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7 Features Seen in 2017!

December 26, 2016
2016 is dwindling down and the New Year is buzzing with talk and trends! When it comes to the auto world, some trends are clearly becoming more popular than others. Inspired by this article, I wanted to compile the top projected trends seen for the automotive industry in 2017. The world is constantly increasing in technological feats, which is evident in the evolution of cars! Read on to see what to expect in 2017!
  • Digital dashboards. I’m seeing this trend more and more: Cars are doing away with the classic analogue dials and quickly being replaced with more detailed, customizable, digital gauges. With even the least-expensive models seen with advanced systems that can wirelessly stream calls, texts, data, and more.
  • In-Car WiFi. Bluetooth and hands-free features have been around for awhile, but WiFi capabilities in cars are popping up more and more. Yes, you can buy a hotspot or special device to bring WiFi to your vehicle, but on-board WiFi? That’s a game changer.
  • Entertainment tablets. In-car entertainment systems have been around, but lately I’ve seen custom tablets included, making systems more portable. Someone in the backseat wants to change the radio station? No problem, just pass back the car’s tablet.
  • Advanced guidance cameras. Guidance cameras have become almost a norm in a majority of vehicles, helping drivers to reverse safer. But, now, these cameras are becoming more and more advanced, with some models even offering 360-degree, bird’s-eye view capabilities.
  • Truck-Bed audio systems. The benefit of this feature is up to your imagination. But, weatherproof audio systems are being seen incorporated into pickup trucks in the near future!
  • Improved seating. Vehicles are taking notice of seat comfortability more and more. Spinal support, back support controls, and overall, more detailed seat customizable options are a few features being seen in many 2017 vehicles!
  • Improved safety technology. With more and more distractions being added to the road every day, it’s nice to see safety features taking technological advances. Lane departure warning features are being seen and improved upon, ensuring more safety out on the road!
These are just a few of the new features popping up in cars in 2017! Do you have a favorite feature you can’t live without? How about a feature you wish your car offered? Let me know!
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Signs of a Bad Transmission

May 16, 2014
Don’t wait till the last moment! Look for the warning signs of a bad transmission before it’s too late.

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1. Noises: If you’re hearing a clunking or whining noise, it’s usually a sign that you have an issue with your vehicle. Listen to what your car is trying to tell you.

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2. Leaks: Red fluid on your driveway could mean two different things: you ran over some road kill or a troubling transmission.

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3. Smells: Have you ever smelled that gross burning smell? That usually means low fluids, which is a result of overheated transmission fluid.

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4. Hard time shifting: If your car is a manual and you’re having a hard time shifting it could be a warning sign.

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5. Check engine light: Last but not least, if the check engine light comes on.

Make sure to seek repairs as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these warning signs.

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Why Won’t My Car Start?!

April 24, 2014

It’s a cool brisk Saturday morning and you’re excited to go shopping for yourself. You deserve it after a brutal week at work. Walking towards your car, you’re already thinking about all the stores you want to hit up.

“Maybe I’ll buy those cute strappy sandals from that boutique,” you think as you open the car door.

Hopping into the drivers seat you place the key into the ignition and… nothing! Thinking there might have been a fluke, you try it again. Dread washes over you when you realize that, yes, your car won’t start.

“I have to get those cute strappy sandals,” you yell out loud.

No worries, I’m here to help solve the mystery of why your car won’t start.

#1. Dead Battery- My first thought would be check to see if you left any lights on in your car. Even the smallest light can drain your battery if left on for too long. If you have a battery tester then that is great! If you do believe that your battery is dead then try jump starting your car. If your car starts right away, most likely the problem was just a dead battery. You can always get it replaced or have someone clean the connections. Over time battery connections can become dirty or corroded. Bad connections can make it difficult to start your car as well.

#2. Faulty Fuses- Hope that it is just a faulty fuse. It’s easy to get them replaced! You can tell when a fuse is blown, because the fine wires in the casing will be broken and there will be discoloring. (Few cars have faulty fuses related to starting systems, but your car might be one of them)

#3. Ignition Switch Problems- Your ignition switch could be the problem if it wasn’t your fuse or your battery. One sure sign that it could be the ignition switch is if you turn your key and the red warning lights on your dash don’t ever light up.

#4. Bad Starter- If you’re getting current to the starter but it just keeps spinning, it most likely needs to be replaced. I would recommend having someone help you test this, seeing as it could be slightly dangerous to do own your own.

There are some other reasons why your car won’t start, but hopefully this will help eliminate possibilities! So you can get back on the road and buy those cute strappy sandals!

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Easter Egg Time!

April 18, 2014

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I have always loved the Easter season! This year I wanted to get a little bit creative with my dyed eggs. I have searched the Internet looking for the most unique and fun ideas, and here they are!

