Think about what you want to improve about your car. Is it the acceleration? Is it the stopping power? Is it the ride quality? Is it the fuel consumption? It could be any number of things going on a spending spree at AutoZone or your favorite performance shop might not get you to your desired goal.
Estimated cost: $100-$300
Benefits: Improved acceleration and fuel economy
A cold air intake is the first and easiest mod that anyone can do in less than an hour. It consists of replacing the stock, restrictive air box for your cars intake. The premise is that by allowing air to flow naturally without any baffles or restrictions, your engine is able to breathe easier to access more air when needed, such as when using an on-ramp to join a highway. Depending on the design of the intake, you could just make it breathe hotter engine air, so try to select one that seals off the engine bay from the air filter area. These kits often come with a long-life air filters that require different maintenance and cleaning intervals for optimal performance.
If you find that you ford rivers or deal with significant downpours of rain, dont leave your intake exposed to the outside elements, or youll hydrolock your engine. (I did this once, #fail.)
Estimated cost: $250+
Benefits: Improved acceleration and fuel economy
Difficulty: Medium (seek an automotive shop for installation)
Along with a cold-air intake is the second mod that many people are very familiar with: exhaust upgrades. Assume for a moment that your engine is a water pump, sucking water in and pushing water out. You need to make sure that the pipes you have for your exhaust enable air to escape freely. If you do an intake upgrade, its a good idea to upgrade your exhaust. Aside from sound enhancements, it allows your engine to run more efficiently. Following my intake and exhaust upgrades, Ive seen about a 5% improvement in my fuel economy.
A cat-back exhaust system entails everything after the catalytic converter, so its completely legal to change .Not all Cat-Back Exhaust systems have to be obnoxiously loud. With the use of resonators and mufflers, it can still be high-flow and lower-volume but its safe to assume it will be significantly more noticeable than your stock exhaust system.
HIGH PERFORMANCE TIRES
Estimated cost: $500 $900
Benefits: Improved fuel economy and handling.
You regularly check the air pressure and wearing of your tires, right? If not, get in the habit of checking them at least once a week or so. Doing so will help you catch problems before they become disasters. That said, one way to improve fuel economy and handling is to invest in a good set of lower-resistance Summer Tires so you dont needlessly add more rolling resistance to your car.
Assess your driving behavior and situations to decide if these are appropriate. If you typically experience all four seasons, stick with an all-season/terrain tire.Im not suggesting you go nuts and get Mickey Thompsons on your car. Research the reviews from thousands of other drivers on tires on a site like TireRack, compare their UTOQ ratings and look into professional reviews of the tires when making your decision.
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Car dealership is a retail business that sells new and used cars. Some dealerships have contracts with car manufacturers and work as subsidies, while others sell used cars and car parts. In order to establish a closer relationship with their customers, dealerships often have a service and maintenance department that also conducts warranty repairs.
Costs of opening a car dealership are very high, and they can easily exceed $1 million. Thats why you should carefully plan your future business operation and determine its profitability before you start. In this article, were going to review some of the basic steps for opening a car dealership.
1.Perform market research
Before you start a car dealership business you need to determine whether theres a demand for new or used cars in your area. This can be done by investigating the number of sold cars and conducting further analysis in order to learn which manufacturers, categories and models are the most popular ones.
This is very important, because if you for example determine that Ford F-1500 is the best-selling vehicle in your area, you can open a Ford franchised dealership or dealership which specializes in trucks. Since the initial expenses for opening a car dealership are very high, you need to fill your car lot with vehicles that are both useful and affordable to local consumers.
Market research usually continues with establishing the profile of an ideal customer. It is essential to determine their age, gender, employment level, interests and other demographic and behavioral characteristics. In order to gather the information, you can implement market research tactics used by car manufacturers. You can also assign names and photos to each ideal customer profile in order to make your future marketing campaigns more personal.
2.Choose the type of dealership
There are several types of dealerships to choose from. Most big dealerships are franchised by car manufacturer giants. Franchise allows them to use the manufacturers logo and become a part of their marketing strategy. In order to open a franchise, youll need to sign the franchise agreement, provide financial disclosures to the car manufacturer and pay them a franchise fee.
