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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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.

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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.

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Florida Fine Cars Earns Top National Ranking AGAIN

FFC_TOP100 aerial(MIAMI – For the second year in a row, Florida Fine Cars, a family-owned, independent used car dealer, has been nationally ranked by Auto Remarketing Magazine as one of the top used car dealers in the country.

Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami. The dealership has also recently launched a car subscription service, Ameridrive, available by downloading a convenient phone app.

Florida Fine Cars’ 2017 annual sales qualified the dealership for inclusion in the magazine’s annual “Top 100 Used Car Dealers” list. Dealers were selected for the “Top 100” list based on dealer rankings data provided by Cross-Sell Reports, which collects sales data via state Departments of Motor Vehicles, according to the magazine.

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 7.24.29 PMFlorida Fine Cars Miami was also included in the magazine’s “Top 25 Traditional Model Independent Dealers” list, a high honor that distinguishes used car dealers based on high-volume sales. This year Florida Fine Cars ranked 16th. National chains were not included in either list.

Great Service Plus Great Cars Equal Strong Sales

The rankings focus on “some of the strongest used-car selling independent stores in the country,” Auto Remarketing notes.

“This is where we highlight some of the strongest used car selling independent stores in the country,” the magazine states.

The “Top 100” list was published in Auto Remarketing’s June 1, 2018 edition.

FFC Logo New CarFlorida Fine Cars’ ranking is a tribute to the company’s determination to offer quality cars at competitive prices coupled with responsive customer service that is second to none, said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Manager Jamie Suid.

“Customers will only return again if you give them great service in addition to great used cars,” Suid said. “Our rankings are evidence that Florida Fine Cars is the total package. We take care of our customers and make sure they get the car they want with top notch service.”

The Florida Fine Cars family is proud to have once again been included on the “Top 100” list, he added.

“This is the result of a team effort from management on down,” Suid said. “It’s a huge accomplishment and we will continue working to get our ranking even higher next year.”

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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.

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

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Florida Fine Cars Launches Car Subscription Service

WEST PALM BEACH — Tired of driving the “same old, same old” but not ready to buy a new car and not interested in a long-term lease?

If you’re fickle when it comes to figuring out what kind of ride makes you smile because you like to switch it up, Florida Fine Cars has the key to your dreams.

Welcome to AmeriDrive, a user-friendly car subscription service the allows members to drive a vehicle for seven days or longer, then pick out something new and hit the road again.AmeriDrive_Color_450x150_r1

With AmeriDrive, motorists simply download an app to their phone, choose a car, decide how long to keep it and when they will pick it up. The service launched on July 1, 2018.

“Buying a car should be simple, but it is instead often seen as stressful and a hassle,” said Ramin Farahmand, co-owner of Florida Fine Cars, the parent company of AmeriDrive. “People need an alternative that puts their minds at ease and gives them options.”

AmeriDrive will leverage the car subscription technology and services of Flexdrive to facilitate on-demand car subscriptions via mobile devices.

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Agustin Perret-Gentil believes services like AmeriDrive are the industry’s future.

Agustin Perret-Gentil, chief operating officer of AmeriFinance which owns Ameridrive, said people love the service.

“It’s a one-week commitment and the payment includes everything – insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance,” Perret-Gentil said. “It’s very easy to use. You download the Android app and browse the inventory. And you can swap the cars as much as you want. We’re like Netflix – you get to pick what you want and you pay as you drive.”

Flexdrive will help Florida Fine Cars continue to evolve and grow, while also reaching existing customers and new consumers in a different, compelling way, Farahmand said. The family-owned dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami.

“A car subscription program is truly an ah-hah moment for dealerships when you consider its advantages: recurring monthly revenue, enhanced CSI scores and customer retention as well as more options for consumers with changing needs,” said Jose Puente, CEO of Flexdrive.

Drivers can choose from a mix of makes, models and price points that will suit everything from day-to-day needs to special occasions where getting noticed is what it’s all about. 

It’s an alternative to traditional car buying and leasing that makes driving fun: don’t like the car you chose? Find a new one and hit the road.

And while the majority of vehicles are full-size or mid-size late model sedans and compact vehicles, drivers can also browse full-size and compact SUVs, luxury cars and even trucks.

Their ultimate goal is to eventually rent out 1,000 cars, Perret-Gentil said.

“The way we see it is this is the future of the industry,” he added.

