Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • Good Samaritans Help Deliver Baby

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    Last Friday four Good Samaritans in Fort Worth helped bring a baby into the world. Karen Call and her husband were en route to the hospital when the two decided that they were not going to make it and pulled off along the side of the road. The pair, along with their 17 month old daughter had recently moved from Arlington to Gainesville, which explains why they were driving such a far distance to deliver the baby. Karen Call was not even sure they would make it to the hospital! Luckily, as an EMT, she has experience dealing with rushed births while in transit. She knew to pack shoelaces, scissors, and towels, just in case they did not make it to the hospital.

    When they pulled along the side of the road to deliver the baby, four people stopped to help. One of them is Charles Harrell, who owns his own towing business. Harrell was in the middle of a tow job, bringing a driver back from Oklahoma. Both Harrell and his passenger rushed to Call’s aid. Harrell brought blankets and gloves and prompted Call to push. About ten minutes after Call’s husband pulled over, Karen delivered baby Landon at 7:28 a. m. The two were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist and are doing well. And now Good Samaritan Charles Harrell can add baby delivery to his towing business’s advertising. Click Here for more information on this story.

    Do you have any Good Samaritans you’d like us to mention on the blog? Let us know in the comments!

  • Did You Know, Car Facts

    car factsCars, we are the buyers, the drivers and the owners, and we have been doing so for over 100 years. Over time there has never been a shortage of stories, observations and funny facts that have to do with cars and car culture. Here are some car facts:

    Early Years

    • The first speeding tickets were given out in 1902, when the top speed of most cars was around 45 miles per hour.
    • The first car ever produced in America for sale was known as the Duryea. Only one model is known to still exist
    • Before the 1920s, cars didn't have gas gauges. Drivers had to estimate how much fuel was left, or risk running out.
    • Some of the first cars ever made used a pair of levers to steer. Steering wheels weren't introduced for several years later.

    For The Driver

    • Cleveland was the first city in the United States to get a traffic light in 1914.
    • The first car insurance policy was issued in Westfield, Massachusetts, in 1897.
    • To drive on all of the paved roads in the United States, you would have to drive nonstop at 100 miles per hour for over four years.


    • Seatbelts weren't standard until 1963.
    • The radio appeared in 1929.
    • Power windows came along in 1946.

    Unusual Models

    • Hong Kong has the most Rolls Royce cars per person.
    • The world's smallest car is the Peel P50, built in 1963. It seats one, does over 35 miles per hour and weighs only 130lbs.
    • The first car to be recognized as setting a land speed record used an electric motor. Today the fastest cars in the world use turbojets or rockets and drive 20 times as fast.

    Facts That Make You Go Humm

    • Red cars are prohibited in Shanghai, China
    • Cars kill more deer then hunters.
    • Windshield wipers were invented by a woman.
    • Every American spends approximately 2 weeks of their life time stopped at red lights.

    Whether you have an interest in cars because you love them, or you simply need one to get around in, there are many interesting things about them that you may not know. Now that you know all these  facts you will  be the life of the party with all our car knowledge.


  • Celebrating the Lincoln Highway's Centennial


    Have you ever driven on the Lincoln Highway? The highway runs across the United States, joining New York City and San Francisco. Besides New York and California, it runs through thirteen other states. These states include: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada. The Lincoln Highway predates the numbering system currently in use, and thus the Lincoln Highway includes pieces of numerous other numbered roads. In addition, the route has been revised and redirected numerous times, so the highway of today is no longer the same as the highway conceived in 1913. Still, the Lincoln Highway is one of the oldest transcontinental highways in the US, and if you do the math, it’s turning 100 years old this year!

    Lincoln Highway Route

    To celebrate this important anniversary, vehicles from all over the US and the world will be leaving from both San Francisco and New York City tomorrow. They will be spending a week traveling the old Lincoln Highway at an average of 240 miles per day. On June 30th, all cars will meet in Kearney, Nebraska, which is the midway point of the Lincoln Highway. All kinds of vehicles are participating, with antique cars, muscle cars, and modern cars all making the voyage. You can click here to see some of the participating cars. In addition, the Nebraska State Historical Society is planning an additional celebration on June 29th. They are inviting those with cars from 1913 out to celebrate along a stretch of the Lincoln Highway, and show off their antiques.

    The Lincoln Highway is named for Abraham Lincoln, and is the first national memorial to him. Along the route, there are numerous statues of Abraham Lincoln, which continue to be added. Other points of interest are viewable on the interactive map created by the Lincoln Highway Association. This map, and other information on the 100 year celebration is available here.

