Used Hybrids Save Fuel, Money and the Environment

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2015 used Toyota Prius C3 costs $12,199 at Florida Fine Cars.

Whether it’s the pinch of rising gas prices, an increased commute to work or simply the need to cut living expenses, when you’re shopping for a used car, consider an economical pre-owned hybrid.

Going green can save you money and protect the environment, and at Florida Fine Cars, there are many excellent used hybrids to choose from in our huge online inventory of 1,700 used cars.

A hybrid is a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to move the vehicle, most commonly an internal combustion engine and one or two electric motors. The cars are fuel-effecient and excellent on mileage.

FFC Logo New CarIf you’ve never considered a pre-owned hybrid, stop by Florida Fine Cars today and check one out. Nearly every make of automobile is producing one and we have many used hybrids available right now.

Florida Fine Cars Offers a Wide Variety of Used Hybrids at Low Prices

According to edmunds.com, more than 2.1 million conventional hybrids have been sold in the United States since the first two-seat Honda Insight hybrid was produced in 1999.

Because they combine electric drive with gasoline engines, hybrids have most of the same mechanical parts and issues that traditional cars and trucks have, Edmunds notes.

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2015 used Honda Accord Hybrid costs $14,898 at Florida Fine Cars.

And the growing used hybrid market is attracting more and more motorists who yearn for fuel-effeciency without the higher pricetag of a brand new hybrid.

Kelly Blue Book rates the following vehicles as the top 10 hybrids for 2018: Chrysler Pacifica hybrid; the Volvo XC60; Volvo  S90; Porsche Panamera; Kia Niro; Kia Niro Plug-in; Honda Clarity Plug-in; Toyota Prius C; Audi A3 Sportback e-tron; and Lexus GS. Edmunds rates the best-selling hybrids as the Toyota Camry, Prius and Avalon; the Ford Fusion; the Honda Accord and the Kia Optima.

And buying any of these vehicles used makes them more affordable and more sensible than ever.

With dozens of these highly-sought after used hybrids to choose from in a world that needs to make greater efforts to “go green,” Florida Fine Cars in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami offers a broad selection of the best models.

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2015 used Ford Fusion costs $15,799 at Florida Fine Cars.

Stop in at Florida Fine Cars today and see for yourself why we are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau!

These pre-owned hybrids are just some of the incredible deals Florida Fine Cars has available every day. Browse our impressive online inventory of 1,700 used cars and see how much money you can save. The car of your dreams is just a mouse click away. And “going green” is easier and cheaper than you ever imagined when you shop for your pre-owned hybrid.

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,700 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and in MargateHollywood and Miami.

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and drive home the perfect used hybrid.

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Kids’ Miniature Rides Turn Heads at Popular Car Show

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Sidney Vallon, owner of Palm Beach Classics and founder of MiniMeCars&Coffee, kneels beside a row of batter-powered minis.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Vanessa Mohan watched closely as her daughter Lilli maneuvered around the parking lot at Palm Beach Outlets Mall behind the wheel of a gleaming white Porsche.

The 3-year-old drove like a pro as she whizzed through a cordoned-off driving course as the Cars and Coffee Palm Beach car show kicked into full swing. The miniature car she was driving didn’t growl like . the life-size Porsches but the 12-volt battery that powered her ride still had a lot of pep.The posse of miniature cars spread across a cordoned-off driving course was  causing a stir.

Welcome to Mini-Me Cars & Coffee, where little kids get to drive cool cars and mimic the “big kids” who show off their pricey toys each month at the popular car show at Palm Beach Outlets Mall. Florida Fine Cars stopped by the driving course to find out more.

“This is her second time,” her mother said smiling. “I like it. It’s something for her to do.”

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Vanessa Mohan with her son Liam at the mini course at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

Mohan’s husband Richie is a car enthusiast who signed Lilli up for the Mini Me program as soon as he saw the kiddie driving course and the lineup of miniature electric cars. Lilli had her own mini, so they brought it to the car show so she could participate.

