5 Compact Used Trucks in Orlando That Are Just As Good As New

When purchasing a truck, there are several factors buyers are considering: durability, cost, and safety. Because of these factors, new vehicles can be thought of first. However, used trucks in Orlando are just as good as those that are fresh off the assembly line, some even better. There are many trucks that hold up well over time, so this is not an exhaustive list nor put in any particular order, but proof that the used truck market is alive and doing very well.

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline

This is one of those trucks that reflect the new view of what was once considered solely a work vehicle as a family car. It is a crew-cab, short-bed truck that seats five comfortably with strong towing capability. There is a lockable in-bed trunk that can hold up to 8.5 cubic feet of cargo. The tailgate can be either lowered or swung out to one side for easier load in and those who drive it claim it maneuvers more like a car than a truck. The Ridgeline also receives excellent safety scores.

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma

Solidly constructed with a choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive, the used Tacoma comes with some strong standard features like a four-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input. The V6 can handle a tow of up to 6,500 pounds although the four-cylinder has been determined to have adequate power for straightforward driving.

The 2011 Ram Dakota

This is a definite workhorse with a towing capability of up to 7,200 pounds with its V8. It’s interior is very simple, but it has something called a Crate N Go rear-seat storage system that is available in crew-cab models and offers additional storage space for cargo. Dakotas were built to get the job done and this used truck is proof of that.

The 2010 Ford Ranger

Rated highly for reliability, this used truck is fuel-efficient and a strong towing vehicle, especially in the V6. There are not a lot of bells and whistles on this truck, because the effort all went into the engine and making sure it was a ride that comes through.

The 2012 Nissan Frontier

This 2012 truck handles very well and has a strong towing ability (up to 6,500 pounds). The truck has gotten strong marks for safety and comfort, appreciated for being a straightforward design with clear controls. This is a workhorse of a truck. Although the front seat is comfortable, it is the bed that is a standout. It comes in both a four-cylinder and V6 engine with reviewers recommending the more powerful for day-to-day driving.

New is the new used

The moment a new vehicle is driven off the lot, it depreciates upwards of 30%. That means that every vehicle is used from the moment it is purchased. More care is being taken with vehicle preservation due to finances and a true desire to hold onto something that is reliable. The used truck business continues to flourish because of how durable older models remain and it will continue to stay strong with advancements in car maintenance.

 

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America’s Love Affair with Trucks: 5 Reasons Why

Americans love their pick-up trucks. It’s a car buying mentality that separates them from the rest of the world. But what is it about those behemoth vehicles that appeal to the American spirit? The reasons are simple and, in their simplicity, rather beautiful.

They can haul and tow anything

First, what is the reason for a truck? Well, they were made for working the land, taking the place of the horse and wagon, and being there for the workingman when he needed it. Pick-up trucks are built for towing and hauling things. America’s landscape is constantly changing and growing, which means having a vehicle that can make life easier for people who work with their hands is vital. And because of how durable trucks need to be for longer periods of time, finding used trucks in Orlando that are still as hardcore as new ones tends to be easier than in the past.

Multi-terrain handling

For the most part, trucks can go anywhere and over anything. This ability makes them an excellent choice for the different climates and shifting terrains of the United States. It’s also what makes them such excellent work vehicles. Getting stuck in the mud or snow isn’t an issue with the right truck and it’s one of the most appealing things about them.

Great visibility

Pick-ups put the driver up higher on the road and that means they have better visibility. There are also multiple mirrors situated in such a way that there are fewer blind spots. While the turn radius is less appealing than smaller cars, the ability to see more makes the truck better equipped to prepare for and manage turns efficiently.

Safer than the average car

The better visibility and heavy-duty construction of trucks are just two things that make them more secure than cars. They have an ability to handle inclement weather and sudden changes in climate very well, creating a sense of confidence while driving the vehicle at any time. It also goes a long way toward alleviating any concern when driving through unfamiliar terrain. While the driver may not know it well, the truck will be able to acclimate easily and maneuver through any surprises without much problem.

