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2011-10-19T17:56:04.851-07:00

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mercedes benz klasse 2011

2011-08-31T03:09:00.890-07:00

Upcoming Mercedes-Benz models >> C-Klasse Coupe & mini-SLS AMG

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Mercedes-Benz is focused on the target of delivering its customers a competitive mid-class coupe, that shall also be an opponent for the BMW 3er Coupe. The C-Klasse Coupe will arrive in time for 2011. On the other hand, the German carmaker wants to further extend its supercar lineup.


The 2011 C-Klasse Coupe will be built on the current C-Klasse technical platform. The aesthetiques will resemble those of the refreshed C-Klasse models, also to be introduced in the fall of 2010. The engine range will feature new or updated powerplants, which are highly oriented towards achieving exemplary fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels. Among the technical premieres, there are worth mentioning the new 'MoVe' units, an acronym which stands for 'Modular V6 & V8 engines'. It was reported that Mercedes-Benz could also offer a hybrid powertrain for the new C-Klasse Coupe.
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The recently unveiled SLS AMG will stand as the basis for developing new, smaller supercars. The underpinnings of the modern Gullwing will find their way onto a new sports car, probably dubbed 'SSK AMG'. Apart from borrowing its name from the legendary Mercedes-Benz SSK models of the 1920s, the little brother of the SLS AMG will not be sporting the top-mounted doors;instead, it will go for conventional, front-hinged ones. Moreover, the beast under the hood of the SSK will be represented by the new AMG 5,5 litres V8 twin-turbo unit, currently in the development stage and capable of producing well over 500 BHP. Mercedes-Benz might launch the SSK AMG model in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz-Blog -- Unmistakable. Unique. Classy. Mercedes-Benz.: SPY - 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse T-Modell

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mercedes benz hybrid 2011

2011-08-30T05:05:00.514-07:00

mercedes benz hybrid 2011

2011 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid
Produced by the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz for private customers the latest technology, comfort and security enhancements implemented by going through the production of S400, the Hybrid model.

S series its title as the world's best-selling luxury saloon holds.
Hybrid S400 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine is working.
Has been working with an electric motor that can produce 20 hp power.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid
V6 gasoline unit at 6000 rpm / min at a maximum torque of 385 Nm produces 279hp power 2400 rpm from 5000 rpm up to give. 7G-Tronic transmission, the engine looks like a soft character, clad in the S series from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.2 seconds and needs to deliver. The maximum speed of 250 km / h.

S400'ün need to tell the interior of the front and rear separately. Quality emanating from the front of each console, I really appreciated the impressive view of the analog instrument panel is completely digital. System controlled by the center console big screen, surround-sound system, Harman Staff signed Logic7 works wonders with great performance.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid
To adjust the position and shape of the front and rear seats just press a few buttons. The seats feature heating and air conditioning, massage function, for those who travel behind the offer









2011 Volkswagen Touareg power

2011-08-28T10:59:00.680-07:00

While the VW group honchos might not be too worried about any vehicle purchase customers, during the stay in the family, after riding the new Touareg, we’re pretty sure can stand on the ground against Premium SUV competition up to and including the Q7 and Porsche Cayenne-pair groups. 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 2011 Volkswagen Touareg In the V-6 FSI, TDI diesel or hybrid form, the main model in the U.S. Volkswagen Touareg, pushing the car a more luxurious high in the region as the new Jetta and the upcoming New Midsize Sedan is cheaper for the U.S. market. Price difference is quite big between the Tiguan Touareg bases loaded and forced us to pursue further market problems luxury Volkswagen-sized crossover. 2011 Volkswagen Touareg U.S. Spec | PlanetAutoCar.com2011 Volkswagen Touareg Pics Gallery [...]



mercedes sls

2011-08-27T01:24:17.592-07:00

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2011-08-27T00:45:38.907-07:00

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Car Auctions in Japan: An Overview for Car Importers

2011-07-03T22:14:01.349-07:00

Car importers know that car auctions in Japan are a great place to find low mileage, high quality used cars at good prices. My aim in this article is to help you understand these car auctions in Japan better so that you can make a good, informed decision about whether to buy from them or not, and how the whole process works.Why consider buying from Japanese car auctions?This is a good place to start. After all, right now where you sit reading this article is probably many thousands of miles away from Japan. So why would you want to import cars from a country so far away?There are two excellent reasons to consider buying cars from used car auctions in Japan.First of all, the selection is immense and you can view all these cars remotely online. Auto auctions outside Japan may typically have a few hundred used vehicles, but only the tiniest auction in Japan would have such a pitiful selection.In terms of individual auction locations, we are usually talking about over 1,000 cars per location, and sometimes over 10,000 cars (in the case of USS Tokyo) all in one place and being auctioned there weekly. Put all these individual car auctions together on the Internet, and over 30,000 on a single day is really not at all unusual.So there is a huge breadth of choice. But that is not all. There is also a great depth of quality. The fact is that Japanese people just do not drive as much as people in other countries. An excellent public transport system and high levels of neighborhood walkability, in addition to the simple fact that urban driving speeds in Japan are incredibly low, all works together to keep people from using their cars very much.Then on top of this the Japanese are fastidious in caring for their vehicles and yet it does not take long before the car they have seems old to them and they want a new one.So, cars that are low mileage and well maintained are a dime a dozen. But the ironic thing is that the Japanese themselves are really not into secondhand items, so they don't really want these used cars for themselves.You can see where this is going: The car auctions in Japan have a great selection of great condition, low kilometer cars, but the Japanese people are really not that interested in buying them, so prices are relatively low and there is all the more opportunity for buyers from outside Japan to compete.Car auction groups and locations in JapanIn Japan individual auctions are rare. They are usually part of a larger auction group. Here are just some of the more prominent groups:USSTAA (Toyota)HondaJUJAACAAUSS Tokyo is the largest single used car auction location in Japan. This car auction runs once a week on Thursdays, and at peak season can have up to 20,000 vehicles all being auctioned on one day.One auction group that does not have multiple auction locations (called kaijo in Japanese) is Aucnet, who hold their auctions on Mondays. Their model is a little different in that they do not have a physical auction house where all the cars are gathered.Instead, they send out inspectors to car dealers who then keep their cars on their lots until they are sold. Since these dealers are still hoping to sell to a regular consumer at retail price, their reserve price at auction is often a little high compared with what a similar car might fetch at a regular auction.How can you access the car auctions in Japan?So far, so good. But wait a minute: How on earth are you going to be able to get a car from some used car auction way over there in Japan? You don't know anyone there. You don't speak Japanese. Even if you could buy the car, how would you ship it?You need a Japanese car exporter to help you with this one.Car exporters in Japan are set up to handle the process of bidding at the Japanese car auctions, transporting the car from the auction to the port, doing the paperwork and shipp[...]



