Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Closer Look at the Toyota Prius C

Toyota's Prius is a hybrid electric vehicle, the best-known name and best-selling vehicle in this category. For more than a decade the Prius has soldiered on, delivering exceptional fuel efficiency for a good price. Beginning in 2011, Toyota started to expand the Prius' line, by bringing to the market more models including a wagon, a plug-in electric model and now a subcompact Prius. That subcompact is called the Prius c, with the "c" standing for city. Prices start under $19,000, making this vehicle one of the most affordable hybrid vehicles on the market.

Engine and Transmission

The Toyota Prius c is powered by a 1.5-liter four cylinder engine. This 16-valve all-aluminum motor comes with variable valve timing and produces 73 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 82 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. With its hybrid system this vehicle produces 99 horsepower.

Toyota pairs the Prius c engine with a continuously variable transmission. This engine has a high 13.4 to 1 compression ratio and measures 2.95 inches bore by 3.33 inches stroke.

Fuel Economy

One of the largest appeals for Prius c shoppers is its excellent fuel efficiency. Around town this vehicle gets 53 mpg. On the highway it returns 46 mpg. Combined, the Prius c gets 50 mpg. With its 9.5-gallon fuel tank the Prius c has a cruising range of approximately 475 miles. This model derives its energy from gasoline and its battery pack. When fueled, this subcompact model takes regular grade gasoline.

Prius c Dimensions

The Prius c weighs just 2,500 pounds and seats five people. Its weight is all the more remarkable given that it also houses a nickel-metal hydride battery pack. This vehicle has 87.4 cubic feet of passenger volume and 17.1 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Sitting on a 100.4-inch wheelbase, the Prius c is 157.3 inches long, 66.7 inches wide and 56.9 inches tall. This model has 38.6 inches of front head room and 37.0 inches of rear head room. Shoulder room measures 52.3 inches in the front and 51.7 inches in the rear. Hip room comes in at 51.0 inches up front and 50.8 inches in the rear. Leg room measures 41.7 inches up front and 35.0 inches in the back seat.

Model Notables

Available in four trim levels, the Prius c offers many features standard. This model includes projector-beam halogen headlamps, color-keyed side mirrors with turn signal indicators, intermittent wipers and a spoiler. Inside, this model offers automatic climate control, an AM/FM CD player with MP3 playback capability, a telescoping steering wheel, power windows, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, map lamps and a rear cargo area lamp.

Available options or upgrades include a navigation system, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a power moonroof and power side mirrors. Various tire and wheel upgrades are also available.

The Prius C comes with nine airbags and is equipped with traction control, stability control, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop technology. This vehicle includes a tire pressure monitoring system, child-protector rear door locks and daytime running lights.

Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance automotive writer. Matt is also a contributing writer for Andy's Auto Sport and affiliated websites, an aftermarket supplier of quality auto parts including Corbeau Seats and Tokico Shocks.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Mitsubishi Mirage Offers Minicar Goodness

Automotive fans may recognize the Mitsubishi Mirage name, once ascribed to a compact car sold by this small, Japanese automotive manufacturer. We haven't seen the Mirage name in more than a decade, but Mitsubishi has dusted off the name and is using it for a new minicar that was launched in Thailand this spring. Although Mitsubishi says that the car will be sold in Canada, its plans for the U.S. market are not quite clear. We think the Mirage will eventually be sold stateside -- please read on for more information about this A-segment entry.

Minicar Competitor

What makes the Mirage a possible player in the small car segment? Firstly, that would be its size. This vehicle is just 146.1 inches long and 65.6 inches wide or a foot shorter than cars like the subcompact Ford Fiesta.

Secondly, cars in this class routinely sell for under $15,000, an affordable price point for most new car buyers. Car prices have been climbing steadily with the average price of a new car now approaching $30,000. With the low price tag, consumers don't have to choose between buying a late model used car and a new car. The Mirage brings affordability to many consumers including first-time car buyers. And with a new car warranty in play, buying new makes much more sense than buying used.

Mitsubishi is outfitting the Mirage with a pair of three-cylinder engines, displacing at 1.0- and 1.2-liters. The larger three will likely be sold in Canada and thus in the United States. This engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission. Expect that this model will sip gas and deliver fuel economy well above 40 mpg.

Body Style

The all-new Mitsubishi Mirage has four doors and a liftback. This car would compete in the relatively new A-segment, minicars that include the Smart Fortwo, Fiat 500, Scion iQ and the Chevrolet Spark. Sales in this segment are limited at this time, thus the hesitancy for Mitsubishi to introduce the Mirage to the U.S. market.

Automotive manufacturers are testing the market to see what cars will sell in what volumes. Perhaps the most important challenge to Mitsubishi as the company considers the Mirage is whether it can turn a profit. Another concern is promotion as the company is investing millions promoting other products including its Outlander SUV. Still, a Mitsubishi Mirage that is priced right and loaded with amenities such as air-conditioning, power windows, an audio system and telematics might appeal to a segment of the car-buying populace. That segment also includes city drivers, people that are likely to appreciate this car's small footprint that is just right for fitting into tight parking spaces.

Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance automotive writer. Matt is also a contributing writer for Andy's Auto Sport and affiliated websites, an aftermarket supplier of quality auto parts including K & N Intake and Corsa Exhaust.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Wireless Electric Car Charging Takes Off in London

In 2012, the matter of wireless charging of electric cars became a major talking point as technology companies took major steps to make it popular

Qualcomm and Charge master

Qualcomm, a mobile technology market leader has united with the London Mayor and UK government. They plan to release a set of wireless electric charging stations for trails in London. There will be 50 different variants of electric cars being used including some Addison Lee taxis. Qualcomm's wireless electric vehicle charging technology is also known as Inductive Power Transfer (IPT). Electric charging kits will be provided by Chargemaster, which will be installed around London.

A major benefit of wireless charging stations is the convenience factor. No longer will electric car drivers have to step out and connect wires to their cars. The technology clearly indicates a step forward within the electric car industry. Such innovation is sure to be heavily relied upon in the future, as electric cars become cheaper and cheaper as they more are purchased. In essence wireless charging stations will add more flexibility to owners. It may also lower car insurance premiums too, adding more security to the way electric vehicles are actually charged.

They are expected to into force in the near future according to both Chargemaster and Qualcomm. First the trails must prove to be successful. One potential hindrance of the technology is the length of time in which a battery needs to fully charge. Some sources believe that the charging points could take up to four hours to give enough power for a whole battery. Will people have enough time to wait around for four hours?

The trails will be costly and will involve the analysis of many factors in order to determine whether it is a success or not. Trails are not expected to be a direct hit or miss in many respects. Depending on how the technology is used, developers could redesign certain aspects or create new elements that add to the technology. Chargemaster have confirmed already that the important aspects of the technology are already in place.

If the trails were indeed a success, this would mean that many public charging points around the UK would have to be rebuilt in order to adapt. Current electric cars will also not be able to simply roll on and utilise the technology instantly but none of them possess the technology to adapt to the system yet. This is where car manufacturers themselves would need to invest and ensure that their vehicles are able to adapt to the charging stations. Their vehicles would somehow need to have the ability to be charged wirelessly.

It is unclear as to when the trails will begin and end as of yet. When they do commence there will be plenty of interest from the public. It may even entice motorists to purchase an electric car.

How it all works

Qualcomm's IPT system works in a complex way. A transmitter pad connects to the vehicle's electric battery via the receiver pad. The receiver and transmission pad must be 400mm apart. The transmitter is conveniently installed within the ground with the receiver pad installed into the base of the car, ensuring a connection can easily be established. This allows the driver to simply drive over the transmission pad in order for the electric battery charging to safely commence.

The system sounds complicated but is in actual fact very easy to use. Even the most non-technical users will have no trouble charging their car using this method.

Oliver Richmond is founder of Servicing Stop.Servicing Stop is one of leading BMW Service website in the UK.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fuel Efficient Cars

ByVince Sandri

It seems like every time we fill up at a gas station, the price of gas has jumped ten cents since the last fill up. It has become clear that gas prices will only rise which is why now more than ever, fuel efficiency has become a desirable trait in vehicles. While hybrids and electric cars have the best fuel efficiency, hybrids are more expensive and electric cars have distance limitations and need chargers. There are a handful of cars that run on gas only and achieve 40 miles per gallon or higher for under $20,000. Here are some of those vehicles.

The 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco tops the list with a fuel economy of 28 MPG city and 42 highway miles with a six-speed manual transmission. The Cruze Eco has a 1.4L, turbocharged Ecotec engine with 138 horsepower. The Cruze Eco also has the option of a six-speed, automatic transmission that has a fuel economy of 26 city and 37 highway MPG. Even though the Cruze Eco is considered a compact car, it has the spaciousness and features of a midsized sedan with ten standard airbags for added safety.

