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The Worldwide Luxury Car Industry

Here’s an interesting infographic from Autoinsurance.org on the worldwide luxury car industry. The Porsche 911 Carrera being in the top spot isn’t too surprising, as it has been the Car Connection’s top-ranked luxury car for four out of the past 7 years. Used Porsches are among our top sellers here at Select Luxury Cars, and have been a longtime favorite of many.

Here’s a list of their top 10 with links directly to our inventory pages for each make / model so you can get there easily. If we’re out of the particular model you’re looking for, feel free to fill out our vehicle finder form so we can let you know when we find what you want.  Enjoy!

10: Mercedes-Benz G-Class
9: Porsche Cayenne
8: Lexus LS 600h L
7: Mercedes-Benz SL Class
6: Bentley Continental Flying Spur
5: Rolls-Royce Phantom
4: Mercedes-Benz CL Class
3: Bentley Continental GT
2: Audi R8
1: Porsche 911 Carrera

The Worldwide Luxury Car Industry
Via: Auto Insurance

If you’re ready for one of these beautiful cars, or something else, visit us online at http://www.SelectLuxury.com, call us at 770-421-0070, email us at admin@selectluxury.com, or visit our dealership showroom at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060.

The Birthday of the Speeding Ticket

I read this morning that today is the birthday of the speeding ticket.  Many of us have gotten speeding tickets over the years, but no one likes the sudden appearance of blue lights flashing behind them when they’re on their merry way home from work, or anywhere else for that matter.  Especially if you drive an exotic sports car, such as some of the ones that we sell here at Select Luxury Cars, the police just might assume that you’re going to speed just because you drive a car that can go double, triple, or more over the highway speed limits.

In the immortal words of Joe Walsh in “Life’s been good,” “My Maserati does 185.  I lost my license, now I don’t drive.”

(For you fans of the song, here’s a video of Joe Walsh performing it live at Wembley Arena)

So in honor of, or perhaps in a warped tribute to, the first speeding ticket, here are a few facts and tips.

From Wikipedia’s entry on “Traffic Ticket,” here’s some speeding trivia:

  • The fastest speeding ticket in the world allegedly occurred in May 2003 in Texas. It was supposedly 242mph in a 75mph zone. The car was a Swedish-built Koenigsegg CCX, which was involved in the San Francisco to Miami Gumball 3000 Rally.[5]
  • The fastest convicted speeder in the UK was Daniel Nicks, convicted of 175 mph on a Honda Fireblade motorcycle in 2000. He received six weeks in jail and was banned from driving for two years.[6]
  • The fastest UK speeder in a car was Timothy Brady, caught driving a 3.6-litre Porsche 911 Turbo at 172 mph on the A420 in Oxfordshire in January 2007 and jailed for 10 weeks and banned from driving for 3 years.[7]
  • Also, in the UK visiting from Japan, Kazuhiko “Smokey” Nagata did 324kph (201mph) on the A1M in a RB26DETT powered Toyota Supra tuned by the company he founded, Top Secret. He was arrested, fined, and banned from driving in the UK. Numerous videos on YouTube show the top speed run, which was filmed by Video Option reporters. One of the reporters hid the tape in his jeans to avoid it being confiscated and being used as evidence against Smokey.
  • The most expensive speeding ticket ever given is believed to be the one given to Jussi Salonoja in Helsinki, Finland, in 2003. Salonoja, the 27-year-old heir to a company in the meat-industry, was fined £116,000 for driving 80 km/h in a 40 km/h zone. The uncommonly large fine was due to Finnish speeding tickets being relative to the offender’s last known income. Salonoja’s speeding ticket was not the first ticket given in Finland reaching six figures.[8]
  • Film actor and director Harry Myers received the world’s first speeding ticket in 1904, Dayton, Ohio, police ticketed Harry Myers for going twelve miles per hour on West Third Street.[9][10]
  • (Note: according to the US Census Bureau, as referenced on the blog Ask MJ : May 20th, 1899, Jacob German (a New York City cab driver) was arrested for speeding. He was also driving 12 miles per hour, down Lexington street in Manhattan.  He was imprisoned in the East 22nd Street station house.  He didn’t have to surrender his registration and license, as those weren’t required by law until 1901 in New York.”)
  • Another early speeding ticket was issued in 1910 to Lady Laurier, the wife of Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada, in Ottawa, Canada, for exceeding the 10 miles per hour speed limit.[11]

Now for the advice:  What do you do if you get pulled over for speeding?  What do you do if you can’t talk your way out of a ticket?

