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Car Covers Protect Your Investment and Save You Money

Ask anyone why they purchased a car cover and they all give you a different answer. Yet, the underlying reason will be the same; they want to protect the investment in their vehicle.

Car covers and car cover fabrics are generally misunderstood. Many believe that the inexpensive off-the-shelf cover they can pickup in their local discount store or auto parts dealer is the same as the high quality custom tailored vehicle covers available from Covercraft. But, this is a mistake and the quality cover from Covercraft can cost less long term over the life of the cover.

The inexpensive local alternative car covers are not much more than large bags of various materials with elastic bands to help hold the cover in place. Whereas, a custom tailored Covercraft car cover is cut to exact measurements provided to Covercraft from the vehicle manufacturer (think Ford, Chevy or BMW) directly. So the fit on the vehicle is perfect and adds to the protection since there are no baggy areas to blow around in the wind. Many of the patterns for custom car covers have mirror pockets and some even have pockets for the new smaller stubby antenna and/or satellite radio antennas.

Another difference between the covers is the wide selection of fabrics available for the custom fit covers. The fabric is key to the effectiveness of the cover and many of the low cost options don’t stand up to even the most mild of weather situations. Fabrics available from Covercraft are designed first and foremost to protect the vehicle from dust, dirt and pollen. Basically, they keep the vehicle clean which saves you time and money on washing and detailing the vehicle.

Outdoor car cover fabrics go beyond the basics of keeping a car clean have water resistance and UV reflectance properties. On the topic of water resistance, no Covercraft car cover is waterproof. Why is this? Simply because if you place a waterproof cover over a vehicle, any moisture that is normally in the air or any water puddles under the car will evaporate and become trapped between the car and cover. This will create a “greenhouse effect” and cause the water to condense on the vehicle which can lead to damage. With a Covercraft cover the fabrics are designed to “breathe”, that is they allow the microscopic water molecules to escape out of the fabric keeping your vehicle clean and dry. The outer layer of the cover will repel most of the rain and moisture that hits it so you have protection inside and out.

 

UV damage can occur in any area but more so in climates with brilliant sunshine all year round. You’ve seen the faded or cracked dashboards or discolored seats in many vehicle. But, with a custom car cover most damaging sun rays are reflected so you not only protect your paint and finish but your interior as well. An additional benefit in sun protection is that your interior stays cooler in the hot summer months.

Other benefits of Covercraft car cover fabrics included protection from dings and dents, acid rain, bird droppings, tree sap, snow and ice. Every area has unique weather and external factors that threaten your car’s appearance, so it makes sense that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for your car cover needs. This is where Covercraft and their specialized line of custom car covers can help keep your car, truck or other vehicle clean and looking brand new.

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Auto Service

All About Hyundai i20, Understand Transmission Problem

Transmission i20 is actually fairly rare problem, either automatic or manual variant. More to the routine maintenance that should not be missed. It’s easy really, just stay peek through the transmission oil dipstick near the air filter. Now living alone how to check that no mistake.

If you just want to check the quality of the oil, pull the dipstick can stay when the engine died. However, if you want to check the amount of oil, the engine should and should the car after driving a while. When the machine is alive, place the transmission lever in position N, only then lift the dipstick to see if it still meets the oil capacity.

Standard treatments i20 automatic transmission in the range of 45 thousand kilometers. For the oil change procedure cost Rp 360 thousand and get 5 liters of oil. “But it would be better if at the same time flushing oil will spend about 12 liters of oil,” explained Smith again. Because the automatic performance will be maintained for the long term.

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Auto Service

More Questions Before You Start a Mobile Oil Change Business

Whenever you start a new business, it makes sense to ask those who have been intimately involved in the industry as many questions as possible. This is a case study of one entrepreneur who did just that, he was starting a Mobile Oil Change Business. Here below are a few of the questions he asked and perhaps these questions might help you as well:

What is an average revenue for a Mobile Oil Change business?

This is hard to guestimate, most Mobile Oil Change Businesses actually lose money. Most of this is due to a misunderstanding of the industry subsector and improper market mix. You really need to be 80% in fleet business, parked in a row, with similar wiper blades, oil, filters, etc. cuts down on inventory, time per unit and travel, remember $5.15 per gallon plus traffic and labor being paid while in traffic. Efficiency is the key, read Six Sigma, and Fredrick Winslow Taylor for me.

How long does it take for this type of business to profit?

Sometimes never, which is the norm. Sales are a big issue, and cash flow is the question you should be asking, because yes, you can make a profit on each job, but become bank of Rav and go out of business anyway. Capitalization of course, being the biggest heartbreak for the small business man.

