There will be a Volunteer Organizer training workshop held on Saturday, May 13th in Manhattan. This is a free, all-day event and lunch is included.
In another landslide organizing victory, Vendlink/Canteen Services voted 32 to 7 to join Teamsters Local 805,
Interest in joining a union by an ex-805 member. The company is located near HLA in Farmingdale, Long Island and services vending machines in the greater New York area.
The Sandy Pope Leadership Action Team is proud to welcome you to the new Local 805 website. From here you will be able to access and review virtually every aspect of Local 805’s activities. We will be making frequent updates, so check back often!
Teamsters Local 805 is dedicated to pro-union, pro-worker activism, nationally and in our own communities. We encourage you to follow the links below and learn about the issues that directly affect working men and women like yourselves.
YMCA SUMMER CAMPS
The YMCA of Greater New York has joined the NYC Central Labor Council’s Summer Camp Program. Any Union member registering their child for a YMCA Summer Camp will have $50 taken off their camp fee. Just inform YMCA Camping Services when registering.
The Local 805 toy drive ended today when Rose Trucking Shop Steward Charles “Butch” Cassens collected the donations and brought them to the Hale House Center for distribution. The toy drive, organized by Local 805 and Rose Trucking, collected toys from many of the Local 805 shops.
Help Stop Social Security Privatization
Privatizing Social Security would cut guaranteed benefits by 40%, leave many retirees in poverty, and explode the deficit. We have time to strengthen Social Security the right way. Tell Congress to take The Pledge to Strengthen Social Security.
Protect Social Security is dedicated to turning the tide on this national crisis. Signing the electronic petition at www.InThisTogetherCampaign.org can make a huge difference in the fight. Please visit their website and sign the petition.
GUTLOVE & SHIRVINT
Also be sure to see when the next general meeting will be, and how to be a part of our next organizing campaign. Your Union is strong, active, and growing. Come be a part of the labor movement. Come be an active member of Teamsters Local 805.
The Wal-Mart Free Coalition is a broad-based citywide group of civic, labor, and elected officials working to ensure that Wal-Mart and its negative practices are kept out of New York City.
Throughout the pages that follow, we have provided information for our members to learn about the extensive benefits provided under our Welfare Plan. Fund participants receive comprehensive coverage from hospitalization and doctors’ visits to prescription drugs, vision and dental care with little or no out-of-pocket costs.
Natalie Duque, Titan Operator, is Local 805’s newest staff member. She is an experienced user of the Titan IV computer system which keeps Local 805 connected to the Teamsters International database. Welcome to the team, Natalie!
Enrique Martinez, Business Agent, joined the Local 805 staff in January of this year. For the past 19 years Enrique has worked in various capacities for labor unions, including the Communications Workers of America.
Joe Garcia III, Business Agent, has been a Teamster Local 805 member since 1984. A former warehouseman and driver for White Rose, he joined the 805 staff as a business agent in 1999.
Oneida Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant to the Welfare Fund, is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Welfare Department. Lately she’s been visiting the shops to make sure that 805 members have all three healthcare cards
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Muskrat Custom Exotic HardwoodsJune 15, 2021
God created a most beautiful renewable resource we call exotic hardwood. There are roughly 100 different species available. I generally select from around 20 woods. I consider it sinful to use paints or stains on this wood; I have turned down projects requiring this type of abuse to this wonderful material. An interesting fact many don't realize, it is the high cost of this wood that is saving this wonderful resource from the clear-cutting destruction for agricultural use. By creating a market for this beautiful renewable resource, we are saving the wood to be held up as fine art for future generations.
One-Off Special Exotic Hardwood Art Projects
From the Custom Muskrat
These candle sticks, Alter Cross, and University Mace were handcrafted for Oklahoma City University.
The cross is a Celtic design with hand-carved Celtic Knots over the face. The cross is Brazilian Cherry and Teak with Olive Wood edging from Bethlehem, Israel. The purple accents are Purpleheart; no paints or stains are ever used, only a bees wax is used over the natural wood colors...beautiful.