Researching Used Car Prices on the Internet

2011-07-02T22:14:00.476-07:00

No sooner have you started searching for car prices on the Internet, your head will be spinning with competitive car prices and promises of prompt delivery, dedicated customer service response, and huge discounts. Are all of those promises and claims to be believed? Your guess is as good as mine, if you want the truth. But then, there are ways to help you find the less unscrupulous ones on the Internet and bring you honest-to-goodness car prices that are well worth your time and money.There are tons of car and used car websites where you can research on car prices on the Internet. Some of the more popular ones are http://www.cars.com, http://www.invoicedealers.com, http://www.autoweb.com, http://www.carsdirect.com, http://www.edmunds.com, http://www.autos.com, http://www.car.com, and http://www.autousa.com. These websites are, essentially, websites that lets car sellers and dealers post their cars and used cars for sale together with the car prices that they are willing to sell the car for. Car buyers will log into the website looking for the car that they want and when the sale goes through, the car seller and car buyer will perform a transaction and the website gets a cut and the car seller gets the rest. The car prices consist of the price of the car, the commission of the seller and the commission due to the listing website. Well, that’s if we assume that there are no other parties involved in this transaction. If there are more people stuck in the middle trying to make a quick buck out of the car sale, the car price will hike up accordingly.If you already know the make and model of the car you’re interested to purchase, the only thing left to do is to go to those car listing website, search through their database, check out the car prices they have there and compare the car prices they have with the ones in other websites. Don’t forget to compare the car prices with the local car dealer and used-car dealer too, just for good measure. You’ll be surprised, sometimes, the local car dealer may have better car prices for you. if not, perhaps the used car dealer may have a fabulous deal in store for you with a car with an unbelievable price and in perfect condition (not the banged-up, knocked-around, and shabbily fixed-up) kind.Comparing car prices is important. You can do this with a spreadsheet like Excel file. This is easy but if you are going to take your own sweet time researching the car prices, make sure you mark down the date you extract the prices. Car prices go up and down faster than you can imagine. Try find car prices at http://search.ebay.com/car_eBay-Motors_W0QQsacatZ6000When researching car prices, the more important thing to ensure is the condition of the car. One of the ways to determine if the car price is worth it is to take a look at the picture of the car, if personal examination is not possible at that point in time. However, pictures can be manipulated. And some pictures are not genuine, i.e., the picture is not the real car picture of the car that is for sale. So, be wary, keep in touch with the seller and if the seller sounds dodgy, dodge him…or her. Dakota Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of [http://www.great-car-deals.com] on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.[...]



Save Money On Your Next Car

2011-07-01T22:14:01.091-07:00

So you reached the stage where you've decided to change your car. But you never seem to have enough money, so you'll have to add to your existing debts. You don't really want to borrow any more because it's such a struggle to repay, but you really need a carAnd now for the good news; it's possible to save money on your next car...provided you know what to do.1) Using A LoanMost private cars are bought with borrowed money, either in the form of a personal loan or a special car finance scheme offered by a variety of dealers/lenders. Here's how to get the best finance deal for your new vehicle.a) Shop Around For The Best Interest RateLenders are always competing for your business. It's a buyer's market, so don't accept anything more than the going rate for someone of your financial status.Use the internet to search for the lowest rate available. And bear in mind that lenders are constantly trying to attract new customers with special deals.Doing your homework and comparing a range of different deals (always using the APR rate and the overall cost over the life of the loan) will allow you to get the best deal.One advantage of using a personal loan rather than a car finance plan is that your loan and the rate of interest you'll pay can be pre-approved before you go shopping. This means that you know how much the loan will cost you before you go shopping, and you won't have to haggle with the car salesperson. The also removes the risk of them being able to confuse you into paying more for your car than you intended.b) Improve Your Credit RatingHaving a good credit rating is one of the most important ways to save money on car loans (or any loan for that matter). The better your credit rating, the better deals you'll be offered on your borrowing.A good credit score = A low interest rate.Again, take a look through the internet. There's a wide range of information on how to build up your credit score.For now, just remember than it's important to pay all your loans on time (late payments of defaults will damage your credit score). It's also important to keep your overall borrowing within reasonable limits. After all, from the lenders point of view, someone with heavy debts represents more of a risk.c) Gather Together As Big A Deposit As PossibleThe more money you have to put towards your new car the less you'll have to borrow.So in the months prior to changing your car, save as much money as you can to reduce the amount that you have to borrow. Every extra dollar you can put towards the deal may save you repaying two dollars.It's also important to take your current car into account. The more you can sell it for (or trade it in for), the less you'll have to borrow to fund your new car. So with that in mind, here's how to get the best trade in value.Take care of your car. Drive it carefully, and keep it well maintained and servicedBefore you visit the car showroom, do your research. Find out how much your car is worth. Find out it's trade value and the amount that a garage could sell it for. There figures will give you a rough idea how much the dealer should offer you for your old carFind out how much the dealer is willing to give you for it's trade in value. And if a car dealer offers you a laughable sum for your old car just move on to the next dealershipWhatever happens, don't haggle hard to get the best deal on your finance and then hand it back to the dealer by accepting a poor trade in value. It's an unwritten rule of the car trade; the less the dealer makes on the sale of a car/the finance agreement, the less trade in value they'll offer.2) The Fund The Depreciation TrickI must warn you that this technique is only for people who have an advanced understanding of money and finance.If you can't afford to buy your next car, and don'[...]



