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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How the Idea of a Car Membership Evolved

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cars Available Via Revolve Membership Pack a Punch

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

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

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

Membership Means Hassle-Free Driving

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

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

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

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

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

How a Revolve Membership Works

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Four Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,400 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in HollywoodMiami and Margate. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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Florida Fine Cars Talks High-End Car Shopping With Atlantis Motor Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We just live within it,” he noted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,400 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, Margate, Hollywood and Miami.  Our new Margate dealership opened in February 2018.

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

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Florida Fine Cars Improves Service with Customer Email Connection

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Used cars fill the showroom at Florida Fine Cars.

MIAMI – When it comes to customer service, Florida Fine Cars is king. The family owned used car dealership is setting an impressive standard that has earned the growing business national recognition on popular consumer review sites for responsiveness.

The company, celebrating 25 years in business, has recently implemented an email system that puts customers in direct communication with Florida Fine Cars if they can’t reach a salesperson via phone and need a question answered quickly.FFC Logo New Car

The intent is to offer help quickly and efficiently.

Florida Fine Cars Fine Tunes Customer Service Options

Here’s how it works: Customers simply send their questions to “customercare@floridafinecars.com” for the fastest service around. A Florida Fine Cars customer care expert replies as quickly as possible.

“It’s in place so we can offer our customers faster service.  Let’s say for example a customer is having difficulty getting a hold of someone. We would suggest for them to send an email to customercare@floridafinecars.com,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing coordinator Cesar Pentzke.  “It’s kind of like an express way for customer care.  Once the email comes to our attention then we make sure the request gets sent to the appropriate outlet.”

Online Reputation Can Make or Break a Business

It’s important stuff because unhappy customers aren’t shy about making their views known on consumer review sites. And too many bad reviews online can become a nightmare.

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Used cars await buyers at Florida Fine Cars.

Making sure a business’s online reputation is a positive one is something no business owner can afford to overlook. That’s why Florida Fine Cars strives to be innovative in finding different ways to hear customer concerns and provide the best service possible.

According to Forbes magazine, businesses “risk losing 22 percent of business when potential customers find a negative article on their first page of search results. That number increases to 44 percent lost business with two negative articles and 59 percent with three negative article.”

Simply said, what consumers find online can have a huge impact on business.

“Online reputation management is important for businesses of any size,” notes smallbiztrends.com. “It’s about creating a positive Web presence to make your brand one that people trust and want to engage with.”

Florida Fine Cars is making an overwhelmingly positive mark.

2018Dealerratercustomersatis“The staff at this dealership really delivers quality service. Management, sales and financing staff were all friendly and helpful with the purchase of the vehicle,” wrote one customer in an April 2018 DealerRater review.

Wrote another customer in an April 2018 Google review: “If you are looking for someone who is willing to give you advice on what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear, then look no further and check into this dealer. Highly recommended.”

Dealership Earns Customer Satisfaction Award for Third Time

For the third year in a row, one of the country’s most popular consumer review sites  recognized Florida Fine Cars

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Used cars line a lot at Florida Fine Cars.

for consistently delivering outstanding customer service.

The South Florida 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 has stores in Miami, Hollywood, West Palm Beach and Margate.

The award gives Florida Fine Cars a unique distinction based on the dealership’s high volume of five-star online customer reviews.

“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.”

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

Florida Fine Cars’ new customer care initiative is important because a company’s online reputation can be the deciding factor on which link a customer clicks first and where they ultimately decide to buy.

It’s important to remember that when it comes to people buying a product from brands and businesses, a majority of people look for other user opinions online.

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Four Convenient Locations

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 in HollywoodMiami and Margate. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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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.

#FloridaFineCarsMargate #usedcars #coolrides #greatdeals

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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!

#tropicbeauty #floridafinecars #beautifulswimwearmodels

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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.

#greatcustomerservice #floridafinecars #tinyprices #dealerrateraward

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Florida Fine Cars Backs Autism Initiative

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Miami resident and Florida Fine Cars customer Luis Gomez poses next to a 2016 Corvette z06.

WEST PALM BEACH – Used car giant Florida Fine Cars sponsored “The 7th Home Show Munch, Mingle & Much More” in a show of support for Autism Speaks Palm Beach County.

