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Check Out What’s Being Unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show

Image Courtesy Of laautoshow.com

Image Courtesy Of laautoshow.com

Tickets for the L.A. Auto Show are now on sale for the general public, and this year, there’s going to be a lot to see.  In fact, there are a record number of new cars are set to be unveiled – 33 to be exact.   There will be no shortage of stunning head turners like the Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series, or Mercedes-Maybach S600.  In fact most of the major luxury players will have something to show off this year including, Audi, Bentley, BMW, & Jaguar.

Ford also has some exciting news to share at this show, as they will be unveiling a performance 500+ hp Mustang, and an entirely re-vamped Explorer SUV.  At one time, Ford sold over 440,000 explorers in one year, however by the year 2009, that number had dwindled to less that 52,000.  A re-invention in 2010, re-awakened interest for the SUV, and sales have steadily increased.  Ford hopes that combining increased fuel efficiency and all the latest technology, the Explorer will continue to be a best seller.

Other popular attractions at this years event include:
A Celebrity Car Showcase – which will feature tricked-out vehicles from some of the hottest music and sports celebrities around.
Technology & Electronics Display – check out the latest and greatest in the mobile electronics and entertainment.
Tuners & Performance – learn how to customize and improve vehicle performance.
Appearance – How to get your vehicle noticed, even on the streets of L.A.

To learn more about the auto show, click here.

 

 

MotorTrend Weighs In On Ford vs Chevy Debate

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There is just something indescribably awesome about sitting behind the wheel of a muscle car.  Feeling the engine respond to the throttle with a deep roar inevitably brings a smile to the face, and even a tear to the eye.  Among classic muscle cars rivalries, it doesn’t get much bigger than that of the Chevy Camaro vs. the Ford Mustang.

This month on MotorTrends Head 2 Head, Carlos Lago compares the two and offers his person thoughts on which model is better.  See video below, or read the full article here.  (note, both cars had been upgraded with their respective performance packs).

Here’s a brief summary:

Acceleration:  Both tied at 4.4 seconds, with the Mustang just slightly beating the Camaro in the quarter mile.

Brakes:  The Camaro beat the Mustang in 60-0 braking.

Comfort:  Lago preferred the interior and comfort of the Mustang over the Camaro, noting that it seemed to have an upgraded interior.

Control:  Lago described the Camaro as being better in traction and cornering.

Summary:  Camaro WINS!

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Volvo Delivers 1000th Auto Hauler

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Image Courtesy Of http://www.volvotrucks.com

If you’ve ever had a car shipped, there’s a good chance it was a Volvo VAH that did the hauling.  Last week Volvo celebrated the sale and delivery of their 1000th auto transport vehicle in the North American market.  That number may not seem all that impressive at first glance, however when you consider that the VAH auto transport model was just recently released in March of 2011, you’ll have a better idea of how popular these trucks have become in the auto transport industry.

By working closely with major car shipping companies, Volvo has incorporated many new design features that were designed to improve efficiency, safety, payload capacity, tighter turning radius, driver productivity, and easier loading and unloading.  These trucks carry up to 11 vehicles per load, and have two different model configurations, the VAH 200, and the VAH 430, the latter includes a sleeper for longer distance delivery routes.

Congrats to Volvo, here at Ship A Car Direct we certainly appreciate new designs that improve auto transport performance and efficiency.  We hope to see more and more of the beauties on the road.   Click here to see Volvo’s official press release. 

3D-Printed Car Created During IMTS Show

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During the IMTS show in Chicago last week, the first ever 3D car was printed, assembled, and driven.  Using manufacturing techniques that will most likely revolutionize the auto industry, the “Strati” was printed on a large scale additive printer using a carbon fiber reinforced polymer.  The wheels were also 3d printed using a different direct metal process.  The Strati took 44 hours to print, 1 day to mill and 2 days to assemble, making a 5 day build process in total.

This 40 mph capable electric car consists of only 40 parts. Compare that to the 20,000+ parts needed to create a regular car, and you can see why this technique could turn the auto industry upside down.

Many different companies came together for the actual manufacturing of 3D printed car including:  Cincinnati Incorporated, Local Motors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology).  Other companies such as SABIC Innovative Plastics, Renault, Siemens, and Fifteen52 provided the necessary materials and software.

See more pics and video of the 3D printed car here.

 

1st 2015 Corvette Z06 Gets $1 Million At Auction

I don’t know about you, but I cannot help smile while watching Rick Hendrick bid on this 1st 2015 Corvette Z06 – very cool!  What makes it even better, is knowing that all the proceeds from this sale go towards cancer research and to assist the Karmanos Cancer Institue’s renovation efforts.

“We thank Rick Hendrick for his ongoing, generous support that will help Karmanos Cancer Institute provide better care and treatment for cancer patients,” said General Motors President Dan Ammann.

Chevrolet donated this first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Camaro Z/28.  The Camaro sold for $500,000.

 

How To Get The Best Price On Your Next Car Purchase

Car Buying Tips

A recent study offered the exact same Nissan Altima for sale in Southern California.  The purchase prices ranged from 20K to 26K, the savvy car buyers saving more that 5K!  Those who paid the most walked into the dealership without having done any research or prices comparisons.

