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10 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

~ It’s a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.
Dale Earnhardt

Has your FIAT been to the car doctor lately? With back-to-school season just around the corner, now is the time to get car care out of the way. Whether you need a reliable car for carpooling the kiddos to school or for driving back to college, car care is essential. Why not take advantage of these last summer days to get your FIAT ready before the busy school seasons kicks in. Consider this car care check-list to make your car maintenance process quick and easy:

Car Ready Tips

  •  Battery – You might love the summer heat but that’s not the case for your car’s battery. High temperatures are brutal on car batteries and heighten evaporation of the battery fluid. Without proper care, this can shorten your battery’s life. To prevent this, get your battery cleaned and battery fluid levels inspected before hitting the road.
  • Emergency Kit – Safety comes first. Traveling with an emergency kit is always a plus. Whether you travel with toddlers or with teens, the kids are always up to no good in the back seat. Here’s a list of things to keep in your car in case of emergency.
  • Brakes – Having your breaks inspected can save money, and lives. Accidents happen; and with the busy school season ahead you can count on the roads being busy again. Having good brakes is your ticket to preventing collision.
  • Hoses – leaks and heightened evaporation due to wear and tear is the leading reason why car parts deteriorate. Be sure to check under the hood and get your hoses and belts inspected. A simple hose replacement can improve your cooling and heating system drastically.
  • Oil – Nowadays it’s getting harder and harder to pick the best engine oil for your car. The notion that thinner oil works better in cooler temperatures is true. However, we encourage using the manufacturer recommended oil.
  • Coolant – Having problems with your cooling system this summer, you can expect to experience the same problem with your heating. A worn out cooling system can cause corrosion, which can lead to a blockage in the cooling system. Be sure to get your cooling system’s hoses inspected for signs of wear and tear.
  • Tires – You have heard time and time again that having good tires can improve your gas mileage. Technically it is the air pressure that does all the work. This is why it is essential to have the recommended air pressure for your FIAT. Since changes in temperature affects air pressure, be sure to keep up with regularly check the air pressure.
  • Lights – Poor headlights and rear lights can easily lead to fatal situations. Negligence on the road can cost you your life. Be sure to get your FIAT lights inspected. Lucky for you, there’s no need to buy a new set of headlights. Simply detailing and cleaning the lights and brushing off debris will restore your lights illumination to its true glory.


The last thing any driver wants is a broken down car especially when running on a tight schedule. Following these simple tips will help you enjoy worry-free driving during the coming school season. So why not head on over to your local car doctor, Parks Fiat of Wesley Chapel, to get your FIAT 500 the care it needs. Visit us at 28647 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 or call us at 888 713-8650 to schedule a service appointment.



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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

Father’s Day is just around the corner and for those last-minute gift shoppers now is the time to show dad how much appreciation you hold for him. While the greatest gifts may not be in physical form, we’re sure your dad would still enjoy one or all of the following Father’s Day gift ideas:

  1. Tickets to his favorite sporting event. Make memories with dad at one of his favorite sporting events. Consider purchasing tickets to an upcoming Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. Or perhaps tickets to a future Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. For soccer dads, tickets to a Tampa Bay Rowdies game may make for the perfect Father’s Day gift. For tickets, be sure to check out the organization’s websites, or visit StubHub for discounted ticket options.
  1. Grab the clubs and hit the greens. If your dad likes to golf, then why not take him out for a day at his favorite local golf course. Depending on your budget, the Tampa Bay area offers a variety of golf course options, from the Quail Hallow, to Rogers Park Course and the Palmer Course.
  1. FIAT accessories and merchandise. Does your dad drive a FIAT? There are many customizable accessories and branded merchandise available to help him show off his FIAT pride. Perhaps a new car cover for Dad’s FIAT 500, or a remote starter for his FIAT ABARTH. A variety of apparel options are also available – jackets, polos and much more. To help save money this Father’s Day, check out the latest Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel parts and accessories specials. For merchandise options, visit the FIAT e-store.
  1. Visit the Lowry Park Zoo or Henry B. Plant Museum. This year, the Tampa Bay Lowry Zoo offering free admission to dads Father’s Day weekend. The National Historic Landmark, Henry B. Plant Museum, is also offering free admission for all dads on Father’s Day from noon to 5 p.m.
  1. A boat ride or fishing trip. For Southwest Florida residents living in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa Bay, consider taking dad out on the water this Father’s Day. There are many boat tours and fishing trips available for all ages.  For a full list of outdoor activities that the Tampa area has to offer, visit the Tampa Bay Visitor’s Center.

