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How to Maintain Your Car’s Resale Value

I have seen a lot of cars and trucks in my lifetime.  It was part of my job as a car salesman to observe and evaluate the condition of customer’s cars.  Through experience, I got a “feel” for the trade-in value of cars.  Cars that had been well maintained, mechanically and cosmetically, were valued hundreds, […]

All Electric (Plug-In) Cars (EVs): A Brief History And Overview

What is an all-electric car (EV)? An electric car is a car that is propelled by an electric motor, or motors, that run on batteries that have “stored” electric energy.  The batteries use energy according to the types of driving and the driver’s input (via acceleration and braking). Electric cars are not a new idea.  […]

2019 Toyota Rav4: Review and Commentary

The new 2019 Toyota Rav 4 is the best Rav 4 since its introduction in 1995.  It has state-of-the art technology, a better quality interior, an array of safety features and the most comfort and convenience features ever in a Rav 4. The new Rav 4 is slightly shorter, a bit wider and has a […]

Hybrid Cars: A Brief History – How They Work – Advantages

The Toyota Prius Hybrid, introduced in Japan in 1997, was the first mass produced hybrid car.  Honda’s Insight Hybrid came out in the United States and Japan in 1999. A hybrid car is an automobile that combines an internal combustion engine and electric propulsion drive train.  Most hybrids employ a conventional 4-cylinder gasoline engine and […]

Save Money When You Buy Your Next Car: Part Two

As a follow up to Part One, I want to make it clear how knowing what you want saves you money when purchasing your next car. There are basically three reasons why people go to an automobile showroom.  One, they are there solely to look at different models on display.  Two, they are there to […]

Save Money When You Buy Your Next Car: Part One

As a former car salesman for over 17 years, I have had a lot of experience with buying and selling cars.  There are many factors involved in determining the actual car you buy, where you buy it, when you purchase it, and at what price you pay for it. There are two basic vehicle purchase […]

The Evolution of 4-Cylinder Engines

Four cylinder engines became popular in the 1970s and 1980s, primarily because of several major gasoline shortages.  Prior to that, American manufacturers traditionally offered V6 and V8 engines in their cars as American consumers were accustomed to powerful, gas consuming cars. It wasn’t  until Toyota and Honda imported “econo boxes” into this country, starting in […]

Observations On Current Auto Exterior Design

Is it just me or have the auto designers gotten together and compared notes regarding auto exterior design?  Have you noticed that many of the major brands have incorporated similar design “cues”? Design Cue 1:  Sculpted Side Body Panels Upon close examination, you will notice that every auto brand – as of 2018 – has […]

Car Care

After-market car care products can always prove challenging when first buying your car. Choosing the right products for your car helps in keeping your vehicle in excellent conditions. After purchasing your vehicle, the logical step is getting and using the right tools and chemicals that give it a perfect shine. Car applicators, sponges, car vacs, […]

Tesla Roadster 2020

The Tesla Roadster 2020 is the world’s first all-electric premium gaming car, and the 2020 model shows you do not have to be eco-conscious. This high-end,  two-digit performance engine, is the best in its class. This is the second model year of the all-electric two-seater sports car. As part of the 2020 model, adjustments have […]

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