Category: Tips and helpful hints

Summer Trips | St. Cloud, MN

Now that Minnesota has warmed up, it’s time for a summer road trip! You’ll find many great destinations outside the Gopher State, so you can plan some weekend trips from St. Cloud in your new Mitsubishi from Don Robinson Mitsubishi. Here are the most popular locations to visit.

Sioux Falls, SD

A four-hour drive southwest of St. Cloud will take you to Sioux Falls. This gorgeous city in South Dakota is known for natural attractions like the Big Sioux River falls as well as historic sites like Good Earth State Park and the Queen Bee Mill ruins.

Green Bay, WI

Five hours in your Mitsubishi Outlander will bring you to Lake Michigan, where you’ll find Green Bay, Wisconsin. This town is obviously a sports fans’ dream, but in the summer when the football team isn’t playing, you can still have fun at the National Railroad Museum or Neville Public Museum.

Chicago, IL

There’s no shortage of unique things to do over a weekend in the Windy City. During the summer, you can stroll around Navy Pier, take a boat cruise on the lake, and attend a festival at Millennium Park.

Before you drive your Outlander Sport or Eclipse Cross a long distance this summer, make sure you bring it to Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a service checkup. Our mechanics will make sure it’s ready for your next road trip.

How to Save Money by Parking in the Shade | St. Cloud, MN

Here in Minnesota, it’s always a welcome sight when the sun is shining. But we should all take precautions when going outdoors for extended periods by applying sunscreen. This helps protect our skin from sun damage, but did you know that the sun can also harm your vehicle? Here are some ways the heat can damage your car and how you can save some money by parking in the shade.

 

Effects of the sun on your vehicle

The glass windows in your car can quickly make it feel like a greenhouse. The heat from the sun comes through the windows and keeps bouncing back, increasing the temperature. The high heat and rays from the sun can damage some interior components, like leather seats, the dashboard, or even electronics. Your car’s exterior also takes a beating when sitting in the sun. Over time, the sunlight can cause the paint to fade and crack.

Benefits of parking in the shade

When you park your car in the shade, your car is protected from the damaging sun. The shade will help keep the interior slightly cooler, meaning your air conditioning will not have to work as hard to cool you down. Another benefit is you can save money on gas by not driving around the parking lot looking for the closest spot. Shady spots are usually further from the door.

If you’re worried about the state of your vehicle after parking in direct sunlight, feel free to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi and we’ll get your car back in tip-top shape for maximum summer fun.

 

You don’t need an electric or hybrid car to get good fuel economy driving I-94 to and from Minneapolis. As you travel on Minnesota highways, these tips can help you improve your gas mileage.

 

Use cruise control

When you are driving on I-94, you might have the tendency to match the speed of the vehicle in front of you, even if you aren’t aware of it. That urge to always keep accelerating isn’t good for fuel economy.

Using your car’s cruise control can help you maintain a speed that is safer and more fuel efficient. Constant acceleration and braking uses more fuel, so cruise control reduces your need to accelerate and brake.

Many Mitsubishi models at Don Robinson Mitsubishi even have adaptive cruise control systems that adjust the vehicle’s speed automatically if you get too close to the car in front.

 

Turn on the AC

In the summer, it might be tempting to roll down your windows and enjoy the fresh air. However, when you are traveling on the highway over 60 mph, you should keep those windows and sunroof closed.

Instead, use your car’s air conditioning. If you are driving really fast, open windows can cause drag, which makes the engine work harder and increases its fuel consumption. Another way to reduce drag on highways is to avoid putting roof racks and other storage accessories on top of your car.

 

If you want a car or SUV that’s big on value, check out the fuel-efficient models at Don Robinson Mitsubishi. Our vehicles boast consistently efficient gas mileage thanks to their carefully engineered motors. Learn more by visiting our dealership in Saint Cloud, MN.

It’s vital to keep your used car in good shape to counteract the mileage and wear that the previous owner put on the vehicle — and that you’ll be putting on it now!

