Selling Nitrogen In Tires, Is It All A Lot Of Hot Air?

Selling Nitrogen In Tires - Is It All A Lot Of Hot Air?
By James Burchill

Actually, no. But it will require a little explanation and some basic chemistry discussion so here goes.

The earths atmosphere is composed primarily of Nitrogen (78%), the remaining balance is a mixture of Oxygen (21%) and a small percentage of Ozone, Argon and Carbon gases. Isnt it ironic that the very gas (oxygen) that sustains life also causes organic materials to decompose and metals to rust?

Remove The Oxygen And Stop The Rot

To stop this decomposition you simply need to remove the oxygen from the air. (Incidentally, removing oxygen also means that you remove water because water is two parts Hydrogen gas, and one part Oxygen gas.)

Removing Oxygen from products is not new, we do it all the time with our food and drink. In fact, if we did not remove the oxygen our food would not likely last long enough to make it into the hands of the consumers or it would taste stale and unappealing.

Nitrogen In Tires

Here are a few other benefits of using Nitrogen in tires:

[1] Nitrogen is denser than Oxygen: This means the larger molecules escape less easily from tires resulting in a more gradual loss of pressure over time. According to the Michelin Tire Manual, a tire that is inflated with Nitrogen loses its pressure 3 times slower than if it were inflated with air.

[2] Nitrogen is moisture free: Pure Nitrogen inflated tires experience less steel belt and rubber degradation. Nitrogen use also reduces valve and wheel corrosion.

[3] Nitrogen provides longer tire life: Nitrogen inflated tire run cooler and require less maintenance according to the Goodyear application bulletin.

[4] Nitrogen is non-flammable: Nitrogen technology has been used in aircraft, military and race car technology for over thirty years.

Does Joe Consumer Get It?

But can we expect Joe Consumer to start paying for this new air anytime soon? As always, the answer is, it depends. If enough businesses and corporations get behind the idea and promote it steadily, uniformly and explain the numerous safety and cost savings, then eventually the message should make it through.

However, you do need to be realistic its still considered by Joe Consumer to be new and anything new is usually avoided until it becomes familiar its called the product adoption process.

Its Still Weird Science

The other point to consider here is selling Nitrogen is still science and most people are not that comfortable with the whole science thing. And if you recall I mentioned that regular everyday air is 78% nitrogen anyway so what would they be paying for?

Regular air is approximately 80% nitrogen anyway, are we to believe that an extra 20% makes all the difference Ironically we now know that the answer is yes.

A Moral Dilemma

You and I both know that if using Nitrogen means your clients tires last longer they will save money by not having to purchase as many tires. So Nitrogen use could mean less tire sales And thats the moral dilemma for you. Do you want to make a few dollars on tire inflation services that might ultimately reduce your tire sales or do you want to keep on doing business the way it is now?

Make Mine A Light Air

One things for sure, with regular air and diet air (or is that Air2 with half the carbs) Nitrogen as a tire inflation option will slowly seep into the main stream (and yes the seep pun was intentional).

Now take a deep breath you just inhaled 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and a few other lesser gases. Could you tell? Did it taste or smell different? Thats part of the challenge isnt it. If regular customers are wary about the things they cannot see, what makes you think selling new air is going to be any easier.

JAMES C. BURCHILL is a 20-year veteran entrepreneur and information technology executive who now provides strategic marketing consulting services to a select group of clients. He is a published author, a passionate advocate of technology and the Internet, as well as an avid study of classical advertising and marketing strategies (which he uses during Internet alchemy experiments.) James is an expert in information and data management, Internet marketing and online networking. A self confessed information and technology enthusiast, James brings a wide range of valuable skills to any venture. Of singular note is James ability to assimilate complex subject matter and produce clean clear 'easy-to-understand' messages. James has been interviewed many times and caused quite the media buzz when a client double-dog-dared him to prove you can get front page coverage for $0. The details and that dumb stunt are now part of EBay legend. Currently James lives in Ontario, Canada with his wife and family, their Siamese cat and one very nervous fish. Visit for details.
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Champ Car’s New Rule Book!

