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Aug
13

Why Are There No Hovercars?

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If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t scuttle the morning traffic jam and sail through the skies to work like George Jetson does, you’re not alone.  There are really a lot of everyday gadgets we take for granted now that seem to be inspired from watching The Jetsons cartoons on TV, leaving many people wondering why are there no hovercars like George’s available today.  Apparently, real life is a lot more complicated than cartoon living.

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How do you envision a successful hovercar?  What does it look like?  Does it have wheels for use on the ground or is up, up, and away its only option?  Where will you keep it when you’re not cruising the friendly skies and how will it get there?

Maybe garages of the future will have a garage-top garage specially built for the hovercar.  Just drop down and call it a done deal, no need to land on terra firma and maneuver into a closed building with a roof.  Of course, a hover car, especially the first one, will be a toy to be babied.  Hover cars will surely require hover car covers to keep them pretty, especially in a garage with no roof.  But where will you store the hover car covers when you’re flying like an eagle?

The Wayward Wind

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A strong wind can make driving difficult, even when the wind is coming in mere strong gusts.  Think tornado or hurricane and a lighter-than-air machine may get hurled all the way to the merry old land of Oz.  It could take a lot more than a pair of magic ruby slippers to return you safely to the farm.

Insurance

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If you’re one of those people who has to have the first of every new gadget that comes along, you already know the first model is the most expensive.  With a whole new technology, a hovercar will be quite pricey in the beginning and probably for a long time afterward.  It will need to be insured.  It doesn’t take more than filing a claim or two to discover the insurance industry is not one for thinking outside the box.  Things don’t move very quickly there and new, inventive claim applications seem to get pigeon-holed into old claim codes.

Speaking of pigeons, just imagine the delay in processing that would be caused when you say your vehicle got totaled because you sucked up a pigeon into your exhaust system.  Or drove into the 13th floor of a very tall building.  Or you dropped your purse and gave a man on the street a concussion.

The 3D Danger Zone

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Traffic fatalities are considered a preventable form of death and yet there were 45,800 people killed on America’s roadways in the year 2000 alone.  Another 2.4 million people suffered injury.  If traffic accidents already claim the #6 spot in cause of preventable death in the US and we’re only traveling in two dimensions (left and right, forward and reverse), are we ready to add another dimension — up and down — to the equation?

The injuries would skyrocket, too, and change in nature as falling out of the sky became more common — ouch!  The more safety features built into an aircraft, the heavier it gets.  The heavier it is, the more fuel it consumes and steering becomes sluggish.  All those crazy drivers on the road make a jaunt across town treacherous enough without expecting them to make room for incoming flying machines, too.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):  Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000

The Gas Tank

There are lots of grumpy people pumping gas these days and that’s just to travel in two dimensions.  Add a third, gravity-defying dimension to the fuel load and you break the bank.  A hovercar might also need a gas tank so big it defeats the anti-gravity mechanisms that got you shopping for a hover car in the first place.  If you don’t like traffic jams now, imagine the commuter nightmare you’ll be facing when you have to juggle multi-jobs to keep your hovercraft’s tank full.

ABC News:  Jetson-Like Flying Car in Production

Dust Bunnies from Hell

Ecologically minded technologies have cleaned up the air around our landlocked vehicles and, for that, many people are grateful.  When we take clean air for granted, all it takes is one look at footage from Beijing on a smog-filled day to be thankful for unleaded gasoline.

A hovercar may never use gasoline to get up and go but, whatever the fuel, lift-off will likely require a down draft that will stir up the dust and the dirt in all directions.  Not so bad when you soar above it all but the people on the ground will not be happy.  If you dread housework now, you’ll absolutely loathe the litter of dust bunnies from hell your family hovercar will create.

Johnny Law

To get a license to drive a hovercar, would you need to take driving lessons or flying lessons?  Get a driver’s license or a pilot’s license?  Whether a license from the state department of motor vehicles or the FAA, you can be sure Johnny Law will be up there, too.  It would be nice to leave road rage on the ground but we’ll need a whole new rulebook so we can keep the friendly skies friendly.

It’s Not Lonely at the Top

Here on the ground we’ve got crowds to deal with when we drive.  Some of the crowd drives cars or trucks but there are trains and buses, too.  And motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, vans, SUVs, even boats in tow, and pedestrians, too.  It’s not lonely at the top, either.

The skies are filled with really, really big machines that travel much, much faster than a personal hover car likely ever will.  Some of us are pretty stubborn about yielding the right of way on land but these giant flying machines coming at us at hundreds of miles an hour will make history out of our cute little hovercraft long before we can even think ‘blinker.”

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So why are there no hovercars flitting through the skies?  We’re just not ready for them.  The technology is in constant study and the ability to make and use a hovercar is an almost-undeniable thing of the future but all technology needs people.  Are we humans really ready for hovercars yet?

We may not be there yet but do keep CarCovers.com in mind for when we are.  You’ll want a cover for your hovercar and CarCovers.com will have exactly the hover cover you need to protect the hovercar in your life.  Betcha that’s where George Jetson gets his.

