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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…)

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…)

Over the years there have been many new materials developed for the automotive industry or developed by other industries and adopted by the automotive industry. Many get dropped by the wayside like the early uses of hemp. Others have remained firmly rooted and have remained a staple to the industry for years. Recently Ford announced it’s latest direction in automotive materials. Captured CO2 based foams and plastics.

In a statement to the press Ford claims that its “Foams [are] formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols [and] could reduce petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds annually”. This statement made on May 17, 2016 states the intention of Ford to have this new product in its production vehicles in 5 years.

This announcement doesn’t mark the first use by Ford of more conservation minded materials. For nearly two decades, researchers have worked successfully to develop sustainable materials for Ford products. In North America, soy foam is in every (more…)

Xpert Auction Software

Xpert Automotive Auctions

Over the last 12 years of my working with NorCalCars.com I’ve worked with quite a few of the automotive dealers in the Redding area down to Sacramento. I’ve always found it interesting to talk with them about where they get their inventory. Some work with the larger new car dealers buying their trade-ins but for many the best way is to buy the cars at large auctions, some of which are open to the public, others not. Buying at the auctions meant heading down to auction yard, often in Sacramento or the bay area and bidding on vehicles. However, some of the dealers I worked with managed to get their lot stocked while sitting in the comfort of their own office using online auctions.

Every week when I would come by to update one dealer’s inventory on NorCalCars.com he would be sitting at his desk placing bids on various vehicles on a online automotive auction website. This got me to wondering why more of the dealers didn’t do the same. It came down to it that the reason was that most of the auction companies didn’t have the software necessary to do online auctions. This made sense in a way, at the time good auction software just wasn’t available and creating your own custom software is a very expensive proposition. Thousands of hours of research and development can go into creating a high quality auction software, add to that the skills necessary to to manage the servers and keep the database optimized for quick response means that most auction yards simply don’t have the time and resources to run online auctions.

Xpert Automotive Auction

This leads me to today’s web-post “Xpert Automotive Auctions“. While auctions may not be for every automotive dealer many do have the inventory necessary to start holding auctions and Xpert Auction Software can be the answer to the high cost of development and hosting of your own software. (more…)

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