An Ode to the Past

They say the future is the way to go, that everything hopeful is to look ahead. However, if you do not pay attention to the past, you miss out on great treasures. Here at Carlife we have an avid appreciation for classic cars, and not just the auto repair side of it, but the character that is etched into each historical car. There is so much more behind a car, and the cars of the past have stories that could speak for themselves. If you look hard enough, pay attention, the past can teach us some powerful things, and give us a new perspective on life.

With the car being invented in 1885, since then there has been vast improvements and additions. There are thousands of makes, models, styles, and sizes of cars. Today we are going to highlight one of the thousands from the past that brings out a deep character we love. Meet the beautiful, character infused Packard 901 Sedan from 1932.


Packard 1932

The Packard Motor Car Company was located in Detroit Michigan, and sought to create a new model for the year to boost their marketing during the depression. They built this car to compete with other higher end models of the day. The Packard 901 series was a four door, five passenger sedan, or a two door 2/4 passenger, priced at the time from $1,750 to $2,485 depending on the model, light eight or standard eight.


The Depression

The Packard Sedan of 1932 came at one of the largest economic downturns in history. The great depression began in the United States and became worldwide news with the stock market crash October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). The great depression affected the rich, the poor and everyone in between. International trade plummeted extensively, and the unemployment rate in America rose to 25%. The depression hit industry really hard. People lost their jobs, farmers prices were cut to a dangerous level and families struggled to feed their children.
Throughout the devastation, Packard sought to come out on top by creating their 1932 series. This series was at the end of the depression age and the company worked to bring about customers to the new model. The car was not ful luxury, but offered many amenities that could compete with the other models geared toward upper middle class individuals of the time.


Character

The cars today are not created out of a depression, but out of other motivations. The interesting aspect of the Packard 901 Sedan from 1932 is what it saw during its invention. The economy was devastated, families were just trying to come back, jobs were starting to come back around, and there was hope in the air that things could change. The Packard Sedan of 1932 not only is a beautiful design, but it represents a time that struggled, toiled and worked to find hope in a hopeless time.

Recognize the beauty and the story from everything around you, including classic cars. They have their own brand, their own style and their own story. Find out what it is, and come to Carlife to tell us!



Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (6/22/2017) (Flickr)Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

Craziest Cars

Have you ever wondered what people have come up with when creating or inventing cars? Let’s find out! Here at Carlife, we love everything about automotives from repairs, to services to custom cars. We love to embrace what people have done and the way their minds work. Everyone has a mind that works entirely different that anyone else, and is wired so specifically, like each car. When we look at the past cars from the 1954 oldsmobile to the present 2017 Audi R8, we realize the beauty behind the make up. Each part was individually designed in the vehicles and took creative minds to build such beauty.

Craziest Car Ideas

People have come up with amazing ideas and ways to improve their vehicles. Just a hand full of ideas we have found are:
-Grass car-covered in grass from top to bottom
-Double Car- a car stacked on top of another car. Pretty scary if you ask me.
-Telephone Car- shaped and created like an old school telephone
-Wooden Car- the body is made entirely of wood.
-Art Car- all of the craziest types of art in order to express who they are was all over.

The point is that people get creative. They release whatever is in their heart onto their vehicle. It is impressive, noteworthy and admirable.

A vehicle is not just about transportation. People are passionate about their cars because the car becomes a part of their motivation of moving forward in life. It creates opportunities for people to be seen in a different way, a way to express who they are, and who they want to be.

In what way does your vehicle express who you are? How is your personality shown in your car? Come to Carlife and let’s chat about your car and what we can do for you!


Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (6/02/2017) James Trosh (Flickr)

Our Belief at CARLIFE

CARLIFE Auto Repair is an Arizona-based automotive service and repair company serving the Glendale/Peoria, Scottsdale, and Gilbert/Mesa communities . We are dedicated to unparalleled customer service and communication and are the premier auto care and repair company in Arizona. Our staff is not content until you are fully satisfied and we strive to please our customers and make their experience a fantastic one. Our customers are of the utmost importance to us; we value your business and want to earn the right to be your life-long, auto repair company!

Our Firm Belief
You are our #1 priority! We believe our Phoenix auto repair should focus on our client’s needs. Quite simply, we are here to take care you, and your transportation needs. Your vehicle is a tremendously important asset and we are honored to have the privilege of serving you, our customer.

How are we different?
We are innovative, and want your experience to be worry-free. We strive to combine ‘Old-fashioned’ friendly service, coupled with a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

You should expect nothing but the best when it comes to Auto repair, whether it’s in Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Glendale, or Scottsdale, we have you covered. We have three Valley locations and we are here for you.

You’ll love the way we do business!

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Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (5/18/2017) Land Rover MENA (Flickr)

Auto Events in the Valley

Want a way to enjoy your passion without having to deal with auto repairs? What about a place to see the beauty of different vehicles, get tips for your own needs and have some fun with the family? Carlife (serving Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria, and Glendale) is more than auto services and is here to be your fun guide for the summer. There are various car shows you can check out this Summer throughout the valley if you’re brave enough to combat the heat.


Car Shows

Whether you want to participate in car shows by showing off your gem of a car, or you want to come to ogle what is out there, we have the best spots for you!


5 & Diner Car Hop for live music and great cars
When: Every 1st Friday starting in June
Where: 5220 N 16th St. Phoenix, AZ
What Time: 6pm
Cost: Free to attend, drivers get 50% off their entree


-Hillbank Grand Opening Car Show

When: June 3rd
Where: 2180 W University Dr. Tempe, AZ
What Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: Free
All classics, hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and exotics are invited to attend. There will be prizes, trophies, lunch and door prizes involved!


-Rock & Roll Car Show
When: Every Saturday
Where: Scottsdale Pavilions, 9140 E Indian Bend, Scottsdale, AZ
What Time: 4:30pm-10:00pm
Cost: Free
Whether you’re coming to look at the cars and bikes, or to get tips, this is a family, friendly event with shopping and food all around.


-Holbrook Route 66 Festival & Gunslinger Car Show

When: June 10th
Where: Downtown Holbrook, AZ
What Time: 8:00am-7:00pm
Cost: Free
This is a family friendly event where classic cars from across the nation come.There is live entertainment and food vendors along the historic route 66.


Whether you are wanting to participate with your car, or just go to the events to let your eyes feast on vehicular beauty, go to enjoy! Carlife looks forward to hearing about your adventures!



Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (6/02/2017) Berry Lewis (Flickr)