You also need to choose between selling new cars, used cars or both. Most dealership owners go for the third option, but you should know that this requires you to invest a lot of time and money. Used cars usually attract customers who want to spend less than $15,000 per vehicle and they also require more service and maintenance.
You can easily turn these used cars shortcomings into a business opportunity. Many used car dealers decide to open a service and maintenance department, which allows them to earn more money and build strong relationships with their customers.
3.Plan your finances
Buying the first batch of cars and filling out the inventory is the biggest cost of every new dealership. When you add property lease and costs of building renovation, franchise fee and service department opening, you can easily spend several millions of dollars before you even start selling the vehicles.
Don't forget to also include auto dealer bonds, as most states require you to have one in order to operate a dealership. Auto dealer bonds also offer tax benefits, since by incorporating them you are allowed to write off expenses such as health insurance and life insurance premiums.
Since financing your dealership is such a huge commitment, you should carefully review every potential funding option. Most car dealers finance their floorplan through specialized bank loans, where their car inventory serves as a collateral.
4.Dont forget the regulatory requirements
Whatever car dealership you choose to open, youll need to go through an auto dealership license application process. In order to get the license, youll need to buy an auto-dealership surety bond that protects your buyers from frauds related to car purchase. Youll also need to obtain several other forms of insurance and building permits if you want to build the car lot and dealership offices from scratch.
5.Employ skillful car salesmen
Dealerships employ car salesmen who work for commission and have great negotiation and presentation skills, since used car prices are often negotiable. You should employ at least one qualified salesmen per shift who will teach the new, less experienced staff the basic car sales tactics.
The nature of car salesmen work is the source of many prejudice. In popular culture, they are often depicted as manipulative and greedy. Some of the most notorious car salesmen characters include: Mad Man Mooney from Muppet Movie, Harry Wormwood played by Denny DeVito in Matilda and a fast-talking car salesman from American Graffiti played by John Brent.
Since the nature of car salesmen business drastically changed after the 2008 Economic crisis, you need to explain to your employees that hard sell tactics are not as effective as they used to be. At the moment, Tesla Motors is lobbying and filling lawsuits against the states that have forbidden them to sell their cars directly to consumers. Significant portion of the public supports Tesla Motors appeals, which is why new car dealerships need to cater a harmonious relationship with their customers, build an e-commerce website and use it for online car sales.
Our cars are some of our most prized possessions. We sink a lot of money, time and energy into our cars, so it's only natural that we expect them to operate efficiently. When some people get a new car, it's almost like a relationship. They treat the car gently and do everything they can to keep it running well, but they rarely keep up these efforts over the long haul.
While you may not have the time or energy to pamper your car all the time, you can take some simple steps to keep it running great. When it comes to a car's performance, motor oil has to be one of the biggest considerations. So, even if you can't baby your car forever, you can take good care of it by simply putting some thought into the kind of oil that you use.
If you ask most of the employees at the oil lube shops what you can do to improve a car's performance, motor oil changes are always going to be the first tidbit of wisdom they have to offer. You, on the other hand, need to think a bit deeper and consider not only changing the oil in your car, but also choosing the right oil for your unique situation.
The make and model of your car, how often you drive it and how long you plan to own your car, all factor into making the best oil choices. Don't expect the oil shop to tell you this, though, they simply want you to come back regularly, so they keep making money. Take the time to learn a bit about the things that go into choosing the right oil for your car, and you will be doing your part to take better care of it over the lifetime of your ownership.
Have you heard about high or extended performance motor oil? How does it work? Is it right for you?
Today's car engines need high performance lubricants, and synthetic oils are really the only ones that will do. Why? First, because of their purity and stability, synthetic motor oils do a better job of lubricating and protecting your engine, thereby improving its performance. This in turn extends the life of your engine and your vehicle. While petroleum-based oils have served us well for years, today's high performance engines are better served by synthetic oils.
In addition to being better for your engine, today's high performance motor oils such as Mobil 1 Extended Performance, Castrol Edge, AMSOIL and others offer extended drains. This means oil changes at durations as long as 15,000 miles or one year. Some oils have offered even longer drain intervals, for example, 25,000 miles. For years such practices were avoided because it seemed as though no one was doing it. But the fact is extended oil drains have been used with corporate fleets for years with excellent results. The advantages are twofold - less money spent and less harm to the environment.