How to Import Japanese Used cars?

2011-06-30T22:14:00.852-07:00

Today, more and more people are setting out to buy Japanese used cars. Although most of these used car buyers know everything about cars as well as car buying techniques, but what they are not quite sure of is, "How to import used cars from Japan?" Why Buy Used Japanese Cars?Considering the growing popularity of used Japanese cars, the most pertinent question that arises is, "Why do people have preference for used Japanese cars?" One of the foremost reasons for favoring Japanese used cars is that since innumerable years, Japan has been a leader in car manufacturing. Japanese cars as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Mazda are famous throughout the world for their excellence, value and steadfastness.Another reason for opting for Japanese used car is the wide assortment of car models that are available for selection, and almost all of them come with ultra-advanced features such as power steering, air bags, air conditioning, power windows and high performance engine.One more reason why buying used Japanese cars is worthwhile is that they are maintained in excellent condition, both cosmetically and mechanically. World-class public transportation system, heavy traffic conditions, high toll and parking fees, and stringent rules of Japanese government with regards to proper maintenance of car safety system are some primary reasons why Japanese cars are used infrequently, and hence, are technically sound.Where to Buy Japanese Used Cars?Once, you're convinced that Japanese used cars are the best; the primary question that impinges your mind is, "Where to buy used Japanese cars from?" There are several dealers and exporters who supply Japanese used cars, you can easily purchase your used Japanese car from them. However, in reality all these people get the used cars from major auction houses.These auction houses get used Japanese cars from two main sources. Firstly, from Kaitori Shop, which concentrate on purchasing cars from individuals who sell their Japanese used or new cars to fulfill their urgent monetary needs, and secondly, from car dealers, who trade in used Japanese car for a new model. Thus, auction houses have a wide variety of used Japanese cars, and all of them are available at very low prices to professional buyers such as dealers and exporters. Hence, it would be a better proposition to buy your used Japanese car directly from such auction houses rather than obtain it from intermediate dealers and exporters.However, you cannot purchase Japanese used cars directly from auctions because you cannot become a member of these auction houses. Only used car dealers and exporters, who have a license to do business in used cars, can apply for the membership. Furthermore, there are several strict contract terms that have to be followed when applying for the membership. Nevertheless, there are several used car exporters as [http://www.auctiondirectjapan.com], who provide "Auction Agent" service, that is, purchase Japanese used cars from auctions or from One Price (for sale at fixed wholesale price, until the next auctions). They also handle all the necessary procedure for shipping Japanese used cars.How to Inspect the Condition of Used Japanese Cars?When you buy used Japanese cars from online auction houses, using an "Auction Agent", you would neither get a chance to inspect your Japanese used car from close quarters nor you would have the privilege to test drive the used car before purchasing it. Hence, to know more about the condition of the car, you would have to depend solely upon the 'Auction-Sheet', which is nothing, but a car evaluation sheet prepared by the auction house.Although all auction houses have different criteria for measuring the condition of the Japanese used cars, but some [...]



11 Tips For Buying a Used Car

2011-06-29T22:14:00.323-07:00

If you plan to buy a car at a used car lot, a car auction, or through an individual, it is unlikely that you will get completely honest answers to all your questions. So, what can you do? Well, certainly, don't despair!! Let me give you several weapons that you can use against the automobile industry.Get A Paint MeterWith one of these paint meters, you can detect paintwork or factory original tape. It will also show bondo-body puddy or replaced metal. And very few car salesmen will even know what you have!! At the very least, the salesman's eyes will bug out when you ask him why the car you are interested in was painted. Was it because of an accident or just repainted to make it look good.Remember that 99% of all salesmen do not know what goes on behind closed doors - otherwise known as the business end of the auto business. They are there simply to sell a car for every penny that they can squeeze out of the public buyer.Why do I suggest that you get a paint meter? Because repainting a car is a very prolific practice in the auto business. I can not prove it, but if I had to make a guess how many cars sold to the open market via dealership have paint work done to them, I would guess at LEAST 40%. Every week, I personally see thousands of cars lined up at the "paint shop" to be repainted. This "paint shop" is located on the auction grounds and is otherwise known as the recon-facility.Not every car is being fully repainted. Most are having their bumpers repainted. It makes sense to have the bumpers repainted because, though the rest of the car is flawless, the bumpers are often scratched up pretty badly. Next time you visit a dealership, notice how many of the bumpers are flawless - not a scratch on them even though the car is three years old.The problem comes in with the dealers. Many retail dealers have the audacity to lie and claim that their cars are original. And people believe them because the work is just too nice to have been repainted. Do you know what the average price is to have these bumpers repainted? A mere $200. Perceived value by the public and exploited by the retail dealers? Thousands of dollars.Well, if you have a paint meter, then you will know the truth. So, what is my policy on repainted vehicles? If the car was properly repainted and done so professionally - a factory repainted process - then I have no problems buying the car. A professional paint job would make the car look the way it did the day it rolled off the assembly line.The point of the paint meters is to give you more inside information than what Carfax discloses. Just because it does not show up on Carfax does not mean that the car is free of any negative history.Determine The Warranty TimeYou have to determine the correct warranty time and can do this by checking the drive side door and seeing when the car was manufactured. It will give a date like 5/11/99.Let's say you are interested in buying a 2000 Nissan Maxima with just 22,000 miles on it and it is currently September 29,2002. You ask the salesman or the neighbor that you are buying the car from what the factory warranty is and he tell you 3 years or 36,000 miles. What many people fail to realize is this: a 2000 model is actually 3 years old!!!!Don't believe me? Let's count the years: 2000, 2001, 2002.I see people making this mistake over and over. And to make matters worse, when you open the driver side door and it says manufactured in 5/11/99, the warranty starts within 3 months of THAT date!! So really, what you have is a warranty that started in the middle of 1999!!!And then you need to check to see whether the warranty even transfers to you at all. Some manufacturers allow up to triple transfers of owners with the warranty intact a[...]



