Used Hybrids Save Fuel, Money and the Environment

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2015 used Toyota Prius C3 costs $12,199 at Florida Fine Cars.

Whether it’s the pinch of rising gas prices, an increased commute to work or simply the need to cut living expenses, when you’re shopping for a used car, consider an economical pre-owned hybrid.

Going green can save you money and protect the environment, and at Florida Fine Cars, there are many excellent used hybrids to choose from in our huge online inventory of 1,700 used cars.

A hybrid is a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to move the vehicle, most commonly an internal combustion engine and one or two electric motors. The cars are fuel-effecient and excellent on mileage.

FFC Logo New CarIf you’ve never considered a pre-owned hybrid, stop by Florida Fine Cars today and check one out. Nearly every make of automobile is producing one and we have many used hybrids available right now.

Florida Fine Cars Offers a Wide Variety of Used Hybrids at Low Prices

According to edmunds.com, more than 2.1 million conventional hybrids have been sold in the United States since the first two-seat Honda Insight hybrid was produced in 1999.

Because they combine electric drive with gasoline engines, hybrids have most of the same mechanical parts and issues that traditional cars and trucks have, Edmunds notes.

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2015 used Honda Accord Hybrid costs $14,898 at Florida Fine Cars.

And the growing used hybrid market is attracting more and more motorists who yearn for fuel-effeciency without the higher pricetag of a brand new hybrid.

Kelly Blue Book rates the following vehicles as the top 10 hybrids for 2018: Chrysler Pacifica hybrid; the Volvo XC60; Volvo  S90; Porsche Panamera; Kia Niro; Kia Niro Plug-in; Honda Clarity Plug-in; Toyota Prius C; Audi A3 Sportback e-tron; and Lexus GS. Edmunds rates the best-selling hybrids as the Toyota Camry, Prius and Avalon; the Ford Fusion; the Honda Accord and the Kia Optima.

And buying any of these vehicles used makes them more affordable and more sensible than ever.

With dozens of these highly-sought after used hybrids to choose from in a world that needs to make greater efforts to “go green,” Florida Fine Cars in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami offers a broad selection of the best models.

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2015 used Ford Fusion costs $15,799 at Florida Fine Cars.

Stop in at Florida Fine Cars today and see for yourself why we are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau!

These pre-owned hybrids are just some of the incredible deals Florida Fine Cars has available every day. Browse our impressive online inventory of 1,700 used cars and see how much money you can save. The car of your dreams is just a mouse click away. And “going green” is easier and cheaper than you ever imagined when you shop for your pre-owned hybrid.

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,700 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 in MargateHollywood and Miami.

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Kids’ Miniature Rides Turn Heads at Popular Car Show

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Sidney Vallon, owner of Palm Beach Classics and founder of MiniMeCars&Coffee, kneels beside a row of batter-powered minis.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Vanessa Mohan watched closely as her daughter Lilli maneuvered around the parking lot at Palm Beach Outlets Mall behind the wheel of a gleaming white Porsche.

The 3-year-old drove like a pro as she whizzed through a cordoned-off driving course as the Cars and Coffee Palm Beach car show kicked into full swing. The miniature car she was driving didn’t growl like . the life-size Porsches but the 12-volt battery that powered her ride still had a lot of pep.The posse of miniature cars spread across a cordoned-off driving course was  causing a stir.

Welcome to Mini-Me Cars & Coffee, where little kids get to drive cool cars and mimic the “big kids” who show off their pricey toys each month at the popular car show at Palm Beach Outlets Mall. Florida Fine Cars stopped by the driving course to find out more.

“This is her second time,” her mother said smiling. “I like it. It’s something for her to do.”

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Vanessa Mohan with her son Liam at the mini course at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

Mohan’s husband Richie is a car enthusiast who signed Lilli up for the Mini Me program as soon as he saw the kiddie driving course and the lineup of miniature electric cars. Lilli had her own mini, so they brought it to the car show so she could participate.

Organizer Sidney Vallon, owner of Palm Beach Classics, came up with the idea because so many little kids attend the huge car show with their parents. Children ages one to five can participate in the program using their own mini or by renting one he provides.

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“We wanted to make it something fun for them and now they can be behind the wheel,” said Vallon, a father of two. “Every month is bigger and better.”