Almost limitless haul space

Trucks have open beds. This means that the height of what is being hauled will pretty much only be limited by how easy it is to secure. It’s one of the things that sets them apart from mini-vans or SUV’s, among others. This once meant that the interior of a truck was only limited to a front seat. Now trucks are built with cabs that allow for more passengers to travel in comfort without losing the haul space in the back. This makes them the kind of car that is now more viable as a family vehicle than in previous years, which is another reason why Americans continue to love their trucks. 

The future of trucks

Trucks will continue to grow and shift to accommodate lifestyles. Therefore, purchasing new and used trucks in Orlando will continue to be one of America’s favorite pastimes.

 

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C 1 ‘rolling smartphone’ electric vehicle

This is a concept that got my attention. If only my driving habits could warrant this purchase!

Article Source: http://www.designboom.com/technology/c-1-rolling-smartphone-electric-vehicle/

C 1 'rolling smartphone' electric vehicle

The ‘C-1’ (‘rolling smartphone’) combines the design concepts of a motorcycle and car with a prototype exhibited at the maker faire bay area 2012, the ‘C-1‘ by lit motors is a gyroscopically stabilized electric urban vehicle combining the efficiency and small size of a motorcycle with the safety and durability of a car.
The craft is nicknamed ‘the rolling smartphone’ for its extensive connectivity to mobile devices, integrated to account for traffic, weather conditions, and construction sites when selecting driving routes.

The ‘C-1′ uses electronically controlled gyroscopes to keep balanced at a stop, remaining upright even in the event of collision. charging completely in four to six hours, the vehicle has a top speed of over 120mph (193km/hr), with battery packs that provide a range of 150 to 220 miles (241-354 km) per charge.

Accessible via a swinging door on either side, the vehicle provides room for two in motorcycle-riding-like configuration, and/or small amounts of cargo. a production model is expected in lit showrooms in late 2014, with the target price of 12,000 to 16,000 USD.

Source: http://www.designboom.com/technology/c-1-rolling-smartphone-electric-vehicle/

12 Fascinating Motorcycles

1. Predator Motorcycle

Predator Motorcycle

Are you a tough guy that likes intimidating people just by passing close to them along the highway? Then, this awesome and scary skull-covered design is just the right one for you! The Predator motorcycle was made as a commission, by Pitstop Motors, a custom bike shop in New Jersey. (Source)

2. Jaguar Motorcycle

Jaguar Motorcycle

This cool Jaguar “leaper” cat logo concept bike was created by Barend Massow Hemmes of Massow Concept Cycles along with Polar cycles of Doncaster UK. Professional computer illustrators and even a sculptor contributed to get this truly unique final result. (Source)

3. World’s Tallest Rideable Motorcycle

World's Tallest Rideable Motorcycle

Do good things come in small packages? Not in this case! This massive motorcycle was built by Greg Dunham and is 6,500 pound heavy, 15 feet tall and 20 feet long. The huge design has entered the Guinness World Records, as the world’s tallest rideable motorcycle. It took 3 years to have it finished and its price is $300,000.

4. Suzuki Biplane (Motorcycle)

Suzuki Biplane (Motorcycle)

This futuristic Biplaneconcept motorcycle was presented in 2007 by Suzuki in Tokyo. Due to the awesome aircraft-inspired design the rider is supposed to have the same feeling as being in an open-canopied biplane. (Source)

5. World’s Biggest Single-Cylinder Motorcycle

World's Biggest Single-Cylinder Motorcycle

This outrageous motorcycle was built by Franz Langer, a retired German engineer who had his name written in the Guinness Book of Records for building the biggest single cylinder motor on a motorcycle. (Source)

6. Flying Motorcycle

Flying Motorcycle

If you are a thrill seeker, you will love this one! A flying bike called the Super Sky Cycle, created by former test pilot Larry Neal of Boyd. This original machine can go as fast as 70 mph in the air and 60 mph on the road. The price? About $ 25,000!

7. F15 Fighter Jet Motorcycle

F15 Fighter Jet Motorcycle

This oddity is actually an Honda Goldwing motorcycle that has been modified to look like a mini F15 Fighter Jet! Who would have thought?

