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Happy Cyber Monday!


Happy Cyber Monday from all of us at MileOne Automotive! For many retailers Cyber Monday has been extended to a Cyber Week and with many offering free shipping it is easy to see why some forgo the frenzy of Black Friday to buy that new TV or Furby from the comfort of their home. If you choose to participate in this year’s Cyber Monday, here are a few tips to make it a safe and fun one:

Secure Purchases. Purchase from sites that are secure. Shop at retailers that are well-known. When shopping at smaller online retailers, make sure that https is displayed in the web address field at checkout to ensure a safe checkout.

Compare Prices. Use a price-comparison site such as Google Shopping (just sort by price lowest to highest) or TheFind to get the best deal out there.

Online Coupons. Search for store coupons on a search engine like Bing or Google to receive additional savings.

Deal Sites. These are websites that do the work for you and gather the best deals out there. Brad’s Deals gives you a list of the top deals and access to discount codes.

Here’s to hoping your Cyber Monday is a successful one!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!


Since this is an automotive blog, we figured what better way to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving than to share some of our favorite automotive themed Thanksgiving pictures. Enjoy!

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Trunk-or-Treat – Halloween Tailgating


“Trunk-or-treating”, often referred to as Halloween tailgating, is a growing trend which offers an alternative to trick-or-treating. It is a community sponsored event where people gather with their cars, open their trunks, decorate, and pass out candy in one central location. It not only provides a safe and enjoyable family environment, but it also has a competitive edge as families aim for the most creative costumes. Trunks are decked out in themes anywhere from traditional Halloween decorations all the way to fishing for candy, 80s, or even Star Wars.

One young trunk-or-treating fan even explains, “You go trunk-or-treating when you go to people’s cars to get candy, and that’s much better because you can go around the cars a million dozen times and you don’t even get tired.” Without all of the trekking to neighbors houses, especially in rural neighborhoods, it is a convenient and fun way to gather for Halloween. Plus, twice as much candy is twice as much fun for the kids!

This certainly seems to be an emerging fad that is catching the eyes of people everywhere. With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s time to begin brainstorming for your next trunk-or-treat costume!

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Classic Road Trip Sing-Along’s


Nothing quite beats the feeling of cruising down the highway, windows down, blasting your favorite tunes and singing along as loud as possible. Make your next driving playlist an instant hit with this list of classic songs that is sure to have all of your passengers, no matter their age, belting out like they are on stage at the Grammy’s.


  • Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
  • Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
  • Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
  • Beat It – Michael Jackson
  • Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
  • Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  • Your Love – The Outfield
  • Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
  • Love Shack – B-52s
  • Mickey – Toni Basil
  • Jump – Van Halen
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Under Pressure – Queen
  • Take On Me – A-ha
  • September – Earth, Wind & Fire

A road trip filled with laughter, singing, and dancing, is easy with these “feel good” songs that will have everyone’s foot tapping. This nostalgic playlist will surely make the road trip one to remember!

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2012 Best Cars for Your Money


According to the US News Rankings, the 2012 Best Cars for the Money are as follows:

Ford Fiesta has an average of $15,922 spent with a 38 MPG Highway and was rated Best Subcompact Car and Hatchback for the Money.

Volkswagen GTI has an average of $27,387 spent with a 31 MPG Highway and was ranked #1 in Upscale Small Cars for 2012.

Ford Fusion has an average of $24,682 spent with a 29 MPG Highway and was ranked the #1 Affordable Midsize Car for 2012.

Ford Taurus has an average $29,244 spent with a 28 MPG Highway and was rated the 2012 Best Full-Size Car for Families.

Mazda MX-5 Miata has an average of $26,000 spent with a 28 MPG Highway and was ranked #3 for the most Affordable Sports Car and was named the 2012 Best Sports Car for the Money.

Chevrolet Cruze has an average of $20,505 spent with a 36 MPG Highway and was ranked #6 Affordable Small Cars and named Best Compact Car for the Money.

Ford Fiesta Hatchback has an average of $15,922 spent with a 38 MPG Highway and was named Best Subcompact Car and Hatchback for the Money.

Buick Regal has an average of $31,201 spent with a 31 MPG Highway and was rated #3 Upscale Midsize Cars. The Regal is also the 2012 U.S. News Best Upscale Midsize Cars for Families.

Ford Fusion Hybrid has an average of $28,089 spent with a 36 MPG Highway and was ranked #3 Affordable Midsize Cars in addition to being awarded the 2012 U.S. News Best Hybrid Car for Families.

Subaru Outback has an average of $26,639 spent with a 27 MPG Highway and was ranked #1 Affordable Wagons in addition to being named 2012 Best Wagon for Families.

