Little did Mr. Ford know that the little black buggy he was making back in the early 90’s would a 100 years later be as sophisticated as the cars of today. Modern day cars are extremely complicated and high tech with some having the computing power greater than the first space shuttle which carried Neil Armstrong to the Moon! Cars today incorporate the latest in silicon technology and it’s the advent of Information Technology which has really given the automobile industry a giant technological leap. As computer chips become cheaper car manufacturers find news ways of integrating them into various functions of the car. Some of the primary technological advancements which have been made in car technology over the past few years are: on board chips in MPFI cars for controlling fuel supply and combustion, safety technologies like airbags, anti lock brakes and seat belt pre tensioners, high tech CVT transmissions, navigation through GPS systems, radar gun scanners, key less entry & theft protection systems & many more. Some of the most recent technologies which have been introduced include Mercedes active safety technologies which sense when the car is about to have a crash and automatically rolls up the windows tightens the seat belts and inflates the seat cushions to protect the occupants. Then there are automatic headlights which turn on themselves when it gets dark and wipers which turn on automatically when it starts to rain. The list just goes on with seat back massagers, tv and dvd entertainment systems, in car refrigerators, telephone, laptop, sunroofs, heated seats & much much more. There are more gadgets in a car today than there were in an house in the 70’s. Even drivability and handling of a car is controlled by computers, many cars have active air suspensions, traction control systems and active four wheel drive systems. So when we buy a car today is it just a mode of transport which we are buying? Not really, it’s a mobile relaxation spa for some, a mobile office for other or simply a lifestyle accessory for the rich. One thing is clear, technology is never constant and will continue to amaze us with faster, more sexy and more advanced cars in the future lets keep our eyes on the road.
I had what I thought was an interesting question sent in to me the other day and that is the topic of this article. The question asked was essentially; out of all of the car buying tips, the car deal negotiating tips, and out of all the do’s and don’t do’s when you are car shopping and ultimately buying, what is the single most important area to have under control as the buyer. I had to preface my answer by saying that in order to get your best deal when buying a car, there are many pieces to the car buying puzzle. They are all individually important because when you put all the buying processes together they make up your deal. And all of these car buying puzzle pieces are what dealerships are all about. They each represent an opportunity to sell you something and therefore make a profit on that sale. Having said that, this is a great question and you would probably get many different answers. But, since you asked and I have pondered… I’ll give you my thoughts. I would have to say financing. You must take the time to do such things as: Get and understand your credit report. Shop around for your financing options and ultimately get yourself pre-approved so you will know the amount, the interest rate you qualify for, and the length of your loan. If you don’t get your financing questions answered and in order, you can literally cost yourself thousands of dollars. So, while all of the other aspects of buying a car are indeed important, such as the price of the new car, what you get for your trade, and all of the research that goes into these areas; you can literally give it all back and much more in the dealer’s finance department. “If I get all my financing lined up ahead of time, why would I even bother with the dealer’s finance department?” A Good question; and there are a couple of aspects to the answer. First, once you know what you qualify for (a bird in hand), you can then give the dealer’s finance manager the opportunity to do even better for you. Secondly, even if you have no intention of using the dealer financing option, you’ll still have to have a seat in the finance office just to sign all the paperwork. Which means the finance person will do their best to “sell” you their financing package. So being prepared is the best answer. If you have your financing in hand and know all your numbers ahead of time, you’ll be able to fend off the monthly payment approach by the car dealer’s sales person. Buying a car based on monthly payments is good for the dealer; bad for you. Also, your financing homework becomes even more important if your credit is less than grade ‘A’. Be mindful that just the difference in just a couple of percentage points on your interest rate can represent over a thousand dollars to you during the life of your loan. And if your credit score leaves a little to be desired by potential lenders, you will probably see a wider range of qualifying quotes that you get back. So it is even more important that you get your car financing house in order before you head out to the dealership. Certainly, financing is but one piece of the car buying puzzle. But, it’s a big piece. And you can rest assured it’s a big piece (for potential profit) for the dealer. Many people don’t realize that this is yet another area at the dealership that you can and should try to negotiate on the road to getting your best car deal. If you have done your research and homework to give yourself the best possible chance on the front end of the car buying process (new car & trade-in), don’t give it all back on the back end of the deal (financing & insurance – F&I) by not knowing what your financing numbers and options are.
