Off-Roading Basics

Off-Roading Basics
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As we all know, it takes some effort to get to the best waves. We locals don’t want to spend all day searching for a spot on the overcrowded beaches, only to have to navigate an ocean of sunburned tourists to make it into the water! The secret treasures of the island usually are blocked by a muddy, unpaved road. If you want to spend some quiet beach time with the monk seals, it might be helpful to go over some off-roading pointers!

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Off-roading essentials

  • A tank full of gas
  • First aid kit (you should have one in your car anyway)
  • Phone and charger
  • Tow rope
  • Spare tire
  • GPS
  • Water
  • Shovel

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Before you start, check the depth of the mud. Two inches is very different than four feet.

Whatever you do, the answer is never “floor it” when it comes to being stuck in the mud. You’ll either spin the tires deeper into the mud or you’ll lose control and slide (possibly into a tree). If you are stuck, try gently moving your vehicle slightly forwards and backward by slowly alternating between reverse and drive to create some traction under your tires.

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Don’t bother driving on sand if you don’t have four-wheel drive.

It is difficult to maintain traction on the sand, so the first thing to do is to deflate your tires to about 15-20 PSI. Lower tire pressure creates more surface area, which helps your tire stay on the surface of the sand.

Avoid turning as much as possible. It is a lot of work for your car to push through the sand, so maintaining your forward momentum will help keep you from getting stuck. If you do get stuck, you can use your floor mats to regain traction.

If there are already tracks in the sand, try to follow them, because the sand is already packed down.

Don’t forget to put the air back in your tires when you get back on the pavement!

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For more information, check out these articles:

If you need a four-wheel drive vehicle, we have you covered:

Now, go get out there!

What Your Favorite 2016 Car Model Says About Your New Year’s Resolutions






2016 is here and with that, new car models are hitting the lots. While they are all shiny and come with the latest gadgets, some might be more appealing to you than others. Here’s what your favorite 2016 model says about your New Year’s resolutions:

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: You have worked hard for a long time, and appreciate working hard now in order to be comfortable later. Your resolution for 2016 is to enjoy life a little bit more. You have worked hard long enough— it’s time to enjoy the little things life has to offer, like leather-trimmed seats and LED headlights. There’s nothing like driving down the Kamehameha highway with your Miata convertible top down and the wind flowing through your hair. And don’t worry, the part of you that still wants to save gas will still get 36 mpg in this little roadster.

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2016 FIAT 500e: You have always lived a good life, but now you feel it’s time to take it up a notch. You want to take extra good care this year by doing things like getting up early, exercising regularly, and eating healthier. On top of that, you want to help the world to also be healthy. That’s why you are drawn to the FIAT 500e, an electric car that not only looks good, but helps the earth feel better. You don’t have to give up the serenity of your commute with this little energy saver, either. Heated front seats, an electronic push-button shifter, and a rear park assist system make saving the world a comfortable task.
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2016 Buick Enclave: You have successfully lived a modest life and have never gone overboard with your spending. For 2016, you are looking to do some saving so that you can live a more comfortable life and have a fairly good amount of savings to fall back on. But don’t think this car isn’t loaded with all the perks. Whether it’s a Bluetooth audio system that connects directly to your phone, or the six-speed 288hp V-6 engine, this SUV has a lot of go. You value things that are nice, but are also responsible with your money, so you will do great with an Enclave— a car that is stylish but also affordable.

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2016 Jeep Renegade: Throughout your life, you have always loved the outdoors. Up until now though, it has only been a hobby. For 2016 you want that to dedicate yourself to more rock climbing,surfing, and camping trips. The newest member of the Jeep family will make this possible, with features like removable roof panels for a complete view of the sky, and the back cargo made to ensure you get your friends and your gear up a mountain easy. With a Jeep Renegade by your side you want to make 2016 about the memories, not just about sitting behind a desk all day.

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2016 Dodge Challenger: For you, 2016 is all about taking risks. Whether it be moving to a new city, changing jobs, or taking that dream vacation, you are ready to take the bull by the horns. While you are doing this, you are ready for a car that will make you feel like you are going through life with a little more horsepower than usual. Whether you’re wielding a 305hp V6 engine or the ultimate SRT Hellcat that roars at a cool 707hp, the this powerful muscle car will make sure 2016 is one to remember.
The New Year can be a great time to start out fresh and get that car of your dreams. At Cutter Auto, we believe that everyone deserves to drive a car they absolutely love. For all our new 2016 models, go to our website at where you can view our online inventory and find your perfect car for the new year!