There no doubt in this writer’s mind that Champ Car needs to do some work on the rule book for 2007 and beyond. There are two areas in need of serious change!

The idea that every track may have some special “ground rules” to be approved by the drivers at the drivers meeting is ludicrous. Come on this ain’t baseball. This was never more obvious than at Surfers this year.

Tracy got caught by the chicane Nazis and was penalized two positions, not one but two, as a result of a “ground rule” instituted by the so called competition gurus. Supposedly the rule was only for this track and this race and was approved by the drivers at the drivers meeting. What are the drivers doing approving rules?

Ok the rule book states in 6.29 Shortcutting he course during the race: During the race, any advantage or position gained during an off course excursion (four wheels off the racing surface) must be relinquished. Any reported shortcut or off course excursion that, in the opinion of the officials, improves a driver’s position during the race will resulting penalties per chapter 10. Event specific instructions that pertain to shortcutting the course may be issued as conditions warrant.

Event specific instructions........that is the problem here!

Additionally 10.3.5 states, the race director shall have the authority to assess as loss of position penalty of one or more position for any violation of a Champ Car rule.

Ok here is where subjectivity comes into play. How to decide the loss of position is purely a subjective matter. If a chicane is shortcut for any reason and positions gained then the driver should be put back to the running position before the violation, period end of conversation. No drivers meetings or special instructions needed. With this clearly stated rule, application would be the same for all chicanes no matter what track.

To carry this logic further all turns could be defined and racing violations therein could be written into the rule book with the penalties clearly defined. All race courses have the same elements, and a common set of rules can be applied to them. Why should the penalty for shortcutting be different at Surfers than it is anywhere else?

It seems to me to be quite simple, make the rules specific and apply them across all courses and drivers, what more could be asked.

Now let’s look at 6.29 further. Why is running up on the curbs allowed? Isn’t that shortcutting the course? Why must you put all four wheels over the curbing to be guilty of shortcutting? Why do these drivers insist on changing the design of the course?

Change the rule to any wheels on the curbing will be considered shortcutting and apply the new rules accordingly. This will have the additional benefit of helping the teams that can’t afford special shock programs. The racing should be even closer.

We still have to talk about avoidable contact; I have some things to say about that too. Come back later for my rant.

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Consumers Digest Magazine Announces 07 Automotive Best Buys

Consumers Digest Magazine Announces 07 Automotive Best Buys
By Margaret Adams

Thirty two vehicles and six companion models made it to the 2007 Consumers Digests best buys. Vehicles were grouped into 8 categories - Small Cars, Family Cars, Luxury Cars, Sporty Cars, Trucks, Vans, Compact/Midsize SUVs and Luxury/Full-Size SUVs. They were given ratings based on ergonomics, safety, behind-the-wheel testing, styling and amenities, warranty, ownership costs, and price. Further, performance is assessed according to starting and acceleration, shifting, steering, handling, ride quality, braking and fuel economy.

In the small category, best buy ratings go to Chevrolet HHR, Dodge Caliber, Honda Civic, Honda Fit, Jeep Compass and Nissan Versa. In the family car category, the auto best buys are Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Azera, Hyundai Sonata, Mercury Milan and Toyota Camry/Solara. Luxury car best buys are Acura TL, Buick Lucerne, Infiniti M35/45 and Toyota Avalon.

Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Mazda6, MINI Cooper, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky are the best buys in the sporty car category. At the topmost list in the best van values are Chevrolet Avalanche, Ford F-150 and Honda Ridgeline are the top pickups, and the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Entourage and Kia Sedona.

For the compact/midsize SUVs, the best buys are Honda CR-V, Jeep Wrangler, Mazda CX-7 and Toyota RAV4. Honda CR-V is loosely derived from Civic. Wrangler is the successor of the famed World War II vehicle. CX-7, on one hand, is the slot between CX-5 and CX-9. It uses some Mazda Miata body parts to boost its overall appeal. Finally, RAV-4 is a crossover SUV, is a vehicle that had most of the benefits of an SUV.

