Iconic Movie Cars: The Love Bug

April 17th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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As I drove to work the other morning I thought of a great continuing blog post series I could do. That series is Iconic movie cars, I figured I could write about the car and how it got into the movie it was in. Or how the car was used and such, it will be a fun series of blog posts to write and hopefully you all enjoy it!

CtT2m3XPD2s.movieposterOur first car to start of this series of posts is the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle from the movie The Love Bug. I grew up watching these series of movie because they were so much fun! The beetle known as Herbie had a life of his own, he would squirt oil on evil doers, or take you for one crazy ride if need be! Volkswagen brand name and logo were not permitted in the first movie; they did not permit Disney to use the name or logos in the movie. The logos did show up a couple of times in the movie though, once on the brake pedals and another time on the ignition key. Later sequels of the movie did have the logos and name only because Volkswagen Beetles stopped selling so well, so why not use it as a marketing campaign for your car? After watching this movie I would love a beetle to look just like Herbie back when I was a kid.

The 1961-65 Volkswagen Beetles were rated at 40 horsepower in factory configuration. Herbie also had the rag top configuration. The Volkswagen beetle was equipped with a rear mounted engine that was air cooled, these engines outlasted copies that were made by Subaru, Fiat, and General motors. In 1960 the beetle faced a lot of stiff competition with other companies making small compact cars, like the Chevy Vega, Ford Pinto and AMC Gremlin. Although those cars didn’t last into this generation I would have to say the Beetle won that fight!

Although I wanted a Beetle back when Herbie was on T.V. the car really never did anything for me. I have to be honest I just don’t The_Love_Bug_31like them. I know there are a ton of Volkswagen buffs out there and they are in love with these cars. They make great project cars and I am sure they are fun to drive. Although whenever I see one driving on the road (Older Models) I always have to punch the person next to me while screaming the color of the car. Punch Buggy Red! I have no idea where the game came from but we used to play it 20 years ago while being carted around in my parent’s car.

Please stick around and get ready to read about more iconic movie cars! The next blog post will be a mystery as to the car but please keep an eye out and join us next time!

Our Favorite 2014 Vehicle Super Bowl Ads

February 5th, 2014 by Ed Pol

As most of us sat around watching the blow out which was the super bowl this year, a lot of us like it for the commercials to. I thought a lot of the commercials this year were kind of week, the car commercials were actually some of the more fun and interesting to watch. I thought it would be fun to recap and go over some of my favorite commercials from this years super bowl.

Our first commercial is for the Audi A3, Audi goes on to show us what horrors can be conceived with compromise. Introducing to you the Doberhuahua!

Bruce Willis would like you give all your friends and family a big hug from Honda. Honda is showing you how much safety means to them with a hug!

Ford like double everything! To show their love for double the fuel economy of their new Ford Fusion they shot two commercials back to back with Rob Riggle and James Franco err Rob Franco or James Riggle well just watch and see what double means to ford!

Would you take the Blue key or the Red key? Morpheus is back from the Matrix to show us about luxury with the all new Kia K900. Who knew he could sing so well?

Hyundai’s automatic braking commercial was something I enjoyed. It shows how dad was always keeping you safe and saving the day, well Hyundai employed that same feeling in their new Genesis with automatic braking.

Finally we have a commercial to punch you right in the feelings department! This is Chevrolet’s commercial for World Cancer Day and celebrating the survivors and supporting those with cancer a great road to recovery!

These are the car commercials that I enjoyed during this years Super Bowl. Of course there were tons of other commercials to watch, some were really good but overall I feel like they were a little weak. I would love to know what were your favorites! Please post them in the comments section so we can see what commercials you really enjoyed!

Fuel Cell Powered Hyundai Tucson

January 30th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Looks like Hyundai will be bringing its Fuel Cell powered Tucson to the states in small-scale mass-production. By 2015 production will have reached about 1000 units, mostly for Europe but some could make their way to the U.S. Most of them will be produced for Fleet companies, but after 2015 the Fuel Cell powered Tucson could be sold to private consumers.

The small SUV will have a 100-kilowatt stack and is capable of 100 MPH, and can do 0-62 MPH in 12.5 seconds. The range on a full tank of Hydrogen would be 367 miles. I am not sure if all of this would be worth it for the hefty price tag, the price tag is projected to be about $52,000.

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Hyundai says that the stack gets its oxygen from ambient rather that compressed air, which means lower parasitic power loss. Your passengers will hear less noise because there is no compressor to run it. The stack feeds a lithium-ion buffer battery like that used in the Sonata Hybrid.

Please tell us if this is something you are looking into; what are your thoughts of this new Tucson? Is it something you are interested in purchasing to be environmentally friendly? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments below!