Seven Best Things About Hawaii During the Holidays

Living in Hawaii means life is great year-round. We get the beach life, amazing weather, and the lifestyle that most people dream of — we really have it all. However, the holidays can make us want to trade the beach for the slopes, but because we’re stuck with white sand instead of snow, we’ve found the seven best things about Hawaii during the holidays:

  1. Bring the snow to you. During the winter months in Maui and Kauai, you may notice some of the magical white stuff congregating on top of the big island as well on top of the volcano at Mauna kea. That’s right, real snow! If you are really craving a snowman this holiday season, drive up the mountain, pack buckets of snow, and make a snowman for your front yard! The little guy may not last very long, but seeing a snowman in boardshorts will be worth it.

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  1. Attend some holiday traditions. At the Hilo Palace Theater on the Big Island, you can catch a production of The Nutcracker or the December Celebration of Christmas in Music. Both will make you feel the season’s greetings while still enjoying the sound of the waves lapping against the sand.

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  1. Christmas Eve dinner buffets. Need we say more? There is nothing better than an all-you-can-eat dinner with the people you love. Most hotels in Waikiki host a daily dinner buffet, but only the Prince Court and Hakone offer a special holiday selection and are open for regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

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  1. Attend a luau. In Honolulu, the Paradise Cove luau stays open for Christmas and includes some extra holiday cheer. A luau is a great way to experience Hawaii’s beautiful traditions while also saying Mele Kalikimaka!

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  1.  All of the holiday deals at Cutter Auto. Buying a car can be a headache, but there is never a better time to buy a loved one (or yourself) a nice new car that you can stick a giant bow on! During the Christmas season, Cutter is offering a number of deals on new and used cars, as well as service specials!

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  1. Go surfing. While surfing may not be a traditional Christmas activity, it is something unique that you can share with your family. While most families are bundling up, celebrate the holidays by grabbing your bathing suit and a board, and hit the sun and waves!

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  1. Honolulu City Lights. Hawaii is a beautiful place, and during the holidays, it makes a spectacular show of lights at night for all to see. Along with the lights is a giant Christmas tree, live music, and full holiday displays. The best place to view the lights is from up above the city, but seeing the lights from the beach is just as great.

From all of us at Cutter Auto, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season! Mele Kalikimaka!

Five Tips for Finding Your Perfect Pre-Owned Car

As a car buyer, there are many choices to be made. A good place to start is deciding if you want to go with a new or pre-owned vehicle. Buying new means you get that new car smell, a fresh odometer, and the comfort that comes with knowing you have been the only owner. However, buying a new car isn’t for everyone. Buying used can be a great experience that will save you some money if done right. Here are five tips to keep in mind when searching for a pre-owned car that will be reliable, worth your money, and an all-around good vehicle.

  1. Check the title, and be very picky about the title status of the car. A car title is a legal document that states ownership of the vehicle. It also can be a major indicator of your car’s history.

Clean title: A clean title for a used car means that even though it is being sold as used, it has had no major physical issues with the car. The car is clean from major accidents, body and mechanical work, etc.

Salvage title: A salvage title for a used car means the car has been damaged beyond 75% of its original value. While the car may have been cleared to again function on the road, the original damage was bad enough that it will never reach clean title status again. Watch out for these, as their price is usually drastically lower than clean title vehicles.

Rebuilt/Reconstructed title: A rebuilt/reconstructed title is issued to salvage vehicles that have been repaired to be completely operational. These cars have undergone extensive rebuilding and inspection to return to the road. These cars are also much less expensive than clean title cars, but they can be a risk, as unexpected issues from the rebuild can come up, resulting in unexpected and potentially expensive trips to the shop.

  1. Make sure to get a car with a reasonable amount of miles on it.

The rule of thumb for most used cars is that the more miles they have, the less expensive they will be. If you are looking for a car to last you 5+ years, go with a car with less than 100,000 miles. If you are only looking for a car to get you through 2-5 years, a car with no more than 150,000 miles should last.

