Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jason's Journal: Spring Cleaning

Jason McKinsey, Lehman Volvo Cars Service Manager, writes about Volvo trending topics, including this month’s segment on the importance of having your Volvo routinely detailed.

Looking for more information on a particular Volvo service topic? Submit your topic suggestion to Jason at jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com.

Jason's Journal: Spring Cleaning

By: Jason McKinsey, Service Manager

Purchasing a new vehicle is a major investment. Keeping up with routine maintenance and repair needs is extremely important, however there are also other ways to help protect that investment. Over time the environment can cause damaging effects on your Volvo. Your Volvo is exposed to harsh UV rays, rain, snow, chemicals from roadway salt treatments and many other factors that can degrade your Volvo’s appearance. One way to help combat these unavoidable factors, is to have your Volvo routinely detailed.

A “detail” is a thorough vehicle cleaning and restoration performed by a professional who uses special tools and products. There are variations of vehicle detailing, however most follow a similar process described here.

At Lehman Volvo Cars of York, your Volvo will first undergo an exterior wash using soap specifically designed for automobiles. The wheels are then cleaned using a professional grade wheel cleaner to remove brake dust build up. Once all the suds are removed and the vehicle is dried, the interior undergoes several treatments. The carpeted areas are vacuumed, cleaned and shampooed with a professional grade cleaner. A leather treatment is applied to the appropriate surfaces, including all leather seats. The exterior is finished with a random dual action buffer, which removes light scratches and paint imperfections. A coat of wax is then applied to the exterior painted surfaces. The windows are cleaned on the inside and outside. Finally a dressing may be applied to the tires and non-painted exterior trim to provide shine and extra protection. If necessary, minor chips and small scratches are touched up using the appropriate paint color.

The benefits of vehicle detailing are vast, including:
  • Washing the exterior removes dust, tree sap, bug remains, road salt—to name a few. All of these exterior factors, if left, will permanently damage or degrade the appearance of your Volvo. 
  • Cleaning the interior of your Volvo helps prevent permanent stains in carpeting and upholstery. It also reduces allergens, bacteria, and reduces unpleasant odors caused by a number of factors.
  • Buffing and waxing remove minor paint imperfections and protects your Volvo from those harsh elements. 
  • A freshly detailed Volvo will stay clean longer and will be easier to clean when needed.
  • A routine detail for your Volvo will lead to higher resale or trade in values for your next Volvo when the time comes. 
  • Clean windows and exterior lights increase visibility and safety
  • You will also increase the lifespan of your Volvo by reducing corrosion and the deterioration of the exterior surfaces. 
I recommend having your Volvo detailed twice a year—once in the spring to remove all salt and road chemicals, and once in the fall to provide a protective exterior coating from harsh winter weather and chemicals. Lehman Volvo Cars of York is now offering a full vehicle detail for $184.95 (plus tax)! Ask your service advisor for details.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me at 717-755-7676 or jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com. Remember a clean Volvo is a happy Volvo!

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Volvos with the Little Blue Badge

The Volvos with the Little Blue Badge

By: Dan Lehr, Pre-Owned Sales Manager

The little blue badge on certain Volvos…chances are you have seen them, or at least heard the name “Polestar” before. But what does it mean? Well, it is Volvo-speak for performance and a great way to add more spark to your drive.

Let’s flash back to the 1990s, when things were a little boxier in the world of Volvo. The revolutionary Volvo 850 was just launched with critical acclaim, and Volvo decided to take it racing. In both sedan and wagon form, the Volvo 850 demonstrated killer instincts on the track, with the team lead by what was to be called Polestar. Polestar would then go on to campaign S40s, C30s and more recently S60s in both the Swedish Touring car racing series and European Touring car series. The rest is history as they say.

Since then, Polestar has been Volvo’s racing partner and performance developer for not only racing endeavors, but also the cars you can buy right from the dealership. In fact, Lehman Volvo Cars of York is an authorized Volvo Polestar dealership and sells the cutting edge 362 horsepower S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar, (See more details here).

Lehman Volvo Cars of York also has a 2016 Certified Pre-Owned S60 Polestar in stock. With its high level of features (Navigation, Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Cruise Control) and high level of performance (Sport Wheels, Adjustable suspension, upgraded brakes), there is nothing else like it! Experience Volvo Safety, comfort, performance and luxury with the Award-Winning 7 Year/100,000 Mile Certified Warranty coverage (from original in-service date).


In addition to selling the exclusive Polestar performance models, Lehman Volvo Cars of York also has models with the optional Polestar performance optimization like this Certified Pre-Owned Volvo S90 T5.


The Polestar optimization enhancement boosts horsepower and torque without a penalty in fuel economy. Even better, the performance upgrade will not void the new car factory warranty or Certified Pre-Owned warranty.

