Author Archive: Joseph Simms

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Overly short or overly tall, this post is for you

You could feel the excitement, palpitating hearts when this topic finally arrived. Hard to imagine that we haven’t broached the subject before as being extremely tall or extremely short brings with it a series of advantages and disadvantages. For example, getting into the crawl-space under your home to fix something is a snap for someone in the five-foot range. But Shaquille O’Neil would have some issues here. However, if you wanted ripe avocados from your backyard tree to make guacamole dip and didn’t have something to pick them with, being six-foot-eight would be lovely, right?

In the auto world, people don’t normally think of cars being geared at short or tall people. After all, both have money, so if you’re a manufacturer the last thing you’d want to do is price out a segment of the population. But with that said, Consumer Reports embarked [...]

How To Beat The 8 Major Tricks Car Dealers Use To Lure Buyers

It’s a fact that people buy vehicles every day but most will only buy a car roughly once every six years. Clearly, that’s not enough time for you to hone your purchasing and negotiation skills. In the meantime, sales people at the car dealership become quite good at it since they sell vehicles every single day. Meaning the odds aren’t in your favor and car dealers will often take full advantage of your lacking experience. As such, they will pull tricks which make you part with your hard-earned money, fast. We asked a number of experts to share the more common dirty tricks car dealer are usually up to, in addition to some valid misconceptions you might come across at the dealership. This will enable you to get a better deal for your next vehicle.

Trick No. 1: Four Square

How dealers [...]

Sunny days are here again! Who the heck is jolly at a time like this? Yes, times are rough, but when we’re writing on the Toyota Supra, we can’t help but smile. The 2021 Supra is hitting showrooms, and Supra-heads, as well as future Supra-fanatics, are going to enjoy what’s in store.

The most radical change with the new Supra is under the hood. Overall horsepower received a significant bump from 335 to 382. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six is a deal at $52,000, but if that’s too rich for your blood, a Supra 2.0 is also available with less punch, and $7,000 cheaper. All models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and early tests clock the 2021 model at 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. These numbers put the Supra in the same category as the BMW M2 Competition, Porsche Cayman GTS, and Chevy Camaro. That’s a nice category to [...]

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) is one of the most trusted automotive platforms/publications/outlets in the larger auto sector. They were around pre-Internet, and have successfully adapted and evolved without missing a beat. KBB has rightly embraced auto-related technology, and reports on it extensively. All of our cars are computers on wheels, and KBB wants to showcase the real stars, year in and year out.

The annual KBB Awards recognize cars with the top tech features. They’ve broken the awards into two categories – the mainstream (code for affordable) model with the best technology offer, and the luxury vehicle that offers the same. The reason for splitting this is KBB could go on for days about how impressive a new Porsche infotainment system is, but the majority of folks are priced out of that market. By bringing in more affordable options, who are also implementing some novel things from a tech perspective, widens the [...]

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