Preventing Vehicle Theft Starts Here. 
January 15th, 2018, by Ashley Cunningham

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If you're on Facebook or Twitter there's no doubt you've heard about the increase in attempted and successful vehicle thefts in the Wheatland County area. Car thieves are becoming more and more brazen in when and where they attempt these thefts, which means we need to become more and more diligent in doing everything we can to prevent them.

If everyone steps up and makes car theft more difficult, or near impossible, we will surely see the number of attempts decrease, as the task of stealing a car becomes harder and harder.

It's obvious that if someone steals or attempts to steal your car it becomes a major inconvenience to you. Not only is there a great possibility of your beloved ride having damage done to it, due to reckless driving, or in attempt to get into it, you could lose your belongings as well. All it takes is forgetting your wallet inside one night, or leaving your camera on the backseat. You then have to deal with reporting the theft (or attempted theft) to the police. These are all very valid reasons to want to prevent vehicle theft, one other thing, that is actually a good thing, is that a lot of insurance companies actually offer discounts if you have aftermarket or installed security features! So call your insurance agency and see how much money you can save!

Did you know that the most commonly stolen vehicles in Alberta, in 2016 were all Ford heavy-duty trucks? The years vary between 2002-2007, but the models were all F250 & F350's!

There are a few, easy things you can do to prevent theft, that may seem like common sense, but often are the reason vehicles get stolen, or items get stolen from your vehicle!

  •           Roll up the windows, lock all doors
  •           Never leave your car running unattended
  •           Keep your insurance & registration stored outside of your car. Many incidences of thieves being pulled over and providing     insurance     and registration has allowed them to slip through the cracks. This one is easy - store the documents in your wallet or     purse. I've started doing this and it has brought a lot of peace of mind!
  •           Park in a well-lit area - would be thieves thrive on dark areas!
  •           Keep your valuables in the trunk, or with the privacy cover extended. Better yet, take all valuables inside with you!
  •           Install an anti-theft system (we can help you with that - reach out to our parts department for more info!)
  •           Have a garage? Use it! Full of stuff? Have a garage sale, utilize storage shelves and bins, make room for your car! This is almost     the best way to prevent theft!
  •           Set your emergency brake! You have to imagine when stealing a car, the individuals must be experiencing stress -  the same     stresses we all have, plus whatever else has driven them to try to steal your car. In addition to this, they are currently in the     process of stealing your car. They are anxious and worried that they won't be able to "finish the job". They're worried about not     being able to start the car, whether your neighbors will come out, whether you'll see them, if a police car drives by, if they'll be     caught after stealing the car. So basically, anxiety and panic is at a high. What if you set your emergency brake, and that was     enough to put them into a complete panic and bail on the idea. They might think something is wrong with the car, or wonder why     it's not performing properly, and ditch yours.
  •           Contact our parts department and ask about after market accessories that can help protect your vehicle from theft.

    If we all step forward and be diligent in doing our part, we can make it as inconvenient as possible for these criminals. While it's unlikely we'll see this crime disappear in the near future, we can at least hope the trend will start to swing downwards and these will become less and less heard of. 

What's that Smell? Sound Familiar? 
January 10rd, 2018, by Darin Collins


Imagine this.  You are walking out to your vehicle dreaming about the new truck you plan on buying today when you panic at the realization that your trade-in vehicle is dirty!  Not talking minor vacuum, wipe down, and good to go type of dirty either.  More like nasty, gross, and even a little bit embarrassing kind of filthy.  You don't want to take it to the dealership looking like this!  After all Strathmore is a small town and these things get around!!

You think about how long it will take to clean the van in this condition!  You don't have that kind of time today.  Your mind races wondering if this will affect what it's worth to the dealership.  Either way, you decide to bite the bullet and hop in the van.  When you arrive, you reluctantly hand over your keys and grimace as the salesperson opens the door to inspect your eyesore.  

Sound familiar!?  Most people take pride in what their vehicles look like but don't enjoy the labour involved to maintain the showroom shine.  That used to be me.  With three young kids it takes about a week to get my van dirty.  I was tired of cleaning it, so I had it professionally detailed.  It feels like a brand new car every time I get it done, and I love the job they do at Murray Chrysler in Strathmore!

Whether you are planning to trade in your vehicle for a new ride and want it spiffed up to show the appraiser, or you want your old vehicle to look like new again, our detail department is the place to go!