The Cruze Eco is not the only Chevrolet to achieve excellent fuel efficiency. The 2012 Chevy Sonic Eco has a fuel economy of 40 highway MPG. The Sonic Eco is Chevy's replacement for the Aveo and the only small car built in America. It is available as a sedan or five-door hatchback. The Sonic comes with a 1.4L, turbocharged engine that delivers 138 horsepower while achieving 40 MPG on the highway. The Sonic comes standard with ten airbags as well and has more cargo space than the Ford Fiesta.

The Ford Fiesta is Ford's competitor to the Chevy Sonic. The 2012 Ford Fiesta can achieve a fuel economy of 29 city and 40 highway MPG. The design of the Fiesta is based off of popular European designs and comes as a sedan or hatchback. The 1.6L four-cylinder engine gives the Fiesta 120 horsepower. The Ford Fiesta comes standard with seven airbags and traction and stability control as well as an SFE package that includes accessories like a rear spoiler, underbody shields, lower grille blockers, and low-rolling resistance tires for higher fuel efficiency.

The Honda Civic is annually a top fuel efficient pick and the 2012 Honda Civic is no exception. The 2012 Honda Civic has been redesigned for a more spacious interior with an improved engine. Civics are available in coupe or sedan styles with gas or hybrid powered engines. Gasoline powered Civics feature a 1.8L, four-cylinder engine that gets 140 horsepower and 29 city and 41 highway MPG when combined with a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Honda Civics also have improved aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance to maximize fuel efficiency.

So while there seems to be no relief in sight for gas prices, cars are becoming increasingly more fuel efficient. The most fuel efficient gas powered cars are also quite affordable ranging from 12 to 20,000 dollars. Switching to a more fuel efficient car is the best way to decrease fuel costs and protect yourself from rising gas prices.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Alternative Fuels: Basics of Natural Gas (CNG) Car Conversions and Kits

The price of crude oil is getting higher and higher. This has a direct impact on our economy because higher oil prices mean costlier gasoline. For most Americans and their families, car fuel is one of the biggest expenses the pay and it can easily reach over $400 per month. Sure there are opportunities for mass transit, expensive new hybrids, and other alternative fuel vehicles. However, most of these are not practical for the vast majority of Americans. Most people just need the ability to control or reduce their transportation costs.

The US has been using Compressed Natural Gas aka "CNG" ("methane") in homes for decades. It burns very clean, is relatively inexpensive, and we source this fuel domestically in the USA. In fact, most countries in Europe and Asia have also been using CNG as an alternative fuel for vehicles for many years. Other countries use CNG "bi-fuel" engines (runs on either CNG or gasoline) in their cars and trucks. The US is now facing increased gasoline prices and drivers are searching for ways to avoid traditional fossil fuels. To make CNG even more attractive, natural gas prices are near record lows! Gasoline prices are over $4.00 per gallon and CNG less than half that price in most areas. The typical middle class driver can't afford to just sell his/her car and then buy a brand new NGV (natural gas vehicle) for $30,000 (not to mention the vehicle is probably a compact!). This is where the CNG car conversion kit becomes of interest.

CNG car conversion kits have been around for decades and the technology is very reliable. There are two main types of systems: 1) Sequential electronic fuel injection kit- usually the most efficient and technologically sound for OBDII vehicles (1996 and later car models), and 2) The "venturi" or "mixer" system which is cheaper, does not use a computer, and bypasses the injectors. There are also four basic components of the CNG car conversion kit:

1. The CNG cylinder (high pressure tank)

2. Regulator (reduces from high pressure to low pressure)

3. ECU (electronic control unit)

4. Injectors (for sequential fuel injection OBDII kits) or the mixer (for "venturi" or carburetor kits)

The CNG cylinder is typically the single most expensive component of the conversion system, and they are classified as type 1 through 4. Type 1 cylinders are made of heavy steel, and are the most common... mainly because they are most affordable. Type 2, 3, and 4 are composed of steel and/or carbon fiber. Typically, the higher the type, the lighter the weight and the more expensive the cylinder will be. A brand new type 1 CNG cylinder can reach as much as $1500 depending on the volume, while type 4 cylinders can be four or five times as much.

The regulator will bring the 3600 PSI high pressure gas down to a level your engine can utilize. Injectors will then spray the appropriate amount of CNG inside the manifold of your engine for ignition. This process is all controlled by the computer, or "ECU". The ECU will make sure CNG levels are accurate and safe for your engine. Too much CNG can burn your valves since CNG burns at about 120-130 octane. The ECU is connected to your vehicle's OBDII computer and calibrated by software (which will come with a good CNG conversion kit). Bi-fuel CNG conversion kits like this will allow the driver to operate on gasoline or CNG. The kit will have a small switch to install on your dash which will allow the driver to change fuel types even while the engine is running. Your original gasoline fuel system is not damaged in any way (if installed correctly). A benefit of bi-fuel CNG conversion kits is they allow the driver to utilize CNG while commuting or driving around town and CNG pumps are usually more convenient, but they also allow the driver to use traditional gasoline on longer road trips where CNG may not be available. The CNG infrastructure is growing each day, so if CNG is not convenient for you then it soon should be!

CNG conversion systems can cost anywhere from $1,000 up to several thousand dollars for newer EPA certified kits. This price does NOT include the cost of the cylinder. In a state like California, the CARB won't let you legally install anything but an expensive EPA certified kit. Further, you can only install the kits on certain vehicle and engine types.

A CNG conversion kit can be installed within four to eight hours on most vehicles. You should try to find a mechanic with CNG experience or at least use an ASE certified mechanic.

Not all CNG conversion kits are equal. Please be aware of exactly what your are buying. Also, your local government rules and regulations can be very confusing and maybe even restrictive to certain CNG components.

Brent Skipper


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

AC Motors for Electric Cars

ByGil Norman

Electric cars have been around for a very long time now but the idea of driving one has never really caught on with the public until recently. The difference between an electric car motor and a hybrid is that electric cars are powered exclusively by electricity. Unlike a hybrid that uses a battery and motor to improve efficiency of its gasoline-fueled motor.

Batteries have improved over the years. The storage and cost of production of the batteries needed to power electric cars have always greatly changed. They are now more efficient, less expensive, and perform much longer than the outdated batteries of yesterday.

As you may be well aware, the motor is the heart of any vehicle. It is often the motor that is defining and sometimes limiting its performance. Electric cars can use either an AC or DC motor. Majority of the DC motors used in electric cars come from the electric forklift industry and may run from 96 to 192 volts.

If the electric vehicle is powered by an AC motor then the probability of it running 3 phase AC motor at 240 volts is high. It might also have its own 300 volt battery pack. DC motors are no doubt simpler and less expensive compared to its AC electric car motor counterpart. A typical DC motor will be around in the 20,000 watt - 30,000 watt range while a typical controller will be in the 40,000-watt to 60,000-watt range (for example, a 96-volt controller will deliver a maximum of 400 or 600 amps). The nice thing about DC motors is that you can overdrive them.

Now let us compare that to the AC electric car motor. An AC motor selection or AC controllers may require a matching motor and most of the AC motors that are being marketed for electronic vehicles may come with a controller. The controllers that come with it may often include a built-in charger and DC-DC converter.

The power AC inverter is the main part of the electrical system of the AC EV motor car, and its role is simple. It should effortlessly convert the battery energy to the form that is deemed usable for the AC motor, and to deliver the right amount of this energy per driver's demand.

AC installations allow you to use almost any kind of industrial three-phase AC motor. This is an advantage for you because that can mean that finding a motor with a specific size, power rating, and shape is so much easier to do. Another advantage of AC motors in electric cars is that most of them have a regen feature built into them. What that means is that when you hit the breaks or during breaking the AC EV motor in your vehicle turns into a generator and delivers power back into your batteries.

Other advantages when using or choosing the AC electric car motor are; electronic reverse, ability to adapt exact characteristics of the motor which also includes the throttle and brake potentiometers parameters, battery, and other hardware parameters via software, integrated components (main contactors and DC-DC converter), lack of brushes, high top RPM limit (about 10,000 for this motor), water cooling and high reliability.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

10 Good Reasons For Using Hydrogen For Cars

With today's fuel prices increasing at a fast rate and global warming a worldwide threat, many people are looking for ways to use less fuel. Hydrogen for cars is one way to reduce your fuel cost with hundreds of dollars every month, increase the engine's horsepower and torque, make your car's engine live longer with less costs. This fuel saver is also known as hydrogen Booster, hydrogen injection or even hydrogen additive technology, no matter what you call it, they all work very similar and is becoming very popular. Hydrogen for cars booster is a system that helps turn water into hydrogen to operate your car. This Hydrogen for cars is good news for many reasons.

