Model Builders Club Draws Crowds at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach

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

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

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

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

Model Car Builders Create ‘Wow’ Factor By Customizing Kits

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

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

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

He’s a detail guy who loves to customize.

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Replica of the “Fast and Furious” Toyota Supra.

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

Details Come From Discards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars Offers Quality Used Cars Without the Hassle

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

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

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Jet Dragster Champion Elaine Larsen Talks Speed With Florida Fine Cars

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Jet car champion Elaine Larsen, owner of Larsen Motorsports, left, with driver Kat Moller, right, at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Talk about fast!

Race car driver Elaine Larsen’s fearsome jet-propelled rocket car drew crowds of the curious last month during a visit to the popular Cars & Coffee Palm Beach car meet up. With 5,000 pounds thrust on a 1,200 pound frame, the sleek dragster can reach speeds of over 300 mph.

Admirers couldn’t help but marvel at a driver who steers a fireball.

“People want to know how fast does it go,” Larsen said. “It’s 0 to 100 mph in one second and 0 to 280 mph in 5.5 seconds. The fastest I’ve been is 336 miles.”

Florida Fine Cars — an official Cars & Coffee sponsor — caught up with Larsen at the popular car meet up to talk about her need for speed.FFC Logo New Car

“The cars only weigh 1,350 fully fueled with the driver in it so every single pound makes a difference. We will do a quarter mile pass at a time, and burn 22 gallons of jet fuel. In 5.5 seconds it’s over,” Larsen explained. “They’re fun, they’re different. We take the engine right off the airplane and re-purpose it for the cars. We make it do things it was never meant to do.” 

Larsen said it costs about $150,000 to build a jet car and about $500,000 to keep the racing team running (spare engine, spare after burners, tires, starters, fuel controls, and driver salaries).

Check out the video below to hear Larsen talk about her cool jet car!

Jet Car Racing is a Dream Come True

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Cars & Coffee Palm Beach draws thousands of car enthusiasts every month. The event is held at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall.

Larsen fell in love with jet cars when she was 18. But her path to becoming a race car driver was unusual. She was raised in a Mennonite community, which shied away from technology.

“As Mennonites, we could have cars that were plain. If it had a radio, we would have to take it out,” she recalled. “The wheels would have to be very plain. My family just couldn’t understand why I would want to drive a race car.”

She married Chris Larsen at a young age and the rest is history. The couple moved to Florida when she was 21 and she’s been chasing her dream ever since.

Chris Larsen is an air frame and power plant mechanic who worked for the Cessna Corporation before partnering with his wife to start Larsen Motorsports in Palm Bay, FL. Larsen’s car is sponsored by the Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), whose students work closely with the Larsens to learn every aspect of the jet car from the body to the chassis to fabrication.

Larsen Motorsports operates a team of six cars with four more in production.

“People who like to go fast, people who like exotic things (love these cars),” Larsen noted. “These are exotic. There are probably only about 25 of these cars running today.

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Elaine Larsen talked speed with Florida Fine Cars at the July 30th Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

“There’s nothing on the planet like a jet car to drive because there is no power to the tires. It’s thrust-driven. It’s like the tires are floating on ice,” Larsen said.“The part I like about drag racing is that the race is won and lost in just a few seconds.”

Larsen won back-to-back titles from the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) jet dragster championships in 2014 and 2015.

She also knows firsthand about risk. In 2011, her jet-fueled dragster crashed nose-first into a wall in Columbus, Ohio. Larsen’s skull still carries the titanium screws that were inserted to repair the damage from that crash.

“The wreck actually made me go full throttle faster,” she said. “I don’t want to be afraid to do what I want to do.”

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Driver Kat Moller shows off her jet-propelled dragster to car enthusiasts at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

Larsen Motorsports Aims for the Next Generation of Drivers

Cars & Coffee affords the Larsens a chance to promote the sport of drag racing and also promote their relationship with the Florida Institute of Technology students who work with them to keep the race cars going.coffeecup

“The coolest part about us is very early on we learned we like to work with the younger generation. Chris loved to show the kids what to do,” Larsen said.

Cars & Coffee Palm Beach draws thousands of car enthusiasts to the Palm Beach Outlets Mall, at 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. The event showcases an array of vintage, classic, custom and exotic cars and features 1,500 to 3,000 show vehicles and 30+ vendors every month.

