Car Safety Through the Decades

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Car Safety Innovations through the Decades

Karl Benz is credited with inventing the automobile in the mid-1880s. It was little more than a seat, three wheels, and an internal combustion engine. It was so bare-bones in fact, that when Karl’s wife Bertha attempted the first long-distance trip with the car, 66 miles, she made a number of technical improvements along the way. She even made a major safety innovation, adding leather to the brake blocks. Since then, there have been a number of major safety innovations, including

  • More Brakes
  • Shatter-Resistant Windows
  • Seatbelts
  • Scientific Safety Testing
  • Airbags
  • Computer-Assisted Safety Features

Car safety innovations of the 1920s

One of the major innovations of the 1920s was the switch from two-wheel brakes to four-wheel brakes. This shift occurred after it became widely-accepted that car design could contribute to accidents or accident prevention. Prior to that time, many people championed the idea that driver education, law enforcement, and road design could be used to prevent all road accidents.

Another major safety innovation of the 20s was driven by the injuries caused by glass shards, shatter-resistant glass. Early experimentations included doing things like ebbing horizontal wire through the glass to minimize shattering during accidents. Eventually, companies began making windshields out of layers of glass with celluloid in between them to prevent dangerous shattering.

Car safety innovations of the 1930s

The 1930s saw the invention of a safety feature most drivers are personally familiar with, Driver’s Education. Invented in Pennsylvania, Driver’s Ed has taken a number of forms over the years. Initially, demand was low, so there was more individualized instruction. As the number of students increased, classroom learning became more prominent. There were even driving simulators developed by insurance companies for student to use to practice.

Car safety innovations of the 1940s

The 1940s saw the wider availability of a number of features that we consider beyond standard, seatbelts and windshield wipers. These were introduced as part of the continuing effort to improve driver safety, though things like seatbelts wouldn’t be a mandatory feature in cars for some years. Some people didn’t even like seatbelts because it reminded them that car accidents were a real possibility.

Car safety innovations of the 1950s

The 1950s saw one of the most important innovations in car safety, crash testing. This included things like using crash test dummies to try to gauge the impact of crashes on drivers. Power steering was also introduced in the 1950s. Not exactly a safety feature, but being able to turn the car wheel easily does have a number of safety benefits. For example, it makes it easier to maneuver around obstacles.

Car safety innovations of the 1960s

In the 1960s, car safety innovations began dealing less with improving car construction and passenger restraint, and focus more on driver assistance. For example, in 1960, Charles Adler Jr. developed the Spaceometer. It was a device that showed the recommended number of car lengths drivers should keep from the car in front of them at a given speed. The first collapsible steering columns were also introduced during the 1960s. This was to reduce the likelihood that drivers would be crushed or impaled by their steering column during an accident.

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed in 1966. This eventually led to things like seatbelts, padded dashboards, and other features becoming mandatory in all new cars. While these features had previously existed, only certain states, and only starting in the 1960s, had required that they be included on new cars. And for things like seatbelts, although it was mandatory to include them in cars, it wasn’t mandatory that they be worn by drivers until 1984 at the earliest. Since the 1960s, seatbelt laws have been amended a number of times. Currently, they require a three-point restraint system to be installed for each seat in a vehicle.

Car safety innovations of the 1970s

The 1970s saw the introduction of airbags. These were originally an optional feature included in larger GM cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, also began crash-testing popular cars and publishing the results. This not only informed consumers, but pushed manufacturers to improve vehicle safety.

Car safety innovations of the 1980s

Although breathalyzer technology had been around in one form or another since the 1920s, and what people usually think of as a breathalyzer has existed since the 1950s, it wasn’t until the 1980s that the ignition interlock breathalyzer was invented. This was a major boon to public safety, preventing cars from starting for someone who is over the legal limit. The third warning brake light also became mandatory in the 1980s. This one was placed in the middle of the back of the car.

Car safety innovations of the 1990s

Airbags became mandatory in the 1990s. The number and type of airbags in cars have been increasing ever since. Side airbags were also introduced in the 1990s.

Car safety innovations of the 2000s

As car safety continues to evolve through the decades, the number of major, new innovations falls off. The industry is producing smaller enhancements to existing systems and changing the laws surrounding them. For example, trunk releases became mandatory in 2000 to prevent people from becoming stuck in car trunks. Side impact tests became more common and the NHTSA also released data on rollover testing for SUVs.

Car safety innovations of the 2010s

A lot of the innovation around car safety since the turn of the century, and particularly in the second decade, has centered around computer-assisted safety features. For example, there have been a proliferation of things like automatic breaking and systems to alerts you if drift out of your lane.

Car safety has come a long way since Karl Benz and his wife Bertha. Gone are the days when a car’s primary safety feature was the driver’s awareness. Now cars have computer-assisted safety features ranging from anti-skid mechanisms to sensors that can apply the brakes for you. Who knows what fascinating device car manufacturers will create to keep people safe in the future?

Presidential Cars through the Decades

For over 100 years, Presidents have been riding around in their own vehicles, but most notably in the Presidential limousine or SUV surrounded by Secret Service. Presidential cars weren’t always limousines! Some presidents enjoyed collecting, and there were different types of vehicles before the standard limousine design. Famous presidential cars are:

  • 2009 Cadillac One “The Beast”
  • 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
  • 1970/72 Lincoln Continental
  • 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible
  • 1961 Amphicar
  • 1961 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
  • 1961 Lincoln Continental SS-100-X
  • 1952 US Army Jeep
  • 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
  • 1950 Oldsmobile 98
  • 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Tudor Sedan
  • 1939 Lincoln K-series “Sunshine Special”
  • 1939 Packard Twelve
  • 1909 Baker Electric
  • 1909 White Model M Steamer

2009 Cadillac One “The Beast”

Who: President Barack Obama

Based on the truck chassis from the GM lineup, this Cadillac DeVille limousine inspired wheels was made with heavy-duty tires and wheels. Not only that, but it was made with many lightweight materials like aluminum and titanium that made it more durable against threats. It was also rumored that it had been diesel-powered.

1983 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Who: President Ronald Reagan

There were two of these models made: one for President Reagan and another for the Secret Service. They were built for maximum visibility of the President whilst still having maximum security. Upon retirement, one vehicle was given back to GM and the second is on display at the Reagan Presidential Library.

1970/72 Lincoln Continental

Who: Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan

This Presidential vehicle is most famous for being on TV during the assassination attempts for both President Ford and Reagan. While it was a 1972 model, it had 1970 serial numbers. It was the first limousine for the President that had a roof opening for waving at crowds.

1967 Ford Mustang Convertible

Who: President Bill Clinton

More of his own personal car, Clinton drove this car around and treated it like his prized possession up until his presidency. He even kept using it during his time as governor for Arkansas. Now, it is a piece for collecting as one of the most collected vehicles.

