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Top 5 Cars for Drive-In Theaters
Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback. If you want to check out a drive-in, go in one of the best rides available. Huge station wagons do not exist any more, but there are some cars that will make a visit to the drive-in a memorable one.

PICK UPS A pick-up truck is an excellent vehicle for a drive-in movie. You can back the truck into the space. The Toyota Tacoma is a perfect choice. Throw a couple sleeping bags over the 56.7” x 73.5” bed, unzipped like thick blankets. Leave the gate of the bed open so there are no obstructions. You are ready for a movie, sharing food, enjoying the great outdoors – the whole experience. You can lie on your back and watch the movie or bring pillows to lean against the back of cab.

Another great truck is the Ford F-150. It is big and stands 34.7” tall from the bed to the ground, so other vehicles will not block you in any way. The bed of the vehicle is roomy, 6.5’ x 8’, giving the whole family a lot of space to spread out and party.

A GREAT DATE NIGHT Going on a date? Try a more luxurious ride, the VW EOS. Its nearly magical button will turn the classy sedan into a sporty convertible in a mere 25 seconds. Your date will be impressed for sure. You can enjoy the comfort of buttery leather seats while you position them in the most comfortable way possible.

UNWIND Another great convertible is the Infinity G. This car has a power 3-piece retractable hard top. It boasts comfort and roominess that can give you an evening of ultimate movie-watching. The sporty front seats move in eight different ways to get you comfy, relaxed and allow you to unwind.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Honda Insight. Why not save the planet with this chic little hybrid while enjoying a movie? Pop your drink into the cup holders so nothing gets spilled. There is 38.4” of headroom and 42.3” of legroom in the front seat. With the latest bells and whistles, the seats move in multiple directions as do the headrests for added comfort.

- 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
Top Cars For Navigating the Prehistoric World
Blame it on a well-meaning but chaos-theory ignorant scientist, a time machine with a unique sense of humor, or a rain forest discovery of epic proportions; any way you slice it, you’ve found yourself in the pre-historic world of terrible lizards, aka the mighty dinosaurs.

While Saturday morning cartoons may have led us to believe otherwise, most cavemen didn’t get to work hitched atop the backs of flying Pterodactyls. No, you’ll certainly want to have a ride equipped with horsepower rather than Brontosaurus speed, so here are the top autos for surviving the Lost World:

1. 2014 Chevy Camaro: The Camaro has undergone a serious facelift in the last few years, boasting a gritty exterior that projects power while downplaying the brand’s flash of the 1980’s. With an almost Charger-like design, this is simply the car for facing down a rampaging Triceratops. Complete with a 6-cylinder engine, a 6-speed transmission and an optional convertible top (perfect for watching those airborne cavemen eat your dust), the 2014 Chevy Camaro is an ideal modernized vehicle for reminding the dinosaurs why they went extinct in the first place.

2. 2013 Ford F250 XLT: Even the name screams ‘impressive’ on this monsterous crew cab pickup truck. With power door locks, 4-door seating for five, front and side airbags and vehicle stability assist, this truck is the perfect escort for your off-roading adventures in the dino-infested wilderness. View water-grazing Duckbills with confidence, as your V8 turbo diesel engine and impressive traction control ensures you won’t get stuck in the mud and become an easy lunch for a passing Allosaurus.

3. 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport: When faced with rocky terrain and encroaching Velociraptors, nothing gets the speedy escape done better than the classic Jeep Wrangler. Standard fog lamp headlights ensure that your Jurassic swamp crawl won’t end in a quicksand nightmare, and heavy duty windshield wipers make dispensing with that pesky Dilophosaurus spit-venom a breeze.

4. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid: Needless to say, fossil fuel might be hard to come by in the prehistoric realm. The C-Max Hybrid is an excellent option for maximizing your gas economy while without sacrificing 118 Horsepower. A handy hatchback setup makes rescue missions yield better-than-average success rates, so odds are good your little sister will have an up-close-and-personal view of a hungry T-Rex chasing in vain rather than the inside of his belly.

5. 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan: A minivan might not be the toughest of rides, but when it comes to practicality it is unmatched. Three rows of seating means plenty of room for scientists, wealthy tourists and nagging in-laws you are eager to introduce to the nearest Spinosaurus. Knee airbags are also standard, so in the event you need to slam on the breaks for that Brontosaurus in the road you can rest easy that your legs won’t be scrambled.

Dinosaurs may have gone the way of the Dodo millions of years ago, but that’s no reason why you should lack the best in modern transportation. Pick your favorite ride today and cruise the dino-highway!

- Editorial Staff
Advances in Air Bag Technology
Vehicle safety has been a topic of concern for the automobile industry for many years. In an effort to make their vehicles safer, car manufacturers have altered vehicle design and added a number of safety features to benefit both passengers and drivers. Today consumers can benefit from such safety features as collapsible steering, padded dashboards, seat and shoulder belts and air bags on most all contemporary vehicle models. Recent advances in air bag technology continue to increase vehicle safety on the road.

