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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…)

With the new 2013 law on using an electronic version of proof of financial responsibility or proof of insurance comes a few more questions. Here is a little “insurance trivia”:

  • Who needs to provide proof of insurance? Drivers of a motor vehicle and every owner of a motor vehicle must maintain financial responsibility of the vehicle at all times. This means that whether you own the car or not you need to be able to show that the car has insurance if you get pulled over.
  • What is the penalty of not having proof of insurance? (more…)

Toyota Tundra fans got to check out the next year’s model at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show which will be at the dealers in September. The full sized Tundra comes in 5 grades (SR, SR5, Limited and the two premium grades Platinum and 1794 Edition) each offering its own distinct advantages and options.

2014 Tundra Double Cab

2014 Tundra Double Cab

Even the base line SR is loaded with features including a display audio with a backup camera and Bluetooth built in. Our test team was impressed by the visibility offered by the backup camera. Guide lines help to establish the distance of object on the screen and the camera automatically switched on based on user programmed preferences. We had the camera set for backing up and right turn. At first the camera switching on was a little distracting, especially when preparing for right hand turns, but we (more…)

While the majority of the people visiting are looking to buy a new car or research a car before they buy one, many are car dealers looking to find ways to promote their dealership website. This post is devoted to those used car dealers looking to promote their website.

If you build it, they will come

One major misconception of new website owners is that all they need to do to have a successful website is to create one. Unfortunately this can be likened to building a new car lot in the middle of the desert with no roads leading to your business. You might have the best selection of cars at the best price but likely you are going to be the one person that knows it.

While Google and the other search engines will likely find your site and index it, at this point it will likely not show up in the search engine results. To get Google to start showing your website in the result pages of the search results requires that you promote your car dealers website.

Promoting your Dealership web site

To get your dealership website to show in the search engine results requires that you promote your site. There are three ways to promote your site, advertisement (payper click and others), SEO (search engine optimization), and Social networking. For this article I will be talking about promoting your site with social networking and how to do it.

Social Networks


The best of both worlds! Combine the power and luxury of Jaguar, one of the finest sports cars in the world with the latest in ECO-Technology (Electric-Nitro!) and you get the new Jaguar C-x16 hybrid.

Jaguar C-X16

Jaguar C-X16

Jaguar C-x16 performance

Start with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 capable of 375hp and 332 lb-ft and attach it to a light weight aluminum chassis and you come up with the new C-X16 with a top speed of 186 mph and an acceleration of 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds. To help lighten the load carbon fiber has been used for bracing and additional rigidity (as well as for aesthetic considerations).

California is the home of hundreds of classic car shows and auto shows. Ranging from small charity, high school and private business events (restaurants and others) to mid sized city and chamber cars shows to the large international Auto Shows California has them all and a lot of them.

No matter where you live in California there are going to be some shows nearby. and our sister site lists all of the cars shows available in California. now has the new 2012 California Car Shows calendar up and ready to be viewed. Most of the car show organizers like to get their show listed 1-3 months before the start of the show, so stop by frequently to find out what shows are coming to your area in the upcoming months.

Auto Shows
Southern California also has a couple of the major International Auto shows. (more…)

5 Breathtaking Classic Cars

Some classic cars are desirable solely by virtue of their age, regardless of how slow or ugly they are. Others though, combine breathtaking styling along with race-bred performance and handling, and it is these beauties that command the highest prices, considering that some of these classic cars can sell for upwards of one million dollars.

  • Mercedes 300SL
Mercedes 300 SL

Mercedes 300 SL

With its gull-wing doors, the iconic Mercedes 300 SL is one of the best looking German cars of all time. Sometimes form and function come together perfectly, and such is the case with the 300SL.

With its aerodynamic body, it was the fastest production car in the world when it was introduced in 1954. It is easy to be distracted by the gull-wing doors, but the 300SL looks just right from all angles.


Winter is quickly approaching the North State and it’s about time to think about winterizing your car. Preparing your car for winter is a little different if you are living in the warmer Redding and Red Bluff area then is you are in Mount Shasta or Yreka or near the coastal towns of Crescent City or Eureka but many things remain the same.

Winter Tires

Winter means bad weather, wherever you live in Northern California. For the more temperate areas like Redding or along the coast that likely means making sure you have sufficient tread on your tires to keep you from hydroplaning when it starts to rain. If you are in the mountain areas then it’s time to check the snow tires and see if they need to be replaced.

Don’t forget to check your snow chains also. This is a good time to make sure they are clean, have a light coat of oil to keep them from rusting and have fresh rubbers if you need to use bands to keep the chain tight on the tire. (more…)

This mid-size Nissan sedan has made it on the most popular used cars list for several years running, making it one of the best selling cars in America.

The First Generation (1993-1997)

The 1993 début car that kicked off the Altima series was designed by the Nissan Design Center in California to replace the Nissan Stanza.

Interestingly, the new car wore the “Stanza” emblem of its predecessor on its trunk because Nissan was unable to come up with a model name to submit to US governmental agencies by the Nissan release deadline. (more…)

This year may be the end for the Dodge Viper, an icon among American sports cars, and they’ve decided to go out with style. Last year Chrysler confirmed that the line was in danger of termination, and this year, with the help of Fiat, they wanted to mark the end of the series with a number of special encore models. Several faithful Viper customers took advantage of this last chance opportunity to create their own custom Vipers. (more…)

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