1961 Amphicar

Who: President Lyndon B Johnson

This car, another personally used presidential vehicle, was made between the years of 1961-1968 and had less than 4,000 made during its time. It’s known for its amphibious qualities, being able to ride on land and float on water. Johnson’s still resides on his ranch in Texas today.

1961 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Who: President John F Kennedy

For his personal use, this was JFK’s car of choice – and was it the coolest on the road. He had this car for quite some time before he became president.

1961 Lincoln Continental SS-100-X

Who: Presidents John F Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson, Richard Nixon

This is probably the most recognizable limousine when it comes to presidential cars. Lincoln eagerly accepted the White House’s request for a new limousine and jumped on the task. Unfortunately, it was the car that JFK was assassinated in. After that, the car was rebuilt with added armor, bullet proof top, and other modifications. It was used until 1977, then retired to the Henry Ford Museum where it is today.

1952 U.S. Army Jeep

Who: President Ronald Reagan

As a gift from his wife, his post-war Jeep was surplus. Reagan considered highly of this vehicle, and it’s still on his California ranch today.

1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan

Who: Presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F Kennedy

Through 1965, this model was ordered by President Truman to replace the previous vehicle. President Truman had a negative history with GM after being denied a car for his 1948 campaign, so he snubbed them when it was time to order a new limousine and went with Ford.

1950 Oldsmobile 98

Who: President Richard Nixon

At the time of his running for vice president, he had to refute allegations about illegal campaign contributions. He referred to his Olds 98 as part of his “everyman” image, and the 98 was about as middle-class as you could get in 1950.

1946 Ford Super Deluxe Tudor Sedan

Who: President Harry Truman

While he may not have driven it much after he received it, the Ford Super Deluxe isn’t just iconic because President Truman owned it. It was the first Ford to come off the assembly line after the second World War.

1939 Lincoln K-series “Sunshine Special”

Who: President Franklin D Roosevelt

This was the first Presidential Limousine that was built for a purpose. It wasn’t originally armored, but it was equipped with lights, a siren, running boards, and grab handles for Secret Service. It wasn’t until after the attack on Pearl Harbor that they protected the president from snipers by fitting the car with armor plating and bulletproof glass. It’s now in the Henry Ford Museum.

1939 Packard Twelve

Who: President Franklin D Roosevelt

This was the first armored car with bulletproof glass to be used by an American president. It was also one of the last American-made V12 cars in production. It wasn’t an official presidential limousine, but FDR kept the Twelve for years. Now, it’s housed in the Toyota Automotive Museum.

1909 Baker Electric

Who: President William Taft

This is one of the most well-known, early electric vehicles, which was the personal car of choice for President Taft (not that there was much choice as today). It was sold consistently and is now in the Petersen Automotive Museum in California.

1909 White Model M Steamer

Who: President William Taft

Officially, President Theodore Roosevelt was the first US president to have a presidential automobile. It wasn’t until President Taft, though, that he introduced his Model M Steamer as the presidential car and converted the White House stables into a garage. After that, the country began to take notice of the official presidential vehicle.

Cars of Royalty

We’ve all wondered what being in the upper crust of high society is like. Servants and chauffeurs waiting on your every minute of every day, hand and foot, making sure that you’re taken care of; sounds like the life. But alas, many of us cannot, as we’re not born into that life of luxury or our lives took us down a different, apolitical path. What we can do, however, is to admire all their expensive assets in admiration and (sometimes) envy. With vehicles, it’s no exception. Royal Family members, high-ranking public officials and politicians get to drive whatever they’d like, whenever they’d like—sometimes opting to take the easy route and be a passenger. Are you interested to see what some of the world leaders drive for pleasure or safety?

Renault 4 of his Holiness, Pope Francis

Though not a politician, Pope Francis is one of the most beloved figures in the world and the sovereign of the State of Vatican City. The head of the Catholic Church was given this white 1984 hatchback economy car with more than 150,000 miles on the odometer after rejecting many of the luxury vehicles of his predecessors, so that he could encourage frugality in not only Italy, but the world. For grandstand public appearances and safety purposes, he is still asked to ride in the ‘Pope mobile’, a bullet-proof and armored Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz 600, the Royal Car of Muhammad VI, King of Morocco

Taking over the throne in 1999, King Mohammed VI of Morocco has his father and predecessor, King Hassan II to thank for his use of the always stylish and classic Mercedes-Benz 600. The high-end luxury sedan/limousine was produced between 1963 and 1981 and is one of the most popular cars among the upper class and politicians alike.

Toyota Century Royal, the Royal Car of Akihito, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan

The official state car of Emperor Akihito, the Toyota Century Royal G51 has had only four vehicles produced, three sedans and one hearse. The 4-door limousine is different from the regular version in that it has wool cloth upholstery, granite internal entry steps, and Japanese rice paper headlining for the passenger compartment. While the security measures are undisclosed for his Majesty’s vehicles, one would assume it includes bullet-proof glass and armored plating, on top of the 5.0 L V12 engine.

Bentley State Limousine of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Created by Bentley in honor of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, which marked the fiftieth year after her ascension to the throne, the State Limousine has been the official state car since 2002. Only two of the vehicles have been produced and each sport a twin-turbocharged 6.75 L V8 engines. Longer than a standard Bentley and featuring coach doors that open at about ninety degrees, the maroon vehicles have been converted to run on biofuel and are each valued at ten million GBP.

The Austin FX4 Black London Cab of George Tupou V, the King of Tonga

Though this great man is no longer with us, he will be remember as an eccentric reformer who relinquished much of his own power to that of his country’s people. His vehicle will also be remembered for being abnormally ordinary, as he once said that the London Cab was the perfect size to comfortably get in and out of while wearing traditional military dress clothes of spurs and a sheath containing a sword.

The Stretched Volvo S80 of His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

The second longest-reigning monarch in Sweden’s rich history. King Gustaf’s Volvo S80 is usually accompanied by a fleet of other vehicles within the royal “stable”.  This version retains and enhances many of the safety features that standard models have, but is much longer and is in limousine form.

Modified Rolls-Royce Phantom IV of His Majesty, King Felipe VI of Spain

While the Spanish Royal Family uses a variety of different BMW and Mercedes-Benz models, it is said that a special order was placed right before the marriage of King Felipe (then Prince of Asturias) and Queen Letizia when a Phantom IV was to be rebuilt to include armored protection heavy-duty air conditioner, and a special armored bubble to protect the rear passengers. The Phantom IV is already one of the most exclusive Rolls-Royce models ever built at eighteen between 1950 and 1956, having mainly only been used by other royal families around the world.