For compact/midsize SUVs, 4 vehicles made it to the best buy standard. They are Acura RDX, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Mercedes-Benzs GL-Class.

According to Randy Weber, Customer Digests publisher, Value, as we see it, is based on purchase price and ownership costs relative to quality, performance and subjective factors like comfort and design. Webber added, Few purchases are more important, or require more research, than buying a new vehicle. Our analyses underscore our commitment to ensure that consumers are as satisfied with their auto purchase years after making it as they were on the day they drove off the lot.

It was divulged by Rich Dzierwa, Consumers Digest editor that this is the first time the number of represented manufacturers reached 20. Also, for 5 years now, Chevrolet Tahoe, Dodge Caravan, GMC Yukon, Honda Civic, Honda Odyssey, MINI Cooper, Toyota Avalon and Toyota Camry retained the their best buy standing.

Consumers Digest, launched in 1959, is an American magazine publication that is intended to inform, evaluate and recommend products. It also tolerates other companies to use its reviews in their marketing strategies.

Margaret Adams is the present manager of the largest auto manufacturing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This 35 year old maiden is a certified car enthusiast. You can visit Mazda Miata body parts for more information.

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IRS Updates; Hybrid Car Tax Credits Following Industry Audit

IRS Updates: Hybrid Tax Credits Following Industry Audit
Ezine Author: Richard Chapo

The Energy Act of 2005 created major tax credit incentives for people purchasing hybrid vehicles. The IRS has recently concluded the quarterly review of manufacturers and issued tax credit status.

IRS Updates Hybrid Tax Credits Following Industry Audit

As part of the Energy Act of 2005, the federal government took a major step towards promoting the use of hybrid vehicles. In simple terms, it converted the tax deduction for purchasing a hybrid vehicle into a tax credit. This change was remarkable because a tax credit is very valuable because it is a reduction from the actual amount of tax you owe, not your gross income. Given the fact the tax credit could be over $3,000 for some models, this was a major boon for hybrid car sales!

Alas, the hybrid tax credits were not set in concrete in the tax code. Instead, they are known as phase out credits. In this case, the amount of the tax credit is first set by the IRS after a review of the car model in question. Each quarter, the IRS then totals all of the hybrid sales by manufacturer. Once the total sales reach certain milestones, the tax credit amount is reduced by a percentage. Eventually, the credits are completely phased out and the relevant automobile executives openly weep.

The magic sales threshold for hybrid manufacturers is 60,000 cars sold. Once a manufacturer hits this level, the credits phase out in a labored manner as is typical with taxes. Once the 60,001 car is sold, you still have until the end of the next quarter to buy and claim the full tax credit. Once that date is passed, you can still claim a credit for a new purchase, but at a rate of half the credit amount originally assigned by the IRS so long as you buy during the next two calendar quarters. After those dates pass, the credit is reduced to 25 percent of the original amount for two more credits. Thereafter, it is eliminated completely. Nice and simple, eh?

The IRS recently completed the quarterly audit for the manufactures. As of June 2006, the credit amounts for any Toyota hybrid have been cut in half as the company has met the first hybrid sales threshold. All other manufacturers, however, still qualify for the full tax credit amounts as they have not met said sales levels. The manufacturers include Honda, Ford and GM.

Richard A. Chapo is with Business Tax Recovery - providing information on taxes.

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15 Ways To Lower Your Car Insurance

15 Ways To Lower Your Car Insurance

Andrew Bowen

1.Shop around

The difference in price between various companies can be significant. What one company may consider a high risk factor another company may not view as so important. Insurance companies arrive at a price for your Car Insurance.

by adding or discounting money after each answer you give to the questions they ask you. Each company has its own rules as to what they consider should increase or decrease your premium. By shopping around you get a better list of prices to compare.

2.Buy a lower group car

One of the important factors that insurance companies take into account is of course your vehicle. There are thousands of different cars on the road so companies divide them up into groups. Most companies will adopt the ABI (Association of British Insurers) group rating. This splits up vehicles into 20 different groups. Generally speaking the higher the group rating for your vehicle, the higher your premium will be. Some companies may also combine your driving experience with the vehicle group to get a better idea of how high the risk is. This is one of the reasons why young drivers should consider buying a lower group car if they want to lower their insurance cost.