What’s the cost to start this business?

Depends on your equipment configuration, new or used equipment and how you go after the initial marketing. Let’s guestimate $10,000 for a trailer unit that you put together yourself. $40,000 for equipment and a used van; $65,000 for a van + equipment new? $10,000 marketing and $25,000 float. Guestimates.

What type of customer base is this idea going after?

Ideally only fleets, but even Valvoline in KY stopped their pilot program with 300 accounts after 6-months. Partly due to cannibalizing fixed sites using their brands but also due to shortages of auto mechanics, I think it is up to 170,000 now. So you might want to read up on that.

What about insurance? What type of insurance do we need?

1-3 million aggregate. I do not know what you assets are so I cannot advise this, but most businesses will want 1 million liability, and you are in the Care, Custody and Control so you need garage keepers liability insurance too. Airports will need 5 million so will some government agencies.

Is it illegal to do an oil change on the street?

Yes, most cities have ordinances; No Car Maintenance or repair on the streets and really you shouldn’t do it on the street anyway.

Where do you do oil changes? In residential areas?

You will not catch us doing that. Consumers are ruthless, spoiled and demand “pizza delivery” type service, you cannot afford to fight traffic to do that, even with all the GPS-Google-God-Mapping-Software.

Does this business require a lot of resources? Or do can I do this alone?

Depends, I suppose you could run a one-man operation, it would be safer, but work flow would be slow and inefficient. You could probably make money, but doubt you would be pulling in the average income level of a middle class suburb.

If you are going to start your own business you may as well go ahead and make a list of questions now and you will be glad you did. Think on this.

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Small Business Secret – Choose Your Customers Carefully – They Are What Can Make Or Break You

When you start out in small business pretty much every small business owner has the perception that everybody is their customer. In fact taking on this strategy can be the death knell of your business before you really get started. The key secret to small business is to carefully choose who you want to be a customer. Do not get trapped into believing that you have to have everyone as your customer.

There are many reasons why you want to choose your customers, rather than they choosing you. One of the key reasons is money. Having too many companies that do not pay you within an acceptable period of time can in fact put such a financial burden on your business that they can bankrupt your business. Let me explain …

I had a number of government clients a few years ago which had a policy of choosing when and if they were going to pay. These government clients used purchase orders to buy training from our company, but just because they could, they decided that they did not want to pay because the whole purchase order had not been completed. So even though one person out of 15 had not completed their training and had been sent overseas, they chose that they were not going to pay the $14,000 bill.

Fourteen thousand dollars to any small business is a massive amount, add onto the fact that we had to outlay money for these courses including wages, catering and manuals. The consequence of this organization deciding not to pay put a huge financial burden on my business. I should note that this client was not dissatisfied with our training, which was far from the truth, the person in charge simply decided that they were not going to pay. Some government bureaucrats and large corporation managers do this just to show that they have power.

Anyway, after 9 months we did finally get paid, however, that training actually cost us more than $14,000 by the time we accrued things like penalty payments on products we purchased and interest plus legal fees in recovering the money. In the end I learnt a very important lesson that you need to be very careful as to whom your customers are because they can do a huge amount of damage to your cash flow and can put you into huge debt just to survive.

 

Let me give you another example of a family member who recently experienced the same situation …

Certain members of my family decided they wanted to try their hand at the trucking industry. They purchased a truck and got into a contract with a large freight distribution company. Essentially, they ran into trouble within the first few months of starting their business, simply because they chose to have just one client and the contract they entered into with this client allowed the freight company to withhold payments for upto 3 months before they got paid. This has cause this family a lot of problems because without cash, you can not run your trucks cause you need to fill up on Diesel. Not being paid for over 90 days means you can not buy fuel and as such you can not make money.

The one thing I have learnt from small business is that I like customers who pay cash upfront before the service or product is taken out of your store. I also prefer customers who have a reasonable expectation on service.

You would think a car cleaning business would be a relatively simple business to run with very few complaints. I kid you not; this is a nightmare industry where some people have some unreal expectations so when we are on a recruitment drive for new customers we choose customers who have four facets –

1. Want Regular Cleans

2. Have kept their cars relatively well cared for

3. The cars are no older than 6 years old

4. They pay cash upfront

In fact, when it comes to our car cleaning business, or all of our businesses we actually interview our customers before we enroll them as our clients.

Here is the reason why we have chosen those customers above for our car cleaning business. Any business where you get repeat business is always a boon, because the long term customer value is always more than somebody who just wants it cleaned once. One thing we have learned about our customers is that those who want to get a regular clean have more realistic expectations than those who only get their cars done once or every now and again.