The Dodge Caravan - it's here for you!
January 8rd, 2018, by Julie Medved


I'm a huge fan of the Dodge Caravan, partly because I grew up in Windsor, Ontario where my Dad worked at the Chrysler minivan plant. 

Memories of grease stained floor mats, unpleasant tobacco aroma, old cassette tapes, well, I could go on. My parents usually drove them to the ground. It was a vehicle we used for everyday travels, short and long, as well as hauling wood and whatever else would fit in a 8 by 4 foot space with the seats stowed in the floor.

Today the Dodge Caravan is one of my favourite vehicles to sell. Convenient, practical and affordable are just a few points that come to mind. November 2017 marked its' 33rd anniversary! Competition? Well Ford and Chevrolet discontinued their 'version' of a mini van over a decade ago because they couldn't compete. 

The Dodge Caravan is not for everyone, but almost everyone would enjoy it! If you're trading in your old caravan for a new one, don't forget your DVD's but don't worry about garbage, dirty diapers you  may have left behind in the storage floor bins, our detail department will take care of it as part of our reconditioning process.

And it doesn't matter what shape it's in, just say good bye to the old memories and hello to new ones!

Check out our Grand Caravan inventory here. Looking to trade? Find out what your trade is worth here

2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 
January 3rd, 2018, by Selby Jessiman


Happy 2018! Everyone always says "new year, new me," and what better way to introduce a new 'you' to your friends and family than pulling up in the worlds most powerful SUV, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Picture the luxurious Grand Cherokee SRT with even more upgrades and the best part… a 6.2L Supercharged Hellcat Engine, otherwise found in the Challenger Hellcat. Only better than the Challenger, the Trackhawk is all-wheel drive and can tow up to 7,200 lbs!!

There are only 300 of these units being released in Canada, and you better believe Murray Chrysler in Strathmore is getting not one but TWO! You definitely won't fly under the radar in my personal favorite, the Diamond Black Crystal Pearl beauty with Nappa leather Ruby Red seats.

My favorite features are the bright yellow six piston Brembo brake calipers and the quad exhaust tips, there is no other vehicle on the road like it. 707 horsepower and 945 lb-ft of max torque this cat goes from 0-60mph (97km/h) in 3.5 seconds, you might think you're in a Ferrari only it seats 5! To make the driving experience that much more exhilarating, our Trackhawk has a High-Performance Audio package as well as a dual pane panoramic sunroof… the only thing the Trackhawk doesn't have is wings! If you haven't made your new years resolution yet, you should make it to come check this beast out!

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November's Basket of Delicious! 
November 16th, 2017, By Ashley Cunningham
If you haven't seen this baby already, I highly suggest you visit our Facebook Page to see a picture! Once again we found local businesses and local products to put in our basket (which is worth over $170!) 

This months basket includes products from local places including:
Origin Malting & Brewing Co. (A Growler of Patio Pilsner and Growlette of Legal Issues, Scottish Ale, and 2 sweet glasses!)
Pure Country Meats (Farmers Sausage & Beef Jerky)
Back To Good Market & Deli (Kranks Gourmet Bourbon Cherry Jelly, and Cian's Beer Mustard)
Kranks Gourmet (Ghost Pepper Jelly) 
Bothwell Jalapeno Cheese
Applewood Smoked Cheddar Cheese
NHL Holiday Advent Calendar
Assorted Licorice Candy (900 grams of it!) 
Breton Crackers

The crate is once again from Home Hardware in Strathmore - they have the most beautiful crates! 

To enter to win, visit our Facebook page and follow the instructions! 

Selby gets Up Close & Personal with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee! 

Selby's Vlog
November 16 2017 , By Selby Jessiman
If I had a family or a few more friends it might make sense for me to invest in a Grand Cherokee. But for now, I'm going to admire them from my desk in the dealership. If your looking for something of movie star status, yet practical you will want to check out our selection of Grand Cherokees.

Once you see a Grand Cherokee you will understand why they were voted "best buy" by Consumers Digest for 7 consecutive years. Fully loaded this whip comes with all the bells and whistles and then some!

If you opt for the 19 speaker Harman Kardon audio system you'll also want to purchase your favorite artists new album, so you can blast it while you cruise.