Organizer Sidney Vallon, owner of Palm Beach Classics, came up with the idea because so many little kids attend the huge car show with their parents. Children ages one to five can participate in the program using their own mini or by renting one he provides.

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“We wanted to make it something fun for them and now they can be behind the wheel,” said Vallon, a father of two. “Every month is bigger and better.”

Mohan and her husband spent about $300 on their daughter’s Moderno Kids miniature electric car, which she uses all the time.

miniinstagram.png“The kids enjoy it, the parents enjoy it,” said Mohan, who had belted her 7-month-old son Liam into her daughter’s mini and was moving it back-and-forth to make him giggle.

Christina Martinez, a board member for MiniMe Cars & Coffee, said most parents bring their children’s own minis so they can drive the mock driving course but some buy miniature vehicles on the spot.

For a $70 annual membership, participants receive an official t-shirt, a MiniMe drivers license, and unlimited use of the driving course.

“We have a police escort and they do a parade around the parking lot,” Martinez said. “We also play games with them in the parking lot afterwards.”

The MiniMe parade starts at 9 a.m. at each Cars & Coffee event and draws a crowd.

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Florida Fine Cars Earns “A+” Rating From Better Business Bureau

BBB Logo (2)WEST PALM BEACH – Family-owned, independent used car dealer Florida Fine Cars has received an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), a distinction that places the company in the top one percent of all used car dealers in Florida, the BBB said.

Accreditation signifies “trust and integrity, and an unwavering commitment to consumers” and requires an intense vetting process, according to Donna Mongillo-Dunn, Director of Marketing and Advertising for the BBB in Southeast Florida.

“It’s an achievement. It’s definitely something Florida Fine Cars should be proud of,” Mongillo-Dunn said. The BBB issued the coveted rating in November 2018.

Florida Fine Cars has stores in West Palm Beach, Miami, Hollywood and Margate. The company has been in business since 1993.

Customers who shop at a business with a top BBB rating have the added assurance that the business operates with good ethics.

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Florida Fine Cars shared the news in an Instagram post.

According to the BBB website, “If a business has been accredited by the BBB, it means BBB has determined that the business meets accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB accredited businesses pay a fee for accreditation review and monitoring for continued compliance and for support of BBB services to the public,” the website states.

BBB Rating Signifies Transparency, Honesty and Great Customer Service

Businesses that have earned a BBB rating display the logo on their website so customers know their business practices have been reviewed and rated.

“It’s a pretty intense vetting process in order to become accredited. It includes background searches, the proper licensing, and a review of their social media. You also can’t have too many complaints depending on size of the company,” Mongillo-Dunn said.

Businesses that choose to be rated by the BBB understand that transparency and honesty are key to success and are confident that what they offer will stand up to review, she said.

BBB-rated organizations agree to follow these standards:

  • Build trust
  • Advertise honestly
  • Tell the truth
  • Be transparent
  • Honor promises
  • Be responsive
  • Safeguard privacy
  • Embody integrity

“The most important thing the BBB can offer is what I would call validation-trust ethics. You cannot be part of the BBB and be a sleazy company,” she said. “It means that this company has been properly vetted. This company is following the BBB standards for accreditation and the consumer has place to go to if the business does not behave the way they are supposed to behave and say, ‘I need help.’”

Customers Prefer to Shop at BBB-Rated Businesses, Study Shows

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 A recent consumer survey by the BBB showed that customers searching for used cars preferred to read a BBB profile of business instead of referring to the business’ own website profile.

“Overwhelmingly they wanted to come to the profile we had on file, not the business’s website,” Mongillo-Dunn noted. “They want to go to a neutral website where they see what the BBB has to say about the business, not what the business has to say about themselves.”

2018DealerratercustomersatisThe “A+” BBB rating is Florida Fine Cars most RECENT accolade. Also this year, for the second year in a row, the family owned dealership was nationally ranked by Auto Remarketing Magazine as one of the top used car dealers in the country. Earlier this year, for the third year in a row, Florida Fine Cars also received DealerRater’s Consumer Satisfaction Award for providing top-notch service to customers in the Tri-County area and across the nation.