Here’s what you need to subscribe:

  • A valid drivers license
  • A refundable $250 deposit
  • Be 25 years or older
  • A valid credit card
  • Three years of clean driving history
  • A mobile phone

Looking for luxury? Buckle up in a 2015 Audi A3 Premium Plus for $299 a week. Or take a spin in a 2015 Cadillac Escalade for $599 per week. A sporty elegance of a 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 runs $499 per week.

And that’s just a small sampling of the variety this subscription service has to offer.

The app lets you browse a huge variety of cars, making it easy to pick something that fits your sense of style.

The subscription payment includes insurance, roadside assistance and maintenance so you don’t have to worry about anything but picking up the keys.

And remember, if you don’t like the car or want to try something else, just switch it up using the app on your phone.

“Florida Fine Cars is a progressive dealership and constantly thinking about how best to evolve to meet consumer demand, while also moving toward mobility and the future of the automotive industry. The launch of AmeriDrive points straight to the forward-thinking that’s core to their business,” Puente added.

Interested customers simply download the Flexdrive app to their phone, apply for membership, view the cars and locations available in South Florida through Florida Fine Cars and pick up the car, or visit www.MyAmeriDrive.com to learn more.

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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 just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in MargateHollywood and Miami.

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Ever Dream of Driving a Race Car?

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David Tuaty, owner of TLM Racing, teaches car enthusiasts how to become race car drivers.

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS – When it comes to fast cars and cool rides, driver coach David Tuaty is a dream maker.

“We make race car drivers,” said Tuaty, the owner of TLM Racing and a longtime professional race car driver who runs a race car driver school in Miami. “We have a full time racing team and a racing shop.”

And whether you’re a kid, or an adult who stills FEELS like a kid, Tuaty can teach you to race.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with David at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach auto show at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to find out more.

Racing School Offers Instruction to Drivers of All Ages and Skill Levels

“I have 14, 15 and 16 year olds who want to be the next superstar,” Tuaty said. “We take them to the track and do regular track days.”FFC Logo New Car

Tuaty’s own racing career began in SCCA Amateur road racing. He went on to win the SCCA Endurance Championship series in 1998. Currently, he has two wins in the Koni Challenge Series along with eight podiums. He also has a win and second place as driver and team owner of SCCA pro Trans Am series.

TLM racing offers everything from BMW and Porsche Racing, driver coaching, race car rental, race car prep and a teen academy.

Would-be race car drivers can rent a track privately or piggyback with a track day for a private organization and share the instructor.

Depending on where the student lives and track availability, students may drive on tracks anywhere from Homestead to Palm Beach, Daytona, Sebring and Fort Lauderdale.

“You call it, arrive and drive,” Tuaty said. “You come with your helmet and you leave with your helmet.”

Racing School Offers Special Instruction and Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

One of the family-friendly offerings at TLM is a teen driving academy held at Homestead Miami Speedway that offers one on one car instruction and classroom sessions and promises to teach proper braking, accident avoidance, car control skills, situational awareness and emergency lanes changes.

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The crew from TLM Racing answered questions about their racing school during a recent Cars and Coffee meet.

The TLM website notes that 16-year-old drivers have a higher crash rate than drivers of any other age. The next teen driving academy is scheduled for July 21, 2108.

The driver coaching program offers professional instructors and features high tech GPS Data technology that provides instant feedback to help drivers correct techniques while driving. Instruction is custom-tailored to each individual driver.

Under the race car rental program, would-be race car drivers receive professional track support and video coaching throughout the weekend. Drivers can race in any of TLM’s winning and proven Porsche GT3 Cup cars or BMWs, including the BMW E46 M3, BMW E46 325i, BMW E36 325i, BMW E30 325i and Honda Civic Si.

TLM also offers race car preparation services, ranging from full maintenance to cage, paint, seats, suspension, software and safety.

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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 just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Margate, Hollywood and Miami.

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Japanese Fire Truck Heats Up Popular Car Show

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Lake Worth resident Jamey Gerardi in his 1987 Nissan Atlas Fire Truck.

The siren wailed so loud passersby covered their ears but when they looked around, the source of the racket was a surprise. Even at a big car show like Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

FFC Logo New Car“What is that?” asked one incredulous car enthusiast as the boxy-looking truck rolled by.

