Car Shopping On a Budget: Consider This

Car Shopping On a Budget: Consider ThisWhether you are purchasing a new car or a used car, car shopping can get expensive. However, there are several new and used cars that are priced under $30,000 that are both affordable and reliable.

Recently, revealed several cars that currently fall under the $30,000 price range and why they are worthy of consumer attention.

2017 Toyota Sienna

If you are shopping for a family vehicle, the Toyota Siena should definitely be in the running. This is aesthetically pleasing minivan has a strong engine, generating a capable 296-horsepower. It has cloth seats, making it comfortable and cozy for long trips and comes equipped with Bluetooth capabilities to ensure safe driving habits. Is safety a concern? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sienna five stars on overall rating and the car comes with a rearview camera.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

If you’re looking for luxury, this 2015 Mercedes-Benz is now an affordable option for you. The model starts with 201-horsepower and can reach up to 503-horsepower when upgraded. Depending on what package the car comes with, it might come with a rearview camera, voice control, and a navigation screens. It also received top scores in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2015 Volvo S80

If you are looking to purchase a car that is attractive, strong, and ranks high in safety,  the 2015 Volvo S80 will likely appeal to you. The car, with 240-horsepower, is also a five-passenger sedan. The car also comes in four-cylinder or six-cylinder options. It has standard elegant leather seating, Bluetooth capabilities, and has a 7-inch color display.  Safety features are depending in the model you receive, but it has ranked well in crash tests.

2017 Nissan Murano

If you are looking for an SUV that you can afford, the 2017 Nissan Murano is for you. While a rearview camera is standard, some models also come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts. It can definitely be considered a luxury vehicle and each trim is powered through a 260-horsepower engine. Scoring high on safety features, it’s a great family vehicle that is stylish and trendy.

Apple Self-Driving Cars Expected to Succeed

Apple Self-Driving Cars Expected to SucceedApple has had a wild ride so far as a participant in the self-driving car market, but within the last week, it seems as though that road will likely lead to victory.

Apple, a cornerstone of current technology has recommitted to creating and perfecting an autonomous vehicle after several difficult months.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is now allowing Apple to conduct self-driving tests in “real life” on California roadways. The test drives will be conducted using a fleet of three Lexus RX 450h Hybrid SUV’s, according to a recent New York Times article.

The permit that Apple obtained will also allow six people to take control of the cars if necessary during the test phase, which is now a mandated California law. Apple is just one of 29 companies that have received permission to tests cars specifically in the state of California.

Apple has been struggling for about a year to produce successful self-driving car concepts. In fact, it seemed as though the technology giant was slowly giving up on the idea.

However, after Apple’s director of product integrity, Steve Kenner, released a letter that indicated Apple’s overall commitment to the concept, things started looking up.

Apple could be considered “late to the game” with many competitors pretty far along on their own developments. However, Apple’s participation means that they have committed to playing a role in the anticipated future of self-driving cars.

Apple is likely joining the market in order to produce something bigger than mobile phones and computers. However, they have been fairly quiet about their ultimate goals.

3D Printed Car Parts Could Become Standard

3D Printed Car Parts Could Become StandardWith self-driving cars often the focus of the car industry’s future, Ford shook things up when they announced plans to start 3D printing car parts.

Ford is hoping to produce large, 3D car parts using a 3D printer called the “Stratasys Infinite Build 3D.” Ford believes that printing car parts could help simplify the manufacturing process, making it faster and more affordable.

3D printers are able to print parts in any length, shape, or size, which could be the solution to replacing parts in older models that are no longer made or parts in new cars as needed.

Ford is the first United States car automotive company to experiment with 3D printing technology.

3D printing has already become a vital part of several industries including fashion, art, toys, and so forth.

Currently, producing new car models takes an exceptional amount of time. The model has to be created on a computer and then often takes months to physically create. However, 3D printers are able to print and produce items in a matter of several days which could save manufacturers a lot of time.

Although there are plenty of positives to 3D printing car parts, there are potential negatives that would need to be addressed. It’s unclear how safe a car would be if all of the parts inside of it were fairly light weight.  There are also concerns that 3D printers could not produce enough products, failing to meet potential demands.

