West Palm Beach Happenings in September

Once the calendar gets past Labor Day, September can sometimes be a dead zone for activities going on in any community. The kids are back in school, and anyone who is away at college has gone back already. So finding a family event or two to keep you and the gang busy isn’t always the easiest thing to do. However, West Palm Beach isn’t just any community, and we don’t do boring weekends no matter what month it is so don’t worry at all.

Flavor Palm Beach

For the entire month of September, more than 50 restaurants and bistros are offering sampler menus for lunch or dinner. You are invited to enjoy a three-course lunch for $20 and/or dinner for $30 or $35 per person. A few of the participating restaurants include: Seasons 52, Cafe Boulud, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Meat Market and Limonchello Italian Grill. Don’t miss your opportunity to try restaurants you’ve heard so much about!

World Series of Poker

Once again, the World Series of Poker makes its stop at the Palm Beach Kennel Club on September 17th and 18th. With the $365 buy-in monster stack along with $580, nightly second chance, and mega satellites, there’s more opportunity to stack the chips high. Play Omaha Eight, H.O.R.S.E, and Hold’em, with a second chance every night. Bring your best poker face, it’s time to play!

Brew 2 at the Zoo

Join us at the Palm Beach Zoo on September 26th for delicious brew sampling from at least 25 Florida craft beer breweries. Enjoy live music and food while you stroll around the Palm Beach Zoo, stopping at sampling stations spread throughout the festivities.


Enjoy a celebration of beer and good times at Oktoberfest, hosted by the American German Club of The Palm Beaches. The festival is held on October 16th until October 18th at Lake Worth, celebrating traditional German fare and music. Dine on authentic meals of bratwurst, schnitzel, and other German foods while sampling imported and domestic beers, schnapps, and wines.

Best Questions to Ask when Buying a Car

You’re about to spend thousands, probably more like tens of thousands, on something that you have for many years. In this case it’s a car, so how many questions do you think you should ask? Actually, there’s no rule of thumb for how many questions you should ask, but just to throw something out there, one for every thousand dollars your about to spend sounds about right. All kidding aside, you should ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable with your purchase. Once you’ve bought the car, whether the reality is that you got a good deal, a great deal, or an amazing deal, as long as you feel satisfied that’s all that really matters.

Some questions you might want to ask are specific to new or used or certified pre-owned vehicles and some will apply to all of the above. Remember, there are a lot of dealerships out there, and even if you are looking at one particular brand if you don’t like what you’re hearing be prepared to walk away and start over somewhere else. This should be an experience you enjoy and are excited about, not one you dread.


No matter if you’re buying new or used, you’re going to pay some legitimate fees. The idea behind asking about them is threefold: One, you want to make sure you’re only paying fees that are valid for your transaction; two, you want to make sure the fees are on par with what every other dealership is charging (document fees are a good example here); and three, you want to know up front what’s going to be added to the final price of the car. If there’s something you’ve never heard of before or seems high, ask what the fee is for and why it applies to you. Be sure you know your state’s sales tax on automobiles (it can sometimes vary) so you can do that part of the math yourself. Basically, you want to know the bottom line.

What’s Covered
Almost every car is going to come with some kind of warranty whether you buy it from a local used car lot or a big, brand name dealership. When it comes to a used car, you may only get a 30-90 engine warranty, but you’ll most likely get something. There are also after market, third party warranties that can be purchased at a lot of used car dealerships as well. When it comes to these, and certified pre-owned warranties, it’s a good idea to ask what, and for exactly how long, things are covered. Be sure you know all of the starting and end points, if there is a deductible (like with an insurance claim), and if you are responsible for any portion of the warranty work, like parts or labor. Warranties can give you a great peace of mind as long as they are worth the paper on which they’re printed.

So get out there and look for your new ride, and when it comes to questions, ask away!

An Overview of the 2016 Camry Special Edition

The 2016 Camry Special Edition is an incredibly polished new vehicle that features 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, 268 horsepower, a smart key system, wireless charging for your Qi compatible device and much more.

The interior of the car features floor mats with the Camry Special Edition’s Logo and blue accents, a spacious trunk, a sports mesh front grille, 8-way power-adjustable SofTex- trimmed, heated front seats with sport fabric surfaces, blue seat inserts and blue contrast stitching.

