Addressing the COVID-19 Coronavirus

What WE want everyone to know is that we take our employee and customer health very seriously.

We are here for you! We want you to stay safe and we want to let you know our service departments and parts departments are open regular hours to keep you and your vehicle rolling!   Our sales departments will be available to you from 8 am – 7 pm. Your vehicle is a necessary means to access the items you may need and get the supplies necessary to get through this time

And our websites are always available and your complete vehicle purchase transaction can happen there. https://www.centralmainechryslerdodgejeep.com/

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If you do need our services, the following is some information about the steps we are taking to be certain you are safe and your vehicle is in working order. Central Maine Motors Auto Group will do it’s part to reduce the risk of spreading this virus at our business locations. We’ve all seen or read the conflicting information that reach us via TV, news sources & the ever-present internet about the severity, symptoms, spread, and the significance of this disease.

What WE want everyone to know is that we take our employee and customer health very seriously. These are the precautions we are taking to help keep our customers and employees healthy and well. These steps are implemented at all Central Maine Motors Auto Group (CMMAG) locations. Further steps may be added or these may be adjusted as the situation continues to develop.

• We all appreciate a friendly handshake or other personal greeting. That said, we are temporarily asking for a pass on traditional greetings. We are encouraging our team to greet our customers with their usual warm smiles and waves instead.
• We totally understand that our customers have valid reasons that they may want to stay close to home. Personal caution is appreciated by all in these times. At CMMAG, we are offering a “no questions asked” policy for rescheduling any service appointment. Please contact our Service Business Center representatives at (207) 872-6107 for assistance. We will make every effort to make appointment accommodations that will fit your needs.
• All employees have had informational sessions in each department to stress the importance of protecting our own health but also that of our co-workers. And we want to make sure to also consider the health and safety of our customers. We STRONGLY urge all to practice good hand washing hygiene. We will ensure there are fully-stocked soap dispensers in break rooms and bathrooms at all times.
• In support of other protective measures, we are ensuring a full supply of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in each workspace, as well as providing gloves to team members who interact with customer vehicles. We will be increasing our cleaning protocols and frequency and will be disinfecting regularly, particularly in high-traffic areas.
• And above almost all other precautions, we are encouraging all team members to stay home if they are sick. Whether it’s a runny nose, a cough, body aches, a fever or a general feeling of being unwell. We want no one to be here with symptoms of anything possibly contagious that may spread to others.

Here are some additional changes we have made :

* Added rubber gloves to sales manager offices
* Encouraged use of Rubber gloves at Service desk
* Removed magazines from waiting rooms
* Removed children’s toys from waiting rooms
* Ordered and will add be steering wheel covers for service and sales employees to use with customer vehicles
* Increased Our cleaning service to nightly and disinfecting touch points
* Asked people to observe the 6ft distance rule
* Instituted one rider per service shuttle
* Spaced out and reduced furniture in key places to reduce people sitting together
* Added door stops to prop doors in high traffic doorways
* If you prefer pick up and delivery, please let us know so we may accommodate
* Encourage the use of Web pages, phones, and email for non-essential communication
* placed folding tables around reception spaces to increase social distancing in reception area
* increased the disinfecting and wiping of common areas

As we move forward, we will monitor any & all updates from our state and national health organizations. As previously stated, we will review & adjust our policy / plans as the situation requires. We care deeply about the health and safety of all of our team members and customers. We will do our part to help prevent the spread of this disease as much as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and for your understanding as we all together navigate this ever-changing situation.


Central Maine Motors Auto Group Buying Center

Announcing our new Automotive Buying Center!

Are you looking to trade your vehicle, or maybe just sell your extra car, truck or SUV? Our team at Central Maine Motors Auto Group Buying Center looks forward to welcoming you at our 23 Airport Road location in Waterville.

We need your pre-owned car, truck or SUV

We want your used car, truck or SUV. Our pre-owned vehicle sales business is thriving. But that means we’re seeing more demand than can be met by just your trade-in’s alone. We have openings on our sales lots & your vehicle may be the perfect fit needed in our inventory. So, whatever brand vehicle you’re driving, we’re interested in discussing the possibility of purchasing your quality used vehicle.

