Hollywood Wheels: Top 5 Car Movies

There are legendary actors and actresses that everyone talks about, but there are also showstopping vehicles. The OneRequest team compiled a list of some of the top movies about cars, in no particular order.  If you’re a car enthusiast, these are great to watch in between bingeing your favorite new show or listening to your favorite podcast. Disagree with our choices? Tell us why your car movie is better on our Facebook or Instagram page.


Gone in 60 Seconds

2000 – PG-13 – 1h 53m
One of the most classic car meets adventure movies of all-time. Nicholas Cage plays the notorious but retired car thief, Memphis Raines (a first ballot, hall-of-fame movie name).  Memphis’ brother Kip gets into some trouble with British gangster Raymond Calitri for reasons that aren’t terribly clear. To avoid further issues, Kip needs Memphis’ help and expertise to steal 50 high end cars in 72 hours. Memphis puts together a crew and they get to work. Can they complete the heist and stay alive? 

Fast & Furious Series

2001- Present – PG-13 – Length Varies
We know, we know. This isn’t just one movie – it’s actually nine, accompanied by short films, spin-offs, video games and more.  You can’t deny that the Fast & Furious series’ focus on street racing is legendary. The first few movies emphasize the world of illegal street racing while the more recent films focus more on espionage and elaborate heists. Vin Diesel and the rest of the star-studded cast have put this series on the map. Look out for F9 coming out in May 2021 – the series never stops!

Cars

2006 – G – 1h 57m
It’s an animated car classic. Lightning McQueen, a hot shot red racecar, is determined to take home the Piston Cup Championship. One problem: he gets lost during his road trip to California. McQueen has to fend for himself in the forgotten Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. While there, McQueen starts to befriend the other cars in the town and realize life isn’t all about winning. This movie is family friendly and features a rocking soundtrack. 

Baby Driver

2017 – R – 1h 55m
The most emotionally heavy of the movies on our list, Baby Driver tells the story of a getaway driver named Baby, played by Ansel Elgort.  Baby pays off debt by driving getaway cars for criminals and finds peace listening to music during his getaways.  After supposedly leaving the criminal underworld for good, he gets sucked back into the life of getaway driving for one last mission, a decision that will affect the rest of his life.  The movie features incredible driving stunts and a great soundtrack. 

Bumblebee

2018 – PG-13 – 1h 54m
Bumblebee is a reinvigorating reboot of the Transformers series. Autobot B-127 is sent to Earth to set up a base camp where Autobots can meet and determine how to beat the Decepticons on planet Cybertron. During his scouting mission, B-127 finds trouble and disguises himself as a beat-up Volkswagen Beetle. Years later, in 1987, teenager Charlie Watson, played by Hailee Steinfield, stumbles on a yellow Volkswagen Beetle and attempts to fix it up. It transforms into B-127, and Charlie gives him the nickname “Bumblebee”. From there, the pair work together to protect Earth and Cybertron from the Deceptions. Are they successful? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

Ford v Ferrrari

2019 – PG-13 – 2h 32m
Travel back in time to the 1960s. Ford Motor Co. and Ferrari are feuding over recent business deals. Ford Motor Co., specifically the overbearing Henry Ford II, tasks his racing department with the seemingly impossible task of building a car to defeat Ferrari at the famed 24-hour Le Mans race. Carroll Shelby, played by Matt Damon, teams up with Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale, to defeat Ferrari in a race the Italian car brand has historically dominated. You’ll have to watch the award-winning movie on your own to see if Ford beats Ferrari (or search Google). 

Inspired by one of these films to get a new car? OneRequest is car shopping made easy. It’s quick, easy, and 100% customizable. Try it out today!

November 2020 New Cars on the Block

The automotive industry never sleeps, which typically equates to consistent new releases from top brands. It sometimes feels as if a new vehicle is released every day.  Monumental car releases this year include the 2021 Ford Bronco, 2022 Hummer EV and 2021 Lucid Air to name a few.  

Each month, as a part of our New Cars on the Block series, the OneRequest team will monitor top release announcements and provide readers with a summary of each top release to help with their future car purchase. Check out the November New Cars on the Block below – many will be available to purchase in 2021! 

