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Finance Your Vehicle With Us - Rath Auto Resources

In addition to being named DealerRater's 2016 Arkansas Used Car Dealer of the Year, we've also won the 2016 Consumer Satisfaction Award. We'd like to think this is because our "for the people" philosophy extends to financing.

Our For the People Credit Approval Process guarantees that you'll be approved for a nicer, newer vehicle regardless of past credit problems. Even if you've been turned down for auto financing in the past, that changes now.

The process is simple, and you can get started right away. Fill out our online form for approval in as little as 30 seconds. Even if you're not approved automatically, one of our finance team members will be in touch to discuss your options. Either way, you'll soon have access to affordable financing rates that can help you get the reliable vehicle you need.

The Rath Auto Resources finance department is focused on ensuring your experience with our dealership exceeds your highest expectations. Our friendly finance managers work with people from all over including Fort Smith, Van Buren, and Rogers to ensure our customers get the right finance program at the most competitive rates.

We strive to work with each customer to ensure their satisfaction. We have financed customers from Fayetteville to Springdale. Whether you are right down the road or an hour away from Fort Smith you can use our quick pre-approval form to qualify for one of our finance programs. Additionally, we provide you with a payment calculator to estimate your buying power and monthly payments.

Enjoy a car-buying experience designed with you in mind. Buy your next vehicle at Rath Auto Resources.

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Best, "I've never missed a payment!"

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Competitive Pre-Owned Vehicle Rates*

We have hundreds of pre-owned vehicles for immediate delivery and access to some of the lowest interest rates in the business. *Rates subject to change. Please see dealer for up to date rates.

OK. "I've missed a payment or two."

Due to our special arrangements with local and national lenders, we can help you get the pre-owned vehicle you deserve. Whether your past credit is near perfect or not so perfect, we can help!

Complete our FREE credit application and our team of finance professionals will begin working for you. We have hundreds of pre-owned vehicles currently available for immediate delivery.

Not so good. "I need to rebuild my credit..."

Are you new to this country? Have you been turned down before? We can help. We have programs to help you get into a car and rebuild your credit. We are able to overcome most credit problems.

To get started, fill out our FREE credit application online.

Once the application is completed, the Rath Auto Resources finance team will put together a loan package that is tailored specifically for you.

Use our Payment Calculator feature on our website!

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Get pre-approved for an auto loan and see your credit score and ranking instantly! 

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  • See where you rank against the rest of the U.S
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Meet our Finance Manager, Mike Jennings. 

Mike Jennings, Finance Manager, has been with Rath Auto Resources since April 2016. Mike is a dedicated and diligent employee with educational plans for continued professional success. When not working, Mike loves time spent with his family, building projects at home, cooking, adventure travel and the great outdoors.


Valentine's Day Gifts, Reservations, Recipes & More!

Valentine's Day is Sunday, February 14 this year. We called {most} restaurants located in Fort Smith, Arkansas to give you a list of who is taking reservations, who is not and who is doing call ahead seating. If your restaurant is not on the list and you would like to add it, please feel free to give us a call at 479-646-8251.

21 West End -(479) 434-4213 - 21 N. Second Street Suite 102 Fort Smith, AR Dinner 5-9:30

AJ’s Oyster House – (479) 434-5115 -115 N 10th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 - Special Valentine's Day Menu - Dinner Only

Bella Italia - (479) -785-1550 -407 N 8th St, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901

Does - (479) 784-9111 -422 N 3rd St. Fort Smith, AR 72901

Landry New Orleans - (479) 783-2505 - Open from 4-10pm on Valentine's Day

Movie Lounge – (479) 226-3595 – 7601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

River City Deli – (479) 434-6474- Stonewood Village Shopping Center, 7320 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903.Saturday and Sunday - 5:30 and 7:30

Rolandos - (479) 573-0404 - 223 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901

Shogun Peking Palace – (479) 452-6070 – 5819 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Sake Sushi and Martini Bar – (479) 434-5434- 823 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901 - Saturday reservations only.