We invite you to  start at our website,  https://www.cmmagbuyingcenter.com/ . We’ve partnered with Kelley Blue Book, a nationwide trusted resource on pre-owned vehicles. Click the “Sell/Trade Your Vehicle” tab and you’ll have the option of submitting an inquiry to determine the estimated trade-in value of your vehicle.  We will set a follow-up appointment to meet with you, to make a walk-around inspection of your car, truck or SUV, and finalize an appraised value. We can make an offer to buy your vehicle or talk trade if you’re shopping for a replacement to your current ride.

We’re confident that if you’re car shopping, our dealership locations offer a solid selection of new vehicles for sale, as well as a carefully inspected lineup of pre-owned vehicles. We also have a well-connected finance center run by a qualified team of finance experts, who can help you get the right loan or lease in a quick, easy, and transparent manner.

Since 1935, car owners in Waterville have counted on the high-quality vehicles and services found at Central Maine Motors Auto Group. Our Buying Center benefits from all our years in the automotive business. The Buying Center staff lives up to our reputation and they strive to provide a “Wow!” customer service experience each and every day, with each and every customer.

At all Central Maine Motors Auto Group locations, our commitment to our customers continues well beyond the date of purchase. Make your way to Central Maine Motors Auto Group Buying Center in Waterville today for quality vehicles, a friendly team, and professional service at every step of the way. If you have any questions for us, you can always get in touch at (207) 872-5591. And please visit our website, click the link below.

At Central Maine Motors Auto Group, we want to be your source for all your automotive sales, service, collision repair & detailing needs.

Exciting New 2020 Models To Make Every Drive A Pleasure Trip.

These new 2020 models will tempt you to trade-up to a new car, van, truck or SUV.

Chrysler Voyager – Let’s start with a look at the Chrysler family of vehicles.  One of the names that started the whole minivan frenzy in 1984 is back. The (formerly Plymouth) Voyager returns as the introductory L & XL trim levels of the Pacifica van. It shares most of the design style of the Pacifica, along with the same drivetrain, a 3.6L V-6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. (But if you want a hybrid, you’ll still need to look at the Pacifica’s higher trim levels).

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2020 Chrysler Voyager

While the Voyager van is perfect for the more budget minded family; it still arrives well equipped for most needs.  Room for 7 passengers is still the norm with a two-person 2nd row bench seat on the Voyager L model, and the XL trim gets 2nd row bucket seats. The Voyager is just the ticket for young families, carpooling commuters or grandparents who spend lots of time helping out with the grand kids.

2020 Dodge Charger Stars & Stripes

Dodge Charger Stars & Stripes – America’s only four-door muscle car, the Dodge Charger, brings on a Stars & Stripes Special Edition for 2020. The design features military-inspired touches to celebrate the men and women who serve our country.

The exterior presents a Satin Black & Silver centered body stripe, Satin Black American flag fender decal, 20 x 9-inch Mid-Gloss Black wheels and Satin Black deck lid badging. The interior has distinctive black-on-black cloth seats with an embroidered Bronze Star on the headrests. There’s bronze stitching throughout and an antique bronze badge on the instrument panel. This package with be available on the 2020 Charger R/T Scat Pack, Charger R/T and Charger GT RWD.


Jeep Gladiator storms into its sophomore year proudly wearing the North American Truck of the Year Award. That’s right; a Jeep brings home – “Truck of the Year”.

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Buick Encore GX – Over at our Chevy Buick sales lot we’re looking forward to the Spring 2020 arrival of the first-ever Buick Encore GX and Encore GX Sport Touring models. Smart, versatile and ridiculously stylish, these new models from Buick are ready for wherever your whims take you. With crisp body lines, streamlined stance and dramatic styling, the Encore GX strikes a distinctively athletic tone. Whether you show up in the Encore GX or Encore GX ST, you’ll show up with poise and style. The Sport Touring package is nimble, aggressive and bursting with attitude and delivers an even bolder expression of Encore GX style.

