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Fastest Electric Car Record Broken

After working for a long time, the British billionaire finally managed to break the record in the world’s fastest electric car. Shot up to 239.3 km / h, a record was broken.

Unlike other record-breaking attempt the sound of the deafening roar of engines, breaking the speed record for an electric car was silent.

This record was created by wealthy British businessman called Dale Vince. Formerly since 2010 ago, Vince has tried to continue to create a fast electric car electric car finally born named Nemesis. The Fund was willing disbursed.

The goal, Vince wanted to break the speed record for an electric car that is 223.6 miles per hour that had been held by Don Wales of Bluebird Electric since 10 years ago.

But for breaking his record, Nemesis was not ridden by Vince but the young driver named Nick Ponting on a runway near York, England.

Early automobile manufacturing is done in addition to breaking the record Vince is breaking the supposition that an electric car is a car that slow. Initially, Vince built Nemesis of former Lotus Exige bought on eBay.

After that, nearly 1 million pounds he spends Rp 15.4 billion to make electric cars so the car for 2 years workmanship.

“We built a Nemesis to destroy the stereotype of electric cars as something to be slow, boring, not cool,” Vince said as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Vince went on to say that the electric power used by this car is obtained from the application of wind turbines in the car.

With various improvements were made, according to Vince Nemesis on paper could run into figures of 160 km / h in just 8.5 seconds and can actually be driven up to 321 km / h.

The battery is capable of carrying the car picked up Nemesis roam 160-241 km before recharging in just 30 minutes.

While Ponting said that Nemesis is very enjoyable because inconsistent at all speeds.

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Auto Service

Free Car Washes and Customer Service for Mobile Detailers

A free car wash is a great tool to win happy customers and influence new business. It is also a guarantee to customers that if they are not 100% satisfied they will get a free car wash. No questions asked. You should use this technique whenever possible. Every single customer should leave with not only a clean car, but the feeling of just having had a positive experience. This turns into more referrals and happy customers who want more services. Of the many reasons people do not go to car washes, most have to do with customer satisfaction.

A good customer relations technique is to give someone a free car wash. Sometimes a customer may not have been happy with the previous week’s job. This may not totally be your fault, but nevertheless it’s your opportunity to turn their negative experience into a positive one and build your business in the process. We recommend giving a free car wash to anyone unhappy with a previous week’s wash.

Maybe this was the first time they used your service, and their friends have bragged about you so much that no matter how good you are their expectations have become unrealistic and can’t be met. Sometimes they might have a legitimate gripe, like a streaked window, a mirror that wasn’t wiped down, whatever. These things can be worked out. Offer to do their wash free this week. It’s easy and most people will take you up on it. It lets them know you’re serious about customer service – particularly their service. Many times if you offer they won’t accept, but it’s a nice thing to do. The next time you wash their car they may tip you, simply because they feel bad for having complained!

Always ask what it is they didn’t like about your service. It could very well be that their complaint is something you usually don’t look for, like not having wiped down between the grooves on the dashboard or a sticky residue on the center console, but they had assumed you would’ve seen it. Simply meet their needs. We actually got a complaint once about our best crew in Huntington Beach because they didn’t Armor All the inside of the glove box. Oh, by the way, don’t Armor All inside glove boxes. People hate that because it gathers dust afterwards.

You may wash a person’s car only to have them later park it where sprinklers go off and water spots are created. New customers might think you are to blame. Water spots left by our high-pressure systems are usually easy to detect. They are tiny, whereas a large white water spot is created by the calcified water that comes from sprinklers. Rather than argue the point, simply explain the difference and give them a free wash anyway.

 

Sometimes, a bird may come along and ruin all your hard work soon after you finish. You know, birds do sit on telephone poles and watch us work just getting ready to dive bomb the car the second we’re done. The cleaner and more attractive the car, the more the birds seem to like it. If this happens and the customer seems displeased with their Car Wash experience, you obviously have no control over the birds but you do have the ability to wash their car again for free and keep their business.