Well, this post on Lifehacker offers 18 tips, both to avoid getting the ticket in the first place, and to get it dismissed if possible.  The first 4 tips I’ve quoted here, but for the rest visit their site via the link above.

1. Get your attitude right.

Fighting with the police officer never increases your chances of leniency. You want him to like you. Prepare to achieve this goal.

2. Turn your car off, and turn the interior lights of your car on.

Place your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel and remove your sunglasses or hat. Some people even advise you to place your keys on the roof of your car as a sign of total submission. Never, ever get out of the car.

The whole point of this is to take any unnecessary tension out of the encounter. You want the officer to be comfortable. Imagine the types of people and the dangers that most officers have had to deal with. Be just the opposite.

3. Be very polite and do exactly what the nice cop with the big gun says.

Save your pleas until after the basics are finished. Many officers will never speak to you until after they’ve done the basics. It’s almost a litmus test for jerk drivers.

4. Once the officer has gotten your information, ask him politely if you may speak to him about your violation.

If you know you broke the law, admit it vehemently and tell the officer that he was completely right for pulling you over. Honest officers will admit that there is a lot of pride in police work, and, if you can sufficiently satisfy the pride factor, sometimes officers don’t feel it necessary to punish you any further. The better you make the officer feel; the more likely he’s going to like you enough to let you go.

One thing I’ve found helpful is to have your driver’s license and proof of insurance in hand by the time the officer gets to your car.  They’re going to ask you for it anyway, so start things off right and have it ready.  You want to show them the courtesy of making their job easier.  If you’re going to have to reach into your glove compartment or anywhere else not in plain sight, let the officer know where you’re reaching and why.  You may not be a criminal, but the officer never knows what will happen when they pull someone over.  Making them feel at ease works in your favor as well.

Another suggestion: pull over somewhere out of the way – if you are on the highway and an exit is coming up, put your turn signal on and go ahead to the exit, then pull over in a parking lot or somewhere safe.  The officer won’t be as happy if you pull over on a highway full of fast-moving cars as he or she will be if it takes an extra 30 seconds or so to go somewhere safer.

We hope this is both helpful and entertaining!  If you’re in the market for a used luxury car or a preowned sports car, visit our website or stop by our Atlanta pre-owned auto dealership. Or click here for Mapquest directions to Select Luxury Cars.

Select Luxury Cars | 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060 | 770-421-0070 | 1-800-283-7224 | info@selectluxury.com

The Great Customer Reviews Keep on Coming

We’ve shared how one of the best parts of selling beautiful used luxury cars is hearing great feedback from happy clients.  This includes referrals, repeat customers, and sharing their experience with us on review sites and directories.  Here’s one that one of our clients posted on the Select Luxury Cars page on Bing Local:

Select Luxury Cars atlanta car dealership review on bing

Actual customer review on Bing for Select Luxury Cars

Doug really helped me throughout the sales process. I felt like I was helped into buying, not pushed into buying. All of my questions were answered, even a couple of questions I had after I bought my car. I’ve already sent a few friends here when they were looking for a quality used car at a fair price.

CarAficionadoMarch 8, 2010

And here’s one that another customer posted about us on the Select Luxury Cars profile page on CitySearch:

Luxury and cars at its BEST

by carguy5oh at Citysearch

Select Luxury Cars is a first class dealership. I have never been able to say about another dealership, that my entire experience was memorable and completely positive, but at select luxury cars I was welcomed and treated with respect and professionalism. All the staff were very friendly and accomodating. Finance was prearranged and a breeze. Car was an absolute dream and looked better in person then on any of the 30 plus photos. I felt as though I was a priority guest and not just another car being rotated off the lot. I highly recommend Select Luxury to ALL. They are a great organization and a fabulous group of people. They definately know their stuff and have it down to a T.