Talianos  - 479-785-2292201 North 14th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 - Friday and Saturday reservations only

Toscana -(479) 222-6755 4620 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903

Stonehouse at Chaffee Crossing - (479) 668-2828 - 8801 Wells Lake Rd Fort Smith, Arkansas - Saturday and Sunday Special Menu with reservations required.

Call Ahead Seating - These restaurants are not taking reservations, but if you call when you are on our way, they will put you on the wait list to cut down our waiting time in the restaurant. 

Calico County - (479) 452-3299 - 2401 S 56th St, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Outback Steakhouse – (479) 452-0900 – 6800 Rogers Ave., Ft. Smith, AR 72903

Texas Roadhouse - (479) 452-7427 - 3111 S 74th St, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Below are some locations that we called but are not taking reservations on Valentine's Day

  • Anthony's Italian
  • Bricktown Brewery
  • Catfish Cove
  • Chili's Grill and Bar
  • Cheddar's Casual Cafe
  • Fuji Japanese Steakhouse
  • Joe's Pizza and Pasta
  • Joe's Grill and Cantina (closed on Sunday's)
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Logan's Roadhouse
  • Olive Garden
  • Red Lobster
  • TGI Fridays

Would you like to do more than just dinner? No worries, we have come up with a few more ideas for you! Since Valentine's Day is on a Sunday, try having a brunch date if you don't want to fight the dinner crowds! Setup for mimosa's and the perfect brunch recipes.

Want to stay inside and cook your own dinner? Here are some great tips for making sure your night is as close to perfect as it can be!

  • Remove your steaks from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Rub both sides of the steaks with coarse kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the steaks 3 to 5 inches from the flame to sear the outside and seal in the juices. -Source
  • Bring all your ingredients (especially butter and eggs) to room temperature before using.
  • Below is a perfect wine and food pairing chart.

Shop Local:

  1. Savoy Tea (tea + giftcard + more) 

How To Take Better Pictures Of Your Car

Have you ever wanted to take your automotive photography to the next level?  Use these four easy, yet incredibly powerful tips to dramatically improve your images.

1) Choose the right location

The location you choose for your shoot is going to be one of the most important factors in making your images amazing. It is essential to tying your image together.  The wrong location can be like trying to take a one year old's birthday picture in an assembly line plant. It just doesn't fit. Even with perfect composition, lighting and angles you can still have a technically great but boring picture. This is your opportunity to express your creativity and take your automotive photos from "blah" to "Wow!"

Choose a location that is free of distracting elements such as trash cans, telephone poles, radio towers, etc. Then find a location that matches your cars personality.

So how do you know what location fits your car? You need to take into account the color of your car and the type of your car.

You should try to find a background that compliments your car color without letting it blend in too much.  Let's look at some examples. The following two images are examples where the car blends in to the surrounding background colors. To make these image better, these cars should have been placed in a location that had a background to make the car "pop" a little more. The primary focus of the image is your car. It needs to stand out against the background.

Now let's take a look at how using the cars paint color with a similar background color can make the car stand out to become your focal point. In this case, the car color matches a small piece of the mural in the background therefore making this Tahoe really stand out.

In this example, the car is white and the background colors are dark. This contrast in background and subject makes the Charger easily the main focus of this image.

The next step in choosing the location for your car's photo shoot is finding a background that matches the personality of your car. What is it that makes your car interesting? What is it's natural habitat?  If you have a truck, Jeep, rally car for example, you might consider selecting a rugged outdoor scene. If you have a sports car, you might consider a cityscape. Really take this time to becoming creative by thinking about what you intend to convey about your car.

Large trucks, like this Dodge Ram are often that is often known for their abilities to go in rough places, be work trucks and overall great for the outdoors. This location is perfect for representing all of those qualities.

2) Choose the best lighting for your shoot

Lighting is a crucial element to proper photography of any kind no matter what your subject is (cars, people, pets, buildings, etc.). So what makes good lighting? You want to look for environments that will reduce glare from the car exterior, remove harsh shadows and add interest.