Mohan and her husband spent about $300 on their daughter’s Moderno Kids miniature electric car, which she uses all the time.

miniinstagram.png“The kids enjoy it, the parents enjoy it,” said Mohan, who had belted her 7-month-old son Liam into her daughter’s mini and was moving it back-and-forth to make him giggle.

Christina Martinez, a board member for MiniMe Cars & Coffee, said most parents bring their children’s own minis so they can drive the mock driving course but some buy miniature vehicles on the spot.

For a $70 annual membership, participants receive an official t-shirt, a MiniMe drivers license, and unlimited use of the driving course.

“We have a police escort and they do a parade around the parking lot,” Martinez said. “We also play games with them in the parking lot afterwards.”

The MiniMe parade starts at 9 a.m. at each Cars & Coffee event and draws a crowd.

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Charity Donates Minivan to Single Mother With Kids

Minivan recipient Christine Kelly with son Iyzaiah and daughter Sophia.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Single mother Christine Kelly, a U.S. Army veteran, needed a car to drive to work so she could support her two young children.

She’d been using a rental car for about a month but needed a more permanent solution.

That’s when the not-for-profit Wheels From the Heart stepped in and made her life much easier.

The Delray Beach-based organization, founded by former car dealer Steven F. Muschlitz, partnered with best-selling author Anthony Caliendo to find Kelly a suitable vehicle. It was Wheels From the Heart’s 97th car giveaway.

On Veterans Day at the monthly Cars and Coffee Palm Beach auto show, Kelly got the keys to a 2006 champagne-colored Chrysler Town & Country Ltd. minivan. Florida Fine Cars caught up with Wheels From the Heart, Kelly and Caliendo at the car show to find out more.

“I thought it was amazing,” Kelly said, holding the keys to her shiny minivan, surrounded by a crowd of well-wishers.

Kelly’s boss had told her two days earlier that she needed to get car insurance, but Kelly wasn’t sure what was up.  She found out about the minivan when she arrived.

“I thought he was messing with me because he likes to mess with me,” she said of her boss.

Caliendo said Kelly’s boss told her that Wheels From the Heart was trying to decide who was going to get the vehicle, but didn’t verify that she would be selected.

Muschlitz got Kelly’s name from Col. Tony Colmenares, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and community liaison. Colmenares lured Kelly to the car giveaway by telling her he was taking her to a Veteran’s Day celebration.  He instructed her to wear her Army uniform for the occasion.

“She got here and was a little nervous because she saw so many are and people here,” Colmenares said of the crowd that packed the parking lot of the Palm Beach Outlets Mall. “We parked by this big truck and I said, ‘You are going to get a vehicle today.’”

Kelly, who served four years on active duty and is now in the reserves, said her family had been without a vehicle since mid-September when she went through a separation from her husband.

Charity Founded to Help Women in Need Obtain Cars

Wheels From the Heart’s goal is to help women in need “drive to a better life.”

Their website outlines the organization’s mission with a question and a statement: “What do you accomplish in your car every single day? Now consider doing it without a car.”

Muschlitz said he started the charity because he met so many women who needed help during his 15 years in the car industry. The cars his organization provides are a mix of donations and purchases.

Caliendo partnered with Wheels from the Heart to help push their donation rate over 100 cars. The business brokerage company owner got involved because the car giveaway initiative is near and dear to his heart: Caliendo was raised by a single mother and knows firsthand how tough life can be.

“My father left when I was young,” said Caliendo, who also had two siblings. “We were broke and poor. I remember three kids being stuck on the road many times with my mother’s broken-down vehicle. Now I’m helping single mothers get a vehicle or get a BETTER vehicle.

His motto: When you are blessed, become a blessing.  He is also a member of the advisory board for Kids in Distress.

Iyzaiah explores the new minivan that was donated by Wheels From the Heart.

Kelly’s son Iyzaiah, 5, and daughter Sophia, 2, were delighted with the roomy new minivan.

Iyzaiah immediately noticed the TV in the back and wanted to turn it on.

“Where is the remote control,” he said, looking around.

He crawled into the backseat with a big grin on his face.

“My car has a sunroof and it has seven seats,” he said happily.

“It’s easy to get in and out of and the kids will have space,” Kelly said smiling.

