Car buying, minus the dealership Tred, a new Seattle-based company, brings the test drive to you

test-drives-delivered-to-your-door.jpg&maxW=630from Autoweek, by Sherrice Gilsbach
Test drives delivered” is the motto of Tred, a Seattle-based startup that’s taking the car dealership out of the car-buying process — at least from the shopper’s perspective. reported Thursday that by accessing Tred via the Web or an iPad app, shoppers will be able to select the cars they want to test-drive and have them delivered to the location of their choice. Each car is then delivered by a Tred staffer rather than a dealership salesperson.
The beauty of this setup is that not only do you avoid wasting your free time in a dealership, you also get to test the cars in your day-to-day environment, determine how they fit in your driveway or garage, and how they handle the bumps and such on the roads you travel regularly. Also, Tred lets shoppers test more than one car at a time, allowing for real-time side-by-side comparisons.
Tred is set to launch in Seattle this spring, and according to, recent infusions of seed money, including $1.7 million from former General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner and other investors, will help make this happen.
Fear not, sales personnel and dealership owners, the article also pointed out Tred is not trying to steal business from dealerships, but does want to provide a service that meets the needs of both consumers and dealerships. The question now is, what will it cost?


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Slow Cooker Recipe for the New Year!

Getting back into the swing of things and finding ourselves with not much time, means it’s time to bust out the crock pot and get some quick but healthy meals going. Check out this recipe for Mediterranean Beef with Pasta

1 1/2 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 medium yellow sweet pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup lower-sodium beef broth
1 1/4 cups zucchini and/or yellow summer squash halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (1 medium)
6 ounces dried whole grain penne pasta
1 recipe Basil Gremolata

1. In a large skillet cook meat, half at a time, in hot oil over medium-high heat until brown. Drain off fat. Transfer meat to a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add carrots, sweet pepper, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Pour tomatoes and broth over mixture in cooker.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.
3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in zucchini and/or yellow squash. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
4. Serve meat mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with Basil Gremolata.

Basil Gremolata

Yield: about 1/3 cup
2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1. In a small bowl stir together cheese, basil, and garlic.

nutrition facts
Servings Per Recipe 6, cal. (kcal) 371, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 64, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 31, Monosaturated fat (g) 6, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 5, sugar (g) 6, pro. (g) 32, vit. A (IU) 54, vit. C (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 6, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Folate (µg) 97, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 4, sodium (mg) 403, Potassium (mg) 889, calcium (mg) 81, iron (mg) 4, Mark as Free Exchange () 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet