Fayetteville Arkansas Dealership

What is a Powertrain Warranty?

What is a powertrain warranty

A powertrain warranty covers the internally lubricated parts within the engine, transmission and driveline. We sell powertrains and exclusionary service contracts that cover major electrical components with all of our vehicles.

Here are a few estimates on average repair costs: 

- Engine - $4230

- Transmission - $2979

The powertrain warranties that we offer come with additional benefits that include towing, substitute transportation (reimbursement up to a maximum of $250 for substitute transportation if a covered part fails and your vehicle cannot be repaired in a timely manner), protection when you travel (you will be reimbursed up to four days for meals and lodging if a covered part fails and you are over 150 miles from your principal residence) and transferable & enhanced resale value (when you purchase a new or wrap plan, your contract may be transferred to the new owner should you decide to sell your vehicle. Your SecureNET vehicle service contract will help enhance your vehicle's resale value.) 

Coverage qualifications vary depending on the year, make, model, and current mileage of your vehicle. 

2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Walk around Video Springdale, Arkansas Rath Auto Resources

Come see Clint Syrcles at Rath Auto Resources in Springdale, Arkansas to test drive this 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT.


  • Automatic transmission
  • RWD / Rear Wheel Drive
  • Exterior color: Granite pearlcoat
  • Interior color: Black
  •  Touring suspension
  • Light tinted glass
  • Entertainment: 2 LCD Monitors
  • Front power seats
  • Illuminated cupholder
  • Cruise control w/ steering wheel controls
  • Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • and more!

Santa’s Secret To A Stress-Free Holiday

Stress is the worst! Especially around the holidays. Here are some tips to keep the joy alive during this special time of year.

Be Realistic

Often, we tend to overcommit ourselves during the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays. But it's important to be realistic about your commitments. Learn to say no. It's all right to not commit to everything. Plan ahead and choose which specific events will mean the most to you and your family, and only commit to participating in these. Set time aside for yourself and follow through with your usual eating and exercise habits. It will help keep you grounded.


Set A Budget

Many people feel pressure to overspend on gifts. A lot of this pressure comes from the media and the constant barrage of ads and plot lines that instill in us a belief that the amount of gifts we buy or the amount of money we spend during this time of year is representative of how much we care for our friends and family members. But most of the time a personal gift means much more than anything you could buy. Take the time to construct a budget, stick to it, and put your focus on what would matter most to the people you care about.


It's a common occurrence that we become so wrapped up in the things that directly influence us that we lose sight of what's truly important in life. Set aside time to express gratitude for all that you have, show compassion for your fellow human beings and volunteer with a local charity. Soon, you'll feel all your stress melting away like ice in the spring.


The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year. Don't let them turn into a season you dread. These simple tips and tricks are sure to keep you as jolly as the fat man himself.

Here's to a happy holiday season!

Finance Interview: David Rath at Rath Auto Resources

We did an interview with our finance manager, David Rath. We asked him the questions that will make your car buying process simple as well as some tips on how to build your credit, approach someone to be a cosigner and more!

What type of financing do you offer?

Indirect auto loans (when someone else - like me, get’s the loan for you)  ranging from very competitive prime rates to credit rebuilding programs and pretty much everything in between.

What happens if I have poor credit, can you still finance me?

There are a lot of factors that are involved in that such as vehicle choice, down payment, budget and things like that. But most of the time, yes!

How can I make sure I get the best interest rate with the lowest payment?

Answer: So much of that is based on where your credit is at the moment and somewhat based on how much payment you put down. There are a lot of factors that go into it, like credit score, but we will always offer you the best possible deal based on your situation.

How do I know if I need a cosigner for an auto loan?

Every situation is different. But you may need a cosigner if your income doesn't meet minimum requirements from a bank or if you are seeking an auto loan and you already have an auto loan currently.

What is your advice on approaching a co-signer to help me get my auto loan if I need one?

Every scenario is different, but your family is always the best place to start. If you are young and just getting started, your parents might be willing to help out. If you are married, your spouse is, of course, an option. While it is a commitment on their part, if you make your payments on time, it will build their credit at the same rate it builds yours.

What kind of questions will I need to answer in order to apply for financing?

Once you have found the right vehicle for you, the credit application is simple. We will fill out a standard application including  date of birth, social security number, how long you have been at your current job, how long you have been at your current address and how much money you make. Once we get deeper in the process, other questions may come up.

I am thinking about making a vehicle purchase this year, what are some things I can do now to make sure I have good credit when it comes time to purchase?

Limiting the amount of debt you have leading up to buying your car is one of the most straightforward ways to make sure you have a good score when you are ready to buy. Try to keep a balance at or below  20% of the max on your credit card(s). Pay off any outstanding collections, if you have any. Make your current payments you have on time and make sure they are up to date before your vehicle purchase .

What should I bring to Rath Auto Resources with me if I intend to purchase and finance a vehicle?

You will definitely need a valid Driver's License. It’s not always required, but bringing your most recent paycheck stub and a recent utility bill is always good. It’s not always the case, but sometimes the bank may ask for proof of income or residence. 