Author Bio: Jonathan Volk runs CarCovers.com, a leading online retailer of Car Covers, Jeep Covers, Truck Covers, and Ford F-150 Truck Cover. With tens of thousands of satisfied customers and an average customer rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, he constantly strives to sell top quality car covers at the lowest prices.

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Often, when you see a nice looking car, you possibly don’t miss to look at its number plate just to understand what it says about the owner or which message does it bear?   These days, almost all the vehicle owners want to have the number plates that would represent their relation to their cars, their professions or for something they’re passionate about.  Thus, having personalised number plates have become a huge fad and designing them is really a creative process. It’s further a high approach to express one’s individuality in way that the onlookers would also enjoy.

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But the question is why do people bother getting their own plates if they can get regular plates? Well, there must be something good on getting such plates.  This is the reason why we regularly see beautifully designed personalised number plates in television series and films that show certain traits of the characters. Thus, these plates are just in a massive trend and that’s why last year Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of UK raised £67m from the sale of personalised number plates. And if you do remember, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drove the car during their wedding with its number plate read JU5T WED.

Thus, for those who’re thinking of getting such personalised number plates, needn’t give much thoughts as it’s certainly going to be exciting and personal on having such plates. Let’s check out some clear and concise reasons to go for your own personalised plates.

Personalises Your Car

Among the most common reasons to get such plates is to personalise a car. For all the owners, their vehicles are very important and they do give significant attention to them. Thus, they employ many personalisation options such as changing the colour, alloying wheels, tinted windows and many other modifications. This has, further led many owners wishing to put more personal touch on their vehicles by putting an array of personalised number plates that either indicates any messages or display their personality.

Promotes Your Business

You can also make the most of promotion with the help of personalised number plates. For example, if you run any business that you’d want to promote and it might require some travel, then personalised number plates are great ways to denote your business title and similarly marketing your company even though you’re out driving.

Moreover, even if your car is parked up somewhere, the passer-bys are more likely to drive their attention towards your number plate if it’s made   uniquely. Thus, you never know how it could all advertise your business so effectively.

It’s an Investment

There is yet another amazing reason to think about having your vehicle personalised number plate is that it can be truly a good investment.  If you get the plates that are highly looked for or probably to be desired by a whole lot of people, you can surely ascertain the value of your unique number plates goes up over the years. And in the upcoming days, if you want to sell out your number plate, it’ll surely fetch you thousands of pounds beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Thus, when it comes to get your personalised number plates, you should do a good research so that you can find out best plate that will surely add up to the value. Along with this, a personalised number plate can hide the age of your car and can give stunning appearance as well. So, opt for your very personal yet unique number plate and let your car go extra miles!

About The Author :

Ross Wright is a great car enthusiastic and he also has a huge collection of Private number plates in the UK. According to him having such number plates with unique National Numbers will surely make the most of any car as well as presenting special messages or persona.

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Jun
25

Maruti Swift—It’s time to Ride High!

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Advanced Design and Comfort

Maruti has bagged another milestone by producing Maruti Swift. This can be acutely put to terms if you see the performance of this car. Engineers at Maruti are very impressed from the outcome it has produced. Maruti Swift is the blend of advanced design and perfect comfort which provides the best for the driver as well as the passenger. You can enjoy wide space for comfortable seating and convenient leg rooms.

Two Engine Options

Maruti Swift is available in with two engine options – gas/petrol or diesel. The gas/petrol 16 valve 4 cylinder 1.2 liter K – series engine has VVT and multi point injection. At 6000 rpm it generates 87 Bhp. At 4500 rpm it has torque power of 113 NM. For power transfer, it has a 5 speed manual transmission with synchromesh in all gears. The FWD drivetrain is designed with Mac Pherson Struts/Coil Springs. To make the ride comfortable, the rear suspension has torsion beam and coil springs. Braking is easy with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. It has a tight turning radius of 4.7 meters/metres. You won’t need to stop at the gas/petrol station often with a 43 liter/litre fuel tank. The Swift’s diesel engine option is interesting too. Its 1.3 liter/litre DDiS engine can accelerate up to 100 kmph in only 13.2 seconds. Now that sets you back in your seat!

Safety and Options

Well if you look at the Maruti Swift price, you will find that it does not compromise on either on beauty or comfort and has it all packed in one for a reasonable amount. It has fabric seat upholstery, latest instruments which shows distance to empty, average fuel consumption, digital clock, door ajar warning, seat belt warning. Entertainment modules such as integrated in dash music system with CD/MP3/DVD playback capabilities, Bluetooth compatibility, iPod, USB & Aux compatibility with four added speakers. Other features such as cup holders, leather wrapped steering wheels, illuminated dials, arm rest, sleek dashboard, A/C with heater, glove compartment, driver height adjustable seat, and lumbar support which you will find quite intriguing. Your safety is guarded with dual front air bags, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control system, front row individual seat belts, middle rear three point seat belts, firm ceiling. You can also enjoy power window buttons, cruise control, child safety lock, engine immobilizer, power steering, tilt steering option for better driving, vanity mirror on sun visors, accessory/cigarette lighter, paddle shift, rear parking sensors,  and headlight off and ignition Key Off reminder.

