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YOU DON’T NEED US TO tell you that buying a used car can be a stressful experience. Why not consider a CPO? Just what is a certified pre-owned car? (Chrysler Certified / Toyota Certified) Let me begin by qualifying what the O’Brien Automotive Family means by a CPO vehicle. To qualify for our definition of a “certified used” vehicle, the warranty must be backed by the original vehicle manufacturer.  Also, a certified used car or a certified pre-owned car (CPO) is a used vehicle that has passed  a strict factory-mandated safety inspection. (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Inspection Sheet / Toyota Scion Inspection Sheet)  Considering the unsteady economy, CPO’s offer the reliability, quality, and luxury of the new vehicles car shoppers might have wanted, but could not afford.  For many people, certified used cars have become an affordable alternative to buying new.  So, what are the benefits to the consumer? Per cars.com:

1. The Warranty — Ask owners of certified vehicles why they made their purchase and the number-one reason is usually the factory-backed warranty. For many people, paying an extra $1,000, $2,000, or more for a used vehicle with an extended factory warranty is well worth the expense.

2. Vehicle Inspection and Certification — CPO buyers are also willing to pay extra to ensure that the vehicle they are purchasing isn’t going to break down any time soon. That’s the point of the certification process, and every certified pre-owned vehicle, regardless of who made it, undergoes an inspection and certification.

3. Factory Financing or Incentives — Because certified cars are usually among the most expensive on the used-car lot, many buyers need a little financing help or cash incentives to step up to the plate. Because the manufacturer backs a CPO vehicle, the automaker often throws incentives or cut-rate financing into the mix to help close the deal.

4. Roadside Assistance — In many cases, CPO buyers get the added security of roadside assistance, just like many new-car buyers. This further reduces the hassle of ownership, because buyers can rely on the manufacturer to come through in a roadside emergency.

In closing, we encourage you to check out the factory-backed certified pre-owned inventory at each of our Chrysler stores, one located in Greenwood just south of the Greenwood Park Mall on U.S. 31; OR our other location on the north side of Indianapolis between Keystone Avenue and Allisonville Road on 96th Street. Our Toyota Scion store is located on the east side of Indianapolis, at 2550 North Shadeland Avenue — just two blocks north of I-70.

  • Review the CPO details – (Chrysler Certified / Toyota Certified)
  • Review our current CPO inventory (Greenwood CJDR / Indianapolis CJDR / Toyota Scion)
  • But don’t stop there! Give our Customer Care Team a call at (317) 534-2256 and schedule a test drive today! See for yourself why a factory-backed certified vehicle gets SO much attention!

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Why should the 2013 Dodge Challenger be at the top of your list to consider? The 2013 Dodge Challenger harkens back to the 70s, bringing muscle car performance and styling to everyday driving! Faithful to the 1970-vintage Challenger that powered its creation, the Challenger features a cool design that should stand the test of time. It is unanimously praised by on-lookers as a cool-looking car and is as faithful to the original as has been done in recent years. We encourage you to take her out for a test drive; driving it brings a smile to our face and it seems to light up others as well. A MUST drive!! Let’s keep the main strengths of this car simple:

 A muscle-bound exterior that radiates heritageAthletic, muscle car styling. A beautifully sculpted hood. Chrome-tipped dual exhaust and a bright fuel filler door. Available 18-inch and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Available HID headlamps and Mopar® upgrades. An unforgettable rear spoiler and taillights.   

When you’re experiencing g-forces high-performance seating is advisable –A six-way power driver’s seat. Available Nappa leather trim. Class-exclusive seating for five. Best-in-Class rear headroom and legroom — 37.4 and 36.2 inches, respectively. That’s more interior room than Camaro and Mustang. In a Dodge Challenger, comfortable is an understatement.