The July 30th event attended by the Larsens was Cars & Coffee’s “Christmas in July Benefit Toy Drive.”

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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

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

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Florida Fine Cars’ Top Sales Reflect Great Service and Great Cars

Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami.

What makes a great car dealership great? Is it the choices, the convenience or the brand?

Car shoppers today are looking for great value at great prices and they want to be treated like royalty the moment they step onto the lot. And why not? The Internet has leveled the playing field so that small dealers can promote themselves and advertise their inventory just as successfully as large ones.FFC Logo New Car

The edge comes down to incredible inventory, fantastic prices and impeccable customer service, the hallmark of a successful buying experience.

April, May Top Sellers Understand the Value of Follow Up and Persistence

Florida Fine Cars puts customers first, which is why the family-owned dealership was recently included in Auto Remarketing’s list of “Top 100” independent dealers in the nation. It’s no small feat and one that several Florida Fine Cars sales associates have taken to heart, making them the company’s top sellers month after month.

Florida Fine Cars’ top April sellers include repeat winners Aimee Miller, of the Miami store, with the sale of 18.5 used cars; Adrian Alejo of the Hollywood store, with the sale of 15 used cars; and Moe Eisa, of the West Palm Beach store, with the sale of 33 used cars.

May’s top sellers included Tyrone Thompson, of the Miami store, with the sale of 22.5 used cars; Adrian Alejo, of the Hollywood store, with the sale of 16 used cars; and Moe Eisa, of the West Palm Beach store, with the sale of 30 used cars.

Congratulations to all for an incredible two months!

All four sales associates attribute their success to referrals, friendly customer service and continual support until the deal is sealed.

Exceptional Dealerships Do More Than Sell Cars

Running a great dealership is dependent on great sales associates. But what makes a dealership exceptional? Let’s look at other factors that separate a great dealership from one that is just good:

  1. Great Products: Car dealerships are all about selling cars. But to be truly great, a business has to offer a product that stands out from the crowd. Florida Fine Cars is known for its variety of quality used cars with an emphasis on luxury for less. Our buyers purchase only the highest quality used cars for sale so our customers can drive home the best used cars around.
  2. Incredible Service: With fierce competition in the used car business, it takes more than shiny cars to stand out. Customers today are looking for great service and if they don’t find it, they will post negative reviews on online review sites to voice their displeasure. Florida Fine Cars has been nationally recognized by Yelp! And DealerRater for its exceptional customer service. “Yelp” and “DealerRater” recently presented the family-owned car dealership with their highest customer service awards, a unique distinction based on Florida Fine Cars’  high volume of outstanding online customer reviews.“The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” are tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence. 
    “Took care of us as the only customer. Give professional sincere advice and recommendation as required. It’s the place I recommend and advice. Clean, comfortable and well served lounge,” wrote one customer on DealerRater after purchasing a used car at the Hollywood store.
  3. Dedicated Staff: A motivated staff that is determined to go the extra mile for customers is what every dealership needs to succeed, extending from the workers who wash the cars to the sales personnel and finance directors. Everyone has to work together to make the machine run smoothly. Florida Fine Cars national sales rankings and customer service awards are evidence that the company is comprised of passionate people who love what they do and love to see happy, satisfied customers.Social media makes it even easier for customers to voice approval or disapproval about a product or service so it is essential that everyone works together these days to provide the best customer experience possible.
  4. Community Involvement: Believe it or not, it’s not always just about the money. A car dealership’s links to its own community and its level of philanthropy can be factors that turn the tables for some customers, who want to purchase vehicles from a good neighbor. Supporting charitable causes are deeds that don’t go unnoticed. Customers sometimes want buy from businesses that are standout community members. Florida Fine Cars regularly sponsors community events to underscore its connection to the community it serves.

Variety, Price, Service Keep Customers Coming Back

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!

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Florida Fine Cars Supports St. Jude Hospital & Cancer Research

Cancer and kids are a painful combination.stjudelogo

That’s why Florida Fine Cars is supporting two upcoming fundraisers to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a comprehensive cancer center known for pediatric cancer research.

The Memphis-based children’s hospital has organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach for September 23rd. Florida Fine Cars is supporting both events. The used card dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

“Everyone knows someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer but when it’s a child, it’s even harder to accept,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “St. Jude’s is a front-runner in cancer research and saving lives. Our dealership wants to be a part of that.”

