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DIY Auto Detailing

There’s no other feeling like driving a clean car. Anyone can clean a car, but it takes a lot of effort to make it look like it just came off the showroom floor.

Professional Auto Detailers utilize great time and effort to ensure that your car’s appearance looks it’s finest.

No one knows for certain where the art of auto detailing began, but it is believed to have started in Southern California, and this art has become more than just a fad, as there are currently more that 50,000 detailers in the U. S., and these professionals rake in about $100,000 a year in detailing sales.

Many people have their car detailed just because they want a clean car. Sometimes detailing becomes serious business, especially when the person having their car detailed intends to enter it into a car show. In car shows, the vehicle is often judged on how well-kept and clean the vehicle appears. One such car show that is devoted mainly to the appearance of car is the Concours d’Elegance, sometimes referred to as the Concours.

There are 3 different methods of auto detailing.

  • Exterior Detailing
  • Interior Detailing
  • Engine Degreasing

Exterior detailing includes: waxing, claying, correcting paint defects and polishing the exterior of the vehicle.

Interior detailing includes: Interior detailing typically involves liquid cleaners and brushes. Every surface within the interior of the car must be cleaned, from the dashboard, console and visors to the instrument panel. Vacuuming is included as well.

The third type of detailing is degreasing the engine: This process involves removing grease and dirt from the engine bay with all-purpose cleaners and de-greasers.

The purpose of detailing is to bring out the vehicle’s appearance potential by the polishing and waxing of the exterior paint, wheels and chrome, and by giving the upholstery and seats a thorough cleaning.

Depending on the detailer, a customer may also be able to purchase undercoating services (including rust-proofing) and interior sealant, a fabric protectant also known as Scotch-Guarding.

Though detailing covers every aspect of cleaning a vehicle, it does not include upholstery work, painting, body work, or mechanical repair.

Mobile Auto Detailing has become increasingly popular, as it allows the owner to have his/her professionally detailed without ever having to leave their home or office.

A full detail will increase the value on a used car. When the vehicle is presented to the potential buyer, they will see the car in the best possible condition. Of course when selling a vehicle, there are other factors to consider, such as mileage and poor mechanical condition. The mileage is of course a factor you do not want to touch, unless your willing to face criminal charges.

Besides keeping your car clean, another benefit is the trade-in value. If you want the asking price, and the car is in good running order, get a professional detail, or, if you can do the job yourself, there are various top quality products for you to use.

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How to Start an Auto Detailing Business 1-2-3

An auto detailing service professionally cleans, washes and waxes the interior and exterior of cars, trucks, RVs and even boats. There is no shortage of vehicles to detail, but detailing can be labor-intensive, so make sure you enjoy cars before you start this type of automotive business.

It can be very inexpensive to start an auto detail service, since you don’t necessarily need a store front or shop. You can offer a mobile service and travel to your customers’ locations, or you can rent space at a local car wash or automotive shop. The equipment you’ll need is minimal as well; quality car wash, wax and interior cleaning supplies. Once you have established a larger client base, you can purchase your supplies in bulk at lower wholesale prices, thus increasing your profit per job.

With so many vehicles, you have your choice of customers with whom to work. You may want to focus on a particular niche market to specialize in a certain type of service or particular type of customer. For example, there are new car owners, car dealerships, RV owners or rental companies, classic car owners, even your average joe car driver who wants his car looking good.

So how do you find your customers? If you are on a budget, network with people you know or print business cards and drop them off at local car dealerships or automotive businesses. You could discuss forming a partnership where they get a cut of your profits by advertising your service at their place of business. You could also place an ad in the yellow pages, newspaper or local magazines offering a first-time buyer discount to attract new customers. If you can, use humor in your ads, it’s a great way to attract attention.

Volunteering in your community is another inexpensive way to get your business name out there. Participate in local events and give away coupons for your auto detailing service. Hold a drawing to collect names of potential customers, the winner receiving a free detail service. You can also advertise on TV, radio and the internet for less money than you may think. Submitting a press release is a great example – the media will promote you for free if you send them a great news story about your business.