Customers who keep their cars relatively well cared for means the amount of work to maintain it is much less than those who do not and it means less work on our behalf and better profit. The third facet, we like cars that are no older than 6 years old. Cars that are older than this usually have a poorer paint quality, simply because the paint has faded and most people when they get a car detail think their car is going to look brand new and if your paint work is terrible well there realistically is not much we can do cause car detailers do not respray cars or do that sort of paint work. We can only work with what we have. The fourth facet is they pay cash upfront.

In small business, cashflow is everything. Without cash you cannot pay your bills. If you have a good solid cashflow then you will be making a profit. A small business without cash will be placed into receivership very quickly.

Look the bottom line is that small business is really hard and to make it easier you need to choose customers that have the following facets:

1. Pay Cash Upfront or By the Due Date

2. Have Realistic Expectations of your products and services

3. Want to Buy From You Regularly

If you have customers that have these facets then you have a good chance of surviving small business. The mix of customers you have is something that you have to manage and review on a regular basis to ensure that you do not build a customer base with to many customers without all of these facets.

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Mobile Auto Detailing for Car Leasing Companies

If you own a mobile detailing business and you are looking to increase your customer base or clientele you may wish to look in your local phone book under Car Leasing Companies and contact them to see if they need auto detailing services. Auto Leasing Companies make very good customers for many reasons. How so you ask?

Well let’s take one company, a large one; Enterprise Car Leasing. Enterprise Car Leasing is a great place to find business for a mobile auto detailer and they need good, reliable service. The Enterprise Company and their sales teams, through leads coming in from Enterprise, find customers who wish to lease cars and the Enterprise Leasing team finds the car they want and helps them buy it for a great price.

They will also have you detail these cars if they cannot get the dealership to do it. Many times the dealerships which sell to car leasing companies sell these cars so cheap on a fleet deal that there is really no money in the deal to pay for the car dealership to detail it and Enterprise or any car leasing company cannot really deliver a new car to a customer all dirty.

Enterprise makes about $500 profit on the deal and also money from their own in house financing division. It is a good way to buy a car and not get screwed for the business customer and Enterprise wants happy customers. They will send you business if you ask them for it. New car detailing for Enterprise needs to be at or near $60-85 per car and they often buy seal coats for another $100 and pass it on to customers for $200 or more. If you are looking for the nearest leasing office to sell your services to look up this web site;

http://www.pickenterprise.com

 

You can also use this directory to find a sales lot, van pool division or rent a car agency office in your area. I very much recommend for the expanding auto detailing businesses to look into tapping this niche and do a few sales calls to car leasing agencies and companies. Consider all this in 2006.

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Cheap Car Twins Top Winners Reported at IIMS 2012

Cheap Car Twins Top Winners Reported at IIMS 2012Honda Brio may be the best car this year, but most car boom in the media are the Agya twins cheap car Toyota and Daihatsu Ayla.

Thus the results of monitoring Awesometrics.com Reputation monitoring tools.

Brand twins Agya and Ayla to a conversation topic in online media for 5 days of the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2012 which was held from Thursday, September 20, 2012, and in the JI-EXPO, Kemayoran.

“Allegedly, the two media interest because this brand has to offer at a relatively affordable price of Rp 90 million to Rp 100 million. Moreover, twins Agya Toyota and Daihatsu Ayla is touted as the next generation, innovative collaboration between Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia,” Awesometrics.com wrote in a press release received detikOto, Thursday (27/09/2012).

Then if you look at the data, Toyota appears as a brand that dimention most in online media, which is as much as 1779, followed by automotive companies to mention a 1215 Daihatsu in online media and social networking.

Here are the data complete:

1. Toyota reaches 1779 mention
2. 1215 Daihatsu achieving mention
3. Honda reaches 1082 mention
4. Nissan reaches 537 mentions
5. Chevrolet mention reaching 524
6. Tata Motors reached 465 mentions
7. Suzuki reached 421 mentions
8. Mercedes Benz reaches 451 mentions
9. Mitsubishi reaches 398 mentions
10. Mazda 380 reach mentions
11. Kia reached 300 mentions
12. VW reaches 272 mentions
13. Hyundai reaches 187 mentions
14. proton reaches 12 mention

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Auto Modification

Delivers Tricks Atmosphere Concert in the Car

Many questions about the staging and imaging and its application in our vehicles. Actually, what is meant by staging? And what is the imaging? Let’s peel one by one in this article.

Note this paper is intended for the staging and imaging in the context of day-to-day and not in the context of the contest and others.

Staging can be defined as a place where musicians play music for example, on the concert stage, in the recording studio, in the pub, at the restaurant and others.

