Guide to Planning a Road Trip with Your Kia

Guide to Planning a Road Trip with Your Kia

As the weather heats up, it’s time to pack your bags and hit the road with the family for a summer road trip. Set out to visit family members, visit a national park near or far, or head to the coast for some fun in the sun. Before you do so, however, there are a few key steps you should take to prepare. Here’s a guide to planning a road trip with your Kia.

1.       Plan Your Trip from Start to Finish:

       When planning your trip, you’ll want to decide on all the major destinations you want to visit and set up accommodations accordingly. Although you’ll likely be taking a GPS navigation system or using your smartphone’s navigation capabilities, you’ll want to plan out your general route. It’s also worthwhile to have an idea of where you’ll take stops.

2.       Save Up for the Trip and Make a Budget:

       Rather than spending a lot on the front-end of your trip and pinching pennies on the back-end, you’ll want to budget out your trip per day in terms of food, lodging, and activities.

3.       Make Sure Your Kia is Road-Trip Ready:

       Before setting out, you will want to have any necessary routine maintenance performed on your Kia. You will also want to check your tires, tire pressure, windshield wipers, and air conditioning system.

 

If you need some repairs done before your big summer excursion, be sure to bring your vehicle to Jack Miller Kia Parts.

The “Most Reliable Pickup Award” Goes to the Isuzu D-Max

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At the first-ever Professional Pickup and 4X4 Awards, the one-and-only Isuzu D-Max earned the coveted “Most Reliable Pickup Award.” Selected by a panel of twelve Pick-Up Professionals, the Isuzu D-Max impressed the judges with its high capabilities both on and off the road, as well as its high-quality build standards and workhorse spirit.

The new generation of the Isuzu D-Max introduces a powerful 1.9-liter turbo diesel engine, which boasts a 3.5-ton towing capacity and one-ton payload capacity, in addition to delivering a more sophisticated, more efficient, and quieter overall drive.

The judges also considered the “soft” benefits of purchasing an Isuzu D-Max: Isuzu D-Max owners can sleep easy at night thanks to advanced asset protections like a three-year paint warranty, a six-year anti-corrosion warranty, and a five-year/125,000-mile warranty, plus roadside rescue and recovery services.

The Isuzu D-Max was introduced in 2017. Still relatively new in the saturated pickup market, the Isuzu D-Max has already established a strong reputation as a hard-working, dependable truck for drivers looking for a sport, work, or combination pick-up.

On top of its Most Reliable Pickup Award, the new Isuzu D-Max also earned the “Pick Up of the Year” title at the 2018 WhatVan? Awards. The successes keep piling on for the exciting new Isuzu D-Max! Learn more about this workhorse right here at Jack Miller Kia.

Why You Should Invest in Kia Sorento Parts and Accessories from a Kia Dealer

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Your Kia Sorento is practically perfect when it rolls off the assembly line, but we at Jack Miller Kia Parts think you can always improve upon perfection. That’s why we offer such a wide selection of accessories to outfit your Sorento vehicle.

Convenient technology

Although winter is behind us, spring and summer will be heating up fast, and getting into a stuffy, hot car is a miserable start to a drive. Equipping your Kia with the convenience of Remote Start will ensure your car cools down before you and your passengers take your places. Road trip season is right around the corner — make sure your Sorento is equipped with this sophisticated technology.

Road trip storage solutions

Your Sorento is designed to handle any weekend escape or extended road trip. But for trips that require oversized gear, it’ll need a little help. There are numerous roof mounts and cargo carriers designed to accommodate your adventure gear, extra luggage, and coolers so the interior is simply less cluttered. With stuff out of the way, your passengers can relax, stretch out, and enjoy the journey.

Interior protection

Shoes covered in dirt, sand, mud, and gunk equal floors covered in dirt, sand, mud, and gunk. You work hard to maintain the integrity of your Kia’s appearance — don’t let Mother Nature muck it up. Invest in all-weather floor mats to protect your automotive investment.

