Oil is cheaper than Metal

John Boyd April 25, 2020 No Comments

Oil is cheaper than Metal

Earlier today I was talking with a really good mechanic who has been working on luxury brand cars for a really long time. We were talking about how many newer vehicles today are running on synthetic oil. Unfortunately, the public believes that all of these oils are the same because of good marketing and the fact that many dealerships and service centers have them believing them are the same. What most of the public fails to realize is that some of this oil is just not very good and it breaks down fairly quickly. The service centers are not giving the consumer the entire story. The same brand of synthetic oil that you think you’re getting at the local quick lube shop or even a dealer service center is not the same oil that you think you would be paying $6 or $7 a quart for at the auto parts

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COVID-19 has car sales falling through the floor

John Boyd April 7, 2020 No Comments

COVID-19 has car sales falling through the floor

The recent COVID-19 coronavirus is destroying the economy of America on an epic scale and one industry that is getting hit extremely hard is the automotive industry. 2019, was the fourth consecutive year that auto sales managed to top 17 million units (17.1 million in 2019, according to Automotive News), which was about 200,000 shy of 2018’s sales numbers. At the start of 2020 auto sales were cruising along at a good pace for January and February and then March hit like a fire storm with the COVID-19 virus. Sales came almost to a screeching halt as dealerships were closed or only able to do online sales or by appointment only in most States. Over the past couple weeks over 10 million people have gone on unemployment or after losing a job in numerous sectors, including the automotive industry. According to the CNET Road Show website nearly every manufacturer experienced

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Love those Hondas!

Jay Greenwald February 3, 2020 No Comments

Love those Hondas!

I just love my family’s Hondas. We have 4 of the SUVs in the family and they are the best, longest-lasting cars: (mine) 2013 Acura RDX 2014 Honda CRV-EX 2003 Honda Pilot — has 239.500 miles on it 2006 Honda CRV – my daughter’s car in Boston We have had our 2003 Pilot for 17 years and the only major work it has had was replacing the timing belts twice, at 105K and 210K miles. There is not better car for getting through the CO snow with its high ground clearance, AWD and weight. I cruise around in my 2013 RDX. It’s not too fancy, but is comfortable with a nice all leather interior. Its 273 HP V6 makes the car stealthily quick and it gets > 20 MPG in the city and almost 30 MPG on the freeway. Have had it for 3 years and I’ve put on 38,000

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The Tesla as a rental

John Boyd February 1, 2020 No Comments

The Tesla as a rental

A COUPLE OF GUYS CAME TO DENVER AND RENTED A TESLAtesla as a rentalThis week has been a crazy one for Tesla investors, especially if you were stupid enough to short Tesla’s stock and hope to win on Wall Street. We often only hear about the incredible earnings people have on Wall Street with the Bull Market that never seems to end, but rarely do we hear about the losers. The electric car manufacturer Tesla had it’s stock hit a whopping $640 a share and as of today, Friday, January 31st, 2020, when I wrote this post, it closed at $650.57 a share! On Thursday, CNBC along with others reported that investors who were shorting the stock lost $1.5 billion collectively. You can read the article and watch the video by clicking here. Cash value life insurance may be boring to many people and it will certainly not give the

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I’m on the TESLA List!

Wayne Hansen December 17, 2019 No Comments

I’m on the TESLA List!

Well, it’s official. I’m on the waiting list for a Tesla Truck coming in 2021! Maybe by that time I’ll have the $39K from my ride share money to PONY up on a sweet new electric truck. Some folks think that they’re ugly. They sort of do look like a throwback to the OLD HUMMER body style in my opinion, but the roominess on the inside, the zero to sixty in 2 point whatever seconds and a crazy cool towing capacity is going to make it a righteous ride in Colorado! If nothing else, I can sell my place in line… but I don’t think I’ll want to. Anyway, just thought I’d let you know that in another year and some change you’ll be seeing me terrorizing the streets in my Tesla truck! Heck, if you’re nice to me (or you’re one of my LYFT or UBER passengers) I might

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1936 Stainless steel Ford

John Boyd December 1, 2019 No Comments

1936 Stainless steel Ford

In 2016 I received an email about the following vehicle and I thought it would be cool to share it here on TopCarBid.com. The email said the following and included the photos… For You Car Metal Buffs. The $1.5 Million Insurance Couldn’t Begin To Cover The Replacement ValueIn 1935, officials at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Division and the Ford Motor Company collaborated on an experiment that would become a legacy and a tribute to one of the most dynamic metals ever developed. Allegheny Ludlum, a pioneer producer of stainless steel, proposed the idea of creating a stainless steel car to Ford. The idea took shape in the form of a 1936 Deluxe Sedan. That car became the centerpiece of a campaign to expose the public to the new metal and its many uses. This is the 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan built for and owned by Allegheny Ludlum Steel.This is 1 of

