Vehicle History Report: Why You Need One & What to Look For

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You’re probably not a mechanic, and even if you were, discovering an illegal odometer rollback or past flood damage on a used car isn’t always possible. That’s why it’s so important to run a VIN check and order a vehicle history report before you sign any paperwork. Understanding where that car has been, how it’s been treated and what its overall condition is will save you lots of headaches (and money) in the future. 

If you’re starting the hunt for a used car near you, read through these FAQs to understand why a vehicle…

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The Triumphant Return of the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

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With the Charger and Challenger models going fully electric starting in 2024, some people have started to wonder if Dodge hasn’t lost its edge. How can you even have an all-electric muscle car? (Hint: click the link to find out.)

Fear not, Dodge fans, because the Stellantis Corporation hears your concerns loud and clear. The future may be leaning electric, but Dodge hasn’t given up on good old-fashioned grit just yet—that’s why, by popular demand, they’ve decided to bring back “the most powerful SUV on the planet.”

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Jeep Ducking 101

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In the age of the Internet, fads come and go as quickly as changes of clothes, it seems. How many times have you been harassed by a buddy to download some new app game (“play me in Scrabble Go or we’re no longer friends!”) only to indulge them, play for a couple weeks, then find out they got bored and deleted it off their phone (“Nah bro, it’s all about TriviaCrack now.”)
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Pacifica vs. Odyssey: The Mystery of the Missing Vacuum

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You’re looking for a brand-new minivan, and you’ve narrowed it down to two options: The 2023 Chrysler Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey.

Sure, many of their features are largely comparable. You can see why its such a close race between the two, with their spacious interiors, impressive safety, and killer comfort features. Still, something seems amiss.

Which is the best minivan? As usual, it depends who you ask. Let’s put on our Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hats and get to the bottom of the question everyone is asking about the new Honda Minivan: what the heck happened to…

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Introducing the 2023 RAM Truck Family

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It’s been nearly 15 years since the RAM truck brand was given its own division in the Fiat-Chrysler family, and the award-winning powerhouse nameplate has only gotten stronger since then. Now, with their 2023 RAM trucks unveiled, the automaker continues its mission to deliver the absolute best—the power of a Dodge, the utility of a Jeep, and the luxury of a Chrysler, all rolled into one.

Strap in, because we’re taking a first look at the 2023 RAM 1500 and RAM Heavy Duty. What’s changed? What’s stayed the same? Let's find out.

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The Best Cars of 2022: Justice League Edition

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Between DC, Marvel, and every other franchise, it’s hard to keep all this superhero stuff straight. Still, both hardcore and casual comic book fans tend to agree that the Justice League reign supreme as the best all-star team of heroes—whether you’re talking about far-flung galaxy saving in classic print, or Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot bringing our favorite heroes to the silver screen. 

With decades of history behind their adventures, let’s play a little game: if we were gonna cast our favorite vehicles in the roles of DC heroes, what would we pick? The answers might…

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How Long Do Tires Last on a New Car?

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As your car’s only point of contact with the road, tires are sort of important—and that's an understatement. Ensuring you have the right tires, in the right condition, is crucial if you want to avoid being stranded on the side of the road, or worse.

So, let’s say you just drove off the lot with a new car. You may be wondering how long those new tires are good for. Well, like so many car questions, the answer is: it depends.

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How to Take a Long Road Trip with a Newborn Baby

Long Road Trip with a Newborn Baby
Baby's grandparents live in Dallas. Your little family lives in Birmingham. Instead of flying, you decide to take a 9-hour car trip with your newborn to visit Grandma and Grandpa. It’s Baby’s first road trip, and you’re excited as all get-out to load up your SUV and hit the highway. That excitement quickly turns to nervousness upon realizing that, even though you hold a stoic game face, you really have no idea how to take a long car ride with an infant, let alone how to parent.
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The Best Splash Pads in Birmingham for 2022

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Summertime is right around the corner, and with it comes the potential for tons of opportunity for outdoor fun with the family!

There are all kinds of great summer activities for parents and kids alike. You could go and grab some ice cream, go for a nice day hike in the park, or even just frolic in your own back yard. At Jim Burke, we think one of the best ways to spend time with the kids—and beat the summer heat at the same time—is to go to a good splash pad or water park near you.

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