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Shopping Tips | Protect Your Purchases

Shopping Tips
 
Tis the shopping season and malls jammed… and thieves are on the prowl. Here are some shopping tips to keep your purchases safe.
 
Lock shopping bags in the trunk
Remember out of sight out of mind. If you leave valuables in areas that are viewable from the windows they are more likely to attract the attention of thieves.
 
Use a cargo cover
all of our crossovers and SUV’s have exposed cargo areas and have optional cargo covers. If you don’t have one or have lost it, order one from the dealership. If you do have one, make sure you use it — always, again remember out of sight out of mind.
 
Drop off gifts at home
if you are done shopping for the day or driving to a different store consider a detour home to unload your gifts. A few minutes of your time could save you a ton of money and lots of holiday disappointment.
 
Use compartments that keep things out of sight
All of our cars, trucks and SUV’s have excellent storage compartments. It is not uncommon to find vehicles with two gloveboxes, an extra storage bin in the dash and a large center console. Some crossovers have a hidden storage area underneath the cargo floor.
 
Park far away from the store entrance
Parking far from the store or mall entrance has a number of benefits that outweigh the convenience of parking close to the store. First, you won’t have to stress out or fight someone for a parking spot. Second, you will minimize the chances of your car getting scratched or dinged from a stray shopping cart or carelessly opened door. If you’re shopping at night, make sure to park in a well-lit location. Be aware of your surroundings when approaching the car.
 
Use remote driver door unlock
all of our keyless entry remotes have a two-stage unlocking process. The first press unlocks the driver’s door only, while the second press unlocks the rest. Make sure to use this function if you are traveling alone to minimize the chances of someone jumping in the passenger side.
 
Use valet keys and valet mode
If you don’t already carry a valet key with you, this is the season to start. Whether you’re valet parking at a mall for convenience or having dinner after shopping, this key will keep a prying valet from accessing the trunk of the car. If you want to keep your infotainment data private, all of our infotainment systems (MyLink, CUE and IntelliLink) offer a valet mode for their systems. Valet mode locks the screen until a PIN code is entered. And some systems also automatically lock the glovebox, trunk and other storage areas.
 
Use back-up cameras and mirrors when parking
Holiday parking lots are a nightmare. Having a back-up camera can help you spot a child who might be in your blind spot. It’s also handy for avoiding stray shopping carts. Don’t make the mistake of only using the camera, however. Keep using your mirrors, back up sensors and the back-up camera to get a full picture of what is around your car.
 
Use hands-free devices to avoid distracted driving
The holiday season requires driving in bad weather with ice and snow on the roads, putting up with kids shouting about what they want you to buy them and relatives texting you to pick up some last-minute gift. You can’t do much about weather, kids and bossy relatives, but you can minimize handling the phone. Make sure your phone is synced via Bluetooth to take calls, send and receive texts. If your car doesn’t have Bluetooth, there are a number of aftermarket solutions. If you really need to reply to a text, pull over. Or, the next time you’re car shopping, consider a vehicle that has a text-to-speech feature, which can read messages to the driver and understands the replies.