Friend of the environment? Check out the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine which has fuel efficiency as efficient as 8.4L/100km on the highway. My idea of parallel parking meant looking for somewhere else to park. If you are at all like me you don't have to worry anymore. Grand Cherokees have an available feature that can actually parallel and perpendicular park for you!

Come take the Grand Cherokee SRT for a test drive it has 475 horsepower!! I think I could make it from Cochrane to Strathmore in about 25 minutes, if it wasn't for all those red-light cameras oh and I guess the police.

I think the coolest thing about the Grand Cherokees is the Quadra-lift Air Suspension system. You can literally change your ride height with the push of a button. And the best part, it automatically lowers when driving on the highway which reduces drag and gives you better fuel economy. The extra money you save on fuel you can spend on doughnuts at Tims! 

Meet Selby & The 2017 Jeep Compass! 

Selby's Vlog

October 25, 2017 , By Selby Jessiman


Hi everyone! My name is Selby and I am the new Sales Assistant here at Murray Chrysler Strathmore.

Welcome to my Vlog (vehicle blog), where I will review fun features and facts about our vehicles and what makes them special. Count on me to help you out with tips to get familiar with vehicle technology. 

To start I picked my all time favorite vehicle that will be mine in a matter of time thanks to new 0% financing incentives on 2018 models!! If you haven't heard of the Compass that's probably because they are brand new to 2017.

The first thing you will notice about the compass is its sleek and sporty design. You might even mistake the Jeep Compass for a Range Rover because of its sleek luxurious style, thankfully it's a quarter of the price! The Compass offers all the qualities of an SUV but is more compact and fun to drive.

Did I mention I am from Cochrane? It only makes sense that my next vehicle is extremely fuel efficient. That's where the Compass' fuel efficiency comes in handy. It is as efficient as 10.4L/100km for city driving and 7.3L/100km on the highway. Needless to say, it's the perfect fit. 

The best part about the Compass is that it has something for everyone! Do you like to go off-roading? The Compass Trailhawk has unreal off-road capability, there's no wonder it's Trail Rated. Maybe you're looking for something a little more outside the box? Perfect! The Compass comes in unique colors such as Spitfire Orange, Laser Blue Pearl, and Olive Green Pearl. Do you like to geek out on your car data? Unleash your inner nerd while scrolling through the driver information display. Do you have kids? Have a scavenger hunt to find the Jeep 'Easter eggs' embroidered in different parts of the Compass. Can they spot the lizard, LochNess Monster, Jeep grille & headlights, and the Willies Wheeler?

"How's the drive from Cochrane everyday?" - the common question I receive from people when they ask about my commute. Ask me in a month and my response will be: "I love it!". Why you might ask? Because I'll be driving a Compass!! 

Time to ditch your all-season tires for the winter...
...Your families safety could depend on it!

September 25, 2017 , by Ashley Cunningham


Despite the mild weather and pumpkin spice lattes, winter is not far away! Before it hits, most people switch to winter tires, and some already have.  We hope to show the "year-round summer tire drivers" how important winter tires are.

Winter tires don't have to be a huge investment. Call our parts department - they have packages with or without rims designed fit your budget! If you are purchasing a new vehicle, talk to our finance team about including winter tires in your vehicle payments!

It can take up to 40% longer to stop with all-season tires, compared to winter tires. In a 100-meter scenario, this could be up to 40 meters longer to stop if you are without winter tires! The force of a crash increases based on speed at the time of impact.

The most important part of a winter tire is the rubber compound, which helps keep occupants safe. The compound stays soft in freezing conditions (under 7oC) which allow the tire to grip surfaces, even an ice-covered road. Summer tires harden as temperatures drop, and don't grip the road. All-season tires could be driven year-round, but can't compete with winter tires in the winter.

In addition to providing better grip on ice and snow by having a softer compound, winter tires move water away from the tire. When the tire puts pressure on icy surfaces, the top layer melts, creating a layer of water. If the water doesn't move, the vehicle hydroplanes. The grooves and sipes (tiny channels) on winter tires move water, and allow the tire to stay in contact with the road surface.

Winter tires used to have deeper treads, to get through deep snow. The compromise was less stability and control when accelerating, braking or turning, along with a noisy ride.  Technology today focuses on shallower treads, with grooves closely spaced, so water moves away from the tire. New rubber compounds create softer rubber, without losing other critical properties.