Mongillo-Dunn said many used car dealers don’t apply for a BBB rating because they know the review process is so intense.

“They are afraid to come forward. A lot of companies are not so transparent and don’t want to be under the watchful eye of the BBB,” she said. “It’s a commitment they are making in their business that they are not allowed to veer from and it’s important for consumers.”

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Car Buff Shares Love of Vintage Glitz

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Stephen Siben beamed like a proud parent as a grou

p of admirers gathered around his bright red Marlin.

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Stephen Siben’s vintage 1965 Marlin at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

The vintage 1965 beauty, a rare sighting in the world of classic cars, was a car show curiosity that almost always drew questions and compliments.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with Mr. Siben at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach meet up to hear more about the car that was built by Rambler for just three years, and his love for collecting.

“Orphan” Cars are the Foundation for New York Car Lover’s Collection

“I like orphan cars,” explained Siben, 80, a Long Island attorney and avid car collector with a seasonal home in South Florida. “I have a DeSoto, a Packard, a Studebaker and a Hudson. I’m an insane car collector.”

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Stephen Siben talks about his 1965 Marlin.

His cherry red Marlin is among his favorites. Why? Because of its oddball status.

“The Marlin is a very special car – not very expensive but it’s nice,” Siben said. The Rambler Marlin (AMC Marlin) is a two-door fastback automobile that was produced by American Motors Corporation from 1965 to 1967. It was marketed as a personal luxury car and known as “Rambler Marlin”.

Its most striking feature is the sloped fastback roofline that terminates at the rear bumper.

The vehicle has about 60,000 miles on it, and was restored by previous owners. It has six-way electric seats that fully recline but no power windows.Trim packages weren’t standard, Siben explained, so when the Marlin was sold, buyers custom-ordered their car to include or exclude certain features. Every vehicle was different.

His Marlin is dripping with chrome, a feature that makes many vintage cars so appealing, Siben said.

“Look at this chrome! It’s beautiful,” Siben said, as he walked around his Marlin, pointing out the gleaming silver trim.“The new cars are very ugly but they are safer with air bags and crash bumpers. These (vintage) cars are beautiful, with lots of chrome on them. The engines are beautiful too.”

The personal injury lawyer said he’s always owned nice cars but doesn’t collect any of the vehicles that he’s driven in the past, such as Jaguars and Maseratis. Today he’s interested in cars that sport the glitz of yesteryear.

“I buy now the cars I never had,” he said.

He drives them, too.

“I go to car shows up in New York all summer and fall and then in winter I come to Florida.  I have small to medium cars,” he said. “On a Sunday I take one of my cars out, with the top down, and people give me the thumbs up. I am an 80-year-old guy and it makes me feel good.”

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His collection changes regularly. Siben buys vintage vehicles when they strike his fancy, and then sells something in his collection to make room for the new arrival.

Right now his favorites include a lime green Plymouth Barracuda, a 1959 Edsel with a retractable convertible roof, a red 1957 Thunderbird, a black 1984 Zimmer with a red interior and two custom Ghias, a 1962 steel blue model once owned by actress Lucille Ball and a 1957 red Ghia convertible.

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“I like them all,” he said laughing, when asked to single out his favorite.

One of his most unusual vehicles is a 1964 amphicar with a Volkswagen transmission and a Porsche transaxle. The vehicle has two propellors and can traverse land and water. Siben takes it in the water up in New York.

“It’s still seaworthy,” he laughed.

His car collecting hobby is part of what keeps him young, Siben said smiling. He travels to car auctions all over the country, hopscotching from South Dakota and California to Indian, Florida, Illinois and Texas. And when he sees something he likes, he adds it to his collection, which totals around two dozens cars.

His wife Sherry is supportive, as long as she doesn’t have to attend all the car shows anymore, he said.