    Have you ever traveled on the Lincoln Highway? Have any fun memories to share? Let us know in the comments!

  • The Redesigned Cadillac CTS

    CTSGM has redesigned the Cadillac CTS,  its mainstay car, trying to reach out to the younger generation and hopes that it will be stiffer competition when standing up against its competitors like BMW's 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes' E-Class. With a fresh new look, new engine, more room, and new features, the third-generation CTS Sedan could be the best yet. The new-designed, twin-turbo V-6 and Cadillac's first eight-speed automatic transmission CTS, will start at $46,025, including a $925 destination charge, when it rolls into showrooms this fall. That's about $6,000 more than the starting price for the current version.

    Six grand may seem to be a huge price leap, even if it is a Cadillac, but not for a car as initially well received as the Cadillac CTS redo.  Its sporty front end with cascading LEDs framing the headlights is a sure eye catcher. The 12.3-inch display screen, 11-speaker Bose premium audio system with HD radio and Sirius will please all techies. It has an automatic parking feature to parallel park itself. The driver's seat can pulse on the left or right to warn which side of the car faces danger from unseen traffic, how about using its motorized cup-holder lid in the center console or the electronically locking glove box as a selling point. The CTS is also almost 200lbs lighter than its competitors making it better on gas. The base model of the CTS exceeds more horsepower then its competition, and also has a price tag which will save you a few thousands as well.

    Base model           

    Cadilliac              272 HP     $46,000.

    BMW                   245 HP    $49,000.

    Audi                     211HP     $47,000.

    Mercedes            268 HP     $49,000.

    If that is not enough power for you, you can upgrade to the sport model which is the CTS Vsport which starts at $59,995. It has 420-horsepower, 3.6-liter, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine and Cadillac's first eight-speed automatic transmissions. It has a sport suspension and brakes. CTS Vsport comes with rear-drive only, it also weighs less and gets better mileage. Selectable drive modes will allow drivers to adjust the vehicle’s performance dynamics for touring, ice and snow, or sport driving.

    Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902 and according to Cadillac this CTS will be the "most agile driving dynamics in its class." And from the look of things, I bet this is one Caddie that will simply be to die for!

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  • Vehicle Resale Value Winners Released!

    Each year, Edmunds releases their list of vehicle resale value winners. These cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs are the best bets if you’re planning on selling your vehicle within a few years of its purchase. These vehicles are also good to keep in mind if you plan on leasing, as lease payments are based in part on resale value. Edmunds includes all vehicles that had 100,000 unit sales in 2012 in its brand calculation number. All individual models had to be launched by the end of 2012 to be considered for the individual prizes.

    Edmunds crowns overall brand winners, as well as individual category winners. This year the best luxury car brand is Acura, continuing their streak from the previous year. The best non luxury brand is Jeep, stealing the title away from last year’s winner, Honda. Oddly enough, Acura only won an honorable mention in a single category (the Acura MDX for luxury SUVs over $45,000. Jeep had one category winner, the Jeep Wrangler (SUVs $25,000 - $35,000), and one honorable mention, Jeep Compass (SUVs under $25,000).

    Ford actually had the most winners, winning both two convertible categories (Ford Shelby GT500 and Ford Mustang), as well as for its sedan, Ford Focus, and wagon, Ford Flex. Ford also tied with Toyota for the most honorable mentions at five each. It should be mentioned that the Mini brand also scored high, with four honorable mentions. This is quite an impressive feat considering their limited vehicle line.

    The vehicle with the highest vehicle resale value is in the compact truck category. The highly regarded Toyota Tacoma retains 60.2% of its value. The aforementioned Jeep Wrangler retains 56.5% for second place. Finally Chevy Silverado 1500 and Ford Focus tie for third with 54.4%.

    For more information and a complete list of vehicle resale value winners, click here.

    And to celebrate your 2013 Toyota Tacoma's win, check out these great Toyota Tacoma Accessories.

  • Experience The Power Of Ferrari For Under $70.00

    Ferrari WorldTheme parks are all around the world but there's only a slight few that stand out from the rest of the crowd. From young kids to adults these parks always seem to captivate us. We love seeking a good adrenaline rush from the roller coasters and getting splashed by the water rides but there are some theme parks and attractions that are out of the ordinary. While there may only be 1 theme park dedicated to a car, there are many theme parks that offer something for the car lover.