At this time, it is hard to tell if 3D printing could positively or negatively impact the car industry but Ford is willing to take the risk.

Tesla Becomes Most Valuable Car Company

Tesla Becomes Most Valuable Car CompanyTesla is a luxury electric-car company that has struggled for many years to sell cars against major competitors, making minimal profits and struggling to secure profits.

However, on Saturday, April 8, Tesla surpassed General Motors (GM), and earned the title of the “most valuable American car company” based on the stock-market.

Recently, shareholders of Tesla stated that the value of the company had reached $51.5 billion, beating out GM who was valued at $50.2 billion. Ford didn’t even stand up to the two other companies with their company value last week only hitting an estimated $44.6 billion. However, when compared to GM, Tesla still has a minimal number of cars that are actually on the road.

Tesla, based out of Silicon Valley, CA, is run by chief executive, Elon Musk. The company managed to produce 84,000 cars in 2016 with prices starting at about $68,000. Musk also assured the public that the company will produce 500,000 in 2018, hoping to increase productivity on a yearly basis.

The American economy is currently split which has worked to the advantage of Tesla, resulting in them being able to access drivers who can afford to purchase electric luxury vehicles. However, Tesla has also experienced various production issues, which has prevented them from reaching their ideal numbers.

Due to the current increase in Tesla’s stock-market numbers, Musk has become one of the richest people in the United States in recent months, giving him more influence in the industry. However, Tesla’s successes happened quickly and without warning, and some skeptics say it’s a matter of time before they fall from the top.

Regardless, Tesla is performing well on Wall Street and only time will tell if they will remain at the top.

Study Reveals Potential Statistics on Self-Driving Cars

Study Reveals Potential Statistics on Self-Driving Cars The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently focused in the future of self-driving cars in a recent study, revealing some possible realities that we might one day experience.

The study showed that as of 2030, about a quarter of driving miles in the United States could be driven by self-driving electric cars alone.

Although that number might seem high, it’s expected that many urban drivers could be using self-driving cars in order to save money.

BCG found that many people are becoming interested in autonomous technologies, which indicates that people might be willing to commit to them in the future. Many car manufacturers have committed to producing self-driving vehicles and it has become a major focus of the industry, proving that they likely have a strong future among the public.

Some self-driving cars will also produce “shared service fleets” in cities, where cars will be able to pick up people and drive them around as needed. This method, for those that choose to use it, could really help drivers save money because it would provide a cheaper alternative to owning and maintaining a personal vehicle.

However, a drop in the car sales market as a result of this is highly unlikely. The BCG does expect that the overall demand for personal cars will remain high. However, it’s hard to tell who will be car shopping and how new cars might be used as of 2030.

A major hope for shared service fleets is that they will help to reduce traffic congestion in major cities. However, the firm did reveal that if there could potentially be limits on how many self-driving cars could operate at one time in the same area as a result.

Picking Out a Car for Your Teen Driver

Picking Out a Car for Your Teen DriverUnfortunately, many teenagers end up being statistics in tragic accidents, and many of those accidents are a result of minimal driving knowledge or unreliable vehicles.

If you have a teenager at home and you’re starting to think about purchasing a car for them, there are several things that you should be keeping in mind while searching.

Consider Purchasing a Used Car

Insurances rates can be extremely high for teenagers but many used cars will reduce that cost. If you are interested in purchasing a used car, consider purchasing from a dealership where the car will be dealer-certified and will come with a limited warranty. It might be tempting to browse online and purchase a cheaper car for a couple thousand but you can bet that those cars likely have pre-existing issues.

Consider Committing to Safety Features

If you do purchase a new car for your teen, you’ll be able to take advantage of more add-on safety features. Safety features such as a rear-view camera, adaptive headlights, and blind-spot monitoring can be a huge benefit to a teenage driver. Although these features might cost a bit more money to add on initially, ensuring the safety of your teenager for years to come is priceless.

Consider a Simple Sedan

Although your teen is probably hoping for a giant SUV or an impressive sports car, it’s probably not in your budget and it’s certainly not in your or their best interest. A simple sedan can provide plenty of space, typically has decent gas mileage, and is fairly safe when compared to smaller cars. A midsize car is your best option based on price and overall safety.

