Friday, December 31, 2010

Beware! Icy Roads Ahead!

Here in Utah there has been crazy cold weather. Snow storms followed by melting followed by freezing. I have always been pretty good in the snow if I do say so myself. The other day however I was petty scared. It was a pretty bad snow storm and the ground went from being snow-less to snow covered in just a few minutes. The wind was blowing and it was something out of the movies it seemed or a national geographic documentary of Antarctica (obviously exaggerating for those who don't live in UT)!

Luckily earlier that day I had my tires rotated and I only have about 7000 miles on these new tires anyway, but in a front wheel drive I figured I might as well have as much tread as I can get for when Brooke drives. So I was headed home and all the roads had a thick glaze over them so I knew I had better go slow but I wasn't prepared for how crazy the roads would actually be.

I was headed up a hill near the dealership with people creeping as they should but some people had stopped to rubber neck at others who had slid off. I was forced to stop and then I was in big trouble. I couldn't get going again and instead of heading up the hill pressing the gas I was headed down the hill and ended up going sideways directly towards a suburban.

I had always made fum of these videos of funny crashes on a hill of ice and never thought I would be a part of one. I said a quick prayer to the Man upstairs and was able to finagle myself into a parking lot instead of smacking into the tank behind me, man was I lucky. I left the car there in the parking lot and walked back to work and got a different car. WHEW! That was a close call! So be careful out there! Rain, snow, ice, sleet it is all dangerous. The news said that the majority of accidents the past 3 days have been because of people driving too fast. So be careful everyone so you can make it to the next year! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! See you in 2011!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Indoor Racing W/O Cars!

These are really funny. We made a 30 min video from legos when I was a kid like this.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

YES, We Are Open!

Contrary to what you may think - people come buy cars during a snow storm. When most people just want to stay indoors and stay under their blankets there are some who still need to get a new vehicle.

Rainy days are the same story - people are still here at the dealership buying cars. It is kind of an interesting phenomenon actually. There are some great deals to take advantage of right now through the end of the year with Hyundai too! A lot of our cars are offering 0% financing, some are offering as much as $5000 off MSRP, and still some have a sweet lease promotion!

We have over 120 Murdock Certified Pre-owned vehicles and 550 brand new vehicles in stock! New Hyundais come with a full tank of gas, pre-owned certified vehicles come with a free car fax and a warranty, and all vehicles get car washes for life! So if anyone was wondering - YES, WE ARE OPEN!

- Joe


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cool Landspeed Record Vehicle Poster

This poster is awesome! It shows the evolution of official land speed record vehicles over time.The creator is Stefan Marjoram, who's artwork can be found here! This would be a sweet gift for any gear head! I am surprised there aren't more vehicles than this.

I Love Basketball!

My brother showed me this video and I couldn't stop laughing. Many of you know that I don't really care for sports but enjoy watching them on TV every now and then. Adam Peterson however is on the opposite end of the spectrum!

200,000 Sonatas Sold in 2010 so far!

Hyundai has sold 200,000 Sonata models in 2010 so far! I guess more and more people are seeing the huge value the Sonata packs. It is a very compelling option in a very competitive market with players like the Altima, Camry, Accord, Fusion, and Mazda6 it finishes as the 3rd best selling. It has the best warranty, the most interior volume, the most horsepower, the best braking, the most connectivity standard, and the list goes on and on. The latest rendition of the Sonata is the best looking body style yet and that can only help Hyundai's case and it's hope to be the number one auto-manufacturer by 2015.

“Sonata has delivered some pretty incredible results for us this year,” says John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. “Sonata is the Hyundai brand and it’s appropriate that it has led our best year ever. Sonata’s innovation has reset the most hotly contested, largest segment in the U.S. car market, with Sonata delivering more year-over-year retail sales growth – about 90,000 units – than any other car in the entire industry.”

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2012 Hyundai Azera Video

The car looks awesome! It should be a big hit here in the States.

2012 Hyundai Accent 5 door

Today is a good day for Hyundai news! The 2012 Hyundai Accent wagon pictures from China was just released. They call it the Verna in China and the styling is different for different markets. This may not be what it ends up looking like but it gives us an idea of what the overall shape would look like. The Accent competes with the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Fiesta, etc. In 2012, Hyundai should have redesigned their entire line up and added a few models. The Accent should have revolutionary features that will be another game changer in its segment, just like the Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, and the upcoming Azera. This also might give us a partial glimpse of the Veloster since it will be Accent size.