Here are 10 reasons why Hydrogen for cars is good

It Helps save money on fuel and helps your gasoline burn more efficiently and increases your vehicle's gas mileage between 25% and 50%.
Increases engine performance and decrease emissions at the same time.
Helps improve efficiency of the fuel combustion, whether it be diesel or gasoline.
Works for cars, motorcycles, trucks-rigs and even motor-homes whether old or new.
It will help eliminate carbon deposits caused by unburned gasoline.
The Hydrogen for cars (HHO gas) changes the combustion cycle and makes it more even. It makes the engine more quiet and calm.
Hydrogen for cars will make your car a water hybrid and will save you on fuel cost.
Uses little electricity from your car battery to cause water to turn into HHO gas. This is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen also known as Brown Gas. It burns smoothly and releases a lot of energy. The result of this process is Water.
A small container filled with water is placed in the car, under the hood. The device is supplied with electricity (12 volts) from the battery and via electrolysis it produces HHO gas. The Hydrogen for cars is supplied to the engine via intake manifold or carb. The gas then helps your gasoline burn more efficiently. That added combustion of the hydrogen gives you more power, and ultimately requires less gasoline to run your engine, resulting, in better gas mileage.
It is very safe because the compustible gas is extracted on demand and burned steadily from the water.It is easy to set up and operate. It can be easily produced using a homemade generator with water and will increase your gas mileage.

Did you know that the HHO known as Browns Gas was discovered by William A. Rhodes in 1961 and patent in 1962. This means that it has been around for 50 decade. So why the big secret? If hydrogen for cars reduces your fuel cost with hundreds of dollars every month, increase the engine's horsepower and torque, make your car's engine live longer with less costs why not let everyone in on the good news. Simply put there are Big oil companies that don't want you to know that Hydrogen fuel is cheaper, safer and more powerful than any other existing fuel today.

Hopefully you know a little bit more about what hydrogen for cars is and how it works. What it is useful for and how it can help you.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Infiniti LE Luxury Sedan Gives Green Car Manufacturers a Run For Their Money

Nissan is ahead of the game again with plans to release the first ever mass-marketed electric luxury sedan in 2014. The company's luxury division, Infiniti, unveiled the Infiniti LE model at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The car has many of the qualities of a high-end luxury vehicle, albeit with zero emissions and innovative green technology.

Sleek Aerodynamic Design

Infiniti designed the LE with the idea that "zero emission does not have to be small" in mind. The car is 186.4 inches long, a significant increase from the usual hatchback models on the market, and more in line with the company's G37 Sedan. The LE also features a sleek aerodynamic design, with flowing lines reminiscent of a Japanese kimono. The double arch-grille, rear pillar with a crescent cut, and blue LED lights flowing from front to back, are signature design elements that give the LE a much cleaner, more modern look than EV models from years past. Moreover, the aluminum alloy wheels, rear aero diffuser, and front, side, and rear spoilers ensure that this model will get the most out of every mile.

Advanced EV Power and Technology

The Infiniti LE will use a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery to power the electric motor that can run at 134 horsepower with 240 pounds feet of torque. Infiniti estimates that the vehicle will be able to get 100 miles of range. While this is a slight improvement over their earlier model, the Nissan Leaf, the innovative charging technology is really what shoots this car to the top of its game. The battery can be charged with a wireless charging port, which uses a charging pad in the garage to juice up the car. The charging pad uses inductive energy flow and a magnetic field to activate an electric current in the battery of the car. This makes charging convenient, cable-free, and safe. Alternatively, LE owners can use the quick charger, which can be plugged into the front grille of the car under the Infiniti emblem.

Luxury Features

Like all the vehicles in the Infiniti line, the main focus is on luxury, comfort, and convenience. The LE does not fail here, with a roomy interior featuring suede seats with mesh fabric covers and leather trim. The twin-screen display system will have Internet access, a navigation system, a feature that automatically pinpoints charging stations, Nissan's Intelligent Park Assist, and Infiniti's exclusive 24-hour Personal Assistant concierge service. In addition, drivers can program the twin display system to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior of the car at designated times. All these features attest to Infiniti's claim that they wanted the LE to be a luxury sedan before an electric car.

With models like the Infiniti LE in production, the future is looking bright for electric cars. Although the boxy, unsightly electric cars of yesteryear are not extinct yet, companies like Nissan remind us that going green does not have to mean sacrificing style and comfort.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Are Solar Powered Cars the Future?

Every time you pull up to a gas pump to full your tank you're probably cringing at the cost per gallon. With the prices of gas at an all-time high, people are jumping on the bandwagon of electric cars and hybrids. Having one of these cars can save you some money while reducing the harmful emissions produced from burning fuel. This is all good and well to invest in, but hybrids still run on gasoline at the end of the day and electric cars, for lack of a better explanation, use your electricity. You're still spending money to use your car whether you like it or not. But what if there was another way to drive without harming the planet and can save you money in the process?

Solar power is the world's number one source of renewable energy currently and it's only going to become more popular as time goes on. Over 1 million homes and businesses in the United States have already gone solar, with many more in the process of joining them. If you research solar on the internet, you'll find that there are many solar powered hand held objects; for instance there are solar powered flash lights, backpacks, cell phone charges, hand held lights, driveway lights, and even water bottles. So if we can invent ways to power our everyday objects and energy needs, then why haven't we established a solar powered car? Many would think that just strapping a panel or two to the roof of a car would suffice. But it doesn't work like that.

Retaining enough of the sun's energy to power a full sized sedan is more difficult than you think. For one, it's difficult to move such a heavy object by just using the sun. Cars need to much lighter in order for the idea to work effectively. There are several events each year where engineers and inventors race their very own solar powered vehicles. If you do you research, you'll see that most of them are extremely small, usually fit one person, and resemble something out of a space movie. You might be thinking, "well we have Smart Cars, Mini Coopers, and Fiat's popping up everywhere", while that may be true, you have to also think about how many people are in your average American family today. According to the 2010 census, there's an average of 2.59 people living in the average US home. If you take the idea of a solar powered car as it is right now, it wouldn't be a working idea. The more people you put into a car the heavier it will be (duh).

Aside from the car not being able to drive with the current solar powered car technology, it's pretty costly build. To reconfigure an entire car to drive 100% on solar would cost thousands to complete, maybe more. The car would need to be a totally different design than today's cars; more aerodynamic to move freely, more roof space to utilize the maximum amount of solar panels, and weigh less to actually keep its efficiency.

But most importantly, solar panels need sunny days to function. What happens when it's raining out or overcast? Would it keep you from driving to your destination? Solar generated on a sunny day would need to be stored in extra batteries inside of the car (also making the car heavier). Also, not everyone drives during the day. What would happen if you took your solar powered car out at night? That's another technological glitch these solar car inventors are working on.

Don't fret because solar powered cars will one day become a reality. The technology is constantly advancing into better, more productive ways every day. And although we can't effectively use solar to power the entire car right now, we can use panels to power parts of the car; such as the air conditioner, radio, and even the headlights!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Electric Powered Vehicles: Hype or the Future?

It's election year, so why wouldn't politicians jump on an easy target to benefit their agendas? Lets face it, life revolves around the all mighty dollar and, in too many cases, greed and power. We as consumers need to peel away the BS and discover for ourselves if electric powered vehicles could make sense for our future as individuals, and the country as a whole. Just like many of you, we had a lot of unanswered questions and really didn't know what to believe. It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when alternatives to oil will become absolutely critical.

In this article, we will begin to uncover the truth about electric powered vehicles. What does it actually cost to own and operate an electric powered vehicle? Are there potential cost savings to owning one? Is it truly environmentally friendly? How easy are they to live with? Even if you currently have no interest in owning an electric vehicle right now, this is something you should become aware of.

To start with, we'll briefly explain the four categories electric vehicles (EVs) typically fall into:

Hybrid Electric

A hybrid electric vehicle uses a battery-powered electric motor to supplement its traditional gas powered engine. The addition of the electric motor helps to reduce idling and enables the vehicle to operate with zero emissions at low speeds, typically below 40 miles per hour. At higher speeds, the gas powered engine drives the vehicle.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

A plug-in hybrid vehicle is similar to a standard hybrid in that it combines an electric motor with a traditional gas powered engine. The difference is that it uses a larger battery which can be recharged by plugging the vehicle into an electrical outlet. As a result of this larger battery, the vehicle receives more power from electricity therefore increasing fuel economy.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

These vehicles run solely on electricity and have no gas engines, therefore they produce zero tailpipe emissions. As a result of running exclusively on a battery, it is necessary to remain within the vehicle's range until the next available charge.

Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (ER-EVs)

Extended-range electric vehicles have both an electric motor and a gas powered generator. The electric motor directly propels the vehicle for the first 25 to 50 miles. After that, the on-board gasoline "generator" provides electricity to the motor. (The gas engine does not actually provide power to the wheels directly, instead it charges the battery which powers the electric motor.) This eliminates the need to drive within a limited range as it can continue to run on gasoline.

