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Written By: Guest Author on September 29, 2012 No Comment

Malfunctioning Seat Heaters and Burns Sustained By Car Occupants

There are umpteen number of car manufacturers in the whole wide world. But, not all manufacturers realize that comfort and safety are the main expectations of car users. A prominent lacuna is that there have been many instances of burns sustained by drivers or passengers due to heated car seats. After investigating, authorities of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found out that these instances are due to malfunctioning seat heaters or the seats have been used by people who lack sensation in their lower extremities. It’s a very saddening affair to notice how paralyzed people become the evident victims of such horrible and mind wrenching tragedies.

Risks due to malfunctioning seat heaters

138 complaints involving malfunctioning seat heaters that have caused burning smell or visible flames have been received by NHTSA in a period of 6 years. NHTSA authorities have started their investigations aimed at determining "whether the frequency and severity of this condition may create an unreasonable risk to safety." According to experts, heater temperatures more than the human tolerance limit may be risky, more so, on people who have paralysis or do not have sensation in their lower extremities.

The complaints received by NHTSA involve either a burning odor or presence of visible smoke.  Ironically, these instances occurred 34 times in cars manufactured by Mercedes and 27 times in BMW cars. Among the 34 Mercedes complaints, there were approximately 28 complaints registered for M-Class and GL-Class itself.

Factors causing heater problems

According to Mercedes authorities, the foremost factor for this problem is the stress caused to the seating surface. If people get in and get out frequently, the electrical wire of the heating mat may break. This further leads to the creation of other major problems when it comes to using the cars for other possible needs. If such cases are registered with NHTSA on a frequent basis, there would be a time when all the car dealerships and car manufacturing companies would be scrambling for shelter under the various Bankruptcy Acts.

Authorities handling the NHTSA complaints are hopeful of compiling their reports soon based not only on the NHTSA data but on the feedback from the consumers and also the physicians who have been treating these burns. But, their prima facie opinion is that "If a seat heater exceeds human tolerance for burns, it should be considered defective" and such defective seat heaters should be recalled by the automakers.

Who are most affected by this problem?

The most affected people include those who have been affected by paralysis. While other passengers can reduce the intensity of the problem by moving or turning down the heater, paralysis-affected people cannot do that. A burn develops in 8 hours if the skin and an object of at least 109 degrees are in contact with each other. Especially, if the skin belongs to a weight-bearing area like the buttocks, the wound may not heal easily.

Remedy for the problem

The safety protections vary from one automotive manufacturer to another. There are variations even among the different models brought out by the same manufacturer. The good news is that some manufacturers have started taking suitable measures like having heaters that shut off after particular time duration. In certain models, temperature can be set at a threshold of 105 degrees. But, all the automotive manufacturers should follow suit and adopt similar measures to prevent passengers from sustaining such burns.

This guest post is contributed by the team of Austin Mobile Mechanics whose main services includes car repair in Austin. Along with providing effective car care tips, they also offer everything from regular maintenance to complete restorations of older and classic vehicles.

Written By: blarson on September 28, 2012 No Comment

During the 1973 oil crisis, Honda introduced the fuel-efficient, two door sub-compact Civic.  With its four-cylinder water-cooled engine and its ability to run on either leaded or unleaded fuel, the Civic quickly became a hit.  Since then, Honda has not only improved the Civic’s fuel economy, but it’s introduced a Civic that runs on natural gas, a hybrid Civic, and other fuel-efficient models like the Insight and CR-Z as well.  With over a million hybrid vehicles sold, only one automaker, Toyota, has sold more.    Here’s a look at Honda’s eco-friendly lineup in 2012:

Honda CNG

Leading Honda's 2012 fleet of green cars is the new Honda Civic Natural Gas or the CNG, which won the Green Car Journal's “2012 Green Car of the Year” award.  Honda specifically designed the CNG for its North American customers and is currently the only natural gas powered vehicle available in the United States.  This car is best used for short commutes in large cities, however, due to the fact that there are only 1,000 natural gas fuel stations across the country right now.  The CNG is 90 pounds heavier than the gasoline Civic and 30 pounds lighter than the Civic hybrid.  Its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes 110-hp and 106 lb-ft of torque.  For those interested in purchasing the Honda CNG, it has a base price of $26,305.