Large Church Crosses from 48" high to 17 feet
This cross was handcrafted for the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Sanctuary was designed by TAP Architects in Oklahoma City. The cross is 17 high and 9 feet across; and sits 12 feet above the Chancel floor. It has a steel tube structure which was covered in 3/4" Ash and then covered in 3/4" solid Rosewood. The Trinity Rings are 2'-8" in diameter and are made of 1" x 2" solid aluminum.
Small Crosses 18" to 36"
For Churches, Homes and Offices
These beautiful crosses exhibit the wonderful natural colors of the exotic hardwoods. There are no visible fasteners and only blind hardwood dowels are used...never the pollution of a metal screw or nail.
Custom Furniture Pieces & Artwork
Chests, boxes, clocks, candle supports, etc.
This piece not only holds the entertainment equipment for surround-sound and large-screen TV, but also holds the main center speaker and sub-woofer. Bird's Eye Maple, Cardinal Wood, White Oak, and Holly are used in this one-off piece of furniture.
The Franchisor’s Training: Is it Enough? Evaluating This Is a Key to Success in Small BusinessJune 15, 2021
The main reason why people with no experience in the field of business manage to find success as franchisees is that they learn how to run a business from the franchisor. This will only be possible when the franchisor provides a comprehensive training program. So, potential business owners who want success as a franchisee must check out the training programs of the franchisor before buying a franchise. Here is a checklist to help evaluate the training program that the franchisor will provide.
- Look at the length of the training program. Depending on the nature of the business, the training can run for at least one week or maximum of four weeks. But generally, top franchises have a training program of two weeks on an average.
- The location of training is also important. Again, depending on the nature of the business, the training can be held at the franchisor’s location or at any other franchisee’s location or at your own location. But no matter where it is done, some theoretical classes must be conducted before taking the practical classes. The training should be a proper mixture of theoretical and practical classes.
- The course material should be up-to-date and industry relevant. Current franchisees should be asked about the training they have received. Obviously, franchisees who have been in operation for a decade or more may not have the most pertinent information. However, for those who have been in business for a couple of years, their training experience should offer a comparison. Also see if the training has been updated in that time. If not, and particularly if the industry is undergoing rapid change, question whether the franchisor keeps up with the latest technology and trends.
- The course material should include instructions on how to advertise and run the business, selecting the right real estate, hiring employees and managing the finances.
- The method of training will help demonstrate how technology-friendly the franchise opportunity is. For example, if the franchisor trains via webinars or podcasts and other online mediums, it's possible the franchisor is up-to-date on technology. However, there are certain franchise categories where this wouldn't make sense.
- Ask the franchisor whether it is arranging training for a manager or another employee of the franchise business. This is especially important for people who buy a franchise as passive owners. Most of the time, the franchisee may have to pay for this extra training, so don’t forget to ask the price.
An extensive training program from the franchisor is essential for the success of the franchisee. Hence, checking out all aspects of the training program is critical for success.
NHL Finals Live Stream: Tournament Format 2021June 13, 2021
Are you familiar with the format of the NHL postseason? Maybe you were, but this year it's different. You already may have guessed the reason. The changes were made due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
NHL Finals live stream will be available to watch internationally. So, whether you're in the US, Canada, or any other country, you can watch it.
Before the finals, certain numbers of teams will compete in a specific format to get qualified for the finals. So, read the full article to know about this year's playoff format.
This year, a total of 16 teams got qualified for the play-off rounds. Usually, that would be 24 teams. In this season, the teams were reduced to lower the total number of games. Previously, teams used to play 82 games, but this season it will be around 56 games.
However, the play-off will happen in a few rounds. We'll talk more about it later in the article. From the 16 teams, only two teams will remain at the end. And they will fight for the Stanley Cup. To know who will get the glory, you'll have to watch the NHL Finals live stream.
Nonetheless, the game format will remain the same. It will be the best of seven series matches. That means two teams will compete against each other and play seven games. The first team to secure four wins will be victorious. Playing all seven games isn't required. As soon as one team gets four wins, the series will be over, and the winning team will advance to the next round.