Looking for more suggestions on what car to purchase for your teen driver? Consumer Reports just released the list of “Best New Cars for Teens.”

Making Your Car Safe as Possible

Making Your Car Safe as Possible Decades ago, many people used to ride in their cars without seatbelts on. Decades ago, infants were simply held in the arms of their mother when in a moving car.  Now, seatbelts are a safety necessity in cars and children (from infants to adolescence) are in some type of safety seat when in the car.

Technology is always changing and that has proven to be true with car technology as well. As time passes, cars develop more technology driven safety features and it’s important to know which ones are worth considering for your next car.

Lane-Departure Warning

This technology will alert a driver if they start to veer into another lane over the markings on the road. If you start to go into another lane (whether you fall asleep or look down at the radio) the car will alert you to get the car back into the lane. In fact, some cars even come with corrective steering which will automatically steer you back into your designated lane.

V2V Technology

Although this technology is still being developed and many cars are still without it, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is hoping that all cars will have vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities by 2023. This technology will allow cars to communicate with one another and help alert one another of potential hazards, hopefully reducing accidents.

Blind-Spot Warning

Many cars, especially larger ones, have blind-spots. This technology helps to notify drivers if a car is approaching their blind spot which they might miss from looking in their standard car mirrors. Often times, blind-sport warning technology is built into the side view mirror of a car. The mirror will typically light up or flash if a car is approaching your blind spot.

If you have an older car, there are plenty of applications and “stand-alone” features that you can purchase in order to make your car safe.

Google Street View Cars Protecting Cities

Google Street View camera cars drive around and map streets on all seven continents so people can view them through Google Maps and Google Earth. Google Street View Cars Protecting Cities

Google camera cars received new technology which allowed them to map methane leaks, making them especially valuable to the public and cities all over the states.

Methane is found in natural gas, and according to the project partners at Colorado State University, is 80 times more potent when compared to carbon dioxide over the course of 20 years.

As of right now, only four cars are carrying the methane detection equipment but have found leaks in cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Boston, and Pittsburgh among several others. The cars have mostly detected methane leaks in urban areas which have old gas lines right beneath their streets.

The cars are able to use an infrared laser system, which is carried in the trunk of the car, allowing them to log methane data as they drive. The project is being paid for through the Environmental Defense Fund.

The cars are seeking out methane leaks so the leaks can be fixed which will have tremendous environmental benefits on the cities being affected. Joe von Fischer, project head, spoke out saying, “One of the reasons we’re focusing on methane leaks in cities is that we can actually do something about them.”

Although the cars are successfully finding these leaks, the leaks are extremely expensive to fix which is why many of them still exist. Many companies don’t fix the pipes, even if they are aware of leaks, until they become dangerous. However, now the public has knowledge of these leaks as well.

With Google Street View cards discovering and identifying the methane leaks, hopefully the leaks will start to get more attention so the amount of greenhouses gases being leaked into cities will decline.

Dubai Police Cars Breaking Records

Dubai Police Cars Breaking RecordsIn Dubai, police cars are breaking some tremendous records. Police in Dubai are driving Bugatti’s, Ferrari’s, and Lamborghini’s, and one police car has now reached a record breaking speed.

Guinness World Records just confirmed that Dubai is now home to the fastest police car in the world: a Bugatti Veyron.

The car is just one of 14 extremely fast police cars that the city has on their “fleet.” The police force in Dubai also has Bentley’s, Porsche’s, and BMW’s at their disposal.

The Bugatti Veyron is able to reach 253mph due to the 16-cylinder engine that is able to produce 1,000 horsepower. The car can also go from 0 to 60mph in under three seconds. The car beat out the Lamborghini Gallardo which only reached 230mph.

Many people might not understand the need for a luxury police car, but in Dubai where most people drive exotic sports cars, the police need something similar in order to keep up. However, while you might picture this car chasing down criminals, it actually is mostly used as a showstopper for tourists.

Major Sultan Marri of Dubai police’s General Department of Transport and Rescue stated to CNN, “We’re not looking to just show off with the car; we’re looking to show tourists how friendly the police are in Dubai.” Many people stop to take pictures with the cars and chat with the officers, and tourists often spend their trip searching for these vehicles.

