top 10. A catalytic converter usually won’t fail unless a related part – such as a faulty spark plug – is ignored for too long. This is a great example of why it’s so important to address small problems early. A damaged catalytic converter will cost approximately $1,000 or more to fix.
    4. The no. 4 most common repair is “replace the Mass Air Flow Sensor.” The MAF sensor is responsible for calculating the air coming into your car and determining how much fuel to shoot into the engine. When malfunctioning, it can lower MPG by 10 to 25%. It costs about $375 to fix, but is vital to saving dollars at the pump.
    5. The small but mighty spark plug is no. 5. Responsible for igniting a car’s air/fuel ratio, spark plugs are essential. When they fail, they can cause a “misfire,” reduce gas mileage, and ultimately melt/ruin your catalytic converter. Having the repair done by certified mechanic costs a couple hundred dollars, but can save you thousands.

Whatever you do, don’t lazily slap a piece of black electrical tape over it and go about your business. Cars just need a little love from time to time to stay in good shape, and neglecting a minor issue could lead to bigger problems down the road. Here are the reasons why the ‘ole black electrical tape is not the best idea: Check out this video!

I hope you found our “Check Engine” Light Is ON…So? tips helpful! We would love to hear from you with your ideas and suggestions for future posts!

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!

OBrien Automotive Family Celebrating 80 Years in the Business_small“Our family works for you.
Since 1933.”

Your leading Greenwood, Franklin, Indianapolis, Carmel, Plainfield, Avon, Lawrence, Anderson, and Noblesville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Toyota and Scion Dealers!

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car care tip  Your ability to see clearly is imperative to driving safety. Having an unobstructed, clear view out your windshield is always critically important, and never more so than during the winter months. Just a few minutes of basic maintenance before the poor weather starts can help insure the best possible visibility during the shorter days and longer nights of winter.

  • Dead bugs, sap from parking under trees and even bird droppings all make it hard to see out, and can be hard to remove completely. A clean rag and some vinegar can usually loosen up any residue that has been left on the glass.
  • Living in Indiana, we all know that frost, snow and ice left on the windshield while you drive can make navigation downright dangerous. Always completely scrape and clear snow and ice, from all of your vehicle’s glass, before getting underway. Don’t forget to clean the inside surface of your windshield completely and regularly.
  • Film from smoke and other substances builds up inside over time and can significantly reduce visibility. Glass cleaners containing vinegar make the task quick and easy.

With the glass clean inside and out, don’t forget to remove any leaves or twigs that may be left in the inlets at the base of the windshield. These will restrict airflow into the cabin that is needed for heating and defrosting the inside of the windows.

Torn-Wiper-Blade  Oxidation and long-term exposure to the sun will cause wiper blade rubber to harden and crack. Just as with tires, winter temperatures also cause rubber to stiffen. Like winter tires, winter wiper blades are made from different rubber formulations that stay pliable in sub-freezing temperatures, and they often have covers or shrouds over the wiper frames to prevent ice build-up. When you buy wiper blades, make sure you get the right size for your vehicle. If you have a hatchback, station wagon, van or SUV with a rear wiper, don’t forget to replace that blade as well, so you can see out the back. It is recommended by the Be Car Care Aware that wiper blades be replaced each year, a good point of reference is either the anniversary date of purchase or when you roll back the clocks in the fall.

Remember to keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir full throughout the year. It’s especially important to use a de-icing washer fluid during the winter months to prevent the fluid from freezing. These fluids typically contain some ethanol or ethylene glycol to lower the freezing point

It doesn’t take much effort to maximize your visibility, so spend a few minutes to care for your windshield and wipers. If you live in the snowy North, don’t forget to put an ice-scraper in the car. If you stop by today, we’ll help you keep your car ready for anything.