Money Back

A money-back guarantee is also a good customer satisfaction tool. Many times an unhappy customer won’t accept their money back. They would rather give you a second chance to do a good job. At this point, you should do the same as with a free wash. Give them a little extra attention, find out what they didn’t like and fix it immediately.

Mobile car washes and mobile auto detailers need to be proactive with their customer service policies. If you run a small business remember a little bit of “free service” goes a long way in keeping good customers coming back and promoted longevity and loyalty. It has always worked for us, it can work for you too. What is your favorite price? Think about.

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Auto Service

What is a Car Restoration?

First of all let me tell you a little about what isn’t a car restoration, then we’ll move on to what is a car restoration. Let’s dive right in here, the top of the list of things that a car restoration isn’t starts with a collision repair, at least in the sense that we can break it down, and do a complete full estimate.

I say this because it’s the first thing that I always get asked to do, and it’s the last thing that is possible for us to do. The short sweet explanation is this; we have to tare the entire car apart to do an estimate, and by then the work has already begun.

We can’t just quickly through the car back together so you can take it to the next place. No shop will take a job that has been started by another shop, in most cases. There is a reason behind this, we don’t want to get left with fixing the things that they may, or may not have done.

Lastly on the subject of estimates, you really don’t want to come and take your car away in boxes. This is your other option; doesn’t sound very appealing huh? In the end it is all up to you, but this is one of the main reasons that most real restoration shops will not do an estimate on your car.

My shop most definitely will not do an estimate on your car, and the truth is that we are not a collision shop. We don’t have a book, or a program that gives us a list of hours that it takes to do things. Mostly because there is no way for anybody to know every variable that comes in to play.

 

All though some of the work that we do appears to be allot like collision repair, it is truly nothing like the same thing. We aren’t all about speed, we are about getting it done the right way every time. It can take some time, but it will be right if you have the time to spend.

The next thing that we are not, is a tuner shop. Our shop specializes in cars 1974 and older. We didn’t used to go newer then 1963, but that has changed along with the fact that these cars are getting hard to find these days.

People are restoring cars that used to be considered parts cars. Because they can’t find anything else, this obviously makes extra work for the restoration shop that is doing the work. An average car can cost $100,000 or more in just labor alone.

I tell people to be ready for anything that might happen, it’s always better to be sure that you have what you need before you begin the work. Make sure that you know what you want when the restoration is complete, discuss your vision with the shop that is doing the work.

Make sure that the shop knows what you want when your car is complete. Rather it’s a factory stock restoration, a resto-mod, or a hot rod. In the end for both you and the shop to feel like they had a good experience, discuss every detail of the job with the shop doing the work.

Now for what a restoration is; first of all the restoration shop should be a place that you enjoy visiting, and seeing the progress on your car. OK beyond this a restoration shop does body repair work, interior repair work, mechanical repair work, and the list goes on.

We dismantle the entire car piece by piece, determining what pieces are good, and what pieces need to be fixed, or replaced. This is not the same thing that any collision shop does, they do what it takes to get that car out, and move the next one in.

We look at every parts of the car, not just a damaged quarter panel, or peeling paint. Every job that rolls out of a real restoration shop has to be perfect, and nothing less will do. A restoration shop wears a lot of hats, we are a hot rod shop, a custom car builder, a custom auto paint shop, and more.

Essentially we do what ever the customer wants us to do, we never have use after market parts if the customer doesn’t want us to. If a parts isn’t available, we will fabricate it, yes we ware a lot of hats, and we love it.

We love the creative part of the process, we are in this for the art work sake of the job. Our passion is to see these cars on the road, not to get this one out, so the next one can come in. Our passion is creating show winning cars, and cars that people will love their entire lives.

What is a car restoration, it’s returning your car back to factory, or better specs. It’s being able to customize your car any way you like, you should enjoy the process of a restoration, you should always receive the highest quality work possible, if all of these things happen, you will love it.

In short a car restoration is exactly what you want it to be, nothing more, and nothing less. The whole idea is to have fun, that is what hot rodding, and restoration have been about from the beginning. It’s still the same thing that is has always been, a few guys having a good time with an old car.

