Florida Fine Cars Celebrates 25 Years, Expands Into Margate

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Florida Fine Cars Margate opened on Feb. 1, 2018 with a huge selection of quality used cars.

MARGATE – Used car giant Florida Fine Cars has even more places to shop! In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the family owned used car dealer opened a huge new store in February to accommodate growing demand. The company now operates four dealerships in four cities.

The new dealership at 5300 W. Copans Road expands the used car chain’s reach into North Broward. Florida Fine Cars already had stores in Miami, Hollywood and West Palm Beach. The conveniently located Margate store will make it easier than ever for residents in the Tri-County area to shop for quality used cars.

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Florida Fine Cars is known for its huge selection of high-end used cars for sale.

“It’s a natural extension of the markets we’re serving today,” noted Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “The property itself was an excellent opportunity. This location will also allow us to better serve our customers in Northern Broward and Southern Palm Beach counties.”

West Palm Beach Manager Will Lead New Dealership

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Florida Fine Cars Margate is located on the southwest corner of Copans and Banks Roads.

Torrey Lunn, an experienced car professional who is transferred from the chain’s West Palm Beach location, is the new store’s general manager. He

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Torrey Lunn, general manager, Florida Fine Cars Margate

brings much experience, having worked 2 1/2 years as general sales manager in West Palm Beach and as sales manager and sales associate in Miami for a year.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to lead another team in another community,” Lunn said.

The family owned used car chain was founded in 1993 and has grown steadily ever since.

Florida Fine Cars Margate is located on 5.5 acres on the southwest corner of West Copans and Banks Roads. The site is expected to stock nearly 500 used cars but has capacity for as many as 700 used vehicles.

The acreage was previously home to another large pre-owned vehicle center.

Used Car Chain Focuses on Customer Service, Quality Cars

Success these days is NOT about high pressure, Lunn explained. In fact, it’s the opposite.

“My dad used to always say you are not selling someone a car you are helping someone get a car,” Lunn said.FFC Logo New Car

Already, the new dealership is creating lots of buzz: More than 100 turned out for a recent job fair to staff the new facility.

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Used cars await new owners at Florida Fine Cars Margate, 5300 W. Copans Road.

“We had over 150 applicants at a recent job fair. We hired for everything from sales. BDC, cashiers and lot personnel,” he said. Lunn said Florida Fine Cars Margate offers the same 5-star customer service and sells the same high quality used cars as Florida Fine Cars’ three other stores.

“We’re looking to the future and a new market share is a great way to grow,” Lunn noted. “The prices and atmosphere we give to customers is second to none. These are values people are looking for when they buy a car. Growing with the community is how we achieve that.”

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,400 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Margate, Hollywood and Miami.

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

#FloridaFineCarsMargate #usedcars #coolrides #greatdeals

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Swimsuit Models Wow Car Show Crowd at Cars and Coffee Event

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Swimsuit model Cristina Tufford flashed a megawatt smile at a fan and scribbled her signature on a glossy calendar. The crowd at the Cars and Coffee meet was thick and a line at the calendar giveaway table was beginning to build.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the Tropic Beauty swimsuit models at the autograph table to find out how they got involved.

The 29-year-old from West Palm Beach is one of Tropic Beauty’s November 2018 calendar girls. She was at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to mingle.

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Tropic Beauty models Cristina Tufford and Gabriella Davis hold up a 2018 calendar at a recent Cars and Coffee event.

“I was Miss Palm Beach, Miss Jupiter and Miss Seminole,” said Tufford, explaining her long association with modeling and pageants. “I started with the brand when I was 23.”

The company sprang from Hawaiian Tropic, known for its tanning oils, bikini contests and beautiful spokeswomen who hawked the company’s products in showy swimwear. Tropic Beauty was created to provide a venue for the models after Playtex Products Inc. bought Hawaiian Tropic in 2007, and then Energizer Holdings Inc. bought Playtex a short time later. 

“Tropic Beauty didn’t want to give up the models,” Tufford said.

Tropic Beauty Fills Gap Left by Hawaiian Tropic

Boca Raton resident Amy Raley, who used to work with Hawaiian Tropic, made it all happen. The former model started Tropic Beauty from scratch after Energizer discontinued the model search.FFC Logo New Car

“I started going into all the markets that previously had Hawaiian Tropic,” Raley said. “Now we work with Wynn Nightlife and a 5-star hotel in Las Vegas. We do photoshoots and do a competition with the best photographs. The best of the best are picked for the calendar.”