2021 Nissan Rouge

Nissan recently announced the updated and re-imagined 2021 Nissan Rouge. Currently available for purchase, the 2021 Nissan Rouge is the third generation of this make and model, and showcases a more defined, boxy shape. This SUV has a fuel economy up to 27 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway and a cargo space of 36.5 cubic feet. As Nissan likes to say, “Life’s an adventure, especially when you go Rogue.”

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392

Jeep fanatics, unite! The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 will be available for purchase in January 2021. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 offers more power and torque than previous models, making it perfect for off-roading. This updated model features an electronic sway bar disconnect to enhance suspension travel, as well as enhanced maneuverability. Want to be even closer to nature? The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 has half door capabilities, which allow you to drive safely, while staying connected to nature. 

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai announced the launch of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson SUV this month, which will be available for purchase in early 2021. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will come in an astonishing 8 available trims to fit a variety of wants and needs. Hyundai shares that the 2022 Tucson boasts a modern design, with a roomy interior. With remote smart parking assist, drivers can get parking help with the push of a button. Is that a feature you’re looking for in your next car? If so, keep your eyes out for the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. 

2022 Honda Civic

Although this model is still considered a prototype, Honda has shared that drivers can expect the 2022 Honda Civic to arrive in the spring of 2021. The 2022 Civic Prototype features a sporty chassis and a powerful engine. According to Honda, the 2022 Civic Prototype 11th generation line-up will include an all-new Sedan, Hatchback, SI and Type R. The 2022 Honda Civic model will also come with a digital dashboard and enhanced safety systems. Will you be the first in line for this sporty sedan? 

2022 INFINITI QX55

The all-new 2022 INFINITI QX55 is without a doubt a show-stopper. The Infiniti QX55 was designed to pay homage to the INFINITI FX.  Although this model isn’t available for purchase until spring 2021, drivers have much to look forward to. This crossover coupe model, features not one, but two interior screens to allow easy access to your music streaming program of choice, maps and messages. Are you a fan of INFINITI’s return to the crossover coupe segment?

2022 Subaru BRZ

Subaru announced the completely redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ mid-November, which will be available for purchase in the fall of 2021.  This sports car comes with the classic Subaru feel, while boasting the new 2.4-liter Subaru BOXER engine with 228 HP. This makes it more powerful than its BRZ predecessors. Subaru claims the 2022 BRZ is the lightest rear-wheel drive 2+2 sports car on the U.S. market.  The brand also shared that the 2022 Subaru BRZ design “focuses on simplicity and fun” in comparison to the typical focus of power. Would you take this sports car for a spin?

Inspired by these upcoming releases to get yourself a new car by the end of 2020? OneRequest is car shopping made easy. It’s quick, easy, and 100% customizable.
Try it out today!

Thank You

Thanksgiving is in a couple of days, which allows the OneRequest team and me to reflect on the crazy year we’ve all had in 2020. Starting a company is always challenging.  Toss in a pandemic and well, it has been even more memorable. 2020 will be remembered for COVID, masks and social distancing.  For me, it will also be known as the year OneRequest launched.

I started OneRequest to improve the car shopping experience.  In less than six months, OneRequest has grown in numerous ways and I am thankful for everyone who helped make it happen.  To the hundreds of Requesters who signed up and submitted a request, thank you.  To all the Providers who signed up and responded to requests, thank you.  To the OneRequest team who made it all happen and put us in position for a successful future, thank you.

I want to especially thank everyone – Requesters and Providers – who gave us feedback on our new platform.  This feedback is invaluable and we’ve learned a lot from it.  We’re currently working on a big set of new features and site enhancements that the team and I are very excited about. We are confident you will be too.

Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages and our blog to be one of the first to learn about our exciting announcements.  Again, thanks to everyone who helped get us started.  Have a great Thanksgiving and please stay safe.

Best,
Eric Westphal
Founder & CEO, OneRequest

Ultimate 2020 Car Gift Guide

The holidays are almost here, which means it is time to start searching for the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Typically, OneRequest is here to help you shop for a car, but today we’re providing some helpful gift guides to make your holiday shopping experience easier. Since OneRequest headquarters are located in the Kansas City Metro area, the team found some local automotive and gift businesses you can support and shop from during the 2020 holiday season.