8. Uno Motorcycle

Uno Motorcycle

Wait a minute… isn’t one of the wheels supposed to be in front of the other? Not when we talk about The Uno. This orange and grey colored machine made its first appearance in the 2008 National Motorcycle Show in Toronto. It was invented by 18-year-old Ben J. Poss Gulak, who also gave the unique motorcycle certain interesting features, like running on electricity and being controlled by body language. (Source)

9. World’s First Motorcycle

World's First Motorcycle

This one’s really a collection piece. The First Motorcycle was created in 1885 in Stuttgart, Germany. It was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. The invention was also the first petroleum-powered vehicle. (Source)

10. Electric Motorcycle

Electric Motorcycle

Take a look at The Smart Chopper, an awesome electric motorcycle presented a few months ago by Siemens. It is charged in 5 hours when plugged into any 110-volt socket but this could be reduced to even one hour when plugged into a higher-voltage station, according to Siemens.

The Smart Chopper has a countrywide tour scheduled for next year, in order to promote sustainable and green technology. (Source)

11. Shoe Motorcycle

Shoe Motorcycle

12. Cartoon Motorcycle

Cartoon Motorcycle

Are you the kind of person that wants all the attention on you? Well, you would love a ride on this one! This crazy cartoon-inspired motorcycle took part in a Motorcycle Rally. The event, that gathers motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world, presents the weirdest of motorbike designs once a year in Sturgis, South Dakota. (Source)

Article Source: http://www.oddee.com/item_96918.aspx

Battery Powered Dune Buggy of Sorts

Bowler RaptorThe Bowler Raptor concept is the work of Ryan Skelley, a 2009 graduate of Coventry University’s Automotive Design course. Previous work from Skelley featured on diseno-art.com includes theSunbeam Tiger sports car concept.

The Bowler Raptor was designed to compete in the grueling Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off road race held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Essentially it is an extreme dune buggy developed to cope with the demanding and harsh terrain of the desert race.

The angular bodywork of the Bowler Raptor takes inspiration from both modern architecture and superbikes. The result is an aggressively styled machine which also features a highly functional body panel system. The body panels, which are held on by easily accessible hex-head bolts, are all independent of each other and can be replaced quickly when damaged.

Bowler RaptorThe Raptor utilizes a number of clever and unique features including an exposed carbon fibre chassis which was designed to bring the occupants closer to the action and heighten the sense of speed. The lack of A-pillars and a dramatic cantilever roof provide an almost completely unhindered view from the driver’s seat. The alloy wheels of the Bowler Raptor were designed to match the aesthetics of the bodywork. While the tires were designed to create a contrast by using a combination of both dune buggy paddle tires and digital technology as inspiration. The tire and wheel rim are designed to interlock conveying a sense of strength and solidarity. The design also incorporates eco-conscious materials to create a truly exceptional off-road buggy.

The electric drivetrain of the Bowler Raptor consists of two Lithium-Titanate battery packs which are rechargeable through both a standard wall socket or a dedicated high voltage outlet. The batteries can also be quickly and easily replaced using the Raptor’s unique “hot-swap” battery system, allowing for the old pack to be replaced with a fresh, fully charged battery in just 1 minute. The batteries send their power to a next-generation Siemens electric motor coupled to a single speed transaxle.
Bowler Raptor
The interior of the Bowler Raptor concept features a pair of deeply recessed bucket seats which have significant levels of lateral protection in both the body and head areas, essential for a dedicated off-road racer. Mounted in the centre of the dash is a large navigation screen, and located just above this is a mounting point for an iPhone which provides a constant internet connection as well as acting as a secondary screen. The phone allows the occupants to receive course and weather updates, race statistics, GPS data, and a provides a communications link to the rest of the team.

Source: http://www.ecofriend.com/eco-cars-all-electric-bowler-raptor-is-a-green-way-to-find-new-roads.html

ONE PRICE STORE!

Shopping. A word that can conjure up an array of emotions depending on the product in question. Clothes shopping? Count me in! Shoe shopping? Let’s do it! Grocery shopping? Okay, I do have to eat. Car shopping? Well umm..

