The auto sound systems of today are much more involved and complicated than the simple car stereo and speakers of years long past. Today’s sound systems have all kinds of bells and whistles that many us could have only imagined during our younger years. In fact, it is quite possible that many of us did imagine these and those imaginings are how they came to be. One thing you need to do before you even begin to put the auto sound system of your dreams together is learn what kinds of components exist, how they work together, and which ones you really think you need as part of your auto sound system and which components you honestly feel you can live without.
Life is about compromise and most of us will readily admit that we are quite unlikely to ever use all the bells, whistles, and upgrades that are made available to us within our lifetimes. I don’t know about you, but my cell phone has features I’ve never even gotten around to learning how to use. I know I can use them and I have a subscription to do so, but have never managed to actually get around to watching the news, I find that if I am on my phone the news would be an interruption and if I am in the mood to watch the news, I’ll generally find a television and watch on a larger screen.
Our auto sound systems are a lot like this. If you don’t do an extensive amount of travel with little ones in your car, it is unlikely that you will need a sound system that allows wireless speakers for the back seat. However if you are putting a good sound system in your family car, this may be a good idea, as we don’t always enjoy the same music as our children. I don’t know about you, but I can only handle “The Wheels on the Bus” so many times in one car trip. For that reason alone I think the individual headphones are a wonderful idea.
One thing that I have found I can’t live without in my auto sound system is an MP3 player. I’m literally addicted to audio books and have found that I can subscribe to an online service that allows me to download entire books to my computer and either burn them to a CD or put them on a memory stick to play on my next road trip. It makes the trip seem to go so much more quickly when I have something to occupy my mind rather than switching radio stations on a regular basis in search of a song I enjoy that hasn’t been overplayed.
Some people can’t live without at least a 6-disc CD changer as part of their auto sound system and others find that XML is the only way to go. Whatever your choice, the thing to remember is that it is your choice. Only you can choose the auto sound system that works best with your tastes and requirements. Only you can decide whether or not you enjoy the sound your sound system provides, and only you can decide which bells and whistles are important and essential and which ones you can live without. It is your money that will pay for the upgrades you desire and your tastes they should please.
Take the time to study not only the music, but also the sound and the components that are available for the sound system you choose. Also pay close attention to what is included in the price you think you are paying. More often than not each component is sold as either an add on or an upgrade so be careful that you aren’t getting less than you think you are or paying more than you think you will be paying for the auto sound system you choose.
Great news for deal hunters. Finding a great used car deal doesn’t have to be hard. Often, it just takes time and effort but you will be glad you did when you are driving a new set of wheels without risking serious debt.
Its important to note – getting a cheap car is one thing, getting a good value from a used car is another. To be sure your discount vehicle is really as good a deal as it seems, you’ll need to think about what other costs you might be facing because of it. Keeping up with a cheap car can be expensive. Something to be on the lookout for when buying a used car is any accident damage or other problems with important structural items like the frame or suspension.
Finding a cheap car is not hard – if you know where to look and what to pay attention for. A good way to start is right in your own neighborhood. If you are in the market for used car deals, you can find allot of cheap cars in the local paper under estate auctions. You could also check out the used car deals at your local dealership.
Another great source for finding a used car deal is auto auctions. At an auto auction, cars are sold to the person who places the highest bid. Auctions are one of the best sources for finding discounts on used vehicles. You should know that the pace at these auctions is usually very high paced.
Getting a good deal on a used car at an auto auction is quite simple and very real. In fact, auto auctions are where many used car dealers go to find deals for their sales lot. For those who are bold and serious about buying a car at a steep discount, attending a live government seized auto auction should be top on your list.
The best way to find a cheap car is not to restrict yourself, be prepared to travel far and wide if you turn up nothing close to home. If you stick to it, your diligence will pay off when you are driving a reliable car at a price you can afford.
Do you know what insurance companies hate? An informed customer. Knowledgeable auto insurance customers get better coverage and lower rates than those less informed. Who do you want to have the advantage when you buy auto insurance, yourself or your insurer? Read on to learn how you can tip the balance in your favor.
Before signing up for an insurance, you should carefully go over the policy. Pay a professional to explain it to you, if you need to. You must know what you will be covered for, in order to assess if you will be getting your money’s worth. If the policy seems written in such a way that does not make it accessible, your insurance company might be trying to hide something.
Do some thorough planning ahead when shopping for your next car. Planning ahead can save you a lot of money when it comes time to put it on your car insurance plan. Start looking at statistics and comparing prices early on. It’s always a great idea to plan for the future.
The best way to save money on your insurance is to never get into an accident. If you take good care of your car, and are careful when you drive, you will never have to file a claim. Your insurance company will reward you with a discount that can save you money on your premiums.
Carefully review the details of your current insurance coverage to determine whether or not you are being charged for additional optional services or products. Many of these extras are rarely used, and can include features like free or discounted road side assistance. Opting out of this service can save almost a hundred dollars per year in some cases.
There are several types of coverage for auto insurance which can be confusing. Bodily injury, property damage, uninsured motorist to name just a few. If these components are over-whelming to you, find someone you can talk to that will help you understand these terms, as well as others, so you will have a clear understanding of what you are purchasing.
Maintain a great credit rating because auto insurance companies will check. Auto insurers give better rates to customers who have high ratings. If your credit history is poor, they feel that you have not made payments on time at some point, and you are a higher risk to the insurance company.
Understand that your insurer may have a different idea than you do of what “totaled” means when it comes to your car. It is typical that total loss occurs when the car repairs exceed a certain amount of your vehicle’s value. Often that that amount is between fifty-one to eighty percent of the value. It varies by insurance company.
When you pick up simple auto insurance tips like these, you arm yourself to fight for the best insurance deals available to you. You stand out of the pack and get better treatment from your insurer. Educating yourself on auto insurance is bad news for insurance companies, but good news for you and your wallet!
Ever since the first blogs went online back in 1995, blogs have become one of the most popular means of communication and source of information. Auto Parts Train, the leading online retailer of high quality replacement and collision parts recognizes the growing importance of blogs. Thus, in response, the company has launched its venture into the growing community that is called the Blogosphere. Succinctly named as The Auto Blog, the Auto Parts Train Blog offers news, reviews, advice and discussions on anything about the automobile and the automotive industry.
Blog entries are conveniently classified into nine categories including Automotive News, Auto Parts Train News, Car Reviews, Aftermarket Parts and Accessories, Automotive Events, Auto Parts, Automotive Trends and Innovations and Automotive Technology. The Auto Blog has been online for three months now and it has already gained a modest following especially among Auto Parts Train’s loyal customers. Even though the Auto Blog is primarily targeted towards Parts Train’s visitors, its wide range of topics will certainly appeal to anyone with the slightest interest on automotive topics.
As of now, Auto Part Train’s Auto Blog is still a fledgling blog compared to other more established blogs focused on automotive topics. However, the Auto Blog holds a lot of promise and is expected to grow even more extensive in due time. Already, the blog has scored a number of good reviews from blog review sites.
The results of a poll held in Australia have found that women drivers are more concerned about the costs of fuel than men.
Women, whose greater consideration for safe driving in many cases results in much lower car insurance premiums, also appear to be more considerate when it comes to the costs of petrol, according to the survey from NEWS.com.au and Coredata.
Some 86 per cent of women motorists said they were worried about the ever rising price of petrol, compared with a slightly lower 80 per cent of men.
Furthermore, 66 per cent of women surveyed said they were trying to economise on their overall petrol usage, while only 59 per cent of their male counterparts, who will generally pay higher car insurance premiums, said the same.
Almost half of women drivers revealed that they were looking to purchase a small car. Those shopping for female car insurance could benefit from such a move, as small cars generally have smaller car insurance premiums.
Contrastingly, under a third of men said they were considering buying a small car.
Petrol price worries are not unique to Australian women drivers – both male and female British drivers may have felt the strain on the pocket of rising fuel costs over the last few years.
And like in Australia, many men and women drivers in Britain may also be considering purchasing smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles to cut costs.
