Car Shopping 101: How to Budget for Your New Car

Our finance department in Elgin will help you budget for a new car properly.

We make car shopping fun here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Car shopping can be a fun and exciting time. But let’s face it—there are so many options out there that finding the right car often becomes more of a chore and less of an enjoyable experience. One of the ways to narrow down the playing field and make the task a bit less stressful is to categorize vehicles by starting price. Here is one way to correctly budget for your new car.

You likely began shopping with a number in your head corresponding to the monthly payments you are able to afford. Don’t stop with that number! Calculate the starting price of a vehicle in your price range.

Starting with your monthly payments, multiply that number by 36, 48, and 60 to represent the length in months of three standard auto loans. Add to that number the down payment you plan to make for the vehicle plus the value of your old vehicle if you plan on trading it.

From there, calculate between 12 and 20% for sales tax and other finance fees. Subtract that number from your previous balance to arrive at the approximate starting price you should consider for your new vehicle.

Here’s an example: Let’s pretend you planned to spend $250 each month on car payments. Multiply that by the months you’ll spend paying off the auto loan and you get $9,000, $12,000, and $15,000. Say your down payment is $2,500 and the value of your trade-in is $6,500; add both numbers to the monthly budget amount for a subtotal of $18,000, $21,000, and $24,000. Subtract 15% for estimated sales tax and financing ($2,700; $3,150; $3,600, respectively) and you are looking for a vehicle wearing a sticker price around $15,300, $17,850, or $20,400 depending on the length of your auto loan.

On a side note: That puts you in the perfect price range for Mitsubishi’s 2015 Mirage with a 60-month loan.

Of course, there are websites like that will calculate the starting price of a vehicle within your budget for you, but we at Biggers Mitsubishi hope this gives insight into from where that number comes.

Mitsubishi L200 Revealed at Geneva Motor Show

Announcing the fifth generation Mitsubishi L200 revealed to the automotive world at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in early March. Guaranteeing quality upgrades and refinements, the company still assures its “functionality and reliability as a work vehicle.”

The European pickup, which has been a presence in its market for almost a decade, asserts a redesigned front and rear fascia, a more spacious interior, and higher-quality materials. The truck features improved body mounting and a retuned suspension, which partner to reduce noise vibrations of its Super Select 4WD-II drivetrain. The L200 is available with either two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, and a potential hybrid option could become available to consumers in the near future. The updated mini-truck also includes a Trailer Stability Assist and Lane Departure Warning for added safety features.

While the L200 is unfortunately not yet released to the North American market, it remains a beacon to the company’s ingenuity while its creature comforts cross over to the US market. So be sure to come visit Biggers Mitsubishi to drive the company’s innovative and top rated IIHS vehicles today.

Introducing the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept: A New Eco-Friendly Crossover

Mitsubishi made quite a stir during the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. With new models such as the XR-PHEV II and the L200, Mitsubishi dominated the event. Showcasing the latest in fuel-efficient technology and off-road design, both models are sure to be a success.

According to Mitsubishi, the XR-PHEV II has been in the works since 2013, allowing engineers to fine-tune the plug-in hybrid technology. The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept is a small SUV/Crossover that features a lightweight and compact body and very low emissions. It also features Battery Save, Battery Charge, and All-Electric modes giving drivers a variety of choices.

The L200 is an all-new pickup, initially launched in Thailand. This new sport utility truck has been a smash hit, perfect for functionality and reliability. Unfortunately, the L200 is only being offered in Europe and parts of Asia at the moment, but depending on its success, it may make its way to the US sooner or later.

Both of these models represent the future of Mitsubishi, emphasizing eco-friendly design. The XR-PHEV is an SUV and the L200 is a pickup, two segments associated with bad fuel economy and harmful emissions—something Mitsubishi is looking to change.

Updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV Adds Extra Convenience and Technology

The updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV is going on sale later this month.

The new and updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be here soon.

The next evolution of the little Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the smallest four-seat electric car sold in North America, will start to go on sale at Biggers Mitsubishi later this month.