If you need a little luxury, you can get the Swift with colored/coloured bumpers and a stylish sunroof. The physical specifications of the Swift are: ground clearance of 170 mm, length is 3850 mm, width is 1695 mm, and height is 1530 mm. To help you see where you are going, it has conventional headlamps (with headlight height adjusters) and fog lamps. For style, the LED tail lamps and alloy wheels add a nice touch of design. Safety features include a rear defogger, adjustable ORVM, outside rear view mirrors, rain sensing wipers, and headlight washer.

If you are looking for a compact car with options to make you smile, check out the Maruti Swift.

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Jun
17

The Five Best Ways to Choose a Tire

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In spite of what you might believe, you can’t simply choose a tire based on outside appearances. A tire might be a dud when you can’t even tell, especially if you’re unfamiliar with tire selection in general. There are ways to determine which types of tires will fit your car, and how durable they are. Sometimes you may even want to consider purchasing tires based on the season, depending on how drastically the climate can change.

Here are some tips to help increase your shrewdness when tire shopping.

Maintain Your Tires

Never forget to rotate your tires. Some will tell you to rotate them every 3,000 to 7,000 miles, while others might recommend it every 5,000 to 10,000. Ideally, your owner’s manual will tell you when you should rotate your tires. You can also rotate them every time you go in for an oil change, if you want to be thorough. And of course you should always keep your tires sufficiently inflated.

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Know When to Change Them

Few things can waste more money on a vehicle than replacing tires when they cause damage to your car in a blowout. Of course blowouts are dangerous enough for drivers and those around them, and have been responsible for some of the nastiest accidents. If you suspect your tires require replacements, examine them for even the most miniscule signs of wear and tear.

Some high tech tires contain colored bars on the tread that are exposed when it wears down. If that isn’t the case with your vehicle, another way to be sure your tires are okay is to administer the penny test: simply place a penny in your tire’s tread, Lincoln’s face sticking outward. If the head protrudes at all when the penny’s tucked in there, then it’s time for a tire change.

Check Out Your Tire Size

Before you go in for replacement tires, always know what your tire size is by looking at the top of your tires. Common measurements will read something like “P***/**R**” with the “*” replaced by numbers. Here is a basic mini-guide to help you decipher the numbers and letters appearing on the rubber:

  • The preceding “P” in a measurement means that it’s a passenger tire.
  • Numbers following the “P” indicate the tire’s width measured in millimeters.
  • The first double-digit number after the “/” is the tire’s height-to-width ratio.
  • “R” signifies a radial tire.
  • The last two digits is the wheel’s diameter measured in inches.
  • It’s mandatory that each tire’s style and measurement is the same when purchasing.
Take a Close Look at Tread Life and Speed Ratings

On the search for tires, always inspect tread life to determine the durability of the tire. Tire companies might come up with unique designs for their treads, but in reality their level of quality is relatively similar. Speed ratings indicate whether or not a tire is built to handle high speeds. If you often travel on highways during a daily commute or other occasions, you’ll want to consider a tire with a high speed rating. Some states may typically have higher speed limits than others, which is another reason to pay attention to the speed rating.

Understand Your Driving Routine

The longer your commute to work is, or the farther and more frequent those road trips are, the more often you need to check your tires. Always pay close attention to your travel distances, as this way you can best gauge how often you use your tires, and even on what terrain. Consistently bad conditions may warrant year-round tires meant to handle that weather. And depending on how often you travel, you may want to go for tires that remain in good condition through heavy use.

For more assistance when searching for the ideal tires, talk with the experts at your local tire store for more comprehensive assistance with matching tires to your vehicle.

Bio: Lauren Feely is a guest writer for Auto Tech Centers, an auto repair center and tire shop providing extensive services to customers all over Illinois.

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May
31

10 Cars Offering 30+ MPGs for Less than $25k

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Just like we all want mates who are smart, good looking and funny – most of us all want cars that are stylish, fuel efficient and affordable. But as anyone who’s ever been in the dating pool knows, we’re not all a perfect match.

Now, the dating thing – that’s something you’ll have to figure out on your own. And the same goes for the “stylish” and “affordable” attributes we’re all looking for in our cars. But fuel efficient, well – that’s something that’s quantifiable – and something you can find out with just a little research.

For those of you looking for a brand-new car, there are several 2013s that get more than 30 mpg/combined and cost less than $25,000 – which is what many people consider an “affordability threshold.” Completely electric cars aside, there are several hybrids and standard combustion engine vehicles that offer great gas mileage. Below are just a few cars with good gas mileage that make the cut:

• Toyota Prius c Hybrid – 50 mpg/combined; starts at $19,080
• Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen – 34 mpg/combined; starts at $20,595
• Toyota Yaris – 33 mpg/combined; starts at $14,370
• Chevrolet Spark – 34 mpg/combined; starts at $12,185
• Honda Insight Hybrid – 42 mpg/combined; starts at $18,600
• Nissan Sentra FE – 34 mpg/combined; $15,990
• Volkswagen Passat – 35 mpg/combined; starts at $20,845
• Honda CR-Z – 34 mpg/combined; starts at $19,975
• Fiat 500 – 34 mpg/combined; starts at $16,000
• Toyota Prius – 50 mpg/combined; starts at $24,200