Exterior

Midwest winter weather is in full swing during the holidays. It’s important to protect a vehicle’s exterior to maintain its integrity. Why not gift someone proper exterior car protection items? It’s a practical gift that will keep on giving throughout the winter months. A more personalized gift option would be a bumper sticker or license plate frame.

There are multiple exterior car gift options. You could set someone up with wind shield wiper covers and a wind shield protector screen. You could also gift someone a car detailing service of their choice. Someone might want to get their windows tinted or someone might love a customized car wrap. The possibilities are endless!

Check out the OneRequest Pinterest board for exterior car decor inspiration.

Interior

Most people see the exterior of the car, but the interior is just as important. The interior gives drivers multiple opportunities to update and customize their vehicle. You’ve probably seen plenty of cars with bumper stickers, but have you seen any with interior LED floor lights? How about personalized steering wheels or cup holders? There are endless ways to customize a vehicle’s interior.

Rally House sells seat covers and car mats to represent almost any professional or collegiate sports team. Kansas City is also home to National Auto Sound & Security, where shoppers can find everything from stereos and subwoofers to dash cams and navigation tools. Interior car accessories are the perfect gift for anyone in your life who enjoys making their car completely their own.

Check out the OneRequest Pinterest board for interior car decor inspiration.

Car Miscellaneous

If you’re looking for a long-lasting and meaningful gift, consider a car wash membership or auto repair shop gift card or credit. Most of the car detailing and auto shops mentioned above, also offer gift cards. If you know someone who plans on detailing the exterior or interior of their vehicle in the summer months, that could be a great present to pay it forward. One more option would be a membership or tickets to their local automotive museum.

A car wash membership usually allows you to pay once and receive multiple car washes over a selected period of time. It works in a similar way to other monthly or yearly memberships. Memberships make great long-term gifts.

Did you know there are over 175 automotive museums in the United States? Kansas City has its very own automotive museum. You can purchase memberships or one-time tickets. With over 30 vehicles in a 10,000 square foot viewing facility, the Kansas City Automotive Museum is a must-see, if you’re in the area.

Kansas City Automotive Museum
15095 West 116th Street, Olathe, KS 66062

Last, but not least…

Gift someone a car! The holidays can be stressful for many reasons, and that frequently leaves little time to shop. If you’re planning on gifting yourself or someone else a car this holiday season, use OneRequest. You’re able to tell us exactly what car you’re looking for and we return matches. We are basically you’re personal automotive holiday shoppers! We will help you find the perfect car so you can spend more time on all of your other shopping.

Top 7 Ways to Winterize Your Vehicle

As winter approaches, it’s important to prepare yourself and your car for upcoming weather. Maintaining the integrity of your vehicle(s) is simple, as long as you follow a few key steps and perform regular maintenance checks. OneRequest has you covered with the best ways to prepare your car for winter.*

Check Your Car Battery

Car batteries are arguably one of the most important components of your vehicle. Car batteries control the electrical current inside your vehicle that allows you to start your engine and for the engine to power your car. Simply put, your vehicle won’t work without a car battery. Consult a professional auto mechanic or repair shop, to make sure your battery is running properly.

When it’s time for a new battery, don’t throw the old one away! 99% of a vehicle battery can be repurposed.

Find a recycling center near you.

Change the Oil

You were probably expecting this to make the list! Changing your oil on a regular basis is one of the best ways to care for your car, no matter what season it is. Failing to change the oil can damage your vehicle’s engine and lower gas mileage. Consult your vehicle’s owner manual for the recommended type of oil and change interval.

Examine the Tires

Winter weather often brings tricky driving conditions. It’s important to check your tires to make sure they have proper traction. Depending on your experience with checking tires you can check them on your own at home or you can consult professional help at a local mechanic or auto repair shop. Cold weather causes a shift of 1 psi for every 10 degree drop in temperature. Make sure to check your tire pressure when there are dramatic changes in temperature to avoid tire trouble, compromised handling, increased tire wear, and lower gas mileage.

Did you know you can use a quarter to check your tire pressure? Place an upside down quarter in the tired tread. If the top of George Washington’s head is flush with the tread or you can see space above his head, it’s time for new tires.