Our first EV test vehicle was a Chevy Volt, therefore will make a few references about our experiences with it in this article.

Available Incentives to Help Purchase an EV

The cost to design and build EVs are higher for manufacturers since it is still new technology and they do not have the benefit of economies of scale. In order to help entice consumers to make an EV purchase, the Federal Government and many state governments offer incentives. At the time this article was published, the Federal Government incentive for purchasing a new EV ranged from a $2,500 to $7,500 tax credit, depending on the type of EV and your filing status. There are also talks of increasing the Federal tax credit maximum amount to $10,000 and/or providing the credit at the time of purchase versus having to wait until you file your taxes as currently is the case.

A vehicle that has a potential tax credit is often marketed as having a flat tax credit amount, of course advertised as the maximum in the range. In reality, it's only worth that amount if your total Federal tax bill is as much or more for that fiscal year. In the case of the Volt which is eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit, if you owe $6,000 in Federal income tax the year you purchase the car you'd receive a $6,000 benefit. The remaining difference can not be applied against the following year's taxes. If you opt to lease an EV car which qualifies for the incentive, the monetary credit stays with the leasing company who is the actual owner of the vehicle. Don't worry though, in most cases the tax credit has been factored into the cost of the lease so you are still gaining the benefit.

Many states also offer additional incentives from tax credits, such as Colorado's credit of up to $6,000, to other forms of incentives such as the state of California offering the sought-after car-pool lane access to EV owners. Knowing the potential incentives available to you can dramatically influence your purchasing decision.

Government Subsidies

It's interesting to hear how many people are so against the government subsidizing EVs. Yet, we don't hear much about how oil production is among the most heavily subsidized businesses in the U.S., despite being a hugely profitable industry. The International Energy Agency estimates that in 2009, governments worldwide spent $300 billion subsidizing fossil fuels. In 2010, that number grew to a staggering $409 billion. The U.S. alone averages approximately $4 billion per year in subsidies to the oil industry. Why doesn't this receive more attention? The reason is simple. "For the last decade, the oil industry has been one of the most powerful lobbying constituencies in Washington. It has spent nearly a billion dollars on federal lobbying since 1998." (1) What motivation would there be for affected political leaders to impart a change?

Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Level 1 - Most EVs purchased will come standard with a Level 1 charging station which you can simply plug into a standard 110 volt AC house outlet, just as you would a cell phone charger or coffee maker. This type of charger is also often referred to as an "over-night charging station" because of the amount of time it takes to fully charge a depleted battery. Keep in mind the bigger the battery, the more juice required when fully depleted. Using a level 1 charger, a Plug-in Hybrid may only take approximately 3 hours to fully charge, an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle 10 - 12 hours, whereas a Battery Electric Vehicle is approximately 17 hours from a depleted battery.

Level 2 - This type of charging station uses between a 208 through 240 volt AC outlet depending upon the station you purchase. It is important to look at the specific EV voltage the vehicle will accept in order to mate it with the appropriate charging station. If it will accept a 220 volt power supply, that is the same outlet typically used to run a clothes dryer. The benefit of a Level 2 charging station is the significant reduction of time to charge an EV. As an example, a Chevy Volt can be fully charged from a depleted battery in about 4 hours. The approximate one-time expense for the equipment and installation is typically between $1,500 - $2,000.

Level 3 - This is often called a "fast charge" station and uses a 480 volt DC power supply. The drawback is that these will not typically be available in residential areas because it's beyond the capabilities of existing transformers. This charging station will be seen most often in commercial areas. For EVs that are capable of using this type of charging station, it can charge a depleted battery in approximately 30 minutes.

To determine what level charging station is best for you, give some thought to when you would most likely be charging the battery and how much of a charge will be needed. If it'll be exclusively overnight, a Level 1 charging station might be just fine. Even now in it's relative infancy, you can buy a level 2 charging station from Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon and many other Big Box Outlets.

Where people can recharge their EV doesn't stop at home. Several cities are also beginning to install charging stations with many others conducting research on the viability of moving forward with the project. The city of Chicago has already begun installations of a massive project which promises to include 280 charging stations in the city and surrounding region within a year. Of these stations, there will be a total of 73 level three stations. California just recently announced that a minimum of 200 level 3 charging stations will be installed and in addition to creating the infrastructure for 10,000 plug-in units. Even with Hawaii having the highest electricity costs, they are adding over 200 public charging stations. This trend is continuing to grow contrary to reports of the EV demise. Imagine being at work, plugging in at no or little extra cost and having no fuel bill?

To find public charging stations in your area may take some time unless you're lucky. We were not able to find a single website that listed all charging stations in our area (Connecticut) and recommend you take the time to search multiple sites when you do your research. Like most technologies, this will evolve and potentially grow with time. Remember when the home computer was such a novelty?

Electricity's Not Free, So What Does it Actually Cost?

While driving an EV will reduce or potentially eliminate the need for purchasing gasoline, it still costs money to charge the battery. The factors that will impact the cost are how much power is required to charge your EV's battery, and what your electric provider's fees are. To give you a rough idea, using the U.S. average electric rates it costs approximately $1.50 to charge a fully depleted Chevy Volt battery. Living in CT where energy rates are towards the most expensive in the U.S., it still only cost us about $1.80 to fully charge a depleted Volt battery. Keep in mind that if you don't fully drain the battery, it won't require a full charge.

When evaluating electricity pricing, below are a few items we suggest you look into.

• Does your electric provider have a flat charge or a tiered rate structure based on the amount of electricity used?

• Do they utilize "smart grids" where your rate varies depending on consumption in the area (typically at night) results in a discounted price?

• Do they offer an EV owner discount?

• Are you able to change suppliers and if so, are there any that offer lower rates?

When looking at costs, be aware that there are additional fees other than just the electricity supply service charge. In our case there are also a delivery service charges representing a Generation service charge, Transmission charge, Distribution charge, CTA charge, FMCC delivery charge, and a combined public benefit charge. Enough different charges?

Saving the Planet! But Is Electricity Really Green?

A selling point many people make about transitioning to electric powered vehicles is how environmentally friendly they are. While it's true that EVs reduce tailpipe emissions or depending on the type of EV, even eliminate them completely, there's more to it. To really determine if an EV will truly be Green where you'll be using it most, take a look at how your electricity is being produced.

Most of the U.S.'s electricity is produced domestically and is often times delivered from a mix of power plants including coal, nuclear, natural gas, petroleum, and renewable sources. The type of power plants vary by region, therefore it's important to examine these vehicles on a regional basis in order to better understand their environmental impact.

The time of day the EV will be recharged also plays a role on how Green the electricity is. The generation mix at the time of charging is different based on the time of day, time of year, geographic region, and load patterns. Sharp summer peaks are caused by air conditioning demand, although such peaks typically occur in the afternoon. Overnight when businesses are closed, demand is at its lowest. As a result of this, the power plants that are most expensive to operate and easiest to power down such as old coal and natural gas, get turned off. Other plants that have less expensive operating costs and are harder to turn off such as wind, hydroelectric and nuclear, are kept running.

Even if you live in an area where the production of electricity is not typically produced using clean methods, you might have the option to change it to a clean source. Regardless of where you live, this is worth looking into. While we have not yet purchased an EV, it did spur us to look into the different alternative energy sources. Our current supplier charges 8.25 cents per kW and uses a mix of various energy sources including coal. Our state allows us the option to use another supplier, and we found a 100% renewable energy source (primarily wind in our case) that has a rate of 7.99 cents per kW. Yes, that same company also offers coal produced electricity at a lower rate of 7.39 cents per kW, but the switch to clean energy still provides a savings.

According to electric vehicle manufacturers and other sources we saw, the impact of producing the lithium-ion battery is less than or equal to the impact of producing a similar gas car. More than 95% of the battery materials can be recycled or reused with minimal environmental impact. The minerals used in these types of batteries are expensive, so it's not hard to imagine companies being especially motivated to find methods of reusing them.

Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

Every President dating back to Nixon has stated the need to formulate methods to control our energy future and reduce dependence on foreign oil. The U.S. has around 2.5% of the world's oil reserves but uses about 20%. While those statistics vary depending upon the source, it's clear that we are heavily dependent upon foreign sources of oil. Approximately 70% of America's daily oil consumption is currently used in transportation, therefore this is a major area that deserves attention. As other countries continue to increase their oil reserve demand, gas prices will continue to rise. In 2010, China alone added approximately 10 million cars to the road. President Obama's All In energy policy (one that Bush advocated and that McCain supported as well) attempts to reduce our dependency on oil. This is not a left or right political issue nor is it something that can be solved over night. It is however, an issue that we need to address together as a nation. This is yet another benefit of electric vehicles and reasoning of why government (Federal and state) is providing incentives.


