Ever Dream of Driving a Race Car?

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David Tuaty, owner of TLM Racing, teaches car enthusiasts how to become race car drivers.

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS – When it comes to fast cars and cool rides, driver coach David Tuaty is a dream maker.

“We make race car drivers,” said Tuaty, the owner of TLM Racing and a longtime professional race car driver who runs a race car driver school in Miami. “We have a full time racing team and a racing shop.”

And whether you’re a kid, or an adult who stills FEELS like a kid, Tuaty can teach you to race.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with David at a recent Cars and Coffee Palm Beach auto show at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall to find out more.

Racing School Offers Instruction to Drivers of All Ages and Skill Levels

“I have 14, 15 and 16 year olds who want to be the next superstar,” Tuaty said. “We take them to the track and do regular track days.”FFC Logo New Car

Tuaty’s own racing career began in SCCA Amateur road racing. He went on to win the SCCA Endurance Championship series in 1998. Currently, he has two wins in the Koni Challenge Series along with eight podiums. He also has a win and second place as driver and team owner of SCCA pro Trans Am series.

TLM racing offers everything from BMW and Porsche Racing, driver coaching, race car rental, race car prep and a teen academy.

Would-be race car drivers can rent a track privately or piggyback with a track day for a private organization and share the instructor.

Depending on where the student lives and track availability, students may drive on tracks anywhere from Homestead to Palm Beach, Daytona, Sebring and Fort Lauderdale.

“You call it, arrive and drive,” Tuaty said. “You come with your helmet and you leave with your helmet.”

Racing School Offers Special Instruction and Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

One of the family-friendly offerings at TLM is a teen driving academy held at Homestead Miami Speedway that offers one on one car instruction and classroom sessions and promises to teach proper braking, accident avoidance, car control skills, situational awareness and emergency lanes changes.

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The crew from TLM Racing answered questions about their racing school during a recent Cars and Coffee meet.

The TLM website notes that 16-year-old drivers have a higher crash rate than drivers of any other age. The next teen driving academy is scheduled for July 21, 2108.

The driver coaching program offers professional instructors and features high tech GPS Data technology that provides instant feedback to help drivers correct techniques while driving. Instruction is custom-tailored to each individual driver.

Under the race car rental program, would-be race car drivers receive professional track support and video coaching throughout the weekend. Drivers can race in any of TLM’s winning and proven Porsche GT3 Cup cars or BMWs, including the BMW E46 M3, BMW E46 325i, BMW E36 325i, BMW E30 325i and Honda Civic Si.

TLM also offers race car preparation services, ranging from full maintenance to cage, paint, seats, suspension, software and safety.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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 Margate, Hollywood and Miami.

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

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Auto Enthusiasts Enjoy Dog Day Afternoons at Car Meet

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NORTH PALM BEACH — Nico Marin cuddled his fuzzy tan puppy and smiled as passersby made their way past pricey Porsches and Lamborghini’s to “ooh” and “ah” at his pooch. The 17-week-old Shibu Inu with the curly, wagging tail was … Continue reading

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!

#customercare #coolcars #greatservice

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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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Did You Know These Weird Car Facts?

nissancluster1Americans LOVE their cars. In fact, the automobile and real estate industries account for $1 of every $2 spent by the typical American family, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And it doesn’t seem to matter what the family income is. The ratio of spending averages out to about the same. The bottom line: Americans love hot wheels.FFC Logo New Car

But what makes a car cool? Read on to learn some fun car facts that should keep you smiling.

Crazy Car Facts You May Not Know!

