DIY Street Fair in Ferndale,

Attend the DIY Street Fair in Ferndale

At Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy, we take great pride in the innovative autos we offer.

The annual DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, happening September 13 through 15 on E. Troy Street, also honors forward thinking.

The event serves as a celebration and a showcase of local artists, crafters, musicians, restaurants, brewers, businesses, organizations, and others with a DIY ethic for work and life. Among the festivities schedule are:

  • Live music by regional original bands on three stages
  • The UHF Record Shop, featuring self-produced and/or self-released music from the performing acts
  • A beer garden with craft beers brewed in the state
  • Local restaurants and food trucks
  • A marketplace with original works by local artists, crafters and businesses
  • Kids Zone featuring hands-on DIY projects, educational demonstrations, entertainment for kids of all ages

The street fair also has its own charity run. The DIY 5k Art on the Run benefits the Ferndale Public Schools art programs and involves optional stops along the way to create community masterpieces. There will be five art canvases set up along the route at which you can add your own artistic vision. The works of art will be mounted and displayed after at the Ferndale Public Library. The run starts at 9 a.m. for the 5k and 9:15 a.m. for a 1-mile fun run on Sept. 14 at Woodward Avenue Brewers, 2646 Woodward Ave.

After attending the DIY Street Fair in Ferndale, please stop by Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy to learn more about the innovation included in the vehicles we sell. For example, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers three innovative 4-by-4 systems:

  • Active Drive Lock 4-by-4 system with 4-Low and rear locker for trails
  • Active Drive II 4-by-4 system with low-range for rock crawling and a neutral mode for flat towing behind an RV
  • Active Drive I 4-by-4 system with brake traction control for easy-to-use, all-weather capability

The all-new Jeep also features industry-first rear-axle disconnect feature that engages 4-by-4 only when necessary to greatly improve fuel efficiency.

 

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Sixth Annual Troy Traffic Jam, Chrome, Muscle & Music Show is August 4

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The time of year you have been waiting for has finally arrived! Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy is excited to announce that on August 4, the Sixth Annual Troy Traffic Jam, Chrome, Muscle & Music show is returning to the Columbia Center in Troy.

The Troy Traffic Jam, Chrome, Muscle & Music show is more than just your typical car show. This event will be perfect for the whole family; even your kids will love the shiny chrome, flashy colors and the finest hot rods.

Those who attended last year won’t be disappointed by this year’s lineup. Enjoy music from artist DJ Bob Steel while tasting delicious food from participating restaurants, including Gateway Deli. You can also enjoy free coffee and tidbits courtesy of Tim Hortons.

The true car enthusiast will love checking out all of the classic cars. Last year, the winners featured true gems like a 1930s Packard Phaeton, a 1969 Chevy SS Convertible, a 1956 Aston Martin Ghia Supersonic and a 1966 Ford Cobra Convertible.

Expect to see cars from all different categories ranging from Corvettes, stock cars, antiques, street rods, trucks, motorcycles and foreign sports cars. Here at Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy, we are anticipating an even better show than last year!

If you have a classic car that you want to show off to the rest of Troy, make sure to get your applications in for the Sixth Annual Troy Traffic Jam, Chrome, Muscle & Music show before it is too late. There is a $15 pre-registration fee that will benefit the Troy Historical Society.

With more than 15 judging classes, as well as opportunities to win individual special awards or goodie bags, there is no harm in trying your luck to prove that your car is best in show. You could walk home with a dash plaque or a trophy as well as yearlong bragging rights!

 

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Suburban salutes Clawson Farmers Market

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At Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy, summer means heading outdoors and taking advantage of nature’s bounty. There’s no better place to do that than at Clawson Farmers Market. Just head south on I-75, and head to Clawson City Park at the corner of West Elmwood and North Custer avenues.

This seasonal open-air market features fresh fruits and vegetables —along with plenty of inspiration for your summer meals and barbecues. It’s open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 14 through September 29 (Closed Labor Day weekend).

As you walk the park, you’ll find vendors from all around the Metro Detroit area. It’s the best time ever to patronize local Michigan farmers and area businesses. Here in Michigan, we know better than anyone else why buying USA is the best — and buying Michigan is even better!

Beyond all the yummy locally grown produce, keep your eyes open for McClure’s Pickles, breads, jams, honey, other organic products, gourmet coffees and even some crafts. If you’ve never been to a farmers market before, we’ve tracked down some tips on how to make the most of your farmers market shopping, such as:

  • Go early or go late. Early, you’ll have the most choices. Late, you’ll get the best bargains on whatever is left.
  • Bring bags. Vendors often have thin plastic bags, but if you bring your own, you’ll cut down on plastic pollution, and/or you’ll have a carry-all to make multiple purchases easier.
  • Bring $1 and $5 bills. Farmers market participants tend to be small vendors, not big corporations. Make life easier for everyone by carrying small bills and not asking them to break twenties or fifties, or even tens, if you’re not buying a lot.
  • Learn how to store, clean and cook what you buy. You can scour the Internet for ideas when you get home, but it’s best to ask the vendor while you’re buying.

Whether you get your produce from Clawson or another Michigan farmers market, it helps to know what to do with it once you get it home. You can head to Eating Well magazine for some terrific ideas.

Some Sundays, you’ll find live entertainment and kids’ activities at Clawson Farmers Market. You may be able to get advance information by checking out the Clawson Farmers Market Facebook page for interesting event and food details.

You can also peek at the City of Clawson Facebook page to see what else you can do while you’re in town. Before or after you hit Clawson, why not come in to Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy and take a look at a Chrysler Limited Convertible, a Dodge Dart, and Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram Quad Cab or any of our amazing vehicles? They’re all roomy enough to bring home your farmers market bounty!

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Make Sure Kids’ Car Seats are Installed Properly

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Automobile accidents continue to rank as the number one killer of kids ages 1 to 12 in the United States. Using a safety seat correctly helps protect them from harm.

With that in mind, here are eight helpful infant car seat installation tips from your friends at Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy.

  1. Decide between a rear-facing-only safety seat or a convertible one that allows you to buy one seat and adjust it as your child grows.
  2. Read the installation instructions in the car seat manual and in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  3. Choose the most appropriate location and installation method for the vehicle and your child’s weight using the manuals. You typically have two options for installation method: using only a seatbelt or also a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system if present in your vehicle. Your owner’s manual will include that information.
  4. Ensure there are no twists in the seatbelt straps once you install the car seat.
  5. Check the tightness of straps. They should not move more than 1 inch. If they do, put pressure on the seat to further tighten straps.
  6. Adjust the recline of the seat according to car seat manual instructions or the indicator on the seat if present.
  7. Make sure all straps are in the appropriate position once you place your child in the seat. For rear-facing seats, the chest clip should be at armpit level, and the straps should be in the slots at or below your child’s shoulders. For forward-facing seats, the chest clip should be at armpit level, and the straps should be in the slots at or above your child’s shoulders.
  8. Make sure all straps are tight enough against your child and there are no twists. There should be little slack.

If you opted for a convertible car seat, get additional tips on how to continue its use safely from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Parents Central website. There you will find tips specific to ages, weights and stages of a convertible car seat.

We hope you find these infant car seat installation tips from Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy helpful. If at any time you wish to upgrade your vehicle to meet the needs of your growing family, please stop by to learn more about the safety measures of our many available models.

 

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