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Rip Roaring Fast Cars in 2017!

Last year we brought you “Rip Roaring Fast Cars in 2016” which highlighted the Venom GT taking you up to 270 miles per hour, the McLaren 675LT at 205 mph and the Audi R8 also up to 205 mph.  So will 2017 cars move even faster? As unimaginable as it may seem, the answer is YES!

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The Texas manufacturer has beat its own record of 207 mph with the 2017 Hennessy Venom F5 at 290 miles per hour made in America!   This hypercar has 1500 horsepower and reaches speed in two seconds.  However, don’t expect to see too many of these in the grocery store parking lot.  According to Hennessy Venom website: "Production is very limited, making the Hennessey Venom F5 not only one of the quickest and fastest hypercar in the World, but also one of the most exclusive."

The Venom GT that we reported on last year sold 12 of its $1.2 million Venom GTs in its six-year production run. But now, the era of the Venom GT draws to a close.  According to Road and Track, as of January 19th, all these beauties are SOLD OUT

Coming in second place is the Bugatti Chiron with a speed up to 260 mph, 1500 horsepower, and a 16 cylinder engine. This super-car is manufactured by the Bugatti Automotive Group which is owned by Volkswagen.  Start saving your pennies for this one, it is currently running around $2.6 million plus (based on current exchange rate).

Also making the list this year:

  • The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo at 248 mph and $550,000

  • The McLaren F1 at 240 mph and $1.1 million

  • The Noble M600 at 225 mph and $300,000

For something a little more affordable, fast and fun you might want to check these winners out.

  •  The 2017 Lotus Evora 400 will get you 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds for just under $90,000.  The Lotus is returning to the United States after two years and capable of reaching 186 mph.
  • The 2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will take you up to 146 mph at a kinder price tag of around $30,000. 
  • The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro makes a fast highway pass reaching 60 mph in 4.3 seconds for around $27,000. 

Looking even further into the future, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon promises, even more fun rolling off the assembly line 200 pounds lighter than the Dodge Hellcat.

Looking for speed and fuel efficiency? According to Forbes, this is entirely possible through a few engineering marvels. The Audi TSS gets up to 27 miles per gallon while still capable of making 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

The Chevrolet Camaro previously mentioned can maintain up to 29 miles per gallon and the Ford Mustang up to 31 miles per gallon hitting 50 in 5.3 seconds. 

Out of all of the dynamic super sonic fast cars which one would you choose? For those willing to travel at hyper speed with all the bells and whistles car manufactures can instill there appears to be something for everyone.

Happy, fast and safe travels to all!  

Rip-Roaring Fast Cars in 2016!

If rip-roaring fast sports cars make you happy then the following models are for you! 

Hennessey Venom (270 miles per hour)

Do we need to say more?  Yes, so much more, because this is the world's fastest production car on the byways made in America!  Always proud to say those words.  Time that we get back to more of what we love and make it in America.  

Capable of speeds of up to 270 miles per hour, the Venom GT has beat out the Bugatti Veyron to make it the world’s fastest production car. This car practically has wings to fly as it spikes from 0-100 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds due to the power of a 1,244 horsepower 7.0-liter Twin TurbochargedV8 engine.

Manufactured in Texas, the $1.2 million Venom GT is easily the fastest road car to ever come from America. There's so much to love about this beautiful speed demon - check out cheatsheet.com to find out more details about the Venom GT and the 10 other fastest cars made in America! 

This car is simply beautiful!  The 2016 McLaren 675LT boast speed of up to 205 MPH with a mighty V8 engine and a 7 speed SSG Transmission.  A super swift model that definitely has gained attention getting power with less weight and more tail than former models. On the floor of the 2015 Geneva auto show in March 2015, McLaren announced that production of its new 675LT supercar will be strictly limited to 500 units only coupes.  To own this beauty the price tag is top of the line at: $349,500, plus shipping and handling. Like the new color of paint?  “Chicane Gray.”  Click here to learn more about this amazing ride and other cars showcased at the Geneva Auto Show.  

The fascinating and speed driven R8 now hits 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, a half-second faster than before, with a top speed of 205 mph! The Audi R8 will launch in early 2015; it will come to dealers as a 2016 model, at prices ranging from around $120K for a V-8 to over $250K for an R8 e-tron, built by special order only.

