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Top 5 Autos for Monster Hunting
Planning on going monster hunting? Then you better pick the right vehicle to do it in if you don't want to end up being the prey instead of the predator. Below are five vehicles that should -- along with a lot of good luck -- help you bag a variety of monsters.

Fisker Karma

In its chrome incarnation, the luxury, high-performance electric Fisker Karma, bears a slight resemblance to a space ship, which should be useful into fooling aliens that are you actually their friends and not their potential hunter. In addition, the mirror-like surface of this vehicle is great for detecting vampires. If someone passes your Karma and doesn't have a reflection -- BOOM, vampire.

Four-Wheel-Drive Land Rover

There is a reason that Land Rovers are popular in Africa for safari use. These vehicles are built to handle rough terrain and easy to clean, in case you should get monster guts all over your vehicle. All this makes the Land Rover the perfect vehicle for tracking down elusive monsters in the wilderness like Bigfoot or werewolves. For best results, you should customize your Land Rover with roof hatches, so that you can shoot at potential targets in relative safety.

Jaguar's Project C-X75

Some monsters are fast, very fast. To get the edge on your favorite monster target, it is best to hunt from something that can accelerate quietly from 0 to 60 in a mere three seconds, like Jaguar's car of the future, Project C-X75. This car's top speed is expected to be in excess of 200 mph. In addition, this car will boast a silent running, battery Kinetic Energy Regeneration System that will allow you to sneak up on evil monsters.

Ford F-150

This tough truck is perfect for hunting in the backwoods and hauling back your trophy Bigfoot. Seriously, if you actually get one of these creatures dead or alive, you're going to want to bring it back for others to see. Unless, you're really brave, however, you probably won't want to have it riding in the cab with you, so having a vehicle with a bed only makes sense.

Chevrolet Suburban

If you don't plan on bringing back a trophy kill, than the Chevy Suburban could be a great option for monster hunters. This beast of a vehicle can seat up to nine monster hunters and it will also hold lots of gear. These heavy vehicles could also plow over zombies with relative ease, if necessary.

- Editorial Staff
The Smart Car Buyer
What to Bring With You When Car Shopping
If you are getting ready to buy your first car or to replace your current car, you have a lot of things to consider, including the make, model and color, and how much money you are willing to part with. Before you head on over the dealership, there are some items that you should bring with you to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly.

It almost goes without saying, but you need to remember to bring your valid driver’s license. This is something people forget sometimes, especially if they have been relying on other people to take them places. If you don’t have your license, you won’t be able to take any cars for a test drive or drive your new car home. You should also bring proof of insurance.

DO YOUR RESEARCH Unless you are fabulously wealthy and don’t care about losing money, you will need to do some research before going out car shopping. Looking up information online about the types of cars you are interested in will help you narrow your focus when you are out looking at available vehicles.

If you have a particular car in mind, research and print out the dealer’s invoice price and take it with you. This is invaluable information to have when you are negotiating with the salesperson. Put your printouts in a folder, along with the details of any incentives or rebates that you have discovered.

REVIEW THE REVIEWS Another useful thing to bring is a printout of trustworthy reviews of the cars you are most interested in. You can consult these pages while looking at particular cars, to refresh your memory about why you were interested in buying them.

If you don’t feel confident in your ability to properly evaluate a car, you should consider bringing a friend or family member who knows something about cars. If the dealer senses that you have no idea what you are looking at, there is a temptation to take advantage of you.

It’s also a good idea to bring the phone number of a trusted mechanic, in case you want to make an appointment to get a used car checked out. Your mechanic may even be willing to meet you at the location to do an inspection. This is particularly useful when you are considering buying a used car from a dealership you’ve never been to before or when you are evaluating a car being sold by a private party.

- Editorial Staff
Driving in Richmond, VA 101!
Richmond is one of America's historic cities, nestled along the James River in Virginia and easy to drive to. It is very car friendly to navigate with a number of major roadways and plentiful roadside parking places (but watch for signs). The many diverse neighborhoods are fascinating to drive through and the grid street system is easy to figure out. The older parts of Richmond do have the narrow streets and one-way restrictions common in towns of this age.

