After years of scrimping and saving, you have finally made enough money to move to Hawaii. Aloha, by the way, and welcome to paradise.
Now that you’ve moved in, you’re probably trying to figure out what kind of car to buy. It is easy to fall back on models that worked well for you on the mainland, but Hawaii is a whole different animal. Where you live and what you want to do should have an impact on your decision when car shopping.
So, how do you choose? Consider these three factors: commute, weather, and outdoor activities.
First, your commute. Suppose you landed a fantastic property outside of the city. You enjoy the breathtaking views and relative isolation until you realize one thing: work is really far away. Gasoline is expensive on the island, so you may be tempted find a vehicle that gets superior gas mileage, like a Mazda3 or Fiat 500. A car with good gas mileage will reduce the mountain of expenses that come with living in paradise.
The weather should also influence your purchase. Do you want to enjoy the sun in a convertible, or keep yourself cool with a powerful, efficient AC? The most sensible choice for newcomers is something like a Mazda Miata, an affordable convertible that allows you to enjoy the sun all year. When sun is not shining, it is usually covered by heavy rainclouds that cause erosion and form potholes on the roads. A SUV like the GMC Acadia negotiates potholes easily.
Finally, your outdoor activities can determine your choice. Since you’re living here now, you have a whole new array of places to go on the islands. Several landmarks are difficult to reach in regular cars, so it may be smart to opt for a Jeep to get you anywhere you want to go. Jeeps are some of the most versatile vehicles and are a popular choice for residents.
Remember your circumstances when car shopping. Ask for advice from your neighbors and your dealer to get an idea of what will work best for you. Again, welcome, and aloha!
Earlier this month, eight highschool students were recognized for completing the 11th Hawai’i High School Auto Academy at Honolulu Community College. They were recognized during a special ceremony celebrating the completion.
The Hawai’i High School Auto Academy is targeted towards high school students who are interested in the automotive industry. Throughout the six week program, students interned at our dealership in the morning for five days a week, and then would attend classes in the afternoon. The internship and class time totalled 120 classroom hours, and each student that completed the program received four college credits towards an associates of applied science degree in automotive technology.
Congratulations to all those who have completed the program. We’re so glad to be a part of it! You can read a little bit more about it here.
As people in the 21st century we happen to be a group that not only loves modern cars, but we all are attached to our phones. It’s easy to understand why though. Cars are the mechanisms able to get us from point A to point B, and phones are there so that we can stay in touch with family, friends, and always be available for conference calls along the way. We’re a busy generation, and we know that business doesn’t always stop when you get in your car. Lucky for this hustling and bustling society, Apple has launched their newest car integration system, CarPlay, that allows for safer iPhone usage when behind the wheel of select 2014 models.
With CarPlay, anything you could need, from Maps, to phone calls, text messaging, music, and more, is only a click away. Siri, your personal automated assistant responds to voice commands, and continues to learn based upon how much you speak to her, and what you speak to her about. Through Siri, the scores of your favorite sports teams, or your daughter calling her friends when she borrows your car, can all be done without hands ever leaving the steering wheel or eyes ever drifting from the road. This technology has been designed with a focus on your peace of mind. Take a closer look at this amazing system!
Looking for that perfect car but don’t have time to stop by the dealership? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! With our walk around videos created right here at Cutter Auto, you get a detailed look into featured vehicles as if you were here at the dealership!
Watch Daryl give you the inside scoop on the 2014 Dodge Charger and then watch Katie walk you through the 2014 Jeep Patriot!
2014 Dodge Charger:
What is Dodge? Dodge is passion, attitude, athleticism, performance, and value. The 2014 Dodge lineup reflects these values, as seen in the Charger.
What else is new for the 2014 Dodge Charger? Body colored bumpers and spoilers, as well as different trim models are just a few of the new additions. You also won’t want to miss out on the ready-alert braking system that senses when you are trying to brake and kicks in to help you stop. Want to look sporty and stylish at the same time? The Dodge Charger is for you!
2014 Jeep Patriot:
If you are looking for a vehicle that can tackle all elements, as well as provide you with superior safety, the Patriot is for you!
Some of the newest features on the 2014 Jeep Patriot include side seat airbags as well as the six-speed automatic transmission. With a 3-year 36,000/mile bumper to bumper warranty and a 5-year 100,000/mile powertrain warranty, you don’t have to worry while cruising in your Jeep! Start telling a story with your Patriot today!
Don’t those videos make you want to stop by the dealership and take the vehicles for a cruise? Come see us for a test drive today!
We know that looking for the right vehicle can be difficult, and a little stressful at times. That is why we have done it for you! Take a look at these featured videos we made on our youtube channel.
Here is a premiere of our 2014 Mazda CX-5 video by Normanuel Antonio and 2014 Mazda3 by Armando Maza.
2014 Mazda CX-5 Features:
The exterior design alone stands superior than most vehicles. It was inspired by the predatory stance of an animal stalking its prey. This allows the vehicle to catch the eye and not the wind!
Conquer more highway on less fuel with a 2014 Mazda CX5! They dared to make an engine that can deliver more horsepower but also achieve fuel efficiency.
Safety is our number one priority, and Mazda made sure that the CX-5 had all the bells and whistles. You can now monitor your blind spot with alerts that go off when a vehicle or an object is in your blind spot.This feature makes it a little easier for the driver to know when it is safe to change lanes or not!
Talk about an amazing interior, Mazda knew what they were doing when they redesigned the Mazda3. No longer are you only connected with the road, but now you can connect with your friends on your newsfeed. With the Mazda Connect you can now harness the power of the internet inside your car. Go ahead and listen to your favorite music, keep up to date with hashtags on Twitter (while parked, of course), and make sure you never get lost with turn-by-turn navigation.
Now that you know a little bit more about the 2014 Mazda CX-5 and the 2014 Mazda3, which one do you prefer?
It’s the perfect time of year to grab a friend, buckle-up, and check out these beautiful scenic spots on the island of Oahu!
Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park
Enjoy a winding road up to the best view of the city! The view is spectacular AND you can drive right up to the viewpoint (no hiking required).
Enjoy a short scenic drive over misty mountains on the Pali Highway. With several options as viewpoints along the way, you can make the trip as long as you want, but be sure to not go during traffic hours.
Diamond Head Lookout
If you are down for a little hiking, check out Diamond Head Lookout for a panoramic view of the island. Afterwards, enjoy the scenic drive full of oceanfront mansions to Makapu’u Point.
Want to watch surfers tackle some of Oahu’s largest waves? Check out the drive along the North Shore! Before you hit the road, stop off at the Dole Plantation and get yourself some ‘Dole Whip’ for the road!
Looking for a drive closer to the city? Located just minutes away from downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, this drive takes you through a rainforest and ends where you can walk to a beautiful waterfall.
What are you waiting for? Start discovering the beautiful island of Oahu today!
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