The History of Automotive Air Conditioning

Automotive Air ConditioningThe warmer weather is here; the downright hot weather is just around the corner. In the coming days, you’ll be relying on your air conditioner to keep you cool while you’re driving around town. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the history of automotive air conditioning – and what we found might surprise you.

The first, most primitive attempts at automotive air conditioning date all the way back to the 1830s in Florida. In an effort to keep its patients cooler, a hospital used a system that blew air over a large bucket of ice. Interestingly, the exact same system was used to keep President Garfield comfortable during his final days.

The first “real” factory-installed automotive air conditioner was debuted by Packard in 1939. It took up the entire trunk and only had one speed that was controlled on the unit itself. That meant if the driver wanted to turn the unit off, he had to pull over and flip the switch in the trunk.

Manufacturers continued to make improvements, and by 1970 more than 50% of all new cars sold had air conditioning. Today, air conditioning is a pretty much universal feature on new cars – and for that, we are all grateful!

Why Your Car Needs Regular Tire Rotations

Tire RotationThe term “tire rotation” means moving your tires from one wheel to another. Why do automotive service experts recommend rotating tires on a regular basis? The tires do not wear evenly. Because the engine is in the front of the car – and also because there is additional weight transfer to the front during braking and turning – the front tires tend to wear faster.

Specifically, they especially wear on the outside edges because the tire “leans” when you turn a corner.

Over time, a car’s handling can be compromised, and the uneven wear can cause an alignment issue. Additionally, it can shorten the life of a tire by several thousand miles.

The experts at Kia of North Grand Rapids can rotate your tires and get you on your way quickly. It will help make your ride smoother and extend the life of your tires, saving you money in the long run.

A “Four-Peat” for the Kia Soul!

2015 Kia SoulThis is the fourth straight year it’s happened … the 2015 Kia Soul has just been named one of the “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 in 2015” by Kelley Blue Book’s We at Kia of North Grand Rapids are not the least bit surprised. The Soul’s flexible interior configurations, amazing technical advancements and available features make it an obvious choice. Don’t believe us? Then believe the experts at Kelley Blue Book. Just ask them; they’ll tell you!

“Some cool vehicles aren’t very versatile, but the Kia Soul made our list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 just because it is so versatile,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s “On the road the Soul’s funky, squared-off shape won’t be mistaken for anything else, and standing out is cool.  At the same time, its collection of useful features and its interior versatility at a very affordable price add significantly to its overall cool quotient.”

Of course, the Soul never would have made this list had it also not been a fantastic value – and it’s also exceptionally safe, as it’s been named a Top Safety Pick by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you’re looking for an exhilarating new ride that exudes coolness and style, look no further than the 2015 Kia Soul at Kia of North Grand Rapids. Call and schedule your test drive today!

Don’t Become Another Statistic

Regular maintenanceSo often, drivers simply don’t realize how important regular maintenance is for their automobile. Factory-recommended maintenance programs ensure that a car runs smoothly, and auto owners ultimately end up paying the price that comes as a result of neglect. We came across an article recently that revealed some startling statistics.

28% of vehicles had an insufficient amount of motor oil

22% did not have enough transmission fluid

12% were low on power steering fluid

20% lacked the proper amount of brake fluid

32% showed a deficiency in engine coolant

To discover what is recommended for your vehicle, your owner’s manual is a good place to start. You can also feel free to ask anyone at Kia of North Grand Rapids for help, too. Think of regular maintenance as a “physical exam” for your car … and you’ll save time and money (in the long run) while prolonging its useful life.

How to Calculate Your Car’s MPG

Calculate Your Car's MPGStep 1: Fill your tank completely. Note your car’s current overall mileage on the odometer.

Step 2: Drive your car in conditions as you normally would. When the time comes, return to the gas station and fill your tank again. Make a note of the updated reading on your odometer. Also note how many gallons it takes to fill up your tank this time.

Step 3: Subtract the first mileage number from the second to calculate total mileage you’ve traveled on this tank of gas.

Step 4: Divide the number you get from step three by the number of gallons it took to fill your tank … and this will let you know of your MPG.

Why not stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today and check out our complete lineup of new and pre-owned fuel-efficient vehicles? You’ll be glad you did!

Top Three Reasons to Buy a New Kia from Us

Reasons to Buy(1) Low Cost of Ownership: This includes the price you pay for a car, plus everything else you will pay beyond the purchase price. These things include insurance, gas, maintenance and depreciation. Kia vehicles are always at the forefront when it comes to low cost of ownership. They are very affordable, fuel efficient, and built to last … and their warranties cannot be beat. Working in concert, these things make any new Kia a tremendous investment that will keep you smiling for many miles to come.

(2) Tremendous Value: As mentioned above, every new Kia is exceptionally affordable. This is especially true when you compare the performance, amenities and sticker price of a new Kia against other brands’ vehicles in similar segments. There’s no doubt about it, every new Kia was designed with value in mind.

(3) Kia of North Grand Rapids Service: When you come to Kia of North Grand Rapids, you will be greeted by a non-commissioned sales representative. This means there is no pressure on our employee to sell a particular vehicle to you; the goal is to make sure you are happy – and that you have the new Kia that best meets your needs and budget. Once a sale has been made, we want to make you a Kia of North Grand Rapids customer for life … and we’ll do that by offering exceptional service and making you feel appreciated each time you visit us.

A Website to Behold:

WebsiteWith your needs in mind, we’ve designed the Kia of North Grand Rapids Website to be informational, entertaining and easy to use. At our Website,, you can check out the new and pre-owned inventories of each dealership … and even order parts and schedule service online. You can find out if you qualify for financing, and even ask questions.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also find Internet-only vehicle specials, current vehicle incentives, schedule a test drive, meet our staff and a lot more.

We know your life isn’t always on a 9-5 schedule, and our Website is a great way to visit Kia of North Grand Rapids day or night … even on holidays!