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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.

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Tips to Avoid Auto Theft

I live in Detroit: one of the cities with the highest rates of auto theft in the nation. Here are some tips from an expert on how to avoid getting your car (or any of the contents of your car) stolen.

Be a Smart Parker

Remember to always park your car in well-light areas. Having your car in a high traffic area is also a good idea. You might even consider getting assigned parking at a lot with an attendant if you are concerned about your car.

Car Alarm Fallacies

Car alarms might sound like a great safety feature, but they might just be one more of the bells and whistles. You can put a sticker on your car that says that it has a car alarm without actually including the car alarm. You will save money this way. You will also save yourself (and others) headaches when people accidentally brush against your car.

Lock it Up

Almost half of all car thefts are performed when an owner leaves the car unlocked. This could mean that they forget to lock their car once, or it could also mean that they leave their car running while they just run in to do an errand. Turn your car off, take your keys, and lock your car whenever you leave it. It is also better for the environment if you turn your car off instead of idling it. You should also consider locking your garage door if you are using a garage. This brings me to another point: always park in a garage when possible.

Make it Less Attractive

Take away all of your belongings with you when you leave your car. This means that you should move any bags to the trunk, and make sure that there are no valuable visible from outside the car. If you can remove your car stereo, place it in the glove compartment or a similar out-of-sight place. Even something that seems as harmless as a glasses case could cause a thief to choose your car instead of another car, so be cautious when you leave your car.

Invest in some Safety

Having a steering wheel lock (such as the club) might not make it that much more difficult for a thief to steal your car, but it might also make them think twice. You don’t even have to lock your steering wheel lock if you find it too cumbersome to use.

Vehicle Identification Numbers are numbers that are etched into cars at various places, including on the windows and major parts. Thieves will be know where to look for vehicle identification numbers, and might avoid stealing a car with VIN etching because the parts will be harder to use, and the car will be easier for police to trace.

Ignition-kill switches and fuel-kill switches are other anti-theft devices that you can consider for you car.

Sometimes getting anti-theft devices can lower your insurance premiums, and so will be a good investment for the future. You might even end up saving money and gaining a peace of mind with them!

Think of the tow-away

Sometimes cars are not stolen by hotwiring, but rather, by being towed away. If you park with your tires facing the curb, it will make it more difficult for a thief to tow your car away. Using your emergency brake will also prevent being towed.

Car theft is not a pretty thought. Cars are large investments and you want to protect your investment. Thinking ahead can prevent some unpleasant reactions.

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Auto Insurance

Automotive Dealership Compliance: Disaster Scenario

The commotion in your service department sends a shockwave throughout your dealership, and you, the dealer, arrive just in time to witness one of your service techs being handcuffed across the hood of a vehicle in for service.

Your tech has been accused of stealing the checking account number from an old checkbook register in a service customer’s glove compartment, and then draining the customer’s account.

So what are the boundaries of an automotive dealer’s liability because of your rogue employee? Compliance certainly can’t be an issue because your DMS representative and even your garage liability carrier have assured you that with their particular compliance solutions, you are totally compliant.

However, the victim’s attorney, the law firm of Dewey, Cheatum & Howe, later requests a copy of your dealership’s Gramm-Leach-Bliley Safeguards Rule Policy and documentation of total staff training (have your service people been trained?) as required by federal regulations. You contact your trusted DMS and garage liability representatives for their help to furnish the documents, only to discover there are none! When they assured you that you were compliant, it turns out they meant you were only compliant with scans for the Red Flags Rule, OFAC and Do Not Call, or in other words, only a small portion of required automotive dealership compliance.

Although the Safeguards Rule does not provide for identity theft victims to directly recover losses and damages, rest assured the victim’s attorney with use your “willful non-compliance” to force a huge settlement, or use it as the highlight of their opening statement to the jury in litigation against you… and you know how juries just love car dealers. And need we mention the potential for class actions with some regulations?

But it only gets worse. Now the feds are investigating and are looking for what they term, “an atmosphere of compliance”, and they also demand to see the same documentation of compliance performance as requested by the victim’s counsel. So what is your liability with the federal government? The fine is $11,000 per day, retroactive from May 23, 2003!!! In other words, tens of millions if they so choose.

Oh, and in case you didn’t know, there is no such thing as “fine insurance” provided by your garage liability carrier; they’ll represent you, but you’re on your own when it comes to paying the fines and penalties.