Performance: 305, 375, and 470-HP engines

  • Beast, beastlier, and beastliest.Dodge Challenger delivers a powerful and efficient lineup of engines crafted from a legendary lineage and tuned to outperform.
  • 305-HP 3.6L Pentastar® V6. A five-speed automatic that’s 45 pounds lighter than last year’s model, and just as powerful — delivering 268 pound-feet of torque. It’s also Flex Fuel Capable.
  • 372 or 375 HP 5.7L HEMI® V8. Even an engine that delivers 372 horsepower can be smart about fuel. With Fuel Saver Technology, the 5.7L HEMI® V8 automatically switches from 8 to 4 cylinders for greater fuel efficiency during crusing. The manual transmission delivers 375 horsepower.
  • 392-cubic inch 470-HP HEMI® V8. This 392-cubic inch, throttle-hungry engine delivers all the classic raw power you’ll ever need. And its Fuel Saver Technology automatically switches from 8 to 4 cylinders for greater fuel efficiency.

PERFORMANCE TUNED SUSPENSION Because this much power requires a worthy allyAn array of available performance features and options improve balance, cornering ability and steering responsiveness to wield complete control over your Challenger and the road.

  • Rear-wheel drive suspension system
  • Performance brakes with vented rotors. Go from 60-0 mph in 110 feet (SRT® only)
  • Adaptive damping suspension offers an impressive ride and handling (SRT® only)

Technology — SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Streaming audio. USB ports. Power to grooveThe available Uconnect® 730N in the Dodge Challenger comes intelligently equipped with a 30 GB hard drive. Which is music to your ears, plenty of music in fact — enough storage for a library of up to 6,700 songs; that’ll help make any road trip fly by.

Remote keyless entry for a faster startPerformance starts before the Dodge Challenger ever does. When armed with your key fob, available remote engine start and a quick keyless entry are a click away.

Safety & Security — Real performance doesn’t happen by accident. It starts with a strong safety cage body structure with standard side guard door beams. Add: Electronic Stability Control. Rain Brake Support. Ready Alert Braking. And even Tire Pressure Monitoring to alert you when your tire pressure is low. Dodge Challenger goes beyond addressing Safety and Security issues. It actively prepares for them.

LOTS to love about the 2013 Dodge Challenger! Check out all of the cool features!
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Tom O’Brien Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (Greenwood location / Indianapolis location) has a great selection of New and Pre-owned Cars, whether it is a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Or Ram we have a great car for you. Come visit our large selection of new cars and used cars, or visit our user friendly online inventory for our great deals and offers. We proudly service the surrounding areas in and around central Indiana like Franklin, Noblesville, Avon, Plainfield, and Carmel. Whether you are looking to buy a new car or a used car we have the right car for you. We have two locations! One located on the south side of Indianapolis in Greenwood at 750 U.S. 31 N, and the second on the north side of Indianapolis at 4630 E 96th Street. We encourage you to chat * call (317-534-2256) * click (obrienauto.com) * to make an appointment to test drive a new or used car today! The O’Brien Automotive Family of dealerships has something for everyone!

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


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Since 1933.”

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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”!

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

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Since 1933.”

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Remember when auto sales cratered in late 2008 when the rest of the financial markets tanked? Things were so desperate going into 2009 that the government stepped in with the Cash for Clunkers programs to pay people to buy new wheels.

Today, the picture is a lot different. The haze has cleared from consumers’ eyes, wallets are opening, credit is easier to get and there are just a lot of good reasons to sell your clunker and buy a shiny new vehicle. There must be something to it.

So…why now?

  • Fuel Economy — Sales of hybrids and clean-diesel vehicles were up more than 35% in 2012. But you don’t necessarily have to buy one of those vehicles to gain a lot of fuel economy and savings. The internal combustion engine has improved so much in the last ten years that even non- hybrids will save you big money the longer you hold on to your new vehicle…if you choose well.
  • Safety — Significant changes in technology make vehicle occupants safer than ever before. Today, most all-new cars offers standard airbags in from and back, as well as side airbags in front and back, driver’s knee airbag. Stability and traction control systems are standard, as are tire pressure monitors. Knowing when your tires are losing air can not only keep you out of a nasty accident, they can save you money since low air pressure costs you miles per gallon. In addition to the basics, technologies such as lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and various traffic warning systems are migrating down from luxury cars to the mass market.
  • Tech — Not a single new 2001-model year vehicle sold in the US offered factory-installed iPod connectivity or the ability to play music off of a USB device. Are you trying to use your iPod or smart-phone while you drive? If so, you are likely breaking the law. Other technically advanced features you couldn’t find in 2001 include power ventilated front seats (that cool or heat one’s seat) Bluetooth wireless connections that enabled cell-phone integration into the vehicle’s audio system, and even Satellite TV. Options including head-up display, voice-controlled navigation systems and rear-view cameras – some available in 2001 and some not – are becoming more widely available today. Once you live with a back-up camera in your car, you will never want to go back.
  • Easier Credit — Back in 2008, 2009 and even 2010, it was ridiculously hard for consumers with even solid credit to get favorable terms from banks and finance companies. Now that banks have burned off a lot of their bad loans, credit terms are easier today than a year or two ago for people with solid, and even decent, credit.

