Amped and “app’d” to prevent distracted driving

These top five apps will help you break the texting and driving habit and make you a more responsible driver.


Driving is invigorating. Doing so well – with one’s full attention – is one of life’s most valuable skills. So why are so many people, especially younger drivers, willing to turn away from the experience and risk the lives of others, and their own, by focusing on their smartphones while on the road? Like millions of people throughout society and in the industry, this is a question I grapple with. Sadly, one out of four car accidents in the U.S is caused by texting and driving. Equally troubling, texting and driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
Most studies indicate that millennials, my generation, are particularly stubborn when it comes to this fatal habit. A survey from Erie Insurance suggests that when it comes to texting and driving, 44 percent of millennials and 40 percent of Gen Z hold the view that it is ok to text and drive when they feel it is safe. This point of view needs to change; this behavior needs to be fought.
Fighting fire with fire
A part of the solution may come from one of the main sources of the problem: apps and smartphones. Thanks to some ingenious mavericks and tech-savvy developers, there are new apps now available that can help you become more responsible while driving. Here’s a list of our top five.
Best app for businesses: Cellcontrol
This app is great for companies whose employees spend a lot of time on the road. It gives administrators complete control over their employees’ mobile usage behind the wheel. Employees download the app to block access to texts, emails, incoming calls, games, and notifications while driving. The app is a subscription-based service that comes with a device that can be inserted under the dashboard to block texts, emails and camera use while the car is in motion.
Best app for parents: Drive Safe Mode
This app is perfect for parents who are looking to monitor the cell phone usage of new and young drivers.
Drive Safe Mode prevents texting, social media and emailing whenever the phone is inside of a moving car. It also notifies your parents if the phone is active in the car, if the car is going above the speed limit or if the app is turned off when the car is moving. Parents also have the power to shut down their teen driver’s phone by logging on to the Drive Safe Mode website, if they feel their teen is inappropriately using the phone.
Best app for techies: Drivemode
Developed by AT&T, the app automatically turns on when the car is in motion. The app comes with safety features such as auto-reply, which means the app turns off all your incoming texts and sends auto-reply messages to inform your friends, family and coworkers that you are driving.
Best app for gamers: TrueMotion Family
Not only does TrueMotion Family track your phone usage, speed and location while driving, it also tracks how safely you drive by providing a score between 0 to 100 and shows details, such as where and when distractions, speeding and aggressive driving occurred. You can add family members and friends to share scores, trips and locations so that you can all work together to drive safely.
Best app for the non-app user: OneTap
Simple to use, OneTap automatically responds to texts and calls while driving. The app also allows you to add friends and family so that you can check their driving status before you call them.
Distracted driving is reckless, life-threatening, increasingly criminal and wholly avoidable. It also pulls your attention from a task – driving – that truly screams for your full attention. The next time you’re in a car, remember to put the phone away or, armed with this Top Five list, to select the right app for the ride.


Harry Kasparian is the millennial vice president of, part of HGrégoire, a network of more than 22 new and pre-owned car dealerships in North America. For more info, visit:


The Best Car for Every Millennial

By Harry Kasparian

We millennials have everyone confused. We have varying views on marriage, corporate culture and even travel. Our spending habits are historically unconventional. Every industry is trying to accommodate and capitalize to our tastes and values. The automotive industry is no different. After all, we are today’s largest generation with the highest purchasing power of any group before us.

A popular misconception is that we aren’t buying cars at all. However, the truth is millennials are, but we are doing so at our own pace. Millennials prefer, for example, short-term commitments and don’t necessarily want to own a car for more than five years. And just like the trend of postponing marriage and rearing children, some of us are also delaying the big car purchase until our 30s.

Defined as those born between the years of 1980 to 1996, millennials are seen as a diverse and complex group. While we have different wants and beliefs, one thing is for sure: when it comes to our attitudes toward cars and car ownership, we don’t see our vehicle as just a means of transportation. Rather, it’s an extension of our personality and the gateway to the lifestyle we want.

