Findlay Chevrolet SMARTeen FREE DRIVER Auto Safety Clinic

Findlay Chevrolet will host the next SMARTeen DRIVER event on Wednesday, April 20th, from 6pm-8pm.

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Teen driver fatalities rise at age 18, according to National highway statistics.

SMARTeen Driver auto safety and car care clinics aim to counter that trend, according to founder Sarah Lee Marks.

“Our hands-on events are designed to teach teens how to properly care for their cars, so the car takes care of them when they’re out on the road.”

Findlay Chevrolet General Manager Jamaal McCoy added, “Providing our facilities, staff and vehicles to the SMARTeen program allows us to showcase the latest technology Chevrolet has added to make teen drivers safer behind the wheel.  New Cruze models include radio dimming controls until seat-belts are secure, and Bluetooth is standard.”

As many young people wait until age 18 to take their license exam, they often age out of the 30 hour Driver’s Education requirement. As a result, many new Nevada teen drivers are starting their driving careers without any Driver’s Education classes.

“This education hole correlates with the peak in teen auto related fatalities at age 18. Offering these FREE classes in the most essential basic skills for driving a car, is critical under these circumstances”, continues Marks.

Insurance and legal guest experts will offer attendees tips on saving money on teen premiums and knowing your rights and responsibilities under the law.

All area teens are welcome to attend this FREE event, with parents and friends.

 

Findlay Chevrolet, the host dealership offers the classroom and garage with lifts to enhance the practical curriculum. As facilitator, MyCarladys’ Sarah Lee will assist each teen as they test their newly acquired car care knowledge on their own vehicles, under the watchful eyes of certified Findlay technicians.

 

Prizes and gifts for attendees and quick learners.
Food and beverages will be served. Gifts and prizes will be awarded to attendees for their accomplishments.
The program is FREE, however space is limited to the first 25 to register. Findlay Chevrolet is located on Roy Horn and 215S between Rainbow and Jones. Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
RSVP today to Sarah Lee 702-521-7546 or sarahlee@mycarlady.com

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Free SMARTeen DRIVER Clinic April 20 2016

FREE CAR CARE and AUTO SAFETY CLINIC in SOUTHWEST LV Valley

Sarah Lee of SMARTeen DRIVER is announcing the next event will be held April 20th from 6-8pm at Findlay Chevrolet.

Jamaal McCoy, General Manager of Findlay Chevrolet, the Dealer of the Year in Nevada for 5 years in a row, announced the event date this week saying, ” We are thrilled to able to offer our area youth this great opportunity to further their driver’s education. The skills taught in SMARTeen driver should be on every drivers list of things to know.”

The class size is limited to 35 and parents are welcome to attend.

Understanding how the car works is critical to driving it safely…”

“Our hands-on, interactive approach is the key to being sure every teen is empowered to handle an emergency, accident or car care situation,” Marks continues, “I am passionate about understanding the car as an essential part of safe driving. We wouldn’t hand a kid a gun and say here, have at it, without proper instruction in how the gun works, yet every day teens get behind the wheel without the most basic understanding of tires, air pressure, tire patch and how tires keep cars on the road, or not.”

The clinic includes guest speakers from the Insurance and legal industries. These area professionals share tips on how to save on teen driver premiums, and parent-teen legal rights and responsibilities and how to protect themselves.

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Register today to be sure you have a seat at this great FREE community event.

&02-521-7546 or email: sarahlee at SMARTEENDRIVER dot com.

 


MyCarlady Automotive Services Las Vegas

MyCarlady is pleased to offer some new Automotive services to the Las Vegas-Henderson, N. Las Vegas community.

  • In addition to FREE Car Buying advice, assistance selling or trading your vehicle (or one you inherited), servicing your car (or having body work done), we now have some great educational and excursion programs for the car enthusiast.
  • CAR-EDU is the educational training and events side of our company. We provide FREE hands-on adult  (AARP) and teen auto safety and car care clinics to the community.
  • As a part of CAR-EDU we offer SMARTeen DRIVER to our new to driving youth. This is a FREE car care and automotive safety clinic held at local dealerships or brought to your club, school, organization, scout troop or employee event.  CHECK here for our next event: CALENDER.
  • We also have customized and private tutoring for Driver’s permits, Driver’s Education certificates (30 hr.) and behind the wheel training with our associate instructors from Las VEgas NV Driving School.
  • CAR SEAT installation is an important part of automobile ownership when you have a family.  In addition to supporting the FREE car seat CHECK clinics held around town by SAFEKIDS Worldwide,  we also offer private car seat installations at your home, office or medical facility (day time hours)
  • SERVICE ASSISTANCE at your fingertips. Need to get your car in for service and not sure where to go or when you’ll have time to get it done? Concerned about getting ripped off when expensive repairs seem to loom on the horizon? DO you need a second opinion regarding repair costs versus trading  for something newer? Let MyCarlady help you navigate the process.
  • Auto Enthusiast events for visitors, family, friends or car clubs.  Allow MyCarlady to create the ultimate car adventure during your visit to Las Vegas.
    • Behind the wheel activities on the track, off-road or around the valley.
    • Museums, collections and more
    • Private transportation allows us to be your CAR TOUR GUIDE.
  • DMV registration, titles and emissions assistance in So. Nevada. Don’t stand in line, call MyCarlady! We offer door-to-door service, including smog-emissions testing, vehicle storage, shipping and titling.

