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Auto Modification

Stand Out Among the Crowd With Car Graphics

When it’s time to sweeten up your ride and stand out among the crowd, nothing individualizes a car like custom car decals. Whether you prefer the simplicity of stripes or a complete custom wrap, the graphics can be as straightforward or as complex as you like. If you’re looking to drop that stock paint job and create a stir the next time you hit the streets, then read on.

Body graphic kits are probably the most cost effective way to beautify your vehicle. With the technology available for printing on vinyl, custom graphics can be individualized to the point where a custom car decal shop can take your own personal design and apply it to any part of your car. These custom car graphics can be created to fit anywhere on a vehicle, from the hood to the rear spoiler and everywhere in-between. Graphics of this nature can even be “wrapped” around an entire vehicle creating the illusion of a complete custom paint job.

Compared to a custom paint job, car decals are relatively inexpensive and require less time to apply. A highly detailed complete custom wrap generally costs just under $3000 for an average sized vehicle. A custom paint job utilizing the exact same design would cost well over $15,000.

There are also many benefits to having custom car decals and graphics applied to your vehicle. The most obvious is beautification. A car decked out with gorgeous custom graphics turns heads wherever it shows up. Individualization is another benefit. Imagine showing up to a car show in a vehicle that has your own personal touch. Everyone knows who owns the car just by looking at it. Safety is another key benefit of custom graphics. Reflective vinyl lettering or graphics could save your life by helping to diminish the chances of a crash at night. If you own a business, one final benefit of having custom graphics created for your vehicle is self-promotion. Since custom decals can be created using nearly any type of graphic, they are the perfect medium for your logo or brand name.

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Auto Service

Removing Secret Sauce and Catsup from Your Car Interior – Expert Detailing Advice

Cleaning stains from the inside of your car is no easy job. Here are a few Auto Detailing and Onsite Detailing Tips and Secrets of the Trade.

Knowing how to remove stains like Catsup, Mustard and Secret Sauce from Ultimate Cheese Burgers, Whoppers, Big Macs, Famous Stars, Double Doubles and Classic Cheese Burgers is not as simple as it might seem.

First go lose some weight by exercise and the Presidential 30 minutes a day workout. Now you are ready to jump in a car wash or detailing unit and go to hell week.

If you have ever seen the commercials for the SIX DOLLAR Burger or the Super Star where the actress dumps all kinds of stains on her blouse you know this can happen and often does.

As a detailer it is your job to clean it up, make it look new and clean it up perfect for the customer. The first thing you do is take some Folex Spot remover and a terry cloth towel and see if that works, if not use some spray and wash aerosol foam spray and wipe it. If it is leather saddle soap or Lexol works well.

 

If this does not work try concentrated dove or palm olive dishwashing soap and then mineral spirits and soak it up and wipe it. It may take several wipes to get rid of the concentrated dishwashing soap.

After you are sure the suds are gone put you high powered shop vac hose on the blower side and air dry it, roll down the windows and let it air dry.

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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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Auto Service

Enjoy cabin space Mitsubishi Mirage

Bali-Driving with a total time of about 5 hours of Tanjung Benoa, Bali Candidasa and headed back to Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, it is enough to assess the cabin atmosphere Mitsubishi Mirage.

As per the theme test drive held by PT Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motors (KTB), “Eco-Smart Drive – The Reality Challenge”, then just go ahead assessed according realities that exist in this car. Previously been alluded to some of the features embedded in this car.

Starting from the dimensions, it’s the size of the cabin is spacious enough even somewhat cute body. Front area has a wide 900 mm, while at the rear a little smaller so 750 mm.

Space head to the ceiling is relatively roomy, especially in the front. While the back is a little tight, but quiet, posture still 170 cm can sit upright with ease without worrying head stuck roof.

Two benches in the front offers a limited head rest can go up and down. Setting back and forth and enforce backrest can be done easily.

To set the low height turn the console on the front side. Women also feature pampering the driver with height is not too high. Its fun, leg room still feels relieved.