Buying a new car often provides a good opportunity to review car insurance policies and some providers specifically offer motor insurance for women, given their statistically better safety profiles.
A survey earlier this year from the car manufacturers ‘Chrysler Group’ found that men and women drivers felt differently about the standards of each other’s driving, despite the fact they agreed on aspects of driving itself, such as evading objects and bad weather.
Though driving affords everyone a certain amount of freedom that they might not have had otherwise, it is pivotal that they find some type of car insurance. In every country around the world, car insurance is a requirement of driving, and it is in place to protect you as well as other drivers on the road. If you are like most people however, then finances are a bit tight, and you are looking for cheap car insurance rather than the high priced packages that most companies would very much like for you to purchase.
Obtaining cheap car insurance is not quite as difficult as you might think. You have the option, usually, of bundling your home insurance with your car insurance which can result in a discount, and you will most definitely want to speak with your insurance provider to see if this is, or is not a viable option.
The other choice you might make in terms of finding cheap car insurance is to go with the liability option. This might not always be ideal, but it is still a good notion. Liability insurance protects you from the law, though it will not replace your vehicle in the event of an accident. In essence, you are simply paying for the other individual’s vehicle to be repaired.
If you want to sweeten the deal, you can add coverage such as ‘uninsured motorist’ to your package along with others. For more details, you will need to speak with your insurance company and find out just what they offer. There are plenty of different packages available today; one made for every budget. The last thing you ever want to do is drive without insurance regardless of your financial situation. Doing so can have a negative effect on your life and your driving record. Drive smart, drive insured!
See, a couple months back a young married woman ran a red light (accidentally) and smashed into my car. Astonishingly enough, she had 2 weeping children by her side with no driver’s license. As she frantically scrambled for her phone to call her husband, he arrived shortly with the insurance information scribbled on a crumpled piece of scratch paper.
Being the nice guy that I am, I wrote down the information and then reluctantly reported the incident to my insurance company.
My insurance agent rang back within a couple of hours, and guess what I hear next? The information that this nice young woman gave me was totally bogus! The woman who totaled my car was did not have car insurance. What!
I couldn’t believe this. I was had! All of us hard working, law abiding, car insurance paying citizens fork over hundreds of dollars a month in order to comply with our mandatory car insurance laws. It seems like we are paying the bills to push back our dismay at spending large sums on something we cannot immediately see, touch, smell, or hear. Soon enough everybody will be forced to acquire car insurance.
California legislators are now debuting a three-phase plan focused on uninsured motorists. California legislators are creating this plan for people like me, for people that do pay insurance, for people that don’t make bogus claims, for people that are law abiding citizens like you and me. This plan will be enforced with the sole intent on making uninsured motorists pay the ultimate price.
Get ready uninsured motorists, here comes the bad news! As of January 1st, insurance agencies are required to electronically submit evidence of financial responsibility to the DMV. This means, if your car insurance faults at any time, the DMV will be notified immediately. What does this mean for uninsured motorists? The DMV will send you a nasty little note along with your registration renewal notice requesting that you submit proof of financial responsibility before they will ever renew your registration again. This is a must people. There is no getting around this one.
Alright people, let’s do the simple math here. If you get pulled over on or after July 1 of this year, do you really think that the excuse that you left your car insurance card in your house really going to fly with the authorities? Come on. These are the fat kids in high school who you used to pick on. It’s payback time in their eyes. As of right now, law enforcement has the same access to the current status of your insurance just like the DMV. Don’t fret, because I have good news for everybody. Read on.
The final cut throat will come on October 6th as when the California DMV will be required to suspend the registrations of uninsured motorists. Wait, what does that mean? That means there is no getting around it. It means there is no where to go. It’s your dead end buddy. Insurance is a must.
Now, I’m a nice guy. I’m a very understanding person. I’m willing to look at both sides of the fence here. Given, some people just outright choose to not have car insurance; however there are the few out there that simply cannot afford the sky-high car insurance premiums that are simply out of budget and quite frankly out of reach for some motorists.
No worries, the state of California has the bases covered for most. See, as of April 1, the California Low Cost Auto Insurance Program is being offered to low-income drivers in Alameda, Fresno, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties, previously only available in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
This low cost insurance is available from any licensed insurance agent at a cost of just over $300 per year. Lower-income drivers who meet the qualifying guidelines will be able to protect themselves and their families while complying with the law. More information about the program is available at the state department of insurance website.
If you drive into Los Angeles County today, look around you, because it is estimated that one out of four people on the road are driving without car insurance.
When the new laws kick in, sorry Charlie, but you must get car insurance, and you must get car insurance right now.
Good News: You just bought a new car.
Bad News: Gas Prices are increasing day by day. There would come a time that you will surpass the amount that you paid for your car for all the gasoline costs. This will just be in a matter of months.
Solution: Alternative fuel
To put a solution to your problem, water to gas conversion kits are readily available in the market. They claimed to provide better mileage than that of ordinary gasoline. It is very much inexpensive and easy to install.
Different company players for the water to gas industry are providing easy step by step installation guides to assist in installing this water to gas converter in your car engines. After installing it, it does not mean that water will totally replace gas as means of fuel. Water would be a supplement to gasoline. You just have to make sure that you are putting in ½ cup of water weekly 3 cups of distilled or tap water within 3-6 weeks in the quart-sized container under the hood of your car. Just don’t forget to put the catalyst which is baking soda also in the said container. Pronto! What you have is a car that runs on water and gas.
This is not the first time that water was tried or used for an alternative fuel. Alternative fuels are also known as non-conventional fuels. They are materials or substances that can be used as a fuel aside from the usual fuel that we used like petroleum, coal, propane and natural gas. Several sources of alternative fuel are the renewable energy that comes from wind power, solar power, tidal power, geothermal power and hydropower. Biomass, which is the energy coming from living and recently dead biological material, serves also as a source of alternative fuel.
Naturally, when gasoline prices rise up, people think of alternative fuel source. There would be cars that run natural gas or NGV. It is fuel efficient, environmentally friendly and offers a relatively low cost of ownership. Electric vehicles (EV) are powered by fuel cells. While hybrid cars uses two or more distinct power source to propel the vehicle. A mo-ped (motorized pedal bike) can be classified as a hybrid vehicle since it combines the power of a gasoline engine and the pedal power of the rider.
There are also flexible fuel vehicles or FFVs.
They are capable of operating on gasoline, E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) or even a mixture of both. Flexible fuel vehicles contain one duelling system which is made up of ethanol compatible components. Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), has been used in vehicles since 1920. There are dedicated propane vehicles designed to run only on propane. While there are bi-propane vehicles. These vehicles have two separate fuelling systems that enable the vehicle to use either propane or gasoline.
Propane powered engines are said to have a life of up to two times that of gasoline powered engines. Lower maintenance costs are also prime reason behind propane’s popularity.
There are lost of alternative fuel choices in the market. It could be using the water to gas conversion system that does not require you to change your engine or overhauling your whole vehicle to make way for a hybrid car. Main thing is we choose something that is suitable for our needs and meets our objectives and standards.
1. - Gas Savings – Hybrid cars can get up to 60 mpg (miles per gallon), due to their advanced aerodynamics, engine efficiency, tire technology (which is so different to the standard cars) just to mention some of its characteristics.
2. – Environmental Issues – Reduced gas emissions equals less air pollution because a hybrid car has an electric motor and batteries to rely on when the gasoline engine is not in use. They can reduce smog up to 90%.
3. – Better engine efficiency – Reducing the overall weight of the hybrid car is a way to increase its efficiency, smaller engines equals better efficiency. Another way is how the hybrid cars recharge they batteries, the hybrids battery pack never needs to be charged from an external source, every time you hit the brake, the brake system stores some of the energy to the batteries (this is known as regenerative braking). Also the batteries get recharged by the gasoline engine when necessary.
4. – Low Maintenance costs – The electrical motor and the batteries dont require any maintenance; they have the same life span as the car itself. The gas engine doesnt require any more maintenance than any other normal car.
