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  • Traveling With Kids Made Easy

    Please welcome Mae to our blog.  Mae is one of our Customer Service Specialist and this is her first time blogging for our site.


    We’re approaching that time of year where families pack into their cars and drive across America for vacation.  Every summer, I pack my kids in the car and head out on the open road.  Sometimes, we stay close to home, but other times we drive for days, and each trip is an adventure.   Some of our favorite road trips took us to Disney World, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, etc.  While there are usually a few melt downs along the way, it is all worth it to see the look on your child’s face when they experience something new.

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  • 2015 Vehicles Don't Disappoint!

    One of my favorite times of the year is when manufacturer’s start to unveil their new vehicles for upcoming year and the 2015 vehicles don't disappoint!  Even people who aren’t car enthusiasts are excited to see the launch of the latest and greatest to hit the open road. 

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  • Pre-owned vehicles - it ain't what it "used" to be...

    It wasn’t that long ago that people were less than thrilled about purchasing used vehicles.  Let’s look at the facts.  Used cars are not unlike the kittens and puppies at the pound – they are unwanted by the original owner.  Next is the fact that they have something in common with your favorite, worn out sneakers – used vehicles tend to also have a lot of mileage on them.  The biggest slap in the face might actually be that the used automobile you’re driving is sporting dings and dents that you didn’t even have the pleasure of causing yourself.  Times have certainly changed.

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  • Utlizing Cargo Management to hit the open road...

    We are springing our clocks ahead this weekend and now is the time to start thinking about hitting the happy trails whether it be in the car or on a bike.  With so much of the country experiencing a brutal winter, it’s no wonder that people are desperate to grab and hold onto even the smallest sign of spring.  The weatherman said today that the NY/NJ/PA tri-state area will see temperatures rise to the low 50’s this weekend.  Since this area has spent the last few weeks in a Polar Vortex I am sure that the spring like weather will be met with smiles and many different outdoor activities. 

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  • Memory Lane from the Bed of a Pickup Truck

    When you think about your childhood do you flashback to Cabbage Patch Dolls and Gameboys?  I was born in the 1970’s so when I think of being a kid, I think of riding in the bed of my father’s pickup truck on a warm summer night.  I would love it when my dad would put my brother and me in the back of the truck and take us to the lake to swim.  While these memories make me smile, I suspect that lying down in the bed of a pickup truck while my dad tooled around town has something to do with me having serious motion sickness as an adult.  I am chuckling to myself thinking about my mother’s station wagon.  It was seriously ugly and the fights that took place in the back seat between me and my siblings should go down as some of the most brutal and violent back seat fights in history. 

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  • The Future of Automobiles

    The future of automobiles is more exciting than ever.  It wasn’t all that long ago that when people spoke about the future of automobiles that they were talking about flying cars.  While I don’t think we will see flying cars anytime soon, I do think we will see some fascinating things come from this ever evolving industry.

    Recently, the auto show in Detroit took place.  The Detroit Auto Show is known to be the hot spot to unveil new cars, trucks, and SUV’s and to also showcase the latest in concept cars.  This show never disappoints and 2014 was no exception.  We were blown away by the latest and greatest, the coolest and the hottest, and basically just some of the sickest things we’ve seen in a long time.

    Let’s start with Ford.  Many people see the future in the automotive world in electric cars.  While that may be true, the  technology still needs to be developed further before the entire driving world can crossover from gasoline and diesel powered automobiles to those running on electricity.  In the meantime, fuel efficient vehicles are what people are gravitating to and what we hope to see more of in the future.  The best example of a company trying to cash in on the fuel efficiency market is Ford.  The new F-150 went on a crash diet and lost 700 lbs!   The new Ford F-150 was unveiled in Detroit and its makeover is sharp…AND smart!  Ford has announced the F-150 will be made of aluminum instead of steel resulting in almost a 700 pound weight loss.  The other notable change in this pickup truck is the frame which will be made of high strength steel.  With these modifications Ford says it will now have the most fuel efficient F-150 ever.  While Ford didn’t provide any data backing up their fuel efficiency claim, common sense tells us that any vehicle that drops 700 lbs. is sure to keep more gas in their tank.

