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Autonomous Cars – What The Reality Of The Autonomous Car Could Potentially Really Mean

By now, everyone seems to understand that autonomous cars are the way of the future. Self-driving vehicles promise to reduce the number of automobile accidents on our roads, keep traffic humming along, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  There is one group of people, however, who aren’t all that excited about autonomous vehicles – drivers.


An online survey of 505 licensed drivers gauges their thoughts about autonomous vehicles. While the survey is small, it points to some interesting attitudes about autonomous cars.  Here are some of the results:
–  When respondents were asked about the degree of self-driving capabilities they’d like to see in autonomous cars, a whopping 43.8 percent said that they didn’t want to see any self-driving capability at all. Only 15.6 percent said that they wanted vehicles to be entirely autonomous.
–  Women were most likely to prefer the “no self-driving” option. On the whole, 47.6 percent of women surveyed said that they’d rather cars didn’t drive themselves at all.
–  Though older respondents were least excited about fully autonomous vehicles, even young drivers were wary of the technology.
–  And 96.2 percent of those polled wanted “to have a steering wheel plus gas and brake pedals (or some other controls) available in completely self-driving vehicles”.

We also have to look at whether Autonomous Cars will annihilate city budgets.  Here are a few points to consider:
–  Autonomous cars won’t end auto accidents overnight, but as the technology evolves, improves, and becomes more widely available, the number of traffic accidents is likely to plummet. As a result…
–  State and local governments currently pay a huge price for traffic accidents. Together, they foot the bill for around seven percent of emergency services, property damage, traffic court costs, lost productivity, and other expenses. Autonomous cars promise to free up that money and put it to use elsewhere, which is great because…
–  If you’ve ever been pulled over for speeding — or worse, received a ticket from a traffic camera — you know that fines can be steep. Cities depend on those fines to keep things running. But autonomous cars will put those cash cows out to pasture. They’re such goodie-goodies, they won’t speed, they won’t drive drunk, and so, they won’t generate billions in fees.

So what’s the bottom line here?  City and State officials should start planning for autonomous cars very, very soon… taking a close look at their expenses in very specific area that might be going away.
While autonomous cars seem to be a staple in the future of road travel, one must start to consider what it may really mean to have these futuristic vehicles actually on the road.

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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


Eighty percent of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. But that is just not the case. More than 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer because the brain remains distracted by the conversation. When talking on a cell phone, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what’s around them, such as traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrians.

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention from the primary task of driving. All forms of distracted driving endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.  At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways

3,154 people were killed in 2013 and an estimated 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk, with 10% of all distracted driving crashes involving drivers under the age of 20. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

We’d like to take a moment to remind you to keep your eyes and your mind on the road in front of you while you’re driving – it could save someone’s life!  One of the best ways to stay safe while driving is to stay distraction-free. If you think about those things that distract you while driving you can more easily avoid them.

Visual distractions are things that you see that can take your eyes off of the road. That little bobble head happily bouncing back and forth on your dashboard or those fuzzy dice on your review mirror are examples of visual distractions.

Physical distracted driving is also sometimes known as manual distracted driving.  Physical distractions are anything that you are physically doing with your hands or body when you should be focused on driving. Physical distracted driving could be the result of trying to put on makeup in the car, adjusting the radio, or grabbing a quick bite to eat while traveling from one place to another.

Unfortunately, drivers don’t have to be distracted very long to get into trouble. One study found that almost 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved drivers who were not paying attention to traffic for three seconds or less before the event.

At Car Direct, our goal is to help you in finding the right vehicle for you.  Check out our inventory page to see what we currently have in stock.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Give us a call – that vehicle may be on its way in.  If not, we’ll find it for you!


2015 North American Car and Truck/SUV of The Year Short List Announced

Thanks to The Car Connection news, We’ve just received word that judges for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have released their list of finalists for the upcoming 2015 awards, and we’ve got the inside scoop!!

2015-ford-mustang_100448875_h To be eligible for consideration, a vehicle has to be either completely new or “substantially changed from the previous model and must go on sale shortly after the announcement of the award, which is early in January”. Also, vehicles have to have moderately good distribution: cars should have projected North American sales of around 5,000 units per year at minimum, and trucks should meet a 2,000-unit threshold.
Based on what they’ve seen so far, North American Car and Truck of the Year judges have pared a longish list of 2015 models down to 10 cars and 12 trucks/SUVs, each vying for top honors.  The 2015 winners will be announced in January, likely around the time of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Until then, let us know what you think about these 22 finalists and their merits (or shortcomings).

