Chicago Auto Show Starts Tomorrow

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Founded in 1901, Chicago’s auto show is North America’s largest show and this year marks the 110th edition.

The L.A. show has all the glitz and glamour, Detroit’s show always focuses on the auto industry as a whole, the Chicago show is all about the consumer though and that’s what makes this show so special. There are dozens of great exhibits, world premiers, future technology displays, concept cars, exotics, etc.

As always, this year’s show is hosted at McCormick Place on Lake Shore Drive. This venue features about 2.7 million square feet of exhibit space, so bring your sneakers!

Friday Feb 9th is the first day open to the public and it’s their “First Look for Charity” Event, so there’s not a huge crowd and no waiting in lines to see the stuff that you want to. The charity tickets are $275 a piece, but worth every penny. I grew up in Chicago and went to this show many times. I was fortunate enough to go on press night most years and I can tell you that you’ll appreciate the smaller crowds.

The general public show runs Feb 10th to the 18th and an adult ticket is $13.

Check out the details here:

https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/

 

 

Lake Mary’s Cars for the Cure Show coming up this weekend

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Lake Mary’s 14th Annual American Lung Association “Cars for the Cure” Event starts this Friday, February 9th at 6pm with live music, casino games, a silent auction and more.

The car show is Saturday February 10th starting at 11am and will feature Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Porsche product, Aston Martins and more. Over 150 exotics will line the streets of Colonial TownPark for the largest charitable car show in the Southeast United States.

Every dollar raised by the participants, sponsors and volunteers in the Cars for the Cure auto show helps the millions of people who are affected by lung disease in the United States.

Check out the details here:

https://alase.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/FL30CarsfortheCureFY18/tabid/887589/Default.aspx

As with any exotic car show in Florida, eimports will be sending our own 14 year old automobile enthusiast, Luke Nelson, to check out the show and report back. Here’s a few shots of Luke at the Mecum Kissimmee show earlier this year

Happy Motoring!

 

Washington DC Auto Show Starts Friday

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This year’s Washington Auto Show is being held at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. The show is open to public daily thru Sunday February 4th.

Be sure to check out the Aston Martin, Bentley and Lambo displays for their new product. The new Lambo SUV might even be there.

Click the link below for show details:

https://www.washingtonautoshow.com/show-info/tickets-hours-discounts/

 

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Starts Tomorrow

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This year’s Scottsdale event will be televised on both Velocity and The Discovery Channel, so don’t worry about running down to the airport and getting yourself to AZ tonight. You can relax in your PJs and check out all the bidding action.

Here’s a link to all the show details:

https://www.barrett-jackson.com/

Check out lot #163 for a super special 1961 VW Crew Cab Pick-up. This is an original truck, nut a chopped microbus. Really neat.

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Mecum Kissimmee Auction Starts Tomorrow

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Mecum’s 10 day, 3,200 vehicle auction starts tomorrow and runs thru Sunday night, January 14th.

This year’s show features over 3,000 collector cars, live music, entertainment, motorcycles, swap meet, automobile memorabilia and more.

Check out their site at the link below for more info and show details.

https://www.mecum.com/

I think my favorite pick of the bunch is lot # K75.1, the 1957 Lincoln Mark II coupe. This unit should run Saturday the 6th.

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This Mark II is one of only 444 produced in 1957 and one of only 98 with factory a/c. It has only 64,000 miles too.

Happy Motoring

 

Mercedes Benz GLA Wins “Best Buy” Award

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The very capable Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matic has just won Edmunds’ yearly “Best Buy” award in the Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover segment for the second year in a row.

Edmunds sites many reasons why they’ve fallen for the GLA, including it’s versatility, quality of build, superior fit and finish and it’s above average fuel economy.

The 2015-2017 pre-owned Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4Matics also represent a very good value in the marketplace. Most 2015 and 2016 models are priced $26,000-$30,000 and most well equipped 2017 models fall under $35,000. That means that you’re getting all the build quality, superior safety and legendary Mercedes–Benz quality for basically the cost of a very entry level (boring) new car. Not to mention all the style and panache that comes along with that three pointed star.

Those also happen to be many of reasons that eimports4Less customers who have considered many different brands and styles of vehicles have chosen to purchase the GLA.

Brief GLA Overview: Mercedes-Benz introduced this all-new luxury compact crossover to the United States in 2015 . It’s powered by a 208-horsepower turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder that’s mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The transmission has three different driving modes including Sport, Manual and ECO, which can shut off the engine at stops to conserve fuel. It also rides quite sportingly and handles well on a capable and stable chassis.

The GLA250 models use the latest generation of 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and the variable-torque system monitors each corner of the vehicle, sending up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. The system also adapts to varying off-road conditions with an Off-Road mode and offers superior handling on slippery roads and snow covered surfaces.

It comes well equipped with 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, ambient interior lighting, HD radio, a 14-way power driver seat with memory, split-folding rear seats and a power liftgate.

Several stand-alone options and features allow buyers to get exactly what they want in the GLA, including a panorama glass roof, heated seats, climate control, the Harman/Kardon audio system, back-up camera, satellite radio and blindspot assist. Meanwhile a Sport Package adds special exterior body styling, 19-inch AMG wheels and perforated front brakes.

The GLA is also a perfect size for most folks: It fits in pretty much any garage and parking spot, it’s not too big to park or hard to see out of and not too small to handle all of the day to day stuff…like carrying around kids, dogs, groceries and luggage.

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Top 5 Fall Car Care Tips from eimports4Less

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Fall is a good time of year to check over a few items on your ride to make sure that you’re not left on the side of the road when the weather gets bad.

Here is a short list of things to check (or have checked) to make sure that your day doesn’t get ruined by a breakdown:

  1. Check your tire pressure. Most cars nowadays have a tire pressure monitor light, but those don’t always work perfectly. Save yourself a big headache by checking this out.
  2. Check your spare tire to make sure that it’s inflated properly. If you still have a spare tire in your car, check it. Many cars have run flat tires now and no spare tire, but check it if you have one.
  3. Change your windshield wipers. Nobody ever thinks about this until you’re cursing at them on the way home and you can’t see anything. Change them now and save the cursing for the folks in front of you that can’t drive.
  4. Change your engine air filter and your interior cabin filter. You car will breathe easier with a new filter and the interior air will be cleaner for you and the family with a new cabin filter.
  5. Get your battery checked. Having a load test done at your local Pep Boys or AutoZone is usually free and can save you a big headache later.