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.
Did we miss your family’s road-trip busy-time tradition? Leave us a comment!

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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 SussmanAuto.com. 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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Must-see Family Adventures in SEPA

Stop what you’re doing and reserve your tickets now to “The Science Behind Pixar,” the new exhibit at The Franklin Institute. Watch how some of your favorite characters came to life, from concept to screen. The exhibit opens March 12th.

Speaking of characters… We have to wait until 2017 for the Legoland Discovery Center to open at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, but until then Montgomery County and nearby residents have another gem a short drive up I-95. Whether you’re going for the first time or have season tickets, Sesame Place delights at every visit! The 2016 season opens on April 30th.

A smaller, more hands-on alternative to the Philadelphia Zoo is the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. In addition to the variety of animal exhibits, Elmwood Park Zoo also features multiple Treetop Adventure rope courses. Watch the animals from above, and even zip line!

Mini Golf is a popular family activity down the shore, but how often do you play putt-putt in our area? Hill Top Miniature Golf is right down the road from Sussman auto dealerships on Easton Road and has 18 fun, but semi-challenging holes. A bit further away, Horsham Family Golf also has a driving range and practice facility.

Create your own fun anywhere with family-friendly geocaching. Head to Valley Forge park, the Wissahickon or any nearby park and type the ZIP Code into the website. You’ll get a list of geocaches within range that you can hunt for and discover in the area. You’re looking for a container that often holds small trinkets and toys that kids can exchange.

What spring activities in our area does your family look forward to each year? Leave us a note in the comments!

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We rate our favorite auto ads in the Big Game

The NFL’s championship game is more than just 60 minutes of football. For this year’s 50th game (which the NFL will be abandoning the traditional Roman numerals and going with #SB50) played in San Francisco, many advertisers have “leaked” their ads online the week before the game.

Hyundai Elantra

Ladies and gentlemen, would you like to live in “Ryanville?” Hyundai thinks so, and wants to make sure you’re not a distracted driver. We love this Hyundai Elantra spot that highlights Auto Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection – a great feature whether you’re buying an Elantra for yourself, or for a young, new driver in your family. We give this spot four heart-eye emojis.

Acura NSX

Acura’s tagline “Precision Crafted Performance” speaks perfectly to Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth’s oversize onstage personality. With the right combination of flair, mystery, and bright, flashing lights backed by Diamond Dave’s shrieks, the Acura NSX spot has us itching to get behind the wheel, turn up the music and let our hair (all of it) down. Yeah, “What He Said”. We give this one three microphone emojis.

Hyundai Elantra

Super Bowl night was all about touting some of the Elantra’s great features that make this sedan such a great category value. In “The Chase,” we get to see two bears chasing down their dinner in the forest. Fortunately for our hikers, they’re driving an Elantra, which they can remote start from a smart watch. Not to get all technical, but we think the Elantra’s remote key unlock feature deserves a pretty good shoutout in this spot too. And because this is a Super Bowl commercial, the bears can talk. And at least one of them is vegan. Very cute. This Hyundai spot rates a car and two exhaust emojis for getting out of a jam quickly.

Kia Optima

Looks like we’ll be doing a “beige sock check” at Sussman Kia from now on. If the Kia Optima is like the most exciting pair of socks, then count us in. Ditto for the “Walken Closet.” We give this ad all the shoe emojis that aren’t that horrible brown one.

Hyundai Genesis

Safe and reliable, the Hyundai Genesis is a sedan that parents can be confident handing the keys over to teen drivers. And with the car finder feature, mom and dad can always check in on the location of the car to make sure it’s exactly where it should be. Genesis drivers probably won’t be as… detail oriented… as Kevin Hart in this “First Date” spot, but his overzealous chaperoning gets across the point. This spot gets two pin drop emojis.

Hyundai

Better” celebrates Hyundai’s company mission to build cars that people love. Many of us dream about how cool it would be to design a car (and have the childhood drawings to prove it), but few of us ever will. Fortunately for Hyundai drivers and passengers, the teams that engineer our favorite cars live and breathe that passion. That’s how we feel at Sussman Hyundai too. Five straight-up heart emojis going out here.

Honda Ridgeline

We talked about the return of Honda’s truck line last month, and we got to check it out in person at the Philly Auto Show. But for many Americans, the Honda Ridgeline made its debut during the big game, going all in on one of the features we mentioned in Sussman’s blog post linked above – the in-bed audio system. Because sometimes you want to keep listening to your favorite jam after you get out of the driver’s seat, right? Now you can, but only with the Honda Ridgeline. Five sheep emojis for this adorable ad.

Want to see if your fave auto Super Bowl spot delivers in person? Stop by the Sussman dealerships to test drive one of our models, or visit us online at SussmanAuto.com to check out our most current inventory.

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New Year, New Car?

For many of us, a turn of the calendar means a fresh look at the new cars coming out to showroom floors. At the Sussman family of dealerships, there’s a lot to get excited about – and it starts with the industry’s biggest car shows. We’ll share a few of the models we’re most excited to check out in 2016.

Kia Forte and Forte5

We’ll get a first look at Kia’s upgrades to the Forte sedan and hatchback models at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Those in the market for a reliable compact car will love the new interior, which features a touch screen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility.

Honda Ridgeline

Honda first tested out the truck market with the Ridgeline a decade ago. Though the debut model had its fans in drivers and reviewers, ultimately the Ridgeline didn’t last in the lineup. Fortunately, Honda kept at it, and the Ridgeline is back in 2017 with more features that the company is confident will satisfy truck lovers willing to give Honda’s reliability a second chance in a truck: including a 4-door cab, lockable in-bed trunk and in-bed audio system. Car and Driver included the Ridgeline in their list of 25 Cars Worth Waiting For.

Mazda MX-5

We’ve talked before about how much we love the MX-5 – Mazda’s classic roadster formerly known as the Miata. For drivers who just love getting behind the wheel to feel one with their auto, there’s just no comparison at this price point. Forbes even called the MX-5 “a perfect car.” We agree.

Acura ?

What auto head doesn’t love a teaser? This week, Acura released a slick teaser photo for the Acura Precision, an upcoming luxury concept that will debut at – you guessed it – the Detroit Auto Show. Acura does luxury well and we can’t wait to see what the Precision looks like and learn more about how “performance through design” feels like in the driver seat. (Someday.)

Hyundai Elantra

The 2017 version of this popular model looks a little more grown up. The 2017 Elantra is the confident young adult who has shed its “teenage awkward phase” in favor of a more mature style. Sometimes you miss the exuberance and freedom of the teen years – in the Hyundai Elantra’s case, we think growing up is growing better.

Whether you are shopping for a new or a pre-owned model in 2016, Sussman offers great deals on trade-ins. Visit one of our dealerships in the Glenside, Abington, Willow Grove area, just outside Philadelphia. For the latest inventory, visit SussmanAuto.com.

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