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Ship or pickup?…

Purchasing a car online is becoming the way to buy a car in today’s world. With a wealth of information at your finger tips you can turn your search from local to nationwide. There are many dealers selling quailty vehicles online. You can find reviews for just about any dealer that will help you decide to do business with them. After you you decide to purchase a vehicle online, the next question becomes how do I get it home.

You can of course drive to pick up the car, fly in or you can have it shipped to your driveway. By the time you figure in the cost of gas, time and effort, it makes sense to use transport compant to bring your new ride to you. I have had great service from CC Auto Movers. I would highly recommend using their service the next time you purchase a vehicle that is not near you. You can find them at www.ccautomovers.com be sure to tell them Carguy Michael sent you.

Carguy Michael

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Caffeine and Octane

If you are a gearhead in the metro Atlanta area you probably already know about Caffeine and Octane. Started several years ago, the monthly carshow has grown into a 500+ car event on the first Sunday of every month. The show grounds are located right off of Windward Pkwy in Alpharetta. I recently attended this amazing event. There were cars ranging in value from $1000 to $200k+ covering just about every genre. Several vendors offering coffee (caffeine) and breakfast treats are also present. I chose a vendor that was fundraising for breast cancer research.

If you decide to go, I highly recommend getting there by 7:30am to find a decent parking spot.  The show offically runs from 8am till 11am. There is plenty of room for spectators as well. The smell of high “Octane” fuel fills the air. If you are looking for a show that has a wide range of vehicles and wont cost you a penny, you must visit Caffeine and Octane on the 1st Sunday of every month. For more information vist their website www.caffeineandoctane.com

Carguy Michael

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Decisions, Decisions…

One of the most frustrating parts of the car buying process is figuring out what vehicle you want to own. Most people see a car and think that’s cool or that’s pretty then realize it just wont work for them and they have wasted time and energy on research and looking around. I strongly recommend making a list of how you use your car on a day to day basis. If you have a 100lb dog you take with you, a Porsche Boxster probably won’t work. Think about your commute, the activities you participate in and if you have other people with you on a regular basis.

Next, you must set a budget. If you don’t, you find youself looking at and falling in love with a vehicle you can’t afford. Knowing insurance, maintence and fuel costs will also help you set up a budget for your next car. Once you have your budget set, you can begin narrowing down the choices. There will be new cars that fit into your budget, but a quaility pre-owned car, will provide reliable service as well. When all is said and done, you will be the one driving and paying for the car. Some homework will help take some headache out of the process.

Carguy Michael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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Porsche Panamera…The family man’s sportscar.

Are you to the point in your life where you have the sportscar itch? Do you still have a family that depends on you for transportation? Can’t justify a second “fun” car? Enter the Porsche Panamera. This 4 door sportscar from Porsche may be just what the doctor ordered. In a quest to increase sales, the Panamera was introduced as a 2010 model. The Panamera is available in several different trim levels. There is a box on the order form for all-wheel drive. The entry level comes with a 300hp V-6. The Panamera S has a 400hp V-8. Of course Porsche didn’t stop there, offering a 500hp Turbo V-8 as well. In this gearheads opinion, you should opt at least for the S model. It sounds mean and won’t let the boy racers out there get the better of you. The V-6 just lacks the power to move such a heavy car gracefully. The Turbo is the beast of the bunch, blasting to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

In typical Porsche fashion, the option list is long and the price can go up very quickly. The good news is, you can get your Panamera just the way you want it. The exterior styling of the Panamera is still up for debate. Trying to keep with its heritage they rounded the backend to resemble the 911. The interior is absolutely beautiful. Once you are seated in the car, you feel like you got into the cockpit of a fighter jet. The build quality and materials used are world class. The optional heated and ventilated seats offer firm support. It is comfortable for taller people as well. The upgrade Bose sound system is good but the available Burmester system is even better. As mentioned before, the option list goes on and on.

The car is not a nimble as a 911, but it is also much heavier and will seat 4 people in sporty luxury. It drives smaller than it is and will satisfy you sportscar itch. I have recently driven both the Panamera S and the Panamera Turbo with the powerkit ($21k option that takes it to 540hp). The S is a great everyday driver with plenty of power, decent chassis dynamic and great brakes. The Turbo is a straight line rocket that will make most exotic owners realize they just lost to a 4 door with two grinning kids in the back. If you want a sportscar but need 4 doors, I advise you to take a hard look at the Porsche Panamera.

Carguy Michael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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Porsche’s Street-Legal Racecar: The Carrera GT

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Every so often a car comes to market so sultry, so ridiculous, so expensive that few will ever lays eyes on it. Even fewer will get to hear the howl of the F-1 derived 5.7 liter V-10 gracing such a car. Case in point…The Porsche Carrera GT. Built for three years (2004-2006) only, less than 1300 Carrera GT’s are in existence. Factor in the $440,000 price tag (new) and stratospheric costs to drive and maintain, my guess is that you won’t see one at the local gas & go. Most of these stunning GT’s are safely tucked away in the collections of the ultra wealthy.