Somebody once asked me why I was so fascinated with muscle cars. You know, it’s hard for an outsider looking in to understand why we muscle car lovers are so fanatical about our cars. Until they’ve been behind the wheel of a newly restored ’66 Pontiac GTO, they just haven’t a clue. Why is it that we can browse through muscle car advertisements for hours on end? Why do we have to go to every muscle car show that comes near our town? Why do we drive out of our way to see some of the hottest muscle cars around? Why do we seemingly pour all of our extra money into our muscle cars? Some people think a passion for muscle cars comes from peer pressure – a need to impress other people per se. As a muscle car enthusiast I can honestly say that’s not it, at least not for me. My interest in muscle cars dates way back to before I was ever concerned about what anybody thought. I have always found muscle cars to be fascinating and exciting. First, muscle cars are original. Those who collect or restore muscle cars put their heart and soul into their hobby which makes every muscle car truly unique. Second, muscle cars are powerful. There’s nothing that gets the adrenaline pumping quite like sitting behind the wheel of a classic, high-performance muscle car. Third, when you take a classic car, restore it and muscle it up, you really have something to be proud of. It’s a lot like an artistic ability for me – like taking a blank canvas and creating an incredible piece of art out of it. One thing is for certain, regardless of the reason a muscle car devotee is interested in muscle cars, we all seem to talk the same talk and walk the same walk. Dealing with muscle cars is an incredible social outlet. Whether we collect, restore, show, or race our muscle cars, it doesn’t matter. We’re all on the same wavelength and we truly enjoy looking at and chatting about muscle cars. Some enthusiasts have specific lines of muscle cars that they are interested in, while others are just crazy about muscle cars in general. Some like imports, others like exports, and most all muscle car enthusiasts have a strong interest in classics. We can look at them, talk about them, drive them, or just work on them. Muscle cars give us something to look forward to, something fun to invest our time and money into, and the muscle car hobby keeps us out of trouble – for the most part.
The Pioneer Company is a Tokyo-based corporation, and is one of the world leaders in digital entertainment products. If you look at any good car stereo/car audio system and you’ll almost certainly see a Pioneer car stereo unit plugged into the console. Alongside with quality speakers and a strong lineup of accessories like LCD panels and navigational devices, Pioneer audio products/Pioneer car stereos have earned a huge following the world over. Pioneer car stereo/ Pioneer car audio units are not just simple head units. A car stereo can easily be comprised of several items built into the console of the car. Hardware like navigational devices, DVD players with LCD panels, coupled with the standard array of compact disc, mp3 and cassette players now usually go together. Usually, a Pioneer car stereo unit is a head unit with a radio, cassette and cd player. No matter how bare-bones this might sound, anyone will surely be impressed with the sound quality and features a Pioneer car stereo can boot. Something like the DEH-P90HDD Pioneer car stereo single CD player head unit. The DEH-P90HDD allows you to record CD Audio (from the unit itself or from a changer) onto a 10GB hard disc drive, which holds about 200 audio CD's (using ATRAC3 digital compression). Your CD's are recognized by the pre-installed Gracenote CDDB database, which includes auto-playlists that make finding a specific CD easy. This Pioneer car stereo unit can also play your MP3 CD's plus CD Audio, CD-RW, and CD-R discs. Also, the MagicGate Memory Stick player lets you play recorded Memory Stick tracks. The Organic EL display is easy to read and accepts image downloads, so you can customize its look. Built-in DSP offers a 13-band graphic EQ and a huge variety of tools. If cassettes are your thing, the KEH-P4020 Pioneer car stereo cassette player head unit is a good product to choose. It is a full logic cassette system with multi-color display, 45Wx4 High Power, EEQ™ equalizer system, Tuner, IP-Bus System Control, flap face and has a detachable face security. If you’re planning to buy a Pioneer car stereo unit, why not match it with a set of Pioneer speakers too? Pioneer car stereo has made another innovation in their REV Series speakers, which incorporates technological breakthroughs in their IASCA award-winning Premier Reference Series (PRS) speakers. Rev Series speakers boast Pioneer’s Kevlar Fiber Composite Cones, Soft-dome tweeters and Wave guides. Each speaker features a bright yellow cone and distinctive wave guides, plus a six-spoke grill with a titanium finish that simulates chrome wheels. With all these impressive products, is it still a wonder why they call Pioneer car stereos for your car audio