Foam padded seats indeed, but to travel more than two hours, the soreness was over. We recommend that you take a break if you must travel during it.

Console front row seats around quite a lot. In the console door enough to hold a few bottles of mineral water. In the front seat was also left a bit of space that can accommodate a cell phone or place paper towels.

Minimalist impression felt in the second row bench. Console only in the back of the left front seat, currently only available on the door hand rest without any console.

Seats were thick with the feel of the city car. Small head rest without being able to be positioned so the standard tool. The exterior also looks flimsy, but the wrapping soft leather material and added comfort. Specifically the type that exceed our tests, finishing beige color makes it look more luxurious.

Oh yes, for safety, seat belt in the four seat, two front and two rear. At the helm seat is equipped with a seat belt pretensioner. Mirage specifically Exceed type is also equipped with airbags on the driver’s position also features antilock brake system (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD)

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Auto Business

Start Your Own Auto Detailing Business from Home

An automobile detailing business gives the pride and satisfaction of owning your own business. This profession requires hard work but is very rewarding. Auto detailers wax and polish the paint, chrome the wheels and clean the seats until the car shines like a new vehicle.

There is considerable difference between full-time professional automobile detailing and amateur detailing. Even the equipment is different. Professional detailing businessmen take great care in selecting supplies because they are consumed at a fast clip. They also pay great attention to price and quality. This is the only way they can beat competition.

Sales skills: You need to spend a lot of time selling your services. Also you need to inspect the customer’s car in his/her presence and point out problems with paint, stains or interiors, and offer to take care of them. This will not only make your customers come back to you but also spread the good word. You also need to promote your automobile detailing business through fliers.

Another good business practice is to offer maintenance contracts consisting of a weekly car wash and two waxes every month. This will help you:

 

  • Get a nice check up front.
  • Have a steady customer
  • Be seen often in an area, which is good for business.

You can conduct a demonstration for the local car club members. Snacks and drinks can be thrown in to make sure that they turn up for demonstration. This may encourage several car owners to entrust the car washing to you. Everyone likes a smart, clean vehicle; no one, however, likes to spend hours cleaning it.

Start up costs: The automobile detailing business is the perfect business for people with small budgets because it can be started with a small investment. Also you may start with detailing cars in the dealers’ showrooms and then move to detailing private cars.

A common way to start an automobile detailing business is to go to customers’ homes and workplaces in a truck, trailer or van and clean their car at their location. You may use the local water supply or carry your own. Working from a fixed site though, you may offer better services. This may include pick and drop facility. However, it is important that your own vehicle or your location should look clean. Otherwise, it will be difficult to convince customers that you can make their cars look sparklingly clean and new.

Big cities like Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta or Los Angeles have around 200 mobile detailers who wash five to ten cars per day, charging $12 to $20 per car. Some may get more and may also make good tips. Additionally, they may detail one or two cars at $60 to $100. In places like Silicon Valley, Century City, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Montecito, Newport Beach, Palm Springs, La Jolla, Laguna Niguel or Rancho Santa Fe, you can even charge $120 to $250 for big cars or SUVs.

The mobile detailers are not a big threat to full service car washes or to long-running fixed site auto detailing businesses because they enjoy strong referrals. Before starting you should study the auto detailing business scene in your area. You must find out the prices that are being charged, and the services that are being offered.

Statistics to make you happy: There are over 100 million cars and trucks on the road, all of which need to be washed regularly. People like to keep their cars for a long time and are willing to get them washed regularly. The competition is low in this business and there is enough opportunity for new entrepreneurs to get in.

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Want Honda NSX sister born?

Honda car manufacturers seem to have the itch to play again in the sports car segment. Having announced the re-birth of a legendary super car, the NSX, Honda was also currently developing a sports car another.

Honda intentions spawned sports car that is smaller than the NSX or ‘Small NSX’s upliftment long blow.

Only, the economic crisis a few years ago forced them to postpone the intention is to eventually present ‘Small NSX’re starting taken seriously.

This car will likely be a successor of the Honda S2000, only Honda would not re-use the name.