THE STANDARD Most all modern vehicles today contain airbags as standard safety features. These gas inflated cushions are designed to function instantly upon vehicle impact, protecting drivers and passengers from crashing into the windshield and sustaining bodily harm. Airbags can be installed in various areas of a vehicle to include steering column, dashboard, doors, interior roof, etc. Since their full scale implementation in 1998, airbags have been instrumental in saving countless lives; combined with the use of seat belts, they have reduced the risk of accident fatality by over 60%.

SAFETY FROM ALL SIDES As airbag technology increased, side impact airbags and curtain airbags were introduced to the market in the mid 1990’s. These safety features were designed to protect passengers from chest and head injuries during side impact accidents and added extra passenger protection in the event the vehicle rolled over.

QUICK ACTION The dual depth passenger side airbag originally introduced by General Motors was yet another advancement that improved passenger safety. These airbags were designed with special sensors that controlled the speed at which the bags were inflated in conjunction with the severity of the impact. For severe crashes, the bags were programmed to inflate quickly, providing instant protection. For mild crashes or “fender benders,” the bags inflated at a slower rate. The introduction of knee airbags provided a means to protect legs and knees during a crash.

FURTHER ADVANCES Advances in airbag technology for 2013 include the introduction of GM’s front center airbag and flexible venting driver airbag. The front center airbag provides a protective cushion between the driver and front passenger of the vehicle in a side impact crash. The flexible venting driver airbag was designed to decrease airbag injuries due to sudden, rapid inflation in a crash. As the driver impacts the airbag, gas is pushed out of the bag to allow for more flexible cushioning in an accident, enabling the bag to provide just the right amount of protection for low and high speed accidents.

As car manufacturers continue to improve airbag technology, consumers will benefit from greater vehicle safety for years to come. Consumers should research these and other safety features in the vehicles they buy in order to benefit from all that they have to offer.

- 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


2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
Discover how the 2013 Volkswagen Golf hatchback can provide you with premium power and utility as you travel from Point A to Point B. Pricing for the Golf starts at an MSRP of an affordable $17,995, you won't have to sacrifice in luxurious features and performance. A model that has been manufactured since 1974, you can rest assured that you'll get a car that has been perfected to a tee in the upscale Volkswagen Golf.

Featuring a 2.5 liter five cylinder engine that shoots out 170 horsepower, the Golf comes with a standard five speed manual transmission. Find a fuel economy of 23/33 city/highway MPG in the manual transmission. Upgrade for a six speed automatic if preferred, and your fuel economy will be 24/31 MPG.

Go with the turbocharged model, the TDI, which features a diesel engine for high performance. Get from 0 to 60 in a mere 8.7 seconds. Your fuel economy improves to an outstanding 30/42 MPG. As for safety on the roads, the Golf comes standard with airbags and anti lock disc brakes, as well as stability and traction control. Hop inside the roomy interior of the Volkswagen Golf to discover top shelf materials and a high quality craftsmanship. Get your fingers on the touchscreen audio panel, where you can have control of your portable devices including the iPod and iPhone. Choose between the two and four door model, the latter of which offers you a significantly sizable rear seat. Fill up the 12.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat with your shopping bags and luggage, or fold up the rear seat to expand the space to 46 cubic feet.

The standard issue 2013 Volkswagen Golf features full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control and keyless entry. Tack on the Convenience package to gain heated front seats, while the combo Convenience/Sunroof package adds a sunroof. In the Golf TDI you'll find 17 inch alloys, ambient lighting, sports tuned suspension and heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

Austin Volkswagen Golfs

Miami Volkswagen Golfs

Charlotte Volkswagen Golfs

Seattle Volkswagen Golfs

Memphis Volkswagen Golfs

2013 Hyundai Azera Review
The 2013 Hyundai Azera has a V6 engine that gives it plenty of power when driving. The fuel efficiency will please you when driving long distances. You will appreciated the front fog lights when driivng on those rainy days with little visibility. This sporty car is designed to give you a smooth ride on highways and secondary roads.

The specialized LED headlights save on energy. The slide and tilt sunroof gives you plenty of sunlight on nice days and is enviormentally friendly. The car has a powerful navigation system that helps you with directions, traffic updates, and more. The seating for driver and passengers is comfortable and roomy. It has heated front and rear seats for those cold days or winter months. Seats are adjustable so everyone can find a comfortable position. The rear has a powerful sunshade for those sunny hot days and manual side window sunshade you can adjust yourself. Just touch a button and the rear sunshade blocks out those intense ray keeping you cool as you ride. Interior lights kicks in when sun goes down making it easier to see in the dark.

The 2013 Hyundai Azera has a nine airbag safety system that means extra safety in a crash. There are front and rear airbags, side curtain airbags, and a driver's knee airbag. The seats have ability to absorb a crash especially a rear end collusion. The seat design protects the neck from injury. The vechicle stability managment helps you drive safely and keep on course. It has antilock brakes and brake assist to help with stopping on the road.

You will enjoy the advance audio system and Bluetooth connection,. It has an HD Radio, plus IPod and Bluetooth hands free phone system for those time you need to call someone. This car retails for about $35, 250. It is a sporty car designed for couples with two children and singles.

Check out the Hyundai Azeras available in some of our top cities!

Los Angeles Hyundai Azeras

Houston Hyundai Azeras

Fort Worth Hyundai Azeras

New York Hyundai Azeras

Portland Hyundai Azeras

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