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.

For more information please call 702 fie 2 1 7 5 four 6

or submit the form below.

 

 


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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SMARTeen DRIVER 30hr Driver’s Ed Certificate Class

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3 Teen drivers will be given FREE admittance.

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.

This critical life skill is often over-looked, as the 30 hour required class is not mandatory for students over 18, even though it has been proven the need for this information exists well into adulthood.  Parents are equally enthusiastic when attending the SMARTeen Driver car care clinics held around the valley.

FREE scholarships available to deserving teens.

We will offer 3 scholarships, to deserving students who wish to take the course during the winter break December 21,22,28, and 29th. Applications must be in by 12/18/15- 5pm.

Parents are encouraged to fill out the form below for consideration. All information is confidential.


Towbin Fiat/AlfaRomeo hosts Girl Scouts SMARTeen Driver

When CHOP from Towbin Automotive speaks, the Girl Scouts listen…

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Such was the case last night (12/3/15) when Chop, the CEO of Towbin Automotive stopped by a SMARTeen DRIVER event to address the car buying process and car careers for women.

GIRL SCOUT EDITION FIAT POP

For the event, Towbin Fiat annotated a 2016 FIAT POP with the Girl Scout insignia.Leading by example, many of the female staff of Towbin Fiat/AlfaRomeo were on hand (sales, parts, finance) to talk about getting a start at Towbin, when no one else would hire women in car dealerships in Las Vegas. And true to his family-owned and operated agenda, promoting success was demonstrated by the many women managers present.

Empowerment is Learning by doing is SMARTeen DRIVER way

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Troop 190, heard from Chop, Sarah Lee Marks about graduated licensing, insurance and costs of car ownership, all topics heavily featured in the curriculum for a badge in CAR CARE.After the discussions, it was time to glove-up and follow Brain, the lead technician at Towbin FIAT/AlfaRomeo to the garage, where every girl learned how to check oil, filters and tire pressure, fill a low and handle a flat tire. From the latest in run flat technology to changing a spare tire.

“I had a great time and I learned so much!”-  Kyra S.

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Local News station FOX 5- WVVU was on hand to interview Chop about the program and his efforts to encourage teens to look to the automobile industry for future employment.

For more information about future SMARTeen DRIVER events in southern Nevada, or to have a SMARTeen DRIVER event for your school or organization, please contact Sarahlee at SMARTEENDRIVER dot com or fill out the submit form below.

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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.





NV DRIVER’S EDUCATION CLASS SCHOOL BREAK

Las Vegas Henderson STUDENT DRIVER’S 30 Hour Certificate

Earn your Driver’s Education Certificate over December School Vacation Decmeber 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th!

You are registering for participation in the SCHOOL VACATION DRIVER’S EDUCATION .

Classes are  December 21, 22, 28 and 29th. Attendance is mandatory on all four days to complete the certificate requirements.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued on the last day of class at 5 pm.

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This is a one time special offer as part of the UMC HOSPITAL Trauma Center event on December 11th, 2015 starting at 10:00 am.

Our regular cost for this course is $150.00 however, for the attendees, friends and family with this flier, we are offering this certificate program for a limited time only for $100.00   A savings of 33% !!!!

 

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Las Vegas Driving School lead instructor Thierry Brest, preparing to drive-step 1together with SMARTeen Driver founder Sarah Lee Marks will teach the class, in accordance with the curriculum of the State of Nevada DMV course, adding some unique hands-on and interactive classroom components sure to prove valuable for a lifetime of driving.

Hosted at the Findlay Toyota dealership in the Valley Auto Mall, students will have the opportunity to engage with industry experts in all aspects of the driving education experience including:BeAZero_StayingUndead_RGB

Auto Safety by ZEROteen Fatalities’s own Nicole C.

  • Insurance specialists
  • Attorney’s speaking on your driving rights and responsibilities
  • Technical specialists on Technology and Car care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US NOW TO ATTEND THE 30 Hr. Nevada Driver’s Education Course, mandatory for getting your Driver’s License.

702-521-7546 or email sarahlee at smarteendriver dot com.

*SPACE IS LIMITED.

 

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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.  She teaches Driver’s Education, Auto Safety and Car Care to teens and adults.
MyCarlady offers free car buying advice, and private, auto-related services to help you maintain your personal or commercial vehicles.
Join the MyCarlady newsletter to be kept up-to-date on this and other important car information.  If you have car-buying questions feel free to contact Sarah here.


Cyber-Monday Car deals Free DMV Registration

Cyber-Monday gives Toyota and VW shoppers Free DMV Registration

Las Vegas, Henderson and Summerlin Toyota deals include free dmv and VW buyers will enjoy a Cyber-Monday deal with their first year DMV registration paid by area Findlay dealerships.

0% FINANCING, HUGE REBATES, INCENTIVES

Car shoppers can enjoy 0% financing up to 60 mos, rebates and incentives of $1000 to $1500.00 on select Toyota models.

findlay vw dmv registration cybermonday deal has stepped up their incentives including $1000 for switching brands. If you’re looking for a screaming lease deal, check this out: 0 Down, 2 mos. free, 0 Security deposit, 0 due at signing.

Stay tuned for more Cyber-Monday car deals coming here.
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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.  She teaches Driver’s Education, Auto Safety and Car Care to teens and adults.
MyCarlady offers free car buying advice, and private, auto-related services to help you maintain your personal or commercial vehicles.
Join the MyCarlady newsletter to be kept up-to-date on this and other important car information.  If you have car-buying questions feel free to contact Sarah here.