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Copies of the new Tropic Beauty calendar were a hot commodity at a recent Cars and Coffee event.

Tropic Beauty’s website describes the company as “a model & photographers platform for a dream career and fascinating lifestyle in the entertainment industry. It allows them to be noticed, published and excel.”

The Tropic Beauty models have become brand ambassadors and social media influencers, Raley said.

“A lot of people invite us to come to their events to boost their social media presence,” Raley said.

Modeling Experience Offers Opportunity, Recognition

Gabriella Davis, 20, of Houston, TX, is one of the newest Tropic Beauty models. She works Tropic Beauty appearances in around her schedule as a full-time student at the University of Houston, real estate school and cheering professionally for the Houston Texans.

“It’s fun,” she said of Tropic Beauty. “Absolutely amazing people.”

So what are the top four comments/questions the models hear?

  • Are the calendars free?
  • Are you in it?
  • Which one are you?
  • Let me see if I can guess!
  • Can I get a picture with you?

Catherine Cybulkiewicz, 28, is one of the calendar’s March 2018 models. The graphic designer from Miami is a native of Venezuela and has been working for Tropic Beauty since 2014. She was Miss Tropic Beauty Las Vegas in 2015 and won third place in the World Finals in 2014.

“I love being on the stage. It’s always fun,” Cybulkiewicz said. “Modeling is a passion. It’s like a hobby.”

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Tropic Beauty model Catherine Cybulkiewicz shows off her calendar photo.

She began modeling at age 17 in Venezuela and has participated in at least nine beauty contests.

The contacts she made through Tropic Beauty helped pave the way for her to be chosen as a cover girl for a French magazine.

Tropic Beauty has provided opportunities for new life experiences, she noted.

And that is exactly what their Facebook pages says. It describes Tropic Beauty as “A Health & Beauty Company that is Home to the Most #beautiful Swimwear Models in the World! Leader in the Swimsuit Calendar Photo Shoot Experience!”

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Four Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in HollywoodMiami and Margate. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars’ Customer Service Wins National Recognition

MIAMI – For the third year in a row, one of the country’s most popular consumer review sites has recognized used car giant Florida Fine Cars for consistently delivering outstanding customer service.2018Dealerratercustomersatis

The family-owned dealership received DealerRater’s 2018 Consumer Satisfaction Award for providing top-notch service to used cars buyers in the Tri-County area and across the nation. The used car chain, with stores in Miami, Hollywood and West Palm Beach, recently opened a fourth store in Margate to accommodate growth.

“Providing our customers with an enjoyable, stress-free car-buying experience that emphasizes quality service is what Florida Fine Cars is all about,” said marketing director Jamie Suid. “We want every customer to leave with a great car and great memories. And our amazing reviews show that we are hitting the mark.”

Online Review Site Highlights Customer-Friendly Dealers

DealerRater, the world’s leading car dealer review website, created the Consumer Satisfaction Award program to let online car shoppers instantly spot dealers that provide high-quality customer service.

FFC Logo New CarThe award gives Florida Fine Cars a unique distinction based on the dealership’s high volume of five-star online customer reviews. It was an honor to be recognized for a third time for its customer service, Suid said.

“It’s gratifying to know that DealerRater recognizes hard much work goes into achieving so many positive customer reviews,” Suid added.

Consumer Satisfaction Awards are given to the top 10 percent of U.S. new-car dealers based on their PowerScore™, as well as top independent and Canadian dealerships that receive at least 25 annual reviews and maintain an average PowerScore™ rating of 4.0 out of 5.0., according to DealerRater’s website.

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SUVs await new owners at Florida Fine Cars West Palm Beach.

The PowerScore™ is determined using a Bayesian algorithm that factors the dealership’s average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2016 calendar year.

“We’d like to congratulate Florida Fine Cars and all of our Consumer Satisfaction Award winners,” said DealerRater General Manager, Jamie Oldershaw. “DealerRater’s extensive review database allows shoppers to identify dealerships that are providing excellent customer experiences, and it’s clear that Florida Fine Cars stands out amongst its peers in the U.S.”

