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Car Service is an Essential Service – And Here’s Why

Since Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.8 into law, Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge has transitioned its sales operations to remote availability, but the parts and service departments have remained opened. At first glance, it might be difficult to understand why car repairs fall into the same categories as public utilities, food processing, medical services, and research labs. By no means do we put our work on the same level as the doctors, nurses, and researchers putting their lives on the line to provide life-saving care, but we also understand that they cannot do their work without a reliable means of transportation. They already have enough to worry about, and they shouldn’t have to worry that their car won’t make it home at the end of the day.

For New Yorkers who are furloughed or working from home, car service is still essential for several reasons. First, most people will have to go to the grocery store, pick up a prescription, or other rare errands, and if their store or pharmacy isn’t within walking distance, they will need a working car. Second, some healthy individuals who aren’t considered a high risk for contracting COVID-19 are helping their friends and neighbors with compromised immune systems. They are picking up food, medication, disinfectant, and other household essentials for people who can’t leave their homes. In these cases, taking public transit or walking is impractical and could also create unnecessary risk of exposure.

Finally, when you schedule a service appointment or purchase parts through Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge, you are supporting a local New York business. Our employees are part of the larger Queens and New York community, and throughout the years, Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge has given back to the community in many ways. Whether you need an oil change, new tire installation, sanitizing, or new cabin air filters, you can schedule an appointment by phone at (888) 885-8344 or on our website at Also, for the latest updates from Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Learn How the Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System Can Protect Your Car

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In a new blog post, FCA360 highlighted one of their most useful features in combating car thieves: the Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS).

In 2014, there were 689,527 vehicles stolen according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  That roughly comes out to a car stolen every 46 seconds.  Of that number that were stolen, about 45 percent of the cars were never found.

To help protect owners against car thieves, Mopar has the Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System.  This is a state-of-the-art GPS-enabled stolen vehicle recover system.  It comes available in three packages.  The Base plan includes the GPS vehicle locator, a real-time stolen vehicle tracking, and $1,000 theft protection warranty.

The next level, the Silver package includes all the Base package as well as the ability to set a “security fence.”  What this does is set up a GPS perimeter where if the limits that the owner sets is exceeded then the owner will get a text message alert from their Mopar EVTS.  Also included in this package is arrival and departure notifications, a map of the vehicle’s previous locations, 24-hour emergency service dispatch and online tracking.

Gold’s package includes the previously mentioned features in the Silver and Base packages as well as unlimited online tracking and a full concierge service.  Sadly, this service will not rush a coffee out to you at the press of a button, but they will give directions, make reservations, and provide other assistance.

If you’re a car owner who wants to be able to protect their vehicle, you may want to look into investing into the Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System to give you peace of mind.

If you’re looking for more information on new and used cars, including the Jeep line-up, check out our robust inventory at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge.  Be sure to download our mobile app to keep track in real time of your vehicle when it is brought in to be serviced.  Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to us on YouTube to see more auto news and monthly specials.

Reasons Your Check Engine Light May Be On

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The check engine light; a light that many people will sometimes drive around with it on without checking into it because of the assumption that the light is on by mistake.  Maybe a loose wire or something.  It could also mean that something is wrong with the engine.  Shocker, I know.  The problem is in that the light doesn’t do a good job narrowing down what could be the issue.  Is it minor and easily fixed, or is the engine is serious trouble and needs to be service immediately?  Here is some of the top reasons why that check engine light may have come on in your vehicle.

  • Loose Fuel Cap:

It is weird to think that something like a loose fuel cap can cause the light to turn on, but there is a reason.  When the cap is loose, or broken, it causes fuel vapors to leak out of the car.  If your vehicle doesn’t seem to be having any issues when the light goes on, check here first.  If the cap is broken, replace it.

  • Spark Plugs:

If this is causing the problem you’ll notice a slight jolt when you accelerate.  This usually means that the plugs are failing.  If this occurs, it is recommended to get your car into service as soon as possible so the plugs can be replaced.

  • Catalytic Converter:

This one doesn’t happen often if the car is properly maintained, but when it does, it can really impact your vehicle.  Go too long without replacing this and your vehicle is going to eventually stop running.  It also has a major impact on your gas mileage.  This makes it essential that it gets replaced quickly.

There is plenty of reasons the light may have come on that we didn’t list.  Should this happen, don’t delay on getting your vehicle checked out.  The longer you wait, the more damage you could be causing to your car.  If you need to schedule a service appointment, click here to schedule it online.  Otherwise, contact us at (888) 241-1593.  Be sure to like Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more auto news and advice.