In NHL season 2020-21, a total of four
conference divisions will participate. Yes, no conference this year. The 16 teams are divided into four divisions. Each division contains four teams.
The divisions and their participating teams in the play-off are:
Last year's Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning is competing in the central division. Though they finished third in the regular season, they managed to survive the first round of the play-off
- Carolina Hurricanes (Central Division Champion)
- Florida Panthers
- Tampa Bay Lightning (Defending Champion)
- Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins became the East Division Champion after the end of the regular season. But they failed to secure victory against New York in the play-off. Hence they're already out.
- Pittsburgh Penguins (East Division Champion)
- Washington Capitals
- Boston Bruins
- New York Islanders
The Colorado Avalanche from the West Division is one of the most favorite teams to win the Stanley Cup Finals this year. They've won the President's Trophy. Moreover, they advanced to the second round of the playoff without losing any games in the first round.
- Colorado Avalanche (West Division Champion & Presidents' Trophy Winner)
- Vegas Golden Knights
- Minnesota Wild
- St. Louis Blues
The North Division of the NHL is composed of four Canadian teams. Usually, Canadian teams struggle in the play-off rounds. But this year, we found the Champion from this division. Watch the NHL Finals live stream to find out if they make it.
- Toronto Maple Leafs (North Division Champion)
- Edmonton Oilers
- Winnipeg Jets
- Montreal Canadiens
The first two rounds of the play-off will happen between the teams in the divisions. In the first round, two teams will be eliminated, and the remaining two will compete in qualifying for the semi-finals. After the two rounds, 4 out of 16 teams will be left. In the semi-finals, the team with the best regular-season record will compete against the fourth team. And the other two teams will play against each other. Then finally, two teams will battle in the Stanley Cup Finals.
No matter what the format is, the NHL will always be exciting. Watch the NHL Finals live stream in July to see who finally gets the Stanley Cup Championship Trophy.
Matchbox Dollhouse FurnitureJune 2, 2021
Box Desk, Dresser, and More
Got some old matchboxes? Go get them and have some fun while you build quick and easy, functional furnishings for a dollhouse. Any little girl will love her new dollhouse stuff but you'll have as much fun as she will! Making the little furniture, while creating the colors and themes you want, is pretty exciting, even if you don't play with dolls.
One of the first pieces you should build is a chest of drawers because it's just so simple and adorable. Stack and glue as many matchboxes as you want, to create the chest of drawers. Make a short arrangement to use as a night stand. Make a long but short arrangement to create a useful dresser. If you want, you can wrap the stack with a piece of scrapbook paper, and that gives it a theme, while hiding the tiny gaps between the boxes. Glue a piece of paper or fabric to one end of each box; that end will be the front of the drawer. Attach a tiny bead - or more than one - to create a tiny knob for each drawer, click here for more info.
Your little girl will love a new desk for her dolls and it's easy to build with matchboxes. Make two stacks of matchboxes, to be as tall as you want for the desk, and glue the boxes in each stack to each other. Spread the stacks apart and decide what you want to use for the top. It can be a piece of cardboard - painted or otherwise decorated - or could be a thin piece of wood. Glue the top across the two stacks of matchboxes. Don't need a desk? Make the same arrangement to create a vanity. Just hang a mirror over the arrangement and the desk becomes a place for Barbie or another doll to do her hair and makeup.
When you glue matchboxes to each other to create just one stack, it can be used in most any room of the dollhouse. Glue a bead to one end of each box, face them all the same way, and stand the arrangement in the bathroom to hold tiny wash cloths, hair brushes, and other things. Or, put one in the kitchen to hold small implements or fake foods.
Build a bookshelf by taking the little drawers out of several matchboxes. Glue them together, so that all of the openings face you, and set it against a wall. It can hold books, knickknacks, vases of flowers, and a lot more. Put one in the bedroom to hold shoes and small accessories. Hang one on the bathroom wall to hold a tiny soap, tiny shampoo bottles, and similar things.
