Florida Fine Cars Celebrates 25 Years, Expands Into Margate

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

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

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

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

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

West Palm Beach Manager Will Lead New Dealership

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

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

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Torrey Lunn, general manager, Florida Fine Cars Margate

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

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

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

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

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

Used Car Chain Focuses on Customer Service, Quality Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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

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

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Swimsuit Models Wow Car Show Crowd at Cars and Coffee Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tropic Beauty Fills Gap Left by Hawaiian Tropic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modeling Experience Offers Opportunity, Recognition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tropic Beauty model Catherine Cybulkiewicz shows off her calendar photo.

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

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

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

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

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Four Convenient Locations

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

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Florida Fine Cars’ Customer Service Wins National Recognition

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

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

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

Online Review Site Highlights Customer-Friendly Dealers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars is Repeat Winner in Competitive Auto Market

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Used cars line the lot at Florida Fine Cars Margate.

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars Offers Huge Selection of Used Car Choices

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

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

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

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

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Model Builders Club Draws Crowds at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach

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

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

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

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

Model Car Builders Create ‘Wow’ Factor By Customizing Kits

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

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

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

He’s a detail guy who loves to customize.

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Replica of the “Fast and Furious” Toyota Supra.

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

Details Come From Discards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

#floridafinecars #weirdcarfacts #crazycars #usedcars

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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!

#floridafinecars #usedcars #carshopping #teencars #collegecars

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.

#floridafinecars #usedcars #cars&coffee  #Larsenmotorsports

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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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