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Sarah Lee Marks is MyCarlady. She has over 25+ years of experience.
She writes about cars, and is a staunch consumer advocate on car related subjects.
MyCarlady offers free car buying advice, and private, auto-related services to help you maintain your personal or commercial vehicles.
Contact Sarah Lee for more information: sarahlee@mycarlady.com Join the MyCarlady newsletter to be kept up-to-date on this and other important car information.


 

 

 

 


MyCarlady Certified Car Seat installer Las Vegas

Proper Car Seat Installation can save lives.

I am very excited to report that MyCarlady is now a certified Car Seat installation technician, having completed the course offered by certifying body: SAFEKIDS Worldwide.

No simple task, this four day course opened my eyes to all the minute details which make the difference between life and death for a infant, child, toddler or young child, when involved in a car crash.

“We don’t say accidents,” one instructor announced, “because that takes the seriousness out of the situation.”

After  trying to comprehend the fact that less than 10% of all car seats checked last year in Clark County, by the volunteers of SAFEKIDS, were actually installed correctly. Whether it is ignorance or laziness, parents are playing Russian Roulette with their most precious possession on a daily basis. Accidents happen, but crashes resulting in the injury of a child are most often preventable, hence the statement by one instructor: “we don’t call them accidents, because that takes the seriousness out of the situation.”

“Car crashes are actually 3-in 1 situations,” Heather W., an instructor and President of SAFEKIDS in Nevada explained. “There is the CAR getting damaged, that’s one crash. Then there are the other two; the physical crash that occurs in the car as the human body makes contact with the car insides and all the flying debris (or outside if you aren’t buckled up). The third is the internal crash. The Internal crash is all your bodily organs slamming around inside you, restrained or not.”  Now imagine an infant with no bones formed yet or an 8 year old weighing 50 lbs. not buckled into a proper restraint.  You get the picture.

FREE CAR SEAT CHECKS

The SAFEKIDS organization holds free car seat checks*, around the community on a regular basis. You can find a list on their website: www.safekids.org. These are a great opportunity to learn the proper car seat style choice (fit not fabric), installation, direction, harness, and location in the car, for your child.

If you are going to a car seat event it is best to bring your car seat and vehicle manual and child (unless unborn) with you.  Prepare to be there for at least 30 minutes, and to participate in the installation. Hands-on is the best way to learn.

 “All car seats have expiration dates.”

Know the history of your car seat. When it was made, if it has been in an accident and what the expiration date is. The plastic and belt webbing ages through normal wear and tear, the heat and cold. Keeping a car seat in the garage between the birth of children could compromise the structural integrity of the seat.

Recalls, technology and regulations change constantly.  Register your car seat so you get the updates and announcements.

There is so much more I learned, I wish every new parent and grand-parent could take a version of this class. The instructors in Las Vegas are awesome, and you will meet many of them if you visit a SAFEKIDS, UMC, or County car seat event.  Please come by and let us check your child car seats, boosters and LATCH systems. It’s FREE, and could save your child’s life.

Tell the installer MyCarlady told you to come by.

EVENTS in So. NEVADA:

SAFEKIDS CLARK COUNTY

If you have questions about where to go to have your car seat installed or checked in Clark County, So. Nevada, Henderson, Boulder City or Pahrump, feel free to email me: sarahlee at mycarlady dot com or give me a call: 702 521 7546.


Teen Driver Permit PREP class

15 1/2 year old Teens seeking Driver Permit.

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There are many ways to study for the driver’s permit, but too many times teens think a quick glance through the Nevada Driver’s Handbook will get them past the 50 questions.

NOT SO FAST! TEEN DRIVER

Before you rush off to the DMV, $25.00 in hand, and waste mom and dad’s time waiting for you, try studying a little longer.