No matter what you do for your dad this Father’s Day, we’re sure he will be thankful for simply spending time with his family.

To all the dads, Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel wishes you a Happy Father’s Day!

For a new FIAT or used car, visit Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel. We’re located at 28647 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa Bay. For auto service, schedule your next appointment online or call (888) 713-8650.

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Top 4 Road Trip Destinations

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

Does your imagination need a decent dose of reality? Taking a summer road trip in your spacious new Fiat 500L Lounge may be just what you need to rejuvenate your imagination. Discovering new places and planning a road trip doesn’t have to be a chore. Check out our list of the four best places to visit in your Fiat.

Check out the Wildlife at Cherohala Skyway

Cherohala Skyway

The breathtaking views, varied variety of wildlife and the many chances for exploration are just a few reasons to drive your Fiat 500L Trekking through the Cherohala Skyway. Your journey can start by driving through the mountains at Cherokee National Forest. With 600 miles of hiking trails and 400 species of animals, you’ll be sure to experience something unlike ever before. Don’t miss the charming views of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

At your next stop, Bald River Falls, you’ll be exploring the Tellico River. You can white-water raft, fish for some trout or even relax and relish the view of the 100 foot tall falls.

Bring your camera to your next stop at the Santeetlah Overlook because you won’t want to forget the panoramic sights of the Great Smoky Mountains. From the top of the overlook, you’ll be able to see 7 miles of rolling mountaintops and huge woods below.

Get a Taste of Louisiana’s Creole Country

Beaufort Plantation

By Kimberly Vardeman (CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Begin your southern adventure in Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Swing by the Historic District and take in over 100 historical structures ranging from forts to house museums. Don’t forget to add the five-acre Bayou Pierre Alligator Park to your schedule!

Enjoy the surroundings of the scenic plantations in a Fiat convertible. Take a break at the privately-owned Oaklawn, Cherokee and Beaufort Plantations for breath-taking sights of the grandeur structures and planted landscapes.

Head to North Historic Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania

Potomac River at Goose Creek

By Guinnessguy CC-BY-SA-3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons

Discover the opulent history of Virginia as you travel along the 175-mile long route of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. This famous route will take you to historic towns from the American Revolution and Civil War. Make your way to Virginia to see Thomas Jefferson’s private home, Monticello and shadow in Jefferson’s paths as your tour the mansion’s gardens while catching a glimpse of the University of Virginia.

Then you can drive your Fiat across the Potomac River into Frederick, Maryland. There you’ll catch reenactments of the Civil War along with historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Last but not least, cross the Mason-Dixon Line and see Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Visit the monuments and battlefield made legendary by Abraham Lincoln’s well-known speech, the Gettysburg Address. The infamous Battle of Gettysburg transformed the course of the Civil War while claiming 51,000 soldiers’ lives.

Stay True to Your Roots in the Florida Keys

Florida Keys

If loading up hundreds of miles on your new Fiat makes you cower, maybe it’s best to explore something new while remaining inside state lines. Key Largo is home to enthusiastic divers and tons of colorful sea life. Don’t miss out on the attractions of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. If you’ve always wanted to try snorkeling, tanning on the beach and exploring the ocean, Key Largo is the destination for you.

Pack up your gear into your Fiat and drive to your last stop in Tavernier. Here you’ll get to travel the Conch Reef while experiencing the Keys’ finest drift dive. Witness tropical fish swimming alongside eerie sunken ships, and see remarkable scenes of the Conch Reef.

Wherever you decide to go this summer in your Fiat, make it an unforgettable one!