2015 North American Car of the Year (Short List)
Acura TLX
Audi A3
Chrysler 200
Ford Mustang
Honda Fit
Hyundai Genesis sedan
Hyundai Sonata
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen Golf/GTI

2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year (Short List)

Audi Q3
Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Tahoe
Ford F-150
GMC Canyon
Lexus NX
Lincoln MKC
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Nissan Murano
Porsche Macan
Subaru Outback
Toyota Highlander

At Car Direct, our goal is to help you in finding the right vehicle for you.  Check out or inventory page to see what we currently have in stock.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Give us a call – that vehicle may be on its way in.  If not, we’ll find it for you!

10 Most Congested Highways & Cities In The US

traffic_6.4.14There are days when it seems very frustrating to drive in Hampton Roads.  We are a melting pot of drivers from all over the country.  But can you believe that out of 7 major cities – Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach – not one of our cities made the 10 Most Congested Highways & Cities In The US list!
This is good news for us!

The list of the 10 most congested highways comes from Google Maps, viable Mashable.  The good news for us is that none of major routes on the East and Gulf Coasts are included. The bad news is that drivers in California and Hawaii are facing daily gridlock. Google’s list includes:

  1. Interstate H-1 E, Kalihi-Palama in Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Interstate 5 N, in San Diego, California
  3. Caligornia 2 E, in Los Angeles, California
  4. Lunalilo Freeway, Kalihi-Palama in Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. US Highway 101, in Hollywood, California
  6. Interstate 278 W, in Sunnyside, New York
  7. Interstate 678 N, in Briarwood, New York
  8. Lunalilo Freeway, from Liliha to Kapalama in Honolulu, Hawaii
  9. US Highway 101 N, in downtown Los Angeles, California
  10. California 2 E, in Santa Monica and Glendale, California

That said, folks in other parts of the U.S. aren’t completely in the clear. Google Maps also revealed a list of America’s ten most congested cities, and several metro areas in the East and Midwest did made the cut here:

  1. Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Chicago, Illinois
  3. New York City, New York
  4. Los Angeles, California
  5. Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. San Francisco, California
  10. Duluth, Minnesota

Hopefully these lists will help you be  prepared for wherever you may be driving this summer!

At Car Direct, our goal is to help you in finding the right vehicle for you at a rate that you can afford.  Check out our inventory page to see what we currently have in stock.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Give us a call – that vehicle may be on its way in.  If not, we’ll find it for you!  And then we’ll help you get the best financing possible!

Distracted Drivers Texting, And Caught In The Act!!


Is this an effective method to broaden awareness of a dangerous issue, or is it a voyeuristic sort of public shaming?  Imagine going out on the town, and seeing… yourself, caught in the act, texting while driving.  That’s what’s happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where a graphic designer has received a lot of media attention for purchasing space on Billboards to share pictures, snapped in public, of people texting while driving.

At first you may laugh, as that would be quite embarrassing to the person that was caught… but what if it were you?  Social pressure appears to be the goal of the project.  Of course, the billboards don’t name names, but there’s a possibility that your friends, coworkers, or even boss will recognize you, caught in the act.

Is it possible that the next step will be digital billboards with cameras looking into traffic.  Perhaps if the camera spots you texting, your image will appear, in real time, on the billboard?  You, and everyone in traffic around you, would catch you in the act.  And when do we determine if it’s gone too far?  There are cameras at traffic lights to take a picture if you run a red light, and then you get a ticket in the mail.  Will these billboard cameras capture the image of you texting in your driver’s seat, and send you a ticket in this case as well?

In Virginia, it is against the law to text and drive, punishable by a fine of $125 for first-time offenders, and up to $250 for repeat offenders.  The law states and defines this act as:
“46.2-1078.1.  Use of handheld personal communications devicesin certain motor vehicles; penalty.
A.  It is unlawful for any person to operate a moving motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth while using any handheld personal communications device to:
1 – Manually enter multiple letters or text in the device as a means of communicating with another person; or
2 – Read any email or text message transmitted to the device or stored within the device, provided that this prohibition shall not apply to any name or number stored within the device nor to any caller identification information.

Our advice – Make a habit of not texting and driving.  You, and all of those around you, are much safer this way.  And there is no chance of being pulled over and fined for texting and driving.


At Car Direct, our goal is to help you in finding the right vehicle for you at a rate that you can afford.  Check out our inventory page to see what we currently have in stock.  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Give us a call – that vehicle may be on its way in.  If not, we’ll find it for you!  And remember – Don’t text and drive, be safe!!


Today’s Collector Car Market vs. Tomorrow’s Collector Car Market




A demographic shift is definitely on the horizon – some 76 million baby boomers will soon reach retirement age.  And while this brings up a number of concerns and issues, we have to ask, “When the Baby Boomers put down their auction flags and retire, what will happen to the collector car industry?  Who’s going to buy all their cars?”

This is a very real question.  Each generation not only defines its tastes, but is also defined by its tastes.  There is a worrisome rhetoric that young people just aren’t interested in cars any more.  This has been heard before when generations move on in age and the next one reaches its prime, but it is certainly a cause for concern to those that are a part of the Baby Boomers Generation.  Will those who are a part of Generation X, Generation Y, or the new Silent Generation care about the cars of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers?

