- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2008

2-day swap meet in Frederick, Md.

The Sugarloaf Mountain Region’s 38th annual indoor/outdoor auto parts swap meet and auction is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

During the two days, there will be a car corral, collectibles, crafts and food and drink on site at Patrick and Franklin streets.

Gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., and there will be raffles and door prizes both days.

The auto & parts auction is scheduled for noon Saturday.

Admission is free but vendors must pay a fee. For more information about the location and vending rules, call Bob Clubb at 301/831-0300, or send e-mail to [email protected], or send a fax to 301/831-5144.

Local dealer named GM dealer of year

Charles T. Lindsay III, a Cadillac dealer in Alexandria, last week was named General Motors dealer of the year during an awards ceremony in New York City.

He was presented with a Steuben glass obelisk representing excellence and high achievement.

“Lindsay Cadillac Company has successfully blended extraordinary sales and customer service into one dealership,” said Mark LaNeve, group vice president of vehicle sales, service and marketing for GM North America.

McQueen’s ‘40 bike may bring $80,000

In an auction that matches screen icon and iconic object, a 1940 Indian Scout motorcycle owned by Steve McQueen comes up at Bonhams on May 3 during the California show called “Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d’Elegance,” according to Bloomberg News.

The sporty red motorcycle, restored by the actor for competitions, may fetch as much as $80,000, the auction house said. It’s being sold by the motorcycle-seat maker Michael Corbin.

“He’s one of the few celebrities who adds value to a motorcycle,” said Andrew Reilly, a specialist in Bonhams’ motoring department. “Normally the celebrity factor makes it more salable, but not necessarily at a higher price.”

Bonhams will auction the Indian Scout — which comes with a letter from Mr. McQueen’s children certifying that it belonged to their late father — along with other motorcycles belonging to Mr. Corbin at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Trust owner manual for maintenance

Motor Matters says the best way to keep your vehicle in good driving condition is to follow the manufacturer’s schedule outlined in the owner’s manual.

Many repair shops schedule maintenance on a more-frequent basis compared with the manufacturer’s schedule. If that happens to you, ask the repair shop to explain the reason for their schedule beyond the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Basic black tops car-color preference

CarMax, Inc. the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, reports that the color black topped the list in February as the most popular color for vehicle searches conducted on carmax.com.

“We find color choice is a very important consideration for customers when car shopping,” said Mark Simmons, Purchasing Manager in San Diego. “I am not surprised that black tops the list. The color black looks good on nearly every make and model.”

Extended warranty shopping advised

For consumers who want peace of mind and don’t mind paying for an extended warranty, Consumer Reports offers the following advice: Don’t feel pressured to buy an extended warranty at the time of buying a new car.

Instead, shop about six months before the vehicle’s factory warranty runs out. Ask for and have a trusted mechanic review sample contracts before buying the extended warranty.

Mail items of interest to Auto Notes, care of Bill O’Brien, The Washington Times Copy Desk, 3600 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, or send information via e-mail to bobrien@ washingtontimes.com.

The deadline is 5 p.m. on the Monday before the date of publication.

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