- Joe

2012 Hyundai Veloster teaser!

Hyundai just released a teaser video for the Veloster on their countdown website. They confirm that the new model will be called the Veloster. It looks like it gets a dual clutch transmission! This is really exciting news and it leaves me to wonder if the DCT is an in house tranny or out-sourced from somewhere. Also it looks like there is a new system called "Blue Link" that will debut on the Veloster. That will probably be something like Ford's Sync. Stay tuned for more details!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Brian Regan - Sun Stare

I could watch this over and over - but I can't because I have things to do. Everytime I watch it I crack up!

Rocky Mountain Studios - Thumb Up!

Occasionally I have a good idea and I love to make them happen. My dad's birthday is the 23rd of this month and I really wanted to get something engraved on a sheet of metal for him. He has his own metal refinishing business in California called Johnson Plating Works, and I thought it would look awesome if I got raw material engraved and framed it with a classy Cherry wood frame.

My brother's decided to go in together on it so we could have a little more funds available to make it nice. My brother Jim designed the artwork and I went to work trying to figure out who could make it for us. I went to local trophy shop in town and although I'm sure they would have done a great job for us, they couldn't promise me it would be done by his birthday because they have so much business. I called around and after talking to several places that couldn't do the work I found Rocky Mountain Studios.

I always like family owned businesses because my dad has been self employed for over 30 some years. I like going to small shops to get custom work done because it seems like I get the same type of quality work that my dad would do - something that someone actually thought to themselves "I'm putting my name on this". My grandpa coined the slogan "Big enough to accommodate you, small enough to appreciate you" for Johnson Plating Works and I have always felt like the smaller shops you get more.

 I emailed over the artwork and they promptly got back to confirm they could do the work and they even saved me $15 from the trophy shop in town. I picked it up today and it looks great! I can't wait to give it to him on Thursday! Thanks Rocky Mountain Studios it turned out exactly as I was hoping! Also, thank you Hobby Lobby for the frame! Finished product below!

Rocky Mountain Studios
630 Luck Dr Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
(801) 796-1404


- Joe

First Drive: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0 Turbo

I wouldn't consider myself a turbo expert by any means but I have driven a few of them during my six year tenure of selling cars. I remember the first car I drove that had a turbo - I was working as a lot boy when I was 18 and took a car that was sold to get some gas. I was on a hill and it was a manual tranny so I was rolling back and I gave the regular amount of gas I gave the other cars and let out the clutch at the usual speed. This time however I peeled out and was surprised with a lot more acceleration than I was used to. I got back to the lot and saw the "T" on the back and realized it was a new turbo version of the car.

Turbo vehicles are great way to get extra power with the least impact on your MPG. The Sonata makes that statement even more true. The "regular" Sonata achieves 22 city / 35 highway miles per gallon while the turbo version is rated at 22 city / 33 highway. That is only 2 mph difference on the highway! This is truly an amazing car. It also qualifies as a ULEV so it polutes a lot less than most cars.

The first thing I notice when getting into any new 2011 Sonata at any trim level is the quality feel of the materials. They feel and look like belong in the next tier up of vehicles. The Sonata limited 2.0t I drove today was no different. The "piano" black accents, the leather wrapped steering wheel, and the "ice" blue gauges give the Sonata a very premium feel. The voice activated navigation controls, map settings, destinations, route preferences, xm/fm radio frequencies, and can find any point of interest you would like "find the nearest Japanese restaurant" is a buddy's favorite!

Driving the Turbo Sonata is out of this world too! The motorized power steering give an effortless feel for parking and makes maneuvering at slow speeds a breeze but then when speed is increased the program tightens up the feel giving it a more sporty feel and response. The car is quiet and the suspension is perfect - not too firm and not too soft. What you would expect this car to be like. It is not an Lancer Evolution by any means but is sporty none the less. It did great in the snow with the traction control kicking in at the right times to get me out of the un-plowed parking lots!

The real masterpiece is the tuning of the engine, which shares the blueprints with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. With any turbo set up there will always be what is called "turbo lag". It means the time that it takes for the turbo to spool up and give the engine more air which makes more power. In the Sonata it is virtually seamless power. It almost feels like a naturally aspirated (non-turbo or supercharger) V6. The 2.0t produces 274 hp which is more than most of the competitors v6's like Camry and Accord. The 6 speed transmission handles the power nicely and the Electronic Stability Control manages the power to the wheels without too much interruption. 

