Benefits of the Good Ole’ Oil Change

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Some people bring their cars in for oil changes well past the time that they are due. We can’t help but think that if everyone understood a bit more about exactly WHY the oil change is so important, they’d be more prone to prioritize it. Maybe it’s just not on your radar as to why oil changes are capstone, and if so, that’s ok. This blog is going to help you understand the importance and realize that they’re actually going to save you money!

We can start with the main idea: Oil changes are the easiest thing you can do to extend the life of your car and save yourself from breakdowns and repairs. Bottom line.

The Benefits of the Good Ole’ Oil Change

Oil changes….help engine performance. Oil helps the internal moving parts of your engine to stay lubricated. This allows for a smoother and quieter ride.

Oil changes….keep your engine clean! Dirt and debris can build up when oil gets old. This dirty goo in your oil can damage your engine just because it prohibits the oil from moving through it.

Oil changes….can increase your miles per gallon (MPG).  By improving lubrication, new oil reduces friction that slows down your engine. This can help you get more out of your gas and decreases your frequency of visiting the pump!

Oil changes….create less harmful emissions. Fresh oil is less likely to burn and better able to absorb particles. This means you pollute less.

What Happens at the Oil Change

When you bring a vehicle into Crumpler’s Automotive for an oil change, we do more than just change the oil. We do the following at a minimum:

*Change the oil
*Inspect and replace the air filter
*Inspect the belts
*Inspect the hoses
*Check other fluid levels and top off
*Check the tire pressure and make sure the correct amount of air is in the tires

If anything seems wrong in the rest of the check, we will inform you and find out if you want the other repairs as well.

You should change your oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. Premium oil can stretch this timeline out as well as synthetic oil. Oil rated below 10 weight has to be part synthetic, so that’s something to keep in mind as well. We will be able to tell you once we see your vehicle if you may be able to go 5,000 miles in between, or at least what a good plan will be for your particular vehicle.

When an engine has low oil it can’t operate at its peak. Something is leaking or causing the oil to burn off at a high rate. If you get your vehicle checked, we can take care of this before it’s occurred long enough to do major damage, so make sure to call us to get your vehicle in.  And if you schedule an oil change between now and Christmas, we will take $5.00 off! So call us and get those vehicles in: (910) 483-2958

Want to handle that outdoor work with ease? Try Husqvarna! We only carry this line because it’s the best, and we use it ourselves. Come discover the difference that orange makes! If you don’t see what you want at our shop, we can always order it.

We’ve got pre-owned vehicles for sale! Come find an affordable solution on our lot!

Stay tuned…our annual “Crumpler’s Christmas Gift Guide” is coming soon! Until then, follow us on our Facebook pages Crumplers Automotive and Crumplers Custom Cycle to stay up-to-date on the latest with us. And we appreciate your comments and shares. We love feedback!

Crumpler’s Automotive is located at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC 28391

 

Why Yes, You SHOULD Get a Motorcycle!

We’ve written about motorcycle safety and being aware of riders on the road. We’ve listed statistics about accidents and how to avoid them. This is all because we want motorcycle riders to be SAFE, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want them out on the road. We actually believe quite the opposite–we love seeing riders out there on the open road!

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Here are just a few reasons why you should get that bike and why we think you’ll love riding one:

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The average motorcycle has far more human hands involved in their builds than robotic parts. They’re a bit trickier to build out in a lot of ways and require more direct human contact.

It’s Good for Your Health

A 180 lb man will burn 40 calories more per hour riding a motorcycle than driving in a car. It’s also great for your mental health. The open space and the zen of the movement and are incredibly calming and promote peace in your daily life.

You Can’t Text and Ride!

Riding requires the type of focus that people driving cars SHOULD also have, but usually don’t. You are completely present and aware of your surroundings because your life depends on it, and because it’s not possible to multitask. We consider this a good thing. Isn’t it nice to just focus on one thing?

Fuel Efficiency

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Most bikes get as much per gallon as a car if not more, especially if you operate them well. Higher miles per gallon leads to less carbon-dioxide emissions, and this is a perk that can’t be ignored in your “pro” list!

Your Commute Will be Loads More Fun–and Easier

Beyond just the joy of hearing your bike rev up every morning and evening and the feel of riding, your commute may become less frustrating if you can ride in a place where lane-splitting is allowed. Seriously begin to consider this benefit as you consider buying a bike. It doesn’t have to just be for your weekends. Why not enjoy your bike every day, twice a day at least?

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Smaller vehicle and special parking for motorcycles make it so easy to find a spot.