Florida Fine Cars is Repeat Winner in Competitive Auto Market

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Used cars line the lot at Florida Fine Cars Margate.

Florida Fine Cars’ Hollywood and Miami stores have received the Customer Satisfaction Award three years in a row. The West Palm Beach store, which was not open as long as the other two, has received it twice. The Margate store opened in February 2018.

DealerRater features more than four million dealer reviews, and has a reachable audience of more than 32 million car shoppers each month.

“Our awards program was more competitive than ever this past year, with thousands of dealers across the U.S. and Canada competing to win our coveted Dealer of the Year award,” Oldershaw said. “The Consumer Satisfaction Award is one way for today’s shoppers to instantly recognize quality customer service regardless of brand or region.”

DealerRater offers more than 6 million sales and service reviews across 42,000 U.S. and Canadian dealerships, including a network of more than 6,000 Certified Dealers.

Florida Fine Cars Offers Huge Selection of Used Car Choices

Florida Fine Cars’ online inventory allows customers to shop at home or from the office and get payments and credit approval all before putting a toe on the lot.

Log in to www.floridafinecars.com,  find your dream car, figure out your payments and then stop by Florida Fine Cars for a test drive.

Buying a quality used car at Florida Fine Cars couldn’t be easier.

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,800 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami.

#greatcustomerservice #floridafinecars #tinyprices #dealerrateraward

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Florida Fine Cars Backs Autism Initiative

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Miami resident and Florida Fine Cars customer Luis Gomez poses next to a 2016 Corvette z06.

WEST PALM BEACH – Used car giant Florida Fine Cars sponsored “The 7th Home Show Munch, Mingle & Much More” in a show of support for Autism Speaks Palm Beach County.

The nationally recognized non-profit organization received a portion of event proceeds to fund advocacy and support for individuals who are diagnosed with autism. The funds also go towards research into the cause and early intervention. A 55-inch television and several other items were raffled to raise money.FFC Logo New Car

“Our whole goal is to connect with the local businesses and families and let them know there are resources here,” explained Melissa Dinuzzo, manager for Autism Speaks Palm Beach, as she passed out brochures about autism and answered questions. “We want to promote acceptance and understanding and also promote our March 4th Autism Speaks Walk to raise money.”

Autism Speaks Offers Family Support, Community Outreach

Florida Fine Cars signed on as a sponsor because the family-owned auto dealership is active in the community and a strong supporter of not-for-profit organizations.

“Autism Speaks is a lifeline for families with autistic children. It provides education, outreach and a huge array of resources for families who may otherwise feel frustrated or alone. It was an easy decision to become part of this worthy event,” said Jamie Suid, marketing director for Florida Fine Cars. “Helping kids is what it’s all about.”

About 2,000 local residents attended the event at the Meyer Amphitheater in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach.

According to the Autism Speaks website, the organization is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.”

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Increasing Autism Awareness and Acceptance is Organization’s Goal

Dinuzzo said events like the Jan. 13th one are important for increasing awareness about autism and helping to reduce stigmas that often result due to a lack of knowledge.

The event also provided a chance for Dinuzzo to plug the upcoming March 4th Autism Speaks Walk to raise money for the cause. The annual walk is a major fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization.

According to Dinuzzo, one in 68 children are diagnosed with autism and more than 70 million people worldwide are on the autism spectrum. The cost to care for a child on the spectrum is estimated at approximately $65,000, she said. Therapies such as physical, speech, and applied behavioral analysis are commonly used, she noted. Costly medications may also be part of treatment.

“You can look at someone on the spectrum and they look just like everyone else, but they might lack the eye contact,” she explained. Individuals on the autism spectrum may have a wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of disability. Those who suffer from autism may have ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

“We want to be that puzzle piece that connects the community to resources,” Dinuzzo said.

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Four Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. A fourth location recently opened in Margate. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

#autismspeaks #floridafinecars

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Model Builders Club Draws Crowds at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach

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Admirers check out the detailed models built by the Model Builders Mafia hobbyist club at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – When Sunrise auto enthusiast Joe Collazo works on a car, he dons magnifying glasses and wields tweezers. The work is delicate and he likes to concentrate.