Interstate 95 goes north-south right through it, and Interstate 64 runs east-west through the city. When you look at a map, you see that there are several highways and parkways looping around the area and it really makes driving easy. That's good, because there are a lot of places you'll want to drive!

Outside the city, the suburbs are rural and rolling. There's a lot of green space and many campgrounds even though it isn't a wilderness area. It's pretty, with the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains to the west and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the east: easy day trips and lots to explore.

There's a lot to explore within Richmond, too. The James River Park System is a string of parks along the river (check their website about parking spaces) and you can see whitewater rafters quite often. The city was the capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War and suffered a lot of damage but came back from the ashes with vigor. Drive through the Richmond National Battlefield Park and visit the Museum of the Confederacy. Visit Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate that is still the way it was planned to be.

Every neighborhood in Richmond has a distinct identity and you might feel like they are separate towns. Driving through the streets, you will see a lot of forged ironwork and unique homes. Be sure to visit Hollywood Cemetery, where over 18,000 Confederate soldiers are buried. There's a Civil War prison site on Belle Isle, the original Confederate White House, and St. John's Church, built in 1739 and the site of the Second Constitutional Convention in 1775. If it is summer, you can hear a re-enactment of Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech.

The variety of offerings in Richmond mean you can find what you are looking for, and the logical road system means it is going to be a good experience driving there. This is a good destination for a road trip!

- Editorial Staff
The Secrets You've Never Been Told About the Jaguar
Since its inception in 1935, the Jaguar has seen many changes, yet the manufacturer has remained devoted to bringing luxury sports cars that deliver high performance to the world. The Jaguar first entered the automotive scene in 1935, when the SS Jaguar 2.5 liter Saloon was unveiled at the London’s Mayfair Hotel. Amazingly, this early Jaguar cost just 385 pounds. Jaguar entered the sports car scene three years later in 1938, when the manufacturer introduced the 3.5 liter SS100. The sporty car won the RAC Rally and several prizes at the Alpine Trial.

THE 1940'S This sporting trend continued in 1949 with the introduction of the XK120. This design created quite a stir at the British Motor Show with its curving lines and convertible top. It was tested on the Ostend-Jabbeke motorway in Belgium without its windscreen and reached an unbelievable speed at the time of 132 mph. This made it the fastest production car in the world that year.

This led the manufacturer to push for success on the racetrack. In 1951, the C-Type Jaguar, with its aerodynamic design and lightweight construction, won its first victory at Le Mans. Over the next few years it its successor, the Jaguar D-Type, was quite successful, finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th in the 1957 Le Mans. This was also considered one of the most beautiful competition cars of all time.

THE 1960'S In 1961, the Geneva Motor Show saw the launch of the Jaguar E-Type. This graceful and powerful car had a long, elegant hood that drew the attention of attendees, leaving its competition lacking. In 1968, Jaguar planted itself in the middle of the luxury car class with the XJ6 Saloon. Speed was still important to Jaguar, however, and in 1972 it gave the XJ6 a V12 engine that was capable of 140 mph, making it once again the world’s fastest production car. In 1975, the XJ-S model arrived on the scene. This was the perfect combination of a racing car and a luxury sports car, and that same year it set a record breaking time in the Coast to Coast Cannonball Run in the US, finishing in 31 hours and 51 minutes.

THE 1980'S AND BEYOND In 1988 and 1990, the Jaguar once again won at Le Mans, first with the 7.0-liter XJR-9 and then with the XJR-12 the next year. In 1990, the company would forever be changed when Ford bought the name. Speed remained important, with the XK8 coming out in 1996, where the car’s speed was matched by the speed at which it sold, becoming the fastest selling sports car in the Jaguar history.

In 2008, the first Jaguar of the new millennium, the KX, was finally released. Also that year, Jaguar released the XF. These two cars were packed with technology, yet they still embraced the speed and luxury that has defined the Jaguar brand throughout the years, with a level of refinement that makes them a stand out luxury brand. A supercharged XFR reached record speeds of 226 mph in Utah that year as well. In 2010, that success was mirrored with the release of the XJ, which also was heralded throughout the world for its performance and styling.