Choosing a car is always an adventure. So to help you navigate the numerous options out there, here’s my list of the best cars that reflect who you are and where you’re going:

1) The Always-Connected

If you’re attached to your phone, connectivity to you is important. As soon as you get into the driver’s seat you want your phone to display your route and sync your playlist seamlessly, freeing you up to focus on the road, distracted free. For first time buyers, look into a Chevy Cruz, Honda Accord, Honda Civic or a Nissan Altima. They all offer the latest technology to keep you driving hands free. These cars are also sporty enough for someone on a modest budget. Best of all, the latest models can help you safely parallel park and/or warn you of oncoming traffic to avoid collisions, helping you feel more comfortable if you’re new on the road.


Everyone loves new bells and whistles, but ensure you understand (and need) all the features that come with the vehicle. Look into older models and purchase off season to lock in a good price.

2) The Un-Soccer Mom

If your birth year falls into the earlier tip of the millennial bracket, chances are you’re balancing a career with a baby on the way. However, you wouldn’t naturally gravitate toward the typical minivan. Car manufacturers have tuned into your needs and have supplied subcompact SUVs as the answer. Take a look at the Buick Encore, Buick Envision, GMC Terrain or Mazda CX-3. These models are multifunctional – sleek enough to park in your reserved spot at the office with room for cargo and family life.


We know you’re busy, but it helps to do your research. Get price quotes online and get pre-approved financing from sites like Ensure you have accurate figures, especially when you’ll have to start budgeting for a growing family.

3) The Hustler

You are no longer the company intern and you’re hitting your stride in your career. You want your vehicle to reflect your ambition but without appearing overly confident.  Luxury car manufacturers have introduced lower-price point models, such as the Mercedes CLA, BMW 1-series, Lexus CT 200h and Audi A3, with the goal to entice and mold you into a life-long customer. If a designer brand doesn’t resonate with you, but you still crave a vehicle with performance and design, additional options are a Subaru WRX, Subaru BRX and the Nissan GTR.


Since you might be looking to upgrade your vehicle sooner than the average person, make sure to ask about the trade in value of your car or what it would re-sell for in the future. If you’re already thinking of selling, visit sites like, which is a simple platform to sell your vehicle for maximum value.


4) The Scenester

Like most of us, your social calendar is full – from brunch dates to a night out with friends, you live for interaction. To you, driving your car is a joy in and of itself. You want your vehicle to be fun and unique. Try the Mini Cooper, Scion TC or Ford Focus. Not only do these cars serve as a conversation starter, but they have the best sound systems, allowing you to set the mood prior to arriving at your destination.


With your always-on-the-go schedule, ensure to enquire about models that require less maintenance and general upkeep.


5) The Weekend Warrior

You work hard and play hard. As soon as the weekend hits, you want to jump into your car for the next adventure.  And if you are among the 60 per cent of millennials who are single, you’re free for impromptu weekend getaways at a moment’s notice. A Jeep Renegade, Jeep Trailhawk, Jeep Cherokee or a Ford F-Series pickup may be just the ride for you. They can handle any terrain and give plenty of room – whether it’s to store your gear or provide legroom for your crew.


Look for cars that have low mileage based on its year. On average, people drive their cars 12,000 to 15,000 miles annually. Do some quick calculations to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.


While the above tips may help, above all, do your research and take a car out on a test drive. Also ask about refund and exchange policies, in case you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase. Pre-owned car dealerships like allow you to check out hundreds of models online. Once you’re ready to take the car out for a spin, the dealership guarantees it will be available when you arrive, and you have seven days from the point of purchase to return your vehicle in the off chance you change your mind.

Harry Kasparian is the millennial vice president of marketing and communications at, which is part of HGrégoire, a network of more than 22 new and pre-owned car dealerships in North America. For more info, visit:

How To Protect Yourself From Hurricane Damaged Cars

In a recent article by USA Today, it states over a million cars are expected to be damaged or destroyed by the flooding and surge from Hurricane Harvey and Irma. So what does that mean for you? Well, if you’re looking to buy a used vehicle, there could be the potential that these cars make their way to dealers lots.