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Florida Fine Cars Earns “A+” Rating From Better Business Bureau

BBB Logo (2)WEST PALM BEACH – Family-owned, independent used car dealer Florida Fine Cars has received an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), a distinction that places the company in the top one percent of all used car dealers in Florida, the BBB said.

Accreditation signifies “trust and integrity, and an unwavering commitment to consumers” and requires an intense vetting process, according to Donna Mongillo-Dunn, Director of Marketing and Advertising for the BBB in Southeast Florida.

“It’s an achievement. It’s definitely something Florida Fine Cars should be proud of,” Mongillo-Dunn said. The BBB issued the coveted rating in November 2018.

Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Miami, Hollywood and Margate. The company has been in business since 1993.

Customers who shop at a business with a top BBB rating have the added assurance that the business operates with good ethics.

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Florida Fine Cars shared the news in an Instagram post.

According to the BBB website, “If a business has been accredited by the BBB, it means BBB has determined that the business meets accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB accredited businesses pay a fee for accreditation review and monitoring for continued compliance and for support of BBB services to the public,” the website states.

BBB Rating Signifies Transparency, Honesty and Great Customer Service

Businesses that have earned a BBB rating display the logo on their website so customers know their business practices have been reviewed and rated.

“It’s a pretty intense vetting process in order to become accredited. It includes background searches, the proper licensing, and a review of their social media. You also can’t have too many complaints depending on size of the company,” Mongillo-Dunn said.

Businesses that choose to be rated by the BBB understand that transparency and honesty are key to success and are confident that what they offer will stand up to review, she said.

BBB-rated organizations agree to follow these standards:

  • Build trust
  • Advertise honestly
  • Tell the truth
  • Be transparent
  • Honor promises
  • Be responsive
  • Safeguard privacy
  • Embody integrity

“The most important thing the BBB can offer is what I would call validation-trust ethics. You cannot be part of the BBB and be a sleazy company,” she said. “It means that this company has been properly vetted. This company is following the BBB standards for accreditation and the consumer has place to go to if the business does not behave the way they are supposed to behave and say, ‘I need help.’”

Customers Prefer to Shop at BBB-Rated Businesses, Study Shows

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 A recent consumer survey by the BBB showed that customers searching for used cars preferred to read a BBB profile of business instead of referring to the business’ own website profile.

“Overwhelmingly they wanted to come to the profile we had on file, not the business’s website,” Mongillo-Dunn noted. “They want to go to a neutral website where they see what the BBB has to say about the business, not what the business has to say about themselves.”

2018DealerratercustomersatisThe “A+” BBB rating is Florida Fine Cars most RECENT accolade. Also this year, for the second year in a row, the family owned dealership was nationally ranked by Auto Remarketing Magazine as one of the top used car dealers in the country. Earlier this year, for the third year in a row, Florida Fine Cars also received DealerRater’s Consumer Satisfaction Award for providing top-notch service to customers in the Tri-County area and across the nation.

Mongillo-Dunn said many used car dealers don’t apply for a BBB rating because they know the review process is so intense.

“They are afraid to come forward. A lot of companies are not so transparent and don’t want to be under the watchful eye of the BBB,” she said. “It’s a commitment they are making in their business that they are not allowed to veer from and it’s important for consumers.”

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Drivers Stay Focused With “Head Up Display”

One of the coolest driving innovations to help a driver keep his eyes on the road is the “head up display,” a feature that makes driving safer by projecting key information on the windshield.

Head up display is a transparent image projected onto the vehicle’s windshield with vital information like mph.

The system can display information like miles per hour, cruise control speed and safety features like lane departure warning and forward obstruction warning.

The transparent display provides information to drivers without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. The origin of the name stems from a pilot being able to view information with their head positioned “up” and looking forward, instead of angled down looking at lower instruments.

Head Up Displays Evolved from Aviation

First patented by the Royal Air Force during World War II, the head up display enabled the de Havilland Mosquito to fly faster and easier at night, said Road and Track magazine.

Modified for cars, a head up display projects a transparent image on the vehicle’s windshield showing the kind of information the driver would normally get off the vehicle’s dashboard. The virtual image displayed on the windshield appears to be floating around the front edge of the hood.

The information is displayed in the driver’s line of sight so the driver doesn’t have to look away from the road to find out what he or she needs to know.

Head up display shows traffic patterns, miles per hour and road markings.