Protect Your Ride - How To Choose A Car Seat Cover

2011-06-28T22:14:01.130-07:00


If you are one of those people who are highly obsessed with one's car or if you are one of those obsessive compulsive types who freaks when it comes to everything then a good car seat cover will ensure the protection of your car seat! Protection from any dirt or stain will be a good thing as it means you will have to clean the inside of your car less.

1. Incredible Protection

Sellers of car seat covers actually suggest that a great car seat cover to buy is a custom-fit car seat cover for your car. Why? Because a custom-fit car seat cover will be able to protect your beloved car from any dust or stains and it will also keep your car into looking like show-room new. If you will be strict at keeping your car's car seat cover on, it will surely be able to bring it all sorts of positive effects for your car.

2. A Custom Job Is Best

It is best to have some custom-fit car seat covers be made for your car since not all car seats are created with the exact size proportions. A good car seat cover should ensure that there is a snug fit yet not too tight since it will not be good for your car seats either. A lot of people who want custom-fit car seat covers for their cars actually wants to customize the car seat covers a little farther by being able to have the liberty of picking out whichever car seat cover would they want to have as well as the kind of fabric that they want to be used on their car seat cover as well as if ever they're being adventurous, the type of pattern or design that they want their car seat cover to have.

There are all sorts of car seat cover options that it is really quite easy for a person to get overwhelmed. So when it comes to shopping for a car seat cover it is best to step back a bit, relax and clear your head from all sorts of distractions. This is not really being over dramatic since shopping for a car seat cover is a fairly important decision that you would not want to waste your hard earned money on.

3. Fabrics

Leather, is extremely popular when it comes to making car seat covers because it looks elegant and classy inside the car. If you have a beat up old jalopy then it is best to reconsider since it may look weird inside old cars and won't be a good return on your money should you ever choose to sell the car (unless, of course, it is a classic car). Another good point to consider when it comes to choosing leather as a car seat cover is that some cars when left under the sun for too long easily absorbs heat. The heat will be stored inside the car and some leather materials (maybe the fake ones) can actually be extremely hot to sit on. You will actually have to wait awhile before you will be able to sit inside your car or you could just endure the blistering heat since after around 30 minutes or so the air conditioning inside the car will be able to dissipate the extreme heat.

Other good notes to consider when it comes to buying car seat covers is to actually have the color of your car seat cover not clash with your car's exterior paint color. When in doubt, choose neutrals like black, gray, or white. Remember, you will actually be spending a bit more when it comes to having your car seat cover custom made. Still it will be really worth if you are able to come up with the best possible car seat cover for your car.








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How to Find a Good, Clean, Used Car and Pay Less

2011-06-27T22:14:00.351-07:00

How to buy a CarBuying a car is usually our second biggest investment after our home purchase and most of us will do it more than once in our life.There is something emotional about cars, it represents our taste and style, our economic status and our character. Some women even claim that a car is a man's extension of his reproductive organ. One the other hand (the good hand:-) there are women out there that might express their exhibitionism and extravagance by choosing to drive a red flashy car for the whole world to notice them. Both sexes would agree they sometimes feel they "fall in love" with a certain car model.There are people who get very existed from a small scratch on the cars lower side, as if it were their own skin. The beauty of the car, its aerodynamics shape, the gadgets inside, the seats the feel of it all play a major part in our decision making.In our modern life it's almost impossible to function without one and it's expensive to acquire, to finance and to maintain.Buying a Used CarThe question I would like to bring up here is whether it's wise to buy a used car or to make an additional effort and buy a new car.If you look at it purely from an economical stand point then it's quiet obvious that due to the fact that you miss out on the heaviest depreciation hit the average car absorbs in the first two and three years it's wise to buy a used car. A car of two or even three years on the road is basically a new car and in some cases didn't even finished the manufacturers original bumper to bumper warranty. (Not included labor:-(On the average you might save on a used car anywhere between$3,000 to $8,000. In case you know how to do it via a car dealer that will buy the car for you at a car auction limited to car dealers only (for a couple of hundreds of Dollars commission(you might even get a real bargain.Another good reason to buy a used car is the fact you can put your hands on a bigger or better or in other words more car for the same budget as the new smaller car would have cost you.More and more manufacturers offer "certified pre-owned" programs. Cars sold as certified pre-owned (CPO) bridge the gap between new and used. They are subject to a rigorous inspection and repair process, and usually are covered by a warranty from the manufacturer. CPO cars will usually cost a bit more, but the added warranty and peace of mind makes them a good value.Where do you get the market value of the cars, that's pretty easy, all you have to do is follow this link: Blue Book -When purchasing a used car you should protect yourself from buying a flood damaged vehicle by doing a little research and by having the vehicle thoroughly checked by a mechanic. Rain, thunderstorms, swelling rivers and seasonal hurricanes hitting the coastlines all contribute to flooding disasters that can mean serious water damage to vehicles in those areas.Water damage from 1999's Hurricane Floyd ruined approximately 75,000 vehicles and more than half of those ended up back on the road. Tropical Storm Allison damaged another 95,000 in 2001 and Hurricane Ivan left more than 100,000 vehicles water-logged. The numbers for Hurricane Katrina are expected to skyrocket above half-a-million and safety experts warn that many of these flood damaged vehicles also will be dried out and offered for sale. Hurricanes and tropical storms, however, are only part of the problem.Flooding can occur throughout the year and in any part of the country; however, auto industry analysts caution consumers that the risk of buying a flood damaged car is not limited to these areas. Flood damaged cars are often repaired cosmetically, and moved to adjacent states or even ac[...]