A couch can be made by standing two matchboxes on their sides. Glue the two short ends together and you'll have the back of the couch. Lay two more matchboxes in front of those, glue their ends together, and then glue the long sides of the two new boxes to the front, bottom, of the first two. The second two boxes form the seat of the couch.
Play around with gluing the boxes together, this way and that, to create a coffee table, end tables, and much more. You'll have fun, your daughter will have a great time, and the dolls will think they're in heaven!
The Service Department: The Car Dealer’s Answer to Increasing Car SalesMay 23, 2021
In a Downturn Look Close by First
There's an unlimited source for increasing car dealership sales right on the dealer's property. The sign above the overhead door reads "Service Department". By communicating sales goals and sharing incentives with service personnel it is possible to boost what happens in the showroom. All it takes is identifying service customers who are ripe for a purchase and having the will to share the fruits of the sale with the service staff. The advantage of this approach, especially in an economic downturn, is that it doesn't cost the dealer a dime.
Here are five tips to increase auto sales by utilizing the service department:
Establish a ratio of proposed repair cost to vehicle value which would trigger the involvement sales staff. For example, if 50% is your ratio and a car worth $7,000 needs a transmission costing $3500, the customer would have to be contacted by the sales department before the repair could proceed.
If this effort to increase car sales is to work it must benefit those generating the lead for the sales staff. In this case it would be the service writer and the technician. Compensation for the referral would have to be sufficient enough to motivate these employees to abandon the repair for the opportunity to increase car dealership sales. Devise a plan that would be based on a consideration of the income that the technician and the service writer would have made had they repaired the car.
Identify serious car failures that have jeopardized the integrity of the car's engine or transmission and require the service department to notify the car sales staff. Instances of this would include extreme overheating or catastrophic oil loss. The idea here would be to advise the customer, "Your car will never be the same, it can be fixed but you may want to consider a replacement."
Establish a rule that service writers must check customer history on any car with over 100,000 miles on the odometer. If the customer has spent over a certain threshold per year, these customers must be referred to the sales department hopefully increasing car sales.
Designate an employee to be the liaison between the sales department and the service department. This would be the individual who would interact with the service customer in an attempt to increase car dealership sales. This individual should have a background in automotive repairs (possibly holding an ASE certification) so he or she could talk intelligently to the service customers about why it makes sense to consider a replacement.
When economic conditions take their toll on car sales, why not turn to the bright spot in the operation - the service department. Increasing car dealership sales by mining your repair customers is an inexpensive tip for increasing auto sales.
Watch NBA Finals Live Online from AustraliaMay 22, 2021
Finals of the NBA Season 2020-21 will start in July. People worldwide are waiting for it, especially in Australia, where basketball has a massive fan base. If you're finding a way to watch NBA finals live online from Australia, this article will assist you.
Here, we'll discuss which channel will stream the NBA finals this year. Besides, also tell you how you can get access to those channels. So, let's begin.
How to Watch NBA Finals Live Online from Australia
There are multiple ways you can enjoy the most exciting basketball event from Australia. However, the best option is to watch the final on ESPN. In Australia, ESPN is the official broadcaster of this year's NBA games.
Watch NBA Finals on ESPN
Australia is a country of sports lovers. Name any sports such as cricket, basketball, golf, football, etc., and you'll find fans. If you're one of them, you may already know how to watch ESPN Channel. Even if you don't know, we're here to help you with watching the NBA finals on ESPN.
ESPN is a premium sports channel in Australia. It covers almost every major sports event around the world for Australian people. Besides Australia, they have operations around the globe. However, you can watch ESPN in Australia on both cable networks and online streaming.
ESPN on Cable Networks:
If you want to watch the NBA finals on TV, then a cable network would be the best option for you. Check your channel list to find the ESPN channel. If you fail to find it on your TV, contact your cable provider to check if they offer this channel. If yes, great; if not, you also can access it online.
ESPN also offers an online subscription for people who want to watch the channel using various streaming devices. You'll have to subscribe to Foxtel iQ's HD sports pack to watch ESPN in Australia. The sports pack is priced at $25 per month. It may not be cheap, but still, a decent amount considering you'll also get a few other sports channels.
