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New Tires!

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

When you get new tires on your car, truck, suv, or limo, don’t you feel like you’re driving a completely new car? That’s the way I feel. The Escape just got some new tires (I like to call ’em New Shoes), and it feels just like I’m driving on pillows. Before yesterday when I got the new ones on, I would be going 75 on the highway, and it felt like I was driving about 90. Now when I’m going 75 on the highway, I bet it’s gonna feel like I’m going about 55!

I love the new look of some new tires. Well, the new look of anything suits me just fine. I just got my roof redone, and it looks legit as well. I found a roofing company on Google, and hit them up two weeks ago so they could get the job done. It was done right and in only a couple days, so just another new thing in my life, which is pretty awesome.

Back to the tires. I bought Firestone Destination tires, because the guy at Firestone said they are a great all season tire, and they have a 60,000 lifetime tread warranty. That will take me to about 160,000 miles on the odometer of the good ole Escape, which will probably be the end of that SUV, simply because it’s a Ford. I take very good care of it, changing the oil every 3 thousand miles, even though I put full synthetic oil into it, with which I could change it every 5000 miles. I’ve had too much bad luck with cars to mess around with them. I perform the service as soon as I possibly can without overspending on anything, just so I feel good about the longevity that I’m going to get out of the vehicle.

The tires that I bought are all season tires, but they will be good in the snow as well. I don’t spend a lot of money on cars. To me, they’re just a point A to point B mode of transportation, and I don’t need something fancy. I’d rather spend my dough on experiences, and not looking good in a car. Don’t really need that, and I don’t think I ever will. I care enough about paying the bills on time, having enough dough to go out and eat, and enough to go see a ballgame every now and then.

Here are the tires. Let me know what you think!

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My visit to the Car Wash!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Man, what a difference a nice clean car makes. I think it’s been about two years since I cleaned my Ford Escape. Well, let me rephrase…I think it’s been two years since I cleaned the interior of the Escape. Since the last two years have been the first two years of my daughter’s life, well, lets just say that there were a few crumpled up goldfish on the floor. My wife even found some old keys her Dad had given her that looked like they belonged to jail cell locks in a mental home! My point is, it was really dirty, and I took me forever to clean up.

 

While I was at the car wash getting it cleaned, I saw a relatively new Toyota Tacoma truck, with a big ole truck topper. The truck looked so slick that I had to go over and ask the owner some questions about it. After spending about 20 minutes chatting with him, I decided that would be my first truck! Surprisingly, for someone who loves trucks so much, I’ve always been very economical, and bought sedans, mostly for the gas mileage, and the simple fact that sedans are easier and cheaper to maintain. I think that since we have a bit more income in the hopper now, that it’s time to upgrade. I would post a pic of the new truck that I want, but for some reason, WordPress won’t let me post pics in this blog! Grrr.

 

Therefore, I went online to look at some model’s, makes, years, etc. to see exactly what would suit my taste. I stumbled along this Car & Driver blog that was discussing Ford Rangers, which I was excited to learn Ford is thinking about bringing back, or modifying into a new, more compact Ranger truck. This. Would. Be. Awesome!

 

Next up was looking at toppers, and that’s simple. Just to the Leer website, and look at their juicy selection of truck toppings. They can match any color and style to your vehicle, provided it fits over the bed properly. There’s also Brahma tops, which you see a lot around town, therefore that’s another option.

 

I got a bit far off from my original point here, which was cleaning my light green Escape, but it caused me to dream about my next purchase, and actually trading in and upgrading to something I like a bit more.

 

Hopefully by the next time I post, I’ll have that new Ford Ranger, or Tacoma I so desperately want, and can discuss the slick features of whatever I take the plunge and buy!

The Way to Get Around!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

We all ride in cars, ride on our bikes, skateboards, etc. As adults, it’s mostly in cars, but when we were kids, it started out in the stroller, then graduated to a trike, then a bike before we impatiently wait until we turn 16 (here in the US of A!).

But if you’re extremely well off, you can certainly afford to hire a driver to take you anywhere, either in your own car, or in a limousine of some sorts.

My means of transportation are a 2008 Ford Escape, and a 2007 Honda Civic. Pretty plain and simple, if you ask me, but I’m a plain and simple guy, therefore it’s just find and dandy by me. Neither has many bells and whistles.

The Civic is underpowered, but so incredibly easy on the gas mileage, getting at least 30 miles per gallon no matter if we’re in the city, or on the highway. That’s the preferred mode for easy trips not in the mountains. If we take it up the hills, we’re in the right lane the entire trip, as it won’t go over 55 on steep uphills. We get passed routinely no matter where we go, and it’s kind of a pain in the butt. As far as other negatives, there really aren’t any to think of.

The Escape is a smallish SUV, but something my wife likes to call the mean Green Machine, because it’s the biggest car she’s ever owned? Come to think of it, it’s also the largest vehicle I’ve ever driven, and something I like driving.

We bought it through an auto buyer’s agent here in Fort Collins called Fort Collins New & Used Auto – http://www.focoautos.com – who is a good friend of the family. I was skeptical at first of the service, since it’s a fee-based service, but it turns out that this was the best car buying experience that either of us have ever had! Not only were we pleased with the price, but the beauty about it was it was so hands off, besides an initial 1 hour question & answer session at the beginning of the process. From there, we simply waited until our agent located the car, agreed to the price, signed a contract, and the Escape was delivered to us personally when it arrived. Bing, Bang, Boom!

If I could buy all of my cars over again, I would do it exactly this way, as it was the easiest large purchase I’ve ever been a part of.

Now only if I could convince my wife to get a new Civic!