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April 26th, 2013
The iCar, Sort Of

It was rumored that the late Steve Jobs was hoping to step into the automotive industry, but with his passing the assumed ‘iCar’ never did make it to fruition. However, at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the iBeetle, a sort of iCar. While Volkswagen named this particular model with Apple’s signature ‘i’, the iBeetle isn’t exactly what any Apple fanatic had dreamed of. Other than a docking station for the smartphone located on the dashboard, the iBeetle also features built in iPhone integration systems—program dis...

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April 23rd, 2013
Shanghai Motor Show Highlights

For automakers, a motor show is the place to show off—the recent Shanghai Motor Show didn’t disappoint. Whether it’s a concept car that’ll never see the production line, innovative smart cars that will keep us connected or just plain ridiculous, supercars, here are some of the highlights from the Shanghai Motor Show. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Lamborghini unveiled a special edition version of the Aventador. With increased horsepower and 50% more aerodynamically efficiency, Lamborghini showed off the super supercar to onlookers with the need for speed. Concept cars are always cool to look at, especially with the possibility that maybe some of them might head into pr...

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April 18th, 2013
Driving Simulation 'Game' for Teens

Lately, there’s been a lot of attention on teen driving, specifically safety concerns—teens are one of the groups of drivers most easily distracted on the road with cell phones, friends, and crazy hormones running through them. In an effort to teach teenagers how to effectively drive, One Simple Decision, a driver-training simulator aimed at teens was displayed at the annual Lifesavers traffic-safety conference in Denver. The simulator proves to be quite impactful as it comes off as a game yet highly educational. Unlike any other game however, i...

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April 16th, 2013
Car Accessories You Can Live Without

If you want to stock up your vehicle with the latest and greatest vehicle accessories, then all the more power to you—auto accessories is a great way to really customize and personalize your vehicle whether it’s on the exterior or interior. However, there are just some plain ridiculous automotive accessories out there that can make the least likely auto enthusiast cringe. Take for example 3D Car Eyelashes and Car Teeth, while it may seem cute or funny at first, at a second ...

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April 11th, 2013
Why You Should Watch Top Gear

If you consider yourself to be a car enthusiast even at the most minimal level, Top Gear is the show for you. Premiering over 10 years ago in the United Kingdom, Top Gear entered its 19th season earlier this year. However, it’s not the longevity of the show or even its hosts—Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May who are all entertaining and well, very British—but the plethora of vehicles they drive to the extreme as they visit different locales across the world. ...

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April 9th, 2013
Signs of Bad Driving

With all the talk of self-driving vehicles and sensor technology to help drivers become better motorists on the road and increase safety for everyone commuting, it begs the question whether or not that kind of technology will be beneficial for even the worst drivers behind the wheel. Because ultimately, even with the latest driving systems integrated into a vehicle, can a bad driver become a better one (therefore a safer one)? What are signs that you&rsq...

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April 4th, 2013
Useful Car Apps

There’s an array of apps for your vehicle and commuting needs available on smartphones. In fact, you can check out a previous blog about some of the best car apps here. Seeing as the blog had been written back in September of last year (which is light years ago in app time), here are some other apps worth taking a look at. ...

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April 2nd, 2013
The Millennials Market

As baby boomers are currently the biggest group in terms of buying power in vehicle sales—this particular generation spends the most for each of the cars they buy—automakers are taking notice for the arrival of a new group that not only outnumber the boomers but also demand different types of vehicles. The choice of vehicles for Generation Y (aka Millennials) have car manufacturers in a haze—although the younger generation represents about 40% of the nation’s potential car buying population, fewer and fewer Millennials are even considering to take part of the American car culture. ...

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March 28th, 2013
Why a Sports Car?

As New York gears up for its annual International Auto Show, a plethora of high end sports vehicles customized down to its bolts will be taking center stage at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Thousands of vehicles will be on display for hundreds and hundreds of car enthusiast spectators. While exhibitions like the New York International Auto Show feature dream vehicles (and that’s an understatement), it’s not hard to understand why sports vehicles (which are highly coveted in the show) are in such high demand. Forget all the extra glitz and glam, who wouldn’t choose an “average” sports car over a run-of-the-mill sedan? ...

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March 26th, 2013
Flying Cars & Scuba Vehicles

Flying cars and aquatic vehicles may still sound like something out of classic James Bond movie, but believe it or not, there are companies out there that do produce these multi-land/multi-functional vehicles. The benefits are clear—for one, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of traffic—you wouldn’t need to switch transportation options if your destination requires sea or air travel. Currently retailed at $279,000 Terrafugia’s Transition, this “roadable aircraft” is more driving airplane than a flying car. With its abili...

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March 21st, 2013
Car-2-Car Tech

Imagine the congested city streets of New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. Now, imagine those same streets traffic free, drivers and their vehicles going where they need to go without the bumper-to-bumper headache—it’s a miracle. Volvo Corporation, along with other European automakers, has joined General Motors’ Car-2-Car Communication Corporate to safely eliminate common drier mistakes that results in a collision. Safety is always at the top of priorities when it comes to new vehicle technology, but with that said, the same technology has many other benefits which include an overall easier commute. ...

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March 20th, 2013
Spring Cleaning for Cars

  By Charles J. Bonfiglio You’ve probably finished spring cleaning your house, now it’s time to turn to your car. You don’t necessarily have to spend an entire day cleaning your car, although washing and waxing it is important to keeping it looking its best. But, simply by keeping up with basic vehicle maintenance tasks, not only will you improve the safety and dependability of your vehicle, but it will also help you swerve away from any pricey repairs in the future. Your vehicle has probably been through a lot these past couple of months as cooler temperatures and wet weather spread across the natio...

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March 19th, 2013
New Model Names From Geneva

While some nameplates have lasted for decades (which you can read about here), it‘ll be a while before we can determine if newer nameplates will also stand the test of time. An automaker’s goal may not necessarily come up with the next iconic nameplate, but that would obviously be a bonus.  There were several standout names (good and bad) among the new models previewed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. A nameplate can say a lot of things about a car—whether it’s because the name alone provides enough intrigue or the actual meaning behind it explains a deeper connotation. One example would be the Lamborghini Veneno; Spanish for “poison&rd...

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March 14th, 2013
About Auto Shows

As the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show is wrapping up this week—with plenty of other auto shows driving in and out of convention centers throughout the rest of the year—the car enthusiast population has seen a fair share of vehicles styled from mild (not really) to wild (in many cases extremely wild). Somewhat are the days gone when auto shows was nothing more than an excuse for automakers to pair their latest model with well, a bikini clad model. While there’s still plenty of eye candy (sans bikinis), vehicles decked out from inside out are truly the main focus of these kinds of shows. Many of these outlandish vehicles probably will never make the production line but auto shows like Geneva’s and S...

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March 12th, 2013
Midlife Crisis Cars

Everyone will eventually go through a midlife crisis and everyone will have their own way of dealing with it. For a car enthusiast trying to reclaim their need for speed—cruising down streets with wind in their hair—then the obvious solution would be a high performance vehicle, obviously. As Porsches and Corvettes seem to be the typical choice for the macho man in the center of a midlife crisis, there are other vehicle options to satiate themselves. Alternative vehicles for a midlife crisis can still include luxury cars that are still powerful enough that drive like t...

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March 7th, 2013
Lasting Nameplates

Only a handful of nameplates are still in production today, which is quite a feat considering how often trends and styles in the automotive industry shift through the decades. Ford, Toyota, Mercedes and others have been able to create vehicle with nameplates that originated as early as the beginning of the 1930’s. Despite the actual look of the vehicle changing throughout the years, their consistent moniker proves the iconic longevity these vehicles have reached. Ford’s F-Series for example began production in 1948 after World War II and has bee...

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March 5th, 2013
Vehicles of the '90s

A decade of flourish and economic boom, the 1990’s brought us the widespread proliferation of the Internet, teenybopper pop, White House scandals and more. While not a milestone decade for new automobiles (unlike its preceding years which produced vehicles epitomizing its era), the 90’s did provide the steppingstones for today’s modern vehicles. Take the Ford Explorer...

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February 28th, 2013
New Car Features in Select Makes

There is plenty of new car technology already being featured in today’s recent models—we’ve talked about some of these features on 2013 models and even smartphone sync technology. However, there are plenty of cool car features equipped in specific makes that haven’t quite reached mainstream status yet. A line of Nissan vehicles including the Altima, ...

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February 26th, 2013
Ford Spots More Music

We had previously covered some of Ford’s latest technology that will (or in some cases, already has) become standard features in their recent model offerings. You can check out that post here. Earlier this week, Ford announced that the internet music service Spotify will now be integrated with their Sync AppLink system, joining several other music apps including Pandora, Rhapsody, IHeartRaido, the Amazon Cloud Player and more. As the radio and local ...

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February 21st, 2013
The Coffee Car

No, Starbucks is not sponsoring a fleet of vehicles to bring you coffee throughout the day (although, maybe they should?). Coffee has been the go to for many morning pick-me-ups, so why not make use of the power of caffeine? With the use of The Co-operative Food’s own brand of coffee, Fairtrade, inventor Martin Bacon has been able to get a bean-powered vehicle to top off its speeds at 65.5 mph. Officials from Guinness World Records have noted that the caffeinated car now holds the speed record for the fastest car of this kind. Also known as the “Bean Machine&rdq...

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February 19th, 2013
Modern Classic Cars

The automotive industry is a continuous cycle of style and trends—combining nostalgic design with modern features. While cars that manage to merge the old with the new come at a hefty price (obviously) these vehicles can be considered machines from the past, back from the future. The Mechatronik M-Coupe 280SE for example brings back a retro vibe from the wholesome 50’s (even though it’s based on the ’70 280SE) yet the interior is equipped with standard features any modern car would have. With classic lines and an up-to-date navigati...

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February 18th, 2013
Auto Parts Network® Online Superstore Now Offers OE Replacement and Aftermarket Custom Wheels

Summary: Auto Parts Network (APN) adds top brands OE Factory Replacement and Aftermarket Custom Wheels to their product listing on www.autopartsnetwork.com. WESTON, FL—February 18, 2013—Auto Parts Network (APN), the leading online retail store for automotive parts and aftermarket products, is currently featuring high-end, aftermarket custom wheels and original equipment replacement wheels on its ecommerce web site, www.autopartsnetwork.com. ...

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February 14th, 2013
Movies for The Car Enthusiast

Just like anything else produced in Hollywood, the automotive industry is depicted as almost a fantasy—watching the fastest, hottest cars doing nearly impossible things. Following up with Tuesday’s post about Cars Representing Movies, there are plenty of classic and recent movies that feature cars with an actual decent storyline (The Fast and The Furious franchise is still up for debate). Movies like 1971’s “Le Mans” or the 1966 “Grand P...

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February 12th, 2013
Cars Representing Movies

As the sixth Fast and Furious movie rolls out its teasers and trailers, you’ll probably notice that the movie is packed with high chase frills and thrills as basically every actor who has been involved with the franchise is back in action. However, the highlights of these previews were able to spotlight the true stars of the movie, the one factor that had guys racing to the theaters since 2001 (that’s right, it’s been a decade of fast cars and furious plotlines)—the vehicles. The Fast and Furious movies may show off the hottest cars of today being tested in impossible situa...

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February 7th, 2013
Buying a Car, Who Calls The Shots?