There is the derivation of staging high-stage (stage height), the width of the stage (stage width) and depth of the stage (stage depth).

The bottom line is dependent on the stage where he recorded acoustic conditions (ambience) and also influenced by the recording acoustic is reproduced.

Many systems are capable of producing a good tonal accuracy but failed to reproduce the ambience of the recording. What is the cause?

Acoustics. The acoustics are very large role when the resulting sound reproduction for example recording a song 35 choir at the Cathedral of Westminster Abbey girls who physically have stage width of 45 meters, height 15 meters stage and the stage depth ranging from soprano to alto at the front until the back 9 meters and the distance recording microphone to about 6 feet.

It would be difficult to be reproduced perfectly in the car pillar to pillar distance of just 1 meter wide as 1.4 meters high and it is only 0.4 meters.

So that required careful planning and the use of quality tools to reproduce approaching its original condition.

Imaging is the position of each of the singers on the stage is clear and tangible example the lead singer in the bridesmaid on the left, on the right organ. So imaging is the content or the content sounds we hear on stage.

Here it is clear that the staging and imaging is actually intertwined, which is why often both is often juxtaposed.

So what can be done is to reproduce in proportion to the installation and settings carefully.

Generally, with the help of a first-class installation techniques, audio devices on board, accurate positioning and angling, cutting x-over, and assisted with the special kind of equalizer and DSP (Digital Sound Processor), the staging and imaging could be reproduced at least close although it does not can be perfect 100 percent of the original sound.

That’s what makes the writer was amazed by the skill installers in Indonesia. Because it is often achieved in full condition limitations.

So how to get the staging and imaging are step by step? Here are some tips that can be done.

1. Choose a car with a wide and flat contours of the dashboard, as much as possible the type of single cabin like MPV or SUV (but not necessarily sedan could not only challenge is greater). Point to get pillar to pillar width and depth of the dashboard ideal for positioning and angling ideal.

2. Installing and setting in the Installer experienced and willing to work on this project carefully and are patient enough in doing a comprehensive setting.

3. Attach damper well on the ground floor, doors, ceilings, hood, including the fender and dashboard. Do this carefully so road noise, engine noise and mechanical noise can be reduced as low as possible

4. Select Head Units, Power, Speaker including processor with distortion and noise as small as possible so that the results are more predictable.

5. Often audition live concert and CD recording livenya use as a comparison

6. Speaker Placement, install midbass speaker, midrange and tweeter in adjacent positions and try to have a different path length thin difference between left and right speakers. Some cars I see use the kick panel to anticipate this. However, the ideal platform for high-mounted tweeters should be ear height. For that experimentation is the key!

7. Setting tonal balance first do not rush to catch up staging and imaging (on this matter will be discussed in a special article about the tonal balance). Believe that balanced tonal balance will help generate accurate staging and imaging. If using eq then use eq with independent channels with the number of bands that much in order to solve the problem at certain frequencies either peak or dip

8. Setting Crossover either passively or actively with the planned experiments, using the most optimal cut point based on the specifications of speakers. Special attention should be made on a different speaker brands and series.

9. Use the time alignment (if using processor) carefully, measure carefully and try focus on an even keel in the middle of the stage. Focus on the voice that sounded balanced on a single listening position seat position or two seats (dual listening position.

10. Write down all the process and repeat when there is a shortage in the process.

Also do not forget that the ideal staging and imaging is unimpressed sound strange, phasey and artificial. He should create a strong impression of the stage and the whole image. Well good luck, good luck!

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Auto Service

Be Careful Not To Over Tighten Your Lug Nuts!

A common site in your neighborhood auto garage is a mechanic tightening up the lug nuts on your car with an impact wrench. You hear the common screech of the impact wrench as it makes quick work of the lug nuts. You also probably rarely see that same mechanic actually use a torque wrench. Impact wrenches are great tools but they can and will over tighten the lug nuts on your car. At first that doesn’t sound like a bad thing. Tight is good, right? Not necessarily.

Most manufacturers recommend using a torque wrench when tightening lug nuts. They will specify a certain ft/lb to dial in on the torque wrench. This insures the nuts are tightened properly. Over tightening can damage the studs and possibly lead to a failure in the future. Here is what happens. When the nuts are tightened, the studs will stretch. This tension holds the wheels on to the rim. If you over tighten the studs you can damage them and they could fail.

The best approach is to use your impact wrench to snug up the nuts. Then go back with a torque wrench and tighten to the manufacturer specifications. Next time you are having your tires rotated or changed, make sure the mechanic uses a torque wrench and the correct torque. Having the proper tools makes all the difference and will extend the life of your car.