3.Consider Third Party Only cover

A Third Party Only insurance policy is the minimum amount of cover legally required - it is also the cheapest. Generally speaking you should consider opting for this type of policy if your vehicle is of low value. In the unfortunate event of having an accident, any damage to a third party vehicle will be covered but any damage to your vehicle is not. However, if your vehicle is of little value then you may not be too concerned. It may not be worth paying extra for a Fully Comprehensive policy in these circumstances.

4.Maintain a good credit rating

More and more insurance companies are adopting credit scoring techniques as part of the overall calculation of your car insurance premium. By keeping a good credit history you may avoid any additional premium that companies add to your price for having a bad credit score.

5.Buy on the web

Many insurance providers now offer some good discounts for buying the policy over the internet. The theory is that by purchasing your insurance over the web, you are saving the company money by not requiring telesales agent time and incurring free-phone costs. This saving is passed on to you in the form of a discount for buying online. If you have got prices by telephone then check your quote again on their website, you may be surprised at how much cheaper it is.

6.Have a higher voluntary excess

During the quotation process you will be asked how much voluntary excess you want to have. Insurance companies will generally include a compulsory excess amount on the policy but give you the opportunity to increase this if you wish. The more the voluntary excess the lower your premium should be. However, in the event of a claim, you will have to pay a higher amount yourself, up to the total amount of excess on your policy.

7.Reduce your annual mileage

How many miles you do a year is a common question that can affect your car insurance premium. The more miles you do the more your premium is likely to be. Quotation systems and telephone agents will often suggest an amount of miles for you. Try and work out how many miles you will genuinely do. It may be less than the amount suggested. Of course, you should always give an honest answer to this and other questions.

8.Keep a clean driving record

This may be easier said than done. However, by having few or preferably no driving convictions, you can avoid being penalised by increases in your car insurance premium. Getting caught with a speeding fine is often not the only financial penalty you incur. Insurance companies take very seriously all driving convictions and it is usually an important part of their rating process. You can expect an increase in the cost of your insurance if you do get caught with a driving conviction, so it pays to be a safe driver.

9.Keep claim free

This ties in neatly with number 8 above. The biggest factor affecting the cost of your car insurance premium is how many No Claims Bonus Years you have. Full No Claims Bonus is generally considered by most companies to be five years or more, this can give you huge discounts, in some cases up to 75%. By being a safe driver and avoiding potential road accident claims. You can continually benefit by building up your number of claim free years. Every additional No Claims Bonus year you get, the lower your car insurance cost should be. Some companies give you the option of paying a bit more on your premium to protect your No Claims Bonus.

10.Be realistic about the value of your car

Most of us have an inflated view as to what our car is worth. When asked the value of your vehicle during the insurance quotation process, people will often state an amount that is unrealistic and above the real value of the car. People do this as they believe that this is what they will get back from the insurance company in the event of a claim. The reality is that the company will only pay out what the car is worth at the time of the claim and not what you stated for the quote. In fact, by giving a high and unrealistic value, you can increase your car insurance premium as this is often a factor affecting your final price.

11.Remove unnecessary named drivers

Additional drivers on your policy usually mean a higher premium. A lot of people add a number of extra drivers on the policy just in case that person needs to drive the car. However, having all these drivers will push up the cost. By only naming drivers on the policy that will definitely driver the car, you can lower the final cost. If you find that an unnamed driver needs to drive the vehicle then most companies will allow you to temporarily add a new named driver for a small cost.

12.Improve your car security

Theft of and from your vehicle are important considerations when insurance companies calculate your price. Most companies will give you a discount for having better security of your vehicle. An alarm and immobiliser will usually attract a small discount whilst having a tracker device installed may give you a larger reduction. Some companies may insist on having such devices installed on more expensive and desirable cars before they even consider offering you a price.