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Auto Business

How to Select the Best Auto Detailing Equipment

Quality is the most important consideration when purchasing auto detailing equipment like pressure washers. Auto detailing machines should be durable and powerful, yet they should not damage the vehicle. Commercial auto detailing products are more suitable for the car wash industry because of their excellent quality and productivity-enhancing features.

Some indications that an auto detailing machine is of good quality are listed below:

  1. Powerful Motor: The motor should be robust, with a minimum strength of 0.75 HP. NEMA certification should indicate that the motor has been tested for quality and energy efficiency.
  2. Power Methods: A good quality, global pressure washer supplier offers more than just one option for power; such as 110v-120v, 220-240v, or 440v; single-phase, three-phase; and 50 Hz or 60 Hz.
  3. Heavy Duty Construction: Exteriors should be comprised of corrosion resistant, chip proof, durable powder coated steel. Heating coils should be comprised of rugged stainless steel or schedule 80 heating coils. Ordinary pressure washer parts are made of aluminum, which is a good conductor of heat and electricity but is less stable under prolonged conditions of high temperature and pressure.
  4. Hose: Don’t ignore the hose quality. Hoses used in car wash machines are more than simple rubber tubing. They should be strong enough to withstand high pressure and temperature. The hose, usually made of rubber, should be strengthened with wire. Rubber is stronger and more flexible than synthetics; opt for a rubber hose to use with your car wash machines. Dual layered hoses are best to provide the greatest longevity.

 

Features to Enhance Productivity

Apart from sound construction, the car pressure washer should be designed to increase productivity.

  1. Portability: If you service a large customer base or have a mobile car wash business, it would be a good idea to invest in a portable car pressure washer designed for a mobile car wash. This type of car washing machine is lightweight, compact, and can be rapidly mounted on a trailer. If you work at a fixed location, you may prefer a stationary pressure washer.
  2. High Temperature: Some commercial pressure washers may reach temperatures of 330°F. Others have maximum temperatures of 210°F. Hot water removes grease and petrochemical derivatives and their deposits. For heavy layers of grease, utilizing the steam setting is essential. For this reason, wet steam is the preferred output for auto detailing. Tri-mode pressure cleaners are also available to enable use of hot water, cold water, or wet steam as needed for varying applications.
  3. Low Flow Rate: Working on client location with restrictions on water use would be very difficult if low flow car wash machines are not available. These mobile car wash equipment have flow rates of around 0.5 GPM (compared to the usual 3-5 GPM) and save hundreds of gallons per car during the wash cycle.
  4. Nozzle Spray: The size of a nozzle spray depends on the nozzle construction. This is important because the spray pattern determines the effectiveness of cleaning. A highly pressurized, narrow spray produced by a zero degree nozzle would not be sufficient for cleaning the entire car exterior surface, for example, but it could be used for cleaning tire grooves. Other sizes include 15, 25, and 40 degrees.

Remember that the pressure level should at no point exceed 1500 psi or you risk inflicting damage on the car. Proper selection of the right car detailing machine goes a long way in ensuring a trouble-free work load.

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Auto Modification Auto Products

Custom Clubfitting – What Kind of Car Wash Do You Want?

More and more golf club companies are starting to emphasize custom clubfitting as an option for golfers as opposed to buying their clubs in standard form off the rack.

Custom fitting is very definitely beneficial for average golfers and not just for single digit handicap players. When done properly, custom fitting can reduce and offset some of the poor shotmaking effects of your swing errors. In addition, proper custom fitting makes it easier to take swing lessons and make the changes in the swing to hit the ball better.

If you are thinking about custom fitting for your next driver or set of clubs, there are a few things you need to know to ensure you really do end up with properly custom fit clubs that will improve your game. A colleague of mine in the golf business made what I believe to be a very appropriate analogy between custom clubfitting and getting your car washed.

If your car needs a bath, you can pull out the hose and just spray water on it to wash off the obvious surface dirt. On the other hand, you can also fill a bucket with suds and scrub the dirt off the surface with a sponge. Or, you can pull out all the stops and scrub, detail and wax it. All three examples could be called a car wash.