Naturally, you might think the more light, the better. While having sufficient light is necessary, that is not always the case. Typically you want to avoid any type of harsh lighting situations. This would mean shooting in the open sun ( meaning an area that does not provide any shade) in the middle of the day.

If you cannot avoid shooting during the middle of the day, try looking for large areas of shade or shooting on a cloudy day. If you have advanced Photoshop skills, you can always add in a fake sky to remove the gloomy look. (That will be covered in a different tutorial.)  Try thinking outside the box when it comes to looking for shade. For example, parking garages are a great option when shooting during the day.

You can also find large areas of shade under trees, behind large buildings, etc.

Shooting when the weather is gloomy and overcast is great way to diffuse the harsh light.

You can easily add appeal and drama to your images by choosing interesting elements like golden hour (sunset/sunrise times)  and stormy conditions.

3) Add interesting angles and composition

Let's take a look at the two pictures above of my Challenger. In the top image (with the stormy sky) I was standing (slightly bent over and forward) to get the angle you see. As a result, you (the viewer) are above the car. This gives you the feeling superiority by looking down on the car. In the bottom image (with the sunset), I was lying flat on my stomach and my Challenger is actually higher than me giving the Challenger a more aggressive and powerful appeal. Also, by lying on my stomach and photographing the bottom picture above, this perspective will enhance your depth of field.

Look for unique ways to frame your shot. Get creative here.

You have probably heard of the rule of thirds. It is a basic composition technique that you should also apply to automotive photography. In the image below, the anchor point of the Subaru  (the emblem on the grill) is locked in the anchor point of the bottom right third of the image.

4) Make little adjustments before you take your shot

  • Before you take your shot, check your frame for any small distractions you might have missed. Sometimes you can find a simple fix like using your car to block the distractions or adjusting your position.
  • Straighten your tires. Unless you are specifically demonstrating your car turning or going through a curve, you will want to straighten your tires or adjust for only a small turn in the tires.
  • Turn your headlights on. It adds emphasis to your car.

By using these four tips you can dramatically improve your automotive photography skills. We will later build upon these skills and show you post processing techniques that will advance your photography even further.

January Events in Fort Smith, Arkansas - Rath Auto Resources

Fort Smith Events in January 2016

  1. January 1st- Mayor's New Year's Eve Party - Fort Smith Convention Center - 8:30 (Dec 31st) - 12:00am (Jan 1) - Admission: Free
  2. January 1st - Ary by Penny Joyner - Fort Smith Public Library Windsor Branch - 9am . Admission: Free
  3. January 3rd - Christmas Honors Wreath Pick Up
  4. January 4th - Primetime Storytime: Sleepybear Storytime - Fort Smith Public Library - Admission: Free
  5. January 4th - Picturing the America's Snapshot - 1pm- 2pm Crystal Bridges
  6. January 11th - Writer's Group - Crystal Bridges 11:00am-12:30pm
  7. January 14th - 11:30-2pm Preschool Playdate - Crystal Bridges - Admission: Free
  8. January 16th - Blue White Night UAFS vs Lubbock 2016 5:00-11:00pm
  9. January 23rd - Old Fort Dandies Chili's Supper and Auction 6:00-8:00pm Admission: $8.00

Other events you may or may not have heard about:

  1. January 3rd - National  Fruitcake Toss Day (toss it away ;)  )
  2. January 8th - David Bowie releases 25th Album: Blackstar
  3. January 23rd - National Measure Your Feet Day
  4. January 26th - National Australia Day

Facts about January:

  • January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads. He looked back to
    the last year and forward to the new one. The Roman New Year festival was called the Calends, and people
    decorated their homes and gave each other gifts. - source
  • January 1st, 1908 - 1st New Year's ball drop at Times Square, NYC - source
  • January 1st, 1971 - Cigarette television ads cease. - source
  • January 3, 1983 - Plinko was added as a Pricing Game for the series The Price Is Right - source
  • January 31, 1999 - Family Guy premiered on Fox - source


