Ford trucks are seen on a sales lot, with close-ups of the grilles
Trucks & SUVs

Pickup Truck Sales Appear To Be Pandemic-Proof

Thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, millions across the U.S. are unemployed and scores of small businesses have had to permanently close. It hardly sounds like ideal conditions for vehicle sales to thrive or even survive, right? It turns out that people still need pickup trucks for work, even during a pandemic. Recently-released third-quarter truck sales numbers …

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Marine & RVs

Full-Time Boat Living Hits Snag With Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic shutdown began its clampdown regionally in late February to early March of this year. During that period, there was a lot of news about people on cruise ships being stuck onboard with no understanding of when they would be permitted to disembark. But the pandemic did not just affect the cruise ship …

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RV Enthusiasts Are Showing That 65 Is the Speed of Business

The dawn of the global COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on a lot of the business plans. Suddenly, business owners were no longer able to pop-in at client sites and schmooz with their customers, or potential customers. In fact, a lot of the frequent business travelers have had to adjust away from flying as readily …

A man rides a motorcycle in the Ulagan District.
2 Wheels

How Has the Pandemic Affected Motorcycle Sales?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everything in our world. Personally and publicly, people across the globe feel COVID’s weight daily. Many businesses are also feeling the weight of it due to their reliance on people to visit their business. Manufacturing, restaurants, and all events have taken significant hits, which might have led some to believe …

John Branscomb washes his car in the Barney Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2020.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Your Car

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to isolate. Airplanes, trains, buses, ridesharing services, and cabs have become a more risky way to get around, leaving our personal automobiles the safest way to travel, as long as we keep your car clean. My wife and I live in NYC and after seven years of not keeping …

2021 Bronco R Prototype Baja 1000 | Ford-001
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is the 2020 Baja 1000 Canceled?

The Baja 1000 is an incredible test of skill, strength, and endurance of both a vehicle and a driver or rider. It takes all the grit you’ve got just to finish. But this year has been a weird year for all of us, to say the least. Many of our favorite and most looked-forward to …

Two people stick their head out the sunroof to watch a drive-in movie
Hybrids & Electrics

Electric Cars Are Better for Drive-Ins

Two popular topics during the global COVID-19 pandemic have been electric cars and the resurgence of the drive-in movie experience. VW says that electric cars are “more inevitable” and Walmart is converting many of its locations into drive-in movie spots. Interestingly, both of these topics go hand-in-hand.  Lockdown means time to learn about electric cars …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Hertz Bankruptcy Saga Continues

Back in May Hertz, the rental car giant, announced bankruptcy. The move was largely attributed to the global COVID-19 pandemic. For the most part, people stopped traveling. Consequently, fewer people rented cars. We have covered before how we anticipated that the bankruptcy meant many of Hertz’s cars were going to invade the used car market …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Ford May Run Out of Engines

The automotive industry is huge. It extends beyond the big-name manufacturers and into the supply chain network that is scattered throughout the globe. Ford is one of those big-name manufacturers, and when COVID-19 started to impact the overseas suppliers, it also affected the Ford plants here in the United States. In essence, it is this …

Coronavirus worker
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Quick Tips To Sanitize Inside Your Car

Whether its COVID-19 or flu season, we aren’t always great about keeping the inside of our cars clean and sanitized. When we are on the go, we don’t typically stop to wash our hands just to get into our car, but that isn’t the only way we collect germs. From the seats to the dashboard …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Drive Your Car into Miami Dolphins Stadium for a Movie

During the global pandemic response to COVID-19, venues that are used to hosting large crowds have been left scrambling to make their locations attractive to consumers. Social distancing, of course, has made it difficult, but imaginative marketers have still found ways to make stadiums and racetracks a go-to destination. For example, earlier this month, Daytona International Speedway announced …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

RV Sales Spike During COVID-19 Lockdown

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and staying home became the things everybody was required to consider. After a while of being home, however, people have started getting cabin fever. So, many people planned their vacations. Car Camping, Overlanding, and anything else having to do with getting out but still being distant from others have …

Front view of a white Tesla Model S
Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Is Cutting Prices to Kickstart Restart After Lockdown

It is no secret that the global economy took a pretty significant hit during the worldwide pandemic lockdown due to COVID-19. It is well documented that the automotive industry was hurt as well. Automotive sales and production were off dramatically due to dealership and plant closures. Now that the manufacturers are slowly starting their factories …

2019 Ram Power Wagon Crew Cab
Trucks & SUVs

Truck Sales Outpace All Others During Pandemic

For the month of April, the automotive industry took a huge loss in sales. Although companies offering sales online did not suffer as much as brick and mortar companies, there were still significant shortfalls. The interesting thing though, is that during the global pandemic lockdown, sales of trucks dominated other vehicles for the few sales there actually were. It’s …

Cannonball Run Movie Cast
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Cannonball Run Record Broken Seven Times in Five Weeks

The Cannonball Run record has been broken again this year. The outlaw, non-stop, coast-to-coast race, is always run under secrecy to avoid potential disruption by law enforcement. But a reliable source familiar with past Cannonball Run efforts, and acquainted with some of the teams, has confirmed that the record set last month of 26 hours 38 minutes has been broken multiple …

Ford pickup trucks at dealership
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Pandemic Automotive Battle, Online Sales vs In-Person Sales

In 2012 a company called Carvana launched a dealership network with the aim of providing consumers the opportunity to purchase their next used vehicle through a totally online experience. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the company has done better than most, proving that people are increasingly open to the online sales business model. When Carvana launched, they did …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Driving While Wearing an N95 Mask Can Be Incredibly Dangerous