The article continues, explaining how this can happen, which is mainly through auctions after insurance companies are through with them, by sale by owner and forged documentation. Unfortunately, often times the sellers of these vehicles take it upon themselves to clean, replace and make the vehicles appear to be normal. What the unsuspecting buyer doesn’t know is that they are likely rotting from the inside out.

With all this in mind. We at, who are located in Miami and forged through Hurricane Irma like many others, wanted to provide car buyers with several ways they can make sure the car they are buying will last one the roads:

Use a car history report service:

You’ve likely heard of CarFax, but there are others as well, such as These services basically all do the same thing: look up the vehicle’s history so you know where it’s been and who owned it. The real advantage to these reports for hurricane areas is that you can see if the car you’re about to buy was in an area that sustained flooding or surge as well as whether an insurance company might have given the vehicle a flood or salvage title. At the end of the day, these are relatively cheap ways to gain a little extra peace of mind during your car buying experience.

Look over the car yourself:

Don’t sell yourself short! You can be your own best friend in these situations as you’re upfront and personal with the vehicle on the lot. Take some time to slowly look over every inch of the car or truck both inside and out. Does the car smell a little moldy? Do you see discoloration anywhere in the carpet or on the paint? Do you see a bit of rust forming on the undercarriage? These can all be things you can see with your own eyes. If you do see any of these issues, as the dealer what’s up and proceed to a local mechanic.

Go to a mechanic:

Ok, another possible no brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take the car they are about to buy to a licensed mechanic, especially if you see any of the issues we previously mentioned above. In most cases, this happens because people think that dealer themselves is honest and has mechanics that probably checked the car over. While this often times is true, it’s like getting a second opinion on a medical diagnoses. It can’t hurt! Mechanics will often times charge you a small fee to go over the car, but many will do it for free as well. We highly recommend this step in the process.

Come to

Time for the shameless plug! But seriously, it’s for good reason. At, we thoroughly check our vehicles for speedometer inconsistencies, flood damage, total damage, rebuilt titles, and much more. And, yes, we even allow you to drive the car off the lot and get it checked by your own mechanic, before even purchasing it. We call of of this being a TRUST Verified dealer. At the end of the day, we even have a 7-day exchange policy.

So whether it’s a BMW and Mercedes or a Toyota and Ford, we want to make your car shopping experience a positive one. Even if it’s not with us! So protect yourselves out there, because as the USA Today article stated, over a million cars will likely be hitting lots near you and, trust us, you don’t want to be driving one of them.

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5 helpful tips when buying a new car.

Car buying should always be a great experience. We decided to ask a couple of our sales personnel what they felt were the best tips to go by when purchasing a car. Here’s what they told us:

  1. Narrow your choices.

When purchasing a car, it’s natural to want to purchase every good looking vehicle you see. It’s comparable to a kid in a candy story, however, you it’s best to narrow your choices down to models that are within your price range. Research trending vehicles. This can help you quickly find the best economical vehicles with the most fuel efficiency.



2. Always Think about the future.

If you’re planning to replace your car within 36 months, you might want to really think about your financing options. In the long run, you don’t want to end up paying more money for a vehicle than what it’s really worth.  



3. Always set a budget

Before you start looking at any car it is very important that you take the time to set a budget for yourself.  Consider what you can truly afford. Don’t focus so much on the monthly payments, but focus on the overall price which includes insurance and other add-ons that you may be interested in.



4. Give yourself time

Never buy a car on your first visit. Give yourself at least two weekends to buy a car. Remember that this is a major purchase, you shouldn’t rush it. Give yourself time to budget yourself, get some numbers and take a few cars on a test drive.


5. Show me the Carfax.

Do not run the risk of buying a car with a costly problem. Always ask for the Carfax to avoid later headaches.