Visit the team at Parks Fiat of Wesley Chapel or view our full line of new and used Fiats online. Schedule a test drive today! We’re located at 28647 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. For more information, give us a call at (800) 340-9431.

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Themed Gifts For Your College Grad

“Price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

Is graduation just around the corner for your Fiat enthusiast? Why not show them their tassels were worth the hassle by surprising them with Fiat themed gifts.

To help get your started, here are a few gift ideas to consider giving to your graduate, as they jump-start into a great career.

Roof Cargo Carrier
Transitioning from college to the real world usually involves a lot of packing and moving. The Roof Cargo Carrier will come in handy when it’s time to haul cargo to that new apartment. It also creates room in the interior by clearing the way and providing good vision while driving. What’s not to love about the roof cargo carrier? It’s easy to mount and remove! The cargo carrier also allows drivers to travel worry free in any kind of weather thanks to its waterproof materials and taped seams.

FIAT Roof Cargo Carrier


Roadside Safety Kits

Life happens and sometimes roadside emergencies are simply unavoidable. The road side safety kit is a great way to stay on top of any surprises. Whether your graduate’s Fiat is new or old, traveling with a standard roadside safety kit will increase their safety. It also helps reduce stress and keeps the driver in control of the situation.

Here are a few must-haves in the safety kit:

  • Warning light, hazard triangle, or flares
  • Jumper cables or a portable battery booster
  • Gloves, hand cleaner, and clean rags
  • Cellular phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight

FIAT First-Aid Kit

Park Distance Sensors
Did you know, 25% all parking lot accidents are caused by vehicles backing up? The general assumption that vehicles move slower in parking lots causes drivers to be less cautious. Luckily, Fiat’s Park Sense ultrasonic technology is here to save the day. It can detect objects six feet away and notifies the driver through interior LED light and sound warning. Collision repairs can be costly, so help your graduate save money by driving safe with the Park Distance Sensors.

FIAT Parking Sensor


At Parks Fiat of Wesley Chapel we too believe the price of greatness is responsibility. For all of your FIAT needs, choose Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel. From new and used inventory, to accessories and auto repair, our team has you covered. Stop by our dealership located at 28647 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, FL or give us a call, (877) 709-6997.


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Fuel Efficient FIAT: 2014 FIAT 500 Lounge

If you drive a FIAT, you already know that all of our models are fuel efficient. With the ever-growing concern of the environment and the increase rise in the cost of gas, drivers are becoming more conscious than ever when it comes to their vehicle purchases.


The all-new 2014 FIAT 500 Lounge is a stylish compact car that gets an estimated mpg 31 city and 40 highway, meaning more bang for your buck.

Besides excellent fuel economy, the FIAT 500 Lounge boasts a fixed glass roof, premium seats, 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels and bright exterior accents.

To help increase fuel efficiency, the 2014 FIAT 500 Lounge comes standard with a five-speed transmission, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission with an AutoStick shifter. The AutoStick shifter allows clutchless manual or automatic gear selection seamlessly.

When it comes to the engine, the FIAT 500 Lounge does not disappoint. The Lounge features a 1.4L MultiAir® 16V four-cylinder engine that provides drivers with the fuel economy they desire and deserve.

Explore the all-new 2014 FIAT 500 Lounge for yourself and stop by your local Tampa FIAT dealership, Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel today.

Whether or not you’re looking to purchase a new FIAT 500 Lounge or another FIAT, there are a couple of tips to get in mind to help increase fuel efficiency in any vehicle.

  • Pay attention to your engine. Without proper maintenance and care, an auto engine can deteriorate. To help extend your car’s engine functionality, keep your engine properly tuned and pay attention to any check engine warnings.
  • Maintain tire pressure and tread. Bad tires can cause a number of issues with your vehicle, including gas mileage. To help enhance your new or used car’s overall air flow and balance it’s important to maintain proper tire pressure and tread.

Along with these tips, driving within the speed limits and avoiding over-braking will also help increase your car’s gas mileage, thus helping save you additional time and money.

