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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…)

Nice to see some of the charity car events. I think this is the first I’ve seen done for disaster relief. This car show is using it’s funds to provide relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan was a particularly destructive storm that killed over 5,000 people in the Philippines with over 23,000 people injured.

The met will be held in Las Vegas Here is the address is you want to help out.

Village Aquare
9400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada

The cost to show a car is $20


Haiyan Relief Car Meet

Haiyan Relief Car Meet

NorCalCars.com has given its private party classifieds section a facelift! Over the years thousands have added cars to our classifieds section making it one of the more popular areas of our site. As you likely know the old classifieds was a little slow and hard to navigate so we have developed a new cleaner format. Stop by our new NorCal Classifieds section and let us know what you think!

Some of the new features include better photo uploading and display, easier visitor navigation and better navigation for the search engines so that more people will be able to view your ad which will help you sell your vehicle quicker. (more…)

It’s that time again!. NorCalCars.com has added the new car show calendar for 2012. Over the next few months we will be adding the dates and times for all of your favorite shows. If we have missed a show that you are organizing be sure to check out our sign up page for the information we will need.

We have already added the time and date for many of the major events in Northern California like the Silicon Valley International Auto Show, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Redding Kool April Nites, and the Sacramento Autorama.

So, don’t forget to take a few minutes to drop by our NorCal Car Shows calendar!

Towing an electric vehicle behind your motor home for use while staying in an area is becoming more and more popular. Electric Vehicles are often seen as a way reduce your foot print when using motor homes for traveling. However, for this to work you need to have locations where you can get your electric vehicle charged. NorCalCars.com has started a new section listing the various ev charging locations by city or county and giving maps to the location to help you find them.

You will find these in our new EV Charging Locations section starting with San Francisco EV charging. Collecting this information is a big job so we will be expanding to new areas on a regular basis.
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Norcalcars.com has added a new dealer location. One of our long time dealers North Valley Autos has expanded to also have a location in Fairfield, Ca. You can find those vehicles in our new Fairfield Used Cars section.

Fairfield is located on Highway 80 between Sacramento and San Francisco. You can stop by and see Dan of North Valley Autos on your way to the Bay area, Napa Valley area or even if you want to do a day trip to the Fairfield Jelly Belly Factory, Budwiser Brewery (although you already missed the 2011 Bud Classic Car Show), or Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo just south of Fairfield.
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2002 Jaguar for sale by owner

2002 Jaguar For Sale

Looking for an affordable used sports car? The Private Party Classifieds section of NorCalCars has several great cars to choose from at this time. One of our favorites is a fully loaded 2002 Jaguar. We’ve seen this car personally. It’s been meticulously cared for by the owner. Its 4.0 V-8 engine packs plenty of punch while still delivering 26 mph.

Not what you are looking for? How about a classic 1983 Porsche 944? Needs a little work, but what can we say, but everyone would like to own a Porsche.

Maybe fixing up a 1956 Cadillac is something you’ve dreamed of, or the 1967 Ford Mustang might be your next car show baby. Speaking of muscle the 1966 Plymouth Fury ll with a 440 engine should add a little excitement to your life.

These are only a few of the cars currently for sale by owner in our automotive classifieds section so stop by today and see if we have the right one for you!

This year we are starting something new and we are rather excited about it. The car shows section of NorCalCars has done so well we have decided to expand the idea to a whole new website CoolCarShows.com. You will still find the Northern California car shows here at NorCalCars.com and Southern California car shows at SouthernCalCars.com, but now you can find car shows for every one of the other 49 states of the USA at CoolCarShows.com.

From Hawaii to Alaska, from Oregon to New York you can now find the car shows nationwide in our new site. Even if you are not planning on going all the way to New York for a car there is good chance you will find CoolCarShows.com of interest. Many of the car shows in Oregon and Nevada are within a couple hours driving distance from Northern California.

Your Passion

Into car shows directed at certain makes of cars? You will also find many specialty shows within the other 49 states. Whatever your passion is you are bound to find a car show for you. You can find car shows that are just for Corvettes or just for Mini Coopers. There are also shows specifically for European cars or hotrods. What ever you are looking for, there is probably a car show for you.

Maybe your like cars but need a little more to keep your attention then just cars or more likely you love cars, but you are trying to convince the old ball and chain to go with you so you need something to get her attention. If this is the case you might to be interested to know there are many theme based car shows that include other activities besides just cars.

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It’s a new year and it’s time to start lining up the Northern California Car shows again!. Last year was a great year for car shows. Our list started in February last year with 3 great shows one in Sacramento: the Autorama and two in San Francisco: Wekfest and the Rod, Custom & Motorcycle show.

This year is shaping up to be another great year! January started off with the Silicon Valley International Auto Show on January 7-10 and will once again have the Autorama, Wekfest, and Rod, custom & Motorcycle shows in February.

What made our list great last year were the many shows that sent in information and pictures so we could add them to the list. We hope to get another awesome showing this year!. If you know of any Northern California car shows that didn’t make it to our list last year, contact the organizer and remind them to send us their information.

In addition to Northern California Car Shows, this year we are starting a new list of Southern California Car Shows. So if you’re in the southern part of the state be sure to chick it out.

You do have a choice! Many insurance companies will “recommend” going to a collision shop that they feel comfortable with. Often their choice is not based on who will provide you with the best work, more like who is offering them the best break. While the two may be compatible with each other, it is best for you to check out a repair shop before having them do the work.

One company that should not be overlooked when choosing a collision repair company is Bailey Motors of Redding. Jake Bailey is now offering his 10 years experience in collision repair to the general public for insurance repairs. Here are a few tips to help you choose someone to repair your accident damage vehicle.

What should you look for in a good Collision Repair company? (more…)

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