How To Sell Your Car In Miami


Congratulations! You’ve decided you want to get a new car for yourself, but now have the daunting task of trying to figure out what to do with your old ride. Do you try to sell it personally, try a dealership, or trade it in? Most often, it comes down to where you can get the best value. Below are a few things to keep in mind when you’re trying to figure out the next best step:


Sell it yourself:

Phew! You may be in for a lot of work if you try to sell your old car yourself. With the various number of ways to post a car for sale, it is a crowded place online or in print to get your vehicle noticed. Sure, there’s craigslist,, cargurus and hundreds of other platforms to list online and with potential buyers constantly scouring the Internet for deals, you might just get lucky.


There are myriad of ways to sell yourself, including:

  • Car websites
  • Social media
  • Forums
  • Word of mouth

But, the real question is, do you have time to wait? Most likely, you’re itching to get your old ride sold so you can get behind a new set of wheels.


Sell to a dealership:

If you’re crunched for time, dealerships will most likely be open to purchasing your vehicle from you. While the convenience is definitely there, it’s been our experience that these dealerships are going to judge the value of your car very strictly and most likely give you an offer that’s under its value. So, if you’re cool with not getting what you deserve for you car then go for it!


A couple other questions to ask yourself before you visit a dealership to sell:

  • Is it worth driving around to multiple dealerships to get the best offer?
  • Is it worth them pressuring you to buy your new car from their lot?
  • Are you prepared to have to wait for your money? (Yes, most won’t be able to cut you a check on the spot)


To recap, dealerships can be an ideal way to sell your old car quickly, but you need to be willing to take less than what you deserve. There’s always a trade off.


Sell to HGreg:

Sure, we are a dealership, but we are a different kind of dealership. One that has been around for a long time and has more than 20 locations in North America. What does that mean? It means we understand customers and what they need and want.


You can think of us as the best of both worlds between selling it yourself and going to a dealership and here’s why:


First-hand value: Gone are the days of tire-kickers and window-shoppers, and you can forget about wasting time advertising your car. Bring your car to and we’ll give you a fair price for your car. We’ll even take care of paying off your loan, so you can wipe your hands clean of your vehicle.


Ultra-fast payment: Get paid faster than you can get from zero-60. After our appraisers inspect your car at the dealership, we’ll issue an offer for your car. Appraisals are on the house, and if you decide to take our offer, we’ll cut a check while you wait.


No strings attached: Some dealers give lowball offers if you aren’t willing to trade your car in towards a new vehicle. We’re proud to be different from the other guys, in that regardless of your intentions to upgrade your car, your car is always worth the same.


TRADE IN, SAVE MORE: In addition to finding the car of your dreams, trading in your vehicle at HGreg, also helps you save up to 6% on sales taxes. It’s a win-win!


Most importantly, we are ready to make you an offer. Visit here to find out more. Let’s get you into that new car TODAY!

5 Important Features Every Car in Miami Needs

There are only a few products that you can buy today, that are as diverse as cars. Hundreds of makes and models exist with even more features at your fingertips, such as air conditioning, power steering, GPS or Wi-Fi. However, when it comes to trying to figure out what features your next Miami car should have, we at HGreg have a few that stick out from the rest.

Roadside Assistance

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of roadside assistance. It’s a pretty common feature for a car owner, but usually, it comes after the purchase. Meaning, you’re likely to get it through a third party, like AAA, after you drive the car off the lot. Sometimes certain manufacturers will offer it as well with a purchase, but it can’t be guaranteed and is likely tied to a limited time promotion.

But what if you could guarantee it before even signing for your new car? HGreg offers one year of 24-hour roadside assistance with every vehicle purchase.


That’s right, nitrogen. Your tires are an expense you normally don’t think much about when it comes to purchasing a car. Even if your tires are new, in a year or so, they will have to be replaced. With many tires costing more than $100 a piece, you’re looking at a pretty big expense to get them replaced. So, if you could make them last longer, wouldn’t you?

That’s why at HGreg we fill all our cars’ tire with nitrogen. This helps your tires last up to 50% longer than those filled with regular air, improves fuel economy up to 10%, and decreases the likelihood of inflation problems by up to 75%. Now that’s a breath of fresh air.


