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With a tagline like “the best or nothing,” Mercedes is often held to a much higher standard (rightfully so) than so many of their competitors (see BMW, Audi, Tesla). That said, we at Boca Autohaus wanted to take you on a little trip into the future of Mercedes automobiles, showcasing everything from the new G-Wagon to the “game-changing’ Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.
The 2019 Mercedes A-Class
Though nearly a decade has passed, it feels like just yesterday the five-door hatchback ‘Baby Benz’ was debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Long overdue, the now all-wheel-drive ‘entry model’ has made its way to the U.S. (as of 2018) and is already receiving glowing reviews. The styling is clean and reminiscent of CLS, with a look and feel far more sophisticated than nearly every other luxury hatchback on the market. Sporting Mercedes’ trademark front fascia, a long nose, large grille and luxurious headlight design, the new A-Class does well to turn heads of even the most loyal from competitors like Audi, BMW and Porsche. The interior is subtle and simplistic overall but, it does have a few eye-catching changes not present in predecessors and at times reminds us somewhat of an S-Class model.
The 2019 Mercedes G-Class
Thirty plus years and counting, Mercedes’ ‘G-Wagon’ has always easily stood out from the crowd. Yet again, the 2019 Mercedes G-Class doesn’t appear to disappoint. Several of the unique G-Class elements are still clearly present: the exposed spare wheel cover, the overall shape and robust exterior, the indicator lights and protective exterior strips. Each of these features were carefully designed and crafted in the past for specific purposes, giving it a unique and special look while still providing functionality found on so few luxury utility vehicles today. While many may not notice the subtle exterior features, they will almost immediately noticed the continued enhancements in technology and feel of the interior. Mercedes describes the 2019 model changes as a “modern redesign,” using the highest quality materials to present the most stylish of details. Each update to this year’s G-Class feels like a total upgrade: The shape of the side air vents, as an example, is a reflection of the iconic front headlamps. The loudspeakers have been modified to better resemble the exterior indicators, as have the three switches for the different differential looks. Lastly, each and every Mercedes G-Class now displays a badge at each b-pillar, signaling it has completed the merciless Schöckl Mountain off-road course.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the last decade, you have most likely taken part of the peer-to-peer movement which, starts and finishes in the palm of your hand. Companies such as AirBnB (2008), Uber (20010), Lyft (2012), Venmo (2009), Zelle (2017), Letgo (2015) and countless others have cropped-up (seemingly overnight) to steal several existing and traditional market shares. It seems like everything from taxi services and food delivery to borrowing and lending money from your family or friends is up for grabs these days. Each geared toward simplifying the mundane and (or often) monotonous tasks of our everyday lives.
One of the newest, more promising platforms on the block is Turo; dubbed the AirBnB for cars. Originally founded under a different name (RelayRides), Turo already operates in nearly 5,000 cities across the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Armed with roughly 170,000 cars (and counting), along with another $92 million in capital, it’s hard not to think they’re just getting warmed up.
What Vehicles Should You Expect?
While it’s well documented that the great majority of Turo members/users are that of an economical crowd, having the ability to rent an exotic, luxury or performance vehicle is not unheard of either. The first few vehicles presented for our location were anything but economical. In fact, both our “featured vehicles” list (as soon as you sign into the app for the first time) and the initial vehicle results after putting in any of our South Florida locations (Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield, Lighthouse Point, etc.) yielded luxury and sports cars such as Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Tesla and Cadillac.
Without even searching, we were immediately presented with luxury and performance vehicles ranging from Audi to Porsche to Mercedes-Benz.
We set a date and time to pick up the vehicle, then made our selection (in our opinion, this is far better than getting stuck at a rental car company for an extended period of time, which seems to occur more often than not). There were well over a dozen options available and the pricing ranged anywhere from $30 to $200 per day, depending on the make, model and duration of the rental period. Keep in mind that just like the rooms, homes, apartments, etc. on AirBnB, most of the vehicles are not brand new thus, expectations should be tempered. The best bet is to research the vehicle owner information, rental history and reviews from previous renters (because just like any peer-to-peer service, it could get ugly quickly if you don’t do your due-diligence).
Last Stop Before You’re Driving
The last major hurdle in the vehicle rental process is the vehicle’s insurance (luxury or not, you absolutely need to be covered in the event of an accident). Turo attempts to make this process as painless as possible, offering premium, basic and out-of-pocket options for each renter (the agency they’ve partnered with is Liberty Mutual). We recommend at least the basic insurance because these days it doesn’t matter how careful of a driver you are, accidents happen and you want to be covered. Turo states that if the vehicle is covered under one of their insurance plans they provide 24-hour roadside assistance but, fees may be applied if you need to be towed, have a tire changed, etc. Which tells us that while you may not be stranded for long, you’ll likely coming out-of-pocket for it.