Nevertheless, even the manufacturers of synthetic, high performance motor oils are reluctant to recommend very extended drain intervals. Why you might ask? Because they still make most of their money selling petroleum-based oils. Imagine if everyone switched over to synthetic oils and started changing their oil at intervals between 10,000 and 25,000 miles (depending on the oil). With recommended drain intervals for petroleum-based oils at 3000 miles, many people are changing their oil 5-8 times a year. This would all change - a frightening thought for oil companies and quick lube outlets. The fact is, however, extended or high performance motor oil is here to stay, and it offers distinct advantages over petroleum-based oils, advantages one would be a fool not to take heed of.
We’re announcing a new Facebook contest for the month of April from Dart!
We want to see your insane performance videos! Go to our Facebook group “Dart Machinery Performance” and post up your videos there. We want awesome burn outs, cars standing on two wheels, trucks flying through the air, whatever you’ve got! At the end of April, we’ll take a vote here at Dart, and the poster of the video that gets the most votes will get a $200.00 Dart gift certificate!
The videos can be your pre-existing clips, or if you like you can make a new video just for the contest. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook group in early May after all the votes are tallied.
Please follow the link below to read the full contest rules, entries that don’t follow the rules can’t win, so don’t skip reading them!
Good luck everyone!
It seems that the Kia Soul hatchback has suddenly grown up and become hip. The 2014 version is not just a larger model than the original Kia Soul hatchback; the interior design of the new Kia Soul takes practicality to a whole new level.
The second-generation version is obviously aimed at younger car buyers who want a distinctive style (for that read “boxy” with upmarket appeal), and who need a car with seating for passengers of all ages, from new born baby to elderly grandparents.
Five trims are available for the discerning car buyer to choose from, with higher class models providing additional features, such as satellite navigation, reversing camera and Bluetooth.
With style-conscious car buyers in mind, Kia offers a touch more class with its highest spec models. Top of the range models feature an eight-inch touchscreen, leather seating and a more stylish exterior appearance, enhanced by glossy black roof rails and wheel arch extensions.
The new Kia Soul can comfortably seat every member of the family or a set of friends. Child safety seats can easily be installed and three big adults could easily travel in comfort in the wide back seat where there is plenty of headroom.
With a wheelbase thats slightly longer and wider than the original, there should also be adequate legroom.
The new version is also closer to the ground, which makes access easy for the elderly and for the very young.
With up to five passengers seated comfortably inside, it will also be easy to store all of their gear in the back. The boot space has been increased to 354 litres, with some additional space for storage underneath the floor of the boot.
But hold on, thats not all, you get a lot more storage space with the seats down. The rear seats wont fold completely flat and they dont slide, but if you want to stack things in the back of the car, up to the roof, with the seats down you have a storage area of 1,367 litres.
Tidy car owners will surely appreciate the size of the glove-box, the depth of the door bins, and the handy cup-holders in the central console.
Two engine types are available and (try not to get too excited!) an all-electric version of the Kia Soul is due to be released some time in autumn 2014.
The cheaper petrol engine model is not turbocharged and its not the most economical car to run. The six-speed diesel engine, with manual or automatic drive, can be somewhat noisier, but the sound does drop when the car is in cruising mode.
Driving modes can be switched at the touch of a button and both engine types provide smooth motorway driving. The Kia Souls improved suspension should please anyone other than the most hyper-sensitive driver or passenger.
The second-generation Kia Soul is a reliable car which is also very different from other hatchbacks, particularly for its easy access and seating to suit the elderly. It has enough interior space for everyone to be comfortably seated and is large enough to pack a lot in.
This is a “Tardis” car. It really does seem to be bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.
How hip is that!
photo curtesy of https://www.berwickkia.com.au/soul
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Even at the best of times, driving through a city is dreary, stressful and time consuming. The endless traffic jams, a red light every 50 yards and the occasionally oblivious pedestrian can all make commuting a frustrating and negative experience.
Luckily, there are some cars that make these sorts of journeys not only a little less taxing, but even fun - and the Fiat 500 is one of them. You may even start looking forward to travelling to your 9-to-5!
