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.

Gas Prices Continue to Slide

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The national average for a gallon of regular gas dropped another $.02 last week, making it six weeks in a row of consistent price drops.

The AAA fuel gauge reported the average price per gallon of regular gas to be $2.46, some 18 cents per gallon less than six weeks ago when Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas.

The most significant savings have been seen in Texas and the Southeast where prices have fallen roughly 20 cents per gallon in the last three weeks alone.

A gallon of premium also dropped 2 cents to $2.99 and diesel dropped to $2.73.

It seems like the disparity between regular and premium fuel is more than normal right now, but AAA charts show the pricing difference to be on par with past pricing.

Either way, it’s a great time of year for a road trip and the less expensive fuel only helps!

Happy Motoring!

 

Flood Cars Back on the Market

Jakarta Floods Displace Thousands

Everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past few weeks has seen the news footage of the massive floods caused by Harvey and Irma.

There were an estimated 1.1 million cars flooded in TX by Harvey and probably more than that number flooded in FL by Irma. Some of those cars will make it back onto the market and be sold to unsuspecting consumers later this year.

To protect yourself, first do not buy a vehicle that was registered or offered for sale anywhere near these areas at the time of the storm. Second, get any TX or FL vehicle pre-checked before you buy it. Make sure that the vehicle is clean before you pay for it. The cost of this independent inspection could save you thousands of dollars and many hours of headaches.

Carfax states that there are over 325,000 vehicles being driven on roads right now that have a previous flood history. That number is up 20% from just a few years ago and is expected to at least double after these two most recent major storms.

Texas leads the way with 51,000 previously flooded cars on the road, followed by 29,000 in Louisiana, 21,000 in Florida and 16,000 in Kentucky.

“Flooded cars rot from the inside out as water corrodes the mechanical parts, shorts the electrical system and compromises safety features like airbags and antilock brakes. Health concerns are an added problem, as mold and bacteria permeate the soft parts of the car,” the Carfax release says.

“Our data shows there’s still much work to be done in helping consumers avoid buying flood-damaged cars,” Carfax President Dick Raines says. “They can, and do, show up all over the country, whether it be a few miles or hundreds of miles from where the flooding occurred. With two devastating storms already this year, it’s vital for used-car buyers everywhere to protect themselves from flooded cars that may wind up for sale.”

Carfax is allowing consumers to check for flood damage at carfax.com/flood at no cost.

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Over 1 Million Cars Destroyed by Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25th and dumped more than 40 inches on rain.

As a result, an estimate 1.1 to 1.3 million new and used vehicles were flooded. Many of these vehicles may make it back onto the resale market and the buyers may not know anything about the prior water damage until the mechanical and electric failures start to happen.

If you are shopping for a vehicle now or will be in the near future, make sure to check both the Carfax report and the Autocheck history report to see where the vehicle was last registered or offered for sale. You should seriously consider passing on the vehicle if it was registered or reported for sale in Texas around the time of Harvey. The value of the vehicles registered in TX during this major storm will be severely affected, whether storm damaged or not.

The federal government set up a website to try and keep track of all vehicles affected after hurricane Katrina, so we expect that they’ll do the same this time around. We’ll post that info and a link to that site once it’s live.

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