When a couple wants to purchase a vehicle, who’s the real decision maker? Most would perceive that men would have the last say and as it’s been recently surveyed (via national telephone inquiry) 72% of men do believe that yes, they are the ones who make the ultimate decision on what car to buy. Interestingly, the same survey revealed that 60% of women believe that they do. With a small marginal difference, the survey only proves that women are just as influential when it comes to car buying decisions. There are plenty of factors when it comes to shopping for a ne...

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February 7th, 2013
Enkei RPF1 Wheels

  ENKEI WHEELS is a custom wheel manufacturer known for the best racing, performance, luxury and truck & SUV wheels available at AutoPartsNetwork.com. ...

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February 5th, 2013
Super Bowl Car Commercials

Even though the Super Bowl is over, the commercials will last. Automakers put their creative team in overdrive as each car commercial raced to be the fan favorite and this year we saw everything from celebrity packed cameos (Willem Dafoe, Usher AND Kate Upton hamming it up for Mercedes-Benz) to babies from space, and even a homage to farmers. What were some other highlights? Audi was able to achieve a simple coming-of-age-story in 60 seconds with their “Prom” commercial. A kid going to his high school prom stag builds up his confidence and makes...

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January 31st, 2013
Big Plans for Big Rigs

Sometimes the road is a scary place, and for some drivers having a semi at a close vicinity doesn’t help—the possibility of such a huge truck behind you isn’t the best situation when you might have to stop suddenly. So, in an effort to prevent these accidents (and even fatalities), crash-avoidance technology has recently been the focus of truck makers and the federal government. One truck maker already making moves toward a safer big rig is Volvo, who recently equipped one of their trucks with an automatic emergency brake. One Volvo system...

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January 29th, 2013
Simple Car Features We Love

It’s the simple things in life we forget and more often than not we take for granted the little things our vehicles can do other than get us from point A to point B. A vehicle’s features are built with the driver in mind and more and more modern cars have been integrating technology to keep up with our needs. Safety, comfort, and just plain convenience are all considered when building a vehicle. Here are some car features we wouldn’t be able to live without. Let’s start out with the basics: automatic door/trunk unlock. It’s alm...

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January 24th, 2013
Text Drivers via Licence Plate

Good Samaritans all over the world (or at least in San Francisco for now) can rejoice as CurbTXT, a new system allowing strangers to text you by actually using your license plate, launched late last year. Even though the system is completely anonymous, some may be put off by the idea of complete strangers texting you. However, the concept was made with good intentions—people who pass by your vehicle and notice that you’re blocking a driveway, or that your lights are still on, or even that your meter has run out, have an opportunity to text you and let you know. You could potentially avoid fines and being towed because of the CurbTXT system. ...

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January 22nd, 2013
The Barrett-Jackson Auction Spectacle

Car auctions aren’t anything new. But when it comes to a Barrett-Jackson auction, one of the world’s largest collectors of distinctive cars, bidding for unique and valuable vehicles is more than an event, it’s a spectacle. Barrett-Jackson’s most recent auction in Scottsdale, AZ gathered auto enthusiasts around the world who had the chance to flex their bidding muscles. While each vehicle sold was notable, there were some select cars that really revved up the bid price. At an event like this, it’s possible that the motivation for buying...

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January 17th, 2013
Advanced Driver’s Ed

As a teenager, you believe and absorb everything your driving instructor tells you. Once you pass the driving test and receive a license, the rules of the road are second nature and you only get better and better with more experience behind the wheel. However, what if you wanted to take your driving skills to the next level? There are actually advanced driving courses available that can make you a better driver than you believe to be. Driving events in the UK is one example of how to really assess driving skill and how to improve upon it. Driving events inc...

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January 15th, 2013
Lexus' New Technology Revealed at CES

It seems as if the automated car is becoming more and more inevitable. Automakers are taking the steps to ultimately produce a vehicle that is smart enough to operate itself. The biggest issue when it comes to automated vehicles for both automakers and consumer is exactly how safe it will be. What is the technology that will allow drivers to let go of the wheel and let the car drive itself? This years’ CES (Consumer Electronics Show) proved to be the exhibition for such technology to be showcased. In particular, Lexus revealed a car that anticipates r...

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January 10th, 2013
Survival 101: Vehicles

So how about that Mayan Apocalypse? Even though 2012 didn’t end with the bang that we were all (somewhat) worried about, there were probably some people out there preparing for the worse. Whether the end of civilization meant unforgiving climates, desolate seas, or an ultimate battle for survival, people are more than likely to search for areas that are at least bearable. How would they get there? With the right vehicle. ...

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January 8th, 2013
Ford’s New Lifestyle Apps

Newer models today come loaded with the latest technology—from navigation systems, keyless entry and cameras to cover every angle of your vehicle—car makers today are considering other factors when trying to figure out what new technology they can integrate to create a better driving experience. It’s no surprise that with the surge of smart phone ownership among consumers that automakers are focusing in on syncing your vehicle with your ever-present phone Ford has recently revealed several new apps for it’s ...

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January 4th, 2013
Ridiculous Road Rules

We can all probably agree that while some laws of the road are frustrating, e.g. no text while driving, speed limits, adhering to traffic signs. More often than not, these laws come from good intentions—mostly to ensure our safety—and ultimately create a better driving environment for everyone. While many drivers across the nation have no issue with the rules of the road, there are specific laws out there in certain parts of the country that are so absurd that it might make you want to ride your bike instead. There are some laws that you question what had previously o...

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January 3rd, 2013
Keyless Entry of the Future

Some 4,000 years ago keys were made out of wood, metal keys between the years 870 and 900, and then flat metal keys were introduced in the 20th century. And now in the automobile industry, keys that are physically inserted into the ignition that require some effort (twisting the key) might soon find itself an artifact. Cars today still come with keys of course but their use is minimal, acting as a sort of object to have to enter and start your car without any physical exertion. But as automobile technology continues to grow, a new type of entry system and even ignition is inevitable. ...

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December 28th, 2012
5 Tips for Buying a Used Car

If you’re in the market to buy a used car, there are a few things to keep in mind that may make the whole process less of a hassle. Buying used definitely had its benefits, including saving money on insurance and the possibility of finding a great bargain First, since used car seekers can’t be picky it’s a good idea to have a few cars in mind with similar features that you would be okay with owning. Second, after narrowing down the kind of car you want, do some research. Find out if there are any known issues with that make and model and if specific parts are known to break...

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December 26th, 2012
How to Winterize Your Car

Winter is finally here, and it’s important to think about how to protect your car from the harsher weather. The act of getting your car ready for the colder months (also referred to as “winterizing”) is essential to keeping your car safe. There are four steps to winterizing your car. First, is checking your battery. The most reported issue with cars breaking down is dead batteries. Having your battery checked occasionally can save you a lot of money and headaches in the future. Second, is checking your tire pressure. When temperatures drop, things constrict including the ai...

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December 20th, 2012
Battle of the Sexes: Car Edition

It’s no secret, men and women come from 2 different worlds. Even when it comes to vehicles, each gender has a specific preference of what car they would consider buying—everything down to the color. Basically, men like big, fast cars from the USA while women prefer safe and sporty vehicles from across the sea—which really, anyone could have guessed. But why the difference? Men buy more status symbol vehicles while women don’t want a vehicle that will dominate their lives. As it has been surveyed that men are the primary consumers for high end vehicles as well as trucks (despite the brand), you can note that males that do buy those vehicles have a strong connection to it. They don’t just drive it, they take c...

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December 19th, 2012
Today's Iconic Cars From Movies

Iconic vehicles from fan favorite films and tv are often met with nostalgia; simply mentioning vehicles like the DeLorean (Back to the Future), Batmobile (Batman circa 1955), and Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazzard) are often met with cult status enthusiasm. Those vehicles were not only part of the movie or show, but became characters themselves—most clearly evidenced by the talking future car of the 80’s, Knight Rider’s KITT, a Pontiac Trans Am.  ...

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December 13th, 2012
Dog Training: How to Drive a Car

Man’s best friend is now being trained as possibly man’s best driver. As a potential (and somewhat surreal) incentive for adoption, the Auckland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been training rescue dogs how to drive a car. While it may seem a bit peculiar, the canine family has always been recruited in other human assist activities—leading the blind, working with law enforcement—and as it turns out, dogs are just as capable of driving a vehicle. The Auckland SPCA had trained a group of cross-breed rescue d...

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December 11th, 2012
Driving Activites That Can Be Illegal in the Future

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since it was mandatory for car passengers to wear a seatbelt. It’s even harder to believe that such a task—one that is undoubtedly simple and effective—needed to be enforced as a law. Today, there are several laws which have actually kept up with the times, e.g. the use of texting on a phone while driving leading to fines. However, there is a grey area—things that an average driver could do while driving that can be potentially dangerous but isn’t illegal. Here are three things that drivers may no longer be able to do in the near future: ...

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December 10th, 2012
Auto Parts Network® Expands Shipping Capabilities to International Worldwide Customers

WESTON, FL – December 10, 2012 – Auto Parts Network (APN), the leading online retail store for automotive parts and aftermarket products, has announced that AutoPartsNetwork.com has extended their shipping capabilities for international orders. AutoPartsNetwork.com customers can now add international shipping options to their checkout—providing shoppers with real-time international shipping costs, language translation, and an expected delivery date....

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December 6th, 2012
Cars for First Time Drivers

You probably wouldn’t let a novice driver—perhaps your freshly licensed teenager—take out the Mercedes or BMW for the night out with some friends. Unless your kid showed some serious car driving prodigy potential, there are plenty of other vehicle options for first-time drivers. What makes a good first car? Teenagers will focus on the look of the car (obviously) with an emphasis of style, color and cool factor—throw in a decent sound system with some electronics to dock their smart phone and their set. Parents however, look past the look of the car (obviously) and focus on miles per gallon, safety, and price. Here are some cars that both parties can agree on. ...

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December 4th, 2012
"Driver Assists" YouTube Channel

Perhaps to prepare consumers for what seems to be the inevitable inclusion of self driving technologies in vehicles—features like automatic start and stop,  active parking assist, and blind spot monitoring —Auto Alliance has recently announced the debut of a “Driver Assists” channel on YouTube. As the LA Auto Show is currently showing off these new technologies, Auto Alliance created the channel with intentions to familiarize consumers with how it works. Wi...

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November 29th, 2012
Holiday Parking Tips

Parking at the mall during the holiday season can really smack the joy out of anyone—turning loving mothers into lioness’ hunting for the perfect spot. And honestly, that may be the mentality you need when looking for a parking spot. Here are some tips on how to deal with parking during the holiday rush. Start with a plan—figure out which mall you’re going to, which stores you’ll stop by, and most importantly what time you’ll go. Common sense tells you to go early and avoid the crowds but if you’re not a morning person, this option is already out the door. Consider the middle of day when early shoppers are on the outs and the evening crowd hasn't arrived yet. When...

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November 27th, 2012
Features of 2013 Models

The latest 2013 model year vehicles have already started to roll out and what’s the best thing about buying the newest cars on the lot? Getting the latest gadgets and features that come with it. Some of these newer vehicles are equipped with useful safety features, others loaded with cool tech, and several with convenient features that make you wonder why they weren’t already on vehicles 10 years ago. Automakers are always striving to make the driving experience a safer one, the passenger-side blind-spot camera is just the next step to achieve that goal. A small camer...