“S2000 is discontinue. Yet no plans to continue it.
The new sports car is different from the S2000 is likely to carry a machine that already apply turbocharged direct-injection system.

There are several options that can be the heart of this car include V6 engine capacity of 3.5 liter I-4 engine capacity of 2.4 liters, and the I-4 engine capacity of 2.0 liters with a prime candidate for the 2.4-liter engine.

More than that, there is also the possibility that this car will be brought hybrid system.

This car will have DNA like the NSX and the estimated cost will be in the range U.S. $ 50000-60000 time or approximately USD 478.2 million to USD 573.8 million.

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Auto Service

Check List of Mobile Auto Detailing Equipment

Mobile auto detailing calls for special tools and machinery. While fixed location auto detailing businesses are not limited by space, fuel and water restrictions, or client location conditions, the same does not hold true for mobile auto detailing businesses. They are required to travel to the client site, usually a parking lot at their home or business.

In this way, they clean the maximum number of vehicles in as little time as possible, without access to water, in many cases. This is why auto detailing tools such as car specific pressure washers and low flow carpet cleaners, as well as water efficient steam cleaners, are so much in demand today.

Pressure Washers
Most auto detailing businesses face some restriction on water use, either by legislation or due to lack of water resources in the area. Increased customer awareness also means that people prefer “green” businesses that conserve water. Therefore, they do not like to use car washes perceived to be wasting too much precious water on washing cars, trucks, and RVs. To minimize water use, many auto detailing businesses use pressure washers specifically designed for the car wash industry.

These machines are very water efficient, with flow rates of 0.5 GPM, in comparison to the 3 or 5 GPM machines used in other industries. These pressure washers have pressure levels no higher than 1500 psi, safe and effective for cleaning vehicles. Their high temperature (250°F) removes grease, engine oil, burned petrochemicals, plant sap, and other dirt from the car surface. These machines are used by fixed location and mobile car wash businesses.

You could always use a machine with regular flow rates if water consumption is not an issue. These machines should have pressure levels up to 1500 psi and they generate steam as hot as 330°F. These machines can be either mobile or stationary.

 

Needless to say, mobile car wash equipment is used by mobile auto detailing firms, while fixed location businesses can use either stationary or portable pressure washers. If electricity supply is a problem, use a gasoline or diesel run machine, which can be used outdoors for washing cars.

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners
The interior of cars can be overlooked by inexperienced detailers. But, that isn’t the case with professionals utilizing low-flow carpet and upholstery cleaning machines.

Low flow machines offer tremendous benefits over standard carpet shampooers in that car carpets and seats dry in only a few hours, without compromising on cleaning power. Traditional, high flow equipment requires 24 hours or more in the limited airflow environment of automobiles. This presents a problem to mobile detailers who must return the vehicle to clients in only a matter of hours.

Portable Steam Cleaners
Portable steam cleaners are also used for cleaning car interiors. These machines have very high temperatures of up to 386°F and they generate dry vapor. They do not have the high pressure levels that pressure washers do, but such mobile car wash equipment is ideal for cleaning dashboards, windows, under seats, doors, and spot cleaning rugs and seats without excess moisture.

Many portable steam cleaners have germ destroying mechanisms, which remove more than 99 percent of germs from the surface. Some machines are equipped with HEPA filters that trap microscopic pollen, dust, dander particles, and help sanitize and deodorize car interiors and remove harmful allergy causing substances from such surfaces.

If you are looking for the best car wash machines for both fixed location and mobile car wash equipment, find a dealer that offers value for money. These machines must be durable and more importantly, they should carry suitable warranties.

All pressure washers should carry at least a one year warranty and steam cleaners should have a lifetime warranty on the boiler. There are plenty of brands being sold as car wash equipment but few fit the bill if you are looking for quality, reliability, power, and value; so look around carefully and choose wisely.

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Auto Modification

Wrangler Diesel Ready using Solar

After going through a long process, PT Garansindo Indonesia finally ventured Jeep Wrangler Diesel launched in the Indonesian car market. The vehicle is priced Rp 850 million before taxes.