You may not know it yet, but there’s a hole in your heart the shape of the 2007 Toyota Camry. Chances are you could be living a happy and fulfilled life without ever sensing that it’s there, unless of course you happen to take the new Camry for a test drive. Introduced at the 2006 Superbowl where the Pittsburg Steelers outdid the Seattle Seahawks 21-10, Toyota made an effort to reach Hispanic viewers with its 30-second Camry commercial. The spot featured a father and his 4 year old son driving in their new Camry Hybrid. As the two switch back and forth between Spanish and English, the father explains why he speaks two languages and why he bought a hybrid, which can switch between electric and gas power. The camera follows the conversation with revealing glimpses of the car in motion. Recent print ads highlight the Camry’s ability to filter incoming air, its emotionally charged body, and the optional dual-electric performance Hybrid engine. The progress of the genre now gives 147 horsepower while averaging 40 mpg; the car is quick off the line as the pulse of your heartbeat. With a MSRP of $25,900 the 2007 Camry Hybrid is priced more than the Prius, but well within the range of the Honda Accord, or the 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid. Toyota’s mid-size cars are the company’s core breadwinners, and this the newest incarnation comes closest to perfection. The strong and sensual external lines of the 2007 Camry articulate a reserved sensibility making the car seem more expensive than it really is. The larger than normal headlights, integrated bumpers and dual crease lines on the hood make the nose appear more bulbous, further enhance the car’s gallant characteristics while boasting exceptional aerodynamics to 0.28 Cd. Even the sides of the car have a more sculpted appearance giving it a decidedly up-market European look and feel. The rear taillights are clean, placed higher up than on any previous model serving the need for practicality without compromising aesthetics. As a whole, the 2007 Camry looks like it’s draped in fine Roman apparel. If you step inside the well-engineered cabin of the 2007 Camry, you will find everything works with dogmatic precision. The power windows, door locks, and multi-adjustable comfortable seats are precise – all made from high-quality materials. The detailed instrument cluster for both climate controls and audio system are large, and tactile for easy reading and nice to touch. Previous generation of the Camry had a hard to read font on the half-moon tachometer and speedometer; this has been addressed in the latest model. The new font is larger and matches the sophisticated design of the interior cabin. In terms of space, the inside passenger room has been increased to 101.8 cubic feet with front leg-room at 41.6 inches and 38.3 inches in the rear. Regardless where you sit in the new Camry, both the front and rear seats have ample cushioning, and adequate room for taller adults. Additionally, the foldable rear seats give an additional 60:40 expansion room for extra storage. The completely redesigned inner cabin of the 2007 Toyota Camry succeeds at making driving the car a more relaxing experience. Toyota’s engineering is currently giving the European car manufacturers a good run for the money. For the 2007 Camry, there are three engines to choose from including: the 2.4-liter with 158 horsepower, the 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower, and the 2.4-liter Hybrid. The latter has two-motors for the Hybrid, one to provide energy for the cabin, and the other to turn the wheels. The naturally aspirated engines gives 24 mpg city; 33 mpg highway, while the Hybrid averages 40 mpg. The Hybrid is most surprising because it gives sporty performance for overtaking, and merging in traffic. Falling in love is rewarding experience, especially when you are behind the wheel of the 2007 Camry. This year marks Toyota Motor Company’s 70th anniversary of making motor cars. The company acknowledges its secret to success in the USA is attributed to building safe, mid-sized sedans. As such, the 2007 Camry lists many safety features as standard items including: rear seat child restraint system; anti-lock ABS system to maintain vehicle control; and advanced airbags to appropriately inflate the bags depending on conditions. The new Camry offer style and a well crafted interior at an affordable price. With MSRP ranging from $19,320 for the base model to $25,900 for the 2007 Camry Hybrid, it’s easy to see why everyone is thinking green, while looking better than ever. It’s the perfect getaway companion for taking your beloved to a cozy restaurant, to a seaside resort, and returning home again.
