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2018 Ford Mustang design sketch

Perfect timing for” May the Fourth”  Ford’s design Manager Melvin Betancourt explains his inspiration. According to Betancourt  the nose of the 2018 Mustang was inspired by Darth Vader. Betancourt said  “When we were designing the new 2018 Mustang  the team wanted to make the new model look more aggressive, and one place where we found inspiration was one of the most famous screenplay villains of all time, The angled nostrils and contours of Darth Vader’s mask became the inspiration for the Mustang’s new fog lamp scoops and front-end shape.” It might be hard to see Darth Vader in the new Mustang when you first see it, but when you’re looking for the resemblance it may become clear. The  lower front end of the Mustang does resemble Darth Vader’s mouthpiece and the helmet.  We think that’s a pretty impressive and cool inspiration it keeps us wondering what ford will do next.

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Amazon is attempting to revolutionize the shipping and delivery industry. According to sources from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon formed a small team to focus on driverless-vehicle technology and develop the company’s plans to use self-driving cars to serve its business.

This team is tasked with figuring out how the company can use autonomous vehicle technology to deliver packages more quickly. Self-driving cars would be used to deliver packages to customers as well as moving goods in warehouses with the use of autonomous trucks, forklifts, and drones.

Shipping and delivery costs continue to rise for Amazon as it delivers more categories of products. Autonomous vehicles could possibly cut those costs. A shipment that originally took a few days to move across the country in a human-driven vehicle could take half the time with a self-driving car. According to the report, Amazon is mostly interested in autonomous trucking.

Driverless-car technology is just one of many efforts Amazon has recently experimented with to optimize packing and shipping logistics. Amazon already has its own delivery workers that bring packages to their final destinations more quickly in certain areas, and driverless cars would be another way to expedite that process.

Sources: www.https://arstechnica.com

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Distance & Location

The distance your car will travel affects the cost to transport a vehicle. More miles mean more expensive shipping service in general. The location where your car will be picked and where it will be delivered also affects cost. For example, if you relocate to one of the major cities in the US like New York or Chicago; transporting your car to this location (urban cities) will be less expensive compared to rural areas, because they’re popular shipping routes. Quite often automobiles that need to be transported to a small rural town cost more to ship just because the vehicle is located at a remote area away from a major highway. Therefore, the distance is not always the decisive factor.

Season

Auto hauling seasons also affect shipping cost. Mainly, the cost of shipping is high during summer and lower costs in the winter. Sometimes, the cost of shipping a car during winter can be more expensive due to weather conditions. For example if you are shipping to a mountainous area where the weather is harsh and difficulties are being encountered along the route. There won’t be a drastic price difference between summer and winter car shipping rates, but seasons do affect the price.

Size

Generally, one of the standards of estimating the price of transporting a car is usually the more space the car covers on the carrier; the more expensive it is to transport it. If the car is smaller its takes up less space and the cost to transport it will be less compared to the large cars.

Type of Transport

The main types of auto transport are open and enclosed shipping. Open auto transport the standard shipping method that most customers choose, but you can request an enclosed transportation service as well. Enclosed auto transport is the preferred method for sports, luxury and classic cars. The cost is usually higher for this type of transport since it holds less vehicles.

Fuel

The fluctuation of the fuel prices also affects the total cost of auto transport. This is a factor that should not be forgotten. Keep in mind that the quickly changing gas prices affect the transport prices.

 

 

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The 2017 New York International Auto Show is this weekend April 14th-Sunday April 23rd at the Jacob Javits Convention center in New York City. Doors are open Friday/ Saturday 10 am-10pm and 10am-7pm on Sunday. The show will showcase an incredible collection of new designs and extraordinary innovation. This show will include more than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers including over 1,000 cars. Make sure to get tickets in advance as they do sell out, Enjoy the show!

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Even if you have bad credit, an auto loan isn’t impossible. Some lenders even specialize for those with bad credit, so you still have options in your search for a car loan.

Know Your Options

The auto loan business is very competitive make sure to do your research to see what deals you can get. You can even shop online and receive quotes from multiple lenders. Many car dealers even have their own internet sales divisions. Compare your quotes and try finding a dealer or finance company that can match the lowest rate.

Find a co-signer

If you can’t find an affordable loan on your own, consider a co-signer. A co-signer becomes legally responsible for the repayment of the loan, so the most typical co-signer is usually a parent or relative. If you have bad credit, you’ll benefit from the lower rates offered to your co-signer, assuming he or she has better credit than you.

Check your bank or credit union

While it may be easiest to get a car loan directly from a dealer, it’s not always the most cost effective option. Banks – especially smaller local banks and credit unions – focus on serving small communities and often have good rates, even for buyers with bad credit. This is more likely if you already have a relationship with the bank.