Premium marques like Audi and BMW are all offering them. But head up displays are also trickling down into the mainstream. They can also be useful in conditions of bad visibility, like fog, because they’re usually connected to systems that use radar and infra-red sensors, so the driver can tell where the road markings are, according to Autobytel.

Vehicles with built-in head-up displays may have a special film or optics-enhancing plastic on the windshield glass to prevent image distortion or secondary reflection.

Different systems may display different functions. For example, the Lexus system can show radio stations and fuel usage while the Cadillac system and several others project an impossible-to-ignore red warning when the forward collision alert activates.

Used cars brands that include the the head up display include certain Buicks, Chevrolets, numerous BMW models, Ford Shelbys, Toyota Prius, certain Volvos, Mazdas, Jaguars, Maseratis and Mini Coopers, to name a few.

Some car experts  believe the feature will eventually become as standard as Bluetooth.

Head Up Apps are an Alternative to Factory Installation

If your vehicle doesn’t have head up technology, you can always download a free app that does pretty much the same thing at no cost, according to HowtoGeek.com.

The apps work by “brightly displaying a reverse image of your speed (tracked through the phone’s internal GPS) on the windshield when the phone is mounted on top of the dashboard itself,” HowtoGeek.com reports. Your windshield then reflects this image back to you with any information the app collects.

There are also third-party head up displays, which work by linking to either your phone’s internal GPS or finding a signal of their own from a satellite. The device then estimates how fast your car is going at any given time, and displays the information back on the windshield. The information and display are less sophisticated.

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Car Show is Backdrop for Photography Class

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Taking GOOD photos of cars is a lot trickier than it seems.

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Just ask the students in Isidro Pentzke’s photography class at the Fine Arts Academy at Wellington High School. Pentzke recently took them to the Cars and Coffee Palm Beach car show to take auto pictures. They found out just how challenging it can be and shared their thoughts with Florida Fine Cars:

“There’s a lot of things with cars. They reflect a lot of light so it messes up the photos,” confessed Maylon Rodriguez, 15, who was taking pictures with a Nikon D-3400 at the crowded car show. “It’s my first time taking pictures of cars. A lot of the time you have to step back a bit and study the scene and study what you have to work with. It’s an enlightening experience.”

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Students from Wellington High School pose with teacher Isidro Pentzke and Florida Fine Cars employees at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

Photographing Cars Poses Tricky Challenges

The sun reflects off just about every surface on a car. It’s hard to get the whole car in one frame. And sometimes when you do, it still looks wrong. Those are a few of the things the students discovered, and exactly the type of experiences Pentzke wanted his photography students to have. His goal was to get them thinking instead of relying on the camera to do all the work.

“The biggest thing I wanted was to get them out of that program mode and let them learn about light,” Pentzke said.

 

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Pentzke is a Wellington High School alumni with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University in Boston. He came back to the high school he attended to teach students what he loved.

But getting the right equipment to teach kids photography is expensive. So Pentzke had to be creative. He applied for and received approximately $80,000 in grant money, and his students raised about $10,000 selling cookie dough and candy. He was able to equip his students with state-of-the-art equipment.

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Isidro Pentzke talks to his students about photography at a Cars and Coffee car show.

Pentzke purchased 15 new Nikon cameras with lenses, along with new three top notch printers and 28 new laptop computers. His students were able to get certified to use Photoshop.

“We bus in a lot of kids who may not be able to afford a camera that allows us to do what we teach. I wrote a proposal and told the school this isn’t a theory class, this is a hands-on class,” Pentzke said.

Pentzke was thrilled with the photos his students shot at the Cars and Coffee car show. He challenged the students to get him 10 really good shots each and they delivered.

“They did really well,” Pentzke said.

Students Embrace Hands-On Learning in Outdoor Setting

Taking his photography students OUT of the classroom is part of learning how to capture real life in images, he noted.

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Wellington HS photo students pose with Florida Fine Cars employees at Cars and Coffee Palm.

“We try to get at least once a month different locations. The reason I take them out there is to get them out there in the real world. In my classroom everything is controlled but when we go into the world everything changes,” Pentzke said. “The clouds are one way or the light on the cars is changing. They have to figure out how am I going to meter this car, where is the light coming from and how am I going to frame this car?”

When Rodriguez looked at the photos he had taken, he was happy.

