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A Basic Roadside Emergency Kit

Let's face it, things happen. Maybe you're driving an older car and it finally gives up or your brand new car blows a tire, either way, you're stuck on the side of the road. Here are few things that could make your unintended break a little easier.

It's a good idea to think of your emergency kit in two parts: driver and vehicle. The first part of your emergency kit should be items that would help you in an emergency: food, water, change of clothes, maybe some blankets if you live in a cold climate. Basically…
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Do you Drive Smart?

In order to be a safe driver, you need to be attentive and always scanning the road for pedestrians, bicyclists, children, or pets. Check your mirrors every 6 to 8 seconds since things change very quickly on the road. Obey the road signs and posted speed limits. Never follow other cars too closely and always use you turn signals. You should also take a few minutes to do a pre-check before you even get into your car. If you notice anything that seems off about your vehicle, make an appointment with us at Shimkat Motor Company in Fort Dodge, IA…

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Have Your Tires Checked

The tires are certainly one of the most important parts of any car or truck. Not only do they keep the car running safely and smoothly but they also have to deal with the rough and rugged roads on a daily basis. Because the tires are subjected to so much wear and tear, it is important to properly take care of them. Having your tires observed on a regular basis is the best way to ensure that they are always working their best...

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What Should You Do? Buy or Lease a Car

Buying a vehicle can be a long process. There is a lot of research that goes into which model is the best for your lifestyle and how to finance the vehicle. There are two common ways to own a vehicle: buying and leasing. Everyone's financial situation is different, and you should choose the option that best fits your needs.

There is a large quantity of differences between owning and leasing a vehicle. Let’s compare:

When buying a car, you get to keep the car as long as you want as long as payments are being made each month…

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Wins SUV of the Year

Excelling on the road is one thing, but dominating the off road takes a level of superiority few vehicles have. The vehicle that reaches that level is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, winner of the Four Wheeler magazine 2017 SUV of the Year. The Trailhawk is a member of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee model lineup.

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The Chrysler Pacifica Proves to Be the Best of 2017

A minivan can excel as a family vehicle, but could it really be the best of all vehicles on the Fort Dodge roads? The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica says an emphatic "yes!" It's been named the Best of 2017 by Cars.com. When a minivan outperforms every other vehicle, drivers in Boone, Centerville, Humboldt, and Algona know it's got to be good.

What about the Pacifica stands out to…

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Jeep Announces New Models and Jobs in U.S.

Fort Dodge Jeep enthusiasts, prepare for an exciting weekend adventure when you choose a new Jeep 4x4 vehicle from Shimkat Motor Company! Our thrilling Jeep models feature many of your favorite adventure-ready models, ranging from the iconic Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to the modern Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. Now we are ecstatic to report that FCA US recently announced plans to expand the Jeep lineup!

Have you dreamed about getting behind the wheel of a Jeep pickup truck?

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Four Wheels Spinning

It doesn’t take much to get the muscle car community to start talking about the latest and greatest technology that’s on the horizon. The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is all-new for 2017 and is the only American made muscle car that comes as a coupe and with all-wheel drive! Check out this Instagram post from the official Dodge account that shows how effortlessly the new 2017 Dodge Challenger moves through the snow.

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RamBox is Like a Filing Cabinet for Your Ram Truck

It's a busy world full of people constantly on the go. That's why more and more drivers are seeking for vehicles that accommodate their lifestyles better. Well, the engineers at Ram have heard the general consensus, which is why you'll find the new Ram selection is more functional thanks to additions like the RamBox® Cargo Management System which acts just like a filing cabinet for your truck.

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