5. – Government Incentives – Theres a federal tax deduction for hybrid cars; the new hybrid car tax credit is divided into two parts with tax credits ranging from $400 to $3400. The great news is that a credit is much better than a deduction since the credit does reduce the taxes that are owed. The deduction simply reduces the amount of taxable income.
Do you know what insurance companies hate? An informed customer. Knowledgeable auto insurance customers get better coverage and lower rates than those less informed. Who do you want to have the advantage when you buy auto insurance, yourself or your insurer? Read on to learn how you can tip the balance in your favor.
Store your car in a garage. Many auto insurers offer a slight discount on cars that are parked in garages. Even if your company doesn’t offer a discount, cars parked in garages are less likely to be damaged, vandalized, or stolen. The fewer claims you have to put in for damage, the lower your premiums will be.
Consider suspending coverage on a vehicle you are not actively driving to reduce your premium payments. Often, you can suspend coverage except comprehensive on a vehicle not being driven, which still provides protection should the vehicle be damaged while garaged or parked. However, check with any lienholder or your state to make sure you are adequately covered and complying with loan requirements before suspending coverage.
If you travel often and use rental cars during your travels, it might be beneficial to opt for including coverage for rental cars on your personal auto insurance. The amount charged by car rental agencies varies, but at times can be quite a significant increase in the amount you pay for your car rental.
There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your automobile insurance premiums. One way is by maintaining a good credit score. Many insurance companies now use this statistic as part of their criteria in determining a client’s premiums. Joining an automobile club is also a good idea if you have a classic car. Most of these clubs offer members quality insurance policies at reduced rates.
Make sure that you have the right deductibles on your auto insurance when purchasing your policy. Many banks require that you have a specified amount for your deductible, so you cannot max out. Call your bank before buying the insurance to make sure they will accept the policy that you purchase.
If your car is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider dropping the comprehensive portion of your auto insurance. You may be paying more for that portion then your older car is worth. Instead, save the extra money and use it when the time comes to buy a new automobile.
Scrap rebates for instant promotions to grab more customers. Rebates are a hassle for both you and your customer, so avoid the process in between and offer your customer the discount up front. You will earn your customer’s loyalty quicker and ensure that they purchase from you in the future.
When you pick up simple auto insurance tips like these, you arm yourself to fight for the best insurance deals available to you. You stand out of the pack and get better treatment from your insurer. Educating yourself on auto insurance is bad news for insurance companies, but good news for you and your wallet!
If you’re not familiar with HD Radio, it’s the hot digital technology that’s being pushed by radio broadcasters as the next big thing and the savior of terrestrial radio.
First, the good news. HD Radio does sound better than regular radio. In fact, HD AM sounds almost as good as FM radio, and FM sounds almost as bright, clear and interference free as if you were listening to a CD. And because HD is digital, broadcasters can squeeze more signals into the same frequency. This allows them to broadcast different programs on what they’re calling HD2 channels. For example, an oldies station could program contemporary C&W on its normal frequency, and old-time C&W on its HD2 channel.
More good news is that fact that, depending on who you believe, there are now either 1,300 to1,500 stations in the U.S. that are broadcasting HD Radio.
The difference? It’s that he HD Radio Alliance claims there are 1,500 HD stations, but the FCC has only 1,300 licenses on file.
The bad news
While HD Radio may sound great and while there at least 1,300 stations broadcasting HD Radio, you can’t hear them. That is, not unless you purchase an HD radio. And HD radios tend to be expensive. There is only one, inexpensive, entry-level tabletop available, the Radiosophy HD100 at $99.95. The next step up is RadioShack’s Accurian HD Radio, which usually sells for about $199 and a Sony unit at $199.95. Beyond that, there is the Sangean HDR-1 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail of $249, and then it’s pretty much into the stratosphere of $300-plus.
Want HD radio in your car? The situation there is even worse. There are very few HD car radios available and most of them are only tuners and must be connected to your existing factory radio – an ugly solution at best.
The ugliest part of th HD2 channels is that the programming –at least so far – is hardly good enough or creative enough to warrant buying a HD radio.
What makes it ugly is that the broadcaster could be using HD2 channels to do something really exciting as broadcasters have in Great Britain, where digital radio has just skyrocketed. Unfortunately, here in the U.S., most broadcasters have chosen to use their HD2 channels as just “variations on a theme,” or variations of their regular programming (see rock station example, above).
So, what’s the future of HD Radio? At this point, it doesn’t seem great, especially when you compare it to satellite and Internet radio. But as they used to say, “stay tuned for more” because it could get brighter.
Good news for drivers on a budget: Car insurance does not have to cost you a fortune. There are many ways you can save money on your car insurance, and even find cheap car insurance. You just have to put forth the time and energy into finding a cheap car insurance policy, and by following these steps, it will not take much time and energy at all.
Choose your car insurance company wisely. Choosing a car insurance company and policy is like choosing the perfect parking space – you want to make sure it is safe, easy to get in and out of, and close by when you need it. Talk with people you know about the car insurance companies they use, and check the ratings of the car insurance companies you’re considering.
Ask about all car insurance discounts. Most car insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who have taken driver education courses, have good driving records, and drive safe cars. Some car insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who pay their premiums twice a year, or annually, rather than once a month. However, these days more and more car insurance companies are providing rewards to drivers who have been customers for a certain period of time, and/or have superb driving records, i.e., no accidents and no traffic violations.
Purchase the minimum liability car insurance policy. This option is touch-and-go, because you may end up needing more coverage than the minimum liability policy provides; however, choosing the minimum liability policy until you are in a situation to purchase more coverage is an effective way to get cheap car insurance on a budget.
Raise your car insurance deductible. By raising your deductible, you will have to pay more in the event you are involved in a car accident or your car is damaged in some way, but your car insurance premiums will be much cheaper than if you had a lower deductible.
If your car is completely paid for, chances are you’ve dropped the full coverage car insurance your lender was requiring and now simply have your state’s minimum liability insurance requirement. However, there’s no getting around it – when you need to buy a new car, you need to buy a new car. Having your state’s minimum liability insurance is not worth your safety, after all; nor is it worth the money you will spend in repairs if your car is in bad shape.
The good news is it’s possible to get a cheap car insurance quote when you buy a new car. You just have to keep that cheap car insurance quote in mind as you are shopping for your new car.
The surest way to get a cheap car insurance quote when you buy a new car is to make sure your new car is as safe as possible; undoubtedly, the safety features of your new car will affect your decision anyway. The safety features most car insurance companies look for include those that keep everyone safe; those that prevent your car from being broken into and/or stolen; and those that are compatible with external safety features.
In order to keep yourself, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians safe, make sure the new car you buy has anti-lock brakes, automatic safety belts, and air bags for each passenger. You may also want to look into child safety locks.
Help keep the new car you buy from being broken into and stolen by purchasing a car with automatic locks and a safety alarm system. If you can’t find a car with a safety alarm system, you can always have one installed.
External safety features include child safety seats, and many car manufacturers are now designing cars that are more compatible with these seats.
When you buy a new car, put safety first in order to get a cheap car insurance quote.
General Motors has long been bludgeoned into backing the supporting hybrid car technology.
The car making company has already suffered blows—not from pro-hybrid fanatics or not even from environmentalists—but mostly from the market itself.
Almost all news article and analyses that tackle GM’s softening financial performance mention GM’s missteps regarding hybrid cars. For instance, CBS News tagged GM as ‘road kill’ amid the rising hybrid cars demand.
But much to credits, GM has been taking lumps, has been humble in admitting miscalculations, and finally has been abruptly and surely jumping on the bandwagon for hybrid.
Queue from competitor
At the end of the year 2004, incidentally also the year when rival Toyota’s Toyota Prius created a wave in the market, GM had announced an alliance with another major car maker, DaimlerChrysler in a joint effort to build and assemble hybrid cars of the future.
At the time, GM humbly admitted and apologized for its past lax treatment for need to ramp up development of hybrid cars. Now, the apology translates to missed revenues, because GM is still not on top in terms of developing and selling hybrid cars.
