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Great Auto Detailing Tips

Hard Surface Cleaning

The hard exterior surfaces require powerful cleaning systems, such as a pressure washer. The machines utilize highly pressurized water to blast away residues from vehicle surfaces. The use of hot water or steam units, also referred to as mobile car wash or steam car wash machines, enables users to also soften and dissolve tree sap, grease, mud, and other substances for faster removal. As long as the pressure level of automotive pressure washers does not exceed 1500 psi, they can be used on painted vehicle bodies, windshield and windows, and other surfaces.

The hard surfaces within the vehicle require a different kind of machine, a steam cleaner. These systems utilize “dry” vapor steam at high temperatures up to 360•°F to dissolve dirt and stains. Steam cleaning systems are ideal for cleaning the dashboard, consoles, and door jambs; spot cleaning upholstery and carpeting; and cleaning windows and windshields with a squeegee attachment.

Selecting the Right System for Automotive Carpet

For interior auto detailing, low-flow carpet cleaners are the right machines. The output

Avoid Car AC Problems with This Helpful Tips

Air conditioning in most cars will usually perform reliably and effectively for a good deal of time after the purchase of a new car. However, this is dependent on the standard of installation of the air conditioning components and the reliability of the service repair center that maintains your car for you. My experience is that the ability of mechanics to service and repair car air conditioning varies greatly between dealerships and air conditioning specialists. One is not necessarily better than the other and both may fail to diagnose certain problems in the air conditioning system and/or effectively repair the system.

The following examples of diagnostic failures can prove extremely expensive when air conditioning is being repaired :

1. The air conditioning system is pressure tested and a leak is found in a connecting hose. Hose components are replaced and system re-gassed only for air conditioning to fail a second time;

2. The second attempt by service center reveals evaporator, condenser or compressor problems or problems sometimes accompanied by a failure in the cooling fan system.

Helpful Tips to Find Sports Car

Buyers need to do their homework

It would be best for prospective buyers to do some research ahead of time. Read car magazines, talk to friends and memorize information on those sports vehicles buying guides that they might be interested in buying.

Don’t forget to surf the net to get the latest news and information about the various models of sports cars that are on the market.

Compare prices

Pay a visit to a number of car dealerships. Look for special deals and discounts that they might be offering. This way a prospective buyer could get the best possible deal by comparing prices.


If money is a concern, prospective buyers should set a limit on how much they are going to spend, and stick to it!

Insurance premiums for sports cars tend to be relatively higher. This is reason prospective buyers need to set aside a portion of their budget for insurance. They always need to take into account the cost of: maintenance, operation, and repairs.

Timing is everything

The best time of the year to purchase a new

Car Care During Winter

Winter brings up all sorts of daily challenges like road blockage due to storms and piled high snow you have to shovel from your driveway. It also presents a unique set of challenges when it comes to car care. Keeping your car running in peak condition during winter months can be extremely difficult. Exteriors and interiors of cars can become heavily affected by the natural elements, especially during winter time. Below are some great tips to help keep your car running smoothly and safely all winter long!

First things first, the battery. Cold weather can really drain a battery, even a good one, it’s just the facts of life. Not to mention having to run your heat the entire time you’re in your car doesn’t help either. As we all know a battery is necessary for getting your car to start however it also stabilizes, filters, and helps start the headlights in your car. It’s a vital part of the whole operation and because of that it needs to be taken care of! Be extra vigilant about turning off your interior and exterior car lights as a battery will drain faster in the cold weather. It wouldn’t

Advantages and Disadvantages of Used Cars

Key Advantages of Used Cars

Many people buy used cars just for the reason that they can afford to buy one. As any brand new car loses value on depreciation as soon as it hits the roads, so it is possible to get a low mile run used cars for a very less amount compared to its new counterpart. Also it is possible to get the dream car of the purchaser with all the necessary features at a very low price provided the purchaser has to be patient and look for the car of his choice from various sources. It is possible for the purchase to buy a used car even up to half the price of purchasing a new car.