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Used cars at Florida Fine Cars West Palm Beach.

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

“Every donation, no matter how big or how small, helps St. Jude tremendously,” Torres noted.

Money raised at the upcoming St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami and Palm Beach County will go back to the hospital to help further its mission: Finding cures and saving children.FFC Logo New Car

“Donations allow us to ensure that no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. We really want to make sure that parents can focus on helping their child get healthy,” Torres explained.

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

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a front runner in pediatric cancer research.

Torres met with Florida Fine Cars employees in
early July to discuss the hospital’s mission, explain its funding needs and solicit support for its mission. Florida Fine Cars was an easy sell.

“It’s a great cause. Who wouldn’t want to help find a cure for kids with cancer? If Florida Fine Cars can contribute in some small way, count us in,” Suid said.

Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, Leukemia/Lymphoma and infectious diseases including immunodeficiency diseases, blood disorders, sickle cell disease and solid tumors.

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

“Imagine that your child is diagnosed with cancer or another life threatening illness, and St. Jude is the best place for them to be,” Torres said. “When you arrive, you don’t have to think about where you’re going to live, what you’re going to eat or how you’re going to afford treatment for the next few years. You have peace of mind to be able to spend time with your child and not have to worry about all that other stuff.”

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Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami.

Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned dealership with a history of civic-involvement. In recent months the used car dealer has sponsored the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches youth concert and a fishing tournament/car show that benefited Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit created to prevent child sexual abuse through education.

Family-Owned Used Car Business Offers Huge Selection

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

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

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Cars & Coffee Serves Up Florida Fine Cars

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Cars & Coffee is a monthly car meet at the Palm Beach Outlets featuring cool cars, vendors and food trucks.

WEST PALM BEACH – Who doesn’t like cars and coffee?

Florida Fine Cars is a fan of both and recently joined up with the popular Cars & Coffee Palm Beach car meet up, which draws thousands of car enthusiasts to the Palm Beach Outlets mall, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

The event, founded almost four years ago,  showcases an array of vintage, classic, custom and exotic cars in an easy to access venue that features 1,500 to 3,000 show vehicles and 30+ vendors every month.

Florida Fine Cars took some of its finest wheels on the road on June 11th to the popular car show and in a show of community support.coffeecup

The family-owned car dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

“Cars & Coffee is a great opportunity for Florida Fine Cars to network with other car lovers, meet local business owners and support the community,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing manager Jamie Suid. “We hope to participate regularly.”

The event was founded by John Zeilinga, a Plantation firefighter and auto enthusiast who initially arranged a small car meet in Boynton Beach. The event achieved a loyal following and quickly blossomed into one of the largest car meets around, requiring a switch in venue in 2015.

FFC Logo New Car“From the unveiling of rare hyper cars to showcasing one-of-a-kind customs, the show strives to offer something for everyone,” according to the event website.

“There is something for everybody,” said Lana Vegosen Galati, director of marketing for Cars & Coffee. “Because it is South Florida we have access to certain types of vehicles that maybe other people wouldn’t. We do our best to get very attractive and interesting showcases. You could have a multi-million dollar car parked right next to a Rat Rod and everybody respects everybody else.”

The monthly events, which run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. one Sunday a month, feature food trucks, vendors and displays. There’s something for everyone.

It’s popularity earned Cars & Coffee Palm Beach the title of “King of Cars & Coffee” (U.S.) for 2016. The event was the first show on the East Coast to feature W Motors’ Lykan & Fenyr (prototype); Aston Martin DB11 (prototype); Lexus LC500 (prototype); Jaguar 7; and McLaren 570S & GT.

Other recent showcase vehicles have included: “The BADD (Ford) GT” Johnny Bohmer Racing’s World’s Fastest Streetcar; 1 of 1 1967 GT500 Convertible Prototype (estimated to be worth $20 million, and owned by local enthusiast Brian Styles); and numerous collector, custom, and/or vintage Paganis, Bugattis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, race cars, classics, muscle cars and imports.

Florida Fine Cars Takes Pride in Community Involvement

Florida Fine Cars marketing assistant Cesar Pentzke was wowed by the pet-friendly June 11th event. If you’re looking for something fun to do, it’s a great choice, he said.

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Car enthusiasts admire some cool cars at a recent Cars & Coffee event in West Palm Beach.