“I was actually pretty impressed with how I did taking pictures of the cars. I did better than I thought I actually did,” Rodriguez said. “The challenge I ran into was pretty much the lighting. A lot of the light was reflecting off the cars and there were a lot of reflections with people in them. I was proud of how detailed they came out and the different angles.”

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Senior Angelina Guadagna, 17, a car buff who loves to shoot pictures of cars, had a blast finding out what she could do with a camera at the car show.

“I love cars and think they photograph incredibly well. I’ve been studying photography about six years and have gone to multiple different car shows,” said Guadagna, who uses a Sony II 35mm camera. “This is one of the biggest and it’s great being out here with all these different cars and being able to challenge yourself to take pictures of them. It’s tons of fun.”

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Guadagna was pleased with her photos.

“It was a beautiful day out so the sun provided great lighting. The only issue I ran into was that people turned up in the background,” she said. She said Pentzke encourages his students to come up with new ideas for subject matter and locations for taking photos.

“He really lets us express our creativity,” Guadagna said.

Photography student Stephanie Monaco, 16, a junior, said it was a learning experience shooting cars.

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“It’s really cool. I like the old cars. My dad’s really into those so I have an appreciation for that too,” Monaco said.

Student David Sanchez, 17, also a junior, said the car show was a great opportunity to practice photography.

“I’m just here to get better at what I do,” Sanchez said. “If you’re not learning something new about photography you’re really not a photographer. I just enjoy doing this. I love my teacher. He’s really helped me to improve.”

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Florida Fine Cars Employee Rocks Warped Tour With Punk Band

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Cesar “Punski,” singer/songwriter/guitarist and Florida Fine Cars marketing coordinator, performs with Grounds.

WEST PALM BEACH – When the Vans Warped Tour played its final concert in August in West Palm Beach, Florida Fine Cars was represented on stage.

But it wasn’t with cool cars. Instead, Florida Fine Cars marketing coordinator Cesar Pentzke was  rocking out: he’s the singer and guitar player for a punk band called Grounds. He performed on the Korner stage of the huge musical festival on August 5th, where he goes by the name “Cesar Punski”.

His bandmates included Seth Hochstadt, drums; William “Parker” Rockenstien, guitarist; and Reggie Miller, bass and backing vocals.

“I’m a hooligan in the best way,” jokes Pentzke, who graduated from Full Sail University with an associate’s degree in recording arts and a bachelor of science in entertainment business.

“I’m a hard core punk rock youth and I live my dreams. I knew this is what I was going to be doing when I was a lot younger.”

Love of Music is Rooted in Childhood and Family Ties

He’s been making music since age 11 when he picked up his dad’s guitar. He also plays trumpet, trombone and drums.

The Warped Tour is a traveling rock festival that has toured the United States annually each summer since 1995. It is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and is the longest-running touring music festival in North America.

Music is Pentzke’s love and he always makes time for it.

“I have a job to make money. I play music for my soul,” said Pentzke, who is the songwriter for Grounds. “People are in bands because they want to be in a band. Music is a hobby, it’s not a job.”

Pentzke became the marketing coordinator for Florida Fine Cars nearly two years ago. He’s the creative force behind all the cool videos and social media Florida Fine Cars uses to promote its cars and customer service.

But his roots always take him back to punk rock.

Born in San Francisco, Pentzke grew up in Royal Palm Beach, Fl and graduated from Wellington High School. He came from a family of high achievers who love to make music: his dad is a musician and a doctor; his mom sings and is a microbiologist; his paternal grandfather was a composer and his maternal grandfather, a lawyer. His brother teaches high school photography and his sister is a lawyer.

Expectations for Pentzke were high.

“I was either going to go to University of Florida and be a doctor, or go to Orlando and be a punk rocker,” he recalled. “I chose to be a punk rocker.”

He found his place with Grounds in December 2015.

The band released its first album “The Struggle EP” in 2016 with Detres Entertainment Group. They released their second album, “Screen Tested; Mother Approved,” with Takeover Records — on October 13, 2017.  It was Friday the 13th.

Punk Rock’s Raw Emotion Give the Music an Edge

Pentzke loves the raw, reckless emotion associated with punk rock. The mohawk hair styles, the studded leather jackets, the spiked belts. The moshe pits. It all fits together.