When oil and gasoline prices started rising in 2005, GM admittedly made the mistake of not taking as seriously the potential opportunities posed by the times.
No one has foreseen that oil prices would continue to sky rocket then, because apparently, the situation in the Middle East then seemed to be greatly improving.
By the summer of 2005, GM’s hybrid car version was almost complete. GM then started a strategy to greatly and strongly focus on car hybrids, whether mild hybrids, full-massive hybrids or intermediate hybrids.
GM boasted at the time that it was the only car manufacturing firm that passionately pursue manufacturing of ultra-mild hybrid car systems, like the high-standard Belt Alternator Starters or BAS.
GM said by being so, its hybrids in the future would be less expensive but will surely generate much savings for the consumers’ or users’ gasoline consumption bills.
By that time, GM was already quick to assert that its forthcoming 2007 Saturn VUE hybrid would be the first and pioneering hybrid car that would be using the ultra and high-standard BAS.
Another hybrid system
GM is understood to also be actively pursuing developing and adopting a full hybrid system that would be a significant and major breakthrough in the emerging hybrid car technology.
The ‘two-mode hybrid’ system is expected to lead GM into once again dominating not just the local but also the global car manufacturing and distributing industry.
The hybrid system would be a part of GM’s scheme to assemble hybrid cars that would have improved fuel economy. The more interesting feature to come up with GM’s future hybrid cars using the new system is the speed capacity.
GM is apparently and undoubtedly a believer in hybrid cars. By that, it is expected that the company’s future car products will be able to make believers out of the ever-insatiable American public.
GM plans to further deliver superior and quality hybrid vehicles in the future. The company plans to roll out hybrid car products that boast of fuel efficiency, performance and impressive gains.
GM’s strategy of rolling out more powerful hybrid cars in the future is tipped at the company’s response to rising need to finally snatch up again its leadership in the car industry.
Through the years, the company has shed its position in favour of Japanese car makers Toyota and Honda. However, analysts and experts expect GM to make use of its superior hybrid cars to get into the top spot once again.
The strategy may seem to obvious and apparent, but it is one that would surely get things done. Wait for a few more years and let history and hybrid reception decide on GM’s future.
At least 41,000 highway fatalities have been recorded in the United States every year since 1993. Deaths by car accident are usually caused by negligence, carelessness, and other factors such as drunk driving. Two famous people who met their untimely death by car accident include American Hollywood icon James Dean and Princess Diana.
Death on the road
James Dean was driving west on Highway 466 near Cholame, California when a 1950 Ford Tudor, driven from the opposite direction, attempted to take the fork onto the Highway 466 route (later called California State Route 46) and crossed into James Deans’ lane without seeing the other car. The two cars collided head-on. Dean was taken rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
In 1997, Princess Diana died after a high speed car accident in the Pon d’Alma road tunnel in Paris along with Dodi Al-Fayed. The car they were riding on was trying to elude paparazzi. Their black Mercedes-Benz crashed into the thirteenth pillar of the tunnel. Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed died of injuries sustained during the terrible car accident.
If any good came out of these tragedies, it was that more people became aware of the dangers of irresponsible driving. The news of the deaths of James Dean and Princess Diana came as a warning to people who were reckless with their driving. It also served as a caution to those who were careful in the way they drive in the sense that they were educated that even the most careful of drivers can get into accidents because of irresponsible motorists.
TIPS TO PREVENT CAR ACCIDENTS
Even you are a careful driver there are circumstances beyond your control. However, taking precautionary measures is a big help to avoid car accidents. Here are these tips on driving more safely:
1. DON’T USE THE CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING- Haven’t you heard from the news all because of this handy dandy gadget, you find yourself more than what you bargain for. Is that call that important? Can’t it wait? Certainly, you are bound to be distracted. Its even more dangerous when you are using the expressway.
2. DO A CAR CHECK REGULARLY- As much as possible, any car requires regular maintenance. Check your brakes,tires, mirrors, lights and even the windshield wiper.
3. SCAN AHEAD- Fix your eyes and scan for car’s up head.
4. BE CONSIDERATE- When you tend to slowed down, put your flashers on to alert drivers behind you when they see you slowing down.
5. DON’T ACT LIKE A RACE CAR DRIVER- If you act like “Mel Gibson” as the road warrior Mad Max chances are you’re courting for disaster
6. KNOW YOUR CAR’S LIMITATIONS- Not all cars are exactly alike the minivan don’t go so fast like an exotic sports car. There is a performance limits of every car. Know its capabilities.
7. KEEP YOUR CAR IN GOOD SHAPE- Have a maintenance schedule.
8. NIGHTTIME IS NOT BEST TIME- If you need to travel in a very long distance—nighttime is when you hazards usually happens. You are already in the state of mental and physical fatigue. Your line of vision might already decreased. Drive so carefully at this witching hour and keep your headlights on.
9. WHEN YOU DRINK DON’T DRIVE AND VICE VERSA- It is a big mortal sin if you do…being drunk while driving is like you’re planning to have a date with “Death” so soon.
10. KEEP YOUR CAR NEAT AND TIDY- A messy car is another one way ticket to road accident. Why? If you leave some objects around and it slides or roll under your brake pedal, your attention was taken off the road and what happens next you lose control of the car.
Those tips might not be fool proof against road accidents but nevertheless, an once of prevention is better than none. A vehicle is one invention; man can’t live without. But if its not use wisely then it might cause the one precious thing most people value here on earth and that is—-LIFE!
If you have decided to donate your vehicle, that is good news for your community and the environment. You should, however, make sure that you still possess a title of the car before talking to any charity.
No charity will want to take risk if you do not have a clear title of the car. A clear title will prove that all financial requirements are met, all obligations of the Motor Vehicle Administration are completed and you truly are the cars owner.
Without a title and a lien release document, the car is practically worthless to the charity as they will not be able to sell it to any third party.
Most organizations in the United States accept all types of automobiles including motor cycles, trailers, cars, boats, trucks, and recreational vehicles. Experts say, the lack of adequate documentation is the number one reason for the charities to refuse car donation offers. The charities and the non-governmental organizations will simply not send the tow truck to pick up the car unless you forward them the title.
Most charitable and non-governmental organizations agree to take vehicle donations so that they can fund the programs and services they offer to the society. If they can not sell the car, why should they bother to take it in the first place? Therefore, all of us should keep the title and other related documents of the car in a safe place, no matter how awful and old, the car actually is. We will surely need it in future.
Auto Parts Online has gone a long way to become one of the leading and most trusted aftermarket, replacement and collision auto parts suppliers in the country today. Since it was established over a quarter of a century ago, Auto Parts Online has served the auto parts needs of countless drivers, car enthusiasts and mechanics. The company has established a name for itself as a trustworthy supplier of auto parts for a wide range of makes and models. It’s no wonder that Auto Parts Online’s main site has experienced a phenomenal rise in terms of visitor hits. Indeed, Auto Parts Online n is the auto parts store to beat when it comes to high quality products and efficient service.
Now, Auto Parts Online not only offers the best automotive products and services, the company also aims to bring relevant and useful automotive information to its loyal customers and visitors. This year, Auto Parts Online launched its corporate blog dubbed generically as ‘The Auto Blog’. The company, having established a strong online presence, recognizes the growing importance of web logs or blogs, as they are more commonly known, as an excellent way to provide information to customers and also as an effective marketing tool. Thus, ‘The Auto Blog’ was born as the definitive automotive blog with articles, commentaries, advice and reviews covering the world of autos and auto parts.
The Auto Blog covers a wide range of topics concerning the automotive industry in general and the vehicle owners in particular. These news articles, features, reviews and commentaries are grouped into a number of categories. Some of the most important and active categories include Automotive News which delivers the latest news from the leading automakers. Car Reviews feature brief reviews of new models and concept vehicles. Automotive trends and innovations, as well as automotive technology are also given a lot of coverage in their respective categories. Visitors and readers will certainly find the Auto Blog as an engaging, interesting and informative automotive blog in a clean and crisp, easy-to-read layout.