Automotive Dealerships – Creating And Maintaining An “Atmosphere Of Compliance”.

So what about the other federal regulations such as the Red Flags Rule, The Do Not Call Act, and the Patriot Act’s OFAC, and FINCEN regulations? They, too, require that dealers have in place a formal written Policy and documentation of formal staff training for each.

And then there are other dealership compliance regulations where the lack of staff training has cost dealers hundreds of millions over just the past few years; Truth In Lending fraud issues, Sexual Harassment, Diversity issues and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Here are some examples:

– An automotive dealer loses $92 million in a jury verdict because a salesperson said just one thing wrong regarding the Magnuson-Moss’s “warranty of fitness for a particular purpose”.

– A dealer is forced to settle a diversity harassment claim for $400,000.00.

– Several dealers, managers and salespersons across the country served prison terms for fraud and Truth In Lending violations.

– A car dealer settles a sex-and-age discrimination case for over $1.5 million.

In each instance, there was no evidence the automotive dealer was promoting an atmosphere of compliance… specifically, no formal dealership compliance training.

So how can automotive dealers create and maintain an atmosphere of compliance?

1. Appoint a Dealership Program Coordinator to oversee your dealership’s compliance performance.

2. Have in place all required Dealership Compliance Policies signed by employees.

3. Provide all designated staff training at least once a year with documentation available for government inspection or litigation actions. (Note: Simply allowing staff members to read and sign your required dealership Policies IS NOT considered training under these regulations.)

4. Provide all compliance training and required signed Policies as a part of your hiring process complete with documentation.

5. Perform annual compliance inspections and audits annually, once again, with documentation on file.

The Question: “Did the dealer do everything within reason to prevent this violation from occurring, and if so, where is the proof?”

Virtually all automotive dealership compliance fines, penalties, litigation or arbitration decisions revolve around this single question.

In fact, any attorney worth their pinstripes will tell you that the only true dealership compliance litigation defense is to be able to provide documentation of compliance performance – again, specifically, staff training.

Lawmakers understand that you, the dealer, can’t possibly watch every move each of your employees make while conducting business, but they do give you the opportunity to perform dealership compliance elements in order to mitigate liability, or even in some instances, to benefit from safe harbor status.

Therefore, in the eyes of the law, any dealer that chooses to ignore required compliance performance has no respect for the consequences, and generally, the juries and the feds use that opportunity to pile it on.

There is only one way to get the “compliance monkey” off your back? Take care of it right now!

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All-new Ford Focus Comes with 4 Variants

(FMI) officially launched the latest generation of the medium sedan All-new Ford Focus at IIMS 2012. There are 4 variants are offered with two petrol engine variants of 1600 cc and 2,000 cc. The price starts from Rp 324.9 million to Rp 369 million to the hatchback and sedan models. Competitors Toyota Altis and Honda Civic is more confident through its features are now more attractive.

Full, 5-door Focus 1.6L Trend PowerShift 6-speed AT for sale Rp. 324.9 million, 4-door Focus 1.6L Trend PowerShift 6-speed AT Rp. 338.5 million, Focus Sport 5-Door 2.0L 6-speed PowerShift AT Rp. 349 million, and the Focus Titanium 4-Door 2.0L 6-speed PowerShift AT Rp. 369 million. “The new Focus represents the strength and excellence of the One Ford global strategy to serve customers in the country. We have gone further in every aspect to deliver quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology that exceeds our customers’ expectations

Ford Focus is a leading feature that provides connectivity SYNC hands-free in-car voice activated. This system connects virtually every type of cell phone or digital media player into their Focus via Bluetooth and USB connections respectively. Motorists can make a call or play his favorite music at any time via voice commands and controls on the steering wheel without taking eyes off the road and hands remain on the wheel.

Another excellent feature is the Active Park Assist, a system with just the push of a button, the driver’s all-new Focus can parallel park with ease, without using hands. Active City Stop, ie suppression system in low-speed collisions by monitoring the road ahead, and brake automatically if the sensor detects a car in front stopped suddenly.

All-new Focus presents a DOHC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 PS power and 200 Nm of torque. This engine produces power nearly 20% larger than the previous 2.0-liter Focus engine and result in increased fuel savings of over 10%. Provided in the form of second Powertrain Duratec Ti-VCT engine 1.6-liter that produces 125PS and 159Nm of torque with fuel economy is outstanding.