As you may have guessed, trucks, vans and SUVs are generally more expensive and won’t typically get quite as many miles per gallon as cars. However, some (2013) makes and models may surprise you with how good their gas mileage is. For instance:

• Toyota Tacoma (2WD) – 23 mpg combined/ starts at $17,625
• Mazda 5 – 24 mpg combined/ starts at $19,940
• GMC Sierra 15 Hybrid 4WD – 21 mpg combined/ starts at $41,305
• Mazda CX-5 – 29 mpg combined/ starts at $21,195
• Nissan Frontier (2WD) – 21 mpg combined/ starts at $19,260
• Honda Odyssey – 22 mpg combined/ starts at $28,675
• Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD –28 mpg combined/ starts at $40,170
• Nissan Juke – 29 mpg combined/ starts at $20,280
• GMC Canyon Crew Cab (2WD) – 21 mpg combined/ starts at $17,490
• Lexus RX 450h – 30 mpg combined/ starts at $46,310

*MPGs listed were obtained from U.S. Department of Energy’s website – http://www.fueleconomy.gov.
*Prices listed are for base model vehicles, and provided according to the manufacturers websites. (2/19/13).

BIO: Rose Fox – Rose is a guest author who just loves to write. She occupies her time word smithing about everything from useful tips to used cars, from farming to pharmaceuticals.

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May
29

Seven Tips for Buying a Used Car

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We all know that buying a used car can be stressful. After all, you don’t know how it has been treated, whether that flawless bumper will drop off when you hit the first pothole in the road, or whether the purring engine is due to regular maintenance or an engine additive that will wear off by the time the gas tank hits E.

However, buying used can be a great deal. Not only does it allow you to bypass the almost instant depreciation of a new vehicle, but when you buy used, you can often afford a much nicer vehicle than if you’d chosen to buy new. To make sure that you’re getting the best used car for your money, always be sure to have the car checked out by your favorite mechanic and follow these simple tips:

Keep your options open

Look for your target vehicle, but also explore cars within the same class of vehicle – and don’t be afraid to look at cars that are in the class above. You might just be surprised at how much car you can afford when you buy used.

Research each specific vehicle

In addition to having your mechanic give it a once-over, run a CARFAX report and review the car’s history.

Take it for a spin

During your test drive, evaluate things like: Acceleration from a stop, blind spots and general visibility, engine noise, how smoothly the car shifts, general power and ability to climb hills, how the car breaks and corners, how it rides (suspension), and any rattles or squeaks.

Check the body of the vehicle for any suspicious dents, dings or scratches.

See what it’s worth

Determine the value of the vehicle before entering into any negotiations. Edmunds, and Kelley Blue Book both have helpful guidelines and calculators that can help you understand the vehicle’s true value.

Consider an extended warranty

If you’re buying a used car from a dealer, you’ll often have the option to purchase an extended warranty. While they can add a few dollars to your monthly bill, they can also give you added peace of mind – so if that’s important to you be sure to discuss the option with your salesperson.

Certify it

If you’re shopping at a dealership, look for a “Certified, Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle” – which generally has less than 50,000 miles and has been given a multipoint inspection, as well as any necessary service. They usually include a no-cost extended warranty and are typically considered to be the used car world’s “cream of the crop.”

Finally, before you even begin looking at vehicles, determine your budget and get pre-qualified for an auto loan. That way, you know exactly how much you have to spend and can (hopefully) negotiate to a point that’s a bit below your max.

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Rose Fox – Rose is a guest author who just loves to write. She occupies her time word smithing about everything from useful tips to used cars, from farming to pharmaceuticals.

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May
28

The Top 10 Best Looking Cars of All Time

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the aesthetic features of a car make no exception. Since beauty is highly subjective and transient, automotive enthusiasts appreciate differently the exterior designs of a certain automobile. Nevertheless, there are at least ten classic models bestowed with iconic and sleek looks that have stood the test of time throughout the history of the automotive industry. Below are top 10 best-looking automobiles of all time, listed chronologically. All these automobiles were developed within a twenty-year period and they mark the graceful evolution of exterior design in this industry, while maintaining a classic allure and timeless elegance.

1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

This all-time classic and slick 1954 model with a minimalist appearance produced by the renowned German automotive manufacturer is touted as the first-ever non-racing car equipped with fuel injection as well as the fastest consumer-oriented top-speed car in the world. Its impressive aesthetics, with easily recognizable gull-wing doors are highly appreciated to this day by car collectors worldwide. This two-seat sports car model was later produced as an open roadster version and it is the precursor of the modern 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
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2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California

This classic and aesthetically appealing model developed by the famous Italian sports car manufacturer is not only the ultimate symbol of luxury and speed, but also of supreme beauty. Touted by many automobile connoisseurs as the most beautiful to have ever been manufactured, thanks to its enthralling exterior design, this 1961 edition is a rare and highly prized car. Famous owners of this automobile include James Coburn and Jay Leno. Car collectors consider this short-wheelbase model among the highly valuable automobiles in the world. This sleek car auctioned in 2007 for $4.9 million and in 2008 Chris Evans set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a car when he paid almost $11 million for this vehicle. This model is the precursor of the 2012 Ferrari California.
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3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe

This vintage 1963 model was the first Chevy independent rear suspension and the first American car equipped with hidden quad headlamps. The stunning Sting Ray design of this 2-door coupe, the first ever in the Corvette history, features a “divided window” rear glass, which is deemed as part of the highly distinctive styling elements in the entire automotive industry. This 1963 futuristic fastback with amazing aerodynamics of its exterior design, marking the debut of the second-generation Corvette is highly valued to this day by car enthusiasts across the globe. This model is the recipient of the award for Engineering Excellence, presented by “Car Life” magazine and it is the precursor of the modern 2013 Chevrolet Corvette.
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4. 1964 Aston Martin DB 5

Hollywood has made this luxury grand tourer very famous, through its strong connection with the James Bond series. This iconic and exquisite model is easily recognized, being the first cinematic James Bond car. It featured for the first time in the 1964 film “Goldfinger”, the third movie of the James Bond series, starring Sean Connery. This movie used the original Aston Martin DB5 prototype and the Oscar-winning James Stears certainly helped rise this car to fame, when it created using special effects the lethal silver birch DB 5 for James Bond. This classic and elegant model also appeared in other movies of the series, including “GoldenEye”, “Casino Royale”, “Tomorrow Never Dies” and even in the latest James Bond film, the 2012 “Skyfall”, starring Daniel Craig. Its successor is the modern 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
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5. 1965 Jaguar E-Type

The famous Italian motor racing driver and businessman Enzo Ferrari, nicknamed “il Drake”, praised this 1965 model as the most aesthetically appealing cars ever created. Combining exceptional aesthetics, competitive pricing, top performance and in-board rear brakes as an innovation, this British sports car is an icon of the 1960s motoring. This lightweight model ranked at number one in the Daily Telegraph s list of “100 most good-looking cars of all time “. More than 70,000 cars of this model have been sold in the world. It is the precursor of the 2012 Jaguar XK.
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6. 1966 Ford GT40

Considered by specialists as being among the automobiles with a very low ground clearance, reaching only 40 inches tall, this timeless 1966 racing model was originally manufactured to win long-distances car races against the Ferrari sports cars. It was the first car designed and build in the US to win all the prizes at Le Mans, being the only automobile to have won the 1967 endurance racing circuit known as Le Mans in all three places. The contemporary Ford GT model pays tribute to the classic 1966 Ford GT 40.
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7. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB /4

This Italian model was a premiere at that time, being the first of its type to incorporate the transaxle innovation, where both the transmission and rear axle are integrated for optimum balance on the road. The first Ferrari without wire wheels, this slick 1967 model was an updated car in the late 1960s, incorporating new bodywork, a four-cam engine and a more compact head. This sleek coupe ranked at number seven on the “Top Sports Cars of the 1960s” list, being able to hit 165 mph (266 km/hour) and it is considered the greatest of all time. This classic beauty with distinguishable design is the precursor of Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
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8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R /T

This timeless American model was the first created for “E-Body” and according to specialists, 1970 was a “great year” for E-body models. This legendary and top-performance convertible was equipped with a 426 Hemi engine, a backup light right in the middle of the rear and as a first, it came in vibrant and flamboyant colors such as “sublime green”, “go-mango orange”, “plum crazy purple” and “panther pink”. Jay Leno owns this 1970 model. This 1970 model appeared in the existentialist movie “Vanishing Point” ( a white version) and its successor is 2012 Dodge Challenger.
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9. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

Dubbed as the first-ever exotic car, the aesthetically appealing aspect of this luxury automobile has made it highly prized among car collectors worldwide. This two-door coupe has also pioneered the trend of high-performance, mid-engined (V12), two-seater sports car and it was at that time the fastest production road car available on the market. The revolutionary design and slick styling of this model has made it the flagship car of Lamborghini. The modern day successor of this 1971 model is the Lamborgini Aventador roadster.
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10. 1973 Porsche Carrera RS

This all-time classic model is the precursor of the modern day Porsche 911. It displays timeless elegance and a graceful allure and it is equipped with wider rear fenders, larger brakes, fuel injection and rear tires. This 1973 version is very powerful albeit lightweight and its exceptional beauty and has stood the test of time, making it highly appreciated and valued by car enthusiasts and collectors all across the globe, who consider it the greatest Porsche classic of all time. This model is also very popular with Hollywood celebrities, including actor Jerry Seinfeld.
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Author Bio: Bradley Taylor is an automotive blogger, journalist and enthusiast. He also contributes to other and on behalf of other motoring publications such as Premium Cars Direct, BMW, Nissan, Audi and Ford. Connect with Bradley on Google Plus.

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May
15

Auto Insurance: Know the Law, Get Covered!

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Automobiles are expensive to own and operate. But if you are thinking of skipping the step of insuring your vehicle so you can put gas in it, think again. You risk getting fined, your license suspended, vehicle impounded, or even jail time if you don’t comply with your state’s law. Minimum insurance coverage levels vary by state, so you’ll need to find out what the minimum requirements are in your area and purchase at LEAST that coverage.

