Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Jason's Journal: The Importance of Using Volvo Genuine Wiper Blades

Jason McKinsey, Lehman Volvo Cars Service Manager, writes about Volvo trending topics, including this month’s segment on the importance of using Volvo Genuine Wiper Blades on your Volvo.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

New “Average” Versus Volvo Certified Pre-Owned

New “Average” Versus Volvo Certified Pre-Owned
By: Dan Lehr, Pre-Owned Sales Manager

The average new car price is now over $33,500. No matter how you look at it, that is not a small amount of money. There are a lot of average new vehicles out there that provide reliable transportation from Point A-to-Point B. Not all of them are as comfortable, safe or enjoyable as a Volvo, which begs the question…why spend over $30,000 on an average new vehicle when you could get into a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo for the same amount or even less?

Let’s see how the average new car stacks up against a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo. Using a new 2018 Honda Accord, we will see how the average new car compares to a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo S60. To be fair, we will equip our examples as closely as possible.

With the level of luxury content you receive on the Volvo S60, we will have to upgrade to a Honda Accord EXL with Navigation (Starting at $29,970 before destination). Most of the S60s in inventory will have all-wheel-drive as well, however the Honda Accord is not available with all-wheel-drive, so we will use a Volvo S60 T5 Front Wheel Drive with the award-winning Drive-E 2.0 Turbo engine. You can also get a 2.0 liter turbo engine on the Honda Accord, but it will cost you an additional $2,000. Parking sensors are also an additional $514. With destination charge, the Honda Accord will set you back $33,117 before taxes.

You could spend less and receive more with a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo S60 Inscription like this 1-Owner 2016 example which just arrived at Lehman Volvo Cars of Mechanicsburg. Equipped with Navigation, Blind Spot Information System, Keyless Drive, Integrated Rear Sunshades, Leather, Camera, City Safety Autobrake and more, this 30,000 mile example vehicle is priced at just $28,500.

A comparable 2016 Volvo S60 Inscription will not only save you on the purchase price, it will also give you the peace of mind of the Volvo Certified Pre-Owned warranty and of course the safety and comfort you can only find in a Volvo. While the Honda comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile limited warranty and a powertrain warranty up to 60,000 miles, the Volvo Certified Pre-Owned warranty comes with a much more comprehensive 7 year/100,000 mile warranty (calculated from the original in-service date) that also includes 24 hour roadside assistance.

So when you are spending average new car money on your next vehicle, remember how far that money can go on a safe, luxurious and comfortable Certified Pre-Owned Volvo from Lehman Volvo Cars of Mechanicsburg. See our current inventory here:

Friday, February 23, 2018

Volvo XC60 Named Chicago News 2018 SUV/Crossover of the Year

Official Volvo Cars' Press Release

ROCKLEIGH, NJ (February 8, 2018) – The all-new Volvo XC60 luxury SUV is the Chicago News 2018 SUV/Crossover of the Year. Editors presented the trophy to Volvo at the Chicago Auto Show today.

The award comes on the heels of the XC60 being named 2018 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ and Detroit Free Press Utility of the Year, besting a long list of other new models from European, Asian, and domestic carmakers for both accolades.

"Our award for the SUV/Crossover of the Year goes to the sophisticated XC60, the muscular T8 hybrid,” said Jason Saini, pro race car driver and Chicago News automotive writer and host. “As the rest of the new Volvo line-up, it boasts a lot of safety features, including radar cruise control and autopilot semi-autonomous capabilities. It’s a hint of what driving will be like in the future, and a key component to Volvo’s safety commitment.”

Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA, said, “As our most popular model it’s so important that the XC60 continues to get recognition from even local media like Chicago News. We hope others will appreciate the safety, technology, design and value the XC60 delivers.”


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Monday, February 5, 2018

Jason's Journal: How to Properly Warm your Engine in Cold Temperatures

Jason McKinsey, Lehman Volvo Cars Service Manager, writes about Volvo trending topics, including this month’s segment on how to properly warm your engine in cold temperatures.