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November 20th, 2012
Amazing Brands That Ran Out of Gas

For every generation, there seems to be an iconic car that epitomizes that specific era. But for some reason, even though a variety of vehicles have reached cult status, they’re no longer in production and now probably re-branded as a classic. There’s nothing wrong with that—car brands, makes, and models come and go—but here’s a couple vehicles that unfortunately ran out of gas in the long run. Literally guzzling through gas was GM’s Hummer. Making h...

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November 16th, 2012
Counterfeit Airbags Blowing Up

For possibly thousands of drivers on the roads, counterfeit airbags have the issue of blowing up rather than inflating as they should in case of accidents.  These counterfeit airbags are suspected to be brought in from China, and sold to unsuspecting motorists needing replacements, or purchasing vehicles that are around three years old that have had the airbags changed. In a testing carried out in the US, out of 11 of these counterfeit airbags tested, 10 failed to inflate on impact, putting drivers at extremely high risk.  One of the airbags burst into flames and shot shards of metal shrapnel at a crash test dummy. Other than the obvious safety concerns, the larger issue ...

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November 15th, 2012
The 'Route 66 of the Future'

Rather than focusing on technology to create vehicles for a safer and more efficient drive, Dutch design lab Studio Roosegaarde are instead focusing their attention on the road. As early as mid-2013, some of the earliest concepts for the “Route 66 of the future” will be implemented on a stretch of road in Holland—with blacktops across the rest of Europe following if things go well. So what are these ground breaking ideas? Dynamic Paint: Depending on the situation, paint will become visible to drivers. For example, when it gets icy out, whi...

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November 13th, 2012
Chevy's Hot Wheels

The entertainment industry isn’t the only one utilizing childhood nostalgia to turn a profit—Chevrolet, perhaps the epitome of American muscle vehicles, is already in the works to produce the first full-size Hot Wheels car for sale. Although there have been over 800 models and 11,000 variations of Hot Wheels cars that have been created since the sixties, the Chevrolet Camaro will be the first vehicle to drive on (and off) dealership in early 2013. ...

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November 12th, 2012
Auto Parts Network® Online Auto Parts Superstore Attends the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV

Summary: Corporate associates from Auto Parts Network (APN) attended this year’s annual SEMA Show, the premier exhibition of the latest and most exciting vehicles, products, and accessories. WESTON, FL – November 12, 2012 – Auto Parts Network (APN), the online auto parts superstore, attended the 2012 SEMA Show held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada; Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2012. The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and is not open to the general public. APN corporate officers were at hand to explore new possibilities for product offerings, participate in educational seminars, and attended special events and network with vendor relationships.  ...

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November 8th, 2012
Crazy Colors on Small Cars

Good things come in small packages—in this case, small cars are a better vehicle for crazy colors. It’s the idea that less is really more; loud, odd-ball colors outfit cars at a level that larger vehicles (or even average sized vehicles) would just look gaudy in. There’s a reason why white, black, and silver are the top color options for automakers—they work on pretty much any vehicle. Bright colors just look better in small doses an...

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November 8th, 2012
Hot Topics at AutoPartsNetwork.com

Don't miss this week’s topics! Have a go at the following articles ●       Barbara Terry shows in a video step-by-step instructions on how to change the oil in your car. This is essential to keep your engine healthy and make your car stay on the road for many years...

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November 6th, 2012
She's Honda

Is there such a vehicle that’s gender specific? While some vehicles are notorious for pushing masculinity and power, Honda is embracing the more feminine side of the market—offering its popular Fit subcompact with specific designs for the ladies—branding the car as “She’s”. ...

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November 1st, 2012
Social Road Trip

Though some consider social media to be nothing more than trivial status updates or exhaustive photo sharing, others find it to be a resourceful tool for daily tasks. A great way to utilize social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other mobile apps is for road trips. Take Foursquare for example, a GPS-based app on smart phones which allows users to “check-in” at a destination. This check-in feature can ultimately lead to finding great travel discounts—hotels, restaurants, and retailers sometimes offer loyalty deals for travelers often checking in at their business. The app also offers lots of tips and lists of what’s nearby. People love sharing, that’s what social ...

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October 30th, 2012
Futuristic Car Features

There aren’t any flying cars yet but that doesn’t mean that there are some cool futuristic car features coming soon (or are already here). While the idea of hovercrafts are pulled from sci-fi literature, movies, and The Jetsons, automakers are focusing on features that help drivers navigate the road in more safe and efficient ways. Take the Blind Spot Intervention and Automatic Lane Correction system. Whatever the situation, we’ve all had close calls with other vehicles because of blind spots or drifting into another lane. The Blind Spot Intervention featur...

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October 25th, 2012
Why White Cars

Long ago are the days when silver reigned as the color of choice for vehicles in the US. Maybe it’s because of its neutral nature, its practicality, or its popularity with other brands and products (I’m looking at you, Apple), but white is the new silver. Let’s consider why the color white is the new trend—there are plenty of advantages, as well as some disadvantages, of owning a white vehicle. ...

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October 23rd, 2012
Cars Becoming Too Social?

For decades, car enthusiasts and average consumers have had a checklist when it comes to buying a car—brand, color, MPG—and newer technology like touch screen dashboards and the ability to sync your phone with a car have been generally welcomed. However, recent adverts from big brand name companies have been pushing other technological features as selling points for their vehicle—mainly components that work with social media. Yes, it seems like social media ...

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October 18th, 2012
Cars We All (Secretly) Want

Whether you saw it in the movies, at a car show, or just on the internet, there is that just ONE car that you (secretly) wish you owned. Some may hide their obsession for these cars because it’s just too much of fantasy, often blurring the line of acceptable obsession when it comes to fictional, inanimate objects. From classic, to subtle, to outright ridiculously cool cars, here are a couple cars we would all want to own. It’s easy to fall for cars seen in the media. There are several cars from television that made the jump from ...

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October 16th, 2012
Driver-less Cars Coming Sooner Than You Think

“Today we’re looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow’s reality—the self-driving car,” stated California governor Jerry Brown, as he signed the state legislation that will pay the way for driverless cars. Google has been testing autonomous vehicles for years now and believes that self-driving cars will be available on the market within the next 10 years. After safely experiencing a trip to Google’s headquarters in a self-driving Prius, Brown supports the new technology with a legislation that will esta...

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October 11th, 2012
Car Rivalries

Mac vs PC, Coca Cola vs Pepsi, McDonalds vs every other burger franchise—rivalries between companies are inevitable when it comes to selling similar products to the same specific groups of people. The automotive industry is no different, whatever type of vehicle—luxury, SUV, or gas efficient—are all aimed towards similar demographics. Whether it’s the automotive companies at each other’s throats or particular cars they produce, here are a couple of the most notorious car rivalries. ...

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October 9th, 2012
The Best Cartoon Cars

Nowadays, kids watching epic superheroes like Batman and Optimus Prime from Transformers are discovering these characters in a completely different way compared to generations past. For example, kids probably got their first taste of the Batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s reality grounded Batman Trilogy. Yes, the military style ‘bat tumbler’ worked in that incarnation, but it wasn’t the batmobile that many grew up with watching the animated series. And as for Optimus Prime (and the rest of the robotic cast from Michael Bay’s Transformers) the fact that he wasn’t a cartoon was enough to make any fan ‘roll out’ of their mind. ...

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October 4th, 2012
Automotive Frankenstein Furniture

Car enthusiasts are familiar with utilizing new and old car partsto help restore or build cars they’re working on. But can car parts be used for other things then well, a car? Apparently, yes. Check out these pieces of furniture and other household items made from car parts that even Frankenstein might be scratching his head about. Let’s start off with the basics that aren’t too out there like the car bed, sofa, and desk. You’ve seen a car shaped bed before (maybe you even had one as a kid) so this shouldn’t be too much of a shocker, but this is the ...

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October 2nd, 2012
Driving In The City

If you work in the city then you know what a hassle commutes can be. Between rush hour, busses, and construction areas, it’s easy to forget how to enjoy urban spectacles you probably pass by on a daily basis. Here are a couple tips on how to enjoy your ride when going downtown. Give yourself a head start. You probably already know when peak hours of traffic occur—morning commutes to work, lunch runs, and everyone’s favorite, the ride back home—so do yourself a favor and avoid rush hour! Commuting half an hour earlier (or even later) can probably save you some headaches.  Earlier commutes not only give you the advantage of avoiding traffic but also will give ...

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September 27th, 2012
Manly-Man Cars Women Love, Too

We’ve all heard it before, “Women are from Venus, men are from Mars.” The metaphor holds strong in many instances, even when it comes to cars (i.e. men consider horsepower while women heavily factor practicality and safety when buying a vehicle). Nothing is wrong with either thought processes, but it does add difficulty when making a purchase. Here are a couple cars that are manly enough for men that women love too. First off, all women have a taste for style and luxury, so it’s not a big surprise that most cars manly e...

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September 25th, 2012
Classic Car Reboots

The entertainment industry seems to have profited from a surge of reboots—bringing back movies from decades ago and giving them a modern spin. While there have been highs and lows with reboots, there’s always a sense of nostalgia and curiosity of how the finish product will be executed. The same can be said with the automotive industry as some manufacturers are reinventing the wheel (so to speak). V...

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September 20th, 2012
The Best Car Seats

Let’s say on average you spend about 2 hours per day in your car—that’s 14 hours a week, 56 hours a month, 672 hours a year! That car better be comfortable, or at least, the seat you’re sitting on better be. While many consumers are content with their seats they currently sit on, there are seats out there that raise the bar in style and comfort. ...

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September 18th, 2012
Best Vehicles To Take To A Football Tailgate Party

Football season is here! As hoards of fans put their jersey and face paint on and head to the stadium, there’s only one thing to do before actually watching the game—tailgate party. A time-honored tradition in stadium parking lots filled with family and friends equipped with coolers, food, and folding chairs. So which cars score high when it comes to the pre-game event? Any good tailgate party needs supplies, so the huge cargo capacity of the Chevrolet Suburban won’t only have space for a couple coolers, a portable grill, tables and chairs, and other necessities, b...

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September 13th, 2012
Cars With Cult Status

  Whether it made its mark sometime in history, became a pop culture gem, or is in the midst of gaining popularity, cult cars are often met with nostalgia and affection. Some cars have earned their cult reputation, others… are lucky. Check out these cult classics. Shuffle down the list a bit and we can start with the Volkswagon Microbus. Is t...

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September 11th, 2012
Silver Is Out, White Is In

  Despite the fact that the iCar from Apple never happening (you can see what could have been here), it seems like Apple still has an influence in the automotive industry. For a minute, think about Apple products, what comes to mind? Minimal, sleek, and white. We’ve covered how important color is when it comes to vehicles—it reflects the times and attitude of buyers and sellers alike. For the past decade, silver has been the dominant color among automakers (the shade is easily the best color to show off a car’s styling) and consumers. However, with Apple’s plethora of white products in the market, they’ve been able to take the pigment-less color into high-end, luxury territory....

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September 6th, 2012
Tips for teen drivers and their parents

Back-to-school, specifically back-to-high-school, marks a new generation of drivers on their way to first period. While these first time drivers are excited to drive themselves to campus, parents back home might be a little worried. Here are some tips for teen drivers and their parents. Buckle up, hang up the phone, slow down, and don’t drink and drive. These are all common tips that all teenagers should already know but still be reminded of. It’s no secret that teenagers are impulsive, and there always seems to be a sense of invulnerability during that time of adolescence so there’s no reason for parents to not at least remind their teenagers about these common sense instructions. But do give teenagers some credit! Since 1982, fa...