The Lexus LS 600j L Landaulet of Albert II, Prince of Monaco

The reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco is one of the wealthiest royals in the world, with his net worth and assets valued at just over one billion dollars. This definitely makes sense when his official state car became this one-off hybrid sedan, featuring a landaulet configuration body that differed greatly from the typical 4-door luxury sedan.

Rolls-Royse Silver Wraith of President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

The official state car of the country of Ireland is one of the classiest and luxurious vehicles used by any politician or royalty. This 1947 landaulette is only used occasionally for presidential ceremonies and is nicknamed “DeV’s car” because it was near and dear to the heart of former President Eamon de Valera. The 4-door saloon, full-size luxury car was produced from 1946 to 1958 and features a 4.3 L I6 engine—a classic, much like its cousin, the Phantom IV.

These are only a few of the most interesting and classy vehicles ever owned by royalty. While many of us can only imagine what it would be like to own one of these, let alone drive them. We can always look forward to the day we get our own dream car.

The Weirdest Cars of All-Time

Sure, we all want a better vehicle, but think about the design effort that went into creating your current vehicle. Hundreds of people were involved from the ground up to create a fantastic piece of machinery that not only works safely and soundly but looks the part as well. Once a manufacturer knows that their vehicle is accepted by testers, they will then shell out millions of dollars into a marketing campaign so that you may find it attractive and in turn, purchase it.

However, over the course of time that the automobile and its distant cousins have been around there have been, well, weird makes and models of vehicles created and designed without test audiences. These vehicles were created with the same intentions of models in the present, only they didn’t take with the general public of the time, whether for reasons surrounding practicality or for cosmetic designs that were deemed just under hideous and were either discontinued or never got past the conceptual showroom phase. Whether or not they were released, these vehicles will still exist in the minds of the folks that conceived them and in history books for being some of the weirdest cars of all-time.

DeLorean DMC-12

It’s Weird BecauseTime-Travel. Just Kidding. While this sports car may be beloved for that reason, it’s weird because it looks like an electric shaver and is underwhelming for all the attention that it obtained. Also, its doors are extremely inconvenient.

Arguably the most famous of the vehicles on this list, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a sports car manufactured by DeLorean Motor Company from 1981 to 1983. The passion project and creative opus of automotive engineer and executive John DeLorean featured gull-wing doors and a stainless-steel fiberglass body structure. A little more than 8,500 units were put into production and circulation, but the vehicle was the only model produced by the company because of cost overruns and lack of demand, which lead to DeLorean’s post-Pontiac/GMC endeavor to file for bankruptcy.

While DeLorean Motor Company may have only had a brief decade tenure in the lives of people, its lone model lives on in many of our hearts as the modified vehicle of transportation—a time machine—for Marty McFly and Dr. Emmitt Brown in the Steven Spielberg-produced, Robert Zemeckis-directed ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy.

Stout Scarab

It’s Weird Because: It looks more like a dirigible from a diesel-punk story than a car.

Designed by former Ford Motor Company executive William Bushnell Stout and manufactured by one of his companies (Stout Engineering Laboratories/Stout Motor Company), this experiment prototype is one of the very first minivans ever produced! Featuring a fiberglass body shell, air suspension, a rear V8 engine, the long, beetle-like vehicle that was “produced” in the 1930s and 1940s is known for being an Art Deco icon at the peak of the movement. However, due in large part to the hefty price tag of the time (the equivalent to $80,000 today), it was never really produced and less than a dozen hand-made models came to fruition. It is said that at least five Stout Scarabs still exist to this day, with one from 1935 in running condition at the Owls Head Transportation museum in Owls Head, Maine.

BMW 250/300/600 (Isetta)

It’s Weird Because: It looks more like it should be cracked into an omelet than driven to work.

Produced between 1955 and 1962, BMW’s Isetta model is a single cylinder microcar known as the vehicle that spawned the term “bubble car” because of its egg-like shape and bubble-like windows. Headlamps were fixed separately on the sides of the frame of the car and the front door opened swung open to reveal the single bench driver’s seat, steering wheel, and instrument panel. The only opening window, as well as the ventilation, came from the sunroof. The 600 Edition stretched the vehicle a tad to allow for four seats, though it wasn’t much bigger with a width of 55 inches.

Peel P50

It’s Weird Because: You may not be able to turn around if you miss a turn; oh, and you may not fit inside.

Three-wheeled microcar. Intrigued yet? Peel Engineering Company’s P50 was manufactured between 1962 and 1965 on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. There were only 50 of the 1-door coupe microcars produced, of which only half still exist to this day. The weird little cars were marketed as being able to contain one adult person and a shopping bag or two. There is one small door on the left side of the vehicle and no reverse gear, but instead a handle at the rear to maneuver the back wheel, similar to that of a boat rudder.

Amphicar Model 770

It’s Weird Because: The car’s name is a portmanteau, which suggest something fishy—hint, hint—is going on.

Designed by German industrialist Hanns Trippel and manufactured by the Quandt Group, about 4,000 Amphicar Model 770s were built between 1961 and 1968. If you haven’t guessed yet, the Model 770 is an amphibious car known for being able to drive in water. Twin propellers mounted under the rear bumper provide propulsion, using the same four-cylinder engine powering the vehicle’s use on land. Cosmetically, the Amphicar bears a little bit of resemblance to a 60s Cadillac, with the likes of President Johnson getting behind the wheel and scaring visitors to his ranch that the brakes were broken.

1957 Fiat 600 Multipla (Coachbuilt)

It’s Weird Because: If you’re operating the vehicle you feel obligated to welcome the rest of the passengers to “Disney’s Jungle Cruise”.

Fiat’s four-dour multipurpose vehicle was another one of the many precursors to the minivan and station wagon, built from 1956 to 1969, only it shares a lot of resemblance to that of a Volkswagen. However, a specific design of this model is what has made this list: the Coachbuilt. Italian coachbuilder company Fissore designed a version of this MPV that looks eerily like that of a Walk Disney World parking lot shuttle, with a bright blue and white paint job and wooden bench seats.

There have been many ridiculous and wildly designed cars since the vehicle’s inception and their mainstay as a replacement for horsepower, and for many different reasons these ones succeeded or failed, they will remain with use as a neat little retro reminder of the creativity that automotive designers can have.

Top Luxury Car Brands that You Need

Whether you’re a fledgling car enthusiast or a gearhead when it comes to the hottest luxury cars, the best is always better. When you’re not cruising the streets or filling your next auto-show appearance, you should look at our list for the top luxury car brands. Who knows, maybe after looking at what they have to offer, you’ll see these luxury car brands under a different light.

Side note: Our top luxury car brands list is subjective, so let us know what your top luxury car brands are. But, in case you want to know more about the latest models these luxury car brands have to offer, we will be sure to lead you the right way.

