Japanese Fire Truck Heats Up Popular Car Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quirky Fire Truck Is Curiousity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I just like weird cars,” Gerardi confessed.

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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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4 Simple Ways to Love Your Car in 2017

It’s that time of year when everyone’s vowing self-improvement as they make resolutions to start out the New Year right. But what about your car? Why not kick off the 2017 with a list of all the ways you’re going to take better care of the wheels you rely on to get you around town.

Taking care of your car properly isn’t expensive and it just makes sense.NewFCCLogo

Follow these four simple tips to keep your car running right!

Check the Wheels and Tires

Flat tires are no fun. They’re inconvenient, time-consuming and depending on where you have a blow out they can be downright dangerous. Make it a priority to check the tread on

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Checking air pressure regularly can help prevent blow outs.

your tires, examine the sidewalls for cracks and wear and watch for embedded nails or screws. Properly inflated tires are also key to performance. An overinflated tire tends to wear more along the inside of the tread and an under-inflated tire wears more along the edges of the tread. Incorrectly inflated tires can affect cornering, handling and stopping.

“Checking the air is important because tires wear faster with improper inflation,” said Florida Fine Cars service manager Chris G. “You’ll have to replace them much sooner.”

Also, if your steering wheel shakes while driving, it could mean your tires need to be balanced. Get it done or you can wear out the suspension components.

Top Off Fluids and Keep Them Clean

Lift up the hood and take a look! There are five basic fluids you need to keep tabs on to keep things running smoothly:

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Make it a practice to routinely check auto fluids.

  • Engine oil (Wipe the dipstick and re-insert for a clean read. It should register in the normal range. If not, add more!)
  • Brake fluid: the fluid level should register between the “low” and “high” marks
  • Coolant: This dumps into an overflow container near the radiator. If it’s below the “minimum” line fill it
  • Power steering fluid: located near the firewall at the windshield’s base. If low, add more
  • Windshield washer fluid: You want clean windows, don’t you? Add more if it’s low!

“Fluids are what keeps the engine alive,” the Florida Fine Cars service manager noted. “Pay attention. If any of the indicator lights go on, get it checked.”

Make It Shine

Filthy cars aren’t fun. Throw out trash, vacuum the floor and seats and clean the windows thoroughly, inside and out. And if you really mean business, get out the wax, roll up your

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A Florida Fine Cars employee polishes a used car.

sleeves and make it shine. As a car ages, the surface gets hazier. Wax will help bring that new car shine back.

“The interior is really the main focus of  your car,” noted Florida Fine Cars’ service manager. Clean up spills and stains quickly so they don’t become permanent. And if you have leather seats, condition them with a quality product every six months to keep the leather supple and extend its life.

Get It Serviced

Preventative care is always best and getting your vehicle serviced is good common sense. Having professionals check out your car on a regular basis can save you money on big repairs that started out as small problems but morphed into monsters because they went unnoticed.

“If you see a ‘check engine’ light go on, get it checked!” Chris advised. “It could be something serious or it could escalate into something serious.”

Brake squeaks are also something to never ignore.

“If you keep driving on worn brakes, you can damage the brake rotors if the brake pads wear down. You could save hundreds of dollars if you get the problem fixed in time,” he added.

Taking care of your vehicle properly will extend its life and making driving in 2017 a dream! Florida Fine Cars operates a AAA Approved Repair Center and a Certified Goodyear Service Center which handles everything from oil changes to 4-wheel alignments and brake services. Stop by today and be impressed!

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 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 near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami

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3 Reasons Why a Used BMW M5 is the Right Ride!

When it comes to the BMW M5, it’s all about performance, power and style.

And if you love to drive, this sporty sedan is the perfect ride.

NewFCCLogo“It’s a driver’s car. If you like a combination of comfort and power, this car has everything,” said Rafael Espaillat, general manager at Florida Fine Cars in West Palm Beach, where the 2013 model car is available for thousands less than retail. Espaillat owns a 2013 BMW M5 and drives it everywhere he goes.

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Rafael Espaillat, Florida Fine Cars General Manager West Palm Beach

It’s an amazing car,” Espaillat said. Espaillat loves to drive fast and this sports car fits the bill.

1. BMW M5 Offers Performance and Power

The BMW M5’s 7-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission is part of what makes this car so sweet. This model is also manufactured with a 6-speed manual transmission.

According to Edmunds.com, the “gearbox is a vast improvement over the clunky single-clutch SM setup seen in the outgoing model.” The 2013 model has a twin-turbo 4.4 liter V8 engine. It’s output was increased from 500 to 560 horsepower and its torque has been upped from 383 to 501 pound-feet.

“The end result is a car that launches like a cannon shell out of the hole, yet overall fuel economy is 30 percent better, BMW claims,” said Edmunds.com. The car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds with a DCT.

“Power,” Espaillat said, referring to the car’s appeal. “It’s all about power.”

In fact, the car has so much power Espaillat regularly takes his own BMW M5 to Palm Beach International Raceway or Homestead-Miami Speedway to run it on the track.

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BMW M5 available for sale at www.floridafinecars.com

“The sheer brute force of the 2013 BMW M5’s V8 is enough to leave you shaken and breathless; even so the plant delivers this thunder with grace and sophistication,” Edmunds.com states. “As a result, the sedan is always a pleasant and easy companion, whether driven hard on winding blacktop or at a leisurely clip during mundane city travel.”

2. BMW M5 Looks as Fierce as it Drives

The BMW M5 looks sharp with its larger air intakes, chrome-trimmed vents in the front fenders, rear spoiler and sizeable quad exhaust pipes, Edmunds.com notes.

Other impressive components include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • 16-way power sport front seats
  • Automatic start/stop function
  • Adaptive suspension dampers

Kelley Blue Book calls the BMW M5 a “perpetual motion machine” that drivers will love if they like an even combination of performance, comfort and practicality.

“BMW’s mid-sized offering is blessed with ‘all-weather’ performance, going tough when the going gets tough,” KBB states.

3. Used BMW M5s Are a Great Investment!

Finding a quality used BMW M5 can be challenging because many of the used models for sale show significant wear and tear. Florida Fine Cars’ BMW M5 models sell quickly because demand for the classy performance models is keen. Florida Fine Cars sells all its used BMW M5 models for thousands below retail.

BMW M5 models are economical to drive and they hold their value. Espaillat has owned several which he has resold for the same or more than he originally paid because their resale value is so strong.

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BMW M5 available at http://www.floridafinecars.com

Stop by any of Florida Fine Cars three locations in the Tri-County area and take a test drive.

Our inventory includes only the highest quality used cars so our customers can be confidant they are getting the best of the best.

Your BMW M5 dream car awaits.

Florida Fine Cars offers nearly 1,500 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 near Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in Hollywood and Miami. 

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