2020 Buick Encore GX Sport Touring
2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer

TrailblazerFrom Chevrolet:  Introducing the latest member of the Chevrolet SUV family – the All-New 2021 Trailblazer. (Actually, it’s a return … the original TrailBlazer with a capital B, was in production from 2002 – 2009)

But now it’s back; it’s bold, it’s spacious and Trailblazer offers the technology and capability you’d expect from a Chevy SUV. With multiple trims to choose from, your style options are wide open. Live big in a small SUV. Striking style is the first thing you’ll notice about the new Trailblazer. Its sculpted design and bold proportions make it stand out. The available two-tone roof on the ACTIV and RS trim levels will set you apart from other cars on the road. Trailblazer also arrives Spring 2020.

Toyota has not just been sitting on their hands waiting while others make their new model introductions. They’ve made smart innovative moves on several of their most popular models

Toyota Highlander – The all-new redesigned 2020 Highlander puts more “quality” into your quality family time – Highlander’s bold new design is hard to ignore. The chiseled exterior lines provide the perfect balance between power and refinement. Soft-touch interior surfaces and modern design highlight the quality found throughout the cabin. From the driver’s seat, you’ll be able to personalize every moment behind the wheel. Two powertrain options will be available, a gasoline V-6 powertrain and a hybrid four-cylinder version. For you and your passengers, the 2020 Highlander arrives with a smooth ride and a quiet cabin. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 features are standard and include pre-collision braking, lane departure alert with steering assist and full-range dynamic radar cruise control.

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All-new 2020 Highlander & Camry All-wheel drive

2020 Camry All-wheel drive / 2021 Avalon All-wheel drive – The Camry and Avalon AWD models underscore Toyota’s commitment to the sedan category, a space that some brands have been leaving while Toyota has been expanding choices. Toyota previously offered an AWD Camry in 1988-1991, called the AllTrac. The company appreciated the loyalty, patience and perseverance of all those customers and dealers who sent letters, emails, comments and texts asking for a modern AWD version of what is America’s best-selling midsize sedan for 17 years. And the 2020 Camry AWD arrives this spring. (The Avalon AWD with be model year 2021 and will go on sale in the fall of 2020). The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system (borrowed from the 2019 RAV4) provides effective traction for inclement and slippery weather while minimizing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

Notably, the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are North America-only models developed in the U.S. and are assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. Camry and Avalon sedans (non-AWD) are available in hybrid models, and, in fall 2019, both added their first-ever TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance versions.

2020 Tundra TRD Pro / 2000 Tundra Access & standard cab

 

And Tundra, Toyota’s full-size truck turns the big 2-0 this summer. – The Tundra was the first-ever full-size pickup truck built by a Japanese automaker in North America. Production for the 2000 Tundra began in May 1999 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI), before moving to the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) plant in San Antonio in 2008 where it’s still assembled today.

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When production began 20 years ago, Tundra pushed boundaries and raised expectations for what full-size pickup trucks could do. Since its’ introduction Tundra has continued to prove what it was capable of … from towing the Space Shuttle Endeavour across Los Angeles to when a heroic ICU nurse, in his 2018 Tundra, ferried several people to safety through the deadliest wildfire in California history. Keep an eye out for what the Tundra has to offer as it enters a third decade in 2020.

These new models are not the only surprises that our major manufacturers have planned for 2020 and beyond. We’ll try to keep you in the loop as each and every new innovation hits the showroom floor.

Four-Wheel Drive vs. All-wheel Drive

4WD? 4×4? AWD? What do they mean and what’s the main differences? We’re going to try to help make sense of all these letters and numbers.

Four-wheel drive or 4WD or 4×4 – Four wheel drive systems are most commonly found on trucks or larger SUV’s that are built on truck frames. During day-to-day normal driving, only the rear wheels are actively providing the power to move the vehicle forward. In adverse weather such as ice, rain or snow, the front wheels can be activated by pushing a button, flipping a switch or moving a lever. The front wheels then join in on the fun of moving things along … over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss

Of course, having trucks or rugged SUV’s with higher ground clearance and more specialized suspension also helps make the difference. Many serious off-roaders prefer the manual locking front wheel hubs that used to be common on older four wheel drive vehicles. This required the driver to exit the driver’s seat and twist/turn the knob on the front hubs to “lock” into four wheel drive.

