Thompson Sales Showcases 5 Totally Epic Virtual Tours of Car Museums
Thompson Sales understands your love affair with cars. You were fascinated by them when you were a kid, and your affinity for cars never waned. You don’t need a reason to drive. You just want to drive. Your ideal summer vacation would include classic car shows, auto museums, and hot rods. In today’s blog from Porsche Museum in Stuttgart takes you through 22 areas of the vast complex. Zoom in on the sleek Porsche racing cars that defined a generation of European racing greats, from Hans Herrmann and Jurgen Barth to Jochen Mass and Marc Lieb...
What’s the Best Way to Handle Car Insurance for Teens?
Thompson Sales understands the thrills and chills of learning how to drive for the first time. Teenagers are excited about the prospects of more freedom, while parents worry about the safety of their kids. It’s an emotional time all the way around! Today’s blog from Thompson Sales explains what’s the best way to handle car insurance for teens.
Look for Discounts
Many car insurance companies offer good student discounts. If your teen gets good grades in high school, such as a B average or higher, you may save up to 15 percent on vehicle insurance. Your actual results may vary. Driver’s education classes in school are becoming a thing of the past. Although private driving lessons through a company may cost you around $100, passing the course may save you on insurance over the long term.
Car insurance is one thing you must consider when buying a used vehicle. Insurance rates may vary based on your driving history, how much you plan to drive your vehicle, and the area where you live. States may mandate certain minimums for coverage as well. Today’s blog from Thompson Sales answers, “How much insurance do I need for a used vehicle?”
The whole point of car insurance is to cover the loss of your vehicle if you get in an accident. The base of your coverage starts with the used vehicle’s value, which changes from year to year. Insurance on a used vehicle worth $15,000 is likely to be more than a used vehicle worth $5,000. The value of your vehicle depreciates year after year.
However, an insurance company may base the amount of money it gives you if your...
Memorial Day Weekend Trip Tips From Your Springfield Car Dealership
Memorial Day marks the first day of summer vacations here in the Ozarks. We hope you and your family get a chance to see some beautiful scenery this year, whether you take a trip during this three-day weekend or later in the summer. Today’s blog from Thompson Sales outlines five Memorial Day weekend trips from your top Springfield car dealership.
1. Float the Ozark National Scenic Riverways
About 160 miles east of Springfield sits the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. It’s Missouri’s only true national park. Plan a float trip down the Jack’s Fork or Current River. Bluffs, trees, and a steady stream of water make for a leisurely and relaxing weekend. Watch out for crowds, though. Memorial Day is popular around this park. The river might be a bit chilly if May’s temperatures weren’t seas...
Skidding in your car is a common hazard. Skidding occurs when your car’s tires lose their grip on the road. When tires lose their grip, you lose control of your car and you might cause an accident. Thompson Sales discusses what to do during a skid if you ever find yourself in this situation.
Four Reasons for Skidding
A skid happens in one of four main ways:
Braking too hard
Turning too sharply
Accelerating too fast
Driving too fast for road conditions
The fourth way, driving too fast for road conditions, is the most common cause of skidding. This happens when you drive on rain, ice, or snow that causes the road to become too slick. Wet leaves or dry sand may cause skidding, as well. Thompson Sales wants you to be safe in your vehicle, no matter what the road conditions are.
Thompson Sales Discusses Lightning Safety and Your Vehicle
The staff at Thompson Sales loves the warmer weather that spring brings, even though it means the return of serious rainstorms. Spring and early summer storms crop up in the Ozarks every year. Some storms can get intense, with loud thunder, lightning flashing everywhere, and even hail and high winds. Read on as Thompson Sales explains the details in our lightning safety guide.
Although many reports say people are safe inside of cars during a lighting strike, there are some myths to this notion. Rubber tires do indeed insulate you from a lightning strike. Your car acts like a device called a Faraday cage, where electricity travels through all of the metal parts before hitting the rubber tires and the ground. There is one major caveat to this: You cannot be touching an...