ESPN on Foxtel Go App:
Well, if you have subscribed to Foxtel, you also can watch ESPN on their official app. Download it from the play store or apple store on your streaming devices. Then sign in with your credential, and you're good to watch the NBA finals on your smartphone.
Other Options to Stream NBA Finals in Australia
If you don't want to use Foxtel, you also can go for Kayo sports. It's one of the most popular streaming service providers in Australia. Kayo sports offer two subscription plans. The basic plan costs $25 per month, and the premium package is $35 per month. Both plans offer all the necessary sports channels, including ESPN. So, here you also can watch NBA Finals live online.
Who is participating in the NBA from Australia?
Several Australian basketball players are competing in the 2021 NBA games. However, not everyone will make it to the finals. Some of the most popular names are:
- Ben Simmons
- Aron Baynes
- Dante Exum
- Josh Green
- Josh Ingles
- Kyrie Irving
- Matt Delavedova
- Patty Mills
Anyone from your favorites list? Well, as an Australian, we guess you'll have support for all the players. All of them are very promising basketball players. So, they're expecting to play a crucial role in the victory of their teams.
We hope this article helped you to know how to watch NBA finals live online from Australia. ESPN will cover the whole tournament from beginning to end. Watch the channel with your cable network on TV. Besides, you also can purchase online subscriptions through Foxtel and Kayo Sports. The excitement of Basketball is something that you can never miss, even if you're in Australia.
US Open Golf 2021 Live Stream: Top 5 PredictionsMay 1, 2021
Golf is a highly unpredictable game. Hence, you never know who comes up as the winner. It requires both skill and luck to win the game. But based on their recent performance, we can make some predictions about who can win. The US Open Golf 2021 live stream will be broadcasted from 17th to 18th June. You can watch the tournament from anywhere to see who becomes the Champion. For now, let's predict who can become that person.
Top 5 Players Who Possibly Can Win the 2021 US Open Golf
A lot of legendary players will participate in this year's US Open Golf, including Dustin Johnson, Roy McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, and more. A lot of fans expected Tiger Woods to participate in the game. He has won the previous US Open Golf Championship when it took place in Torrey Pines in 2008. Sadly, due to injury, he won't be able to participate in this year's edition.
However, the following is a list of the top 5 players who can win the Championship:
[Note: This prediction is purely based on the player's previous performance. Hence, we don't recommend anyone to make betting decisions based on this list]
1. Bryson DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau won the USGA Championship title last year. So, there's a high chance he can hold the title once again. However, he is struggling in the PGA tour. Still, DeChambeau holds the capacity to rise from the bottom. Previously we have seen multiple players win the title consecutively. If Bryson DeChambeau does that this year, he will be creating history.
2. Hideki Matsuyama
Earlier this year, Hideki Matsuyama won the 85th edition of the Masters golf tournament. He is the Japanese professional golfer to win the title. Matsuyama started the year on high. Can he continue it till the US Open Championship this year? To know that, you need to watch the US Open Golf 2021 live stream.
3. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson is one of the most talked-about players to win the 121st edition of the US Open Golf Championship. Previously in 2016, he held the title once. Then last year, he also won the Masters tournament. Currently, he is in very good shape and prepared to win his second USGA Open Championship.
4. John Rahm
John Rahm will be participating in the event from Spain. He made his name known when he became the number one golfer in the world golf rankings last year. Rahm is working hard to get his first US Open win. He may get his dream come true this year.
5. Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy hasn't won any major tournament for a long time. He won the US Open title last in 2011. Besides, he also won some tours around that time. It's expected that once again, he will make his presence known in the golf world. What can be a better occasion than the US Open?
There are more than 100 players who will participate in this year's US Open Championship. So, you never know who gets the victory. The only way to know is to watch the US Open Golf 2021 live stream in June. So, who are you cheering for this year?