Audi

The Audi history was founded by August Horch, who started the Company HORCH & CO in Germany. Mr. Horch had to leave his own company in 1909 due to major problems with the commercial management and founded the company we know today as Audi. Audi have mostly been known for the speed in their luxury cars. Technologically advanced features and futuristic style have made Audi a big player between the likes of BMW and Mercedes Benz

Check out their latest sports luxury car model, the Audi RS 3 Sedan.

Lexus

Buyers who are shopping for luxury cars with a more practical approach should consider the Lexus brand. Lexus vehicles offer many of the same advantages as Toyota, and they are considered one of the more reliable luxury car brands, with generally solid dependability ratings across the board.

Check out the latest LC Inspiration Series from Lexus.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is a German brand of luxury cars, founded in 1902 by Gottlieb Daimler. From its inception, Mercedes luxury cars have always been identified with perfection, thanks to the incredible engineering innovations over the last several decades. Their mark in luxury car brands is solidified with it’s high end sophistication in its models. The near-perfect leisure rides from one of the best luxury car brands in the market.

Check out the latest AMG S 63 and S 65 Sedans from Mercedes-Benz.

BMW

The BMW Group is now one of the largest car manufacturers in the world and, with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, they control three of some of the biggest luxury car brands.

Check out the latest BMW luxury car brands here.

Maybe you already have the latest luxury cars of these major luxury car brands. Good for you! Then you must be quite the collector or prefer to invest in important things that matter to you. We’re sure you have heard of auto equity loans, but in case you forgot:

Auto equity loans are like home equity loans, but instead of using the value of your home, you use the value of your vehicle to get a loan. Like most loans, auto equity loans must be paid back with interest.

What do you need to qualify for auto equity loans?

  • A vehicle registered in your name
  • Loan documentation
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of employment and income
  • Comprehension and collision auto insurance coverage

Auto equity loans were clearly made for the best models of luxury car brands in mind. Vehicles from major luxury car brands that you own probably have a higher value than most. If you keep up on payments, your valuable automobiles from these top luxury car brands could get you the most cash out of auto equity loans.

Auto Care Guide for the Best Luxury Cars

Before getting money from your best luxury cars with auto equity loans, consider the type of auto care you need to keep your luxury cars fresh. Avoid deteriorating its value, whether it’s physical cleaning or mechanical auto care.

Here are just a few tips in auto for the best luxury cars you own:

Use the right cleaning solutions for auto care: If your best luxury cars have leather seats, simple auto care like cleaning them regularly with a product that’s appropriate for leather surfaces is a must. The same goes for leather-covered steering wheels. When cleaning the carpets, the best luxury cars deserve the best quality products for optimal auto care. Use a good brush with stiff bristles and a quality carpet shampoo. Plastic dashboards can be wiped down with a normal cleaning spray and cloth, but if your luxury cars have wood surfaces or trim you can keep it looking alive by using a cutting polish and microfiber cloth. Don’t forget to vacuum, which is important interior auto care for all luxury cars.

Speaking of wash: This is a continuation of the previous section, but it deserves to be featured, especially for the best luxury cars that you may want to keep looking consistently good for the best auto care. You should wash your car every few weeks to rid it of debris and other substances that could diminish the paint veneer, and thus lower its own value for auto equity loans. Occasional detailing is also highly recommended auto care for the best luxury cars.

Follow simple practices: Auto care for the best luxury cars also means getting rid of habits that could damage the value of the car internally.  Avoid hard braking, which can wear down brake pads and rotors more quickly, and could lead to a pricier auto repair down the line. Slow down when driving over bumps to protect your suspension system. Park in a garage whenever possible to keep your vehicle protected from severe cold and heat, which can cause damage to belts, hoses, batteries and other vehicle systems of luxury cars. Keep your tires properly inflated and rotate them according to the factory-recommended schedule to ensure that the tread doesn’t wear down quickly and unevenly. These simple auto care practices can keep your best luxury cars running stronger and longer.

Follow your car’s maintenance schedule to a T: Auto care for the most basic services, such as oil changes for example, are designed to keep your best luxury cars performing at their peak. Skipping these services of auto care can result in early aging of expensive components, which can bring down the value for auto equity loans. We also highly recommend that you use good quality products when it comes to maintenance and auto care.

Auto Repair is Crucial Auto Care for the Best Luxury Cars

When it comes to auto care for the best luxury cars, nothing is more important than auto repair. Auto repair is crucial for your best luxury cars. Even when following all the possible precautions and tips in auto care, your luxury cars may still suffer from unexpected internal damage such as transmission failure or faulty wiring.

When dealing with any kind of auto repair, follow these tips to ensure the best auto care for your best luxury cars. This can keep them running great and keep their value up for auto equity loans.

  • Learn everything about your car: The best luxury cars have the smartest owners. Whether auto care or auto repair, knowing what parts of your car do can help you understand what it may need if it breaks down. Plus understanding every nook and cranny of your car will help you communicate better with your mechanic when it comes time for auto repair.
  • With auto repair, don’t ignore anything: If you begin hearing a bump or strange noises coming from your best luxury cars, don’t ignore them! Ignoring them is the last thing you want to do and can end up costing you more in auto repair.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions: In the world of auto repair, talking to your mechanic about your best luxury cars is everything! Ask as many questions as you can to ensure the best choices are made for any auto repair. Also, it doesn’t hurt getting professional advice on auto care.

After all this auto care and auto repair advice is met, you should consider getting auto equity loans for your best luxury cars.

What is the Value of Your Luxury Cars?

Whether its auto title loans or auto equity loans, know your luxury cars net as much as you can from a loan, especially if you want the best rate. But one thing to keep in mind is the value of your luxury cars.

Sure, there are ways to get the best care for your luxury cars, but what you need to know right away is what the estimated value of your luxury cars are. There are many ways to look them up, here are just a few to keep in mind to get the highest value and best deal on auto equity loans and title loans.

  • Online pricing at KBB: The Kelly Blue Book is a trusted resource in car pricing and other information about luxury cars. Pricing estimation and values are detailed for any luxury cars you may own.
  • Car appraisal online: Places like Edmunds can help appraise your car for free or a price, dependent on their quality in checking the estimated value of your luxury cars. By filling out information on your luxury cars, they can give you an estimate price that will determine how much you may get out of auto equity loans or auto title loans.
  • Car appraisal at dealership: You could even go to your dealership and ask if you can have a current appraisal on your luxury car to estimate its value for auto title loans or equity loans.

What Hurts the Value of Your Luxury Cars?

In almost all cases, a car, especially a luxury car, depreciates the minute you drive off the dealership lot. Even if you take good care of it, the value of your luxury car will most likely still go down gradually over time, but a car’s resale value can drop even faster if you don’t take care of the car.

David Wurster, president of Vincentric, a company that provides car-valuation data, shared things that especially hurt a car’s resale value:

Excessive damage can be either mechanical or cosmetic. If a buyer would have to fix the damage, it’s considered excessive.

