Friday, February 8, 2019

Investing in Your Convertible’s Future

Unless you're one of the super-rich elite with money to burn, vehicle purchases should be seen and treated as careful investments. Maintaining a vehicle’s resale value is the number-one reason convertible owners treat their cars with such tender loving care. When it comes time to sell, they’re able to stick to their price with confidence. So, we’re going to go through a few ways you can invest in your convertible car to best maintain its value.

Floor Mats

Believe it or not, having clean carpeting and original floor mats greatly enhance the look of the interior. Few other interior spots take as much abuse as the flooring and floor mats. Your local auto store will have affordable thick rubber mats you can place directly over your original floor mats to provide much more coverage and protection. These are much easier to clean than carpeted floor mats and will last for years. Weathertech makes mats for floors, trunks, and all interior spots with exact fits for virtually every make and model. When replacing floor mats, always make sure driver’s side floor mats do not interfere with the operation of any pedals including the parking brake.

Seat Covers

Front and back seat covers will ensure your vehicle has a sharp, custom look and is protected from stains and damage from everyday use. Damage to seat cushions including cuts and burns cause expensive repairs and will surely make a buyer think twice before committing to a purchase. Seat covers stop most liquids before they can soak into the cushions and prevent wear and tear from frequent use. Once you are ready to sell your car, you can take them off to reveal what appear to be brand new seat cushions.

Tune-ups & Regular Maintenance

So, the dad in me really comes out in this one! Washing and waxing a car is a great way to protect the exterior (and interior) from the damaging sun, as well as inclement weather and driving conditions. A convertible’s fluids are the lifeblood that keep it going. Replacing your car’s oil and fluids will keep all involved parts properly lubricated, which means they will last much longer. Tune-ups will also help keep your engine, brake system, and more operating at peak efficiency. Keeping an accurate record of all regular maintenance will help buyers understand the level of care you’ve put into the vehicle you are selling which will hopefully result in a high selling price.

Drive Safely

Make sure you don’t have a ‘drive it like you stole it’ mentality if you ever want to resell your convertible. If a vehicle has been abused, even a mildly informed buyer will be able to tell pretty much immediately. Try to think about the day you plan on selling your car before you rev the engine or hit those speed bumps without slowing down. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your vehicle to its fullest, just use some common sense when doing so.

Taking these steps will definitely help maintain your convertible’s resale value and get you the price you want and deserve. Always make sure your convertible is spotless inside and out (even under the hood) when showing it to potential buyers and all fluids and inspections are up to date. Your attention to detail will put buyers at ease and help make the process smooth, successful, and fun!

What are your favorite tips for maintaining a car’s resale value and selling it at the best possible price? Share your stories in the comments below!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Here’s why we Love Jeeps

In case you hadn’t noticed, we love Jeeps!

What’s not to love, right? A vehicle born out of American dominance and a commitment to freedom and democracy, Jeeps are known the world over for their unique design and unparalleled off-road capabilities.

There’s something special about Jeeps that tends to evoke a sense of friendship and inclusiveness among Jeep owners and a slight sense of jealousy among those who aren’t a part of the Jeep family...yet. So, let’s take a look at a few reasons why we love Jeeps.


Jeeps are easily the most versatile vehicles out there. Take to the trails covered in mud or give your Jeep a good wash and wax for a night out on the town with plenty of room for friends and supplies. They’re designed to handle all types of weather and driving conditions with ease and can be found in virtually every climate and neighborhood in America. Jeeps are great for everything from running errands and taking road trips to driving up rocks and towing boats and RVs.

Great for the Whole Family

Jeeps are sturdy vehicles which makes them great for teaching kids how to drive safely and responsibly. They’re perfect for helping with school projects, picking up the kids and their gear from soccer practice, and weekend camping trips with the family. Jeeps make for a classic hand-me-down that can help kids learn about the importance of taking care of something special so it can be enjoyed for as long as possible.

Easy to Upgrade

Jeeps are notoriously easy to upgrade and modify. Many parts are interchangeable with models of different years and spare parts are easy to come by, for the most part. The simple design and spaciousness under the hood, especially with older models, lends itself to mods including snorkels, forced induction, cold-air intake systems, and so much more. There are plenty of forums and videos explaining how to do almost every modification or upgrade which will help save time and money on every project.

It’s a Community

Jeep owners are a community of like-minded individuals unlike any other group of car or truck owners. Yes, there are other groups dedicated to their vehicles including those with Ford Mustangs and Corvettes, but none quite like Jeep owners. They find each other off the beaten path give each other an understanding smile and wave as they pass or stop to make friends and compare Jeeps. It's truly a vehicle built to bring people together!