  1. Look for makes that are reliable through 200,000+ miles.

Some makes are more reliable than others, and those cars will easily last longer. Buying an unreliable make with 100,000 miles on it, means that car is most likely to only last another couple thousand miles at the most. A car from a reliable make with over 100k miles already on it, means that car could last you through 250k miles.

  1. If it’s available, check the vehicle’s history.

Unlike checking the title status of the car, a vehicle history is much more detailed. A vehicle history should tell you if it was regularly serviced, as well as went in for oil changes and basic checkups. This will tell you what kind of condition the car is in on a deeper level. A car with regular checks is one that has healthy mechanics under the hood. This will lower your chances of running into unexpected mechanical issues after purchase.

  1. Try and buy from a car dealership.

If that is not possible, be careful when buying from a private seller. Private sellers may seem like an easier option, as they occasionally may run cheaper. However, buying from a dealership ensures that you’ll have a regulated purchasing process. Some private sellers may withhold information and sell you a car with known problems without disclosing that information. A dealership has their reputation on the line, and they inspect their used cars to make sure they are worthy of their lot.

If you’re on the quest to find the perfect pre-owned vehicle, come visit us at Cutter Auto. Our no-pressure team will help you find your new dream car. Check out our website, where you can find all of our new and used inventory. Happy driving!





7 Struggles Hawaiians face

Everyone on the mainland thinks living in Hawaii is all beaches and rainbows. While much of life does consist of those things, us Hawaiians struggle too because not every day is a day in paradise.

  1. People on the mainland think you live on the beach or in a grass hut.

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  1. Hiking here means you could die. NBD. (Looks safe enough?)


3. Flip-flops? What’s a flip-flop? Oh, those are actually called slippers… be sure to leave them at the door!


4. Getting weird looks when tourists see you eating spam and loving it. (Hello, it’s actually quite good.)


5. Your favorite band is going out on tour? Yeah, definitely not coming to Hawaii.



6. Traffic anywhere on the mainland got NOTHING on traffic here.

7. And lastly, those days you actually have to wear a shirt.


One thing’s for sure though, us Hawaiians have to stick together! That’s why if you need a new car or to fix your current one, we are here to help at Cutter Auto!

Top 10 Songs to Put on Your End of Summer Playlist

It may be mid-August, but that doesn’t mean that summer is over! While you still have a few more weeks of summer sun and bliss, make the most of it by playing these great tracks from your car on the way to the beach.

According to Billboard, the top ten summer songs are:

10) “Summer Nights” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

9) “Hot Fun in the Summertime” – Sly & the Family Stone

8) “Surfin’ USA” – The Beach Boys

7) “Summertime” -DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

6) “Endless Summer Nights” – Richard Marx

5) “Surf City” – Jan & Dean

4) “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” – Bryan Hyland

3) “Wipe Out” – The Surfaris

2) “Summer in the City” – The Lovin’ Spoonful

1) “California Gurls” – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg


There’s nothing better than a solid driving playlist, so this refreshing mix of classic oldies and funky contemporary tunes will help you soak up every last bit of that Hawaiian sun. You’ll have the whole chain of islands dancing right along with you as you cruise down the highway to any of our Cutter Auto Sales locations. Drive safely!

5 Fun Facts About FIAT

5 Fun Facts About FIAT

  1. Headquartered in Turin, Italy

It first came to light in 1899 when a group of investors decided to create a manufacturing company on their own. In fact, today Brazil sees FIAT as the car market leader and the second most cars from FIAT are produced in Brazil itself, Italy produces the most.

  1. FIAT Didn’t Manufacture Cars at First

In the past, FIAT manufactured carriages, railway engines, tractors, military vehicles and aircrafts. During World War II, FIAT was involved in the manufacturing of military vehicles and machinery for the Italian Army, Regia Aeronautica and eventually for the Germans.

  1. FIAT Won the European Car of the Year award

In 2008, the FIAT 500 became the second FIAT model to win the award. The first award was given to the FIAT 124 in 1967.