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September 4th, 2012
5 Best Car Apps

  If you have a smart phone, it’s likely that you’ve downloaded at least one car related app. You’ve probably downloaded at least 1 or 2 apps of this list but you may find the others to be new and useful. Edmunds.com has been known to be a reliable source for buying new cars and is now mobile! With the app’s map...

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August 30th, 2012
Cars That Define Summer

  The days are long, the sun is out, and beaches are packed; it could only mean one thing, its summer! Summer is all about adventure, whether its endless days at the beach or road trips along the coast, you know that the sun and shine means more time outside. While some vacationers are out sailing into the ocean blue many are cruising towards their destination on land. Here’s a list of cars that define summer—vehicles that epitomize the freedom and fun that encompasses vacation season....

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August 28th, 2012
5 Personality Types and the Modified Cars They Love

On the road, what vehicle you’re driving is the only impression you can make on countless other drivers passing you by. You see a BMW and you think some corporate type, a Prius and you think of a dolphin saving tree hugger, a beat up used Civic… a starving college student? Often, consumers choose vehicles based on budget, mileage, style, and for some, one that fits they’re personality. ...

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August 23rd, 2012
Birds Prefer Red Cars... In a Special Way

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August 20th, 2012
What's In a Name?

Some vehicle brand names have become synonymous with luxury and prestige, while others style and safety. Whatever vehicle brand names have come to be known for, some of their origins may have remained a mystery upon consumers. How did today’s automakers get their monikers? ...

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August 16th, 2012
Car Dealerships Offer New Perks

You’ll probably find an espresso bar, a fine dining restaurant, or maybe even a high end salon at a 5 star hotel, but at a car dealership? When it comes to entertaining potential car buyers, TVs and soda dispensers just don’t cut it anymore. Dealerships across the USA are going above and beyond offering new perks—from food that’s not sold out of vending machines to other lavish, and some even sensible, amenities. While Honda dealerships are trying to keep their customers awake with an espresso bar, Cadillac chooses to offer their buyers haircuts at the in-dealership barbershop. More practical perks like paying traffic tickets an...

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June 13th, 2012
Mercedes SL Application Helps Owners Look the Part

Mercedes has created an app to make you look just as good as the car you drive, specifically if you drive the new 2013 Mercedes SL. Seriously. With the roadster’s sleek and sexy frame, the SL Bodywork app is a personalized fitness program aiming for drivers to feel and look good, whether they’re in or out of the car. The app is tailored for the typical Mercedes driver, mostly Type A personalities, allowing them to earn badges as fitness goals are reached as well as providing exclusive rewards to increase motivation. In an effort to help SL owners look the part, the SL Bodywork app is just the first in a line of apps to make Mercedes vehicles more than a car but a “wellness oasis and fitness studio in one”.  (...

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June 7th, 2012
The Apple iCar That Will Never Be

It began with the iPod, then the iPhone, the iPad , and now an iCar? Apple board member Mickey Drexler states that the late Steve Job’s dream was to create an iCar. Can you imagine? An Apple built vehicle! A car integrated with touch screens, connectivity to the aforementioned Apple products, and Siri voice recognition on the road—all executed with Apple’s signature minimalist, sleek style. Unfortunately, without Jobs it is unlikely that the iCar will ever be manufactured. Instead, current heads at Apple have recently been granted a patent for a steering-wheel-mounted remote or something or another. It’s kind of lame and seems like a step back for the visionary brand. Many Apple fanatics are sure to be fantasizing about other possibilitie...

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June 5th, 2012
What's Your Favorite Color of...Car?

Picture a Ferrari, any Ferrari. Luxury, style, fast, sexy and red. These all come to mind. Color is an essential way to sell a vehicle, but Jim Parker, Head of Exterior Color & Trim Studio shares that it goes beyond that, “It’s about what colors best express the brand and product, while still being able to touch the broad taste spectrum of our consumer base.” There are a lot of auto brands in the market with very distinctive color palettes. In the early 2000’s you may recall a lot of yellow Nissan XTerra’s on the road. It seems like that yellow fever (no relation to the disease) was passed down to Chevrolet’s Camaro, undoubtedly made popular by Michael Bay’s 2007 blockbuster Transformers. What both vehicles emulate with the col...

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May 29th, 2012
Driver’s Ed Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

To make sure that no driver crashes one of their own vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has opened its own driving academy. Hit the brakes - that’s only partially true. Parents around the Los Angeles area can now enroll their eager adolescents into the Mercedes-Benz’s driving academy, an official state-certified teen driver training and education center. The academy covers the basics (essential information that any Driver’s Ed class should be providing) by offering classroom sessions and workshops simulating numerous driving situations on the road. The program also includes 30 hours of interactive online courses and 16 hours of actual behind the wheel training with professional drivers riding shotgun. With the addi...

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May 29th, 2012
Attention Bachelors: Create your Auto Themed Bucket List before its too late!

What do you want to do before you die? Thanks to 2007’s dramedy The Bucklist List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, everyone young and old has created their own personal bucket list. For men out there looking for things to do before they get married, here’s a must-do list for all things related to the auto world. (Source) As you’ve noticed, this bucket list is organized into three tiers based on level of impact on a bachelor&r...

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May 21st, 2012
Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving?

What's as dangerous as texting and driving? A recent article suggests that forgetting to use your turn signal can be equally dangerous as disctractions from your phone. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) reveals that Americans forget to use their turn signals 2 billion times each day, about 750 billion times per year, which translates into around 2 million accidents in the U.S. With the U.S. Census Bureau citing 10-11 million automotive accidents per year, it can be said that 1 out of 5 accidents happen due to that fact that drivers are simply ignoring the use of their turn signals. While several actions have been taken to decrease t...

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May 17th, 2012
APN Becomes Authorized Dealer as they Offer New Mobile Electronics Products

Summary: Auto Parts Network becomes authorized dealer of popular mobile electronics to offer customers uncompromised quality and service.  Weston, FL - May 17, 2012 - Online auto parts superstore, Auto Parts Network, strives to deliver the highest quality products, prices, and customer service. APN is an authorized dealer for a wide selection of replacement parts and accessories, and they have recently added a large selection of mobile electronics products. In order to ensure customers get the utmost in quality assurance and customer service, APN reps are working to become an authorized dealer for all of their new selection of mobile elect...

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May 16th, 2012
Australians Have The Best Car Commercials: Video

If you’re a bit squeamish, it’s probably best not to watch the video below. This ad for Australia’s Ford Falcon EcoBoost, features two talking Cane Toads in the middle of the road conversing into the night. See it Here You learn a bit about Australia’s indigenous toads, like the fact that the poison these toads secrete as a defense mechanism against native wildlife is considered an aphrodisiac to some cultures. Let that settle in. You also learn that they are adept to how fast cars are (maybe from hours of Frogger game play). Apparently, one of the toads, Ralph, wasn&rsqu...

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May 14th, 2012
New Website for Cars is by Women for Women

Men love cars. Do women love cars? Yes! Auto Venus is an automotive industry based website ‘built for women by women’. The site covers basic topics that any auto focused hub would generate, including reviews on new cars, current trends within the industry, and…reviews on child car seats?  Don’t be fooled though, Auto Venus is far more than a spin on the automotive arena according to a mom’s perspective; all the female authors are clearly car enthusiasts at the core. The articles may have a feminine touch to them but the quality is solid, providing a refreshing take on vehicles that are usually reviewed for MPG and how fast t...

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May 10th, 2012
Best Trophy Cars

A luxurious house, a Rolex watch, or maybe some Italian designer duds can all point to superior financial success. What’s another way to let the entire world that you’re rolling deep? Your car. For those that have worked hard (or were just plain lucky) to earn enough money to burn on high-end vehicles, here’s a list of the best trophy cars out there. See the Cars Here You might find these gaudy rides driven by high-level execs, neurosurgeons, or sports superstars, like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. Those with plush tastes but who still have a need for speed can look no further than the Ferrari 458 Spider or...

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May 9th, 2012
APN Offers Quality Automotive Products on Major Shopping Sites

Summary: Auto Parts Network has added their products to a variety of popular online shopping stores to allow customers a reliable source for all the automotive parts and accessories they need.  Weston, FL - May 9, 2012 - Online auto parts superstore, Auto Parts Network (APN), provides a vast selection of auto replacement parts, car accessories, and mobile electronics to offer customers a single convenient place to get any auto parts they need online. However, many customers turn to general online shopping sites to find not only auto parts, but clothing, electronics, and many other consumer products all in one place. To serve these customers, APN has made the online search for auto parts even easier by making a large portion ...

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April 27th, 2012
Australian Makes Amazing Car Sound Effects

I’ve heard some pretty good impressions of celebrities, politicians, and even cartoons, but the video below features a guy who can do an even better impression of your car. Featured on a recent episode of Australia’s Got Talent, 19 year old Daniel does his impression, not of people, but several vehicles of different makes and models. It’s actually pretty amazing the kinds of noises he can produce and how much it sounds like the different engines. He even nails the effect of the vehicles passing by as the sounds vanish into the distance. Check it out here. Could this be the next ...

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April 24th, 2012
New App Aims to Prevent Texting While Driving

Driving distractions from cell phones, and texting in particular, has been a major concern for law enforcement and vehicle safety organizations since the conception of SMS began. As if speaking on the phone weren’t distracting enough, drivers are now causing accidents while sneaking glances at text messages, tapping out responses, and opening apps while behind the wheel. Until now, the main solution has been increased fines to send the message that texting and driving isn’t worth the penalty. But now, there’s a new high tech solution that, believe it or not, is a smartphone app that actually prevents cell phone distraction. The new Drive Safe Mode™ ...

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April 23rd, 2012
Ford Promotes New Focus with a Game of Pinball

Have you ever met anyone whose parallel parking skills reminded you of a game of pinball? Someone at Ford certainly did and it inspired a pretty outrageous way to advertise their new active park assist feature. To let French drivers know about the new feature, Ford’s marketing team set up a billboard-sized digital display that mimicked the scoring display you might see on an old arcade pinball machine. The scoreboard was set up above a lone parallel parking space between two cars that actually lit up and let out pinball noises when bumped by careless French drivers as they attempted (poorly) to squeeze into the vacant space. At the end of the video, a brand new Ford is awarded to the worse driver as designated by his exceptionally high pa...

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April 18th, 2012
SRT (Not Dodge) Unleashes The New 2013 Viper

At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, many vehicles boasted revolutionary MPGs and heightened environmental consideration, but only one turned the focus to its 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. That was the 2013 SRT Viper, which showcased many other improvements to match the bulks in power. The Viper isn’t under the Dodge name anymore. Instead, its namesake is of Street & Racing Technology (SRT), which is a high-performance auto group under Chrysler and the team which has historically been responsible for working on new Viper projects. SRT has continued a commitment to improving the Viper, and the impressive horsepower and torque are improvements to the last Viper which sported 600 ponies and 560 t...