40% of teens fail the first time, causing parents to be frustrated and additional costs to be accrued.

WHY? Lack Of Knowledge, i.e. FAILURE TO STUDY.

SMARTeen DRIVER founder, Sarah Lee Marks, has initiated a PERMIT PREP class to help teens prepare for the permit test properly, and the 30 hr. Driver’s Certificate mandated by DMV before you can get your Driver’s License.

 

PERMIT PREP for those studying for the Nevada Driving Permit.

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We cover all the critical question:

BAC level, Accident Policies, SIGNS and ROAD markings, Driving behaviors, Graduated Licensing rules and regulations, Restrictions and suspensions… to name a few.

We give numerous testing opportunities to be sure the student is ready to take the test, and pass with an 80% or higher.

Classes are held monthly and are semi-private, to be sure each teen gets enough attention to be successful.

The fee for the class is $150.00 and the class is 8 hours in duration.

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Free Car Care and Auto Safety Clinic Las Vegas

united-flier-jpgWe are very excited to have United Nissan host our SMARTeen Driver Auto Safety and Car Care Clinic on January 19th, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Attendees will glove up and learn how to check oil,

filters, tire pressure.

Learn how to Jump a dead battery.

Learn how to change a flat tire.

Learn how to save money on Car Insurance for teens.

Learn about legal rights and responsibilities.


 

This is a FREE class to teach your student or newly permitted or licensed driver
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Submit this form below ASAP to secure a seat. Space is Limited.

Parents are welcome.

Over $500.00 in gifts and prizes will be awarded during the evening to registered attendees.

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Sarah Lee Marks is MyCarlady. She has over 25+ years of experience.
She writes about cars, and is a staunch consumer advocate on car related subjects.
MyCarlady offers free car buying advice, SMARTeen Driver teen driver and CAR-EDU auto safety and car care clinics and private, auto-related services to help you maintain your personal or commercial vehicles.
Contact Sarah Lee for more information: sarahlee@mycarlady.com Join the MyCarlady newsletter to be kept up-to-date on this and other important car information.


MyCarlady Free TEXT Car Care Reminder

That TEXT is your Car calling!

MyCarlady is big on maintaining your car care, and while many dealerships send reminders by email or mail, the used car owner is often left to little plastic stickers hidden by the driver side visor.

The bad part about that is they peel off in the heat and your car needs more prevention attention.

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An once of preventative maintenance can be worth the value of the car if it fails due to mechanical neglect.

Sarah Lee at MyCarlady has an easy, and free answer for you.  Send her your car information and she will send you text reminders of service needs, recommendations, recall updates on your car and, if she can get you a deal, a coupon for a reliable mechanic near your home or office.

Oh and it’s free.

Afraid of Car Repair RIP-offs!

A lot of folks are nervous about taking their car to a dealer of mechanic for fear of attempted up-sells on service or worse, an expensive repair.

Well, like going to the dentist for regular cleanings, if your tech spots something, it’s his/ her duty to mention it.

Now, Sarah Lee can help you by requesting a picture of the issue. Most mechanics have iPads or camera ready cell phones, which allow for real-time diagnostic sharing.

You may not know what your looking at, but she does!

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Got a question, just ask MyCarlady for some advice. No Charge.

Schedule you CAR CARE 20.16 here…

submit this simple form to MyCarlady, and let the car care stuff be a text away.

In some cases your cell phone plan may charge you for text messages, please check your plan. All information is confidential.

Sarah Lee Marks is MyCarlady. She has over 26+ years of experience.
She writes about cars, and is a staunch consumer advocate on car related subjects.
MyCarlady offers free car buying advice, and private, auto-related services to help you maintain your personal or commercial vehicles.
Call Sarah Lee for more information. Join the MyCarlady newsletter to be kept up-to-date on this and other important car information.

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Faraday Future calls N. Las Vegas home

Electric cars love Lithium and Nevada

As I plug in my Chevy Volt, I smile at the thought of a new day dawning in Nevada. As the Silver Rush of the 1800’s and Gambling in the 1900’s marked our statehood history, alternative energy is the 21st century version of a make-over for Nevada. Early stakeholders jumped to support Solar arrays and Wind-mill fields in the desert. Earth minerals dug from the desert sputtered with the global economy but Nevada has found its footing in Lithium.  As Tesla, and the former FISKER,  made its stance known in the resurrection of the auto industry post 2008, the appetite for electric vehicles started in the 1950’s with the EV-1, is now well into it’s teen years.  Yes, gas may be cheap right now but the issues of global warming and sustainability have a firm foothold on the next generation. The millennials are now the managers of Faraday Future, guardians of their families future, both economically and life-sustaining.

