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The 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth has been patient knowing that it didn’t need to push its way to the front of the line to get noticed. The new Abarth is just having fun being small, wicked…. and topless! But the time has come to “toot” its horn!

Introducing the 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth Cabrio: the same Abarth with the race-worthy heritage of last year….with, ummmmm….. just a little less.
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Spring is here, isn’t it time to lose the hardtop in favor of an airy convertible cloth-top and it’s joyride time. A short wheelbase and sport-tuned suspension work with a tight chassis, giving the FIAT® 500 Abarth Cabrio its zippy handling. Take ‘her’ out for a quick test drive and you will find the Abarth Cabrio to be an exhilarating little car eager to weave freely through the traffic!
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Of course the main reason to even think about the Abarth Cabrio is to feel the wind in your face! Nothing like it! Symptoms of riding with the top down include wind-tousled hair, a perpetual smile, and feelings of euphoria! Open up a rush of speed and style when you retract your premium dual-layer, power-operated cloth top, available in nero or grigio. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of four pre-set positions, as well as a full-cycle of stopping points, from just a “crack” open to a fully dropped top. This ‘drop top’ is like no other; it is an innovative top that can be retracted at up to 60 mph, all while maintaining a quiet interior.

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Then, we have to talk about the performance-designed cockpit makes room for all the perks that make a driving-cabin worth riding in. I know this sounds a little redundant, but these are not just any seats! We are talking high-back performance bucket seats in available leather trim or high-grip cloth are constructed with unique Rosso stitching, and incorporate a motorsports-inspired racing harness pass-through.

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One of the main things we look forward to when driving any convertible, but especially the 2013 FIAT 500 Abarth Cabrio is that you want to turn heads! We have the perfect solution! How about the crystal clear sound that  is produced by 7 available premium speakers, a 6.5-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer and eight-channel amplifier with Beats Audio™ digital sound processing (DSP) algorithm. The science and artistry of sound combine in perfect harmony. This is Beats Audio™, a high-definition music experience tuned the way the artist intended. O…yeah…we are talking rock’n down the avenue with awesome music, bound to turn many heads!

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hmmm…did  we mention PERFORMANCE?

LAUNCH LAP EXPERIENCE
(click above to experience FIAT’s Seven Angles of Abarth Glory )

Ya know, there is only one thing better than watching the “lap experience”; actually holding a thick rimmed, perforated leather, flat-bottomed steering wheel in your hands while doing the laps…. and we know where you can find one of those!

O’Brien FIAT
1251 US 31
(INSIDE THE GREENWOOD PARK MALL)
Greenwood, IN 46142
Sales: (888) 448-8263

We encourage you to chat * click * call * or stop into our Studio today. We are conveniently located inside the Greenwood Park Mall. To learn more about the 2013 FIAT Abarth Cabrio’s we currently have in stock, visit the link 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! By the way, our Internet Customer Care Team is available during normal business by online chat! (O’Brien FIAT website: http://www.fiatusaofgreenwood.com  ),
or by phone: (888) 448-8263.

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We were one of 250 dealers who participated in a “Drive Away” event yesterday and picked up the first 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye!! The car is referred to as a “Redline Red” edition, which starts at $18,995. While this is the first of the models to arrive at the dealership, we were reassured that there will be an influx to arrive shortly.

The Dart is the first vehicle jointly designed with our new Italian partner, FIAT SpA. The Dodge Dart is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which is a compact sold in Europe; however, it is wider and longer to handle Americans’ need for more space.

This car is the embodiment of customization, with 14 interior colors, 12 exterior colors, six wheel options, three engine choices and three transmissions. Also available for the vehicle are technologies not usually found in the compact segment, such as a 7-inch reconfigurable screen.

Why are we excited about the 2013 Dodge Dart?

There is LOTS of reasons to love this new addition to the Dodge line-up, demands a test drive! You can click, call, or visit either our Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store located in Greenwood (on the south side of Indy) or our tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store located on the north side of Indianapolis to view our 1st 2013 Dodge Dart.  Due to the interest in this new addition to the Dodge line-up and to minimize the time you spend at the dealership, we encourage you to call the Customer Care Team at 317-534-2256 to schedule an appointment for a test drive!

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
“Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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It’s summer time, and the weather is hot. We all know how the words to that old song go, but not everyone is as familiar with how the warmer weather can impact your car’s performance and reliability. With summer’s prime driving season upon us, it’s more important than ever to make sure your car is in tiptop shape.