For many years the Mclaren F1 was the fastest road car in the world, but changes have been a foot over the last few years. The latest to challenge this top spot is the Bugatti Veyron. Made by Volkswagen this is likely to be the best driving experience from a road car you will get in your lifetime.
Ferdinand Piech the boss of VW came up with the idea of producing a car with 1000 horsepower that could do over 200mph, for those where money was no object. The outrageous price tag of £700,000 or approx $1,100,000, is only compounded by the fact it costs considerably more to make. Yes VW, will be loosing millions of dollars to sell this car, which is why the opinion is, that no other manufacturer would build a road car you could buy, that would match this performance and style.
Lets look at a few figures then;
14 radiators, Yes 14!!
$3,200 to make an indicator stalk!
Tyres specially developed by Michelin, $1800 each!
922lb of torque!
229 miles per hour or 370kph (believe it or not the normal configuration is restricted)
But tweak the engine and you can get;
253mph, which is 407.5mph
Ten seconds to stop from 250mph!
100ltr fuel tank that can be emptied at top speeds within 12 minutes!
This is a major achievement in engineering, especially from a manufacture that does not have a background in Formula One like Mclaren and Ferrari and it makes you wonder what they could achieve if they were to enter that field.
The car also looks stunning. Without the badge, you would not be able to tell if it was Italian or German, but you would know it couldn’t be anything else but these two. At certain angles it looks like a teardrop, with only its open grill that looks like a goldfish’s open mouth to break that line. I fact if I had anything bad to say about the car it would be that I am not sure about this front grill. There are some that would say front grill gives it a “growl”, maybe so. But to me the growl is too polite, it either shouldn’t be there, and had kept more of its lines or it should have been a “roar”; after all this is the fastest road car in the world.
The aerofoil at the back, keeps this monster on the road, and automatically raises itself at certain high speeds, a bit of a give away if you are speeding down a motorway and the policeman following you knows you are breaking the speed limit for no other reason than your aerofoil is up. However the good news is there is no police car on earth going to catch you, the bad news is it wouldn’t be hard to track down the owner. First, there isn’t going to be many of these is any neighbourhood and second even your Granny would turn her head to see one of these beauties driving down the road.
This car promises to be one of the most talked about motorcar for a long time to come. And if you can’t afford the to buy best driving experience of a lifetime, you can at least dream.
If you answered yes to the above question, then you really need to take a look at the below statistics – the numbers amazed even me!
There was an important news story recently, that never made the 6 o’clock News or the front pages – but it has fundamental implications for the future of online business.
Hidden away was the news that spending on Internet advertising is going to exceed 10 Billion Dollars this year, for the first time ever. The actual figure for the year is over $13 billion, and roughly translated into real money that’s £7.5 Billion.
Why is this important and what’s this got to do with your home-based online business?
Let me put this in perspective. In 1999, at the height of the dot com boom, spending on internet advertising reached $4.2 Billion – so we’re now at three times the spending of the dot com boom! This is dramatic news. We’ll look back on these years and realise we’re living through the real internet revolution, right now!
The possibilities this offers your online business are tremendous. The downside is that many people are going to get left behind, because they realised too late… that in 2005 and early 2006… it’s absolutely essential that your business is also an Online Internet Business.
Internet sales are increasing as a result of this advertising as well, which wasn’t necessarily the case with the dot com boom!
To give you an example of why this is the case, rather than fight my way into town by car or sit on a congested train yesterday… I sat back, made myself a cup of tea and did a little online shopping. I actually found some great deals online, and when delivery is free, you can often buy more than you’d otherwise buy!
But here’s where it gets interesting… This week, I’ve also bought (online) a spare part for a car (needed urgently by a family member and delivered the next day), a dressing gown (present), some envelopes, a new door bell, two new detail sanders (for the guys currently working on my house), some software, and a new road map for the car.
Now, I could easily have popped into town and collected all these presents, parts or items, but the point is that I didn’t. And, if the companies I bought from didn’t have an Online Business, they simply wouldn’t have received that sale from me.
On the face of it, one sale may not seem very important, but if you look at today’s society – where no-one has the time to stop in the street and complete a survey (yes I’m guilty of that too), no-one has the time for lunch, and everything must be ‘quick’, ‘now’ and ‘instant’… you simply have to offer a painless, quick and instant Online Business service if you want to survive.
Problem: People have no time to shop. Solution: Offer a way in which people can buy from you 24 hours a day, and from the comfort of their own home.
When you do, I guarantee that your online business will experience phenomenal growth. All you need is a half-decent website and the correct marketing strategy behind you.
This a good motto for business travelers to take to heart. While the same can be said for families and individuals looking for rentals, the rental business is made and maintained by business travelers, and there are very few business men, especially older ones, who have not experienced some very unwanted last-minute surprises when the final bill for the car-rental is much higher than what they originally anticipated.
There are a lot of horror stories involving expecting a $100 bill and paying $200, or of checking a credit card statement that included huge fees and expenses that the renter was never expecting. The bad news is, usually these will have to be paid, and there generally is not an appeals process. All rental contracts have small print, and guess what’s in that fine print? The good news is that with only moderate training, your eye will be able to scan a contract whether on paper or online, and see the most common traps that renters fall into. Once you see the traps, you’ll have the discernment to avoid them.
First off, watch out for local taxes and fees. Taxes and fees should be part of the quoted rate, but some places will try to pull a quick one by having the rental fees without the taxes. Always ask to be sure. Ignorance is not an excuse, and some rental places make their money off people not asking questions they should. Taxes and fees can increase your final cost by up to 70 percent in the worst situations.
Although usually a minor expense, you should note that most rental car places now add a small fee to customers earning frequent flier miles for their rentals. Expect to pay 50 cents per day, up to a maximum of $2 per rental, for earning those miles.
The most major thing to look out for is insurance. This is the one major car-rental fee you can do something about. When they pitch collision or liability damage waivers, don’t fall for rental car agents’ hard sell (these are commission items, which is why they are so strenously recommended at the counter). Normally, if you own a car and have insurance you’re already covered when driving a rental car. Many major credit cards offer insurance as long as the rental is charged on that card. Before your next trip, call your insurance company and credit card company to see if you’re covered. If you are, tell the person at the counter to forget the pitch: it’s not worth $30 a day or more to buy something you already have. Avoid these things, and your next car rental bill will be far less likely to start a migraine.
Hagerty is a multifaceted network of specialty services for classic car collectors. Hagerty is an insurance company that insures classic automobiles that are generally difficult to insure. Hagerty Plus is an exclusive private club that offers an array of additional services of specific interest to collectors of classic cars. There is a members-only Web site that serves as a forum to exchange and gather information from collectors and industry experts. There also is a quarterly publication that is an excellent source for news and events.
The concierge service is probably the greatest privilege of a Hagerty Plus membership. Members are welcomed to submit questions or request info on any collector car or related topic such as tips on restoration, buying and selling, car care, and driving. If an appropriate response is not readily available, the query will be thoroughly researched and resolved. Every monthly the Web site is updated with articles and information from renowned experts, journalists, and fellow hobbyists.
Hagerty also is an advocacy group that stays abreast of government issues affecting classic cars. Members are contacted immediately if their state is proposing law changes or legislation that could affect them. Surveys and questionnaires are frequently conducted among members and various types of professional-service providers to monitor and report worthwhile news to members. Hagerty also supports the Collectors Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that endows scholarships or grants to individuals and organizations involved in the preservation and restoration of classic cars.
The organization also offers insurance to classic boats. Most cruisers and trawlers, mono-hull sailboats, runabouts, utilities, skiffs, and launches can be insured. Check out Hagerty’s Private Client Services. It caters to owners with vehicles valued at $250,000 or more or collections that exceed $500,000.
Last March 6-16, 2008, a car convention was held in Geneva Switzerland. Car enthusiasts are mostly concerned in finding out the hottest news in the motor world. The auto show revealed different car concepts from popular car manufacturers all over the world including that of Pininfarina’s Sintesi. The car was designed to discover great ideas and possible solutions for future cars.