Today, Jaguar remains one of the premier names in the sports car industry, and the manufacturer continues to bring innovations to the field through its luxury cars.

- Editorial Staff
Classic Car Restoration Tips
Whether you are a veteran or a newbie to restoring a classic car, these tips will help you keep the project fun and sustainable.

Make a wise choice. Choosing a classic car to restore usually comes along with an emotional tie to the car that your dad once drove, or the car you loved when you were a kid, but make sure that whatever model and make the car is, that it is going to retain or increase in value once you restore it. Unless you want this simply as a show piece, you want to choose a car that will have a good resale value when the time comes to find a new owner.

Make sure it works! Even though you are buying a classic, depending on how much work you actually want to do, make sure the car is still functioning. Take it out for a test drive, ask a lot of questions and do a thorough inspection before you buy. You will especially need to check for any rust. Rust is extremely detrimental to a car and can cost a lot of money and work to get rid of. If you choose a rusty old gem or a car that doesn't start, you might be getting in over your head.

Make friends with a great mechanic. You most likely won't be able to the restoration all on your own, so do your research and find someone who is knowledgeable with your specific make and model and has access to the parts that you will need to order. Better yet, become friends with him and get inside tips on how best to install the parts he orders!

Make a choice how far you want to go. If you choose to restore a classic car, you can do it a variety of different ways. You may want to do what is called "driver restoration" where you bring the car back in to a fully functioning state where you repair missing or broken parts and make sure the engine is in good running condition. Perhaps you want to go a step further and make sure it is ready for a street show by improving the driving conditions and fixing any noticeable cosmetic problems.

If you are looking to show the car, you will likely need professional help and a few more bucks to get it into the 95 point range. Lastly, the highest level, "Concours", is where your car is fully restored. This means that it is restored to its' original condition and therefore is seen as so pristine that it usually isn't driven, but is used more for display.

Regardless of what you want to do with your car and whether you want to be able to drive it around town or simple look at it, make a wise choice, make sure it works, make friends with a great mechanic and decide how far you want to go!

- Editorial Staff
Solid Car Service Center Options in Richmond, VA
Richmond, Virginia is a large metropolitan complex of cities and towns surrounding the city of Richmond itself. Like everywhere else, residents of the Richmond area want to keep their cars running a little longer, but they don't want to break the bank doing so. If you live in or near Richmond, you can take your car to a dealership and will normally have excellent repair work done, but you'll pay a premium for that "factory service" you'll receive. You can also obtain the same level of excellent auto care by taking your car to an independent neighborhood auto car center.

Axselle Auto Service is one of those independent shops that will give you fair prices and couple it with helpful and friendly service. They are a full-service auto repair facility that services most makes and models. They provide most auto repair and maintenance services such as brakes, suspension repairs and alignments, and tire sales, service, and repair, including tire inflation using nitrogen where called for by the manufacturer. Axselle Auto service has been in business since 1951, so you know they treat their customers well and give great prices.

Halls Tire & Auto Service is another local independent auto repair shop that has generated a great deal of customer loyalty over the years. Located at 2111 Dickens Road, they're pretty easy to find and you'll be glad you took the time. Customer reviews found on the Internet range from the simple "These guys are great!" to "These guys treated me like mine was the only car there."

Looking to upgrade the quality of the beats in your ride but not looking to spend an arm and a leg? Take your car to Car Toys, at 11525 Midlothian Trunpike and you'll get the best stereo system your budget can buy, without paying for extra bells and whistles you really don't need. Car Toys also does window tinting at great prices, great service and quality and a turnaround that will amaze you.

It's a traumatic and trying experience for many when they need to have body repair or paint work done to their car. There is no need to add to that trauma by having insensitive and uncaring people work on your car. This isn't going to happen when you take your car to family-owned Connor Brothers Collision Centers, located at 1008 North Sheppard Street. You'll get fast friendly service from very knowledgeable and skilled technicians. Many customers also get a nice little thank you note in the mail a couple weeks after picking their car up.