  • One of the first things dealership technicians will verify during a summer inspection is the state of your vehicle’s tires. The extra heat thrown off by the pavement during the warmer months of the year can add additional stress to tire rubber that is worn out or nearing its replacement date.
  • This last point is also crucial for dealing with any rainstorms you might encounter while out on the highway – bald tires are a significant contributor to hydroplaning, which can see you lose control of your car when encountering standing water or heavy rain. Technicians will also verify that each of your tires is filled with exactly the right amount of air, as too much or too little can contribute to excessive tread wear, as well as lower fuel economy.
  • The next stage for most summer tune-ups takes place under the hood where your vehicle’s air filter will be inspected to determine whether it must be replaced.
  • Other engine-related summer maintenance items that can improve your car’s miles per gallon include spark plugs and fuel filters.
  • In addition to performing the standard brake pad, rotor and fluid checks that should be done every time you have your automobile in for servicing, one of the final things that dealership technicians will verify as being in good working order is your car’s cooling and air conditioning systems.

Summer car maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated – in fact, getting your car ready for the hottest and busiest driving season is as simple as stopping in at your local dealership and putting yourself in their capable hands.

Scheduling a service appointment can ensure happy motoring. Click Here: Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram:  Greenwood / Indianapolis — O’Brien Toyota Scion O’Brien Auto Center

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
“Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Family road trip! You’ve checked out and planned the best route to get you there! Perhaps you have decided the time is right to purchase a new vehicle? So, before the trip, you decide to check out  a brand new Town & Country, Journey, Grand Cherokee, 300, Wrangler Unlimited, or one of the many Toyota vehicles.

Or, if you have decided to take your own car, you’ve had your family hauler serviced to make sure that the a/c is operating at capacity, the brakes are good to go, the oil has been changed in our Service department (CJDR Greenwood / CJDR Indianapolis / Toyota), and the windshield wipers and washer fluid container is full and both are ready for any bug battle you encounter.

Does this sound familiar?  “Are we there yet?” being asked only 15 minutes after pulling out of the driveway. Then there are the many needed potty breaks, I’m hungry breaks, and the “I need a snack” right after the “I’m hungry break”. There are several different things you can do to keep your sanity during a long road trip. The O’Brien Automotive Family has borrowed some ideas that will help to reduce the boredom, interact with your kids and make the trip feel shorter for all of you!

Car game ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and younger children.

  • Draw it: Call out letters, numbers, animals and places, but instead of dealing with messy  markers, use a Magna Doodle.
  • Nursery rhymes and songs: Brush up on your nursery rhymes and toddler songs! Little ones love to sing their favorite tunes from preschool and playgroups.
  • I Spy: Before you embark on your road trip, strategically place large, colorful items around      your car and within your child’s view from his or her car seat.

Car games for older kids

Older kids enjoy learning new things, being active and being creative — even while in the car.

  • I Spy: Challenge your kids with a game of I Spy while on the move.
  • Travel Bingo: Bingo is a classic road trip game. A magnet set makes playing in the car fun and easy.
  • Alphabet game: Encourage your kids to explore their surroundings to find the letters of the alphabet on road signs, license plates and other signage visible from the road.
  • License plates: Make a list of  the U.S. states and silently check off each one as you see a matching license plate. Then set a number and the first person to reach that number wins.
  • Name that tune: Make a playlist of your family’s favorite songs and ask your kids to guess the name of the song and the artist.
  • Finish the song: After guessing the name of the song and the artist’s name, stop the music to see if your kids can finish the rest of the song on their own.
  • Punch buggy: Punch buggy is a more physical car game where you punch your neighbor (lightly) whenever you see a VW Beatle or a different type of vehicle.

Additional ideas that work

  • Picture it. Give each child an inexpensive disposable camera, and allow them to take photos of anything of interest they see along the way. After the trip, have the photos developed and let each child create their own homemade storybook about their travels.
  • Travel totes. This one takes a little advance planning, but it’s worth it! Pick up an inexpensive tote bag for each child and fill it with books, crayons, coloring books, a note pad, their favorite portable snacks and treats, and a favorite toy. Each child having their own bag will eliminate back seat battles over whose turn it is to use the crayons next.
  • And pack plenty of snacks! Pack snacks: crackers, fresh fruit and nuts, pre-packed servings of pretzels, cookies and chips.

Have fun and be safe on the road!

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
“Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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Going to the race this weekend? The O’Brien Automotive Family has a long history with the race. I have only been with the organization for a couple of years, so you can imagine my surprise when the Tom O’Brien CJDR Greenwood President carried in a large copy of the photo included in this post into a meeting this past Monday! Check out this interesting tidbit of history!