Car Maintenance: 5 Best Wet Weather Tires for Your Vehicle
The Springfield area gets plenty of rain in April, May, and June. Our rainy season comes with downpours, floods, thunder, lightning, and wind. The car maintenance pros at Thompson Sales showcase the five best rain tires for your vehicle.
Why Wet Weather Tires?
Manufacturers create special grooves in rubber wet weather tires that shunt water away from the surface of the tire, thereby keeping more of the tire on the road as it turns. Wet weather tires are designed to decrease your braking distance and prevent hydroplaning as much as possible. Even with wet weather tires, our car maintenance pros say you still need to exercise caution when driving in the rain or on slick pavement. Don’t let the name fool you. Wet weather tires work great in dry weather, too.
It’s springtime in the Ozarks. That means spring break, warmer weather, drives through the countryside, and thunderstorms. Along with the thunderstorms comes the risk of hail damage to your vehicle. In today’s car repair blog from Thompson Sales, we explain what to do about hail damage on your ride.
Hail Storm Tips
First, we’ll get into what to do if you’re caught in a hail storm when driving. Stay inside your vehicle. Pull over to a safe place to minimize any damage. If you can, drive underneath an overpass for protection and wait there until the storm passes. Keep your car angled so the hail hits the front of your vehicle because the windshield is reinforced and won’t readily crack. Lie down and keep your back to the windows in case the worst happens and your windows shatter.
General Motors, including the GMC brand, is preparing for a new lineup of electric vehicles (EVs) in the next five years. The American auto giant announced $20 billion in investments between now and 2025 as the carmaker embraces an electric future. Thompson Sales explains the EV frontier and the hype in today’s blog.
GM, maker of GMC vehicles, is going to produce Ultium batteries. The manufacturer claims the batteries will allow drivers to go 400 miles on a single charge, which is excellent for commuters and road-trippers alike. Although it’s not top of the line, the EPA tends to err on the side of lower numbers when it comes to how far an EV goes without charging up. 400 miles beats the average on current models, though. It takes just 10 minutes of charge to have enoug...
Buick is a classic American brand with a loyalty that spans generations. The automaker recently altered its strategy and turned all of its vehicles into a luxury line of cars, SUVs, and crossovers. In today’s blog from Thompson Sales, we compare the 2020 classes of Buick vehicles you can find on our lot.
2020 Buick models feature three trims, all in the Regal line. Each Buick Regal has a 2.0-liter engine and around 61 cubic feet of total cargo room. The high-end trim has a more stylish interior, including leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Buick Regals come with QuietTuning technology that blocks exterior noises and automated driving warning systems to keep you and your family safe.
The 2020 Buick Regal TourX wagon is the perfect car...
GMC is the utility brand of American vehicles. The automaker focuses on SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks that are tough, last for years, and work well for families and people who work hard and play harder. Today’s blog from Thompson Sales compares the 2020 GMC classes you can test drive on our lot.
SUVs & Crossovers
Crossovers from GMC have muscle like a truck but handle like a car. GMC SUVs are like heavy-duty trucks that comfortably seat up to nine passengers. From smaller crossovers to larger SUVs, all of these GMC models are made for adventuring.
The 2020 GMC Terrain allows you to fold down or remove the passenger seats to expand its cargo area. The Terrain seats up to five people total with 63 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. Two of the top safe...
Cadillac is the epitome of the domestic luxury car market. The Cadillac brand has a history of big cars, awesome looks, and loyalty that goes back to 1902. Nearly 120 years after the first Cadillac hit the road, Thompson Sales is here to review the 2020 Cadillac models by comparing their classes.
Crossover & SUVs
Cadillac has four models of crossovers and SUVs: the XT4, XT5, XT6, and Escalade.
The 2020 Cadillac XT4 is the smallest SUV in the lineup. It gets a whopping 30 MPG on the highway and has more than 3 feet of legroom for the rear seat. A turbocharged engine delivers powerful yet efficient performance when you need it.
When you see a 2020 Cadillac XT5, you’ll notice it has more interior room than an XT4. This SUV is the ideal vehicle for a family road trip than...