Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Where has your truck taken you lately?

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    On my traffic-filled commute to work this morning, I passed quite a few trucks hauling trailers, boats and ATVs. I got to day dreaming about the last time me and my truck went somewhere fun (besides the regular Jersey shore trips and camping trips).

    Here are some of the coolest places I’ve been with my truck (or a rental car if I was out of state):

    Lombard Street - San Francisco, California

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    Seven Mile Bridge - Florida Keys, Florida

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    Redwood National Park - Crescent City, California

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    Where  is the coolest place your car or truck has taken you?

    Where are some cool places you have been wanting to travel to?

  • Tesla Versus Dealerships

    Tesla Motors has been in the news a lot recently, and not just for their speedy electric cars. They are in the news because of the way they want to SELL their electric cars to the public. American car buying is built on the dealership model. Instead of selling vehicles directly to the public, automakers sell to dealerships who sell to the public. However, Tesla does not want to use this model, as they prefer direct sales. You would think that this would not be a problem: let Tesla sell direct and let other automakers sell through dealerships. But dealerships are afraid that their automakers may follow Tesla lead, so they are fighting to prevent a direct to buyer model of car sales.

    In most states it is actually illegal to sell vehicles directly to buyers, and dealer associations want to keep it this way. Tesla is fighting back, challenging laws in these states. Dealerships are also fighting back, trying to strengthen dealership requirements. Recently, Tesla was rejected for a store license in Virginia, and lost out on an exemption in Texas. However, dealers also lost in both New York and North Carolina, where they were promoting new legislation that would keep Tesla out. New Hampshire was also a loss for the dealerships, as Tesla is not allowed to open stores in that state.

    So, who is in the right here? Are dealerships better than direct selling? It is hard to say, as each side has a list of benefits. Sure some people dread haggling at the dealership over car prices, but many also love the complex game. Direct sales could be cheaper, by cutting out the dealership middleman, but companies may just increase prices. Plus dealerships allow for test drives and have knowledgeable staff who are experts in the vehicles they are selling.


    What do you think? Would you prefer to by a car outside of a dealership? Let us know in the comments!

  • Sportsmobile, A Tiny House On Really Big Wheels

    With Over 52 years of making a “home on wheels” Sportsmobile is the oldest company in North America manufacturing van mobile homes. A  Sportsmobile is far more than just a luxury purchase for occasional use. It's a practical investment for everyday transportation, weekend enjoyment and extended cross-country travel. It is actually a Ford, Chevy/GM or Mercedes-Benz van that is converted into a traveling home, rugged on the outside, but very comfortable, clean and organized on the inside.  It’s the perfect touring vehicle for people who want a little more adventure. After selecting the basic van, you have different roof options. A pop-top or the Penthouse with an extra double bed on the top and a few different kind of hard-top roofs. The Sportsmobile has several dozen floorplans to choose from, or you can design your own, it costs about the same. They come with several seating areas and a full kitchen area with a refrigerator, sink, microwave, stove and a pantry.  Choose from a minimum van conversion to a fully self-contained van camper. The long list of options definitely has something for everyone. Most of the Sportsmobiles only have a portable toilet and outdoor shower, but can carry up to 17-20 gallons of water. Because of the pop-up roof and overhead bed, plus the couch below, there is room for about four to five people to sleep. Other amenities include door-hung cooking areas complete with BBQ, awnings, air conditioning and heating, solar panels, bike and kayak racks, and stereos and TV/DVD players. Because of their versatility, these vans can be customized to be working vehicles as well. Some Sportsmobiles have become mobile medical clinics, vet clinics, and even photography and artist studios.

                                            

    If you like choices, then you'll love Sportsmobile. After all a van travel home is a sizeable investment and will become a close member of your family for many years. Why not have it just the way you want?

