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“We’re Gonna Have the Hap- Hap- Happiest Christmas.”

Thanksgiving is over and preparing for The Christmas season is on the “to do” list.  This means getting our “Clark Griswold impersonations on”, decorating our house in and out with lights, bulbs and other decorative items. But the house doesn’t have to be the only thing you decorate. Be the Clark of your neighborhood with these tips on how to decorate your car with Christmas lights.


Obviously we all know that our car batteries store electricity, but the precise amount of juice is 12 volts of direct current.  This means that the conventional Christmas lights are not compatible to your vehicle.  Sure you could shop around and find 12 volt led Christmas lights, but they are extremely expensive.  There is a better way with just using the traditional 110 volt alternative current lights.


To get the change From Direct current to Alternative current you will need an inverter.  It’s an electrical piece that you can buy at hardware stores.  Warning: an inverter is not a converter.  That device does the opposite, don’t buy a converter! If you want to maximize the options to brighten up your car, We advise you to use the 1500 watts. The inverter is a bit on the pricier side, but once you set up the inverter you can use all types of electrical devices like power tools or a blender(why not?).


Buying the bigger inverter gives you the ability for your imagination go wild!  You could buy around 20 strings of light and could use any outdoor elaborate Christmas decoration on your car!  That 4 feet light up reindeer can now be a showpiece on the top of your car!

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Here is a YouTube video of how to set up an inverter in your car, but we recommend asking someone who works with cars to install it for you, Like our Jim Shorkey Master Technicians!

Here are some WARNINGS to remember.

  • This is 110v AC household current. It will harm or even kill you if not handled properly. Be safe!
  • Set up your lights inside or in dry weather. Water and electricity don’t mix so be safe when hooking everything up.  To be safe if you are expecting a real wet day remove all the lights.
  • Keep children away from the wiring to avoid any shock hazard.
  • Check your local ordinance if you are allowed to do this. In some areas authorities will think the lights are too distracting to other drivers.

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There you have it.  This is a way to make your Christmas a little bit brighter (literally).  Trust us, you will be the talk of the town!



Jeeps in the Early Years

Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is a proud seller of the Jeep brand. But today’s Jeeps wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the unique history from where they came. Jeep has an amazing history and it might be a shock to find out it was built in Butler, PA.  Today we will talk about the early history and how this little company from Butler, which is not very far from our Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store, made one of most iconic vehicles that we still love to drive and buy.

In 1940 Germany was taking over Europe and North Africa with lightweight vehicles. The Allied forces needed a vehicle to compete.  The US contacted all automobile manufacturers for a running vehicle that could do all the task the US military needed and be done in only 49 days.

The Us Army’s specifics were:

  • four wheel drive
  • wheelbase of no more than 80 inches
  • tread of no more than 47 inches
  • ground clearance of at least 6.25 inches
  • handle a load of 600 pounds, cooling system that would prevent engine overheating at sustained low speeds
  • vehicle weight of approximately 1,300 pounds, which got changed in the process to be no more than 2,160 pounds

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The American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania, decided to submit a bid in hopes of changing their direction in the car industry.  With such an ambitious project, they decided to hire a new designer to the company. They hired freelance designer, Karl Probst from Detroit to make designs within five days before the bids were due.  Luckily, working nonstop, the American Bantam Car Company designed the nation’s first four wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle.

Jim Shorkey, History of Jeep

Bantam did have an advantage. At the time Bantam already had ties to the US Army streamlining previous models for army testing in 1938. In 1939, the Pennsylvania National Guard started to take a real interest in the company and the Army technicians toured Bantam’s plant and tested its products.