Many car makers and dealerships aspire to be chosen for the Dubai police fleet and it’s really considered an honor if one of your car is selected. We are anxious to see what car they’ll seek out next.

NHTSA Unveils Campaign to Curb Drowsy Driving

NHTSA Unveils Campaign to Curb Drowsy DrivingThanks to decades of public safety campaigns, modern car owners are well-aware of the dangers associated with drunk and distracted driving. Drowsy driving, on the other hand, has received far less attention from safety experts until recently.

Earlier this week at the 2017 Managing Fatigue Conference in San Diego, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it is launching a new campaign to raise awareness about drowsy driving, and offer strategies to prevent people from falling asleep at the wheel. According to preliminary research conducted by the NHTSA, drowsy driving was responsible for roughly 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths in 2015. With this campaign, the NHTSA hopes to dramatically reduce the number of drowsy driving accidents that happen each year.

The goals outlined in the campaign are quite broad, covering everything from public education to vehicle safety technologies to employer policies and safety legislation. These include, but are not limited to:

Facilitating engagement between the sleep science community and the insurance industry

Evaluating the effectiveness of corporate fatigue-management policies

Encouraging the adoption of collision-avoidance technologies

Developing fatigue-risk-management programs for high-risk professions such as EMS responders

Exploring the potential of graduated driver licensing laws to reduce drowsy driving

Ultimately, embracing new advancements in vehicle safety technology may offer the best chance of reducing fatigue-induced accidents. If autonomous vehicles become the norm, they may even eliminate drowsy driving accidents in the future. Until then, collision-avoidance systems and lane-departure alerts can make a big difference as well. As these technologies become standard features on more vehicles, we can expect to see a decline in accident rates across the board.

Passenger Drones Could Make Your Commute a Whole Lot Easier

Passenger Drones Could Make Your Commute a Whole Lot EasierFlying cars might still be the stuff of science fiction, but in recent years quadcopter drones have become remarkably accessible and affordable. That’s why a number of start-ups, engineers and transit officials want to develop autonomous drones that are large enough to ferry people to and from work on their daily commutes.

Last October, popular ridesharing company Uber unveiled its Elevate program, which is designed to conduct R&D on the future of urban air travel.  They even hired an aircraft engineer from NASA’s Langley Research Center to help spearhead the research. Meanwhile, engineers in the robotics department at Carnegie Mellon University are conducting similar research in hope of developing a viable self-flying passenger drone. Not to be outdone, Google co-founder Larry Page has also provided financial backing for two Silicon Valley start-ups that are working to develop vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for urban transit.

Because they can travel in straight lines between destinations rather than relying on roadways, passenger drones could make commutes in crowded cities much faster. By some estimates, they could reduce hour-long commutes in congested traffic to a matter of minutes. Quadcopter drones are also relatively lightweight and mechanically simple, which makes large-scale passenger drones seem pretty plausible. Thanks to companies like Tesla and Google, the idea of self-flying vehicles doesn’t even seem too farfetched.

But even if engineers can successfully develop autonomous passenger drones, there are still some logistical and regulatory hurdles that must be overcome before they can take to the skies.

To begin with, autonomous passenger drones will need to be able to communicate with one another to avoid mid-air collisions. This would require drone manufacturers to agree on an industry-standard communication protocol, and establish a way to network their drones so that they can send and receive feedback in real time. Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still working to establish rules and safety regulations for drone traffic. Without FAA approval, passenger drones will remain firmly on the ground until further notice.

Intel Makes Major Investment in Autonomous Technology

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Recently, two major technology driven companies joined force in hopes to conquer the self-driving car market together.

Intel, which is an American multinational corporation and technology company, recently purchased a self-driving tech supplier called Mobileye. Intel paid over 15 billion dollars for Mobileye, making it the biggest-ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company.

Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich spoke out saying, “This acquisition is a great step forward for our shareholders, the automotive industry, and consumers. Together, we (Intel and Mobileye) can accelerate the future of autonomous driving.”

Many people believe that the deal made between the two companies was largely motivated by money. Intel is predicted to save about $175 million a year by 2019 because of tax advantages that they’ll receive from purchasing Mobileye.

Mobileye offers plenty of car related technology and services, such as sensor function, mapping, laser-based sensors, cameras, and so forth.  Through purchasing Mobileye, Intel is expected to get better access to what goes into autonomous driving systems as well as better relationships with automakers.