“What I first liked about punk rock is that it is dangerous,” said Pentzke, whose arms and legs are covered in tattoos. “Punk music was fast-paced. People would slam each other at concerts. It was the edge I was attracted to. The idea of being on stage and seeing the mosh pit makes me feel like I am doing a great job.”

Unpredictability is part of a punk rock show’s allure, he said.

“Anything can happen. You never know what is going to happen. Not in a bad way – people like to have fun and it’s really cool to travel around and see what people do,” he added.

For years, Pentzke toured Florida and the United States, performing at different clubs, bars and other venues. He had just finished a 30 to 40 day tour when he was hired by Florida Fine Cars.

He loves the fact that his co-workers at Florida Fine Cars are supportive and attend his local performances whenever they can.

“It’s really cool having that much support. To have people care about what you are doing and back you up,” Pentzke said.

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Cars with Senior-Friendly Features Make Driving Easier and Safer

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Vehicles with adjustable power seats and adjustable pedals may make driving easier for aging motorists.

Aging drivers who want to remain safe on the roads must be aware of new challenges they may face and find ways to adjust.

For example, senior drivers might find it more difficult to turn their heads to watch for oncoming traffic. Braking at a moment’s notice may be more difficult due to physical changes.

It’s also smart to take advantage of some of the new technology that makes driving a car easier. Features like adjustable power seats, a low door threshold and adjustable foot pedals are amenities that can make driving safer for anyone.

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Backup cameras can reduce the need for painful twisting and turning.

Bonus features like heated seats can reduce driving discomfort while backup cameras can increase driving proficiency.

According to edmunds.com, the best vehicle to accommodate senior drivers include features that support upper and lower mobility issues, reduced stature, weight gain, arthritis and vision impairment.

Features like adjustable lumbar support, large wide-angle mirrors and large windows are also a big plus. Parking aides such as backup cameras and front and rear parking sensors can reduce the need for painful twisting and turning, according to edmunds.com.

Florida Fine Cars checked in with Mayo Clinic to find out the best ways aging drivers can stay safe. Here’s the well-grounded advice we received:

7 tips from the Mayo Clinic to help seniors drive safely

  1. Stay physically active. A physically active driver will find it easier to turn the steering wheel, look over their shoulder and react with greater speed. Drivers should remain active by walking, stretching or doing strength exercises to remain physically fit, the Mayo Clinic suggests.
  2. Schedule regular vision and hearing tests. Vision and hearing can decline with age, so it’s important to have both checked annually to remain safe on the road. Certain vision-related ailments like macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts can make it difficult to drive at night or even see properly during the day. Hearing issues could pose a safety risk for a driver who could not hear a train horn or the wail of an ambulance siren. Getting such medical conditions treated can reduce the risk of an accident.
  3. Address chronic health conditions. Ongoing health issues such as diabetes, epilepsy or a heart condition must be properly regulated to avoid a medical emergency on the road that could cause a traffic accident. Taking care of your health not only protects you but other drivers on the road, who could be affected if you are unable to safely control your own vehicle.
  4. Know your limitations. If your eyesight is poor, choose a vehicle with larger, easier-to-read dials on the dashboard or one that has safety features that help you change lanes and manage your blind spot.
  5. Drive when the roads are in good condition. Senior drivers can improve their driver safety by driving during the day. Remember, rain and snow can make driving treacherous.
  6. Stay focused. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents. Stay off your cell phone, plan your route, and keep your eyes on the road. If you are worried about getting lost, program your GPS to help you stay on track.
  7. Stay current. Update your driving skills regularly so you know your strengths and weaknesses. Take a refresher course if you need one, and if you feel unsafe behind the wheel, stop driving. With ride services like Uber and Lyft, taxis and public transportation, a ride is just a phonecall away.

(Source: The Mayo Clinic)

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 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 in MargateHollywood and Miami.

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Auto Buffs Showcase Their Offbeat Rides

NORTH PALM BEACH – The four auto enthusiasts sat together on folding chairs, ribbing each other about their cars and occasionally fielding questions about their cool rides.

The crowd flowing into Cars and Coffee Palm Beach, used to a steady diet of high-end exotics and super-charged muscle cars, noticed they were offering something different.

 A rust-encrusted 1950 Ford COE (cab over engine), a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe,  a 1927 red Ford T-Bucket and an imposing white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery were creating a buzz that set them apart.