    It was no surprise that Mercedes, Lexus, and Porsche all debuted fancy new automobiles at the Detroit Auto Show.  But what took the automotive world by storm did not come from a luxury or sports car manufacturer, it came from KIA!  When we think of the future of sports cars we think of the Corvette or a Lamborghini.  The future of the sports car might just rest with KIA.  The KIA GT4 Stinger is a rear wheel drive concept car that shows KIA has the chops to build a head turning ride.  This car boasts a 2.0 liter, turbocharged four cylinder engine that spits out 315 horsepower making it not only a car for the everyday driver but also a car that could hold its own on a racetrack.   This car is sporty and trendy, and although KIA says they have no plans to produce it, we still have our fingers crossed!

    The future of automobiles is ever changing and manufacturers are scrambling to keep up with the needs and wants of consumers.  While we might not see flying cars in 2014, we will certainly see big strides by automotive manufactures to make vehicles as fuel efficient as possible and more and more concept cars to give us a glimpse into what the future might just hold for the car buyer.


  • Valentines Day Gift Ideas for the Car Lover

    We are less than a week away from what many think of as the romantic day of the year.  Trying to find a Valentine’s day gift ideas for the car lover can be extremely difficult to say the least.  When your special someone is a car enthusiast why not give them an experience rather than a gift.  We’ve compiled several ideas that, when paired with dinner out, can give your car enthusiast a day they will always remember.

    The first place any car enthusiast would be tickled to see is the Barret-Jackson car action in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dubbed as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction” this place has it all.  New cars, old cars, and vintage automobiles are on display to drool over and, if the mood strikes, you can also bid on your dream car.  Tickets to this amazing auction are available online for $25 – what a small price to pay to give your one and only an experience they will remember forever!

    If you happen to be in the Los Angeles, CA area why not bring your sweetheart by the Peterson Automotive Museum.  This museum is housed in an old store on Wilshire Boulevard and houses up to 200 historic vehicles at a time.  In addition to cars that are just plain cool, this is of course Hollywood so there are cars displayed from movies and celebrities.  Check out a Batmobile or the 1983 400i Ferrari automatic-tranny convertible once owned by Rod Stewart.  If your Valentine is a motorcycle aficionado the Peterson Automotive Museum has you covered with a separate area dedicated to vintage bikes.

    For your someone special who is a fan of all things racing, may we recommend the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, AL.  With five separate buildings to explore, your car enthusiast’s heart will go pitter patter exploring all of the vintage NASCAR & Indy memorabilia.  And since this museum is AT the Talladega race track, why not pair your museum visit with a race?  This is one experience your love will never forget!

    Lastly, if you are looking for an over the top, indulgent experience why not fly you and your Valentine to Wolfsburg, Germany to explore the Volkswagen Autostadt?  This museum consists mostly of German automobiles and has become a top tourist destination.   Here you will find the original Beetle along with many other vintage German cars.  Here you can computer customize your own car or take a Touareg for a test drive on an obstacle course.  Don’t forget to check out the gift shop on the way out for car mats or Beetle shaped baby squeeze toys!  All in all, this is the trip of a lifetime for any car lover.

    In the end Valentine’s Day is about the one you love.  Make sure to put a little extra thought and effort into an experience that is sure to bring them a lifetime of memories and you’ll be rewarded knowing that you went the extra mile.

  • Things You Can do to Protect your Ride from the Effects of Winter

    Winter Driving Survival

    People who live in Florida or California sometimes only know it is winter by looking at their calendars.  However, in the Midwest or Northeast, winter and its elements are bearing down on us creating travel nightmares and making many children happy with frequent school closings.  Winter is a season frequently attributed to depression because of the short, dark days and the stress the weather tends to inflict on people.   Driving to work on treacherous roadways, straining your back shoveling snow, and lining up childcare for snow days are just some of the reasons how winter can bring some major anxiety to those of us living in the throes of it.  What we sometimes fail to remember though is the stress our vehicles endure during these long, harsh winter months as well.  There are some simple things you can do to help prevent damage to your ride from the effects of the winter months.

    One of the easiest is to invest in a quality set of floor mats.  Tracking salt, sand, and snow into your vehicle is the quickest way to eat through the carpeting and possibly the floor causing extensive and expensive interior damage.

    The salt used to treat roads can eat away paint and cause corrosion.  It is important to treat your vehicle to a wash often during the winter months.  Mud flaps are a great way to keep salt from getting up underneath the tire well and causing possible body rot and erosion to your truck.

    Window visors are one of the most popular aftermarket accessories available today.  Although window visors do not offer protection for your vehicle they do allow you to have your windows open even in inclement weather.  Having a flow of fresh air aids in keeping your windows free of moisture build up while keeping rain and snow out of the car.

