Don’t you just hate nicks and scratches on your new car? I know I do. As some of you know, my car was totaled last year. After taking our time, my wife and I eventually bought a new car. And then a few months later, my wife parked the car too close to the garage door and she ended up scratching the car when the garage door closed. Fortunately, a product like the Chipex Touch Up Kit can take care of the scratches. BTW, thanks to Chipex, I’m giving away a prize pack consisting of a touch kit and screenwash (see review below).
At the recent TNT Portland event, I talked with a couple of people about the connected car. New cars today come with cool tech like rear view camera system or Bluetooth technology. But if you have an older car like most people (including me), you don’t need to purchase a new car to get the latest in-vehicle technology. Owners of older cars can actually have the latest connected-car technologies installed in their current vehicles. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), it typically costs less money than a comparable option package on a new vehicle from the same companies auto manufacturers use. Continue reading to learn seven ways to connect your car with the latest technology.
I test drove a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ for five days. After driving the compact SUV for almost a week, I can honestly say I love it. I will definately keep this SUV in mind when I’m ready to buy another vehicle. To be honest, I wasn’t even thinking about purchasing an American car in the future. My last American car was a 1995 Jeep Cherokee. It had too many problems. The final straw was when three of the four engine bolts broke off while I was driving. It’s a good thing I wasn’t speeding along on the freeway when that happened. That would have been really bad. I only drove the Chevrolet Equinox for five days, but the car changed my perception of American-made vehicles. The Equinox seems to be really well made. I was very impressed with the quality of the car, the way it drove, and its features. BTW, the Equinox was a loaner as part of the Chevy Shop Social: Portland fundraiser for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Good morning people. It’s Labor Day weekend. I can’t believe our kids start school on Tuesday. The summer sure went by fast. I have a couple of winner announcements this morning. Before I get to the winner announcements, here are the current open giveaways:
Has anyone heard of State Farm’s Auto Learning Center? Until recently, I didn’t. After browsing the site, I can tell you that the Auto Learning Center features information about auto insurance, auto care, driving tips and a variety of other topics from experts. The online community also includes discussion forums, polls and a Q&A section for dads and moms to submit questions. To help spread awareness of the resource center, State Farm (Facebook | Twitter) is giving away a cool prize pack on my dad blog. The gift set includes:
- Garmin nuvi 1300 4.3″ GPS Navigator
- State Farm-Branded Roadside Emergency Kit (12′ heavy duty jumper cables, 300psi air compressor with accessories, 12′ nylon tow strap, flashlight with batteries, 2-in-1 screwdriver, slip joint pliers, industrial cutter, and work gloves, all in a rugged carrying case with reflective taping and handle)
Today’s giveaway and safety tips are brought to you by Midas (Twitter | Facebook). According to the material sent to me, about 70% of winter deaths are attributed to snow and ice involvement with motor vehicles. To help prepare drivers for those unexpected winter conditions, Midas put together some winterizing tips and how to winterize your car videos. Midas is also giving a Winter Safety Kit ($100 retail value) on my dad blog. Here’s the content of the Midas kit:
- $50 Midas gift certificate
- 12′ jumper cables
- Four emergency thermal blankets
- First aid kit with 182 items
- 3′ ice scraper and snowbrush
- LED flashlight
- Backpack style storage bag