History of Jeep, Jim Shorkey, CDJR

Bantam finished their Jeep prototypes two days before the US Army’s deadline.  With a paint job and a few adjustments, the Jeeps were ready for the US army to test the new vehicles.  In 20 days of automotive trails the Jeep did everything the Army asked it to.  The Army was so pleased they ordered 70 for battle training with Dwight Eisenhower.  In March 1941, the Army ordered 1,500 more Jeeps, most of which were shipped to the Soviets to fight Germany.  With the War ramping up, more Jeeps were needed.  Bantam then faced an issue that was unforeseen.  The Jeep blueprint was owned by the US Government and didn’t believe Bantam had enough production space.  The US Government gave contracts to other auto companies like Ford to produce 16,000 Jeeps.

After the war many companies started to claim to be the creator of the Jeep. Eventually the courts ruled that the Jeep was made and born in Butler, Pennsylvania by the Bantam Company.  This fact helped the originator Bantam to sell more jeeps to the public and changing the fortunes of the company.  Still every year the city of Butler has a Jeep festival to remember where it all started.

Your Next New Car: The 2016 Jeep Patriot

When purchasing a new car, you’re looking for the right size, the right amount of power, the right look, and especially, the right price. While Jim Shorkey is sure to carry the right vehicle for you, the new Jeep Patriot offers a good combination of cargo space, styling, and off-roading capability that wont hurt your wallet.

Jeep is known for their strong styling and interior softness, so it’s no surprised that the Jeep Patriot follows the dress code. The interior offers plenty cargo space, making it a great option for families. The tall roofline makes it an easy entry and exit, along with plenty of front and back headroom. The Jeep Patriot is perfect for maneuvering around the city streets of Pittsburgh, with great handling and visibility, allowing for easy parking. Which you know is a must in Pittsburgh!
2016 Jeep Patriot Sport

The Patriot is available in two models, Sport and Latitude. The basic Sport model including fog lamps, illuminated cupholders, tilt steering, and cruise control. Also standard with the Sport version, roof side rails, tinted glass, Sirius XM radio, and the Uconnect handsfree system. The Latitude model adds air conditioning, power windows and locks, power heated mirrors, and keyless entry. Front heated cloth seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat also come standard.
2016 Jeep Patriot Latitude

In addition to the Patriots standard features, options and packages are available; buyers can choose the available Freedom Drive I system, automatic or manual, offering great navigation through those Pittsburgh snowy winters or light off-roading adventures. The Freedom Drive II system is a hardier, for real off-road conditions. In fact, it’s the only Patriot that earns the “Trail Rated” badge.

Want more information on the new and improved 2016 Jeep Patriot? Give our Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership a call at 412-872-2400, our sales consultants will be waiting for you.

Get Your Jim Shorkey Vehicle Fall Ready with These 5 Tips


Fall is only a week away, and before we know it, so is the iffy weather. Driving safely during the Pittsburgh fall months requires more than just the cautious driver. Your car needs a little TLC.

Here are practical tips to help get your Jim Shorkey vehicle ready for the season ahead.

Check the brakes and tires

Unpredictable weather, road conditions, and other road hazards require good stopping power. That means you’ll need good brakes and tires. Also check the tire pressure, as tire pressure drops when the outside temperatures plummet. Keep the pressure at levels recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Need new tires? We’ve got you covered. Click here to navigate to our parts and service page.

Check the lights

Walk around the outside of the car and check the operation of all lights: headlights, taillights, parking lights, brake lights and emergency flashers. Replace all broken bulbs and those that have stopped working. Make sure all lights are clean.

Replace wiper blades

The purpose of wiper blades is to clear the windshield. Cracked or worn blades just wont do it. Check the blade’s rubber to ensure it is flexible and operate the wipers to see that the blades clear the glass. Order your new wiper blades here!

Check heater/defroster

We all know Pittsburgh autumn mornings can be quite brisk. And driving with an improperly working heater isn’t fun or safe. Check front and rear window defrosters to ensure proper working condition. If necessary, have heater and defroster systems repaired.

Get a good car wash/detail.

It may sound crazy, spiffing up your car with an extra-special wash or even a detail, but when your vehicle is clean, it’s easier to spot any potential problems. Jim Shorkey has an amazing detail shop, call our service department for more information!