High mileage is a huge factor that hurts resale value. Owners of luxury cars should be wary if the mileage is extremely high for any affordable luxury cars they happen to find at dealerships. It may hint at an underlying problem with the car. Determining the typical mileage for a car you’re considering could also help you avoid unexpected maintenance in the future.

A history of problems or damage is an important determining factor, too. Recurring problems are always a red flag, and so is accident damage. The last thing you want to do is spend more on repairs for luxury cars that only give you mere pennies back in auto equity loans.

A car that’s in poor condition will have a lower value overall. If it’s in rough cosmetic or mechanical shape and needs to be reconditioned but hasn’t been, that extra cost has just been passed to the next owner.

Even though your car’s resale value is determined by some factors that are out of your control, there are other ones you may be able to influence. Simple auto care and repair for your luxury cars is essential to keep and maintain them for years. Simple things like trying to keep your luxury car in a garage or giving it a good clean a few times each month are also just as essential in keeping its value up.

Once you get the estimated value and have maintained your luxury car, then you’ll have a rough idea what you may get from auto title loans.

Car Shows Around the World

Cars have always been the talk of the country. There is always a new technology being introduced to the car market, that makes them special. Well, cars are not just particular to the United States as you know.

All over the world, people celebrate the new technological advances that are placed in cars. This celebration is held at big event, a car show. If you’ve never been to a car show, you are really missing a treat. There’s food, fancy cars, test drives, simulation tests, and fun. Even if you aren’t a “car person”, you should still go to the one your city has next.

If you are the traveling type, it may be a fun idea to travel to all of the best car shows the world has to offer. Our list is not in any particular order of most exquisite to least. They are just the biggest, best car shows in the world:

Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition

Now known as Auto Shanghai, is the oldest auto show in China. This show is held only held on the odd years. It is very well rounded and allows all types of car companies to showcase their new product innovations. It showcases well-known brands like Audi, Volvo, BMW, and many more.

Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance

The Concours D’Elegance concludes the Monterey Car Week. It is an elegant showcase of collector cars. They are judged on presentation, style, and merit. Most of the cars in the concours have been restored to their original conditions. The event takes place outside on the lawn of a Pebble Beach Golf Course. It brings out the world’s wealthiest people to view and admire the cars in the show.

International Geneva Motor Show

Takes place in Geneva, Switzerland and also known as just the Geneva Motor Show, takes place inside of the Palexo Arena, in the Geneva Airport. It takes place every year, and having it at the airport makes it great for travelers in and out of the city. This particular car show is typically visited by people in the automotive industry, and people who just love cars.

Paris Mondial de L’Automoblie

Now known as the Paris Motor Show. This motor show takes place every other year and was the very first car show in the history of car shows. It is also the busiest auto show there is. Its first show was back in 1898. The engineering and design of concept and production cars, are the focus points of the cars that are showcased in the Paris Motor Show.

Tokyo Motor Show

This car show is held every other year, and is usually held in late October. The auto show is based on the number of cars that are produced in Japan: Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and more. It is fitting for a car show to be held in the city’s capital. There are typically 30,000 cars featured in the car show every year.

North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show is also referred to as the Detroit Auto Show. It occurs every year in January. It showcases all of the American automakers, like Ford, GM, etc. This is the show to see, if you are interested in the newest innovations from American car makers.

Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show is held every year in February, at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The 1st show was back in 1901. It is the largest car show in North America: 1,000,000 visitors and 1,000 cars. This car show features production cars, concept cars, and even, race cars.

Woodward Dream Cruise

This is the largest one-day car show in the world. It is held on the 3rd Saturday in August in Detroit, Michigan, every year. This car show features muscle cars, hot rods, and many other car types that were popular during the 1950s-1970s. The idea grew from when carriage drives would race up and down Woodward Avenue, because of how wide the street was.

Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung

This show has been known by several names, including the Frankfurt Motor Show, The International Motor Show Germany, and just the International Motor Show. The show is split into two, on even numbered years commercial vehicles are shown, and passenger vehicles on the odd. However, visitors can see either type of car at either event. It is the biggest car show in the world.

Beijing International Automotive Exhibition

Also known as Auto China, has been taking place for 28 years now. It is held every other year.China is the fastest growing country, and their auto industry is on the rise as well. It features concept and production cars from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc.

Whether you attend a car show just for fun, or because you really do love cars, you will still enjoy yourself. You never know what, nor who you’ll see, or what you’ll learn while there. If you like history, cars, or both. Your local car show, will be a great experience learning all about the history of production and sales of cars in your area. From the oldest car show in the world, to the smallest, there are so many car shows and events across the world that it is hard to miss one wherever you may be.

Car Commercials through the Decades: the Year 2000 and Beyond!

A lot of money goes into marketing campaigns for motor vehicles, especially in the United States. It goes a long way, since the majority of Americans watch an average of five hours of television every day. Car commercials have been around as long as the television advertisement became available, and manufacturers have used everything from cartoons to short film-length vignettes to sell the idea that their vehicle is the pinnacle of human engineering. From heartwarming to hilarious, here are some of the most entertaining, memorable, and human car commercials from the year 2000 and beyond.

2012 KIA Optima Limited Super Bowl Ad

It is typical for an automotive manufacturer to shell out big bucks for a Super Bowl ad that may or may not only last an upwards of 30 seconds or so. With this commercial, Kia went all in for this 90-second extravaganza (3-minutes in an extended version) that offered some lighthearted insight on the prototypical marriage where the audience gets to view the dreams of the couple. As the mystical and legendary Sandman sprinkles fairy dust on Mrs. KIA to the tune of his namesake song by the Chordettes, we get a brief glimpse of her riding off on horseback across a green field, accompanied by Fabio-esque  dream man. The Sandman then stumbles and pours a bountiful amount on Mr. KIA—cue ‘Kickstart My Heart’ by Motley Crue. The man’s hilariously hyper-masculine dream features supermodel Adriana Lima (in addition to a plethora of bikini-clad women in the stands), a rodeo cowboy on a rhinoceros, lumberjacks, a giant sandwich, and MMA fighter Chuck Liddell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSDji8Uk7qQ

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse

This commercial from 2003 fits with the zeitgeist of the era, known for, well, being a peculiar transitional time for music and style, most of which was bad. Featuring the track ‘Days Go By’ from house group Dirty Vegas, the commercial is known for the passenger in riding shotgun late in the evening and her pop-locking dance moves. Mitsubishi is marketing this vehicle to its target audience of the 18-30 year old crowd, who would be hip enough to like the song and the style of the sleek Eclipse. A parody of the commercial was also featured in skit on the hit sketch-comedy show on Comedy Central, “Chappelle’s Show”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH0zWrDi6GA