If you’re wondering how to prolong the life of your used car, take it into Don Robinson Mitsubishi’s service center for regular maintenance. And, follow these tips that will help your used car last longer.

Change fluids regularly

The fluids in your car need to be flushed and replaced regularly to keep your car running in good health. This includes changing the engine oil, coolants, windshield fluid, and even transmission fluid at the proper intervals.

Drive gently

It might seem obvious, but one of the best ways to extend the life of your used car is to avoid pushing your car too hard. Avoid gunning the acceleration or slamming the brakes as much as possible. Go gently on it! If you drive your car within its means and avoid unnecessary strain, you’ll damage the engine less.

Check the battery

Saint Cloud winters can quickly drain your car’s battery due to the frigid temperatures. Our expert technicians at Don Robinson Mitsubishi can measure the battery charge to make sure it’s ready for the winter and in good shape for the long term.

If your used car needs a fluid flush or maintenance inspection, we’d be glad to diagnose and fix it. Contact the Don Robinson Mitsubishi service center to schedule a checkup.

There are many factors that college student car shoppers have to consider, including budget, credit score, and current incentives for the type of vehicle they’re looking to drive. Although it’s enough to make your head spin, by following these tips, you can save more money and end up with a better vehicle in the long run.

One of the first things to consider is your budget—especially what it will be after you graduate. Keep in mind that it takes many people several months (if not years) to find a steady job after college, so you need to take this into account when coming up with your loan payment schedule. Start with used cars or certified pre-owned cars, as they offer the best bang for your buck.

Odds are, it may be difficult to get a good auto loan if you don’t have a long credit history. While student loans can help to build credit, it may be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to co-sign a loan with you to get the best possible rates.

Be realistic when shopping. Though it’s tempting to shop for new sports cars or luxury SUVs, keep in mind that cars typically depreciate. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to shop for a reliable used model. Luckily, Mitsubishi is known for its durability and its 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Additionally, shop around for incentives. Many automakers may offer special deals for recent college grads or students, including lower interest rates or cash towards your purchase. Even if you’re not sure, it can’t hurt to look online and ask about any incentives when you’re shopping for a car.

Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we’re happy to help you find the perfect car for your lifestyle. Stop by our finance department and talk with our experts to learn more about your financing options.

Things to have packed in your suv - don robinson blog

Keeping important items packed in your SUV is important to many drivers—you never know when disaster could strike, after all. Some SUVs, like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport, have plenty of room for drivers to store emergency supplies and other cargo. Here are a few things to have packed in your SUV as suggested by us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!

  • Spare Tire – While it should be obvious, it never hurts to remind drivers that a spare tire is incredibly important to keep in your SUV. The Outlander and Outlander Sport already come stocked with one, but it never hurts to check on it every now and then, if only to make sure it’s properly inflated. Having tools necessary to change a flat tire wouldn’t hurt either!
  • Emergency Kit – As parents know, kids will always find a way to hurt themselves. That’s why it’s important to keep a fully-stocked emergency kit in your SUV. Fill it with items like bandages, gauze, and other medical supplies.
  • Owner’s Manual – Something every driver should keep in their SUV is the owner’s manual. A literal guide to your vehicle, the owner’s manual offers all the information one could need about dashboard lights, changing a flat tire, and more. Stow the owner’s manual in your Outlander or Outlander Sport’s glove box until you need it!

It’s that time of year where it’s warming up enough for you to spring clean your car, so here’s a guide to getting your vehicle in tip-top shape.

Spring Clean Your Car

Clear Out Trash

This one’s simple – bring out a trash bag or two and just toss everything you need to stop carrying around in the vehicle with you. Fast food wrappers? Old receipts you said you’d use to make a budget and never did? Empty coffee cups? Throw it out.

Have a “Keep” Box

Sometimes we leave stuff in our car that we actually love, like an extra pair of shoes or something that we forgot to bring inside. Take a moment to collect these things and put them in a box for keeping. Don’t forget to check the trunk!

Scrub and Vacuum

Scrubbing happens first so you can get all the dirt stuck in nooks and crannies. Then, bring in the vacuum cleaning. It’s a good idea to take out the mats and power wash those, too.