We recognize this article only touches upon the vast information available on this topic. What we hope is that it will spur some additional thought about EVs, and maybe even just related environmental concerns in general. Why not go test drive one yourself?

Reference: (1) NY Times

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nissan Future Models Go Electric

Electric cars... a few decades ago the mere thought of a mass produced battery powered car would've been laughable, but then again a century ago the thought of a man walking on the moon would've been unthinkable. Thanks to sheer dedication and passion for innovation, companies like Nissan strive to make the impossible, possible and they won't give up until they do.

It might surprise many to know that Nissan's electric vehicle research dates back as far as the 1940's when it released its first electric vehicle in 1947, the Tama EV which was equipped with lead batteries. In 1997 it released the Prairie Joy EV and then in 2005 the Nissan Pivo followed by the Pivo 2. With various limitations such as short cruising ranges none of these vehicles really took flight. That was until 2009 when Nissan announced its latest and so far greatest EV yet, the all-electric, 5-seater Nissan LEAF.

In 2010 the LEAF was launched in Japan, Europe and the United States and received a positive response from owners and the motoring industry alike earning it the coveted 2011 World Car of the Year title along with many other international awards.

Though the Nissan LEAF might not produce sports car performance and SUV capability it delivers ample power and torque to get the driver from A to B and back. It's 80kW and 280Nm electric motor lets you travel distances of up to 160km on one charge while it's capable of reaching a maximum speed of 145km/h. And charging it is effortless and hassle-free. The Nissan LEAF is powered by a lithium-ion battery and can be plugged into your regular household socket, while it takes around 8 hours to fully charge.

This Nissan future model isn't just 100% electric and fully rechargeable, but also promises low fuel consumption and zero gas emissions making it likely the greenest car on the planet today. Though we often find it hard to quantify the reduction in damage on the planet that fewer emissions will achieve, Nissan explained it in simple terms in a recent update. If the LEAF units already sold were powered by gasoline, it would've emitted 17,633 tons of CO2 and for a forest to process that amount of CO2 it would require 1,261,643 trees. When looking at the numbers, EVs do seem like the logical move forward for the motoring industry. And more future Nissan models are expected to follow in the LEAF's emission-free tracks.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How Can You Get Rid of Your Junk Car and Still Get Something From It?

ByShanu R

There are tons of people who have junk cars that they no longer use. They often find themselves stuck with these cars, because they do not know how to get rid of them; not a lot of people want to purchase cars that no longer work, unless they are collectors' items. But, owners of junk cars often wrongly believe that these cars no longer have any value. These people are mistaken. This assumption is often based on the fact that cars depreciate in value. And it is very hard to find buyers for cars that no longer work. However, all cars, no matter how bad their conditions are, have some value. Nowadays, there is a small group of people who are interested in old model junk cars.

These people will often purchase these and then spend money fixing them up. If your car is an old model, you may want to find out if it is by any chance a collectors' item. The best way to do so is to do a simple online search. If it is a collectors' item then you will certainly be able to find interested buyers. Because there are many people who can afford to collect cars and invest money in repairing them, it may take you a while to find an interested buyer. But, it is still much better than having the car sitting in your yard and depreciating further in value.

The best way for you to find an interested buyer is to get in touch with the different clubs that exist for people who enjoy collecting old cars and fixing them up. Advertise your car with these clubs and you may be lucky enough to find an interested buyer. Unfortunately, as with all kinds of used and old cars, you will not get lot of money for your junk car, especially if it is not in working order. But, this is a much more preferable alternative to getting absolutely nothing for it. Some junk car owners allow their cars taken away without seeking any kind of compensation. This is a grave mistake to make because the company towing the car will make some money from it while you get absolutely zero.

If your car is not a collector's item and you are unable to find an interested buyer, your next best bet is to sell it to a junkyard. There are tons of junkyards that can be found in industrial areas of all major cities. You can also call them up if you can find their phone numbers on the internet or in the phone book. Junk car dealers purchase old and non-functional cars, and then sell them off again. Before they sell them off they will take them apart. They will reuse the parts that are still working, or sell them off. These include tires, car radios, seats, etc. They will also take apart the body of the car and then sell the metal pieces off to metal recycling plants. The great thing about junk car removal companies is that they will come to where the junk car is located and tow it away once you have completed your transaction with them.

This means that you do not have to worry about getting it to them, as you may have to if you sell it to a car collector. So if you have a junk car that you no longer want, you no longer have to get despair. There are things that you can do to get rid of it. And, the great thing about this is that you can earn some extra cash in the process, so it will not be a complete loss for you. But, you should be aware that you will not get a lot of money for it.

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How to Get a Good Deal From a Junk Car Buying Company?

ByShanu R

If you have an old and non-operational car then it is a junk car. You may want to get rid of it, but you are not sure how to go about doing it. You may be considering getting in touch with one of the numerous companies that advertise themselves as saying 'we buy junk cars. However, before you go ahead and get in touch, there are a couple of things that you should be aware of to ensure that you get a good deal for your junk car. There are tons of companies that are unscrupulous, and not just in the junk car industry. So you always have to be careful when you go about making the decision of selling your car to them.

Firstly, you have to ensure that you get a good deal for your car and that you are not cheated. The most obvious way in which you can do so is to shop around. Get in touch with as many junkyards as you can. If your car is immobile invite them to see it and then make you an offer to purchase it if they are interested. Once you have received offers from several companies you will then be able to compare them and select the one that offers you the best price. With such a transaction you are allowed to negotiate with them. Remember that they are not doing you a favour. They will also be making money from the car. Avoid companies that try to offer you a price that they are not prepared to negotiate.

Also, you should avoid companies that want to charge you, or deduct from their offer price, the cost of towing the car to their premises. They should be able to do this at no cost to you whatsoever. A company that tries to make you pay for the towing costs in some way is not a reliable company so you cannot be sure that they are offering you a fair price. Also be aware that like in other industries there are fly-by-night companies that are not ethical in their behaviour. So make sure that they make their offer to you on paper. If you accept their offer they should be able to pay you the total amount at once. If they want to stagger their payments, there could be a problem and you may not receive all the money that was promised to you. At this point it may be too late to get the car back because these junkyards often dismantle the cars and then sell them off in parts.

Moreover, both parties should agree to the payment method during the negotiations. Make sure that you insist on a payment method that is full proof and will guarantee you getting all of your money. For example, try not to accept payment in the form of checks, sometimes they bounce. Try to get payment in cash or as a direct deposit into your bank account. This is the best way for you to guarantee that you will get all of the money that is promised to you. If the company insists on signing a contract, you should make sure that you read it carefully. There could be hidden fees that they did not previously discuss with you which could greatly reduce the amount of money that you end up getting. For example, the towing costs.

Once you receive the payment from the company you will have to transfer ownership to them. It is important to them that they receive proof that you are actually the owner in the form of a title to the car. This is because it is illegal to purchase a car that has been stolen. So make sure that you have this documentation ready when they need it.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Getting An Expat Car In Singapore

ByLester Lim

Moving to a new country like Singapore can be exciting, and one of the most challenging things associated with the move could be . Everything is new, including the language, the culture, the people, and the city. Figuring out how to navigate a new city in a new environment can be overwhelming, but it is important to do it so that you can be comfortably settled in your new home.

When you move to a new country, you have to figure out where the grocery stores are, how to turn on your utilities, how to move your belongings from overseas, and perhaps how to purchase a car. As an expat, purchasing a new car can be complicated. For expats who need a car in Singapore, it can also be expensive.

When you arrive in Singapore, you will be able to drive a car under an international driver's license. However, you should keep in mind that this is only valid for 12 months. If you plan to stay in the country much longer, you will need to convert your license to a local license. The process is simple, but could take some time so it is best to plan ahead as much as possible.

Another thing to think about is car insurance. Most expats who move to Singapore notice that the car insurance process is similar to the process in Western countries. Coverage and cost are similar. One thing to note, however, is price fluctuations. If the car insurance industry has a particularly bad year, the cost is passed to the consumer, who will notice an increase in his or her premiums.

Purchasing a new or used car in Singapore is another story. It is relatively easy to purchase a car in Singapore, but cars tend to be very expensive as a 10-year Certificate of Entitlement, or COE, is required. A COE is required for all new cars in Singapore, and the system was designed to keep traffic at reasonable levels. The Singapore government, aware of their small country's limited space, wanted to come up with a way to keep traffic jams down. Their solution was the Vehicle Quote System, or VQS, which allows the government to control the number of vehicles that are on the streets. Every year, a certain number of COEs are issued, depending on how many cars were taken off the road that year, and people purchase them. During years where few COEs are made available, the certificate can be extremely expensive.