Practical Guide to Hiding a Video Camera & Electronic SurveillanceApril 29, 2021
No business owner wants to think that their employees are stealing from them but sadly it does happen. I was faced with a very serious situation a few years ago when body jewelry started missing at an alarming rate. One or two pieces a week could easily be chalked up to poor inventory control but when it was upwards of five pieces (or more) a day, I had to make a choice between discontinuing the body piercing side of the shop or installing some type of theft protection. For less than two hundred dollars and a few hours of my time I was able to install, on my own, a CCTV (closed circuit) system to see exactly what was going on when I was not around.
If you find yourself in the same situation you have a world of choices in regards to hidden cameras, microphones and anti theft protection. Knowing what areas are being stalked is your first priority as that is where you will have to place your focus. When I had to install the monitors I was at a loss. I had to deal with wires, glare, keeping things in focus and how to keep it a complete secrets, even from the manager that I trusted with my life. At that point in time, everyone was suspect and trust me, that is a sickening feeling.
The green light. Once you have determined that you want to use a CCTV set up you have to work out a budget for it, how information will be stored and if you are going to go ahead with a criminal prosecution. Placing cameras and monitors is the most important part of the task, without it you won't have the proof that you need to have some arrested and take the steps necessary to recover stolen property or funds. Here are some of the things that I learned through trial and error.
Make use of corners and items that have been in place for weeks. That pile of paper or boxes is a great place to hide a camera or monitor; since its been there for a while it won't look out of place.
Plan ahead and be a slob. If you think someone is stealing and they are acting a little paranoid, start arriving and leaving at different times. Likewise, move things around often; this is a great time to start leaving things in piles so you can hide a camera or microphone at a later time, more helpful hints.
Go James Bond! Lipstick cameras are small and can give a relatively good image. The wireless ones are excellent for hiding inside objects but they are susceptible to interference from other electronics. Make sure you test out your cameras and receivers for angle, frequency and sound.
Keep it clean if you can. If you have hidden something in a pile of paper, clothing or boxes make sure that you can still see through the mess. You will also have to clean the lens if it is in a high traffic area with dust and dirt.
When suspicion comes to light. Once you have started watching your business on tape you will want to save certain parts in case you need it for evidence. An external hard drive or CD-RW's are a great way to store information but you have to document the time and date as well.
Keeping it a secret. If you are in my situation, you won't know who is clean and who is dirty. Sure that sounds like a bad episode of Miami Vice but someone is stealing money out of your pocket. Be wary of telling anyone what you are doing, even if they aren't in on the thievery, they could say something in passing to tip of those who are.
Monitoring placement. If you have an office area that is locked, that is the best place to set up your base. Make sure that you have an extra power supply in case there is a storm, change the locks so that only you have the key to it and shut off the computer monitor (or close the laptop case) when you are there and someone could walk in.
Proper bugging. As much as it sucks to say it, the break room or smoking area is a great place to have a microphone placed. People love to brag and if someone thinks that they are getting over on you, they won't pass up a chance to share that information with someone that is disgruntled or angry with you.
What things should you avoid? Don't buy any type of camera that has an 'on' or 'active' light on it. Even if you try to cover it, eventually someone will spot it. If you are discovered and someone starts to question you about it, do not get hostile. Tell them that it is none of their business or that it was implemented by the insurance company because of claims made for stolen property. If a thief thinks that there is a chance of criminal prosecution or the police getting involved, that might be enough to stop them in their tracks.
Obvious things to do before you set anything up include not having the items shipped to your business. Getting a package from "Harry's Spy Emporium" might just blow your plan out of the water. Check out the legalities for your city and country; you may be required to post signs if your camera records anything outside your business. If that is the case, well, it won't be a bi secret unless your employees are completely oblivious.
IT Change Management SoftwareApril 7, 2021
For any company or organization that heavily uses advanced technology, having an IT change management software system is a necessity. As innovation is a key factor for the success of many businesses, being able to track and work with changes and projects on the Internet is one of the most efficient ways to handle making good process in the shortest amount of time.