Time To Drive
The day you schedule to begin the rental period two things could happen; the vehicle owner could deliver it to you (may of the vendors offer free delivery to airports, some do not) or you may need to meet them/pick up the car at a previously disclosed location. It’s always a good idea to check on this before completing the rental agreement because an Uber or Lyft ride from the airport to the pick-up location is often expensive enough to cancel-out the money you’d save with Turo over a rental car company (Turo claims that most renters save an average of 35% over a rental car company).
The Future of Turo Rentals – Instant Access to Luxury
Do you recall our earlier mention of a 92 million dollar investment? It just-so-happens that investment was made by none-other than Daimler (a Mercedes-Benz parent company), indicating that they may (and do) have somewhat of a “big brother” oversight in the company’s current and future features and services.
Although it’s great to drive and own a brand new luxury vehicle, nothing compares to driving around a properly restored vintage muscle car. All the luxury vehicles we see on the road today were developed from former ideas, and those ideas are what we label as the “classics.” Restoring a classic muscle car is a tough task to take on, but it’s worth it in the end because you essentially feel like you built the car yourself. Of course, you might not have come up with the overall design, but everything beyond that was your doing.
Restoring classic cars is a great hobby to have, but you have to know your budget. You not only have to consider what you’re willing to spend on the body of the car, but you also have to determine how much you’re willing to spend on restoring it.
Let’s say for example that you buy yourself a 1960 Mustang. Sure, it may turn on and run decently, but you’ll most likely need to put in air conditioning, power steering, and a new engine (at least). There are several more additions you can make when restoring a classic muscle car, but that really all depends on the type of vehicle you’re looking to restore.
With that being said, we’ve compiled a quick list of our top three best muscle cars to restore without having to really break the bank.
3 Best Muscle Cars to Restore In 2018
Chevy Camaro (1967-1969). Chevrolet Camaro’s that were built between 1967 and 1969 are some of the most common and reliable classic cars to restore. There are three different models to choose from with the classic Camaro:
Both the RS and the SS have easily available parts at a reasonable price. However, if you go with the ZS28, you’re going to want to lean more towards a 1969 model because the `68 and `69 models are expensive and hard to come by which means their parts are just as difficult to find and purchase. When you start the process of restoring a classic luxury car, you don’t want to choose a model that has difficult parts to find unless you have a hefty budget.
Plymouth Barracuda (1967-1969). The price of a classic Plymouth Barracuda is reasonable, and the availability of parts is high, which means they’re easy to come by. The second generation Barracuda is one of the most fun classic muscle cars to restore. If you’re looking for the best model, we recommend the 318 cubic inch because it has a 5.2L V8 engine – making it a great ride.
Chevrolet Nova (1968-1969). The Chevy Nova is a true classic muscle car, and it’s American made. Just like the aforementioned classic cars, the Nova has parts readily available and you can find them for a low cost. These classic cars are perfect for those who are restoring their first vehicle, and with the original body, you can turn this car into a beast. Try finding one with a V8 engine, then go from there.
One of the age old questions of adulthood: “For [insert life savings here], what’s the fastest/coolest car on the market today?” And for as long as we can remember, that question remains somewhat of a mystery. Terms such as “fast” or even “cool” are relative (at best). Other expert opinions aside, our staff at Boca Autohaus felt more than up to the task. That said, we decided to lay a few ground rules first (simplifying and slightly narrowing our results).
Compiling Our Exotic & Luxury (under $20k) List
To keep things realistic, we set our budget at $20k. While the proper research and a little patience may net you nearly any vehicle on our list for significantly less, average buyers may not have (or want to spend) that kind of time. Additionally, we decided that (for $20k) each vehicle on our list must produce at least 300 ponies (under the hood) while having no more than 50,000 miles on the body. The last thing any new (used) car connoisseur wants to do is shell out a king’s ransom to keep their newly purchased pavement-partner on the road. Too many times have we witnessed a 400hp+ powerhouse turn paperweight in less time than it took to get it tagged. With our list you should be more than safe:
Early to Mid-2000’s Cadillac CTS-V
Ponies: 400BHP (most manufacturers measure in bhp or “break horsepower)
Bankroll Necessary: $15-18k
In the early to mid-2000’s, Cadillac did everything they could to reinvent and resurrect their brand. The CTS-V was born and bred to change the narrative that they somehow had become another “car company for old people,” one companies like Buick, Chrysler, Lincoln and others seemed more comfortable adopting. Described by many “a perfect balance of class & ass,” the CTS-V became the trailblazer Cadillac desperately needed (making appearances in feature films to receiving A-lister celebrity endorsements.
Mid to Late-00’s Maserati Quattroporte
Ponies: 395BHP Bankroll Necessary: $15-20k
Without a doubt a hidden gem of the 2000’s, this is the definition of a classic supercar. Not only does it boast a 4.2L v8 engine but, that engine was manufactured, tuned and tested by none other than Ferrari. And if pairing nearly 400hp with 340 ft. lbs. of torque wasn’t enough, Maserati took it a step further in designing and installing one of the sweetest interiors to date and you’ve got yourself just as much show as you do go!
Mid to Late 2000’s BMW M3
Ponies: 414BHP Bankroll Necessary: $15-18k
If you’ve never driven an M3 you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s like driving on railroad tracks, but with a naturally aspirated 4.0L v8 that begs to be beaten. While this is one of our more desirable “sports cars” of the era, we do advise you buy with caution. This era of (most for that matter) of BMW’s are known to have electrical and oil consumption issues, making routine maintenance an expensive Achilles heel for those without deeper pockets. Regardless, there’s not much that can compare to the sound and feel of BMW’s carefully engineered M-package!
Late-00’s Jaguar XF Supercharged
Ponies: 420BHP Bankroll Necessary: $14-16k
One man’s depreciated toy is another man’s treasure! That’s been the case when referencing the not-so-ancient Jaguar XF (now pronounced a fancier Jag-U-R). Though they’ve never quite held their resale value like BMW or Audi, 2009 was still indeed the beginning Jaguar’s coming out party (of sorts), and the XF didn’t disappoint. Spearheaded by an aggressive 4.2L v8, a supercharger and contemporary stylings, the XF Supercharged was (and still is) a joy to own; an instant classic that still demands a head-turn or two.
Mid-00’s Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
Ponies: 604BHP Bankroll Necessary: $20k
While the s65 is the most expensive on our list, it’s also one of the most impressive. Slightly older but, making up for its age with an uber-impressive 6.0L-v12 power-plant, making just over 600hp. Finding a ridiculously fast sedan these days is relatively easy but, for $20k or less; priceless (please don’t sue us MasterCard). Mercedes’ AMG package never seems to disappoint!
You want to buy a new car but because of the recent emissions scandals you do not know what to choose? Below we explain why you better postpone the purchase until 2021.
Buying a new car takes a serious bite out of the budget for most families. Maintenance costs and taxes also increase considerably over the life of the car. That’s why you choose the right car, but because of the rapidly changing environmental standards it’s hard to find it right now.
Gasoline, natural gas and hybrids are now being touted as environmentally friendly alternatives to diesel, but in the longer term only electric cars (and possibly hydrogen cars, if ever …) make it. However, the electrical supply still has limitations, but that will soon change. If your current car can stretch it for a while, then here are three reasons why you better wait until 2021 to buy a new (electric) car.
Supply electric cars multiply five-fold in 2021
It is no coincidence that almost all major car companies announce that they will only launch their first electric car in 2020. After all, in 2020 the European emission standards will become more stringent: from then on, a car can emit only 95 g / km of CO2 on average, instead of 130 g / km today. In order to reduce the average of their fleet, manufacturers will have to sell a lot of electric cars, because they will produce zero emissions.
Thanks to creative lobbying, car manufacturers have succeeded in obtaining transitional measures, so that the new requirements only become effective in 2021. As a result, we will see a flood of electric models appear by 2021. Research firms across the globe predict that the electrical supply will increase five-fold, from 20 models today to 100 models in 2021. Until then, the car manufacturers still want to wear as many old petrol and diesel models as possible in order to optimize their profit.
Electric cars become cheaper in 2021
Most current are more expensive than their petrol-fueled equivalents, but the price difference will be smaller in 2021. On the one hand because manufacturers will have to sell a lot of EVs due to the new CO2 standards, and will therefore have to place attractively priced models in the showrooms. On the other hand, because batteries, the most expensive component of an electric car, are getting cheaper.
Almost every non-electric car you buy today will be out of date in 2021 as far as environmental standards are concerned. Such cars will undoubtedly be targeted for tax increases. If you want to do with your car for about 10 years, that is not fun. Even if you want to get rid of him after 3 to 4 years, that becomes a problem. The resale value for “polluting” cars will drop drastically, just as in recent years with diesel cars has happened.
If you want to buy a new car that is prepared for the future, it can be better to be electric. However, if you do not find your way in the current offer, or do not have the budget, then you better wait until 2021. From then on the choice will increase and the prices will become more competitive. If you want to drive electrically already, then you should of course just do that! If you do decide to hold out a bit longer and would like to keep your luxury, electric or exotic in the best shape, call Boca Autohaus today!