If you are shopping for a new or used car, here some tips that we hope will help you get the best deal possible.

1.  Expand your search.  Car shipping is easier and more affordable than you might think, so don’t be afraid to look past that 150 mile radius for a good price.  (Yes, yes, we are a bit biased towards this tip)…

2.  Research actual pricing using online tools such as TrueCar, and Kelly Blue Book.  Make a note of the lowest price point that you see for that make and model you are interested in.

3.  E-mail the dealerships that have your desired vehicle in stock, and ask them if they can beat that low price point, or give their best price quote.

4.  Take the lowest quote you receive back, and send another round of e-mails asking if anyone of them can beat your lowest bid.

5. Contact the sales manager who provided that lowest quote, and confirm that the price quoted is the “out the door price” – with other other fees or costs tacked on later.

Other Helpful Car Buying Tips:

  • Don’t be persuaded to pay more because of dealership promises to stand by their vehicles.  The truth is, most reputable dealerships have service centers because they add another profit center for the business.
  • Don’t offer your current vehicle as trade-in.  Even though it offers a level of convenience, almost always you will get more for your vehicle by selling it directly.
  • Don’t get emotionally attached.  No matter how perfectly suited a vehicle may seem, there are always going to be hundreds more just like it for sale at any given time.
  • Don’t be in a hurry.  Take your time to shop around and don’t buy into any sales pressure or urgency tactics.
  • Focus on the total sales price, NOT the monthly payment.   You’ll end up paying thousands more due to higher interest rates in order to save just a few dollars on the monthly payment.

When you finally find the right vehicle, we are happy and eager to answer any questions you may have about Vehicle Transportation!  866-221-1664

See The National Corvette Museum Sinkhole This Summer

corvette sinkholeBack in February of this year, a giant sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, and consumed eight prized corvettes.  Shortly after, GM announced that they would cover the cost of restoring those vehicles if possible. “Our ultimate goal is to help the museum in any we can because they are a charitable nonprofit organization that is not owned by Chevrolet or GM,” said GM spokesman Monte Doran.

On April 9th, the museum removed the last Corvette, (a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06), which the most heavily damaged of all eight.

Today, June, 25th 2014, the museum’s board of directors are scheduled to meet to review the proposals and options on both the building and the 8 damaged vehicles.

Wendell Strode, the executive director of the museum said in a statement that the current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests can have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole for the summer, and delay construction until after their 20th Anniversary Celebration August 27-30.

Although not yet official, they may leave some of the cars, and a portion of the sinkhole unrepaired, as part of a permanent display.

There has been so much interest and increased attendance due to the sinkhole, that they made arrangements to allow people to view the recovery efforts.

Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum stated, “We started with a Plexiglas viewing window so guests could see the construction going on inside the Skydome, and eventually the recovery of the Corvettes.  We always had one web cam available inside the Skydome, and due to the growing interest and popularity we added two more so our online visitors could get additional angles to view what was going on.”

Check out the live video feed here

 

 

Mecum Auto Auctions First Visit To Seattle

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The Mecum Auto Auction made its first ever visit to Seattle this past weekend, putting more than 600 classic and collectible cars on the block.    As expected, the holy grail of muscle cars (a 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, one of just two 4-speed versions delivered in the U.S) landed the top spot selling for 3.5 million dollars.

Documented as the only matching numbers 4-speed convertible in existence, its factory broadcast sheet confirms that it was equipped at the Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant with the New Process 4-speed, Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 Super Track Pak, 26-inch radiator and power brakes.

Rounding out the top ten sales were the following:

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback Sold for $340,000

1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback Sold for $160,000

1958 Buick Limited Convertible Sold for $150,000

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Hardtop Sold for $150,000

1937 Packard Twelve Victoria Convertible Sold for $150,000

1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Sold for $143,640

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Sold for $130,000

1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback Sold for $125,000

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Sold for $115,000

Visit Mecum’s website for more details – http://www.mecum.com/

Shelby Offering Concept Cars and Prototypes For Sale

Shelby Concept

Are you a Shelby enthusiast?  Want to add a little something from the Shelby legacy to your car collection?

Shelby American recently moved to their new headquarters off of the Las Vegas strip, and to make room for a new generation of concept cars and prototypes, they’ve put an handful of very special vehicles up for grabs.

The Shelby vehicles found in this exclusive offering represent some of the most significant cars that they have built. Shelby says it would rather see them in the hands of enthusiasts than sitting in storage.

Here is a list of the vehicles being offered:

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Shelby Cobra Demonstrator / Development Vehicle:  $200,000
2007 Shelby GT Prototype:  $175,000
2010 Shelby Super Snake Concept:  $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype:  $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype:  $200,000
2011 Shelby GTS Concept:  $99,000
2012 Shelby GTS Wide Body Prototype:  $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype:  $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype:  $150,000
2013 Shelby Raptor Concept:  $125,000
2013 Focus Concept:  $50,000

Click Here For a PDF of the collection

 

Dodge Unveils New Muscle Car – Dodge Challenger SRT® HEMI® Hellcat

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features their most powerful V8 to date: A supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine and available eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

The name Hellcat seems incredibly appropriate!
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