Alternative Christmas Trees

Alternative Christmas Trees

While it’s a lot of fun to get a freshly cut Christmas tree every year or put up your artificial one with all of your favorite ornaments, you don’t have to be afraid to shy away from tradition. These alternative Christmas tree ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru just might inspire you to try something different this season.

Card Display

This alternative tree is perfect for the person who gets plenty of holiday cards. A tree-shaped piece of plywood is simply attached to the wall, and decorated with string in place of lights and a star on top. You can use the string to display your holiday cards, which take the place of ornaments.

Twine Tree

You can make an easy, rustic DIY tree replacement by dipping twine in white glue, wrapping it around a styrofoam cone, and allowing it to dry. Decorate with small ornaments of your choice.

Peg Board Light Tree

If your favorite part of a Christmas tree is the lights, then you’ll love this option. All you need is a pegboard and a few strings of lights. Stick lights in the board in the shape of a tree and lean it against the wall where your normal tree to go. This option is easy to put up and reusable for years to come.

The Winter-Ready Subaru Crosstrek Can Help You Beat New England Snow This Season

Winter-Ready Subaru Crosstrek

Winter Wonderland With The Crosstrek

The new winter-ready Subaru Crosstrek, available today, offers a host of comprehensive capability, safety, and technology features that will make it one of your best-bets once New England’s snow and ice starts showing its force here in Massachusetts.

Standard All-Wheel Drive

As Subaru owners are already well-aware, every Subaru comes with standard all-wheel drive an absolute must-have for any amount of snow. But, in addition to the Crosstrek’s powerful AWD, it offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance, giving drivers control and stability in deeper snow drifts. If you’ve ever needed to hit the road before the plows have had their chance to run, you’ll appreciate those nearly nine inches of lift.

Continuously Variable Transmission

The 2018 Crosstrek also features a refined continuously variable transmission (CVT) for sophisticated responsiveness and a fine-tuned suspension, so no matter what sort of blizzard New England sends your way, your winter-ready Subaru Crosstrek will keep on delivering power and stability.

EyeSight Safety Suite

Finally, the Subaru Crosstrek offers an available safety system for ultimate security all winter long. Subaru’s intuitive EyeSight safety suite provides features from automatic emergency braking to adaptive cruise control, meaning you never need to lose confidence when behind the wheel of your Crosstrek.

At Steve Lewis Subaru, located in lovely Hadley, MA, we’ve seen our fair share of New England snow, so trust us when we say that the 2018 Crosstrek is one of Subaru’s best wintertime models produced to date. If you want to see the Crosstrek in action, visit us today for a test drive.

How to Replace Your Own Air Filter

Replace Your Own Air Filter

Changing An Engine Filter

One of the simplest at-home auto maintenance steps is one that many drivers end up paying extra for during oil changes: the replacement of your engine’s air filter. At Steve Lewis Subaru, we’re all about the “DIY.” Here, we’re going to show you how to take matters into your own (properly gloved) hands with these simple steps to replace your own air filter:

Get A New Filter

First, you will need to purchase your new air filter. You can just go to an auto parts store, tell them your make and model, and they’ll find it for you on the shelf. Air filters usually cost between $15-20. Many air filters can even be purchased with the click of a button through Amazon or other online retailers.

Locate Filter

Once you have your air filter, open your hood and locate the air filter box. This is usually a small black box to the upper right of your engine. Open the box and remove the old filter.

Replace

Now, take your new filter and put it into the box in the same position as the old filter. Close the box back up. Make sure you properly refit any snaps or clips used to clamp down the box lid; you don’t want ant loose pieces knocking around under your hood!

And that’s all, folks! Who knew it’d be this easy to replace your own air filter? For the auto jobs that aren’t so simple, call Steve Lewis Subaru in Hadley, MA today to set up a service appointment with our friendly, experienced staff of automotive technicians.

Cleaning Out Your Car After Summer

cleaning out your car in Hadley, MA - washing blue vehicleMaybe it’s been a long summer. Perhaps you have gone on vacation, ferried the kids to soccer camp, or been through a few camping trips. In any case, you might have some cleaning to do now that the little ones are back in school. Cleaning out your car in preparation for fall and winter can be a major undertaking, so here are some major points you should hit.