  • Camaro Hot Wheels Edition: Modern Muscle Car

    When you were a kid, did you ever wish that your Hot Wheel or Matchbox cars would "come to life" as real sized vehicles? Well, now that wish can come true, thanks to the Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Edition.
    Camaro Hot Wheels Edition
    You may have seen this beauty at the Indianapolis 500 in May, and it debuted at 2012 SEMA show. This special edition is available for both the coupe and convertible. They both feature Kinetic Blue Metallic exterior paint, performance tires for front and rear, black leather seats, premium carpeted floor mats, and a special black-painted engine cover. Of course, there are also plenty of Hot Wheels logos so you can show off your special edition: on the front grill, on the sides, even stitched to the front seats. The 21-inch wheel rims even have the special hot wheels red stripe, and ground effects are in full effect. There will be no mistaking that this is the Hot Wheels model!
    Camaro Hot Wheels Edition Logo
    The Camaro Hot Wheels Edition was created to celebrate the first Hot Wheels cars released in 1968. The Camaro was one of the 16 original Hot Wheels cars. This real-life model is referred to as a “toy for grownups”, but if you can’t afford the real thing, there is an alternative. The actual Toy Hot Wheels version of the Chevy Camaro is available too.

  • Wienermobile Run- Six Wieners, One Winner

    After years of touring supermarkets, state fairs, and other local area, America’s most beloved 27-foot hot dog on wheels x's 6, will hit the road for the Wienermobile Run.  This year Oscar Mayer is giving the fans unprecedented access to the Wienermobile. The fans will have the chance to say where and what the Weinermobile should do. So how do you join this race, go to www.wienermobilerun.com and select the Wienermobile Team you would like to join from the six available teams which are - Born to Bun, Speedy Wiener, Autobuhn, Hell on Buns, Drift Dog and Bunderstruck . How do you help your team win, by earning  points for fulfilling challenges submitted by the fans. Oscar Meyer will pick a select number of fan challenges that may include light-hearted pranks, scavenger hunts, competitions and more. Share photos of the Wienermobile on Twitter or Instagram with the team hashtag. Every photo helps the team earn points! You can follow the progress of the six Wienermobile teams as they compete in the Wienermobile Run Competition at www.wienermobilerun.com  and see if your team is in the lead or not. The big dog with the most points at the end, wins.   Kickoff was July 8th in NJ and will finish on September 21 somewhere in the US, so join a team and follow the race to see where the Wienermobile will be next.

  • All About Car Beds, Not Truck Beds

    We spend a lot of time talking about truck beds on this blog, but what about car beds? Car beds, you ask. Yes!

    Car beds are not for holding toolboxes or hauling gear. They are for sleeping in! Now when I say car bed, you may be thinking of something like this:

    It is the classic kids’ car bed. This bed was definitely cool when you were five or six, but you are not going to want a cheap plastic bed in your adult bedroom, right? How about one of these beauties?

    These beds have nothing childish about them, and I am sure you would be glad to park them in your bedroom. I know I am jealous of the people who get to relax in these luxurious beds. So who are the enterprising individuals who create these beds?

    One of them is Jake Shelton, who upcycles cars to create one-of-a-kind works of art. In fact, a car sculpture he created was actually used in Iron Man 3. Unfortunately one of his car creations costs $80,000, a little bit more expensive than the plastic kid car beds. You might just have to split the difference and put an upgraded kid bed like the one below into your man cave.

    Did you have a car bed as a kid? Do you have one as an adult? Any other mechanical or carpentry feats you want to brag about? Let us know in the comments!

  • Ford Mustang, A Real Standout

    Ford Mustangs are one of the most popular American cars in history. They were an instant hit, not only due to style but also sported a price tag most people could afford. Today it is one of the most seen and desired cars out there on the road, from a classic style to the newer ones. Over the past couple of months the Ford Mustang has made the headlines for some form of achievement. Just to name a few:

    • For the second straight month, Ford's Mustang has beaten the monthly sales tally of its archrival, the Chevrolet Camaro.
    • Ford has painted a Mustang GT to look like one of the Air Force Thunderbirds, and will be auctioned off for charity at the Experimental Air Association show in Oshkosh, Wis.
    • Hertz and Penske Racing created a hotter than hot Mustang not for sale but for rent. The car will be rented at 15 Hertz airport locations for up to $180 a day, or up to $800 a week.
    • Holman & Moody is creating a limited edition 50th Anniversary TdF Mustang.
    • Ford Mustang will play the lead hero car role in the upcoming Need for Speed movie.
    • Ford's NHRA drag-strip-ready Mustang Cobra Jet gets a face lift, new paint color along with a new three-speed transmission and a parachute mount.
    • Ford will put a version of its EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder into the engine bay of the car, making the future Mustangs even faster.