In order to do this, a good IT change management software application must have several features that augment the core functions. These include an automated e-mail notification system, adjustable work flows, customizable interfaces, spell checking, excel spreadsheet integration, and report generation. These work with the four step process best displayed in CME's application.
The first of the four steps required in a good IT change management software application is what is known as the Initiation phase. This phase is where an employee, manager or business owner fills in a form on the web site that asks questions about the basic and in depth information of the project or change that needs to be worked on. When this is finished, the group the owner of the project assigned the task to will receive e-mails from the e-mail notification system, which informs them a new project has been created. Thus the Approval phase begins, where the members of the group will discuss all the aspects of the project and how it should be accomplished. This is the phase that allows your employees to avoid most meetings as well as the classic run around, as all of their discussions will take place on the Internet. When they have finished hashing out all of the details for the project, it will be passed to the next stage, which is the implementation phase. This is where the project is completed to the specifications that are discussed in the approval phase. When the project is completed, it is sent to the Confirmation phase to ensure that all of the work has been done to fit the required specifications. While there is an adjustable work flow to assist with making this process smoother, each of these four steps need to be present in order to make the most of the application. If you are interested in learning more about this type of application, or if you would like to schedule a demonstration of the product, find more about this.
Cash for Car ShoppersApril 5, 2021
In the market for a new car? This auto season will open more doors than expected for those that are.
There'll be plenty of choices debuting at the LA Auto Show. Over 50 new cars will have their premiere in November. The OC Auto Show will once again host the Camp Jeep off-road test track along with hundreds of hot rides.
But before that, Edmunds.com will pay six buyers to shop around.
That's right: Pay.
The resource for car shopping and automotive information is seeking applicants to its Connect & Drive Experience. The company will fly those chosen to Santa Monica, California where they'll drive and review five of the hottest new compact sedans on the market. For four days, they'll learn how to make informed decisions for their next purchase. All while getting paid to do so.
Talk about incentives. This unique program will transform ordinary drivers into informed ones. At the end of the immersive experience, there may be a few more order slips filled out at the auto shows, find more.
Legal residents of the United States 21 years or older with a valid driver's license and a clean driving record are eligible. The Connect & Drive Experience is September 24-27 and on the heels of Alt Car Expo, the alternative transportation event in Santa Monica.
Max Your Cash When You Sell the Old Car
My wife informed me we were going to have a little girl. I was elated and then immediately saddened. The Jeep Wrangler ragtop was going to go to someone else's barn -- and I knew it.
I pulled the 2001 Wrangler Sport out of the stall and shortly realized that she would need some fresh lipstick. The vinyl windows were scratched and foggy, the window zippers were crusty, the fender flares were milky gray (normally shiny black), the left side fog lamp bulb was busted, as was the rear center break light bulb.
We rumbled on down to the local "busted knuckle" garage to get an estimate for a spa day. I was thinking a $340-$450. Then came the, "Yes, sir, thanks for waiting, all in your looking at $850." I said, "I'll get back with you."
The light bulbs, easy peasy. They came in the mail (ordered at www.autoanything.com). I rustled up a couple screwdrivers, the always-elusive star bit and a wrench. It took about 30 minutes and some choice words. I saved $75 in labor and parts markup right there.
The vinyl windows priced at retail are expensive. Next stop, Craiglist.com (saw some on eBay too). Sure enough, there were plenty to choose from that fit my make and model. They weren't perfect, but they were light years better than what I had. Paid $150 for the lightly used set and saved $200 off of the retail price and installation.
The plastic fender flare set for the Jeep was only $100 and change, but the installation cost of $150 was an awfully proud. I did some snooping online and low and behold there was an ingenious fender flare therapy right there on YouTube.com. It turns out a person can take a garden variety hardware store propane canister blow torch and wave it lightly over the plastic and the gray just melts away. It was not as good as new, but it qualified as fresh new lipstick indeed.
A little elbow grease, Internet snooping and some blowtorch artistry saved me a whopping $525. This does not even account for the wow factor that allowed me to dig my heals in deep and get the $7,700 asking price.
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