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Bugatti Sedan Ready to Make More Powerful than 1,000 Hp

Bugatti car manufacturer made ​​sure to introduce a four-door sedan called the Galibier. Bugatti also confirmed that the sedan will still carry great power as well as other Bugatti cars. Strength was claimed to exceed the 1,000 hp.

The new car project by Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said that energy is the new Bugatti Galibier. The engine is likely to be supported kitchen runway 16 cylinders which is expected to be producing power up to 1400 hp.

“This will be the best luxury sedan in the world (and) four-door beautiful in the world,” he said.

This car was first shown at the Bugatti headquarters in France in September 2009 through 16 C Galibier way. With a design that is executed by the design house Italdesign-Giugiaro.

Bugatti sedan then said that it would not be carrying the hybrid system as developed other brands. “Right now the priority is strength, go hybrid,” he continued.

In the version of the concept, Galibier carries the W16 engine with a capacity of 8.0 liters. It is not yet known what the machine will be given on the new sedan.

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Learn About Sports Cars Before You Buy One

Nothing beats the exhilaration brought about by speed. Anyone who has ever driven an automobile has at least dreamt of taking the role of Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”, getting into a high-speed car chase. If not Bullitt, each driver has dreamt playing Michael Caine’s Charlie Cosker in “The Italian Job”, driving that gorgeous convertible into the very heart of the gold heist.. Anyone who has ever taken control of the wheel has at least once dreamt of driving not just to get from point A to point B but to go from point A to B in flair. And driving a fantastic sports car fulfills this dream.

In making an automobile or any land vehicle for that matter, a lot of factors are being considered: cost of material, safety, efficiency, and performance are only some of these at play on the drawing board of a car maker. A sports car however, in definition gives priority to performance above all other factors. By performance, speed is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Speed relies heavily on the power of the car’s engine.

Most sports cars do have muscle engines which can outrun even the fastest sedans easily. A sports car engineer therefore puts it first on the list of factors that he has to consider: how to travel the distance with the least amount of time possible.

But of course, even if performance is a cut above every other consideration, the other factors are never neglected. Safety cannot be compromised, because even the fastest sports car needs a driver on the wheel at all times, and safe at all times. Besides, everyone wants to drive from start to finish in one piece, after all. So a performance-oriented vehicle must pay attention to the other factors and not rely solely on the car engine’s power.

A number of sports cars compensate for a not-so-powerful engine with a light body, paying due respect to the laws of physics: the lighter the mass, the smaller amount of force required to move this mass. This is also the reason why a sports cars usually are smaller, and do not have backseats. If these cars do have backseats, these are not as convenient as a sedan’s and is only a throwaway to please the insurance companies. One may also notice that a sports car quite often only has two doors, and it shares the same reason as that of the backseat.

Because it can outperform any of the regular four-seater cars out in the market, sports cars are sold obviously at a higher price. Another reason is because quality materials are almost always being used to withstand the heavier wear and tear in this type of vehicle.
This also explains why purchasing a sports car remains a pipe dream to most car enthusiasts. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. It is easier to get one’s hands on the steering wheel of a sports car than most people think. One just has to have the imagination and acumen to do so.

Buying a sports car does not have to mean going to your nearest car dealer and getting a brand new vehicle off the rack. There are quite a handful of these vehicles beyond the dealer’s garage, in very good condition and sold at a lower price. You can always check out car auctions and watch out of sports car models being sold at pancake rates. Pre-owned sports cars are always available on your local car magazine or website; sometimes it just requires you to pay more attention to these ad placements; you’ll never know when the sports car of your dreams is right under your nose.

Buying second-hand sports cars maybe the best way to go if one is facing monetary constraints. If a pre-owned sports car is taken cared of properly, it will give one the same excitement that a new one can provide.

There are also private sellers particularly of sports cars. More often than not, owners of these sports cars found themselves short of cash and are willing to dispose of their sports cars at considerably low prices, much to their resistance. Desperation is in a way good for buyers on the look-out: they get their dream vehicles at bargain prices.

And once you have spotted the car of your dreams, it is wise to exercise routine vehicle inspection, the way one does when buying a regular car. Do not forget to visually inspect the engine, the interior and the body. It is a folly to disregard these simple reminders, especially when buying a pre-owned sports car. You as a buyer can easily assess the condition of the car, how well it was maintained by the owner, simply by looking at it. Then, the proof of the pudding is in the eating: do not forget to test-drive your prospect sports vehicle before closing the purchase. Give it a go and see how it feels. If it feels good – and you feel like Steve McQueen in Bullitt – it is time to call that sports car your own.