You’ll Meet Some of the Best People

There’s a brotherhood and sisterhood you join when you buy your first motorcycle. Get ready for waves and nods all the time! Plus people will go out of their way to tell you stories and ask you about your bike. If you join a group, you can have some great trips riding and make a lot of good friends along the way. Bikers help other bikers and look out for each other.

We Have a Great Shop 

We have a great place to service, repair, maintain, and update your bike: Crumpler’s Custom Cycle. We always look out for our customers and guarantee that this can be your one-stop shop for all your motorcycle’s needs. Isn’t it nice to know there’s someone you can automatically trust to take care of your new bike? You’re not in this alone! Stop by or give us a call at (910) 483-9607.

What did we miss? We know there’s more, but these are the reasons that stood out to us. Add your own ideas in the comments–we’d love to hear from you!

We have so many items and vehicles for sale at our shop. We’re way more than a parts and service center. Check out all we have below and more!

 

Make sure to comment and share. And stay up-to-date with us on our website and at our Facebook pages for Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle 

*Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle are located in Stedman, NC at 7611 Clinton Road. Open from 7 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday.

Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Open House

If you’re a true motorcycle lover, you won’t want to miss Crumpler Custom Cycle’s Open House on Saturday, April 1st!

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Starting at noon we’ll have our Dyno set up and running reports, open to the public. Add to that food, live music, and giveaways, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect spring day! Hang out with like-minded individuals and pick our experts’ brains on what will make your bike the best it can be. No cost to attend–you just have to show up and enjoy a day in Stedman with us.

Definitely plan to be there to hear live music from Open Road from 2-4 pm, as well as a Pig Pickin’ with all the fixings around lunchtime.

In addition to giveaways, we’ll also have special discounts that day, so please make plans to attend, because you won’t want to miss these deals. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Live music from Open Road from 2-4 pm at our event on Saturday, April 1st

More about Crumpler’s Custom Cycle:
Crumpler’s has been a family automotive business for as long as it’s been open. Of course, they like tradition, but they also like the freshness that new ideas bring to the table. That’s why when Richie’s son Richard “George” said he was interested in working on motorcycles, Richie decided to expand into having a custom cycle shop back in 2011. It’s not just exciting to see a family member pursue his dream, it’s a thrill to be a part of it too!

Crumpler familly, Leslie, George, RichieGeorge was 19 when Crumpler’s Custom Cycle opened but it’s not like he was a newcomer to working on cars or bikes at that point in his life. His grandfather and father had worked on automobiles and heavy machinery his whole life, and he’d had plenty of hours in the shop under their tutelage to be quite adept at moving right into those footsteps. But George wanted a chance to make something new happen at the place and to blaze his own trail. He’d spent countless hours in the shop learning and working, and when he suggested a new idea for the business, his dad was happy to give him the green light.

Since that time, the shop has grown to handle all kinds of custom work plus repair and service work. “We don’t just work people’s bikes in and shuffle them out–what we do isn’t about that, “George said. “What we want to do is try to fit the bike to exactly what the owner wants.”

Because of this, the Crumplers sell wheels, do custom paint jobs, add chrome accessories and do performance work. The beauty of this line of work is the variety. George and Shop Manager Allen Bass, work on anything from classic bikes to more current models, although each presents its own challenges always. “We love piecing the puzzle together and getting a great finished product to the owner, ” George said.

Although the shop is known for variety, they still do their fair share of service and repair work. They also work on wrecked bikes and head out to shows as often as possible to see all what’s new in the industry. “What I can’t see is getting sick of this,” Richard noted. “It’s my passion, and I love making everything run the best that it can.”

For more about the Open House on April 1st or on Crumpler’s Custom Cycle check out our website at http://www.crumplersautomotive.com, check us out on Facebook, or call us at:
(910) 483-2958

Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle are both located at:

7611 Clinton Rd
Stedman, NC 28391

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Crumpler’s Holiday Gift Guide

 

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Happy Holidays, from our Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle families to yours!

It’s already that time of year, and if you’re like most people, you’ve got a person on your list that is hard to buy for. But you’re stubborn, and you’re not giving up! If he or she is a gearhead, then you’re in luck–because this month we have a holiday gift guide to share with you to help you find the perfect gifts for that special someone who likes all things fast, shiny, and loud this holiday season! We also have items that everyone needs, and can help you find the perfect one for each person on your list.

Shop owner Richie Crumpler and his son George have sorted through the shop to find the best items that they approve of to help you come up with the most unique and creative gifts for the people that you love.