  • Pros: personal service and high standard of excellence
  • Cons: none

(he gave us a 5-star rating – thank you!)

If you’ve done business with us, would you mind taking a couple of minutes to help us help more people get their dream cars?  We’d certainly appreciate it!   Just visit the pages above and write an honest review about your experience with our luxury car dealership in Marietta, GA.  Or if you prefer to write a review on another site, we’d appreciate that too. Here are a couple to make it easy for you:

Select Luxury Cars on Yahoo! Local

Select Luxury Cars on Yelp

Select Luxury Cars on MerchantCircle

Select Luxury Cars on Kudzu.com

Or if you have another favorite, feel free to share your experience there.

We know that these days, people do their homework online before buying a used car, getting a car loan, or any other major purchase.  Having a number of customer reviews on several sites helps customers make a more educated decision about the company they’re about to do business with, and that also helps us keep our marketing and advertising costs down so we can keep our prices competitive.  It’s a win-win for everyone, so we thank you in advance for your time !

Or if you’d like to contact us directly, feel free to visit our Atlanta used luxury car dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South. Marietta, GA 30060, mail us at P.O. Box 6397, Marietta, GA 30065-0397, call us at 770-421-0070 or toll free at 1-800-283-7224, or email info@selectluxury.com.

Like the guys at Bartle’s & Jayme’s used to say in their 1980’s ads, thanks for your support.  (Just don’t mix wine coolers or other alcohol with driving!)

Porsche 911 Carrera 1996 Customized by TechArt for sale in Atlanta – Video

February 11, 2010 2 comments

Here is the video on the stunning Porsche 911 Carrera S TECHART.

This video of a 1996 Porsche Carrera S 911 TECHART was filmed  in the showroom at the Select Luxury Cars dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta GA 30065.  Select Luxury Cars is a used car dealership near Atlanta that specializes in pre-owned luxury automobiles, performance autos, exotic sports cars and collectible vehicles. You can view current inventory, as well as FAQs or general information via our website, or call 678-622-5587.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Turbo

February 5, 2010 1 comment

Every once in a while, you get the rare opportunity to obtain something truly unique. Here at Select Luxury, we come across tons of unique and special vehicles, but there is always that one car that stands above the rest in terms of rarity.

For the past month I have kept this Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Twin-Turbocharged in the corner of my eye. It is one of several built and tuned by hand at New York’s DeMan Motorsports. This incredible machine is equipped with a laundry list of options, but above all, it is twin turbocharged tuned, dynoed, and can produce an astonishing 585 horsepower.

Techart 911 Exterior

In complete honesty, words cannot do this car justice. The photos are incredible, and just wait until you experience the power firsthand.

For more information, specs, and pricing, please feel free to visit the Select Luxury website.

List of the items that were modified:

*993 Twin Turbo motor!

*993 Twin Turbo transmission!

*GT2 sport seats Black/Red Inserts!

*GT2 Turbos!

*GT2 fuel pressure regulator!

*Custom tuned ECU!

*Bilstein PSS9 Coil Over Suspension kit!

Techart 911 Interior

*Porsche Motorsports Short Throw shifter kit!

*Modified Air Mass Meter!

*RS Sachs Sport clutch!

*100 Cell High Flow Cats!

*Fabspeed Sport exhaust!

*Stainless steel braided brake lines!

*993 Twin Turbo front bumper!

*993 Twin Turbo Rear wing!

*993 Twin Turbo brakes!

*Techart 18″ GTS wheels!

*Techart Strut Tie Bar!

*Techart 340mm Sport Steering Wheel With Airbag!

*Carbon Fiber Shifter & E brake!

*Carbon Fiber interior!

*Custom Interior Alcantara!

*CDC 6 CD changer!

**All Modifications Are Fully Documented and cost well over 100K to buy and install!

These photos of a 1996  Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Turbo  was photographed in the showroom at the Select Luxury Cars dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta GA 30065.  Select Luxury Cars is a used car dealership near Atlanta that specializes in pre-owned luxury automobiles, performance autos, exotic sports cars and collectible vehicles. You can view current inventory, as well as FAQs or general information via our website, or call 678-622-5587.