Honda Civic Hybrid

Like a fine wine, the Civic Hybrid has aged gracefully since its 2001 debut. The 2012 model offers more interior comfort than all of its predecessors and also offers improved engine capabilities.  The 2012 hybrid’s internal-combustion engine produces 90-hp and 97 lb-ft of torque, and the Civic gets an additional 23-hp from the electric engine.  Further, Honda chose to equip the 2012 Civic Hybrid with a lighter lithium-ion battery instead of nickel-metal hydride battery for increased speed and agility.  Though its speed will suffer while running solely on the electric motor, it will still reach 60 mph in 10.1 seconds.  As usual, the Civic Hybrid’s fuel economy is tough to beat at 40 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.

Honda Insight

Back in 1999, the Honda Insight became the second mass produced hybrid vehicle to hit the market.  Since then, like the Civic, it has been undergoing improvements in both design and technology.  In 2012, the Insight was named one of Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Best Green Cars of 2012” for the third consecutive year.   Not only are the Insight and Civic hard to distinguish on the outside, they share similar fuel economy ratings as well.  Achieving 41 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway, the decision between buying an Insight or Civic is a tough one.  The Insight’s 1.3-liter engine pushes out 98-hp and is assisted by a 13-hp electric motor, which takes on some of the load when climbing hills or passing on the highway.

Honda CR-Z

Honda began producing the sporty, compact CR-Z in 2010.  It’s currently the only hybrid vehicle available to consumers with a manual transmission.  The three-door hatchback is slightly less fuel efficient than Honda’s Civic Hybrid and Insight models, and according to Honda’s website, it achieves 122-hp and 128 lb-ft of torque.  At $20,485, the CR-Z is Honda’s second least expensive hybrid offering.  The Civic Hybrid starts at $24,200 and the Insight starts at $18,500.

This post was provided by Brittany Larson of Honda of Escondido.

Written By: admin on September 28, 2012 No Comment

If you’re one of the lucky ones who has ridden out the financial crisis like a pro, then congratulations.  If you’re also looking for a new car, then welcome to a world of choice and finery that you’d have been hard pressed to find before.  With a very difficult climate for selling high value luxury goods, car manufacturers are doing more and more to entice you, their potential customer, into those comfortable heated leather seats behind the wheel.  So what can you expect to find nowadays and what to go for?

Absolute Splendour

When you think of pure luxury and cars, there is only one name that comes to mind: Rolls-Royce.  The luxury British car maker has been designing and building iconic cruisers for decades, cars which are so awash with glamour that they sometimes come with mock starry night ceilings.  In a car.  The supreme luxury that you get in a Roller comes with a price, though: the most basic version of the current Phantom comes in at an eye watering £253,000.  If you have this kind of money lying about though, there’s not much better out there.

First thing to notice is the lack of noise: you’re meant to be comfortable, so the engine is as silent as it can be.  Yet ramp up the hyper expensive stereo and you can lose yourself in the spacious cabin, with its exclusive feel and comfortable seats.  The television really comes in handy too.  It truly is a chauffeur driven car, though, it seems tailor made to sit in the back and enjoy yourself as you’re serenaded on your way to work.

More Drive, More Power

So if you’re after something with a bit more oomph, something you can get behind the wheel of and have fun with, then look elsewhere.  You may alight in the country of Rolls-Royce’s parent company, BMW.  The Porsche 911 has been the benchmark for luxury performance cars for years, they’re the dream car of many and the latest reincarnation does not disappoint.  Much like the Rolls-Royce – but for vastly different reasons – the 911 is at heart completely impractical.  The rear seats are miniscule and while the ground clearance is better than it once was, it’s lower than the last incarnation: beware those sleeping policemen.  The look is classic and Porsche don’t waste anything for comfort.  The bucket seats will leave you relaxed and able to completely enjoy a great driving experience.  There is one major downside, though: running costs.  The Porsche is not a cheap car to run.  It eats petrol something rotten and drinks oil like nothing else.  It does, however, have a very good reliability record, so it’s not likely to break down unless you actually hit something else.  Beware those monthly costs, though.

