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  • Celebrating the Lincoln Highway's Centennial

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    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.

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  • Fathers Day is Next Weekend!

    Fathers Day is next weekend and BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com 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!

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    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!

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  • 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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  • Car Wash Tips for the Summer Months

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    As the summer months begin, it is the perfect time to give your car or truck a good washing. You could always take your vehicle to be professionally washed and detailed, but it can also be fun and easy to wash the car or truck yourself.

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    Here are some rules to follow for the perfect car wash.

    1) Everyone should know this already, but first you need to wait for the perfect weather. Obviously, you should not try to wash your car in the rain or inclement weather. You also shouldn't wash your car in full sunlight, as the light can leave streaks on windshields and bake the soap into the exterior paint.

    2) Start your car wash with a rinse, not soap. Rinsing off your car first helps loosen and remove some of the caked on dirt. This means less scrubbing for you later.

    3) Work on the tires first. Because the tires are usually the dirtiest part of your vehicle, it's best to start with them. First, you may need to use heavier-duty cleaners on your tires. You definitely don't want this residue getting on your newly cleaned car. Also, tires often require the most scrubbing, so it's best to get the harder work out of the way first.

    4) Then it is time to move on to the rest of your vehicle. Many people wash their car horizontally, that is, from front to back. Car washes work this way, so it seems logical. However, you should really be washing your vehicle vertically, from top to bottom. As the runoff from washing up top makes its way down the vehicle, it helps clean away some of the dirt and grime on the lower parts of your vehicle. Because the lower areas are usually dirtier, this is a much more efficient cleaning method.

    5) Finish it off with a good rinse. The last think you want is to leave left over suds.

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    Any other car wash tips to add? Let us know in the comments!

  • Jeep Wrangler or Grand Cherokee, There Is A Jeep For Everyone

     

     

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    There is a Jeep for everyone, young or old drivers, men or women, Jeep has something to offer, from the Jeep Wrangler to the Grand Cherokee.  SUVs like the Grand Cherokee and Liberty to the smaller, everyday models like the Compass, Jeeps are suitable for every type of driver. Adventurous types generally prefer the iconic Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Jeeps have a classic look that is very recognizable to most people. If you want a car that stands out and makes heads turn, get a Jeep.  From the classic Jeep, to a more modern city-style SUV — there is a Jeep for every kind of lifestyle. Knowing what you want to do in your Jeep ahead of time will assist you in picking the right Jeep vehicle for you!

    The Jeep lineup is geared towards users who want tough and reliable rides. One of the most iconic Jeeps, the Wrangler, is designed to be a rugged, off-road vehicle. It can be driven year round rain or shine and even snow a beast on almost every type of terrain.  Wrangler owners are frequent travelers who love to experience the outdoors in the Jeep — and camp, attend music festivals, go hiking, and explore all parts of America in their Jeep.

    Thanks to its excellent on- and off-road performance, good safety scores and well-designed interior, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the top midsize SUVs for families along with the Compass and Patriot.  The Jeep SUV line gives you more of a comfort ride as well as cargo space for your kids sporting equipment.

    The Jeep has a classic design with a unique look. If you like your vehicle to stand out and get noticed, the Jeep will do just that. The styling of a Jeep is rugged and ready for action. It's an exciting combination of an SUV and a convertible, giving you the best of both worlds. The superior handling of a Jeep makes getting around the city or country stress-free. Weather or road conditions aren't a headache when you are steering a Jeep in rain, mud, or snow. The acceleration gives you the power to pass slow moving cars, and the excellent visibility gives you a safety advantage. There are many things that set Jeep brand owners apart from everyone else: a love of off-roading, living in the “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” spirit and having respect for our heritage. The Jeep is not just a vehicle — its the vehicle that allows you to escape, unwind and have new adventures.

     

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  • Be Kind to Animals Month - Good Samaritan

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    If you did not already know, May is Be Kind to Animals Month. One Good Samaritan in Racine, Wisconsin did his part by helping a stray kitten. The man, Wayne Clingman, was at home with his wife when she saw a kitten dash under a car. Clingman went to investigate, and discovered a small group of children with rocks watching the kitten. He decided then and there that he needed to save the cat.

    Clingman got the kids to leave and set to work luring the kitten out from its hiding spot. After a little coaxing, the kitten came to Clingman. He wrapped it in a towel and put it in a spare kitty carrier. They gave her food and water and kept her overnight. The next morning the Clingman's headed to the local Humane Society. The kitten, now named June, was checked over by a vet, and is now available for adoption.

    June was sure lucky that animal lover Wayne Clingman was willing to step in. Be Kind to Animals Month may not seem like a needed thing; we have so many "month" celebrations already. However, the kids who were chasing the kitten, could probably use a reminder about Be Kind to Animals Month.

    For more information, check out this article.

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

  • Summer Time Car Maintenance

     

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    Summer time is here, time to look over your car and take care of that summer car maintenance. Just like any new item, every car has the tendency to dull over the years, leaving the car just looking old and worn out. For most of us, our car is a reflection of ourselves, so why do we start looking for a replacement car when the miles start to rack up or some scratches appear when the car still has the ability to perform well for many more years? Just because the exterior has deteriorated and minor fixes need to be done, it is always better to opt for repairs rather than scrapping the vehicle completely. Give your old car a facelift that will not only give it a new look, but will also improve in performance and handling.

    Let’s start with the inside, replace the dimmed dashboard that was once glowing with lights, giving your car a refreshed look each time you enter the car. Simply replace the relays, lamps and dashboard meters, (if they are not working), and get that new-and-improved look for your car.

    Taking care of common repairs and replacements like oil filter and air filter, keeping up on fluids as well as bearings and seal replacements will certainly show positive results in your car. Check the battery condition, electrical wires and relays for any damage making sure that the electrical systems work in the manner they are supposed to.

    Remember how your car first road well cars tend to lose their handling and steering abilities after time.  Common problems like worn out steering pumps, improper wheel alignment and balancing, and worn out wheel bearing can all result in bad handling. Replacing these parts as well as having a wheel alignment and balancing done will bring back that riding experience you enjoyed when you first purchased your car.

    We all know a good washing and waxing help with the appearance of your car but you want more. Don’t have the money for a paint job you can think of replacing the fenders, bumpers and spending a little money on dent removal.  Replace headlight and taillights for brighter ones. Try using some chemicals or scratch removers on those noticeable scratches which damper your cars looks.

    Luckily, there are aftermarket accessories that have equal quality and reliability at a much lower cost than the original ones. . A new grille, chrome accessories, wheel covers or rocker panels will add some nice shine to your ride. Making use of aftermarket accessories will give your car the ultimate new look. If you take care of your car, your car will take care of you.

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