Nissan and Their 400 Horsepower 3 Cylinder Engine

January 29th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Nissan has announced the engine that they will be installing into their ZEOD race car for the 24 hour Le Mans race and other endurance races. This 1.5L 3 cylinder turbo engine will put out 400 horsepower and 280 pounds of torque with peak power at 7,500 rpm, very impressive for an engine weighing only 88 pounds.

nissans-three-cylinder-engine-for-its-zeod-rc-electrified-le-mans-car_100454476_lThe ZEOD will use a gasoline-electric hybrid electric engine which should put them in good competition with Audi’s R15 e-tron car that won the last 2 24 hour Le Mans races for its class. Nissan also claims that the car can do one lap on full electric power, which will be a help for a race that focuses on fuel economy and speed to lessen pit stops.

Hopefully in the future we will see engines like this being put in production cars. This engine would not be suitable for a production car but if they could use some elements from it and create something new and strong then that could be a good sales boost for Nissan. Everyone would love the have a car that would have great gas mileage and power that can put you back in the seat a bit.

Battery Check; The Temperature is now ZERO!

January 22nd, 2014 by Dan Tole

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If you live in a cold climate like we do then you are probably getting pretty sick of the weather. You are probably experiencing cold hands, cold feet, high utility bills and heat that never seems hot enough. Think you got it bad? What about your car?! Sitting out there all alone as temperatures drop below 0. Chances are that salt covered block of metal is feeling a little neglected right now. No one wants to be outside messing around with maintaining a car during the winter.

Because really; ain’t nobody got time for that when it is this cold out.

But we all expect our car to be there for us in the morning ready to take us where ever we need to go. What can one do to ensure that happens? Check the battery! Car batteries take a beating in the cold weather. A weak battery can leave us stranded in a parking lot, cold and alone. Our cars might see this as payback but chances are you won’t be smiling about it.

So what is the deal with car batteries and cold weather? Well a car battery is box full of hazardous chemicals. Chemical reactions take place inside the battery to generate the power needed to start a car. When it is cold out those chemical reactions happen much slower creating less juice for the cars starter. A weak battery before the winter means a dead battery during winter.

Keeping a battery in check isn’t hard to do though. Stop by any big chain auto parts store and ask them to test your battery. It is that simple. If a car is starting to crank unusually slow in the morning it may be time to get it checked out. It’s probably fine but what if it isn’t?! Some would say to just pop the hood and use a volt meter but not everyone knows what that even means. It is much easier to hit the parts store on the way home. If it is bad they can replace it on the spot.

So even though it is freezing cold out there, don’t neglect the basics. Make sure your battery is in tip top shape so you don’t get stranded out there.

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We do sell a small section of used car batteries locally but we do not sell them online or ship them. What we can help you with is a used starter or used alternator. Two part types that go hand in hand with charging and starting problems.  Get your battery checked first and then come back to us if it turns out to be something more expensive.

Know exactly when to sell your car

September 18th, 2013 by Dan Tole

Knowing exactly when to sell your car is will save you money and hassle, assuming you pull the trigger at the right time. Selling your car too early might cost you money on a new car that you didn’t need to spend and selling it too late may cause you to put money into the car that you didn’t want to spend. There are a number of philosophies out there on exactly when to do this and a few are listed below.

When the Warranty is Up.

Car companies are offering more and more warranties, not just on brand new cars but also on used cars. Or at least offering warranties that usually will work on a car that has more than one owner. Some of these warranties are better than others, covering more of the car and lasting for a longer period of time or number of miles the car has driven. However, these car companies offer warranties like this for a reason, as they know after a certain number of miles or years, the car is much more likely to break down in specific areas and will cost them a ton of money in service. Meaning it will also cost the owner a ton of money in service. So consider selling your car when the warranty is up or, better yet, selling it a year before the warranty is up, so the new owner feels like they have a safety net when they purchase it.

When You Hear and Feel Some Differences.

If you’ve driven a car for an extended period of time, you’ll often recognize differences in the way it drives or sounds. On an older car, this can be signs of something that is about to go wrong, as parts inside the car may just about ready to give out and begin making a different sound. When you suspect this, you might want to take the car into a automotive center for a general inspection. If there are signs something might happen, you’ll probably want to get rid of the car before it does.

Run it into the Ground.

There are some very loyal car owners out there who never sell their cars until the cars just basically stop working. They will pay for the cost to fix their cars through a good trustworthy mechanic and hope that this is less than the cost of a new car payment in the long run. They never sell their car, or only sell it when it’s barely running, probably for scrap or parts. Sure they are driving around in a car that may or may not make it from point A to point B, but they have a lot of personal history in the car they drive. There’s something noble about that… even if they never know when the car might die on them.