 

If you treat your customers well, you will end up not having to spend much of your time marketing because you’ll benefit from repeat customers. Speaking of which, you may want to ask those customers for referrals.

So how do you actually start an auto detailing business?

1. Learn your trade. If you don’t already have detailing skills and knowledge, work a side job. Ask automotive specialists about recommended products. Pick up an inexpensive start-up guide on how to start an auto detailing business or interview an already-successful auto detailing entrepreneur who can give you advice.

2. Find out who your customers are. What are people in your area looking for in a detailing service? What value will you offer them and how much are they willing to pay you for it? Check out competitor’s prices. You don’t necessarily need to be the cheapest – as long as you offer more value (i.e. additional service options, faster service, more convenient location, weekend or evening hours, on-site service, etc).

3. Find out which licenses or permits you need from your local government office. Talk with an accountant, insurance agent and banker (you can get referrals from other local business owners or friends) to get helpful tips on financing, tax issues, insurance and business management that will save you time, money and hassles in the long run.

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Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

Having your car broken into or stolen can be a great disruption to someone’s life resulting in the victim having to file police reports, replace broken windows, file insurance claims and possibly even having to purchase a new one. We will cover a few tips to help prevent getting your car broken into and your belongings stolen. These methods are not fail proof by any means, but a car is an expensive purchase and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here are a few tips to avoid having your belongings stolen from your car. It is extremely simple; keep all valuables hidden. This includes purses (especially if you carry coveted bags such as Dior, Louis Vuitton or Chanel), phones, wallets, sports equipment, even shopping bags! You may be carrying food or junk in your shopping bag but a thief won’t be aware of that. As far as the thief is concerned, you could be carrying something valuable; something worth stealing. When you are on the rush, it’s real easy to forget your cell phone or electronic gadget inside your vehicle while you go inside the store for five minutes. It doesn’t matter if you rush in for just a few minutes; that’s more than enough time for a seasoned criminal to break inside.

It is a prudent idea to always keep your doors locked. It is suggested that you park in bright and well-lit area, preferably public areas with people around. Keep the doors locked even when you are driving because it’s always possible for someone could jump in at a red light and attempt a carjacking. Don’t ever hide a set of spare keys in or under your car. Professional thieves will be able to find these rather quickly. If possible, park in a garage instead of along the street.

Some vehicles are more attractive for thieves to steal than others. Cadillac’s Escalade ranks at number one when it comes to the model that is most likely to be stolen and its easy to see why; the Escalade can be frequently seen in MTV videos and mentioned in popular top 40 songs. Thieves are generally drawn to exciting cars such as flashy SUV’s with nice rims or upscale autos such as Mercedes or Audi. Most thieves aren’t going to be too excited to steal a Corolla or a Kia. However, it’s not just luxury cars that are targeted. A lot of old Accord’s and Civics are also targeted because they are easy to break into (because they are older) and because their parts are worth quite a bit of money.

Some thieves steal cars by actually towing them away. You can avoid this by using the emergency brake when you park and turning your wheels to the side which will make it extremely difficult for your car to be towed away.

It’s probably not a good idea to keep your insurance and registration papers in the glove compartment unless it gets stolen. If you use a navigation system, it is suggested that you don’t enter in your real address as a starting point but instead use that of a business near your location.

Having your vehicle stolen can be a great nuisance and hopefully these tips will help to keep your car safe and protected. A car is an expensive investment and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Test Drive the All New CR-V, when the car Urban to play ground

With the look of a smooth and modern nuances, making all eyes turn when the All New Honda CR-V urban crossed his fate would have been Honda’s flagship SUV. But what if invited to play dirty-dirt ground?

All New Honda CR-V car is urban, but has specifications and dimensions, as well as many of its features that can be used when browsing non-asphalt track.

Features Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold Control

Both of these features have a function to set an efficient tooth movement, either at the ramp or slope, also assisted with Shift Hold Control, which minimizes the excessive gear changes via a winding road.