#1 Cycle Care Detail Kit

This kit is for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life. Because if they can’t ride their bike a lot in the winter, then they can at least spend time with it detailing it! This comes with every formula you need and includes pads, towels, applicator and this great tote!img_1944

#2 Impact Gun

For those who like to do some of their own work. An impact gun or wrench is is a socket wrench power tool designed to deliver high torque output with minimal exertion by the user. Though it looks like a drill, it actually stores energy in a rotating mass, then delivers it suddenly to the output shaft. Wow someone with this beauty!img_1940

#3 Mini Ratchet and Bit Set

This is an outstanding set that is easy to keep close at hand to help you build or tighten anything in your house or garage! We had such a great response last year, that we brought this set back this year for the holidays. People love how easy it is to use.img_1941

#4 Jumper Cables

There’s no reason not to have jumper cables with you at all times. But take our advice and get a great pair with some quality, so that you have a product that actually works well and is SAFE. While you’re at it, get the 16 ft long variety so you have some room to work with.img_1903

#5 Forest Helmet

This lightweight helmet will protect your head, neck, and eyes while you’re working. It ventilates like a dream, has a great visor, and an adjustable sizer. Nothing but the best when you purchase Husqvarna.img_1904

#6 Plug n’ Play Stereo for Harley-Davidson

If you’re gonna ride, do it with some great tunes! This heavy-duty radio will withstand all the elements and keep you singing along down the road. We also do the installs too, to bring it back in with your bike, and we will have you good-t0-go in no time!img_1907

#7 Husqvarna Blower/Vacuum

First, you have the great quality of Husqvarna, which sets all of our inventory apart. Second, this blower also vacuums into a bag if you put it on. This will make yard clean up a breeze!img_1911

#8 Husqvarna Weed Eaters/Trimmers

Get these in either gas or electric models. The batteries last a long time and don’t lose power. And the gas variety is easy to crank and keep running.img_1915

#9 Husqvarna Chainsaws of all varieties and Masonry saws

You can choose your blade length and type and go as big and as efficient as possible. And this masonry saw will get the job done, hands down!

#10 Husqvarna Hedge Trimmers

Go big or go home! Trimming has never been so easy as it is with these great trimmers. You will absolutely love how fast and smooth they cut.img_1916

#11 Stocking Stuffers and Smaller Gifts

We’ve got you covered with small items from ratchet straps, cleaning brushes, wash mitts, motorcycle charms, jacks, safety glasses, sunglasses, goggles, motor treatments, tire cleaners, paste wax, bar-b-que sauce from the famous Bethany Historical Society, and more! You won’t run out of good options for smaller gifts as well.

 

And as always, if you want to knock some socks off, check out our vehicles and motorcycles for sale and our newest vintage item: a 1959 Ford Tractor!

 

You all mean the world to us as customers and friends. It is our sincere hope that you have the most joyous and peaceful of holiday seasons. Please let us know if we can help you in any way and call us if you need us: (910) 483-2958. We’re open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm at our shop at 7611 Clinton Road in Stedman. Follow us on Facebook at our Automotive Page and our Custom Cycle Page. Also at our website. Let us know how we can best serve you!

 

Texting and Driving: It Has To Stop

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? We’re driving down the road and our phone dings. You try to ignore it, but it dings again, and again….and….again. Now you’re getting concerned. Maybe it’s your spouse, your kids, or your work….and they NEED you right now. At least that’s how it feels. But do you look down? Do you risk it? Considering that 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving, you know it’s not worth the risk. But in an increasingly digital and “instant” age, what should you do to manage this issue?

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If you’re still reading and you think, “Well surely a few seconds can’t hurt. And besides, I’m a good driver…”, then think again. If you’re  driving at 55mph, you can travel the length of a football field in no more than five seconds. Imagine what can happen in that distance when your eyes aren’t on the road.

First things first, put your phone on silent and put it in a designated spot while you drive that you won’t reach for. It also helps to let people you may be communicating with over text know that you’re traveling and won’t be answering your texts for a bit. Another helpful tip is to flip the phone over so that you can’t see the alerts on the screen while you drive as well.

If you have someone else in the car with you that you trust, have them do the texting for you if you feel that a response may be needed for someone. Dictate what the person should type and keep that conversation short, as this can also be distracting.

dont-text-and-driveYou can also download apps that do the work for you if you don’t want to just ignore texts. For example, the app “Live2Txt” is simple. Turn the app on when you get behind the wheel, and you’ll silence your smartphone from incoming notifications, texts, and calls. When you receive a message, the app will alert the sender with a customized message that you’re unable to respond at the moment. Another app “DriveOff” automatically locks your phone when you’re driving at speeds faster than 10mph. This one is a great idea for teenagers. The messages just won’t show up.

