The first quarter of 2017 has seen average used car market prices soften and continue to drop both month to month as well as year over year. In fact “Auto Remarketing Magazine” stated in their April 1st Issue that it was just the 2nd time in the last 20 years that used car prices declined in the month of February.
The decline was counter to the 1-percent increase expected for the month and marked just the second time in the past 20 years prices fell in February. -Auto Remarketing Magazine
Used cars are displayed on a sales lot on June 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. -Getty Images
Recycling in 2017 and the future will continue to be a highly debated subject around the world as we continue to grow and develop this high speed blue planet we all call home. You may know some facts about the automotive recycling industry (you can learn a few here). But it may surprise most of you that cars are the most recycled consumer product in the world.¹ Also, car recycling is one of the top industries in the United States. It is estimated that 85-90% of that car you drive in can be pulled apart and recycled when it reaches the end of its glorious life.² However, if you are keeping up with the auto industry you know that automakers are responding as fast as they can to keep up with the consumer’s never ending appetite for technology in every area of their life.
Just take a look at some of the technologies to watch for based on research by Forbes contributor Karl Brauer after attending CES and Detroit auto shows:
driver override systems
biometric vehicle access
active window displays
remote vehicle shutdown
active health monitoring
personalized in-car marketing
PHOTO: Automotive Recycling Magazine, self-parking feature in the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. http://a-r-a.org/automotive-recycling-magazine/vehicle-technology-deconstructing-new-cars-extra-sensory-perception-reality/
Today awareness is being raised around social media and news sites about the prevalence that human trafficking has around the world. January was proclaimed National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by President Barack Obama in 2014. According to UNICEF USA an estimated 21 million people are victim to human trafficking and forced labor. This includes about 5.5 million children.
As a partner of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF we want to share their cause and the ways that you can help take action. Follow this link to the UNICEF website for more information.
One way that you can help is by choosing to donate a car or cars for charity. Believe it or not your old vehicle that’s sitting in the driveway taking up space is not completely worthless. The impact of your car donations to UNICEF may be much more than you realize. The average amount raised by a vehicle donation through Car Donation Wizard is $542. If you are wondering how to donate a car click here to learn more and start the easy donate your car process.
In 2016 hundreds of people decided to donate a car to charity and picked UNICEF as the charity they wanted to support. One of the top car donations in the year came out of Colorado. A 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee with over 125,000 hard earned miles was donated and raised a lot of money for the charity.
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The brand Jeep, originally produced for the military in 1941, when they decided they needed a new lightweight, cross-country reconnaissance vehicle. By the end of the second World War over 600,000 Jeeps were ordered for use. Flash forward to 1974 and Jeep Motors debuted what would become the most popular model in history, the Cherokee. In 1992, Jeep presented a brand new model, the Grand Cherokee. This model quickly gained popularity among car enthusiasts.¹
If you can please take some time to research the human trafficking cause via UNICEF or another source. If you think to yourself that you would like to get involved by deciding to donate my car then visit Car Donation Wizard and get started! The process is easy, pickup is quick and free and you get a tax credit in return. Your vehicle donation can start making a difference today.
As we come closer to the end of the year, we celebrated the holiday season with our work family. We had ugly sweater day, a holiday feast, a secret santa gift exchange and more. This holiday season be sure to share quality time with friends and family. Make plenty of memories for the years to come. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and Happy New Years.
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While looking back at this past year we have had many great cars and stories come our way, and we just want to share a few of our favorite posts and vehicles with you.
- Canine Companions for Independence.
Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1975. They are a non-profit that provides highly trained and vetted assistance dogs to people that have disabilities. Their headquarters is in Santa Rosa, CA but they work nationwide. They have six locations/regions
- Earth Day 2016 Dirty Sock Challenge.
We did this challenge because our vehicles have an impact on the environment. In America, one of our biggest air pollutants are from our vehicles. Typically between 80-90% of a vehicles impact on the environment is from the fuel it consumes and the emissions it puts out. Automobiles cause air pollution and greenhouse gases that have an impact on global warming, and our health.
- ARS & Habitat for Humanity Visit the Dominican Republic.
During the build, the team had very minimal tools, but they made the most of it. Their tools included: shovels, three wheelbarrows (that soon turned into two), a cement mixer, a smoother and a broom for cleanup. Their transportation consisted of two vans, one of which broke down and they had to squeeze into the other van (what a sight to see).
If you would like to donate a car, truck, SUV, RV, boat etc., you can find out more information here: https://www.cardonationwizard.com/
Thank you and we hope you have a happy and safe holiday season.
Vehicle donations make a real difference to worthy causes.
Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree that this election season was rough. Now more than ever, we need people who will strengthen communities, fill our world with compassion, and bring hope to the hopeless. I’m so fortunate to work every day with people just like that. People whose full-time job is feeding the hungry, finding cures for cancer, building homes for the homeless, and filling our world with beautiful art and music. Continue reading