For all of your FIAT needs, choose Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel. From new and used inventory, to auto service and repair our team has you covered.

Stop by our dealership located at 28647 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, FL or give us a call, (877) 709-6997. We look forward to doing business with you.


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New Year’s Resolutions for FIAT Drivers

“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” —Vern McLellan

Goals and Resolutions

Another year means more New Year’s resolutions. While only 8% of individuals whom create a New Year’s resolution actually obtain their goal, many others struggle after setting unrealistic goals.

The quote from Vern McLellan says it best, “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year,” meaning that what you receive this year can be due in large part to what you’ve done to get where you are.

This year, consider making realistic and obtainable resolutions that can help add to your quality of life, while extending the life of your FIAT.

Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel has put together a list of top New Year’s Resolutions for FIAT drivers to consider this year. Look to accomplish at least one of these resolutions in 2014.

Resolve to keep your FIAT clean. A simple, yet often daunting task, keeping your FIAT clean should be on your to-do list in 2014. Take time to remove any trash on your FIAT’s floorboards and be sure to check the console for any unwanted goods. Set a goal to visit your local car wash at least every couple of months to keep your car looking as good as new!

Resolve to maintain. One of the most important things any driver can do to help extend the life of their vehicle is through routine maintenance. This year, aim to schedule at least two checkup appointments for your new or used FIAT. To get a jumpstart on this year’s resolution, schedule your next service appointment with Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel now with our online service scheduler.

Resolve to drive safe. Every year seems to get busier than before. With all of the hustle and bustle from everyday life, it’s common for individuals to feel rushed. This year, be aware of your surroundings and practice safe driving tips to help keep you and your loved one safe on the road. Be sure to always buckle up and drive within posted speed limits. Driving within the speed limit can also help extend the life of your brakes and tires, an added bonus.

Resolve to enjoy your FIAT. Whether you live in Wesley Chapel, Tampa or the surrounding area, make time to enjoy your FIAT and go on periodic leisure rides. Setting aside personal time for oneself can be very rewarding and serve as a way to relieve stress caused by everyday life. This year, enjoy the ride!

Resolve to accessorize. Are there any accessories or customization ideas that you’ve had in mind? Prioritize your list and look to add those accessories to your FIAT. From new floor mats, to a gas cap and even a new knob cover, there are many ways you can customize your vehicle.

Don’t be another statistic. This year, set a resolution that you can accomplish! Remember, most of what you get, is a reflection of what you give.

If you are in the market for a new or used FIAT, shop the Parks FIAT of Wesley Chapel new cars and pre-owned inventory. For a test drive, visit our FIAT dealership at 28647 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543.

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5 Steps to Getting Your Car Ready for Seasonal Changes

The seasons are once again changing, and that means it’s time to make sure your car is in tip-top shape! Help avoid car troubles this winter season and consider following these five steps to help prepare your car for the seasonal changes:

Step 1: Change your oil. If you haven’t had your FIAT’s oil changed recently, consider doing so now. While Florida temperatures tend to remain mild, during cooler temperatures, thinner synthetic oil may be ideal, as it flows faster through an auto’s engine.

Step 2: Check your tires. This includes tire pressure and tread. Reference your FIAT’s manual to ensure your tires are properly inflated and have good traction.

Step 3: Ensure your brakes are fully functioning. One of the most, if not the most important safety feature on your FIAT would be the brakes. Visit Parks Fiat of Wesley Chapel, or your local FIAT dealership, to have your brakes fully inspected.

Step 4: Replace windshield wipers if necessary. It’s recommended to replace your windshield wiper blades every other season – spring and winter. If you notice your wipers have started to wear and tear, it’s time to invest in a new pair.

Step 5: Check your coolant. If you plan on traveling to cooler climates this winter, be sure your car’s coolant contains a 50/50 mixture. This mixture will help avoid any freezing.

Seasonal Changes for Your Car

Going through these five steps will improve the functionality of your FIAT and help you keep yourself and loved ones safe from car troubles this season.

Schedule your next service appointment with Parks Fiat of Wesley Chapel online or call (888) 713-8650.