Through time, your car’s interior could be accumulating more and more dirt inside. In fact, you may never notice, however your interior could be suffering from too much baggage – dirt, sand, grime, food crumbs, wrappers, spills, and other things. And if everything accumulates, you might be finding a car interior that smells funny but also an interior that does not look nice. At all. Cleaning can be something that you may not want to do. However, keep in mind that it would cost you a couple hundred in cash to have everything cleaned up by a professional service center. Remember, though, that you can actually do it yourself and just sacrifice a couple of hours to do this type of work. You will not need anything sophisticated or high technology. Just get out your vacuum cleaner and a couple of other household products and you will be on to a start to cleaning up your car’s interior. You should first remove the floor mats from your car. Then, once outside, shake them off. Try to remove any kind of debris that could have stuck itself on them. Your car’s carpets are one of the most likely things where dirt gets accumulated. After that task, use your vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment. Use this to vacuum any dirt on all the seats of your car. Pay close attention to the crevices and the spaces between the cushions. Dirt also likes to hide there. You would also need to carefully vacuum the bottom of your seats as well as the back. Be sure that before you do any vacuuming, your seats are free from trash and coins. These could clog up your vacuum and delay your interior cleaning duties. After that, it is time to turn your vacuuming to your car’s floor as well as the floor mats. When clean, put the floor mats back in. Check your car seat cushions. If you see any stains, you can use a damp towel to apply carpet shampoo. However, make sure that you use only a small amount and work it up into a light lather. And when done, you can wipe the shampoo away. Let it dry. As per your car’s windows and glass, you can use a window cleaner. A newspaper would do the best job in cleaning these. And the best of it all, let the air in. This would throw away any kind of funny smell out of your car.
The Rapid Motor Vehicle Company was started in 1902 by Max Grabowski. It was the manufacturer of some of the earliest trucks and was purchased in 1909 by GM. In 1912 the name GMC was first used at the New York Auto Show and in 1996 the suffix Truck was dropped. What most people don't know is that GMC also makes cars. In 1902 Max Grabowski founded a company called the "Rapid Motor Vehicle Company", which developed some of the earliest commercial trucks ever designed. In 1909 the company was bought by General Motors to form the basis of the General Motors Truck Company, from which GMC Truck was made. In 1912 the name "GMC Truck" was first shown at the New York Auto Show. In 1996 GM dropped the word 'truck' from the GMC Truck name, thus creating the GMC name as we know it today. There never was a Grabowski Motor Company or a Grabowski Motor Corp. They now make personal automobiles, as well as pickup truck and bus engines. General Motors Corporation NYSE: GM, also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall Chevrolet and GMC divisions produce trucks, as well as passenger vehicles. Other brands include ACDelco, Allison Transmission, and General Motors Electro-Motive Division that produces diesel-electric locomotives. GM also has stakes in Isuzu, Subaru, and Suzuki in Japan and a joint venture with AutoVAZ (Lada) in Russia. In December 2003, it acquired Delta in South Africa, in which it had taken a 45 percent stake in 1997, and which is now a fully-owned subsidiary, General Motors South Africa. GM's headquarters are in the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. General Motors is the world's largest vehicle manufacturer and employs over 340,000 people. In 2001, GM sold 8.5 million vehicles through all its branches. In 2002, GM sold 15 percent of all cars and trucks in the world. They also owned Electronic Data Systems from 1984 to 1996 which is a former Ross Perot company and, prior to selling it to News Corporation, DirecTV. GM owned Frigidaire from 1918 to 1979. The current chairman (since May 1, 2003) and chief executive officer (since June 1, 2000) is Rick Wagoner, succeeding John F. Smith, Jr. General Motors is selling its 20 percent stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent of Subaru, in a deal that could raise more than $700 million as per news released on October 6, 2005. Also, General Motors Canada auto workers voted on Sunday to ratify a new contract that will lay off 1,000 workers over the next three years, the Canadian Auto Workers and GM said. General Motors lost 2.5 billion dollars last year, and would have made a profit if it was not saddled with 6 billion dollars in health costs. The UAW and GM are now reaching agreement to reduce this health cost by about 1 billion dollars annually.
