Top Five Best Christmas Movies of All-Time

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Christmas gives us opportunity to spend quality time with our family and friends.  And one of the best ways to spend that time is getting together, making some popcorn, and popping in a Christmas movie classic. Need some help deciding which one? Here are the top five best Christmas movies of all-time:

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This Christmas classic is comedy gold. Randy Quaid as the hilariously uncivilized and embarrassing uncle is arguably the highlight of a silly film that somehow manages to be sentimental in a completely believable sort of way.

Elf

Will Ferrell is truly charming as an oversized elf sent to the US to look for his true identity. The film is well directed and scores as both funny and meaningful with a love interest to boot.

A Christmas Story

This odd film is striking both for its dark humor and the overall cuteness of the lead character. Never before have you rooted so hard for a young boy to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

Die Hard

Does Die Hard qualify as a Christmas movie? Maybe not, but you can only put up with extreme sentimentality for so long. Die Hard is great when you want to add a little action to your evening.

Gremlins

Imaginative, fun, and even a little scary, Gremlins is a fun movie that has the ability to please everyone in the family.

Dodge Charger Wins 2016 ALG Residual Award

dodge chargerWhen you purchase a car, it’s likely you want it to last as long as possible. Every car has a certain residual value—but what vehicles are the best of the best? To help you determine the types of vehicles that will last forever, ALG has released its annual list of Residual Award winners—and the Dodge Charger has come out on top in the full-size sedan segment.

Eric Lyman, Vice President of Industry Insights for ALG, had some wonderful things to say about the sporty sedan from Dodge, “Striking a delicate balance between traditional sedan and muscle car, the Dodge Charger represents shifting trends in the full-size segment…A wide range of powertrain and comfort features ensures there is a perfect Charger for every personality, from cruising in style to tearing up the pavement.”

ALG has been in the business for over 50 years. During that time they have refined their analyses and algorithms for determining the best of the best in the automotive industry. ALG projections are extraordinarily accurate. The ALG Residual Award goes to vehicles that best maintain their value; in other words, that depreciate the less.

This is the second year in a row that the Dodge Charger has won the ALG Residual Value award.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather DrivingWinter weather isn’t most people’s favorite season. It’s cold, wet, and it makes driving dangerous. There are times when staying off the road is unavoidable though and you’re best off with some tips for winter weather driving. Take it from us here in New York at Security Dodge. Driving in the winter weather isn’t something to take lightly.

  1. Take it slow. Speeding along roadways and taking corners at high speeds will almost guarantee an accident. The roads are slippery and anyone driving should take precautions. Slowing down is one of the most important steps to staying safe on the winter roadways.
  2. Easy on the brakes. Braking hard or sharply will lead to an accident eventually. It takes longer to stop on wet, snow-covered, or iced-over roads which means waiting too long to stop could lead to a fender bender – if you’re lucky. Allow yourself extra distance between the cars in front of you to get to your destination safely.
  3. Don’t use cruise control. While cruise control is a fantastic feature, you shouldn’t use it during the winter months. Many accidents occur when drivers press the brake to deactivate cruise control. Doing so on a slippery spot can easily lead to an accident or losing control of the vehicle altogether.

2017 Dodge Viper May Be the Last

Dodge ViperThe legendary powerhouse that is the Dodge Viper may be saying goodbye to enthusiasts after the 2017 model year. Take a good look over these next few years – this iconic supercar may be heading off lots for good.

The Dodge Viper has always packed a V10 under the hood, offering consumers an American-grown super car that easily keeps up with its European counterparts. First introduced in 1992, the Viper underwent updates in 1996, 2003, and 2009. It was then discontinued in 2010, finally making a reappearance in 2013, when it once again hit dealer lots.

In 2014, 760 units Vipers were sold. So far this year, that number is even lower, coming in at 503 units. The Viper’s best year was back in 2003 with 2,103 units sold.

The Viper is currently produced at the plant in Conner Avenue Assembly in Detroit. It is currently the only model in production at the small plant, and the new FCA-UAW contract might cut the plant all together.

There’s still hope though. The 2017 Dodge Viper may just be the last Viper before another hiatus.

5 Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween

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Nosferatu is a classic film that’s sure to give you nightmares.

Halloween is just a few days away. Sharing scary stories is the perfect way to get into the seasonal mood. There are few scary stories more frightening than those on the silver screen. Here are five horror movies to watch this Halloween:

  1. Nosferatu: Horror movies don’t get more classic than this black and white masterpiece that was one of the films that gave birth to the genre.
  2. The Shining: Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of this Stephen King classic is full of subtle, yet scary moments that still make plenty scared of hotels and hedge mazes.
  3. Psycho: Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense, and his magnum opus was certainly Psycho, a chilling story with twists and turns around every corner.
  4. A Nightmare on Elm Street: The late Wes Craven created the devilish dream stalker Freddy Krueger in this scary cinematic staple.
  5. Friday the 13th: Another famous figure of horror movies, Jason, wasn’t formally introduced until the sequel of this film. However, the original is still full of spooks and screams!

