Throughout The Car Industry
While auto theft rates are falling nationally, car thieves remain active throughout the country. The following statistics tell a sobering story:
• In 2011, the most recent year for which reliable statistics are available, 715, 373 motor vehicles were stolen.
• Less than 12% of those incidents resulted in an arrest, and only a tiny number of the vehicles taken were ever returned to their owners.
• The value of stolen autos in 2011 exceeded $4 billion.
• Car theft is a nationwide problem, with states like California, Georgia, Arizona, and New York all included in the FBI’s “top 10” places where vehicles are most likely to be stolen.
Posted In: Aftermarket, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety, Technology
Tags: car alarms, car theft, vehicle theft, stop car thieves
When humans and machines assemble thousands of individual parts, and the resulting product is expected to survive extreme use/abuse by... humans, something is bound to go wrong every now and then. So here's a roundup of all the latest automotive oops-a-daisies and bad ideas.
Tags: Ford Super Duty, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Corvette, Recall
It seems like we’ve been caught in a never-ending recession for the past half-decade. During such times it’s easy to put off paying today what you can pay during the (presumably) better times ahead. This is particularly true of major purchases like automobiles. Many buyers choose to finance their new or used car purchases, a strategy that can help them afford to the purchase in the present but leads to much extra cost over the term of the financing period.
During a 13-month used-car experiment, the auto experts over at Edmunds tested the practicality of purchasing a low-priced used car outright versus financing a higher priced car. Their findings are that buying a car outright can indeed be a practical solution... but not necessarily for everyone.
Welcome to my latest web series on “Things That Should Earn You Serious and Prolonged Beatings.” Here you will read about the worst things people have done to otherwise perfectly-good cars—and yes, that includes crushing them—in the pursuit of fame, glory, money or the aforementioned threat of physical harm.
This installment covers the “1984 Aspt Custom GTO”, a vehicle that stained the rolls at Mecum Auction’s Kissimmee, FL, sale Jan. 18-27, and the many, MANY questions such a monstrosity presents. [Mass hysteria? Head injury? Anything?]
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Mecum, Auctions, 1968, Pontiac, GTO, convertible, evil, demon, satan, florida, kissimmee, aspt, 1984, custom, 400/350, 4-speed
When we think of aftermarket customization, some of the first categories to come to mind include "muscle car," "Japanese sports car" and "hardcore off-roader." Indeed, all of those categories were represented in this year's SEMA Awards. Some of the most iconic models to grace those categories were declared the hottest to outfit with aftermarket parts.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auto Shows, Car News
Tags: Ford, Jeep, Scion, Mustang, Wrangler, FR-S, F-Series, SEMA, aftermarket
When you look at the clean, sharp edges and punishing demeanor of the Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, the last thing you should be thinking is, "Boy, that sucker would look good in 'I Love You' purple." But the SEMA auto show is all about making a scene with loud colors and elaborate body kits, so that's how Wald International decided to go about its business.
The Wald Black Bison G55 was created in conjunction with Toyo Tires, Jonari and several other partners. What makes this "bison" stand out the most, especially if it were to ever see any actual off-road action, is its matte purple wrap.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Exotics
Tags: Mercedes, Mercedes Benz, G55, tunes, SEMA 2012, Wald International
If the 551 hp Cadillac CTS-V isn’t enough for you on your daily commute, maybe add a shot of Hennessey from Hennessey Performance to bump that up to 1,226 hp. Capable of 190 mph, the stock CTS-V is more than enough for most drivers. The Hennessey infused Caddy bumps that up to 242mph. You’ll never be late for work again.
The Hennessy CTS-V is mated with a VR1200 Twin Turbo, 7.0-liter V8 engine. There are three settings on the turbo so you can decide if you want the full 1,226ph, or you’d rather the scaled back settings of 1,000 or 800hp. A six-speed manual transmission is what most of the drivers of this beast will use, but if you have an extra $20,000 to throw down, you can get a custom automatic unit.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Special / Limited Edition, Car News, Exotics
Tags: Cadillac, CTS, Hennessey Performance, twin turbo,
Like cricket (the game) and Marmite (whatever the hell that is) there are just things they do in the UK that I can’t get a handle on. I always thought it was a production assistant goofing around with the more apt license plates you see on Top Gear’s test cars but no: people actually have to pay for those. A LOT. Like the four grand for “V12 NUT” Bonhams got recently.
And before you think this is an isolated incident—and/or skip to the fun "Top Five" lists I’ve painstakingly copied from another site—I provide you with a roster of offerings to be, um… offered at Barons’ “Annual British Heritage Auction & Other Classics” sale somewhere on the island today (September 17) (with plates offered in quotes and auction estimate averages in greenbacks):
[And I hate math more than you can imagine so appreciate what I did here, dang it!]
They are, as follows: “DB09 AML” [$8,315]; “9 BEN” [$34,880]; “Y12 FER” [$1,704]; “D8 GTS” [$3,448]; “W18 OND” [$2,434]; “EA51 CAR” [$1,866]; “V8 REG” [$3,488]. What, you don’t see the perfectly good reason why “9 BEN” should cost more than a new Camaro? Oh, silly American. Because, as the description reads [EXACTLY], “Pre 63 Bentley? Any The ultimate Bentley registration” of course!
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Car News, Classics, Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: UK, license plates, bonhams, auction, registration, v12nut, abu dhabi, hong kong
It used to be that 100,000 miles was the dreaded odometer reading that got you thinking about a new car. Today, that number is more like a half-life for many owners. New research shows more evidence that auto consumers are keeping their vehicles for longer than ever.
Several months ago, market analytical firm Polk reported that duration of vehicle ownership had reached record levels, citing an average of around six years. Its numbers were pretty modest if we're to believe a new study by AutoMD.com. According to the study, as cited by The Detroit Bureau, 78 percent of vehicle owners plan to keep their models for 10 or more years. Only 4 percent report that they expect to trade in between six and seven years, and only 3 percent in three to five years.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Reports
Tags: studies, research, business, industry, mileage, high mileage, 200000, 200k, new cars
Natural gas cars like the Honda Civic Natural Gas often get overshadowed by electric and hybrid vehicles, largely because the lack of a natural gas fueling infrastructure makes them a low-volume niche. While we also lack a proper electric charging infrastructure, homeowners can plug their EVs right into their home sockets, or pay a reasonable amount for upgraded 240-volt hardware. Natural gas vehicle owners aren't so lucky, but according to a new report, they may be in a few years.
Natural gas vehicle fuel economy numbers don't jump off the page like those of hybrids and electrics (the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas is EPA-rated at 27/38 mpg). However, natural gas is significantly cheaper than petroleum gasoline. In an April 2012 report on fuel prices, the EPA listed the cost of compressed natural gas at $2.08 per gallon with regular gasoline listed at $3.89. Even with modest fuel economy, there are savings to be had.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Natural Gas, Green, reports, news, Honda, Civic
As annoying and incessant as those Carfax commercials are, if there's one service they provide, it's in reminding you that you should do your research before putting that down payment toward a used car. And what easier way to do that than with a mobile app you can load up on the dealership floor? You don't even have to ask the dumbfounded yet deceitful dealer to "show you the Carfax."
Carfax released an app for iPhone users last year, and this week it's released the Android version. The app gives users on-the-spot access to Carfax Vehicle History Reports. All you have to do to access the report is enter information that's readily available at the dealer. You can enter the VIN or license plate number or scan the barcode to bring up the report.
Tags: Carfax, apps, technology, car buying, used cars, droid, android, ios, google, google play