13.Take an advanced driving test

Although not compulsory, taking an advanced driving test can not only improve your driving skills but also help to lower your car insurance premium. Some companies look favourably on people who have taken the advanced test as it shows commitment to safe driving thus lowering the chance of having a motoring accident.

14.Pay your premium in one go

By paying for your car insurance all in one go, you can avoid paying additional interest charges that would be added on if you opted to pay by instalments. The interest charges can be quite significant, so if your finances allow, you can save a good amount of money by paying for the whole lot up front. In some cases, companies may even give you a small discount for doing this.

15.Get married

Okay so this may seem like a dramatic final way to lower your premium. However, a number of insurance companies offer lower premiums when your named drivers are insured and spouse as opposed to two unmarried drivers. Some companies believe that this shows an element of stability which is a hallmark of safer drivers and give you a discount on this basis.

Copyright © 2004 Accept Direct Limited
Andrew Bowen is the CEO of Accept Direct Limited. Accept Direct sell UK car insurance through their website

Find The Free Auto Repair Manual You Need Online

Find the Free Auto Repair Manual You Need Online
By Terje Ellingsen

You can easily get a free auto repair manual for whichever repair need you might have. You need an internet access and have to follow a certain procedure searching for auto repair manuals, but when you have done this procedure a few times it will be very easy to find the right instructions for do it yourself auto repair and it wont cost you a dime.

There are four types of automotive description documents that you will need to choose from when you want to do a repair

General manuals

Diagnosis descriptions

Repair manuals

Maintenance manuals

General Manuals

In addition to some general manuals, most of these are related to the make. Here you can get step by step guidance on how to repair most of the makes in the vehicle market. Lets say you have a Honda Acura 2002 model and you want to find a manual for that make and model. What you do is perform the following search in a search engine:
free car manuals+Honda Acura+2002
. Then you will have a long list of sites that provide you with all kinds of descriptions for your Honda Acure 2002 model, and you can choose what you want.

Diagnosis descriptions

Automotive diagnosis manuals can also be sub divided by make and model. But it can also be divided by the area of the vehicle that is affected, for example engine intake problems, brake problems, cooling problems, exhaust problems, start or stall problems, transmission problems etc. Let's say you have a start problem. Your search would be
car diagnosis manual+ start problem
, then you should get more than enough repair information to choose from. You can even get diagnostic trees where all options are covered for nothing.

You have probably more than one time heard some annoying noise from somewhere in your vehicle, without finding the source of it. This is one of the most kinky situations to run into because you dont know if it is a serious signal or just a small thing. Some websites gives you the opportunity to diagnose vehicle problems by the noise, sound and vibrating signals and that is great. The sooner you find it the sooner you can fix it and then you can relax. When you search, you can describe the sound, for example
whine noise
shifter knocks
or "driveline vibration" plus car diagnosis manual plus eventually the make.

Repair Manuals

In addition to regular manuals you can also get very instructive and detailed descriptions in other internet document or websites like articles, etc. The natural way to sub divide such repairs before searching, is by the area of the vehicle that is going to be repaired, for instance body repair, exhaust repair, suspension fix, interior repair and even general car repair.

You do the search the same way as above; car repair manual (or description) + the area of repair and go through the list of resources you get.

Maintenance manuals

Though vehicle maintenance is closely related to your vehicle make and model, there are some maintenance issues that are pretty much common whether you have a Cadillac, VW or a Mercedes, for example changing oil, changing air filters, engine wash, fluid maintenance, tier maintenance etc. You can get access to maintenance descriptions by searching for the kind of maintenance plus
car maintenance manual (or description)
plus eventually your make and model.

I think youll be amazed of the amount of automotive repair free stuff online.

Terje Brooks Ellingsen
is a writer and internet publisher. He runs the website Terje gives advice and helps people with automotive issues like auto repair and online car auctions.

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Volvo Recalls 360000 Cars For Speed Control Problem

Volvo Recalls 360,000 Cars for Speed-Control Problem
By Stacey Wilson

Volvo earlier released a statement that it is recalling approximately 360,000 cars due to a problem in speed-controls that can cause the vehicle to lose power without any warning. The automaker added that the defect in the electronic throttle module in Volvo cars manufactured between 1999 and 2002 could throw engines into the so-called limp home mode having about 15 miles per hour as the maximum speed.

