Recommended Fall Maintenance for Your Ram Truck

2019 Ram 1500 | Dixon, IL

Your Ram truck can handle any journey, but it needs help to operate at its top potential. Regular maintenance checks, especially when the seasons change, are key to keeping your truck healthy and functional. Here are some recommended services to perform for fall.

Make sure your battery is strong

Temperatures dip in the fall, and they’ll plummet even more in winter. Now is the time to make sure your battery has a lot of life left in it. If it’s weak, it’s time to install a new one.

Test your lights

Since daylight decreases as fall goes on, you’ll probably be driving more often in darkness. It’s important that your headlights are working properly. While you’re checking your headlights, review all the lights, inside and out, that your Ram truck uses.

Top off truck fluids

Your truck uses several fluids that are continually depleting. Fall is a good time to check that all fluids are at their proper levels. You will want to change the oil and check that the windshield wiper fluid is topped off. Don’t forget to check the coolant, transmission, and brake fluids, too.

Stock up on supplies

As the seasons change, so should the contents of your truck’s emergency kit. Be sure to equip your emergency kit with cold weather-appropriate supplies like gloves, blankets, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, and snow brush or shovel.

For all your maintenance needs, contact the service experts at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois.

Jeep®: America’s Most Patriotic Brand for 2 Decades and Counting

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Jeep® is an iconic brand, and for the past two decades and counting, it has been honored as America’s Most Patriotic Brand by thousands of consumers. The brand’s esteemed history of service to this country and the brave men and women who fought for freedom began in 1941, and the models highlight that proud history with special badges.

This year’s honor, courtesy of the Brand Keys Most Patriotic Brands survey, showed once again (20 years and counting!) that survey respondents put Jeep® in the top spot. The survey included the responses from 5,800 consumers between the ages of 16 and 65. The survey involved a total of 1,172 brands.

“Consumers know there’s a difference between wrapping yourself in the flag and being a brand people believe has actually earned that right. Jeep® earned it, owns it, and we congratulate them again this year,” said Robert Passikoff, president and founder of Brand Keys. 

In addition to its military credibility, the Jeep® is synonymous with unparalleled 4×4 capability, allowing you to fulfill your adventurous pursuits.

For 2023, Jeep® is offering a limited-edition Freedom package to honor members of the U.S. military. The special package is available on two Jeep® models — the Gladiator and Wrangler.

See America’s Most Patriotic Brand up close at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois.

Spotlight on the 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Dixon, IL

The 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee impresses with a range of updates, eye-catching design, and innovative technologies. Here is a closer look at the key highlights and capabilities you’ll find with this adventure-ready and sophisticated SUV.

Eco-friendly option

If you want to go green behind the wheel without sacrificing a potent and thrilling performance, check out the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk®. It is equipped with the brand’s signature 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Premium sound systems

You can expect a completely immersive sound experience in the Grand Cherokee thanks to its choice of audio systems. The Alpine system features nine speakers while the McIntosh audio system more than doubles the speakers to 19.

Unrivaled capability

The 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee is ready to take on any adventure and terrain thanks to features including a class-exclusive Quadra-Lift air suspension, 10.9 inches of ground clearance, Selec-Terrain traction management system with five available modes, and 24 inches of water fording. When properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee has the strength to tow 7,200 pounds.

Award-winning power

The Grand Cherokee has an incredible engine lineup, including the award-winning 5.7-liter V8 and standard 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6, which has won the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems award seven times.

Learn more about the 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee at Ken Nelson CDJR in Dixon, Illinois.

Improve Your Credit Score and Get a Better Car Deal in Dixon

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Your credit score is one of the most important factors lenders take into consideration before lending you money. Because of this, improving your credit score is one of the best ways to not only secure a loan but also to get a better interest rate on the loans you do secure.

More than 90% of top lenders use FICO credit scores to assess your financial health, which are determined by five factors: payment history, credit usage, age of credit accounts, credit mix, and new credit inquiries. Improving these factors is the key to improving your overall credit score, but there are two that stand out above all the others.

Pay your bills on time

Over a third of your credit score is determined by your payment history. Missed payments stay on your record for years. In other words, paying your debt on time is the best way to improve your credit score. Automatic payments and consolidating debt are two methods that can help you stay on top of payments.

Have debt responsibly

Nearly a third of your credit score is determined by credit utilization. Lenders want you to have debt — to show you are good at managing it — but not too much. A rule of thumb is to maintain your total outstanding debt balance at 30% or less of your total credit limit. If you’re unable to pay off enough debt to achieve this, raising your credit limit is another option.

At Ken Nelson CDJR, we’ll work with you to find the best deal on a car regardless of your credit score. Visit us in Dixon, Illinois, to get started!

Why Visit Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Person

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In today’s internet-driven world, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everything is better done online. But some things are still best experienced in person, like going to the movie theater to watch a big blockbuster film or going to a store in person before making a really important purchase — like a car.

If you’re in the market for a new ride, it makes more sense to visit Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois, than to shop purely online. Internet research is, of course, critical. But that research is often only useful when you already have a sense of what you’re looking for. Visiting the dealership can help you make better, more informed decisions at every stage of the purchasing process.

For example, if you’re not sure what kind of car you need, it’s easy to talk to one of our salespeople, who will listen to your situation and helpfully steer you in the direction they think would most suit you. And if you do have a strong sense of what you’re looking for, visiting the showroom enables you to smell and feel the car that interests you before making a decision.

Buying a car is one of the biggest purchases people make in their lives. Visit Ken Nelson CDJR in Dixon, Illinois, to get the confidence that your purchase is the right one.