Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Gets the Best Mileage in its Class

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Each year, new strides are being made in the advancement of green technology, and auto companies everywhere are continually looking for ways to incorporate these developments into their products.

With more stringent regulations on vehicle emissions, car makers have pushed to make their automobiles more cost effective and environmentally-friendly. One way they’ve accomplished this is clean diesel, a new generation of fuel specifically designed to help meet a number of global objectives like greenhouse gas, energy security, and clean air.

Today’s clean diesel is made up of 97 percent less sulfur than traditional diesel, cutting soot emissions (believed to be contributor to global warming and serious health issues in humans) by almost 10 percent.

Dodge decided to incorporate this new turbo diesel technology into the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, and it’s paid off tremendously. Here’s why:

The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is the only truck in its class to get 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

It was just named Esquire magazine’s Truck of the Year.

Taking into account functionality, versatility, efficiency, safety, value, and style, the award-winning EcoDiesel has garnered the attention of folks who wouldn’t otherwise consider a pickup.

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And according to Bob Hegbloom, RAM Truck President and CEO, despite fierce competition, “the Ram 1500 delivers with a winning combination of best-in-class fuel economy and capability and going forward, Ram will continue to set the pace with the best trucks in their segments”.

But it doesn’t stop there. In tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 1500 EcoDiesel has achieved the best highway test result by a full-size, half-ton pickup – going above and beyond the EPA highway rating even for pickups of a smaller size.

Mancari’s believes that the Dodge RAM is capable of not only being a heavy-hitting, V6, workhorse of a diesel, but is also a smart choice, if you’re looking for optimal fuel efficiency in a truck.

It’s projected that within the next few years, light diesel vehicles will make up about 15 percent of the automobiles on American roads and 50 percent of the total number of vehicles in Europe. So if you have any questions about light diesel, or want to take a look at our other Dodge Ram models, stop by our showroom today.

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The 2015 Jeep Wrangler Combines Off-Road Performance with a Bit of Comfort

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It’s pretty obvious to us here at Mancari’s of Oaklawn that the Wrangler was never meant to be a luxury vehicle. What Willy’s-Overland had in mind back in the 1940s was a World War II, all-purpose, 4×4 reconnaissance vehicle designed to transport American soldiers and cargo.

But it was also used for everything from cable laying and saw milling, to filling in as field ambulances and tractors.

This military version of the Jeep, described by troops as “spartan” and “unstintingly functional,” was a genuine, unadulterated, off-road beast. And as a testament to the ingenuity and capability of the early half-ton vehicle, Willy’s drove the army quad up the steps of the U.S. Capitol with several lawmakers in tow.

While the Jeep brand has enjoyed a long history of high-level, off-road performance, Chrysler has settled on a new approach to its design.

Sporting a newly cultivated interior and a steel body-on-frame platform, the all-new 2015 Jeep Wrangler has been equipped with removable doors, hood, and windshield. It also comes standard with a Torx tool kit – a nod to enthusiasts who want the full experience of their surroundings.

The American car maker offers both two-door and four-door versions of the Unlimited with several different trims: Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon. The Wrangler is also available in iconic subtrims like the Willys Wheeler and the Rubicon Hardrock.

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Jeep lovers get their choice of 16 inch steel wheels or 17-inch alloy wheels, eight standard speakers or nine with the Apine option, the Sunrider soft top or the matching body-color Freedom Top, heated seats, Bluetooth, touch-screen infotainment system, and an electrochromic rearview mirror.

But don’t let the convenience of these new amenities fool you.

This version of the Jeep’s Wrangler has some serious throwback features, like the solid front and rear axles, standard crank windows, firm suspension, and good forward visibility.

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler is also powered by a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, a 6 speed manual transmission, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4WD systems, patented 4X4 capabilities to cruise up and around to rocks and boulders, and an electronic sway bar disconnect, and a fold down windshield for increased aerodynamics.

Those of us here at Mancari’s know that the 2015 Jeep Wrangler could never be mistaken for anything other than an off-road vehicle, so if you’re less keen on refinement and big on adventure, the new Jeep Wrangler is your best bet. Check out the 2015 Jeep models we have in our inventory, or come down to our store to get behind the wheel today.

Dodge Receives Over 5,000 Orders for the Challenger SRT Hellcat

15-ld-ex-3.jpg.pagespeed.ce.xuPXOcb3LF Within weeks of Dodge allowing dealers to pre-order the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new muscle from Detroit, more than 5,000 orders have been placed.