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Evolution Auto in Sanford, Florida

The idea of buying a car can be exciting. Driving around some “new to me” wheels is great! It’s like wearing that new dress for the first time. It feels great! You look great! You enjoy all the compliments and excitement. Yet buying a new dress is simple. It requires no negotiating or haggling or financing! It’s straightforward and easy. No pushy sales people. No annoying “add-ons” being thrown at you. No need to put on a front. No need to bring along someone who is good at negotiating. And no fear that they may take advantage of me.

I suppose that train of thought is why we are a “One Price Store”! Buying a car can be stressful enough without having the added annoyance of negotiating a price. In addition, online research becomes much easier. With a simple search you can arm yourself with all the information you need. Knowing we don’t negotiate or surprise with any hidden fees, you can rest easy as you take steps closer to making your decision.

We’ve all experienced those pushy sales people and likely, most of them were encountered in a car dealership. Yet with a one price, no negotiating environment that horrible experience can become a distant memory. As our world becomes smaller, faster, and more informed, it only makes sense that the car buying experience begins evolving as well.

Is your vehicle ready for Spring/Summer?

spring roadWith weather turning warmer, it’s time to ensure your vehicle is ready to enjoy many miles of summer driving. Here are a few tips to make this seasonal transition:

1. Get a car wash. Spring for the undercarriage wash and make your car more aerodynamic (which improves its fuel efficiency).

2. Replace worn wipers.  Check that the rubber isn’t dry or cracked, then turn them on and make sure they’re properly cleaning the windshield. If you see a problem, install a new set.

3. Check your coolant. The coolant system works overtime in hot summer weather, so ensure your engine won’t overheat. Have an ASE-certified (master) mechanic flush and refill the coolant system every other year. An engine that runs too hot or too cold won’t get good gas mileage.

4. Ensure your tires are properly inflated. Properly inflating your tires can improve fuel efficiency and is a very important safety step. Check the owner’s manual or look inside the driver’s side doorframe for your vehicle’s tire pressure rating, then use a pressure gauge to make sure they’re at the right level. In warmer weather, tires that are not properly inflated are also more likely to have a blowout.

5. Change the oil. Regular oil changes help prevent engine wear and can even save you gas money. Synthetic motor oil also offers great engine protection in extreme temperatures. Check your owner’s manual to see how often this should be done on your car.

6. Get a tuneup. A poorly tuned engine can reduce fuel efficiency. To ensure your vehicle’s peak performance, get a tuneup once a year. A basic tuneup can involve the replacement of spark plugs, inspection of spark plug wires, distributor cap, distributor rotor and air filter as well as inspection of the distributor’s dwell and timing. It also provides an opportunity to check out your vehicle’s systems, such as brakes and fluid levels.

7. Check your air filter. A dirty air filter makes it harder for your engine to breathe and hurts gas mileage.

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Gas Prices Plummet Nationwide Except in Chicago Area

gas-pricesThe national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.52 according to AAA. That’s down 8.6% from this time last year, which traditionally is the beginning of a decline in gas prices that runs through July.

While states such as Colorado and Maryland are seeing relief at the pump to the tune of 36 cents and 41 cents a gallon, respectively, recent flooding has increased prices quickly in Chicago and surrounding areas.

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In Chicago, gas prices are almost 3% lower than a year ago, but compared to prices from a week ago, they’re up 7.5%. As a whole, Illinois’ average gas price is up 5.5% from last week.

Surrounding states such as Michigan and Ohio are also seeing prices rise due to the storms.

Diesel fuel prices aren’t as volatile as regular unleaded, and they exhibit smaller price swings. A gallon of diesel is down 5% compared to last year’s national average price, and the price is 1.5% lower in Illinois. Compared to a week ago, Illinois’ average price of diesel is actually slightly lower.

(Source: Kicking Tires http://bit.ly/11l3QCv)

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Advantages of buying a used car…..

If you’re not married to the idea of buying a new car, used vehicles have their own benefits:

Increased choice: Both new and used-car dealers are feeling the side effects of a tough economy. The positive side of this is that consumers win in a bear market; as dealerships close prices of large, used SUVs and even midsized cars are down, and there should be more vehicles on lots due to slowing sales.