The automaker is skipping the 2015 model and going straight to 2016, which will be identical to the 2014 model in many ways, but with several upgrades to take into consideration.

Just like the current i-MiEV, the minicar coming this month will have 66 horsepower, a single-charge range of 62 miles, and an MSRP of $22,995 before a potential $7,500 federal tax break.

The updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV will also include an optional navigation package that comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display, real-time traffic data, and 3D mapping. In addition, the automaker will offer Bluetooth hands-free phone technology, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

For such a small and efficient car, that’s actually quite a lot of technology. Let’s see if it gets more customers interested!

Driving Tips for Winter Weather

We at Biggers Mitsubishi have some driving tips for winter weather. Check them out on our blog now!

Follow our tips for winter driving and drive safely!

Santa Claus is coming to town sooner than you think—and it’s not just presents he’s bringing. Every year, when winter comes around, the roads quickly become treacherous for drivers. With ice and snow reducing traction between your tires and the road, the winter season is one of the most important times to be safe while driving. To make sure you reduce your chances of being in an accident this year, we have compiled some driving tips for winter weather.

Check and fill your tires frequently. Cold temperatures can affect the way your car works in more ways than one, but it especially does a number on your tire pressure. Because tire pressure can influence the way your car performs, it’s important to check it frequently during winter. You want to make sure that your tires are filled properly at least once a month, if not more, for the best handling your car can offer.

Make sure your gas tank is at least half full. While you might be tempted to wait until the last minute to fill up your gas tank, this isn’t a good idea during the winter. If your tank is lower than halfway full, the gas line can freeze up, making it impossible to drive until it unfreezes. Keep your tank at the halfway point to ensure your car will start up in the cold mornings.

Slowly accelerate. Slick, icy roads can make it difficult for your car to gain traction. Because of this, be careful when you accelerate and decelerate, moving slowly to prevent spin outs. You should be especially cautious of this if you are merging or making a turn. It’s always better to go slow, rather than risk losing control of your car.

Follow other cars at a greater distance. In regular weather, when the sun is shining and the roads are dry, the suggested distance between your car and the car in front of you is about three or four seconds. For the winter, we suggest you increase this distance by at least eight seconds—preferably more. This way, if the car in front of you suddenly stops or enters a skid, you have time to maneuver around it or come to a full stop.

Stay safe at home. Nothing is worth risking your life for, so if you aren’t certain about the road conditions surrounding your home, just stay inside.

With these driving tips for winter weather, you will be safer than ever. If you are still looking for the perfect vehicle this winter, make sure you stop in to Biggers Mitsubishi today!

Biggers Mitsubishi Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer

Biggers Mitsubishi is raising awareness for breast cancer.

We are raising breast cancer awareness, even in our showroom.

All this month, we have been raising awareness for breast cancer at Biggers Mitsubishi. This is evident by the pink ribbon on one of our new cars in our showroom.

While this is the month that tends to emphasize the knowledge and statistics surrounding this disease, there may still be a lot about breast cancer that you may not know.

Just like general cancer itself, breast cancer is damaged DNA that invades healthy cells. The severity of this disease can be measured by the speed at which is spreads to surrounding tissues.

Fast Facts (from National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.)

  • Breast cancer is the second cause of death for women.
  • Over 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in a given year with 40,000 cases being deadly. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime.
  • While it is rare, around 2,150 men will get breast cancer in a given year, and 410 will die from it.

There is no clear answer as to what causes breast cancer. Risks that can play a role in the disease are alcohol and family history. To learn more about early detection and what steps you can take to detecting it, visit

Our staff at Biggers Mitsubishi strongly encourages all of our customers to live a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet. If you are a breast cancer survivor or battling breast cancer, we would love to meet you. Visit our Elgin Mitsubishi dealership today!

We are raising awareness for breast cancer this month in Elgin, IL.


Test Drive a Mitsubishi for Free Gas!

Test drive a Mitsubishi for free gas.

Jaime got a pass to free Shell gas. Will you be next?