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April 16th, 2012
New Car Trends: Fuel Economy is In

Gas prices continue to rise these days and bank accounts aren’t the only things being affected among consumers. According to a recent study, the average fuel economy of new cars purchased is also rising – no doubt an indication that unfaltering price increases at the pump have made a significant impact on driver's buying decisions.  Understandably, it seems as fuel costs increase, drivers wish they could their ride could get them farther on a single tank. When it comes time to buy a new vehicle, drivers that don’t opt for a used vehicle are springing for cars with better gas mileage to curb the inevitably rising cost of oil. According to the study performed at the University of Michigan, t...

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April 12th, 2012
Bubba Watson: 2012 Masters Champion and Big “Dukes of Hazzard” Fan

Any golf fan knows that Florida’s Bubba Watson is now the proud owner of a nice new green jacket after winning the 2012 Masters Championship. What they might not know is that he is also the proud owner of a bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger called The General Lee, known famously as the iconic chariot of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” One of 321 models used in the 1980’s TV program, the charger was bought by Watson in January for $110,000. The Charger boasts a 440 cubic inch Magnum V-8 engine which cranks out 364 horsepower – a few more than the actual horse ridden by General Lee in the Civil War. Aside from the bright color and powerful engine, Bubba’s new ride also features a Confederate battle fla...

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April 10th, 2012
A Sad Day for the Porsche 911

  The Porsche 911 may be considered the most iconic model of the Porsche family, and we are sad to report that the original 911 designer, Ferdinand Porsche, has died at age 76 in Austria.   Early concepts of the 911 can be traced back to sketches by Ferdinand Porsche in 1959 and a non-working model was first publicly displayed in 1963. Designed as a larger and more powerful version of the original Porsche 356, the 911 was introduced to the American public in 1965 and was available for $6,500.  The 911 has come quite a ways since those original sketches, with dozens of customizations and special editions that have made it a top name among luxury vehicles, sports cars, and competition ...

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April 3rd, 2012
Press Release: Auto Parts Network Expands Inventory to Include Mobile Electronics and Car Care Products

Summary: Online auto parts superstore, Auto Parts Network (APN) expands product selection to include mobile electronics and car care products, making it a one-stop online source for any automotive need. Weston, Florida - April 2, 2012 - Online auto parts store, Auto Parts Network (APN), has recently expanded its product selection beyond a vast stock of replacement and performance auto parts to also include car cleaning and car care products in addition to a full selection of mobile electronics. APN currently offers one of the most extensive selections of replacement and ...

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March 28th, 2012
An Audio System so Loud it Breaks Windshields

Have you ever had to replace a windshield? Most of us have been through the process due to kicked up debris, extreme temperatures, and even your occasional random act of vandalism. Windshields break for all kinds of reasons, but few can say their windshield was broken by the sound of their own car stereo systems. A member of that few (and he seems proud too) is the guy featured in this video who cranks the volume well over 11and up to whatever number causes windshields to vibrate to the point of shattering. I would think it would get pretty annoying when your windshield breaks every time the bass line drops, but the driver seems pretty excited about it. Laugh while you can, bu...

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March 26th, 2012
Microsoft’s Mustang Packs Computing Power and Horsepower

How many high tech features, mobile electronics, and high tech accessories can you pack into a 2012 Mustang? Thanks to a recent project undertaken by Microsoft and West Coast Customs, we now know. The retrofit Mustang 1967 body kit makes it look like the classic image of raw American muscle, but this ride has plenty of brains to match the brawn. The classic look is contrasted by the latest automotive gadgets, including a touch screen dashboard display featuring the new Windows 8 OS, a rear windshield that doubles as a projector screen, front and rear cameras that can be viewed remotely with a Windows Phone, full internet connectivity, and even an Xbox that can be played online through the heads up display. You can even use the car as a remote microphone to ward off ...

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March 22nd, 2012
Introducing the BatMobile Err I Mean DeltaWing

It may never actually be piloted by the caped crusader, but the new Nissan DeltaWing certainly looks like something out of a comic book. But instead of cruising the streets of Gotham City, the DeltaWing was designed to tear through laps on a racetrack. That said, it does have potential to demonstrate some superpowers in the racing world. Backed by Nissan and Michelin, the DeltaWing project focuses on furthering the motorsport industry by innovating a vehicle that maximizes efficiency with optimal aerodynamic properties, heightened fuel economy, and lowered tire consumption all while delivering exceptional speed and performance. To test the new creation, the DeltaWing will run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest endurance ...

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March 20th, 2012
Shipping Something? Save By Letting Your Stuff Hitch a Ride with HitchHauling.com

  Gas prices have been rising consistently over the past month and you may be noticing just how much of our lives are dependent on the fuel that powers vehicles from A to B. The first task that comes to mind is, of course, transporting ourselves, our friends, family members, and pets. But what about our stuff? Understandably, shipping your belongings has been made increasingly expensive with rising gas prices as well. Now there’s a way to skirt the rising costs of shipping with a new online service that essentially lets your belongings hitch a ride with someone who is already headed your way. HitchHauling.com facilitates communication between people who are t...

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March 14th, 2012
Colored Rims? How About Colored Tires?

When most people think of custom wheel options, they think of tricked out rims and hubcaps. But what about custom colors on your tires? Whitewall tires are still popular among some enthusiasts but Bridgestone is planning to expand tire options well beyond black and white. With Bridgestone’s new tire printing technology, they can actually deliver tire sidewalls with whatever color, pattern, or design you want. Using super-durable, fade-resistant ink, Bridgestone plans to offer custom printing on tire sidewalls adding yet another custom option for drivers that want to style their wheels. The new tire printing options also presents a new canvas for advertisers w...

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March 12th, 2012
Vintage Jaguar Bookcase

Wondering what to do with your vintage Jaguar? Neither are we, but if we did have a vintage Jaguar to get rid of I doubt we would have come up with the application dreamed up by Dutch design studio, denieuwegeneratie. Instead of selling it for scrap metal, they took a different approach, converting the old Jag into a bookshelf! We’re likely to pronounce the studio’s name correctly before we guess why a bookshelf of all things was decided upon, but I suppose it’s more functional than crunching it into a metal cube or sticking it in a garage somewhere. The images posted show it perched upright on the rear bumper so I can only hope it’s secured well enough that you don’t have to worry about falling victim to a vehicle fatality w...

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March 8th, 2012
The Latest, Greatest, and Craziest: Geneva Motor Show 2012

The 2012 Geneva Motor Show opened this week and we’re already seeing some amazing wheels being showcased. With wacky designs and extreme horsepower, Switzerland’s annual automotive extravaganza is always sure to showcase some of the most amazing automotive spectacles of the year. Among the many highlights was a one-of-a-kind open-top Lamborghini that sold for 2.8 million, a 1,200 horsepower Bugatti convertible, Bentley SUV, and many other high-octane rides that are just as visually striking as they are powerful. Despite all the plethora of super performance engines and sleek streamlined designs, technology won over this year with the Chevy Volt taking the prestigious Car of the Year award. After a series of rigorou...

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March 7th, 2012
(Don’t) Look At This Invisible Mercedes!

  Have they invented the world’s first invisible car? This video of Mercedes’ new hydrogen powered F-Cell might make you think so, but it’s not actually the case. That is, unless you consider environmental visibility, since the F-Cell boasts 0.0 environmental impact. As for the cloaking effect featured in the thumbnail above, that’s a clever stunt that Mercedes launched to promote their new vehicle that is “invisible” to the environment. To do it, the people at Mercedes equipped a vehicle with a series of cameras on one side and a shroud of LEDs on the other to display the camera view and create the illusion of tra...

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February 29th, 2012
Easy Ways to Save Fuel

  Gas prices are still rising, and the cost to fill up has jumped significantly even since our post about 3 Low Cost Auto Parts that Improve Gas Mileage. The climbing prices have made everyone more conscious of their gas consumption and made them desperate to find ways to up their fuel economy and lower their bills.   There are many ways to reduce fuel consumption and many are just simple changes to driving habits, or things to be aware of. We recently found a helpful article about gas consumption...

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February 27th, 2012
Why Use Vent Visors - Vent Visor Uses and Benefits

Wondering why and if you should install vent visors to your vehicle? We’ll tell you why.  It can get stuffy inside a vehicle, and it’s natural to want to let in a little fresh air, but when it’s raining out or there’s risk of dust or debris getting in, you might think twice about hitting the automatic window button. Vent visors are shaped plastic guards that attach to the front seals of your side windows. Made from durable acrylic, these vehicle accessories are lifesavers when you want to let some air in without ...

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February 24th, 2012
APN Mobile Electronics – Save Now and Buy Later

Thinking of upgrading your ride with a new audio system, video accessory, GPS, Bluetooth, or other mobile electronics product? APN is gearing up to launch a full selection of mobile electronics products and if you’re willing to hold off on that upgrade, you can save some cash. Our new mobile electronics inventory is launching soon, and if you sign up for our mobile electronics mailing list you get 10% off any order over $100 right off the bat. We’ll email you as soon as our mobile electronics inventory becomes available and you can get that handy gadget you always wanted for 10% off.  Keep in mind that 10% discount is on already low APN factory-direct prices that you won’t find anywhere else online. Plus...

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February 20th, 2012
Auto Parts Network® (APN™), Online Automotive Superstore, Makes Headway at CES 2012

  WESTON, Fla., February 17, 2012 - Online auto parts superstore, Auto Parts Network®, was represented and well-received at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, generating buzz around the high-tech convenience of the APN online store, and maintaining strong relations among top mobile electronics vendors. Online auto parts superstore, Auto Parts Network® (APN), sent representatives to attend the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. Every year CES showcases the latest consum...

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February 17th, 2012
APN – A Place on Facebook for Car Enthusiasts

If you love cars and you love social media, you have to check out our APN Facebook Fan Page. Even if you think social media is just ok, you won’t regret stopping by once you see all the great automotive content we have flowing through our Facebook Page every day.   Our wall has everything from crazy concept vehicles to street sightings and fan pics of their own rebuilds and custom installs. If you’re a fellow car enthusiast, fan our page and stay up to date with the latest discounts, coupons, and great automotive content from APN. Join the discussion, post your own projects, or just take it all in for inspiration – we&rsquo...

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February 15th, 2012
Top 10 Super Bowl Car Ads

Hope you enjoyed the big game a couple weeks ago – we certainly did. We also enjoyed all the big budget ads that are guaranteed to go along with the biggest televised sporting event of the year.   This year there were plenty of automotive ads to enjoy, including everything from vaporizing vampires to the new Acura NSX as sought after by Jerry Seinfeld. Among our favorites was Hundai’s Genesis Coupe, which showed that a responsive brake / acceleration sequence can second as an effective resuscitation technique, and Honda CR-V’s re-invigoration of Ferris Bueller’s Day off with some help from Matthew Broderick.   ...

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February 12th, 2012
Telsa 2014 Model X -- All Electric and Faster then a Porche 911

As a startup, sharing parts between models means more efficient manufacturing, & since that is the main hurdle between Tesla & commercial success at this point--their designs are brilliant, & electric cars are widely known to be of the best near-future technologies--leveraging work on the Model S sedan for the Model X crossover will, possibly, make clearing that hurdle a bit simpler. Sharing parts between models is a common practice in the auto industry, though it can be taken far--just ask the "old" General Motors. But in Tesla's case, sharing 60 percent of the parts between the Model S & Model X makes great sense. Called "falcon wings" by Tesla & Elon Musk, the doors don't open upward like traditional...

