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When To Buy A Car – Chevy Dealer Reveals Secrets

When is the best time to buy a car? The question has very likely crossed your mind. Because it certainly has crossed mine. But what really is the best time to make your new or pre-owned vehicle purchase (or lease)? "...the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think." Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month. While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end...


2019 Honda Odyssey Review, Prices, Features, Trims, Pics + Podcast

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too. And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight. However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. (That's the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.) CLICK HERE For Your Best Prices On 2019 Honda Odyssey I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda,...


Volkswagen Drive Bigger And Support Your Public Schools

You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials. And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept. But check this out. Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools. And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some! No kidding, no strings attached and no games! "The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!" In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb...


2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal: Behind the Scenes on the Mid-Engine

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything. And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle. Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely new realm. So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high. After all, it's the eighth-generation Corvette. That's C8 in Chevy-speak. And ever since the Corvette's beginning, mid-engine has been a...


2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review

With this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review, we come to the end of the line for an icon. Indeed, the final VW Beetle has rolled off the assembly line. That is to say, the Bug is finito, no mas, nicht mehr - the last one means 'no more' in German. ;0) As accurately predicted in our history of the Volkswagen Beetle podcast, the Bug's end came in July of 2019. But this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review is a celebration of life! Because I recently picked one up from my friends at...


Long Beach Grand Prix – How To Get Behind The Scenes!

The Long Beach Grand Prix dates all the way back to 1975. In fact, it's the longest running major street race in North America. And with 2019's event came a new top-billing sponsor. Namely, Acura took center stage. Subsequently, it's NSX supercar was the hot-lap provider for media types. As always, iDriveSoCal's Clinton "Professor" Quan, made his way to the Grand Prix and came back with this behind-the-scenes report to share. So, click play and find out how you might be able to get similar...


2019 Chevrolet Traverse Review (In-depth) With LOTS Of Pictures

My first thought for the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse review, "ah, now I get it." That is to say, I 'get' why I'm seeing more and more Chevy Traverses on the road. Likewise, I 'get' why families are so fond of Chevrolet's Traverse. In addition, I 'get' why the Traverse makes such a great choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. Because what I found during my 2019 Chevy Traverse review is that this 3-row SUV is highly versatile, great looking and fun to drive. My friends at Martin Chevrolet in...


Lyon Air Museum – Greatest Generation Tribute

If you're fascinated by history, the Greatest Generation, World War II, and aviation, there's a good chance you’re already aware of the Lyon Air Museum - Greatest Generation Tribute. If you don't know or haven't yet visited the Lyon Air Museum, add it to your to-do list immediately. Nestled away in a Santa Ana industrial park, directly on the tarmac of John Wayne Airport, the Lyon Air Museum features airworthy craft documenting many facets of World War II. Not only an aircraft at the museum,...


Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Air Force One draws attention everywhere it goes, even the retired version at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. And nearly a half-million visitors a year tour the world's most iconic aircraft. Well, one of them anyway. Continue reading below or listen to the podcast during my private tour of Air Force One! ***Transcript*** Recorded February 12, 2018 John Lehne: It technically flew seven different presidents. President Reagan put the most mileage on it. I don't know what...


Highway Earth Auto Show, Nature Meets Great Cars in Beverly Hills

The Highway Earth Auto Show is an annual car show held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. But, once you're there, you forget where you are. That's because it takes place in Franklin Canyon Park and the setting is gorgeous! Evan Klein is a long-time automotive photographer. And, he 's also the show's founder. His ultimate goal was to merge the beauty of cars and the beauty of nature together. Attendees at the Highway Earth Auto Show. If you're wondering if this is a good event for the whole...


2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Review

During my 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback review, I found the car to be a sporty and versatile compact that fits nicely into Honda's family of Civic vehicles. And, yes, Honda offers more sub-types of the Civic than some car makers have in their entire line of vehicles. Here is what's included in Honda's 'family' of Civics: Hatchback - four-door, rather sporty and aggressive overall design. Coupe - two-door, can be configured sporty or more subdued. Sedan - four-door, also can come sporty or a bit...


La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is a premier luxury and classic car show in La Jolla, San Diego. It is one of the best shows in the nation, and as you'll shortly find out, it's an event like no other. This isn't your typical car show. The event is a "competition of elegance" where each automobile is rarer and more beautiful than the next. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance showcases over 125 one-of-a-kind automobiles, and auto enthusiasts from all over the country come for this beautiful day...


2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has landed at Southern California dealerships. And the Arteon's arrival is a big deal for a few reasons. For instance, the Arteon is VW's new flagship sedan. Additionally, as often is the case with new vehicle rollouts, the Arteon encountered delays. As a result, that heightened anticipation for its arrival. Most importantly, the 2019 VW Arteon brings with it a very new look. And, um, wow! "It sort of slaps your mind ahead a few years while your brain catches up to...


Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet

Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned, CPO, program has been available for many years. And, when you break it down, buying a certified pre-owned Chevy can be a compelling proposition. In this iDriveSoCal Podcast, I go to Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA to get honest behind the scenes details on buying a certified pre-owned Chevrolet. And you're going to want to listen closely to this one. That's because my friend Lewis Cook, who's the general manager of Martin Chevrolet, really doesn't hold...


Awesome Auto Show June

Awesome Auto Shows in June here in Southern California? Oh yeah, summer is huge for car shows! Arguably June is the best month of the year for auto shows. But, September is not too far behind. Here's our second annual report covering The Professor's Awesome Auto Show June! And, if you simply cannot contain yourself the below list links to each of the shows on our events calendar: Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance San Marino Motor Classic Rodeo Drive...


2019 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is a complete package that's difficult to resist. Actually, let me restate that. After driving the '19 Chevy Colorado I want to buy one - hands down. However, being a married man, there's more to the equation than simply what I want. :0) But, if you're married, then you know. And if you're not yet married - you'll find out. So, Chevy Colorado delivers a great combination of drivability, style, functionality, and command of the road. It's big enough to get lots of...


Benedict Castle Concours

For the past 6-years, the Benedict Castle Concours has brought together automotive enthusiasts for a great local cause. And that cause is the Teen Challenge substance abuse and recovery program. It’s a non-profit with centers across all of Southern California. Additionally, the annual Inland Empire car show plays host to a wide variety of cars and car lovers. iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan, attended this year’s soiree. Click play below to hear his complete review and scroll through...


2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review

We've reviewed the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and have found it to be a stylish and fun to drive crossover SUV. Most of us recall the Blazer name. Because Chevy has used it in a couple of previous versions. There was the compact S-10 Blazer and then going way back there was the full-sized K-5 Blazer. You'll see in our 2019 Chevy Blazer review that this car is now more of a crossover. Whereas its predecessors were definitely more of SUVs. But, that's really only in the more serious...


2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

The long-anticipated 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has officially made it to dealers like our partner in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, CA - Ontario Volkswagen. And we took it for a test drive to bring you this in-depth 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review. The GLI is the enthusiasts, sporty model, of the Jetta. Volkswagen updated its standard line of Jetta's in the previous year. So, with these 2019 models, Volkswagen marks the 7th generation of GLIs and Jettas. And actually, in VW-lingo that's...


2019 Honda Civic Sedan Review

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan is a stylish, spacious, smooth-driving, and powerful compact car. While carmakers are producing everything bigger these days, the 2019 Honda Civic Sedan stands out in its crowded segment. And it does so for many reasons. First, it's a Honda that's going to deliver incredible fuel economy. Second, you have Honda's longtime reputation of reliability. Also, you're going to have a great resale value. The list goes on but you get the idea... :0) I sent Clinton "The...