Four-wheel drive is also the system of choice for serious off-road travel. Those folks dedicated to traveling out and about on forest trails, hilltop ridges and muddy ruts need the advantages that come with a four wheel drive system.

For information on 4×4 Ram Trucks – https://www.centralmainechryslerdodgejeep.com/new-vehicles/ram/

For information on 4×4 Chevy Trucks – https://www.centralmainechevybuick.com/new-vehicles/truck-vans/

For more information on Toyota 4×4 Trucks – http://bit.ly/CMT_Toyota4x4_Trucks

Jeeps are a bit unique in that they feature somewhat more sophisticated 4×4 systems.  A control knob allows the driver to choose various travel conditions that they may face … sand, gravel, snow, mud or rock. The mechanical, electronic or brake-assisted differentials on the various Jeep models help to maximize power delivery as required.

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

For more information on Jeep’s – https://www.centralmainechryslerdodgejeep.com/new-vehicles/jeep/

One last note, four-wheel drive is not intended to be used all the time. These vehicles can have some “squirrelly” habits when driven in 4WD on dry pavement. It seriously effects handling and can cause damage if used for extended periods when not necessary.

All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive systems brought all-weather accessibility to your daily drive. Dad’s driving car pool … Mom’s heading off on her work commute … Older drivers looking for a vehicle that earns their confidence … All can feel comfortable knowing that all-wheel drive systems are waiting and ready for you. There are generally no switches to touch. Electronic sensors and the vehicle’s computer monitor what is happening at each wheel. When wet, snowy or icy conditions prevail, the AWD system adapts and distributes the power evenly to all four wheels, so you have maximum drive traction, with little-to-no chance of wheel spin. All-wheel drive systems are now found in a wide assortment of vehicle models, four-door sedans, hatchbacks, station wagons, SUV’s of all sizes and even some minivans boast of their all-wheel drive capabilities.

For more information on Buick AWD SUV’s – http://bit.ly/CMM_Buick_AWD

For more information on Chevy AWD SUV’s – http:// http://bit.ly/CMM_Chevy_AWD

For more information on Chrysler / Dodge AWD – http://bit.ly/CMC_ChryslerDodge_AWD

Most, but not all, AWD systems are on standard front-wheel drive vehicles that engage the rear wheels when additional traction is required. While some are still driven by shaft systems with transaxle units shared with the front wheels, many now have independent electronic rear wheel drive systems where all components are right there at the rear axle assembly. This eliminates the traditional front-to-rear drive shaft and related weight to help overall vehicle efficiency. Most drivers will not even be aware that their ride is moving along nicely using all-wheel drive. The systems all work together smoothly to make the transition to and from AWD nearly unnoticeable.

For more information on Toyota AWD vehicles – http://bit.ly/CMT_ToyotaAWD_CarsVansSUVs

n comparison, Two-wheel drive vehicles are less complex than those with AWD or 4WD, and their simpler drive trains can mean improved fuel economy in the long run. So in general, cars equipped with 2WD may get better gas mileage than models with AWD or 4WD. But more and more drivers are willing to sacrifice some fuel efficiency to gain the on road confidence of all-wheel or 4-wheel driving.

Coming Spring 2020 – the All-Wheel Drive Toyota Camry

Many Faces, One Great Drive – 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

STORY: SEYTH MIERSMA

We thought we’d share this recent article from “New Roads” – A Chevrolet Owners Magazine.

Looks, capability, and driving joy: Every version of the all-new Chevrolet Blazer has big personality. Should you care anything about cars, you’ve probably stopped for lunch in a sleepy village like the one we recently found. Placed handily between two great sections of road, in a landscape of green, wooded hills and unhurried back roads, the little town is the perfect place to grab some lunch after a great morning of spirited driving. You probably don’t expect to make the effort in your typical SUV, however.