The 1987 Nissan Atlas fire truck oddity is the proud possession of Lake Worth balloon artist Jamey Gerardi, who let the siren rip as he drove past rows of more traditional eye candy like Lamborghinis, Porsches and BMWs.

“I found it on a website,” Gerardi said grinning. “I thought it would be fun.”

Florida Fine Cars met up with Gerardi to take a closer look.

Quirky Fire Truck Is Curiousity

The vehicle has less than 10,000 miles on it, the engine is situated BENEATH the front passenger seat, and the steering wheel is on the right.

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Jamey Gerardi lifts the passenger seat to reveal the vehicle’s engine underneath.

The truck has a four-speed manual column shifter, a full back seat, a rear bench seat, a rear storage shelf and an old cast iron bell with a clapper.

Gerardi bought the truck because it had low mileage, air conditioning and was really unusual.

Because the steering wheel is on the right, people are constantly asking him if it’s legal to drive (yes). They also want to know how he got it to the United States (it was shipped).

Gerardi waited about two months for delivery and has been having a blast with his new ride ever since.

“I think it will be a fun extra car. I like the reactions people have to it,” he said. “It’s fun to see people smile and have people check it out. It didn’t cost a lot of money, it’s super rare and no one else has it.”

Gerardi also owns a 1974 Volkswagen Thing and a Japanese market Toyota 4-wheel drive 1987 Master Ace Surf van. He figured the quirky fire truck would fit right in.

“I just like weird cars,” Gerardi confessed.

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Auto Enthusiasts Enjoy Dog Day Afternoons at Car Meet

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NORTH PALM BEACH — Nico Marin cuddled his fuzzy tan puppy and smiled as passersby made their way past pricey Porsches and Lamborghini’s to “ooh” and “ah” at his pooch. The 17-week-old Shibu Inu with the curly, wagging tail was … Continue reading

Revolve: A Luxury Car Membership That Makes It Easy to Drive in Style

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Revolve co-owner Asoka Veeravagu stands next to a BMW i8, one of many luxury cars available to Revolve members.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Ever wish you could take a BMW i8 for a spin without coughing up a whopping $150,000 to own this classy ride?

And what if you see a car you like better and wish you’d shopped around more before signing on the dotted line?

The answer is “Revolve,” a luxury automotive subscription service and the brainchild of former GM engineering director Asoka Veeravagu, the company’s co-founder and CEO. The service allows members to drive the luxury car of their dreams for a few months and then switch it out for something else.FFC Logo New Car

Try out a Tesla and if it turns out to be too high tech, swap it out for an Aston Martin, Cadillac, Corvette, Maserati, Mercedes, Audi or Jaguar. Just pick your ride and hit the road.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the company’s founders at a recent Cars and Coffee car meet to find out more.

How the Idea of a Car Membership Evolved

While at GM, Veeravagu’s employee ID and executive status gave him had access to a warehouse of high-end cars for personal driving. The idea for Revolve was born out of that business experience, he said.

“Why doesn’t this exist for consumers in the real world?” Veeravagu wondered. So he and co-owner Scott Blando made it happen. They opened the business in May 2017 and have been going strong ever since.

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Asoka Veeravagu, co-owner of Revolve, at a recent Cars and Coffee car meet in North Palm Beach.

Their customers are people who love to drive but may not want to own the same luxury vehicle for three years, Veeravagu said.

“Revolve provides flexibility and variety where it’s never existed in the auto world if you’re a car lover and you appreciate fine cars,” he added.

Don’t expect to find a Volkswagen Beetle or a Mazda M3 at Revolve.

Cars Available Via Revolve Membership Pack a Punch

“All of our cars are what we call ‘Wow’ cars. All are special and all evoke emotion,” Veeravagu said. “The BMW i8 is gorgeous and it looks like a spaceship just landed. But not everyone wants to own it for three years.”

A marketing brochure describes Revolve as a “revolutionary driving experience” and a “frictionless automotive service.”

“With our premium vehicle subscription service, you don’t choose one luxury vehicle, you can drive them all,” the brochure says.

Membership Means Hassle-Free Driving

Vascular surgeon David Feldbaum of Plantation has been a Revolve member since the day it opened and loves it.

He owns several exotic cars but doesn’t like to drive them regularly. He has three young children and he likes large luxury cars for daily use. So joining Revolve made sense.