#1. The first one is a great way to make a mini terrarium inside an Easter egg. What’s a terrarium, you ask? Terrariums are glass containers filled with plants and flowers, and are fantastic mobile planters that can be hung around your home. Learn more on how to make these darling eggs here:

http://www.thehousethatlarsbuilt.com/2013/03/how-to-make-easter-egg-terrariums.html

#2. I just love this idea of making graffiti eggs. This blogger decorates these eggs with acrylic paint. I have also seen some bloggers paint eggs with watercolor. Learn more with this link: http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2013/03/27/make-this-graffiti-inspired-easter-eggs/

#3. Looking for a little glam this Easter season? Check out these gold flake eggs! So easy to do as well. All you need is dipped dyed eggs wrapped in gold flake paper. http://littleinspiration.com/2014/02/diy-gold-leaf-eggs.html

#4. Last but not least are these darling marbled eggs. “How?” you ask! You can achieve this look with nail paint! Just like marbling finger nails with water and nail polish, the artist was able to achieve those stunning eggs with the same logic and idea. http://littleinspiration.com/2014/02/diy-nail-polish-easter-eggs.html

Which method will you try this year?

Car fun

9 of the Most Outrageous Cars

April 11, 2014

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Thinking about changing the exterior of your car? Well I have come up with some great ideas for you! Try making your car the shape of your favorite animal; such as a whale, shark, or cheetah! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then airbrush your favorite historical figure on your car. My personal favorite idea is changing your car’s interior and exterior into your favorite piece of fruit!

There are so many creative and talented people, and I hope they continue to create more interesting and outrageous cars!

What would you turn your car into?
Car Culture, Car Reviews

My Top Cars for Summer Adventures

March 28, 2014
I might be jumping the gun on this, but I can’t stop thinking about summer! Picnics, hiking, swimming, tanning and road trips are just a few of my favorite summer activities. And summer activities and cars are meant to be together, just like French fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake (What? Tell me you do that too!) So to help you get excited for summer, I’ve come up with my top three cars for summer fun!

1. 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster

Can’t you see yourself driving around town in this hot sports car!? The Nissan 370Z Roadster is meant for the adventurer that seeks luxury!

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2. 2014 Toyota Prius C

It’s time for some fun road trips this summer, and the 2014 Toyota Prius C can take you anywhere you want to go! Don’t worry about spending too much money on gas when you get 53 city/46 hwy mpg!

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3. 2015 Chevy Colorado

Need to haul your things for a campout? This 2015 Chevy Colorado is for the active person inside all of us!

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What is your favorite summer vehicle?
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Important safety features

September 8, 2010
Safety first! When purchasing a vehicle for you and your family, safety is a major concern. What are some of the standard safety features in the brands that McCarthy carries? Here’s a short list for you: Chevrolet
  • Six airbags – dual front & side impact airbags
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes – to keep you from sliding out of control
  • On-Star – if your airbags go off, emergency response is contacted immediately
  • Front & Rear crush zones – to absorb energy from the impact
  • Energy-absorbing steering column and laminated windshield safety glass
Hyundai
  • Electronic Stability Control – keep you on the intended path when in trouble
  • 5 years of Roadside Assistance – no need for AAA
  • Six airbags – two in front, two curtain, and two side
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • XM Navigation Traffic – let you know of any blocked or congested roads
Nissan
  • VDC – Vehicle Dynamic Control – can’t do a donut in the parking lot
  • Crumple Zone – absorbs energy from front & rear to reduce impact in cabin
  • Active Headrests – headrest will move with head to reduce whip lash
  • ABS – Anti-lock Brake System – helps control steering while stopping
Always remember to buckle up!
Behind the Wheel

Car features: What's your deal breaker?

April 6, 2010
Remote start baby!

Remote start baby!

I don’t want to brag, but I have been blessed with the opportunity to test drive a large variety of vehicles out there. For the last 9 years that I’ve been driving, I have probably driven over a hundred different cars, trucks, SUVs and convertibles — all with different features. And with all the variety … I think I’ve been spoiled! I’m curious: When it comes to car features, what’s your deal breaker? What can you not live without on or in your vehicle? I wanted to know what my fellow employees had to say … “A steering wheel!” “The gas pedal!” After I made the “duh” face, I searched for some serious answers. “Power locks and windows” and “air conditioning” were high on the list. My answer has gotta be “seat warmers” and “automatic start.” Greatest features in my opinion, especially with the winter we had this year. So tell me … what are some features you absolutely can’t live without in your vehicle? Anything that is making your life easier?
Booty Warmers!!!

Booty Warmers!!!

Auto News, Behind the Wheel

What feature would you like in your car?

December 15, 2009
The ability to drive itself. A rear camera for backing up. Power windows. One-touch folding seats. An MP3 player plug-in. Automatic Remote Start. Imagine that! If you could have one feature on your car, that it currently doesn’t have … what would it be? Whether it’s realistic or not doesn’t matter. This is your chance for the car of your dreams. Vehicles have come a long way. Just like anything else. Can you remember your first cell phone? I sure remember my mother’s! Finally, I had to force her to turn in her Zack Morris “Saved by the Bell” foot-long flip phone. And, boy was she thrilled! It can now fit in a cute clutch! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFNCexnM9Q0[/youtube] So tell me … What’s one feature you would like to have on your vehicle, that it doesn’t have now?