Trunk-or-treat: The Best Halloween for Everyone

Autumn is in full effect in the greater Philadelphia area. Summer citrus is being traded out for pumpkin and apple picking. And ghosts and ghouls are starting to pop up on front lawns, which can only mean one thing. Halloween is right around the corner.

The thrill of the Halloween season comes in two parts. First is the costume. Will your children be going out as classics like witches and mummies? Maybe it’s their favorite Sussman car dealership sales associate. Or have they recently been inspired by Brando to put cotton balls in their mouth and make an offer that can’t be refused? Regardless, it’s only a matter of time until their choice is squared away and their attention turns to the candy. Reasonably so, too. The chance to get it for free comes but once a year.

Your attention, however, might go to the candy for a different reason. As much as you want to trust everything your child will receive and consume will be completely safe and worry free, the thought that it isn’t never leaves the back of your mind. That’s where trunk-or-treat saves the day.

If you’re unfamiliar, trunk-or-treats are community sponsored events, often held by schools or churches in their parking lot. Community members park their cars, decorate them with different themes, and open their trunks that are filled with goodies galore.

The positives are as sweet as the candy your kids are itching for. As you set up your car, you’re not in a rush around the neighborhood to hit as many houses as humanly possible. You’re not trying to master the distance that lets the kids feel independent and you secure. You get to catch up with old faces you haven’t seen and even have the opportunity to create relationships with new ones. Meanwhile, everyone is dressed to the spooky nines, feeling safe every single step of the way.

The kids get to dress up. They get their candy. You get your peace of mind, and everyone goes home happy. Perfect! At Sussman Auto, we know prepping for Halloween can drive you out of your gourd but we want you to know we have your back. No bones about it!

Know about a trunk-or-treat coming up in your community? Tell us about it in the comments!

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It’s barely Fall but the leaves are already falling off the trees. Soon enough your beach chairs will be collecting dust instead of sand and you’ll be trading out your sandals for boots. With school starting, we’re also school back in session, we’re also back into the swing of autumn sports. Football, tennis, cross country, soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics: they’ll all put miles on your car as you bring the kids to practice, games, and meets. But more wear on your car doesn’t mean it has to show. You’ll want to make sure you optimize for the coming sports season.

As you roll through southeastern Pennsylvania, a trunk organizer will be key to keeping your car tidy. Since they come in all shapes and sizes you should be able to find the right fit no matter what model Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, or Mazda you’re driving. Aside from its size, you’ll want to make sure your trunk organizer is the right shape: will it be holding specialized shoes? Sticks? Shoulder pads? All of the above? The answer can’t be overlooked.

Another autumn sports car essential is a first aid kit. While your child’s teams or activities are probably required to have one on-site, keeping one of your own in the car means you can further tend to an injury or ailment as necessary. It could also be a huge help in the event the on-site kit runs out of a certain supply. Thinking ahead like this can save a lot of headaches.

For as important as organization tools and safety kits are, having them doesn’t mean the car won’t get messy. There’s nothing attractive about cleaning up a big mess all at once. Putting together an in-season cleaning schedule saves time down the road and keeps supplies, pads, and equipment accessible when on the go. It could also be critical when traffic cuts your arrival close to start time.

Speaking of traffic, don’t forget to check for it before heading out. The highways and backroads of southeastern Pennsylvania can always offer hiccups, so knowing where those hiccups have popped up could save a lot of stress and worry — for you, your family, and your car.

While your children’s sport of choice might teach them hard lessons this season, optimizing your car for autumn sports can be an easy one.

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Top Travel Apps You Might Not Know but Should

Planning for trips can be hectic enough as you round up everything you need and try to locate each worthwhile destination ahead of time. Once you start moving you finally have an opportunity to relax, and often people associate that kind of relaxing with unplugging: fewer or no phones, tablets, laptops — interruptions. But as you traverse through southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond this summer we wanted to highlight how all the tech we try to escape from time to time can actually help you and your family enjoy your time away. Here are five apps available on both iOS and Android devices that you might not know but could help make your next road trip more enjoyable:

TripCase: TripCase lets you keep itineraries and modify them in-trip, which means you can skip folded pieces of paper in pockets and purses. You can share trips, too, so if you split up you can still keep tabs on each other whereabouts without interrupting experiences. And maybe coolest of all, TripCase lets you bookmark the best parts of a journey so you always know how to get back to them.

