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When your car's interior is a mess, it can be very difficult to sell it at a good price. Keeping a clean interior will help maintain a higher re-sell value and turn heads. Here are some of my personal interior detailing tips I learned through many years of cleaning my own interior and helping friends get their cars show ready.
Before safety was widely demanded in all models, the only ultra-luxury models—A.K.A. the really expensive ones—offered live-saving features. People who were involved in wrecks had little chance of survival unless they had cars with advanced (for the time) safety features like ABS and air bags. In current times, these safety features are pretty much standard, but the tradition of luxury cars getting the latest and greatest in safety technology first remains the same.
Over the month of July, the prices at the pump spiked, especially over the 4th of July holiday. Although we are already well into summer, you can expect more price hikes due to increased summer demand. Reports also show that the price of crude oil has skyrocketed due to unrest and uncertainly in Egypt and a lower than normal surplus.
Many people love speeding. Some of them don't even really think of it as speeding; they find a speed that feels comfortable for the size and feel of the road, and do it. Sometimes it's five miles per hour over the speed limit; sometimes it's 20. Some folks aren't comfortable unless they're going as fast as they possibly can.
A new study reveals that those types might want to ease up on the accelerator, at least if money is of any consideration. Speeding, it turns out, wastes around 30 percent of your gas. The study wasn't funded by the National Association of Police Organizations, either, but by Consumer Reports.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: driving, fuel economy, tests, Consumer Reports, speeding, regulations
Auto insurance providers are being shamed by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) for some shady practices. What their new report has found is that major auto insurance providers are being unfair in the way they design auto policies. Shockingly, auto insurance companies are actually selling insurance at a higher rate to people based on discriminatory education standards and occupation types.
The MyFord Touch system has been a two-headed tale. First, Ford is always eager to tout the technological touchscreen infotainment system as one of its innovative, cutting edge products. It even raves about how it convinces customers to buy Ford vehicles. The other head, the consumer and reviewer head, tells a different story, a story of technical issues and poor experiences. That side of the story has led to publicity problems, updates, and now a lawsuit. A new class action lawsuit claims that the system is not only defective, but downright dangerous.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Safety, Technology
Tags: Ford, MyFord Touch, infotainment, technology, lawsuits
The debate over how much pollution is created by electric cars has heated back up with the rise of sales of EVs in the United States. Even though this vehicles don’t require gasoline to power their engines, there’s still plenty of waste associated with the manufacturing, transportation, and operating and EVs. There’s a lot of factors which are fueling this debate but the biggest focus is on the impact of charging an electric vehicle.
There is a growing, and ongoing, debate in this country about a little device in a lot of cars, but many drivers don’t even know they are there! This event recording device is known as a black box and is somewhat hard to find inside your own personal vehicle. The black box inside privately owned vehicles has many worried about privacy and the potential for abuse of information.
If you haven’t heard of Tesla Motors, chances are you soon will. The upstart auto company is barely 10 years old and is already one-quarter the size of GM. Motor Trend magazine named the manufacturer’s latest vehicle, the Model S, 2013’s Car of the Year. Its developments in battery technology have set it far ahead of its competitors, including global giants like Nissan, and its stock price has gone through the roof, from $32 in early 2013 to over $120 at the time of this writing. Yet, whether the company will be able to continue its momentum depends on how successful it is with middle-class car buyers.
Posted In: Car News, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: technology, green cars, electric vehicles
General Motors has big plans in store for their pickup lines in the near future. Part of the future design includes a significant trimming of the weight of the General Motors passenger pickup trucks. The upcoming truck diet is intended to push the lineup towards better fuel economy and to beat their competition.
Car accidents can be a very traumatic event. Drivers don’t plan on getting into accidents and most of us are not as prepared to handle the aftermath as we should be, but many of us will get into an accident at some point in our lives. Research suggests that drivers get into accidents at a rate of once every 10 years on average. Understanding when it is appropriate to file with the insurance company can be somewhat confusing, especially if you are the only person in the accident. It’s important to understand the appropriate times to file before you are ever involved in an accident to ensure the best possible outcome in a bad situation.