Custom fitting in the golf industry today is much the same. There is “fitting”, and there is professional custom clubfitting. Examples of a “fitting” include, “6 questions on a web site”, 15 minutes hitting a few balls with a swing computer, or 3 measurements and a response from a golf sales person to the effect of, “I know what you need.”

 

On the other hand, professional custom clubfitting is going to involve a pretty fair amount of your time, often more than one trip to have your swing analysed in detail by a trained and experienced custom Clubmaker so that ALL the possible specifications that make up a set of golf clubs can be pinpointed and selected to match with your strength, size, athletic ability, and especially, the way YOU and only YOU swing.

Professional custom clubfitting really is like the scrub, wax and detail car wash I mentioned before. The other types of fitting are not going to get you really matched well to your clubs to result in the level of improvement that a professional custom fitting can and will do. In other words, which “car wash” do YOU want for your money? So don’t hesitate one more year, go and FIND A CLUBFITTER and you will most definitely see dramatic improvements in your game this year!

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Auto Insurance

Automotive Insurance Rates Affected by Your Town?

The area in which you live does impact the cost of you automotive insurance. It may seem a bit unfair, but it’s true. Locations that have higher crime rates tend to also have higher automotive insurance rates.

Of course, there probably aren’t too many people out there who are willing to shop for a new home in a completely new area, put their houses up for sale, and leave town just to save money on automotive insurance, and that’s completely understandable. That’s why we’re going to offer some tips on how you can possibly lower the cost of your automotive insurance and keep your home.

First, take a look at your vehicle. Was it expensive? Is it flashy? Is it a vehicle that many people would love to drive but can’t afford? If so, your vehicle is at risk for being stolen or burglarized. Vehicles that aren’t at risk for being stolen or burglarized tend to get lower automotive insurance rates. Consider trading your flashy car in for a more subtle ride.

Then, and this is especially important for those of you who aren’t willing to trade your cars in, take a look at your safety components. Do you have any kind of anti-theft system for your vehicle? Having one of these will not only protect your car from being stolen, but it will also protect your valuables inside, i.e., some crook won’t come along and break the window to get your CD collection. This means your automotive insurance rates could be lower since your insurance company won’t have to worry too much about replacing windows.

Finally, take a look at where you park your vehicle. On the side of the street? In a back alley? Consider parking your vehicle in a safe, well-lit, and guarded parking garage. Your insurance company will appreciate your effort to protect your car, and they might just reward you with lower automotive insurance rates.

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Auto Business

Marketing Your Detailing Business to Travelers

The auto detailing market has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. While many businesses find themselves struggling as consumers tighten their belts, auto detailing offers an economical service which extends the value of a vehicle for their customers. This places them in a prime location for not only keeping current customers but expanding to other customers who perhaps hadn’t considered detailing as a viable option. One of the biggest untapped markets for this is the business traveler.

People who often travel for business park at long term parking lots located near airports. The average stay in one of these long term lots is five days. This gives you ample time to go in and detail the car while the owner is away. You can advertise your services through trip planning sites, direct mailshots to companies with a traveling workforce such as sales and insurance companies and also through flyers which can be handed out by the lot attendant. The best way to play up your service to traveling business people is by listing your available service packages with included services bullet-pointed for quick reading. Keep in mind that these potential customers will be pressed for time so ensure your formatting is able to be speed read by them while still covering all the major points of interest. Include your number, website address and any other contact information in bold at the top and bottom of each flyer and include your years of experience as well as any guarantee you offer.

If your business has a shop front in addition to a mobile service, also consider offering long term parking solutions if your location and available space allows it. If your shop is located within 15 miles of the airport you can easily offer a drop off service which will put you ahead of the competition. If this isn’t an option for you, develop and foster relationships with nearby park and ride lots which may offer you a discount for advertising with them. As always, networking relationships with local businesses can yield customers who otherwise wouldn’t be aware of your services.