Mark your calendar, save the date! This coming Saturday – March 9th – we are opening the doors at 8:30 at both of the Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram stores! Not only are we celebrating the success that both of our locations had for 2012, but we are also wanting to show off the highly awarded 2013 Chrysler * Jeep * Dodge and Ram line-up!  And, we have something BIG for you! Food, a reward for just test driving one of the new 2013 vehicles, and HUGE savings! See you Saturday!
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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”!

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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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Buying a car can be overwhelming; in fact, the pleasure of getting a new car can be quickly clouded during the financing decision-making process and price negotiations. Besides price haggling, many car shoppers are plagued with the decision to lease or buy. Which financing decision is right, and why?

  • Buying – The Benefits: By far, the greatest benefit of buying a car is that you may actually own it one day. Implied in this benefit is that you’ll one day be free of car payments. The car is yours to sell at any time, and you are not locked into any type of fixed ownership period.
  • Leasing – The Benefits: Perhaps the greatest benefit of leasing a car is the lower out-of-pocket costs when acquiring and maintaining the car. Leases require little or no down payment, and there are no upfront sales tax payments. Additionally, monthly payments are usually lower, and you get the pleasure of owning a new car every few years.

When it comes to whether to buy or lease a car the options can be confusing. To help you make an informed decision we have provided the information below, we hope you find it informative and useful. I understand that this post looks a bit lengthy, but I promise it is good information and worth the read!
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Step 1: There is a selling price whether you buy or lease your next car. You can negotiate the selling price even if you are planning to lease, just as you would if you were planning to buy.
Step 2: If you were to put the same exact amount of money down on a leased car and on a financed car, the lease payment would typically be lower than financing. This is one of the biggest draws of leasing; you can get more car for your money. With a lease payment, you’re only paying for the car’s depreciation during the term of your lease, whereas with a loan payment, you’re paying for the entire purchase price of the car.
Step 3: If you own your own business, and the car you are considering will be used for business purposes, you can write-off most, if not all of the payments by leasing. If you buy, you can only write-off a portion of the depreciation or take the mileage deduction. We recommend you consult with your tax professional about the write-off.
Step 4:  Generally speaking, it is harder to get approved for a car lease than it is for a loan. So make sure to check your credit and see if you qualify.
Step 5:  A car lease will have an annual mileage cap. The norm is between 10,000-15,000 miles. Once you go over the specified mileage on your leasing contract, you will incur mileage charges. If you think you will go over the mileage cap, we recommend that you pre-pay for the additional miles at the time of signing, because it’s typically cheaper to pre-pay rather than to pay at the end of the lease. When you buy, there are no rules on mileage, the car is yours to drive as little or as much as you like.
Step 6:  There’s less commitment when you buy than when you lease a car. When you buy, you can drive the car till the wheels fall off, or you can sell it or trade it in at any time and pay off the remainder of your loan. With a car lease, if you want to end your lease before the term is up, you will incur costly early termination fees.
Step 7:  Most leased cars are under warranty for the duration of the lease, so repair costs are minimized, which is nice perk. Some brands like BMW and Toyota also offer free maintenance programs during all or part of their lease agreement, which means that all you need to worry about is putting gas in the car. Keep in mind that manufacturer warranties differ in length and coverage.
Step 8: Leasing a car gives you more flexibility when it comes to getting rid of your old car. Unless you actually drive your car till it dies, you will have to deal with selling or trading it in at some point, which can be a hassle. Whereas, at the end of a lease term, you can: 1) Turn in your car, and either buy another car, lease another car, or re-lease from the same brand; 2) Buy the car you were leasing for the predetermined residual value on your lease contract; or 3) Buy the car you were leasing and sell it to a third party for profit (if your car is worth more than purchase price offered on your lease contract). Because the used-car market has been so strong the last couple of years, some consumers can actually make money by buying and then selling their leased car for more than the residual value of the car.
Fact #9: Customizing is not advisable with a lease. Generally speaking, you can do it, but at the end of your lease, you will have leave the customizing and lose your investment or remove any custom parts you have added. (If removed, you have to pay any damage to the car from the modifications you made.)
Fact #10: Reasonable wear-and-tear is expected and is written into a car lease contract. A lease contract will also specify what is considered “excessive.” It’s safe to say that if you return your leased vehicle with scratches, dents, worn tires, or other not-yet-repaired damages, you will be billed for those repairs. So, although there is no written contract, you will need to be mindful of the condition of your vehicle if you plan to resell.