Dodge previously said that the initial run of the new Challenger SRT Hellcat would be capped at around 1,200 units. Based on that production count, only about half of the Dodge franchises in the US market would receive one Hellcat each.

The manufacturer decided that dealers with the highest amount of Dodge vehicle sales would achieve priority on the waiting list, and to stop price gouging, Chrysler Group said it would award dealers with additional inventory if the pre-ordered SRT Hellcats were delivered as quickly as possible to their customers.

CaptureFor those that don’t know, according to Dodge, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is not only the most powerful muscle car ever, but also the fastest. All Challenger SRT Hellcats come standard with a powerful supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI that delivers 707 horsepower.

The Hellcat also has a twin-screw, high-efficiency supercharger mounted to the intake, while sturdy, hot forged internals and crank are installed into the block for maximum strength under any driving situation.

Two transmissions are available in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The HEMI can be matted to either a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic or a Tremac 6-Speed manual. While the TorqueFlite automatic comes with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that offer rev-matching technology during downshifts, the manual transmission has a larger, higher-capacity clutch compared to any other previous Challenger SRT.

exterior-main.jpg.pagespeed.ce.aitfjScetYOther key performance indicators for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat include a quarter mile time of 10.8 seconds, 0-60 miles per hour in the low 3-second range, and a top speed of 199 miles per hour.

And just because the motor and transmission are the main reasons for the speed behind the new Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge has upgraded both brakes and handling: at all four corners, Dodge installed high performance Brembo brakes. Up front, the Challenger Hellcat has 15.4-inch two piece rotors that are grabbed by six-piston calipers. The rear has 13.8-inch rotors along with four-piston calipers.

When it comes to handling, technology plays a big role. While the gas-charged struts provide a great balance of both firmness and ride comfort for daily driving purposes, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers three settings that manipulate not only the suspension, but also the vehicle’s traction control and automatic transmission properties.

For daily driving purposes, the vehicle can shift into street mode, and the Hellcat will act as if 707-horsepower was not on tap at a moment’s notice. However, if you need all the power available, consider Track mode. Once selected, wheel spin allowance is eased and the suspension feel is firmer for unmatched vehicle control.

Give Mancari’s of Oak Lawn a call at (888) 631-9187 to learn more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, or its four door brother, the Charger SRT Hellcat.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Sponsors Breakfast with Santa to Benefit Hearts for Hope Programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital this Sunday, December 7th

Hearts for Hope breakfast with santaMancari’s of Oak Lawn is excited to announce their sponsorship of the annual Breakfast with Santa, being held this Sunday December 7th to benefit Hearts for Hope programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital of Oak Lawn. The family friendly event will take place at Ridge Country Club, located at 10522 S. California Ave. Chicago IL.

Breakfast seatings are available at 9:00 am, or at 12:00 noon and tickets are $20 for children and $28 for adults. Children under age 2 are free. Guests can look forward to a full breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, storyteller fun, and much more! Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the children at the Hope Pavilion.

“The Mancari’s family is proud to support Hearts for Hope organization and Advocate Children’s Hospital. They do great work in the Oak Lawn community. We have supported this event for several years now, and hope to see a big turnout for a great cause at this fun, festive event!” said Ed Tapper, Sales Manager at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Hearts for Hope programs at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn.

Tickets can be reserved online at http://www.advocatehealth.com/santa.

About Hearts for Hope

HEARTS FOR HOPE was established in 1998 by grateful parents, concerned families, and business leaders in our community to raise both awareness and funds for Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital. Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn offers care to every patient who comes through its doors. Hearts for Hope makes positive impacts in the lives of patients and their families through hands-on volunteering and involvement. They help create a child-centered environment of compassion, comfort and healing inside the doors of the Hope Pavilion. Hearts for Hope plans and executes a variety of special events throughout the year including a major golf outing, Halloween Bash, patient parties, Savanah’s lunch box and a breakfast with Santa.

About Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Oak Lawn

As one of the largest Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealerships in the Chicagoland area,  Mancari’s of Oak Lawn has served Illinois loyally for more than 45 years with some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the automotive industry.

For more information visit us today at 4630 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or at http://www.mancari.com. You can also become a fan of Mancari’s by liking our Facebook page.