A Little More Affordable

Without the ready quarter of a million for the Roller, or even £100,000 for the Porsche, you may feel your luxury car choice is a bit limited.  Fear not, though.  The affordable luxury market took off in the late 90’s, with brands such as the German Mercedes, BMW and Audi, Britain’s Jaguar and the Asian Lexus fighting it out for your cash.  As such, they’ve pushed each other on to better equipped but reasonably priced cars.  You can get your hands on a tip top luxury Lexus for £50,000 if you don’t mind missing out on some of the new features.

What these cars will bring you is comfort.  They may not have the unbridled luxury of the Roller or the performance of the Porsche, but at considerably less cost they bring you a good product.  If you want to look and feel the part without the burden of cost, then one of the German saloons will set you in good stead.  Mercedes have been seen as the benchmark of affordable quality and the current ranges offer a great range of features to keep you in comfort while looking the part.

Should anything go wrong, though, you need to be able to replace everything.  If your guest spills coffee on the beige floor, then get yourself some new Mercedes car mats and kiss the stain goodbye.  This is a luxury car after all.

Written By: Guest Author on September 28, 2012 No Comment

Having a car to use for daily commuting to work is a necessity, but the same is not always true for those who need cars to travel. Cars, in this case, come as alternatives, because the person can shift from using a plane to using a bus or a car for hire. Even as cars come as mere alternative choices, there are factors that make them indispensable choices for vacation traveling. When a car includes various additions such as a navigation system, a trailer to carry extra luggage, or is customized to make it best suited for a road trip, then it is hard to pass on it as a second choice. Here are the benefits that using your cars for a road trip might bring:

1:You choose the pace of your journey

Modified cars, or vans in most cases, give people a traveling experience, which even a luxurious flight, would not accord them. First, they are able to decide the speed at which they will travel, and always have an option of making an abrupt stop or changing their course when circumstances demand it. Secondly, it is better to travel on a means that allows you to move about, rather than be fixated on a particular seat for the entire journey.

2:The car keeps you private

The privacy of traveling with a car is welcoming, for people who want to extend their not so cool attributes to the public. For example, the confines of a car can allow the drive to remove their shirts when it gets very hot. People can take off their shoes, and change their sitting positions, when the journey gets too long, and they start feeling uncomfortable. I bet you can't do that on a plane!

3:There is flexibility in finding phone networks

It gets better with a car, compared to a train, when one has to make a call and there is no network coverage in the particular area. Instead of having to rely on the facilities provided in the public means, which can be quite expensive for the average person, there is always the option to stop and get out.

While you are outside, you can look for a high point, or even climb on top of the car and get a better signal. It would be impractical to get on top of a train. With a bus, it is not easy to convince the driver to stop so that you can look for network coverage. With a plane, it is even not possible to make a phone call, since before leaving the ground, the cabin crew always ask passengers to switch off their phones and other network dependent gadgets.

4:Most car problems are easy to fix

When there are mechanical problems during the journey, or just a tire puncture, you will be glad that you chose a car, over a coach or another means of traveling. Delays caused by mechanical failures of cars usually last shorter periods compared to those from buses. This happens because the components of a car are easy to repair and replace. A bus breakdown may require mechanics to come from a nearby town, and this can even take the whole day, if you are far away from a town. If a car has acute mechanical problems, there is always the option of asking other vehicles on the road to give you a boost, by towing it to the nearest repair shop.

5:You can easily find a "buddy" driver

Cars are easy to drive, and are usually the first thing one learns to drive, before heading to the bigger vehicles. For this reason, it is safer to go traveling using a car. If the driver gets tired, or has a medical complication and is unfit to drive, any of the passengers who know how to drive, can take their place.