Studded tires don't work as well as non-studded ones on a cold, bare pavement. Be aware of this, as most of winter driving will probably be with those conditions.

Good winter tires can stick to glare black ice providing they are within their traction limits. If you hit ice, look where you want to go, and keep a light grip on the steering wheel. This should help you regain control.

You might want to consider reducing the pressure in winter tires in an emergency situation where you have to drive through snow or ice that the tires couldn't normally pass through. This increases the tires contact with the surface. Keep in mind this will lessen control of your vehicle, because the tires will be less stable. It's always best to use the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. If you do lower the pressure, drive slowly, and add the proper amount of air as soon as possible.

Having 4x4 or all-wheel drive does not replace having proper winter tires. All-wheel drive helps you accelerate but braking and turning capabilities are hardly different when comparing an AWD with 2WD. When turning or stopping, limits are determined by the traction the tires deliver, not the number of wheels being driven.

When purchasing winter tires, consider tires one or two sizes smaller width-wise than the regular tires. With a smaller width, pressure placed on the surface below increases, helping to get through snow and reduce hydroplaning! Winter tires are not designed the same; winter tires carry the latest technologies in rubber and tread. Traction could be up to 15% better than economy type winter tires.

Reach out to our Parts Department with further questions or concerns about whether your current tires will perform properly in our cold. They are experts in tires, and put safety first, while still considering budget and other concerns!

The mystery note left on a
2017 Ram 2500 Laramie MegaCab
and a message to the person who wrote it.

July 20, 2017, Ashley Cunningham

We found an anonymous note tucked behind the drivers' side windshield wiper of a truck on our lot yesterday. It reads something like this: "Please don't sell this truck. I really want it. If you can just give me about 9 years I will have enough to buy it. Okay thank you.".  The author is a mystery, but that's not the only mystery about this note. 


We're sure you have unanswered questions about this, so do we! Who wrote it? Was it someone who has been in the dealership before? Was it Connie, playing a prank on us? Was it someone who was "window shopping" and stumbled upon their dream truck? Was it a child who figured in 9 years they'll be old enough to work, save money (and maybe drive)? Why 9 years? What kind of mathematical logic went into this number? Were they considering future income, expenses and savings? expected inheritance? 

The big question is: which truck motivated someone to take the time to write such a detailed request, asking a dealership to hold the truck for them for nine years while they saved enough money to purchase it, without so much as a name to validate the offer? 

That truck would be a 2017 Ram 2500 Laramie 4x4 MegaCab. Nice choice, if we don't say so ourselves!


This beautiful Pearl White beast boasts the 6.7L Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine in 6 speed automatic transmission. This truck has a lot of add-ons, minor details such as bed lighting, cargo view camera, remote start system, 5th wheel towing prep group, auto level rear air suspension, and the sport appearance group (which includes body color door handles, black mirrors, badging, premium tail lamps, body color front/rear bumpers and grill with black insert, as well as on/off road tires and 20-inch black aluminum wheels.).


As you can see, the Ram 2500 Laramie is loaded with standard luxury, going above and beyond the standard equipment included in lower trims. Things like the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated & ventilated leather bucket seats, Park-Sense front & rear park assist system, as well as ParkView rear back-up camera.  


Look at that Mega Cab, though! Forget about kids kicking the back of your seat, your passengers in the backseat will be almost as comfortable as you are in the front seat!


So, to our mystery author we'd like to say, we understand completely why this is your dream truck. In fact, it's ours too. I have some great news for you though; you don't have to wait 9 years to make your dreams come true! We have an in-house auto credit department that can set you up with payments that fit into your budget, and if your credit, employment or something else is standing in your way, we have an amazing credit recovery program! We also have a lot of other trucks that might suit your budget right now. If not, I guess we'll expect to see you in 9 years for your 2026 Ram 2500 Laramie Megacab, complete with standard self-driving technology, Whether you want to hover or fly, you'll arrive at your destination at what feels like the speed of light! 😂😂😂

**We would also really love to meet the person who wrote this note. There have been many laughs and speculations on who could have possible written it, and we have it posted in the dealership. So please keep sharing it and help us find the writer, who may or may not have given a second thought to how much entertainment this note would provide!**

If you'd like to learn more about our famous 2017 Ram 2500 Laramie MegaCab check it out here!