Your safety and the safety of others on the road is more important in the moment than any message. Couple that with the fact that you’re 23 times more likely to be in a car accident when you’re texting and driving, and it’s a no-brainer. Choose to have the self-discipline to not answer. It really will save lives if we all decide to be safer in this way.

It’s that time of year, and we’re thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our valued customers. We could not exist without you, and we are honored to be able to serve you and this community daily.

If you’re in the market for any ideas for Christmas, stay tuned, because we have a gift-buying guide coming soon. In the meantime, we have a full line of Husqvarna products as well as great used vehicles and motorcycles. Just give us a call for more information (910) 483-2958, come see us, or check out our Facebook or website!

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Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Motorcycle Summer Checklist

 

Things have been busy as can be for us over here, but we’re always committed to giving you the best in advice and knowledge in order to keep your vehicles, motorcycles, and small engines in top shape. This month we want to focus on your bike and give you a checklist that will help it run right through the fall so that you can enjoy your rides through the best parts of the year!

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Fluids

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Keeping your fluids all up the correct levels will ensure that your bike is lubricated at all times. You’ll avoid so many issues just by making sure your bike isn’t fluid deficient, which causes degradation almost immediately. Old fluid and fuel can also clog your fuel system and cause harmful acid levels which will shorten the lifespan of your transmission. You should be replacing your oil every 5,000 miles. Your transmission lubricant should be replaced every 20,000 miles, and your brake fluid levels should be checked every 5,000 miles. Additionally, your fuel valves, lines, and fittings should be checked every 5,000 miles for leaks. The primary chaincase lubricant should also be checked, but only every 10,000 miles or so.

Air Intake and Exhaust

Always check the air filter, as it is what essentially helps your bike to breathe. This always helps it to stay clear of heavy debris. If you ever see a hole, you must replace it to keep harmful particles from entering into the engine. Also, inspect your muffler to make sure no cracks or damage are depriving you of valuable horsepower! Filters should be replaced every 5,000 miles, as well as your air cleaner.

Tires and Driveline

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Heat has an adverse effect on the PSI (pounds per square inch) on your tires. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines as they vary per each different product and then fill or drain your tires accordingly. FREQUENTLY check the tread, as this is one of your primary safety features. No tread=No traction. And tires can rot faster than you think! Tires should be inspected and checked every 5,000 miles at least, and the wheel spoke tightness should be checked.

While you’re at it, give the chains or belts a good look too. Make sure driveline sprockets  and pulleys don’t have any signs of hooking. If you notice any damage to these or the belts, don’t wonder about it, just replace them. Chain tension should be examined by a mechanic every 5,000 miles as well as the belts, sprockets, and pulleys.

Brakes

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When you need some stop in your life, you want the brakes to be there for you. That’s another one of those moments in time when your safety is on the line. Make sure there is no damage to your brake lines BEFORE you head off on a ride. Then actuate them to check for leaks and pressure loss. Your master cylinders should be checked as well to make sure the fluids are where they need to be. Your brake pads and discs should be inspected every 5,000 miles by a mechanic.

Battery and electronics

A dead or weak battery isn’t an uncommon problem, even in the heat of summer. If your battery won’t hold a consistent charge, it’s time to get a new battery instead of wasting your time trying to get an old one to work. Bare wires and cracked shieldings are bad news–make sure to clean the battery area of debris as well. Clean connections every 5,000 miles and make sure all your electrical switches and equipment works every 5,000 miles or so.

Most of these checks are performed every time you bring in your bike to us at Crumpler’s Custom Cycle for maintenance. We have a schedule we follow for routine maintenance so that you don’t have to. We’re here to keep your bike running happy so she keeps you running happy too!

Summer is also the time for NEW RIDES!

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FOR SALE: Completely Custom bike made in our shop. Not another like it!

 

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FOR SALE: Yamaha white dirt bike. Street Legal. 1987. Low miles!
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For Sale: 2004 Honda XR400 Dirt Bike. Has a title that will allow it to be legally driven on the road!
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Yamaha for Sale! 2002 model. Great price!
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1994 Jeep Wrangler ready to go–for sale! New tires.
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FOR SALE: 1988 Monte Carlo SS. You will love the way this rides!
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For SALE: 1995 GMC Pick-up! Great all-around truck.
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Husqvarna for sale! If we don’t have what you want, we can order it!

We’re open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday through Friday and would love to show all that we have to you. Call us at (910) 483-2958 as well for more information. And as always, watch our website and our Crumpler’s Facebook  as well as our Crumpler’s Custom Cycle  page for current updates. We love your feedback and shares. Thank you all for your support and your business. Take care, stay cool, and enjoy the open road!

