A Look Back at the Innovations of 2017

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As 2018 comes to an end and we get to see the approach of the exciting new features of 2019’s newest releases, it’s worth looking back at the innovative milestones of 2017 and 2018. For one thing, our next round of luxury vehicles owes some of its merit to the breakthrough technologies and advancements that the auto industry saw in 2017. High-tech features that were once thought unachievable came to us in waves in 2017, paving the way for a …

Should You Buy a 2018 Car or a New 2019 Model?

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As we approach the end of the year, next years’ models are already starting to make a buzz within the auto enthusiast community. With lots of talk of the next big thing that 2019 brings to the table, consumers looking for a new-car experience are currently at a crossroads: do you opt for the absolute latest model and wait for a 2019 car, or do you browse what’s available among this year’s models? Although new 2019 cars and trucks can …

How to Decide Between the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 For Your Next Truck Purchase

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Market reports year after year show the same findings when it comes to what cars Americans are buying: full-sized trucks packed with power, capability and versatility have been dominating the American vehicle market for decades, beating out cars, SUVs and compact vehicles easily every single year. With new releases every year that bring new and ever-improved features to the table, truck enthusiasts have come to expect a lot of the vehicles that they love. And as manufacturers have listened to …

When You Know it’s Time to Say Goodbye to Your Car

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When it comes to trading in your vehicle for something new, car owners tend to fall into one of two extremes. You’ve got the folks who are always looking out for the hottest, newest release, ready to trade in their current vehicle at the drop of the hat to get behind the wheel of something cutting-edge. And then you’ve got the ultra-frugal who will drive the same car until the wheels fall off — literally. The former group ends up …

Ford F-150 has been selected as 2018’s Truck of the Year NTT

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Everyone try not to look so shocked: the most popular and best-selling truck in America has officially earned a title it has unofficially held for years. The Ford F-150 was recently named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, continuing to hold the market captive, and still for really good reason. The F-150 has been the industry standard for several decades now, and really no other truck can hold a candle to its status as the country’s favorite truck. And to …

Let’s Examine The 2018 Ford Escape

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Modern consumers have consistently demonstrated to love the Ford Escape and its myriad variations throughout the years. One could hardly blame them: it’s a car that has earned its popularity. Throughout every new release, Ford continually adds impressive new features, capabilities and technologies to give car enthusiasts and average consumers alike something to be excited about with every new model. This year is no exception as the compact SUV has attracted rave reviews all across America. As stylish and tasteful …

What to Consider When You Choose Your Dodge Ram Model

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There’s a reason that the Dodge Ram continues to be a best-selling truck each and every year. It’s one of the most popular options for truck enthusiasts in the country, and the 2018 releases promise to hold up to the high standards that Americans have come to expect of Dodge. Every year Dodge releases models with new and improved features and updates, keeping the market coming back for more. But each model has its own strengths and features, offering a …

Find Your Next Vehicle Mechanic With Online Resources

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It doesn’t matter if you baby your car down to every precious detail or if you just drive it until the wheels fall off: at some point, every vehicle will require some maintenance, and every car will require repairs. And when it does, most consumers will have to take it to a professional to make sure the repair job gets done right. Choosing an auto mechanic can be tough and maybe a little intimidating. You have to place a lot …

Let’s Talk Vehicle Wraps

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Purchasing a vehicle is one of the biggest, most expensive and most significant that the average consumer can expect to face. It’s a major investment, and one that most people take care to maintain in order to both retain the value of their vehicles and also save money over time by increasing the longevity of their cars. It is a common misconception that only large trucks or trailers can be wrapped. This is simply not true. Although you frequently see …

Do You Really Need a Bed Cover For Your Truck?

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Most people who own a truck arrived at that decision deliberately. Whereas sedan owners may have opted for the default for its reasonable features, truck owners tend to also be truck enthusiasts, and usually take the steps needed to take good care of their trucks. But while most truck owners may add accessories designed to customize the style, improve the safety or protect the interior, one feature often goes neglected that could add some life to your truck: a bed …

Upcoming SUV Deals 

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As the leaves turn and fall and we kiss our flip flops goodbye for now, the holiday season approaches. And as it does so, we can expect to see major savings on SUV models of all kinds during the holidays. Manufacturers and dealerships alike will be putting their best-selling models on serious sale, offering huge discounts off the MSRP and financing options as low as zero percent. These deals will start as early as Black Friday and are expected to …

The Best SUV Deals Out There This Holiday Season

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SUVs have been considered just outside the price range for most average consumers for some time. Manufacturers have struggled to bring in new customers’ attention to their selections after SUVs quickly gained a reputation for bearing a high price tag at the outset, but then also eating through the gas budget in a flash. Throughout SUVs’ history, consumers have been trading in their SUVs for more affordable and efficient sedans and other vehicles just to save some cash. But manufacturers …

2018’s Best SUVs

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As modern family life becomes increasingly busy and demanding, SUVs provide a great solution for those who need plenty of space, features to keep the kids comfortable and occupied and the freedom to adjust the space available to accommodate travel and extracurricular activities. SUVs were once a welcome addition to the American marketplace, helping to fill the gap between the family station wagon and the sketchy windowless van or Uncle Charlie’s smelly old pickup truck. SUVs have been around since …

Netflix Isn’t The Only Movie Streaming Service

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RIP Blockbuster. Gone but forever in our hearts. Gone are the days of going to your local movie rental store and picking out your two favorite titles for a movie night in. With the advent of technological advances, streaming services have taken over the at-home movie industry and changed the way consumers interact with entertainment altogether. Netflix was the big-time trailblazer in shifting the industry in an entirely new direction. But now Netflix faces some serious competition. Check out a …

How Secure Are Apps For Mobile Payment?

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The advent of mobile payments apps have made it easier than ever to complete transactions, send money to friends and family, and process payments in a flash. But how secure is it to carry your money on your phone? Today, you no longer have to pull out your wallet to buy a cup of coffee or give money to another person. Instead, all you need is your smart phone. Mobile payments are rapidly growing in popularity and expected to take …

Slash Your Internet And Cable Bills

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The price of cable has reached almost ridiculous heights in recent years. Combining your cable and internet services may save you a little bit, but even this almost always fails to produce a significant savings on your monthly bill. The price of cable has increased at a far higher rate than the cost of any other service in the country in the last few years alone. As budgets get tighter and costs increase, many people have chosen to simply opt …

Your GPS Tracker Has Uses You May Not Know About!

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GPS trackers are a wildly underestimated piece of technology that just about everyone has access to in one form or another. Your phone probably has apps with GPS functions built in to grant you functionality and practical uses that otherwise would not be possible. You can get real time tracking details of your vehicles as well as parking notification, over-speeding alarm, mileages details and 24-hours location history. You can set a geofence so that if your vehicle travels out of …