How to Slash Your Car Expenses, Part Two

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Most car owners pay little attention to their car insurance and just pay the premiums year after year. You can be wiser than that. Read on and see how you can save money on this necessary expense.

1)      Shop around. Only 39% of Americans looked for new auto insurance last year, according to a study by JD Power. The next time you need to renew, get annual quotes from other companies. Be sure you look at local companies, too, not just the ones on the internet advertising low rate says

How to Cut Your Car Expenses, Part One

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Guess how much it costs for you to keep a car on the road? The American Automobile Association estimates that the average mid-size sedan costs roughly $8,700 a year to use and maintain. That breaks down to $725 a month and 58 cents, on average, per mile. That can’t be possible, you say! Well, there are a lot of secondary costs to owning an automobile and they all need to be factored in when determining how much it costs to own and use a car every year.

But, the good news is: you can lower that amount with some effort. In Part One of this article, we will look at ways that you can save in 2 categories: fuel costs and repair costs.

How to Wash Your Car

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Yes, an entire article on washing a car. Believe it or not, very few people know how to do it correctly! Here are a few things to know:

1)      Wash your car when it’s cooler outside – Heat will cause the soap and water to dry quickly which will leave streaks on the paint. If the weather is going to be a scorcher, first thing in the morning is a good time to do it, or when the car is parked in the shade, the sheet metal will be much cooler and your car will look better.

2)      Wash your car soon after stuff has be depositied on the paint – Do a full wash as soon as you see things like bird droppings, dead bugs, etc. Bird droppings, in particular, have a high acidity that if left on the paint for any length of time can eat into the clear coat.

3)      Use a special automotive cleaner – This is one of the most common mistakes. Dish soap, laundry soap, and household cleaners are often too harsh to use on a car’s paint. They can strip off the protective wax coating. A dedicated carwash formula, on the other hand, is formulated with a milder soap that doesn’t affect the protective coating.

4)      Don’t use abrasive cloths or sponges when washing – Whether washing or drying, never use a rough cloth or other material with a surface that can leave scratches. A large soft sponge works well, or many professional detailers prefer to use a lamb’s-wool mitt. The reason for this: The thick nap of the lamb’s wool allows loose particles to be worked up into the wool rather than remaining on the surface.

5)      Use a bug-and-tar remover when needed. Mild car wash formulas often aren’t strong enough to remove road tar, grease, or similar residues. For this, don’t just scrub harder, use a strong bug-and-tar remover is a good idea. It is specifically formulated to be kind to your paint finish.

6)      Use a chamois or terry towel to dry the vehicle – Many professional detailing shops use terry towels. A natural chamois works well too but requires more maintenance. It can’t be stored wet and becomes stiff when dry, needing to be remoistened before use.

Information Source: Reedman Toll Chevrolet

Nuclear Powered Cars

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Believe it or not, there was a time that nuclear powered cars were seriously being considered by Detroit. This was in the 1950s, a time when nuclear power was less well understood and the world was a very different place. The story of Detroit’s brief engagement with nuclear power is fascinating, though, and quite worthy of investigation. Here’s the brief story:

The science behind nuclear power occurred in the 1930s and was the result of many scientists and physicists working around the world. It wasn’t until the 1942 that the famous physicist Enrico Fermi and his team built the first man-made reactor under the west stands of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. On December 2, 1942, under those stands, the Chicago Pile-1 was activated and the birth of the nuclear age began. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long before the science of nuclear energy was put to deadly use. Within months, the Manhattan project was assembled to design the first nuclear weapons for potential use during World War II. And, as we all know, the result of that project was used on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 thereby ending the Japanese section of the war.

Driverless Cars: Would You Feel Safe?

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In just six months driverless cars are set to join motorists on the roads. The #10 million project is an exciting development in the auto industry, but is it something you’re looking forward to? Would you feel safe letting your car take over? Of course, you don’t have to invest in a driverless vehicle. Standard vehicles will still be available and you can find great affordable options here.

How safe will these cars be?

While the government and automotive industry wouldn’t put something on the roads that wasn’t completely safe, motorists are still wary of driverless cars. In a recent survey, more than half of motorists said they wouldn’t buy a driverless vehicle. As reported by the Telegraph, 60% of survey respondents cited malfunction was their biggest fear. It seems a lack of control is also worrying, with 56% saying they were put off by the idea.

Another thing that has caused some concern for 32% of respondents is the level of cyber security. If you regularly use a computer you know the risks of hacking and viruses. There is always a chance that the system can get hacked into. When you are sitting at home in front of your computer this isn’t a massive concern. However when you’re out on the road if the system was to be hacked into it could be extremely dangerous.

Breakdown Cover for AA

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In a recently held survey among more than 3000 people, the AA were voted ‘most trusted brand’ recently and currently hold the Which? award for No.1 recommended breakdown provider. This basically shows that breakdown cover for AA offers the best on-road help in the United Kingdom. Now, the organization is partnering with the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As usual, the event will take place in West Sussex, between 26 and 29 of June. This is where the AA members will have the chance to follow in the wheel tracks of motor racing stars like Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. All in all, this year’s festival promises an action-packed motorsport weekend, where visitors will see glamorous cars and famous drivers.

Accessories you should have in your car

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The market for in car gadgets is awash with choice, but here we have sifted through the multitude of indifferent products out there, in order to give you the very best selection of must-have accessories:

Griffin Powerjolt Dual (£10)

If you are one of the millions of users of Apple products out there, you will no doubt love the incredible multi-functionality of their phone and tablet devices, but be frustrated when too much extended usage leaves you low on battery power while out on the move. This nifty car charger from Griffin comes with two adaptors so there is no need to fight about who gets to use it first.

1967 Alvis Burns Special

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1967 Alvis Burns SpecialA 1967 Alvis Burns Special – the only one of its kind in the world – will be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at the Race Retro and Classic Car Sale on 23rd February.

Estimated at between £60,000 to £70,000, this unique model will line-up alongside an extensive collection of stunning road-going classics, race and competition cars. There is also a variety of automobilia for auction over the Race Retro weekend at Stoneleigh Park.