Since many professionals who travel worth within sales you can also advertise your services at conventions and industry shows which may be hosted in your own city. These professionals often spend their entire day at these conventions and your services can easily be completed during their time there. The speed and convenience of auto detailing means that your services can be offered “on the fly” which makes them more appealing to those who want their cars to be showroom perfect but who simply don’t have the time to drop their vehicles off and wait for them to be detailed.

Marketing to business travelers means playing up the speed and convenience of your services. Keep this demographic in mind when developing flyers or brochures and remember that these potential customers will have less than a minute to evaluate your services and consider your pricing before making their decision. If you offer multiple tier pricing list them from the least expensive to the highest so that they can easily choose the car detailing package that fits both their needs and their budget.

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Auto Business

Fixed Site Auto Detailing Company Strategies and Marketing For 2010

The recession has been very difficult on many companies in the auto sector. Not long ago, I was discussing this with someone who owned a detail shop, that is to say he ran an auto detailing company. He noted that his wholesale business was down by 75% due to the fact that the car dealerships weren’t selling any cars and they didn’t need any new car preps, and they didn’t have any customers requesting detailing as part of their purchase.

Likewise, he indicated to me that no one was trading in their old cars to buy new cars, so there was no used car detailing to be spoken for at the wholesale level. When I asked him about the “Clunkers for Cash” program, he told me when people traded in those Clunkers they went straight to the salvage yard to be crushed, not put back on the lot like other used car trade-ins. Had they been put back on the lot for sale, he might’ve had a chance to get the car dealership to pay him to do some wholesale detailing on each one.

“How about the retail detail business?”

Well, he told me that people were saving their money, and “in fear of a pandemic economic depression or something,” thus, they were not spending money, and he had to let several of his independent contractor detailers go. He said he hated to make the recession locally any worse, by laying-off his workers, but he had no choice because he didn’t have enough business.

He said he was lucky because he could rent out two of his bays out and sublet them to a couple of young kids that were building street car racer aftermarket kits, and if he hadn’t been able to do that he probably would’ve had to close his shop because he wasn’t making any money at all.

 

Now, however he sees light at the end of the tunnel and understands that the economy is now out of recession, and he and I were strategizing on how to market his business to bring the customers back. We determined that it was important to canvass the wealthier areas within a 10 mile radius of his location, and also to target single people between the ages of 25 and 40.

We also determined that it was important to give quick service, or mini-details to get people in and trying his business out. Both of these strategies have worked for my company in the past; The Detail Guys. Indeed, that is what I would recommend to you, if you are trying to figure out ways to market your fixed site auto detailing company in 2010 please consider this.

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Auto Modification Auto Products

The car wants Iron Man? The price is Rp 96 Billion!

Still remember the car Tony Stark aka Iron Man in The Avengers? The car originally had an Acura exorbitant prices reached Rp 95 billion to Rp 96 billion or even if you want additional features.

Avengers is currently exhibiting at the show car modification SEMA Show, Acura Automakers put a sticker price on the car is sophisticated.

Sophistication begins with the addition of radar, body armor until the heat detectors. The machine used was already using palladium and titanium, which has 32 ​​valve powered TOHC 80,000.

The machine is powered by a nitrous fuel-injection system and energy is channeled through 9 Speed ​​HYPER-Shift transmission system.

However, despite their great power, the efficiency of this car can not be underestimated. For in the city the car is able to record tigkat efficiency up to 99.4 km / liter.

While on the freeway, that number rose higher, reaching 128.3 km / liter.

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Auto Products

Aston Martin One-77

As one of the leading luxury car manufacturer, manufacturer of the UK is presenting a car Aston Martin One-77 which is one of the most expensive cars in the world.
With the engine-powered 750hp, 7.3-liter V12, it only takes 3.7 seconds to reach speeds of 100 Km / h.

specifications:
Manufacturer Aston Martin
Production in 2009 (77 units)
Factory Gaydon, Warwickshire, England
Design Body 2-door coupé
Layout FR layout
7.3 L V12 engine
750 bhp (760 PS, 559 kw)
750 Nm (553 lb ft)
Transmission 6-speed automated manual
Weight 1.630 kg (3.594 lb)
Designer Marek Reichman