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Best Trucks/ SUVs of 2015

By on May 4, 2015

It’s always exciting to see the new models each year and as we near the time when we’ll already begin to be seeing next year’s trucks, I thought it would be great to take a look at some of the best trucks of 2015.  I grabbed some of these images from forbes.com.

2015 Ford 150Ford 150

While it’s been the best-selling vehicle in the industry, it finally received a long-awaited redesign this year. The changes brought about more extensive use of aluminum allowing the truck to actually be lighter, greatly improving gas mileage, but managed not to sacrifice any of it’s “cojones” in the process.

2015 Jeep RenegadeJeep Renegade

I’ve always loved the hamster commercials and the Renegade looks like a Jeep Wrangler and a Kia Soul got together and did what hamsters do best. The outcome? A compact crossover that boasts a 2.4 liter, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine with up to 184 horses to back it up. It also comes with a “trail rated” 4×4 system. How fun can you make a hamster look alike.

2015 Lincoln MKCLincoln MKC

Alright, now this is just a mighty release. While the basis is picked from the Ford Escape, this is the luxury version. Eco-boost, 2.3 liter turbo-four – so it’s acting like a 6 cylinder with all the bells and whistles you could want from a luxury crossover.

20115 Porsche MacanPorsche Macan

Now who doesn’t love a Porsche? Well, to be honest there’s been a couple of mishaps in their run (Panamera). The sporty Macan is destined to become one of Porsche’s most popular models. It rivals the Audi q5, but with more…. Porsche-like aggression and performance. To top it off, it is just as quick as the 911 Carrera sports coup but much more affordable.

With a little bit of everything, I think that’s a great cross-section. If you didn’t see yours there, don’t be discouraged, or worse yet angry, just shoot me a line and let me know and we can always make another list.

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Common Mistakes Auto Body Shops Make

By on May 19, 2015

paint-peelingIt's gonna happen to the majority of us. More than likely we each will get into a fender bender (or worse) in our lifetime and have to figure out where to go from there. While I've dabbled with some custom work myself, I usually leave any body work to the pros - providing they're pros. Through my years, I've seen 4 main areas where auto body shops drop the ball. Here's my experience to help you know what to keep an eye for when you take your auto for repair.

  1. Mediocre Paint Job One of the common mistakes that auto body shops make is a poor paint job. There are a couple of ways that an auto body shop can mess up an automotive paint job. One such way is by not properly matching colors. Color matching on a vehicle requires both proper equipment and a well trained eye. Currently, there are many different shades of colors that can sometimes appear the same unless under fluorescent lighting.  It's also best to see what the pros are using (and what your repair shop should be using) for auto paint and you can find out more about that at Cars Direct. Another way an automotive paint job can be botched up is simply by being painted carelessly. It takes time and energy to paint a vehicle because a technician must first clean the car, then mask parts that do not need to be painted such as the muffler, and then primed. By skipping any of these steps, the paint job can be lumpy or sloppy. Many times, technicians do not take the needed time to prep the vehicle prior to priming.
  1. Panel Gaps Putting a vehicle together requires both precision and diligence. If a technician does not make the effort to put the panels together tightly, gaps can be formed. When unnecessary gaps are in a vehicle, air and moisture can leak into the vehicle which, in the long run, can cause more problems. It is important that all the automotive parts are properly aligned.
  1. Faulty Equipment Installation. When an automotive technician works on a vehicle, often times they have to take pieces apart to work on the initial problem.  If a technician is hasty in putting the pieces together, they can overlook reinstalling the parts. Even if they forget to reinstall a small part or reconnect a wire, it can wreak havoc on your vehicle. Many times, a customer may go to an auto body shop to have one problem fixed and leave with problems such as issues with windshield wipers, radio, or car locks. These such problems are often caused because of failure to reconnect a wire or reinstall a small part.
  1. Failure to Align Tires Something that is overlooked at an auto body shop is failure to align the vehicle’s tires. This can be a serious problem because a poor alignment can affect the durability and health of tires. Nothing quite as frustrating as getting a beautifully repaired vehicle that seems to keep wanting to drive itself off the road. Be sure to have the alignment checked and corrected as a misalignment will begin to make you question all the other repairs even if they're pristine.
As I mentioned, I have had a couple of years of experience (:)) and in those years, I've had some body work that has needed to be completed on several vehicles. Thankfully only a few had anything to do with me, but that's part of the problem. You can be the best driver and you're still likely to be in an accident caused by someone else.  I had this experience when I visited Salt Lake City, UT a couple of years ago.  It's even worse when it happens when you're out of town, but thankfully I was able to find Go Collision and they did a fantastic auto body repair job, although I still made sure to inspect the final product, but it did come out fantastic.  That was a real treat since I hadn't know that much about the auto body shops in the area and they turned out to be great.    

