Duramax Diesel on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Trucks

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GM made some major upgrades to the Duramax Diesel for the 2017 Sierra and Silverado Heavy Duty Trucks. In this video Carsley highlights the major upgrades and how they’re bringing even more power and reliability to you.

At Pettijohn Auto Center in Bethany, Missouri we have both the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra on the lot. To learn more about the Duramax Diesel or see our entire inventory online visit pettijohnauto.com.

2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali 4WD 4D Crew Cab Duramax Engine

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2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali 4WD 4D Crew Cab Air

2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali 4WD 4D Crew Cab Duramax Diesel

2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali 4WD 4D Crew Cab Diesel

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This 2017 Shelby GT350 is “the most track ready, street-legal Mustang ever produced”

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That’s what Ford is saying about the 2017 Shelby GT350.  And from the looks of things they’re right on target.

We’ve resisted every urge to take this baby on a “test drive” even though just about everyone in the store would love to get behind the wheel.  In fact, to avoid temptation we drove it right off the delivery truck and into the showroom.

If you’ve never seen the Shelby in person, it’s worth coming by the store just to take a look.

So what’s all the fuss about?  What is it that makes this Shelby the most track-ready, street legal Mustang ever produced?

Here’s just a few of the highlights, direct from Ford:

  • This race-tuned monster is powered by a hand-assembled 5.2L Ti-VCT V8 with a Flat-Plane Crank (FPC), the type more often found in exotic sports cars and racers.
  • It’s the most powerful naturally aspirated road-going engine in Ford history. With a redline of 8,250 rpm, it’s also our highest-revving production V8 yet. And the exhaust note is sublime.
  • To achieve its balance of downforce and drag, every aspect of the GT350 exterior was scrutinized. From its aggressive front splitter to its vented aluminum front fenders and hood, all the way back to its rear spoiler, fascia and integrated diffuser, every element is designed to work as part of a unified team – and help you stay glued to the road.
  • 1,000 times per second – The MagneRide Dampening System passes an electric current through iron-infused hydraulic fluid to adjust it’s continuously controlled dampers independently at each corner.
  • Plus an aluminum strut-tower brace, and coolers for the engine oil, transmission and differential are all standard for the 2017 GT350.

And that’s just scratching the surface…

Car and Driver put it on their list of 2016 10 Best Cars saying “it’s not like any other car period.”

Our 2017 Shelby GT350 is equipped right with all the bells and whistles like touch-screen GPS/Navigaton, Heated and Cooled Seats, plus it’s got the classic Shelby look…  Lightning Blue with Over-the-top White Racing Stripes straight from the factory.

If you just want to take a look or put it in your driveway swing by the dealership or give us a call.  Chances are it won’t be here for long.


Happy Veterans Day from all of us at Pettijohn Auto Center

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All of us at Pettijohn Auto Center would like to thank our service men and women for their sacrifice and dedication to serve our great country.

You make it possible for us to come to work every day and live in a country where we’re free to make our own decisions and choose our own path in life.  Freedom doesn’t come free and we’re beyond blessed to have men and women like you fighting for us day in and day out.

To show our gratitude for your service we’re offering 10% off any single repair order in our service department up to a maximum discount of $50 off your next repair now through the end of November, 2016. 

If you’re not a Veteran or active duty military you can still take advantage of our service specials going on right now at Pettijohn Auto Center in Bethany.  Visit our service specials page for more details.

Thank you again to all who served and continue to serve!  Happy Veterans Day!

The Pattonsburg Car Show is this Sunday, October 2nd!

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Pattonsburg Car Show Poster The 41st Annual Pattonsburg Car Show is this Sunday, October 2nd in Pattonsburg, MO.

And do you see that car on the poster?  That’s last years overall winner, our very own, Brad Bowman’s 1969 Cadillac Coupe!

Registration is from 9-11am for participants and there will be food, vendors, and music for the whole family to enjoy.

We hope to see you there on Sunday!

Pettijohn Auto Center has been a sponsor of the Pattonsburg Car Show since 2005 and is a proud supporter of local events, schools, organizations, and causes throughout northwest Missouri and beyond.

Ford Fairlane Returns to Bethany After 56 Years

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On Saturday, June 18th, a 1960 Ford Fairlane started a journey that would span roughly 2,000 miles — trekking across 7 states, starting in San Rafael, CA and ending in Moline, IL.
Quite a hike for a car this old, especially when considering that the driver and navigator started the incredible trip in Arizona.

Tom and Suzanne Jones of Sun City West, AZ took their 1960 Fairlane right up to San Rafael without issue, and started their journey towards what would become an unforgettable experience not only for them, but Pettijohn Auto Center as well.


The Jones’ completed the 2016 Great Race in just 8 days, and the Fairlane hummed along without any issue. The “three-on-the-tree” beauty provided them with a comfortable ride the entire way. It’s only when they were headed back to Arizona from Illinois that they decided an oil change was in order.