Is a new car on your mind? Hopefully. Would you like to save money on gas? Of course you do!

During the month of October, we at Biggers Mitsubishi have been encouraging our residents to come in and test drive a Mitsubishi model. Each person who does so will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gas card.

In the photo to the left, our very own General Sales Manager, Emal Noor, gave away a $100 Shell gas card to Jaime, the winner of our Omron tent event raffle. Depending on your vehicle, that could be up to three free trips to your local gas station!

With the $250 gas card, your opportunities to save are through the roof! What are you waiting for? Visit Biggers Mitsubishi today in Elgin, Illinois, and see Emal or a sales representative for a test drive. Give yourself a chance to save for your holiday trips, and go for a fun ride in a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Outlander, Mirage or Lancer today!

Biggers Mitsubishi Participates in VIP Pricing Event

Biggers Mitsubishi attended the Mitsubishi special VIP pricing event this past week.

Biggers Mitsubishi employees get special pricing on new Mitsubishis.

During the middle of this week, it was not just another Wednesday in St. Charles, Illinois. Sales consultants from Biggers Mitsubishi attended a Mitsubishi VIP Pricing Event, held at the Omron headquarters.

Biggers Mitsubishi’s very own Chad Hooten and Josue Macie were just a couple of people out of several local companies present at the special employee VIP pricing event.

Also present at the event was Jerry Pena, Mitsubishi Motors of North America Chicago District Sales Manager. The outing consisted of a meeting for Omron senior management and local employees that discussed employee pricing and detailed information about the Outlander Sport, Mirage and Outlander.

Afterwards, there was a gas card giveaway, and free Mitsubishi lunch coolers were handed out to attendees.

Do you want special pricing on a new Mitsubishi? Come work for us! We are always looking for dependable assets here in Elgin, Illinois. Give us a call at (866) 698-3000 if you are interested!

Mitsubishi Will Reveal Outlander PHEV at Paris Motor Show

The Outlander PHEV is debuting at the Paris Auto Show.

Could the Mitsubishi Outlander lineup be adding a plug-in vehicle in the US?

The Paris Motor Show just got underway, after weeks and weeks of anticipation. The reveal we’re most excited for at Biggers Mitsubishi is that of the Outlander plug-in, which has already been rumored to come to the United States next fall as a 2016 model.

The Outlander PHEV is expected to stand out with massively improved styling and material quality, which Mitsubishi claims will fit within a new “Sporty and Sophisticated” design theme.

From what we know of its appearance already, the new PHEV has hit the mark. An updated horizontal grille leads to reshaped headlights, on top of a better integrated air dam in sexy black and chrome accents. The overall result is a much sleeker, attractive look that’ll have people turning heads at the Motor Show and, we suspect, in the streets next year.

Inside, Mitsubishi says passengers will find black wood grain trim and silver accents throughout the cabin, hand-stitched leather seats, and a new center console inspired by Japanese black lacquer boxes.

This Is It, The Biggers Mitsubishi Blog

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

Welcome to the all new Biggers Mitsubishi Blog! Biggers Mitsubishi has been a Chicago staple for Mitsubishi enthusiasts in recent years and with that in mind we’re here to bring you the news on all things Mitsubishi! If you’re looking up trendy season trips, looking for advice on repairs, checking out the latest Mitsubishi news, or looking for local events we have everything you could possibly need here!

If you’re looking for news on the best cars like the Outlander Sport, Outlander, Mirage, Lancer, and more we have it! We’ll have the latest safety ratings, great reviews, and updates on future cars!

If you need service advice we have that as well! We have great seasonal tips as well as coverage on all the best Biggers Mitsubishi specials!

Looking for parts? Well we also cover great parts deals for your Mitsubishi cars and SUVs!

Just looking for interesting car or Chicago news? Stop by as we cover all things in the surrounding Chicago area like Naperville, Arlington Heights, Waukegan, Elgin, Dekalb, and more!

Then if you’re interested in buying a new Mitsubishi, getting automotive service, or looking for a great used car stop by our website or check out our About Us page for more!