There is a wide range of models, brands and colors available for the purchaser to buy a used car. Good quality cars are available when purchasing an off leased used car as they are maintained very well, handled by a single person and are available with an impeccable look with all the built in features. Also, nowadays it is possible to even transfer the factory warranty of the car from the previous owner in case

Volvo, A Little Bit History

Volvo is a Swedish world leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles, buses, and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and service, and this group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. Volvo Cars, however, which is the manufacturer of automobiles that we know at present, has since been owned by the Ford Motor Company starting the year 1999.

The name Volvo is a Latin word that means “I roll”. This name surely fits well as a description of their products – vehicles – that the company crafts. However, originally, it is a name for a ball bearing that was being developed by the company which, at that time, provided funding to a small number of employees for them to be able to set up the car manufacturing business. Today, the Volvo Group has been manufacturing vehicles in twenty five countries with its sales in more than 185 markets around the globe.

Some of the reasons why Volvo had took the initiative to sell the automobile manufacturing was because of the increasing development costs for new car models, added up with the fact that at that time it was a relatively small

Tips to Keep your Trunk in Good Condition

We store various types of things inside the trunk. And sometimes, these things that we put inside contain various materials and elements that could harm the trunk. So, as a car owner, it is important that you know how to protect and keep your trunk in good condition. Of course, you would like to have a trunk in good condition for if not, where would you be storing and hauling your share of cargo?

To save your trunk from degradation, you have to collect first everything you need before you start on your big project. You would be needing a bed liner spray that would work on your vehicle’s trunk. There are some that are used to line truck beds. You can ask around auto parts stores. Also, you would need a paint spray gun, a compressor, masking tape, lacquer thinner, sandpaper, and paper.

First, you should be able to strip your car’s trunk if it has carpet. Then, clean the surface thoroughly. Try to sand down any high sports or rough spots that may have found their way to your car trunk’s walls or floor. Make sure that you get the surfaces as smooth as

The Muscle Car

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

Guide to Sell Your Car

1) Place an Advertisement for your car: Firstly you need to place an advertisement that you are selling your car. Placing ad is very important as every one will know that you are selling your car. Through advertisements, you will find more customers for your car. You need to place an ad that sells your car. You need to provide detail information about your car. This includes the car model, date of manufacture and so on.

2) Set car price: Setting price is very important. You have to consider many things before setting a price such as condition of the car, region where it is being sold. Always set the price more than your asking price. So that even if the buyer bargains you will get the required amount.

3) Give your car curb appeal: You need to ensure that your car is in proper condition before you sell it. You need to wash and color the car to make it look more attractive. If you want to make your car look new you can also clean the tires, mirrors, brake dust with a special fluid called Armor All. Make sure that your car is mechanically

Is Drop Stop Car Wedge is Important?

Assuming you’re already seated and the car is running, you normally struggle to find the thing you dropped underneath your seat only to end up hurting your wrist, your arm or your shoulder. The danger is even greater for the driver as he or she searches with one hand on the floor while focusing on the road.

Fortunately, a couple of guys with creative minds have made available a new and useful invention that solves this problem. The product is known as the Drop Stop car wedge. It may just be a small item but it’s very useful for drivers and even their passengers. I purchased one when I found out about it and it’s been really helpful.

What this seat wedge does is catch small things so they don’t fall right to the floor or in the inner pockets in between the two front seats where the stick shift is located. This means that whatever you drop while you’re driving, you can retrieve in an instant.

This seat wedge is also available in the same black color as that of the car seat gap so it sits there and appears to be invisible. With this creative tool installed in your

Auto Detailing using Carpet Cleaners Tips

Why do suppliers not provide a single machine that can be used to clean both the interiors and exteriors surfaces of an automobile? There is a simple reason for this. These two very different types of surfaces require different levels of cleaning power. A pressure washer used on the vehicle’s interior would damage upholstery and leave carpets too wet to dry in a reasonable amount of time.

On the other hand, carpet cleaners are inherently not suitable for cleaning hard surfaces of automobile parts and components. The extraction capabilities are designed to remove stains from deep within carpet fibers, an entirely different surface than an automobile’s painted exterior. Top suppliers often offer a combo promotion, allowing auto detailers to purchase both a pressure washer and a carpet cleaner at one low price.

If you are considering the purchase of a carpet cleaner alone, here are some useful tips to guide in you in finding the right machine.