All this for a price increase of $1200 of an SE or Limited model respectively. The car looks good, drives good, and is priced good. The 10 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 5 year / 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, and the 5 year / unlimited mile roadside assistance program make the Sonata light years ahead of the compeition in value as well. you can't buy a premium, or non-premium vehicle for anywhere close to this. 

It is on my list of favorite vehicles. It seems to be on everyone's list too as we can't keep them in stock. We have two left! Give me a call with any questions - 801-623-1392 

- Joe

Lambre Twist Commercial - Miss my scoot!

I haven't rode my Vespa in 3 weeks while I wait for my foot to heal. Seems like a long time because I have driven it to work for the past 3 years. It wasn't that bad of an accident but it sure does hurt when a 235 lb dude hits the pavement. This commercial will lighten the mood for anyone! The random people popping up and the potion they mix to create a centrifugal clutch scooter is amazing! Check out the Dalmatian print sport coats! HAHAHAHAHA The 60's I'm sure were a great time to live!

Monday, December 20, 2010

York Peppermint Patty Commercials

They just don't make commercials like they used to eh? hahahaha

Galaxie Lighting Thumbs UP!

Have you ever gone into a place and felt like the person helping you wished that they were somewhere else? I have felt that way helping people so I know it happens. I remember when I was 16 and working at Storehouse Markets as a checker here in Orem, I was ringing this lady up and she could tell that I didn't want to be helping her. I think I was probably putting the vibe out that I was "put-out" by me checking her out and had all the attitude that made it obvious. Anyway, she called me out on it and I felt stupid and embarrassed for a the rest of the day. I determined not to show that kind of a attitude again. Every now and then I run into that type of person at a place where you would expect people to be a little more pleasant than maybe a checker at the grocery store would offer.

As you may know we are remodeling our house and I have been wanting to do a recessed lighting in the hallway and front room. I am probably the cheapest person I know, but I don't just shop price; I also shop quality, and customer service as well. Being a salesman on commission only, I really watch how other industries perform and try and apply good examples and watch for the bad examples and avoid those actions.

Back to the story, a few weeks ago I was in my "preliminary" stages of looking for lighting and stopped by this place called Galaxie Lighting in Lindon by my work. I met a salesperson there who was helpful and pretty friendly. The thing that really caught me was the pricing was really good too. I even asked him "what are the benefits of buying lights here" and he gave me a good answer (which is amazing by the way)! I left and thought to myself that this was the place to buy lights from. I found all three things I was looking for - Quality, customer service, and a good price.

So last Thursday I went back with my Dad to pick up six lights. I stood in the showroom for a minute and a girl who was dressed in fashionable clothes asked me for help. I asked her if she knew who helped me a few weeks ago and she said that he was gone. So I told her what I was wanting to buy 6 lights. The salesperson before told me that I could buy them for $17.00 plus 10% off for everything, can, baffle, and light (which is amazing by the way!) and she told me I had to buy them for $17.95. This is ok that some people tell you different prices because some people may know more about pricing than others. I wasn't upset at all about that- I was upset that she acted the same way I did as a checker.

Now I was 16 at the time and she was an adult (and from her clothes in my opinion was trying to show it). She acted like she didn't want to help me. When she didn't know something she tried to play it off as though she did. My dad was wondering what was taking me so long to buy these lights because we had a lot of work to do. The lights that she got for me were the wrong ones and would look really cheap because the bulb was too small for the fixture. When I tried to explain my concerns she just said "well that's all we have".

I should probably note that I know that I was in a lighting store and not the Ritz Carlton - but c'mon at least help me a bit! I'm about to spend $100 on stupid lighting here! My dad was getting frustrated and I asked her if she knew when the salesperson I was talking with before would be in - she didn't know. She sat down at a desk and started surfing the Internet (which wasn't amazing to me by the way). I saw a stack of cards on the counter so I picked on up and it had his cell phone. I asked the sales woman if they get paid on commission there and she said they did. That was it for me! I thanked her for her time and told her I would call Terry and left. My dad drove off upset that we wasted so much time there.