OBrien Automotive Family Celebrating 80 Years in the Business_small  The O’Brien Automotive Family of dealerships are one of central Indiana’s best source for new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, and Toyota & Scion brand vehicles along with a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles & Factory Certified Pre-Owned. Our goal is to make as many central Indiana customers as satisfied as possible when it comes to selection and competitive prices. We welcome you to stop by one of our convenient locations, call us at 317-534-2256, chat online (Indianapolis location Chrysler Brands – Greenwood location Chrysler Brands * FIAT Brand  / Toyota & Scion Brands), or submit a request make an appointment to test drive your next vehicle today. Check out our lease specials by visiting this page. If you should  have any questions, please give us a call!  If you do not see the particular vehicle you were hunting for on the internet lease specials list, don’t fret. Simply call:


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Since 1933.”

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blog_Car Window covered with ice  It is still winter in Indiana; I am sure there will be more snow and ice to come. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get into your car the morning after a snowstorm, only to find the doors are frozen shut. It’s late. It’s dark. You trudge through the snow to your car after a ‘long’ work day only to discover the locks are all iced up. Don’t panic! Here are some handy tips that will surprise you and will get you through this winter season a little easier:

** Cooking Spray can be used to “Shut Out the Cold”!

Couldn’t open your door this morning because it was frozen shut?  You can actually prevent this by using cooking spray.  Spray “Pam” or your choice of cooking spray on the rubber seals around the car doors and rub it in using a paper towel or cloth. Doors tend to freeze when the snow melts into the seals during the day, and freezes overnight.  By using the cooking spray, the oils prevent water from melting into the rubber in the first place.

fb_Icy Car  ** The “Perfect Solution” to windows covered by snow and ice.

Tired of scraping ice off of your windshield in the mornings before you head to work? …Well you can ice proof your windshield the night before.  Fill a spray bottle with a vinegar solution — three parts vinegar to one part water and spray on your car windows at night.  When you come out in the morning, your windows should be clear of any icy mess!  How you ask? Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of H20, hence preventing any freezing. Forgot to spray the solution on the night before?  Not to worry, just spray it on in the morning and watch as the ice melt off of your car windows!

** “Shaving cream” prevents fogged-up windows?

Fog-proof your windshield…with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers! *

Blog_Hand Sanitizer** “Hand Sanitizer; for Cars”?? Frozen locks are no longer a problem!

Melting snow and icy rain; car door locks freeze. Who wants to be stranded out in the parking lot in 30 degree weather? Next time this happens, try using the hand sanitizer from your purse to put on your car key and the lock.  Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, the main ingredient in most commercial de-icers, which will melt the ice in the lock.  (be sure that the hand sanitizer you use contains at least 60% alcohol concentrate, otherwise it will not work)

** Flat tire in the freezing cold? Nitrogen to the rescue!

Nitrogen helps to maintain tire pressure longer, helping you prevent filling a flat tire in the freezing cold.  Bu the way, putting Nitrogen in your tires also increases fuel efficiency because properly inflated tires reduces rolling resistance, helping obtain up to 3% better mileage than a car with under-inflated tires.

Indiana’s winter season presents a number of challenges to both you and your car. Cold weather tests the limits of your car’s mechanical abilities. Treacherous driving conditions test your abilities as a driver. It pays to be prepared. I hope you found our “keep your cool in the winter” tips helpful! We would love to hear from you with your ideas and suggestions!

The O’Brien Automotive Family of dealerships are one of central Indiana’s best source for new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, and Toyota & Scion brand vehicles along with a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles & Factory Certified Pre-Owned. Our goal is to make as many central Indiana customers as satisfied as possible when it comes to selection and competitive prices. We welcome you to stop by one of our convenient locations, call us at 317-534-2256, chat online (Indianapolis location Chrysler Brands – Greenwood location Chrysler Brands * FIAT Brand  / Toyota & Scion Brands), or submit a request make an appointment to test drive your next vehicle today.

“Our family works for you.
Since 1933.”

Your leading Greenwood, Franklin, Indianapolis, Carmel, Plainfield, Avon, Lawrence, Anderson, and Noblesville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Toyota and Scion Dealers!

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