Special Feature

Our very own finance manager, David Rath, and his wife, Kala, are launching a very special project this month. Three years after ending fertility treatments that never resulted in pregnancy, David and Kala decided to create and online community - The Infertility Project.  This community features everything they had ever hoped they could want but under one simple and safe roof for those dealing with infertility. The online community has an education center, personal yoga instructor with weekly classes, exclusive partner discounts for members, private forums for men and women, an activity feed (like Facebook), weekly projects to inspire life outside of infertility, and one of their favorite features...the mentors. There is a wide variety of mentors ranging from a chiropractor, fertility experts, therapist, acupuncturist, surrogate expert and their mentors continue to grow weekly. These mentors are available to answer questions for the members at anytime. We encourage you to join the community if you are experiencing infertility or share with someone you know who does. 

What you need:

½ cup shea butter

¼ cup coconut oil

1 tsp ginger root powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

10 drops eucalyptus essential oil


Melt the coconut oil and shea butter using a double boiler system – I always just use a mason jar, and place it right in a sauce pan with some water on medium heat.  Once they’ve melted, mix in the ginger and cayenne powder. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, remove from the heat and add the drops of essential oil.  Stir, transfer to a jar, and place in the fridge to cool.

Rub on sore muscles and joints as needed!*

*I recommend testing a small amount on your hand first to make sure your skin doesn’t react to the mixture.

Words to Live by:

Used Chrysler Sedan - Rath Auto Resources Fort Smith, Ar

Every Friday we love to feature some of our favorite inventory we have available. We invite everyone to come check it out and take them for a test drive!

Call 479-222-1618

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December 2015 Events in Fort Smith, Arkansas

The month of December has a lot of events going on in Fort Smith and the surrounding areas. We have searched local sites and event calendars to bring all the events to you in one place! As a supporter of the Fort Smith Community, we love to be involved in things that are taking place and encourage you to join us! If you would like to stay connected and receive updates, specials, events and more in your inbox, subscribe here: https://goo.gl/1pxYpt

2011 Chevy Sedan - Rath Auto Resources Fort Smith, AR

Come see this Chevrolet Sedan Call 479-222-1618 to schedule a test drive!

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14 Ways You Can Make Your Thanksgiving Healthier

Ways You Can Make Your Thanksgiving Healthier

Contrary to common belief among many, "healthy" is more about the pureness of what ingredient you are putting into your body - not about the calories. Example: eating Subway is not exactly any "healthier" than any other fast food establishment when you are talking about the pure nourishment it provides for your body. It may contain less "fried food" or possibly fewer calories, however, it still is full of bread (which is full of chemicals, additives like Folic Acid, etc), processed lunch meats (ranking right up there with Spam and Slim Jims), and vegetables with pesticides...you get my point and we haven't even made it to the chips and soda.

  1. Use real butter instead of margarine { Here is why }
  2. Use full fat ingredients instead of opting for fat free (sour creams, milk, condensed soups) {Here is why}
  3. Unless you are cooking for a diabetic, skip the Splenda and artificial sweeteners  {Here is why}
  4. Use local ingredients (shop at a Farmers Market or local health food store) {Read more here} (Info on our local Farmer's Market and health food store below)
  5. Use fresh vegetables from the produce section instead of canned vegetables. {Here is why}
  6. Opt for organic when possible. {Here is why}
  7. Try a new {Paleo} Recipe
  8. Balance your menu with more nutritious vegetables (green beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc over corn, mashed potatoes, etc), meat and be mindful of your grains/carbs. For every 1 carb/grain dish, have two vegetable dishes.

On the day of:

  1. Eat a nutritious breakfast - Example: Fresh fruit with a protein side.
  2. If there is a salad, fill up on that first (go for a vinaigrette instead of a creamy dressing).
  3. Split your dessert with a family member.
  4. Go for a walk with a family member after the feast.
  5. Skip the bread/rolls. (You likely have your bread with your stuffing/dressing and possibly other casseroles)
  6. Help put the food away right after lunch/dinner. It helps from snacking on it all day.