The design and engineering on the Carrera GT is so amazing, I’m not sure where to begin. I suppose the carbon fiber monocoque chassis is worth mentioning. The subframe is made with carbon fiber reinforced plastic and is extremely strong despite very few metal parts. The carbon fiber undertray is attached at multiple points under the car. It helps keep the airflow smooth as it approaches terminal velocity. The GT’s wing automatically deploys at 70 mph preventing liftoff as you near the 200+ mph top speed. A beautiful inboard suspension with push-rod activated shocks and huge anti-roll bars also perform their duties keeping the car composed in the twisties. Huge 15″ carbon ceramic brakes bring the Carrera GT back to legal limits after each high speed run. Porsche’s street legal race car has single center lug wheels that are 19″ in front and 20″ in the rear. Let’s not forget the stunning carbon fiber bodywork that includes t-top like removable roof panels.

Mounted behind the cockpit, the heart of this beautiful machine is a 5.7 liter V-10 producing 612 asphalt melting horsepower at an astronomical 8,000 rpm. The engine was originally developed for F-1 and later continued for LeMans. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission available which works with a two plate ceramic composite clutch getting the power to the rear wheels. The scream of this V-10 is a true delight, and is something to which no video can do justice.

Although it’s DNA is all racecar, Porsche still offered some luxury features. It has incredibly supportive seats covered in leather. Bose sound with internet radio and navigation are options. The Carrera GT was available in 5 basic colors. Red, Yellow, Black, Silver and Gray. Special order colors were offered at additional cost. If you are lucky enough to ever see this stunning creation make sure you take a picture. I’m sure it will be awhile before you have the chance again.

Carguy Michael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

Is the BMW M3 really that good?…

February 11, 2012 Leave a comment

In my 17+ year career in the automotive industry, I have had the opportunity to drive just about everything under the sun. There are a lot of very cool cars ranging in price from $20k to…well lets not go there. However, there are few cars that stir the soul every time you turn on the ignition. And going one step farther, a relatively practical car you can drive everyday. Somehow, someway BMW has found a combination that makes that morning commute enjoyable. Regardless of the body style, available in sedan (E90), coupe (E92) or droptop (E93), the M3 is a car that will always put a grin on your face.

The current generation M3 is powered by a fantastic naturally aspirated 4.0 liter V-8, that revs to 8,300 rpm, producing 414HP. It pulls like a freight train and the exhaust note will surely be your radio station of choice. It is available with two transmission choices. The purist’s get a 6-speed manual gearbox. Those that don’t want to push that extra pedal can opt for BMW’s M double clutch automated manual gearbox, which can shift faster than you can blink. Either way is a treat each and every time.

The chassis on the M3 is aggressive, yet docile. It is sharp without sacrificing ride quality and it never makes you wonder what it is doing. Add in BMW’s electronic damping control (EDC) and you can dial in this car to your exact taste. The brakes are strong with no noticeable fading. The standard wheel’s are 18 inchers, but 19’s are available. The balance of the M3 makes drivers of every skill level look and feel like the “Stig”.

We can’t forget about all of the creature comforts BMW is also known for. Some of the options you can get, include  navigation, competition package, comfort access, enhanced premium sound, heated seats, park distance control and satellite radio. The fact the BMW includes 4 years or 50,000 miles worth of warranty and maintenance (except tires) on this street legal racecar will make you feel warm and cozy when pushing this amazing machine to its limits.

Drive safe!

Carguy Michael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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Warranty or no warranty?… Is that even a question?

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

In a world of quality vehicles, one can ask do I need to extend my warranty. Well…the manufactuer puts a warranty on the car when it leaves the factory…the reason being, it is a machine…it can break…and can get very expensive to repair. Like any insurance, we don’t buy it hoping we have to use it. It is there to protect us from large out of pocket expenses. Here are a few tips to make sure you ask the right questions about a product you are considering.

1. Who is backing the warranty? – There is plenty of information available to help you decide if the company will be there if you need them.

2. What coverage am I getting? – There are many plans available. Everything from just a basic powertrain warranty to almost every component covered. I would recommend an exclusionary policy. This type of policy has only a small list of non covered components.

3. What is my deductible? – Make sure you know what your deductible is. Most policies will be around $100 per visit. For an upfront cost when you purchase the warrranty, you can buy it down to $0 per visit. You must look at the upfront cost in relation to the deductible. For example, if a $0 deductible policy cost $500 more than a policy with a $100 deductible, do you anticipate more than 5 repair visits over the term of the warranty.

4. Do I get roadside assistance or a rental car? – If you do, check your AAA or your regular car insurance for overlaps in coverage. Don’t pay for the same services twice.

5. How long is my warranty good for? – Make sure you know exactly what day or mileage your warranty will expire. Example, if you purchase a 4 year/48,000 mile warranty, is that from the original in service date and 0 miles or from the day you purchase your car and added to the existing mileage?

6. How much should I pay? – For your typical vehicle (Honda, Chevy, Kia) you should be able to get a quailty warranty for $1,200-$2,000. For your luxury cars (BMW, Mercedes, Porsche) between $2,300-$5,000. Rule of thumb, a warranty should cost cost between 5-10% of the cost of the vehicle new. Do not be afraid to ask for a deal, often your dealership will offer specials for different warranty offers.

An extended warranty is a great way to protect your new investment. But, just like anything, ask the right questions and make sure you get the best policy for your driving habits.

Happy motoring!

Carguy Michael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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