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?

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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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Alamo - American Auto Brokers

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When you’re headed to San Antonio, Texas, there are a number of fun excursions to take. One of the most common outings is to go check out the Alamo. This is an important part of American history, and because of that, it is one of the biggest attractions in the area. While the Alamo is popular, you may not know these interesting facts.

It is Part of the Mission San Antonio de Valero

In the early 1700s, an area near the San Antonio river was dedicated to the Mission San Antonio de Valero. This mission housed Native American converts as well as missionaries for about 70 years. The location was chosen in 1724 and the foundation of the church was laid in 1744. In 1793, the Mission passed out of the hands of the church and into the hands of the of the local authorities. Land was divided up between citizens who coveted the rich land.

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Road Food - American Auto Brokers

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Road trips offer up tons of silly games, loud music, gorgeous scenery, and plenty of junk food. However, you are not doomed to pour endless amounts of delicious prepackaged garbage down your gullet on your next road trip. Use the following tips to go easy on your stomach next time you hit the freeway for a long trip.

Shop Convenient, Shop Healthy

Making pit stops at gas stations does not obligate you to pick up ten bags of potato chips and enough soda to fill a luxurious bathtub. Some of the healthy options at most small convenience stores are:

  • Whole grain snacks, like cereal.
  • Energy bars (no, not the Snickers. Think Kashi.)
  • Trail mix.
  • Low-fat yogurt.
  • Vegetable juice, like V8
  • String cheese.
  • Bananas

Most of these things are easy to pack, too, so you can load up on healthy snacks before you even leave home.

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San Antonio has become one of the most popular US travel destinations, which is no surprise given its charming Spanish flavor and rich cultural history. No trip to San Antonio would be complete without visiting these five historic landmarks.

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San Fernando Cathedral

Built in 1731, this gorgeous cathedral is where legendary Texan Jim Bowie married his bride and served as a military lookout under General Santa Anna. As the only church in the region, the cathedral served both the Archdiocese and settlers of all faiths. Today, the San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest continuously operating religious community in the state and serves as a civic center that ministers to San Antonio’s poor.

Mission San José

Known as the “Queen of the Missions,” this beautiful walled compound was completed in 1782 and served as the religious home of over 350 Native American neophytes at its peak. While it is still an active parish, it also contains rich educational and historical collections that depict mission life for the priests and settlers on the Spanish frontier. The mission was faithfully restored by the WPA in the 1930s. Visit on a Sunday for the striking Mariachi Mass at noon.

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Car Wash - American Auto Brokers

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Washing your car protects its paintwork, improves your visibility, and even boosts your fuel economy by reducing your car’s wind resistance. But did you know there are right ways and wrong ways to wash your vehicle? Read on to ensure you’re doing the best by your car.

Don’t Wait for It to Appear Dirty

By the time that you’ve got a layer of crud on your car, damage is already being done. Bird droppings, dead bugs, tree sap, brake dust, roadway chemicals, and other harmful elements from the atmosphere can eat through your car’s wax and its paintwork. Weak spots in the wax can make your car prone to rust and discoloration. In extreme cases, you’ll need your car sanded and repainted to fix the problem.

Instead, you should wash off bird droppings, tree sap, and other stains as soon as you see them. In addition, wash your car every week, whether it appears dirty or not, to keep your paintwork pristine.

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Best Mudding Trucks - American Auto Brokers

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Mudding is a popular activity, especially in the south. But there are some trucks that just do it better. Here is a little information on what Mudding is, the best trucks for it, and the safest ways to have good old-fashioned dirty fun.

What is it?

It is a recreational activity where men and women alike get their trucks ready and hit a big muddy spot. They race to see who can go faster without getting stuck. Sometimes, it’s just more fun to tear up the land and drive. If you’ve never done it before, be prepared to get muddy.

It’s all a part of the appeal. You’ll get your blood pumping and a load of laughter. It’s just like being on a rollercoaster ride without the heights or loops. Here are a few of the trucks that do the best in the mud.

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