While trying to cross the street with ground level with little rise and fall, is at work, these two features was not felt. It’s just that, the effect is, cars do not need excessive accelerates uphill and the engine does not roar when road conditions decline.

With smart, understands the willingness riders such transmission adapted to the conditions and contours of the road facing. Thus, the All New CR-V free to climb and downhill, although on the track ground though.

Features Hill Start Assist

All New Honda CR-V is also equipped with Hill Start Assist feature that has a function that does not hold the car slid backwards when stopped on a hill. The system works by maintaining brake pressure, although the brake pedal is released. As a result, the car will not retreat before the gas pedal is pressed.

When trying to use one, this feature works well and is really easy rider, even though the driver was new, because it does not create a panic when it comes to a sudden stop on a hill.

When I was in the middle of the ramp, the car braked to a stop trying. Then, release the brake pedal. And sure enough, the car stopped and slid backwards, until then stepped back on the gas pedal and drove the car back up.

Features Motion Adaptive EPS & Vehicle Stability Assist

This feature serves to help the driver control the vehicle and detects the occurrence of symptoms of oversteer and understeer when in a corner or slippery road surfaces.

Well, coincidentally crossed surface slightly wet from rain washed. Slick? of course! Therefore, this is a good time to test the function of this feature.

Indeed, when crossing the surface of the soil is wet, the symptoms still felt the car slip, although not until the troublesome driver. Unfortunately, the steering wheel All New CR-V feels heavy, it could be due to the application of a rim diameter of 18 inches.

Engines 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC + DBW

About the performance, All New CR-V equipped with i-VTEC engine technology, with a capacity of 2.4L 4-cylinder, DOHC + DBW. This engine can generate power reaching 190 PS and 222 NM torque.

Thus, when it had to face a hilly road, it seems like there is no significant constraint. Car power is quite time should rise. Although to get instant power when you want to climb, gas pedal should kick-down, because if not, the new power was fully charged when the engine speed above 2000 RPM.

So, in conclusion, although presented as an urban car urban, All New CR-V not only have to be on the road you know, because Honda’s flagship SUV was not allergic to play with dirt. While it is, you must be willing to accept the risk thereafter, wash the car in order to re-greasy!

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Toyota Valvematic technology, efficient but Powerful

Stay tuned Toyota Nav-1  that will be present in the middle of this month, not to mention save a new engine technology in Indonesia, called Valvematic. In collaboration with Dual VVT-i, the system is made ​​more optimal engine performance and efficiency. Hence, although using the same basic engine, eg 3ZR-FE in the Corolla Altis, as a differentiator, which had been taking Valvematic wear 3ZR-FAE engine code.

The difference is, if the Dual VVT-i set the intake valve timing and exhaust openings. Valvematic will help to regulate how much optimization of valve opening, of course, adapted to the needs of the machine. Whereas in conventional engines, though the timing is set by VVT-i, while the size of the valve opening is fixed.

Therefore, these two technologies have to work together. Later, the valve opening timing will be governed by the Dual VVT-i, is governed by the size of the valve opening Valvematic. Then, if the valve to the throttle?

Later, this valve will only function as a silencer of the intake. So Valvematic tech machines will be more quiet. Just imagine, even if the throttle is opened, but since the machine only needs less fuel, fuel flow entering certainly set again by opening the valve. Nah no more fuel that goes in vain or excess.

How it works, for example when idling stationary or rotating machine, the valve opens only 1 mm. Unlike when the engine is spinning fast, the valve can be opened up to 11 mm. So, even though the machine is efficient and economical, but if the driver wants to excessive force, just stepped on the gas pedal deeper, any engine will respond more quickly.

As a result, fuel consumption can be more efficient because the incoming gas flow very accurately to the needs of the machine, plus the exhaust emissions will be much cleaner. So, not only the pursuit of efficient engines, engine output will remain powerful with faster response.

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Choosing the Best Car Moving Company

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.

Scheduling

The 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 measures

Of 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.

Insurance

The 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.