Wash Everything Top to Bottom

Car wash time! Make sure you use a soap specially formulated for washing automobiles or else you could damage the protective coating on your vehicle. Make sure you wash the undercarriage too to get all the winter gunk off.

Maintenance

Wipers, oil change, fluids, tire rotation and checking for tread wear—just a few of the little details to keep up on when it comes to maintaining your car.

 

We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi know how important presentation is when it comes to a vehicle, so trust us when we say that it’s worth it to spring clean your car.

Hitting the road for a winter vacation isn’t like traveling during the summer months. Winter brings harsh weather that can dramatically change familiar roadways until they’re nearly unrecognizable. Sleet, snow, and ice are all factors that drivers have to be aware of. Here are some excellent travel tips for winter from us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Travel Tips for Winter

Watch the Weather

Keeping an eye on your local weather forecast and the forecast of where you will be headed is one way to avoid harsh weather. Knowing that snow or ice is incoming will help you prepare accordingly, both physically and mentally. Take a few minutes out of your preparations to look at the weather.

Slow Down

Everything takes longer on slick roads. Turning, braking, and accelerating all see significant delays depending on how bad the roads are. Take the time to slow down to give yourself more time to react to unexpected situations. Your car (and your heart) will thank you.

Familiarize Yourself with Roadside Assistance

In the event that you do end up on the side of the road, it always helps to have a roadside assistance service that can help. Some automakers provide a few years of roadside assistance with the purchase of a new vehicle. Independent organizations, like AAA, offer paid subscriptions as well.

It’s winter, which means you’re trapped inside, which means you’re probably starting to go a little stir crazy. Here are some tips for avoiding cabin fever until the weather warms up.

Plan Activities Ahead of Time

Make a list of books you want to read, print out crossword puzzles, find simple game apps, take on a new project—anything you can do to kill time. It has the bonus side effect of making you feel more accomplished.

Don’t Sleep In

This might seem counter-intuitive, as you might feel like you have nothing better to do and that sleep is something that will make time go faster. However, it’ll just make you feel sluggish and irritable. There is such thing as too much sleep.

Go Outside

Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, put on your coat and head outside for some fresh air and sunlight.

Eat Healthy Food

High-fat, high-carb foods—you know, the kind of stuff we snack on when it’s freezing outside – has the nasty side effect of making us feel terrible. Keep your energy and happiness levels up with a better diet.

Balance Social Time and Alone Time

If you’re alone all the time, you’ll get bored, and if you’re around people all the time, you’ll feel overwhelmed. Try to balance the two.

Avoiding fever isn’t that bad, huh? It may feel difficult to motivate yourself at first, but once you make yourself more active, keeping your own routine will come more naturally.

The holiday season can take a lot out of you. All that budgeting, running around searching for the perfect presents, decorating, and preparing food for family gatherings requires a lot of energy. However, if you want to go into the new year feeling refreshed and re-energized, here are some going tips for kicking off the beginning of January by getting back into the groove after the holidays.

  • Sleep More: With all that running around to attend friend and family events, you’ve probably exhausted yourself by having an inconsistent sleep schedule. Get back on a normal routine.
  • Minimize Stress: Fatigue builds up over the holiday season. Make a point to take some time out of the day just to meditate or have quiet time.
  • Exercise and Eat Right: Let’s face it—everyone’s diet takes a nosedive during Christmas. You probably didn’t have time to work out, either. Focus on a balanced diet and exercise plan, and you’ll feel better in no time.
  • Get Your Finances on Track: All those presents are expensive! Hold onto all those gift receipts, balance your checkbook, and give yourself a budget. You’ll be glad you did later.
  • Organize Your Life: While you were cleaning the entertaining areas of your home for the holidays, you may have let your other routines fall to the wayside. Stay on top of domestic chores and, now that you’re settled, make time for your family, too.

After the holidays, you might feel like you’re sliding down a slippery slope, but just a few more days of resting and preparing can make you feel brand new.