  1. FIAT Owns Many Different Subsidiaries

FIAT is also a parent company to many different subsidiaries. The businesses that FIAT owns include:

  • Alfa Romeo

  • Chrysler

  • Dodge

  • Ferrari

  • Iveco

  • Lancia

  • Maserati

In January 2014, FIAT decided to create another company merging the assets of both Chrysler and FIAT groups, now called FIAT-Chrysler Automobiles.

  1. FIAT 500 is the Most Popular Model

The model is so popular that you are more likely to see one on the road every day than you are any other FIAT model. Wherever you are in the world, you will find at least one annual car event dedicated just to the FIAT 500.

Top Places to go Four Wheeling in Hawaii

Top Places to go Four Wheeling in Hawaii

  1. Skyline Trail—Maui

Skyline trail is about seven miles of difficult terrain and is part of the world famous Haleakala National Park on Maui. The terrain is known to be very rough, and vegetation is almost nonexistent, so be careful when going on this famous trail.

  1. Mauna Kea Access Road- Big Island

This is by far the longest trail that the Big Island can provide at 32 miles. This unpaved road is hardly ever maintained and whoever made it had never heard of a compass. It changes direction constantly,from east to north then to the west sides of the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve. Mauna Kea Access Road is known for its breathtaking views and the thrill of passing over aged lava flows.

  1. Mokuleia Firebreak Road- Oahu

This trail is only four miles long but is still very worth the short rugged drive. Mokuleia Firebreak Road is known for its incredible views of the Waianae Mountain Range. Been on this trail before? There are many different trails or roads that branch off of the main road so you can always experience something new with every trip.

  1. Ainapo Road- Big Island

This 16-mile unpaved and rarely maintained trail, passes through the Kapalapa Ranch before entering the Kapalapa Forest Reserve, letting your mouth drop in awe at the beauty around you. Though Ainapo Road is only 2200 ft and rarely offers a view of the island, it does offer opportunities to observe the different native birds and other wildlife of Hawaii.

Where do you like to go four-wheeling? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!


The New Alfa Romeo Giulia Is Here!

The Alfa Romeo Giulia was revealed this past Wed. in Milan, Italy while Andrea Bocelli’s angelic voice sang opera in the background. The launch of this new vehicle—along with others to come—is a big step for FIAT Chrysler Automobiles. The brand is about to see big, positive changes in the popularity of their brand with the release of this new vehicle.

The CEO of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, announced that they will be spending around $5.6 billion dollars to develop eight new models that the world has never seen before by 2018. FCA plans to design their new vehicles by connecting with Milan’s roots with technical and performance breakthroughs. “The Giulia represents the beginning of the rebuilding of the Alfa Romeo brand,” Marchionne said.

Marchionne states that several hundred engineers worked on the design of the Giulia and is also working on the other seven designs at a secret location in Milan, Italy. “We needed a team to think outside of the box to think from a clean sheet of paper. We needed people who could create a fresh approach,” Marchionne said. “Alfa Romeo is different because it has been through an intense purification process.”


Do you think the new Alfa Romeo designs will boost the brand? Let us know in the comments or our Facebook page!

Tips to Stay Awake While Driving

The 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says 28 percent of drivers reported being so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open while driving their cars during the prior month.That is a surprisingly huge number and quite frankly, scary! We want you safe on the road, so we compiled a few tips to keep your eyes open and your mind focused on the road without dozing off.

  1. Drive with a Passenger

When you can, drive with a passenger. This will give you the opportunity to talk and stay alert and also the option of taking turns driving. If you’re planning on driving through the night, take a friend with you so you can rest your eyes for a couple of hours.

  1. Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds require focus to get the seed out of the shell. This will keep your mind busy instead of letting it drift off into space. Research shows that eating sunflower seeds while driving is much more effective than drinking an energy drink.

  1. Take a Break

Every 100 miles or two hours, pull over and stretch. This will clear your mind and get rid of any aches your body may have from the long drive.

  1. Listen to Music

Don’t just listen to any type of music, listen to music that keeps you moving or singing along. Soft or classical music can cause you to become drowsy. This is the perfect excuse to blast that Taylor Swift song that has been stuck in your head.

  1. Pull over

If all else fails and you don’t think you can make the drive, pull over. It’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re sleepy and driving at night. Tip: Wal-Mart does not monitor their parking lots at night, so feel free to camp out in a parking space for the night until you’re fully rested.


Do you have any tips that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!