J.D. Power is known for studies and findings that reveal the most dependable and reliable brands in the automotive industry. This year’s dependability study recognized quite a few brands for their premium offerings, including Lincoln. The rankings are in and further prove that long-term quality is a major factor in the purchasing decisions of consumers.
As a major luxury brand in North America, Lincoln has proven its designs and engineering are optimized for long-term dependability. The most recent study by J.D. Power, based on 2014-model-year vehicles, proves their worth.
Based on problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln scored well with just 150 owner-reported issues in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. For comparison, the industry average was 156 owner-reported issues per 100 vehicles. While some luxury brands, such as Mercedes-Benz, scored much lower, others scored well above average. Land Rover, for example, had 178 owner-reported issues per 100 vehicles.
Of the total scores, Lincoln ranked 12th of 31 brands. J.D. Power surveyed a total of 35,186 owners to conclude the study. Notably, Lincoln performed better than Cadillac with 150 versus 152 points-per-100 vehicles.
Most owners had problems with entertainment, media, and other technology systems, resulting in a higher amount of owner-reported issues across the board.
We at Mountaineer Lincoln are proud to see such an incredible brand scoring so well in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study!
Are you a history buff? We’ve put together a list of the best historical attractions in West Virginia, perfect for your nex outing.
Weston Hospital, a.k.a Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
This place is fascinating for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s one of the best examples left of the Kirkbride hospitals. It also happens to be the second-largest hand-cut sandstone building in the world, second only to the Kremlin!
West Virginia Penitentiary
It can be interesting, and enlightening, to visit a prison from a bygone era, an era when prisoners had very little rights. If staring at the gothic-style architecture isn’t unnerving enough, you can take a tour, as they are offered daily, and learn more about all of the riots and infamous inmates.
Wheeling Suspension Bridge
This beautiful engineering marvel was once the largest suspension bridge in the world between the years of 1849 and 1851. It was the first bridge to span the Ohio River and its existence was essential to the success of the National Road.
Even for those well-versed in the subject, the historical attractions in West Virginia can amaze as they each reveal something special about the history of the state.
Charleston, West Virginia, is packed with fun events and festivals all year long, but the people behind the 2016 FestivALL celebration don’t want you to have to choose — instead of deciding between multiple events in the same weekend, why not go to all of them at once? Starting this Memorial Day weekend, FestivALL brings together some of Charleston’s favorite events in one place, so you won’t have to pick a favorite.
The first event of the weekend, beginning on Friday, May 27th, will be Live on the Levee. Their first show of the 2016 season is slated to begin at 6:30pm that evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
The next day — Saturday the 28th — will be both an indoor and outdoor event known as the Taste-of-ALL. Taking place at Haddad Riverfront Park and 4Points by Sheraton, Taste-of-ALL is focused on giving festival-goers a taste of local and regional fare, all the while providing live entertainment and a make-and-take art area for the creative types. Beer and wine tastings will also be available.
Festiv-ALL will conclude Saturday evening on the Schoenbaum stage, where a number of both local and national musical artists will take the spotlight to perform. Like Live on the Levee, there will be food and drinks available.
Sunday will finish off the event lineup with West Virginia Public Broadcasting bringing the MOTH to Charleston, a radio program with an emphasis on the art of storytelling and the diversity of the human experience.
The 2016 FestivALL celebration on Memorial Day weekend is only a preview of further celebrations to come. The festival will return in mid-June from the 16th until the 27th to showcase live music, great food, plenty of drinks, and regional art and culture. Don’t miss it!
Carving the perfect pumpkin isn’t easy, and believe it or not, the tricks begin all the way back at the beginning: the pumpkin patch. Be sure that the pumpkins you are choosing from are fresh, with no visible bruises.
It’s also best to purchase a pumpkin with a flat bottom, which will make it easier to keep the pumpkin standing up. And if you plan to use the stem as a handle, keep a sharp eye out for sturdy-looking stems.
Once you’ve made your choice be sure that you scoop out as much pulp as you possibly can. This will make a huge difference in the longevity of your carved pumpkin’s lifespan and will help it to dry out more quickly.
Lastly, be safe with your cutting utensils. It may seem like a good idea to purchase cheap cutting tools—believing that you may not use them outside of pumpkin carving—but these are more likely to be insufficient and cause injury.
And of course, never allow children to carve pumpkins while unsupervised.
Do you have any other pumpkin carving tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments, and be safe as you celebrate Halloween in Beckley this year!