If you are traveling alone, the chances of getting someone who can drive a car to those of finding someone who can drive a bus are better, at any time. If it is a plane, the journey will have to take a temporary stop as you land and get alternative cockpit crew!

6:Cars do not have to rely on predefined stops

Another advantage of using a car also comes when you have a medical emergency, because it is possible to drive to a medical facility, compared to using other means that will force you to wait for the next stop, before changing your travel course. The next stop for some of the other alternative modes of transportation can also be hours away!

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Written By: admin on September 27, 2012 No Comment

In motoring, some names stick around for decades. Others, whilst fondly remembered at some point, outstay their welcome or have a single hit before disappearing. Very rarely, models that have fallen out of favor and fallen under the radar are given a thoughtful revamp. Here are five of our favorites:

5 - Fiat 500

Europeans love their small cars, but not enough to save them from the faddishness that puts even iconic examples out of vogue from time to time. In the case of the Fiat 500, this is perhaps because the diminutive compact was simply too small for use beyond the mid-seventies, when the original iteration went out of production. Perhaps never as loved as the Beetle and the Mini, Fiat’s car was still sweet and deliciously Italian.

The 2007 Fiat 500 isn’t anywhere near as small as its namesake in terms of height, but it is still 3.5 meters long – only 0.5 meters longer than the original. This makes it usable in exactly the same road situations as the original whilst being a lot safer (it has a five star EuroNCAP rating for adult occupants). Considering the typical  buyers of this car, the wide range of personalization options are especially commendable.

4- Dodge Challenger

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The Ford Mustang set the standard for other manufacturers to beat with their own pony/muscle car efforts, and it has definitely stood the test of time. The Dodge Challenger is one challenger that, despite being popular, has seen rather patchy production. Already available five years after the Mustang, the first generation Challenger is the most fondly remembered, appearing in Richard C. Sarafian’s Vanishing Point an influential cult film that was received a strong-rerelease in the US after strong box office figures in Europe. It is now a huge collector car.

After a second generation based on the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda that lasted until 1983, the challenger name was retired. However, Chrysler revived the name a quarter of a century later to substantial critical acclaim.

3 - Volkswagen Beetle

Considering what he did for the toothbrush moustaches and the name “Adolf”, Hitler’s endorsement of the Volkswagen Beetle did nothing to blunt its postwar popularity. In fact, postwar production of the Beetle was facilitated by the British army, who helped remove an unexploded bomb from the factory and who were persuaded to order 20,000 Beetles, all in the name of getting the German economy starting up again (whilst immediately disassociating the car with the defeated powers that had ordered its production). In fact, the VW Beetle was always strikingly good at such PR-type exercises: aside from the fact that it just looked endearing, it starred in its own Disney film series.

After several redesigns, the Beetle inevitably went into decline. By the 80s, production was only achieved in small numbers in Latin America, though it hung on until 2003. However, though the traditional Beetle was essentially a classic car in European and North American markets, it was replaced by the Volkswagen New Beetle in 1997 (as with the Mini, later, the delineation between “new” and “old” Beetles is rather poorly defined, considering that most cars have substantially different generations without such divisons). Perhaps the New Beetle isn’t quite as charming, but upholds the design goals that made the original so appealing.

2 - Chevrolet Camaro

Talking of using movies to create a PR boost, the Chevrolet Camaro bears mentioning. Four generations of Camaros were produced between 1967 and 2002, variously occupying the ‘Pony’ and ‘Muscle’ car spaces in Chevrolet’s catalogue. An answer to Ford’s Mustang, the Camaro was a popular model that eventually fell foul of slowing sales and a shrinking sports-car market.

However, by painting an iconic second generation (1976) Camaro yellow and black and then having it transform in the then upcoming fifth generation variant, Michael Bay helped revive interest in the brand with his 2007 blockbuster Transformers: not even Shia LaBeouf could detract from the coolness of the Bumblebee-Camaro. Export versions of the Camaro were delayed because of unexpected high demand, and a design award was deservedly won at the World Car of the Year awards in 2010.