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How to finance your vehicle with a policy loan

John Boyd October 30, 2019 No Comments

How to finance your vehicle with a policy loan

“Auto loan delinquencies surge past Great Recession rate”The article explained that some 7 million Americans were 90 days or more behind on their auto loan payments, on data that was released by the New York Federal Reserve Bank. That’s a huge number of people who are not able to make their car payments. It’s such a big deal that an economist at the New York Fed wrote in a blog post the following about the number of defaults, “That is more than a million more troubled borrowers than there had been at the end of 2010 when the overall delinquency rates were at their worst.”. Unlike a credit card, a borrower cannot dial back their car payment to a minimum payment, so if a person has a $500 a month payment, it’s a $500 a month payment. You can’t adjust the payment and if you miss your payments, the lender

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Volvo is going electric

John Boyd September 27, 2019 No Comments

Volvo is going electric

If you visit the Volvo website you will discover the following statement: “In 2017 we made a commitment to electrify every car in our range in preparation for an era beyond the internal combustion engine. That era begins now. Be a part of this change. We’ve been working with electric propulsion since the 1970s and we have learned a lot along the way, from deploying a test fleet of C30 Battery Electric Vehicles in 2010, to the launch one of the world’s first plug-in hybrid diesel cars in 2012.” https://www.volvocars.com/intl/why-volvo/human-innovation/future-of-driving/propulsion/electric-cars

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Festival of Speed

John Boyd March 22, 2019 No Comments

Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England in late June or early July; the event is scheduled to avoid clashing with the Formula One season, enabling fans to see F1 machines as well as cars and motorbikes from motor racing history climb the hill. – Source: Wikipedia It’s a pretty wild looking event. If you’re in England you might want to check it out. Here’s a link to the event’s website: Goodwood Festival

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The fascination with autonomous car

John Boyd March 20, 2019 No Comments

The fascination with autonomous car

It’s amazing how many media outlets talk about how great it is that the autonomous vehicle is now available in vehicles like Tesla where the vehicle will drive itself. Modern cruise control was actually invented in 1948 and it wasn’t standard on vehicles like Cadillac until around 1960. In fact, the first cars to boast the new technology were the 1958 models of the Chrysler Imperial, New Yorker and Windsor. The system worked by calculating ground speed based on driveshaft rotations. I remember hearing a story back in the 1970’s when conversion vans were popular about some dummy who set the cruise control thinking it was like autonomous driving that is touted today and went in the back of his van. It didn’t take long for the upcoming curve to send him flying into a ditch and fortunately nobody was killed or injured. Recently, there was a video of a

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The death of the stick shift

John Boyd March 20, 2019 No Comments

The death of the stick shift

It’s no secret that the stick shift is disappearing from today’s modern vehicles. Many times you have to order a vehicle to get one with 6 speed as manufacturers have moved away from making them for today’s driver. They are more concerned about creating a self-driving car, so that people can text and drive or so older people can have a vehicle drive them around today than the driving experience that comes from shifting a manual transmission. I have always loved driving a stick shift. So much so, that I’ve been cruising around since last Summer in a 1999 BMW Z3 that I purchased from the Mecum auto auction when it was in Denver last year. Many of the people who will visit this site as an automotive enthusiast will know how to drive a stick shift, but what about your neighbor or your kids or your relatives? I recently

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The new Audi E-Tron coming this Spring

John Boyd March 15, 2018 No Comments

The new Audi E-Tron coming this Spring

Unless you’ve been living under a rock it’s hard to figure out what car manufacturer is not looking to come out with a new electric car to take on Tesla. Audi is announcing the e-tron and you can see details of their latest and greatest vehicle by visiting their AudiUSA website. Their website will inform you that the e-tron is starting at $74,800, which is a great deal compared to some of the other electric SUV’s on the market with Audi technology behind it. They also have a disclaimer discussing the potential for the Federal Tax credit available, in case you’re interested, that reads the following – “Federal tax credit up to $7,500. The federal government and some states offer financial incentives on electric vehicles which can help lower the total ownership cost of the e-tron. Visit www.PlugStar.com to learn more about tax incentives in your area. The incentives are

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