Join us at Barling Cruise Night

Come join us on Rogers avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas this Saturday at 6pm! We will have a fun tent set up at the Barling Cruise Night and we will be hosting drawings for prizes and giveaways! There will be awesome live music, great food, amazing cars and all kinds of family fun! Come say hi to us at our tent and sign up for some goodies! Also, since we are wrapping up our car shows for the year, we want to give you one last reminder for some car show etiquette that we put together at the start of the car show season. You can find that article here: http://www.rathautoconnect.com/proper-car-show-etiquette-rath-auto-resources/

September 2015 Events in Fort Smith, Arkansas

  • September 01 thru 30th Canned Food Drive at Rath Auto Resources to benefit the River Valley Regional Food Bank. Please drop off all non-perishable food items at 4515 Towson Avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas and we will make our final delivery October 1st. 
  • Septemeber 01, 2015 - National Library Card Sign Up Month at Fort Smith Public Library. All day.
  • September 06, 2015 - Legacy Concert at Fort Smith Sate Park. 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.Celebrate the region's musical heritage at Lake Fort Smith State Park, featuring old time folk and mountain music from the group Bonafide. Fiddle, banjo, and guitars carry the listener back to the early days of settlement in the Ozarks. Meet on the back lawn of the visitor center; take lawn chairs or blankets. Admission: Free
  • September 06, 2015 - Ice Cream Social at Fort Smith Historic Museum
  • September 10, 2015 - Patrick Angus: Paintings and Work on Paper - Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. Admission - $5.00 or free for RAM members.
  • September 10, 2015 - Western Arkansas Ballet Open House. 6:00-8:00pm - Enjoy a performance by the Western Arkansas Ballet Pre-Professional Company, learn about volunteering, enjoy refreshments, and meet the faculty and staff. Enter to win door prizes and bid on a silent auction item, a reserved parking spot during Nutcracker auditions and rehearsals. As the evening comes to a close, the spring ballet will be announced.
  • September 10, 2015 - Knox Street Book Club at Clayton House.  5:15-6:30pm. This club is offered to members of the Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit organization that preserves and operates the Clayton House. Membership, beginning at $50 for individuals, can be obtained online or over the phone.
  • September 11, 2015 - An Evening with Snakes of Arkansas  at Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center at 7:00pm.  Free admission.
  • September 11, 2015 - Rockin-Sockin-Swingin--50's and 60's Dance at Eagle's Ballroom. 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of dance styles to music provided by a DJ in this smoke-free, low light environment. Dress attire is dressy-casual. $5 per dancer.
  • September 11, 2015 - Konplosion. Konsplosion! is an all-encompassing, multi-genre convention, combining Comics, Sci-Fi, Anime, Gaming, Pop Culture, and more! “A Joining of Forces!!” To be held in Ft. Smith, Arkansas!
  • September 12, 2015 - Tailgate for a Cause: Blindside Domestic Violence at Golden Living. 6:30-10:30pm.
  • September 12, 2015 - WW&L United Way Golf Tournament at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Alma. Admission: $75 includes lunch. Call: 479-632-8857
  • September 12, 2015 - Keep Arkansas Beautiful Campagin: Byrd's Mulberry River Cleanup - 7:00am-11:55pm. Volunteers will be rewarded for their efforts with a cookout, live music and door prizes. Lunch will be catered at noon by Steve Outlaw. Bands include Jamie Lou, Russell Corbin, Richard Burnett & The Outlaw Hippies, Woody & Sunshine, The Hard Cider Boys, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings , Tyrannosaurus Chicken, and a few more surprises. Registration and drop off will be at Byrd's Adventure Center. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Volunteers should register online.
  • September 12, 2015 - High Noon Matinee - Step back to the 19th century Old West, a period of transition that involved a mix of lawless men, colorful women, and good honest folk. This mixture of comedy and melodrama is meant to entertain as well as educate. Admission: Free
  • September 12, 2015 - Pancake Breakfast at BellPoint Lodge- 7:00am-10:00am.

    All you can eat pancakes, sausage & eggs with Orange juice, milk & Coffee. Adults $5.00 Children 9 - up $3.00 Under 8 free Come on out and Join US We want to meet you! Belle Point Masonic Lodge #20 6000 Zero Street Fort Smith, Ar.  Admission: $5 adults; $3 children. 479-782-5454