1 - Mini

Hugely influential, the original Mini was a triumph of economical design in a post-war period that saw more and more people aspiring to own cars. Introduced in 1959, the mini revolutionized how spacious a small car could be by featuring a front-wheel drive chassis that devoted four-fifths of its length and breadth to passenger and luggage space. The heyday of this iconic design was in the sixties, and it’s as firmly established as a period piece in British movies about the sixties as the mini-skirt or the Beatles (helped of course by the Italian Job).

Four wins at the Monte Carlo Rally perhaps say a lot for the Mini Cooper’s capabilities – these sports models, built in collaboration with the Cooper Car Company were nimble and more than powerful enough for mountainous terrain, whilst also being easy to afford. As time wore on, Mini “special editions” became popular releases for fashionable reasons. The Mini passed into the ownership of BMW via their ownership of Rover, and when Rover ended up in serious financial trouble, BMW announced their intention to cease production and focus on a radically different Mini.

The new Mini was released after the Mini Mark VII ceased production in 2000, meaning that the Mini never technically left the roads. But the Mini Hatch and Hardtop were such a change in direction after years of strikingly similar, faddish releases that people tend to consider BMW’s version discontinuous. The Mini we have today is a fantastic comeback vehicle, a car that is relevant for the reasons that its predecessor was sixty years ago, not for its novelty value.

Steph Wood loves all kinds of cars and sees plenty of them by working for nationwide vehicle contract lease cars, a UK based company.

 

Written By: admin on September 27, 2012 No Comment

Picking the correct car dealership can eradicate a lot of pressure in the car buying process, but very few of us really know how to go about this. You always want to work with someone that you trust & feel comfortable. In market there are reputable dealers and fake dealers also. It’s your responsibility to research carefully before finalizing car dealer for you.

The very first thing you will want to do is investigate the reputation of any vehicle dealers that you are considering visiting. You have to decide your budget also before you visit any automobile dealer. There are thousands of dealers that sell cars, so how do you select? Most of the dealers also offer you various tools to assist you in your search for a new vehicle. So, just filling out the various fields provided online you can view different search results.

Before you really visit to a dealership personally, it is always good to have a look over their website in-order to make sure that they are a dealership that you want to visit. You should also check for Better Business Bureau - BBB – badge, whether it is present on dealers’ website or not. The presence of BBB badge means that this dealership business has been accredited.

Conducting native searches for reviews can offer great in tuitions. Most of the local dealerships also have user reviews on their websites that makes it stress-free for you to find user generated reviews. Many dealerships also provide various other services that include financial assistance, vehicle insurance & lots more…Considering these additional services will aid you in availing a better deal for the money you spent on the acquisition.

Authorized auto dealerships are considered to be the best places to buy vehicles because they not only provide you an extensive series of products, but at the same time they will also assist you in selecting the suitable car models with their knowledgeable staff.

The dealerships generally differ from one another in terms of sales plus services. Therefore, spending some time to discover the accurate dealership not only fetches you a healthier deal, but also guarantees that you are dealing with honest & trustworthy people. So, before you finalize anything you should consider the location of the dealership, its’ reputation plus the services that they are currently providing you.

About The Guest Author: Sofia Williams writes for www.lahondaworld.com. She is a freelance content contributor and likes to write about various spheres like Social Media, technology trends and her secret favorite – cars and automobiles. She is a keen observer and contributor for various auto forums and the online auto space.

Written By: admin on September 27, 2012 No Comment
Buying a car whether new or used is a process that requires much thinking before taking the plunge. At the center of these thoughts is the main inspiration for buying a certain type of automobile. Also, potential car buyers must prepare themselves financially before purchasing their car of choice. Avoiding rash decisions is integral in purchasing the right car that will satisfy the desired objectives of the owner. This applies whether one purchases the car from a dealership or an online platform like Carzoos.