Tom and Suzanne took possession of the car after her father, John S. Chaney passed away. He had received it from his father, Israel Chaney (from Gilman City, MO), who purchased the 1960 Ford brand new from Bethany, MO. To pay homage to the car’s original home, the Jones’ were thoughtful enough to have the oil changed here at Pettijohn Auto Center before heading back to Arizona and complete what was undoubtedly one of the most incredible road trips of their lives.


The Jones’ were very nice, offering to let several employees drive the beautiful car. Tom drove it up on the hoist, and Clay Rinehart, one of our mechanics, had Tom show him a few things to check while being under there. The underside of the car was in great shape, a testament to Suzanne’s desire to keep such family lineage keep from rusting out in some pasture. She told us several stories about Israel Chaney, the grandpa she simply refers to as “Grampy”.

We cannot thank the Jones’ enough for their thoughtfulness of including not only Pettijohn Auto, but for also paying homage to Bethany, where the car was originally purchased. We wish them well on their journey back to Arizona with their fresh oil change, and hope to see them and “Grampy’s” 1960 Ford again someday!


Local Harrison County Softball and Baseball Teams Get Recognized and Team Pictures Taken as Pettijohn Auto Center Employees Cook and Serve 400 Hot Dogs

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Thanks to all the kids and families who came out to the South Harrison High School today for photos and recognition of all our teams and players.  We had a blast cooking and serving over four hundred hot dogs to the big crowd.

Also, a big thanks to the local businesses who donated the food and to Jeremy VanMeter and everyone who helped organize the event.  It’s a fun to get the whole community together and we’re honored to have been a part of it for the past few years.

Here’s a few photos from today…
serving hotdogs at south harrison high school Ladies and gentleman the 2016 Pettijohn hot-dog/water serving team! harrison county baseball and softball players and coaches


Introducing the 2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition Inspired by the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals

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In 1985 the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. Led by George Brett at the plate and Bret Saberhagan on the mound the Royals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games to bring the crown to Kansas City.

Just months later Ford decided to celebrate the franchises’ first World Championship by introducing the 1986 Ford Ranger MVP Edition. It was built in Kansas City and sold by Kansas City Area Ford Dealers.  Bret Saberhagan even promoted the truck in this tv commercial that ran in 1986.

Fast forward 30 years and your Kansas City Royals are World Champs once again.

This time they beat the New York Met’s after an unforgettable run that started with an incredible run in 2014 that came up just short of winning it all.

This time it took only 5 games to bring the crown to Kansas City once again. The Royals’ late game heroics and never-say-die attitude gave our hometown team an edge that the Met’s just couldn’t match.

This time Ford has decided to go even bigger…

We’re proud to announce the 2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition.

Only 300 of these trucks were built at the Claycomo plant in KC and we have one right here at Pettijohn Auto Center in Bethany.

Ours is a Ford F-150 XLT with beautiful Blue Flame in honor of the Royals’ team colors.

To reserve your test drive, pick up the phone and give us a call at 660-425-2244.

2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition

The 2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition was inspired by your 2015 World Championship Kansas City Royals.

Ford F150 MVP Edition Kansas City Royals

Ford worked with 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagan to promote the 1986 Ford Ranger MVP, now him and 2015 World Series MVP have come together to promote this MVP Edition of the 2016 F-150.

There’s only 300 of these trucks, and many of the Kansas City dealers are beginning to sell out.  If you want to drive home a piece of history, give us a call at 660-425-2244 to reserve your test drive.

The 2016 Bethany Area Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt is Here!

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The Bethany Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the annual easter egg hunt Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 am in the Bethany Memorial Park.

Children ages 2-10 are encouraged to participate in their various age groups.  Everyone is welcome to come to the park and enjoy the events, so bring the little ones and the whole family out to the park!

Many local businesses have contributed cash and prizes to the Easter Egg Hunt.

If you find an egg with “Pettijohn Auto Center” inside, come visit the dealership and you’ll get one of these “dollar-bill bunnies.”


2016 Bethany Easter Egg Hunt Prizes

Pettijohn Auto Center Night at Graceland University

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Thank you to everyone who came out to the Graceland University basketball games last night.

Would have liked to get 2 wins for the Yellowjackets, but we had a great time serving food and getting to talk with all of you.

For those of you who couldn’t make it out, the final score of the Women’s game was Graceland 59, Avila 72 and the Men fell by just 3 points, Graceland 70, Avila 73.

Also, a big thank you to Graceland University for letting us be a part of a special night for all the Seniors.


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3 Dirty Tricks of the Car Business (And How To Avoid Them)

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Do you know these tricks?

The following is a field guide to prepare you for what you’ll experience in most car dealerships.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, there’s a game being played around you.

Unfortunately, if you want to get a fair deal and drive away with the car you really want, you need to be ready for the tricks that are waiting for you at many car dealerships.

This is not a comprehensive list, but a highlight reel of the car-buying horror stories and big reasons why our customers prefer the way we do business over places they’ve bought in the past.

These tips alone could save you a lot of money, time, and stress that most people experience when shopping for cars.

Trick #1: The “Doc-Fee” And Other Made Up Charges

If you’ve ever bought a vehicle somewhere besides Pettijohn Auto, you’ve probably seen added fees on your paperwork. They come in all shapes and sizes and by different names, but they all exist to “sneak” in a few extra hundred dollars onto every deal.