    Keeping your vehicle stocked with a few essential items will also prepare you for any weather emergency you might encounter on the roads.  Items that should be kept in your vehicle for an emergency include a flashlight, blanket, gallon of water, and a few granola bars.  During the winter a bag of cheap cat litter is a great investment.  The cat litter can give your vehicle traction should you get stuck in the snow.

    In the end, winter will leave us as it does every year.  We are looking forward to a beautiful spring where you can drop those convertible tops and leave winter far behind.

  • Countdown to the Detroit Auto Show 2014


    The countdown has begun to what many believe is the hottest new car showcase, not just the United States, but the rest of the automotive world as well.  The North American International Automotive Show, often called simply the Detroit Auto Show 2014, begins its twelve day run on January 13th.  The start of the show begins with two press only days where only the media has access to the show floor. The next two days are for automotive industry professionals only and that is followed by a charity preview day that will ultimately raise millions of dollars for different charities. The show concludes on the 25th after eight days of admission to the general public.

    This year’s lineup will includes over forty automotive manufacturers from around the globe, and as in past years, many will be introducing their new models as well as concept cars.  Some of the highlights of this year’s show is sure to be what Ford has done with the newly designed 2015 Ford F-150 pickup.
    The F-150 has been the best selling pickup in the market for thirty six straight years and Ford is not about to sit on its laurels as others update their full size pickups. This new design features a complete makeover for both the interior and exterior of the truck. A new, smaller, ecoboost engine is also expected to be offered in addition to their extensive use of aluminum for weight reduction which Ford feels may significantly change the truck’s fuel economy.  With other sleek modifications to the truck and new and impressive bells and whistles added, this truck is sure to impress at the NAIAS this year.

    Another vehicle that promises to attract a lot of attention is the GT 41 Stinger concept car being displayed by Kia. Best known as for their offering of cost conscious and fuel stingy cars, the Stinger is a sharp looking rear wheel drive sports car.  This concept car was designed at Kia’s U.S. design studio in Irvine California and is powered by a 315 hp 2.0liter engine. While many of the concept cars may never see the showroom floor, they often provide insight to the direction a car manufacturer may be heading in the upcoming years. Keep a look out for this one.

    The NAIAS show never disappoints and, without fail, brings us the latest and greatest in the future of the automotive world.  If you are lucky enough to attend this show please let us know what you thought was the coolest new ride on the floor.  We welcome your pictures and your thoughts and hope to see everyone in Detroit.


  • Tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII

    Super Bowl  XLVIII (48) will be played on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in the extreme cold weather, as well as the first in 38 years to be played outdoors on artificial turf. It is also the first in which two US states New York and New Jersey will work together with hosting duties.

    Not only does the Super Bowl mark the end of the Football season it also marks the last game for the tailgaters untill the start of the next Football season. Extreme-weather tailgating is the ultimate test of any football fanatic. A real fan must be willing to endure often brutal weather conditions that come with winter.  The trick is not letting Mother Nature put a damper on your team spirit by following these bad weather “bare essentials.”

    What To Eat

    A hearty bowl of chili or chowder, hot sandwiches and a tall mug of steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows says it all.. Also, plan your menu wisely to include foods that don’t require a fork and knife, or bare fingers instead opt for food on a stick or anything you can sip so that gloves can stay on while feasting.

    How To Dress

    Layers, layers, layers. If done correctly, the rule of three layers will retain body heat and keep you dry. The innermost layer should keep moisture away from the body, so look for garments that are made of “wicking” material. The middle layer(s) should trap in warm air – think wool, down and thermal garments. The outermost layer is for protection against the elements, whether rain, wind or snow. Even if you layer perfectly, a cold head or cold feet will counterbalance your success, so hats are critical at all times and shoes/boots should always be waterproof.

    The Truck

    Get In Bed- Add a rubber or carpeted bed floor or mats. Make a tent that can fit over the truck bed for protection against the cold.  Add a cap this will also keep it warmer in the bed of the truck. Fill the bed with lots of blankets, hand warmers and anything else you can think of that will help in keeping warm.

    There’s A Hitch- Load a trailer with your folding chairs, and if you can find some, grab some large sheets of Styrofoam to lay on the ground. The Styrofoam will keep your feet from being on the cold ground which will keep you warmer. Bring an extra grill for extra heat.

    Don’t miss the fun at the tailgate party because of the raw weather conditions. These tips for tailgating in cold weather will keep you warm and in the middle of the tailgating activities, you love so much.

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