Know Your Requirements

You need to be perfectly aware of your requirements. Heated and non-heated carpet cleaners are available to handle applications with varying degrees of difficulty. For example, heated carpet extractors are ideal for the most

Inexpensive Way to Transform Car’s Interior

Car seat covers – Over time leather seats get scratched, and fabric seats show stains and tears. Buying new car seat covers will cover up those stains and scratches, while giving your car a ‘fashionable twist’ and your car a ‘renewed life’. Car seat covers are easy to install, and cost a fraction of replacing leather car seats.

Car floor mats – Rubber floor mats can cover up worn out spots on your car’s floor, while giving it a cleaner look. If you can spend a little more, you can also customize your floor mats to fit the model of car exactly.

Car sun shades – You can select from a wide range of sun shades that fit the front windshield, back windshield or side windows. And you can make a ‘fashion statement’ by picking out sunshades that are colour coordinated, or maybe feature a favourite activity, scenery or sports team.

Steering wheel cover – Leather steering wheel covers quickly and easily slip onto your steering wheel, giving even the most beat-up car a new ‘racy’ look. Contoured ribs in the steering wheel cover not only give it a stylish look, but massage your hands

Auto Car Magazine History

The history of the AutoCar Magazine dates back to 1895. It was published as the “auto car, ” when there were only six or seven road cars at that time in the UK. Daimler Motor Company founder Harry Lawson, also a journalist, inspired the magazine. It is a weekly publication. In 1928 the road test was invented, in studying the coach builder (Austin 7 Gordon England).

The magazine brings you all the latest news on the new cars that have hit the circuit. It tells you all about how the designs were conceived, and what they consist of. Learn the functions on and off the road, what is real and what could be. Get a grasp on the car industry and find out who’s who in cars. Luxury is the way of this magazine.

Speed is the outlook, what is trendy and where it is going. Those are some of the articles to read. Sport cars are where it is at, and there are plenty to be found each week, in each magazine you read. You get reviews on the latest models, makes, and prices. Take a look at today’s technology where luxury cars are concerned.

Benefits of Carbon Fiber Hood

Carbon fiber composite is light, strong, and durable. It can be easily shaped into a design of your choice. It can also be painted if you so desire. It is, therefore, well suited to be experimented upon to give a new look and style to your car, SUV, or truck. You can even give your vehicle a racing car look if that appeals to you.

As carbon fiber is light the overall weight of the vehicle is reduced by installing a carbon fiber hood. Lesser weight will require lesser power to drive. Lesser power will mean lesser consumption of fuel. That would mean, that for the same quantity of fuel you can go a longer distance. A hood is located just over the top of the front wheels. Lesser weight on the front wheels gives a better balance to the vehicle while driving.

Though carbon fiber is light, it is quite strong, tough, and durable. Hence it is able to very well withstand the daily usage. The hood just covers the engine and its surroundings which become quite hot while driving. The capacity of the carbon fiber to withstand heat is another characteristic that goes in

Tips to Style Your Sports Car

When deciding what kind of setup you will do to your car, you should first keep in mind that there are a multitude of products being sold out there which claim superior performance and economical. But the reality is there are some good ones and and many of bad ones. Be picky when looking for car accessories and remember it is not a bad idea to look at the established brands before considering untested brands.

The wheels

One of the initial things that a car enthusiast does when dressing up a car is to replace the existing wheels with custom made ones. But this is not just for looks since performance wheels and tires also enhance a car’s handling and performance. Choosing between tall wheels and short ones will be the next step. Bigger wheels get noticed more and increase the look of a car dramatically. Smaller wheels on the other hand have that vintage or retro look.

Stickers Galore

Applying sticker designs on the car hood or the other parts of the car body is one of the cheapest ways to alter and customize your car. Sticker designs range from popular performance parts

Characteristic of Exotic Sports Car

Sleek and Elegant Design

Part of what makes an exotic sports car is the vehicles’ streamlined, sleek, and smooth designs, all of which serve functional purposes to the overall performance of the car albeit being so highly aesthetically pleasing.

Indeed, even exotic sports car makers know emphasis that car enthusiasts and racers put on design per se. After all, owning an exotic sports car in contrast to owning a car is, in itself, a status symbol. This status is endowed not only by the make of the car but also the style and visual appeal.