Some dealers call it a Documentation Fee, but due to legal limitations (dealers can only charge up to $199.99 for a “doc fee” in the state of Missouri) they’ve started calling the fee by other names. Administration fee, restocking fee, service fee, sales consultant fee, and the dozens of others. And while some dealers won’t charge you any “fees” per say, they’ll penalize you to the tune of $1,200 or more if you choose not to finance or if you don’t have a trade in.

dealer doc fees real-life examples

*image used for illustration purposes only – Pettijohn Auto Center does not charge admin or documentation fees or force customers to forfeit any discounts

How To Avoid It:

This is a tough trick to avoid because 99% of dealers have some sort of hidden fee or penalty baked into their sales process. And while some will have disclaimers on their website listing out the dollar amount of the fees, but most dealers won’t mention any fees until you’ve decided to buy and you’re signing the papers…

Trick #2: The Super-Low Monthly Payment

How many times have you been listening to the radio or watching tv and watched an ad peddling a new vehicle for just $99 a month?

$99/mo lease offer - read the fine print

*This is NOT an offer from Pettijohn Auto Center – image used for illustration purposes only

At first glance this sounds like an awesome deal. For just $99 a month you can be behind the wheel of a brand new car. But here’s the catch. First, these offers are almost always for leasing the vehicle, not buying it outright. Second, to bring your monthly payment to that figure you’ll likely have to pay up to $5,000 cash up front plus the additional fees and charges for the lease. The problem is, the only way you’ll hear about these catches is if you relentlessly read the fine print, if it’s even posted, on the website (which in the example above, it is.) Just remember this, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

How To Avoid It:

Do your research and read the fine print. 90% of the time you’ll find fine print on a tv ad or website that explains the details of the deal. However, sometimes you’ll never know for sure until you’re signing the papers.

The best way to avoid this confusion is to find a salesperson you trust and ask them to explain the deal. Ask them how much is due up front and what the terms of the deal are. If they can’t give you a straight-forward answer, then you’ll know there’s more to the story and you’re probably going pay more than it appears at first glance.


Trick #3: Mark ‘em Up To Mark ‘em Down

I cringe every time I see a tv ad or hear a commercial on the radio promising $10 THOUSAND OFF EVERYTHING ON THE LOT. Here’s why…

Many dealers will do everything they can to make the “discount” look huge. The “before” price is almost always thousands above market price or what any customer would even think about paying for it. On new vehicles they’ll look at the window sticker and use the “top” price on the sticker before all the “discounts” taken off to arrive at Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Oftentimes these markdowns are for options not included on the current model.

The Second, and biggest reason you need to beware of giant discounts is this; if you read the fine print, the $10 THOUSAND off can assume a trade allowance of $5,000 or more. They actually include the estimated value of a trade in the discount posted. If you don’t have a trade in, the $10 grand discount all of a sudden becomes a $5 grand discount.

Next, they’ll include every possible rebate under the sun (even if most people don’t have a chance to qualify for them) and stack them all together.  For example, some dealers include military, supplier, and employee discounts that most customers won’t qualify for but it helps them show a bigger discount on the final price.

How to avoid it:

Read the fine print and do some back-of-the-napkin math.

Let’s say the tv commercial promises a $10,000 discount. First we need to figure out what “original price” they’re using before applying the discount. A quick Google search reveals the MSRP of almost any vehicle.

If you go to pettijohnauto.com and you’ll see the MSRP listed on the top line.

If the price they’re starting out with is above MSRP, then you know they’re artificially marking up the price of the vehicle just to show a bigger discount.

Now, take that MSRP minus Manufacturer Incentives.  This will give you a baseline price to work with.

Finally, we’re going to find out what the true price you’ll pay (before any hidden fees that may show up when you go to sign the papers).  Take that number and add to that price any rebates included in the fine print that you might not qualify for (military discounts, supplier pricing, employee discounts, etc.).

Go back and compare what you’re at to the original price they’re offering.  If it’s more then you know they’re artificially marking it up to show a bigger discount or stacking rebates that many people just won’t qualify for.  If it’s still less, then it’s either a good deal or there’s more to the story and you might not find out about the added fees or forfeited discounts until you’re in the dealership signing papers…

As you can see there’s a lot of work involved when you’re trying to figure the true price of a car!  We decided it’s easier to just post the real prices on our website that you’ll actually end up paying for the vehicle.  It’s easier for us to be up front about it and it’s better for you because you actually end up paying the price you think you’ll pay.


How To Get The Most Out Of This Guide And Avoid These Tricks Altogether

Print this guide and keep it handy for the next time you’re thinking about buying a vehicle. If you want to avoid the needless costs, stress, and time that come from being unprepared for these selling tricks, then you’ll want to know these 3 tricks by heart.

If you have any questions about the 3 tricks above, leave your question at pettijohnauto.com/contact or call 660-425-2244 and we’ll be glad to help you avoid these dirty tricks and help you find the vehicle you want at a fair price.