Dodge Has Gone Plum Crazy – Literally

The new color of the Dodge Challenger and Charger will sight to see on the street. Later this year, Dodge will be debuting their next limited-edition color for the Challenger and Charger at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise – Plum Crazy.

“Powerful muscle cars painted in impactful colors make Woodward Dream Cruise the perfect setting for Dodge to debut the newest generation Challenger and Charger models in Plum Crazy,” stated Tim Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dodge Brand and SRT Brand, FCA – North America. “And with our strongest muscle-car arsenal ever, we knew it was time to reach into our Dodge paint code archive and offer our high-performance R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat models in one of the most iconic exterior colors of all time.”


The Plum color was a fad back in the 70’s and it seems that car enthusiast are looking for a blast from the past. And what car enthusiasts wants, car enthusiasts gets – Mopar always delivers.


“From the aggressive and in-your-face styling of the SRT Hellcat models, the reverberating black stripes on our Shaker models, to the nostalgic dual A-line side stripes in satin black or gloss white on the R/T Classic model – Plum Crazy further builds on Dodge brand’s muscle-car roots and adds to Challenger and Charger’s vibrant legacy,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Dodge and SRT Design, FCA US LLC.

The Plum Crazy color will be available on the 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger models, including the insane 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat models and the R/T Scat Pack models.

Miranda and Ram: The Perfect Pair

We may be partial, but when it comes to TV commercials, Ram takes the cake for the best. Ram commercials always tend to hit the nail on the head when it comes to reaching out to their demographic: farmers, construction entrepreneurs, and owners of small businesses.

And after their “Farmer” commercial which aired at the 2013 Super Bowl, we expected to see farmers and entrepreneurs in their latest commercial. But to our surprise, the commercial was actually a song. A country song that was written just for Ram Trucks by country singer, Miranda Lambert.

The song is called “Roots & Wings,” that represents “being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots,” as Ram mentions in the video’s description on YouTube.

Miranda is driving a Ram truck, but the brand isn’t promoted aggressively. Instead, the commercial is about the artist, the song, the lyrics and the message. So we have to give it up to Ram, for yet again, being the best at what they do.

Jim Shorkey’s Jeep-A-Thon: Happening NOW

We’ve got a case of Jeep fever, and have over 400 new Jeeps in stock waiting to be taken on the beaten path! So in honor of Jim Shorkey’s Jeep-A-Thon, we decided to show some love to all the Jeeps in the lineup, with so many options it’s hard to choose just one!

2015 Jeep Cherokee
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This award-winning Jeep is off-road ready and can take you on adventures you could only dream of.

2015 Jeep Compass

2015 Jeep Compass Pittsburgh Jim Shorkey
The Jeep Compass with navigate you up to 30 hwy MPG so you can explore even more. The compass also provides the capability of an SUV with the efficient performance of a compact car.

2015 Grand Cherokee
2015 Grand Cherokee Pittsburgh Jim Shorkey
The Cherokee offers you an award-winning 3.6L Pentastar® V6 and 3.0L EcoDiesel engine. Its exceptional performance and luxury confirm why the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the perfect choice.

2015 Jeep Patriot
2015 Jeep Patriot Jim Shorkey Pittsburgh
An off-roading machine, the Jeep Patriot gets up to 30 MPG hwy, and comes equipped with great features in a fun-to-drive, compact SUV.

2015 Jeep Renegade
2015 Jeep Renegade Pittsburgh Jim Shorkey
The latest addition the to the Jeep family, the New Jeep Renegade is up for anything.

2015 Jeep Wrangler
2015 Jeep Wrangler Pittsburgh Jim Shorkey
Known for its off-road capability and impressive on-road handling, The Wrangler is the “4×4 of the Decade.”

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Pittsburgh Jim Shorkey
If you are looking to invigorate your spirit with a dose of freedom, than look no further than the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Take the Unlimited to discover what the world has to offer.