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Tony Magri poses with his 1950 COE, a truck he built with parts from eight vehicles.

 “It is what it is. I don’t want to fix it,” said a grinning Tony Magri, when asked about his rusty farm truck with the words, “Wilbur Pleasant, Pearl City, ILL” on the drivers side door. “Give me your car, $6,000 and 60 years and I’ll give you back this truck.”

 The way he sees it, his custom rust bucket is seasoned to perfection.

 ‘Knuckleheads Car Club’  Composed of Fun-Loving Auto Enthusiasts

Meet the Knuckleheads Car Club, an unofficial group of fun-loving car buffs who tinker on vintage rides, poke fun at each other and revel in the thrill of rebuilding. Florida Fine Cars spoke with the group to find out more.

 Lantana resident Art Rauch’s hearse-like white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery was pure eye candy for the car lover who favors something different. The 16-foot long station wagon — built like a tank — is one of three registered in Florida, two of which belong to Rauch.

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Art Rauch’s 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery is often mistaken for a hearse.

“The frame is stock all the way to the back. The car has been back-halfed,” Rauch explained. “It brings the frame in narrower so you can put wider tires on it.”

Admirers posed for pictures with the car, nodding in admiration.

At first glance, Magri’s reconfigured tractor trailer appeared to be a vintage farm truck. But it’s really a surprising patchwork of auto parts.

Magri, a former truck driver who owns Tony’s 561 Garage in West Palm Beach, bought the rusty old semi truck from a farmer who used it until 2010 to transport a corn shucker. Magri converted the cab to a pickup truck and rebuilt everything else. The end product is the result of about 400 hours of work, he said.

When he started, the hood of the truck was about 10 feet high. The truck is built on a Dodge dually chassis, with a Dodge transmission and a Dodge engine.

“It’s a combination of eight vehicles. The cab is Ford, it has customized 1957 Chevy bumpers, the turn signals are from a Harley Davidson and the hood emblem is from a 1950 Buick,” Magri said. “The visor is off a 1949 Pontiac, the tail lights are from a 1959 Cadillac and it’s all built on a 1972 Mini Winnie motorhome chassis.”

What’s not to like?

“I LOVE it,” said passerby Mike Hartsock, of Hobe Sound. “It’s a classic.”

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Tony Nardullo’s 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was originally used as a delivery vehicle.

 Nearby, Royal Palm Beach resident Tom Nardullo’s sleek black 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was turning heads.

 The 1950s hot rod has been modified and sports an engine with three carburetors and gleaming chrome air filter covers. The car has a single bench seat.

“It was originally used to deliver things.They were called a ‘business coupe.’ They would put things in the trunk,” Nardullo said.

The gas mileage?  Terrible, and it leaks oil constantly.

“It’s messy to keep in the garage,” Nardullo confessed. His wife hates it.

Johnny Tortorella’s 1927 red Ford T Bucket is a showstopper but you wouldn’t know it by talking to Magri. Magri refers to the car as a “dune buggy” to get a rise out of his friend.

 Tortorella hits back by lobbing insults at Magri’s rusty old truck.

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This 1927 Ford T Bucket was built from a kit. No, it’s NOT a dune buggy!

“We make fun of each other’s cars all the time,” Tortorella chuckled.

The T Bucket is a replica of a Model T Ford that was “chopped up” to look like it is today. The car has a 300 HP motor and weighs just 1,500 pounds so it’s pretty quick.

There’s no door so you have to jump in. Tortorella built it for about $20,000 from a kit. It’s equipped with a a 350 HP Chevrolet motor.

Florida Fine Cars Simplifies Used Car Shopping 

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 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 MargateHollywood 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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Auto Show Eats Satify Hungry Car Show Crowd

NORTH PALM BEACH – The line at Little Snokyo was 10 people deep and John Salazar and his wife Nicole were up to their elbows in ice.

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Conor Defreitas enjoys a blueberry snowcone.

Nearby, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and McLarens glistened in the glare of the mid-morning sun. The mercury topped 80 and the air was sticky and hot. Customers forked over $5 a scoop as fast as the Salazars could dish it out.

It was a broiling day at Cars and Coffee and business was blazing.

“Rainbow is the most popular: cherry, blue raspberry and lemon,” Salazar said. “It tastes good and looks pretty.”