Ever had a car stolen? Did you collapse, broken-hearted, on the floor when told that its burnt-out chassis had been found at the bottom of a dry creek bed and was now home to a family of very large rats? The stereo was gone, the seats were gone, the woofers, gone. And the fluffy dice – they even took the dice! No more “DOOF-DOOF”, no more dice No more back seat paradise… I know – you were much younger then…. The negative impact caused by car theft spares no one. Its effects are felt right across the community. For example, an increase in motor vehicle thefts means an increase in motor vehicle insurance claims and this ultimately leads to a rise in motor vehicle insurance premiums. But it doesn’t stop there. Even those who don’t own a vehicle end up bearing the cost of motor vehicle thefts indirectly as taxi fares, bus fares, even school excursions become more expensive. And if you believe you’ve been excluded from these increased costs because you walk or cycle everywhere, think again. Higher motor vehicle insurance premiums mean higher transport running costs, which lead to higher freight charges, and this translates to higher prices on the supermarket shelves. And let’s not forget the individual. The poor motorist who has had his car stolen must now cop a reduction in his No Claim Bonus as well as pay a hefty excess. If he relies on his vehicle for work there is also the alarming prospect of a temporary loss of income. So what can be done to combat these heinous crimes? Many new cars these days have built-in anti-theft devices such as car alarms, engine demobilisers and wheel nut locks. Even so, there are several things car owners can do to prevent the their vehicles being stolen. • If your car doesn’t come with an anti-theft device, buy one. • When parking on the street at night, always choose a well-lit area. • That anti-theft device that you bought…use it! • Never leave items that may be tempting to a thief in plain sight. These may include department store shopping bags, mobile phones, wallets, gifts or other valuables. If such things absolutely must be left in the vehicle, hide them away in the glove box, boot or even under the seats. • This may sound obvious but keys should never be left in the ignition. Many a car has been stolen from right under its owner’s nose simply because the key was left in it. Even if you’re just popping in to pay for the petrol you just pumped, take out the key. Theft of your vehicle will take less than ten seconds with the key already in the ignition. • If you have a garage, put your car in it instead of the pool table. And, having done that, don’t forget to lock it. • If you don’t have a garage, park in the driveway instead of the street. (If you don’t have either… have you considered a pushbike?) • When leaving the vehicle unattended at home, take your car keys with you. • If leaving the car with a mechanic for maintenance or repairs, only leave the ignition key with the car. • Never leave spare keys in or on the vehicle. • Don’t leave important papers such as registration, license or mail in the vehicle while unattended. If, even after being as careful as possible, your vehicle is stolen, report the theft immediately to the police. They will take details of the vehicle, where it was parked and for how long, as well as information about any items that may have been inside it at the time. You will then need to make a claim through your insurance company – assuming you have comprehensive motor vehicle insurance, of course – as soon as possible. These days many insurance companies allow you to report the claim online as well as in person or over the phone. The important thing is to do so promptly, giving as much detail as is available so as to help streamline the process. Once the claim is reported, a claims officer will most likely contact you within a day or two to confirm the information. If accepted, it may then take up to a further six weeks to pay the claim if the vehicle is not recovered. If it is found within that time, the vehicle will be assessed as to whether it can be repaired and, if so, at what cost. If the repair costs would be more than the vehicle is worth, it will be deemed a total loss and the claim paid for the insured value less any excess. Any way you look at it, motor vehicle theft is a crime that causes loss and anxiety in several different ways. The best we can do is take as many steps as we can to prevent it and support car manufacturers that provide security devices in their cars. As for the car thieves…placing them in stocks and throwing rotten tomatoes at them springs to mind…
An oxygen sensor is a vital part of your Suzuki vehicle. After all, it is mainly one of the important parts responsible for keeping a vehicle’s gas mileage low. If you have not known yet, oxygen sensors are also known by other names. It also goes by the names O2 sensor, lambda sensor, lambda probe, lambda sensor, lambda sond, or EGO sensor which stands for exhaust gas oxygen sensor. What is the oxygen sensor? It is a small sensor. This is found inserted into the Suzuki vehicles, or any vehicles for that matter, exhaust system. This is usually found in vehicles which have petrol engines. What this part does is it measures the concentration of oxygen that is found in the exhaust gas. By doing such, it actually allows the vehicle’s electronic control unit, or much known as ECU, to control the efficiency of the combustion process in the engine. According to manufacturers of oxygen sensors, this part of the vehicle is one of the key components of the total performance of a vehicle. These parts may be small, just around the size of a clothes pin, but they do a great deal by monitoring the engine exhaust of your vehicle. And the engine exhaust is one of the most common causes of air pollution if not monitored well. By continually determining the amount of oxygen in the exhaust, it also monitors the exhaust gases. The engine computer is then alerted to adjust the air and fuel ratio so much so that the gasoline combustion is complete. In the same process, the harmful emissions are lessened. Also, the engine performance and efficiency is improved. According to Church Ruth, the general product manager of Bosch which is one of the manufacturers of oxygen sensors, “Studies shows that two thirds of all vehicle emissions test failures are a result of worn out oxygen sensors. Those numbers are staggering when you consider that oxygen sensors are easy enough to replace and that the vast majority of them are also inexpensive, costing roughly $20 to $50.” The common signs and symptoms that your vehicle needs an oxygen sensor replacement? Well, you will notice that your Suzuki has excessive fuel consumption. It also gives off high emissions of gas. The engine surges or hesitates. Also, there is a premature failure of the catalytic converter. What you should do is try to look at the oxygen sensor itself. If you notice that there is a shiny deposit on the heat shield or any kind of gummy or gooey deposit, it simply means that you should replace your oxygen sensor already. High maintenance costs can be actually avoided by purchasing top of the line body parts from auto parts sources like Auto Parts Discount. They actually have been in the industry for years and it has certainly proven client patronage. Assistance is also available for customers who are in the dark regarding their oxygen sensor purchases, Suzuki parts purchases, or any other products that they have in store.