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Auto Modification

Chevrolet Trailblazer, New Challengers 7-seater SUV

After Captiva, General Motors Indonesia (GMI) variant adds Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV to launch in the Indonesian market. There are two variants on offer turbodiesel engines, the 2.5-liter and 2.8-liter LT LTZ with the price of each Rp 360.6 million and Rp 578.8 million. 7-passenger capacity, Trailblazer SUV Large segment is positioned above and Captiva.

Fully imported from Thailand, the results of the development of GM Brazil car is claimed to be a vehicle that is able to transform a dynamic lifestyle and urban families. Bongsor SUV is called qualified driving in off-road terrain, big city traffic and accelerates comfortably on the freeway. This is the answer Chevrolet SUV on the market that is booming in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia.

“It is an honor for us to be able to deliver world-class sport utility vehicle market in Indonesia continues to grow positively. All-New Chevrolet Trailblazer is our answer to meet the needs of consumers who are critical of the meaning of an SUV tough and elegant,

Despite not speaking a sales target, Marcos optimistic acceptable Trailblazer positive in the Indonesian market. With an impressive exterior shape manly and masculine, powerful engine, as well as cutting-edge features, Trailblazer SUV is believed to be able to attract the lovers in the country. “Chevrolet Trailblazer in Indonesia indicate a strong commitment to fill a niche market Chevrolet sport utility vehicle continues to increase,” he added.

For version 2.5 LT, Chevrolet gives the 4×2 system can be invited to wander in urban life. Duramax turbo-diesel engine offers 150 PS power and 350 Nm of torque great. Power is channeled to the 5-speed manual transmission. While the highest type 2.8 LTZ 4×4 drive system is equipped with abundant power and torque, the 180 PS and 470 Nm with 6-speed automatic transmission.

The dimensions are a length of 4878 mm, width 2132 mm, height 1831 mm (2.5L LT) and 1847 mm (2.8L LTZ). Control and stability is aided with a wheelbase of 2845 mm, wheelbase 1570 mm (2.5L LT) and 1588 mm (2.8L LTZ). Trailblazer has a minimum ground clearance of 241 mm (2.5L LT) with 16-inch alloy wheels and 231 mm (2.8L LTZ) with 18-inch alloy wheels.

Safety features include ABS with EBD buried up airbags for driver and front passenger. Especially for variants 2.8 LTZ, plus Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hydraulic Brake Assist, Traction Control, Dynamic Rear Brake Proportioning, Panic Brake Assist, Limited Slip Positraction, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Additionally for the first time in its class, Chevrolet offered ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels.

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Custom Fitted Car Covers – For the Best Exterior Protection

Car covers that are custom fitted – now that’s a thing that you may have never considered. But that is definitely one thing that you should consider. Why? We will get to that later. But first let’s see what we mean by car covers that are custom fitted.

A custom fitted car cover is the one that fits your car as per its measurements, one that has pockets for your side mirrors and stays on the body of your car and is not blown off by wind or rain. Now isn’t that something worth a few bucks? But don’t just think that the benefits of a custom fitted cover ends there. Such a cover can give your car lot of protections.

o Custom fitted covers generally have four layers. These layers are bound to protect your car from moisture, road salt, acid rain, hail and sleet.

o A car parked outside without a cover can be very easily scarred by flying debris, dust and dirt. A custom fitted cover can guarantee better protection for your car’s body against the dust on the roads. Don’t let your car age in looks even before it is due.

o How many times have you had to shoo off the pigeon from depositing special debris on the body of your car? How many times have you had to shoo off the squirrel from concentrating on your car’s door? Or the crickets that enjoy the underneath of your car? Well, a custom fitted car cover is heavy duty, so whatever the elements of nature may want to do to your car, they will have to be happy with the car cover. There is no way that they can penetrate the cover.

 

o UV rays do not just harm your screen. Harmful sun rays harm your car’s body, its wax cover and its shine. Let the car cover take the toll of the sun’s assault while your car takes its much deserved break underneath it. Protect your car from the sun, use a custom fitted cover.

o Protect your car from getting banged by someone opening the doors of the car parked next to yours! Protect it from the impact a skateboarder running off balance might have on your car. Use a custom fitted cover and you will rest assured.

o Every time that you leave your car unattended your car draws unwanted attention form people. Some may just be hovering around and eyeing your car while other might be in the lurk of some cash that you may have left in your car, some other valuable like a cell phone may or your invaluable music system. A car cover can protect your car from such unwanted attention and give you the much needed peace of mind.