“I’ve built all kinds of cars, trucks, and bikes,” Collazo said proudly, as car buffs surrounded him at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach to admire his handiwork. “I enjoy working with my hands putting cars together.”FFC Logo New Car

But the cars he and his friends assemble aren’t for driving. They’re miniatures created by the Model Builders Mafia, a group of about 50 hobbyists who love to build and customize model vehicles.

Model Car Builders Create ‘Wow’ Factor By Customizing Kits

On this day, about 75 models were on display. And the buzz they created was impressive.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with Collazo at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to find out more about how the detailed models are built, how much time is involved and what drives the Model Builders Mafia to create.

Collazo, a baker at a Publix store in Coconut Creek, has been building models for about seven years. So far, he’s constructed about 300 and has no plans to stop.

He’s a detail guy who loves to customize.

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Replica of the “Fast and Furious” Toyota Supra.

One of his favorites is a replica of the orange 1995 Toyota Supra from the movie, “Fast and Furious.” The sleek hotrod draws plenty of “oohs” and “ahs.”

Details Come From Discards

“When you open the hood, there are hoses and fuel lines,” Collazo said, pointing out the detail. “Usually when people throw out old appliances, I yank all the wires out.”

Those wires are reborn as engine parts for the model cars Collazo assembles. The result is incredible detail.

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Joe Collazo shows off the 2010 International Pro Star tractor replica that took 80 hours to build.

One of his most stunning creations is a 2010 International Pro Star tractor. The red and white model truck has a red cellphone in the front and a tiny CD on the dashboard. A pet monkey stands on the passenger seat near a minuscule and very authentic-looking McDonalds Happy Meal box.

Collazo grins when he describes how he created the Happy Meal.

First, he bought a real Happy Meal, unfolded the box and laid it out flat. Then he photographed it, shrunk the photo on a computer, printed it out and re-assembled it. The result was a perfect copy.

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Monkey (right) sits to the right of replica Happy Meal box Collazo made. The cell phone and CD are visible on the center console.

“It took a couple hours,” Collazo confessed. But that’s part of the fun. The way he figures, he invested at least 80 hours in the Pro Star tractor.

“It was a labor of love,” he said. “I just enjoy building them. It keeps me out of trouble.”

Boca Raton resident Gary Mitchell is another model building buff. But he’s very choosy about what type of cars he builds.

“I usually deal in Fords. I’m a one-make model builder,” he chuckled.

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Hobbyists from the Model Builders Mafia customize model kits to create realistic replicas of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Mitchell drives a 2009 Ford Mustang and has been building model cars for 52 years.

He figures he’s built around 100 so far, but he’s not exactly sure. He likes customizing his models as well.

“It’s something to do on a rainy day or to kill some time,” Mitchell said. “Whatever you want you can add on to a car. Ignition wires, brake lines, detailing.”

West Palm Beach resident Julia Acosta was completely impressed. She is hoping they can build a model of her red 2013 Scion FRS.

“I think they are super cool. I asked them if they make custom replicas of cars,” Acosta said. “They have my car but they don’t have the body kit right. I’ve seen model cars but never in this detail.”

For more information about the Model Builders Mafia, go to www.modelbuildersmafia.com, or contact Adam at 954-304-5502 for more information.

Florida Fine Cars Offers a Huge Selection of Quality Used Cars at Tiny Prices

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,800 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami. Our new Margate dealership at 5300 Copans Road just opened in February 2018.

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

#floridafinecars #modelbuildersmafia #miniaturecars #modelkits

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St. Jude Thanks Florida Fine Cars for Support with Gift of Art

stjudelogoMIAMI — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital thanked Florida Fine Cars for sponsoring two recent fundraising walks with a unique gift of child-created art.

The Memphis-based children’s hospital sent the family-owned used car dealership a poster-size copy of an illustrated original poem, created by a patient named Jazmine, in a show of appreciation.

“St. Jude uses the artwork to connect its patients with the community supporting them,” explained St. Jude spokeswoman Melissa Miranda.

The illustrated poem titled “F is for fever” is a child’s account of being sick. It depicts a child taking medicine. It was created by a patient named Jazmine.

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Community Support Makes Ongoing Cancer Research a Reality

Financial support from businesses like Florida Fine Cars is what makes the hospital’s ongoing cancer research possible, Miranda said.