Volkswagen’s “V-Dub” Campaign

Volkswagen’s 2006 “V-Dub” series of commercials for their GTI Golf were notable as being an obvious parody of MTV’s early 00’s hit car makeover show “Pimp My Ride” which featured rapper Xzibit. In the commercials, the great character actor Peter Stormare stars as an effete and flamboyant German engineer who, along with his assistant, insult and then destroy their guest’s vehicle, usually uttering the phrase “time to un-pimp ze auto”. Before the end of each commercial Stormare’s Wolfgang then flashes a pseudo-gang sign with his hands in the form of a “V” and “W” (V-Dub) which represents Volkswagen. This marketing campaign is hilarious as it pokes fun at the culture clash of an older German generation relating to American youth’s hip-hop culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWMpHc77qNI

2005 Ford Mustang

This Ford Mustang commercial features a playful spin on the Kevin Costner baseball fantasy drama, ‘Field of Dreams’. A man hears the familiar whisper “if you build it, he will come”. The man then begins plowing his crops to build a racing track in the middle of his farm’s field. He then goes to the barn to unveil the newest model of Mustang to test out the track. At the starting line, he waits, until a 60’s style jazz tune plays, unveiling the twist: out of the field comes the ghost of the legendary actor, auto enthusiast, and all-around “king of cool” Steve McQueen. He throws McQueen the keys, and then he does what he does best—drive. This commercial was a solid strategy by Ford Motors to bring McQueen back to life via digital embedding and likeness as, just like the Mustang, he is a cherished American Icon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOsVGc4WlNs

Audi A6 Supercharged Super Bowl Ad

This luxurious Audi is powerful, classy, and an all-around badass piece of vehicular ingenuity. For the marketing of this vehicle, Audi needed an actor who uses actions rather than words to convey power and class. The embodiment of this persona is British actor star Jason Statham. Known for his heavy hitting action scenes, here he is seen jumping from decade to decade (set piece to set piece) being pursued by armed assailants, until he reaches the present where his Audi A6 is waiting. This commercial is a solid piece of marketing, as Statham’s films tend to appeal to the general public and moviegoer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX4MC7i7yPw

KIA Soul Hamster Ads

In 2010, KIA began marketing their Soul and other vehicles to a younger demographic of the population by fusing contemporary urban style and & culture with everyone’s favorite starter pet, the hamster. These dope rodents are dancing to hip-hop and enveloped in all different types of shenanigans. The only thing that is a little unsettling is that they are the same size as a human being, which is weird, but then again, they wouldn’t be able to pilot the KIA Soul otherwise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7geyX1Er1zs

Mercedes-Benz Chicken Ad

This commercial from Mercedes-Benz focuses on developments made to the companies work behind-the-scenes instead of a lone specific model. Flaunting their vehicle’s magic body control and safety, the commercial, shows several engineers holding chickens and moving them around, up and down, back and forth, to show the center of balance that a chicken’s head displays. It’s a brief and unorthodox video, but is magical in that you can’t take your eyes off it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLwML2PagbY

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster Super Bowl Ad

Mercedes-Benz’s most recent big game ad brings out the aesthetic big guns by hiring Academy-Award winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen to direct this minute long commercial for their new roadster. The marketing here is intended to suggest that this vehicle is just as badass as, easy, and free as a motorcycle. Set in a biker bar that worships the famed biker flick ‘Easy Rider’, we see all the motifs of Coen films past, where the commercial culminates in an appearance from ‘Easy Rider’ star, Peter Fonda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvHFM8c7cPM

Even though these ads were made to entertain, they were also made to appeal to our hearts and our wallets. There is a bit of storytelling, a bit of selling, and a lot of fun. Whether you remember the story or the product, they are there in our memories for years to come.

Cartoon Cars and their Real Counterparts through the Decades

In the past 10 years, many cartoon movies have had live-action remakes, particularly Disney recreating a lot of their princess movies. But, for decades, people have attempted to recreate the vehicles of our childhoods like the Mystery Machine and the Flintstone Car. Here are some of the most famous cartoon cars and their real counterparts.

  1. The Mystery Machine
  2. Bumblebee
  3. Flintstone Car
  4. Jetson Car
  5. Mach 5
  6. Gadgetmobile
  7. Lightning McQueen
  8. The Magic School Bus
  1. The Mystery Machine – “Scooby Doo”

Modeled after a 1960s era panel van, the Mystery Machine was able to adapt to any situation in regard to what it could hold inside the back trunk. It had various equipment tools, a bench could be stored, it fit a table and chairs, the walls could be lined with computer equipment, there was a large antenna, and the walls also held kitchen cabinets.

The Real Mystery Machine

For a long time, it was debated what the Mystery Machine was truly modeled after. People used to think a Volkswagen, when it was actually modeled after the Ford Econoline van. There is a real one designed like the Mystery Machine that is a 1972 Ford E200 Econoline van with a $15,000 paintjob alone. The interior is equipped with a disco ball, couch, table, and “ghost finder”. It was built by a man who used to build props for rides at Disney World.

  1. Bumblebee – “Transformers”

Bumblebee is a transformer, specifically an Autobot, that could transform form a yellow car into a fighting robot. He talked and did a lot more of physical activity than most cars again. He first appeared as a cartoon on TV in the Generation I series.

The Real Bumblebee

If you look at the first car Bumblebee was modeled after, his body was based off of a European Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle. Later, he was also designed after a Suzuki Swift. After the live-action movie came out in 2007, Bumblebee transformed into a 2006, yellow Chevrolet Camaro. While the real version may not be able to talk or transform, in 2012 GM created 371 authentic, special edition 2012 Chevy Camaros painted just like Bumblebee. They even had the Transformers emblem in different locations on the car. There’s currently one of the special edition cars on eBay with over 3,000 miles going for $28,900.

  1. Flintstone Car – “The Flintstones”

A floorless car that could reach highway speeds? In today’s society, minus the manual labor, a car the releases no emissions, is made with wood and cloth, and runs on cardio would be the ultimate vehicle to save the planet. But, don’t forget about the insane amount of leg power you’d need.

The Real Flintstone Car

You know, you’d think with all of the technology today, no one would want to replicate the Flintstone car. Someone has! As a birthday present, a Malaysian sultan received an authentic replica of the Flintstone car, but his had a running engine. Otherwise, it was identical with the same wood-like finish, stone-like finish, and cloth roof. If you wanted to make one that uses your feet, you might not pay much at all!

  1. Jetson’s Car – “The Jetsons”

Some may consider a plane, but it’s a flying car. Which means it counts! While it was able to fold into a briefcase half the time, this flying car was what everyone envisioned we’d be driving in by now. While we may not have them, sometimes we seem pretty close.

