They don’t make ’em like they used to. Outside of a few gorgeous, glorious models like the classic 1960s muscle cars, we never seem to appreciate the great car designs we have while they’re popular, and only after 30
years pass and all the good cars go away do we realize what we had.
Fortunately, there are plenty of classic car enthusiasts out there who love to spend their spare time and money preserving, modifying, and restoring vehicles unappreciated in their time. They then go around showing off their vehicles at car shows around the nation, and if you want to see the best that American car lovers have to offer, here are the car shows you should visit.
The Texas Hoedown
The Texas Hoedown takes place in Hempstead just outside of Houston and specializes in customized hot rods and drag racers built out of cars and motorcycles from the pre-Oil Crisis period. You’ll find (more…)
Car buying is about far more than finding a functional vehicle with the right price tag. Americans form strong emotional connections with their vehicles. Your personal feelings play a big role in the car buying process. Recognizing how your car can tug on your heartstrings may help you identify some important insights about this purchase.
What Your Car Says About You
Most people see their car as an extension of their own personality. Different cars send different messages about who you are, and you want a vehicle that feels like it just screams “you.” The message that’s most important varies dramatically from one shopper to the next. Status driven car buyers will gravitate toward luxury vehicles, while those who are budget-minded will take great pride in a low-cost find. A truck packed (more…)
You know how important your headlights are when you’re driving at night. Even on well-lit roads, those comforting beams extending from the front of your car help keep you safe. They make you visible to other cars as well as increase your ability to see in front of you in the dark. That’s why checking your headlights is such an important part of car maintenance.
Check the Glow
How many times have you started driving at night and taken for granted that everything is A-OK with your headlights? How about your turn signals? You should regularly leave your car in park, turn on your headlights, and get out of the car to look at them. Try your brights while you’re at it, too (more…)
Marketing your dealership is a challenging task, especially in the highly competitive Dallas car market. Today’s car marketers need to be attuned to the changing ways consumers are buying their cars. Twenty or 30 years ago, consumers made several trips to the dealership, usually visiting more than one dealer, before making a purchase decision.
Today, however, the average buyer visits a dealership just twice before pulling the trigger on a new car. What’s changed? Shoppers are doing their research digitally, and according to J.D. Power, the number of consumers who use an auto-related app or visit a dealer website on their mobile device before buying a car is growing an astonishing 73 percent year over year.
And video is one of the most popular types of content they are accessing. In fact, according to research by Google, 69 percent of consumers who viewed a video during the car buying process were (more…)
Many people feel blindsided when they receive their car repair bills. Parts and labor are expensive because you’re paying for quality equipment and experts in the field, instead of trying to do it yourself in the driveway.
Parts Mark Ups
When many people look at their repair bills, they notice that the parts listed are very expensive. Sometimes googling those parts turns up results that are much cheaper. Mechanics mark prices up usually about 30 percent more than what they paid, but sometimes as little as 20 or as much as 50 percent. Yes, the parts that (more…)
The Big D is a city well-known for its wealth of jobs, great sports scene, and exciting night life. Often, these aspects cause Dallas’s cultural scene to go overlooked. However, there are many events to catch a bit of art, music, or food, especially once the weather gets perfect. This March, catch a few of these events to scratch your cultural itch.
Anne Frank: A History For Today at the Dallas Holocaust Museum
Although Anne Frank’s diary ranks as one of the top-selling books ever and gives a tremendous insight into the plights of Jews during World War II, it’s difficult to translate it into today’s day and age. However, at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. throughout select dates in March, you can explore beyond the pages of Frank’s diary. This is thanks to a talk from Hilary Stipleman, the Director of Outreach and Exhibitions for Anne Frank Center. Prices are $8 to $10, depending on (more…)
Do you ever get excited when you spot a classic car on the road? It’s a great feeling for some people, seeing a piece of “living” history still in use after several decades have passed, especially spotting a car that predates lifetime. There are so many great vehicles to choose from in the retro category that it’s hard to cover them all.
Here’s a list of some fun classic rides you can find today without breaking the bank.
These classic British sports cars are beautifully designed and powerful. Produced in 1968 until 1976, they featured 2.5-liter, inline six-cylinder engines that produced 250 horsepower paired with a four-speed manual transmission. The TR6 stands out from other Triumph models in that it was restyled from earlier TR series designs by German firm Karmann. You can find a low-mileage early year model for as little as (more…)
A good sound system is essential for many Dallas drivers, and that often means upgrading your vehicle’s current audio equipment to get exactly what you want. Knowing where to go to get the speakers and subwoofers you want, and who will do the installation justice, is important. Figuring out where to find great custom installation is even more important. If you want some good audio work done, these five Dallas businesses are worth a look. (more…)
Unfortunately for all the honest mechanics out there, repair shops have a bit of a bad reputation for ripping people off. However, anyone who’s had a great reputation with a mechanic knows that great mechanics are out there everywhere. You just have to know how to find them. By doing the right kind of research and vetting the shops before you commit to one, you’ll be well on your way to finding your new favorite mechanic. (more…)