Since your Sorento is in it for the long haul, it’s inevitable that maintenance will need to be done. When your Kia needs a replacement part or an extended repair, don’t be fooled that any part will do. Investing in Kia parts from a Kia dealer, like Jack Miller Kia Parts, means that you’re getting the highest quality product, engineered specifically for your vehicle. So, when your Sorento needs help recovering from your latest adventure or is due for a check-up, don’t trust its repair to a non-Kia dealership or repair shop. Take it to Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Preparing Your Car for Spring

preparing your car

When preparing your car for the warmer months of the year, there are a few parts of the vehicle you should keep in mind that need to be replaced or checked. We at Jack Miller Kia Parts can provide professional service and car parts to drivers who need to prep for spring.

Get New Wiper Blades

Spring rain can become a hazard for drivers who have worn down their wiper blades over the course of winter. Keep visibility up by opting for new wiper blades.

Check Your Battery

Cold, winter air can be hard on batteries, meaning that by the time spring rolls around, battery capacity could be reduced by up to 60%.

Replace Air and Cabin Filters

Prevent spring allergens from getting into the cabin with a new cabin filter, and while you’re at it, change the air filter too in preparation of using your AC later.

Test All Exterior Lights

Drivers might think testing their vehicle’s lights is unnecessary when the days are getting longer, but it’s actually the best time of the year to correct any issues before they become a major problem.

Have the Engine Inspected

This is a routine part of vehicle maintenance anyway, but having a professional check out the engine tells you if you need to start preparing your car for spring by replacing engine parts that are getting old or worn.

For all of your car part replacement needs this spring, be sure to stop by Jack Miller Kia Parts.

History of Isuzu Reveals Long Legacy of Excellence in Commercial Vehicle and Diesel Engine Production

History of Isuzu

As one of the oldest Japanese automotive companies, Isuzu has a long legacy of producing high quality automobiles and automotive parts. Today, Isuzu specializes largely in automobile parts and diesel engine innovation, but Isuzu has produced plenty of iconic cars and the company’s history has been important not just for Japan, but for the automotive industry as a whole. Read on to learn more about the history of Isuzu, and check out Jack Miller Kia Parts today!

 

Isuzu’s origins date all the way back to 1916. In 1934, the company produced a vehicle called the Isuzu, named after the nearby river. This is the origin of the Isuzu name, which was expanded to Isuzu Motors Limited in 1949.

 

Like many Japanese automotive companies, Isuzu saw a giant leap in development and innovation after the end of WWII. In response to a surge in popular demand for domestically-produced commercial vehicles, Isuzu rolled out several truck models that were crucial to Japanese reconstruction after the war.

 

Since then, Isuzu has been a leader in producing commercial vehicles, from light-duty trucks to heavy-duty buses. To date, Isuzu has produced a wide variety of consumer vehicles, including classics like the 1974 Gemini. Isuzu’s specialty remains in producing high-performance commercial vehicles and diesel engine development.

 

You can learn more about the history of Isuzu with a visit online to Jack Miller Kia Parts.

How to Change a Flat Tire

Change a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire is a rather straightforward process, but not many drivers know how to do it. The popularity of roadside assistance has provided a convenience to many drivers, but the long wait for a simple tire change might not be worth it. Here’s how to change a flat tire on your own from us here at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Raise the Car

Once you’ve come to a safe spot, the first step in changing a flat tire is to raise the car off the ground. To do this, remove the jack and spare tire from your Kia’s trunk. Remove the hubcap and loosen the tire’s lug nuts. Next, place the jack under the vehicle where the owner’s manual indicates. Raise the vehicle with the jack.

Replace the Tire

Now that the car is off the ground, finish removing the lug nuts. Pull the flat tire off the post by pulling directly towards your chest. Next, slide the spare tire onto the lug bolts and tighten the lug nuts by hand.

Lower the Car

With the spare tire in place, lower your Kia part of the way to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts again, then finish lowering the vehicle onto the ground. Replace the hubcap and return your tools to the trunk. Check the spare tire’s pressure, and you’re good to go.

Decorate your Kia for the Holidays

Decorate your Kia

If you spend a lot of time in your Kia, you should consider decorating it so as to make your car comfortable and fun while riding around. During the holiday season, this becomes a festive endeavor, as there are many ways to dress up your car for Christmas. Here are a few recommendations from us at Jack Miller Kia Parts to deck your car out for the holiday season.

