Did You Know These Weird Car Facts?

nissancluster1Americans LOVE their cars. In fact, the automobile and real estate industries account for $1 of every $2 spent by the typical American family, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

Blog PR Footer_Online_Final

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

carscoffee5

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!
FFC Logo New Car

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.

IMG_4184

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.

IMG_4214

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.

IMG_4217

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.”

IMG_4218

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.

IMG_4228

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.

IMG_4244

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!”

IMG_4249

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.

#floridafinecars #raptor #jeep #ford #mercury #carsandcoffee #porsche #volkswagen

Blog PR Footer_Online_Final

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

TDcorporategroup

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.

TDBankAward

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.

TDBankEmployees

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.

#EmeraldDealerAward #TDBank #autofinance #usedcars

Blog PR Footer_Online_Final

 

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

collegevw

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

ffcmiamiinventory

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!

#floridafinecars #usedcars #carshopping #teencars #collegecars