QUIZ: Can you identify these cars while they’re still on the assembly line?

Growing up in a family of gearheads, my brothers and I would watch as cars passed our house and try to see who could guess what type of car it was first. This quiz is a similar concept —guess the make and model with only a partial view.


Lucky for you, noogies will not be given for wrong answers. Good luck!

Where can Tesla sell cars?

Updated on April 21, 2015 – Direct sales allowed in VA and MD

Updated on March 19, 2015 – Direct sales allowed in NJ, new service stations, superchargers and galleries opened

Updated on November 4, 2014 – Direct sales banned in AZ and WV, new service stations, superchargers and galleries opened

We saw one of the first used Tesla Model S sedans go up for sale last week and it got us thinking, where can you buy, supercharge or service a Tesla these days? We scoured the internet and bribed our design team to put it all together in a sweet infographic – enjoy!

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Summary

States that Ban Direct Sales: 23

States that Allow Tesla to Sell Cars: 27

Notes

Manufacturer direct sales are banned in the red states. Tesla can have service centers, superchargers and stores and galleries in these states but cannot sell or deliver cars. For example, you can check out a Tesla at Short Hills Mall in New Jersey, but you cannot take a test drive or discuss pricing with a salesperson. If you want to purchase a car, you would have to buy at TeslaMotors.com and then arrange a delivery. On March 15, 2014 Ohio passed a bill that will allow Tesla to sell its electric cars but it’s waiting to be signed into law by Governor Kasich. Read about it here.

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Score leads for free with CarStory

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Did you know that today’s auto shoppers use 24 research touch points in their car buying process? Every time a consumer leaves a dealer’s website to find more information, it is a lost opportunity. CarStory’s Market Reports’ goal is to provide online browsers with the whole story all in one place in order to keep the consumer engaged in your listings and other listings on your lot. [keep reading]

The Volkswagen Alltrack will succeed where the Audi Allroad failed

The first time Volkswagen Group decided they were going to build an off-roading wagon, we got the first-generation Audi Allroad. On paper, the Allroad was a dream, an enthusiast’s car that’s also practical for families. allroad-alltrack-image-mashup The first generation Allroad made it to North America for the 2001 model year, along with its 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It was equipped with air-ride suspension that could be adjusted with the push of a button and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system to send the power where it needed to go. Best of all, the Allroad came standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. [keep reading]

Automotive April Fools Day Roundup

It’s April 1st, that special time of the year where automotive brands get to show off how witty, in-touch and totally-relatable they are (spoiler alert: most aren’t.) We’ve seen some fantastic pranks in the past, so this year’s pranksters have a reputation to live up to. Regardless, we are here to bring you the good, the bad and the ugly in April Fools’ Pranks 2015.

Exchange your current car for a new BMW —really.

Tianna Marsh of New Zealand responded to an advertisement in the New Zealand Herald newspaper that promised a BMW 1 Series to the first person who responds, in exchange for their current car. It seemed too good to be true, so most people passed over the ad entirely. Jokes on them, as Ms. Marsh walked away with a brand-spanking-new 1 Series, just as promised.

Pep Boys sells scented motor oil

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Ancient automotive supply store Pep Boys promoted “Scented Oil Changes” for April Fools’ Day. Pep Boys claims the petroleum-based aroma from the oil eventually creeps into your car’s cabin through the air vents. We actually saw this one slide into our newsfeed as early as March 30th, so we’re crying foul. Sure, scented oil is great, but is it gluten-free? That’s the real question.

UberBoat

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Uber is apparently testing a new service called “UberBoat” in Bangkok, where riders can hail a boat in times when the roads are flooded. Here are Uber’s directions:

How to ride:

  1. Download the Uber app
  2. Enter promo code HELPIDONTLIVEONAHILL (new and existing users – valid on April 1st, 2015 only!)
  3. Request UberBOAT
  4. Arrive in style

Now this is a service we’d actually like to see come to New York City. Can you imagine never having to deal with bridge & tunnel traffic again? Although, I wonder what the New York Water Taxi company would have to say about that…

Honda HR-V Selfie Edition

Honda came through with one of the higher-quality April Fools pranks of 2015 by introducing the HR-V Selfie Edition. Perhaps they’re a year late with this one (2014 was the official year of the selfie) but we can let it slide. Honda says the HR-V Selfie Edition can snap the perfect selfie from any one of its 10 selfie cameras, as long as the car is in park. Isn’t it funny that we need to include safety warnings, even for fake technology?

Oh, we didn’t miss the self-driving car reference, either.

BMW MOTOR.MOUTH.

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Here’s an interesting April Fools’ prank: BMW UK says they’ve collaborated with Rugby players to develop a line of mouth guards. The “lightweight and durable” rubber used to make the mouth guards comes from BMW’s door seals, and “advanced ventilation” is provided to the wearer via BMW’s iconic kidney grille design. You can watch the accompanying video here.

Fiat 499

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Ever thought the Fiat 500 was just too big and had too many wheels? Probably not, so this shouldn’t be a disappointment. This morning Fiat introduced the FIAT 499 on twitter, which sports a 3-wheel set up, just like the Reliant Robin. Unlike the Reliant Motor Company, Fiat knows building a 3-wheeled car is foolish.

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Where can Apple sell cars?

The year 2020 is slated to be an epic one for the auto industry.  By then, Tesla plans to have a ‘gigafactory’ capable of producing enough batteries for 500,000 electric vehicles, the seven major automotive manufacturers (including Musk’s juggernaut) will be selling driverless cars and Apple is going to release a car to sell along with its phone and watch. Or so they say.