For all of you car shoppers out there, here are the best affordable options for 2012. Having a great vehicle does not have to break the bank, and these cars can ensure safety, great MPG, and low prices!

If you are interested in test driving any of the vehicles listed above, check out today to locate the nearest dealer in your area and experience the best 2012 cars for your money.

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Minivan Matches – Road Trip Pastimes


Keeping your kids occupied during those long road trips can be quite a challenge without the newest iPad, stocked with tons of apps or a DVD player with countless movie options, but sometimes the easiest and most entertaining solution is some good old fashioned games!

Games, both mental and physical, are sure to keep the kids busy and calm for the entirety of the ride. Mental games including I Spy, license plate word games, and alphabet games are classic games that can be taken with you in every circumstance. License plate games range anywhere from trying to find every state to creating a funny phrase from letters (TMD = too many donuts) with the most creative or amusing phrase winning the round. The alphabet game, of course, begins with finding an object on the side of the road beginning with A, all the way down to Z; props to the kids if they can find letters such as Q, X, and Z!

Evidently, we must not leave out the physical games. There are many printable games online that make for a road trip full of fun and laughter with games such as dots, tic tac toe, road trip bingo, and battleship. Going to the Dollar Store to pick up some crayons, coloring books, and other small games are a great way to keep the excitement coming, especially during the verge of a meltdown.

With countless games right at the tip of your fingers, why bring the DVD player or iPad when you can have some good old fun family fun?!

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Picture this: You are happily driving the speed limit until a huge angry SUV comes up from behind and immediately tailgates your car. He is flashing his lights nonstop. You do not understand why the car does not go around you; there is plenty of space! No, you will not give in! You stay in that lane until the SUV gets off your tail. As he finally goes around your car, he honks and gives you a not-so-friendly gesture. What would you do?

Option 1: You do not think twice. You swerve over into his lane and give a taste of his own medicine! You lay on the horn several times while throwing your hands in the air out of extreme road rage. You look into your rear-view mirror and see red and blue lights flashing. You pull over and start to think of how you are going to explain this one to the officer.

Option 2: You smile while thinking to yourself of how that road raged car will meet karma soon. What goes around comes around. You continue to drive happily in your lane and start to sing the song on the radio.

Okay, these two scenarios may be both on the extreme sides but road rage is certainly not to be messed with. Road rage is very serious because it can do a lot more damage than just getting a ticket from a cop. The AAA Foundation’s Aggressive Driving update found that aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in up to 56% of fatal crashes. Road rage is just not worth it. Hopefully, the next time you get frustrated with a huge angry tailgating SUV, you will remember this post.

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Most individuals get tint for their car because it gives that customized classy look.  However, many don’t realize that window tint also provides a number of benefits for their vehicle.

Tint helps to keep out heat and protects your car’s interior from the sun. Anyone who has leather seats knows that it is unbearable in the summer time. Another huge benefit that many people may not think about is that tint helps to prevent car break-ins. Thieves generally look into cars to see if there are any valuables they can break in to steal. Tint helps to prevent the thief from seeing into the car, which ultimately results in preventing a break-in because the thief cannot determine if it’s worth the risk.

If you decide to get window tint for your car, remember there are different laws within each state regarding the percentage that is allowed in the tint. Percentage means the darkness of the tint; the lower the percentage, the darker the tint. Maryland’s tint law is 35% meaning any percentage lower will result in the tint being illegal, so be conscious.

Many believe the benefits of tint are worthwhile and wonder why they never explored the option before.

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Improving gas mileage in the Summer


Summer time is the season of road trips and vacations. Although gas prices have been slowly decreasing, they are still sitting at $3.29/gallon. If you have a gas hog of a car, such as the Ford F150, getting 14 mpg, this price is still staggering. Before you take those long hauls across country, or just taking a ride down the street, read the simple tips below to help preserve your gas and your money:

Slow down! – Your car’s gas mileage decreases once it gets past 55-60 mph. Yes, this means that you’re wasting valuable gas and money every time you go over this speed.

Remove unneeded weight – Try cleaning out your car daily to avoid having unnecessary items weighing it down. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. While it may seem petty, everything adds up, and by following this tip you can save $0.03- $0.07/ gallon.

A/C pros and cons –
• It’s better to use your air-conditioning rather than having your windows down while driving on the highway. With the windows down, it causes a lot of drag due to the higher speeds.
• Contrary to the above tip, if you’re driving a small distance around town and/or doing the stop-and-go driving in a city, it’s more logical to drive with the windows down because there’s not enough drag to cause a significant difference in your mileage.

If you use the above tips, you should see an improvement in your gas mileage, which ultimately helps you to save money as well. Have a great rest of the summer, and remember to stay efficient!

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