 

Crumpler’s Vehicle Summer Checklist

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Open from 7 am to 6pm, Monday through Friday at 7611 Clinton Road.

Summertime is a time for traveling. Whether it’s to the beach, the mountains or the All-American road trip, it’s hard to not take advantage of this time of year to take a vacation. Before hitting the road, though, you can take a few simple precautions to keep your loved ones safe and maybe even save money at the pump. The kind of heat that we have here in NC can be particularly hard on cars, so make sure to keep on top of the following things to keep your vehicle running smoothly this summer:

1. Check your tires. Only one out of ten drivers know how to correctly check their tires, but over-inflated, worn, or under-inflated or misaligned tires can be dangerous in hot weather. Consult your owner’s manual to see what PSI your tires need to be in hot weather. Also, use the penny trick to see if you still have enough tread on your tires. Stick a penny in the tread, and if Lincoln’s head disappears, you’re good. We can also check your tires as well if you’re unsure about any of the above. Last thing: make sure to also check your spare tire.

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2. Change your oil and filter. Oil keeps your engine running clean, smooth, and cool. Most of us do a lot more driving during the summer, so keep in mind the guidelines for changing for your vehicle and also check your oil before a trip so you’re not caught off-guard.

3. Check hoses and belts. The key to keeping your car running well this summer is generally keeping the engine running cool. The hoses connect to the radiator and help pump coolant back and forth between the engine block. The belts run the fan that helps cool the system. A cracked hose or broken belt will lead to the radiator overheating.

4. Replace your windshield wipers. We all know summer is the time for torrential downpours in this area. This is when you need wipers that really work versus smearing water when they should be swiping it off your windshield.Buying-the-windshield-wipers-that-work-perfectly-for-my-car If your wipers are smearing water, leaving visible streaks, or requiring several passes to clear away light rain, then they need to be replaced.

5. Check your brakes. Brakes are the single most important safety feature on your vehicle. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk by riding around on worn down or faulty brakes. We can always check this for you! Some signs your brakes need some help: 1. Your brake pedal feels very soft. 2. You pedal feels hard or resistant. 3. Warning lights come on. 4. Scraping or grinding sounds are emitted when you brake.

6. Check the coolant and radiator.th If an engine gets too hot, this is never good and can cause a variety of internal problems. Summer is tough on cooling systems in your vehicle. Sitting in traffic creates a situation where there is no air to flow across the engine to keep it cool. If your coolant levels are low, your engine temperature is going to go up. A general rule is to flush your radiator and add new coolant at least every two years. This is done with a special chemical that cleans debris and build up on the inside of the radiator. And if you see a small puddle of coolant under your vehicle when it’s been parked for a while, then you have a leak. You need to bring it in ASAP and have it checked out.

7. Clean your battery. Hot weather is harder on your battery than you think. Summer can speed up the chemical reaction inside a battery, causing it to overcharge, which can shorten the lifespan of your battery greatly. Heat can also evaporate the internal battery fluid. We can run a quick battery inspection if you suspect either of these issues.

8. Maintain your air conditioner. Losing cool air on a hot summer day is rather uncomfortable to say the least. car-air-conditioningThe most common issue with your AC in your car is a low level of refrigerant. This should always be done by a professional as air conditioning units, especially in newer cars, are complicated beasts!

If you follow up and check all eight of these suggestions, you should be well on your way to maintaining a long life for your vehicle, thereby also keeping your beloved passengers safe! For any and all questions, please make sure to call us!

Summer is also the time for NEW WHEELS!

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FOR SALE: 2003 Yamaha V-Star 650
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FOR SALE: 2004 Honda XR400 Dirt bike. Has a title that will allow it to be legally driven.
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FOR SALE: Completely custom bike made in our shop! Not another like it!
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FOR SALE: 2002 Harley Sportster
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2009 Harley Ultra Classic
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FOR SALE: 1994 Jeep Wrangler. New tires!
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FOR SALE: 1995 GMC pick-up. Great all-around truck!
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SO MUCH Husqvarna for sale at our site! Come see all that we have to offer!
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FOR SALE: 4 Wheeler: Arctic  Cat. Come see it and take it for a test drive!

We’re open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday through Friday and would love to show all that we have to you. Call us at (910) 483-2958 as well for more information. And as always, watch our website and our Crumpler’s Facebook page for current updates. We love your feedback and shares. Thank you all for your support and your business. Now, let’s have the best summer we can as we MAKE THOSE MEMORIES!