Apple is not only the richest company in the world, they’re also known as one of the most secretive. Nobody knows whether or not they will actually manufacture and ship a car, but there is enough evidence to suggest that they are seriously considering it. We won’t lie, we’re excited about it, so we decided to join in the speculation.

Last year, we made an infographic asking the question “Can Tesla sell cars in my state?” In order for a state to be able to sell Teslas, the state would need to meet two criteria: first, direct sales from manufacturer to consumer would have to be legal and second, the state would need to have at least one Tesla showroom.

In our Apple infographic we broke it down in similar fashion.  The 25 blue states represent those where direct to consumer selling is legal, while red states are those where it is illegal.  The size of the apple icon indicates how many stores Apple already has in that state. There are only five states that do not have Apple stores yet: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

can apple sell cars in my state mojo motors infographic

If Apple starts manufacturing cars, they will encounter many of the same obstacles that have plagued Tesla. Fortunately for them, Tesla will have already fought many of the the tough battles. For example, New Jersey just passed a law allowing direct sales to consumers. Other states like Texas are fighting to overturn bans on direct sales as well.

In terms of making sales, Tesla uses its showrooms to generate interest, but in states like Texas they can’t actually complete the transaction in-store. Interested customers are required to make the purchase online. The internet selling allows Tesla to reach customers who live in states where direct sales are banned since an online sale technically gets registered as a sale in California, Tesla’s home state.

tesla showroom mall mojo motorsGiven the amount of time and money Tesla is investing to build more showrooms and lobby for the legalization of direct sales, it’s obvious that traditional retail is crucial to Tesla’s growth strategy. Tesla currently sells tens of thousands of cars a year, but it will have to increase its presence on the ground if it wants to reach the masses and compete with the likes of Mercedes and BMW.

Thanks to the leaders such as Steve Jobs and Micky Drexler, Apple is already a leader in both ecommerce and brick and mortar sales. In many ways Tesla has borrowed from Apple’s retail strategy. Like Apple, Tesla’s showrooms are located in prime, high-traffic locations such as luxury malls and metropolitan hubs. They’re also staffed with knowledgable product experts who aren’t pushy salespeople. 

iPhone 5 models are pictured on display at an Apple Store in Pasadena, California

For those that choose to buy the iPhone or the Model S, it’s not about the cost, rather it’s the love of the product that ultimately drives the purchase decision. Apple knows how to design and market products. This is why they’ve been so successful, and much of their success is due to their stores.  Apple lets customers play with and test the products as much as they want.  If Apple produces a car, one would imagine that Apple stores would serve as a showroom where potential buyers could test it out just as they can with any Apple product.

If they choose to go with this strategy, Apple has a big head start.  They already have storefronts in 45 states while Tesla only has stores in 21 states.

If Apple shipped a car today, the company could only sell directly to consumers in 25 states (the blue states on the map). Tesla supporters are already working full-on to increase that number. New Jersey represents a major win, and if Texas overturns the direct sales ban as well, that will be another huge win for Tesla and perhaps Apple too.


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Written by Sam Jackson

Infographic by Sam Jackson

Image Credits: Tesla, Apple 

How To Insure Your Car Modifications (CheapCarInsurance.net)

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Car owners who have added turbochargers, nitrous oxide injection systems and other ways to amplify engine power may not drive fast and recklessly, as the stereotype may dictate. Instead, they may not drive it much, keep it in a garage or other safe place, and take care of regular maintenance. Those qualities can help get a better insurance rate. Even so, they may not get extra insurance for their vehicle modifications because they either think it’s too expensive or just don’t think of it. “Many of them, they just don’t get the extra coverage,” says Paul Nadjarian, founder of Mojo Motors, which helps people find used cars to buy. [keep reading]

Where can Tesla sell cars?

Updated on March 19, 2015 – Direct sales allowed in NJ, new service stations, superchargers and galleries opened

Updated on November 4, 2014 – Direct sales banned in AZ and WV, new service stations, superchargers and galleries opened

We saw one of the first used Tesla Model S sedans go up for sale last week and it got us thinking, where can you buy, supercharge or service a Tesla these days? We scoured the internet and bribed our design team to put it all together in a sweet infographic – enjoy!

tesla map mojo motors 3-19-15 update

Summary

States that Ban Direct Sales: 25

States that Allow Tesla to Sell Cars: 25

Notes

Manufacturer direct sales are banned in the red states. Tesla can have service centers, superchargers and stores and galleries in these states but cannot sell or deliver cars. For example, you can check out a Tesla at Short Hills Mall in New Jersey, but you cannot take a test drive or discuss pricing with a salesperson. If you want to purchase a car, you would have to buy at TeslaMotors.com and then arrange a delivery. On March 15, 2014 Ohio passed a bill that will allow Tesla to sell its electric cars but it’s waiting to be signed into law by Governor Kasich. Read about it here.

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Best Getaway Cars

It doesn’t matter if you’re stealing precious jewels, famous artwork or cold hard cash, you need the right vehicle to make sure you and your crew getaway without any heat. Looking for a set of preowned wheels to accompany you on your next heist? We have some ideas for you.

Kjwp98You need a car that doesn’t draw attention, but still has enough power to flee the scene if things get ugly. You’ll probably need some off roading power, too. Unlike Grand Theft Auto, you can’t restart the mission when your Banshee flips over and catches fire. We’re talking IRL here, so choose wisely.


 Audi RS6

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Specialty: Going fast while looking slow.

In a heist, you want to draw as little attention as possible, and there’s no car that draws less attention that an Audi A6. Although the supped-up RS6 packs a twin turbocharged V8 that pumps out 450 horsepower underneath the hood, it looks almost identical to a regular A6. Find one in a nice beige and you’ll be in the clear. [keep reading]

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