This post is sponsored by SheBuysCars.com and partnering with Toyota Boston to attend the 2017 New England International Auto Show. All views expressed are that of our own.
My Favorite Vehicles at the 2017 New England Auto Show
I am so thankful that I was asked to join She Buys Cars as an ambassador at the 2017 New England Auto Show. As someone who has had Car Buying Anxiety for many years, it wouldn’t seem like this would be a good fit for me, but my car buying experiences here in New England with Grappone Automotive Group and their no-haggle pricing policy has really helped ease some of my anxiety. We were honored to be joined by the owner, Amanda, who is a 4th Generation Grappone running the business. You can catch part of her speech on one of my Facebook Live posts. People come from all parts of the country to buy cars from them! We also had the opportunity to tour the show floor with Scotty from She Knows Cars, and she shared some valuable information on what is new, trending, and unique from the major automotive brands. I’ll be sharing more of that information soon! As I drove home from Boston last Thursday, I had time to think and reflect on my experience at the Boston Auto Show and come up with some Tips for Attending an Auto Show.
- Prepare in Advance: There are hundreds of cars at the Boston Auto Show. If you plan to be in the market to purchase a car in the near future, have an idea of the makes & models you want to explore before you arrive. You can view a floor map when you arrive, and plan a strategy to make sure you have time to visit the cars you want to see.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes: You want to make sure you wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be doing a LOT of walking. There is a large space to cover! You also want to wear comfortable clothes, so you can climb in and out of numerous vehicles to find the one that feels perfect for you and your family! There is also an area to check your coat, so if it’s a typical New England winter day, you don’t need to carry around a heavy, bulky coat.
- Bring a cross-body bag if you’re bringing a handbag so your hands are free when climbing in and out of cars. You also won’t put it down inside a car and leave it behind!
- TOUCH and Explore: Don’t be afraid to push buttons, open doors, adjust mirrors or seats. The specialists want you to get comfortable in and familiar with the cars they’re presenting!
- Take Notes: I used the Voice Notes feature in my phone. I set it to record and as I was in a vehicle, I hit the record button to take note of what I liked in each vehicle, what I wished it had, features I wanted to put on my MUST HAVE list, and more.
- Ask Questions: If you aren’t sure how something works, what differentiates one model from the next, or what the vehicle specs and features are, ASK the product specialist. They’ll be happy to answer your questions, offer additional information, brochures, etc. No question is too silly or “dumb” so don’t be intimidated to ask anything!
- Take Pictures: I took pictures of the vehicles I wanted to really highlight, and the signs that showed the make/model/specs/features. When I got home, it was easy to match them up and do further research online when I was talking things over with Nick. It can get confusing when you see so many cars at once, you won’t want to get them mixed up 🙂 Taking a selfie with an exotic sports car is fun for everyone;) Be sure to use the official #BostonAutoShow hashtag for any pictures you share online, they may just repost it!
- Relax, Have Fun, and Enjoy: This is a laid back, pressure-free environment where you can really take the opportunity to investigate cars you’re interested in, or just explore cars that may be WAY beyond your budget, but like me, still have in my dreams! Some brands even offer test drives. Next year, I plan to allow more time, so I can sit in, see, touch, and explore more vehicles!
This beautiful machine is a concept car from Lexus. I let it be known that I’d be THRILLED to have this as a replacement option when it’s time to retire my MiniVan. I’m not sure why Nick laughed… Middle-aged moms of teenagers can drive luxury sports cars. I mean, we may need to win the lottery just to afford to FEED those teenagers, so we can dream of these fun luxuries too. Dreams aren’t limited to men 🙂
In all seriousness, I fell in love with the 2017 Lexus NX 200t F Sport. It’s an SUV, priced similarly to my minivan, so it’s a realistic next car for me. It was so comfortable to sit in, I probably stayed inside it WAY too long. If you get the chance to go to the New England Auto Show, a show closer to your home, or even to visit a dealer, I encourage you to give it a test drive. I definitely plan to visit a dealer near me to test one out! If you follow me on twitter, I did a Twitter Live video post of the exterior and interior. It was my first Twitter Live post, so I apologize for it being so jumpy and somehow I lost the audio.
When we purchased my Minivan, we had narrowed down our top 2 choices to the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. The two were very close in most aspects, and I almost chose the Sienna. I’d recommend either one to anyone in the market. When I saw the Sienna at the Auto Show, I did spend a good bit of time looking at it, sitting in it, checking out all of the features, and doing compare/contrast to mine. You never know when you’ll need to trade in, and if we find ourselves in that situation while still in the MiniVan phase of life, this is definitely a contender.
Speaking of dreams….this is the 2017 911 Targa 4S. Granted, it costs more than my first HOUSE, and it won’t haul teenagers. However, it was amazing to sit in and enjoy the luxury for a little while. It’s all wheel drive, so it would also be able to handle the roads here in New England during the winter. It will also make your husband, children, brother VERY jealous (or so I’ve heard, haha!), and they’ll want to make plans to go to the closest auto show immediately.
2017 Honda Accord 4D EX-L, the car featured above was priced under $30,000 at the New England Auto Show.
I think this would be a great car for my kids because of all the safety features with multiple airbags, beams, brake assist, and Honda LaneWatch (I have this on my Honda MiniVan, it’s great!). This particular car also came with Remote Engine Start, which is a fantastic feature during harsh New England winters, when it’s so cold in the mornings!
2017 Honda Civic Hatch EX-L Navi, the car featured above was priced under $27,00 at the New England Auto Show.
When I returned home from the New England Auto Show, Nick and the kids were excited to see the pictures I took, and ask questions about some of the vehicles. They kids liked the 2017 Honda Civic. It did have the same safety features as the Accord, but they think the Civic looks sportier than the Accord, so it’s “cooler”.
I love my Honda Odyssey, so of course I couldn’t walk past the one featured at the New England Auto Show without taking a quick peek 🙂 I will admit, I was resistant to join the Minivan Family, but the reality was that our family needed one. With growing teenagers, we needed the space for all of their sports gear, instruments, school paraphernalia, friends, a cooler for snacks, groceries, and just room for hormonal brothers to spread out while we are on the go. It’s suited our family well, and we’re really enjoying it!
When we arrived at the auto show, some of the cars were covered in sheets, to be revealed later in the day. I wanted to get back over to the display to see these, but there were so many fabulous cars to look at that I didn’t get a chance. The boys refer to these as the cars you can drive when you become famous, or win the lottery 🙂
There are SO MANY additional cars that I took pictures of, notes on, and really enjoyed viewing. Don’t be surprised if you see more posts in the near future highlighting those and some of the special features they offer! If you weren’t able to make it to the 2017 New England Auto Show, I encourage you to put it on your calendar for next year! The Convention Center had so many makes and models of vehicles from most every automotive brand I’ve ever heard of (and some that were new to me!). Guide books were available at the entrance and highlighted features of many of the cars, so be sure to pick one up on your way in! If you don’t live near New England, be sure to look for an Auto Show near you, there may still be time to enjoy one this season!