  • September 12, 2015 - Remembering the Great Indian Council of 1865 at National Historic Site 301 Parker Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Free admission.
  • September 12, 2015 - Bear Hunting Basics and More at Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center.  1:00-3:00pm. Free Admission.
  • September 12, 2015 - Race for Recovery at Chaffee Crossing. 8:00-10:00am. Admission: $25 for 5k, $15 for Fun Run.
  • September 12, 2015 - Star Gazing at Lake Fort Smith State Park. 8:00-11:00pm. Free Admission. Explore the night sky above Lake Fort Smith with the Arkansas/Oklahoma Astronomical Society (AOAS) Star Gazing program. Head to the marina boat ramp at sundown where AOAS members will provide a number of telescopes. Take your own scopes and binoculars, as well as chairs and blankets. This is a weather dependent event.
  • September 12, 2015 - Elks Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center. Free Admission. 9:00am-12:30pm.
  • September 12, 2015 - Haircuts and Cupcakes - John Taylor Benefit at Designer and Barber Stylist School (behind Calico County) 8:30am-2:00pm. Local Barbers will be Donating their time to help raise money for John Taylor, a Barber Student that has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostrate Cancer and Metastatic Bone Cancer.
  • September 12, 2015 - Chalk the Block Art Competition at Pendegraft Park at 10:00am.Brought to you by 646 Downtown's, "The Unexpected Project," which is a festival of murals happening in Fort Smith, Arkansas between September 3-12.
  • September 13, 2015 - Arkansas State Criterium Championships at 817 Garrison Avenue at 8:00am. Bicycle Criterium in downtown Fort Smith which will crown Arkansas State Champions in age divisions from 9 to 70+
  • September 13, 2015 - Road Dahl Day at Fort Smith Public Library . 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.Kids of all ages, celebrate author Roald Dahl’s birthday by dropping by the Main Library for an afternoon of festivities. Fun activities and a showing of the movie Matilda (PG) will all be available in the Youth Services craft room. Participants will have a chance to win a Roald Dahl book at this free open-house style event. Free Admission.
  • September 13, 2015 - TrailBlazers Hiking Club General Meeting at Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center. Admission: Free.
  • September 13, 2015 - Grandparents Day at Central Mall. 12:30-4:30pm. Enjoy a free family photo print and other fun, free activities at Central Mall. Admission: Free.
  • September 17, 2015 - Curtain Up on Murder at Fort Smith Little Theatre. A Gala Performance will be held on September 17 and regular performances will take place September 18-19 and 23-26 with Matinee Performances on September 20 and 27. Evening Performances: 7:30 pm, Matinees 2:00 pm
  • September 17, 2015 Open Mic Night at Dewy's Cafe: Join us for a fun, casual Open Mic Night @ Dewey's Café. Musicians, poets, and other talented folks are invited to perform. Sign-up at the door; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list. Showcase your talent, or just come and listen … music or poetry does not have to be original work - come and share a favorite poem or musical piece with us! Acoustic music only please; we look forward to seeing you! For more information, please call the Main Library at (479)783-0229.
  • September 17, 2015 - 2015 Aging Conference . Topics including: Preparing for Care In AR, Medical Ethics at End of Life, Urinary incontinence & Treatments, Breast Cancer in Older Adults, When Dementia Meets the Law, Remaining at Home as Long as Possible, Customer Service Fails - Who, Why, & What Can Se Done, A+ Team Options, Palliative Care for Older Adults, Medicare Plan Finder, Healthy Eating While Aging, Mental Health First Aid, Psyc??hiatric Medication, Cardiovascular Disease In The Senior, The Aging Eye, Move with Balance, The Power of Yes, Introducing Hospice, Sexual Inappropriateness, Hearing & Total Body Health, Grief, Exercise for Well Being.
  • September 22, 2015 - Make and Take Wreath Making Workshop: A Fundraiser For the Fort Smith Public Library. 4:00-8:00pm. Cost: $25. Call or come by the Main Library to register. Preregistration with payment by Thursday, September 17 is required.
  • September 25, 2015 - Most Costly Mistakes of Small Business in Hiring and Managing Employees. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents Most Costly Mistakes of Small Businesses in Hiring and Managing Employees on September 25 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Fort Smith Public Library.There is no fee to attend, thanks to Arvest Business Resource Center, but seating is limited and registration is required at 479-356-2067
  • September 26, 2015 - 4th Annual Fort Smith Volunteer Fair - Light food and refreshments will be served. For more information contact Cody Faber at the Fort Smith National Historic Site at 479-226-3727 or cody_faber@nps.gov/
  • September 26, 2015 - Robin Mark Concert -  7:00-9:00pm at Van Buren Fine Arts Center. The event is free to the public. The audience will be invited to participate in an offering that will benefit the Glory Girl Foundation, a non-profit ministry which provides support for families with hospital-bound children, by providing for their basic needs. In lieu of ticket sales, the public is encouraged to donate one household necessity such as: toiletries, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene and paper products, linens etc. These items will be used to furnish the Glory House in Little Rock, AR. For more information on the Glory House: www.glorygirlfoundation.com.

Rath Auto Partners with Sebastian County Humane Society

As most everyone knows, we are connected with 5 local charities and give them a monthly donation check based on the number of car sales.  The more cars we sell, the more money we give to our charities. Each month a different charity is featured as our spotlight charity and we work extra hard to get our community, customers and employees involved. The month of August we featured the Sebastian County Humane Society by being a drop-off donation location encouraging everyone to bring by dry dog food, wet dog food, wet cat food, dry cat food, pet beds, treats and toys! We also hosted a live adoption event this past Saturday - even one of our employees adopted a dog! Check out the photos!  Not all of the pets got adopted so make sure you stop by the Sebastian County Humane Society and adopt an animal from the shelter!

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