Early Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 turkey-180593_1280Well before the English settlers began the American tradition of Thanksgiving in the 1600s, many Native American tribes such as the Cherokee, Blackfoot, Shawnee, Pueblo and Wampanoag gave thanks by holding seasonal feasts in celebration of a good supply of crops.

In years of strong corn harvests, ceremonies were performed in appreciation for an abundant growing season. During these rituals, a formal speaker addressed the people, praising their hard work and giving thanks to the Great Spirit for providing generous provisions that would last through the end of winter.

Settlers actually adopted this long-standing Native American custom that included ceremonial dances, games, and races; referring to it as harvest festivals.

What’s interesting is that during the 17th century Thanksgiving ceremonies, turkey was never really the traditional main course. The very first three day celebration in 1621 most likely consisted of meats that were available during the season such as duck and geese. Wild turkey was was eaten regularly and therefore not necessarily reserved for special occasions.

And what about the sides? While we love all of those tasty turkey trimmings at Mancari’s, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the early settlers ate besides waterfowl, venison, oysters and lobsters. It’s possible that they served corn, beans, and squash, all foods that were commonly harvested at the time.

Early accounts document that the English and Native Americans stuffed fish and birds with herbs, onions, and oats. The Wampanoag, a tribe of people that inhabited the area known today as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, may have used cranberries as an additive to the sauce made by the English settlers.

White potatoes weren’t a popular English dish in the 1600s, and sweet potatoes were imported from the Caribbean to be enjoyed by the wealthy English. Other things like wild boar ham, grapes, strawberries, gooseberries, plums, cabbage, turnips, spinach, carrots, collards and turnips may have seen their way onto the plates of the early settlers during the celebrations.

While some traditions are old, and others are just beginning, Thanksgiving has always been a time to celebrate with family and friends. Here’s wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from us at Mancari’s!

Chrysler is Slated to Begin Replacing Potentially Defective Airbags This Month

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Chrysler Group is set to begin replacing potentially defective air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. in more than 371,000 U.S. vehicles in early this month, according to documents filed by the automaker with U.S. safety regulators.

The Chrysler vehicles, from model years 2003-2007, are among an estimated 4.2 million involved in a series of regional recalls in high-humidity regions announced in June by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chrysler said Takata has been conducting a series of tests on suspect inflators, including CT scans, “live dissections” and live deployments, while measuring performance, moisture level and other physical and chemical properties.

Chrysler said in documents filed with NHTSA that Takata “has made no determination of a safety defect” in the inflators being studied by the safety agency, but it would nonetheless begin replacing them no later than Dec. 19.

The Chrysler vehicles set for airbag replacement include the Dodge Ram, Durango, Dakota, Charger and Magnum, and Chrysler Aspen and 300.

Takata, the Japanese-based auto parts maker has been producing air bags since 1988. Today, Takata holds about 20 percent of the market as a manufacturer of steering wheels, interior trims, airbag systems, seat belts, electronics, and child restraint systems.

The potential defect has caused a number of the company’s airbag inflators to erupt, spraying metal fragments onto front-seat passengers.

These incidences have led to at least 4 deaths here in the U.S., prompting an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In June, several automakers including Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, BMW, and Toyota were forced to announce recalls of more than 3 million vehicles that had been manufactured with the Takata airbags.

Roughly 775,000 vehicles were recalled by Nissan; 2.8 million were recalled by Toyota, and about 370,000 Chrysler vehicles were recalled.

It’s estimated that more than 8 million vehicles built between 2000-2008 have been recalled to date.

Earlier this year, Takata pointed to high levels of humidity as the reason for inflation of the defective airbags, citing that the inflator ruptures are prone to occur in the hotter, more humid climates of the U.S. The areas targeted by the investigation include Florida and Puerto Rico.

More vehicles were recalled after Takata manufactured another 30,000 inflators, this time with a part different than that which led to the 7.8 million vehicles called in for repairs.

An incorrect outer baffle could potentially be the cause of rupture in these particular airbags.

Chrysler is slated to begin replacing potentially defective airbags inflators in December.

Our top priority here at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn has and will continue to be the safety of our drivers. Chrysler group stands by that commitment.

Top Ratings Show that Chrysler Places Priority on Safety

200At Mancari’s we share the same sentiments as the Chrysler brand: your safety is our number one priority.

While our competitors are preoccupied with our Uconnect 5.0 System with high-resolution 5-inch touchscreen and the 7-inch customizable driver information display, the folks over here at Chrysler choose to focus on your safety.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan won a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after being put through a series of tests under the agency’s New Car Assessment Program.