Wash Your Car

This might be an obvious tip, but when cleaning your car always start off with a sparkling exterior. Make sure to get the undercarriage of your vehicle, too, and do your windows last – soapy water drips down and gets windows dirty again!

Separate “Toss” and “Keep” Piles

If you have a lot of junk in your vehicle, bring out a box and a trash bag. Put all the garbage you don’t want, like fast food wrappers, in the trash bag, and put the things you want to keep in the box.

Scrub the Floors

It’s a good idea to scrub the carpeted floors of your vehicle so that you get out any stains or dirt stuck in the corners.

Vacuum

Finish up your floors by running the vacuum and sucking up any crumbs. Don’t forget the trunk!

Cleaning out your car can be intimidating at first, but if you take it step by step, the cleaning process gets much easier.

Local Halloween Activities in MA

local Halloween activities near Springfield, MA

Looking for local Halloween activities for you and your loved ones? Here are a few suggestions.

 

Great Pumpkin Nights

Families in Central Massachusetts love this fun festival, entering its 14th year! This all-ages event features over 3,000 carved pumpkins and a vintage passenger train ride.

Zoo Boo Days

If you’re looking for something tamer, this event at the zoo is great, wholesome Halloween fun. And as an added bonus, kids aged 3-12 who come in costume get in free at Southwick’s Zoo!

Frightfest

Six Flags New England is sure to thrill you with more than just its amusement park rides this fall season when it rolls out Frightfest. Exclusive Halloween-themed activities and costumed monsters and ghosts await you at this event.

Factory of Terror

Known as New England’s top haunted house, Factory of Terror is sure to scare a few screams out of you. Located in Worcester, with sister locations in Fall River and West Warwick, RI, the Worcester location features five different haunted attractions to make you scream.

13 Nights of Jiminy

This one is not for the faint of heart. In fact, no little ones under 10 are allowed! Head to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort to explore the depths of the mountain’s haunted peaks, where villagers once lived in fear of creatures in the woods and deadly diseases.

Check out these local Halloween activities for a great time this October. We at Steve Lewis Subaru can’t wait for the fall fun!

The Benefits of All-Wheel Drive

Benefits of All Wheel Drive

 

All-wheel drive (AWD) is a major selling point for some car buyers. Perhaps you even know someone who would never even think of buying a car without AWD. But, what are the actual benefits of AWD? Let’s find out, so you can shop smart.

 

Improved Traction

 

Because power is sent to all four wheels, AWD vehicles provide improved traction. Especially in slippery, snowy, muddy, or off-road conditions, AWD reduces the likelihood of getting stuck. Improved traction can be especially helpful when towing.

 

Better Acceleration

 

Since AWD vehicles distribute the traction load between the four tires more evenly than front-wheel or rear-wheel drive cars, you can expect better acceleration from an AWD vehicle.

 

Increased Resale Value

 

Though the additional cost of some AWD models may seem like a drawback, this up-front cost translates into higher resale value if you ever decide to sell your car. Investing in AWD not only makes your vehicle more capable, but it could save you a big headache when the time comes to sell it.

 

Peace of Mind

 

Even if you’re not taking your car off-road and into the mountains, or through icy terrain in a remote location, the unexpected still happens. Bad weather can turn paved streets into uncertain territory. Being prepared offers the peace of mind that you and those around you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Fall Festivals in Hadley, MA

Hadley MA Fall Festivals

 

If you’ll be in the Hadley, MA area this fall season, you’re in luck. Not only will you be able to witness the incredible fall colors as the temperature begins to drop, but a wide variety of fall festivals nearby offer plenty to do. Break out the sweater and check out these wonderful festivals happening near you.

 

Three County Fair

 

For those looking for a traditional county fair experience, the Three County Fair in Northampton celebrates an incredible 200 years of fall fun this year. If you’re searching for a great time with a hint of nostalgia for the whole family, the Three County Fair offers agricultural promotion, educational exhibits, competitions, food, horse demonstrations, games, and more. The Three County Fair starts September 1st and lasts until the 4th.

 

Apple Harvest Festival

 

What fall season would be complete without a fall apple festival? Luckily, the annual Apple Harvest Festival returns again to Amherst this year, promising fun for the entire family. Modeled after an old-fashioned New England community fair, the Apple Harvest Festival also features a large exhibition and sale of art by artists from around the country.