Said recall, which is ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), applies to Volvo used parts found in the C70 and V70 models that are manufactured between 2001 and 2002. Other cars subject to recall are the S60 models manufactured between 2001 and 2002, and S70 and V70X models, which are manufactured between 1999 and 2000. Christer Gustafsson, spokesperson of the automaker said that Volvo has fixed the speed-control problem on about 165,000 vehicles of the recall total after sending out notices to owners in March.

The speed-control problem was first flagged by Californias Air Resource Board. After said problem was reported and investigated by the NHTSA, the latter ordered a mandatory recall early this month. Gustafsson added, Volvo owners who bring their cars to dealerships will have new software reinstalled for the throttle-control unit. We're already doing about 2,000 or 3,000 of these a week. In addition Gustafsson noted that limp home setting is the safety feature in Volvo cars. Said feature is designed to avoid unintended acceleration in case of a throttle malfunction.

Separately, the NHTSA also ordered recall of 128,000 DaimlerChrysler's Pacifica sport utility vehicles built between 2005 and 2006 due to software problem. Said software controls Chrysler car parts governing the fuel pump and powertrain control. According to NHTSA, the problem could cause the engine to stall in some cases. As part of the recall, the automaker will reprogram the powertrain controls and substitute the fuel pump on some Chrysler cars.

It can also be recalled that Toyota, a rival of GM, Ford and Chrysler, recalled 368,000 SUVs in July. The recall is all about the defective clip used in Toyota carpet. The defective carpet clip could hinder with brake usage and cause further road misfortunes.

As a former news correspondent for an auto-related website, Stacey has gathered extensive knowledge and experience in the automotive industry. This 34 year old mother of two from Memphis is a genuine car lover. You can visit Toyota carpet for more information.

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Mythbuster Truck Fuel Effeciency Test

Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters, a popular Discovery Channel show, tested different configurations for trucks to get the best fuel effeciency.
They tested with the tailgate up and tailgate down, no tailgate, a hard top cover for the truck bed, and a mesh tailgate. They used a flow meter attached to the fuel pump to see which configuration gave a truck the best fuel economy.
The best fuel economy out of the mix was with a mesh tailgate cover. Probably due to the lighter weight received approximately 5 percent better fuel economy.
The worst out of all was with the tailgate down. So if you do not want to remove your tailgate to attach a mesh cover over the back, keep your Truck Tailgate closed. Thanks Mythbusters.

Car Safety Ratings: What Do They Mean?

Car Safety Ratings: What Do They Mean?
By Andrew Dillan

Every car commercial tells you that their car has a five-star safety rating. Does this score really mean anything? What tests are being performed and who does the measuring?

The Organizations

In the United States, there are two organizations that score cars on safety ratings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The NHTSA is run by the Department of Transportation and is sometimes called the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) or the government five star rating.

Frontal Collision Ratings

The NHTSA gets its data by running a car directly into a wall at 35 mph. The IIHS does a different test, where the impact is offset, and not directly in the middle. The IIHS test does a better job of mimicking real-life accidents. While most cars do well in directly head-on collisions, most real-life collisions are offset.

The NHTSA scores with five stars. Five stars means that there is ten percent or less chance of injury. Injury is defined as something life-threatening or for which you will need immediate hospitalization. Four stars is between eleven and twenty percent chance of injury. Three stars is between twenty-one and thirty-five percent chance.

The IIHS score is not in a five star format. They rate a vehicle as Good, Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor.

The NHTSA and the IIHS scores should be looked at in conjunction with one another. Remember, both these scores only rate what would happen if you collide with another vehicle the same size as yours. However, many crashes involve only one-vehicle, so these tests are useful.

Side-Impact Ratings

Again, the NHTSA and IIHS uses different side-impact tests. The NTSA crashes a giant beam into the side of a car and measures the shock on two male-sized dummies. They then make a star rating based on the chance of chest injury to the dummies. Five stars means less than 5% chance of injury, four stars is 6%-10%, and 3 stars is 11%-20%. They dont gage the damage to the head in this star rating, but if they think that it is excessively dangerous, they will add a safety note to their report.