Car dealerships are the other reason that people should think extensively before buying a car. These are enterprises that deal in selling or leasing of new and used automobiles. Due to the importance of the automobile industry in America, many dealerships have sprung up to offer automobile services to the public. This proliferation of automobiles presents a selection headache for potential car owners. The only way out is to conduct thorough research before settling on one car dealer. The following factors could be helpful when conducting a comparison of car dealerships:

· Type of automobile

First and foremost, car buyers should think about the automobile they wish to purchase. The make of the automobile will be integral in the selection of an appropriate dealership in the area. Those who want to buy a certain type of car can then scour the market for dealerships that specialize in this type of vehicle. This has the added advantage of sparing them from the agony of wasting time in searching for the perfect dealership. By deciding on a particular automobile, they can also escape the pitfalls of falling in the hands of incompetent car dealers.

· The staff at the dealership

Another important factor for consideration is the employees at the dealerships. The perfect car dealership is one that boasts of friendly staff members who are always glad to be of help. These employees understand that the customer is always king and treat him or her as such. For instance, this is always evident when they do not keep the customers waiting before providing them with assistance. The staff members must also possess exemplary communication skills and perseverance. The latter trait is quite important when the negotiation process is tedious or at risk of falling apart.

· Price

Price is always a major factor, if not the main factor, when comparing various car dealerships. Car buyers need to look at the rates associated with leasing or purchasing automobiles at these dealerships. Equally important is the need to analyze the incentives and rebates that could be on offer at the various car dealerships. The differences in these incentives and rebates could be influential in lowering the overall cost of the automobile.

· Options for purchasing and leasing

Various car dealerships have different policies regarding purchasing or leasing. It is common for some of them to offer purchase and lease services concurrently. Those who would wish to lease an automobile would do well to look for a car dealership that specializes in lease services. Likewise, potential car buyers can scour the market for dealerships that primarily engage in car sales.

· Qualities of good car salespersons

The success of a car transaction normally depends on an understanding between the buyer and the sales person. Customers need to engage with a salesperson who is going to understand their preferences and cater to their needs. The following are some of the traits of a sales person:

· Likeable personality

Those who excel at their careers as automobile salespersons usually have likeable personalities. This is evident when customers walk home happily and become loyal to the dealership with regards to business transactions. Such salespersons are usually knowledgeable and respectful.

· Patient

Good salespersons are normally patient enough to listen to customers’ needs. They do not pressurize buyers into making a quick decision but build rapport with them. They are clever enough to know that these customers are future buyers hence the need to build a long-lasting relationship.

· Knowledgeable

Good salespersons are knowledgeable about every car that is in the showroom. They understand the features associated with a particular automobile and can respond ably to customer inquiries. Such features include mileage, chassis number, fuel consumption and payment options among others.

 

Written By: admin on September 24, 2012 No Comment


Cars are no doubt one of the main expenses when it comes to the majority of households. With the economic recession biting hard, the majority of consumers are looking more in detail at their daily outgoings, but also their monthly outgoings as well. So if they are looking to purchase a new or used car, it is likely that they will want one that is not only cheap to buy originally, but also cheap to repair. The top 10 most expensive cars to fix are still vehicles that are highly popular, but in hard economic times are certainly the ones to avoid.

Vincentric is a company that basically analyses data within the automotive industry. Their statistics show which cars are the most expensive initially, but also which cars in the long term are going to cost the most in the long term. Obviously these figures are averages, but it does give a rough idea as to which of the vehicles are going to cost the most. The following vehicles have an average 5 year repair cost of $1,867, making them the most expensive cars to repair:

  1. 2011 Porsche Panamera,
  2. 2011 Porsche 911,
  3. 2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class,
  4. 2011 Audi S4,
  5. 2011 Audi S5,
  6. 2011 BMW X6,
  7. 2011 BMW X5,
  8. 2011 BMW 7-Series,
  9. 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class,
  10. 2011 Porsche Cayenne.

