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WHO INVENTED THE CONVERTIBLE?

The earliest automobiles were modeled after horse-drawn buggies. They had open tops (and no windshields or doors). The first automobile design featuring a closed top was introduced in 1910. Vinyl or cloth roofs were typical in the 1920s, with steel mostly replacing the fabric roofs in the 1930s as automotive manufacturers worked to make cars sturdier and safer. But people missed the open-roof feeling of those early cars. The first manual retractable hardtop convertible was invented in 1922, although that design was never actually produced. In 1927, manufacturers like Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Chrysler brought multiple convertible models to the eager American public. The first power-operated retractable hardtop came out in 1934. And the American love affair with the convertible was underway. Convertibles in California Culture Convertibles hold a special place in American culture, especially in California. Convertibles are glamorous, driven by movie spies ... read more

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BEST MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT CARS

BEST MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT CARS

Are you planning to take some fun road trips this summer? Or do you prefer staying closer to home and hanging out with your friends and family? Either way, after a long day of driving, swimming, hiking, or dozing in a hammock, you might be in the mood to stream some great movies or documentaries…about cars! But…how do you choose? The Auto Experts has you covered with these recommendations for some of the best movies and documentaries about cars and car culture: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Will Ferrell and company are hilarious in this over-the-top comedy about NASCAR racing. The Car (1977) This cult horror flick is so bad it’s good. An evil car terrorizes a small town. The dark side of the “driverless car.” The Great Race (1965) Set at the turn of the 20th Century, this comedy features a dashing hero, a beautiful suffragist journalist, and a black-clad, mustachioed villain. Also, a polar bear get ... read more

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HOW TO PREVENT YOUR CAR FROM OVERHEATING

HOW TO PREVENT YOUR CAR FROM OVERHEATING

Even if you enjoy the summer heat, you'll need to keep your car cool. When your vehicle's engine runs too hot, it can damage the automobile and jeopardize your safety. In addition, if your cooling systems aren’t functioning correctly, it can cause major damage to your engine and hefty repair costs down the line. Below are some tips to help prevent your ride from overheating” Park in the shade The temperature difference between the shade and the sun is significant. Parking in the shade can extend the life of your car. If you can't find a spot in a shady area, a sunshade to lessen heat inside the vehicle. Get rid of hot air Keep your windows and sunroof slightly cracked so the air can get out. Hot air gets trapped in a vehicle with closed windows and the glass acts as a conductor that assists in heating up the enclosed interior. Turn the floor vents ... read more

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BEST MUSIC FOR ROAD TRIPS

BEST MUSIC FOR ROAD TRIPS

What's better than the perfect car, the perfect weather, and the perfect MUSIC when you go on those long well-deserved road trips solo or with your favorite people? Choosing the right tunes to serve as the backdrop to the music video of your life is essential to get the vibe right when we’re smooth sailing down the highway without a care in the world. After all, music connects us, moves emotion, and just brings some well-needed joy into the world. Here are some recommendations for some tunes that are sure to bring a little bliss to your adventures in your vehicle. "LA Woman," The Doors Some believe that this is the best driving song ever recorded. According to Jim Morrison, all Doors songs are about love, death, and travel. "LA Woman" encompasses all 3 of these themes. From a literal and symbolic perspective, this song pulls the listener off the freeway into the enigmatic City of Night. "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin Kris Kris ... read more

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BEST RACE CAR EVENTS NEAR AND AROUND SACRAMENTO

BEST RACE CAR EVENTS NEAR AND AROUND SACRAMENTO

Do you have the need...the need for speed? The good news is there are several racetracks near and around Sacramento if you're craving some action. Whether you're into dirt or asphalt, there's something for every car racing enthusiast at any speed. Below are some of the tracks within about three hours of the Sacramento region: 1) All American Speedway Website: www.allamericanspeedway.com This popular paved oval track is the host of Grand National West Series, Whelen NASCAR All-American weekly series, stocks, and sprints (plus several other divisions.) 2) Altamont Motorsports Park Website: www.altamontracing.com The Motorsports Park has an array of racetrack configurations which includes a quarter-mile oval, a 1.1-mile road, an interlocking 1/2 mile paved oval course and a figure-eight track. The main t ... read more

