Here at Evansville Kia, we take immense pride in offering exceptional services and high-quality vehicles. But we know that even a great business is nothing without the support of the people around them. That’s why we love giving back to a community that’s done so much for us.
Recently, we had the wonderful opportunity to help raise money for It Takes a Village Canine Rescue, a hard-working, non-profit, no-kill shelter that has improved the lives of thousands of homeless dogs by finding them new, loving homes. It was an honor to help such a caring and productive organization right here in Evansville!
Over Labor Day weekend, we had a lot of fun hosting the people and puppies of It Takes a Village for a fundraising event that resulted in $2,100 for It Takes A Village to go toward a new vehicle for the shelter. A lot of great people came out, had a blast playing with the puppies, and donated to this organization making a difference in our community.
But we’re not done yet! Visit our Test Drive Evansville Facebook page to learn about a new charity every week and join Evansville Kia in supporting those who make Evansville such an amazing place to work and play!
As the summer draws to a close and the evenings get cooler, there is still time to have some fun. The end of summer in Evansville has plenty to offer. Try some of these great attractions.
- Angel Mounds State Historic Site. This is one of the best-preserved Native American sites in the country. Not only will you get a glimpse of history, but you will be surrounded by beautiful changing trees as well.
- Children’s Museum of Evansville. This museum is often called “cMoe” and has been an Evansville staple for nearly 10 years. Here, kids can experience hands-on learning with lots of fun.
- Garden of the Gods. Cross the border into Illinois and visit this breathtaking park with its stunning rock formations.
- Holiday Drive In. Catch one more movie out under the stars before the drive-in season ends. Check the location’s schedule for movies and show times.
- West Side Nut Club. Celebrate the beginning of fall by heading to the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. This year’s fun will be held October 2nd through the 7th. Be sure to stop by our dealership during this event for a great offer!
What is your favorite way to spend the end of summer in Evansville? If you need a new ride for the upcoming cold weather, then come visit us here at Evansville Kia today.
In Evansville, we get our fair share of bad weather—snow, hail, flooding, and even tornadoes. While we all might know what to do when a storm threatens our home, it may be less clear what to do when driving during a storm. Review the tips below, courtesy of Evansville Kia, and stay safe out there!
If you can avoid driving during a storm, then stay where you are. Sometimes, going out into a bad storm might be unavoidable, but if you can postpone driving until it passes, please do so.
- Never drive down a road that is covered in water, even if it looks like it might not be too deep. Currents can take cars very easily.
- Keep your wipers and headlights on, and head for higher ground immediately.
- Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can outrun a tornado. They are fast and unpredictable—put as much distance between yourself and the tornado as possible.
- If possible, abandon your vehicle and get into a building. Buildings are always safer than cars in a tornado.
- Don’t park underneath a highway overpass or bridge. Doing so can cause a traffic jam and prevent others from getting to safety.
- If you can’t get out and get to a ditch, keep your seatbelt on, put your head beneath the windows, and cover it with a coat or blanket.
- If you’re caught in a hailstorm, seek cover immediately, or risk your windshield being damaged. Look for places like carwashes or car ports. If you can’t find good shelter for your car, leave it parked outside and take shelter inside a building.
When battling bad weather on the road, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Increase your chances for coming out unscathed by investing in a vehicle that is durable and safe, like the Kia Sportage, available now at Evansville Kia.
If you thought Indiana was just a bunch of boring old cornfields, think again; the state is packed with tons of things to do and sights to see. Whether you’re headed to urban Indianapolis or enjoying the beauty of the countryside, here’s some of the best Indiana attractions.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Credited as the largest children’s museum in the country, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum offers five stories of fun.
Turkey Run State Park: People come to Turkey Run State Park for the large lodge, extensive hiking trails, hayrides, and year-round events. The inn even has an Olympic-sized pool.
Nappanee: Downtown Nappanee is crawling with local shops and boutiques in historic buildings, while the countryside is covered with family-owned shops. It’s situated right on the edge of Amish Country, giving it that old-fashioned country charm.
Conner Prairie: This interactive “history park” is filled with costumed, historically-accurate interpreters and covers 800 acres of land. Experience a slice of history at this park just north of downtown Fishers.
The Spirit of Jasper: A restored historic passenger train, the Spirit of Jasper takes romantic trips through the countryside and offers various Ride ‘n’ Dine trips year-round.
These are just a few of the best Indiana attractions available. Try exploring local areas or doing some research to find some great Indiana attractions of your own!
Evansville, Indiana is a fantastic place to live with plenty of open space and events held year round. Fall brings cooler weather, high school football, and the start of the holiday season. Here are a few upcoming Evansville events that you should attend.
- Corn Maze – Located on the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, the Angel Mounds Corn Maze is open until October 31st. The maze is a tribute to Native American life and beliefs. Stop by the museum to see how corn shaped a civilization then head out to the corn maze for a scavenger hunt to track down beings from Native American cosmology. Each visitor receives a free s’mores packet and kids can take a barrel train ride, free with admission.
- Stomp Out Parkinson’s Disease Unity Walk – The annual Stomp Out Parkinson’s Disease Unity Walk takes place on October 15th. Come out to the Solarbron assisted living community and take part to help further research of such a devastating disease!
- Pumpkin P.R.I.D.E. Obstacle Run/Walk – The second annual Good Samaritan Foundation’s Pumpkin P.R.I.D.E. Obstacle Run/Walk takes place on October 22nd at the Fox Ridge Nature Park. Participants will tackle eight different obstacles. Free pumpkin decorating, live music, games, and other activities will also be available.
If you have a vehicle, you need to perform regular maintenance on it in order to keep it healthy and prevent high repair costs in the long-term. However, car owners are faced with a tough choice when it comes to deciding where their vehicle should be serviced. Should you go to the dealership service department, or the potentially more affordable independent mechanic? We say you get what you pay for—and you should go for the dealer.
The best thing about going to the dealership for service is that they know your car. Independent mechanics aren’t trained to specialize in your make and model of car, and could make costly mistakes when working with parts they’re unfamiliar with. Dealership service technicians know the brand of your vehicle inside and out and will be more reliable in that regard.
Additionally, at a dealership service department you’re going to get factory-backed OEM parts. OEM stands for “original equipment manufacturer,” which means your car is receiving replacements of the same parts it came with. Independent mechanics might use generic “aftermarket parts” that are cheaper, but often less effective.
What if you’ve already used an independent mechanic, and aren’t sure if your vehicle’s warranty still counts at the dealership service department? The good news is that the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 made it so that, except in rare cases, dealers must still honor the warranty, so you are welcome to come back without judgment.