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I have been interested in the auto-industry for years! Currently I own a 2002 Volvo S60 along with a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire (convertible with a Mercedes engine!)I’ve kept track of vehicle histories over several decades and several industries.More…..Have a Question?
Why the auto industry?
Why not? The auto industry has given us countless advancements in global economy. Just think about a world without cars or ground shipping or buses. To get from point A to B and how we do it, in style for the most part, is truly one of the most important things we have in not only modern culture, but for the past century as well.
What is your level of expertise?
When it comes to history, I’m almost an historian. When it comes to mechanical advice, right off the bat, my knowledge is not that great, but I have plenty of resources to help you with your issue – it never hurts to ask.
What car would you recommend?
It depends on where you are in life. If you’re just starting out, definitely get something used and something local. If you’re an American, buy an American car as repairs may be expensive and time consuming as some parts may have to be shipped from overseas. American cars are actually easier to repair as the parts are typically spread out and it’s easier to get tools in there to take a part things. Foreign cars are typically have a more compact design. If you’re well off and are not concerned with expensive or time consuming auto repairs, buy German.
What is the purpose of your blog?
To educate anyone interested in this stuff as well as create interest in the content so that people can be as thrilled as I am about the auto history and certain facts about cars and trucks.
Are there any makes or models you would recommend avoiding?
Not necessarily. Again, it really depends on what you want. If you’re looking for a functional easy to repair vehicle, I would avoid any type of make or model that isn’t, currently, in production. If you want a collector’s item, though, find a used car in great condition that no one makes anymore. Those are fun to talk about when entertaining guests (I just sold my Pontiac Solstice and it was cool to explain why they were discontinued (Pontiac and Saturn, by the way, were very popular cars that are no longer made).
If I send you a picture of my car will you put it on your site?
Absolutely, but you’ve got to have a story attached. If you know the history behind your car and if you have an interesting story attached, yes, I will put your pic on my site. If it’s a common car, like Honda Accord or Ford Explorer, I’m not that interested in posting pics about those cars. If you have a DeLorean, though, you’ll be posted in a heartbeat!
Standard or Automatic?
A tale as old as time. Once again, it depends on what you want. Standards usually have good gas mileage, but if you’re in a major metropolitan area with a lot of stop and go traffic, you’re not going to want to drive the standard. Automatic, however, is usually more expensive to repair. Standards are fun, automatic is safe. It depends on what you’re looking for.