Delivery

Your 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 at designated terminal. If you choose the latter, the best car moving company would have a safety terminal or a storage site for cars, where your car would be safely parked while waiting for you to pick it up.

For your part, pick up your car from the car mover during daytime so you could easily inspect it and spot scratches that may have been acquired during the shipping and handling.

The best car moving company would not be effective if you would not be cooperative enough. Be sure to be the best client there could be, so the best car moving company could give you the best possible services. That way, your car and you are kept in best condition.

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Become an Automotive Collision Estimator in 13 Weeks

Every year, cars get safer and safer. But while the overall accident rate in Canada may decrease, the sad truth is that there will always be accidents… and so there will always be a need for auto body collision estimators. In this field, students learn how to use manual and computer systems to develop accurate estimates for automotive repair shops, garages, insurance companies, and other automotive-related establishments.

If you have an interest in the automotive industry, and want to learn more about cars and earn a respectable salary, an Auto Body Collision Estimator program may be right for you. These programs teach students all the basics of collision damage repair and repair estimating. Graduates enter the workforce quickly and can expect to earn $40,000 a year plus benefits on average – or more depending on the type of employment they find.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the program is its compressed timeframe: students can expect to complete most Auto Body Collision Estimator programs in 13 weeks, which means a swift return to the workforce. Throughout the duration of their studies, students learn the key elements of labour, repair, and painting times for auto repair. They also learn how to identify auto body structures and damage. Students are also exposed to the industry-standard software that will help them create computer-generated estimation reports.

Courses are typically given by experienced auto body collision estimators who are always ready to share their know-how with students. Typical courses for the program would cover the following topics:

· Automotive industry basics

· Procedures related to material damage

· Vehicle construction

· Analyzing damage

· Principles of estimation

· Mitchell flat rate estimating

· Basic paint estimating

· Body shop operations basics

· Preparing estimates

· Automated estimating basics

· Introduction to Audatex estimating

An interesting study option for many students of Auto Body Collision Estimator programs is “distance” or online learning. With that option, students can study from the comfort of their homes, while still covering the same material as the standard program. Learning, testing, and instructional support are all done online, ensuring that graduates have all they need to be employable immediately upon graduation. This option is of particular interest to students who live outside of large cities, where schools may not exist, but where jobs for auto body estimators will often exist.

If you love cars and are interested in starting a career in the automotive industry, you may want to consider enrolling in an Auto Body Collision Estimator program. You’ll get the technical and practical knowledge you need to enjoy a rewarding job, and you’ll go from classroom to paid employment in a relatively short period of time.

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Where to Buy Automotive Insurance

These days, knowing how to look for the most affordable car insurance rates and policies is a must! Getting it correctly could save you thousands of cash each year. Here are some essential tips that will not only tell you where to get the most affordable policies, but will also clue you in on how to acquire your rates as low as possible:

The Web: The Shopper’s New Haven

You can acquire almost anything on the web, and insurance is definitely one of them! With tons of providers and websites vying for a better slice of the market, you are sure to get some of the most competitive rates and prices in your side of the planet. Use one of the abundant portals to acquire a free quote check, and get to compare your options effectively, right within the comforts of your own home while saving you a lot of time in the process.

Discount Hunting is The New Black!

Discounts are the great way to acquire your insurance costs minimized. Know what type of discount you’re entitled of beforehand. Some of the most common types of discounts include; Defensive Driving discounts which is granted to anyone who has finished state accredited defensive driving courses , Good Student Discounts; granted to students who maintain an average grade of B or higher, Good Driver discounts which most car insurance providers today give to someone who has had a clean driving history within the past three to five years.

Reduce the Risk You Expose Yourself and Your Vehicle To

Parking your vehicle inside a garage at night, adhering to the rules while on the road, Putting additional and security devices or mechanisms on your vehicle , lowering your mileage annually to less than 15,000 miles, driving a vehicle with a higher safety rating, and any other steps you take to minimize the risk of serious injuries and damages, or to avoid car accidents altogether, will definitely help acquire you some of the best-priced rates available.