Charged with determining the safety of new model vehicles, NHTSA conducts frontal crash, side crash, and rollover resistance tests, developing an Overall Vehicle Score from the results.

The agency then assigns a rating based on this criteria and this year, in each of the crash tests, the Chrysler 200 received top ratings.

In fact, the 2015 4-door sedan earned the top five star safety rating from the NHTSA in frontal and side ratings, and five stars in subcategories such as front passengers in the frontal test and rear seat, female-sized passengers.

The 200 was given four stars in the rollover crash test.

Chrysler’s 200 was also awarded Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

In each of the crash tests conducted: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats, the American-made sedan earned “good” ratings.

As part of Chrysler’s pursuit to its commitment to customer safety, the 200 offers more advanced standard and available safety features than any other car in its class.

Some of the “extra” items included in the safety package are class-specific adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, optional Forward Collision Warning with Active Breaking, and available Parkview Rear Back Up Camera with dynamic grid lines.

Other features include eight airbags, blind spot monitoring, optional advanced All Wheel Drive, Four Channel Electronic Stability Control, Keyless Enter ‘N Go, and emergency assistance.

Stop by Mancari’s today and experience comfort, performance, and safety the American way. Experience the all-new Chrysler 200.

FCA Five-Year Plan in Full Swing with Spinoff of Ferrari

ferrariAs Fiat Chrysler Automotive further develops its five-year plan, the Italian-American automaker has announced its strategy to separate the iconic Ferrari brand from FCA.

The group needs to secure a significant amount of capital to put the $65 billion growth plan in motion and what better way to do that than to launch a public offering of 10 percent of the popular Italian sports car’s shares, while offering the other 90 percent to shareholders of the FCA brand. Ferrari shares are to be listed in New York. There is a possibility they could also be sold in Europe.

Plans to spin off the Ferrari sports brand is part of a larger maneuver to not only level the playing field amongst that competition that is Toyota and Volkswagen, but to preserve the heritage of Ferrari and distinguish it from the mass market vehicle distribution of sister companies.

Ferrari is slated to become its own entity.

“I think we are doing the right thing by giving Ferrari a proper, unique place in the capital markets to be evaluated and valued as a luxury automaker,” said FCA CEO Marchionne.

In order to secure more funds for its business plan, FCA will also issue $2.5 billion in convertible bonds, creating a total of $4 billion euros worth of capital to be used to maximize the values of the group’s brands.

FiatFiat had agreed to a merger with Chrysler after the company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009. Once Fiat assumed full control of Chrysler this year, the Italian/American car company became the seventh largest automaker in the world.

As it is, FCA Chairman John Elkann will remain one of the biggest shareholders of the entity.

The Agnelli Family will also retain their share in the two companies after managing Fiat for the past 115 years. They put full faith in Marchionne’s efforts to restructure the company – a feat that has successfully been ten years in the making.

“I think we need to continue to protect Mother Goose, which is the production of cars, and we need to get back on the track and start winning again, which is part of the DNA of the house,” said Marchionne.

While the road traveled toward the five-year plan has been a long one, Mancari’s believes FCA is only beginning to see the fruits of its labor.

Mancari’s is your one-stop-shop for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn Sponsors 4th Annual Vegas Night Fundraiser on Saturday November 15th Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Near Advocate Children’s Hospital

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Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is excited to announce their support of the 4th annual Vegas Night fundraiser to benefit Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital. The event will take place Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 7:00 PM – Midnight at the Doubletree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip, 5000 W. 127th Street Alsip, IL 60803.

Mancari’s invites their customers and all Oak Lawn and Chicago community members to hit the tables and enjoy a variety of games including black jack, poker, roulette and craps, and more! Guests can also kick back and enjoy live musical entertainment, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, and gaming chips while perusing the silent auction. This night’s got something for everyone! Guests must be 21 to enter the Vegas Night event.

vegas night pokerMancari’s looks forward to this event every year, and is honored to be a part of it, along with several other events for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland. Mancari’s also sponsored their annual summer “Running for Hope” 5k walk and run, which raised $80,000 this year for the organization.

