Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 18, 1973 · Page 16
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 16

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P brp 8 B NEWS-HKRALI ), Panama City. I la.. Iiu-sday, September 18,1973 Car Costs- Old And New DETROIT (UPI) -The cost of buying, owning and operating a car—like just about everything else—is going up. The operating costs have risen 14 per cent in the last four years and MIRACLE HEADQUARTERS FOR BOATS The management and staff of Miracle Strip Boat and Motors would like to thank the people of the area for a very successful year and want to remind their friends and customers that extra savings are possible on 1973 models at this time. Miracle Strip Boats and Motors carries a full line of boats, motors, the ever popular Road Runner galvinized trailer and a complete selection of accessories. Among the many name brand products carried are Glastron, Starcraft, Chaparral, Sportcraft, Mako, Terry Bass and the new look for boating, Aristo Craft. Glastron is considered to be one of the finest names in the boating f.'| industry by many experienced boating enthusiasts. Due to Glastron Boat sales for the 1973 season, Mr. and Mrs. Walton Carter and son Neal, owners of Miracle Strip Boats and motors were rewarded with a trip to Acapulco. They will be leaving soon for fun and frolic. Another fine boat that is offered at Miracle Strip Boat and Motors is the Starcraft line. Due to sales of this line, Manager Jim Taylor and his wife are going to Montego Bay, Jamaica. They too will be leaving soon. To go with fine boats such as the Glastron, Starcraft, Sportcraft, Mako, Terry Bass, A r i s t 0 c r a f t and Chaparral, Miracle Strip Boats and Motor carries the complete Mercury Motnf line from 4 to 150 horsepower. The quality and pei-formance of the Mercury is well known and respected in fishing and boating circles throughout this countrv BOATS OU THOAHDK \ »o.u J 1101 on r o and abroad. Jim Taylor says, "Now, at the order of Mr. Walton Carter, president of Miracle Strip Boat & Motors, all 1973 model boats have to be moved out to make room for the 1974's." There will be a price increase on all '74 models so now is the best time possible to go down to Miracle Strip Boats and Motors and get that dream boat you've always had in mind. Ask any member of the fine staff about the excellent financing program they offer. A plan that can put you boating the same day of purchase. Miracle Strip Boats and Motors is proud to announce the appointment of Gary Stout as service manager. A long time resident of Panama City, Gary has several years of experience in the marine service business. Stop in soon at Miracle Strip Boats and Motors at 5303 West Hwy. 98 and get the best price ever on boats and trailers during the 1973 clearance sale. Guaranteed Repairs & Fast Service on all Makes A Models Sewing Machines Large Stock of Parts for Most Makes Pfaff Sewing Machine Service Jim W. Gross 7M N. Cov* Blvd Pt»„, 785-7603 Introducing Our New Service Manager IV\R. GARY STOUT The Best Boot & Motor Service Dept. In Northwest Fla. also Includes Bill Waldo, Outboards-Charles Stump, 1-0 MIRACLE STRIP BOAT & MOTOR HDQS. 5303 W. Hwy. 98 Phone 785-1504 A.C. HOLLIS CARPET CLEANIHC A.C. Hollis, Jr. Owner & Operator WE SPECIALIZE IN CARPETS . RUGS • FURNITURE - UPHOLSTERY AND CAR UPHOLSTERY ALL WORK FREE ESTIMATES FREE PICK-UP & DELIVERY GUARANTEED 635 HARRISON PHONE: 7,5.4221 A TRUCK FOR EVERY JOB automakers are planning new price hikes on tlie .1974 models that go on sale in September. Ford is seeking the highest boost—an average $106 per car and truck—with American Motors looking for the smallest hike, $55. Chrysler will charge an average $71 more for its 1974 models while General Motors will shift its 1974 prices up by $102. And that's not the end of the price spiral this year. While the first set of price increases will be blamed on the addition of safety equipment, mainly the new seat belt -ignition interlock, the automakers will be back in \Yashington later this year to seek increases to cover the higher costs of paying their workers and suppliers. With the trend toward small cars growing, the American Automobile Association recently put together some figures that show they really are more economical. The report shows the total per-mile operating cost for an eight-cylinder standard size car equipped with automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes and radio came to 5.25 cents. For an intermediate car similarly- equipped the cost was 4.95 cents per mile, and for a compact equipped with radio and automatic transmission, the cost came to 4.2 cents per mile. When you figure in the fixed costs (insurance, depreciation and license fees), the average motorist in a standard-sized car will shell out $1,647 in 1973 if he drives abouOO.OOO miles. That's a rise of approximately $200 in the last four years and comes to about 16.5 cents a mile, says AAA. •Total costs for an intermediate would be .