Man is free to take advantage of technology and this is one way to develop new ideas that can further benefit mankind. The car featured in the auto show was designed to disseminate intelligence. The sources are from various cross-media about security and traffic. The car can continuously dialog with the city, other vehicles, and the road without restraining the autonomy of motorists.
The outside appearance of the car is similar to that of today’s sports cars but the aerodynamic exterior makes it very much different. It has a unique concept called ‘liquid packaging’. What caught the attention of the audiences are the four fuel cells. The manufacturer called it Quaddrivium Fuel Cells.
The hydrogen cells were positioned near the car’s wheels and each wheel is then powered with 20kw. The car also has a distinctive electric motor, additional battery coming from regenerative breaking and solar panels. The complicated electronic architecture uses modular power which depends in the driving condition. The dashboard is translucent and it displays various pieces of information.
The dashboard lights up when an important matter requires the attention of the driver. The headlights of the future car are equipped with radar and tele-cameras to ease information processing.
The design of the car is too much for the audience and most of them still think that it was definitely a car for the future. They can’t imagine a sophisticated car like the Sintesi to roam the streets of today. But if you try to analyze it closely, the entire car concept was based on available technologies and so it is not impossible to use the Sintesi today. If ever the various automakers can produce cars of the future that makes use of hydrogen cells, people can expect safer streets and better traffic flow in the coming years.
A lot of motoring publications covered the Sintesi, whether on the internet or in local publications. If Pininfarina can create a future vehicle, then so can other automakers like General Motors and BMW. In fact, news has it that these two car manufacturers are already designing a car that makes use of hydrogen cells. BMW is currently testing hydrogen powered vehicles in Germany and General Motors is going to follow.
Perhaps, future cars will soon be roaming the streets of rich countries. Well of course, the sophisticated cars will definitely be very expensive and only the rich people can afford it. However, as the years pass and the production of such cars become stable, even the ordinary individuals can afford it.
Now, you can just dream that you own a future car. But who knows, perhaps in the near future such cars will be sold in the market already. So start saving money now so that once the future cars are launched for the public, you can afford to buy one.
Many years ago, future cars like the Sintesi was simply a dream that is very hard to reach. But now, it is within arms reach.
Trucks and SUVs need specially designed car bike racks. A receiver car bike rack can give you the ability to carry your bikes around with no trouble or damage to your vehicle or your bike.
Truck and SUV drivers may not know that they have an option for a car bike rack for their vehicle, too. A receiver car bike rack is what they need, rather than letting their bikes ride in the back of the truck or SUV. This car bike rack will fit their vehicle perfectly and it will keep your bicycle safe.
Without a car bike rack, you may find that your bicycle is susceptible to damage. Your bicycle is not going to be stable in the back of your truck or SUV, which will mean that it moves around. This can cause dents, dings, and scratches to your bicycle and your vehicle, which is bad news. In a SUV, it is irritating to have to fold down the seats every time that you want to load up your bike, which is why you will want to check into a receiver car bike rack for your truck or SUV.
You can put a receiver car bike rack on the receiver hitch on your truck or SUV. This will help keep your bicycle safe and will keep your vehicle from being damaged as well. You will like the ease of installation and use that a receiver car bike rack can give you.
If you are tired of having to put down or remove seats in your SUV to get your bicycle to fit, then you will enjoy the receiver car bike rack. This will give you more room for your family and you will not have to concern yourself with how to get everything and everyone to the location that you want to go biking.
Convenience abounds with a receiver hitch car bike rack. You will find that you will go bicycling more, simply because it is easy to load and install. It doesn’t make it more difficult to drive, either, as a roof car bike rack would, so you have the best of both worlds.
If you want to keep the money that you spend on your bicycle safe, then you will want to be sure that you use a car bike rack. This will help you to keep it from bouncing around and damaging your bicycle or your vehicle. It will fit tightly to your receiver hitch and keep your bike sturdy.
The good news is that with a receiver car bike car you can carry your entire family’s bicycles. You are even able to haul your recumbent bicycle. Everyone’s bicycle can be loaded onto your receiver car bike rack. The ease of use will cause you to go bicycling even more.
If you enjoy bicycling, then you know how fun and exciting it can be. By having a receiver car bike rack, you will be able to take you and your family’s bicycles anywhere that you want. You can find a car bike rack for any vehicle that you can imagine. Just do your research.
For over twenty-five years, Auto Parts Online has remained as one of the most trustworthy auto parts stores in the realm of the internet. The company has achieved this level of success because of its continued commitment to offering simply the best quality auto parts and accessories to its customers. Auto Parts Online has also continuously improved its services, enhancing the company’s operations from browsing to ordering and processing down to delivery. Because of this, Auto Parts Online is currently one of the leading suppliers of aftermarket, replacement and collision parts today with millions of satisfied customers every year. Now, Auto Parts Online continues to further improve on its services through its latest venture, the Auto Blog.
The Auto Blog, powered by Auto Parts Online, is the company’s corporate blog, a response to the growing popularity and influence of blogs (shortened form of web logs) in the web. The Auto Blog aims to be an informative and appealing resource where visitors, either Auto Parts Online customers or not, can catch the latest news from the automotive industry or read up on the latest issues concerning car owners and enthusiasts. The Auto Blog offers news reports on the leading automakers in the industry. The blog also has a car reviews sections which offer brief reviews and insights on the latest vehicle models to hit the showrooms. The category on auto shows and events keeps readers updated on the happenings at the industry’s top auto shows.
And with automotive technology growing by leaps and bounds, the Auto Blog keeps an eye on the new developments. Whether it is about vehicle safety, alternative fuels hybrid technology or navigations systems, the Auto Blog has the latest and most interesting information posted. The Auto Blog also offers articles on the latest automotive trends and innovations. Now, Auto Parts Online’s customers can now catch up on the latest news and insights from the automotive industry only here at The Auto Blog.
The Audi brand has taken home quite a huge share of the awards that were given during the 2006 Auto Interior Show. In fact, this brand’s three vehicles – the Audi Q7, Audi A3, and the Audi S8 – took home an award each from the said show. The 2006 Auto Interior Show is all about those vehicles that hold outstanding design in its interior as well as exceptional quality. Voting is done by media involved in coverage of the auto industry. For this year, the Auto Interior of the Year Awards was part of the Ward’s Auto Interiors Show.
Produced by the Volkswagen AG, the Audi Q7 is a new vehicle in the market. Production for this vehicle starts next year. It has been built as a sport utility vehicle that holds four doors and has been built on the AWD platform. Its power comes from a 4.2 liter V8 engine and works with a six speed automatic transmission system. In spite of it being a newcomer to the automobile market, it took home the news media award for the Premium Priced Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) category. Its competition, the Mercedes Benz M class, Infiniti FX, Lexus RX, Volvo XC90, and Porsche Cayenne, better watch out for this one.
Another Audi vehicle that took home an award was the Audi A3. It received the news media award for the Popular Priced Car category. Since its introduction, the Audi A3 has been a constant favorite among media people because it held interiors that were stylish and very luxurious. This vehicle has been in production since 1996 and has been produced as a hatchback that held either three doors or five.
A car with a good combination of sounds, the Audi S8 took home the news media award for the Best Sound System. This was all because of the new Bang and Olufsen audio system that it held inside its cabin. Built on the FF and AWD platforms, the Audi S8 is a full size luxury car and has been roaming the streets and roads since 1994.
Are you planning to visit Jerusalem and seeking a good car rental Israel deal? What about your car hire Israel? Here is a useful Israel Driving Guide to help you drive safely in your car rental Israel all over the Holy Land.