Mazda provided the automotive world with an affordable true sports car with its Mazda Miata. This vehicle was developed and designed in the California studio of Mazda and the complete manufacturing and production was really and entirely done in the company’s factory in Japan. This vehicle has certainly garnered such a quite large interest in the automobile industry. And throughout the world, this vehicle has gained much popularity. The Mazda Miata comes in a small sized car with clean lines, a simple drivetrain, an outstanding handling, and a very unpretentious character and appeal. Since its introduction, this vehicle has always maintained its world-class appeal, and at present continues to be the phenomenon that it is. This vehicle has been continuously credited for reviving the passion for roadsters, and at the same time it has achieved other vehicle manufacturers to pursue ideas like the Mazda Miata. It could be accounted for the creation of other vehicles like the Dodge Viper, the Volkswagen New Beetle, the new Ford Thunderbird, the Chrysler PT Cruiser, and the Chevrolet SSR. After its introduction, the Mazda Miata entered countless of Top 10 lists for vehicles. It was first introduced in 1989 as a 1990 model. The Mazda Miata resembled the early 1960s Lotus Elan. Even if it was not quite quick, this Mazda Miata became a sensation. It was a relatively small and light vehicle with just an 89.2 inch wheelbase and 155.2 inches overall. Everything it held had a light touch making this quite a remarkable car. It had an optional power steering feature, and given as a standard feature was the manual rack-and-pinion set up that reacted on impulse to steering inputs. It reacted with subtle details about what was going on with its tires. The first of its kind was powered by a 1.6 liter dual-overhead cam that was capable of powering up to 116 horsepower. As the years went on, the Mazda Miata, a sports car that could take in two passengers, went through different changes. Added as options were antilock brakes, and a four-speed automatic transmission. Also, its paint had changed in color and hue, plus an addition of leather seating, a rear suspension cross brace, a roof liner and defroster for its hardtop, a sensory sound system, passenger-side airbags, power steering, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, power mirrors, aluminum alloy wheels, cruise control, power door locks, remote keyless entry, Bilstein shock absorbers, and BBS wheels. The corporate logo was also mounted on its nose. A new Mazda Miata is soon bound to roll its way to the streets and highways this 2006 or 2007. It is built on a modified version of Mazda’s RX8 sports car platform. This time, it has a 2.0 liter twincam 4-cylinder engine. It will sport a more rounded and serious look with its flared wheel arches, fuller body sides, and more aggressive looking nose. It will offer a little bit more space and room. Also, torso side airbags will be added in. Locating Mazda Miata parts and other Mazda auto parts is a breeze for online companies like Mazda Parts and Mazda Auto Parts offer quality auto parts with the best prices to save customers on over-priced purchases.
A tracking system in your car could assist you well enough in finding out where you car may be head or where your car is in once a thief runs away with it. More often than not, people who have cars with a tracking system get them back in one piece still. You see, car tracking devices give you information on the current location of your vehicle so finding it would be easier. You can have your own car tracking system installed in your beloved machine. Although you would have to first learn about the different tracking systems so you could choose which one would work best for you. Just like everything else, each type of these tracking systems has its own share of advantages and disadvantages. To get information, you can search through the Internet or you can also ask the companies for information about them. Also, ask about the monthly service costs. At least, you would really know how much you would be spending on these systems and if you could really afford them. It would also be wise to ask if the system would be monitoring your car’s location at all times. That way, you can be sure that anytime you would like to have information about your car’s location, you would be given such as part of the whole payment. Also try to find a car-tracking system that has a wide range of coverage so that if the thief drives your vehicle out to another state, you can still track it.
