Swim With Cars: Amphicar’s Brief But Awesome Heyday

A car that can drive on land and swim in water is such an amazing idea for many people that dare to dream. And for a short period that dream was a reality.

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Amphicar was the brainchild of Hans Trippel, a German auto designer who is better known for the gullwing doors of Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Trippel experimented with amphibious cars in the 1930s and later built several hundred heavy duty military ones during World War II. A competing military design from Volkswagen called the Schwimmwagen was a little more successful than his.

After the war, Mr. Trippel returned to his dream of building a commercially viable amphibious car. But after designing a prototype of the Amphicar, he had no more involvement with its Berlin manufacturer.

It was all for the best. After making a splash (pun intended) at the 1961 New York Auto Show, the company thought it could sell tens of thousands a year to Americans. Those estimates turned out to be way too optimistic. Between 1962 and 1967 fewer than 3,800 were sold in North America plus only a few hundred more in Europe. Many were simply given away to employees.

A publicity stunt that involved a successful crossing of the English Channel got headlines. Another in the Strait of Gibraltar was less successful, since it involved the first-ever collision of a ship and an automobile. More strict U.S. safety requirements in 1968 finally sank (again, pun intended) Amphicar Corp. itself.

There have been other attempts at passenger cars that float, fly or even can submerge, but none approaching Amphicar’s brief heyday.

While people tend to be terribly fascinated with them, they tend not to buy them.

aquaplaning-83008_960_720 amphicarWhile you certainly don’t need to have a car/ boat combo, you do need a regular car. Don’t drown in responsibilities, apply for an auto loan today to get the perfect (non floating) car for you!

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Why Your Old Car Just Isn’t Cutting It

How many more miles are you willing to waste your money on driving that unsafe hunk of junk you call a car?

Just bare with me for some more reasons why you need a new car.

  1. Good gravy that thing is a death trap. Anything above 65 mph make it start shaking like a leaf. There is a mysterious thud that is calling to impending doom. Generally, nothing about your decision to keep this car for this long is a safe idea.
  2. A fresh start isn’t a bad thing. I’m sure you have tons of good memories in that car. But what about the bad ones? All of the times it left you stranded in the middle of nowhere. All of the sweaty drives that you had to endure in the dead heat of summer without air conditioning. Isn’t it time for some new and better memories?
  3. Do you honestly think that keeping that thing for this long as saved you money? After all of the hours and days in the shop, and all of the wasted gas money (because you know it only gets 16 miles per gallon), and the dates lost after they saw your horrid mess of a car, you have not saved a penny. You may as well have set your wallet on fire.
  4. How much more are you willing to get made fun of by your friends for all of your silly fixes? Is your bumper held on by duct tape… or not on at all? Is your shifter not a shifter at all, but something else that is definitely not being used for it’s intended purpose? I think it’s time for a change.junk-1 car

But worry not! There are options for you. That new car isn’t as unattainable as you think. Apply for a auto loan today and start saving money and start making those new memories.

 

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Why A Dog Is The Perfect Driving Buddy

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Dogs are known as man’s best friend for a reason. Not only are the loyal to no end, but they are the willing to go with us anywhere. And they do! Nothing makes a road trip better than knowing that you best friend has his head hanging out the window and tongue blowing the breeze.

 

Reasons Dogs Are Perfect Driving Buddies

  1. Dogs will listen to your car horrible singing

    They know how bad you are. And they don’t care at all that you have been singing the wrong lyrics to that song that you won’t take off repeat. All they know is that you are happy and so are they.

  1. Dogs get indescribably excited when getting into a cardownload (2) dog

    If you have ever said the word drive anywhere near a dog, you will understand just how much they adore a good drive. Especially with their best friend (aka: you!).

  1. They will help you get out of your shell

    Dogs have no filter. They want nothing but to love and adventure. So as their best friend, you much adventure with them to new and exciting places.

  1. Dogs will never judge your driving

    You could have the worst driving in the state and your wonderful fluffy best friend will only love you for taking him with you.

cute-dog-in-car-725x544 dogBut no road trip or even a short drive will be right for you and you furry friend if you don’t have the right car. You need a car that will keep your joyful driving buddy safe and comfortable for many adventures to come. Getting that perfect car is much easier than you think! Sign up today to find out more about getting the right auto loan and start your adventure!

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5 Features That You Didn’t Know You Needed In Your Car

The automotive world is on its way to the next level. Every year new car models are being released for years that aren’t even here yet. The current year is 2016 and all of the cars being advertised are 2017 models. It seems as though the auto industry is always one step ahead, and coming up with designs, features, and models that we need in the future, for the present. Why shouldn’t we be the same way?

Some Features Can Be A Hassle, But These 5 Features Are Game Changers

We all have ideas of gadgets and gizmos to help make our lives a whole lot easier, but do you ever consider the accessories and features in your very own vehicle, that enhance your driving experience? Here are just a few:features

  • Push to Start Wireless Key Fob – The simplicity of not having to actually put a key in the ignition makes you feel like you’re flashing into the future 10 years.
  • Heated Steering Wheel – An amazing feature to have in the middle of winter. There’s nothing worse than trying to hold on to the steering wheel when it’s almost frozen solid.
  • Bluetooth Radio and Sound System – No more need for a wired AUX cord. They get in the way, and some how you always lose them. Bluetooth is the way to go.
  • Sunroof – You can never go wrong with a classic sunroof. Perfect for stargazing on a date late at night, or during the hot summer days when you want some cool air.
  • Digital Speedometer – Everything seems better when it’s digital. In this day and age, it’s almost a regular thing to not even use a normal speedometer, but just to read digital speeds, so you know just how fast you’re driving.

These are just a few of some incredible features you can get in a vehicle if you don’t have one. Looking for a car just like this? Need a loan? Look no further.

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To Lease A Car Or To Buy A Car, That Is The Question

When you got your first car, it’s definitely possible that it was a hand-me-down car, or that it was a used vehicle, and not a brand new, hot off the line car, never been used before. On the other hand, it could very well have been a brand new car. Who knows? First cars are different for everyone. But whether or not it’s your first car, third car, or 10th car, there is always that age-old question. Should I buy a car, or lease a car?

And what a good question indeed. Obviously there are many pros and cons to either leasing a car or buying a car. We can get into that right now.

Lease or Buy: Help Me Choose

 It’s tough to say which one is the better option, or even the more cost efficient option, because both have pros and cons.

PROS:lease

Leasing allows you to have a car for a certain period of time, and once the lease is up, get a new car that you maybe want to try out.

You are not set in stone with one specific vehicle.

Buying a car gives you full rights and legal authority with your vehicle.

Customization and accessibility increases when buying a car.

CONS:

Depending on how you like to view money, you either need to make monthly payments on a lease, or pay up front to purchase a vehicle. This could really be seen as a positive or negative depending on your stance.

Leasing means you are restricted on the number of miles you can travel.

Buying a car requires maintenance, typically more often than leasing.

So no matter what way you look at it, both have good sides and bad sides, it all just depends on how you like to look at the situation. But none of this really matters if you cant afford getting a car. Luckily there’s an easy way to do that.

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