Many expats who move to Singapore and need a car choose to work with a full service car company that will help with all of their expat car needs in Singapore, from purchasing a car, to finding insurance, to securing all the necessary paperwork required by the government. One such company is M9 Automobile Pte Ltd, and it is one of the largest car dealers in Singapore specializing in expat cars. If you are in need of an expat car in Singapore, look for the experts who will help you navigate the process and make everything a little simpler for you.

M9 Automobile Pte Ltd is your one-stop centre for all matters pertaining to your expat car needs - buy, sell, rent or lease a car. Let the expat car expert of Singapore manage your motoring needs, through all the processes and paperwork, and make it a hassle-free experience for you.

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The Easiest Way to Get Cash for Junk Cars

ByPrem Nair

Many people have junk cars just sitting in their back yards. This is because they simply have no idea what to do with them once they stop working and they no longer need them. Many owners have given up any hope of ever being able to sell these cars to private buyers. They believe that these cars no longer have any value. But, this assumption is incorrect. There are some buyers who are interested in junk cars, no matter their condition. In fact, these places will even pay cash for these cars. There are still some uses for junk cars, and these buyers recognize this fact. So they specialize in paying cash for junk cars and make profits.

Before any owner has their car dumped they should first think about selling the car to a junk-yard. This way they can still get something out of the car. Some people stupidly have their junk cars towed away for nothing and will even pay for the towing service not knowing that they could have had some extra money. All large cities have a lot of junk-yards located in the industrial areas. It is easy to find the contact details for these yards. Phone-books will carry their phone numbers and they will also be listed on relevant directories on the internet. It is best to contact as many of these companies as possible to be able to shop around and try to secure the best possible deal.

The junk-yards have a couple of uses for each car that they purchase. They usually take the car apart and then do different things with it. The first thing that they do is salvage the parts that can still be used. They then sell these off to car repair shops and mechanics. They also sell off different things such as the rims and the sound system. Then whatever metal parts cannot be reused, including the skeleton of the car, they sell to metal recycling parts. Metal recycling is a huge industry because it is cheaper for manufacturers to purchase recycled metal than it is for them to purchase newly produced metal. This is because it is more expensive, and requires more energy, in order to mine, produce and transport new metal. It is also very good for the environment to recycle the metal as it is not biodegradable.

So, the junk-yards will be making a fair amount of money from the junk car so there is no reason why you as the owner should have to settle for nothing in exchange for getting rid of the car. But, to make sure that you get a fair amount of cash for your junk car it is best to get in touch with as many junk-yards as possible to find one that will offer the best price. But, do not expect large differences in terms of what they offer because they will all be doing the same thing with the car. The greatest determinant of the price that one can get from the junk yard is the type of junk car that is being sold and whether or not it still has parts that can be reused. This is because the junk-yards make more money from the parts than they do from the recycling. If the car is still in a decent condition then one can try to negotiate a good price with them. When negotiating with the junk-yards one should also find out whether or not they will take the car away for free or whether they expect that to be deducted from the price that they offer.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Some Considerations While Shopping for a Car

ByStanley Dirck

People buy cars according to their needs and preferences. Their decision whether to buy a cheap or expensive car will depend on their budget. Normally only mechanics can buy broken and cheap car somewhere on auction and then make it run. Other people usually don't do it because sometimes it just doesn't worth to repair a cheap piece of junk. This is basically because they have a potential risk of paying more than they would buy used but working vehicle from an owner.

Usually the more money you pay for your car the more you will lose with time because of depreciation. On the other hand, if you buy a least expensive vehicle then when you will want to sell it, in most cases, you not gain or lose anything because this car almost didn't have any value initially when you purchased it.

However, if you decide to go with a cheap option of an auto then you might face other problems, such as frequent repairs for your own money which might be overall even more than you paid for the car. In addition to paying extra money for that you may have to go to the body shops often and spend your time there as well. Plus you should be prepared to have some surprises, such as your vehicle might not start in some winter mornings or stop on the middle of highway which may cost you lots of money for towing. Moreover, not all insurance company might accept you with a very cheap and not reliable auto.

Of course, it is no guarantee that your new expensive car will not have any problems, but at least you will have some coverage for that. Plus, it is not for sure whether you can stay with a good insurance firm even with a new vehicle because you might get in some accidents a few times in a short period of time and they may kick you out for that by saying that you used up all your limits already.

Other thing to consider is that an expensive vehicle normally will have more inside car accessories than cheap one. Usually all new vehicles have lots of different and cool inside things that you might not even think of. There are so many of them from dash kits to pet travel accessories to keep you animals safe and clean while taking them in a trip.

The bottom line is that you will normally get what you paid for. Therefore, car owners should decide for themselves whether they want to buy cheap vehicle that won't lose value, but might cause lots of problems or pay for expensive one and have some peace of mind.

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Super List of The Hottest New Cars Launching in 2012 in India

ByMeg Vir

With the increasing affordability and purchase power of the average Indian, the number of cars being launched in the Indian market is increasing day by day. There are over a 100 new cars scheduled for launch in the year 2012. A number of new, as well as luxury brands, have found their place in India in the last couple of years. The Auto Expo 2012 was a good preview to many different cars that have been slated for launch over the months in 2012.

Among the latest sedans is the Swift Dzire launched in February in the price range of Rs.4.8- 7.09 lakh. Just like the new Swift, the new Swift Dzire has also found favor with the Indian audience. Even the Skoda Rapid, which was launched at the end of 2011 with a price range of Rs.6.75-9.19 lakh, has received good reviews.

In the hatchback segment, new cars for launch include Chevrolet Sail, the new i20, the rebranded Nissan Micra and also a diesel variant of the Wagon R. The Renault Pulse that comes in the price-range of Rs. 5.77- 6.37lakhs, and launched in January 2012 has also received favorable reviews in the market.

There are also a number of new SUVs and MUVs being launched in India in 2012 after the successful launch of Mahindra XUV 5OO (price range: Rs.10.95-13.16 lakh). A number of SUVs were also launched or previewed at the Auto Expo 2012. Among them were the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai HND-7, Tata Safari Storme, the new Toyota Fortuner, the Maruti Suzuki XA, and Nissan Evalia.

In the luxury car segment, the Jaguar XK and XKR convertible have been launched in the beginning of 2012. Jaguar XKR Convertible with its supercharged V8 petrol engine and heightened performance has been named as the supercar to have this year. Other luxury new car models expected for launch this year include the all new BMW 3 Series, Volkswagen Toureg, and the Mercedes M-Class.

The customers will have a lot of choices in most segments, be it sedans, SUVs, hatchbacks, or even luxury sports cars. With so many cars being launched, prospective car owners can use the Internet to know more about the features and prices of these new cars and book a test drive. Auto Portals like, among others can help you make the right choice as it offers a host of helpful features like on-road price, affordability calculator, and EMI calculator.

The year 2012 will prove to be a fantastic year with a number of new cars ready to surprise and please the customers in terms of choice, features, and drivability experience. So, don't wait, get started on finding your dream car now.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Check Out More Than One Car Dealership

ByBarbara Mary

If you are searching for a car, whether you are looking for a new or used one, you can be sure that you will find what you are looking for at a dealership. There are many different kinds of cars that you can find at a car dealership. You should know that if you go to a dealership that sells a specific make of car, then you may not find what you want if you are looking for a car that is a different make.

Before you decide to run out to your nearest car dealership, you should take some time to plan your trip. The first thing that you will have to do is decide on what kind of car you would like to purchase. It will not do you any good to go to a dealership that does not sell the kind of car that you want. It is a better idea for you to have an idea of a few different cars that you might consider purchasing. Then, if you go to a dealership and they do not have one kind of car that you would like, then you will have other options.

Once you have a few different cars that you would like to purchase, then you will have to make a list of different dealerships that are in your area that sell the kinds of car that you would like. It is essential that you take the time to visit more than one dealership. There are many reasons for this. One of the main reasons that you should make sure that you visit more than one dealership is to see all of the vehicles that each dealership has available. You will have a larger selection of cars to choose from if you go to more than one dealership.

After you have made a list of all of the dealerships that are in your area, you should look for a couple of different factors as you go to each one. First, you will want to make sure that they can offer you the kind of car that you are looking for. Do not let the car salesperson talk you into purchasing a car that you do not want. Second, you will be able to compare the prices that the cars are being sold for at the different dealerships. You can be sure that you are getting the best deal if you compare the prices.

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Decide on a Budget When You Are Thinking About Purchasing a Car

ByBarbara Mary

There comes a time in almost everyone's life when they have to think about purchasing a car. In most places, once you get your first drivers license, you begin thinking about how you are going to get your first car. If you have had your car for a long time, then you may need to purchase a car because the car that you had no longer works. Once you find that you have to continuously take your car into the shop for it to be fixed, then you should think about buying a new car. If you do not buy a new car when you need one, then you may end up stranded somewhere because your car has broken down. If you want to keep your old car, then you may end up spending a lot of money in order to keep it running. This is when it would be a good idea for you to purchase a different car.