Safety behind the wheel is always important. Auto manufacturers are constantly addressing vehicle safety but nothing replaces critical thinking and careful driving. Distracted driving is still at the top of the list for accidents along with drinking and driving. However, in light of our new normal, some new hazards are being identified. Driving While Wearing an N95 Mask Can Be …

Ferrari 812 Superfast in red
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Ferrari’s Five-Year Plan In Jeopardy

I recently posted about how Ferrari switched from the production of cars to the production of parts to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, they fired up their production lines to create pieces for scuba masks to be converted into respirators. But, manufacturers across the automotive industry have begun talking about resuming vehicle production, as has Ferrari. In fact, Ferrari …

The interior of a Tesla Model X
Tips, Tricks & Trends

COVID-19 Has Designers Rethinking Car Interiors

COVID-19 has caused the world to pause, including car designers. What they have realized is that now more than ever, a swelling amount of people are viewing their car as their sanctuary. Consequently, designers are rethinking how that sanctuary will look in the future, and how to make it more sanctuary-like.  In the words of the designers In …

NASCAR virtual racing
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Crazy IRacing Special Event Tonight

If you do not follow the different racing leagues, then you might find it surprising to know that the COVID-19 has not slowed the drivers down. Racing is still happening. But it is happening virtually. Tonight there will be another race, but this one will not be to hone driver skills as much as it will be for utter ridiculous …

Open road in fall
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Animals Take Over the Streets During Quarantine

Animals have taken over the streets during the worldwide COVID-19 lockdown. Morning commutes have changed during the human absence in recent weeks. The roads have, for the most part, been devoid of vehicles. But the interesting thing is that animals that once stayed away from humans are now finding their boundaries removed, and are themselves taking to the empty roads. …

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Rolls-Royce Wants Quarantined Kids to Design Cars

Rolls Royce, an automotive company known for its expensive, elegant, and classy cars, is looking to cultivate new inspiration in design during this quarantine. To aid during this 2019-2020 global pandemic and bring something to keep those young minds active, Rolls-Royce has come up with a challenge for quarantined kids. Any child 16 or younger …

GM-produced Ventec ventilator
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The First GM Ventilators Are Being Delivered

Automakers have started responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in earnest. Mazda is offering free auto service to healthcare workers, regardless of what car they drive. Daytona International Speedway has been repurposed as a drive-up testing facility. And instead of factory production lines sitting idle, several automakers have been repurposing them to make medical equipment instead. …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Mazda Offers Free Auto Services to Health Care Workers

Health care workers, essential employees, and other staff are working round the clock, to ensure the wellbeing of others to prohibit the further spread of COVID-19. Understandably, personal vehicle maintenance might not be top of mind. Mazda wants to help ensure all health care workers, not only Mazda customers, can be taken care of as …

Ferrari LaFerrari
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Ferrari Making Parts to Convert Snorkel Masks Into Respirators

A post from Reuters on Thursday indicated that Ferrari has started making valves and fittings, using its 3D printing technology at its Maranello plant. The parts are used as part of a kit to fit underwater snorkel masks, converting them into respirators for patients suffering from COVID-19. Production of the parts is expected to be in the several hundred. …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

Ford Turns Airbag Material Into Medical Gowns

Auto manufacturers across the globe have turned their efforts toward combating coronavirus (COVID-19) and examining what resources and skills can be used to help. Ford is expanding its efforts to produce respirators, face masks, testing kits, and now medical gowns. “The need to protect our medical teams is heightened – Ford’s gown production could not …

Ford Escape
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What to Do If You Can’t Make Your Car Payment

The coronavirus crisis (COVID-19) has made a financial impact on many American households. With more than 1 million worldwide cases and more than 6 million unemployed households, life is hard for many. The economic hardship has many car owners deciding between buying groceries and defaulting on their car loans. Those needing reliable transportation may put …

2019 Subaru Forester Sport on the track.

Subaru Offers Customers Three Month Payment Relief

As of April 9, the total reported cases of coronavirus had reached over one million up to over 1 million. More than 6 million families have become jobless and are barely scraping by when it comes to bills. Many automakers, Kia, Ford, Mitsubishi, Acura, and others are offering deferred payment options at this time. Subaru …

Nissan
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Nissan to Cut Another Million Units From Sales Estimates

Reuters is reporting that Nissan will be cutting sales targets by one million units or more for this year. The report claims management at the ailing manufacturer has seen the need to restructure into a smaller company right away. COVID-19 is seen as a huge contributor to the need for the revision. Nissan has had a hard time in the last …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Mitsubishi Motors Offers Three Months Payment Relief

From March to the beginning of April, more than 900,000 people have been affected by the global impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Hundreds of thousands of households are financially affected with lost wages unable to pay for bills, groceries, or make car payments. Mitsubishi Motors is doing its part to support vehicle owners and employees in …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Kia Offers Customers Three Months Payment Relief

The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious, as most people know and is causing many households to struggle economically. Automotive companies, such as Kia, are offering payment relief, incentivized leases, low-interest loan rates, payment deferrals, and more.  Kia Offers Customers Three Months Payment Relief An overwhelming amount of families are jobless these days and filled with …

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Acura Offers Payment Relief Due to Coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis (COVID-19) has made a massive impact in the current world, that is clear. With more than 1 million worldwide cases and more than 6 million unemployed households, life is hard for many. Acura is offering customers several payment relief options due to these trying times.  The coronavirus is highly contagious, and without …