$218 lower than the standard model and $430 less for the compact. While the costs of owning and operating all cars are going up, automakers contend that today's automobile still is a bargain. It takes a worker less time now to earn the money for a new car than for a comparable automobile 10 years ago, they say. Ford provides some statistics on how prices have changed in 10 years. A 1963 Falcon two-door sedan with automatic transmission, radio and whitewall tires had a list price of $2,321.90. The average median family income that year was $6,249 and it took 37 per cent of that median yearly income to buy the Falcon—Ford's small car. car. Since 1963, the Falcon has disappeared. It grew bigger and bigger and finally had no market. In its place. Ford put the Maverick. It's larger than the sub-compact Pinto and the most closely comparable to the Falcon. Falcon. mirror as well as many unseen .safety items. The average family median income is now about $11,300. It took 23 per cent of that to purchase the 1973 Maverick rather than the 37 per cent to buy the Falcon 10 years ago. "Value for the dollar is an important factor in the consumer's purchasing process," says John B. Naughton, Ford vice president for sales. "Today's automobile is actually quite a bargain." bargain." He might get an argument, however, from many of the nation's motorists who find their gas tanks emptying at a fast rate because of the emissions control equipment ordered by the federal government. There's been a significant reduction since 1970 when cars averaged 14 miles per gallon. Part of that can be blamed on extra weight. The current Chevrolet, for example, has grown seven inches in length and added 502 pounds since 1968. The 1973 Maverick two-door sedan with automatic transmissions, radio and white wall tires lists at $2,538. That's $216.10 more than the Falcon cost 10 years ago. But there have been some changes. But General Motors expects to reverse the trend of the last five years when it introduces its 1975-model cars in the fall of 1974. Tests have shown the fuel economy of one model has decreased during the last five years from 13.7 miles per gallon to 10.5 m.p.g. in city driving. The addition of the If If If • If • )f )f If )f • If If catalytic converter, a muffler-like device with chemicals that convert harmful emissions into harmless gases and water, should bring mileage back up to 12.8 m.p.g. for that model. "The great advantage of the catalytic converter for exhaust emission control is that the engine can be tuned to achieve better fuel economy while the converter keeps the system in compliance with emission standards," says Dr. Craig Marks, a technical assistant to the vice president of the GM Engineering Staff. "Although all of our cars may not experience this gain," says Marks, "we hope, across our product line to approach the pre-control, 1968 fuel economy levels." • If If * * If If If * >f • If If If • If THIS SPACE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR AD PHONE 763-7621 If * If If If •••••••••••••• BY INTERNATIONAL INGRAM MOTOR CO. 2435 E. 15th St. Phone /85-95611^ FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY 'WE HAVE A LOT FOR A UTTUE OPi MANY o#T rrtMS, TJNItTS, NANOtAGS, TOrS FiOATj.jfwimr. DRIFTWOOD GIFT SHOP 9322W.HWY.9f gCgggGNAL^^COJ ^JYOim Under government orders, the automakers have added seat and shoulder belts, backup lights, padded dash and visers, electric wipers, headrests, emission control devices, emergency flasher systems, outside rear view mirror and inside non-glare PRONTO CAR WASH ONTHE CURVE IN ST. ANDREWS Completely outomatic and our service is guaranteed HOUSE OF LIBRA WIGS $6.50 TO $14.95 WASH, SHAKE AND WEAR COMPLETE LINE OF WIGS AND SUPPLIES 10 A.M. - 9 P.M. Thurs. - Fri. - Saf. 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. Mon.,.Tues..W«d. 1-3 P.M. Sun. 1014 COVE BLVD. PANA/WA CITY, FLA. EXPERT INSTRUCTION TRAMPOUNE TUMBUNG & BALLET 769-1741 -OR- 769-0501 Corter Gymnostics School 2046 N. Shcrmon Ave. CAIHERlNrS SHOP The Finest in Fabrics |^ Patterns and Notions BtOBE HO URS: mAM.-S :30 PM. 2905 E. BUSINESS HWY. 98 PHONE 785-6091 PHONE 785-9455 Charlie Brown's AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRIC SPECIALIST IN AUTOMOTIVE • ALTERNATORS GENERATORS 8. STARTERS REPAIRED OR REBUILT ALSO INDUSTRIAL & HEAVY EQUIPTMENT 4700 HWY. 2Z CALLAWAY. FLORIDA! KIRBY SAIES & SERVICE DfiXHIBUrOU §rwer cloifgtdr OraHti runmlmK»kfw?) Think of Room ROTO'ROOTER SERVICE *71S lie DADDY Dt. • 1)4.«454J 'Z4 .HOUI. 7 DAY WflK SiRVKI IHEATING REFRIGERATION AIR CONDITIONING SALES. StRViCE-SATISffACTIOH Carrier WE SERVICE ANY MAKE 24 HR. SERVICE $12 MULBERRY AVE, FASHIONETTE HAIR FASHIONS tWI SPECIALIZE IN HIGH FASHION COIFFURES • MANICURES •PEDICURES • WIGSiWIGlETS • OPEN TUES.t THURS. NIGHTS BY APPT, • MEN'S HAIR STYLING WEDNESDAY BY APPT. CALLAWAY VU.LAGE SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER 237 ALT. HWY. 9R Northwest Florida's Exclusive Marine Electronics Sales & Service • Depth Recorders • Lorart • Radar • VHF and SSB Radio. MARINE ELECTRONICS CO. 2«07W.12lliSl. l>hone763.S6S«> Servicing The Pleajute & Commercial BooUln N.W. Flo Sinre 1945 DEEP CLEANS - SHAMPOOS BUFFS & WAXES mi HOUt oeUOHSTRAriON or A comere UAINTINAHCI SYiTfH CORNWELL FLOORING & CARPET USED iu s. Hwr, UA - mm 522 McKenzle Ave. ALEXANDER SMITH CARPET ARMSTRONG SHEET GOODS MANY OTHERS • CALL 763-277.1 For a free e^imate NEXT TO A& P DOWNTOWN Place Your Order at any CONVENIENT SUNSHINI FOOD STORE FOR WEDDING CAKES OR DELICIOUS BAKERY GOODIES FOR ANY OCCASION JANITORIAL SERVICE Ption..-i 785 0820 763 0J;'3 CarperVKaning Vocuuminq Sliompooing Window Clfonincj Gcneiol Houu' Cfeonmg rOMMIRCIAL A RISIDENTIAL Stripping Sciubbiiig Waning Buffing N/;ri )()/(.(• {II Miiliilr III,nil- ('li'diiiiit: llllvlKII h'..\lvill)l • GENE POMPEY • Own.r COME IN AND SEE OUR DISPLAY DECOUPAGB BEADS CANDLE MAKING PLASTIC CASTING WANY OTHERS '"''iSiiMii"' _ 314 HARRISON AVi.

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