Protect Your Windshield Wipers

The chances of your windshield wipers freezing to your front window increase during the winter. To protect your windshield wipers, lift them up off the windshield when you park your car outside or put a protective layer around them. Leaving your windshield wipers up will not cause damage to your car or your wiper arms, but it will save you some trouble from defrosting. Another option is investing in winter windshield wiper covers. This allows you to protect your wipers, while leaving them flat on the windshield.

Build A Winter Car Kit

Time to D.I.Y.! Building a winter car kit is simple. It’s also a great way to provide yourself peace of mind when winter weather hits and you’re out driving. Here are some useful items the OneRequest team recommends. These items can be found at most department stores, grocery stores and auto shops.

  • Blankets and extra clothes (include hand warmers for bonus warmth)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Snow brush or ice scraper
  • Salt and portable shovel
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Water and snacks
  • First Aid kit
  • Booster cables

Lubricate Parts of Your Car

It’s the worst to get out to your car in the morning and realize the doors are frozen shut. Avoid that morning chaos by lubricating your car window tracks and door weather stripping. It wouldn’t hurt to spray your hood latch, door locks, door hinge, and gas tank lid, as well. We recommend you use a silicon spray or grease – when used properly, these sprays make a minimal mess. Best part? No more frozen doors!

For a step-by-step guide on lubricating parts of your car before winter, visit Family Handyman.

Check the Defroster and Heater

Finish off your winter vehicle preparation by checking your defroster and heater in your car. These are both typically buttons you can press and test from your front control panel. If they work, you are in the clear. If you suspect an issue, we suggest you make an appointment with a local auto repair shop to have it fixed before winter weather leaves you in the cold.

Drive Safe

Winter weather can be tricky, but hopefully these tips can help you feel confident driving in the upcoming months. Be on the lookout for upcoming articles and don’t forget to request your next car via OneRequest.

*Please consult expert advice when it comes to maintaining and fixing any part of your vehicle. This post is composed of suggestions based on OneRequest team member’s personal experiences and is not professional auto maintenance and safety advice.

What to Expect From OneRequest

Welcome to the blog! OneRequest’s goal since day one is to provide our website users with the best car shopping experience possible.  The team decided that developing and implementing a blog would allow shoppers to access more content to help enhance their car shopping experience.  

What is OneRequest?

The current car buying process is inefficient and time consuming for both buyers and sellers. OneRequest is an online communication platform that is transforming the car shopping experience.  OneRequest provides an efficient and private shopping experience for buyers and an effective communication platform for sellers. Do you want to hear the best part? Buyers’ private contact information is protected throughout the entire process, while simultaneously providing car dealers and sellers with high-quality, verified leads. OneRequest plans to positively change the way people shop for cars, as well sell cars.  

What type of content can I expect from OneRequest?

Readers can expect weekly content related to OneRequest and the automotive industry. 

Here are some specific topics to look forward to:

  • New vehicle releases
  • Car reviews
  • Kansas City Metro automotive community information
    • Did you know OneRequest headquarters are located in Overland Park, KS? Overland Park is located in the Kansas City Metro area.
  • Website updates, tip & tricks, and testimonials
  • Video content – Subscribe to the OneRequest YouTube channel

Who will author the OneRequest blog content?

Blog posts will come from OneRequest team members, as well as industry professionals. Eric Westphal, CEO of OneRequest, will make a few guest appearances as well. For future blog posts, readers can scroll to the bottom of the page to read the author bio. 

Is there a way to subscribe to the blog?

The OneRequest marketing team is working on adding a subscription system to the blog.  This capability is not currently offered. Would you be interested in subscribing or receiving blog post updates to your email? 

What now?

First, make sure to check in weekly to read new content on the blog.  There are some great articles in the pipeline, and you don’t want to miss out! 

Second, make sure you’re following OneRequest on social media.  Followers will have early access to OneRequest blog posts, as well as daily pictures and videos. 

Lastly, the OneRequest team would like to say “Thank you!” to everyone who has used our platform so far.  Without early-adopters, our website wouldn’t be where it is today. Our priority is to make the car shopping and selling experience better for everyone involved. This means listening to feedback from OneRequest users and making regular enhancements to the website.  The team looks forward to helping users for years to come!