Choosing the Best Car Moving Company

2011-06-26T22:14:00.325-07:00

Changing addresses is not that easy. You would have to move your things from your current location to the next, and you would have to be very careful when you this.Problem exists when you would transfer to a new location that is thousands of miles away from your current one. There would be numerous moving companies you could hire for the purpose, but they can only cover home appliances and furniture.Your car would be a problem, for sure. Since it is large, it would not fit into any of the trucks of the house moving company. To do the job, you would have to contact a car moving firm.Because car moving is not a usual transaction, there are just a handful of car moving companies around. Because the number is not that large, you would surely have a few difficulties hiring a good car moving company.However, as always, it would be easy, if you know how. The best car moving company is easy to spot, and you can determine that even before you finally get your car moved.SchedulingThe best car moving company does not promise to do rush jobs. Car moving is a very tedious and delicate transaction. That is why much preparation should be done before the activity is finally executed.You can easily spot the best car moving company by the time it asks customers to schedule car moving. Usually, bad performing car movers are desperate to lure customers and would promise to move the car overnight or within just a few days. Very rush.In contrast, reliable car moving companies would ask you to schedule the car moving date far ahead, like a few weeks before the intended move. On the average, experts say it would take at least four weeks for a good car moving company to set for proper arrangements for the transaction.Arrangements for pick up and delivery and for the mode of transaction could not be appropriately get done within 24 hours, in the car moving industry. If a company promises to do so, then, something must get wrong.It can be a rat trap if you are convinced to get the services of such rush car moving companies.Safety measuresOf course, the car moving activity would subject your car to potential wear and tear and handling damages. It is in that regard, that you should demand safety measures. The best car moving company would not wait for you to do so; it would give you the safety provisions long before you even ask for it.The best car moving company has an expert inspector who would inspect your car thoroughly before it gets into the car moving truck. He would check if the car is in good condition and would take note of any damage, be it minor or significant, in the engine, in car parts, accessories and surfaces.The car mover would also ask you to inspect your car and compare your own inspection to the report generated by the car mover's inspector.InsuranceThe best car moving company also has a comprehensive insurance that covers even each of the cars it moves. Of course, your car must be insured itself, but if any damage occurs to your car during car shipping, it is right that the car moving company pays for it.Insurance would be a guarantee that the car mover would easily pay for any damage shipment and handling do to the car.DeliveryYour car would be picked up based on your instructions. If you want car movers to pick it up at your garage, consider the width of your neighborhood's roads. If the car mover's truck would not fit in to use your neighborhood roads, you would be asked to drive the car to a designated parking lot, probably in a grocery or other spacious sites, where the car would be transferred into the truck.For delivery, you can opt to have it delivered door-to-door or you could pick it up [...]



Antique Car History

2011-06-25T22:14:00.333-07:00

Owning a car is a necessity for many people, but for many other possessing antique cars is a matter of pride and sort of a prestige symbol. Owning an antique car is in most times as costly as owning a new car as there are many people involved who are in the passion of collecting antique cars. Many antique car enthusiasts collect antique cars as a hobby or a memory. But there are several others who collect antique cars as an investment option. For them antique cars are a way to make profit - these people collect antique cars and sell it after some time at a higher price than originally brought.Let us look in detail what an antique car is and about antique car history. According to the Antique Automobile Club of America and several other organizations worldwide, an antique car can be defined as any car which is more than 25 years of age. Sometimes it is seen that some classic cars are misrepresented as antique cars, but the real classic cars are those certain specific high quality cars from the pre-World War II era. However antique cars are not profitable to use for everyday transportation, these antiques cars are much popular for leisure driving. Antiques cars which had survived for more than 25 years are considered great survivors. And that's why owning, collecting and restoring such rare antique cars are considered as a well-liked hobby by people all over the world.Over the years, the antique car market has seen tremendous changes. During the 1980's the value of antique cars has gone a great boom which lasted for several years. But during the early 1990's there was a great fall in price. Antique car collecting can be a type of gambling. According to antique car experts it is better to collect antique cars when you get one as the antique car market fluctuates from time to time and the future monetary value of antique car is completely unpredictable.Most antique car buffs' love to know antique car history before buying any antique car. For them, buying an antique car is more important than buying a new car. They take enough time searching every thing about the antique car before they make a purchase. Antique car experts say that it is better to take a look into antique car history before making a deal. By spending some time in antique car history you can know whether any alterations and flaws are there in the antique car you are going to purchase. These alterations and flaws can make a big change in the value of the antique car. Determining the antique cars status and how much price it worth if you resell it in any later stage is also a good idea before purchasing it.As antique cars are those cars which have survived over a period of twenty five years, the antique car history is worth mentioning. If you are an antique car enthusiast check the current position of the antique car you are going to add to your antique car collection. If the antique car is a much fashionable one then the value of antique cars will be highly expensive. If it is not a fashionable one to collect, then the demand will be less and you can obtain it at a low price. The condition of the antique car also influences the value. A good condition antique car will surely cost much more than a poor condition antique car.Hence before buying any antique car it is advisable to know the antique car history. Don't forget to determine the antique cars status and how much price it worth if you sell it later. Nowadays there are numerous websites which are providing information about antique cars. Most of these websites features photographs of antique cars and collector's forums. Checking these sites will he[...]



