January and February can be the most boring months of the year for kids. School is back after winter break, and it’s not quite nice enough to go play outside. That’s why it’s important to think of family-friendly indoor activities to stave off boredom.
Board Game Night
The best way to give your loved ones something to look forward to is by scheduling a family game night once a week. You can play classics like Guess Who?, Sorry!, Scrabble, and more.
Build a Fort
It’s a childhood staple: amass plenty of chairs, blankets, and pillows in the family room, then let the kids construct their own “fort” and stock the inside with snacks and games. You can even “camp” inside that night!
Have a Puzzle Going
Oftentimes, challenging puzzles are huge and can take more than one set of eyes. Set out the puzzle so that the whole family can contribute as they pass by.
Bake Something Together
Teach kids life skills and eat delicious food by having the whole family pick out a recipe and bake or cook it together.
Buy arts & crafts supplies and help your little ones put together creative projects of their own.
Use these family-friendly indoor activities to make it through the winter months, or use them as inspiration for your own versions!
You might think that because we’re in the South, we’re exempt from weather-related car troubles in the winter, but that’s not necessarily the case. Vehicles can have all kinds of cold weather car problems even when there’s no snow and ice on the ground, so it’s best to be prepared.
Check Your Battery
The battery is often the number one car part that suffers when temperatures plummet, as extreme temperatures affect battery capacity. Have your battery checked as soon as possible to avoid being stranded.
Change the Oil
Did you know cold weather can also thicken motor oil? This can do a number on your engine by preventing the different engine parts from being properly lubricated.
Keep an Eye on Coolant
When you mix antifreeze and water, the mixture shouldn’t be any different from 50/50 in order to prevent the water from freezing in drastically cold temperatures.
Replace Wiper Blades
Even if there’s no snow sticking on the ground, any kind of precipitation like flurries or rain can decrease your visibility, so make sure you’re replacing your wiper blades routinely.
Cold weather car problems can be avoided by having routine checkups and sticking to regular vehicle maintenance schedules. If you need more information, stop by our service department at Gossett Kia today.
From cooking and cleaning to shopping and planning, Christmas can be a busy holiday. This year, save yourself time and money with these easy Christmas hacks from Gossett Kia.
Reuse what you already have
Don’t run out to the store just yet: you probably have plenty of items around the house already that make perfect Christmas decorations. For instance, your leftover Halloween pumpkins make great snowmen with a bit of paint, and your Christmas tree clippings are perfect for festive centerpieces at the table.
Egg carton ornament storage
As Christmas approaches this year, consider hanging on to your egg cartons to make stowing your fragile Christmas ornaments easier than ever before. Wrapping ornaments in paper is a chore and doesn’t offer that much protection anyway, so use this hack and never break an ornament again.
Fill out Christmas tree with leftover tinsel
If your Christmas tree looks a little sad and skinny all set up in the living room, don’t fret! If you have some basic green tinsel, you can quickly fill in the gaps for a healthier-looking tree. Try it out: we bet no one will be able to tell once the lights and ornaments are up!
If Christmas morning is quickly approaching and you’re still not quite done with holiday preparations, use these awesome Christmas hacks and take a shortcut to the best Christmas ever!
Generally speaking, New Year’s Resolutions are about taking care of yourself, but what about your vehicle? Here are some car care New Year’s Resolutions from Gossett Kia that are sure to extend your car’s life on the road.
Learn to detail your car
Running your car through the car wash is great for keeping excessive grime off the exterior of your vehicle, but every once in a while, it’s best to really get in there and do a deep clean. Not only will you feel great behind the wheel of such a clean car, it will protect its resale value, too.
Regularly change your oil
We know it might sound like a chore, but making a habit of checking and changing your oil routinely is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to protect your car’s engine and extend the life of your vehicle. This year, plan out when you’ll change your oil and stick to your schedule.
Stay on top of fluids
Just like you can’t stay healthy without drinking water, your car’s health will deteriorate if you don’t regularly replenish its oil, coolant, brake fluid and clutch fluid. Even if you’re not a gear head, these things are simple and cheap to do on your own.
It’s not hard to keep your car in the best shape possible. This year, resolve to make a habit of these car care tips and enjoy the best driving ever.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means many Americans will be hitting the road to see their families. While traveling is certainly a major ordeal, dealing with family can be just as exhausting. Here are a few tips for surviving the holiday season from us here at Gossett Kia.
Maintain a Routine
The holiday season is far from normal, and many Americans find their lives turned upside down. During this stressful time, it’s extremely important to maintain a routine. Doing so eases the stress and can help you relax, especially with all the hustle and bustle going on around you. Do your best to go to work, do household chores, and eat as normally as possible.
Learn to Say No
No one wants to tell a loved one “no” during the holiday season, but that can lead to a major buildup of stress and anxiety. After all, taking on numerous other jobs, whether planning a meal or making lodging arrangements for family, can interrupt your normal life. That isn’t to say you should slam the door on helping out, but learn to tell family members “no” if your plate is already full.
Take Care of Yourself
While the holidays are certainly about family getting together, it’s important to take care of yourself, too. Make sure to make some time to step back and reevaluate the situation if you’re feeling overwhelmed—taking some breathing room can do wonders during the holiday season.