    Did You Know, Mustang In History

    • Ford Mustangs were revealed at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964 and also started being sold on this day as well. The first Mustang sold was to an airline pilot.
    • The Mustang was named after the P-51 fighter plane used in World War II.
    • Over 9 million Ford Mustangs have been sold since the car was first introduced to the American public.
    • The Ford Mustang has won numerous awards over the years, including two "Motor Trend Car of the Year" awards, five "Car and Driver" awards and one "Tiffany Gold Medal” awarded to the 1965 Mustang, the first car to ever win this award.

     Models

    Do you have a favorite Mustang? Are you a fan of the coupe, the convertible or maybe the earlier 2x2 fastbacks. Who do you think brought the most to the car as far as creators go Jack Roush, Steve Saleen, or the ones by Carroll Shelby, who is said to have had the biggest impact on American Automotive Production.  Take a pick the GT, Shelby GT350, Mach 1, Boss 302, Cobra, no matter which one, who wouldn’t love it sitting in your driveway. The Mustang's scalloped side body panels and galloping horse badges make the vehicle instantly recognizable to all and is the only muscle car that has enjoyed over 45 years of continuous production. Can’t wait to see what Ford has planned for 2015.

  • IndyCar Returns To The Poconos

    July 4th may now be behind us, but that doesn’t mean we still cannot enjoy something else American, like Indy Car Racing. Most people from the Tri-State area escape to the Poconos for the weekend to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  With plenty activities from shopping, to gambling, to water parks, the Poconos is also home to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. If you are a Nascar fan then you have heard of it, but if you are an Indy Car Racing fan, you might have forgotten about it.  Now after 24 years Indy Car is returning to the Poconos to host The Pocono IndyCar 400, the second leg in the IndyCar Triple Crown.  If you are in driving distance from the Poconos and are looking for something to do, (and not another BBQ) head to Long Pond, PA and welcome back Indy Car.

    Tickets are available for the Pocono IndyCar 400, tickets for Saturday start at $20 (general admission) and tickets for Sunday start at $25. Get there early if you wish, parking lots open both days of the event at 5 a.m., with grandstands opening at 8 a.m. Saturday, come watch the IndyCars practice at 10 a.m. IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday’s race takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Indy Lights race at 4 p.m. (40 laps) and the final IndyCar practice at 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s Pocono IndyCar 400 goes green at 12:15 p.m. The raceway will also have fireworks Saturday night and is open to the public for a $5 donation per vehicle. Those attending will also have access to Pocono Raceway’s Infield Concert Stage and Block Party, featuring live entertainment and activities for all ages to enjoy. The public can enter the track at 7 p.m. and fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

    Be a part of welcoming Indy Car back to the Poconos and come to Pocono Raceway this weekend and enjoy some open-wheel auto racing.

  • Patriotic Vehicles: Ford F-150s and Michigan

    Yesterday was the 4th of July, when we as Americans get together to celebrate our independence. We also celebrate our nation and its people, and all that we build and create. When we think of cars and trucks, we think of Chevys and Fords. Just because a vehicle come from an American company, does not mean that it is made in America. The past few years the "most American" was a Toyota, but this year the Ford F-150 restores the crown to an American company!

    The data comes from the American-Made Car Index which is compiled every year by Cars.com. Included in the calculation are where the vehicle parts come from as well as where they are assembled. Sales figures also factor into the calculation. Though the F-150 is the top ranking vehicle, is is the only Ford vehicle to make the top ten list. The Toyota Camry fell to second place, and three other Toyotas also made the list (Sienna at 5, Tundra at 7, and Avalon at 10). In third place is the Dodge Avenger, in fourth is the Honda Odyssey, and in fifth is the Chevy Traverse. Two other GM vehicles round out the top ten, with the GMC Acadia in eighth and Buick Enclave in ninth. Give yourself a pat on the back if you own any of these patriotic vehicles.