Focus on loan Terms

A common tactic lenders use when financing buyers with bad credit is to offer low monthly payment rates. If you focus solely on the amount of your monthly payment, you might overlook the total cost of your loan. Remember the monthly payment may be low put for a longer period of time resulting in higher long term costs.

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Shipping a vehicle with RoadRunner Auto Transport is a very easy and customer friendly process. We’ve simplified vehicle transportation to 5 steps and we listed them below for you to get an idea of what to expect throughout your shipment.

Get An Instant Auto Shipping Quote

Get a free auto shipping quote online and review the price of your transportation instantly. If you prefer to receive a quote by phone, you can speak with a pricing specialist by calling (888) 777-2123.

Book Your Shipment

For your convenience, you can schedule a shipment online anytime via our secure online booking page.  If you prefer to schedule your shipment over the phone, you can contact your assigned transport coordinator by calling (888) 777-2123 and dialing their extension. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a booking number that will enable you to track the status of your shipment online 24 hours a day. Your shipment status will be updated in real time and serves as a helpful way for us to keep you informed every step of the way during transit.

Carrier Assigned

Our dispatch department assigns your shipment to a carrier that matches your desired route and timeframe. We send an automatic update of the projected pickup and delivery dates once a pickup has been scheduled.

 Vehicle Picked Up

The driver will make arrangements with the contact person at the pickup location prior to arriving. A thorough inspection of the vehicle will be completed and both the driver and the pickup contact person will sign to verify accuracy. The vehicle is loaded onto the carrier and begins heading to the delivery location.

 Vehicle Delivered

The driver will make arrangements with the contact person at the delivery location prior to arriving. The vehicle is offloaded and a final inspection is completed to ensure that the vehicle was delivered in the same condition it was picked up in. If a remaining balance is due, it is paid to the driver at this time.

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You Save a Ton of Time

One of the main reasons that shipping a vehicle makes your life easier is how much time you save. It can take hours or even days to drive your vehicle from state to state. Instead ship your vehicle give us a date that works for you and meet us at your end destination. We’ll handle the hard part.

 Less Wear and Tear on Your Car

Mileage plays an important role in the resale value of any vehicle, and the more miles you put on a car, the less value it’s going to have once you want to sell it. If you drive a vehicle for any length of time (say from New York to Miami) this not only puts on a lot of mileage but also wear and tear on the engine, body and wheels. Keep your vehicle in better condition and ship it with us.

Save Money

You will save a lot of time and money when shipping your vehicle instead of driving it. Consider the expenses of driving across country. The cost of gas alone is pricey then factor in food and hotel expenses. We urge you to save your energy and money. Get a free instant quote so you can see how much you’ll save when shipping with us!

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Consumers are well aware of not only the desire but the need for connectivity in everything they touch. Homeowners want to be able to see who is ringing their doorbells when they are not home. Drivers want to have their homes a certain temperature before arriving home, have their garage door open as they approach and the doors unlocked as well.

The need to connect with others and connect with our things through technology is now more desirable than ever. At the latest CES Unveiled event (Consumer Electronics Show), this seems like more and more of a possibility every day.

Besides the unveiling of intelligent and curious innovations at shows and events, behind the scenes tech geniuses are working diligently to make all of our tech dreams come true.

The Faraday Future FF91

No electronics event or car show is complete without a big reveal. The Faraday Future FF91 might have been that big reveal. Crossovers and SUVs are some of the hottest vehicles for 2017, and their popularity doesn’t seem to be decreasing any time soon. The all-electric crossover/SUV offers that popularity and a whole lot more.

The Faraday Future FF91 offers beauty, brains and acceleration along with the popularity of a family-size vehicle. The fact that it’s an electric vehicle adds to its intrigue.

If you’re feeling the need for speed along with all these other perks, check out the specs for the Faraday here:

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/faraday-future-ff91-ev-photos-and-info-news

Toyota Concept i

Many people have sentimental feelings toward their cars. For some, it might be their first car while for others it’s a love for their collector car. What would you do if you had a car that could relate to your feelings as well?

The Toyota Concept i might very well be that car. The artificial intelligence equipped in the vehicle can sense your many moods. The system can learn to understand your behavior and figure out what you need – maybe even before you do. If the technology senses that you need a little help for whatever reason, it can automatically integrate autonomous driving assistance.

What a concept; a car that not only you can fall in love with but might have the same feelings in return.

Honda’s NeuV

The NeuV (New Electric Utility Vehicle) is yet another example of auto manufacturers wanting to create a vehicle that has a relationship with its driver. Not only will this concept vehicle get you where you want to go, but it will also keep you company in a few different ways until you get there.

The artificial intelligence will sense a driver’s emotions through heart rate monitoring and facial recognition. Talk about a concept.