So what’s the link between cool cars and fun food? Florida Fine Cars caught up with Salazar at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach to find out.

“It’s endless summer in Florida. It’s always hot, and people want to bring their families to the car scene and have family time,” Salazar said.

Salazar’s snow cone truck is a regular at the popular car show. He typically brings 100 pounds of ice and eight gallons of flavored syrup so he can serve 100-150 show cones to car enthusiasts looking for a break.

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Little Snokyo serves up to 150 snowcones during the Cars and Coffee car show.

“I once had a buddy who drove all the way from Miami to West Palm Beach to get the snow cones. It’s a win-win,” Salazar said. “The kids love it and the adults like to relive their childhood with it.”

Conor Defreitas, 5, is one of those kids. His dad bought him a blueberry-flavored snow cone which promptly turned his tongue blue.

“It’s hot and it’s what kids enjoy. Why not?”said Ricardo Defreitas, of Hollywood.

The snow cone truck often causes some buzz itself.

It’s a 1992 Daihatsu Hijet micro van Salazar modified to serve as a food truck. The vehicle came with a three-cylinder engine which he replaced with a six cylinder motorcycle engine. Salazar, his wife and son Dominic, 10, have driven it as far north as Daytona Beach.

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Waffles and chicken sells for $11 a plate, a popular favorite.

A short distance away, the Waffle Wagon was drawing crowds. Customers clamored for plates of chicken and waffles as quick as Loxahatchee residents Sal and Kelley Accardi could serve the $11 meals up.

“We usually do about 150-200 customers in that little time frame – that translates into 150-200 waffles, some with chicken and some without,” Sal Accardi said.

Other popular treats include waffles with Nutella or soft-serve ice cream flavored with carmelized bananas, at $7 a serving.

The Waffle Wagon opens for business at 8 a.m. and usually sells out by 11 a.m. And the line never ends.

That Accardi sets up shop at a car show is no surprise. He’s been building show cars himself for over 25 years, ranging from crazy hydraulic dancing cars to slammed lowrider trucks. But his daily driver IS his food truck, and it’s not a regular car. Inside is all chrome with custom everything.

Walk to the north end of the car show lot and you can’t miss the smokey smell of Meathead’s BBQ.

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Shay Hicks and her husband Marcel serve BBQ from Meathead’s BBQ food truck.

Marcel and Shay Hicks cook up their mouth-watering magic.

Marcel, the pit master, might run through 36 pounds of brisket and a case of pulled pork at a single car show.

“I have a line from the time we open up to the time we close,” Marcel chuckled. “When you have car shows people come out and they are out for a few hours and they get hungry. Barbecue is just a hit. They go together.”

Meathead’s BBQ is a family-owned and operated small-business with the motto, ”Straight From The Grill To Your Plate.”

Marcel began barbecuing for fundraiser’s for high school events for his children and it took off from there. Now it’s the family business.

“I love what I do,” he said.

Want to blow smoke out your nose and mouth?

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Naty and Ash Zariat serve Tornado potatoes, Dragon Breath cereal and lamb gyros.

Check out Tornado Food, home of the novelty cereal known as

Dragon Breath, a fruity delight soaked in liquid nitrogen. When you eat the super-crunchy cold treat, white “smoke” billows out your nose and mouth.

“A lot of people get it and they like to take pictures by the cars and blow the smoke out of mouth and nose,” said Naty Zariat, who runs Tornado food with her husband Ash. “It’s a lot of fun. They share the pictures on social media.”

She also serves the spiral-cut “tornado potato” on a stick, plain or loaded with cheese sauce, sour cream, green onions and bacon.

Gyros with lamb, and the hummus with chips are also big crowd pleasers.

Delray Beach resident Howard Jacobs and Fort Lauderdale resident Ira Horowitz tried the lamb gyros and swore they were perfection.

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Howard Jacobs and Ira Horowitz dined on lamb gyros at Cars and Coffee.

Fresh vegetables, good aroma, the meat was tasty and the pita was soft, said Horowitz, event coordinator for the Ferrari Club of America.

“I’m a foodie. I love food and I even had a cigar afterwards,” Horowitz chuckled.

Shop Florida Fine Cars Four Locations for Your Dream Car

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 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 MargateHollywood and Miami.

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

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