You may have found the right kind of vehicle that suits your needs as well as your wants. Of course, the choosing part has been one of the most difficult things you have ever done. This is still the same case when it comes to choosing the right kinds of tires for your dream machine. When purchasing a vehicle, you would have first to be equipped with the proper knowledge about your car’s specifications when it comes to tires. You would have to be knowledgeable about the right size, type, and thread of the tire. The size of a tire is actually specified on the car owner’s manual. If you have gone through this document, you surely would have come across this information along with the right amount of tire pressure that these tires should have. Or, you can also look for the label inside the glove box or on the driver’s side door post. These are locations where the proper tire size is usually located. Make sure that you purchase the right size. If you buy an oversized tire, it can actually rub parts of your car and wear these parts down earlier than it should. On the other hand, an undersized tire could make your vehicle overheat. There are various types of tires available in the market. It should be important that you know just what type of tire would fit your vehicle best. If you have a performance vehicle, then you are most likely to get performance tires. Other tire types include winter tires, all season tires, run flat tires, all-terrain tires, and mud tires. Consult your car owner’s manual regarding this. The tread of your tire is responsible for keeping your vehicle on the road despite various conditions. Mud and snow tires are mostly all season tires. This means that it could be used in various types of roads even those that have snow, slush, rain, or mud. However, for most vehicles, the standard highway treads do the trick of keeping the vehicle on the road.
Power, speed and performance – those are the three major traits of a muscle car. When first produced, muscle cars were just pretty darn amazing because they combined the efficiency of a lightweight, mid-sized body with the performance of a high-power V8 engine and special design features that further increased the cars’ acceleration capabilities. Because muscle cars topped all other vehicles in terms of power, speed and performance, they were ideal for racing. Muscle cars were produced from the mid-1960s into the early 1970s, but the production of such beasts fell drastically due to a number of factors. First was the controversy over whether it was wise and responsible to make such powerful vehicles available to the general public, primarily due to road racing. Because muscle cars were often used irresponsibly, liability relating to them was pretty high which forced insurance companies to increase rates for insuring muscle cars. Emission control requirements intended to curb pollution also played into the picture making it near impossible for automakers to produce muscle cars that met the standards they had to adhere to. Needless to say, the muscle car industry changed quickly due to these influences. Demand decreased because many “would-be” buyers of muscle cars couldn’t fathom paying the enormous insurance rates for a high-power vehicle and automakers had to meet the challenges presented by pollution control standards. Since muscle cars were produced for a limited number of years, they are valuable items for collectors and are still highly desirable to those who enjoy racing or desire a quick, powerful, mid-sized car. Since the decline in the production of muscle cars, some automakers have attempted to bring the muscle car era back to life by producing powerful vehicles that resemble the legendary muscle cars, but in my opinion, they don’t hold a candle to classic muscle cars like the GTO, the Road Runner or the Chevelle SS. It will be interesting to see how the history of muscle cars plays out. Will present day automakers renew production of true muscle cars that are fast and powerful? Will there be enough demand to make muscle car production worth it to them? Or, will muscle cars continue to be limited to those classic models that were produced in the 60s and 70s? Classic muscle cars are pretty amazing pieces of machinery. One that is restored and in cherry condition is really worth a lot of money. As time goes on, there are fewer muscle cars available which makes them even more valuable to classic car collectors and muscle car enthusiasts.