“The reason why I like this company is it’s hassle free. I basically pay one fee and they deliver the cars to me. They pick it up if it needs any maintenance. They will swap it out for another car. It is really nice to know they will meet me where ever I am,” Feldbaum said. “They also include the insurance so I don’t have to worry about contacting my insurance company every month about changing vehicles.”

Feldbaum also likes the variety of changing vehicles every two months. So far he’s driven an Audi RS7, a Mercedes s550, a Range Rover and a Porsche Panamera.

“I look at these cars as carefree driving of luxury car on a daily basis. I work in it, I take it back and forth to the gym and the grocery store. It’s also a nice car to take the family out to dinner,” Feldbaum said.

How a Revolve Membership Works

  • Joining Revolve requires a $500 membership fee
  • Participation costs $2,300 a month
  • Vehicles can be switched every two to three months
  • Drivers can put up to 2,000 miles per month on a car
  • Insurance is covered
  • Membership can be cancelled at any time

“There’s no commitment,” explained Marketing and Communications manager Melissa Daniels.

“A lot of our members are surgeons, doctors, CEOs or have their own business.”

The most common question, Daniels said, is how much does it cost?

“We explain to them that the car is not for sale. It’s a vehicle membership program,” Daniels said

Revolve’s website describes the membership service as a four-step process:

  1. View the collection and prioritize your favorite vehicles
  2. Car is delivered to your home
  3. Drive it for a few months like it is your own
  4. Return the car to Revolve and get another

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Four Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,400 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 Talks High-End Car Shopping With Atlantis Motor Group

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Atlantis Motor Group’s 2005 Maserati MC12 Corsa on display at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach:  pricetag $2.5 million.

NORTH PALM BEACH — The blue Maserati MC12 Corsa 2005 was a headturner and the amazing race car was drawing a crowd.

On display at a recent Cars and Coffee auto show, the sleek race car was the must-have backdrop for the cool selfie everyone wanted to snap. With a $2.5 million price tag, the car — one of 12 built – created quite a stir.FFC Logo New Car

A short distance away,  Atlantis Motor Group owner Ken Gold kicked back in his chair and enjoyed the buzz. Gold buys, sells and acquires exotic cars for discerning car collectors and wasn’t the least bit surprised that so many were fascinated with the pricey rides he’d brought to show off. Florida Fine Cars caught up with Gold at Cars and Coffee to find out more about his car-shopping service.

“We specialize in very discreet acquisitions and sales of specialty and significant road cars and race cars,” Gold explained. “We consider ourselves the Indiana Jones of the car industry: we are always finding the rare and lost antiquities.”

Gold’s business is a concierge car shopping service for those who can afford prices most of us can only imagine. His clients include movie stars, celebrities and sports figures who want to stay anonymous.

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Ken Gold stands next to his Atlantis Motor Group transport at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

On this day, his biggest crowd pleasers included a 1984 aqua Porsche DP93, allegedly the fastest Porsche 935 ever built, equipped with a Porsche 962 engine with 904 HP. It was the European Hill Climb champion in 1988-1990 and cost a cool $600,000; another, a completely restored white Porsche 9111 966 model for $199,000; and a 1994 Ferrari 512 TR, price tag $259,000, among others.

“Most of our transactions are very discreet. You give me your shopping list and I go shopping,” Gold explained. “It’s just like ordering a pizza. I want a red Ferrari with a black interior with this many miles and this many options.”

He’s quick to point out that he doesn’t set the market.

“We just live within it,” he noted.

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Atlantis Motor Group owner Ken Gold with $600,000 1984 aqua Porsche DP93.

His thriving business caters to a clientele that has big bucks and expensive taste.

“We’re in the want business,” Gold joked. “We’re not in the need business, People don’t need a $5 million Ferrari. They want one.”

He recently sold the Maserati MC12 Corsa 2005 to a buyer from France, who brought in Maserati personnel to personally inspect the car before they shipped it out of the country.

“We brought it over to our race shop, fired it up, ran it through the gears and they gave us money,” Gold said. Mission accomplished.

Showing off his exotics to Cars and Coffee gets his company name out and highlights the “wow” factor of what he does, Gold said.

“We like getting involved in the motoring industry and the whole car culture,” Gold said.

Florida Fine Cars Offers Four Dealerships and a Huge Selection of Used Cars

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, Margate, Hollywood and Miami.  Our new Margate dealership opened in February 2018.

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

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