“Over the years, Mancari’s has been a great partner, in not only the run, but also in the Vegas Night Event. We greatly appreciate their generosity,” wrote Kelly Evans, Senior Director at Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital.

vegas night silent auctionVegas Night is a great night of entertainment and fun all to benefit Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital. There will be a silent auction with exclusive items for attendees to bid on throughout the evening. Guests not able to attend the Vegas Night event can still bid on the silent auction items from afar.

The event will also feature a “Split the Pot” raffle. Last year’s winner took home $4,400 from the raffle. Tickets for the raffle are $20 each and are available in advance by visiting RMH in Oak Lawn, or by calling 708.423.5285. Tickets will also be on sale at the event, but guests do not have to be present to win.

All proceeds from Vegas Night support the Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital and their mission to provide care for families of children with complex medical needs. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door and can be purchased at https://support.rmhccni.org/vegasnight2014. For more information on the Vegas Night event event, please visit: http://rmhccni.org/vegasnight/

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) aims to be the respected leader in enhancing the health, well-being, and education of children in our area. The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’ and strives to reach out to all families and children in need in a caring, compassionate way, while holding itself strictly accountable for the investments it makes in its mission and programs.

About Mancari’s of Oak Lawn

As one of the largest Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM dealerships in the Chicagoland area, Mancari’s of Oak Lawn has served Illinois loyally for more than 45 years with some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the automotive industry.

For more information visit us today at 4630 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453 or athttp://www.mancari.com. You can also become a fan of Mancari’s by liking our Facebook page.

Ram Donates $100,000 to Support The Texas Rangers

Ram Donates 100k to Texas RangersRam has a long been a symbol of hard-working American pride. It resonates with the maker culture standing at the heart our country.

Its trucks were built by hand, with blood, sweat, and tears. Ram isn’t just a legacy of trucks. It’s a legacy of guts, love, and glory.

These principles of hard work make Ram’s new partnership with the Texas Rangers a perfect  one. Last month, Ram announced a plan to partner with the oldest state law enforcement organization on the continent, to help with preserving the history and heritage of the oldest state law-enforcement agency.

“Ram is proud to be associated with the Texas Ranger Division and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Like the Texas Rangers, Ram has deep ties to the Lone Star State,” said Ram Truck Brand President and CEO, Bob Hegbloom. “Texas Rangers are icons. They are heroes. They are recognized around the world as one of the foremost law-enforcement agencies.”

In 2023, the Texas Rangers will be celebrating 200 years of service in the Lone Star State. The Rangers trace their founding back to 1823. During the state’s colonization, the citizens of Texas needed protection, but soon the Ranger’s authority spanned the entire country.

Today, The Texas Rangers not only have lead criminal investigative duties, they are also responsible for unsolved crime investigations, officer involved shootings, and border security ops.

The 215 person law enforcement unit branched off into more specialized operations that heads up the Crisis Negotiation Unit, Public Corruption Unit, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, among others.

With that kind of history behind it, the Texas Rangers are as American as apple pie. To the people of Texas, they are the epitome of patriotism and iconic American heroes.

Last month, RAM pledged its support by presenting a check for $100,000 to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum at the State Fair of Texas.

The Museum, now in its 50th year of existence, serves as the historical center for the Texas Rangers.

It was established to preserve the heritage of the Texas Rangers and is the home to the Ranger’s Company, State Hall of Fame, library and archives, a non-profit center, and banquet facility.

Restoration efforts are now underway to expand the museum and Ram’s contribution will aid to safeguard the Ranger’s history.

Chief Hank Whitman, Retired Chairman of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Board says that the spirit of the people of Texas speaks to what makes this country so great and it that spirit is what goes into making RAM trucks.

“The Texas Rangers are a dedicated, enduring group of rugged individuals. Ram’s support is only fitting, as we see the same values in their people and the hard-working trucks they build,” said Whitman.

At Mancaris of Oak Lawn, we agree that the two brands go hand in hand, and we are proud to offer a quality selection of Ram trucks to car shoppers in the Chicago area and beyond.

According to RAM’s CEO Bob Hegbloom, there’s more to their partnership than just those values, there’s love of trucks.

“The Ram Truck brand, our owners, our dealers and The Chrysler Foundation are committed to making a difference in the communities where we do business,” added Hegbloom. “Texas is truck country – Ram Truck country,” Hegbloom commented during the announcement.

Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to offer the best in American craftsmanship with our lineup of Ram trucks. Stop by today at 4630 WEST 95TH STREET OAK LAWN, IL 60453 and see for yourself, or call us at (888) 631-9187 to learn more!