Fun and Healthy Thanksgiving recipes we suggest



Pumpkin Bread {Dairy and Nut Free}

"The Downtown Farmers Market at 2nd & Garrison is currently open year round on Saturday from 7am to noon. Before peak season, only the vendors who have things to sell during the winter months come in to the market. During the peak season from May to September on most Saturdays the market will have over 50 vendors selling produce, breads, pies, flowers, trees, honey, fish, soaps, salsa, etc! Also during the peak season, May to September, the Market is open on Tuesday's from 7am to noon. All schedules are subject to weather permitting." - Source: http://www.godowntownfs.com/farmersmarket.aspx

Fort Smith Health Food Store: Old Fashioned Foods - 8434 Phoenix Avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas (behind the old Market Place Grille/now Grubbs Bar and Grill)

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Thanksgiving Recipes with Rath Auto

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

This time of year there seems to be one holiday get together after another. It’s

wonderful to spend time with friends and family, but sometimes it’s difficult to come

up with a new dish to share at each of the potlucks and celebrations. That’s why I’ve

put together a few of my favorite recipes to help you out this holiday season.

These dishes are sure to be crowd pleasers. You never know, one may even become

a new tradition for your family.


Perfect Mashed Potatoes


3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut in half lengthwise

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup whole milk

salt and ground black pepper to taste


1) Place the potatoes into a large pot, and cover with salted water. Bring to a

boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, 20 to 25


2) Drain, and return the potatoes to the pot. Turn heat to high, and allow the

potatoes to dry for about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.

3) Mash the potatoes with a potato masher twice around the pot, then add the

butter and milk. Continue to mash until smooth and fluffy. Whisk in the salt

and black pepper until evenly distributed, about 15 seconds.


Yummy Yam Casserole


4 pounds yams

2 eggs

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 ounces pecan halves

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup melted butter


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2) Poke yams in several places with a fork, then cook them on high power in

microwave oven until heated through and soft, about 20 minutes. When

cooled, remove skins and place the yams in a large bowl.

3) Beat yams until smooth. Then beat in one egg at a time, blending after each

addition. Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup melted butter, salt, cinnamon,

allspice and nutmeg; beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

4) Transfer mixture to an ungreased 3 quart casserole dish. Arrange the pecans

in a single layer on top. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and drizzle 1/4

cup melted butter over the top.

5) Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned and bubbly.


Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole


2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon white sugar

1/4 cup onion, diced

1 cup sour cream

3 (14.5 ounce) cans French style green beans, drained

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup crumbled buttery round crackers

1 tablespoon butter, melted


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2) Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour

until smooth, and cook for one minute. Stir in the salt, sugar, onion, and sour

cream. Add green beans, and stir to coat.

3) Transfer the mixture to a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Spread shredded cheese

over the top. In a small bowl, toss together cracker crumbs and remaining

butter, and sprinkle over the cheese.

4) Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden and

cheese is bubbly.


Iced Pumpkin Cookies


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking

powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

2) In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar.

Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until

creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls;

flatten slightly.

3) Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle

glaze with fork.

4) To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted

butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling


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It is not uncommon for us to load up in the car, set out for adventure with no destination in mind. Sometimes we just end up driving for several hours and other times we end up in Dallas at Rusty's Tacos and drive straight back after a few good tacos, a margarita and nice stretch of the legs. This time, we ended up at the Gentry Zoo - Wild Wilderness Drive- Through Safari. Although we had both been before, it never stops being amazing to be so close to the animals. It's not everyday you get to be inches from a wolf, pet a kangaroo and have a camel want to stick it's head through your window all in just a few hours of each other. Some people were feeding the animals out of their vehicles, but the zoo does specifically ask that you refrain from doing so. They have a petting and feeding area that is separate from the drive-thru. So if you want to go, just make sure you keep you, the animals and your car safe! It is definitely a fun time and a wide range of animals! As 3 late 20-year-olds, we can attest that it is fun for all ages! After the zoo, we couldn't resist stopping at Shake's for a frosty snack too :)

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