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In choosing your next car, remember that “cheapest” is not always synonymous with “the best value.” Choosing a car solely based on MSRP is often penny wise and pound foolish because it ignores the true cost of ownership. The sticker price is only one factor to consider in calculating what a car costs; you’ll also need to think about fuel economy, resale value, insurance premiums, and financing options. Based on this philosophy, we’ve listed four of 2014’s best bargain vehicles.
Chevrolet Spark LS Hatchback
MPG (City/Highway): 31/39
According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), the 2014 Spark has the lowest five-year cost of ownership of any car in the subcompact class. KBB’s cost-of-ownership formula takes into account fuel, insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, repairs, and depreciation for a five-year cost of $24,741. While the Spark’s 1.2-L four-cylinder engine generates just 84 horsepower, the base model’s features are solid for the class: 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, OnStar telematics, and 60/40 folding rear seats. U.S. News gave the 2014 Spark LS a rating of 7.4/10. continue reading…
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Although it may seem silly to base your next car purchase or your pet, you may not want to discount your pet when you’re looking at new vehicles. If your pet travels with you, then having a vehicle that makes transporting your furry friend more convenient is good for both you and your pet. Some key features to look at include large cargo areas, proximity to the ground, and hooks for animal harnesses. Consider one of these vehicles if you frequently travel with pets.
1. Ford Flex
This spacious crossover affords more leg room for you and more space for your pet. There are wide door openings for your pet to enter and exit the vehicle, and the rear seat folds completely flat. Assuming your pet is harnessed correctly, you can feel confident with the Ford Flex’s Five-Star Crash Rating. The Flex also sits lower to the ground than most crossovers allowing your pet to hop in and out without having to jump sky-high. continue reading…
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Florida has long been a popular vacation destination for families. From the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, there are many amazing attractions to visit and places to see. Although many families are familiar with Disney World in Orlando, there are other attractions worth visiting.
Here are 4 cities in Florida you should road trip to with your kids.
For a budding astronaut or anyone interested in science and space, Cape Canaveral is the top place to visit. Home to the Kennedy Space Center, children and parents can learn about upcoming missions to Mars and see rare artifacts from past missions. The Space Center offers a variety of services and exhibits plus guided tours, including up-close tours of the launch control center and launch pads. This is a great destination for families seeking educational fun. continue reading…
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Your car’s essential fluids are its lifeblood. Keeping them in good condition can reduce repair costs, make your car more reliable, and help it run more smoothly. Before performing any of theses fluid changes, make sure your vehicle is on a level surface and the parking brake is engaged.
Engine oil levels should me monitored periodically and changed about every 3000 miles.
- Pop the hood and pull the dipstick and the engine oil fill cap.
- Locate and remove the engine oil filter and oil plug.
- Once the oil has drained, clean and reinstall the plug.
- Lubricate the rubber ring on the top side of the new filter with fresh oil, and install hand tight plus 1 1/2 turns.
- Using a funnel, fill your engine with new oil and replace the oil cap.
- Insert the dip stick and run your vehicle for a few minutes, then recheck the oil level.
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West Palm Beach and surrounding areas of the Treasure Coast are home to stunning car shows throughout the year. From exotics and muscle cars to vintage and new, there’s a car show to suit every taste and style. Here’s a list of five car shows that are well worth a cruise.
A Kaleidoscope of Exotic Cars at Super Car Week
Coined as the Art and Technology of Speed & Design, the Annual Super Car Week takes place in January and includes a full week of auto-enthusiast events with a grand finale on the West Palm Beach waterfront. The event kicks off with a cocktail party at the posh Eau Palm Beach Resort. Throughout the week, exotic cars are displayed at Mizner Park, Palm Beach Gardens, and the Norton Museum of Art. Car enthusiasts can view the latest models by Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, and much more. The grand finale finishes up with hundreds of cars on display on the West Palm Beach waterfront along with live music from bands and premier DJs. continue reading…
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Florida’s heat and humidity create special circumstances that used car buyers should consider before making purchases. These five tips should help you shop for a used car that has to weather Florida’s sometimes treacherous conditions.
1. Make Sure the Used Car Has a Great Air Conditioner
Rolling down the windows can only do so much. People who live in Florida need air conditioning in their cars. Make sure that the used car you’re buying has an exceptional air conditioner. Turn it on full blast during your test drive. Find out how quickly it cools the cabin. This hands-on experience will tell you a lot about whether the air conditioner can keep up with summer in your city.
2. Look for Window Tinting With UV Protection
A good air conditioner can keep you cool, but it can’t prevent temperatures from getting too hot while the car is turned off. Most window tinting is designed to reflect the thermal rays that make cars hot. continue reading…
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There’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to a family car. One family might need the capacity to haul its boat or trailer, while another might need enough passenger space to carry a basketball team. This group of 2014 models all contain family friendly features. One of them might work for yours.
This quintessential family vehicle is a great fit for the school car pool, family camping expedition, or team trip. Its three rows of seating holds eight, even with five car seats installed. Or, configure the Odyssey to hold almost 150 cubic feet of cargo for long family trips or college moves. Options such as a rear-seat entertainment system and in-car vacuüm reduce passenger boredom and keep the Odyssey clean. continue reading…
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Cars are a huge investment, and, unfortunately, we often think that the only thing a car needs to keep it running is a working engine and gas. There are many other maintenance factors that can and will keep a car running better for a longer period of time. From brake fluid to motor oil, here are five liquids that will help your car live a full life.
Motor Oil: Keeps Everything Together
The next time you see your oil light blinking, don’t ignore it. Motor oil is one of the most important fluids needed to keep up a car with an internal combustion engine. Essentially, it lubricates, cools, and keeps your parts intact, only needing replacement every 3,500 miles.
If you prefer to change the oil on your own, try Pennzoil or Castrol, at around $40 for a pack of 6. Check the oil after the car cools down using an oil dipstick, which will show the current oil level. Make sure the oil color is clear and golden, not black, brown, or milky. continue reading…
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The city of West Palm Beach has breathtaking waterfront views, sunny, palm-lined streets, novel boutiques and shops, and historic, picturesque neighborhoods. This beautiful beach town offers visitors oodles of things to see and do.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
If your visit to West Palm Beach is a short one, you have to prioritize what you’ll see and do. Make sure McCarthy Wildlife Sanctuary is on your list, since it offers an experience you can’t get at other zoos or habitats.
It has more than 170 animals that you can see up close from just three feet away. There are rare species, including the white tiger and black mane lions, even a liger (which will almost surely make you start quoting “Napoleon Dynamite”). You’ll see tarantulas and an albino python, black panthers; scarlet macaws, kinkajous and lemurs. You can touch snakes and parrots if you are so inclined. You do need to make reservations in advance, the tour takes about 90 minutes, and it’s something that is definitely camera-worthy. continue reading…
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West Palm Beach, Florida’s bounty of natural beauty captivates residents and visitors alike. The diverse plant and animal life, coupled with excellent weather, make it nearly impossible to stay cooped up indoors.
There are several ways that you can choose to explore West Palm Beach’s natural beauty. Each one offers a unique perspective and scrapbook-worthy memories.
What tropical vacation is complete without some underwater fun? You can stop at West Palm Beach’s Scuba Club, Inc. and rent or buy scuba equipment before heading out with expert guides to explore the Atlantic Gulfstream, where you can let gorgeous reefs teeming with life excite your imagination. Or, you can take in the sight of fascinating shipwrecks. continue reading…