Dodge Challenger vs. Ford Mustang

Dodge ChallengerBoth the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger are some of the most powerful performance vehicles on the road. However, the Dodge Challenger has some features that give it more muscle over the Mustang!

A Roomier Ride

Passengers might find themselves a little cramped in Ford’s pony car. The Mustang only has 84.5 cubic-feet of passenger space. However, there’s plenty of elbow room inside the Dodge Challenger. The performance vehicle offers 93.9 cubic-feet of passenger room.

Hellcat Power

Both the Mustang and the Challenger are performance vehicles. However, the Challenger takes performance to a whole new level with the Hellcat engine. This incredible beast is capable of producing an earth-shattering 707 horsepower. That’s a lot of ponies right there.

A Classic Car Design

While the Mustang is a nice looking car, the Dodge Challenger’s design reflects everything that made muscle cars great. Its throwback design embodies a legacy of power and performance that Dodge has become famous for. Overall, it’s a powerful looking car!

2016 Hellcat Price Increase and Features

We loved these 2015 Hellcats, can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!
We loved these 2015 Hellcats, can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!

The 2015 Challenger and Charger Hellcat models were huge successes in their respective segments with demand so high that Dodge had to close orders to keep up. Dodge is working to make the 2016 model even more popular by fitting in more demanded features. With the new features comes a price increase on both models but both Hellcats are still a bargain for drivers who want an enormous amount of power under the hood.

The 2016 Hellcat price increases come as a result of new standard features. The largest changes come in the addition of navigation and Laguna leather seats. Together, the standard features drive the price of the 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat up by $4,200 for a total price of $65,190. The 2016 Charger SRT Hellcat rises by $3,650 to $68,190. Both prices include destination fees and fuel economy tax.

The Dodge engineers didn’t touch the 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that pumps out 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

Look for the 2016 Hellcat in our new inventory when they come out!

Car Washing Tips

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Washing your car isn’t quite a thing of the past – not yet anyway. Automated car washes are making things faster and easier than ever but they can’t quite get all the bugs, dirt, and grime off. That means you’ll need to give your car a good handwashing. If you aren’t sure how to wash your car by hand, have no fear! Just keep these car washing tips in mind, and you should be good to go.

Keep it cool. The best time to wash your car is when it’s cool out. Washing your car in the heat, after it’s just been running, or when the sun is at its peak will result in fast drying soap and water. That means you’ll need to have a hose on hand every few minutes, which will drastically slow down how fast you can finish washing your car.

Use the right soap. You’ll need a dedicated car soap as well. Household cleaners and detergents can do a number on your car’s paint, and not in a good way. They aren’t designed to care for automotive paint and will do more harm than good.

Choose the right tools. You’ll also need a couple of sponges and a lamb’s-wool mitt to safely wash your car without damaging the paint. Be sure to use a different sponge on the car’s body and tires. Dirt and rocks can get caught in the sponge so using the same one on the body could leave light scratches!

Does your car need more than a simple wash? Let us help!

Best Road Trip Songs

The Best Road Trip Songs for Your Next Adventure
There is nothing that can make or break a road trip quite like your music playlist. If you are wondering what the best road trip songs are to make a playlist for your next adventure, then we have got the perfect list for you. Whether you like the oldies, country, or some catchy pop music, our list is sure to have something for everyone.
“Don’t Stop Believin’”—Journey

“Shake It Off”—Taylor Swift

“Wagon Wheel”—Old Crow Medicine Show

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”—The Proclaimers

“Bohemian Rhapsody”—Queen

“Walking in Memphis”—Marc Cohn

“P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”—Michael Jackson

“Party in the U.S.A.”—Miley Cyrus

“Ramblin’ Man”—The Allman Brothers

“Ridin’”—Chamillionaire

If you include these songs on your next road trip playlist, then you’re sure to have a blast. Do you have any other tunes that you would consider to be the best road trip songs? Share them with Security Dodge in the comments below!

The 2016 Viper ACR: Fastest Street-Legal Viper Ever

The Viper is back and faster than ever. Dodge recently announced the release of the 2016 Viper American Club Racer (ACR), the fastest street-legal Viper track car to ever roll off the assembly line. Honoring the legacy of the iconic race car, this model retains the looks and incredible performance of its predecessors—while offering the best power yet.

According to Dodge, the 2016 Viper ACR has been updated significantly. This model features better aerodynamics, a fine-tuned Bilstein suspension, carbon ceramic Brembo® brakes, and even Kumho® high-performance tires. Under the hood, a handcrafted all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 generates up to 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.

“The Viper has always been more of a street-legal race car than a track-capable streetcar, and the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of Dodge. “Our goal is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car to dominate road courses around the world.”

Don’t expect many luxuries when you’re behind the wheel of the ACR. This model has lightweight carpet, lightweight seating, and a minimal speaker system to optimize performance. When you’re glued to the seat at over 150 mph, who needs luxuries anyway?