International Driver’s License – Car Rental Jerusalem
Do you have an American, Canadian, and U.K. driver’s license? If so you do not an international driver’s license to drive in Israel. Well, on the other hand, it’s cheap and makes a nice souvenir of Jerusalem car rental trip. (Be sure to take pictures of your car rental Israel for you scrap book)
Israel Auto Club – Car Rental Tel Aviv
Israel’s automobile club is called MEMSI… Even people living in Israel many years have no idea what MEMSI stands so don’t ask them out of courtesy… The MEMSI phone number is 03- 564-1121 and fax number is 03-566-0493. Their main office in Tel Aviv at 20 Rehov Ha-Rakevet. They are open:30am to 7pm, until 1pm on Friday; closed Saturday.
Israel Auto Club – Car Rental Jerusalem
The Jerusalem office of MEMSI is at 31 Ben Yehuda St. (tel. 02-625-9711; fax 02-625-5994); same office hours as Tel Aviv.
Israel Auto Club – Car Rental Haifa
The Haifa office of MEMSI is at 31 Ben Yehuda St. (tel. 02-625-9711; fax 02-625-5994);
same office hours as Tel Aviv.
Importing Cars Versus Car Rental Israel
In theory, you can bring your car to Israel for up to one year if you have a valid license and the car is licensed. The good news is there is no customs or deposit required. The bad news is the paper work, hassle and cost of sending it back home. In short, a car rental Jerusalem, car rental Tel Aviv or car rental Haifa is the way to go – less hassle and cost effective.
Israel Road Conditions – Car Rental Jerusalem
Israel is tough on cars and some older roads are narrow and full of curves. On the other hand, Israel now builds excellent highways and bridges. Jerusalem has lovely roads that are well maintained and other cities are improving road conditions. There are beautiful winding roads on the way down South to Eilat and up north to the Golan Heights.
Drivers Education– Israel Car Rental
While some consider Israeli drivers overly aggressive on the road, others are polite and careful drivers. In recent years, Israel has initiated on-going driver education for young drivers and veteran drivers that teach defensive driving techniques.
Traffic Tickets – Israel Car Rental
Watch your speed in Israel, there are street lights that record speeders, photograph your license plate and send you a ticket by mail. There are more speed traps than ever in Israel. Don’t ruin your vacation with an expensive ticket and having your driver’s license suspended – obey the speed and look out for tailgaters. W hope this Israel Driving Guide helps you enjoy your trip. See you in Israel.
For many people, car shopping can be a frustrating, time-consuming and inconvenient experience. The good news is that with a little know-how you can use the Internet to turn what might otherwise be overwhelming into a manageable, even enjoyable experience. The Web is an excellent resource to help reduce the stress of car shopping and increase the likelihood of finding exactly the vehicle you are looking for.
The online shopping search starts with thinking about the basic things you want in a new car. Ask yourself, “Do I want a new, used or certified preowned vehicle?” and “Would I prefer a car, SUV or truck?” It’s also important to ask “Do I have a favorite vehicle manufacturer?” and “If I buy a used vehicle, how important is the vehicle’s current mileage to me?” Narrowing your preferences on at least a few of these items will minimize frustration and help lead you in the right direction.
Next, you need to know where to go. Visit consumer-friendly Web sites such as Edmunds.com, Auto Trader.com and AOL for news, reviews and comprehensive vehicle overviews. The Internet allows you to shop for cars in your area on your own schedule, when you have time, without regard for the dealerships’ hours of operation. Automotive Web sites that allow you to save car listings and searches will help you save even more time, since you can go back to where you left off instead of starting fresh each time you visit.
Once you have reduced your search to a few select vehicles, do a side-by-side comparison of the cars. With just a few clicks, you can quickly compare up-to-date vehicle information and reviews, features and benefits and costs of several vehicles. More information in less time is a bargain any consumer can appreciate.
Want your own customized shopping experience? Automotive Web sites such as AutoTrader.com allow you to personalize your car search. Registered users of the “My AutoTrader.com” function, listed on the company’s homepage, can save up to 10 searches and up to 25 cars in their personal space and refer back to the searches at a later date. In addition, the comparison tool allows you to compare your top three car choices.
Many financially gifted individuals are thinking wondering what to do with their “fat wallets” – should they put it in the bank for future investment use it for something that is tangible. They might just say “hey, this is exciting!” and what better thing to buy that can cause a phrase like this – a brand new sports car!
But here’s how to look at both the positive and negative sides of spending cash for a sports car.
Fanatics can find the most interesting and beautiful reason to own a sports car and the good news are is:
– Sports cars fit the lifestyle of the rich, the famous and the elegant.
– These sports cars have more powerful engines with up to 750 horsepower.
– Sleek, convertible types depreciate more slowly than hardtop rivals.
– The newer the sports car model, the more impressive the driver is.
– Fans of pricey sports car can choose between the coupe type and convertible type.
– Automatic transmission sports cars have better resale values.
– High-end exotics have been largely immune to the recession
– Less striking cars do best, often losing as little as 6 to 10% of their worth over five years.
– Sports cars are used in many cases for car racing. Both men and women are starting to become addicted with the sport.
Although fitting, as it can be, for their lifestyle, it’s not all that easy when it comes to buying a sports cars, the not so good news is:
– Sports cars are prone to being affected by recurring and financially viable trends.
– Some sports cars have very expensive and hard to find repair parts.
– Sports car buyers should not expect to ever get back their full investment when reselling the car.
– Expensive sport cars infrequently serve their purpose as just a means of transportation. They just become the collector’s item that is rarely used.
– Driving an expensive sports car means spending extra money for gas.
– Models that were sold at special discounts decrease in value faster than other models.
– Various exotic sports cars that only a minority can find the money for are often resold because of costly maintenance.
On the other hand, sports cars have become a passion for some. It could indicate that the buyer would spend more than he should, since it brings enjoyment to the owner, and he is willing to sacrifice the costly price of owning one for the joy and prestige it gives.
Nissan GT-R – The Secret Revealed
The production version of the Nissan GT-R debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and was launched in the Japanese market December 2007. The U.S. launch is scheduled for June 2008. Europe will be the third market for the GT-R, where it is expected to be launched late 2008. Production will be held to about 1,000 cars per month. Sony PlayStation’s “Gran Turismo (series)”Gran Turismo creators “Polyphony Digital”Polyphony Digital were involved in the development of the Nissan GT-R by designing the performance car’s multifunction display. This powerful performance automobile was a legend even before production started, thanks in part to this popular car racing video game.
Underground car racing trials from Japan report that the 2009 Nissan GT-R boasts a 0-60 of 3.5 seconds with the aid of launch control, technological wizardry that Nissan has been keeping secret. It has an 11.7-second quarter mile with a 192 mph top speed; a true performance car. The price, less than $70,000 for the base and Black Edition, makes it a reachable dream for the upper middleclass car racing enthusiast. The larger-displacement 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 produces approximately 450 horsepower; and makes for exciting car racing on drifting videos.
Activation of the Nissan GT-R’s launch control is a matter of configuring the transmission, dynamics control and damping adjustments properly. Then you pin the brake with your left foot and throttle with your right like the technique used to produce burnouts in those monster performance cars of byegone times. The results are somewhat different though. The GT-R‘s computer holds the engine at 4,500 rpm waiting for your foot to let off the brake pedal. When you do the GT-R accelerates faster than virtually any production performance car in the world. It is comparable to the Porsche 911 Turbo which hits 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and blasts through the quarter-mile in 11.6 at 118.5 mph.
Audi S4 Luxury and Performance
Spy photographers spotted the next Audi S4 out for underground testing. Based on the Audi A4 that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new S4 promises even more performance than the previous model. While the front bumper remains unchanged a few subtle changes can be seen. Audi’s signature chrome side mirrors found on Audi S models are also absent. Compared to the A4, the new S4 has bigger wheels and brakes, new side skirts and quad-exhaust. Powering the S4 will be a 354 horsepower V8. Mechanically, the S4 is expected to be identical to the S5.The 2008 S4 has a base price of $48,610 which keeps it affordable to the upper middleclass performance enthusiast and it is likely the new S4 will be in the same price range.