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How to Properly Warm your Engine in Cold Temperatures

By: Jason McKinsey

During these cold winter months, I often see news reports on whether or not you should allow your vehicle’s engine to warm up at idle. This highly debated topic has people on both sides. Some say warming a vehicle at idle will damage the engine, while others express engine damage is inevitable when a vehicle is not warmed at idle. So, which of these statements is correct?
Modern fuel injected engines do not need to be warmed at idle to function properly. The fuel injection computer will adjust the fuel mixture for the current temperature. This allows the engine to operate normally without being warmed, even at extreme low temperatures. With improvements in engine oil quality and changes in oil weights, the engine’s moving parts are protected at low temperatures. Allowing your engine to sit idle for excessive periods of time can cause the fuel to build up on the engine cylinder walls, washing away all necessary oils. This process is known as “fuel wash.” Fuel wash may damage the engine cylinder walls and piston rings, leading to reduced engine performance and excessive oil consumption.

The quickest way to warm up the engine is to drive the car. However, using your Volvo On Call app to start your engine will not affect your Volvo negatively because the engine remains on for only a short period of time. Warming your car for small amounts of time on a cold day will have no noticeable effect on your Volvo.

Making short trips can be harmful because the engine does not have enough time to reach operating temperature, and may cause moisture to get trapped in the engine. Moisture can create a milky appearance to the engine’s oil. Over time, this can cause engine sludge, blockage of the crankcase ventilation system and/or blockage of the oil pickup tube. Each of these are harmful and can reduce the life of your Volvo’s engine. Moisture can also remain in the exhaust system, which causes the exhaust to deteriorate and may require replacement much quicker than a vehicle driven longer distances.

I recommend a good balance of driving techniques such as not keeping your engine idle for long periods of times and avoiding taking short trips to ensure your Volvo’s engine reaches full operating temperature (try taking the long scenic route every now and then to allow extra time for your engine to warm up). With these steps, your Volvo will provide years of great service, even on the coldest of days.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me at or 717-755-7676.

Friday, February 2, 2018

All-New Volvo XC60 Named 2018 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

Volvo Cars Official Volvo Press Release

DETROIT, Michigan (January 15, 2018)--The all-new Volvo XC60 luxury compact SUV is the 2018 North American Utility of the Year™, the second Volvo in three years to win the coveted award after the XC90 won in 2016. The announcement was made today during a press conference at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.Completely redesigned for 2018 the XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others, but to drive. The exterior has an athletic stance thanks to Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture platform (SPA) with exquisite details including signature Thor’s Hammer headlights.

The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology - all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience which will make Volvo customers feel special.

The XC60 seats five and features all the safety of a Volvo. Pricing starts at $41,500.

Features like a standard 9-inch tablet-like touch screen, available driftwood-inspired wood trim, and integrated mobile device storage under the second row seats are unique to XC60.

“The Volvo XC60 raises the bar for safety and driver assistance systems in compact utility vehicles, and does it in a package that exudes Scandinavian design,” said Mark Phelan, president of the North American Car of the Year Awards organization.

“We are so proud the XC60 has won this prestigious award,” said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA. “It is a very tough competition and we thank all the judges for recognizing the great style, technology, and engineering in the XC60. All car shoppers should take a test drive to see for themselves how great it really is.”

The XC60 is available with a wide range of powertrains including the award-winning T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range delivering 400-horsepower and an EPA-rated economy of 56 mpg equivalent.

The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully-loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.

Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph, is available in the new XC60 as an option.

Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

American and Canadian consumers can learn more about the XC60 online at and, respectively.

Media can get full specifications at

Now in its 30th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place.

Read full press release here

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Why Can’t I Find the Perfect 15-Year Old Volvo Wagon?

Why Can’t I Find the Perfect 15-Year Old Volvo Wagon?

By Dan Lehr, Pre-Owned Sales Manager

Having worked for Lehman Motors for over a decade, there are certain requests that I hear quite often. One of them goes like this: “I have a new driver in the family and we are on the search for the perfect 15-year old Volvo wagon.” Of course it makes all the sense in the world. The car will be affordable, it will last, and above all—it will be a safe vehicle for a young driver.

15-year old Volvo wagons exist and are plentiful on the road. They were popular when new, and Lehman Volvo Cars services many of them to this day. You might assume we would have loyal customers trading them in on a newer Volvo wagon (or crossover) all the time, right? Well, not exactly. When the decision comes to replace the old Volvo wagon, it is almost never traded in.