One of the first things that you will have to think about before you decide to go out looking for a car to purchase is your budget. You should have a good idea of how much money you will be able to spend on a vehicle. Depending on how much money you are able to spend, you may even be able to purchase a brand new car. However, if you cannot afford to purchase a new car, you can easily find a nice used car that fits within your budget. Just because a car has had a previous owner does not mean that the car does not work. Of course, you will have to decide on if the car that you choose is worth the money that the seller is asking for it.

If you are not sure how much a specific car is worth, then you should definitely take the time to do some research before you spend any money. This is because you do not want to give the seller more money than the car is worth. This is even true if you are planning to purchase a brand new car. If you perform a search on the Internet, you will be able to find out how many different cars are worth. Whether you are thinking about purchasing a new or a used car, you never want to pay more than the car is worth, or more than you can afford.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Shopping for Cars on the Internet

ByBarbara Mary

Technology has become so advanced nowadays that people can purchase almost anything that they can dream of on the Internet. It is even possible for you to purchase groceries, so you do not have to leave the comfort of your home. Even if you are searching for a car to purchase, you can find one on the Internet. When you have decided that it would be a good idea for you to purchase a car on the Internet, there are a few things that you will have to take into account before you spend any of your hard-earned cash.

You will first have to decide whether you would like to purchase a new or a used car. If you are searching for a used car on the Internet, it is a good idea for you to purchase your car from somewhere that is close to your home. It is important that you are able to go and actually see the vehicle in order to make sure that it does not have any serious problems. You would not want to waste your money on a used car that does not run. If you only look on the Internet, then you will not know for sure if the car runs as it is supposed to. However, if you decide to purchase a new car instead of a used one, then there is a better chance that you are purchasing a good car.

No matter whether you decide to purchase a new or a used car on the Internet, you should make sure that you take the time to look up the vehicle identification number. If the person selling the car refuses to provide you with that information, then you should not purchase that car. By using the vehicle identification number, you will be able to find out all of the information that you will need to know about the car. For example, if you are purchasing a used car, you can use this number to see if the car has ever been in an accident. In most cases, you should not purchase a vehicle that has been in an accident because it may have some issues that you cannot see. It is much better for you to purchase a vehicle that has never been involved in an accident because then you will know that the vehicle is safe. You should also check the Internet to see what kind of repairs have been done to the car previously.

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Is Buying a Car Online Safe?

I have had people ask me if I thought that buying a car online was safe. My answer is always the same. Yes. As long as the dealer you buy it from is reputable.

There are certain things you should look for when buying from an online car dealer.

The first thing is make sure that they have a good inventory. A dealer with a healthy inventory of cars will probably be in business long after you buy the car and it is also an indication that they have a decent size clientele.

Next, find out how long they have been in business. The longer a company has been in business the more likely they are to be reputable and practice proper business ethics.

Find reviews about the company online. Check review sites and find out what other people are saying about them. If you find a lot of reviews saying that their cars are lemons then it's a good indication that you shouldn't buy your car from them.

Check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints made against them. Just because a company doesn't have any complaints doesn't mean they practice proper business ethics. But, if a company does have a few complaints it is a good sign that something is wrong. However, not all complaints are justified and some may have no merit at all. You should weigh the number of BBB complaints against what is being said about the company in online reviews and on social networks.

As long as you make sure that the auto dealer you are buying from is reputable and has a good reputation then there is nothing to worry about. Most of the time you will get a better price on your car when buying it online then you would at the dealership.

You should also make sure to ask about extended warranties and the lemon law in their particular state. Most direct auto dealers will offer you an extended warranty for an additional price. I suggest always taking the extended warranty. Car repairs are too expensive nowadays not to have an extended warranty. One minor repair could cost as much as the entire warranty. Believe me, the odds are you will end up using that warranty at some point before it runs out and when you do you will be happy you bought it.

Do your research, find a dealer that you are comfortable with, and you will have nothing to worry about when it comes to buying a car online.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Buying a Used Car or Buying A New Car?

When considering buying a new car, you really need to make sure whether you are buying out of necessity or desire. After all it is the one investment you will make that is guaranteed to depreciate in value.

Factors such as depreciation can be one of the biggest costs in buying a car. Even if you only buy a one-year-old vehicle, you'll be incurring and dealing with some seriously large losses in the first year. These losses can be up to forty percent of the cars value.

Focus on the maths, and you may be able to purchase a better equipped, more powerful version of the model you want by opting for a used car. You might even be able to upgrade to a bigger, better model thanks to big second-hand savings. The way cars are made now, it doesn't matter if there are a few miles on the clock.

Cars vary in terms of reliability and owner-satisfaction reports can show you which brands are proving robust and which are proving to be tricky. Make sure you do your homework or you could be left counting the cost of a bad buy.

Even if the car you desire is more than a few years old, it doesn't mean it can't be protected by a warranty. Most approved-used car schemes will provide 12 months of cover, and you can always take out your own policy with an quality, independent provider for a few hundred pounds or less

If you've got enough money in the bank and you're determined to buy new, negotiate fiercely. Use a price guide to find out the kind of savings that you should be able to get on any brand new car, and you'll offset some of those nasty depreciation losses I mentioned earlier.

Furthermore, a new car will also come with a full manufacturer's warranty, which covers you for most usual faults free of charge. This usually gives you a decent period of peace of mind. Some companies are now even offering a warranty up to seven years to entice people to buy new.

Incentives, promotions and offers such as no-interest finance agreements are normally available to new cars, so this might be enough to influence you not to go down the used car route. Try and be wary of allowing this to shape your overall decision. Test the real value of these offers against the overall purchase cost.

One thing that you can't argue with is that a new car will be to your precise specification, and you just can't compare the feeling of sitting in your own new car for the very first time.

Go to a reputable website that offers reviews of cars, their prices and potential shortcomings before buying. It could save you thousands.

I hope that from reading this article you find it useful in helping you to make the best decision about your new car. It's never easy easy coming to the right decision but the more research you do and the better the information you gather, the easier that decision will be.

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A Quick Guide for Selling or Buying Used Cars

When people want to sell their used cars, they get in touch with companies that deal with secondhand cars. The dealers help their clients in finding buyers. Obviously, those cars are sold for lower prices when compared to the new ones. Those who cannot afford to spend too much on new vehicles can buy second handed cars. Companies dealing with used cars make good money, because of demand for cheap vehicles all through the year.

The vehicle history record

If you plan to buy used cars, it is important for you to first check their history report. It will help you in tracking the past record of the vehicles. History reports are provided on the basis of registration numbers. Details about a vehicle's title branding, lemon raw buybacks, odometer fraud, and product recall, are mentioned in these records.

Advantages of vehicle history report

The record of any accident or damage associated with vehicle will be listed in the report. With the help of the reporting agencies, customers could research on the vehicles they are interested in. You will have to pay the service fee for getting complete report on vehicles.

Car pricing

If you are selling your used car through car dealer, they will quote secondhand prices. They conduct car sales and auctions to find customers for your vehicles. If you have the time, you could perhaps sell your used cars for slightly better prices. However, dealers can help you better with buying or selling your used cars. You will be able to finalize the deals faster.

How are the prices of different cars decided?

The price of the cars depends on their models and makes, and other extra accessories that come with them. The value depreciates if the cars are in bad conditions, or if they have met with accidents in the past. Even the number of miles run by the cars will determine their secondhand value. Moreover, the demand for the vehicle also decides the price to quite an extent.

How is the condition and quality of the car determined?

In short, the car pricing depends on the overall condition of the vehicle. The condition of the car is judged on certain parameters like appearance, vehicle history, mechanical condition and mileage. After evaluating the car, the price is decided.

Surf internet for finding details

Earlier, the information about the used cars and their prices was limited to the dealers. These days, most of the dealers have their own websites, and you could easily access the information on secondhand market from your homes. Moreover, you could also compare the selling price offered by different companies, and choose the best deals.

Car Sales

Many companies organize car sales, which help customers in buying cars at more affordable prices. If you don't have the time to visit those sales in person, you could easily access their websites and make your choices. If you are purchasing a used car, it would be wise for you to have the vehicle inspected by an experienced technician.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Do You Need To Junk A Car And Don't Know How?

ByShanu R

Are you trying to get rid of your junk car? If so, you are amongst millions of other people with the same problem. Most people simply have no clue what to do with their cars when they no longer need or want them, especially if the cars are in a terrible condition. A lot of junk car owners are under the impression that their junk cars no longer have any use or value whatsoever. This assumption is incorrect. While it is near impossible to find private buyers for junk cars it is possible to sell them to a junkyard. The yard specializes in junk, particularly for junk cars. They recognize the value of junk cars and are able to profit from this.