 Audi will build all-electric versions on the R8 on special order. The new R8 e-tron is the first car from an established manufacturer to hold more electric power than a Tesla Model S — 92 kWh, which Audi says gives the e-tron a range of 279 miles, and can be recharged in two hours with Audi's high-energy charger. The e-tron is slower than the V-10 — 3.9 seconds to 62 mph, and a top speed limited to 155 mph — and Audi will only build them upon request, at a price that wasn't disclosed...Find out more about the R8V10 here.   Check out the Youtube video of the smokin hot R8 in action!  

As we look forward to a prosperous and promising 2016... we at Richards' Collision Center wish all of you and those you love a very Happy New Year!  

 

Auto Body Shops & Insurance Company Recommendations...

At Richards' Collision Center we often hear the question:  Am I required to use the Auto Body Shop that my insurance company recommends?  The answer is no, and, often times the insurance company claim representatives pressure consumers into using the body shop that they recommend.  

Steering is defined as the act of directing a consumers to or away from any specific auto body repair shop or requiring that repairs be made by a specific repair shop or individual.  In most states there is a law against Steering.

While there are networks of preferred providers for collision repair, and direct repair options presented to policyholders when they make a claim, the insured's right to choose MUST always be upheld.

 Angie's List reported an excellent article about this very subject and one of many statements on the site give pause:  

"The choice is yours — by law, in the majority of cases. Yet a question remains: Will you get a quality repair?

Of course you can gain a quality repair as long as you do your homework.   If you want to cut to the chase and find out the true grit behind the advertising hype, simply:  "Google" the name of the shop with a "+reviews" after the name to find out what other people have experienced.

A thoughtful set of various reviews is worth a thousand words and more.  

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Vehicle Accidents...Who is Responsible?

Have you ever been in a vehicle accident?  Many people can unfortunately say yes to that question with millions of accidents occurring in the US every year.  Insurance companies often offer a basic list of steps to take after an accident to reduce liability, such as, calling the police immediately to file a report, contacting your insurance company and not discussing the accident with the other party.  Although, are those steps enough to protect you in the event that there is question as to whether it is your fault?  

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According to our research, no, it is not enough, and without taking the following additional steps you may find yourself in court.  According to Yahoo.com, there are 5 additional steps you should take immediately after an accident, assuming, that you are able.  

In summary, take pictures from your view point behind the wheel right after the accident.  Also take other pictures at various angles to show a clear picture of the damage.  Be patient for the police to arrive, as it can take up to an hour, specially in a rush hour situation. In the mean time practice what you will say even recording yourself beforehand. It is also lawful to record your conversation with the police officers at the scene.  Most of all be calm and collected as possible awaiting the police to come to you at the accident scene.  

In addition, the police report is not in stone once created and can be changed, so, if the police officer erroneously quotes a statement you can request a correction.   

Another helpful site with quality information regarding this serious issue is Findlaw.com.  Who better to know what to do than experienced attorneys. Of course, their first point is not to leave the scene until you have spoke with the police.  Check on the condition of all people involved in the accident, and, exchange information without going into conversation regarding the incident. Also, speak to any witnesses present and gain their personal contact information.  

Lastly,  check out the Findlaw.com site to learn other important details about what to do after a vehicle accident.  We at Richards' Collision Center want to do what we can to inform and protect the public in case of an accident to reduce liability and expense.  We hope that you will share this blog with those you love and care about so that they will know the right steps to take in an accident situation.  

Missouri Traffic Deaths Spiral Down...

InsuranceJournal.com reports that Traffic deaths on Missouri roads have been on a downward trend for nearly 10 years, and a highway patrol spokesman said the declining numbers are likely due to several factors that include education and road improvements.

The number of traffic fatalities has dropped since 2005, with 2012 the only year showing an increase from the previous year, the Jefferson City Tribune reported.

On average, about 1,068 deaths a year have occurred since the Missouri Highway Patrol began reporting traffic fatalities in 1949.

The highest number of traffic deaths reported was in 1969 with 1,521 fatalities, and the lowest number reported was in 2013 with 757 deaths.

Learn more about this important report at InsuranceJournal.com.