Kansas City Car Show

I am a professional shopper by trade. I’ve spent countless amounts of time on websites like shoppok to try and find some bargains. I know how to maximize my time and resources to do the most effective shopping for the maximum amount of people in the least amount of time. Did that confuse you? (I’m certainly confused lol) I always share any tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years as I’ve styled clients and photoshoots. The largest waste of time is getting in and out of my vehicle and of course, driving – I max out the miles I can claim on my tax returns! I love shopping centers for the ease of only parking once (parking is the main reason we heart the suburbs, amiright?) I love sending clients to pop-up shops and one-night shopping events because they can shop so many different vendors, all in one place, usually while sipping champagne. Those are three of the most frustrating hurdles my clients find while shopping – travel (parking!), overwhelming options, and it just isn’t fun. Turns out it is more fun if you are getting paid to do it! // wink //

Well, Toyota has invited me (and my shopping expertise) for a special tour of the Kansas City Auto Show this weekend (March 1- March 4 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City) and as I was researching what to wear (looking through my closet where there is absolutely nothing to wear) // cry laughing // I pulled up a recent article from A Girls Guide to Cars and had a lightbulb moment (thank you!) as I read this list of why they love auto shows:

  • Pressure-free, stress free car shopping; you can’t actually buy a car at an auto show
  • You can ask a ton of questions. Auto shows are staffed by product specialists who are highly trained and knowledgeable about the models on display. They can answer technical and mechanical questions, tell you about the car’s features and more
  • Take a test drive. Drive all the models on hand and get a feel for the car’s technology, active safety features and infotainment system. Even family members can hop in the car and give you an opinion (be sure to check the ride and drive rules for details about who can ride along)
  • Shop across models or brands; it would take all week to do the comparison shopping you can do in one day at the show
  • Get a primer on technology, such as Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of safety systems that can prevent a crash, keep you focused in your lane and make driving easier at night
  • Can’t decide SUV or minivan? Small crossover or full sized SUV? Sedan or hatchback? This is the place to try them all out
  • Find a luxury car that meets your budget. Not all luxury models are astronomically priced
  • Learn why trucks are so popular (keep reading for more on this!)
  • Get price information and start to plan your new car budget
  • Learn about incentives, special pricing and manufacturer rebates

First, Toyota is giving away TEN pairs of tickets to see the Kansas City Auto Show PLUS a grand prize $100 gift card (scroll down to enter!) Second, I thought car shows were for men who loved cars (you did too, didn’t you?) // nodding with my eyebrows raised here // Turns out I was wrong, and I could’ve used this lightbulb moment last spring when we bought our new vehicle. I bought the exact same mini-van I had before. The thought of even planning to visit various dealerships and test-drive cars (and all the things, because come on, car shopping!) gave me a panic attack. The only thing is you can the best deals by doing that, and you can just visit one, for example if you go to buy here pay here car lots you’re guaranteed value for money. Alternatively finding a great deal on a car loan was a breeze so I hear, my friend told me that they got a great deal through Money Expert, I might have to look into it myself when I have the time. But anyway, the idea of getting to play around with all the cars in one place (because parking downtown, AMIRIGHT?!) is a stylist’s dream come true (wish I had as many cars in my garage as I do clothes in my closet // more cry laughing but mostly crying now //

Back to that new car and that technology bit. We bought a new car last spring and the technology should come with a few free “how-to” classes. I literally sat in the parking lot of the dealership as a team member walked me through every little thing I could do with my new computer car for more than an hour!

You can geek out with me (and probably a lot of dudes that love cars) by entering the giveaway below or by following along on Instagram (here) or Facebook (here, going live between 1 & 2 pm) on March 1, between 11am and 3pm, as I tour the Kansas City Auto Show. I can’t wait to geek out over sleek cars fueled by the latest technology; it’s like a giant playground and I can’t wait to play cars. Yes, I will probably make an embarrassing scene on social media (so don’t miss it!) I’m just trying to decide if I can wear my American Apparel Disco Pants and get away with it!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight March 1, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents and subject to the laws of Kansas. Winners will be notified by email by March 2, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the Kansas City Auto Show, 301 West 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105, between March 1, 2018 and March 4, 2018. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $22 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $122. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.**

The Kansas City Auto Show runs from Wednesday, February 28 through Saturday March 4 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64015.

Disclosure: This post is part of a program sponsored by Toyota.


  1. Morgan says:

    Definitely an SUV girl, but who doesn’t like to look at sporty rides?!

  2. Morgan says:

    Dreaming of sunny rides this summer with the windows down, no matter what the ride!

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