Jeep owners are a unique group of nature-loving thrill seekers of which we are proud to say we belong. So, get yourself a Jeep and join us on the trails!

Share your favorite Jeep stories in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How to Upgrade Your Convertible on a Budget

As if your convertible wasn’t cool enough already, right? While a convertible is a chic and sporty all on its own there’s still a few ways to elevate your convertible and you can do so at a reasonable price. Below are a few simple and easy ways to upgrade your convertible on a budget.

1.  Wind Deflectors

Wind deflectors can help reduce wind blast and noise by up to 75%. Ride in your convertible with passengers driving down a busy highway with the top town comfortably while having a conversation and listening to your favorite music. Wind deflectors are designed to be installed relatively easy so that they can be stored away when there not in use. They can also be installed with the top up or down. Investing in a wind deflector is the best way to get the most bang for your buck when upgrading your convertible. Excessively loud wind doesn’t have to ruin your time out on the road, with a wind deflector you can easily redirect rushing wind and make the most of your ride in your convertible today.

2.  Trunk Organizers

Space is already limited, why not make the most of it? With a trunk organizer you can easily and safely store away important items while driving that you may not want to leave out in the open while cruising around with the top down. Not only can you safely store away items, but organize items you’ll need throughout your day such as work out clothing, work and office supplies or even groceries The last thing you want is to have too much clutter when the time comes when you’ll need some extra additional space. A trunk organizer will keep you ready for those moments. Trunk organizers can make trunk space functional for you convertible with ease.

3.  Portable Car Cup Cell Phone Chargers

You never know when you may need extra battery life. With a car cup charger you can get quick and convenient on-the-go charging. Most portable car cup cell phone chargers a built with a 3-in-1 feature allowing you to place charger into cup holder with two charger slots, phone holder and lighter socket. They are practical and secure when it comes to cruising with the top down and hands-free charging. You can easily remain hands free with the cup charger, it is angled to allow you to be able to access your screen at a glance without distracting you from the road.

4.  Heads-up Display (HUD)

For a true hands free driving experience, heads-up display is the way to go. Heads-up display technology can turn any smartphone into a heads-up display, projecting GPS on a small transparent screen directly in from of you. Heads-up display is designed to to be compatible to both androids and iOS, allowing you to receive texts, control music and will even read you your text messages. With heads-up display you can easily upgrade any convertible and remain hands-free while on the road.

These are just a few ways you can upgrade your convertible on a budget. Widgets and gadgets that are used to upgrade your convertible are based on the owner and can be as small as a improving cup holders and headlight protectors. We’d love to hear some of your favorite ways to upgrade your convertible down below in the comments!

Scenic Drives for Winter

Driving a convertible car in the winter time can be an exhilarating experience if the climate is not too harsh and you’re properly prepared. With some decent weather and awesome upgrades like a wind diffuser, portable heater, and a few cozy blankets, the adventure never has to end! As with any road trip, winter driving means you’ll need to check the tire pressure before heading out and make sure your convertible is ready for the challenge. Once that’s taken care of, you should check out some of these scenic drives we and our fans have come to love.

Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway is an iconic stretch of highway that hugs the California coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This beautiful highway is 659 miles long with only a few spots where the coast is not visible. The drive offers amazing sunsets and views of the cliffs you can enjoy for miles. It is the longest state highway in the nation and, along with many other amazing landmarks, is the pride of California.

Red Rock Scenic Byway

The Red Rock Scenic Byway in Arizona boasts some of the most extraordinary views in the country. The red rocks display an endless array of formations and colors with incredible and historic points of interest along the way. The byway runs through Coconino National Forest and along portions of Dry Beaver Creek with plenty of scenic stops along the way.

Capital of Texas Highway

The Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) is a scenic route along west Austin and winds through the Texas Hill Country. The highway shows off excellent views of downtown Austin and the capitol building as well as some of the most breathtaking views of the Colorado River, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and the Wild Basin Wilderness Reserve. This highway is popular among amateur and professional cyclists due to its hilly nature, so keep an eye out when enjoying this amazing drive.

State Route 197 – Georgia

The southeastern USA enjoys some of the most iconic and breathtaking views in the nation and Georgia’s State Route 197 is no exception. State Route 197 runs along portions of the Soquee River, curves around Moccasin Creek Cove, and connects with Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway at its most northern point. Enjoy all that Nantahala National Forest to offer, as well, as you course along this beautiful stretch of highway.

These are just a few of our favorite drives for enjoying your convertible during the winter months. Always make sure the weather is agreeable and you and your convertible are up for the drive. Be safe and smart out there and don’t forget to share your experiences with us. Share you stories and thoughts in the comments below!

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