Custom fitted car covers are made for specific models like BMW, Honda and Ford, etc. So it is never like you have to use the cover made with the specifications of a different make. While shopping fro custom fitted car covers, look for ones with more layers for better durability and with side pockets for complete protection.

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BMW M6 sports coupe

BMW has a new hero as the “king of the road” that All-new BMW M6 Coupé.

M6 Coupe sports car was launched PT BMW Indonesia in IIMS 2012 auto show on Tuesday.

BMW Indonesia president director Ramesh said the BMW M6 Coupé Divyanathan bring the performance number one packing with innovative luxury and comfort.

“The high demand for BMW M cars, the main reason for the presence of the All-new BMW M6 Coupé in Indonesia,” he said.

The model carries a capacity of 4.4 liter V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that can generate power to 560 hp and torque of 680Nm.

The model was equipped with M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic seven-speed, Active M Differential.

“A lot of people who look down upon this car because the model over to the sedan not a sports car, but do any of these models can be directly at the Sentul race without tuning,” said Communications Director of PT. BMW Indonesia, Helena Abidin.

The model has accelerated from rest to reach a speed of 100 km / h in just 4.2 seconds. Na fuel consumption 10.1 km / l and emissions of 239 g / km.

“Despite the power increase by 10 percent and 30 percent of peak torque up to 680 Nm, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions can actually be reduced to 30 percent,” said Ramesh.

The model uses lightweight materials made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) on the roof.

Dark colors on the roof creates elongated silhouette on a two-door sports car. The use of lightweight materials on the roof makes the central point of the car’s weight remains in the bottom thus improving stability.

Safety features include front and side airbags, head protection airbags for front seat and rear.

The seating model has an electric control for height, forward and backward and angle sert headrests with integrated active head restraint to reduce potential injuries due to rear-end collision.

For multimedia, the model has the iDrive system with a 10.2-inch flat-screen monitor frame of chrome, also equipped with Navigation system Professional.

With this feature, the driver can choose between several programs such as the DSC mode, the character of the engine, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic responses and M Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) Drivelogic.

The model is also equipped with Comfort Access System, Head-Up Display is colored with data specific driving M, Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System with 16 loudspeakers and a 1200 watt output.

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Wholesale Auto Detailing – A Nice Business Model

Before retirement, I was in the franchise business, and amongst other things we franchised mobile auto detailing rigs around the country. Each time a new franchise buyer would contact me, I can see they had dollar signs in their eyes, and they were hoping to detail customers who might own a Ferrari, Bentley, or Rolls-Royce. The reality is that although there are plenty of customers with those types of vehicles, most detailers make their money detailing for the middle class.

Therefore most of the cars they are detailing our BMWs, Mercedes, Corvettes, Cadillac, Range Rovers, Jaguars, Lexus, and yes, the higher end vehicles too. But interestingly enough, if you really want to make a lot of money and auto detailing, it pays to have wholesale auto detailing accounts, and actually skip the personal cars. Of course, there isn’t as much prestige in doing it this way, but there is often less competition, and an abundance of work, in fact there is usually enough work in any given city to keep a crew of 10 people or more busy full-time.

Sometimes there is so much work you can’t get it all done, and you experience constant controlled chaos in your scheduling, and trying to keep track of it all. There are auto auctions, car dealerships, bank repos, and fleet vehicles. Wholesale auto detailing is a nice business model, and it’s much different than just concentrating on high-end cars for high net worth individuals. Often you will find the proprietor of a wholesale automotive detailing establishment with their sleeves rolled up, whereas you will find someone who does only prestigious automobiles sporting the fancy clothes, expensive watch, and fancy shoes – basically a ten-gallon hat, but no cattle.

The reality is that the chances are very good that the business owner engaged in the wholesale work is actually making quite a bit more money, and lives in a nicer house, and probably even drives a nicer automobile, might even own a private plane too. Perhaps it is for this reason that I always looked at the franchise buyers rather funny when they told me that they wanted to clean in detail very expensive cars for rich clientele. That might sound nice, but it’s not a very good business model as compared to automotive detailing at the wholesale level.