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February 10th, 2012
Valentine’s Day Sale

  Valentine’s Day is upon us, and for those scrambling for the perfect gift to show you care, we would like to help.  People love their cars and they spend a lot of time in them, which is why a gift for your ride means a whole lot more than some boring flowers or chocolates. So while we may not be in the confectionary or flower arrangement business, we can at least help you find the perfect gift for the car lovers in your life. This year, we suggest you think outside the box, and start thinking inside the garage.   For some, the key to their heart is also the key to the ignition, so be sure to hit our Valentine’s Day Sale for great deals on car accessories like ...

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February 7th, 2012
Automotive Advice from Company President, Charles Bonfiglio *Guest Post

*This is a guest post written by APN president, Charles Bonfiglio: Hi my name is Charles Bonfiglio I'm a car guy and I have been a car guy all my life. I owned and operated eight of the largest Auto Repair & Tire Centers in the world and have worked on all the kinds of cars - Mercedes Benz, BMW, Corvette, Chevy, Cadillac, Honda, Toyota - all of them. So my advice to you is that when dealing with cars, it is just as important to deal with the car owners first to make sure that they get the advice they need. So be sure to talk with your mechanic about what your car needs before you get any work done to ensure you are aware of all the options that you have for the repair or service, like brand p...

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January 26th, 2012
Audi's New Super Bowl Ad Vanquishes Blood Suckers

With the big game coming up, we're not sure whether to be more excited for the action during the matchup, or the commercials during the breaks. Everyone knows the Super Bowl showcases the year’s best ads and, like many others, we can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store. Apparently Audi couldn’t wait either, and released this clever Super Bowl ad early, featuring a camp of festive vampires and the Audi S7’s new LED headlights, which would make the AS7 the ride of choice for any vampire hunter. ...

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January 23rd, 2012
CES 2012 Highlight: Motion-Controlled Controlled Motorized Skateboard

We’ve been trying to provide some of the best automotive-focused technology from the 2012 International CES, but sometimes there are some non-auto gadgets so impressive we can’t help but share. The so called, “Board of Awesomeness” (actual name) was one such example, and though you won’t be parking it in your driveway, it does have four wheels and that’s good enough for us. What makes the “Board of Awesomeness” so awesome? First of all it’s powered by a 36 volt motor and can go up to 32 MPH, but those specs are pretty much yawn-worthy compared to how it’s controlled. At the front of the board is a jerry-rigged Samsung tablet computer and a gesture-recognizing camera b...

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January 19th, 2012
CES 2012 Highlight: Android-Enabled Touch Screen Rear View Mirror

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) went down last week and we’ve seen plenty of new and impressive gadgets that we would love to have for our morning commutes. One that stood out was a video-enabled rear view mirror that doubles as a touch screen display with the Android operating system. First all we could think about was how distracting a touch screen display would be staring back at you in the rear view mirror, but once we got over that it was pretty exciting to see the capabilities and conveniences a touch screen mirror could provide. With a few taps of the rear view you could pair a hands-free device, get directions, or check the weather forecast. All you wouldn’t be able to do is, well, lo...

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January 18th, 2012
Comparative Shopping Sites: Why Auto Parts Buyers Should Beware

When searching for auto parts online, it’s easy to find yourself at a comparative shopping site. Comparative shopping sites are online portals that aggregate thousands of places your product is being sold online so you can find the lowest price. These sites are great for clothes, DVDs, or other products that will provide equal performance wherever they come from, but when it comes to auto parts there are a few reasons comparative shopping sites probably aren’t your best choice.  The problem with comparative shopping sites is that the only real comparison is price. When it comes to quality, warranty, and customer satisfaction, most of these sites do very little to let you know anything about where your product is coming from. When buying a part for your veh...

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January 13th, 2012
Ford's Uses Extreme Weather Tunnel for Vehicle Testing

I stumbled across a recent Popular Mechanics article the other day that described the ways Ford tests it’s vehicles in the most extreme weather conditions. I had always assumed they took the vehicles and tested them on location, but in the Ford testing facility, it turns out the most extreme weather conditions can be found without ever leaving the garage. It’s more of a wind tunnel than a garage, actually – much like the ones you see featured in some luxury and sport vehicle commercials to showcase the elegant and aerodynamic shape of each model. This wind tunnel, however, simulates a lot more t...

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January 11th, 2012
Best Parking Job Ever?

I’ve seen cars end up in some bizarre places – on top of other cars, on lawns, and through the front of store windows, but all of those feats have been put to shame by a California man who successfully landed his (he stole it actually, so not his) car on top of a house. No ramps were involved, just speed and idiocy. After stealing a 4 door sedan, the man reportedly lost control of the vehicle at a high speed before being launched into the air and perching cleanly on top of the slanted roof of a California home. After sticking the landing, the car thief fled from the scene (the first ‘hit’ of a rooftop I’m sure) and was apprehended shortly after.   No one was serio...

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January 9th, 2012
2012 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

What better way to kick off 2012 than with brand new cars, customs, and concepts at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show which opened its doors today. Also known as the North American International Auto Show, hosted in the COBO Center in Detroit, the show runs from January 9th - 22nd and is the largest auto show in the United States. We’ve been following the action on a few different auto-focused blogs, and since we weren’t at the show personally, we thought we would share some of our favorite sites that are now covering the biggest auto show in the US.   Check out the pictures, articles, and videos here: ...

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January 6th, 2012
Christmas Continues at APN

Christmas is over and by this point the trees have been tossed and the lights and decorations have been boxed up until you have to deal with the tangled mess next December. But while Christmas may be stuffed in your attic now, we're still celebrating here at APN with great Holiday deals that you can take advantage of until January 15th.  The way we see it, why should you have to pay more for automotive products and accessories just because New Year's is over? We say celebrate the New Year and save some cash with extended savings on the top automotive brand accessories. That way you kick off 2012 with big savings and a great new look for your car, truck, or SUV.    So if you're a car lover,...

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December 21st, 2011
The Iguana Amphibious Speed Boat: The Craziest Thing I’ve Seen This Week

Getting a boat launched certainly isn’t the most exciting part of sea travel, and neither is getting it back on land. For owners of the new Iguana 29, however, you can skip the docks by beaching your boat and then driving it home.   Drive it home at 5MPH that is. This new amphibious speed boat lets you cruise the seas at up to 35 knots, but it also has deployable tank treads that can easily climb up the shore and navigate the beach. Again, you won’t be breaking any land speed records, but it’s convenient enough that you can drive the boat to the trailer without leaving the parking lot – plus the thing looks so cool any speed inadequacies are made up for by the fact that your boat is equipped with tank treads. &nb...

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December 19th, 2011
Dress Your Truck for Performance with TruXedo Covers

Anyone who owns a truck has probably experienced a moment of frustration when covering the bed at one time or another. Depending on the weather patterns in your area, there are plenty of times a truck bed needs protection, but before you get the blue tarp and the bungee cords, check out TruXedo, a tonneau cover that has a better, and classier way to protect whatever you’re hauling.     TruXedo covers are fastened by an advanced Velcro system, which makes covering and uncovering much more convenient than traditional snap covers. The covers are made of durable vinyl and maintain a weather-tight seal while still providing easy fold-away access when it’s time to unload. They are so confident in their product that they offer a lifetime war...

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December 16th, 2011
Toyota's Fun-Vii Concept Car Gives Me the Creeps

Toyota recently released a video to promote their concept car, the Fun-Vii. The new concept car is shown to have a digital display as an exterior, allowing for instant graphical changes like you would with a cell phone background, full-windshield navigational displays, and a general bombardment of images and colors that are more likely to induce a seizure than help you with your daily commute. ...

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December 15th, 2011
See 2 Million Car Crashes in One Video

It might not be the kind of carnage you would imagine 2 million car crashes to look like, but the new BBC data graphic and corresponding video tells a much more valuable story than a pile of wreckage. The image on this post is actually a graphical map of every injury car crash on the roads of Great Britain at a point in time from 1999 – 2010. Each data point has also been strung together to animate a video that flashes every crash over 24 hours of every day during the entire 12 year period.  It’s actually about 2.4 million crashes total, the data from which have been used to create heat-map images and an animated video of every crash from the past decade. The picture may look like an aerial view of night city lights, but each flash represents an accident...

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December 13th, 2011
Auto Parts Network® Makes Shopping Online Auto Parts Easier than Ever with New Website Enhancements

Weston, FL, December 13, 2011 - Online Automotive Superstore, AutoPartsNetwork.com (APN), has launched several unique website enhancements to improve the overall consumer shopping experience, including expanded product lines, additional customer services features, and an enhanced website design. The improved site uses new product categorization features to provide consumers with the fastest and easiest shopping experience providing the most convenient way to find the exact automotive parts and accessories they are looking for. APN currently offers the largest sele...

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December 9th, 2011
New Mini Driving App Gives High Tech Performance Data

  When you think of automotive iPhone apps, what usually comes to mind is GPS, traffic alerts, music, social media, and other ways to get outside information inside your car.   If you have a new Mini, however, you now have a way to use an iPhone app that keeps you focused on things going on under the hood. The new Driving Excitement App is downloaded through the iTunes App Store, and can then be uploaded to your Mini through Mini Connect so all the data is shown on your Mini’s digital display.   Once installed, the app can be accessed to show in-depth performance data like engine temperature, current horsepower, rpms, fuel level, and the Force Meter even shows the points of force and acceler...

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December 7th, 2011
Torrey, the Meineke/Tint World/Auto Parts Network Kitten

I work for Auto Parts Network, but being the small start-up E-commerce company that we are at this point in time, our offices are on the back side of a Meineke shop (which also includes a Tint World franchise).  The owner of Auto Parts Network, Charles Bonfiglio, also owns this Meineke franchise (and the Tint World franchise), and is utilizing this space for offices to try and keep start-up costs for Auto Parts Network low, which we pass on to our customers in lower prices.  This will be a great story for the future, when we are a big successful company, you know how it goes, “Remember when our offices were on the back side of a Meineke shop?  Ha, ha, ha!”  But I digress. The other day I was walking around the Meineke/Tint World/Auto Pa...

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December 5th, 2011
Husky Liners: Founded by A Dog Owner to Keep Your Car Clean

Popular aftermarket mat manufacturer, Husky Liners, was founded by a man named Bob Tyler. According to the company history featured on their website, Mr. Tyler would take his dog on hunting and fishing trips that would result in a muddy and messy canine. As you know, dogs aren’t the best about wiping their feet before they get in the car, so the mess would end up in his vehicle for the ride home. With the determination to save his vehicle from the mud tracked in by his faithful companion, he started developing a washable floor mat and Husky Liners was born.    Ironic to the name, their history cites that Bob Tyler actually owned a Labrador Retriever, but Husky Liners are a great vehicle accessory for any pet owner.  They are completely...

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December 1st, 2011
K&N Offers Free Performance Air Filters for Product Testing

  A few weeks ago we told you about Bully Dog and how they offer free products to customers that donate their vehicles for a couple days of new product testing. Offering up your vehicle for testing is a great chance to get some free auto upgrades, and there’s no risk to your vehicle, but Bully Dog isn’t the only manufacturer that does it.   Need a New Performance Air Filter? If you head to K&N’s website (http://www.knfilters.com/vehicles/needu.htm) you’ll see some places all over the world where they are calling vehicle owners of all makes and models to donate a few days of their ride to test the performance of their ...