It will be interesting to see which if any of the concept cars ever becomes a reality; a time when not only do you love your car, it has feelings for you too.

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The seasons are changing, the weather is changing and the roads are about to get messy. One thing is for sure, car lovers everywhere are gearing up for their favorite time of year regardless of the pending snow and sleet– the holiday season. Car enthusiasts everywhere count down the days until their favorite holiday arrives.

The holidays are upon us and what better way to show you care than to buy your favorite car enthusiast what they love most – something for their car. Here are a few great holiday gift ideas for the car enthusiast in your life.

Dashcam

Some dash cams are pretty basic while others are high-end. You can find a standard dash cam to video record or you can buy a combination front-facing and rear facing sensors.

While some drivers enjoy using their dashcams for a possible 15 minutes of fame on social media or YouTube channels, a dashcam really does make a practical and purposeful gift.

Motorsport Leather Gloves

Nothing says style quite like a pair of leather driving gloves. With so many choices and colors to choose from, there’s a pair out there that is perfect for your driving aficionado. Leather driving gloves put the finishing touch on the car lovers wish list.

Ultimate exotic car racing in Las Vegas

If you can’t afford the actual new car for your car lover this year, the next best thing could be a trip to Las Vegas for an experience instead of a gift. If you’re looking to buy an experience rather than a gift, than this is the one for you.

Your car lover will be able to choose from five hot rods and take five laps around the track in Las Vegas. The smile will be ear to ear while the memories will be forever.

Remote Car Starter

Offer your special person the gift of a Remote car starter. Buy the starter for them and then offer to take care of the installation, as well. This way, when that cold weather has you turning up the heat, your special person can turn up the heat in their car and get it warmed up before they head out.

Emergency road assistance kit

While it might not be number one on your car lover’s list, if and when they do get stuck – especially while out in a blizzard – they will sing your praises for a long time to come.

Car wash kit

This is one gift that will make spring and summer even better. After a long winter of snow, hail and salt accumulating on your recipient’s car, this will be a welcome gift.

Car mount holder

We’ve all heard the tragic stories of drivers who were in horrific car crashes due to cell phone usage. A car mount holder for their phone allows them to pivot their phone when using it for GPS and allowing them to remain hands free and safe.

Subscription to their favorite auto magazine

If you need a little something on the side, why not give them a year-long gift. A gift subscription to their favorite hot-rod magazine is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.

For more great holiday ideas, check out this helpful article here:

http://www.bestproducts.com/cars/g2115/gifts-for-car-lovers/?slide=1

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November is upon us. Even thought we might miss long days at the beach, fall gives us plenty to enjoy. You might like off-roading the dunes of the beach or rolling down the highway in summer. Drivers with the need to hit the open road again can enjoy fall just as much. There are plenty of ways to hit the open road and fill your every driving need.

If you’ve had your fill already of pumpkins, apples, and festivals, maybe then one last road trip is in order. There’s a road trip for just about any style or taste. If you don’t know your road trip style, here’s a list. One or more of them is bound to suit your style.

Take it to the Highway: Highways and Byways

Lincoln Highway – If you’re thinking of taking a historic road trip, you can make your way down the Lincoln Highway and match it up with a visit to Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park. There you can see a replica of Lincoln’s log cabin. The two-room reproduction of the log cabin along with the working, living-history farm is right up the history buff’s alley.

Blue ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful drives in America, especially during fall. Along the drive you can view the most breathtaking fall foliage, stop at scenic byways along the way, and have a picnic. There are plenty of places along the way to hike, take in breathtaking waterfalls and climb to your heart’s content.

Whether you’ve taken this drive before or not, between the jaw-dropping mountain views, the fall foliage and all that Mother Nature has to offer along the way, this may very well be your road trip style.

The Water’s Edge

Lakes

Lake Michigan Circle Tour is one of the best road trips around. Travelers can make their way around Lake Michigan by following state highways. Depending on which state you’re traveling through you can visit soft-sand shores or view rough and tumble cliffs. Make your way over one of the longest suspension bridges and, of course, enjoy the view of the glistening lake along the way. If you enjoy this tour, you can sign up for the Great Lakes Tours.

Routes

U.S. Route 9 during fall is an eye-appealing drive. Travelers can enjoy the scenery or stop at a farmer’s market to pick up some fresh produce. Take in the scenic views, stop in a quaint little town and enjoy the ride.

Route 66 – Route 66 is a part of America’s history. Running from Chicago to Los Angeles, this stretch of highway continues to capture America’s hearts and imaginations. Enjoy remnants of a lost time when giant roadside signs beckoned to travelers and little cafes on dusty roads were all the rage.

For a more colorful site loaded with eye-catching photos, check out this list of best road trips in the U.S.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-road-trips


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