Interestingly enough, those companies that try to do both, often lose control of their shops. It’s almost as if they need to be in separate buildings, because the business models are so very different. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

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How to buy a car

You have picked the car that looks perfect for you, but what should you do next?

If you are buying new, you can choose to buy in a multitude of different ways. As well as traditional outlets like franchised dealers and brokers you can also buy online, and direct from the manufacturer.

While franchised dealers tend to operate from showrooms, brokers avoid glitzy sales facilities, and focus on reducing their overheads to keep prices low. Buying online can see cars delivered direct to your door – keeping the process as simple as possible.
Buying from dealers

Dealers are often a preferred choice because of their knowledgeable staff and in-house aftersales support systems. Many are linked to manufacturers, and include workshops which employ mechanics who specially  in a specific brand.

New car dealers offer the opportunity to touch and feel the new car you are interested in buying – and also offer test drives. Dealers may also offer to top up official manufacturer supplied warranties with their own, offering extra peace of mind.

Dealers are supplying direct from the manufacturer, which means you can choose every last detail of your new car’s specification. You will also be listed on the V5 registration document that comes with the car as the first owner – something that will add value to the car when you resell it.

BEST FOR:
Peace of mind
Full choice
Ease of purchase
Servicing and aftersales support
Deals on latest models
Will take trade-in vehicles
Finance packages to help you buy

BAD POINTS:
Higher prices
Sales staff often have an agenda
Prices are not transparent
May not be in a convenient location
Buying from brokers

Brokers manage the purchase process – which means you are paying them to buy a car for you. They are a good choice for people who don’t have a car to part-exchange, or are focused on getting the very best price… and are not too worried about choosing every last detail of the model they intend to buy.

Because they buy lots of cars, brokers get cheap prices by buying unsold stock. Cars are sometimes imported from overseas, where currency fluctuations, or inferior specification can make them cheaper. CarBuyer recommends you only buy UK supplied cars from a broker.

Cars from a broker are sometimes pre-registered, which means you will be listed on the vehicle’s V5 registration document as the second owner. This could have an effect on the length of the warranty offered by the car. Compared to franchised dealers, brokers choice can be limited by the stock they have access to, and you may have to compromise on specification.

BEST FOR:
Low prices
Transparent deals
Pressure free sales

BAD POINTS:
Long waiting times
Lack of dealer back up and knowledge
Lack of choice
Harder to check vehicle’s particulars
Buying online

You can already buy from brokers online, but manufacturers and dealers are also beginning to sell new cars online.

Manufacturer supported online sales offer transparent deals, without you needing to engage in negotiations with showroom staff. The system also offers agreed values for trade in cars, as well as finance options. As the service is still new, not all manufacturers are involved and choice is limited.

BEST FOR:
Ease of purchase
Servicing and aftersales support
Can offer deals on latest models
Will take trade in vehicles
Finance packages to help you buy

BAD POINTS:
Limited choice
Not all manufacturers signed up
Finally, read the small print

Wherever you end up buying, make sure you’re presented with a clear and final price for the car before you agree a sale.

It’s also worth making sure that the car you are buying is the very latest model.

When a new range is released there is sometimes an overlap where both the new and the old models are still able to be purchased. All sorts of extras can be added to the price, including VAT, number plates and delivery costs, so make sure these are included in the price you are quoted. Check the delivery date, it can take a number of months for a broker to supply the car you have chosen.

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Hyundai Santa FE 2014 Grand European auto market

The news comes from a new auto Hyundai car soon introduce a new variant which was named Grand Hyundai Santa FE 2014 will be in his next March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car made ​​by Hyundai is expected to be able to gate openers Hyundai sales in the European automotive market, comes with a dimension of 10 mm high, 225 mm longer, and 5 mm more width of regular variants Santa Fe, Hyundai Santa Fe 2014 Grand comes a car with the capacity 6-7 passengers plus luggage capacity of 607 liters.

In addition to the advantage of the dimensions of the car, the other advantages possessed 2014 Hyundai Grand Grill located on the front that has a lot on the update and a new front bumper, plus fog lamps, alloy wheels with size of 18-19 inches, also of available sunroof, steering wheel with 3 modes of comfort 4.3-inch touch screen.

To complement the performance of the Hyundai Grand streets Santa 2014 is equipped with a diesel engine capacity of 2.2 liters, the engine is capable of generating power at 197 horsepower (145 KW), combined with a six-speed automatic transmission.