“She retired from going to car shows,” Siben chuckled. He also agreed NOT to add to his collection unless he sells some of his existing collectibles.

“I always go shopping but I made a deal,” he grinned sheepishly. “If I don’t sell four cars I won’t buy anything.”

His take on Cars and Coffee?

“There were thousands of cars and they ran out of parking. It’s fabulous,” Siben said.

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Car Show is Backdrop for Photography Class

PALM BEACH GARDENS – Taking GOOD photos of cars is a lot trickier than it seems.

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Just ask the students in Isidro Pentzke’s photography class at the Fine Arts Academy at Wellington High School. Pentzke recently took them to the Cars and Coffee Palm Beach car show to take auto pictures. They found out just how challenging it can be and shared their thoughts with Florida Fine Cars:

“There’s a lot of things with cars. They reflect a lot of light so it messes up the photos,” confessed Maylon Rodriguez, 15, who was taking pictures with a Nikon D-3400 at the crowded car show. “It’s my first time taking pictures of cars. A lot of the time you have to step back a bit and study the scene and study what you have to work with. It’s an enlightening experience.”

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Students from Wellington High School pose with teacher Isidro Pentzke and Florida Fine Cars employees at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

Photographing Cars Poses Tricky Challenges

The sun reflects off just about every surface on a car. It’s hard to get the whole car in one frame. And sometimes when you do, it still looks wrong. Those are a few of the things the students discovered, and exactly the type of experiences Pentzke wanted his photography students to have. His goal was to get them thinking instead of relying on the camera to do all the work.

“The biggest thing I wanted was to get them out of that program mode and let them learn about light,” Pentzke said.

 

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Pentzke is a Wellington High School alumni with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University in Boston. He came back to the high school he attended to teach students what he loved.

But getting the right equipment to teach kids photography is expensive. So Pentzke had to be creative. He applied for and received approximately $80,000 in grant money, and his students raised about $10,000 selling cookie dough and candy. He was able to equip his students with state-of-the-art equipment.

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Isidro Pentzke talks to his students about photography at a Cars and Coffee car show.

Pentzke purchased 15 new Nikon cameras with lenses, along with new three top notch printers and 28 new laptop computers. His students were able to get certified to use Photoshop.

“We bus in a lot of kids who may not be able to afford a camera that allows us to do what we teach. I wrote a proposal and told the school this isn’t a theory class, this is a hands-on class,” Pentzke said.

Pentzke was thrilled with the photos his students shot at the Cars and Coffee car show. He challenged the students to get him 10 really good shots each and they delivered.

“They did really well,” Pentzke said.

Students Embrace Hands-On Learning in Outdoor Setting

Taking his photography students OUT of the classroom is part of learning how to capture real life in images, he noted.

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Wellington HS photo students pose with Florida Fine Cars employees at Cars and Coffee Palm.

“We try to get at least once a month different locations. The reason I take them out there is to get them out there in the real world. In my classroom everything is controlled but when we go into the world everything changes,” Pentzke said. “The clouds are one way or the light on the cars is changing. They have to figure out how am I going to meter this car, where is the light coming from and how am I going to frame this car?”

When Rodriguez looked at the photos he had taken, he was happy.

“I was actually pretty impressed with how I did taking pictures of the cars. I did better than I thought I actually did,” Rodriguez said. “The challenge I ran into was pretty much the lighting. A lot of the light was reflecting off the cars and there were a lot of reflections with people in them. I was proud of how detailed they came out and the different angles.”

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Senior Angelina Guadagna, 17, a car buff who loves to shoot pictures of cars, had a blast finding out what she could do with a camera at the car show.

“I love cars and think they photograph incredibly well. I’ve been studying photography about six years and have gone to multiple different car shows,” said Guadagna, who uses a Sony II 35mm camera. “This is one of the biggest and it’s great being out here with all these different cars and being able to challenge yourself to take pictures of them. It’s tons of fun.”

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Guadagna was pleased with her photos.