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Hybrid vehicle demand changing and charging.

Back in the day, think model year 2000, the choices for cars were few,  driven by Toyota and Honda in a race to meet the CAFE standards set in place by then President Clinton.  Four years later, an oil-bred President H. W. Bush pushed those mandates into the 2020’s and the majority of automakers went back to the sidelines.  However, the appetite had been wet and demand continued to drive sales, albeit slowly.  I’ve lived with versions 1 of the Hybrid Civic and Toyota Prius, when brake regeneration gave the hybrid technology its extra mpg.  Hybrid battery warrranties were to 8 years or 80k miles and everyone from salesmen to technicians wondered what would happen when we got there.  Along the way Honda met the State of California in a nasty class-action lawsuit over claims of  40+MPG which could not be substantiated consistently and under various conditions failed completely.  They replaced Hybrid batteries, flashed software and double-downed on the hybrid warranty along with a few rebates to salve the loyalists.  We forgave and forgot, and the batteries got better as we learned what freezing cold weather in Vermont and desert heat in Death Valley do to hybrid technology.

Plugin’s arrive and prices prevail.

side view mirror or led lamp faradayToday we have an assortment of hybrid technology vehicles, confusing to the consumer…  We have TESLA, the luxury leader with direct to consumer sales and service. They offer a sexy design and choice of hybrid batteries designed for the owner’s needs: 100, 200 or 300 mile designations.  The electric-only designation is rarely an issue for this consumer, who often flies their private plane for trips over 3 hours. The company has carefully crafted a rapid charging infrastructure to meet the needs of their target clients, which include California, where the heaviest concentration of Tesla garages.

BMW has jumped in with the i8 and i3, a perfect duo for the Baby-boomers wanting both sexy sports car and fun suv.  Both are Plug-in Electric-gas combos: The i8 offering a sports-car typical 30 mile range in electric mode and 28 mpg in gas engine back-up,  at $141,000, it is the most expensive hybrid electric-gas vehicle in the mass-production luxury range.  The i3 brings the cost of entry to a more manageable level at $52,000.00*,  with an estimated 80 mile range on the charge and 41 in gas mode. *with range extender.

Porsche rushed a Panamera electric-gas combo to market in 2014, with a 38 electric range and 24 mpg in gas mode, the $124,000.00 price and limited production never really hit home.

Cadillac took the Chevy Volt and put the CTS body on it, but added nothing else to justify the $65,000.00 price.

Welcome Faraday Future

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The Chevy Volt roll continues to prevail,  buoyed by a 50+ mile range, clever styling and extraordinary used car values.  Electric Plug-ins with gas back-up seem to be the product choice of the masses.  The Prius Electric is still sold in limited quantity as consumers wait for a combo version while the Nissan Leaf has died on the vine.  Current LEAF owners have been offered generous lease extensions to keep them loyalty until the alleged 250 mile range arrives sometime in 2017.  Gone is the range anxiety issue of the FISKER. With the recent hoverboard issue of less expensive, longer-range batteries catching fire, the answer seems to be in quality, regulation and standardization.

Meanwhile we anxiously await the unveiling of the newest member in the club: Faraday Future. CES unveil January 6th, Faraday Future will unveil their long-awaited entry. The management bloodline extends from Tesla and BMW, giving promise to the best of both worlds.  The crafty sneak photos show two body lines, and an LED lamp.  EV owners and Nevadans are once again hopeful, ever-ready to place their bets and let the dice roll.  The contracts and statutes extended between the company and the State of Nevada promise great tax benefits to help the start-up grow into the 4500 jobs projected when the plant is fully functional.  The unions and community of colleges are vying for their place in the next growth industry. The Nevada dealer association has been quiet thus far, as they were when Tesla came to town.  There is much we don’t know about this car company, but what we do know is lithium, the latest mining treasure, is critical to the next economic boon.

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Stay tuned here for the great reveal.

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Sarah Lee Marks is MyCarlady. She has over 25+ years of experience.
She writes about cars, and is a staunch consumer advocate on car related subjects.
MyCarlady offers free car buying advice, SMARTeen Driver teen driver and CAR-EDU auto safety and car care clinics and private, auto-related services to help you maintain your personal or commercial vehicles.
Contact Sarah Lee for more information: sarahlee@mycarlady.com Join the MyCarlady newsletter to be kept up-to-date on this and other important car information.


