Awesome New Car Features for 2014

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The history of automotive design is filled with useful innovations. What were once seen as luxuries are now standard equipment: air conditioning, power seats, and even hands-free Bluetooth integration. But automakers are not content to rest on their laurels. This year’s crop of cars are loaded with crazy features that were unthinkable a generation ago. Check out these over-the-top goodies you can have in your car.

Leather Air Vents

The options menu at the Porsche dealer is longer than a Chinese take-out menu, and the selection of leather options is mind-boggling. If leather seats and doors aren’t leathery enough, order up the leather-coated vent slats. It’s a steal at just $365.

An “Air Scarf”

Why subject yourself to discomfort when you’re driving your Mercedes Benz convertible with the top down in cold weather? The nifty “air scarf” feature is a small vent in the seat’s headrest that gently blows warm air across the back of your neck and shoulders so you don’t get chilled on brisk autumn days. continue reading…

5 Highline Cars That Shine in Alexandria

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Alexandria often appears on lists of America’s richest cities, so it should come as little surprise that many residents like to drive the latest Highline cars. If you want to join them, here are five 2015 models that will help you fit right in.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Described as a triumph of design and engineering, the 2015 Corvette Z06 turns heads. Kitted out with a 6.2L V8 engine, 650bhp, and able to reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, America’s all-new classic car is available as a 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic. Choose between coupe and convertible models, which as decisions go, is not a big problem to have. Expect to pay around $80k for this head turner. continue reading…

Walter Reed Society DonationsThis year was one of the best turnouts for our annual donations match for the Walter Reed Society. We’re proud to say that your contributions this year totaled $22,595. This earned the maximum donation match amount of $10,000 from Select Auto Imports for a grand total of $32,595.

Select Auto Imports is a continued supporter of the Walter Reed Society. Each year they help veterans and their families with contributions from the public. Some of you may not know that the Walter Reed Society has no employees, only volunteers. This means that unlike other larger charities, every penny donated goes to the families.

We, at Select Auto Imports, want to sincerely thank you for all your help.

Great Sights to See in Alexandria

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When you’re headed to Washington, DC, there are so many great historical sites to visit with your family. No matter what your reason for visiting, take some time and check out the history that the city has to offer. With so many things to see and do, make sure that you hit these great sites on your drive through the city.

Ford’s Theatre

One of the most well-known theatres in the world, Ford’s Theatre plays a big role in America’s history. This is where President Lincoln was assassinated. It’s one of the best stops you can make on your driving tour through historical sites. Here, you can tour the theatre itself, and if you plan your trip right you might even take in a show. There are artifacts throughout the theatre, and the exhibit changes regularly. No matter how many times you go, you’re likely to see something new. continue reading…

Why the 2014 Stingray lives up to it's name

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U.S. News ranks the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in the number one spot for luxury sports cars and luxury convertibles. The car — also known as the C7 — was certainly a hit with visitors at its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show. Here are just five reasons why the seventh generation ‘vette is the best car for your money.

Reimagined Style

Recent Corvettes have not made that many changes to the original iconic look, but designers have pushed the boat out when it comes to styling the C7. There are the alluring headlights, the squared-off tail lights, and the four beast-like exhaust cannons in the rear for starters. The revolutionary styling — while remaining attractive to Corvette enthusiasts — also appeals to a new generation of customers — those commonly known as Generation X. continue reading…

Amazing imports that will give you goosebumps

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Exotic cars come in many different shapes and sizes. Some have classic looks or are sedans while others exude the sexiness of sports car with their sleek appearance. What these cars all have in common is that they are sure to give you goosebumps and they are top-of-the-line in quality and luxury.

Rolls Royce Phantom

With a base price of $430,000, the Rolls Royce Phantom is the pinnacle of luxury. Rolls-Royce was started by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce in 1906, and the company has developed luxury cars ever since. The leader of their lavish, exotic cars is the Phantom, which offers passengers a ultra-luxury experience with an easily recognizable frame and appearance. Unlike other luxury cars, the Phantom maintains its look of its ancestors, but the inside is ultra-modern and luxurious with large monitor screens and a chrome controller.

McLaren P1

If you have a need for speed, then you have a need for the McLaren P1. This auto company was created by Bruce McLaren, a legend in the racecar industry. Although Bruce McLaren passed away in 1970, his greatness lives on through his vehicles. The P1 has a price tag of over $1 million, and the company only plans on building 375 total. The car has top speeds of about 217 mph, goes from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds, and surprisingly has a fuel consumption of 34 mpg. continue reading…

Art Festivals You shouldn't Miss in the Alexandria Area

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Nestled on the banks of the Potomac river just six miles south of Washington D.C., Alexandria, Virginia teems with artists and art festivals. These festivals range from huge elaborate productions where the streets are transformed into living galleries to smaller creative endeavours. Both, however, are absolutely worth driving to see. Here are four such festivals, two large and two small.

1. King Street Art Festival

For over 10 years, the change of seasons has heralded more than inspiringly vibrant foliage for the artists of Alexandria — it’s signaled the coming of the King Street Art Festival. This festival, which takes place in mid-September, turns King Street into a world-renowned outdoor art gallery. With more than 200 artists offering jewelery, photography, sculpture, and oil paintings, the Alexandria King Street Art Festival is guaranteed to have something to suit any artistic temperament. continue reading…

Luxury Cars Worth Their Cost

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One of the perks of being rich is that you can afford the very best of everything, including the rarest cars in the world. These vehicles don’t come off assembly lines. They are instead painstakingly crafted, most of them by hand, and tuned to a high precision. If you can afford them, here’s a list of expensive cars that are worth every dime.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse – $2.5 million

The Veyron gives new meaning to the phrase “flying too low.” As of this writing, it holds the Guinness Book record for the fastest street vehicle. It set that record in April 2013 when it reached the insane speed of 255 miles per hour. Its powerhouse 8-liter, 16 cylinder engine puts out an amazing 1,200 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds. Bugatti plans to make only 450 of these speed monsters — so if you want one, you’d better hurry up and get rich.  continue reading…

Great Waterfront Locations Near Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, Virginia is a beautiful city full of history and character. It’s waterfront is full of restaurants, shopping, and other activities that provide a great way to unwind after a day of exploring both Alexandria and nearby Washington D.C.

Scenic Boat Cruises

Boat cruises are a popular way to explore the Alexandria’s waterfront and see the sights while avoiding crippling DC traffic and the stress of navigating unfamiliar streets. Many cruises offer dinner, allowing patrons to enjoy delicious gourmet meals while taking in popular sites such as Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Washington Monument, and the Jeffersonian Monument. The Pirate on the Potomac cruise is great for kids of all ages, while pet-friendly boats rides are perfect for guests looking to bring along their four-legged friends. continue reading…

Historical Sites near Alexandria - George Washington Mount Vernon

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The first 13 colonial states offer some of the oldest and most unique historical points in America. If you are intrigued with the start of our great nation and want to travel back over 200 years in time, Virginia and Washington, DC should be among your top places to stop. Alexandria, VA is one such place that offers amazing historical sites and unforgettable glimpses into our long-gone past.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Once the home of America’s first president, the mansion offers a spectacular and interesting window into our history and the life of President George Washington. The tours show many sites in the home, including the master bedroom and actual bed where the president spent his final moments. Beautiful grounds, a slave memorial and an educational center offer unique points for learning about how the nation was born. continue reading…