- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2005

New-car sales create used-vehicle bargains

Used-car prices are expected to drop by an average of 4 percent to 5 percent with the recent surge in new-car sales.

Paul Taylor, chief economist with the National Automobile Dealers Association, pointed out the availability of traded-in vehicles.

“There are tremendous bargains for customers looking for basic transportation,” he said.

Gaithersburg cruise-in every Wednesday

The Silver Diner in Gaithersburg is hosting a classic car cruise-in each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. until Labor Day.

Owners are invited to show off their classic vehicles and spectators can inspect them free of charge.

The weekly cruise-in is held in the parking lot of the restaurant, which is located on Russell Avenue.

For more information, call 240/632-2900.

Vehicle festival, barbecue planned

The Charles County Fairgrounds is hosting “Fire Storm III,” a bike-rod-truck festival and barbecue cook-off tomorrow in La Plata, Md.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., costs $10 per person, or $2 less with a donation of two items of canned food for the hungry. Children under 12 are admitted free.

It will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 301/893-2900 or visit www.fireupthundrout.com.

Times show slated for Sept. 4 in McLean

The 17th “Out of the Past Revue,” hosted by The Washington Times, will be held this year on Sept. 4 at the Spring Hill Recreation Center in McLean.

The show field is open only to vehicles that have appeared in Vern Parker’s “Out of the Past” column in the AutoWeekend section.

The free event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with winning vehicles chosen by popular vote of those attending.

Fax or mail items of interest to Bill O’Brien, Auto Notes, The Washington Times, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Use fax number 202/832-2167. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before publication on Friday.

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