Announcing Garage Living of Denver

Garage Living is excited to announce our newest franchise location in Denver, Colorado.

Garage Living of Denver joins our ever-growing network of franchisees in the U.S. and Canada specializing in high-end garage makeovers. The franchisees of Garage Living of Denver are Binh Truong and his wife, Tu Kim Le.

The couple initially became interested in Garage Living while attending the Franchise Expo West-Denver in October 2016. Aaron Cash (Garage Living Franchise Systems President) and Steve Wilkins (Vice President of Franchise Development) met the couple at the expo.

They explained to Binh and Tu the incredible opportunity available to them by joining a premium home improvement franchise.

Garage Living of Denver owner binh truong

Binh Truong — Owner, Garage Living of Denver.

The call of duty

Binh and Tu were immediately intrigued at the prospect of joining a company catering to the garage organization and storage market, one of the fastest growing home improvement categories. The rapidly growing Denver market also presents lots of opportunities for home improvement companies.

The couple’s plans to explore the business opportunity further would be delayed, however, for a noble reason.

Immediately following the meeting, Binh, who had enlisted in the Colorado National Guard with the support of his family after being drawn to serve his country, was deployed for a year-long tour. Binh’s deployment saw him actively involved in operations fighting ISIS in the Middle East providing satellite communications support.

Planning for the future

The timing of Binh’s deployment was especially challenging, considering Tu was shortly due to give birth to their fourth child. While Binh was overseas, Tu continued raising their four children in Denver and working in her current role as CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of her own franchise business, sporting goods company Reusch USA.

Despite the distance separating them, Tu and Binh also planned their next adventure after his service was completed. The couple reconnected with Wilkins, with the development process including Skype calls from remote locations.

Upon Binh’s return home last September, the development process moved along and Binh and Tu eventually joined the Garage Living family.

Garage Living’s first Veteran franchisee

Binh and Tu see Garage Living of Denver as not just a business opportunity, but an opportunity to support returning Veterans with great jobs. Binh, who takes considerable pride in his military service, plans to hire soldiers formerly under his command and run Garage Living of Denver as a business “owned and operated by Vets”.

Binh’s background working in car sales and home improvement contracting, in addition to his love of cars, are a perfect fit for Garage Living of Denver’s mission of creating spectacular garage spaces.

Tu’s impressive business acumen will be a major asset in helping Binh and other Veterans with Garage Living of Denver’s day-to-day operations. Previously, Tu has worked as a senior accountant for two Denver-area companies and as an accountant for the city and county of Denver, as well as the Denver International Airport.

Garage Living of Denver owner Tu Kim Le

Tu Kim Le — Owner, Garage Living of Denver.

Welcome to the Garage Living family

We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Binh and Tu to the Garage Living family.

“The passion, work ethic, sacrifice, and commitment to success that they both have demonstrated in their careers, military service, and family life make them ideal franchise partners and we are very excited to get started”, says Cash.

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Your Garage Awaits: 7 of the Best 2018 Cars Available

Evaluating what the best 2018 cars are can end up becoming a time-consuming project.

Every year, the added features, performance improvements, and design enhancements seem to get better and better. That makes choosing a new vehicle a real challenge with so much information to digest.

You might not even be in the market for buying a new car. Perhaps you’re just a car enthusiast who enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest changes in the automotive world.

7 of the best 2018 cars you should be looking at

Any list of the best 2018 cars available will have a rather subjective viewpoint to it. Our list, which isn’t in any particular order, focusses on standout car models that have been highly rated by respected automotive journalists.

All models are now available for purchase, although you’ll have to wait awhile to get your hands on the Tesla Model 3. Canadian prices (CAD) are in parentheses.

1. Audi Q5

The first on our list of the best 2018 cars available is the Audi Q5. The best-selling vehicle in Audi’s roster gets a redesign for the first time. The changes focus on increased power (up to 252 hp from the previous 220 hp), more luxury, and better fuel efficiency for the crossover vehicle.

A higher performance SQ5 model is also available. The respected Kelley Blue Book vehicle valuation and automotive research company had especially high praise for the Q5, naming it 2018’s best luxury SUV.

In the same class as: BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC

Starting from: $41,500 ($43,800 CAD)

best 2018 cars Audi Q5

2. Tesla Model S

Motor Trend magazine calls the revolutionary Model S “one of the quickest and greenest cars we’ve tested”. All-wheel-drive and increased power and range comprise some of the upgrades to Tesla’s latest Model S.