There are several reasons why it is a very bad idea to drive without proper motor insurance. First and foremost, it is illegal; if you drive without insurance you are liable to an IN10 'Driving with no insurance' penalty. It may seem like a good idea at the time to save yourself a considerable about money by failing to take out insurance cover for your vehicle. You may of course drive around for a long period without being involved in any kind of accident or being stopped by the police. However, it is certain that in the end, one of these two things will definitely happen. The idea of car insurance is that you take out a policy, and hopefully you will never need it. Therefore, it may seem like a waste of money, but car insurance is there to protect you and others, should you be involved in a minor or serious accident. So you may be lucky and drive around for let's say two years without ever having even a near miss. But then, you get involved in a minor bump. Now you will become liable for those legal penalties. The IN10 can result in 6 to 8 penalty points and/or a ban from driving, and in addition a fine of up to Ј5,000. If you already have points on your licence, you could receive an automatic ban. Once you have been convicted of an IN10, it can then be extremely difficult to find any insurance cover. In addition, even if you do, it will certainly come with a very high premium. This is because insurance companies regard driving without insurance on a similar level to drunk driving. As the results of both of these offences, tend to cause injuries to other people and property. As such, this is considered highly inappropriate action that is heavily penalised by insurance companies. Moreover, of course, if you have damaged another vehicle property, it is likely that you will be facing a civil suit for damages. If you cause an injury to another person, while driving without insurance, you could face serious criminal charges. For which you will have no insurance cover to pay for your legal costs. Don't forget, that addition to all of the above, you have no insurance for your own vehicle. Therefore, there will be nobody to pay for the repairs, or if it's written off, to replace it with a new car. In addition, even if you do get away with driving an extended period, without incident, the insurance company will want to know why there is a gap in your insurance record. You could of course lie and say that you have not been driving. Again, this is a huge risk as if you make any false statements on your application. Insurance company will not pay out if you have an accident. If you are driving without insurance, it is more likely that you will actually have an accident, as you are liable to be permanently looking in the mirror to see if there is a police car behind you. The police do not legally have to catch you driving to prove that you are committing an offence. They merely have to prove that the vehicle itself has been used on a public road without proper insurance cover. The Crown Prosecution Service, does not have to prove in any way that you were driving the vehicle. Only that the vehicle is or has been ‘in use’. There is no legal defense that allows you to claim they you were unaware that you need insurance, or that you posted of your payment, but never received the documents. Or any other claim to indicate that not having insurance was somehow an oversight is not permissible in law. In the end, driving without insurance will definitely cost you more than, if you had taken out even the cheapest, and most basic third party cover, in the first place.
Do you want to own your own car? Do you want to save money? Then why not try to buy a rental car? Acquiring a rental can be a best deal to save thousands of dollars in your pocket. There are many things to consider. In United States, many states have laws implemented in order to give the customer the safest way to obtain rental cars. The main concern of the laws is to prohibit the possible dealer or private sellers to escape from the confinement if they sold a rip off car. If the dealer purchased a dreadful type of rental car, the law will give them proper consequences. It is advisable for the buyer armed with knowledge when purchasing rental cars. When the buyer goes out to look for the available rental car, he must not buy on a single impulse alone. Most of the car dealers have a sales strategy to convince their customer. The buyer should not let these strategies to pressure him or herself when making a major car rental purchase. The buyer must look at the car. He should find out what is the value of its blue book system. The blue book is a kind of publication that records the fair price for most rental car available. The mechanical parts of the car must be check by a professional inspector before making a decision. The mechanical parts of the car should have a good standing. If the dealers do want to inspect the engine, do not buy that car. Examine also the several parts of the car like tires, brakes, belts, rims, mirror and others in order to get the best car. If those parts are damaged, be sure to repair it as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary accidents. Have a best transaction on a rental car For instance, if a buyer is fined with a well-maintained car for at least one month of its life, do you think he will get it? The car should have a regular oil changes, brakes and other parts inspected as often. A best rental car must enclose with warranty. For example, the warranty must be at least one-year wit a five moth/12,000 miles and a seven day purchased warranty policy. If the rental cars have that quality, most of the time buyers will be grateful to get their hands with those said cars. Most of the rental cars are priced based upon its availability. Some car dealers give its customer the best price deal, like “buy now a rental”. This deal normally gives the buyer discounts and privileges to have enough time to negotiate with the dealer. In the year 2005, about 1.9 million rental cars were sold out in United State. Many kinds of were conceded out directly to auction and bidding sale. There are also cars sold out straightly to the dealer’s floor. On the other side of the story, several rental companies for their own marketing strategy selected almost ten thousands. Here are some of the considerations how to purchase rental cars: • Is it a late type? A typical kind of rental car for sale is having an age of one or two years of age. This can create a wide selection of vehicles that has a new style and sought after. • The car must have only one owner to further trace it history. The papers and other requirements can be easily signed. • Most important the reasonable price. The buyer must get the car without the pressure of bargaining. Rental cars can offer a wonderful value option. The buyer must be wise enough. Remember rental cars must give comfort not troubles.