  1. The first cars didn’t have steering wheels so the driver had to steer with a lever
  2. Ninety percent of car owners eat, talk on the phone, text, put on makeup while driving with singing at the top of the list, according to a recent study. Are you a distracted driver?   
  3. Most American car horns beep in the key note of “F.”whale-oil
  4. Whale oil was used in some car transmissions until 1973.
  5. Hearses are built on the same platforms as luxury vehicles. Manufacturers reinforce the body and add a more powerful engine to accommodate the extra weight and stress and for the purposes of helping them last longer. For some people, their ride to the cemetery marks their first – and only – ride in a top of the line luxury automobile.KidCar
  6. Little Tikes, red and yellow Cozy Coupe toy car reached 6 million units in sales by its 25th anniversary in 2004, and was called the “world’s best-selling car for much of this decade”1 by The New York Times in 1998, outselling the Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. (New York Times, 10/21/98) 
  7. The first car to use a rear view mirror was driven by inaugural Indy 500 winner Ray Harroun in 1911 to see the cars catching up behind him.
  8. In many states in the USA, you can be charged with a DUI even if the car is parked and you’re sleeping while drunk.
  9. Bridget Driscoll received instant notoriety when she stepped off the curb and into the history books on August 17th 1896. Mrs Driscoll, a 44 year old housewife, who was traveling from Old Town, Croydon to a folk-dancing display in Crystal Palace, became the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a car. She was hit by a demonstration car traveling at 4mph. She died within minutes of receiving a head injury.
  10. The world’s record for people crammed in a Smart car is 19.smartcarcrammed
  11. One of the ugliest vehicles ever made, the AMC Gremlin, pioneered the style that is now commonly seen in SUV’s – sloped side-window and high hood. The car was only manufactured for eight years (1970-1978) and numbered 671,475 units. The RRP was $1,879.00USD when it was first released, which these days would be over $11,000 USD.
  12. The Volkswagen Beetle was originally called “Kraft durch Freude Wage” (“Strength Through Joy Car”). The small car was named thusly by Hitler, who in May of 1938 visited the factory and made his great announcement. The car was named after an organization within the Third Reich. After World War II, Volkswagen chose to change the name.
  13. The windshield wiper was invented and patented by Mary Anderson in 1905.
  14. $8.7 million: The price paid for the most expensive car ever sold; one of very few 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupes.priceybugatti
  15. Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs found a loophole in California law and never had a license plate issued to him. Steve (or someone close to him) spotted a loophole in the California vehicle laws. Anyone with a brand new car had a maximum of six months to affix the issued number plate to the vehicle. And so, Jobs — with help from a very accommodating leasing company — would trade his silver Mercedes SL55 AMG (or whatever car he had) for a similar one on the sixth month of his lease. Problem solved. No plate needed.
  16. Mitsubishi created the famous Japanese Zero airplanes in World War II. The design of the A6M Zero began in May 1937, shortly after the introduction of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter.ferrariproduction
  17. Stock car racing actually began during Prohibition when moonshine runners souped up their cars to be able to get away from the police.
  18. Ferrari will only produce a maximum of 14 cars a day.
  19. The iconic hood ornament on the Rolls Royce is called the “Spirit of Ecstacy.”
  20. That delightful “new car smell” is a combination of  volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emanating from the vinyl and plastic that compose the car’s interior.

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Three Convenient Locations

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

#floridafinecars #weirdcarfacts #crazycars #usedcars

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Florida Fine Cars Finds Some Cool Rides at Monthly Car Meet Up

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Cars & Coffee Palm Beach offers a huge array of cool cars to check out.

PALM BEACH GARDENS – You never know who you might meet or what you might see at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach. The enormously popular car meet up at the Palm Beach Outlets Mall attracts high-end car collectors, hobbyists and lots of regular folks who love to look at cool rides.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with a few of those car enthusiasts during one of the recent monthly events. Here’s what we found!
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Meet car buff Larry Jones, a retired boat captain who loves to show off his custom 1950 Mercury Coupe, a sleek black custom head-turner painted with ferocious flames that lick at the hood. Jones acquired the car about eight years ago partially customized and has continued to do more work. Talking about it makes him smile.