The base Model S features a 329 hp engine, while some higher-performance 100D models can go 0-60 mph in about 2.5 seconds with their dual electric engines that can reach up to 532 hp. All Tesla owners also get to access Tesla’s growing network of quick-charging stations at no cost.

In the same class as: Karma Revero, Honda Clarity, Chevrolet Bolt EV

Starting from: $72,700 ($75,000 CAD), may be eligible for federal tax credit depending on your location

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3. Mercedes-Benz E400

The new E400 lineup so impressed Car and Driver magazine that they included it on their 2018 10 Best Cars list. They rave about the E400 lineup’s “considerable charms, including performance ranging from mild to wild, exquisite cabins, tons of high-tech equipment, and artfully sculpted exteriors”.

The E400 lineup is available in sedan, coupe, convertible, and station wagon models. The E400s also include new advanced safety features and a powerful 329 hp engine.

In the same class as: BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF, Audi A6

Starting from: $59,895 ($62,300 CAD)

best 2018 cars mercedes e400

4. Audi A5

Redesigned after almost a decade on the market, the 2018 A5 features a new front, chassis, infotainment equipment, and high-performance drive technology. The sporty S5 also gets a design makeover.

A5 models feature a 252 hp 2.0 liter turbo I-4 engine, while S5 models have a 350 hp 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Kelley Blue Book named the A5 their 2018 Luxury Car Best Buy winner.

In the same class as: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 4 Series, Lexus RC

Starting from: $43,775 ($46,350 CAD)

best 2018 cars audi a5

5. Porsche 718 Boxster

For the second year in a row, Kelley Blue Book awards their Best Buy Award in the “Performance Car” category to Porsche’s convertible. Car and Driver magazine also chose it as one of their 10 best 2018 cars.

The 718 Boxster and its hardtop companion, the 718 Cayman, feature Porsche’s new turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Here are just a few of the accolades being used by automotive journalists to describe the vehicle:

  • “Driving a 718 Boxster feels like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, every time.” (Kelley Blue Book)
  • “Still as potent as a Porsche sports car should be.” (Motor Trend magazine)
  • “The 718 Boxster and Cayman are exemplary sports cars.” (Car and Driver magazine)

In the same class as: Audi TT RS, Alfa Romeo 4C, Chevrolet Camaro

Starting from: $58,500 ($65,100 CAD)

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6. Mercedes-Benz S-class

Car and Driver ranked the S-class #1 on their list of the best 2018 full-size luxury cars. The magazine describes it as “among the most effortless and pampering of luxury cars”.

Entry-level models feature a redesigned 362 hp engine and the S-class’ infotainment system also gets a makeover. Upgrades have also been made to the semi-autonomous driving functions of the S-class.

In the same class as: Porsche Panamera, Audi A8, BMW 7 Series

Starting from: $88,000 ($106,400 CAD)

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7. Tesla Model 3

One of 2018’s most anticipated new cars, the Model 3 is in such demand that orders placed for it now won’t even see delivery for 12 to 18 months.

The Model 3 is a less expensive alternative to Tesla’s bigger Model S and promises a 220 mile/352 km range on a single charge. That’s on the standard battery. Spring for the long range battery (an extra $9,000) and that range jumps to 310 miles/499 km per charge.

In the same class as: BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan Leaf

Starting from: $35,000 ($43,500 CAD), may be eligible for federal tax credit depending on your location

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Park the best 2018 cars in an organized, beautiful garage

After making such a big investment in your new vehicle, you should be even more conscious of keeping it stored in your garage. There are many reasons to store your car inside, not least of which is the fact it will be more secure inside your garage.

But a garage space that’s cluttered and lacks aesthetic appeal also doesn’t do much to complement your new ride’s sharp looks. A high-end car, particularly, just looks out of place when parked inside a messy, unattractive garage.

We can help to upgrade your garage’s looks and functionality so that your new car is parked within organized, stunning surroundings that are designed to accentuate the beautiful look of your new vehicle.

Start the process of having your garage space upgraded by booking a free in-home consultation with us today.

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11 Florida Car Shows You Don’t Want to Miss in 2018

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A new year of fun Florida car shows is underway for lovers of cars both new and old.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of 2018’s Florida car shows, just a few of the ones we think you won’t want to miss.

Must-see 2018 Florida car shows

1. MOPAR Super Swap XIX (January 13th, Melbourne): The Wickham Park Equestrian Center in Melbourne is the new location for the 19th edition of this popular swap meet. Last year’s event saw 120 vendors and 250 cars on display.

2. YATC Cool Wheels Car Show (January 21st, Deerfield Beach): One of the more popular South Florida car shows, this 7th edition promises over 500 show cars, a silent auction, cash prizes, and Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT presentations. Proceeds help support the Youth Automotive Training Center.

3. Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach Car and Motorcycle Show and Fun Fair (January 27th, West Palm Beach): The Renaissance Charter School and East Coast Mustang Club host this automotive event, which is open to all makes and models of bikes and cars. Taking place at the Renaissance Charter School, proceeds will benefit the school and the Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation.

4. Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show (January 27, Dania Beach): While not technically falling under the “car show” category, we thought the 12th edition of this event was worth mentioning because it takes place just a mile-and-a-half from Garage Living of Miami. American, European, Japanese, and English motorcycles 35 years and older will be among the more than 380 vintage motorcycles on display.

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5. Cars for the Cure (February 10th, Lake Mary): More than 150 cars (including Bugattis, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Porsches) will be displayed on the streets of Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary. Proceeds from the largest charitable car show in the Southeast U.S. will benefit the American Lung Association in Central Florida.

6. Classic Car Show at Quail Run RV Resort (March 10th, Wesley Chapel): Quail Run RV Resort hosts the 7th edition of this show featuring all makes and models of classic, antique, muscle, and antique cars in this non-judged event.

7. 41st Annual AACA Antique Auto Show (March 17th, Vero Beach): The Indian River Antique Automobile Club presents this long-running event showcasing antique, classic, prestige, and modified cars. Over 320 cars were shown at last year’s event.

8. Naples Motorfest (March 4th, Naples): This annual motorsports festival is free to attend and features exotic sports cars, along with live music and vendors. Proceeds benefit Hope Driven, a local charity supporting single parents with education, jobs, and housing.

9. Fort Lauderdale Auto Show (March 29th – April 1st, Fort Lauderdale): The Broward County Convention Center hosts one of the biggest Florida car shows of the year. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend this event showcasing the world’s leading cars, SUVs, trucks, and motorcycles.

Florida car shows burning up the beaches

10. Burning Up The Beaches 2018 (May 3rd – 6th, Fort Walton Beach): This weekend-long event is a must-attend for classic car lovers. It promises to be the “most partyin’, fun, best value classic car weekend on the circuit”.

11. Miami lnternational Auto Show (September 9th – 17th, Miami Beach): One of the longest-running and most popular Florida car shows returns for its 47th year. This huge auto show will showcase over a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers from around the world.

Create a garage space that’s worthy of your prized car

Do you have a classic car or new luxury car that’s parked in a cluttered, unattractive garage whose environment isn’t befitting of your cherished possession?

Garage Living of Miami can upgrade your garage space so that it looks more appealing and stays more organized. We can even customize things like your flooring and garage cabinetry to complement the color of your prized ride.

Schedule your free in-home design consultation to learn more.

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9 Exciting 2017 BC Classic Car Shows To Take In This Summer

Over the next few months, auto buffs will find many 2017 BC classic car shows taking place throughout the province. Classic car shows make for a fun weekend for the whole family, as you get the chance to indulge in your passion for vintage vehicles, while also supporting the charitable causes many classic car shows support.

2017 BC classic car shows

Must-see 2017 BC classic car shows

Here are nine 2017 BC classic car shows that will be worth attending for auto enthusiasts this summer:

1. Westcoast Motorcycle Ride To Live Classic Vehicle Show & Shine (Abbotsford, May 28th): Over 200 classic vehicles will be on display during this event, which also features a motorcycle ride to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer BC.

2. Old Car Sunday In The Park (Mission, June 18th): Celebrate Father’s Day this year at this classic car and truck event at Fraser River Heritage Parks.

3. The Sun Valley Cruise-In (Vernon, July 15th and 16th): Enjoy a cruise in the scenic Okanagan region before taking in the many classic vehicles that will be on display at this two day event.

4. Fraser Valley Classic Car Show (Chilliwack, July 16th): Vintage vehicle buffs will want to make this one of the 2017 BC classic car shows they don’t miss this summer!

5. Bowen Island Classic Motor Show (Bowen Island, July 22nd): One hour from downtown Vancouver is scenic Bowen Island, which is home to this event featuring a showcase of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and “anything else unique and different”.

6. Kars Under The K (Keremeos, August 6th): Hundreds of antique and vintage vehicles are promised for the 16th edition of this family-friendly event, which takes place in the southern BC village of Keremeos.

7. Lake Country Customs & Classics Car Show (Lake Country, August 19th and 20th): A wide range of custom and classic vehicles will be available for viewing at this event, now in its eighth year.

8. Grand Forks Park In The Park (Grand Forks, August 20th): The fifth year of Park In The Park will showcase the best of British Columbia’s classic cars, motorcycles, and trucks on display for your viewing pleasure.

9. Vancouver Island Motor Gathering (Cowichan, August 27th): This big event should be among the 2017 BC classic car shows you’re making plans to attend this summer. The Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit will have a wide array of unique classic and modern cars and motorcycles on display.

Instead of off-site classic car storage, use a car lift

After all of these 2017 BC classic car shows have come and gone, you might be looking for an alternative solution to costly off-site storage for your own classic car or truck. A practical year-round storage method for any of your vehicles is a 4 post car lift.

2017 BC classic car shows car lift

And if you’re the hands-on type with your prized classic car or truck’s maintenance, a car lift can also make it easier to perform maintenance underneath the vehicle.

Fully optimize the interior look of your garage by complementing your classic car’s colours with our high quality garage storage cabinets. Schedule your free in-home consultation if you’d like to improve the functionality and appearance of your garage space.

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2017 Alberta Classic Car Shows: 9 Events Not To Miss This Summer

Numerous 2017 Alberta classic car shows will be taking throughout the province over the next few months. Along with providing an opportunity to appreciate a wide variety of classic cars and trucks up close, most classic car shows also raise funds for charities and the local community.

2017 Alberta classic car shows

Must-see 2017 Alberta classic car shows

Here are nine 2017 Alberta classic car shows auto enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this summer:

1. Autorama Show & Shine (St. Albert, May 28th): This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Autorama Show & Shine, which promises a wide variety of classic cars and trucks on display from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

2. History Road: The Ultimate Car Show (Wetaskiwin, June 10th and 11th): The Reynolds-Alberta Museum hosts what’s promised as “a spectacular display of more than 700 cars, trucks, and motorcycles spanning more than a century of automotive history.”

3. The Alberta All British Field Meet (Edmonton, June 10th): For car lovers partial to a more European flavour, this event will include showings of exclusively British cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

4. Fort City Car Show (Fort McMurray, June 18th): This Father’s Day event features fun for the entire family and plenty of unique vehicles on display.

5. Edmonton Street Rod Show & Shine (Edmonton, June 24th): This long-running show returns for its 33rd year showcasing special interest cars, bikes, and trucks, along with live music and much more. This is one of the 2017 Alberta classic car shows that should be circled on your calendar!

6. Street Machine Weekend (Lethbridge, July 7th-9th): This busy event returns for its 39th year of vintage car showcases, races, and entertainment throughout the weekend for the entire family.

7. Rock’N August (St. Albert, August 8th-12th): There will be no shortage of things to do for car lovers during this five day event, which is highlighted by Saturday’s Show And Shine of classic autos.

8. Airdrie Summer Classic (Airdrie, August 12th): Hosted in Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park, this classic car show will find proceeds being raised for several worthy charities.

9. River City Classics Show And Shine (Calgary, September 24th): While it may not technically be a summer show (fall begins on the 22nd this year), this long-running event is one of the 2017 Alberta classic car shows not to be missed. Past years have seen over 1,100 vehicles set up on display.

Store your classic car or truck on a car lift

If you’ll be attending any of the 2017 Alberta classic car shows listed here then you might just have your own classic car or truck. A great year-round storage method for your prized vehicle is a 4 post car lift. Installing a car lift in your garage gives you space to park an extra vehicle and is a cost-efficient alternative to off-site classic car storage.

2017 Alberta classic car shows car lift

Your classic car or truck can remain close at hand. And if you’re hands-on with your classic’s maintenance, a car lift also gives you the chance to more easily perform maintenance underneath the vehicle.

We also have garage storage cabinets that can be customized to match the colour of your classic vehicle, which creates a dynamic interior look for your garage. If you’re looking to improve the functionality and appearance of your garage space, Garage Living provides free in-home consultations. You can schedule yours right here.

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