    For all the car lovers out there especially for people who dream about owning a Ferrari, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi is a theme park you don't want to miss out on. It is the largest and only indoor Ferrari theme park in the world with over twenty rides and attractions that'll keep you entertained. Ferrari World features the Formula Rossa roller coaster which is the world's fastest roller coaster with a top speed of 150 mph.  The coaster train accelerates to its top speed in approximately 4.9 seconds. The coaster was inspired by many famous tracks found throughout the world.

    Test Track located in Epcot Future World Orlando FL, let’s guests design their own custom concept vehicle at an interactive design kiosk, so you will choose all your car's features. The queue now focuses on the Chevrolet's Automotive Design process, from the beginning sketches of the car to the actual vehicle you see on the showroom floor. Guests will ride through the attraction in a six-passenger SimCar. The attraction features four show scenes. In Capability, your car is tested for rough road and weather conditions.  Efficiency tests what effect your car will have on the earth.  Responsiveness tests the car's maneuverability.  The last section is everyone's favorite - Speed!  Feel the wind in your hair as you zip around the outside track.

    One of the 1st rollercoaster rides for car enthusiasts in Kennywood, located in West Mifflin PA is the last of its kind and was designed by Harry Traver of the Traver Engineering Company. Electric cars run quickly through a trough-like wooden track that twists and turns. When the ride opened in 1930, it had several small hills placed in the track, but these were soon removed due to rear-end collisions caused when cars couldn't get up and over them on rainy days.

    On the open road or on metal rails car enthusiasts have the need for speed and love a good adrenaline rush. All over the world people understand more and more the love people have for automobiles and it’s all about how fast they can go.

    Test Track

  • Fathers Day is Next Weekend!

    Fathers Day is next weekend and wants you to be prepared. They are having a great Fathers Day Sale, and giving you 10% off any Advantage Tonneau Cover when you enter the code ADVDAD. This sale starts today and runs through next Wednesday, June 12th. You definitely should not procrastinate this time!


    So why is a tonneau cover the perfect gift? Because it is protective and strong, just like dad. And best of all, it protects his other baby, his truck. Tonneaus keep what is inside in, and what is outside out. Expensive gear and tools stay hidden from view of would be thieves, and any bumps in the road won’t pitch his cargo out. Likewise, rain, snow, spring pollen, and autumn leaves stay out of the truck bed. If dad has ever experience the misfortune of having snowy slush freeze to ice and coat his truck bed, he will probably be extra thankful for this gift. And best of all, if dad needs to haul something larger, like bicycles, a mower or a 4-wheeler, he can fold, roll up, or remove the tonneau for an open truck bed.

    Advantage manufactures some of the most popular tonneaus on the market. TorzaTop and Hard Hat models are all tri-fold, allowing you to fold up for easy access or extra storage space. The TorzaTop is a lightweight, soft tonneau and the Hard Hat is a hard tonneau. However, the Hard Hat features a soft top that provides the looks of a sort tonneau with the protection of a hard tonneau. Both types also come in a premiere model which features an acrylic-dyed vinyl fabric, the same as what is used on convertible tops, for a sleeker look. The Sure-Fit is a soft snap tonneau with spring-loaded corners for easy fit. All tonneaus are made of high-quality materials and are easy to install (Hard Hat and TorzaTop models are completely assembled at the factory).

    No matter which model you choose, Advantage Tonneaus are a gift that dad is sure to love for Fathers Day 2013!


  • Road Bikes Specialized By Automakers

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    Automakers are becoming more  conscious of the environment as we see in  the cars that are being manufactured today but they are going even "greener" with the road bikes that they manufacture as well. Car company engineers and designers tend to like cycling. That's one of the main reasons why so many car companies are diversifying into the world of self-propelled transport. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Honda, Jeep, Audi, and even Hummer are some of the companies that have branded a two wheel product. In 1896 Ford took the bike and car and built the first quadricycle, sitting on four wheels it had peddles a seat as well as a horn, however lacking much in style. Just like car companies think of style, handling, and comfort while building their cars they put the same thought into their bikes, like front and rear suspension designed to make for faster and smoother cross-country, downhill mountain-bike riding, or even a relaxing bike ride in the park.  Most of these road bikes are built on a full carbon frame and use parts made from carbon fibers which keeps the weight of the bikes down. Back in 1997 Mercedes Benz slapped their logo on an AMP designed mountain bike that could be disassembled to fit in a suitcase for the Benz trunk. The bike sported an aluminum frame and weighed in at just 24 pounds. Now you can have that Mercedes in your garage at a fraction of the cost.



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