“It has a Chevrolet engine, a big block Chevrolet. It has a lot of power. It’s got probably 500 horsepower,” Jones said proudly. The stunning paint job was created by Crazy Horse Painting in Waxhaw, North Carolina. It’s called “live fire” and it’s meant to stop traffic.

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Car buff Larry Jones pops the top on his customized 1950 Mercury Coupe at Cars & Coffee Palm Beach.

“I’ve chopped the top, I’ve channeled the car (brought the floor up 4-inches) and it rides on air bags,” Jones explained. “It has air bags on all four corners. It’s a better suspension and then you lower it and it looks cooler.”

The car sports a chrome grill from a ’56 Chevy, and the headlights are “frenched,” or recessed into the body of the car.

Nearby, Jeff Bye parked his yellow 1966 Ford F-100 pickup truck, no ordinary ride by any account! He rebuilt the lowrider with a 2008 Crown Victoria front end, a 5-speed transmission from a 1998 5.0 liter Ford Mustang and installed buttons on each side that shoot out fire.

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Jeff Bye stands by his 1966 Ford F-100 that he customized himself.

“Some people think you should restore it the way it was,” said Bye, who rebuilds Porsches and Ferraris for a living. “It’s either like love or hate. I’ve had people tell me I’ve destroyed the truck.”

You’ll always know when Bye’s truck is on its way: it doesn’t have a muffler or pipes and the noise is really, really loud.

But that’s all part of the fun.

According to John Zeilinga – one of the founders of Cars & Coffee –  the popular monthly car meet up usually attracts about 1,400 cars car owners during the slow months. During the Season, you might find as many as 2,500 cars on display and 20,000 spectators in attendance.

“We have everything from old Model T’s to brand new Lamborghinis, hot rods, race cars and hand-built garage cars,” said Zeilinga, a firefighter/EMT for Plantation. “We get people who just want to learn about cars and people who have been working on cars for 40 years.

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Brandon Gasparini sits atop his mud-spattered 1997 Jeep Cherokee X5.

Brandon Gasparini is one of those car buffs who works on cars. His Jeep Cherokee is a marvel with the rugged-looking, textured spatter that distinguishes from all others. But Gasparini didn’t pay a penny for the look. It’s mud, not paint, and it draws crowds every time he wheels into Cars & Coffee to show it off.

“Best paint job around,” yelled a passerby, who gave a thumbs up. “We like this one the best!”

Gasparini’s 1997 model Jeep Cherokee X5 has nearly 300,000 miles on the odometer and is  spattered with so much mud that many spectators mistake it for a custom paint job until some of the texture rubs off on their fingers.

“I haven’t washed it in a month,” said Gasparini who works for Jeep. “It runs like a dream.”

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The mud coating on Gasparini’s Jeep gives it a custom look that many mistake for paint.

The mud buggy has removable doors, a 4.5-inch lift and 33-inch tires.
Gasparini takes his Jeep mudding in some secret holes in Port St. Lucie that he’s been digging since he was in high school.

“It takes hours to wash it which is why I don’t,” he chuckled.

Across the way, Joe Zahradnik was showing off the brand new 2017 Shelby Baja Raptor, one of only 50 to be manufactured and the first of four to be sold to the public: the first went to the Shelby Museum in Las Vegas, the second to the Ford Motor Co. and the third to an undisclosed business executive.

Crowds of truck lovers were “oohing: and “aahing” at the huge blue beast, built with a redesigned front bumper, special suspension work and custom LED lighting that can be angled as you drive.

“Amazing! When can I take it for a test drive,” cooed one admirer as he peered inside.

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2017 Shelby Baja Raptor was a crowd pleaser at a recent Cars & Coffee. The vehicle is #4 of 50 and the first being offered for sale to the public.

Sticker price? $115,000.

And at Cars & Coffee, there’s a likely buyer somewhere with the means to take it home.