End of YEAR Car-TAX breaks

Does BUYING a CAR Dec. 31 save you money on taxes?

We are fast approaching the end of year tax spend, which befalls many business owners and bonus babies.

Congress has not officially passed the sales tax write-off rules of past, which allows consumers to deduct the sales tax on large items like cars and trucks, on their 2015 tax return.

Businesses have for years used Section 179 to spend on much needed business equipment, that has not changed, although the caps for specific businesses  or budgets should be discussed with your accountant BEFORE you go crazy.

No more 6,000 lb. bonus.

The CARS and TRUCKS BUYING BINGE of yesteryear, also known as the FARM BILL, allowed for the purchased of vehicles weighing over 6000 lbs. to be categorized as business equipment, resulting in a boon for Chevy Suburban, Land Rover and Ram truck dealers.  The farm bill went away, and as such, business owners are left with Section 179 or the rules of lease versus buy to determine the best way to spend on vehicles this year.

FROM THE IRS WEBSITE:

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.

Taxpayers always have the option of claiming deductions based on the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after claiming accelerated depreciation, including the Section 179 expense deduction, on that vehicle. Likewise, the standard rate is not available to fleet owners (more than four vehicles used simultaneously). Details on these and other special rules are in Revenue Procedure 2010-51, the instructions to Form 1040 and various online IRS publications including Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax.

Besides the standard mileage rates, Notice 2014-79, posted today on IRS.gov, also includes the basis reduction amounts for those choosing the business standard mileage rate, as well as the maximum standard automobile cost that may be used in computing an allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.

Biggest Bonus of  2015 0% while it lasts.

2015 has the best window of opportunity in low interest rates while they last. With auto manufacturers and credit unions vying for good credit clients, a FICO AUTO score of over 700 is a win, even if you are using the vehicle for business.  With rates destined for blue sky, make your best deal on a purchase.

If the car you want is over the federal tax guidelines for the most advantageous depreciation. Consider leasing. The low money factor is still of benefit, and you can own the vehicle at the end of the lease for the residual or buyout. The tax advantages may be more beneficial to you. Discuss this with your accountant or tax planner.

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Sarah Lee Marks is MyCarlady. She has over 26+ years of experience.
She writes about cars, and is a staunch consumer advocate on car related subjects.
MyCarlady offers free car buying advice, and private, auto-related services to help you maintain your personal or commercial vehicles.
Call Sarah Lee for more information. Join the MyCarlady newsletter to be kept up-to-date on this and other important car information.

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SMARTeen Driver – LAS VEgas NV Driving School host School Break Driver’s Education

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NV DRIVER’S EDUCATION Certificate Class

The 30 hour Driver’s Education class is mandatory to get your license in Nevada, along with near perfect school attendance, a completed Driving log, proper documented ID and a successful behind-the-wheel test with a DMV examiner.

You do NOT need to have your PERMIT to take this class. In fact, taking this class first, will make the permit 50 question test much easier to pass.  Unlike online classes, or other types of classroom driver’s education programs, SMARTeen DRIVER actually uses an intensive, interactive course curriculum where students are actively engaged in many of the course assignments. Teams work together to learn about car buying, and car care, including changing a flat tire, and other basic service best practices. ZERO teen fatalities will be on-hand to discuss auto safety; drinking, texting and driving.

Nevada High School Driver’s Education disappearing.

The ability to take Driver’s Education in high school as an elective, is the individual high school principal’s decision. As a result, most high schools in Southern Nevada do not offer it.

Classes like this typically cost $150.00 however, SMARTeen DRIVER and Las Vegas NV Driving school is offering this holiday promotion for $100.00 to those interested in taking the course during the winter break December 21,22,28, and 29th. Registration is open til the first day of class: 12/21/15.

Students learn HOW-TO  with auto technicians

Located in the upstairs “SPORTS HALL OF FAME at FINDLAY TOYOTA in HendersonIMG_6924 , NV. “This class is unique to most live Driver’s Education classroom training, even that taught at the high schools,” says instructor Sarah Lee Marks, “We are really into hands-on and interactive training so students will glove-up and get into the garage to learn how to change a flat tire, jump start a dead car, fill a tire and more. We also cover the car buying and financing, insurance and legalities of car ownership with experts in the fields.”

Students should be prepared to bring lunch. Class is from 9:30 – 5pm each day, the Monday and Tuesday of each week of break.

Parents are encouraged to fill out the form below for registration purposes, or contact Sarah Lee (Lead Instructor) for more information. All information is confidential.

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