Cars we can’t Afford : Mercedes SLC?

Reports say that Mercedes Benz has confirmed production of a new baby version of it’s SLS super car. An interview with Mercedes-Benz head of design, Gordon Wagener has shed some light on the plans for a new sport coupe to compete more directly with Porsches 911 offerings. The SLS priced at $190,ooo is an amazing car but it’s high price tag and specs put it a step above the normal competition.

Not many details have been revealed but so far it’s known that the SLC will be a front engine rear wheel drive coupe (no gullwing doors) wearing AMG badges and sporting a smaller AMG engine then it’s bigger brother. While no details on pricing have been openly discussed expect it to be comparable to current model 911’s. In other words the “baby” version of the SLS will still be more then most of us can afford but for those that can it may just shape up to be a serious contender.

New York City Adopts A new line of Nissan Taxi Cabs

Earlier this month New York announced that it had chosen it’s Taxi model for the next 10 years. The Nissan NV200 van is set to start replacing the NYC cab line up as soon as 2014.This compact commuter van will be a nice change from the large yet some how cramped american sedans it replaces. The NV200 offers New Yorkers a lot more for their money with USB charging ports, a glass panoramic roof for great views of the city, large package and luggage capacity and sliding doors to make entering and exiting the cab a little safer for those pedaling around you.

This is great news for Nissan who is sure to reap some free exposure when these new Cabs become the face of NYC. They’ll not only be every where on the streets but hollywood will surely start using them for movies that are set in the big apple. Even better for Nissan is that many other cities look to New York when they make desicisions on their Taxi programs and many of the large Cab companies around the country like to keep their cars uniform.

Among the obvious benefits Nissan will see from this partnership with NY is that the demand for these convenient little vans may spew over to Nissan’s retail business. The introduction of a consumer model of this van in the US is pretty likely now making the added Cab exposure a great advertising tool.


Readers Rides now get $100 Autozone Giftcard!

We want to expand our readers rides section in a big way. At Tom’s Foreign Auto Parts we’re all car guys that are always interested in seeing new cars. We want to see what our readers and customers have done with their rides. To give a little more motivation, we’re giving out a $100 Autozone gift card to the owner of each car we pick. A pretty sweet way to get some recognition for all the hard work you’ve done.

So whats the catch? There is none. Just use the Submit your Ride form to enter in all the details about your car. Be sure to include pictures along with some valid contact info. If we pick you car you’ll not only get a write up in our blog but you’ll also have a chance to be featured in our print newsletter along with out email newsletters. Any modified car is eligible to be a featured ride so don’t hold back. Submit your car today!

What to Do When Bringing a Car out of Winter Storage

For various reasons sometimes people need to store a car for the winter. It’s important to take certain precautions when storing the car and when spring finally comes and you are ready to start driving the car again. If your car has been sitting idle through the cold winter months and you are ready to take it out of storage, it’s important to make sure that the car is ready to hit the road.

The first thing that you should do is change the oil and check all of the fluids in the vehicle. Oil that has been sitting for a long period of time can become contaminated. Running a vehicle with contaminated oil can do a lot of damage on the car’s engine. It’s not worth the risk.

Check the quality of the tires before driving the car. Check the tire pressure and inflate them as needed. The owner’s manual will tell you what the tire pressure should be if you aren’t sure. The cold air can affect the tire pressure as can the fact that they have been sitting in the same position for numerous months. Tires were developed with the intention of being rotated frequently.

Test the battery and check the lights. A battery that has been sitting for a long period of tie without use can become corroded. Light bulbs may die when the car isn’t in use so they may need to be replaced.

Before taking the car out, be sure to clean it as well. If it’s been sitting in a garage it may have gotten dusty. If it’s been sitting outside it has had to deal with the elements and there is possibility that insects or even animals may have found their way inside. Take some time to clean it up.

The first trip that you take in a car that has been stored should be a short one. Stick close to home in case anything happens. Keep the radio off and listen to how the car is running. If you hear any funny noises or the car doesn’t seem to be running the way that it should, it’s worth taking it to a mechanic to get it checked out.

Parting out 2007 Toyota Prius – Stock # 120162



This is a 2007 Toyota Prius for parts. This is stock # 120162. This Prius parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Toyota cars annually and sell the parts online. Every Prius part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Toyota Prius Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Toyota Prius part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Toyota part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2007 Toyota Prius!

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Parting out 2004 Honda CRV – Stock # 120151



This is a 2004 Honda CRV for parts. This is stock # 120151. This CRV parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Honda cars annually and sell the parts online. Every CRV part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Honda CRV Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Honda CRV part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Honda part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2004 Honda CRV!

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Parting out 2005 Subaru Impreza – Stock # 120152



This is a 2005 Subaru Impreza for parts. This is stock # 120152. This Impreza parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Subaru cars annually and sell the parts online. Every Impreza part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Subaru Impreza Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Subaru Impreza part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Subaru part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2005 Subaru Impreza!

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Parting out 2005 Volvo XC90 – Stock # 120159



This is a 2005 Volvo XC90 for parts. This is stock # 120159. This XC90 parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Volvo cars annually and sell the parts online. Every XC90 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Volvo XC90 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Volvo XC90 part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Volvo part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2005 Volvo XC90!

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