Four FCA Vehicles Named 2018 Consumer Guide Best Buys

If you have plans to buy a new car this year, you probably want something that will give an excellent value for your money. One easy way to do that is by choosing one of the Consumer Guide best buys. This year, four FCA vehicles were included on that list: the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, 2018 Dodge Durango, 2018 Ram 1500, and 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.

consumer guide best buys“There’s a lot of good product hitting the market these days, but some designs are so well executed that they endure the test of new challengers. In the cases of the Durango and Ram, that is especially true,” said Tom Appel, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive. “As for the Pacifica, it’s simply one of the most thoughtfully designed family vehicles we’ve ever evaluated.”

The Pacifica won a best buy award for both the Minivan and Family Vehicle catagories for the second year in a row. The Dodge Durango won the Large SUV award for the sixth consecutive year. The Fiat 124 Spider earned top honors in the Sporty Performance Car segment for the second year. As for the Ram 1500, it was named the best Large Pickup Truck and has earned this award every year since 2008.

If you are looking for an award-winning vehicle, you can test drive many of these vehicles right here at Gary Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tips

Whether it’s your first time as host or you’ve done it dozens of times, hosting a holiday can be seriously stressful. Here are our top 5 tips for hosting Thanksgiving that will help you have a smooth, fun day and keep your relatives coming back in the future.

First of all, don’t think you have to do everything alone just because you’re hosting. Especially if it’s your first time, you need all the help you can get. Delegate tasks, and let friends and relatives bring food so you’re not making every dish.

Plan ahead. Make a big list of everything that needs to get done before the guests arrive and list it all on a timeline so you can keep track of everything you have to do. You’ll be much less frazzled!

Get as much done as possible before the day starts. The turkey should be in the oven a overnight so it has time to cook, and make pies and other things that can be refrigerated a couple days ahead. You should also do any experimenting with new recipes long before Thanksgiving—you don’t want to make a dish you don’t know on the day of the dinner and have it turn out bad.

Another smart way to manage your time is to get all the non-food prep out of the way in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, like setting the table and putting up decorations. These don’t have an expiration date.

Finally, make sure you relax. Thanksgiving is about food, family, and fun, and you’re not enjoying any of those if you’re stressed. Ultimately, it’s okay if things don’t go perfectly—just enjoy one of the few days of the year the whole family gets together. The Gary Wood CDJ team wishes you a happy Thanksgiving.

Verona Maize

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Fall is finally here, and nothing says autumn-time celebration like a good old-fashioned maze. At Gary Wood CDJ, we’re lucky to have perhaps the best maze in Missouri just fifteen minutes away. The Verona Maize is operated by the GRIP Boys Home, and was started 18 seasons ago. This 7-acre cornfield maze attracts families and friends from all over the area, and all proceeds go towards the GRIP Boys Home.

In fact, people of all ages are likely to have a swell time in the Verona Maize. The maze twists and turns for two miles, leading explorers to fake exits and dead ends. The maze takes an average of 45 minutes to complete. Once you’re finished, you can celebrate your win by participating in some of the other family-friendly activities on sight. Gather the group for an old-fashioned hayride, or give the kids a few minutes of wild fun on the giant jumping pillow.

The Verona Maize opens on September 23, 2017 and runs through October 28, 2017. The season includes admission to the maze, courtyard activities, and even offers haunted hayrides and events to spook you into the Halloween spirit. You’ll have plenty of chances over the next month to pay a visit to one of Missouri’s best fall sights, so don’t miss your chance.

Our Favorite Fishing Spots in Missouri

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There’s nothing quite like an afternoon spent fishing. Whether you’re catching some trout for dinner or taking the kids to hunt crawdads with a bucket, our home state of Missouri is chock-full of lakes and rivers that make for the perfect place to spend a few hours in nature.

It’s hard to pick out the very best, but here are just a few of our favorite fishing spots in Missouri:

  1. Stockton Lake is an enormous body of water about 50 miles from Springfield with dozens of great spots to toss a line. Stockton also boasts an impressive variety of fish, including Bluegill, Catfish, Walleye, and White Bass.
  2. Maramec Spring Park is a great place for old and new anglers alike. Stocked regularly for guaranteed good sport, Maramec Spring is also the fifth largest natural spring in all of Missouri.
  3. This list would not be complete without mentioning the Lake of the Ozarks. This lovely, scenic lake is one of the best places to fish for Bass in the entire Midwest, not to mention the views that will take your breath away.
  4. Finally, Bull Shoals Lake at the Arkansas border is an enormous manmade lake full of deep, clear water and swarming with a myriad of fish types. Whether you’re looking for Black Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, or any kind of Bass, really, Bull Shoals is the spot for you.

Need a capable new SUV to get you to all these great fishing spots in Missouri? Visit us at Gary Wood CDJ to see our full lineup of Jeep vehicles, the perfect transporter for your every weekend adventure.