Within 30 minutes of heading out in the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to one of our favorite “good driving roads,” we broke into smiles as we confidently steered the vehicle into another sloped corner. The newest member of Chevrolet’s family of SUVs doesn’t just look the part—this thing likes to go.

Of course, you get that impression even when the SUV is standing still. The athleticism of the vehicle is a fine payoff for the Blazer’s sporting good looks. We drove the energetic Blazer RS for most of the day, but its impressive performance can actually be had in two very distinct top-level trims: the RS and the refined Blazer Premier.

And while all three variants (including Blazer’s signature look) are under-girded with interior space, technology, and driving pleasure, the difference between the Premier and the RS creates very distinct vibes for wholly different drivers.

The exterior of the Blazer Premier shows an evocative evolution of Chevrolet design language. Think of Premier as a code word for premium, as this trim level executes design in a way you might expect to see from a luxury brand. The prominent grille—flanked by slim, modern lighting elements—is accented by bright work for an upscale appeal. Overall, this subtle design gives the exterior the feeling of an athlete in a well-tailored suit: confident no matter what the situation might call for.

John Cafaro, who is executive director of Chevrolet global design, summed it up nicely: “The Blazer has attitude. The high belt line and tight proportions with dramatic sculpting also enable the athletic stance with attitude.”

The Premier take on the interior—with piano black and chrome accents—puts an emphasis on material quality and craftsmanship. As Cafaro puts it, “We offer a unique personality for each trim and push the limits of what the interior can be through a wide range of choices achieved through color and interior decor.”

To call the Blazer RS eye-catching is to trade in understatement, as the bold exterior theme and great proportions are almost impossible to miss. The progressive sheet metal design should advance thinking about an SUV in any form, but the blacked-out, energetic look of the RS turns the amps to 11. The dark accents, complemented by available 21-inch gloss black wheels, give Blazer RS a wholly modern vision. The sum of the parts also reinforces the surprising agility we discovered on the road.

“It looks commanding on the road while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV,” says Cafaro.

The moodiness of the exterior translates to the interior treatment as well. Jet Black, leather-appointed seating surfaces are punctuated by bold red accents, making for a cabin that feels a bit like a sports car cockpit without sacrificing space, comfort, or amenities.

You’ll find versatility in all three forms of the Blazer. The second row can be moved to optimize for either rear-seat leg room or cargo space, so you’ll be covered if you’re going out with friends or packing the back with groceries for a big party at home. Those seats also recline, or fold flat to open up maximum cargo capacity—a whopping 64.2 cubic feet for you stats hounds.

Speaking of packing, the RS and Premier are both equipped with the Cargo Management System (the first on a Chevrolet vehicle), and its utility is evident. We’ve always liked cargo nets to secure storage areas, but this rail system with an adjustable cargo fence takes that idea even further by dividing the cargo area to fit your stuff and help keep it from moving around.

Truth be told, taking the scenic route instead of the highway is where the Blazer really separates itself from the class. As much of a standout as a driver as it is a styling statement, this SUV offers pleasingly precise handling characteristics. The RS trim delivers even sportier handling capability—thanks to its quicker ratio steering system and optional 21-inch tires—to appreciate on your favorite twisty road.

It was hard to find something not to like on our tester with its available all-wheel drive. The Blazer RS was the picture of poise as we motored over wood-lined lanes, exhibiting the kind of driving manners that you might not expect. Better still, when we switched the vehicle into the Sport mode on the available Traction Mode Select system, the all-wheel drive system allowed for exceptional delivery of power out of a turn.

Clearly, the suspension and chassis tuning have been matched to the potent 3.6-liter V6 available engine (standard on RS and Premier). With 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque available, taking the long way home becomes a smile-generating experience. And though the 3.6-liter V6 may be the power champ, the essential athletic character of the Blazer isn’t lost with the standard 2.5-liter engine, either.

Any version of the new Blazer offers common goods like excellent ride, an ultra-quiet cabin, and a tremendous list of standard and optional amenities. But with the huge variety of character between the signature Blazer look, RS, and Premier, the most challenging facet might just be picking one.