Used Cars: "Certified" No Substitute for Extended Warranties

2011-06-24T22:14:00.716-07:00

Thinking about a used car extended warranty? Nervous about what's under the hood? Used car dealers are feeling your pain all the way to the bank. In an ironic twist, "pre-owned vehicle" dealers have found a way to profit from their bad reputation.No, they're not just selling overpriced used car extended warranties anymore. They're charging a 10%-25% markup on used cars "certified" (by them) not to be pieces of junk. The accompanying "certified" used car warranties in fact usually carry much less protection than the best used car warranties, which you can buy yourself online. Who needs a used car warranty if your jalopy is a "certified" machine?But even paying 10%-25% more won't eliminate risk. Thorough extended warranties for used cars are necessary, "certified" or not. In some cases, a half-hearted inspection means the certification may not be worth the paper it's written on. Used car problems often only appear months or years after purchase. That's why even for mint used cars, used car extended warranties are essential.Worse, "certified" used cars don't always come with any extended used car warranty coverage. When a "certified" used car warranty is included, it usually has much less coverage than a new car warranty. Even most standard pre-owned vehicle extended warranties offer much more protection than most "certified" used car warranties.You can almost always do better on your own. An independent inspection and a used car extended warranty provide better peace of mind, often at a lower price.Certified Used Car Inspection: Used Car Extended Warranties Still NeededThe cornerstone of a "certified" used car program is the supposedly super-thorough inspection. There are good reasons to think that the inspection does not replace an independent inspection or used car extended warranty coverage.*Are inspections really added value? Don't you wonder why dealers aren't inspecting all their cars before taking delivery themselves? Car dealers aren't idiots, at least not with cars. Anyone who's had to haggle over a trade-in knows that. The big question is whether the dealership will disclose everything it knows. Trust is still an issue with "certified" cars.*Certified by whom? Think about it: the same people who are trying to sell you the car are also "certifying" it. Yes, you read right: the "certification" is usually done by the dealership selling the car. If there's any manufacturer oversight, it's often just an occasional inspection of the dealer's inspection.*Duplicate inspection. You should have any used car, "certified" or not, thoroughly inspected by an independent mechanic. You're up against an industry that demonstrates about as much trustworthiness as, well, used car dealers. Do not give up your first line of defense.*Limits of inspections. No inspection in the world can foresee every possible problem. Oftentimes, something that breaks a few months after purchase really was fine when the car was sold--or was virtually undetectable. When--not if--something gives out, you'd better have a used car extended warranty."Certified" Used Car Warranty Coverage under the HoodThe implied selling point of "certified" used cars is they won't break. That kind of makes used car extended warranties seem unnecessary. Naturally, some buyers may wonder what will be happen if something does break anyway. In order to ease those inquiring minds, "certified" used car warranties often come included, or are at least implied. Sadly, too few people will inquire further about what the "certified" used car warranty covers.*Does certified mean "under warranty"? Not[...]



Consumer Reports: Car Seats

2011-06-23T22:14:01.058-07:00

A child car seat should be high on your to-buy list. You'll need one to bring your baby home from the hospital and for every car trip thereafter. In fact, hospitals and birthing centers generally won't let you leave by car with your newborn if you don't have one. Every state requires that kids up to 4 years of age ride in a car seat; many require booster seats for older children.WHAT'S AVAILABLEThe major brands of car seats you're likely to encounter are, in alphabetical order: Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Combi, Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Peg Perego, and Safety 1st.There are also car beds for preemies and other very small newborns if there's a concern that a car seat may not provide a secure fit or that it may exacerbate breathing problems. In addition, there are specially designed car seats for children with physical disabilities. Every model of car seat sold in the U.S. must meet federal safety standards. These are your basic choices:Infant seats. These rear-facing seats are for babies up to 22 pounds. They allow infants to recline at an angle that doesn't interfere with breathing and protects them best in a crash. Many strollers are now designed to accommodate infant car seats. All infant car-seat models come with a handle, and nearly all have a base that secures to your vehicle with LATCH connections or a vehicle safety belt, a convenience that lets you remove the seat and use it as a carrier. You can strap most infant seats into a car without a base, using the vehicle safety belts, but most people don't use them that way.Infant seats have either a three-point harness--two adjustable shoulder straps and a lock between the child's legs or--even better--an adjustable five-point system--two straps over the shoulders, two for the thighs, and a crotch strap. The handle usually swings from a position behind the seat's shell when in the car to an upright position for carrying. Remember to swing the handle to the vehicle position before each trip. Slots underneath most seats help them attach to the frame of a shopping cart.With an infant car seat, you also can move your baby from car to house or vice versa without waking him or her up--a plus for both of you. Note also that extra bases are available so you can keep a secured base in each of your vehicles. Your baby may outgrow an infant car seat quickly and become too heavy for you to use it as a carrier. As a result, you may find yourself having to buy a convertible car seat after your baby is 6 to 9 months old. However, our advice is still to start with an infant seat before moving up to a convertible seat.Price range: $30 to $180.Travel systems. Travel systems offer one-stop shopping: You get an infant car seat and a stroller all in one. Most car-seat manufacturers offer these combination strollers/infant car seats. And many stand-alone strollers are now designed to accommodate infant car seats. With these strollers, you create a carriage by snapping an infant car seat into a stroller. The car seats of travel systems also come with a base, which stays in the car. The snap-on car seat is generally positioned atop the strollers so the infant rides facing the person pushing. Your baby can also ride in the stroller seat alone when he or she is big enough.Most travel-system strollers can be used only with a car seat from the same company. They can also be bulky, so if you're a city dweller who negotiates more subway stairs than highways or if the trunk of your car isn't too roomy, you may be better off with a separate car seat and a compact stroller that is a[...]



An Independent Look at Rental Car Insurance

2011-06-22T22:14:00.450-07:00

When you step up to the Rental Car Counter the Rental Agent is going to ask you if you want to purchase insurance for the rental vehicle. If you say no they will ask you to initial next to each coverage that you decline. The decisions that you make in these few moments could have a dramatic impact on your financial situation. Deciding if you need to purchase the auto insurance offered at the Rental Car counter before you arrive can keep you from incurring a serious financial loss or wasting your money on insurance that you already have or do not need. One of the questions that we are asked most as auto insurance agents is "Do I need to purchase the auto insurance offered at the rental car counter when I rent a car?" The answer to this question is maybe. You may be able to provide coverage for the rental car using insurance policies you already own or you may decide you need to purchase additional protection. In this article we are going to give you the information that you need to make these crucial decisions.When You Rent A Car There Are Several Ways To Secure Coverage For It Without Having To Purchase Coverage At The Rental Car Counter.Transfer Coverage From Your Existing Auto Insurance Policy - If you are going to be renting a car and you have an existing auto insurance policy you should take your insurance I.D. card with you when you rent the car. The car rental company may require it and it can save you a lot of time and aggravation if you are pulled over by the police in your rental vehicle. The coverage and deductibles on your own auto insurance policy will automatically transfer to cars that you rent as long as you are not using the rental car for business purposes or renting in another country. You should check the declarations page of your personal auto insurance policy to find out if you currently carry Property Damage Liability, Comprehensive and Collision coverage. Make note of your Property Damage Liability limit and your Comprehensive and Collision Deductible. If you are renting a car in another country you should definitely consider purchasing coverage at the rental counter as most personal auto insurance policies only cover their owners in the country where the policy was written.Damages to your rental car will be covered by the Property Damage Liability portion of your personal auto insurance policy if you are renting the car for pleasure use. However, if you were involved in an accident that is covered by your auto insurance policy and your car is in the shop being repaired. Damages to the replacement car that you rent will be covered by the Comprehensive and Collision coverage portion of your personal auto insurance policy. That means that you will have to pay the deductible for these coverages if you damage the rental car.Use Coverage Provided By Your Credit Card - Most major credit cards advertise rental car insurance as one of the benefits of owning their card. The truth is that the coverage that these cards provide usually only pays after your personal auto insurance policy limits have been exhausted and only if you used their card to pay for the entire price of the rental. The level of protection with credit cards seems to change on a daily basis so we recommend calling your credit card company to determine your exact level of protection for rental cars. When you talk to the credit card representative ask them for information about Liability, Comprehensive and Collision coverage for rental cars. It is best to get this in writing as it is not unheard of to [...]