“It was a beautiful day out so the sun provided great lighting. The only issue I ran into was that people turned up in the background,” she said. She said Pentzke encourages his students to come up with new ideas for subject matter and locations for taking photos.

“He really lets us express our creativity,” Guadagna said.

Photography student Stephanie Monaco, 16, a junior, said it was a learning experience shooting cars.

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“It’s really cool. I like the old cars. My dad’s really into those so I have an appreciation for that too,” Monaco said.

Student David Sanchez, 17, also a junior, said the car show was a great opportunity to practice photography.

“I’m just here to get better at what I do,” Sanchez said. “If you’re not learning something new about photography you’re really not a photographer. I just enjoy doing this. I love my teacher. He’s really helped me to improve.”

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Cars with Senior-Friendly Features Make Driving Easier and Safer

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Vehicles with adjustable power seats and adjustable pedals may make driving easier for aging motorists.

Aging drivers who want to remain safe on the roads must be aware of new challenges they may face and find ways to adjust.

For example, senior drivers might find it more difficult to turn their heads to watch for oncoming traffic. Braking at a moment’s notice may be more difficult due to physical changes.

It’s also smart to take advantage of some of the new technology that makes driving a car easier. Features like adjustable power seats, a low door threshold and adjustable foot pedals are amenities that can make driving safer for anyone.

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Backup cameras can reduce the need for painful twisting and turning.

Bonus features like heated seats can reduce driving discomfort while backup cameras can increase driving proficiency.

According to edmunds.com, the best vehicle to accommodate senior drivers include features that support upper and lower mobility issues, reduced stature, weight gain, arthritis and vision impairment.

Features like adjustable lumbar support, large wide-angle mirrors and large windows are also a big plus. Parking aides such as backup cameras and front and rear parking sensors can reduce the need for painful twisting and turning, according to edmunds.com.

Florida Fine Cars checked in with Mayo Clinic to find out the best ways aging drivers can stay safe. Here’s the well-grounded advice we received:

7 tips from the Mayo Clinic to help seniors drive safely

  1. Stay physically active. A physically active driver will find it easier to turn the steering wheel, look over their shoulder and react with greater speed. Drivers should remain active by walking, stretching or doing strength exercises to remain physically fit, the Mayo Clinic suggests.
  2. Schedule regular vision and hearing tests. Vision and hearing can decline with age, so it’s important to have both checked annually to remain safe on the road. Certain vision-related ailments like macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts can make it difficult to drive at night or even see properly during the day. Hearing issues could pose a safety risk for a driver who could not hear a train horn or the wail of an ambulance siren. Getting such medical conditions treated can reduce the risk of an accident.
  3. Address chronic health conditions. Ongoing health issues such as diabetes, epilepsy or a heart condition must be properly regulated to avoid a medical emergency on the road that could cause a traffic accident. Taking care of your health not only protects you but other drivers on the road, who could be affected if you are unable to safely control your own vehicle.
  4. Know your limitations. If your eyesight is poor, choose a vehicle with larger, easier-to-read dials on the dashboard or one that has safety features that help you change lanes and manage your blind spot.
  5. Drive when the roads are in good condition. Senior drivers can improve their driver safety by driving during the day. Remember, rain and snow can make driving treacherous.
  6. Stay focused. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents. Stay off your cell phone, plan your route, and keep your eyes on the road. If you are worried about getting lost, program your GPS to help you stay on track.
  7. Stay current. Update your driving skills regularly so you know your strengths and weaknesses. Take a refresher course if you need one, and if you feel unsafe behind the wheel, stop driving. With ride services like Uber and Lyft, taxis and public transportation, a ride is just a phonecall away.

(Source: The Mayo Clinic)

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in MargateHollywood and Miami.

Used car shopping has never been so easy. Stop by Florida Fine Cars today and check out our huge selection of quality used cars at tiny prices!

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Auto Buffs Showcase Their Offbeat Rides

NORTH PALM BEACH – The four auto enthusiasts sat together on folding chairs, ribbing each other about their cars and occasionally fielding questions about their cool rides.