The IIHS uses dummies that represent adolescents or small-statured women. This helps assess the safety of people other than men in the car. They also use a larger beam. They score their rating based on injury to the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and femur. This is arguably a more comprehensive test than the NHTSA test.

Rollover Ratings

The NHTSA is the only company that does Rollover ratings. Rollovers are often the most fatal type of accident. The NHTSA measures the chance of a car rolling with no external catalyst, and the chance of it happening for a reason (hitting a shallow ditch, hitting the curb, going onto the shoulder). 95% of rollovers are tripped, and have some external element.

Recent NHTSA testing has proven what we know about SUVs being much more likely to rollover than sedans or other cars.

Low-Impact Bumper Test

The IIHS performs a low-impact bumper test to see how much repairs would cost you if you gently hit something by accident. They rate the cars accordingly. Although this is not necessarily a safety rating, it will tell you what you can expect for possible repairs for your car and is something to keep in mind while purchasing a car.

When you shop
Considering the safety ratings of cars is important. But it is also important to know how these ratings are measured so that you can make the most informed decision about your purchase. Maybe you want your car to be cool, or to be functional, but most of all you want it to be safe.

Andrew Dillan is the editor of The Guide to Car Loans. If you are looking for a new car, find the best way to finance your purchase by checking out this informative site!
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Champ Car Going Where the Competition Isn’t?

Go where the competition isn’t. It’s an old business axiom that Champ Car is apparently following. It sounds self explanatory but let’s examine the business of Champ Car since the new regime has taken over and see just how closely they have followed this self imposed business tactic.

It appears that the five year plan that was developed shortly after the bankruptcy by-out has included the idea that the company should only do business where the competition isn’t, it only takes a moment to realize this must be the strategy.

As for the five year plan, it doesn’t end five years after it is developed, it continues on as long as needed, constantly being adjusted each year to meet the business needs as they change. It is simply a way to effect good business planning.

Let’s start with the management. In my opinion there is no substitute for a single strong leader in any business. Has CC established that? Hard to say what with the collage of actors seemingly involved in the business. I would score them low, although admittedly this may not really have much to do with Going Where the Competition Isn’t.

Venues, any overlaps there with the competition? No more Ovals on the schedule, new venues added some are ground breaking like Vegas, Phoenix and Houston. Score A

Schedule, hard not to have overlaps with NASCAR but it looks like there are only 4 conflicting dates with the IRL on next years schedule. Clearly the December 2 date for Phoenix next year has no competition in the US. Score B-

Chassis, any overlaps? Not that I can see, the new Panoz is purpose built for CC and is not being used by anyone else. But who knows what could happen later. Score B

Engines, nope, KK and GF took care of that long ago buy buying Cosworth. I believe that was a part of the original business plan. Score A

Support series, Atlantics is strong they have new engines and chassis both provided for by the new management. Same issue here with the chassis though. Score B.

A pet peeve of mine has been the reluctance to provide the fans with chance to give input through a survey. Surveys, when properly administered, can yield valuable information.

In the upcoming year, number four of the original five year plan it should be clear that operationally CC will be following the notion of Going Where the Competition Isn’t. And until they have built the business to a level that warrants expansion into competitive marketplaces this strategy is not likely to change.

Also in the upcoming year the new TV package with ABC/ESPN should be helpful in differentiating the series from others. With a full compliment of American racing on ABC/ESPN the casual racing fan will be able to easily recognize the “festival of speed” racing series, a series that clearly has gone where the competition isn’t.

2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD, Soon On The Streets

Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD, Soon On The Streets
By Sarah McBride

The Chrysler Group has just recently announced that it is already planning on producing the very first diesel powered and full sized sport utility vehicle. This new full sized SUV would be only sold and marketed in the United States. And guess what this SUV would be? Yes, it would be the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

This new 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee would be mounted with a 3.0 liter common rail turbo diesel, or CRD, engine. The company targets that in around the first quarter of next year, this new 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee would be found in Jeep dealerships around the country.