The Easy Way to Buy a Car With Bad Credit

2011-06-21T22:14:00.424-07:00

A Step-By-Step Tutorial: How to buy a car with bad credit without it turning into a nightmare.Are you tired of hearing the word 'No' when it comes to a car loan? I set up 'How to buy a car with bad credit' specifically so that you could hear the words 'yes'. Who am I, you ask?I spent 14 years in the automobile business as a Finance Manager so I believe it's fair to say that I know a thing or two about getting a loan financed, irregardless of your past credit history.Remember, regardless of your past credit history, you still need a car, want a car and most of all, you deserve a car. You should also be treated with respect and given choices. I'm going to teach you how to have a choice with auto bad credit financing loan.First of all, all lenders now purchase deals based on what is called a beacon score, which is the same as your credit score. There are three credit bureaus that make up the package. Each lender will choose whichever credit bureau(s) they prefer when looking at your credit or a combination of bureaus.I highly advise everyone to have all three credit bureaus pulled when checking your credit and to pay for the credit score. If you only look at one bureau, you're only seeing part of the whole picture.With the exception of a few minor things, beacon score will play a large part in your approval. Staying within your financial means is another, so be realistic. If you make $2500 per month and have $1200 going out, don't walk in all high-and-mighty and tell the Finance Manager that you will only have an Expedition or nothing. You'll end up with nothing.In order to effectively use auto bad credit financing, you are going to have to know what your credit looks like and what your credit score actually is. Otherwise, you are working in the dark. Pay for the credit score or it's just almost useless. With the credit score, you will know whether or not you qualify for a lender such as Ford. Also, the higher the score, the lower the interest rate. Got it? With an auto bad credit loan, the higher the beacon score, the better.Let me explain websites like cars.com and the such: They collect applications for car loans online. They then have a network of dealerships that PAY them for the leads. These are generally dealerships that have departments that specialize in getting you financed, regardless of your credit. These departments pay for these leads, so most take them very seriously, as they are their bread-and-butter, so to speak.If you have a lower than usual credit score, a current repo or just plain, all-around bad credit, this might be the way to go. If your credit is really that bad, remember that you are going to need some cash or a paid-for trade in that's actually worth something.O.K., now for the step-by-step system that I promised. First, take control of your car deal! You need to be in the driver's seat, if at all possible. Go online and run a copy of a tri-merge, which is all three credit bureaus, plus pay for your credit score. You can get a FREE copy of your credit report once per year HERE:http://www.annualcreditreport.comThis is the new Federal law that actually entitles you to receive a FREE copy of your credit bureau once per year and with some other exceptions. This is not a credit monitoring site. You have to run each bureau separately; Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Then, you have to pay for the credit score.So as to hold down on confusion, here's the scoop: Each credit score for each separate bureau will be different. That's why a Tri[...]



Things to Remember When Buying a Used Car

2011-06-20T22:14:00.161-07:00

There can be many reasons a person buy's a used car. The first and most important reason is that you don't enough money for a new car and you don't want to borrow any money because you don't think you could afford the monthly payments. Another option is buying a used car, this can be very helpful for your finances, and however there are still some important guidelines that you must consider before looking at purchasing a used car. In this article we will look at some of these guidelines and precautions.When looking for a used car, the first step is to find one for sale. You can find cars for sale by looking in the newspaper; however you want to buy a useful car. It would be best if you buy a car from somebody that you really know, friends, family members, and colleagues are the first people that you should consider buying a car from. Tell them that you plan to buy a car in the near future and mention what your budget is. Since people keep hearing news of used cars being sold out, somebody in your list of acquaintances will be able to direct you to a used-car owner who is willing to sell a car which is in good condition and hopefully at a reasonable price. If you're unable to find a used car with somebody that you know then you can check out the local newspaper adverts.The first step will be helpful in not only finding a great car but will also help you learn how different cars differ in price depending upon the model, mileage, and overall condition. You can decide about the features that you're looking for in a car and then decide upon a price range. The next step is to learn about the person that is selling the car; you can do this by asking questions. These questions should be geared to discover why the car is being sold, how long they have had the car and how often they have had it serviced.Now you should carefully inspect the car. Some sellers may not be that honest about any problems they have experienced with the car. Look carefully at the bodywork to discover any holes, dents or rust. Some rusted parts may have to be replaced in order for the car to be safe and work properly. If you do decide to buy this car then you have to be ready to be on the lookout for these parts and then ask the seller to subtract the cost from the selling price of the car. Don't forget to look under the hood! Check that all electrical and mechanical parts are in good condition, after that take a look at the tires, glass and paint.If the car looks in perfect or near perfect condition then ask the seller if you can take it out for a test drive. This way you will be able to note down any trouble areas if you come across any. Make sure that you check the clutch in manual cars and the accelerator in automatic cars. Also listen carefully for any unusual or strange noises. Check all of the buttons, air conditioner and radio to see if they are working fine. Test the car by driving in different situations, for example apply the brakes suddenly, change gears frequently, speed up a little, throughout all of this just watch how the car performs and reacts. When you're inside the car check the seat-covers, rear-view mirrors and the glove compartment, although these are minor things it's worthwhile checking their condition.If the car has passed all of your tests so far, then it's time to carefully study all of the paperwork that comes with the car. Its licence number, insurance details, and registration papers should be read in detail, make sure all of these ar[...]