Interestingly Jeep Wrangler Diesel can now drink bio diesel fuel. “Having a torque or twisting moment the largest in its class, Diesel Jeep Wrangler is one of the awaited models by Jeep enthusiasts. With some improvements and adjustments to the character of the car in Indonesia, this 2012 Jeep Wrangler can be charged Diesel biodiesel,

The base itself is a Jeep Wrangler Diesel Jeep Wrangler Sport. Janya CHEETAH uses the latest Diesel engine, 4-line 2800 cc 16-valve DOHC Chain Driven fogging system with diesel Common Rail Diesel Fuel Injection and in accordance with the Euro II Spec. Non DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter).

Engine mated to an automatic transmission that can generate power 200 hp at 3600 rpm and torque of 460 Nm at 1600-2600 RPM.

In the interior, the Jeep Wrangler Diesel comes with fabric upholstery features Essenstial YESS. Where the upholstery fabric was given a special coating to resist water-like effect taro leaves. On the steering wheel, there is a button speed control, audio and navigation EVIC (Electronic Vehicle Information Center).

Also features CD/MP3 player and radio as well as providing an auxiliary input jack. The connected component speakers with tweeters and 4 details two 6.5-inch speakers (two in rollbar overhead) and 8-inch subwoofer with 368-watt amplifier. Premium sound system brings leading brands, Infinity.

Electronic Security System Stability Control (ESC), Hydraulic Brake Assist, Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) feature that prevents the car overturned. In addition there is an airbag, sentry key, engine immobilizer. Component Hill Star t Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) is also available.

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Used Smart – May Be the Perfect Car For All of Us

If you don’t have a huge family and a great deal of things to tote around town, then a Smart Car may be something that interests you. Many people who have seen the these cars in motion might have been thinking, “Why would anyone want such a small car?” Another thought may be, “If it were in an accident, how would anyone survive?”

There are many questions that pass through the minds of other drivers as they see this unique vehicle tooling around town. There are many questions that should be answered to show drivers that owning a new or Used Smart Car may be the smartest decision they make about driving.

The Smart Car is smaller than most cars on the road, but it is not short on safety. It has acquired the highest safety standards in crash tests from side impact, driver’s side frontal impact and roof strength. It exceeds the Federal Safety Standards as set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is one strong little automobile. It also is one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the road. It is certified as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle, which pleases many environmentalists, which is not easy to do where motor vehicles are involved.

For fuel efficiency, these cars come out on top again. It offers 41 highway miles for every gallon of gas. It is hard to come by a car that is as inexpensive as this to have that kind of gas mileage, unless of course it is a hybrid, which the Smart Car is not. For those who are concerned with the environment and don’t want to spend a lot in gasoline costs, these cars are the smart choice.

If you think insuring your vehicle is expensive, you will be pleasantly surprised at the cost of insuring a New or Used Smart Car. According to automobile insurance companies, these cars are some of the least expensive to insure. Because of its high safety ratings and low cost damage repair, it makes a wonderful asset to any home garage.

It is very difficult to find anything negative about this amazing vehicle. The only downside, is the ability to drive a lot of people. For teenagers, this is a good thing. There is less distraction in the car while they are driving. So, in conclusion, “Why wouldn’t you want to be driving a Smart Car?”

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Lexus Hybrid Competitors Will Launch Q3 SUV

Lexus luxury car manufacturer plans to unveil a new luxury SUV with hybrid power. The car is likely to be smaller than the Lexus RX was prepared to block the rate of the Audi Q3.

Automotive News quoted sources mention them in the Lexus hybrid compact SUV that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

This will be the first hybrid compact SUV in the Lexus brand, in addition to competing with the Audi Q3, the car will compete with the BMW X1.

Well, before sliding at the Geneva Motor Show, Lexus will show the first concept form at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year.

Reportedly from the side of the machine, will use the same engine as the Lexus IS 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor. Typical output hybrid Lexus.