At the back of the lot, Said Sauder fielded questions about his fire-engine 1969 modelred T-1 Porsche transporter, which has the cab of an old Volkswagen bus and the rear of a car transporter.

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Interior of 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

“Back in the ’60s and ’70s Porsche had to take their cars to races and that was the way to go in style,” Sauder explained. But Sauder’s transporter has a longer bed – he stretched by seven feet.

Back in the day, the vehicle was used to transport a Porsche 550 Spider to races and back, he said.

It’s quirky mix of Volkwagen charm and longbed truck drew admirers all day long.

“This is the only one of its kind in the U.S.,” Sauder said. “There’s two in Germany.  It’s supposed to have a Porsche Spider on it but it’s not ready. Three people told me it’s the best car in the show!”

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Said Sauder poses with his 1969 T-1 Porsche Transporter.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

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

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

#floridafinecars #raptor #jeep #ford #mercury #carsandcoffee #porsche #volkswagen

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TD Bank Rates Florida Fine Cars in Top 1% for Auto Financing

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Florida Fine Cars Corporate Finance Director Mike Mueger, FFC owner Amir Azarpad, TD Bank Dealer Relations Manager Dalia Solomon, FFC-Miami Finance Director Freddy Duran & FFC General Manager John Carino.

MIAMI – Used car giant Florida Fine Cars recently received TD Bank’s prestigious 2017 Emerald Dealer Award, an annual recognition presented to top-selling dealers based on volume of financed contracts. The award places Florida Fine Cars in the top 1 percent companies that do business with the bank.

Qualifying dealers must maintain a $1 million or more average monthly volume, or $3 million in volume (total amount financed of contracts funded) per quarter to maintain this status, according to TD Bank. Dealers are required to have worked with TD Auto FinaNewFCCLogonce a year or more to be considered.

“This is a very big deal,” said Dalia Solomon, dealer relations manager for TD Bank in Miami-Dade and Broward. “Only 35 out of over 3,000 dealers that do business with us are at this elite level, or Emerald Status.”

Quality Service, Used Cars Compose Florida Fine Cars’ Foundation 

Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership with stores in Miami, West Palm Beach and Hollywood and an inventory of more than 1,200 quality used cars. The dealership is known for its huge selection of quality used vehicles and superior customer service.

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TD Bank Auto Finance Emerald Dealer Award.

Corporate Finance Director Mike Mueger said the Emerald Dealer Award is just more proof that Florida Fine Cars is getting it right.

“The Emerald Dealer Award is based on the volume of financed contracts, which ultimately translates into sales. Florida Fine Cars could never achieve this elite status if our customers didn’t have great buying experiences,” Mueger said. “Our sales staff is second to none and our inventory is the best in South Florida. It’s a winning combination.”

Dealers who achieve Emerald status get faster funding, faster credit decisioning and a dedicated group of analysts and funders who are assigned only to Emerald Dealers,  Solomon noted.

TD Bank Hosts In-Store Dealer Day Celebrations

To celebrate this accomplishment, TD Bank threw a party for Florida Fine Cars employees on October 9th. Emerald Dealer Day included plenty of food, drinks and fun for the employees whose hard work made the award a reality.

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Employees from Florida Fine Cars Hollywood enjoy a luncheon provided by TD Bank in celebration of the Emerald Dealer Award.

“It was basically a way for us to recognize dealers that do a significant amount of business with us on a regular/quarterly basis,” Solomon said.

Florida Fine Cars is no stranger to awards based on quality. The used car dealership has also received the “The People Love Us on Yelp” award and DealerRater’s “2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award” as tribute to the dealership’s dedication to excellence. The Yelp award was presented to Florida Fine Cars’ West Palm Beach store; the DealerRater award was presented to the chain’s West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami stores. Florida Fine Cars also won the DealerRater award in 2016.

Used Car Shopping is Easy at Florida Fine Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Fine Cars Offers Quality Used Cars Without the Hassle

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

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

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