The crowd flowing into Cars and Coffee Palm Beach, used to a steady diet of high-end exotics and super-charged muscle cars, noticed they were offering something different.

 A rust-encrusted 1950 Ford COE (cab over engine), a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe,  a 1927 red Ford T-Bucket and an imposing white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery were creating a buzz that set them apart.

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Tony Magri poses with his 1950 COE, a truck he built with parts from eight vehicles.

 “It is what it is. I don’t want to fix it,” said a grinning Tony Magri, when asked about his rusty farm truck with the words, “Wilbur Pleasant, Pearl City, ILL” on the drivers side door. “Give me your car, $6,000 and 60 years and I’ll give you back this truck.”

 The way he sees it, his custom rust bucket is seasoned to perfection.

 ‘Knuckleheads Car Club’  Composed of Fun-Loving Auto Enthusiasts

Meet the Knuckleheads Car Club, an unofficial group of fun-loving car buffs who tinker on vintage rides, poke fun at each other and revel in the thrill of rebuilding. Florida Fine Cars spoke with the group to find out more.

 Lantana resident Art Rauch’s hearse-like white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery was pure eye candy for the car lover who favors something different. The 16-foot long station wagon — built like a tank — is one of three registered in Florida, two of which belong to Rauch.

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Art Rauch’s 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery is often mistaken for a hearse.

“The frame is stock all the way to the back. The car has been back-halfed,” Rauch explained. “It brings the frame in narrower so you can put wider tires on it.”

Admirers posed for pictures with the car, nodding in admiration.

At first glance, Magri’s reconfigured tractor trailer appeared to be a vintage farm truck. But it’s really a surprising patchwork of auto parts.

Magri, a former truck driver who owns Tony’s 561 Garage in West Palm Beach, bought the rusty old semi truck from a farmer who used it until 2010 to transport a corn shucker. Magri converted the cab to a pickup truck and rebuilt everything else. The end product is the result of about 400 hours of work, he said.

When he started, the hood of the truck was about 10 feet high. The truck is built on a Dodge dually chassis, with a Dodge transmission and a Dodge engine.

“It’s a combination of eight vehicles. The cab is Ford, it has customized 1957 Chevy bumpers, the turn signals are from a Harley Davidson and the hood emblem is from a 1950 Buick,” Magri said. “The visor is off a 1949 Pontiac, the tail lights are from a 1959 Cadillac and it’s all built on a 1972 Mini Winnie motorhome chassis.”

What’s not to like?

“I LOVE it,” said passerby Mike Hartsock, of Hobe Sound. “It’s a classic.”

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Tony Nardullo’s 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was originally used as a delivery vehicle.

 Nearby, Royal Palm Beach resident Tom Nardullo’s sleek black 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was turning heads.

 The 1950s hot rod has been modified and sports an engine with three carburetors and gleaming chrome air filter covers. The car has a single bench seat.

“It was originally used to deliver things.They were called a ‘business coupe.’ They would put things in the trunk,” Nardullo said.

The gas mileage?  Terrible, and it leaks oil constantly.

“It’s messy to keep in the garage,” Nardullo confessed. His wife hates it.

Johnny Tortorella’s 1927 red Ford T Bucket is a showstopper but you wouldn’t know it by talking to Magri. Magri refers to the car as a “dune buggy” to get a rise out of his friend.

 Tortorella hits back by lobbing insults at Magri’s rusty old truck.

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This 1927 Ford T Bucket was built from a kit. No, it’s NOT a dune buggy!

“We make fun of each other’s cars all the time,” Tortorella chuckled.

The T Bucket is a replica of a Model T Ford that was “chopped up” to look like it is today. The car has a 300 HP motor and weighs just 1,500 pounds so it’s pretty quick.

There’s no door so you have to jump in. Tortorella built it for about $20,000 from a kit. It’s equipped with a a 350 HP Chevrolet motor.

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in MargateHollywood and Miami.

