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Your guide to the 2014 Philly Auto Show

A view from inside a Ford Explorer at the autoshow
A view from inside a Ford Explorer at the autoshow
ALEX LLOYD GROSS

Car dealers converge in Center City Philadelphia for the annual Philly Auto Show/. It opened today February 9 ,2014 and runs until Feb.16 . This year, the top floor is comprised of newer 2014/2015 vehicles from manufacturers. From an everyday Ford Focus to a Lamborghini you can see it all. Some tips are in order, get there early if you want to take a test drive. The line can be long. At the Cadillac event on the rear lot,there was virtually no line at 10:00 a.m. As they day wore on, the line grew and it would take 30 to 40 minutes to get a ride. You must be 18 or over. If you drank the night before ,forget it, you take a breath test.

While most people listen and go on the route they are told, occasionally, there are those that do not and they are booted out of the car right then and there. Chevy,and Subaru also have test drives. again, early is the key and pay attention. Jeep is at it again with an obstacle course where you are a passenger. A Jeep rep drives you over obstacles. For some reason, it is an attraction. Big deal. Unless you are driving yourself you will not know what it is like, how a vehicle handles. For waiting 45 minutes watching promos on Jeep, you are rewarded with a Jeep bag that you will most likely toss after the show.

Where the dealers really did not come prepared is the bags they have.People accumulate literature and want to put it in a bag. By 11:00 a.m. several dealers had run out of bags. Not good. On the show floor there is a cafe. Chicken tenders (3) and fries for $10,00. Not bad. Hot Dogs were $7.50. Very bad. Walk into the foyer of the convention center and save $2.50.

Downstairs is the dub room. Tricked out cars and more. This is no place for children, as a few vendors wanted to see how loud their sound systems can go. Here is a clue, when people stay away or cover their ears,we know they are loud. The sound was deafening and that meant people who wanted to talk with other vendors could not because they were drowned out. Maybe 20 year old fools like this but to anyone with any sense it was time to leave quick. Luckily, the Harley Davidson booth is up close to the exit. Far enough so that you can speak with the hottie models there and try to win a bike.

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