“There were all sorts of different vehicles with proud owners ready to show off their unique vehicles to the crowd of spectators.  The show is $5 to enter your vehicle for show and it’s free for spectators to come and check out,” Pentzke said.  “The event itself has a very fun vibe with people all over the place casually walking around and getting an inside look at some of these impressive vehicles.”

Interested in auto sound systems or some other type of auto accessories? There are plenty to check out!

“I got into one of the trucks that had a sound system (6 x15″ speakers) and the power behind those things literally make a t shirt float in the air,” Pentzke said. “They have food trucks and vendors at the event as well so it really is a notable event for the public to come and enjoy a morning.”

The next Cars & Coffee event is the third annual “Christmas in July Benefit Toy Drive” planned for 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 30th.

 

Other upcoming Cars & Coffee dates include August 27th, September 24th, October 29th, November 19th and December 3rd.

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 #usedcars #cars&coffee #carinfo #carshopping

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Florida Fine Cars Makes Auto Remarketing’s “Top 100” Dealer List

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MIAMI – 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 industry. The dealership has stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood.

Florida Fine Cars’ 2016 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.FFC Logo New Car

Florida 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. National chains were not included in either list.

Quality Inventory and Great Service Equal Strong Sales

The rankings focus on “some of the strongest used-car selling independent stores in the country,” Auto Remarketing notes. “The dealers we spotlight in this feature represent some of the strongest in pre-owned performance.”Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 7.24.29 PM

The “Top 100” list was published in Auto Remarketing’s June 1, 2017 edition.

Florida Fine Cars’ ranking is a tribute to the company’s determination to offering quality cars at competitive prices coupled with top notch customer service, said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Manager Jamie Suid.

“Customers won’t return or share their experience with family and friends if you don’t provide great cars at great prices,” Suid said. “If you don’t offer it all, you can’t compete.”

The Florida Fine Cars family is proud to have been included on the “Top100” list, he added.

“It’s a huge accomplishment that represents a lot of hard work,” Suid said.

Great Customer Service is the Foundation for Great Sales

2017drconsumersatisawardFlorida Fine Cars’ three used car dealerships have also received national recognition from two of the most popular consumer review sites for providing consistent, outstanding customer service.

“Yelp” and “DealerRater” recently presented the family-owned car dealership with their highest customer service awards, a unique distinction based on Florida Fine Cars’  high volume of outstanding online customer reviews.squareyelp

“The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” are tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Buying Easy

Florida Fine Cars has three conveniently-located stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood with a huge variety of quality used cars at each location.

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Florida Fine Cars’ quality inventory awaits buyers!

Florida Fine Cars doesn’t negotiate prices and doesn’t use high-pressure sales techniques, taking the stress and uncertainty out of buying a used car. Buying a used car at Florida Fine Cars is easy because the price on the car is the price you pay.

Florida Fine Cars’ inventory is all online so you can search for the car of your dreams from a personal computer before ever stepping on the lot. You can also review the free Carfax Report available with each used car for sale so you can get a sense of the car’s history before you put the key into the ignition.

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

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

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Florida Fine Cars Sponsors Charity Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest!

WEST PALM BEACH – When the third annual Downtown Showdown charity fishing tournament and seafood festival kicks off on May 20th, Florida Fine Cars will be there running the car show awards.

The free event – expected to attract at least 10,000 to 15,000 visitors – aims to raise $40,000 in charitable donations to benefit veterans, the Boy Scouts and to support sexual abuse prevention education for adults and children. The Downtown Showdown will spread across an area between Banyan and Fern Streets.

Custom & classic car show at past Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach, FL.

“It’s a fun event and the charitable organizations are fantastic,” said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Director Jamie Suid. “Helping with the Car Show awards just made sense. It’s a great day for families to enjoy some fresh seafood, check out the cool cars and take in the fishing competition. Plus proceeds go to some great causes.”

Anglers will compete for nearly $30,000 in prize money in a variety of categories including big fish overall, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, small boat, lady and junior. 

The event is organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

“It’s really a huge event,” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “We’ve just got some great things throughout the day.”

The event is the city’s only waterfront seafood festival featuring the area’s best seafood providers, a special section just for kids, a car show, a huge array of local vendors and an impressive lineup of local bands, including country artist Tom Jackson.