Being classified as such – it is relatively cheap to buy any of these vehicles, especially if you use car finance to facilitate your purchase. Cars that are notorious of being money pits – are losing value quicker than the more economical options.
It goes without saying that expensive vehicles that have expensive parts and technologically advanced features incorporated into them are going to be the ones that end up being the most to fix. This is why the top 10 lists consists of the premium brands such as the Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and of course, BMW. The lower quality cars may not be as reliable, but the fact of the matter is, the parts are cheap to buy and they tend to be a lot easier to fix if something does actually go long. Labor costs on vehicles that are complicated (and may require a specialist rather than a normal mechanic) also tend to be a lot higher, which helps to further increase the overall cost of the repair bill.

Here is the thing; the average car nowadays will have computer systems, anything up to 20 in total. The older vehicles simply do not incorporate this technology. Whilst they might be nicer to drive, the fact is they complicated to fix. For instance, a BMW with lots of technology might cost $300 to fix, where as a much more simpler engine such as the Vauxhall Corsa might be in the region of $150, which obviously represents a huge amount of cash. This is because a specialist may need special tooling and training to do the simplest task on a BMW, where as most qualified mechanics would have no problem fixing a Vauxhall.

When purchasing a new car, regardless of whether it is new or used it is important to consider a few different things. First of all consider whether or not the car is actually a reliable model and in good condition. Then consider the costs to fix the vehicle if anything does go wrong.

Written By: admin on September 24, 2012 No Comment


For those that have just purchased a used car or are thinking about doing so, they will be glad to know that they are still able to get warranty cover. Generally, a dealership will offer a warranty programme, regardless of how old the vehicle is. That being said, if the dealer does not seem to be offering a good deal on the car warranty policy, then the buyer does have the option of going elsewhere and trying to find a better deal.

The reality is that prices will fluctuate on a warranty policy depending on many different factors. For this reason, the dealer might be offering the best deal on one vehicle, yet their prices relating to a similar vehicle may be completely above what the buyer expected to pay. This is why a lot of people try and use comparison websites to compare prices.

Each car warranty will be valid for a certain period of time, such as 60 days. That being said, there is usually a mileage clause included. For instance, the policy may state that the warranty is for 60 days or 5,000 miles, which ever one is first. Alongside this, the warranty provider will give the individual a list of what is included and what isn’t when it comes to the policy. For instance a basic policy might just cover items considered to be consumables or “wear and tear” items. Other policies might go one step further and actually cover the power train in the vehicle as well.

Alongside the obvious features that the majority of car warranties will include, there are lots of extra features that can be incorporated into a policy that are worth considering. For instance on a lot of policies, individuals will have the option to include a breakdown cover policy as well. Generally this will be 24/7 cover and this ensures that an individual is not ever stranded, even if something terrible happens to their vehicle.

When it comes to choosing features and an overall package for a car warranty, it is worth shopping around. As people shop around, they will start to notice features which allow them to determine which of these they really need and which they do not. Alongside this, they will start to gauge what they can expect for their money, which allows them to shop on a much more focused basis.

Written By: admin on September 24, 2012 No Comment


In recent years, vehicle tracking has not only become popular for businesses with fleet vehicles, it has also become more widespread in the domestic market too. In this article, we will look more closely at the benefits of installing avg vehicle tracking systems to your average family car as well as highlighting a few of the advantages vehicle tracking can bring to one's business.

Recovering your Vehicle

One of the most significant benefits of having a tracker installed in your car is that in the event it is stolen it can be located immediately. The information the tracker provides can be handed directly to the police and there is a high probability the vehicle will be recovered. Indeed, one popular tracking manufacturer claims that, in 2011, over £7.5 million worth of stolen cars were recovered and 64 arrests made due to their tracking system.

Save on your Insurance

The fact that stolen vehicles are much more likely to be recovered if they are fitted with a tracking device is also of benefit to the driver when it comes to their insurance premiums. Besides, because tracking devices can determine how safe a driver you are (by logging speed, braking and acceleration) drivers who can prove to insurance companies that they fit the required criteria will also be rewarded with lower premiums. Indeed, over 65% of drivers with such tracking devices see their insurance premiums reduced by at least 20%.