How to Read Liability Insurance Numbers

Insurance numbers are listed in a series. For example, one policy might be listed as 20/40/10. What do these mean? The first number in a liability policy indicates the bodily injury coverage level. In this example, the policy would cover up to $20,000 per person. The second number identifies the total limit of bodily injury for the accident for all the occupants in the vehicle combined. In this example, the policy would cover up to a total of $40,000. The last number indicates the property damage limit. In this example, the policy would cover a total of $10,000 in property damage per accident.

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How Much Auto Insurance is Enough?

The amount of insurance that you purchase is totally up to you, as long as you meet the minimum state coverage. If your budget is tight and you need to get by month to month with the lowest premium possible, then purchasing the minimum coverage may be right for you. But remember, if you get into an accident and you are found at-fault, you will be held responsible for any amount that exceeds your minimum policy. To find out the minimum required in your state, complete an internet search with the keywords “minimum motor vehicle insurance coverage in _______” – and insert your state’s name in the search. Be sure to look for the official Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) state site to get the most up-to-date info. Or call you local DMV office to find what the minimum requirements are.

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Are You a High Risk Driver?

Insurance policy costs can vary dramatically between low risk drivers and high risk drivers. What constitutes whether or not you are a “high risk driver”? Understandably, having a DUI/DWI on your record can increase your policy. Another risk factor is your age. While this may seem unfair, if you are a teen or elderly driver you may be put into a high risk category. The key is to keep your driving record clean, don’t get traffic violations, stay out of accidents, and keep at least the minimum motor vehicle coverage.

OK, I am High Risk…Now What Do I Do?

If you are classified as a high risk driver and have a limited budget, you should research auto insurance companies that specialize in providing minimum car insurance costs at a discounted rate. Some auto insurance companies specialize in providing coverage in specific states. For example, Good2Go Auto Insurance offers policies in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

Get Insured!

Look at your finances and develop a budget. If you don’t want a fine or possibly jail time, then you need the minimum state coverage. Increase your liability insurance numbers as your budget allows if you want even less risk. Some insurance companies allow you to pay either monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually to meet your specific budget. Insurance is just as important as motor vehicle registration, gas in the tank, and oil in the engine.

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School’s out! Guess what this means? Road trips! But before you jump in the car and hit the road, check your tires thoroughly. An improperly inflated tire can lead to a blowout. Insufficient tread on your tire can make you hydroplane. And if your tire is reaching its useful age limit, you might have a sleeping hazard awaiting you. Whether you are in a part of the world that spells car tires with an “i” or car tyres with a “y”, tires (tyres) are your only link to a rural road, interstate highway, expressway, or autobahn.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Follow these steps from the Auto Upkeep text and any specific procedures in your owner’s manual to properly inflate your tires. Important: Always check tires when they are cold and when you have access to an air compressor.

Tire Pressure Check

Measure the Tread Depth

If your tires are properly inflated, but don’t have sufficient tread on them, you are putting you and your family in danger. Go to an auto parts store or online and purchase an inexpensive tread depth gauge. Tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch or in millimeters (mm), depending what part of the world you live. If you have anywhere close to (or less than) 2/32nds of an inch or 1.6 mm, you need to purchase new tires. New tires commonly come with 11/32nds (or 8.73 mm) of tread. You may have read about methods of using a US penny to measure tire tread. This may be OK in a pinch, but it is best to purchase a quality tire pressure gauge and tread depth gauge and put them in your glove box so you always have them. As a last resort, tires also have “wear indicator bars” manufactured into and that run perpendicular to the tread. When the tread reaches these indicator bars, it is essential that you replace the tires.

Find Out When Your Tires Were Manufactured

Checking your tires’ birthday is another critical (but often overlooked) important check before you get on the road for vacation. As a tire ages, they begin to degrade. ABC 20/20 did an outstanding investigative piece on the dangers of old tires. It is your job as the car owner and driver to check this date code. Look on your tire’s sidewall for the DOT code (see picture). If your tires are older than 6 years but still have significant tread on them, you should still consider replacing them. And remember, when you purchase new tires check the code too! A tire reseller may be selling you a new “old” tire!

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May
12

How to Perform a Quality SMART Repair

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Written by a Guest Blogger

I’m often asked how it’s possible to pro-form high quality SMART repairs where others often fail, giving the industry a bad name. Experience helps, being 40 something and having been in the trade since leaving school is a benefit.

However, the truth to success is very simple and applicable all walks of life. Attention to detail!

When I access any repair I always ask myself whether I would pro-form this on my car or use a bodyshop? Recently I sent my partner’s car to Furrows bodyshop due to damage being beyond my abilities when done outside.

Knowing your limitations will serve you well.

So, I’ve accessed the damage and confident the repair will be good. Next, I find the paint code on the car and check the paint manufacturers paint swatch to determine the correct variant.

In this example, the car had a large dent in the rear quarter. I removed the paint and welded 6 pins to the bare metal and carefully lifted the dent using a slide hammer. Once I was happy with the basic shape I sanded the surrounding area down with 80 grit sand paper, blow away any debris and degreased with panel wipe and a clean tissue. Body filler was carefully applied and allowed to dry thoroughly before being sanded back into shape using 80 grit and a 30cm ‘Dura’ block to ensure the shape was correct. Again, the area was cleaned and finishing glaze was applied over the repair. This time I used 240 grit, followed by 320 grit and a light dusting of black aerosol paint so expose any defects such as high/low points, pin holes or scratch marks.