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Improving reliability: Although used vehicles typically don’t carry the same warranties as new ones, the original factory warranty on a new car is transferable to a second owner, usually at no charge. Buyers of certified pre-owned cars from an authorized dealer can purchase a late-model used car with the original warranty and then choose to add to it. The combination of a glut of late-model used vehicles, the greater reliability and durability of vehicles, and the availability of warranties make buying a used car less of a gamble.

2009 BMW 328 328i Sedan - 001Just like new: Another trend that makes buying used a better option is the proliferation of certified pre-owned programs. The idea started with luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz and has become a popular alternative for car buyers.

2011 BMW 128i w-SULEV Convertible - 001Evolution Auto is a car dealership in Sanford designed with you in mind.  Whether you are looking to buy or sell a car, repair, maintain, restyle or just pamper your vehicle, we’re here to  provide you with the service and experience you deserve.

As a car dealership, we have over $5 Million of inventory available to you- from exclusive, hard to find luxury used cars, trucks and conversion vans to the standard SUV’s, sedans and minivans.  Take delivery here or anywhere, worldwide.  Evolution Auto truly is a simple, no hassle experience.

Just want to sell your car?  We’ll make it fast, fair and easy.  Just stop in to get started.  One of our trained appraisers will inspect your vehicle and give you an offer good for up to 5 days.  No obligations, free of charge. We will also help with auto loans in Sanford and lease plans too.

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“Beta” Cars?

Beta cars - 001In the introduction to a January 2009 BusinessWeek excerpt from his book “What Would Google Do?,” author Jeff Jarvis extolled the idea that the Detroit automakers should start releasing cars in “beta” form, much the way the Silicon Valley tech giant had been doing with its software products. Despite the obvious dangers of open public beta testing in the car business, it seems that a number of automakers, including Tesla, Fisker, BMW, Ford, General Motors, have been doing exactly that to varying degrees over the past several years.

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The history of beta testing

The concept of structured alpha and beta testing of software has its origins with IBM. Back in the 1950s, the computing pioneer defined alpha testing as the internal product verification before a public announcement. Beta testing was the verification of the product by users before it got released to production.

Until Google went all-in on publicly releasing software that was labeled as beta in the past decade, beta releases were mostly restricted to select groups of testers who committed to providing regular feedback about problems in the product. Google’s GMail was the stereotypical example of an open beta, retaining that status for more than five years from its initial release in April 2004 until July 2009.

In the automotive realm, with a few notable exceptions, manufacturers have generally kept their equivalent of beta testing strictly in-house, using engineers and test drivers to evaluate new vehicles and systems. Even the final stage of evaluation before vehicles go on sale to the general public has been restricted to employees. For example, at General Motors, anywhere from several dozen to several hundred production-representative examples are distributed to managers and other employees in the final months before the on-sale date in what is known as the captured test fleet.

Beta cars - 003Public beta testing in the auto industry

Perhaps the best-known early example of a public beta test in the car industry was the Chrysler Turbine car program. Between 1963 and 1965, Chrysler built 55 turbine-powered coupes and loaned them to more than 200 drivers around the United States for three months at a time to gather real-world data and driving impressions.

When automakers make it clear that they are running a test program like Project Driveway or BMW’s EV evaluations, customers can go in with their eyes open and know that they might experience some problems. Even if customers pay for the privilege of participating, they probably won’t mind, and the engineers can learn a lot.

On the other hand, when paying tens of thousands of dollars for a regular production vehicle, mass-market customers expect it to work from the start, whether they are buying from startups like Tesla and Fisker or century-old stalwarts like Ford, GM, or BMW. Every one of these companies regularly market their new technologies as features that will make customers’ lives better, but sometimes they don’t.

Perhaps the solution is for auto manufacturers to develop ways to do more real-world beta testing of new technologies so they can find out what doesn’t work before they commit to production, making sure everyone involved knows exactly what to expect.

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The source for this blog is from an article in Motor Trend.  If you wish to read the full article go to this link:

http://blogs.motortrend.com/should-automakers-be-selling-beta-cars-28191.html#axzz2MrwudjZg

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