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So, a friend can get you a deal?
Full Throttle May 22, 2017

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So, a friend can get you a deal?</br>Full Throttle May 22, 2017

You’ve heard that you should never mix business with pleasure, right?
But when you have friends and family in the car biz, the implication is that you should go to them to get a deal. Maybe yes, but what about never mixing business with pleasure? My relatives’ learned the hard way after an experience with car-salesman cousin. How so?

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Lawn equipment and cars; two sworn enemies
Full Throttle May 15, 2017

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Lawn equipment and cars; two sworn enemies</br>Full Throttle May 15, 2017

Walking through the mall, I was stopped by a journalist who was given a question to ask anyone who would make eye contact with him.
In the biz, we call it a “streeter” and it’s an assignment that’s often given to a nervous junior reporter or, as we joke around the office, punishment for someone who caused the editor a little extra grief that week.

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Hybrid now found in the best cars,
not just the weird ones
Full Throttle February 27, 2017

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Hybrid now found in the best cars,</br>not just the weird ones</br>Full Throttle February 27, 2017

OK, I feel like if I don’t get a hybrid, I’ll be left in the dust. No, it’s not all the Toyota Prius models running around, or even the electric Telsas that have me feeling this way. It’s actually Ferrari’s fault. Take one 800-horsepower V-12 engine and add a 163-horsepower electric motor, and you have a car that will run circles around the company’s former flagship model called the Enzo. The car is called the LaFerrari. It’s also stunningly gorgeous.

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Here are our “barn finds”, so tell us about yours
Full Throttle February 20, 2017

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Here are our “barn finds”, so tell us about yours</br>Full Throttle February 20, 2017

When you’ve had enough of your vehicle, what will you do with it? Trade it in? Private sale? How about parking it in the garage and forgetting about it?
Before leasing, or even the notion of borrowing to purchase, vehicles were often bought for cash and quite literally driven into the ground. Later — maybe 50 or 75 years later — they’re unearthed as someone’s “barn find.”

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Here’s why the sign reads that you have to be naked
Full Throttle February 6, 2017

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Here’s why the sign reads that you have to be naked</br>Full Throttle February 6, 2017

I absolutely love going to car shows. Many of my hosting duties take me to shows all over the country, where I sign autographs and meet great people and see a lot of cool rides. No matter where you go, you’ll either see something — or meet someone — new and interesting.
And no matter where you go, the sign in the window of the cars reads the same: “Please don’t touch this car unless you are . . . naked.”

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Who thought a mirror would reduce visibility?
Full Throttle January 9, 2017

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Who thought a mirror would reduce visibility?</br>Full Throttle January 9, 2017

Pulling up to a stop sign, you do the usual glance left and right before proceeding.
Suddenly from the right-hand side, a car appears out of nowhere. You panic and slam on the brakes, narrowly avoiding a collision.
Where the heck did it come from? You just looked and the intersection was all clear. Well, this has happened to me a few times of late. One time, that car turned out to be a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

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Think twice before lending your car
Full Throttle October 3, 2016

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Think twice before lending your car</br>Full Throttle October 3, 2016

Someday the call will come: “Hey can I borrow your car/truck/motorhome/skateboard (or whatever)?”
Chances are it will come from a lifelong friend whom you’ll no doubt find difficult to turn down.
Now, lending a vehicle is not like lending a skirt or a garden implement. It’s like lending money. Friends and money — your money — go together like oil and water . . . or like friends and your car.

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The fine line of parking
Full Throttle September 26, 2016

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The fine line of parking</br>Full Throttle September 26, 2016

Every time I pull into the parking lot outside my apartment, the challenge begins: how close can I get to the car beside me.
It’s a mind game. Actually, it’s more than that. It taps into the deep, primal instinct to mark territory.
And that’s why, every time I begin pulling into my spot, my heart starts pounding, my pupils dilate and, somewhere in my head I fight the urge to leap out and put orange cones all over the place.

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Driving isn’t the only task affected by distractions
Full Throttle September 19, 2016

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Driving isn’t the only task affected by distractions</br>Full Throttle September 19, 2016

Many people like to think of themselves as multitaskers. I would like to think of myself as such a person, but you definitely don’t want competition for your attention when you’re hammering nails, cutting hair or walking a high wire. Distractions can mean botched dye jobs, crushed fingertips or worse . . . how is that high wire, anyway?

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Bring your vehicle back from the
brink with help from our shelves
Full Throttle September 12, 2016

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Bring your vehicle back from the</br>brink with help from our shelves</br>Full Throttle September 12, 2016

There’s just one little problem with keeping a vehicle looking new: you drive it outdoors. You know, outdoors. Where there’s mud, gravel, tree sap, cats, tar and flying wildlife? Have I forgot anything? Ah yes, neglect. If your idea of “cleaning” is to go for a fast drive in the rain, vehicle resurrection will present a challenge, mostly because if you’re the neglectful type you won’t have a clue of how to begin.

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