Intel’s autonomous driving division will be based in Israel and led by Mobileye’s CTO and co-founder, Professor Amnon Shashua.

Although this deal is new, the two companies have been working together for some time now. In fact, they tested 40 self-driving cars equipped with both of their technologies earlier this year.

Mobileye is also expected to continue to work with pre-existing partners, and Sashua said that many of Mobileye’s existing customers see this partnership as an advantage.

Remaining Mindful of Semi Trucks

For most people, driving alongside Remaining Mindful of Semi Trucks a semi-truck is unsettling. Most people do their best to keep semi-trucks at a distance, whether they pass them quickly or remain a safe distance behind them.

However, sharing the road with semi-trucks is a must and it can be easy to do if you are educated on how to do so.

Give Them Space

It is really important to give a semi-truck space, and it should be the first rule that comes to mind when sharing the road with one. Trucks can be easily blown by wind, have pieces or latches come loose, and can easily glide from side to side compared to cars. If you give semi-trucks space, you’ll be less likely to be a victim in an accident if the trucks shifts or loses a tire.

Make Yourself Seen

One downside of semi-trucks is that they have many blind spots which means that truckers often can’t see the cars on the road around them. If you are driving in close proximity to a semi-truck, do your best to make yourself visible. If you can see the mirrors of a truck, they can often see you. You should never ride close to the rear of the truck; you will not be seen.

Cautious Passing

It is OK to pass a semi-truck but you should know how to do so safely. You should give the truck plenty of space and go as quickly as possible. You should do your best to pass on the left side because the right side has more blind spots. Semi-trucks are hard to stop and it often takes a lot of time for them to do so, wait a minute or two before you get in front of the truck. Cutting a truck off is dangerous, and often illegal.

Let Them Pass

A semi-truck is not a vehicle that you want to challenge. If a truck is attempting to switch lanes, it is in your best interest to let them in front of you if you can do so safely. If you speed up and attempt to get around them first, you’ll likely end up in a blind spot. In many states, flashing your lights for a truck will indicate that it is safe and clear for them to switch lanes.

Volkswagen Reveals Sedric the Self-Driving Car

Volkswagen recently revealed their latest self-driving car which has a fairly odd appearance.

The car, named Sedric, has a “rectangle” shape and has a relatively plain appearance. Fortune compared it to a “portable cassette boom box” which is the best description we’ve heard yet.

Check out a video example of the car below:

The car is fully autonomous and has no pedals and no steering wheel. The car can be “called” with a push of a button and will come give you a ride to your desired location. The “control button” is one of the most unique features of Sedric. If you were to own a Sedric, you would be able to call your personal car or call a shared Sedric in another city using your personal control button.

The interior of Sedric is relatively casual, with open seating arrangements and sleek wood floors. The interior of the car is very “laid back” compared to the standard “futuristic” interiors in potential self-driving cars.

Sedric is the first autonomous car concept we’ve seen from Volkswagen, and as of right now, it is nothing more than a concept. Volkswagen said that Sedric is one of many upcoming concept cars so we’ll likely see other potential self-driving car concepts from Volkswagen in the near future.

CEO of Volkswagen, Mattias Müller, stated “Many elements and functions of this concept car will reappear in vehicles from our brands in the coming years.”

In June of 2016, Volkswagen put what they are referring to as the “2025 strategy” in place. The strategy is heavily focused on electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology. In fact, Volkswagen stated that they plan to launch over 30 purely battery-powered vehicles by 2025.

Cars to Consider On a Budget

Cars to Consider On a BudgetPurchasing a car can be expensive and many people are searching for a car that they can afford. According to Consumer Reports, the average new car typically costs $34,000. They compiled a list of the best cars under $30,000 that have good road test performance, safety features, and so forth.

Below are just a few cars that made the list:

Toyota Prius

The Prius made the list largely in part because it gets 52mpg, a huge factor when it comes to shopping for an electric car. It also provides customers with an extremely comfortable ride and proved to be pretty responsive. The car is able to drive on electric alone up to 25mph and the engine is fairly quiet. However, the Prius is known for loud tire noses and limited cabin space.

Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a midsized sedan that gets about 28mpg overall. The car has a lot of enticing features for a car that is under $30,000 such as leather seats, automatic climate control, and heated seats. The controls are relatively simple to use, making it simple for people that don’t handle technology well. However, the car does have low-positioned dash vents.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

If you’re looking for something a bit more sport-themed, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a lightweight roadster for an affordable price. This car is a six-speed manual shifter and has an optional automatic setting. The car is quick but it can get pretty loud. However, it is sporty and affordable, two things that many consumers are in search of.

Subaru Outback

This Outback has plenty of room inside of it and is functional for someone looking for storage and space. It is comfortable and has about a 24mpg overall. It has simple controls and a simple touch-screen system. Three adults can easily fit into the back of the SUV, making it practical for road trips, carpooling, and otherwise.

Click here for the full list.

Uber Faces Self-Driving Car Criticism

Uber, a very popular ride-hailing service, recently gained some negUber Faces Self-Driving Car Criticismative attention for putting self-driving cars on the roads in California without having permission to do so by the state itself.

Towards the end of 2016, Uber went against the direction of California state regulators and put self-driving cars on the roads of San Francisco that did not perform well. According to reports, Uber’s cars ran a total of six red lights in a very short time. The car also supposedly had trouble navigating bike lanes as well.

Uber had announced that they would be creating self-driving cars in December of 2016, and were quickly criticized for not being registered on the California DMV’s list of companies approved to test self-driving cars.

Uber was insistent that the vehicles being produced were not autonomous but were just equipped with “Advanced Driver Assist System” so they did not require a permit. Regardless, the state of California insisted that the vehicles were autonomous and revoked registration of the cars Uber produced.

However, during the midst of this controversial back and forth, an Uber self-driving car was spotted running a red light in San Francisco.

Uber claimed that the traffic violation was due to human error. They claimed that the person inside did not take the car over in time which caused the car to run the light. Many other sources believe, the New York Times included, that the error was due to the cars’ poor mapping programs.

Overall, the incident indicates how committed Uber is to producing a self-driving car, for better or worse.

Keeping Your Car Stocked

We’ve talked often about what necessities you should keep in your car for winter months in order to protect yourself from severe weather while driving. However, you should keep a variety of items in your car at all times in the event that an emergency occurs.Keeping Your Car Stocked

Cell Phone Charger

Most of us will grab a cell phone charger before we walk out the door to ensure that we have one with us “just in case.” However, if your car won’t turn on a standard cell charger that you’d use at home will not work. Keep an external portable battery charger in your car at all times. These plug into your phone and can get enough battery power to make a call or send a text in an emergency.

Jumper Cables

You’d be surprised at how many people drive around without jumper cables. You should always keep these in the trunk of your car in the event that your car dies. They are extremely affordable and can prevent you from being stranded for an extended amount of time. Consider purchasing ones that fall around eight feet long in order to reach easily from one car to another.

Cash Money

If your car breaks down and you walk until you find an isolated gas station, there is a good chance that the gas station you’ve stumbled upon does not accept credit cards. You could also get lost while driving and end up at a toll that you didn’t expect to go through. You should hide cash somewhere inside of your car in the event that you face an emergency and need cash to handle it.

Reflective Triangles

Reflective triangles are a great thing to have in your car in the event that you break down. Putting reflective triangles around your car will help you to protect yourself and your car from other traffic. You should keep about three triangles somewhere inside of your car to put out if needed. Triangles can also help get the attention of the person coming to tow your car or pick you up.

Empty Gas Can

If you are guilty of waiting until the last minute before filling your gas tank, you should keep an empty gas can in your car. If you are ever driving and you do run out of gas, you can take the can to a gas station and get it filled so you can fill your tank. However, it’s important to keep this can empty. A full gas can is a hazard; it can easily explode or start on fire.

Check out a complete list of what you should consider keeping in your car all times here. Visit Permaplate’s blog post for more automotive news.