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BEST THINGS TO HAVE IN A CAR EMERGENCY KIT

BEST THINGS TO HAVE IN A CAR EMERGENCY KIT

In case of roadside emergencies, it's wise to be prepared. The items below could come in very helpful if your vehicle experiences some problems on the roads. Keep this emergency kit in the car and you can have some peace of mind that you and your passengers can stay safe and comfortable before help arrives. Small LED Flashlight Be certain that your emergency kit has a little LED flashlight with new batteries. Flashlights will come in handy when changing tires, checking under the hood, or any other quick fixes that could be repaired more easily with light. A small flashlight could also help you alert other drivers that you need some help. Cell Phone Car Charger Cell phones have become our lifelines. However, if they're not properly charged, they're of no use. Be certain to have a spare charger available in your survival kit should you need to contact some assistance. Portable Air Compressor Portable air com ... read more

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VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR CAR LOVERS

VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR CAR LOVERS

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift for the automobile enthusiast in your life? Generally, car lovers are big fans of receiving gifts related to this passion. Luckily, there are some unique and practical gifts out there that are sure to impress your sweetheart. Here are some suggestions: Dash Mounted Smartphone Holder: Having a phone holder is a perfect way to keep your Smartphone close without interfering with driving and safety. There are a wide array of mounted holders and they’re easy to attach. Car Seat Covers You can give your Valentine's automobile a fun makeover with a set of car seat covers. Choose from a vast array of patterns and colors that will appeal to the gift recipient’s taste. There are some covers that are even made for specific makes and models of cars. Cleaning Kit Most car enthusiasts take prid ... read more

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CAR FINANCING AND HOW TO GET IT

CAR FINANCING AND HOW TO GET IT

One of the most confusing parts while buying automobiles is understanding how to finance it. Since most drivers aren’t in the position to pay for the entire car in one go, most of the car purchases, new or pre-owned, will need some financing. It can be daunting trying to figure out how to finance a car as most of us aren’t number crunchers. Luckily there are some options out there that could be the bridge to driving in your new vehicle! The first thing to check for when you’re considering buying a car is to check your credit history. It’s easier for a car buyer to get a loan with a higher credit rating. There are always ways to increase your score. One of the easiest ways is to get a credit card and make payments on time. For most people, this generally marks the beginning of their credit history. Regardless of the plans for receiving financing for an automobile, a down payment is a requiremen ... read more

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GETTING YOUR CAR READY FOR WINTER

Winter is coming! Joe Gibson, the owner of The Auto Experts in Sacramento, was interviewed by Fox40 News about getting your car ready for Winter. Don't delay when preparing your vehicle for the cold weather. Our team of auto mechanics is happy to serve the Sacramento region with high-quality, trusted auto repair. Here are some things to be mindful of to prepare your car for the colder weather: Examine Tires - Check your vehicle’s tires for remaining tread life and inspect the sidewalls for nicks and cuts. It’s recommended to check tire pressure once a month and rotate them as recommended. Be sure that your automobile's spare and car jack is in good condition. Poorly aligned wheels and under-inflated tires use excess fuel because it makes the engine work harder. Check Battery - The only correct way to see if you have a weak battery is with profe ... read more

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BEST HEALTHY FOOD TO BRING ON ROAD TRIPS

BEST HEALTHY FOOD TO BRING ON ROAD TRIPS

With holiday travels approaching, it’s wise to be mindful of keeping yourself energized and alert during road trips. Having the right snacks nearby can keep you and your family full and safe on the roads. Here are some healthy delicious snacks that the team at The Auto Experts recommend to take care of your hunger as you and your family travel to your holiday destinations. 1) Seaweed Snacks – Not only is seaweed super healthy, it’s light and easy to travel with. In addition, it’s packed with iron and helps with digestion. 2) ... read more

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