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November 28th, 2011
Featured Brand: Centric

In the world of aftermarket brake systems, Centric is a name that equates leadership and innovation. Responsible for several brake system patents, Centric provides professional grade aftermarket brake systems and is constantly researching and producing new and improved ways to let your vehicle stop on a dime. Much of the innovation from Centric is driven by the extensive commitment and experience of those that manage the operations and procedures. Centric is lead by experts with decades of experience, specifically in the field of automotive brake systems.  Centric’s CEO, Dino Crescentini, is an accomplished race car driver who races in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships on the Global Motorsports...

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November 23rd, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving from APN!

It's one of our favorite holidays tomorrow and we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at APN! 'Tis the season for food, family, football, and then more food. After all, what's better than engineering the perfect Thanksgiving sandwich?  Thank You from APN! But aside from stuffing yourself with sweet potato pie, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we are grateful for, and we've had a lot of things to give thanks for recently. We all had an fun and very successful visit to SEMA 2011,  we launched our new line of ...

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November 18th, 2011
Find The Perfect Holiday Gifts at APN

The Holiday season is upon us, which means you should probably be stressing out about finding gifts for all your loved ones. We can't help you with E-Readers, blankets with sleeves, or DVDs of the latest vampire movie, but we can make sure all of the car-lovers in your life are taken care of with the new launch of the APN Pre Holiday Sale.  The Auto Parts Network Pre-Holiday Sale - Now 'till December 9th If you think the best stuff under the tree ends up behind the wheel, Auto Parts Network has great automotive gifts for just about any car enthusiast. Maybe your garage-tinkering uncle is looking for some new performance parts, or your sister is looking to add some style to her rid...

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November 17th, 2011
See the Coolest Cars from SEMA 2011

As you saw in our recent press release, the APN team was out in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago for the annual SEMA Show. The SEMA Show is known around the world for its showcase of the craziest, most tricked-out, upgraded, and styled vehicles around, and we were there with a full camera crew to capture all the action and take it home to our fans. We saw everything from go-karts to monster trucks and everything in between - all with the latest in mobile upgrades and accessories. SEMA is a trade-only event, but our camera crew captured plenty of the wild sights at SEMA 2011.   ...

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November 11th, 2011
Auto Parts Network® Online Automotive Superstore Takes its Entire Team to SEMA Show 2011, Gaining Top Brand and Vendor Support

WESTON, Fla., November 11, 2011 - Online automotive superstore, AutoPartsNetwork.com® (APN™), took its entire team to the November 1st 2011 Las Vegas SEMA and AAPEX automotive trade show to research new product technologies, generate company awareness, and build strong relationships with top automotive brands and vendors. The four-day auto show marked the first major event that APN has attended with its entire staff and it proved a fun and productive experience for everyone involved. The APN team came well-prepared, with branded APN gear and its camera crew to document the event and provide photo and video content for APN customers. Lead by APN’s CEO, Charles Bonfiglio, and CTO, Daniel Hofmann, a varied team of technical officers, vendor managers and...

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November 9th, 2011
Auto Parts Network® Adds BBK Performance Parts to its Premium List of Brands

Weston, FL, November 9, 2011 - Online auto parts store, Auto Parts Network (APN), has recently added BBK Performance Parts to its premium list of brands. The addition will allow APN customers to shop BBK products at discounted prices.  Online auto parts superstore, Auto Parts Network (APN), has further bolstered an already vast product selection with the addition of BBK Performance Parts as a new featured vendor. BBK is known for quality and performance, effectiveness of products, and produces a wide variety of performance parts, best known for their EFI parts and performance exhaust. ...

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November 4th, 2011
Cobra iRadar Exposes Speed Traps with Social Technology

  Have you ever driven by a speed trap, and then called or told a friend to warn them? There’s an unspoken allegiance among speeders that compels them to expose any police officers they might see gunning by an overpass or hiding behind a billboard. The thought is that if you save someone the strife of getting pulled over, they will someday do the same for you.    Now, popular mobile electronics producer, Cobra, has taken that concept and given it the power of social media with the release of iRadar Community. Their iRadar app provides radar, laser, and red light detection through a Bluetooth® connection with your smart phone. With the introduction of iRadar Community, users can now post the location of speed traps an...

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November 3rd, 2011
2011 SEMA Photos

APN is at SEMA 2011 this year, and for those of you that don't know, the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is an automotive aftermarket trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's considered the largest specialty auto parts show in the world and brands and vendors come from all over the world to showcase their latest innovations in each respective auto parts field. The event is truly a sight to behold, packed with awesome and amazing new automotive products, enhanced vehicles, and the latest in automotive technology. Unfortunately, it is a trade-only event, meaning that the average auto enthusiast can't just waltz in.  APN representatives attend each year to check out all the latest automotive products in the industry, and t...

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October 28th, 2011
Bully Dog Performance Parts: Beta Tested, Customer Approved

Bully Dog offers up a vast selection of high-quality performance auto parts like air filters, intake kits, exhaust systems, and ...

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October 28th, 2011
Auto Parts Network Launches Meineke Direct - Order Parts Direct and have them Installed Professionally at your Local Meineke Dealer

The APN Team officially launches Meineke Direct (http://www.meineke.com/store) at the Meineke Convention in Boca Raton, Florida! Auto Parts Network powers and runs the Meineke Webstore we created for Meineke, called Meineke Direct! Order parts direct and have them shipped to your home or business, or have the part shipped to your local Meineke to have it professionally installed! Auto Parts Network Co-Founder and CTO, Dan Hofmann calls this "A game changer for the Automotive Repair Service Industry. The majority of people are 'do it for me' consumers that require service coupled with their online auto parts order. This new partnership between Auto Parts Network and Meineke will bring a new l...

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October 27th, 2011
Find Monster Savings this Halloween at APN

  We’re getting into the Halloween spirit here at APN, and aside from pumpkin carving and draping cobwebs that means slicing prices on some of our most popular automotive products. Today until Halloween Day you can get up to 15% off the top brands in auto parts and accessories, including AIRAID Air Filters, BBK Performance Parts, Bushwacker Body Gear, WeatherTech Floor Mats, ...

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October 19th, 2011
Crazy Concept Car Reborn

Melbourne-based car manufacturer, Holden, has re-created their first-ever 1969 concept car, the Holden Hurricane. It's been over forty years since the first debut in 1969, but a group of Holden workers have made it a special project of theirs to restore the revolutionary concept, an endeavor which they have been working on since 2006.   The finished vehicle will be showcased in the Motorclassica Car Show in Melbourne, AU where it is sure to turn a few heads and jog a few memories. In its day, the Hurricane not only looked the part of a futuristic vehicle, but packed several ground-breaking technological features that are commonly used in vehicles today. Though you wou...

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October 17th, 2011
Auto Parts Network® Boasts the Lowest Discount Pricing on Top Automotive Brands - K&N and MagnaFlow

WESTON, FL, October 17, 2011 - AutoPartsNetwork.com® (APN™), online automotive superstore, leverages factory connections to offer customers everyday lowest prices on K&N and Magnaflow brand products.   Auto Parts Network® strives to offer customers the utmost quality and lowest prices on a vast selection of automotive parts and accessories. Through strong factory and manufacturer relationships, Auto Parts Network® now offers some of the web’s lowest prices on some of the auto industry’s top brands - K&N and Magnaflow.   K&N advertises “The World’s Best Air Filter,” and they work hard to make good on that claim. ...

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October 13th, 2011
World’s Oldest Running Car Sells for 4.6 Million

This past Friday, a car sold for $4.62 million dollars at An RM Auctions Event in Hershey Pennsylvania. It wasn’t a one-of-a-kind concept car, or a super sports car prototype, or even the amphibious Lotus Esprit featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. Instead, the vehicle up for purchase was a French made 1884 steam powered four-wheeler – the oldest running car in the world.  Properly named the De Dion Bouton Et Trapardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Roundabout, this hot rod topped out at 38mph in its prime with a range of 20 miles on a tank of water. Only 20 were manufactured and 6 remain. The particular piece sold was also the winner (and the sole participant) in the world’s first auto race, which could be part of the reason it claimed such a high price at auction. ...

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October 10th, 2011
Auto Tech - Nissan Begins Research on a Mind-Reading Car

One of the major issues relating to vehicle safety is reaction time; how fast can you react to an event on the road, how long do you have to react, and is that enough time to make an informed decision? It’s part of the reason that distractions like cell phones are considered so unsafe – because they shorten the time you have to make smart decisions on the road. Now, Nissan is conducting research that could improve your driving reaction time not by eliminating distractions, but by making a direct connection between vehicle control and human thought.   The concept is in very early research stages and researchers are only exploring the possibility of reading human brain waves and translating those thoughts directly to a vehicle...

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October 6th, 2011
3 Low Cost Auto Parts that Improve Gas Mileage

With gas prices rising like a flood tide, many drivers are looking for a way to get the highest possible fuel economy out of their vehicles. Though some find the answer in hybrid cars, and other new (expensive) technologies, there are also some good old basic auto maintenance fixes that can significantly increase your mileage. In this post we’ve listed three low-cost automotive parts that can be affordably checked and replaced to save you cash at the pumps. 1. Air Filters A dirty air filter limits air flow to the engine, causing immediate drops in horsepower, performance, and gas m...

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October 3rd, 2011
Brand Spotlight: Thule

Whether you're taking your bike down the street or packing for a cross-country trip, it's important that you can effectively transport your gear. Vehicle roof rack and roof box brand, Thule (pronounced tool-lee), has been solving the problem of transporting gear since 1942. That’s a lot of time to perfect your craft, and Thule has gotten pretty close to doing this - as suggested by their consistent product awards and establishment as the world’s top name in personal vehicle cargo accessories. When it was founded in Sweden by the Thulin family, their first product was actually a trap for catching fish. Needless to say, they don’t offer that product anymore and we’re thankful that they developed a vehicle focus in the 1960s, when they releas...

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September 30th, 2011
Reality TV Goes Car Shopping

Reality TV has come a long way since the first season of Survivor, and now it seems just about every occupation, sport, and generally uncomfortable situation has been filmed under the label of ‘reality.’ Whether it’s the famed Jersey Shore, or a lesser known program, most people have a guilty pleasure for some form of reality TV or another, and now auto enthusiasts will have another yet another fetish to choose from with Spike TV’s impending release of Car Lot Cowboy (tentative title) (source).    The new show will feature two automotive retail cons...

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September 27th, 2011
Auto Parts Network® Adds WeatherTech to its Ever-expanding Selection of Online Automotive Products

Weston, Florida, 2011 - Online auto parts provider, AutoPartsNetwork.com®, bolsters an online product selection with the addition of WeatherTech high quality protective vehicle floor mats and liners.   Auto Parts Network® is excited to announce that a complete line of WeatherTech floor liners, cargo liners, and vent visors will now be for sale on AutoPartsNetwork.com® online auto parts superstore. Auto Parts Network® already offers a full comprehensive selection of Husky floor liners, and the addition of WeatherT...

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September 26th, 2011
K&N Performance Air Filters – The Brand that Battles Dealerships for their Customers

  K&N Air Filters is an awesome company for their commitment to quality and their passion for providing the best air filters out there.   That said, we think there is a lesser-known reason K&N rocks – not related to product performance, but to the confidence they display in their own warranty, and in their pledge to protect customers from swindling dealerships that try to falsely void factory warranties.    The K&N Consumer Protection Pledge   For K&N CEO, Steven Rogers, it isn’t enough that you just buy a high performance K&N air filter, he wants to be sure that your K&N products can be installed without vo...