Per our company history, the O’Brien family automotive business started in January 1933 when Thomas J. O’Brien opened Sullivan and O’Brien DeSoto and Plymouth dealership on Virginia Avenue here in Indianapolis. One of their first advertising ventures included sponsoring car #25 during the Indianapolis 500 in 1933, a mere 5-months after opening. The car was driven by Shorty Cantlon.


Shorty’s race ended short of the finish that day, but the experience of sponsoring a vehicle for the dealership was well-received by the general public. Consequently, they went on to sponsor a car several years after that initial race.

 

 

 

 
Do you have a story to share about your family and their involvement with the Indianapolis 500? We would love to hear about it!
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O’Brien Automotive Family – “Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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Miracles for increasing fuel efficiency don`t exist!!

When gas prices go up, the scam artists show up. Products that claim to boost gas mileage are bogus, according to the EPA. After testing hundreds of “mileage maximizers,” the EPA says it “has not found any product that significantly improves mileage.” Experts say they all have one thing in common. “They don`t work,” says John Millett, spokesman for the EPA. The EPA to date has tested in the neighborhood of 100 gas-saving devices, the most recent at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, Popular Mechanics magazine`s experts recently tested seven fuel-saving products and found no significant change in miles-per-gallon ratings. Two products actually increased fuel consumption by 20 percent, and a third one melted before they could complete the test. How about the claim that higher octane means higher power? Wrong…..an engine designed to run on regular unleaded will not experience a power- boost if you put premium gas in the tank. Use the fuel grade specified by the manufacturer – nothing less and nothing more.

So whom do you trust when it comes to getting the best fuel mileage your car or truck can achieve?
Your dealer`s service department, that`s who!

There`s a reason the manufacturer publishes a recommended service schedule. These intervals are derived from the manufacturer`s engineering and testing to determine what is necessary to maintain the performance of key components:

• The best way to get the best mileage is to maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturer`s service schedule.
• The best way to maintain your vehicle is doing factory authorized service / using original equipment and parts.

Conclusion? The old adage that “something that sounds too good to be true, probably is ” nearly always applies. So, don`t be “fuelish” and let those scammers put one over on you.

I certainly hope that my posted “tid-bits” will help you keep your auto in good running order and help minimize your overall driving expenses. Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask! By the way, we LOVE feedback…please don’t hesitate to let us know how we are doing.

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O’Brien Automotive Family – “Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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In a word, “ouch”! I am sure that you have seen the recent news and headlines….Gas prices are expected to rise – “Local motorists could be paying more than $4 per gallon for gasoline by Memorial Day.” Why? The higher prices are expected because of seasonal demand patterns, rising tensions with Iran and increasing demand for oil from China, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. Per DeHaan, “A sudden slowdown of the U.S. economy might be the only thing that would drive gas prices down. “That is the double-edge sword with gas prices,” DeHaan said. “Prices rise when the economy is improving; they fall when it is not.”

So…what is a person to do? Check out our “Nine Ways to Conserve Your Gasoline” below!

NINE WAYS TO CONSERVE YOUR GASOLINE
1. Slow Down
One of the best ways to save on gas is to reduce your speed. According to the DOE, every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph represents a 7 percent decrease in fuel economy.
2. Check Your Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which causes you to burn more fuel to keep the car moving. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (if equipped), or the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) label on or near the driver’s side door. Properly inflated tires may improve your fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent.
3. Accelerate With Care
Fast acceleration wastes fuel. Accelerate modestly so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears more efficiently. Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by up to 33 percent on the highway and up to 5 percent during city driving.
4. Drive A Consistent Speed
Follow the lead of trucks and keep a consistent speed. Constant slowing down and speeding up reduces fuel economy. Consider using cruise control when appropriate.
5. Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling your vehicle gets 0 miles per gallon.
6. Stick With Stock
New wheels and tires may look cool, but if they’re not the same as the OEM specifications, they could create more resistance, thereby reducing fuel economy.
7. Clean Out Your Car
Carrying around extra baggage ? or anything that you don’t need for that trip ? only adds extra weight to your car and impacts fuel economy. For example, depending on your vehicle’s weight, an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could decrease your MPG by up to two percent.
8. Plan Your Trips Better
Consider grouping your trips instead of making several trips to accomplish your daily tasks. Several short trips may use twice as much fuel as a single, longer trip that covers the same distance.
9. Use The Proper Maintenance Fluids and Replacement Parts
Always use the engine oil, replacement parts and any other fluids that the manufacturer recommends. Change your oil at the recommended intervals and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for all routine maintenance.

Over the next several weeks, I will be posting “tid-bits” that will help you keep your auto in good running order to help minimize your overall driving expenses. Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask! And, we LOVE feedback…please don’t hesitate to let us know how we are doing.

Regards,

O’Brien Automotive Family – “Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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

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