I called Terry. I told him that I didn't want to give the commission to someone that didn't want to help me. He said he would meet me there in 20 minutes. I met up with him. He set me up with the right lights, discounted the 6 light kits and upgraded my lights - all with a smile and a good attitude. Not only did I get someone who wanted to help me, but I got an even better deal, and the right guy got rewarded for the good work he had done. I couldn't help but think about how life can be so unfair sometimes. At work sometimes, I will work really hard and try to do 120% and some other guy will get the reward I felt like I should have got. Well not this time! Terry Anderson got the reward that he should get because he was a great person to work with and did his best to EARN my business. He even picked up the other box of lights and took it out to the truck. Galaxie Lighting in Lindon is a great place to buy home lighting and Terry Anderson is the salesperson to buy it from. They are better than Home Depot in quality and price. Good job Terry!


First Look: 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai has been flexing its environmentally friendly muscles with its blue drive technology for a few years now. It's Elantra Hybrid (not sold in U.S.) and Elantra Blue and Accent blue have been a big hit with the MPG minded. Hyundai now brings a revolutionary Sonata to the market. Most hybrids out there today license Toyotas technology - Hyundai will be the only manufacturer with its own patents and hybrid tech and will not use borrowed Prius gadgets.

It will feature best in class almost everything. It's motor assist goes all the way up to 62 mph. It matches the Prius in aerodynamics without the ugly Prius, Insight shape. The front grill is has a variable opening that will change the acceptable air flow for different speeds. The entire underside of the Sonata is sealed like a Ferrari for better air flow as well.

The Sonata Hybrid should be an awesome competitor with 36 city / 40 highway mpg, 10 year /100,000 miles warranty, and a base price of around $26,500. Not to mention its killer good looks - but as always I will reserve my final opinion on looks until a week after it gets here which it should be here next month sometime. Stay tuned...

- Joe

Funny Old Spice Commercials

You might be wondering why is there a shirtless dude on my blog? Well being an Old Spice man myself since I was 12 I really enjoy these Old Spice Commercials...they are hilarious! I can't get over how random they are. "Hello, how are you? FANTASTIC!" HAHAHA

Here is a funny play on the commercials from BYU!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Don't ask - Just do!

I have learned a great lesson this past week of friendship, service, and humility. I came from a large family of 15 kids and when you have that many people there are a lot of things going on. When I was younger it was great to live at my parents house. eat their food, have them pay my bills, drive their cars, and demand them to take care of me - while I sat back and relaxed. I never thought about how hard it might be to have someone not carry their fair share of the load. For me it was all about seeing how much I could get

Saturday, December 18, 2010

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai is coming out with a new hot hatch that is slated to debut sometime in mid-late 2011 as a 2012 model. It will compete with the VW Scirocco (not sold in U.S.) and the new Honda CR-Z.

Hyundai stopped producing the Tiburon back in 2008 (which was actually a 2 door Elantra) and they have been void of small and sporty cars for 2 years now. I don't think that the new Veloster will be a Tiburon replacement size my guess would be that it will replace the 2 door Accent.

Either way it will be another industry shocker from what John Krafcik, Hyundai U.S. CEO says. There are very little confirmed details to relate but here is what we have so far.

We know it will have a 1.6 liter direct injection 4 cylinder that will achieve 40 mpg. We know that there will be at least 3 doors if not four (think of rx-8 style doors). There will be a panoramic glass roof which will extend to the rear hatch.

A definite fact is it will follow Hyundai's new "fluidic sculpture" design language inside and out. The will be a four-seater and should have a sport tuned suspension model with also an economy model for the average Joe.

The Veloster shouldn't be a stranger to a boat full of standard gadgets either. Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, at least 6 airbags, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and iPod/AUX/USB jack.
An InsideLine interview with John Krafcik gives us more details:

 "It's Accent-sized,"
"Think of it like a four-passenger Honda CRX,"
"It'll be a little car you can take out and wring its neck and still get good mileage. Fun and economical, with a great power-to-weight ratio." 
"It'll be powered by a 1.6-liter four cylinder with direct injection making 140 hp. And it'll get over 40 mpg,"
"There's just nothing out there right now with that kind of Eco-sport positioning." 
"Screens are getting cheaper," (nav screen)

A new Hyundai model is really exciting and I am anxious to see what it turns out to look like. Stay tuned to macdonemiles for more info as it comes...

 - Joe