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Thanksgiving Message From Jerry Reynolds

24 Nov

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
- Albert Schweitzer

If you are lucky enough to be able to spend time with your family on Thanksgiving Day to share a good meal and perhaps some football, remember that there are a lot of people who are not as fortunate.Read more

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2015 Ford F150 Fuel Economy Ratings

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Ford said late last week that its new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient, gas-powered full-size pickup.

The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to 28 mpg with a diesel engine; Ford doesn’t make a diesel version of the F-150.

Fuel economy is a key selling point for the new F-150, which is arriving at dealerships soon. Ford shaved 700 pounds off the weight of the truck by switching the body from steel to lightweight aluminum, a dramatic change for the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.… Read more

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Self-Employed & Business Owners Tax Breaks

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Section 179 at a glance for Tax Year 2014

2014 Deduction Limit = $25,000

This is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software.

2014 Limit on equipment purchases = $200,000

This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced.

The above is an overall, “simplified” view of the Section 179 Deduction for 2014.

What is the Section 179 Deduction?
Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t, as you will see below.

Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year.… Read more

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Preventive Auto Maintenance is Important

By: Jerry Reynolds
November 24, 2014

Basic preventive maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure the long-term well being of your vehicle. We all agree that dealing with the hassle of expensive and time-consuming repairs, so preventative maintenance is definitely something you do not want to ignore.

Here are some things you’ll want to regularly maintain and check yourself.

One of the easiest things you can do is give your vehicle its own basic inspection. Give it a quick walk-around and look for anything out of the ordinary, like leaks, low tire pressure, or rust.

Next, check to make sure all of your lights are working and that your lenses and reflectors are intact and not cracked, fogged with moisture, or missing.… Read more

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Thanksgiving Prayer For Our Military

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Today as we gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. For many families whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this year’s Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete.

A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair at the table will remain empty because they have someone far from home serving our country.
Thursday, members of the Armed Forces will gather in mess halls or tents across the globe as friends and comrades to enjoy the tradition of this special day. Pray for those on the front lines, for safety and protection.… Read more

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‘Tis the Season to Buy a Car

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While shopping on Black Friday can be a stressful, tiring, and downright frightening thing to do, consumers may find some great deals on one of the biggest purchases they’ll ever make: a new car.

This weekend, we have significant sale days back-to-back…Black Friday followed by the last weekend of the month.

I recall from my days in the retail auto industry, we geared up for Black Friday and the day after also. In the car business, when a lot of people are off work, you tend to be really busy. We also saw that while one spouse was at the mall, the other might be shopping for a car.… Read more

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LIGHTS, CAMERAS, REVEALS: LA AUTO SHOW

20 Nov
Mazda CX-3

 

It’s that time of year! Automakers are revealing some of their most anticipated rides at the Los Angeles Auto Show that runs November 21-30, 2014.

While it’s one of the last auto shows of the year, behind Detroit, New York and Paris, it’s perfectly timed for debuts. Plus, there’s time to put one on your Christmas list!

At this year’s show, carmakers are battling for the spotlight with car, truck and flagship SUV introductions. Highlights so far include Mazda’s 2016 CX-3 entry level crossover, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Cadillac’s twin-turbocharged, 455 horsepower 201ATS-V.

Ford is also taking the wraps off its 2016 Explorer with a new 3.2 liter EcoBoost.Read more

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Automakers Pledge To Protect Driver Privacy

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The two major U.S. auto trade associations told the Federal Trade Commission they will pledge to protect driver privacy amid a rise in vehicle technology and increasingly connected vehicles.

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group representing Detroit’s Big Three automakers, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and others — and the Association of Global Automakers, representing Toyota, Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co. and others — said they were backing a set of principles guaranteeing the privacy of drivers.

Automakers said in the 19-page submission that they are committing to protect driver location and driver behavior data.… Read more

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