The Real Jetson Car

There are two “flying cars” we could consider the real Jetson car of today’s society. While neither are quite yet available, they are at least mentionable.

This flying vehicle is in its early stages of production, but they expect it to be able to travel 500 miles, run on unleaded gas, and be the same size as a standard vehicle. It may require some training to fly, and they are probably going to price it near the same amount as a high-end luxury vehicle.

Called the “gyroplane”, it’s said to be safer and easier to fly than a helicopter or small plane. You can drive it on land or fly, and you can fill it up at the gas station. They expect it to cost about $399,000 to $599,000 with a $25,000 deposit.

  1. Mach 5 – “Speed Racer”

Who could forget the aerodynamic design of the Mach 5 with all of its special devices:

  • Powerful jacks to boost car and leap
  • Special grip tires
  • Rotary saws
  • Powerful deflector that makes it bullet-proof, crash-proof, water-tight, and air-conditioned
  • Illumination
  • Ability to go underwater
  • Homing robot
  • And more!

The Real Mach 5

There was actually a real Mach 5 owned by the former Executive Marketing Director of Speed Racer Enterprises before switching ownership. It is built to match the dimensions of the Mach 5, and it can reach 180 mph. It even has a few of the doable specs:

  • Illuminating headlights
  • Wrap around windshield
  • Working saw blades
  • Working periscope
  1. Gadgetmobile – “Inspector Gadget”

The real questions is: what couldn’t the Gadgetmobile do? Every episode and even into the live-action movies, the Gadgetmobile always had a new trick up its sleeve. Not only could it talk, but it had:

  • Rocket
  • Eject button
  • Fire tacks
  • Extendable wheels
  • And more!

Did we mention it was voice operated?

The Real Gadgetmobile

The Gadgetmobile’s design was modeled after a 1964 Lincoln Continental. In the first movie from 1999, it was painted white. The next installments gave it a whole new look with purple custom painting. In fact, you can find the actual car used in the movies with all the customizations like:

  • The paintjob
  • Custom windshield
  • Buttons and switches (only light up)
  • Eye-shaped headlights
  1. Lightning McQueen – “Cars”

Lightning McQueen has become one of the most popular cars among kids since the first movie came out. What doesn’t catch the eye of children more than a car that races, talks, has humor, and falls in love?

The Real Lightning McQueen

When designing Lightning McQueen as a car, the creators modeled after elements of the Chevy Corvette C6 and the Corvette C1. At the Auto Show in Detroit, they actually had a real life Lightning McQueen – well, as real as they can get – with the shape of him, stickers, and eyes.

  1. The Magic School Bus – “The Magic School Bus”

Ms. Frizzles magic school bus was the envy of all children watching. It took them to field trips where they were able to experience their science experiments first hand. The bus could fly, shrink, bring them into space, grow again, and transform into different insects to disguise itself.

The Real Magic School Bus

It’s obvious what kind of car the Magic School Bus was modeled after – a school bus. There have been many attempts to replicate the bus to people’s best abilities without needing actual magic.

Famous Vehicles through the Decades

What kind of Car Title Loan would you get if you drove The Mystery Machine? What about James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5? It’s probably more than you would think!

When is the last time you spent 4.6 million dollars? If you are like me your answer is probably, “never … duh.” But, this isn’t the case for many classic movie and television fans.

People who watched classic movies and T.V. shows like: Scooby-DooHerbie the Love Bug, James Bond in Goldfinger, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are very grown up now. I’m not saying they’re all old, I’m just saying they are probably at an age where every indulgent credit card purchase is accompanied with the thought, “meh, why not?”

The Mystery Machine – $12,500

Conveniently packed with anything and everything Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby need, the trusty Mystery Machine is always ready for more action and another mystery, just like the gang … most of the time.

Later owned by Fred, the Mystery Machine originally belonged to a family band called The Mystery Kids. The groovy paint job was by Flash Flannigan, the band’s pianist, (because bands apparently used actual pianos in the 70s) before he stormed off and quit like a true rock star.

Pretty much any van can become a real-life Mystery Machine, the cartoon version has been identified as everything from a Volkswagen to a Corvair Van to a Chevy G10. An authentic Mystery Machine sold for $25,000 at an auction.

The Shaguar – $55,130

I kid you not, the Oxford English Dictionary defines shagadelic, as “Sexy, esp. in a psychedelic or ‘retro’ way. Also as a general term of approval.” I don’t know what’s better, this word in an actual dictionary, or the hilariously accurate definition.

Appearing in the Austin Powers movies as a Jaguar E-Type with a simply shagadelic paint job, the Shaguar is definitely one of the pricier cars out there. In 2012, one of the cars used in the films was listed for $110, 260.

Although the car has no fancy features, it’s still absolutely smashing baby! Enzo Ferrari said that the Jaguar E-Type was the most beautiful car ever seen.

Herbie – $63,250

We all tried to forget the Lindsay Lohan remake from 2005, but nobody can forget The Love Bug that started it all. The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the first cars produced with families in mind, it was built to encourage vacations and traveling.

Designed by Adolf Hitler in his spare time from being a despicable person, the original name for the Volkswagen was the KdF-Wagen, or the Kraft durch Freude Wagen, meaning, the “strength through joy car,” … catchy. Later, the name was changed to the classic, Volkswagen, meaning, “the car of the people.”

While an original “Herbie,” was auctioned off for $126,500, and another for $66,000, there was a replica auctioned off for $23,100. Even though there were just about 100 “Herbies” made for filming, only four remain today. Most of the cars were either destroyed during stunts for the movies, or simply sold off and re-painted to live the rest of their lives as regular Volkswagens.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang –$402,500

The classic movie loosely based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car, is one of the most beloved musicals of all time. One of the actually functioning models made for the movie weighed 2 tons and was 17 feet long. The giant car was able to drive in sand, on cobbled streets, down a stair-case, and was seaworthy.

The license plate on the family flying car reads “GEN11.” The 1’s representing I’s so the plate is actually a code for “Genii,” referencing the cars magical abilities. Only one of the several cars made for the movie has the legally registered plate, “GEN11.” The car was sold for $805,000 at an auction.

DB5 – $2,300,000

Author of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, Ian Fleming, is also the creator of James Bond as well. … Can you imagine Agent 007 driving around in a sputtering car instead of his super sleek and smooth Aston Martin DB5? Me neither!

Bond’s car was the first movie vehicle equipped with gadgets, and the DB5 certainly set the bar high. Pimped out with revolving number plates, a GPS dashboard, (yup, that was a totally high-tech feature in the 60s) a rear bullet proof screen, front wing machine guns, ejector seats and much more, the DB5 was a car from the future. It is still an exciting car, even by today’s tech-savvy standards.

One of the original DB5’s used in the Bond film, Goldfinger, went for 4.6 million at an auction, but you can drive your own replica for anywhere from $400,000 to $1.2 million. You would be shopping for quality, not quantity with this one.