It has been reported that the new Audi S4 runs at 11.37 @ 122.43 MPH at the drag strip. Looking more like a luxury car than a racing car, the S4’s performance and power are hard to beat. The Audi S4 will use the S5’s 4.2-litre FSI V8 engine that delivers 354 Hp (compared to 340 Hp of the current S4’s 4.2L V8). Power will be transferred to all wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The new S4 is anticipated to get a slight power boost to keep its rivals including BMW at bay. In usual Audi fashion, the range-topping S-models are equipped with the Quattro four-wheel drive technology.
We can look forward to seeing more of these two exciting automobiles as the U.S. debut gets closer. For the latest underground sports cars auto news and to view the hottest drifting and car racing videos, join the Car Racing community. GTChannel.com offers professionally produced drifting and car racing video features, underground racing and news, new vehicle tests, motor sports events and car comparison races. GTChannel is a one stop location for breaking car racing news.
Many cars now come with the option to have super protective coatings applied, often called clear coats and “bras”. These are a great help in keeping such things as acidic bird droppings and rock chips from damaging your car’s exterior paint job. But when someone spills Super Glue on it, that’s a much stickier situation.
We wish this was good news and bad news, but there is no good news to Super Glue and painted surfaces. The basic ingredient in most removers for Super Glue and Crazy Glue, is acetone. This chemical is also found in nail polish, which is highly popular for removing little drips and drabs around the home, as long as they are on skin, wood, glass, and surfaces that aren’t going to be stained or leached of their color.
Acetone can even be used on a finished table or cupboard top, but chances are, it will damage the shine/finish, and should always be tested on a hidden area, first.
There really is no safe way to get this kind of bonding material off the painted metal surface of a car, without removing an area of paint. The one method you can try, which is by no means guaranteed, is also used on skin and that’s a combination of heavy hand cream, with some powdered or liquid soap. First, soak the spill with warm water by laying a dripping rag on it. Then take a cloth, dip it in your mixture, and apply it to the glue and rub. The combination of grease and sliding of the petroleum ingredients in soap, can ease glue off skin, but on a car, given that the glue is bonded to the paint and not a permanent surface, you may be able to shift the glue, but it will take the paint off with it.
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You depend heavily on your car, as it is your main method of transportation. You also possibly use it for work and may need business vehicle tracking hardware installed. If this is so, keep reviewing to find out about automobile repair work.
Do not take your auto to the initial mechanic you discover. You should do some research to locate a dependable mechanic with fair costs. Ask your friends and family concerning the mechanics they have been to in the past and check the Internet to locate testimonials composed by all other customers.
Check the fluids in your automobile consistently. Inspect the oil degree with the dipstick you could find under your hood. The dipstick should have a mark on it to show the excellent oil level. Add a quart of oil if you have to and inspect the level once more after allowing your vehicle run for a few mins.
Look for a car service center that displays their credentials for every person to view. Get a good look at it to ensure that they are present. Also if they are certified, that does not guarantee high quality work, but there is a higher chance of the work acquiring done correctly.
You need to wash your vehicle to keep the corrosion away. Corrosion is an inevitability, however you could stave it off for an excellent while. Usage a great wax to secure your paint work as much as possible.
If your automobile door and hatch locks tend to come to be rigid, stay away from breaking your secret off in the lock by oiling them periodically with a passing through oil spray. You can utilize the plastic extender that includes the spray can to provide oil to the interior of the locking mechanism. If you have actually lost this extender, merely spray your essential liberally and transform it in the stiff lock many times.
When doing your very own automobile repair works, ensure you budget adequate time to obtain the work done. It’s simple to underestimate how long a repair work task will take. You might run into challenging to take out bolts or nuts, or learn a component is harder to take out than you prepared for. Offering on your own enough time to finish the repair service securely will make the job a lot less demanding.
Constantly keep some tail light tape around. You could possibly acquire pulled over and acquire a ticket for a damaged tail headlight. You need to get rid of the light from your car, switch out the light-bulb if you should and wrap the whole headlight in tape. This is a short-lived repair yet it is far better compared to driving with a busted illumination.
Changing an automobile battery is quick and simple. It usually includes unfastening a clip in addition to the battery and making use of a wrench to release and remove the connectors. (Normally, you should do this with your engine off!) Brush the connectors wash with a cable brush. Raise out the aged electric battery and placed the new electric battery in its area. Fasten the connectors safely and refasten the clasp. You ought to excel to go!
See to it you understand where your proprietor’s manual is and utilize it! If there is a problem with your vehicle, you will be lost without it. Occasionally, a concern is simply an outcome of an absence of understanding. Choose it up, read through it, and see if you can figure out just what is going on.
Do not begin dealing with DIY tasks unless you are sure of on your own. Make sure that you have aid close at hand in instance something fails. Invest a little more on tools of excellent quality that will not crumble. This definitely applies to tire altering equipment. The jack must hold the car safely and securely. Do you truly would like to acquire under your car with a badly made or flawed jack? Authorized jack stands, working in conjunction with a high quality hydraulic floor jack, are the most effective devices for tire changes.
Keep a log that includes details on any sort of upkeep that you have actually ever done on your vehicle. To make things very easy, put this log in your glove compartment box. If there is an issue with your automobile, this info could help the technician identify what is taking place far more rapidly.
Aim to the local councils and neighborhood customer advocate groups for more details on the car service center you are thinking about. You’ll wish to look all over for prospective knowledge on this solution facility prior to you plop down the large bucks on a pricey repair. Typically these companies will have a great deal of excellent intelligence for you to consider.
Be responsible when executing Do It Yourself vehicle repair works. Just about every item you might change or repair on an automobile is eco unfriendly. Make sure to dispose of liquids such as electric motor oil and coolant appropriately. Take made use of components to your neighborhood scrap backyard or recycling center. Don’t toss plastic bottles about the landscape. If you are unclear of where you can dispose of these items, consult your local garbage disposal firm or an automotive supply store.
See to it that the automobile repair shop you visit offers a warranty on their solutions. There are a lot of service center that will do a shabby task, and there is absolutely nothing you can do regarding that if you have no warranty. A guarantee will certainly provide you the possibility to obtain the problem fixed for no cost.
Ensure your vehicle awaits winter. The cold can be very hard on the car’s system so you must correctly preserve it. Some points you must do are check the tires, inspect the antifreeze, change old wipers, and inspect windshield washer fluid. Driving is tough sufficient in the winter season, so make points simpler by seeing to it your automobile can handle the harsher climate.
Taking proper care of a car is an incredibly vital and vital part of life. You can conserve on your own an excellent amount of money if you also feel in one’s bones easy maintenance. Remember these ideas when you feel like something’s wrong with your automobile.
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The number of people who are using the internet to sell used cars in Basingstoke is increasing. This is because the internet is best place for selling used cars. There are so many buyers online, and most people are using the internet to search for a used car. Therefore, you will get the following benefits if you sell your used car online.
1. It is Cheap
You will not spend a lot of money when you sell used car online. There are so many websites that you can use to advertise your car for free. The only thing that you will be required to do is to write a good advertisement. You need to make sure that the ad is very great, and it should provide the right information about your car. You will only attract the right buyers if you provide the correct information.
2. A lot of Buyers
The people who search for used cars online are so many. You will be able to attract buyers from all over the country. If you had written a good advertisement, most of these people will see it. You will never have to focus on only the people who live near you. You might get some people who live in another state, and they will contact you. They will buy the car if they love it.
3. It is Fast
Selling a used car is a very difficult thing. However, you will sell it quickly if you use the internet. There are some websites that have buyers who are always looking for used cars. This means that if you use these websites to sell your used car you will sell it quickly because the buyers are already there. You might sell used car online in one day if you use these websites.
4. Effective Marketing Techniques
If you have been selling used cars for a long time, then you know that it is very difficult to market the car. However, when you use the internet you will be able to know the marketing techniques that are effective and those that are not. Therefore, you will always use the effective marketing techniques to sell used car online easily, without wasting a lot of time.
These are benefits of using the internet to sell used cars. You can now make the right decision. If you choose to use the internet, then know that it is very cheap, and you will find a lot of buyers without wasting a lot of time and money.
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