For more than 14 years NorCalCars.com has been helping Local Car Dealers be seen by Redding area residents. We have helped to sell close to 4000 vehicles in the Redding area alone!

What Makes Us Different

Unlike the national car dealer management website we don’t spread our efforts over the entire U.S. We focus our efforts only in region where your potential customers live, Redding and the upper North State. Why does that make a difference? Well, while it may be impressive to hear of the thousands of visitors their sites receive from around the U.S. How many cars are you going to sell on the east coast?

See the local results our marketing efforts achieved on the NorCalCars Archive page!

Palo Verdes Concours D'Elegance

Palo Verdes Concours D’Elegance

While I am an advocate of all car shows, it’s obvious that there are a few that stand above the rest. Without a doubt the Concours D’Elegance car shows stand out.

Palos Verdes Concours dElegance

The Palo Verdes Conours D’Elegance has upheld the long tradition of fine cars shows and is now in it’s 25th year. While much of the focus is on classic and antique cars there is much to offer for aviation buffs also with two dozen vintage planes also on display.

This year the Palos Verdes Concours D’elegance will focus on California Coach Builders and Farraris. For more details on the car classes that will be displayed check out our sister site SouthernCalCars.com 2018 Palos Verdes Counors D’Elegance

Hope to see your there!

Elvis Presley 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SEL

Elvis Presley 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SEL

While the Barret-Jackson Auctions are not really a Northern California event this continues to be one of my favorite Automotive events to monitor. the quality and history of the vehicles that pass thourhg this auction make is a “Must See” event. A good example is this years auction of some of collector John Staluppi’s vehicles. One that caught my eye is a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL that was originally purchased by none other than “the King” himself Elvis Presley!

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL

This vehicle was purchased new by Elvis which he kept to his death on August 16, 1977. The Mercedes was kept in Elvis’ garage until it was moved to a museum where it has been on display for the last 40 years. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL Specifications

Barret-Jackson always has a list of some of the most fascinating and unique cars at it’s auctions. As I come across some of the more interesting cars I’ll post them here on NorCalCars.com

Dreams and Drivers

Dreams and Drivers

What can be better than a great car show or event? One that is held for a good cause!

The Dreams and Drivers Charity Fund Raisers

Dreams and Drivers is a 501(c)7 social awareness charity car club. Their 2018 events include a autograph signing for Indy series driver Alexander Rossi as well as Car shows at many locations throughout the Sacramento area like:

  • K1 Speed
  • D and D Treffun
  • The Auto Vault
  • Exotic Auto Recycling
  • Mikuni
  • Red Hawk Casino

Check out the 2018 NorCalCars Car Show Calendar for more details on the times and locations!

We’ve all been there. Stuck in traffic, a big rig in front of you and a thick cloud of diesel fumes descends on your car. Of course the first reaction is to click the recirculate button on your AC to try to limit the fumes that enter your car. Although that might be a little tougher if you are in a convertible or on a motorcycle. At that point you can’t help but wonder why those dreaded smog regulations don’t apply to large trucks.

Toyota Zero Emissions Heavy Duty Truck

Toyota Zero Emissions Big Rig

Yes that plume of diesel exhaust is legal. According to the DMV “smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel powered vehicles 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) of more than 14,000 lbs, electric, natural gas powered vehicles over 14,000 lbs, motorcycles, trailers, or gasoline powered vehicles 1975 and older.” (DMV Smog Regulations).

The Toyota Solution

In a July 30, 2018 press release Toyota announced it’s second generation solution, (more…)

Volkswagen ID Cross

Volkswagen ID Cross

For the last several years the residents of Mt. View California have watched the 2 seater Google self driving car navigate the streets. This “Self Driving” vehicle built by Lexus was meant as more of a test vehicle than one that was set for production with the top speed being about 25 miles an hour. One of the biggest questions that entered my mind while watching this little and not very exciting car drive by is when a more consumer oriented vehicle might be offered publicly. One of the many answers to that question was debuted in 2017 by Volkswagen. The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz a crossover vehicle with “I.D. Pilot” mode that drives autonomously!

Unlike the “Google Mobile” the I.D. Cross is a (more…)

Early last month Farrarri announced it will adopt a new more environmentally conscience clear coat technology. This new process will be used with at least 61 different metallic basecoat colors which are then covered by this new gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.

Some of the benefits of this new low temperature paint system are: (more…)

sun as seen through carr fire smoke

Morning Sun as see through the smoke of the Carr Fire

Welcome to the mountains and fresh air of the upper part of Northern California!. Well, normally… If you’ve been in the Shasta county area since the Carr Fire started you know the air is anything but clean and fresh. Besides just impeding our view of Mnt Shasta and the surrounding beauty of Northern California this smoke can present a significant health risk.

One solution that is often presented to help with his problem while driving is to set your air conditioner on recirculate. This does help, instead of continually pulling in contaminated outside air you recirculate the air that is already in the cabin. However unless you got in your car in an area where the air is clean you still have that same contamination in your car.

There is a solution, but before I get into that lets consider why this is even a problem.

Contamination from the Carr fire

While you might think that breathing the smoke from this fire is no worse than breathing smoke from a campfire that is not really true. True some of that smoke is from the burning forest, but in addition over 1000 homes and other structures were also consumed by the fire. Some of these homes were older. Many toxic materials are now floating around as ash. These materials may include asbestos fibers, ash from lead paint, plastics, as well as pesticides and other products that are commonly found around the house.

How bad is it? The local air particulate monitoring location on Breslauer Way has measure a high enough particulate count for much of this morning (Aug 7 2018) to be Very unhealthy. That is one step below hazardous levels. Calfire and other official agencies have stated that for health reasons people should consider wearing N95 or higher rated masks while outdoors.

Automotive Cabin Air Filters

Most vehicles now use cabin air filters. These are relatively inexpensive and easy to change. In fact they should be changed every 12 months or so depending on driving conditions. Standard cabin air filters are meant to trap larger dust particles and pollen. However they are not very effective for filtering smoke and other fine contaminants that are currently found in our air. For this you need a filter with a higher efficiency rating. (more…)

On July 18, 2018 Ford issued two automotive safety recalls that affects Select 2013-16 model year Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles.

Safety Recall Details:
Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 550,000 2013-16 model year Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles to replace shifter cable bushings.

On affected vehicles, the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission may detach from the transmission. A degraded shifter cable bushing that detaches from the transmission may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different than the gear shift position selected by the driver. The condition could allow the driver to move the shift lever to “Park” and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in “Park,” with no warning message or audible chime. If the parking brake is not applied, a degraded shifter cable bushing that detaches from the transmission could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include:

2014 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 18, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013

2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015

2013-14 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013

2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between June 2, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015

2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013 and Sept. 15, 2013

The recall involves approximately 549,401 vehicles in North America, including 504,182 in the United States and federalized territories, 36,887 in Canada, and 8,332 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S20.

Dealers will replace the shifter cable bushing at no cost to the customer. Owners should (more…)

budd-e volkswagen 2016 concept

budd-e volkswagen 2016 concept

Herndon, VA (August 1, 2016) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen BUDD-e has been named “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 15th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. Judges recognized the all-electric microbus concept for raising the standards of automotive design, with features that address both the utility and mobility needs of the present and future. The award ceremony was held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., on July 31, 2016.

“We are thrilled that the BUDD-e has been honored as 2016 Concept Truck of the Year and (more…)

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