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September 21st, 2011
What Does Power Sound Like? MagnaFlow Exhaust Has the Answer

Exhaust system manufacturer, MagnaFlow is committed to the philosophy “Quality, Power, and Sound.” MagnaFlow strives to produce the best performance exhaust systems available on the market, and while they certainly deliver on the promise of quality and power, they go above and beyond to prove themselves in the department of sound. Listen to MagnaFlow Products in Action Online From the MagnaFlow website, visitors can do more than just look at MagnaFlow exhaust systems – they can actually hear them thanks to a vast audio library that lets customers access sound clips of MagnaFlow products installed on a variety of awesome vehicles. Just go to...

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September 21st, 2011
Dodge Dakota R/T Wins K&N Air Intake Kit Facebook Contest

Congratulations to Paul Busby, the August winner of the Auto Parts Network Facebook Contest!  He has been notified via email and will soon receive a K&N Air Intake Kit for his '99 Dodge Dakota R/T. Here's Paul's reaction to the news of his prize: "YAAAAA HOOOOOOO!!!!! My Baby will Purrr with the new K&N Air Intake system! Thank You So Much!! Ive never won anything like this!!" We were almost as excited as he was. Also, a big thanks to everyone who posted their cars on our Facebook Page! And don't forget... this is a monthly contest, so keep those car photos coming. You could be our next winner! Here are ...

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September 20th, 2011
Auto Parts Network® (APN™), Online Automotive Superstore Launches its Own Brand of APN™ Auto Body Parts

Official Press Release: WESTON, Fla., Sept. 26, 2011 - Online automotive superstore, AutoPartsNetwork.com® (APN™), announces its recent product selection expansion into the automotive collision repair industry, launching a complete new line of its own exclusive brand APN™ Auto Body Parts.    In addition to their vast selection of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, Auto Parts Network® will now offer a comprehensive line of aftermarket replacement auto body parts under the APN™ Auto Body Parts brand.   Customers who already enjoy superior quality and discount prices on automotive parts and accessories from Auto Parts Network® wi...

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September 20th, 2011
Fuel Economy and Performance? It Can Be Done

Computer chip programmers might just be the best power-per-dollar investment for your car or truck. CPU programmers boost power and fuel efficiency using a variety of low and higher octane fuel levels. But the extent of CPU programmers don't end there. Some even recalibrate your speedometer when using larger diameter tires. Or scan the engine for trouble codes. Chip programmers work by altering factory fuel/ignition timing tables in the Electronic Control Module (CPU). A lot of today's chip programmers also provide you with the ability to switch to different performance modes, such as: improved torque more horsepower improved fuel effici...

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September 15th, 2011
The Tesla Roadster – Very Green and Extremely Mean!

Very green in that it is a totally electric car that can go 244 miles on a single charge and Extremely Mean because it can go from 0 to 60 in about 3.9 seconds!  The Tesla Roadster is made by Tesla Motors in California and was first available in 2008.  It is an engineering marvel that looks very similar to a Lotus Elise and in fact shares some parts with that car.  Lotus provided advice to Tesla on designing and developing a vehicle, as well as producing partly assembled vehicles.  The Tesla Roadster is the first all-electric vehicle in serial production to be made in the United States that is capable of running on the highway.  This is not the only first for this uniquely engineered car; there are several, actually:  The first to use lithium-ion battery...

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September 9th, 2011
Labor Day is Over, But The Savings Continue

  Labor Day weekend is over, which marks a few low points for many of us (end of summer, no more wearing white, getting stopped behind school busses again). But despite the tragic retirement of your bleached linen pants, we urge you to remember the positives of Labor Day weekend, like the start of college and professional football seasons - and you can still get excited for great deals on auto parts and accessories from Auto Parts Network.   Celebrate Until September 12th with Great Discounts at APN Through next Monday, Auto Parts Network is offering some jumbo-sized discounts on our most popular auto...

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September 9th, 2011
Spread the News - New Press Release Announces Official APN Launch

Here at APN, we're making it easier than ever before for customers and installers to find the auto parts they need at the lowest factory prices. In a recent press release, we're telling the world about APN, and all the great features that make our site the best auto parts buying experience on the web.  We've put a lot of work into the technologies that make APN tick, and we're proud to host a site that not only offers great prices, but makes life easier by letting customers shop by make and model, see product availability in real time, browse over 800 automotive brands, get fa...

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September 9th, 2011
How to Accessorize Your Ride

Accessorizing and personalizing your “ride” is on an upward trend. People of all walks of life are turning to the days of yesteryear, when cruising in your car was an exciting experience every day. Today, people are keeping their cars longer and are realizing that by spending some time and money on customizing and personalizing their ride, it can give them the upgrades they want without simply buying a new car and wasting tons of money. This way they can enjoy their build and take great pride in the uniqueness and style that they express themselves through their ride.  The first step to begin customizing your car or truck is to map it out. Learn all the popular trends and brands that are...

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September 7th, 2011
My not so great experience with Honda. Why the dealer isn't the best place to go for auto parts and repair!

Over the years. I have had many great and 'not so great' experiences with my car.  I have a 2005 Honda Civic, which I love deeply, but what I don't love is the repair aspect of my car... namely getting ripped off for the repair costs. My latest 'not so great ' experience was when I went to the Honda Dealer to get one of my visors replaced.  For some reason (I am guessing the intense Florida heat) my visors were coming apart at the seams. I expected that would be the only thing to get replaced, but unfortunately I was wrong.  I was told that I needed two tires replaced, plus I needed them rotated and alligned.  I wanted to see how much everything would cost, so I agreed to wait for the 45 min time period.  After TWO hours I was t...

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September 1st, 2011
Post-Summer Car Maintenance Checklist

Summertime is hell on your wheels. High temperatures. Long roadtrips. Your car takes a beating during summer and now that the season is winding down, it's time that you start thinking about giving your car a little post-summer TLC. Here are a few things to check and maintain to avoid any post-summer breakdowns: Coolant and Radiator Engines are fiery infernos that burn optimally at 200 degrees. Any hotter and the metal can actually melt and fuse. That, needless to say, is not good. To keep your engine running at an optimal temperature, flush your radiator before and after summer, and keep it filled with a good mixture of coolant. Windshield Wipe...

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August 26th, 2011
Introducing APN Auto Body Parts!

Auto Parts Network is proud to introduce our very own line of body replacement parts and supplies, APN Auto Body Parts.  APN Auto Body Parts offers the most comprehensive selection of high-quality in-stock auto body parts at the best prices.  Our quality auto parts are protected by a lifetime warranty and maintain a full, ready to ship inventory of all our collision parts, so you can be confident in knowing that you will have direct access to not only the leading auto body parts brand with the highest quality aftermarket replacement parts possible, but can also count on getting your vehicle back on the road in original condition without delays, with peace-of-mind that your vehicle will look like n...

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August 18th, 2011
AutoPartsNetwork.com Features Accurate Real-Time Inventory!

You may not realize it as you’re ordering parts at AutoPartsNetwork.com, but as you’re looking around at parts, putting in your vehicle make, model and year, you’re looking at actual, accurate real-time inventory.  This is a rare thing in the online automotive parts ordering world.  How many times have you ordered parts online, assuming you will see your parts in a few days, since you got no indication otherwise through the whole check-out process, only to find out later (sometimes even days later, since often you get no notification of a backorder situation and have to actually go yourself to the website to check on the status of your order before you find out), that one or more items are on backorder?  This is extremely frustrating and it can even t...

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August 16th, 2011
From The Woman’s Point Of View - Mechanic Horror Stories

I have had the (in my opinion), good fortune to be born into a long line of mechanics.  Granted, they are all aircraft mechanics, but they all worked on cars, too.  I’ve never really been the “girly-girl” type.  All my life I’ve been much more interested in listening to my dad, brother and uncle talk about airplanes and cars than the conversations women have about babies, hair, makeup, clothes, shopping, etc.  Consequently, I love cars.  And motorcycles (yep, I ride a motorcycle, too – and I RIDE MY OWN, not 2-up).  Trucks are pretty cool, too.  But cars – I love the little Japanese tuners, as well as the big V8s; especially the big V8s, since I grew up with those.  The Chevelle rules!  My favorite from ...

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August 8th, 2011
My new found interest in cars has been a long passion for many people including many stars and designers

 About 24 years ago, I met my future husband and automotive enthusiast repair shop owner and started helping him in his auto business.  Cars and the auto industry were fairly new to me and never thought I nor any other female would be interested in such a field, but felt I needed to be prepared for the Bold New World ahead of me! (Besides, it was going to be my business too one day). So I took a leap of faith and began to see the automobile and the auto industry as more than just some dirty garage for fixing cars.  I learned the basics of the business early on and later expanded my knowledge of the mechanics of the automobile, a...

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August 6th, 2011
Taylor Swift's Cars from Luxury to Country Trails

  Everyone knows the country/pop singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift, famous for her two most famous songs "You Belong With Me" and "Love Story". Taylor got a Lexus SC 430 hardtop convertible; the color of the car is white. Taylor and her ex-boyfriend, Taylor Lautner from the Twilight Saga, were spotted cruising in her Lexus. I personally think that that the car is a cute car and it suits her very well. Taylor Swift is all about being a nice person and she usually wears white or light colored clothing, so i think she looks very cute driving her little white Lexus. This car has the best of b...

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August 1st, 2011
Auto Parts Network informational Blog

Auto Parts Network informational Blog: AutoPartsNetwork.com provides access to millions of top brand n-stock auto parts, accessories, car audio video, mobile electronics, tires, custom wheels, car care products with Free Shipping and Delivery for most orders over $100.00 in the US. APN lists hundreds of Qualified Installer’s in your Local area to make it convenient to get your auto parts installed. Most shipping parts ship the same day and typically 1-3 days to receive delivery. Become an AutoPartsNetwork.com Facebook Fan to be notified and receive our latest promotional offers, new products, safety tips and more. AutoPartsNetwork.com is supported by the largest warehouse distribution network of more than 300 distribution centers in all 50 U...

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July 25th, 2011
Should you use (OEM) Original Equipment Auto Parts vs. Aftermarket Auto Parts when repairing your Vehicle?

Should you use (OEM) Original Equipment Auto Parts vs. Aftermarket Auto Parts when repairing your Vehicle? When taking your vehicle for service, do you ever think about what kind of parts are being installed on your vehicle? If you take it to the car dealership for service, you can expect Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. If you take it to an aftermarket repair shop you'll most likely expect Aftermarket auto parts, although quality aftermarket service centers will offer consumers the option of using OEM Auto Parts or Aftermarket Auto Parts, which is an advantage for consumers, because Car Dealerships only offer OEM Parts.   What is the difference? Which has better quality? ...

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July 25th, 2011
Welcome to the New Auto Parts Network Blog!

It's official. Auto Parts Network has just kicked off our latest addition to our site, and we will blogging and discussing a number of interesting things going forward. We will soon be launching information articles, how to guides, and lots more to make your automotive experience here at APN the best on the web. I would love to get some feed back from people about what they want to hear? What are the most common repair questions you have? What would you like to see a video of? Perhaps that really difficult installation of that part you have been thinking about getting from our site? Or perhaps you vehicle has some weird issue - a noise, an electrical...

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November 30th, -0001
Text Others Via License Plate

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