The 2017 Kia Niro is the latest hybrid utility vehicle to take to United States roadways. Designed to be the perfect combination of cargo space, style, and efficiency, the crossover clearly has a bright future, and since it will be available from an affordable price, the Kia Niro is a true force to be reckoned with.
The 2017 Kia Niro easily undercuts its nearest competitors, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, by several thousand dollars. For the price, drivers will enjoy impressive efficiency, a vast array of standard features, and plenty of technology.
From infotainment to connectivity to safety, the Kia Niro does it all in style. For starters, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ come standard across the board. Then, drivers have the option of adding more active safety technologies to the Kia Niro as well. Top features, like Lane-Departure Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Adaptive Cruise Control ensure that the Niro is a leader in the hybrid crossover segment.
The 2017 Kia Niro boasts a hybrid powertrain that produces 139 hp, but that is only half the story. When it comes to efficiency, the Niro rules the roost with an EPA-estimated 52 mpg city/49 mpg highway.* That puts it on par with smaller (and typically more efficient) hybrid cars, like the Toyota Prius.
We here at Gossett Kia can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Kia Niro!
*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.
Over the past few years, trunk or treat events have been gaining in popularity. If you don’t know what that is, it is like trick-or-treating, only everyone gathers in a parking lot, decorates their cars, and the kids go from car to car instead of house to house.
If you want to try one out this year, many communities, schools, and churches host these events. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors if they know about any. The most important part of a successful trunk or treat is the decorations, which is essentially a costume for your car. Try out one of these trunk or treat themes.
- Mouth Car. Turn the trunk of your car into a mouth. Use a red blanket or towel as the tongue and create teeth out of felt to hang from the top opening.
- Graveyard. This works really well if you drive a pickup. Add tombstone decorations, spider webs, skeletons, and other spooky items.
- Christmas. Celebrate Christmas a couple months early by decking out your car with ribbons, bows, Christmas lights, and wrapping paper.
- Movie. Pick your favorite kids’ movie and decorate to your heart’s content.
Which of these trunk or treat ideas would you like to try? If you need a new car to decorate, come visit us at Gossett Kia today.
There is no denying that the 2017 Kia Optima is an excellent car. Once you experience its sleek handling and sophisticated style, you won’t want to drive anything else. But, for a bit more convincing, here are some of the top Optima awards.
- 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The 2017 Kia Optima is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights (vehicles built after March 2017). To earn this award, a vehicle must earn the top “good” rating in all crash tests, offer superior or advanced front crash prevention, and offer better-than-average headlights.
- Most Awarded Cars. 2017 Kia Optima was named one of the “10 Most Awarded Cars of 2017” from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. To earn this award, a vehicle has to be recognized numerous times throughout the year for its superb features, reliability, and other qualities.
- Five-Star Crash Rating. The NHTSA awarded an overall five-star crash safety rating to the 2017 Optima thanks to its superb results in the front crash, side crash, and rollover tests.
Test drive the award-winning 2017 Kia Optima available now at Gossett Kia. It comes with plenty of features for the money, lots of trim levels and options to choose from, and delivers easy-to-use technology within reach of the driver.
The all-new 2017 Kia Sportage has earned a second distinction from AutoPacific, after first winning one of AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards earlier in the year. This new distinction is the 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award in the compact crossover SUV category.
How did AutoPacific determine the winner of this prestigious award? It went straight to the consumers. The Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on more than 54,000 responses from drivers who purchased either a 2016 or a 2017 model; their responses are made after 90 days of ownership and focus on 15 categories and what things the drivers would want to change.
Categories include technology, safety features, power and acceleration, ride and handling, and interior storage.
“We’re honored to hear that the Sportage has earned AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award and that we are succeeding in our mission to provide our customers with world-class products,” remarked Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America. “The fourth-generation Sportage is the best iteration of our esteemed nameplate, now with a stellar combination of sharp design, clever utility and advanced safety features.”
Want to see if the Sportage is the ideal vehicle for you? Test drive the 2017 Kia Sportage today at Gossett Kia.
Everyone remembers the Kia Soul for its unique style and the hilarious commercials starring dancing hamsters. But beyond the flash and laughs, the Kia Soul makes a compelling case for drivers, especially in 2018. Never considered the Soul before? Here are five reasons to drive it.
- Kia Drive Wise: This available driver-assistance technology works to prevent accidents from ever even happening, with features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Smart Cruise Control.
- Comfy seats: Front and rear passengers will always be comfortable with heated and ventilated seats: stay cool in the summer and toasty in the winter.
- Lights like no others: The Soul has available High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and LED front fog lights to guide the way.
- The power you crave: The Soul! (Exclaim) model boasts a turbocharged engine that lays out 201 horsepower, mated to a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
- Electric power: If you’ve been looking for an electric vehicle with a little more interior space and a lot more personality, the Soul EV is the answer to your search.
The 2017 Kia Soul was even named J.D. Power’s “Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality” for the third year in a row.*
Interested in the all-new Kia Soul? Visit Gossett Kia today for a test drive.
*The Kia Soul received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among compact multi-purpose vehicles in the J.D. Power 2015-2017 U.S. Initial Quality Studies. 2017 study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.