Florida Fine Cars to Oversee Car Show Awards

The classic and custom car show awards will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Fine Cars’ booth at the corner of North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive. Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership in business since 1993 with stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

Crowds enjoy last year’s Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach.

“They were seeking an automotive sponsor and asked us to participate. It’s a great cause so we signed on right away,” Suid said. Florida Fine Cars will also have a display of some of its coolest cars for festival-goers to check out.

Car owners will compete for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Paint and more. The first place winner will receive $500, second place, $300, and third place, $200.

Portier said the show is composed of about 75 carefully selected vehicles which will include classics, custom and stock.

Festival to Benefit Kids, Boy Scouts, Veterans

This year’s Downtown Showdown will offer a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Local anglers created the event three years ago in memory of Scott Terry, a pro fisherman and community activist from Vero Beach who was killed in a car accident in February 2014. Terry’s friends have said it was his dream to one day organize a fishing tournament so they did it in his memory and donate proceeds to causes that were dear to Terry’s heart.

Money raised at the event will go to Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit which helps educated adults and children about sexual abuse prevention; the Boy Scouts of America and U.S. veterans.

Shop Florida Fine Cars in West Palm Beach, Hollywood & Miami

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

Drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars Supports Upcoming Youth Concert

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida Fine Cars is helping a popular youth choral group cover essential costs so children from all walks of life can participate.

When the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches take the stage on May 6th, 350 students will wow the audience at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with an amazing repertoire of patriotic classics, folk songs and other favorites.

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches at a dress rehearsal.

Six separate student choirs will take guests through a musical history lesson that includes a piece by the great Irving Berlin, a tribute to Judy Garland and catchy numbers from the Broadway hits “Hairspray” and “Hamilton.” There will even be an old-fashioned sing-a-long.

“It’s pretty powerful,” said Shawn Berry, the group’s founder and artistic director. “This concert is called an ‘American Tapestry.’  We gave it a broad range. It includes American composers of (many) American genres of music. I am proud of them.”

Florida Fine Cars learned about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches through customers Gina and Roger Francis and have supported the music program ever since. The couple’s sixth grader Lauren, 12, has been a member of the group for three years. FFC Logo New Car

“Florida Fine Cars is proud to support this incredible music program which provides hundreds of students an amazing venue to perform and be part of a group,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Kids today spend too much time on computers. This program taps into their talent and showcases their abilities in a way that builds confidence and character.”

 The financial support provided by businesses like Florida Fine Cars helps cover students’ tuition, costumes or anything else they need assistance with.

“We do a lot of fundraising and get ads to help pay the tuition of our students,” said Gina Francis.  “I reached out to Florida Fine Cars. Their support helps pay for anything the students need. It helps cut costs and makes sure anyone who can’t pay can participate.”

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches perform at the Kravis Center.

Lauren has gained confidence and poise and improved her social skills performing on the stage of the Kravis Center, her mother said.

“It’s done amazing things. She is rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life and all nationalities,” Gina Francis said.

Youth Choir Program Serves Children Throughout Palm Beach

The program serves students from Jupiter to West Boca Raton. Participants range from second graders to 12th graders and hail from more than 100 different Palm Beach County schools, including home schools. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is sponsored by the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

For more information about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, click here.

Students audition to be part of Young Singers, perform two major concerts a year and hold concerts at smaller venues, such as the Flagler Museum.

“The main thing they get out of it is the experience of coming together and singing and learning other skills that go along with singing – commitment and the ability to socialize with others,” Berry said.

Participants Learn Teamwork, Gain Confidence

Jene Rhoads of West Palm Beach couldn’t agree more. Her two young daughters Pavani, 8, and Annika, 11, joined the group 1 1/2 years ago and love it.

“This is the one time I find that things slow down and they focus on this very peaceful, joyful art of singing,” Rhoads said. “It’s very emotional. I think this is one way they will develop compassion.”

Rhoads grew up playing violin in a youth orchestra and wanted her daughters to experience what it’s like to be part of a structured, organized chorus instead of just singing in a church.

“They have a passion for singing and this group is very passionate abut singing,” she said. “I think they are so much better prepared because they’ve been part of this group and so much more confident.”

Tickets for the May 6th concert start at $15 and can be purchased at the Kravis Center box office or online.

Looking for a used car? Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its three locations. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami.