The Alamo in San Antonio

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Texas is known for its BBQ, its rodeos, and its football, but that’s certainly not all Texas has to offer. Texas has a lot of history too, and these five towns demonstrate the best places to soak it up.

San Antonio

Although many cities claim to own the most historical significance in Texas, it’s hard to compete with San Antonio. This city was established around the Alamo Mission in 1718. San Antonio is most famous for the Alamo, which is known for its importance during the Texas Revolution; however, San Antonio offers many historical sites to see such as the Spanish Governor’s Palace, San Antonio Missions National Park, and the River Walk. continue reading…

Pick Up Trucks That Can Tow Any Load

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As American as apple pie, the full–size pickup truck remains popular with tradespeople and weekend warriors alike. With its powerful engine and heavy frame, the pickup is a must for people who need to haul heavy loads, including RVs and boats. Here are five of the most capable pickup trucks on the market.

2014 Dodge Ram 3500

If you’re looking for a truck that can haul your luxury trailer as well as your car behind it, you can’t do better than the 2014 Dodge Ram 3500. With its ladder-frame made from 50 KSI steel, it can tow an amazing 30,010 pounds when taken in the ST or tradesman trim. All other trims can tow 29,000 pounds. Both options exceed those offered by any of the other car manufacturers.

The source of its power is its Cummins 6.7 liter turbo-diesel engine that makes 385 horsepower and 850 pounds per foot of torque. Chrysler’s engineers paired this monster engine with a six-speed automatic transmission featuring a Multiple-Displacement-System (MDS) to aid in fuel economy. It does this by turning off four of its eight cylinders when you aren’t hauling heavy loads. continue reading…

% Ways to Keep Your Car Running Well

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Although some car troubles are unavoidable, most of the time prevention is key with your vehicle. It’s important to treat your car well so that it will last longer and have fewer issues in the long run. Discover how to treat your car well with the tips below.

1. Pay Attention

If something seems off about your car, it’s likely that your car is trying to tell you something. If your car is speaking to you, don’t ignore it. Pay close attention to any funny noises, smells, or leaks in your car because they are almost always indicative of a problem. Although ignoring it is the easiest way to handle it, you’ll most likely allow more damage to occur with a bigger price tag than if you get it checked out to being with. You drive you car often, so if something seems off, head to a certified mechanic or the dealer to get it checked out ASAP before a small problem turns into a big one. continue reading…

Great activities to do with your truck in San Antonio

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Home to the Alamo, many colleges, and other attractive places, San Antonio offers its residents and guests plenty of fun things to do. While San Antonio is a fun place to be no matter what vehicle you drive, it’s even more fun if you own a pickup truck.

Mountain Biking

Throw your bikes in the back of your pickup truck and head to one of the many trails San Antonio has to offer. One of the favorite trails of locals and tourists is Government Canyon, which is split into two sections. The front section offers fun terrain for the beginner to intermediate rider. The back section has tougher terrain and is sure to satisfy more experienced riders. No matter what your skill level is, there are paths for you to enjoy in San Antonio.  continue reading…

Driving Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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Some car problems require a trip to the mechanic. But most of them are just annoying little things you don’t exactly know how to deal with. Stuff like dirty headlights, hot car interiors, and losing your parked car are just irritating enough to catch your attention, but not serious enough to demand an immediate fix. These hacks can help with that.

Adjust Your Side Mirrors for Safety

Apparently we’ve all been driving with our side mirrors adjusted less effectively. Car and Driver tells us that including a view of the side of our car in the side mirrors actually increases that big blind spot where other cars always seem to be hanging out. It’s a simple adjustment, though it takes some getting used to. If you can stand it, though, you’ll be much safer — and done correctly, you’ll no longer need to glance over your shoulder when changing lanes.
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Ways to Make Money With Your Truck

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So you’re in San Antonio, you have a pick-up truck, and you’re in need of some extra cash. Boasting a population of more than 1.4 million and hundreds of thousands of businesses, the city is overflowing with potential. Here are five simple ways you can make money with your pick-up truck in San Antonio. With some of these ideas, you may even end up with repeat customers.

Charge People to Move Their Belongings

Someone is always moving from one home to next in any city teeming with people  — and they often need help moving their stuff. Charging a small fee to help them move their furniture and belongings from one place to the other could quickly add up. You don’t have to charge as much as the big name companies, and many people will be willing to pay at least a little something for the convenience. continue reading…

Areas to visit in Texas hill country

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There are several driving routes in and around San Antonio that take you on a scenic adventure. Capture the picturesque landscapes, visit historical landmarks, stop for a bite to eat at a chic restaurant, or quench your thirst at a funky bar.

From Southtown to King William District

Take a drive from Southtown to King William District. Southtown in the city’s art district, where you can make stops at one-of-a-kind shops like the Propaganda Palace and incredible art galleries like the Mercury Project. The Propaganda Palace is nirvana for media collectors; find reels of old films and old eight-track tapes. At the Mercury Project, there are fabulous art exhibits from artists like Lane’ Pittard and Robert Tatum.

From Southtown, head north on South Presa to get to King William District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio. Drive by grand mansions and estates, and make a stop at the San Antonio River Walk. Cafes and restaurants line the scenic river, and you can enjoy a river boat ride while enjoying the sounds of delightful mariachis. Be sure to grab some photos of the amazing Tower of Life Building and the Tower of the Americas. continue reading…

5 Excellent Offroading Vehicles

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As any off-roader knows, some vehicles work better off the beaten path than others. If you’re looking for a great car to take into the mud, check out some of these top picks.

Local Motors Rally Fighter

This car was built by a team of engineers out of Arizona who saw the market failing to provide what they dreamed of. The Rally Fighter serves as an off-road truck that has an integrated roll-cage and chassis that make the more expensive cars of its kind seem pathetic in comparison.

In addition to these powerful capabilities, the Rally Fighter comes with a gigantic V-8 engine that sends all the power to its giant rear wheels. It’s also got great A/C and comfortable seats for the off-roader who loves a touch of luxury. It costs about $100,000. continue reading…

Whenever you see a pickup truck cruising down the road, all sorts of rugged day dreams flash through your mind: a cross county road trip while tugging a horse trailer behind you, a long day’s work hauling tree limbs in your pickup’s bed, and maybe even wrangling cattle with your pickup, just for the fun of it.

It feels great to drive a truck, until people start asking you silly questions. Here are four questions pickup truck owners are probably tired of hearing.

But is It Comfortable?

Trucks In Texas - San Antonio, TX

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For a long time, when folks thought of a pickup truck their minds never connected it to the word “comfort.” Most people thought pickups were only fit for hauling heavy-duty things, like farm equipment and furniture. Today, the interiors of pickup trucks have evolved into a thing of style and comfort.

At one point, you couldn’t even whisper “leather interior” and “pickup truck” in the same sentence without someone looking at you like you’d gone crazy. Now, many pickup models boast leather interior and even heated seats. So, while the outside of your pickup may look rugged, the inside is a thing of comfort and luxury.

But isn’t a Pickup Just for Hauling?

You can just imagine what people think when they see someone driving a pickup. “Guess that person must really like helping people move,” or “That guy must love to haul bags of manure and stacks of hay from his farm or something.” Contrary to popular belief, pickup trucks aren’t just useful for hauling things around. In fact, with pickups coming in all shapes and sizes these days, you can easily have one as your day-to-day vehicle. Pickups are also especially useful for large dog owners and those who need to travel difficult terrains or drive in inclement weather.

You Chose that Gas-Guzzler Over A Car?

Ever notice that guy in the Prius shaking his head at you in judgment? Pickup truck owners are often asked why they would even buy such a large, gas-guzzling vehicle. Considering the economy, with its sky-high gas prices that just keep rising, this is actually a somewhat valid question. While pickup trucks are not exactly light on the gas, some models produce decent gas mileage — like the F150 and the Silverado. And the sheer versatility of a pickup makes up for high gas mileage. continue reading…

San Antonio Parks - American Auto Brokers

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Beautiful San Antonio is a gem in the heart of Texas. It has a bustling city and many lovely places to live, and the area’s parks are a true community asset. If you plan on visiting San Antonio, are thinking of moving there, or are a long-time resident looking to explore, check out these excellent facilities and green spaces throughout greater San Antonio.

1. Brackenridge Park

At Brackenridge, “just another day in the park” is anything but. Set within 343 acres of trees, trails and the gentle San Antonio River, Brackenridge is a great place to have an adventure, no matter how old you are. In addition to the playground and relaxing river vistas, the park also features the unique Canopy Challenge area. It includes an obstacle course high in the hills, a junior course for kids, and a zip line ride that packs plenty of thrills into a stupendous view of the Texas hill country.

2. Mission Reach

One of the latest additions to the famous San Antonio River Walk, the Mission Reach is a beautiful path that connects several historical mission locales from the earliest days of the city. It makes for a soothing walk in the middle of the city, a clean, safe place to go for a run, and a smooth bike path. Enjoy all eight miles of the Reach or turn around partway to go back to Lone Star Boulevard in the downtown area.

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