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Suzuki Mega Carry Extra Wider

Suzuki adds vehicle product line-up with the launch of Mega Carry trade Xtra. Pick-up carrier is designed to be more extensive than Mega Carry. Although capable of transporting goods is wider, Mega Carry Xtra adrift in price only Rp 6.1 million. If Mega Carry sold USD 93.8 million, the version increase is $ 99.9 million. Suzuki said this model to meet the domestic market only.

The difference with Mega Carry usual frills Xtra mean total length 250 mm longer overall to 4405, with more rear tub width 70 mm to 1750 mm, length 250 mm to 2,200 mm and width 85 mm to 1670 mm. “There is demand for commercial customers who want a larger bathtub. So we launched Mega Carry Xtra,

Mega Carry Xtra has many advantages that are not owned competitors. “Compared to its competitors, wider, higher ground clearance it, its larger wheels are 14 inches and higher air intake position in anticipation of flooding. Seeing the interest of consumers and the Mega Carry Carry the high demand, we are optimistic Mega Carry Xtra will also be successful,

unlike Mega Carry exported to 107 countries, the model Mega Carry Xtra will focus on the domestic market. “Currently demand for exports and the domestic market for Mega Carry extremely high, even should pivot around 2 months. We also believe the Mega and Mega Carry Carry Xtra will not happen cannibalism, or as for just a little, because their needs are different,

Although more large, Suzuki still entrust engine type G15A 4-cylinder capacity of 1493 cc, 16-valve MPI belonging to Mega Carry pinned on this new product. With 92.4 PS power at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 126 Nm at 3,000 rpm, Suzuki believes performance is sufficient. “If you had to develop a new engine of course the selling price will be higher. This machine has proven resilient.

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Think of the Breakdown Recovery Guys in the Snow

In the UK, the snow has hit us again and if we just did not know, we all went out in our cars expecting to get to our destination just as quick as if it was a bright sunny day. Of course it is everyone’s else’s fault, that the roads grind to a halt, as vehicles breakdown and skid off the road, slowing the speed of traffic down to what it should have been without the troubles.

Well when we get home and complain what an awful journey that is, spear a thought for the breakdown recovery guys who are still out there, trying to get motorists who have broken down back on their way, or those who have had an accident getting that car out of danger to another location or garage.

It is easy to say they get paid for it and it is their choice, but you have to understand how dangerous this job can be. As cars drive too fast on slippery roads and try to avoid other road users, there are also stationary vehicles and in many case these are breakdown recovery trucks trying to help stricken motorists.

You also have to remember that these breakdown recovery agents also have to get to call outs through the same traffic you are trying to get home in, if it has taken you and extra hour, it has added an hour to every call out for that breakdown recovery agent that day.

Of course these guys are also employed on a roadside assistance contract also. This means they attend the motorist, but the contract does not include long distance recovery, just enough to get you to a local garage. But the main objective is to get that car owner back on the road, so these engineers find themselves bend over the bonnet, in dangerous, cold and wet conditions trying to get your car started again, or action a repair that will get your home under your own steam.

It isn’t just the roads that get clogged up in these cold and snowy times, but also the railways and the airports, that also find they cancelling trains and planes. This compounds the issues on the road, as coaches are put on, cars are rented, favours are pulled in and people insist they must get to their destination.

This extra resource on already dangerous roads means the emergency services get stretched and that includes the breakdown recovery services, which answer calls on a first come first served basis. So if you are unlucky enough to be the last to call, you may be waiting for sometime until a breakdown recovery agent arrives.

Roadside assistance although a cheaper policy to buy can sometimes put a bigger strain on the recovery agent, because instead to putting the car on the back of his recovery vehicle, he has to stay the duration, over the bonnet or under the car until he finds the fault and gets you on your way. This often can take more time than just simple recovery, especially if the fault is not found and the car needs recovered to the local garage anyway.

So if the weather forecast states it will be snowing tomorrow, leave a bit earlier, take your time, drive slower and remember the emergency services that will helping those, who did not take this advice, including the breakdown recovery agents.