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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Auto Show Eats Satify Hungry Car Show Crowd

NORTH PALM BEACH – The line at Little Snokyo was 10 people deep and John Salazar and his wife Nicole were up to their elbows in ice.

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Conor Defreitas enjoys a blueberry snowcone.

Nearby, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and McLarens glistened in the glare of the mid-morning sun. The mercury topped 80 and the air was sticky and hot. Customers forked over $5 a scoop as fast as the Salazars could dish it out.

It was a broiling day at Cars and Coffee and business was blazing.

“Rainbow is the most popular: cherry, blue raspberry and lemon,” Salazar said. “It tastes good and looks pretty.”

So what’s the link between cool cars and fun food? Florida Fine Cars caught up with Salazar at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach to find out.

“It’s endless summer in Florida. It’s always hot, and people want to bring their families to the car scene and have family time,” Salazar said.

Salazar’s snow cone truck is a regular at the popular car show. He typically brings 100 pounds of ice and eight gallons of flavored syrup so he can serve 100-150 show cones to car enthusiasts looking for a break.

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Little Snokyo serves up to 150 snowcones during the Cars and Coffee car show.

“I once had a buddy who drove all the way from Miami to West Palm Beach to get the snow cones. It’s a win-win,” Salazar said. “The kids love it and the adults like to relive their childhood with it.”

Conor Defreitas, 5, is one of those kids. His dad bought him a blueberry-flavored snow cone which promptly turned his tongue blue.

“It’s hot and it’s what kids enjoy. Why not?”said Ricardo Defreitas, of Hollywood.

The snow cone truck often causes some buzz itself.

It’s a 1992 Daihatsu Hijet micro van Salazar modified to serve as a food truck. The vehicle came with a three-cylinder engine which he replaced with a six cylinder motorcycle engine. Salazar, his wife and son Dominic, 10, have driven it as far north as Daytona Beach.

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Waffles and chicken sells for $11 a plate, a popular favorite.

A short distance away, the Waffle Wagon was drawing crowds. Customers clamored for plates of chicken and waffles as quick as Loxahatchee residents Sal and Kelley Accardi could serve the $11 meals up.

“We usually do about 150-200 customers in that little time frame – that translates into 150-200 waffles, some with chicken and some without,” Sal Accardi said.

Other popular treats include waffles with Nutella or soft-serve ice cream flavored with carmelized bananas, at $7 a serving.

The Waffle Wagon opens for business at 8 a.m. and usually sells out by 11 a.m. And the line never ends.

That Accardi sets up shop at a car show is no surprise. He’s been building show cars himself for over 25 years, ranging from crazy hydraulic dancing cars to slammed lowrider trucks. But his daily driver IS his food truck, and it’s not a regular car. Inside is all chrome with custom everything.

Walk to the north end of the car show lot and you can’t miss the smokey smell of Meathead’s BBQ.

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Shay Hicks and her husband Marcel serve BBQ from Meathead’s BBQ food truck.

Marcel and Shay Hicks cook up their mouth-watering magic.

Marcel, the pit master, might run through 36 pounds of brisket and a case of pulled pork at a single car show.

“I have a line from the time we open up to the time we close,” Marcel chuckled. “When you have car shows people come out and they are out for a few hours and they get hungry. Barbecue is just a hit. They go together.”

Meathead’s BBQ is a family-owned and operated small-business with the motto, ”Straight From The Grill To Your Plate.”

Marcel began barbecuing for fundraiser’s for high school events for his children and it took off from there. Now it’s the family business.

“I love what I do,” he said.

Want to blow smoke out your nose and mouth?

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Naty and Ash Zariat serve Tornado potatoes, Dragon Breath cereal and lamb gyros.

Check out Tornado Food, home of the novelty cereal known as

Dragon Breath, a fruity delight soaked in liquid nitrogen. When you eat the super-crunchy cold treat, white “smoke” billows out your nose and mouth.