The nationally recognized non-profit organization received a portion of event proceeds to fund advocacy and support for individuals who are diagnosed with autism. The funds also go towards research into the cause and early intervention. A 55-inch television and several other items were raffled to raise money.FFC Logo New Car

“Our whole goal is to connect with the local businesses and families and let them know there are resources here,” explained Melissa Dinuzzo, manager for Autism Speaks Palm Beach, as she passed out brochures about autism and answered questions. “We want to promote acceptance and understanding and also promote our March 4th Autism Speaks Walk to raise money.”

Autism Speaks Offers Family Support, Community Outreach

Florida Fine Cars signed on as a sponsor because the family-owned auto dealership is active in the community and a strong supporter of not-for-profit organizations.

“Autism Speaks is a lifeline for families with autistic children. It provides education, outreach and a huge array of resources for families who may otherwise feel frustrated or alone. It was an easy decision to become part of this worthy event,” said Jamie Suid, marketing director for Florida Fine Cars. “Helping kids is what it’s all about.”

About 2,000 local residents attended the event at the Meyer Amphitheater in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach.

According to the Autism Speaks website, the organization is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.”

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Increasing Autism Awareness and Acceptance is Organization’s Goal

Dinuzzo said events like the Jan. 13th one are important for increasing awareness about autism and helping to reduce stigmas that often result due to a lack of knowledge.

The event also provided a chance for Dinuzzo to plug the upcoming March 4th Autism Speaks Walk to raise money for the cause. The annual walk is a major fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization.

According to Dinuzzo, one in 68 children are diagnosed with autism and more than 70 million people worldwide are on the autism spectrum. The cost to care for a child on the spectrum is estimated at approximately $65,000, she said. Therapies such as physical, speech, and applied behavioral analysis are commonly used, she noted. Costly medications may also be part of treatment.

“You can look at someone on the spectrum and they look just like everyone else, but they might lack the eye contact,” she explained. Individuals on the autism spectrum may have a wide range of symptoms, skills and levels of disability. Those who suffer from autism may have ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

“We want to be that puzzle piece that connects the community to resources,” Dinuzzo said.

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 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. A fourth location recently opened in Margate. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

#autismspeaks #floridafinecars

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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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St. Jude Thanks Florida Fine Cars for Support with Gift of Art

stjudelogoMIAMI — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital thanked Florida Fine Cars for sponsoring two recent fundraising walks with a unique gift of child-created art.

The Memphis-based children’s hospital sent the family-owned used car dealership a poster-size copy of an illustrated original poem, created by a patient named Jazmine, in a show of appreciation.

“St. Jude uses the artwork to connect its patients with the community supporting them,” explained St. Jude spokeswoman Melissa Miranda.

The illustrated poem titled “F is for fever” is a child’s account of being sick. It depicts a child taking medicine. It was created by a patient named Jazmine.

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Community Support Makes Ongoing Cancer Research a Reality

Financial support from businesses like Florida Fine Cars is what makes the hospital’s ongoing cancer research possible, Miranda said.

”When businesses like FFC sponsor events, it helps cover costs for chemotherapy, platelet transfusions, and much more for patients,” Miranda said. “Additionally, this helps St. Jude provide patients’ families with meals, necessities, and lodging during their stay.”

St. Jude had organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach for September 23, 2017, and Florida Fine Cars supported both events. The used card dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami and is opening a fourth store in Margate.FFC Logo New Car

“Getting involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was an easy decision,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “The work they do and the young lives they save is incredible. Cancer and kids is a horrible combination. We want to be part of the cure in any small way that we can.

“It’s touching that they shared some of the poignant art work that was created by their young patients,” he added.

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

St. Jude Serves Thousands of Young Cancer Patients Annually

The renowned research hospital sees more than 7,800 children every year, Miranda said. St. Jude accepts children, adolescents, and young adults who are 21 years old or younger at the time of acceptance.

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Thousands of children receive cancer treatment every year at St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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.

Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, leukemia/lymphoma and infectious diseases to 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.

“Because of sponsors like FFC, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Every dollar makes a difference,” Miranda said.

Florida Fine Cars Makes It Simple to Buy a Used Car 

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,000 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 Hollywood and Miami. A fourth store recently opened in Margate.

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

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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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