This vehicle also includes a dual chrome tipped exhaust system and a moonroof. LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights are also available. The steering wheel buttons allow you to control your Bluetooth-equipped phone and audio system. Unlock the front doors and trunk, and start your vehicle by pushing a button, without ever taking your keys out of your pocket or purse with the Smart Key system.

The 2016 Camry Special Edition is designed to reduce outside sound, resulting in a quiet drive. An available traffic monitoring system, powered by HD radio, provides up-to-date information on traffic in your location. The available Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation system can assist you by predicting traffic and suggesting alternate routes. The Trip Information System provides useful information including your cruising range, average speed, elapsed time and fuel economy history.

The Entune App System allows you to access all your apps, make reservations, check sports scores, the weather, fuel prices, and much more. The JBL GreenEdge Audio system includes ten speakers in eight different locations, a subwoofer and an amplifier. The QI-compatible wireless charging system charges your Qi-compatible device when you simply place it on the charging area. All of these systems can be accessed through Camry’s voice recognition system.

Safety features include a backup camera, included in all Camry audio systems. The backup view will automatically show up on your screen when you put your vehicle in reverse. Lane Departure Alert means that when you stray out of lane, the system will issue an audible warning sound and show a warning message on your screen. When the Blind Spot Monitor senses a vehicle near you, it alerts you with a message on the relevant side view mirror in order to assist you in safely changing lanes. The Rear Cross-Traffic Alert System provides similar audible and visible warnings when you are pulling forward or backing out of a driveway or parking spot, for example.

The 2016 Camry Special Edition LE and XLE features available rich wood-grain-style accents. The SE and XSE feature race-inspired paddle shifters. Also standard on every new Camry is a Tire Pressure Monitor System, which can give you the tire pressure of each individual tire. If one or more tire becomes dangerously under deflated, the system will alert the driver. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control automatically adjusts your speed in order to maintain an established distance between your vehicle and those ahead. Additional safety features include the Pre-Collision System (which anticipates if a frontal collision is coming and begins to apply the brakes) and the Star Safety System which includes the Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology. In addition to all of these safety systems, the vehicle also includes ten standard airbags, Safety Connect and whiplash-injury lessening seats.

Safety First – Toyota Tops the List of Top Safety Picks

Whether you are looking for a first car for the teenage driver in your home, a replacement vehicle for your daily commute or a reliable truck for working on the farm, safety should be your number one consideration. Even the most attractive car, truck or SUV will be worthless if it crumples in an accident, so paying attention to crash tests and safety ratings is essential.

There are a number of organizations that perform crash testing and rate the safety of cars, trucks and SUVs, but for years the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety, or IIHS, has been considered the gold standard. That is why it was so impressive when a number of popular Toyota models were named IIHS top safety picks for the current model year.

The list of IIHS top safety picks reads like a who’s who of the Toyota stable of vehicles, including such iconic names as the Toyota Prius, the sporty and fun RAV4 and the rugged and reliable Highlander. If you are in the market for a new car, truck or SUV, these IIHS top safety picks definitely deserve a look.

If you are in the market for a new family sedan, the Toyota Prius once again made the top safety pick list of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Based on crash tests and safety criteria, both the c and v versions of the Toyota Prius made the grade. That is important, since each model offers something different for buyers – from a compact size to a larger footprint designed for greater comfort and flexibility.

Drivers who are in the market for a small vehicle that is fun to drive might want to consider the Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 has long been a favorite with beachgoers, college students and other drivers who want to have fun and enjoy an economical ride. With excellent fuel economy and superior safety, the RAV4 is definitely one to consider.

Fans of Toyota minivans will be pleased to know that the popular Sienna once again made the IIHS list of safest vehicles on the market. This well-made minivan made the list based on its superior crash tests, making it a great choice for new drivers, daily commuters and all kinds of drivers.

On the SUV side of the market, the Toyota Highlander also made the grade with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS safety ratings are important when buying an SUV, since some SUV models have had less than stellar crash tests in the past.

Buying a vehicle on the IIHS list of top safety picks is a great way to keep your family safe, but it is also a great way to keep more money in your wallet. It is no accident that the acronym IIHS stands for Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Insurance companies take careful note of crash test results, and buying a vehicle that made it through the tough criteria and became a top safety pick could be an excellent way to trim your insurance costs for years to come.