Cars Continue to Go Green in 2017

In recent years, hybrids and electrical vehicles have become a major focus of the automotive industry. According to Green Car Reports, over half a million carbon-cutting hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and full electric vehicles were sold in the United States.Permaplate

The automotive industry is going green as consumers demand cars that are environmentally focused. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) focused recently on several of the “greenest cars” for 2017. All twelve cars that made the list were electrical but each one has something unique to offer and we thought we’d highlight a few.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

The ACEEE listed the Hyundai Ioniq Electric as the “greenest” car sold in the United States. It typically travels about 124 miles on a charge and gets 136mpg.

Fiat 500E

The Fiat 500E is a compact coupe that is only being sold in California and Oregon, but it did make the list of great green cars for 2017. The car gets about 84 miles a charge which is about 112mpgs.

Nissan Leaf

This vehicle is small but still has a decent amount of space compared to other compact electrical vehicles. The Nissan Leaf gets about 107 miles on a charge which is about 112mpgs.

Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius has been making “green car” headlines for years and the latest model is no different. This car is estimated to run the first 25 miles on batter power alone. After about 133mpg, the car starts operating as a conventional hybrid.

Overall, Toyota took the “greenest cars” list by storm with three models in the running, two hybrids and one plug-in hybrid. Surprisingly, the popular “Tesla Model S” did not find a place on the list although it is rated as a high quality electric vehicle.

If you’re searching for a car to reduce your own carbon footprint, the majority of the cars on this list are available for purchase across the United States.

Preparing Your Car for Spring

If you live in a portion of the United States that experiences harsh winters, you’re probably desperate for spring and a glimpse of warm weather. Luckily, spring is getting closer and we’ll soon be able to roll down our windows and soak up the sun.More Permaplate News

As the seasons prepare to shift, you should prepare for your car for spring.

Replace Wipers

Windshield wipers are overworked in winter months. They are constantly washing away rain, snow, slush, and salt and get worn out. Windshield wipers deserve a spring break too; replace your wipers when weather improves.

Fill Up On Fluids

Most people use an exceptional amount of windshield wiper fluid in winter months. Although it’s important to make sure that you’re not running low throughout winter months, make sure to top it off in the spring as well. While you’re at it, check your oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid also.

Scrub the Salt

If you live in an area where salt is found on most roads, it is important to clear any residue from your car. Salt, and sand, can damage the paint of your car. It is important to scrub the salt from both the inside and outside of your car. Give special attention to the bottoms of the doors and the carpets inside.

Perfect Pressure

As we’ve mentioned before, tire pressure is an important part of car maintenance. Shifts in the seasons can cause tire pressure to fluctuate. Although you should be checking tire pressure on a regular basis, make sure to check it seasonally as well, ensure that tire pressure is appropriate.

Collectible Car Options for 2017

Many people collect cars as a hobby and many collectible cars date back several decades.  However, different cars become ideal each year for car collectors. Collectible Car Options for 2017

Most cars become discontinued and are never worth the time, effort, and money of a professional car collector. However, with each year, some cars are labeled as cars that could be valuable years down the road.

Hagerty, a vintage car insurer, released what 2017 cars they believe might be worth money at some point for collectors. McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, expressed that “the cars chosen have an ‘it’ factor that makes them stand out from the crowd.” We highlighted a few top choices:

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

This car was rated number one in the list of “10 Future Collectible Cars to Buy and Hold Now.” Although it’s somewhat expensive, it is a relatively affordable option considering it has a Ferrari engine and what it could be worth down the line. It also can reach 60mph in 3.8 seconds and is well-known for incredible horsepower capabilities.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

This Chevrolet Camaro is ideal for racing with a 640-hp supercharged V8 engine. The Camaro has been collected for decades, and the newest model made the list of potential future collectibles as well. One of the latest (and arguably best) features of this car is the quick-shifting 10-speed automatic optional.

Ford F150 Raptor

The classic “pick-up” truck is a staple in romantic comedies and they are still making the list for potential collectible cars in 2017. The Ford F150 Raptor is the latest version of Ford’s full-size pickup truck with a strong and solid appearance. The first generation Raptor, according to Hagerty, is already becoming a collector favorite.

Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

The 2017 Fiat is a reflection of the style that many of the Fiat’s had in the 1960’s. It is a high performance version of the old-fashioned car that was highly sought after with a MultiAirturbo engine. It also comes with a wide variety of upgrades for people interested in them.

It’s practically impossible to predict what cars will be popular decades from now but these models are certainly in the running.