Not many people are in the position to buy a new car in cash. For most of us, we need to go through the process of financing. While just about every car can come with financing these days, it’s more about the individual that affects what you can and cannot afford.

To make sure we get you the absolute best rate possible, we work with over 25 lenders. Approval is simple, and you could be out the door and into your car within in as little as 30 minutes—so you can start driving, faster.

Commission Free

If you buy your next car at a dealership, you’ll likely run into salespeople. They are there to help you in your car buying experience whether it be talking details, test driving, financing or filling out paperwork. What most people don’t realize is that many of these salespeople work on a commission which is a percentage of a total sale. What does this mean for you? They will want to try to get you into the most expensive car you can afford so they make more.

However, HGreg is different. Our associates are incentivized based on customer service performance, not by how many cars they sell. In fact, they all work commission-free, ensuring that they’ll help find a car that best suits your life.

The Right Price

What better feature can a car have than being the right price, right? Honestly, it’s probably one of the biggest concerns buyers have, which is thinking they can pay less for a car somewhere else.

At HGreg you don’t have to worry about buyer’s remorse. We offer the absolute lowest prices in Miami – guaranteed.

You can learn more about these features and more by visiting here or contacting an HGreg representative.

Three Ways to Buy a Car in Miami


You’ve saved up. You’ve decided you want a new car. You’ve even narrowed it down to the type and style of vehicle you want. But now comes the hardest part: where to buy?


One thing is for sure, there are no shortages of places to buy a car these days. The reality is that with the boom in technology and the Internet, it has made it especially easy to locate and buy. So what are we here to tell you today? We at HGreg want to help spotlight the most popular ways to find a car today and what’s going to work best to get you into your new car.

Personal Ads

Personal car listings have been around for a long time. They originated in places like newspapers, but quickly became so popular publications began printing their own classifieds. Even with all the digital options today, people still can find print classifieds and most major newspapers, even the local ones, have a section for them.

Now back to those digital options. Historically, platforms like craigslist have been an ideal place to find people selling their own personal items, such as a vehicle. However, A multitude of others exist as well. Similar to a listing you’d see in the paper, the online versions provide type, style, details and pricing.

When it comes personal ads, our recommendation is to basically be careful. While you can sometimes find one hell of a deal, the reality is that dealing with other individuals selling their vehicles leaves you vulnerable to many things, including false ads and uninspected vehicles. Now, that’s not to say it’s not a viable option, but one should be careful.

Online Sales

While online personal ads are a dime a dozen, there’s a recent trend in websites that are attempting to sell cars directly to you without you having to leave your couch. By visiting sites like Carvana, you can search an inventory of vehicles from anywhere. From there, you can check out all the details, including price, take a virtual tour and have it delivered to your door.


We aren’t sure about you, but this makes us nervous. There’s something about being able to physically see a vehicle and drive it that makes you feel better about the amount of money a car costs. Now that’s not to say that these types of selling options will not someday be the primary way people buy cars, but for now, this is another one to be cautious of.


There’s something about driving onto a car lot with the gleam of the cars, shine of the tires, and smiles of the sales associates, that makes dealerships a special experience. Now, we are a bit biased, but if you look at the reasons why a dealership is a great place to buy a car, we think you’ll agree. There may be fewer physical dealerships in Miami than any online options, but it also gives you the one thing those others don’t have, the opportunity to look, touch and drive immediately.


Some other reasons that a dealership might be the way to go for your next vehicle is that most offer an exchange policy. We know we have returned a few things in our days after buying them in the store and cars should be no different. For example, at HGreg, if you drive off the lot and don’t love your car, we have a 30 day exchange policy! Another reason dealerships are ideal is that they thoroughly inspect their vehicles before selling them. Most of them, like HGreg, have on-premise mechanics that make sure your new purchase is in top shape before you drive it home. Our cars are all HGreg TRUST Verified, too. You can read more about that here.

Lastly, in an age of screen to screen engagement that rules most of our days, it’s really nice to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eyes, and work together to find you what you need.


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