“A lot of people get it and they like to take pictures by the cars and blow the smoke out of mouth and nose,” said Naty Zariat, who runs Tornado food with her husband Ash. “It’s a lot of fun. They share the pictures on social media.”

She also serves the spiral-cut “tornado potato” on a stick, plain or loaded with cheese sauce, sour cream, green onions and bacon.

Gyros with lamb, and the hummus with chips are also big crowd pleasers.

Delray Beach resident Howard Jacobs and Fort Lauderdale resident Ira Horowitz tried the lamb gyros and swore they were perfection.

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Howard Jacobs and Ira Horowitz dined on lamb gyros at Cars and Coffee.

Fresh vegetables, good aroma, the meat was tasty and the pita was soft, said Horowitz, event coordinator for the Ferrari Club of America.

“I’m a foodie. I love food and I even had a cigar afterwards,” Horowitz chuckled.

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Florida Fine Cars Earns Top National Ranking AGAIN

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

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

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

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

Great Service Plus Great Cars Equal Strong Sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Flashy Formula One Novelty Has Collectible Appeal

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Tramontana Formula One car on display at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach.

NORTH PALM BEACH – It’s brilliant blue, street legal and about as bad as it can be.

But this Formula One car by Tramontana isn’t just another race car.

It’s a rare, high-powered novelty for the car collector who has everything. And it will definitely turn heads!

“If you want to be the only guy in your town with this car, you will be the only guy in your town AND your state,” said Ozzie Saez, international sales representative with Tramontana. “For a while there are only two in the United States – one in Houston and the other is here in Florida.”

Florida Fine Cars caught up with Tramontana at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach, where curiosity-seekers and admirers surrounded their cool car all morning.

Car Assembly Operation to Move from Spain to Miami

The Barcelona, Spain-based company has produced about 12 of the sleek Supercars a year since it was founded in 2005. Cost per car is approximately $750,000.

According to Saez, the company is moving a portion of its operations to South Florida, where it will assemble the Formula One cars in a facility near Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Tramontana Supercar is a rare reproduction car. Pricetag: $750K.

Tramontana is still trying to determine if it will only do final assembly at the South Florida location, or bring over the molds and build the cars from scratch here, Saez said.

Each car is customized, based on what the buyer is seeking. Everything from seating capacity and windshield configuration to paint and wheels is tailored to the buyer’s individual taste.

The Tramontana website promotes the cars’ one-of-a-kind lure.

“Each Tramontana is different and unique, much more than a simple vehicle. It feels as if it were the artist’s most valuable jewel or finest piece of art,” the website says. “It’s limited production turns each single vehicle into something entirely custom-made, in the most exclusive way,” the website says.

Car enthusiasts are urged to view the Tramontana as a unique work of art instead of a simple car.

The brilliant blue car that was displayed at Cars and Coffee Palm Beach was built with an open cockpit and a passenger’s seat. Saez predicts that whoever buys that Supercar will want to someday put it on the road.

“The biggest variant is the engine output,” Saez noted. “The base engine is 600 HP and we can build up to 1100 HP very reliably.”

Supercars are Super Cool … to Show Off

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This Tramontana Formula One car was surrounded by admirers at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach event.

So what does somebody do with a radical ride like this?

Show it off!

“When you buy a car like this you are taking it out on a perfect day, to a special event. It’s a very special car. As a street legal car, people are using it for special events,” Saez said.

The car is built out of carbon fiber, so it only weighs about 2,400 pounds.

Part of the lure is the “wow” factor.

“Some of the things we’ve developed in this last year alone include carbon ceramic brakes and three different cockpit options. The open top is available with a wind deflector and three different wind screens: a 4-inch wind deflector and 8-inch and 12-inch tall wind screens that wrap around and pull back over the dashboard,” Saez noted.

Although their clientele is an exclusive crowd, Tramontana cars are still being driven on six different continents, Saez said.

“These (owners) are very private and very, very wealthy with 200+ car collections,” Saez chuckled. “At $750,000, it’s not for everyone to throw at a car they are going to use maybe once or twice a year.”

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