Keeping track of your Kids

It may seem slightly over the top, but tracking devices are a good way of monitoring where people using a car are and how they are driving. For example, a father may lend his daughter a car with strict instructions not to speed or go out of a certain area. The average vehicle tracking device will allow the father to ensure his daughter follows his rules. Indeed, a tracking system actually led to one British father rescuing his daughter from kidnappers. He tracked his daughter's vehicle movements and become concerned when he saw she was heading out of town when she should be coming home. He alerted the authorities who stopped the car and saved his daughter.

Safety

Having a tracking device fitted to your car not only helps if the car is stolen but is vital in case of a breakdown. A tracked car can easily be located by a recovery truck. Should you be on your own and in a remote location, a tracking device in your car could certainly prove to be quite a blessing!

Cutting Costs in the Business World

The impact of vehicle tracking devices on the business world has been significant. Those companies with a fleet of vehicles can see their costs reduced dramatically. For example, in 2011, one UK based delivery company with over 50 vehicles had trackers installed into all their vans. The company was then able to give better estimated times of arrival to its customers as they could locate each vehicle and plan its route. Drivers realized they were being watched so did not speed or try to take longer routes to gain overtime payments. These changes may seem slight, but the company's fuel bill was subsequently reduced by over 30%. Furthermore, the vehicles in question only did around 8 miles to the gallon, so this amounted to big savings indeed, with the fuel saving alone paying for the initial installation of the tracking devices.

Oliver Ortiz works for Expert Market, a division of MVF Global. Expert Market is a B2B UK based provider of a wide variety of business related equipment and services. Follow us on Twitter and connect with us on Facebook.

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The 54 Real Time Waterproof GPS Tracker Personal Vehicle Asset Location Tracking
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Spy Tec STI GL300 Mini Portable Real Time Personal and Vehicle GPS Tracker
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HOT MINI GPS SMS GPRS TRACKER TK103A VEHICLE CAR REALTIME TRACKING DEVICE SYSTEM
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End Date: Sunday Sep-10-2017 18:08:26 PDT
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TKSTAR TK905 GPS Car Tracking Device w Powerful Magnet Vehicle Tracker PS110
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Mini Realtime GPS Car Tracker Locator GPRS GSM Tracking Device Vehicle Truck Van
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Car GPS Tracker Magnetic Vehicle Spy Mini Personal Tracking Device Locator XC325
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OBD II Car Vehicle Truck GPS Realtime Tracker Mini OBD2 Tracking Device GSM GPRS
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Mini Locator USB Car Charger Tracker SPY GPS RealTime GSM GPRS Vehicle Tracking
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$13.99
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Mini SPY Vehicle GSM GPRS GPS Car Tracker Vehicle Tracking Locator Device TK102B
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$15.99
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AwareGPS OBD 3G GPS Service Vehicle Tracking Device Car GPS and GPS System AP
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TK905 GSM GPS GPRS Car Vehicle Powerful Magnet Tracking Tracker Real Time Device
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$45.85
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RealTime GPS Tracker GSM GPRS System Vehicle Tracking Device TK102 Mini Spy
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$18.95
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Realtime GPS GPRS GSM Tracker For Car Vehicle Motorcycle Spy Tracking Device US
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NEW GPS SMS GPRS TRACKER TK103B VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM WITH REMOTE CONTROL
NEW GPS SMS GPRS TRACKER TK103B VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM WITH REMOTE CONTROL
$34.50
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HOT MINI GPS SMS GPRS TRACKER TK103A VEHICLE CAR REALTIME TRACKING DEVICE SYSTEM
HOT MINI GPS SMS GPRS TRACKER TK103A VEHICLE CAR REALTIME TRACKING DEVICE SYSTEM
$28.99
End Date: Tuesday Sep-12-2017 19:35:23 PDT
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Mini SPY GSM GPRS GPS Car Tracker Vehicle Tracking Locator Device TK102B
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$15.99
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