”When businesses like FFC sponsor events, it helps cover costs for chemotherapy, platelet transfusions, and much more for patients,” Miranda said. “Additionally, this helps St. Jude provide patients’ families with meals, necessities, and lodging during their stay.”

St. Jude had organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach for September 23, 2017, and Florida Fine Cars supported both events. The used card dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami and is opening a fourth store in Margate.FFC Logo New Car

“Getting involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was an easy decision,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “The work they do and the young lives they save is incredible. Cancer and kids is a horrible combination. We want to be part of the cure in any small way that we can.

“It’s touching that they shared some of the poignant art work that was created by their young patients,” he added.

Donations large and small are what keep the Memphis-based research hospital operating. According to St. Jude, it costs $2.2 million a day to run the hospital, 75 percent of which comes from donors like Florida Fine Cars.

St. Jude Serves Thousands of Young Cancer Patients Annually

The renowned research hospital sees more than 7,800 children every year, Miranda said. St. Jude accepts children, adolescents, and young adults who are 21 years old or younger at the time of acceptance.

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Thousands of children receive cancer treatment every year at St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent in 1962 when it first opened to 80 percent today.

Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, leukemia/lymphoma and infectious diseases to immunodeficiency diseases, blood disorders, sickle cell disease and solid tumors.

St. Jude makes it easy for families to pick up their lives and move to Memphis to receive the best treatment in the world.  Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

“Because of sponsors like FFC, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Every dollar makes a difference,” Miranda said.

Florida Fine Cars Makes It Simple to Buy a Used Car 

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. A fourth store recently opened in Margate.

Used car shopping has never been easier. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and check out our huge inventory and tiny prices.

#floridafinecars #usedcars #StJude #carinfo #savelives #kickcancer

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Did You Know These Weird Car Facts?

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And it doesn’t seem to matter what the family income is. The ratio of spending averages out to about the same. The bottom line: Americans love hot wheels.FFC Logo New Car

But what makes a car cool? Read on to learn some fun car facts that should keep you smiling.

Crazy Car Facts You May Not Know!

  1. The first cars didn’t have steering wheels so the driver had to steer with a lever
  2. Ninety percent of car owners eat, talk on the phone, text, put on makeup while driving with singing at the top of the list, according to a recent study. Are you a distracted driver?   
  3. Most American car horns beep in the key note of “F.”whale-oil
  4. Whale oil was used in some car transmissions until 1973.
  5. Hearses are built on the same platforms as luxury vehicles. Manufacturers reinforce the body and add a more powerful engine to accommodate the extra weight and stress and for the purposes of helping them last longer. For some people, their ride to the cemetery marks their first – and only – ride in a top of the line luxury automobile.KidCar
  6. Little Tikes, red and yellow Cozy Coupe toy car reached 6 million units in sales by its 25th anniversary in 2004, and was called the “world’s best-selling car for much of this decade”1 by The New York Times in 1998, outselling the Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. (New York Times, 10/21/98) 
  7. The first car to use a rear view mirror was driven by inaugural Indy 500 winner Ray Harroun in 1911 to see the cars catching up behind him.
  8. In many states in the USA, you can be charged with a DUI even if the car is parked and you’re sleeping while drunk.
  9. Bridget Driscoll received instant notoriety when she stepped off the curb and into the history books on August 17th 1896. Mrs Driscoll, a 44 year old housewife, who was traveling from Old Town, Croydon to a folk-dancing display in Crystal Palace, became the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a car. She was hit by a demonstration car traveling at 4mph. She died within minutes of receiving a head injury.
  10. The world’s record for people crammed in a Smart car is 19.smartcarcrammed
  11. One of the ugliest vehicles ever made, the AMC Gremlin, pioneered the style that is now commonly seen in SUV’s – sloped side-window and high hood. The car was only manufactured for eight years (1970-1978) and numbered 671,475 units. The RRP was $1,879.00USD when it was first released, which these days would be over $11,000 USD.
  12. The Volkswagen Beetle was originally called “Kraft durch Freude Wage” (“Strength Through Joy Car”). The small car was named thusly by Hitler, who in May of 1938 visited the factory and made his great announcement. The car was named after an organization within the Third Reich. After World War II, Volkswagen chose to change the name.
  13. The windshield wiper was invented and patented by Mary Anderson in 1905.
  14. $8.7 million: The price paid for the most expensive car ever sold; one of very few 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupes.priceybugatti
  15. Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs found a loophole in California law and never had a license plate issued to him. Steve (or someone close to him) spotted a loophole in the California vehicle laws. Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix the issued number plate to the vehicle. And so, Jobs — with help from a very accommodating leasing company — would trade his silver Mercedes SL55 AMG (or whatever car he had) for a similar one on the sixth month of his lease. Problem solved. No plate needed.
  16. Mitsubishi created the famous Japanese Zero airplanes in World War II. The design of the A6M Zero began in May 1937, shortly after the introduction of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter.ferrariproduction
  17. Stock car racing actually began during Prohibition when moonshine runners souped up their cars to be able to get away from the police.
  18. Ferrari will only produce a maximum of 14 cars a day.
  19. The iconic hood ornament on the Rolls Royce is called the “Spirit of Ecstacy.”
  20. That delightful “new car smell” is a combination of  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emanating from the vinyl and plastic that compose the car’s interior.