Full of Personality
With some cars you can sense that they have a real personality, and none are bigger than that of the Fiat 500. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in pep and sass. It’s bright, upbeat and cheeky, and this attitude is often transferred to the driver through the steering wheel.
When manoeuvring around corners the Fiat 500 adds a little bit of excitement to your trip. With it being close to the ground, generating a low centre of gravity and a narrower wheel base, the 500 is extremely agile around corners. An added bonus of this shorter wheel base is the turning circle, which in the 500 is very small. This means that having to turn around, which can be something of a nightmare on city streets, has been made that much easier and more straightforward.
You Create the Style
With a wide range of trim levels, options and colours, which reaches a staggering 500,000 choices, you can add your own personal touch to the 500 and make it a home away from home. This includes the Pop, Cult, Colour Therapy, Lounge and S, each with the option of a wide range of colours and optional extras such as a chequered roof graphic.
The surprising performance that the Fiat 500 unleashes out of its modest four-cylinder engine certainly packs a sizeable punch, even to the most hard-core of petrol heads. Although the output from the 1.4 litre engine might not sound too impressive; 101 BHP, peaking at 6,500 RPMs, and 98 foot-pounds of torque, at 4,000 RPMs; the performance it achieves far exceeds the raw numbers. Around town, the 500 feels exceptionally quick. This is in part due to its lightweight body, helping the Fiat 500 reach a speed of 60mph from a standstill in a time of just over 9 seconds. This beats similar cars with a comparable size engine such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208 for sheer pace.
City driving doesn’t just hit you physically and mentally, it also hits your wallet. With the constant stop-start of driving in a town comes a huge hit in gas usage. The average car can see its fuel efficiency plummet by as much 60 %, and while the 500’s economy does drop, it still boasts impressive figures. Starting with a highway figure of 40 mpg, this falls only slightly in an urban environment to 31 mpg, making city driving a little more care free.
The Fiat 500 is a small car, but one that comes with a huge personality. It boasts a unique and stylish exterior retro design based on the classic sixties 500. This, coupled with its comfortable and spacious interior, makes it a pleasure to drive and be a passenger in. No longer will driving in a city be tedious or dreary, well, not if you’re behind the wheel of a Fiat 500 anyway.
Traveling long distances by car can be a bit of a tricky situation. This is especially true in places where weather conditions can become extreme. Extremely cold or extremely hot temperatures can influence a car to break down and leave you stranded in not so favorable conditions. But, even in normal weather conditions and with a new car, it can still breakdown and when on the open road, this can complicate a lot of things. A car malfunction doesnt necessarily need to be the source of your misfortune. There are a lot of things that can happen and you need to be prepared so you can avoid any discomfort.
There are a few things that can mean a lot in these kinds of situations and you should have them in your car at all times or at least when you are going on a longer trip.
1. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is obligatory by law, but I still think its worth mentioning since some people tend to disregard it as useless. It isnt just useful for you; you can also use it in situations where you witness a car crash to help the people that were involved. In extreme situations, a simple first aid kit is invaluable.
When traveling to distant locations for the first time, you can easily misinterpret a map, but a GPS will guide you without failing. Getting lost can be a big setback, especially when you are in a hurry or if you planned out your gas stops along the way.
3. Jumper cables
An empty battery can render your car useless. Always carry a pair of jumper cables just in case. Again, it is common courtesy to help other drivers in need and you may need it more than you think.
5. Fire extinguisher
Im not saying that car fires are common, but when they break out, you need to react fast in order to minimize the damage to your car. A small fire with no way of putting it out can destroy your vehicle to a point where it is beyond repair (or to a point where it is cheaper to buy a new one).
6. Flash light
When your car stops in the middle of nowhere and its the middle of the night, even a minor malfunction can be difficult to repair. Im not going to elaborate on other useful applications of a simple flashlight, they are quite obvious.
7. Cellphone signal amplifier
Some people suggest that you always have an old cellphone, fully charged in your car and this is a good idea but if you dont have reception, you cant really use it right? A cellphone signal amplifier is a handy tool to help you reach a towing service or make that important phone call on time.
Depending on the area you live and most commonly drive in, you might need more and you can ask your local authorities what their suggestions are when it comes to emergency equipment for your car. Be safe and have a nice drive.