CityMapper: CityMapper offers an alternative to Google Maps. It boasts real time departures and disruption alerts, like train cancellations or overcrowding, and provides potential alternative routes, too. And it even has some practical silliness built in — you can find out how long it would take to reach a destination by jetpack, which is a feature kids will surely find fun.

LiveTrekker: LiveTrekker tracks every step and stop you make on your adventures. You can also record your surroundings, so those truly breathtaking and beautiful moments don’t escape you even after you return home. Combined with being able to share live information with loved ones, LiveTrekker essentially creates a digital diary for you to keep.

PackPoint: PackPoint organizes what you need to pack based on some basic information like the length of your trip, who is going, and activities. It also provides projected weather so you know how to best enjoy your time at a destination. PackPoint also hosts a podcast called TravelSmart. The product delivers on its tagline — “Never forget your ________ again!”

GasBuddy: GasBuddy lets you find the cheapest gas in a region. You can also report the price of gas in an area, which lets you compete against others for points and prizes like free gas cards. Similar to PackPoint, they’ve got a slogan that hits home. “Save money, save time” is something everyone can appreciate, and is always welcomed on vacation.

Wherever you may be going this summer through southeastern Pennsylvania, make the most of your time with the apps above. Do you have a favorite we didn’t mention? Leave it in the comments below!


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Making Road Trips More Memorable for You and Your Kids

Long drives through Southeast Pennsylvania can be the bane of great trips. Having younger children can amplify how tough a road trip’s traffic, length, or weather might already be. This month at Sussman Auto, we’d like to provide you some helpful tips for traveling with your children that may make the trip both more enjoyable and memorable for everyone.

First things first: consider setting expectations with your children before you even get in the car. Let them know how long the trip will be, when there will be breaks, what weather you’re likely to drive in, and what they’ll have at their disposal to keep their attention. Setting expectations is something so important it’s almost easy to forget, but remembering benefits everyone. This conversation also lets them have a say, and kids love when their opinion counts.

You’ll want to think of specific activities for your children and how long those activities typically entertain them. We’ve come up with a couple built just for you and your little ones, like a drivetime scrapbook kit. Time spent on the road during a journey often seems like a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be. With a blank notebook and crayons or markers, you provide your children a chance to illustrate the trip — and create a fun keepsake the family can enjoy years later. The things they see or hear, the way everyone is sitting, or how they’re talking and what about can lead to wonderful stories and memories. Assigning meaning to downtime is a terrific way to occupy it.

Another option for filling car time is Lego: they’re great hands-on toys that let kids build in front of them the things they see in their minds. Bringing them on the road, though, might seem like chaos…that is, until you make a portable Lego kit. All you need is a basic lunch box. Glue one plate to the lid and another across the bottom of the container to prevent the Lego from falling all over the place. This lets everything sit in your child’s lap without any focus splintered on keeping everything together. In turn, that lets you continue focusing on the road.

We know we just talked about a lunch box but didn’t talk at all about food. Don’t worry though; we didn’t forget. We know how hungry the kids can get in the back seat and how low blood sugar can temporarily turn an angel into a monster. It’s easy to load up on chips and cookies because they already come in on-the-go packaging. However, this can be avoided by repurposing a screw box. Skip the dusty one in the garage and get a new one just for traveling. You can use the various compartments to keep healthier snacks, like dried fruit, pretzels, snap peas, or cereal. Processed foods with added sugar only make us want more of the same. Meanwhile, healthier snacks help avoid the sugar spikes by providing more natural, filling, and satisfying options.

Though we’ve covered toys and food, we also want to acknowledge car sickness, which includes dizziness, stomach pain, headaches, and even vomiting. It’s better to anticipate these things than hope you don’t have to deal with them. A car sickness bag and medicine that eases according symptoms can save time and avoid discomfort.