A Volvo wagon is a generational vehicle. They are purchased new, driven many miles, and taken on many trips. When the time comes, they are passed down to the first driver in the family, or the neighbor who has had their eye on the car since day one. In other words, there is high demand with virtually zero supply.

So what is a young driver to do? The perfect solution might be a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo wagon. While the purchase price of a newer Volvo is higher than an older wagon, the value and peace of mind of the Certified Pre-Owned warranty means years of coverage and a lot of miles of worry-free ownership.

With Certified Pre-Owned warranty, your Volvo is covered up to 100,000 miles, or 7-years from the original in-service date. That means zero dollar deductible for warranty repair work during that timeframe, as well as 24-hour roadside assistance. The value speaks for itself, as well as the fact that each Certified Pre-Owned Volvo has passed a 130-point inspection process using Volvo genuine parts to make sure the vehicle is safe and sound. Plus, this month, when you purchase a 2014, 2015 or 2016 Certified Pre-Owned Volvo you can finance as low as 0.9% APR, giving you even greater savings!*

So, you might not be able to find the perfect 15-year old Volvo wagon, but the right pre-owned wagon from Lehman Volvo Cars can last you well into the future….and of course, be handed down to the next generation of Volvo owners in your family.

Check out ALL of our pre-owned inventory at our Mechanicsburg and York locations.

*With approved credit through Volvo Cars Financial Services. Terms may vary. Offer ends 1.31.18.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Jason's Journal: Replacing your Volvo's Battery

 Replacing your Volvo's Battery
By: Jason McKinsey

Volvos today are equipped with advanced technologies.  Some technology systems are designed to keep passengers safe, while others provide entertainment and useful travel and vehicle information.  Regardless of what the technology systems are designed for, all of them require electrical power from the vehicle.  While the vehicle’s battery does not directly supply power to these systems once the engine is running, the battery is a very important part of the electrical system.

With the introduction of Start/Stop Engine technology, Volvo now utilizes two batteries in every new vehicle.  One battery is designed to start the engine, while the other battery is used to maintain the technology systems during the Start/Stop sequence. Volvo’s use of batteries will continue to evolve, as the automotive technology becomes more complex.

There are two main types of batteries in Volvos: Starting-Lighting-Ignition (SLI) and Valve-Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA).  An SLI battery is lead acid based and has been used in Volvos for years, while the VRLA battery is an Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM), a newer style that has a higher resistance to being discharged.  If a lead acid battery is left in a discharged state, a chemical reaction will occur causing the lead plates inside the battery to become coated, and leaving the battery weak. If this happens just once, it can reduce the battery’s lifespan by a third. An AGM battery is not as severely affected by being discharged.  Maintaining a charge on both types of batteries is very important.

If you plan to store your Volvo for more than 30 days, I would recommend using a trickle charger to maintain the battery’s state of charge.  This will greatly extend the life of your battery.  I would also recommend keeping a lead acid battery cool and away from high temperatures.  A battery mounted in the trunk area far away from the engine, will last years longer than the same battery mounted in the engine compartment area.

When you find yourself in need of a replacement battery, there are several things to consider.  First, you will need to determine which battery group is needed.  The battery group refers to the physical size of the battery and the position of the battery terminals.  The group is shown as a two digit number, or sometimes as a two digit number with a letter. For example, group 48 or group 51R.  Secondly, you will need to properly install the battery with the correct Cold Cranking AMP (CCA) rating.  The CCA rating is the amount of current the battery can supply at zero degrees Fahrenheit. An incorrect rated battery can cause false battery warning messages, and can be unreliable in cold temperatures.  Finally, you will need to determine the length of the battery warranty.  A good battery should have at least 2 years of full coverage on the battery and a pro-rated coverage of an additional 3 years. The length of warranty can be a good indicator of the battery quality.

Unfortunately, a battery doesn’t always provide a warning prior to failing, but thankfully, a battery’s current condition can be easily checked. If it has been a while since your last battery check, or you feel there is an issue with your current battery, please contact our service department for a complimentary battery check (offer ends 1/31/2018). 

Call 717-755-7676 or go online to schedule your appointment.  Happy Holidays from the Lehman Service Team!