Tips for Keeping a Clean Car Interior

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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

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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

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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!

Tips for Road Trips with Kids

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Taking road trips with kids can be a stressful experience. Kids can be distracting and definitely make things take a little longer than they would if you were by yourself. Here are some tips on road tripping with kids that will make things go smoother and keep you from going crazy.

Get snacks to keep your kids from getting hungry on the road. Choose dry snacks that you won’t mind cleaning up if they spill. Even if your kids have outgrown sippy cups, dig them out from storage and put their drinks in them so you don’t have to clean grape juice out of your nice tan seats.

Check out items from your library to keep the kids entertained instead of spending money on new books and games. Libraries have tons of children’s books, DVDs, board games, and even mobile hotspots. They’re a great resource!

Traveling with your spouse or another adult? Have them sit in the back and entertain the kids to keep them from getting too cranky. Factor in extra time for bathroom breaks and stopping to let them run around and get some energy out, and again, make sure they have access to snacks and drinks. Sometimes though, you’re just not going to be able to stop them from crying. And if nothing is wrong with them you just have to tune it out.

For great, road tripping vehicles, give us a call or stop by Steve Lewis Subaru!

Subaru’s History of Share the Love

Subaru Share the Love Event

Every holiday season, Subaru has hosted its Share the Love event. The History of Share the Love dates back to 2008 when the program was introduced. Share the Love usually lasts from mid-November until just after the New Year.

During the special fundraising event, Subaru will donate money to a charity of the customer’s choosing for every Subaru bought or leased. For the 2016 event, Subaru had four national charities for customers to choose from: ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation. In addition to these national charities, there were a number of local charities to choose from, too.

Steve Lewis Subaru always participates in Share the Love and last year was able to raise $56,465 locally for Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society where teams walk along a designated path for up to 24 hours to show that cancer never sleeps.

For Subaru’s 2016 Share the Love event, it set a new record by raising $24.8 million. This brings the total amount raised over the past nine years to over $94 million.

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we are looking forward to the 10th annual Share the Love event later this year and think it will be the best year to date.

Subaru’s Seven-Passenger Vehicle is Coming in 2018

Coming soon Subaru's seven-Passenger Vehicle

Everyone knows and loves Subaru for their capable, all-wheel drive vehicles that beg to be taken on an adventure. The brand has its lineup of go-to 5-passenger utility vehicles, like the Forester and the Outback which have continued to gain followers since their debuts in the 1990s.

But one thing Subaru has lacked at times is a vehicle that can hold more people. There hasn’t been a larger, three-row option in the lineup since Subaru’s seven-passenger vehicle the Tribeca which was discontinued in 2014. Something about the Tribeca just didn’t stick in the three-row crossover segment. Yet Subaru doesn’t let that keep them from trying again.

Recently, spy photos of a new Subaru seven-passenger crossover were released. Their second attempt at success in this class looks boxier than the last, reminiscent of the Forester’s design. With that in mind, the new SUV—still officially unnamed at the moment—should have a very roomy interior. Despite having not released a name for this new crossover, enthusiasts in the industry are calling it the Ascent, drawing from the fact that Subaru applied for a trademark on the name Ascent earlier this year.

No matter what this new three-row crossover is called, we can’t wait to have some on the Steve Lewis Subaru lot. As far as we’re concerned, Subaru can’t do wrong and we expect that we’ll have plenty of clients who are excited to have another chance at a Subaru with more seating.

Why Choose Subaru OEM Parts

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Treat your Subaru right by choosing genuine Subaru parts!

When it’s time to get your Subaru worked on, you want only the best for it. After all, your Subaru is an investment, and if you take good care of it, it is sure to last you for a long time. When we service at Steve Lewis Subaru, we use only the best for your vehicle. Our Subaru OEM parts are sure to have your vehicle running like new. But what makes these parts stand out compared to others?

Subaru OEM parts are approved by the Subaru brand. These parts are designed to match your specific Subaru exactly as it was intended. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, may be ill-fitting or may not work as well with the rest of the vehicle. OEM parts ensure that everything in your Subaru stays on par with manufacturer standards.

The other great thing about Subaru OEM parts is that these parts come with their own warranty. In the unlikely event that a part malfunctions or is defective, it will be covered under this warranty. Whether it’s just an oil filter or a new sparkplug, it’s a good feeling to know that a manufacturer is willing to back up its product for you again and again. The next time your Subaru needs serviced, treat it to Subaru OEM parts for the best and longest performance possible.

Subaru Picks Up KBB 2016 Best Resale Brand Award, Among Slew Of Others

As we fling ourselves headlong into the new (ish) year, it’s nice knowing that some things never change. You still can’t trust politicians or weathermen. That’s comforting, in a way. Another thing that never changes is that year after year, Subaru racks up a lot of awards from the industry.

You could call Subaru the darling of Kelley Blue Book. After all, the automaker picked up four awards from KBB in 2016, including 2016 Best Overall Brand, Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand.

Subaru was named a KBB 2016 Best Resale Brand

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Subaru was also recognized as the KBB 2016 Best Resale Brand. This means that after a thorough market analysis, taking into account sales data and market conditions among other markers, KBB arrived at the undeniable conclusion that Subaru vehicles held their value longer than competitors.

Beyond a superior depreciation curve, Subaru vehicles also happen to be incredibly safe when equipped with the state-of-the-art EyeSight technology. All Subaru vehicles equipped with the package were recognized by the IIHS as a Top Safety Pick for 2016.

When it comes to branding, the key to doing it right is building trust. That’s the way Subaru does it. Among the pile of awards the automaker received in 2016, Kelley Blue Book also gave Subaru the Brand Image Award.

Steve Lewis Subaru Teams Up With Dakin Humane Society

Steve Lewis Subaru has teamed up with the Dakin Humane Society to help the organization meet their noble mission “to improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them.”

Improving the lives of animals is a lot of work and the Dakin Humane Society has been doing it a long time, since 1969 in fact. There are a number of different ways that the Dakin Humane Society achieves this goal. They provide shelter as well as medical care for animals in need. Spay/neuter services are regularly performed at the shelter. The organization also offers behavioral rehabilitation services. All in all, they help some 20,000 animals each year.

It’s important to note that the group does not receive any government funding nor are they funded by any national humane society. They are only able to operate through the generous donations of charitable organizations. That’s where Steve Lewis Subaru comes in. The dealership donated over a $1,000 to the Dakin Humane Society in January alone.

The shelter is staffed solely by volunteers. If you are interested in being a part of this important mission, you can start your volunteering adventure by visiting here. Who doesn’t want to hand-feed kittens in the nursery?

History of St. Patrick’s Day


There’s no greater worldwide celebration of Irish culture than during the month of March! St. Patrick’s Day started out as a Catholic feast day but quickly grew to become something much greater. Despite its popularity, the history of St. Patrick’s Day lies with St. Patrick himself and his actions to help the Irish community and culture become what it is today.

Known as the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s life began around the year 400. He was born to a Roman-British army officer and was subsequently kidnapped by pirates in his early childhood. From there, he was sold into slavery into Ireland and ended up spending several of his early years in prison. It was only after he dreamed of God telling him to escape that he did so.

Patrick made his way to France where he joined a monastery and rose to the rank of bishop. After 12 years, he returned, with the blessing of the pope, to Ireland to convert the population. He made converts of people from all walks of life, including members of royal families.

Over his 20-year stretch in Ireland, he built schools, established monasteries, and laid the foundation for what Ireland has become today.

We here at Steve Lewis Subaru want to wish you a festive St. Patrick’s Day!