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Three Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in Hollywood and Miami. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

#floridafinecars #weirdcarfacts #crazycars #usedcars

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Florida Fine Cars Finds Some Cool Rides at Monthly Car Meet Up

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Cars & Coffee Palm Beach offers a huge array of cool cars to check out.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – You never know who you might meet or what you might see at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach. The enormously popular car meet up at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall attracts high-end car collectors, hobbyists and lots of regular folks who love to look at cool rides.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with a few of those car enthusiasts during one of the recent monthly events. Here’s what we found!
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Meet car buff Larry Jones, a retired boat captain who loves to show off his custom 1950 Mercury Coupe, a sleek black custom head-turner painted with ferocious flames that lick at the hood. Jones acquired the car about eight years ago partially customized and has continued to do more work. Talking about it makes him smile.

“It has a Chevrolet engine, a big block Chevrolet. It has a lot of power. It’s got probably 500 horsepower,” Jones said proudly. The stunning paint job was created by Crazy Horse Painting in Waxhaw, North Carolina. It’s called “live fire” and it’s meant to stop traffic.

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Car buff Larry Jones pops the top on his customized 1950 Mercury Coupe at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

“I’ve chopped the top, I’ve channeled the car (brought the floor up 4-inches) and it rides on air bags,” Jones explained. “It has air bags on all four corners. It’s a better suspension and then you lower it and it looks cooler.”

The car sports a chrome grill from a ’56 Chevy, and the headlights are “frenched,” or recessed into the body of the car.

Nearby, Jeff Bye parked his yellow 1966 Ford F-100 pickup truck, no ordinary ride by any account! He rebuilt the lowrider with a 2008 Crown Victoria front end, a 5-speed transmission from a 1998 5.0 liter Ford Mustang and installed buttons on each side that shoot out fire.

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Jeff Bye stands by his 1966 Ford F-100 that he customized himself.

“Some people think you should restore it the way it was,” said Bye, who rebuilds Porsches and Ferraris for a living. “It’s either like love or hate. I’ve had people tell me I’ve destroyed the truck.”

You’ll always know when Bye’s truck is on its way: it doesn’t have a muffler or pipes and the noise is really, really loud.

But that’s all part of the fun.

According to John Zeilinga – one of the founders of Cars & Coffee –  the popular monthly car meet up usually attracts about 1,400 cars car owners during the slow months. During the Season, you might find as many as 2,500 cars on display and 20,000 spectators in attendance.

“We have everything from old Model T’s to brand new Lamborghinis, hot rods, race cars and hand-built garage cars,” said Zeilinga, a firefighter/EMT for Plantation. “We get people who just want to learn about cars and people who have been working on cars for 40 years.

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Brandon Gasparini sits atop his mud-spattered 1997 Jeep Cherokee X5.

Brandon Gasparini is one of those car buffs who works on cars. His Jeep Cherokee is a marvel with the rugged-looking, textured spatter that distinguishes from all others. But Gasparini didn’t pay a penny for the look. It’s mud, not paint, and it draws crowds every time he wheels into Cars & Coffee to show it off.