Next step was to ‘scotch’ the repair area and thoroughly degrease the area requiring paint and mask off the car. Primer was applied and allowed to cure before guide coating was applied. The repair was then 600 grit wet and dry blocked before again cleaning, drying and degreasing and finally tack clothed.

Paint was applied, using an Iwata LPH 50 1.0ml E4 gun in the usual way. Warmed to c 20 degrees, gripper coat followed by several slightly heavier coats, dried and tacked in between applications until the repair was properly covered. A drift coat was then applied over and beyond the repair area to ensure the repair is well hidden and no colour issues could be noticed. I’m now happy with the repair and all that sands in my way of a excellent repair is the clear coating.

Clear coat and panel should be warmed to c 20 degrees before application, gripper to half coat with 5 minute interval before applying the final wet coat. Allow to ‘flow out’ for a further 10 minutes before adding infra red red heat at 70 degrees for required time, allow to cool and de nib with 2000 grit wet and dry before a light compound and final polish. De mask, job done.


Paint Medic provides mobile car repairs and scratch repairs in and around Shrewsbury, UK

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May
10

How to Prepare to Sell Your Car

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You’ve gotten your car detailed and placed ads to sell it. What happens when you actually get a buyer? This guide will get you ready to make the handoff to the new owner.

Before the Sale
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First of all, completely cleanout your car. Buyers don’t want to sit on your old burger wrappers when they’re test driving, nor do they want to see your ratty old sweatshirt or child seat in the back. They want to envision themselves owning it, and this means no garbage or random personal items lying around your vehicle.

Do your best to make your car pretty – or, as you may have heard in home buying, give it curb appeal. Wash and wax it, buff out scratches, and get rid of stickers and personalization.

Get your ducks in a row to ensure that your car is ready to be sold. Have your title on hand and check that it’s in your name. If you have service records, prepare them. Some dealers have these on file, so if you had all maintenance and repairs done at the dealer, you may ask for that history.

Make Sure Your Care is Free

If you have any liens on your vehicle, you will need to clear these before you can sell it.  Liens may be held by your bank or another creditor, such as a mechanic or the IRS. You must satisfy the lien-holder’s claim — generally with a payment — before you can sell your car.

An Inspection Report

If you have a trusted mechanic, you may ask for an inspection report so that you have it handy for prospective buyers. When buying a used car, it is only natural to ask whether it is mechanically sound.  Several dealersalso offer pre-purchase inspections. But even with the report on hand, some buyers may want to have their own mechanic inspect it. Allow them to do this at their expense, but go along with them.

A few states, such as Maryland, require a safety and/or smog inspection prior to registration. In states such as Washington, it varies by county. Generally, this is up to the new owner, who has to register it and pay those fees.

During the Sale
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To legitimize the sale, there are some papers that both you and the seller will need to fill out and sign. Some states require you to pass the license plates on to the new owner, while other states have you keep your license plates. Check with your local DMV or Department of Licensing before you sell your car to find out.

Bill of Sale

Your bill of sale should have the year, make, and model of your car, as well as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and mileage. Include the statement “sold as-is” and to whom you sold it (you might want to get their full name and address). While some states consider signing over the title the same as a bill of sale, it doesn’t hurt to have both. Visit your state’s DMV or DOL for more information.

The Title

On the title, record the reading of your odometer (how many miles the car has been driven), and sign it over to the new buyer. Again, some states use this as the bill of sale, so keep a copy of it for yourself.

After the Sale
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It’s not time to relax just yet; there is still some paperwork you must file to finalize the sale and ensure that you are not liable for it, now that it is no longer in your possession. Again, please check with your state, as there may be some extra steps.

Insurance

Be sure to notify your insurance company that you no longer own the car. Either cancel it or transfer coverage to your new vehicle.  21st Century Auto Insurance has some helpful tips to assist you with whatever issues you may run into.

Check with Your State
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This is a general guide and does not cover all laws in all states. Please be sure to check with the DMV or DOL in your state to ensure you comply with your state’s specific laws. Good luck with your sale!

Sources

[1] http://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/10-steps-to-selling-your-car-pg6.html

[2] http://editorial.autos.msn.com/listarticle.aspx?cp-documentid=1182405&page=2

[3] http://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/10-steps-to-selling-your-car-pg9.html

[4] http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=434691

[5] http://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/10-steps-to-selling-your-car-pg10.html

[6] http://www.mva.maryland.gov/Vehicle-Services/REG/buyvehicle.htm#selling

[7] http://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/10-steps-to-selling-your-car-pg3.html

[8] http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=434690

Photo Credits

Pic 1 – Credit: janetmck w/CCLicense

Pic 2 – Credit: Joelk75 w/CCLicense

Pic 3 – Credit: edkohlerw/CCLicense

Pic 4 – Credit: StickBus w/CCLicense

 

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Michael and Linda Gray, authors of Auto Upkeep, were interviewed for the Advance Auto Parts DIY Garage. You can read the full article HERE.

