While self-driving cars might be the way of the future, they’ll definitely be leaving some people in the dust. And who might those people be? They are the ones who rely on driving for income; i.e. taxi drivers, Uber drivers, Lyft drivers, and people who both own and operate private transportation services. According to CNBC, over 2.5% of Arizona’s population make their living off of driving employment, with men constituting over four percent of that total, and women making up less than one percent. Even though these percentages and numbers a...

When we think about luxury vehicles, there are definitely a few brands that come to mind: Lexus, BMW, Porsche, Rolls Royce, and everything in between. The same goes for affordable, mainstream brands as well: Honda, Toyota, Ford, and basically everything else we don’t consider as a luxury vehicle. That being said, what’s the real difference between luxury and affordable cars? Most notably, the biggest difference is price. While some luxury vehicles can reach upwards of one million dollars, mainstream cars tend to hover around the $30-50,000 rang...

Continuing our series on the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Car rankings, here are the results for this years “Best Vehicle Brand” recipients… Overall Best Car Brand: Mazda. This year, Mazda has taken the cake for being recognized as the best overall car brand. Not only are the various Mazda models known for their spacious interiors, but they have also impressed judges and drivers alike with their impressive gas mileage. In particular, the Mazda6 had the best overall performance score for a midsize car. Best Luxury Brand: Porsche....

Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases information on everything from “top colleges” to “most livable cities.” Somewhere in between those topics, rankings for “best cars” are published online for readers all over the world. In this particular segment of the 2016 Best Cars series, we will be looking at what manufacturers and which models ranked highest for families. Minivans: This year, the Honda Odyssey championed the best family minivan, beating out other competitors like the Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona. Scoring an 8.9 out of...

Just as buying a brand new car can be a stressful experience, buying a used can car be equally, if not more, stressful. Whether you’re considering purchasing from an independent owner or certified used car salesperson, worries regarding previous accidents, routine inspections, and prior mechanical issues are unanimously felt. At VIP European Auto, we’re not only concerned about the interior and exterior of your car, but more importantly; your safety. If you’re looking into purchasing a used vehicle, we strongly advise you keep the following tip...

This month it is all about insurance here on the VIP European Auto blog. Auto insurance is a large, wide-ranging topic. So far, we have discussed the major types of coverages you can carry on your policy, and we have detailed a few of the more popular insurance add-ons. Rounding out our education on auto-insurance, today we are going to dip back into the world of insurance add-ons and learn about more ways you can customize your insurance policy to your specific needs. Let’s do it! Gap Insurance – While gap insurance is technically considere...

Welcome back to the VIP European Auto blog. This month we are taking some time out to discussing the complex and esoteric world of car insurance. Sometimes, it seems like the only people who really understand car insurance, are the car insurance agencies themselves. Frankly, that can feel a little disconcerting. When it comes to car insurance, we feel the more you know, the better. In our last blog post, we provided some in-depth information regarding specific insurance terms and coverages types. The coverages which we discussed in that blog we...

How do you feel when you make your monthly car insurance payment? You probably don’t love it. We are willing to bet no one really loves paying for car insurance. However, it is one of those necessary facts of life. Car insurance is something you rarely think about until you actually need it. When you do end up needing to use your insurance policy, it can almost be lifesaving. We are here to ask you, when was the last time you looked closely at your car insurance policy? Do you know what you are paying for? Do you know exactly what you are cover...

Let’s establish one thing, cars are amazing. Sure, they may be less essential in cities like New York or Chicago where the public transportation is amazing, but here in Phoenix, it is almost impossible to survive without one. But true car connoisseurs understand, cars are much more than just a means of transportation. They are pieces of art and history. They are style, design and power all woven together in one incredible machine. Nowadays, we couldn’t image life without cars. However, such a time existed. In fact, in a historical perspective, ...

Times are changing. Technology is improving at an exponential pace. That means that as technology improves, we get better at improving technology. Just 50 years ago, simple computers were so large they required entire floors to store them. And these computers had less computing power than what you would find in a modern low-quality calculator. The smartphones which we use on a daily basis, the devices which have become nearly ubiquitous, would be almost unrecognizable to the individuals who helped create early computers. It is almost impossi...