“Best paint job around,” yelled a passerby, who gave a thumbs up. “We like this one the best!”

Gasparini’s 1997 model Jeep Cherokee X5 has nearly 300,000 miles on the odometer and is  spattered with so much mud that many spectators mistake it for a custom paint job until some of the texture rubs off on their fingers.

“I haven’t washed it in a month,” said Gasparini who works for Jeep. “It runs like a dream.”

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The mud coating on Gasparini’s Jeep gives it a custom look that many mistake for paint.

The mud buggy has removable doors, a 4.5-inch lift and 33-inch tires.
Gasparini takes his Jeep mudding in some secret holes in Port St. Lucie that he’s been digging since he was in high school.

“It takes hours to wash it which is why I don’t,” he chuckled.

Across the way, Joe Zahradnik was showing off the brand new 2017 Shelby Baja Raptor, one of only 50 to be manufactured and the first of four to be sold to the public: the first went to the Shelby Museum in Las Vegas, the second to the Ford Motor Co. and the third to an undisclosed business executive.

Crowds of truck lovers were “oohing: and “aahing” at the huge blue beast, built with a redesigned front bumper, special suspension work and custom LED lighting that can be angled as you drive.

“Amazing! When can I take it for a test drive,” cooed one admirer as he peered inside.

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2017 Shelby Baja Raptor was a crowd pleaser at a recent Cars & Coffee. The vehicle is #4 of 50 and the first being offered for sale to the public.

Sticker price? $115,000.

And at Cars & Coffee, there’s a likely buyer somewhere with the means to take it home.

At the back of the lot, Said Sauder fielded questions about his fire-engine 1969 modelred T-1 Porsche transporter, which has the cab of an old Volkswagen bus and the rear of a car transporter.

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Interior of 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

“Back in the ’60s and ’70s Porsche had to take their cars to races and that was the way to go in style,” Sauder explained. But Sauder’s transporter has a longer bed – he stretched by seven feet.

Back in the day, the vehicle was used to transport a Porsche 550 Spider to races and back, he said.

It’s quirky mix of Volkwagen charm and longbed truck drew admirers all day long.

“This is the only one of its kind in the U.S.,” Sauder said. “There’s two in Germany.  It’s supposed to have a Porsche Spider on it but it’s not ready. Three people told me it’s the best car in the show!”

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Said Sauder poses with his 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

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TD Bank Rates Florida Fine Cars in Top 1% for Auto Financing

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Florida Fine Cars Corporate Finance Director Mike Mueger, FFC owner Amir Azarpad, TD Bank Dealer Relations Manager Dalia Solomon, FFC-Miami Finance Director Freddy Duran & FFC General Manager John Carino.

MIAMI – Used car giant Florida Fine Cars recently received TD Bank’s prestigious 2017 Emerald Dealer Award, an annual recognition presented to top-selling dealers based on volume of financed contracts. The award places Florida Fine Cars in the top 1 percent companies that do business with the bank.

Qualifying dealers must maintain a $1 million or more average monthly volume, or $3 million in volume (total amount financed of contracts funded) per quarter to maintain this status, according to TD Bank. Dealers are required to have worked with TD Auto FinaNewFCCLogonce a year or more to be considered.

“This is a very big deal,” said Dalia Solomon, dealer relations manager for TD Bank in Miami-Dade and Broward. “Only 35 out of over 3,000 dealers that do business with us are at this elite level, or Emerald Status.”

Quality Service, Used Cars Compose Florida Fine Cars’ Foundation 

Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership with stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood and an inventory of more than 1,200 quality used cars. The dealership is known for its huge selection of quality used vehicles and superior customer service.

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TD Bank Auto Finance Emerald Dealer Award.

Corporate Finance Director Mike Mueger said the Emerald Dealer Award is just more proof that Florida Fine Cars is getting it right.

“The Emerald Dealer Award is based on the volume of financed contracts, which ultimately translates into sales. Florida Fine Cars could never achieve this elite status if our customers didn’t have great buying experiences,” Mueger said. “Our sales staff is second to none and our inventory is the best in South Florida. It’s a winning combination.”

Dealers who achieve Emerald status get faster funding, faster credit decisioning and a dedicated group of analysts and funders who are assigned only to Emerald Dealers,  Solomon noted.