    Another recent survey tried to determine which states have the most patriotic vehicles. This study examined which states have high ownership among American car manufactures. In first place is Michigan, where 79.2% of new cars are from the "big three". This should not be surprising, of course, though North Dakota and South Dakota ranking second and third is a bit of a surprise. Iowa, Wyoming, and Montana rank fourth to sixth, all with above 60% American-made vehicles. The state with the lowest percentage of domestic vehicles should also come as no surprise: Hawaii. For a listing of the top ten and bottom ten patriotic vehicle states, click here.

  • Celebrating Independence - Driving Tips for Teenagers

    Let me start by telling you that this blog was inspired by my friend’s daughter who recently got her driver’s license.  I was thinking about the Fourth of July coming up and I was making a mental note about explaining the importance of the day to my son.  I wanted to explain to my son how lucky we are and how we should appreciate the freedom and independence we have.  It dawned on me how a driver’s license is the epitome of independence and freedom to a driving 17 year old.

    Every year millions of people look at their calendars anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Fourth of July.  July 4th is the day when we celebrate the independence of our country with BBQ’s and sparklers.  We pack the car with kids and cooler chests and head off to beaches and lakes to enjoy a day with our family.  We bask in the sun and enjoy a day off from work and later watch as a fireworks show lights up the sky.  We celebrate the independence of our country and reflect on how lucky we are to have such wonderful freedoms.

    In most states we celebrate our 17th birthday with a new found independence. When we meet our great states requirements – usually the passing of written and practical driving tests – you are issued your biggest freedom to date – your driver’s license!  While the driver’s license is one of the greatest privileges bestowed upon a teenager, you must remember that although you may not have to ask Mom for rides to the mall or Dad to take you to a friend’s house across town, you still have to get your parent’s to loan you their car!

    BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com is committed to not only outfitting your ride with the latest and greatest in the aftermarket industry, but we are also dedicated to educating parents on how to keep their teenagers safe amongst their new found freedoms.  First, and foremost, honesty works.  If you are honest with your children you can expect them to be honest with you.  Tell your son or daughter what your expectations are.  Do you expect that your teenager will maintain a part-time job to pay for insurance, gas, oil changes, and repairs?  Is there a curfew that you expect your teen to keep?  Does your daughter or son need to keep up certain grades in order to borrow the family car?  Is he or she only allowed to drive in within certain areas of town?  How many of your teen’s friends are allowed in the car while your child is driving?  Discuss with your child the consequences of not keeping these commitments and how it may impact their driving privileges in the future.

    Keeping an open dialogue with the young adult in your family is paramount.  Although some of the topics that you may talk to your children with may be uncomfortable, they may also save their life.  Stress to your child how important it is that they wear their seatbelt and that every passenger in their car also be buckled.  Don’t be afraid to share a newspaper article with them showing how a local teenager was killed while texting.  Make sure that you or another family member buys your teenager a blue tooth for a 17th birthday present - hands free is the way to be!  Discuss the effects of alcohol on someone who is driving.  Let your teen know that they may end up dead or that they may end up killing someone else.  Let your son or daughter know to call you if they’ve been drinking and they can trust you to pick them up without confrontation.  Promise your teen there will not be a discussion about the evening’s events until everyone has had a chance to sleep.  Don’t lecture to your son or daughter, don’t talk at your children, talk with them.  Give your teen ample opportunity to ask questions and to tell their stories.  It is as important to listen to your child as it is to talk to them.  Most importantly, a friend once told me never to depend on someone else to educate your child – that’s your responsibility.

    So while we are celebrating the 4th this year and thinking about the wonderful freedoms and independence of our country, let’s also take time to speak with our children.  No one can argue that children are this world’s most precious commodity and we lose far too many to senseless accidents that involve a lack of seatbelts, texting, and drinking to name just a few.  As a parent you should take pride in the new driver of your family – you raised a great young adult.  But remember, the job is far from done.  Continue to press upon your teen the importance of being a responsible driver and always remember to listen when they are speaking to you.

     

    Wishing you a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!

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