Wow guys! Last week I was invited to check out the Detroit Auto Show (the big daddy of all car shows) with SheBuysCars.com (a site that I am now contributing to on a regular basis) to check out all of the new car releases for 2016/2017. It was super cool but also a bit overwhelming. This place was packed to the brim with cars and people – of course everyone wanted to get their chance to check out the new cars up close and personal. At first I stood back and allowed the room to swirl around me – and then I decided to take the show room by the boot straps and turn it into an experience of a lifetime.
The Detroit Auto Show
Before we get to my Top 10 Tips for Having a Totally Awesome Experience at the Detroit Auto Show (or any other car show for that matter) let’s take a look at some of the wonderful things that can be experienced at this show – because this show has got a lot going on. The Detroit Auto Show is typically where many of the new concepts and vehicle releases are first revealed to the public. People from all over the globe come to this show to get a view at the newest models – attending this show is kinda a big deal. This year some of the highlights of the show were the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica (wait until you see it) and the Chevy Bolt (an entirely electric vehicle). But instead of telling you how awesomely cool these cars are – let me show you in a quick sneak peek.
What were the hottest cars of 2016 and what made them so? Read more about what I had to say at SheBuysCars.com.
Look at who also made an appearance to the auto show – it’s Ryan Seacrest and Ryn Weaver!
10 Tips for Having a Great Car Show Experience
- Wear comfortable shoes. Oh my gosh – I can’t say it enough. An experience (no matter what it is) only has a chance of being great if your feet are not the object of your thoughts. If your feet are miserable – you’ll be miserable. Take it from me, this show is a lot of walking on hard cement and often uneven floors that slant up and down going into the brand booths. I decided to go with a flat dress boot – stylish AND comfortable – made all the difference.
- Dress in layers. Another great thing to keep in mind when visiting a location that is large, cold and crowded with people – the temperature is bound to fluctuate. One moment I was sweating and the next I was shivering. For this reason I went with a short sleeve top and a cardigan over top that could be taken on and off as the temperature changed.
- Bring a charging cord or portable charger. I tend to take a lot of photos and Periscope so inevitably my phone battery died out quickly. While Cobo Hall does offer free Wifi and has charging stations set up for patrons to use – they are often full and the slow charging power means you’ll be spending 30-40 minutes of your day sitting on a bench instead of enjoying the event.
- Pack snacks. It’s amazing how hungry you can get after all of that walking around. I like to keep little snack bars in my purse for easy re-energizing. If you do forget to bring something and need a bite to eat, there are small concession stands in the lobby and a cafeteria style place to eat that serves things like slices of pizza.
- Screen shot a map of the room on your phone. It is so easy to get turned around, but taking a screen shot of this map before heading in will help keep you going in the right direction.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A car show is an awesome time to ask questions about cars because each manufacturer will have people ready and waiting to answer them for you – and because the cars are new no one can laugh at you for not already knowing the answer.
- Use it as an opportunity to shop. Thinking about buying a new car in the next year? Use the car show as an opportunity to shop without feeling pressured by a salesman. A car show is also a great way to learn about the cars, compare similar brands and scope out color options and features before going to the dealership – although I have heard of people actually buying a car at a car show too (not quite sure how that works, but apparently it can be done!)
- Utilize the coat check. When you first walk in, before entering the showroom floor, Cobo hall provides a coat check service – utilize it! It makes all the difference not to have extra things to carry around.
- Plan to take your time. Like I said before, this car show is large – it is very possible to spend an entire day wandering the aisles.
- Utilize hotel shuttles. If you’re planning to make a weekend of visiting Detroit for the car show and staying at one of the local hotels (like the Holiday Inn downtown where I stayed) be sure to ask if they offer a complimentary shuttle service. My hotel did and it was so nice to be dropped off and picked up at the doors to the hall without having to search for parking and walk in the cold snow.
Are you planning to attend this years Detroit Auto Show which runs January 11th-24th? Have you already visited the show? What stands out to you as the best part or new release at the show? Tell me in the comments.