Wherever you’re going through Southeast Pennsylvania this summer, Sussman Auto is glad to help and hopes you have only the best experiences.
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Sussman Automotive: More than Just Cars

As the weather warms up it tends to remind us of a few things. It could be the way the sun feels as it laps at our faces on the beach, how the porch feels under our feet, or what it’s like to see the sun set well after dinner instead of before the drive home. And at Sussman Auto, it reminds us of one more thing.

This month we wanted to take a moment to remind you how much we value our mission statement. Our utmost goal is to serve your car-buying needs and meet your expectations. We know your expectations are high because when you buy a new or pre-owned car you consider not just your own preferences or desires but your family’s, too. Nothing is more important than their comfort and safety ― and nor should it be. As a family-owned business, no one knows more than us the importance of those commitments.

We also understand that you can’t commit to us before we build trust together. We’re more than happy to inspire that confidence through patience and respect for how you explore the best options to purchase your new Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia or Mazda. Whether you’re investigating the pros and cons of different makes and models, trying to decide whether to finance or lease, or coming in for test drives of various cars to get the best feel for what you want, we’re here for you and your family. Our sales staff will be excited to share its intensive and detailed knowledge when you’re ready and without being pushy.

You know you can search our extensive inventory of both new and used vehicles online, too. But we don’t want you to feel limited by only what we have in stock at the time you happen to be looking at our website. We can keep you updated with our Car Finder option, which allows you to fill out a quick but thorough form of your preferences, and we’ll alert you when we have a similar vehicle in stock.
We know a new car is a big investment, and we want you to know we’re invested in you as a customer. At the Sussman Auto family of dealerships, it’s about much more than just what you take home. The weather is warming up here in the Greater Philadelphia region. While you shop for a new car, let us get to know you, and we’ll help get that sun on your face as your new vehicle hits the road.

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Salute to Moms

This month we’d like to take a “brake” from the car posts and give a “toot toot” to all the moms who take the driver’s seat in our lives. We hope this takes you for a ride down memory lane — buckle up!

Thank you for letting us crawl in bed with you during thunderstorms and for cutting off the crusts from our sandwiches. For coming to all our school performances and soccer games –- especially if you did it before you could take a peek at a smartphone when we were losing.

For teaching us to look both ways and to trust our judgment. For giving us solid advice about friendships and dating. For the home-cooked meals (or at least for trying –- thanks Internet!). For everything you did to track down that must-have birthday present and for taking us to the concert, even though you hated the music.

Thank you for putting up with us during the teen years. We’re sorry. For that thing we said and that other thing we did.

Thank you for giving us wings. And for keeping the front door open for us to come home.

Happy Mother’s Day, from your friends at Sussman Auto.

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Get Half Off Payments* at Sussman Auto

If you are thinking about buying a new car this spring or before summer, Sussman Auto has a great deal you wont find anywhere else. Visit Sussman Honda, Sussman Hyundai and Sussman Kia now through May 2nd and we’ll slice your monthly lease* payment in half for the first three months!

Whether you’re shopping for a graduate, or looking to upgrade before this summer’s family road trip, now is a great time to visit Sussman Auto.

Sussman’s 50%-Off Payments offer is available on a variety of makes and models to suit any driver’s lifestyle. Looking for space and great MPG? You’ll love the 2016 Honda CR-V LX, which we sent home with many happy customers since it arrived on the Sussman Honda lot.

Check out this list of other models included in Sussman’s 50%-Off Payments special:

  • 2016 Honda Accord LX
  • 2016 Kia Sorento LX
  • 2016 Kia Forte
  • 2016 Kia Soul Base
  • 2016 Kia Optima LX
  • 2016 Hyundai Elantra SE
  • 2016 Hyundai Sonata SE

We work hard to save you more. Visit Half Off Payments to view our entire list of qualifying models. Or, to view our entire inventory of Sussman models, go to Of course, we’d love to show you around our showrooms too. Stop by the dealerships to test drive our models in person and drive away with a great deal.

*Offer valid on select vehicles. See store for details.

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