- Editorial Staff


2014 Buick Verano Review
Car buyers interested in an upscale compact vehicle for 2014 should look at what the Buick Verano brings to the table. With a sophisticated new design, plush interior and graceful ride, this 5-seater sedan is sure to draw the attention of many for years to come. At a base cost of approximately $23,700, Buick fans have much to gain and little to lose by investing in the 2014 Verano.

With the Buick Verano, buyers get a firsthand look at Buick’s contemporary lineup for 2014. The Verano is an engaging luxury vehicle that car owners can drive with pride. Its stylish exterior complements an equally refined, quiet cabin that’s just as conducive to drive in the noisy city as it is on scenic country roads. When you invest in the 2014 Buick Verano, you can look forward to a vehicle that is dependable, handles smoothly and offers comfort, elegance and style.

The Buick Verano is available in four trims: base, Convenience Group, Leather Group and Premium Group. Each trim offers its own set of amenities to enhance your driving pleasure. Standard features on the base trim include 18 in. wheels, 4-wheel drive, 4-cylinder, flex fuel engine and six speed auto transmission to enhance vehicle performance.

Whether you are travelling on a smooth highway or rough country back road, you can count on the Verano to give you a smooth, peaceful ride. Fuel efficiency of 21/32 mpg city/highway driving is also not bad for the 4-door sedan category.

Safety is given high priority on the 2014 Verano with such features as stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, front, rear, side and knee airbags, forward collision and lane departure warning systems, blind spot system and more. In standard crash testing, the Verano scored a five star rating overall, earning the status of Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Because you never know when accidents may occur, it’s wise to invest in a well constructed vehicle with advanced safety systems that can offer you greater protection on the road.

Most contemporary vehicles today offer their share of gadgets that car owners so readily enjoy and the 2014 Verano is no exception. On the basic Verano, these extras include remote start, Bluetooth, iPod input, Intelli-Link multimedia system and satellite radio to keep you well entertained on the road. The Convenience, Leather and Premium Groups offer the same amenities as the base along with an optional navigation system, heated contour seats and programmable garage opener for greater convenience in parking your vehicle indoors.

In summary, good taste, dependability, safety and comfort are what make the 2014 four-door Verano sedan a #1 choice for your future.

- Editorial Staff
2013 Volkswagen Eos Review
The 2013 Volkswagen Eos returns the roadster to the asphalt with some updates for 2013, pushing past what the manufacturer put on the car in 2012. The hardtop convertible gets more standard items in the two existing trim levels, and a third one, Sport, comes online for another choice for buyers. Volkswagen proves once again that it is possible to create an econobox that doesn't act or look like one. Pricing starts at $36,500, and works its way up to $40,945 for the fully loaded models.

While the Eos isn't going to go out and win any beauty contests, it does have a solid appearance that can't be mistaken for anything other than a Volkswagen. It's as if VW decided to play it safe and go with offering quality materials on the interior and under the hood instead of going nuts with the exterior. It could be considered to be a stealth roadster -- doesn't look like much, but it's most definitely going to blow the doors off other cars when the light turns green. A little bit of aggression comes in the form of swept-back head lamps with xenon bulbs and LED running lights for the daytime.

Interior space is excellent, even for taller adults, a nice touch for the 2013 Volkswagen Eos. The driving seat has a laid-back position, inviting the driver to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. The seating has been given quality touches, feeling welcoming and soft, something that is not found in lesser Volkswagens. Trunk space is limited when the hardtop is down, but can be extended a little bit when the roof is up.

One engine is available for all models, and that is a 200hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a turbocharger. Two transmission options are available in the form of a standard six-speed manual, and a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). The DSG takes advantage of the power of the engine, changing through the gears quickly and effortlessly.

Check out the Volkswagen Eos available in some of our top cities!

Austin Volkswagen Eos

Miami Volkswagen Eos

Charlotte Volkswagen Eos

Seattle Volkswagen Eos

Memphis Volkswagen Eos

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