Lights – A simple recommendation, but one that goes a long way to boost your holiday spirits. String lights on the interior or exterior, on the back window or front grille, or anywhere you choose (that won’t interfere with driving, of course). For the interior, you can get some convenient battery-operated, LED lights.

Ornaments, ribbons, and bows – Another simple touch you can add to your Kia is to hang your favorite ornament from your rear-view mirror, which will bring a smile to your face whenever you see it. Alternatively, you can string some red and green ribbons and bows around the interior of the car and air vents, or tie a wreath or red nose to the front grille.

Holiday scents – Our sense of smell can trigger warm emotions, and what better way to feel the holiday cheer then with some holiday-scented air fresheners. Pick a Christmas tree air freshener or one that smells like freshly-baked cookies, and they’ll surely make you feel happy while you are driving to see loved ones.

2018 Kia Sorento Earns Top Safety Award

2018 Kia Sorento Earns Top Safety Award

The new 2018 Kia Sorento has just garnered top safety accolades from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The 2018 Sorento, a midsize SUV, was awarded the IIHS’s most prestigious award and labeled a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+). In order for the 2018 Kia Sorento to earn this award, it had to meet essential safety criteria set forth by the IIHS: it had to “earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, rood strength and head restraints – as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention” (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings). The Sorento’s safety features will help you stay safe on the road, providing protection in the event of an accident.

 

The Top Safety Pick Plus award is linked to both the 2018 Kia Sorento SX Limited trim and the SX trim with Advanced Technology Package. These trim levels boast new, innovative headlights, as well as a remarkable list of standard safety features which include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and a variety of other innovative features designed with safety and control in mind. By giving this award to the 2018 Kia Sorento, the IIHS recognizes Kia’s commitment to safety on the road.

 

At Jack Miller Kia and Jack Miller Kia Parts, we’re committed to your safety as well and would love to talk to you more about what the 2018 Kia Sorento has to offer.

How to Replace Wiper Blades on Your Car

How to Replace Wiper Blades on Your Car - Jack Miller Kia Parts in North Kansas City, MO

Though windshield wipers may seem low on the priority list when it comes to servicing your vehicle, they are honestly one of the most crucial parts of maintaining adequate visibility. Imagine driving in the rain or through a snowstorm without wipers. That’s why it’s important to regularly inspect and replace wiper blades.

When Do I Need To Replace My Windshield Wipers?

A good rule of thumb is to inspect your wipers every six to twelve months, depending on the weather in the area you live. Here in Missouri, we have long, cold, hazardous winters, which can cause you to wear down your wiper blades more often.

How To Replace Your Wiper Blades

When you go about replacing worn wiper blades, you should start off by measuring your current wipers to get an idea of the needed length. Once you have your new set of wipers, you should remove the old ones by lifting them away from the windshield and pressing the tab on the underside of the wiper to slide it off of the wiper arm.

Once the old blades are removed, you can easily replace them by sliding the new wipers onto the wiper arms until you hear a click, then lowering them back onto the windshield.

When you replace wiper blades, it’s a good idea to get them somewhere you trust. For that purpose, you can come here to Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Jack Miller Kia Parts Department: Welcome to Our Blog!

The Jack Miller Kia Parts Department would like to welcome you to our new dealership blog!

Jack Miller Kia has been serving the Kansas City, Missouri area for over 50 years now, ever since it was first opened in 1961. It has grown to become one of the most respected dealerships in the state, earning awards like the Five Star Award for Excellence in Customer Sales and Service Satisfaction. We have always been proud to serve the residents of Kansas City and northwest Missouri.

Our Parts Department is one of the best you’ll find anywhere, with all kinds of performance parts and accessories to customize your Kia, plus a helpful, friendly staff who will always be happy to answer any questions you have, order any parts you need, and talk to you about the right parts for your vehicle.

The Jack Miller Kia Parts Department is open Monday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. during the week, helping us accommodate our customers and their needs and schedules. Give us a call to set up an appointment at 816-474-2900, or just stop by our location at 2900 Burlington Street.

We’re excited to start a conversation with you about all things Kia through our blog, and we hope to see you at the Jack Miller Kia dealership sometime very soon.