When winter comes to Alexandria, the temperatures plummet, the roads get slick, and the nights grow long. This means that more drivers both on and off the beltway will be spending more time in their cars instead of opting for local bike routes or mass transit. For those who want to spend their Alexandria winter in luxury, here are some of today’s best highline vehicles for the cold months.

range-roverRange Rover Evoque

The face of the SUV has changed a lot in recent years, and Range Rover’s new Evoque is a perfect example of modern improvements. Nicely distributed weight, aerodynamic design elements, and the indispensable Terrain Response system make it a top choice for handling in winter weather. The Evoque is roomy and comfortable, has plenty of trim options, and includes ample front-end lighting for long nights. continue reading…

Necessities to Car in Your Car During Winter

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You never know when your car will break down or when you will become stranded on the side of the road. There is never a good time to get stuck in your car, but it is much more dangerous when it happens in the winter. However, if you prepare and keep certain items in your car at all times, you can prevent a dangerous situation from becoming catastrophic. The following is a list of six winter safety items you should keep in your car:

1. Blankets or Sleeping Bags

Imagine being stuck in a snowstorm, on the side of the road, with no help and no way to stay warm. You will be warm for a little while, but eventually you will get very cold. If your car doesn’t start, you will be even colder. So why not protect yourself and keep blankets or sleeping bags in your car?

2. First Aid Kit

Sometimes you break down because your engine dies, or you get a flat tire, but other times it is due to an accident. Not all accidents cause physical harm to the driver or passengers, but it does happen. It is a good idea to always keep a first aid kit in your car. Whether you have a scratch that needs a bandage, or a more serious injury, a first aid kit can help. continue reading…

Safest Neighborhoods in Alexandria

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Have you ever parked outside a restaurant and honestly wondered if your wheels will still be on your car when you get out? It’s not a comfortable feeling, especially if you’ve just invested in a new highline car. So, what can you do to avoid that situation?

Well, you could avoid cities, which tend to have pockets of higher and lower crime rates, or you could educate yourself about where those pockets are and navigate accordingly.

For example, here are four of the safest neighborhoods in Alexandria, Virginia.

Collingwood

The median home price in Collingwood is $841,305, which is in the 98th percentile for most expensive homes in the United States. In fact, only 0.3 percent of neighborhoods in America are wealthier.

As of this article, the Collingwood / Wellington area has a 0.0 percent vacancy rate — something that’s all but unmatched in the rest of the country. Not only does that mean that houses in Collingwood are a pretty secure investment, it means that there are literally no vacant houses for vagrants to occupy.  continue reading…

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…