Some Baby Boomers did embrace the classics of their parents’ era, rightfully recognizing them as objects of art and pieces of history. This was helped by the sheer volume of boomers, enough to absorb the best collector cars, while also preserving the cars of their own era. But don’t expect this phenomenon to be repeated. Not only has the sheer volume of collector cars grown, but the next generation in the line of succession, Generation X, isn’t as large or as enthusiastic as the Baby Boomers.  It is argued that the children of the Baby Boomer generation aren’t developing an interest in collector cars; there are too many other things capturing their attention – travel, sports, the internet and social media (technology).

Over the last 50-60 years, there has also been a strong shift with the development and rapidly changing technology.  This “change in tastes” of the next generation will likely also affect the hobby of collecting cars.  While today’s collector car market is dominated by mostly original cars and more-or-less accurate restorations, the future may be about resto-mods; old cars with modern equipment, incorporating today’s technology.  Anecdotal evidence already suggests that resto-mod buyers tend to be younger, which makes sense.

Our take is that car collecting as a hobby won’t fade away, but the hobby will certainly evolve.

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Car Direct Is Proud To Be Partnered With The US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program As A Drop Off Site!


The Mission of the US Marine Corps Reserve:
To collect new, unwrapped toys, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Car Direct USA is whole-heartedly supporting the effort this holiday season!!!  We are proudly accepting donations as a drop off site through December 21, 2013.  The holiday season is a great time of year to be involved in the community and lend a helping hand.  In the spirit of the holidays, we are adopting and carrying out the objective of the Toys For Tots program:  to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to improving communities in the future.

Over its lifespan, the US Marine Toys For Tots program has distributed over 469 million toys to over 216 million less fortunate children.

Help us out and stop by with an unwrapped toy today!!

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PR_They Will Surf Agail Sponsor_8.13.13Virginia Beach, VA., August 13, 2013 – Car Direct USA shows their support in the local community by sponsoring Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, on Saturday, August 10 at the Virginia Beach oceanfront for They Will Surf Again.

They Will Surf Again (TWSA) is an award-winning series of bi-coastal events that empower paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hard working volunteers. They Will Surf Again has the unique ability to engage and bridge the able-bodied and disabled communities, as they collaborate to push the bounds of possibility for those with SCI.

When the opportunity came up for Car Direct USA to sponsor this event, Brian Jones, a local surfer himself and Dealer Operator for Car Direct USA, jumped on it.  “As a local business owner and a father myself, it means so much to me to be able to give back to the community and make a difference.  Watching those who you wouldn’t think could get on a surfboard be able to ride the waves is an inspiration to us all, and we are proud to be a part of this event” Jones commented.

Life Rolls On is a non-profit organization that inspires others to see the boundless possibilities beyond paralysis. Established in 2002, LRO’s signature adaptive surfing program, They Will Surf Again, has grown into a catalyst of hope for thousands of individuals throughout the world.


Car Direct USA Opens in Virginia beach with fresh Inventory arriving daily!

Car Direct USA a major new dealership featuring pre-owned trucks and SUVs, is now open in Virginia Beach.

“We’ve got a great location Says Brian Jones, and we are excited about being the first in this area to open a dealership catering specifically to those looking for a No Hassle Car Direct price. Our inventory of cars, trucks and SUVs, are like no other and we have shopped Nationwide to provide the best there is to offer.

Jones said the dealership will have fresh Inventory arriving daily with prices starting below most of his Va Beach Competitors  and a wide selection of brands including Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Nissan and Toyota to select from. According to Jones, a key feature of Car Direct USA will be its on-site financing and wide array of lenders. “We will also have more than 2 dozen banks available for financing options for a quick and easy buying process,” he noted. “With Interest Rates as low as 1.79%” Car Direct USA is located on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach just a few miles from the main gates at Little Creek Amphibious Base.

Brian Jones said the new dealership will be open six days a week. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.  A new website  has also been launched where purchasers can review much of the inventory.  The dealership can also be reached by calling 757-464-1200.

Car Direct USA Opens
Online shopping is becoming one of the most popular ways to shop and Car Direct USA emphases this to their potential customers. Now everyone can search direct for the car that they want and the price they need. They can search by make and model, year and color and price and options. This is the perfect way to eliminate the hassle of going from dealership to dealership trying to find that perfect car at a price that will fit the budget. You can even check with the finance department to see what kind of loan you qualify for.

Another bright spot in finding the perfect car deal online is that the customer no longer needs to wait around the dealership to see if they will be able to get the financing they need. With most of the finance department online, the customer can simply fill out an online application and find out about getting financed before they even go to Car Direct. Jones says, he is excited to be apart of his community and looks forward to helping others and encourages car buyers to shop Car Direct USA and avoid the Mega Dealership Hassles.

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