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So how did President’s Day become the big day for car sales?

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Alvan T. Fuller Original Presidents Day Sale

Alvan T. Fuller was the 50th Governor of Massachusetts, and was one of the earliest auto dealers to feature a President's Day sale when he sold Packards in the early 1900s

According to an article on Boston.com from February 16, 2011, at least part of the idea dates all the way back to Alvan T. Fuller, a bicycle dealer in Malden, Massachusetts in 1897.

The enterprising bike salesman — who eventually became more famous as the governor of Massachusetts who refused to pardon anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartelomo Vanzetti for murder — hyped bicycle sales on George Washington’s birthday, hanging a sign outside his shop that read “COME ON IN…IT’S OPEN HOUSE,” according to an article in the Boston Globe in 1964.

According to later accounts, other bike shops had similar marketing programs in the late 1800s, and many of those bicycle shops went on to become car dealers.

Like Alvan T. Fuller, we invite you to come by our store during this traditional car sales week. It’s open house here, too.

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How to Prepare Your Car to Tow a Trailer

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many drivers enjoy the benefits of towing a trailer. For a family vacation, a trailer can give you much more freedom to roam, and at a fraction of the cost of paying for a hotel room or other accommodations.

Towing a trailer is not just a case of hitching up and speeding off, however. Here are three things to remember about preparing your car.

  1. Make sure your car is up to the job. Every car has a different towing capability, largely based on its engine size and power. According to the size of your car, you may or may not be able to safely tow certain trailers. Check the owner’s manual for the maximum towing capability and then compare this to the trailer. Call us if you have questions.
  2. Ensure that the trailer is road worthy. While many drivers spend a lot of time and money maintaining their car, it’s surprising how many of them neglect their trailers. Make an appointment with our service department to check the brakes, suspension, tire pressure and electrical systems before you set out. Your trailer needs to be serviced just as much as your car.
  3. Check that the trailer is properly attached. Different cars and trailers operate with different towing mechanisms. Even if you have towed a trailer in a car before, your current car may have a different towing system. Check all the relevant steps required to adequately hitch the trailer to your car, and take time to test this properly before you set out on a journey.
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Winter Tires and How They Can Benefit You

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Several years ago, “snow tires” became known as “winter tires.” In addition to being competent in heavy snow, winter tires are also superior to all-season and summer tires, in that the rubber compounds in winter tires provide better grip in lower temperatures and in ice and slush.

While all-season tires have improved over the years and many drivers use them exclusively, no single investment in your vehicle will provide safer vehicle handling than a set of quality winter tires. Not only do winter tires improve your vehicle’s traction, they also help your braking and cornering.

Although you could purchase just two tires for the front of the car, this can adversely affect your vehicle’s handling in one of two ways. Your car will be prone to over-steer (with the rear of your car sliding around) or under-steer (where your wheels are turned but your vehicle plows forward). Both of these create potentially hazardous situations.

To help find the best solution for your car, call us to discuss the different options that are available. For example, you could have your summer tires removed and winter tires mounted. You may also want to purchase a designated set of winter rims on which to mount your winter tires and have your wheels alternated between winter and other seasons.

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Fun Facts: Highest Speed Limits in America

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An 85 mile per hour (mph) speed limit goes into effect for a stretch of Texas highway between Austin and San Antonio this fall, making it the highest speed limit for a rural interstate in the country. Let’s take a look at the states that clock in at the top of the nation’s speed limits for such stretches.

States with an 80 mph speed limit are Texas and Utah. Depending on the segment of the rural interstate, it can range from 75 to 85 mph in Texas and 75 to 80 mph in Utah.

States with a 75 mph speed limit include Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

The states with a 70 mph limit are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

The above maximum speeds may not apply to commercial trucks, for which many states set a lower limit. Speed limits also vary by area, conditions and time of day. Sticking to the posted speed limit helps you avoid both costly traffic tickets and accidents when hitting the road.

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When and Where Was the First Electric Traffic Signal Installed?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Q: When and where was the first electric traffic signal installed?

A: The world got its first electric traffic signal in 1914 in Cleveland. Installed at Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street, the signal came from a design by James Hoge. It featured four pairs of red and green lights, each mounted on a post at each corner of the intersection. A controller in a booth manually operated the stop-go indicators.

In an article published by the Cleveland Automobile Club shortly after the installation of the electric traffic signal, the club stated, “This system is, perhaps, destined to revolutionize the handling of traffic in congested city streets and should be seriously considered by traffic committees for general adoption.”

Other traffic firsts and notable events around that time include:

  • 1907 — The first traffic island was installed in San Francisco.
  • 1908 — Left-hand drive became standard in American cars.
  • 1911 — The first center dividing line was painted in Michigan.
  • 1916 — The first “No Left Turn” sign debuted in Buffalo, N.Y.

All of the above helped to bring order to the streets of the world, giving all users of roads in those days — pedestrians, bicyclists, horseback riders, streetcars and autos — direction as to where to move in traffic and when.

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Five Ways to Keep Your Car or Truck Clean

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Considering the amount of time you spend in your car or truck, it’s no surprise that it gets messy. Use the following tips to keep your vehicle tidy between trips to the car wash:

1) Keep a trash container in your car.

It doesn’t need to hang from your radio dial like in the old days. Simply tuck it behind the passenger seat for easy access. Toss in any receipts from drive-thru trips and recyclables to sort out later.

2) Take a travel mug.

Whether for water or coffee, bring it in with you at the end of your drive for washing. If you leave leftover coffee in the car, it will start to stink, especially if you used cream or milk.

3) Cover your back seat if you have dogs.

Many options exist for protecting your back seat from dirty paws and dog hair. Use one and make the trip to the auto wash easier for both the employees and you. Unless you spend big bucks on an auto detail, the basic car wash package will not remove all signs of your pet if you don’t use a cover, and that can leave you frustrated.

4) Give only spill-proof containers to younger passengers.

Sippy cups help protect your vehicle from liquid stains, and snack-trap style containers allow little hands to grab food but shut once removed.

5) Upgrade your floor mats.

If you live in an area with snow and sleet, choose all-weather mats to protect the floor of your auto. Shake them out weekly and rinse to keep dirt and debris from spreading to carpet surrounding the mat. Even if you don’t get wet winter weather, these mats help to keep dirt and dust from getting ground into your vehicle’s carpet.

Follow the above tips and seriously cut down on the amount of clutter and unwanted debris in your car or truck. If you need your car detailed to get that extra clean feeling, fill out the form below or give us a call today!

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Happy Columbus Day!

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue….and landed in the “New World”, or what we call the United States of America, nowadays. Columbus Day was unofficially celebrated for years before finally becoming a federal holiday in 1937. Have a happy Columbus Day!

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