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Feb
05

Tips for Finding Cheap Car Parts

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Whether you want to save money or you can’t afford to purchase a new auto parts form a retailer, it’s often possible to find a quality car part at a low price. In some instances, this may mean purchasing used car parts or from an individual dealers, but buyers should have caution when shopping to ensure they’re getting the parts that best suit to their cars. In order to avoid troubles when shopping, consider the following guidelines.

Online Comparison

Although in most cases the difference isn’t great, rates for some auto parts usually vary from one dealer to another. Generally, there are a lot of regional or national chain parts dealers in most areas. Before purchasing a car part, you should contact each dealer in the area to know the price offered. Most car part stores usually ship parts to your home address, so you can shop from those stores that don’t have a retail presence in your area.

Online Part Dealers

In addition to the car parts dealers with brick-and-mortar stores, there are also a lot of dealers that trade online. Try to check these online stores for a price quote. However, you must have caution when dealing with these online stores as there are a lot of online scams and con artists nowadays. When dealing with unknown retailers, you could verify their reputation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Junk and Salvage Yards

The most common source for cheap car parts is the local salvage or junk yards. In addition, you can check the directory of yards nationwide with the use of online database or part finder websites. Always have caution when buying electronic parts, such as fuel pumps, ignition modules, etc., as the retailer may accidentally sell a part that doesn’t work from a junk car. It may be a hassle for you to return the product for a refund.

Other Sources

Similar to a large newspaper classified, most areas have also a publication where people can list car items for sale. For most common vehicles and parts, these listings can be a good source of cheap auto parts. However, auto parts from these listings may be used, so you should have caution when buying. Moreover, Ebay, Craigslist, or online listings like the parts section of ISeeCars are potential sources of cheap auto parts. These online stores list both new and used parts from dealers as well as individuals. Although not perfect, these stores provide tools that help consumers make sure they’re buying the right car part.

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Dec
18

Surefire Tips For Selling Your Car Quickly

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When you’re ready to upgrade to a different model car or simply no longer need the vehicle you are currently driving, there are several steps you can take that will make it easier for you to sell it and sell it at the right price.

Check out ads online and in local newspapers in your area to see what similar makes and models of cars are selling for, both by private parties as well as automobile dealers to get a sense of the marketplace. Doing this research will help you determine the best asking price for your car to help it to sell as quickly as possible. It’s a good idea to price your car anywhere between $1,000 and $1500 more than you actually want for it to give the buyer some wiggle room for negotiating.

Just as you would get a home in spic and span condition prior to selling it, the same psychology applies to selling a car. Get it washed and waxed and thoroughly clean out the interior from debris and litter, making sure that the windows and mirrors are all spotless. Have your local garage mechanic check it out to ensure that there are no major defects unless you plan to sell the car on an “as-is” basis. You can even go a step further and purchase a vehicle history report to be able to prove to any prospective buyer that the mileage shown is accurate and that the vehicle’s title is clear for you to sell it.

Tell friends and family members your car is for sale and you might already get a nibble. Otherwise take the next step and advertise on online car websites and in newspaper classified ads for the biggest reach among potential buyers. Put a “for sale” sign on the interior side window of the vehicle as well when you are driving around town because you never know who might see it.

Screen the buyers who express interest in purchasing your car and don’t show the car at odd hours, at night or to anyone who you feel may have suspicious motives. It’s often a good idea to ask your neighborhood garage or mechanic if you can meet at their location for a test ride as a neutral place so you don’t have strangers coming to your home. Be ready to negotiate to get your best price for the car and check with the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state on how to finalize the sale legally. Only accept a certified check or cash and be sure to fill out a release of liability form available from the DMV to prevent future problems.

This has been a guest post from Are You Selling, whose motto is “we buy cars“. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to sell your car, it might be worth contacting them through their website.

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Dec
17

Advantages of 4WD Vehicles over 2WD Vehicles

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Four wheel drive vehicles are designed differently to 2 wheel drive vehicles. This design difference is intentional as some vehicles are used for purposes in which having a 4 wheel drive vehicle is ideal. In fact, 4 wheel drive vehicles can operate over rough terrain that 2 wheel drive vehicles simply cannot, due to traction deficiencies or perhaps clearance issues.

Generally, 4 wheel drive vehicles are designed to handle well off road. They have much better traction than a two wheel drive vehicle. This traction is not only ideal for off road driving but also for inclement weather such as snow. Four wheel drive vehicles are also designed to have a great amount of clearance. Clearance refers to the distance from the driving surface to the bottom of the vehicle. Having a great clearance also facilitates off road driving. When the terrain is uneven, rocky or perhaps sloped, drivers of four wheel drive vehicles do not have to worry that they will damage the undercarriage.

Gravel roads are handled better with 4 wheel drive vehicles. They are also designed to keep the body level, but to allow for movement by the chassis and suspension.

While there may be some disadvantages to owning a four wheel drive vehicle (such as a compromise in fuel economy), these generally are because the person really doesn’t need a four wheel drive vehicle. A two wheel drive vehicle would better suit their needs. Before purchasing a vehicle, whether it is 4 wheel drive or 2 wheel drive, it is important to consider what kind of driving conditions you will be using it for. When you know what kind of vehicle you need, check the listings at motors.co.uk.

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