K.I.T.T. –$5,700,000

K.I.T.T., which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, was originally going to be called T.A.T.T., for Trans Am Two Thousand, in honor of the design based on the Pontiac Trans Am. But nobody wants to drive a car named T.A.T.T.

Being just a car with super capabilities, K.I.T.T., was supposed to have a robotic temperament and no personality. But the voice of K.I.T.T., William Daniels, (you might remember him as Mr. Feeney on Boy Meets World) refused to take part in the show unless he was able to develop K.I.T.T. as a rounded character.

With all of the imaginary features, K.I.T.T. would have cost about $11,400,000 to make in real-life. Some of the features, like the red lights showing the emotion K.I.T.T. wanted to express, were taken directly from the Cylons of the classic television series, Battlestar Galactica.

In the third season of the show, K.I.T.T. was destroyed and rebuilt with more imaginary technological features. This was because commercially available cars at the time were beginning to offer some of the same features K.I.T.T. had, so writers changed K.I.T.T. to keep her ahead of the times.

It is good to know, even if you don’t drive a car that has ejector seats or expresses emotion, there is a pretty good chance you can still get a Car Title Loan1.

10 Best Cars for Towing with a Hitch

Whether you have a boat, a camper, or you tow a trailer behind you with a lot of equipment, you’re going to want a car that can tow your needs on a hitch successfully without damaging the car. Here are 10 of the best cars for towing with a hitch:

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ford F-150
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford Expedition
  • Dodge Ram 1500
  • Ford Explorer
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Dodge Durango

How Much Towing Do You Need?

Before you decide what kind of car you are going to need, make sure you know how much towing you will be doing. You want to know the weights of what you are towing and the towing capacity of the vehicle.

Don’t push it, either. Make sure the hitch is properly installed or it can damage your car, regardless of its capacity. Follow the limits listed in the owner’s manual, as well, because you don’t want to wind up damaging your car.

When looking at these cars, keep in mind that the average camper weighs 5,300 lbs. Don’t forget to add an extra 1,500 lbs for any gear or water. The average pontoon boat weighs 2,200 lbs including the motor. Sometimes it can be an extra 1,200 lbs average for the trailer. For a bass boat, it can weigh about 2,500-2,800 lbs while an average bowrider can weigh about 4,500 lbs.

Best Cars for Towing a Hitch

In no particular order, here are some of the best cars we found that are great for towing a hitch.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado is a pickup truck. The 2018 model received a 4.5/5 rating with Car and Driver. It has a horsepower of 285-420 and the ability to tow 5,500-9,400 lbs, depending on the build and horsepower choice. It gets about 18-city and 24-highway mpg. The MSRP starts at $28,285, and you have the option of a Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab.

Ford F-150

Another pickup truck, the Ford F-150 received a 5/5 rating from Car and Driver. The MSRP starts at $27,610 with a 20-city and 26-highway range, and it also received the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. It has a towing capacity of 5,000-8,000 lbs, which will depend on the horsepower of the model. You can get a Regular cab, Super Cab, or SuperCrew Cab.

Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe is categorized as a sport utility vehicle. It has a high seating capacity of 7-8 people, and a towing capacity between 6,400-6,600 lbs. Getting about 16-city and 23-highway mileage, the car starts at an MSRP of $47,500. From Car and Driver, it received a 3.5/5 rating. It has configuration options of LS, LT, and Premier.

Ford Expedition

Another sport utility vehicle, it has 6 different configurations:

  1. XLT
  2. XLT 4WD
  3. Limited
  4. Limited 4WD
  5. Platinum
  6. Platinum 4WD

The towing capacity is 9,200-9,300 lbs and the starting MSRP is at $51,695. It gets about 17-city and 24-highway and received a 3.5/5 from Car and Driver.

Dodge RAM 1500

The Dodge Ram is another pickup truck, starting at MSRP of $27,095. The towing capacity is 5,100 lbs. It comes in 4 different types:

  1. Tradesman
  2. RAM 1500 Express
  3. Big Horn
  4. Rebel

You can get a Crew Cab, Quad Cab, or Regular Cab. In 2017, the RAM 1500 was named the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas. It received a rating of 3.5/5

Ford Explorer

This sport utility by Ford has a towing capacity of 2,00-5,000 lbs with horsepower ranging from 280 to 365. Starting at MSRP $31,900, it received a 3/5 from Car and Driver. It gets 19-city and 27-highway, and comes in 6 different options:

  1. Base
  2. XLT
  3. AWD
  4. Limited
  5. Sport
  6. Platinum

GMC Yukon XL

The GMC Yukon XL sport utility vehicle received a 3.5/5 from Car and Driver for their 2018 model. Starting at an MSRP at $51,800, it can tow up to 8,500 lbs. It can get about 16-city and 23-highway mpg. You can get it in 6 different models:

  1. SLE
  2. SLE 4WD
  3. SLT
  4. SLT 4WD
  5. Denali
  6. Denali 4WD

Jeep Grand Cherokee

One of the higher rated sport utility vehicles, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a popular towing car. With a tow capacity of 3,500-7,200 lbs, it has a starting MSRP at $43,295. It has 295-707 horsepower and can get 19-city and 26-highway. It also comes in 7 different configurations:

  1. Laredo
  2. Limited
  3. Trailhawk
  4. Overland
  5. Summit
  6. SRT
  7. Trackhawk

Toyota 4Runner

While a decent size sports utility vehicle, Car and Driver only gave it a 2/5 rating. Starting at MSRP of $34,610, it has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. It can get 17-city and 21-highway, and comes in 6 different configurations:

  1. SR5
  2. SR5 Premium
  3. TRD Off Road
  4. TRD Off Road Premium
  5. TRD Pro
  6. Limited

Dodge Durango

The 2018 Dodge Durango was rated 4/5 from Car and Driver, with an MSRP starting at $29,995. It gets about 19-city and 26-highway mpg, and has a towing capacity of 6,200-8,700 lbs. With 5 configurations, it will depend on which one you would get:

  1. SXT
  2. GT
  3. Citadel
  4. R/T
  5. SRT

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2Based on consumers who received a loan from LoanMart from February 2002 to October 2018.

3Application processes could take five (5) minutes to complete. Upon completion, a conditional approval may be given pending review of documentation. Funding time is based on the time from final approval following receipt and review of all required documents and signing, prior to 2PM PST on a business day.

4To exercise the right to rescind, the consumer(s) must notify the lender in writing by midnight on the third calendar day from obtaining the loan. Within one business day from notice of rescission, the consumer(s) must return any monies received and fees paid on behalf of the consumer(s) by certified funds.

5Lenders recommend and encourage consumers to pay early and often and more in order to avoid additional finance charges.

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