Car Finance Options and Solutions

2011-06-19T22:14:01.054-07:00

Because most people don't have cash to buy new cars, it is often a choice between leasing and using an auto loan. We will further analyze the benefits of each type of car finance option. The choice that you make will heavily affect your income over the next years. The first thing you should realize is that the decision of buying with cash or lease doesn't involve just the money aspect, but the time aspect as well.The car finance option you choose depends on the importance you give to owning a new car. If you value having the latest models on the market, then this will justify spending more money on this privilege. If your view of a car is orientated towards transportation and comfort (you want a car for practical reasons), then owning the newest model should take a few steps back on your priority list. You should think about these facts first and then consider the more tangible issues of car finance options.The car finance deal that you are going to make starts when the salesperson asks you what kind of car finance option you want to use. Your answer can be one of the following: buy the car, lease the car or pay cash for the car.If you want to buy the car, the dealer will ask you to fill in a credit application based on your credit scores. An auto loan will be arranged through the dealership. This car finance option usually is a 36-60 month endeavor. The longer the time the lower the payments will be. The amount of money you pay for this car finance option depends on your interest rate, down payment and total sum of loan. Also be careful, as the dealer will want you to make a large down payment. This car finance deal is based on the fact that, until you pay for the vehicle, the lending institution will own the car. The car's ownership papers will be sent to you after all payments have been made.There are some important aspects about car leasing that make it attractive to customers, such as: low monthly payments, low down payments and low maintenance costs. The main advantage is that a customer will get a car without giving too much money at once. The monthly payments are kept at a low level, lower than buying car with an auto loan. Another benefit of this car finance option is that the car will have a 3 year warranty and will be covered for mechanical failure during this period. As you can see by now, this looks very attractive and affordable by anyone, but there is a slight disadvantage (the same as in the case of a loan). You will have car payments until the entire sum of the car is paid. Only when you do this, the car will finally be yours.From this point on the car finance deal will be over and if you have to begin leasing again the assumed responsibility of payment rates will last a long period of time again. The conclusion is that this car finance option (using the leasing method) is more expensive on a long term. Car leasing is actually the most expensive way to go, but those who favor it point out that over a 10 year period this car finance method is the best the average income customer can support.If you are interested in leasing, this car finance option has some variations. All auto leases allow you to drive the car for a limited number of miles per year. The more you drive, the higher your payments will be. However, if you come to think of it, you save money in the long run. The contract will contain a residual price for the car, which you will pay at the end of the lease as the car passes i[...]



What's the Best Car to Drive: European, Asian, or American-Fact or Opinion

2011-06-18T22:14:00.401-07:00

I'm frequently asked "What's the best car?" My answers have varied greatly, but over the past two decades in the automotive industry, I have come to the conclusion that European cars are superior. This is not to say I don't appreciate some Asian or American cars, but they just don't compare to the engineering thrills of European cars. American and Asian cars are missing something. They're missing passion!Is this my personal opinion? Or is it my objective expert opinion? The answer ahead...I never understood what the fuss was about with European cars until I got behind the wheel of a 2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class for a 12-hour road trip. From the start the car practically drove itself. I merely kept one finger on the steering wheel, regardless of speed. It seemed to anticipate my desires and it responded effortlessly.When you can push a car into 3 digits MPH, and it feels like you're only driving 55MPH, that's engineering...that's Mercedes-Benz. I never appreciated that!Now we all can't afford a Mercedes-Benz, but I noticed similar characteristics in other European cars: SAAB, BMW, Audi, VW, even Volvos.Quick Audi story:When my brother got his license at 16 (I was 15), my mother, for some unknown reason, allowed us to take her brand-new 1984 Audi 4000 from Nashua NH to Needham MA--about an hour's ride at 60 MPH. We made it in 30 minutes--you do the math.At the time I did not realize the engineering that was keeping that car glued to the road as we weaved in an out of traffic, as only reckless teenagers do so well. This is not an endorsement for driving like an idiot--although sometimes I "still" do--but to show how European engineering has been and continues to be far superior than either Asian or American cars.Sloppy Pontiac Bonneville:To give you an idea of how much better European cars are, here's another quick story (yes, it's another stupid high-speed one). Again my brother and I were on a road trip. We rented a brand-new 1996 Pontiac Bonneville: heavy, powerful, and comfortable. This time I was driving. Despite its newness and its weight, it started to practically lift off the ground as we buzzed across the Nevada deserts at a buck twenty.The car couldn't handle being pushed. The heavy front suspension and front-wheel drive felt unstable. It was a burden, and not just at high speeds. Verdict: poor engineering! You can replace the Bonneville with any mid-sized front-wheel drive American car--Buick, Olds, Ford Taurus...etc, they all handle like CRAP!Boring Toyota Camry:I don't want to leave out Asian cars in our comparison. In the late 1990's as a Toyota certified technician I grew to love Toyota (especially Lexus). This love started to fade a few years back, however, as I got behind the wheel of so many comparable imports in the same class. Yes, Toyota is dependable and reliable. But these are also words for boring and uninspired. I got bored with my own Camry after 3 days! Toyotas all feel the same, and do the same thing--they're predictable and bland. If I'm going to spend as much time as I do in my car, why not have excitement too--better yet: PASSION!The realization over the past two decades in the automotive industry is this: There is a passion to driving. The Europeans have known this since the beginning.Asian automakers have missed the mark. They try to elicit passion with fancy car names and accessories, but it's just not there. Americans car makers aren't even close[...]