American Showdown: Chevrolet versus Ford

This Fourth of July, everyone will be munching on hot dogs, savoring apple pie, and watching nighttime fireworks displays. While this annual display of patriotism is great, many people want to show their patriotism by buying American cars. So when it comes to Chevrolet and Ford, which company do you go with? Here’s the comparison between the 2012 Shelby GT 500 and the 2012 Corvette Grand Sport.

While Ford is its own company, and Chevy is owned by General Motors, both the Mustang and Corvette are staples in the American lifestyle. But like any good American product, they both needed some upgrades (think jumbo hot dogs and extravagant fireworks). Thus, the Shelby and Grand Sport were born.

Mustang Shelby GT500 

Standard, the Shelby comes with a 5.4L V8 and a 6 speed manual transmission. It has 550 horsepower with rear wheel drive, like the Corvette. The power is supplemented by the aggressive and retro styling of the muscle car. The base model comes with stability and traction control, along with satellite radio and iPod input for the gadget fans. The Shelby can get to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds, and eats up the quarter mile at 12.4 seconds, coming to a stop in 103 feet. It’s a powerful car, but the power can come at a price: It’s easy to get bogged down or throw smoke from the rear tires. The fuel economy isn’t stellar either. Though the 15 city and 23 highway might be enough to avoid the Gas Guzzler Tax, it can be a tough pill to swallow for some drivers who use the car as a daily driver. Although, it does have the practical advantage of the back seat, something the Grand Sport lacks.

Corvette Grand Sport

The Grand Sport may have less power than the Shelby, coming in at 430 horsepower, but it’s also lighter. The Grand Sport has a curb weight of 3208 pounds, while the Shelby tips the scales at 3820 pounds. The rear wheel drive car comes with a standard 6.2L V8 engine and a 6 speed manual transmission. It has less pitch and better balance than the Shelby, thanks in part to the wider body and frame, along with a stiffer suspension. The Grand Sport beats the Shelby at the 0-60 test, racing up to 60 miles per hour in 3.95 seconds. But unfortunately, it’s not that great of a daily driver. In addition to the low front end that routinely scrapes on driveways and gas station ramps, the added rigidity to the body and suspension that helps lap times on the track will make for a less plush ride than some drivers may be used to. The gas economy is comparable to that of the Shelby, though lacks the backseat some drivers may find necessary.

So which would you rather drive to the fireworks display this Fourth of July? The Shelby or the Grand Sport?

The 5 Most Expensive Cars of All Time

Here at vOffer.com we’re all about giving our customers the most cash possible for their vehicles, but even we can agree that some people can go a little overboard when it comes to buying cars. And by a little we mean like, eight figures magnitude of overboard. For your reading pleasure we’ve compile the 5 most expensive cars sold at auction. (Source: Popular Mechanics) Read More »

What is Our $250 Guarantee?

Voffer Guarantee

If you’ve browsed around our site a little you’ve probably seen something about Our Guarantee or our Best Offer Guarantee. What is it? How does it work?

 

Basically, we’re so sure that our offer to buy your car will be the absolute best offer that you receive, we put money on it! That’s right. Come to vOffer and let us know some of the basic information about your car, truck, or SUV (VIN, make, model, year, etc.). We will then make you a fabulous offer for your vehicle. There’s no pressure to take the offer. In fact, we urge you to take some time and think about it. You can even go to some of our competitors and get an offer from them too. Read More »

5 Classic Films Based on a Car

Bullitt – 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT

5 Films Based on a Car

Since its release in 1968, Bullitt has unequivocally been rated the best Car Action Film by car enthusiasts (male and female), movie fans and critics alike.┬á The film stars Steve McQueen, a police officer intent on finding the gang boss responsible for the death of a witness placed in the witness protection program. McQueen isn’t the only star in the film which featured the 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT. Both McQueen and the 1968 390 GT defined cool (and still do). The car chase through the streets of San Francisco involving the Mustang and the 1968 Dodge Charger is still considered the most influential car chase in the history of film. Read More »

Protecting Your Car Against Theft

Car theft is all too common in America. In the United States, a vehicle is stolen every 21 minutes on average. Even with this knowledge, one third of drivers admit to leaving their car while running, which makes the vehicle an easy target for theft. In recent statistics, an estimated 794,616 cases of auto theft were reported. Learn how to protect your car from theft and other damages.

Hide and Seek

Hiding your keys might seem like a good idea. And if someone tries to break into your car and he doesn’t know what he’s doing, you might be right. But an experienced car thief will know all the routine places that drivers hide their keys. Glove compartments, sun visors, or on the tires are all easy places to discover. Even more well-hidden places are still risky. A determined thief will find your keys whether or not they’re hidden. After you lock your car, take your keys with you when you leave.

Out of Sight

Hiding your keys might not be a good idea, but hiding the rest of your valuables is. A surprisingly high number of people leave valuables like wallets, purses, and bank statements in plain sight in a car. Aside from the money contained in these items, they’re also helpful in identity theft. Keep these items out of sight in your car. Put them in the trunk so they can’t be seen from the windows. Additionally, place these items in the trunk before you arrive at your destination in case any prying eyes watch where you store your valuables.

Warning Bells

Visible or audible devices can deter thieves. Steering wheel locks, brake locks, window etching, laminated glass, or standard vehicle alarms are all options that will deter thieves, sometimes from afar! Some of these options, like steering wheel and brake locks, are relatively inexpensive and can truly decrease the probability that your car will be stolen.

Track It Down

Tracking devices are also highly effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. These devices emit a signal to police or monitoring stations when the vehicle is reported stolen. In order to report your car as stolen, remember that you must have the make and model of your car, VIN number, and license plate number.

Vehicle theft is rampant in the United States, but your vehicle doesn’t have to be part of that statistic. Protecting your car against auto theft is easy and quick, and definitely worth the benefits. Lock your car, park in well lit areas, and use common sense. Keep your car and your valuables safe!