The decision to lease or buy will always depend on your personal circumstances. If your objective is one day to be rid of pesky little car payments and you actually want to take ownership, buying a car may be the best option. If, however, if your goal is to drive a new set of wheels every three to four years and minimize your monthly costs, leasing a car may be a good alternative.

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:

“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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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.

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OBrien Automotive Family Celebrating 80 Years in the Business_small Today is a day for the O’Brien family, their employees, and their loyal customers to celebrate!  It all started on January 12, 1933…a cold winter day in the midst of the Great Depression! What was Thomas J O’Brien thinking? You can check out our complete history by reading the “Dealership History” page; but as a 2-year employee, I have a different story to tell.

Blog_Thomas J O'Brien  Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to meet our founder, Thomas J O’Brien. What I do know is that when he opened the original dealership, he was young, married, and had only been in the automotive business for a couple of years selling cars. To decide to open a dealership in the midst of a depression; he had to have a good work ethic, a strong desire to succeed, but also a vision to start a business that stood for more than a job.  His hard work and core values about building a different kind of place to patronize and to work has paid off.

Blog_J Thomas O'Brien  The “O’Brien” that I hear the most about is his son, J. Thomas O’Brien. In 1962 Tom built on his father’s vision and opened the family’s 2nd store. Slowly, over the course of the next 41 years, Tom grew the dealer group into that we know today.

ChatAvatar_Diane Anderson  From my perspective, I believe his strongest core value in building the business into what it stands for today is all about family. I know this from the stories that his children and grandchildren share with the employees.  Don’t misunderstand what I am saying; when I say family, I mean his extended family (his employees) and how he valued each and every person that worked for him, no matter what position they held. I posted a blog back in December shortly after one of the employee celebrations held at the dealership. Those Christmas celebrations helped me understand why this dealer group is different than most; THE reason why they have been such a success in our market.  One of the things that make us different is the O’Brien “Employee First” Philosophy; this philosophy has been documented in a couple of posts that I wrote (one which celebrated 2 employee’s 40-years of tenure at the Greenwood store / the other celebrating employees with 25+ years of tenure at the Indianapolis location). This “Employee First” philosophy may seem strange in today’s “Customer First” business world, but it is actually the foundation for how we treat our customers. The O’Brien family feels that the only way to ensure that their customers are taken care of properly is to do everything they can to make sure that their employees enjoy working for them and feel like they are an integral part of their success. From an employee’s perspective, there is no unimportant position at the O’Brien Automotive Family group of dealerships – from the lot attendant, to the office clerk, the parts runner, to the service porter – we, as a group, understand that we can’t function without everyone on our team being happy and productive.

So…today is a day for all of us to celebrate! For 80-years the O’Brien family has continued the vision of Thomas J O’Brien; “Let’s build the business by building a family of valued employees. Let’s build a business where every customer; new or repeat, is a valued one.” 4-Generations and counting, the O’Brien family continues to strive to earn your patronage for generations to come ….”We work for you! Since 1933.”

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