New DC Made Album – Tim Whalen

By on May 13, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3cIH6XbS0E Guys, I have to say that I am so stoked! There's nothing like jamming out to your music in a car that's been set up for audio correctly, with music that matches the setting and it's always better when one of your favorite artists releases a new album. What made it cooler was that one of my favorites, Tim Whalen, just recording right here in Washington DC! If I had known he was around the corner, I would have tried to get in to see him! As one of DC's favored jazz pianists, composers, and even arrangers, most of us that enjoy Jazz in the DC area know of Tim. He's played all around town and teamed up with other outstanding musicians to have several sold out venues, ranking from Smithsonian, to local bars around town. He's outstanding to listen to live, but wait until you put the music in the car! It can completely envelop you and leave you feeling like he's right there playing with you. Someday, I'm gonna have to post how to get the best audio out of your auto, but until that time, you just need to make sure to pick the right music for the job and Tim's stuff is great. I just had to post and tell everything that Tim released a new album, that he recording right here in the DC recording studio from Blue House Productions. I've heard they record all styles of music and have some outstanding equipment and recording rooms, although you'll not want to be hearing my singing voice. Stick to Tim's new album Oblivion: the Music of Bud Powell and trust me, you'll thank me later. You can grab it right off his site at http://www.timothywhalen.com/oblivion-store. Way to go Tim and Blue House - it's a win for DC

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Highlight from the Washington DC Auto show

By on May 4, 2015

The Washington DC Auto Show is always a blast.  The 2015 DC Auto Show was no disappointment.   Here's 10 of the many highlights about the Washington Auto Show of 2015; I really think you’ll enjoy reading them!

  1. Usually the Auto show lasts 5 days, but this year it lasted 10! Also with opening hours between 10am and 10pm some days, the two story convention center allows even more time for more residents to enjoy the latest innovations and technologies.
  2. autoshow-hands-onThe “Hands on” contest is back on this year! A Hyundai Sonata is up for grabs this year in the hands on contest. All contestants must physically maintain contact with the car at all times, apart from a 15 minute break every 3 hours. The last person to keep contact with the car wins it!
  3. 2015 Green car awards. This year, the Green SUV of the year award went to the stunning Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel for its excellent fuel efficiency and is approval for B20 biodiesel use. It outdid its finalists including, the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Lexus NX 300h and Mazda CX-5.
  4. 2015 Green car awards. This year’s luxury green car award goes to the BMW i8, with its sleek finish and exceptional performance. With a gasoline engine, the i8 can drive on battery power for 22 miles and up to 310 miles on hybrid power. Its competitors being the Audi A8 L TDI, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and Tesla Model S.
  5. For the kids, there will be an exceptional amount of characters to keep them entertained, too! Guests include; Spongebob and Patrick, Red Bird from Angry Birds, Lego Movie Characters, Star Wars Characters and more!
  6. There will be a few celebrity guests, including WWE’s Randy Orton, NFL Legend Charley Taylor, NFL Legend Dave Butz, NFL Legend Mark Moseley and more!
  7. There are so many exotic cars to see at the Auto Show, including plenty of different models of Rolls Royce, McLaren, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Ferrari. They’re definitely the show stoppers!
  8. New technology will be on show at the Auto Show, Including Toyota’s hydrogen powered FCV model concept, which may be offered to consumers as soon as next year! The fuel cell converts hydrogen’s energy to electricity that charges the car’s battery, all that needs to be used is clean water. They will make a huge impact and be a great long term solution to the environment.
  9. Ride N’ Drive is a great experience for anyone that wants to drive a different model of car, and look at the new features from the inside. There’s so many cars to choose from, like; Toyota, Mazda, Scion, Kia etc.
  10. With over 700 vehicles on display and in so many different makes, there will surely be so much to see! With new and improved body types, to new materials and eco-saving fuel.
I loved the show and can't wait to go again next year.  You can keep up-to-date at http://www.washingtonautoshow.com.

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Welcome to the DC Autogeek

By on April 17, 2015

My name is Jerry Jones and I love autos.  Combining my love for autos with my Washington DC hometown, I've decided to put together a little blog of tips and tricks that I've learned (and am learning) as well as some of the most beautiful sites that I have seen as far as autos go.