 

Oktoberfest Massachusetts

 

A quintessential fall experience for some, Oktoberfest Massachusetts returns to Hadley on October 14th. Featuring live music, food, games, and—of course—beer, Oktoberfest 2017 will be bigger than ever. Located at 138 East St., festivalgoers coming from outside of Hadley are encouraged to arrive via Uber, Lyft, taxi, or the shuttle from Amherst.

 

Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or a getaway with friends, you’ll have no shortage of things to do this fall if you’re in the Hadley area. Be sure to mark these fall festivals on your calendar now!

Tips for Keeping a Clean Car Interior

2018 Subaru Forester Interior

Whether it’s sand dragged in on the soles of bare feet, pairs of cleats coated in dust tossed into the trunk, or just a whole lot of driving done with the windows rolled down, keeping a clean car interior can feel like an impossible feat in the summer time. Now that the sunny season is almost over (we know, we’re sad too), it’s the perfect time to get your cabin back into tip-top shape — and we have a few clean car interior-tips to help you keep it that way!

Use Q-tips to scrub out hard-to-reach places

Start by dipping a q-tip in water and cleaning solution. Then, primp your cup holders and odd crevices that are somehow always filled with equal parts loose change and mysterious ooze.

Remove stains with water and vinegar

Use half water, half vinegar (that’s it!) and scrub up stains on seats and mats with just a wash cloth. Memories of burst ketchup packets, spilt coffee, and dropped chocolate-dipped cones, be gone!

Save old tissue boxes

Empty tissue boxes aren’t just for the trash bin! Fill them with plastic bags and stash them under a seat, and you’ll have grab-bags always at-the-ready.

Hang a shoe organizer behind one of the front seats

This inexpensive contraption will help your passengers keep games, toys, and other small odd-or-end organized and within reach.

Take a deep breath

Now that you have a clean car interior, keep it smelling like one with a simple concoction of two cups of baking soda and 20 drops of Peppermint or Lavender essential oil mixed in an old shaker container and left beneath a seat.

If you think your engine might need a little sprucing up as well, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at Steve Lewis Subaru today!

The Top Reasons to Buy a Subaru

2018 Subaru Outback

It’s no secret that all of us here at Steve Lewis Subaru think that every car buyer in America should be purchasing a Subaru vehicle. There are thousands of reasons to buy a Subaru, but here are some of our favorites:

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Almost every automaker offers some version of AWD on some of its models, but no other automaker besides Subaru promises standard AWD on all of its models. Its innovative symmetrical AWD system is more reliable and high-performing than other systems adapted from two-wheel drive.

As Safe as Safe Can Be

Subaru regularly earns IIHS Top Safety Pick awards across its model line-up, a feat few other automakers can boast. Innovations such as Subaru’s ring-shaped frame construction, safety brake pedal system, and the Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control put Subaru in a league of its own when it comes to Safety.

The Price is Right

No other automaker provides standard ahead-of-the-curve innovations within financial reach of everyday drivers the way that Subaru does.

Of course, the top reasons to buy a Subaru are those that you discover yourself. You’re invited to Steve Lewis Subaru for a test drive any time — try not to fall in love too fast!

Subaru PFLAG Partnership Renewed for Third Year

Subaru PFLAG Partnership - Steve Lewis Subaru Blog

In 2015, Subaru partnered with PFLAG National (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and its chapters nationwide. The goal was to create safer school environments for LGBTQ youth. In June, in honor of Pride Month, Subaru announced its support for PFLAG again and its plans to partner with the company for the Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All program.

According to PFLAG, 9 out of 10 LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) students report being bullied and harassed by classmates and even faculty on the basis of their orientation or gender identity. Through the Cultivating Respect program, PFLAG chapters will work directly with schools to develop programs, provide training and resources, and create policies to help ensure safer environments for LGBTQ students.

The Subaru PLFAG partnership is expanding this year. Subaru is increasing its funding and supporting the Cultivating Respect Program’s Top Ten Ways to Keep Schools Safe publication. Subaru is also supporting PFLAG’s We Are the Change national convention, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, this year. The convention focuses on education and relationship building and will recognize individual chapters for outstanding work in their communities.

For more information about Subaru’s philanthropic partnerships and donations, give us a call today at Steve Lewis Subaru!