TD Bank Hosts In-Store Dealer Day Celebrations

To celebrate this accomplishment, TD Bank threw a party for Florida Fine Cars employees on October 9th. Emerald Dealer Day included plenty of food, drinks and fun for the employees whose hard work made the award a reality.

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Employees from Florida Fine Cars Hollywood enjoy a luncheon provided by TD Bank in celebration of the Emerald Dealer Award.

“It was basically a way for us to recognize dealers that do a significant amount of business with us on a regular/quarterly basis,” Solomon said.

Florida Fine Cars is no stranger to awards based on quality. The used car dealership has also received the “The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” as tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence. The Yelp award was presented to Florida Fine Cars’ West Palm Beach store; the DealerRater award was presented to the chain’s West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami stores. Florida Fine Cars also won the DealerRater award in 2016.

Used Car Shopping is Easy at Florida Fine Cars

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and test drive the car of your dreams.

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Florida Fine Cars Stocks Most Cars on the IIHS “Best Choices” for Teens List

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Buying a used car for a college student can be challenging. Florida Fine Cars stocks most of the recommended IIHS choices.

Buying a used car for a college student can be stressful and challenging. Parents want to purchase something safe and reliable for a reasonable price and students want a car that’s sporty and fun. How do you find an affordable balance?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its “Best Choices” for teens list with a variety of used car selections in the large car, midsize car, small SUV, midsize SUV, minivan and pickup categories and Florida Fine Cars has most models in stock. The choices are based on safety and price and there’s something for everyone on the list.FFC Logo New Car

“Just as we are always updating the criteria for our awards for new vehicles, TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+, we can now point used vehicle buyers toward even safer models than before,” says David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer. “Good crash protection is more affordable than ever, so there’s no need to skimp on safety when it comes to a vehicle for a young driver.”

The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes.

“Best Choices” College Car Picks Divided by Price to Simplify Car Shopping

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Florida Fine Cars inventory includes most of the IICH “Best Choices” for college students at thousands below retail.

The “Best Choices” vehicles are divided into two categories: good choices for teens that start under $20,000 and good choices for teens that start under $10,000. Florida Fine Cars’ 1,000-car inventory includes most of the used cars for sale on both lists.

The IIHS notes that teen drivers are at highest risk for an accident so the recommendations take into account a variety of safety ratings. All the used cars on the the “Best Choices” list  earned good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and good or acceptable ratings in the small overlap front test.

There’s a lot to consider when you select a used car for your teen but if you keep in mind these basics you’ll be headed in the right direction:

  1. Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. Powerful engines can be tempting for the inexperienced driver.
  1. Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer. Young drivers are better protected in a crash and a study of insurance data shows that teen drivers are less likely to crash such vehicles.
  1. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is highly recommended. ESC helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads.
  1. Vehicles should have the best safety rating possible.

Buying a NEW car for a college student may be many parent’s dream but not many parent’s reality. An IIHS national phone survey indicates 83 percent of those who bought a vehicle for their teenager bought the vehicle used.

Florida Fine Cars inventory includes dozens of the makes and models suggested by IIHS as “Best Choices” available for thousands below retail at its stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami. Parents can compare Florida Fine Cars online inventory with the IIHS list of recommended used cars for teens before ever stepping on the lot.

Most of the recommended makes and models in the higher price bracket are 2013 models and newer. The lower-priced choices range from 2005 models and newer.

The IIHS list offers good advice and some peace of mind.

Click here to view the complete list of IIHS recommended used cars for teen drivers.

College Students Need Used Cars With Top Safety Features to Reduce Risk

And according to the Independent Insurance Agents of America, nearly 70 percent of college students have a car on campus these days. So why put your child in an old beater when so many great, affordable cars are available?

Safety is paramount. According to IIHS, teens drive less than all but the oldest people but their numbers of crashes and crash-related deaths are disproportionately high. In the United States, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. Risk is highest at ages 16-17. In fact, the fatal crash rate per mile driven is nearly twice as high for 16-17 year-olds as it is for 18-19 year-olds, the IIHS reported.

Getting a safe used car can mean the difference between life and death.

Florida Fine Cars Offers Quality Used Cars Without the Hassle

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its three locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and in Hollywood and Miami. 

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and take home the ride of your life!

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