You can add Polestar performance to most modern Volvos, so whether you are buying new or Certified Pre-owned ask about adding some more kick with the little blue badge.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Jason's Journal: Pothole Blues

Jason McKinsey, Lehman Volvo Cars Service Manager, writes about Volvo trending topics, including this month’s segment on the importance of having a wheel alignment performed on your Volvo during this time of year.

Looking for more information on a particular Volvo service topic? Submit your topic suggestion to Jason at jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com.

Pothole Blues

By Jason McKinsey, Service Manager

No driver looks forward to the abundance of potholes during this time of year. Sometimes it seems when one pothole is repaired, two more pop up in its place! As you can imagine, potholes take a toll on your Volvo. Wheel alignment is one of the most common things affected by potholes and other road hazards.

Wheel alignment is the adjustment of steering and suspension components that affect how the tires make contact with the surface of the road. There are several angles that can be adjusted to change the wheel alignment, including the most common: Caster, Camber and Toe. But, how do you know when your Volvo needs an alignment?

Some symptoms include:
  • a pull or drift to one side while driving
  • the steering wheel appears off center
  • a feeling of looseness or wandering
  • abnormal tire wear

Ignoring these symptoms can lead to several issues, including:
  • decreased fuel economy
  • an increased level of effort to steer the vehicle
  • a decrease in the number of miles your tires will last
  • abnormal tire wear causing noise levels from the tires to increase substantially

To check if an alignment is needed, your Volvo technician will first check for any wear or play in the suspension and steering components. The tire pressure will then be checked and set to Volvo specifications. After those two tasks are performed, the alignment angles are checked using sophisticated equipment. Adjustments are made to the rear alignment angles as needed, the steering wheel is centered, and adjustments are made to the front alignment angles. After all of this, your Volvo is then road tested to ensure a successful alignment has been completed.

It is recommended to have your alignment checked as least once a year, or when you experience any of the above mentioned issues. Doing so ensures the highest level of longevity from your tires. According to Hunter Engineering, a leading manufacturer of alignment equipment, “driving a vehicle for 12,000 miles with a toe angle misalignment of only 0.34 degrees (0.17 inches) out of specification would be equivalent to dragging the tries sideways for 68 miles.”

Proper wheel alignment is vital to maintaining the safety and driving characteristics of your Volvo. To help get your Volvo rolling down the road straight again, Lehman Volvo Cars of York is offering a $10.00 discount on a four wheel alignment through the end of April, when you mention this article. Please contact your Volvo Service Advisor at 717-755-7676 to set up your appointment or schedule online at LehmanVolvoCarsYork.com.

Contact me if you have any questions at jason@lehmanvovlocarsyork.com or 717-755-7676.

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.

Looking for more information on a particular Volvo service topic? Submit your topic suggestion to Jason at jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com.


Jason's Journal: The Importance of Using Volvo Genuine Wiper Blades
By: Jason McKinsey, Service Manager

While many people usually do not think of wiper blades as a safety feature on a vehicle, I can assure you they are! An unclean or obscured windshield is a hazard to you, your Volvo, and other drivers. According to Volvo Cars, approximately 20% of all road accidents are related to lack of visibility. We depend on wipers to remove rain, snow and dirt in all degrees of weather and at various speeds. 

Understanding the importance of wiper blades, Volvo Cars tests its wiper blades in several different ways before the wipers are approved as “Volvo Genuine Wiper Blades.” Volvo Cars examines several properties, including the:
  • quality of the rubber used—a higher level of graphite decreases friction and noise and increases the lifetime of the blades
  • performance of the wiping while the vehicle is at high speeds, in addition to when the vehicle is stationary
  • structural resistance to impacts
  • resistance to corrosion, ozone, UV Rays and chemicals
  • performance in both hot and cold temperatures
Volvo Cars recommends inspecting the vehicle’s wiper blades at least twice a year, and replacing them at least once a year. To inspect your wiper blades, lift each wiper off the windshield and check for tears, chips, rigid wear and/or continuous windshield streaking. If you have any of these conditions, your wiper blades should be replaced.

In an independent study, conducted by a Swedish newspaper company, Volvo Genuine Wiper Blades emerged as the #1 recommend wiper blade. The next time your Volvo needs a new pair of wiper blades, it is important to replace them with wipers that are designed for your Volvo. Volvo Genuine Wiper Blades provide an unparalleled performance, not to mention longevity.

Please see your Lehman Volvo Cars of York service advisor for details about saving $8.00 on a pair of Genuine Volvo wiper Blades with free installation. For questions, please contact me at jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com or (717) 755-7676.

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: https://www.lehmanvolvocars.com/used-inventory/index.htm

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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Read the full Volvo Cars press release here.


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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.

Looking for more information on a particular Volvo service topic? Submit your topic suggestion to Jason at jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com.

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 jason@lehmanvolvocarsyork.com or 717-755-7676.