But, there is another way to sell a junk car. There are people who have turned junk cars into hobbies. They will purchase these cars for very little money and then invest more money in fixing them up. But, they do not do this with all cars; only those cars that is vintage models or collector's items. To find out whether one's car is a collectors-item one can use the internet. A simple search using the car's model, make and year will provide results. If the car is a collectors-item then there will be some results pertaining that. Unfortunately, not many people can afford to spend money buying old cars and then fixing them up. So it can be difficult to find buyers, even if the car is a collector's item. It may take time to find an interested buyer. However, it is better than doing nothing while the car's value continues to go down. Another good way in which one can get in touch with potential buyers if the car is a collectors-item is to search for different member clubs for people who are interested in this. It is a good idea to find out if it is possible to advertise the car with these clubs.

Even if the car is a collectors-item one should not expect to be able to get a lot of money for it, especially if it has not been working for a while. But, it is better to get something thin to get nothing at all. There are junk car owners who get their cars towed and even pay to have it towed, instead of getting something in return for it. This is a very big mistake. If the car is not a model that is collected by car enthusiasts then it may not be possible to find a private buyer for it. This is unfortunate because there is no better chance of getting a decent amount of money for it from a private buyer.

Unfortunately the last option available for owners of junk cars is to sell the car off to a junkyard. Every major city has numerous junkyards. In order to get in touch with these one can simply look through a phone book or look online. Fortunately, these junkyards are not as selective when it comes to the types of cars that they buy. In fact, they will purchase any kind of car, no matter its condition. This is because they reuse the cars that they buy in different ways. For example, they sell the different parts of the car after they have dismantled it. This means that they do not have to worry about reselling the entire thing in one piece. So people who have junk cars no longer have to worry about how they can get rid of it. There are ways in which one can get rid of a junk car and still make some money.

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Smart Ways of Selling Your Car As Quickly As Possible

ByShanu R

There could be a whole range of reasons behind which a person would be thinking to sell the car. Reasons could range from as simple as needing more cash for something urgent or wanting to purchase a new car and hoping to get extra cash for it or moving out of the country and wanting to sell the car before you leave. In such circumstances it can be difficult to immediately locate a buyer who would help you make a sale as quickly as you need. For this purpose it is helpful that you take some guidance by reading through this article and learning what the smart ways are through which you would say that you want to sell the car this way.

If you are thinking that you want to sell the car as quickly as possible, you need to make sure that you focus and emphasize on the visibility of your car. The more visible you make your car in front of your potential market, the more quickly you will be able to sell your car. But before you start working on how to improve your car's visibility when thinking that you want to sell the car, you should first focus on gathering all the information you need, so that you are fully prepared when you take the step of making your car visible in front of all your market and say you want to sell the car on good terms and on a price that justifies its condition and worth.

To find out the worth of your car there are several ways like checking out Kelley Blue Book or other car dealers who will take a good look at your car and tell you in an instance the price that you can charge or to get a rough estimate on the kind of money you can make when you plan that you should sell the car for cash to fulfill some other important tasks. This information will also help you decide on whether the decision that you want to sell the car is worth enough the money you will be getting. Whether you will be able to fulfill other tasks and financial problems for which you say you should sell the car. You should keep in mind that the more competitively you price your car, more you will be able to sell as quickly as you need.

Once you are through this process you can then focus on advertising your car and tell the world that you want to sell the car. When advertising to people, you need to focus on the strong points of your car that make them want to purchase it at the first place. More than that you should emphasis on facts like how good the condition is of your car and how well priced it is. Your local newspaper is a great place to put your car advertisement, in because people living close to you will be able to readily show up at your house to have a look at your car and you will be able to give them a face-to-face sales pitch and explain why you thought you should sell the car. This helps a lot in convincing other people, that you have legitimate reasons for selling your car and you are truly giving them a good thing. Try engaging in as many sales and marketing techniques as possible, so that you can sell the car as soon as possible for whatever reasons drove you to this decision. Following these smart tips will help you in getting better deals and the most out of your sale.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Steps to Be Taken When You Need to Sell a Car

ByShanu R

It goes without saying that there are tons of ways in which one can sell a used car. But, it is not an easy process. A lot of people try to sell their cars as quickly as they can and get good money for it at the same time. Many people who try to sell their cars quickly often do so because they need to be able to get their hands on some cash quickly. Sometimes selling their used car is the only way that they can get a large amount of money quickly. But, such people do not realise that in order to sell their car fast they may have to take a cut in the price of their car. This is because buyers are also strapped for cash and so they are always on the lookout for good deals. If you want to sell a car this is an important point to consider.

Price is an extremely important factor when it comes to the selling of a car. Before you start selling your car you have to think about how much you want to get for it. You also have to consider the least amount of money that you are prepared to accept for the car. This is important because no matter how desperate one does not want to have to settle for an amount of money that is much less than what one had hoped for. Only in very desperate circumstances should one accept an offer that is substantially lower than the asking price. A common strategy by some sellers is to place the asking price higher than what they actually want. This leaves room for them to negotiate with potential buyers and thereby come down to the price that they actually want.

No matter what method is being used to sell the car, the way in which it is promoted is important. In the advertisements that are used there should be plenty of pictures of the car, the exterior and the interior. No matter how old the car, efforts should be made to make it look as presentable as possible. Firstly, it has to look good in pictures and it also has to look good when potential buyers come to view it. So the car has to be kept as clean as possible. If possible any bumps and scratches should be repaired as this will bring the market price of the car down. The worse condition a car looks, the harder it is to find a suitable buyer. There are also numerous ways in which one can improve the value of the car. For instance, one can have an anti-theft system placed into the car so that it is an added bonus for the buyer. A good sound system is also something that is very attractive with buyers.

People who are very desperate to sell their car can also sell it directly to a used car dealership. As previously mentioned, this will mean having to accept a significant cut in the price of the car. The dealerships also have to be able to make a profit on the car and so are not prepared to pay as much for it as a private buyer would. If no used car dealership wants to buy the car the final resort would be to sell it to a junk-yard. Here the car is torn apart and the workable parts are resold and everything else is recycled, including the tires and the body work. Unfortunately, junk-yards do not offer a good price as private buyers and dealerships and this is why junk-yards should be a last resort when one wants to sell a car fast.

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Where and How to Sell a Car Online?

ByShanu R

Nowadays millions of people all over the world use the internet every day for different reasons. They use it to socialize, communicate, work, study and shop. As a result there are now millions of websites that have many different uses. But the most commonly used websites are those that enable people to do things easily, quickly and conveniently. Any person wanting to sell a car knows that the internet is possibly the best resource available for this. There are three main resources on the internet that enable one to sell a car online.

There are also e-commerce websites. There are two main kinds of these sites. There are the auction sites where buyers compete for different things that they want using bids, with the highest bid at closing time winning. Then there are the typical e-commerce sites where the seller enters the amount that they want for whatever it is they are selling and it works on a first-come-first-serve basis. Unlike the classifieds websites, e-commerce websites are usually not free for the buyer and the seller. And sometimes it is not recommended to use these sites with big items because some of these sites charge a percentage of the final sale price which can be very significant if the final price is thousands of dollars.

There are many classifieds websites. Some of these are free for users. Here people can post advertisements for things that they are looking for or things that they want to get rid of. These are exactly like the classifieds sections in newspapers, except that they are online and newspapers usually charge people for space in the classifieds section because of the limited space available. With online classifieds there are usually no restrictions on space and the amount of words and pictures that can be included in the advertisement. Another good way to sell a car online is to use social media websites. This is a free resource that is used by millions of people every day, sometimes several times a day. Using social media websites one can advertise to friends, family, colleagues and others. Even if no one you know wants to buy a car they may know of someone who does. And there are some social media websites that now have created special sections whereby people can post things that they want to sell.

The above are just a couple of resources that are available for people to be able to sell their cars online. However, there are people who have filed to sell the smallest items on the internet. This is because people do not realise that posting a quick advertisement on whatever site is not sufficient to attract buyers. There are some things that should be done in order to sell a car online quickly. The first important piece of advice is to include as many pictures as possible. This is important because people are more drawn to pictures than they are to advertisements which are consisting of lots of text. The pictures of the car on sale should include images of the exterior and the interior of the car.

Another good strategy is to advertise in as many places online as possible. For example, advertise the car on all of the three places listed above. Then, go further and advertise on more than just one classifieds site, more than one e-commerce site and more than one social media site. This enables one to reach a wider market and thereby increase the chance of finding an interested buyer. When considering the price it is important to not try to get back the money that was spend purchasing the car. This is because cars decrease in value through use and time. For this reason it is never possible to be able to recoup the money that was spent on purchasing and maintaining a car. The best way to price a car is according to its market value.

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