2010 Porsche Panamera S

I honestly have no idea where to start on this one. It has taken Porsche all of its life to produce this car- and let me start by saying- it is simply the best four door sedan you can buy today. The ride is pure Porsche, and while driving it, you forget you are driving a four door saloon. Since it first went on sale in October, Porsche has nearly sold 5,000 of these cars- with over half of them being turbo models- making it a huge success. I have driven them all from Mercedes, Maserati, BMW, Audi- all the luxury sedan manufacturers. And the Porsche simply blows all of them right out of the water. It corners like a Porsche, drives like a Porsche, and the interior is distinctively Porsche.

Porsche Panamera S Exterior

Even though Volkswagen recently purchased Porsche, this car is still the one of the best Saloon cars I’ve ever driven. The Audi S8, Mercedes S63 AMG, Maserati Quattroporte, and others by the major luxury brands- can’t even compare- Especially when you drive them all- then step into the Porsche. Under the hood, it shared the same base motor with the Cayenne- which is a brilliant motor.

Porsche Panamera S Interior

The Interior is one of the best I’ve ever seen used in a car. From the drivers seat, you still have the iconic 5 gauges made famous by the 911, however in the fourth gauge, you have a screen that shows where you are in the Navigation, or allows you to toggle though your iPod or phone. You still have the left-hand ignition, and three spoke steering wheel- all typically Porsche. The controls are daunting at first, but once you use them after ten minutes, they become very easy to learn and use. You even have the LED running lights that are now standard on most 911s and Caymans.

Porsche Panamera S Interior- Fourth Gauge

This particular car just barely has 1600 miles, and is Carfax certified.

  • 19″ Panamera Turbo Wheels
  • XM and Bluetooth
  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • Navigation (Dual Screens)
  • Much Much More!

2010 Porsche Panamera Information, Pricing, Specs, and Photos

If you have any questions about what any of these features do, or have a purchase interest, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment! Select Luxury is here for YOU! Please let us know how we can better serve you, or if you have any suggestions for future posts.

Porsche Panamera S Interior- rear

Week in Review- January 3rd

January 10, 2010 2 comments

BMW

BMW announced that it would be bringing back the 7series B7 for the 2010 model year. It now features 20 spoke wheels, with a 500 Horepower engine producing a massive 516 Lb-Ft of torque. The enite car sits about a cnetimeter lower than the average 7series. All the tech toys weve vome to expect from BMW are still there in the form of Dynamic Damping, Active Roll Stabilization, Dynamic Traction Control and Dynamic Stability Control, which is apparently what it takes to keep a 500 HP car that weighs 5,000lbs on the straight and narrow or, what it takes to make a car wearing 21″ wheels ride well.

2010 BMW 7series AlphinaAlpinas will be available from BMW dealers later this year, but there’s no word on price yet.

Ford

Just when everyone else was catching up to Ford’s standard-bearing infotainment system, the propeller heads in Dearborn have unveiled their next-generation human machine interface, and based on what we’ve seen it’s really, ridiculously good.

My Lincoln Demo

The MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch are the next evolutions in Ford’s control scheme. It takes the navigation plus Sirius Travel Link system and simplifies and augments all aspects of operation. When Ford approached the problem of the human machine interface (HMI) they decided to resolve it into four distinct groupings, phone, navigation, entertainment, and climate. They put these four segment in the corners of the navi screen and made each report current conditions regardless of how deep you’ve dug into the file structure.

Porsche

Like the current model, the new Cayenne will share its platform with the VW Touareg, the 2011 VW Touareg is scheduled for a Detroit Auto Show unveiling next week while the Cayenne is scheduled for the Geneva Auto Show in March.

2011 Porsche Panamera
Autocar says to expect a weight decrease of around 375 Lbs, largely thanks to Porsche ditching pretensions of off-road capability along with the low-range transfer case and and locking rear differential. Inside, expect a fancier interior in the vein of the Porsche Panamera, with a high center console and nicer materials.

These spy photos also reveal that the Cayenne will be wearing a Panamera like hood bulge while, like the 911, the Cayenne Turbo gains LED running lights and a larger grille to accommodate the intercooler.

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