In fact, companies like Ferrari even employ design houses to come up with their car designs. Design powerhouse Pininfarina, for example, designed the 2002 Ferrari ENZO.

Breakneck Speeds

While design is one of the considerations of many car enthusiasts, the primary characteristic that by-far differentiates a sports car from the rest is its acceleration and maintainable road speed. When it comes to sports cars, it’s all a matter of speed, speed, and more speed. A pretty car won’t cut it if it cannot deliver the exhilarating ride that is expected of every sports car.

Exotic cars are

Hybrid VS Diesel Powered Cars

The distinction of the full hybrid from the mild variety is that the electric motor and the diesel engine can operate on its own. In most instances, the electric motor can function by itself in low speed, and once it picks up, the diesel engine automatically takes over. Both the motor and the engine can function together if the car is in hard acceleration.

This combined effort provides the car the power that it needs for that situation. Full hybrid cars can consume and build up electricity simultaneously. The full hybrid setup can be found in models such as the popular Toyota Prius, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, and the Escape hybrid from Ford.

For instance, one can look at the way the Toyota Prius works. The Prius runs on a technology called the Hyrbid Synergy Drive, which involves a power split device to combine the energy of the electric motor and the gas engine. The HSD enables a effortless switching of power sources that the car driver would not notice in the slightest while driving.

Unlike the other mild hybrid types, the Prius can be operated by the electric motor alone powered by the battery

Hybrid Cars Disadvantages

1) Expensive Price

Hybrid vehicles generally cost more than regular cars because not too many of them are in the market yet. Much of this high price tag is attributed to the fact that hybrid cars come with a complicated battery pack and make use of an electric motor to operate. Maintenance tools for hybrid cars are also pretty rare, so expect to spend more on checkups and fix-its when the car bogs down. This can be addressed, however, over time, when more people begin to patronize hybrid cars and prompt manufacturers to make more units.

2) New and untested technology

Since hybrid cars’ technology is fairly new, its performance is still untested. This means some of the problems that may be linked with them are still unforeseen. Thus, if a new glitch arises, it is likely that it will take a while for a solution to come up. However, this bit should not deter the buyer from purchasing a hybrid car, because, well, this is how regular vehicles started out in the first place. It is all a trial and error process.

3) Acceleration

Hybrid cars, though they boast of being able

Sports Car Speed

The fastest sports car according to various critics is the 1994 Dauer 962 LeMans, with acceleration speed of 2.6 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. The fastest Ferrari car is the 2002 Ferrari ENZO, and this one can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph at breakneck speed of 3.5 seconds. Other fast cars include a Chevrolet, a Dodge, a LeBlanc, a Renault, an Audi, and a Corvette, all of which have acceleration speeds of not more than 2.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph.

Now, the question that begs answering is: what makes a fast sports car?

While stylistics make for a very good standard when getting a sports car, there’s more to the sleekness than just style. The very sleek and streamlined designs of these fast sports cars actually contribute to fantastic aerodynamics-making it much easier to drive the car fast without worrying about air resistance, air pressure, etc. In effect, the hot and sexy car design actually makes for more than aesthetics, but gives a boost to the speed and performance of the car.

Another feature that contributes to the speed of the car is its reduced weight. It’s evident in the reduced

Tips to Pick Amplifier For Your Car

Remember the power rating of an amplifier is the maximum power it is capable of expending not the amount that it will regularly use. The RMS rating of an amplifier is a good indication of its power output. One thing that is important to remember is that you should never buy an amplifier based on the maximum output or RMS rating. This number is more often than not incredibly misleading. If a driving, thumping bass beat is important to you then you should make sure that your amplifier has a bass boost button. This button will or switch will give a little bit of a boost to your bass. It’s something I can pass on by many bass lovers cannot live without. Not all amplifiers have this so choose wisely and according to your preferences.

When it comes to amplifiers there are essentially four major classes (there are other classes but they are not all that common so I will not dwell on defining them) that represent the quality of sound you should expect from the system.

1) A. This class has a great output of quality sound but wastes huge amounts of energy in the