According to Craig Love, the vice president of Chrysler Groups Rear Wheel Drive Product team, Daimler Chrysler is a leader in automotive diesel applications in Europe, and it makes sense to continue to build on that experience by offering a modern, clean diesel for the US market. The Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel will offer consumers increased fuel economy, class-leading torque, towing, and driving range.Indeed, this could be a bestseller among those who would like to have an SUV which does not use up much gas.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been produced by the Chrysler Corporation since 1993 up until the present. It actually replaced the Jeep Grand Wagoneer in the Jeep line up of exemplary vehicles. It has been produced in one body style only which is the wagon with four doors. In the market, its competitors include the Ford Explorer, GMC Envoy, Toyota 4Runner, and Nissan Pathfinder.

On the new 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Bob Lee, the vice president of Chrysler Groups Power Train Product team, states, The 3.0 liter CRD is an efficient, smooth running, clean engine that delivers fuel economy and performance. Advanced diesel technology has improved over the last several years; engines are quieter and cleaner due to electronic controls, higher fuel pressures and advanced after-treatment systems.

With all the attention to details that Jeep gives to every vehicle under their brand, it is only fitting that Auto Parts Deal offer top of the line Jeep parts to match each Jeep vehicles performance.

As a manager of one of the largest auto store in Springfield, Massachussets, Sarah has extensive expertise on auto parts and automotives in general. This 42 year old is a certified car enthusiast.

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Dynamic Simplicity Imbibed In New Nissan Altima

2007 Nissan Altima
Dynamic Simplicity Imbibed in New Altima
By Tom Bailey

Nissan has finally set forth a striking Altima with a revolutionary platform and evolutionary design that spell dynamic simplicity.

Altima is 100% original and 100% Nissan, rather than a copy of existing mid-size sedan offerings, said Brad Bradshaw, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. In creating this next generation Altima, we didnt take for granted the things it already did well. We refined or enhanced all areas, exterior, interior and under the skin.

The upcoming Altima will be equipped with improved parts Nissan including revised engine versions. This car model, which belongs to the fourth generation, will incorporate the VQ35DE 3.5 L V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower, and the QR25DE 2.5 L I4 that generates 175 horsepower.

Altima will also sport groundbreaking innovations like Push button start, advanced navigation system, advanced Xtronic CVT, parking camera and Bluetooth capability for cell phones. The redesigned version of the car appears to have several Toyota Camry parts. As a fact, Altimas wheelbase has close resemblance to that of Camrys.

We understand that mid size sedan buyers are looking for more from their vehicles than transportation, they seek a higher sense of self reward, along with a quality feel, enhanced comfort and a wide range of convenience features, added Bradshaw. The new 2007 Altima builds on these strengths, protecting Altimas hard fought standing as the sedan of choice for discerning, enthusiast buyers. And now, as a true competitor rather than just an alternative, we predict Altima will find an even wider audience.

Bradshaw concluded, The new 2007 Altima is one of the first vehicles in class to offer such a high level of features, such as the available Intelligent Key and RearView Monitor, touch-screen navigation with voice recognition and dual zone automatic temperature control. With distinctive styling, dynamic performance, high quality roomy interior and great features, the new Altima raises the standard in the segment once again. In a sea of sameness, Altima engages the senses and stirs the soul.

The new Altima exudes an entirely unique, distinctive and exotic car appeal design and quality wise. As Bradshaw put it, Its quiet, comfortable and rewarding.

Tom Bailey is a consultant for one of the countrys leading auto parts stores. He is also an editor of a reputable publishing company in his area. He is currently based in Atlantic City, New Jersey with his wife and 3 children. You can visit parts Nissan for more information.

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How To Do Car Window Tinting

Car Window Tinting
How to Do Window Tinting
By Lance Winslow

Window Tinting BMPs Best Management Practices and Procedures. Every auto detailer who lives in works south of the Mason Dixon line or in a large metro area has asked themselves; should I offer window tinting to my customers? Every wholesale auto detailer in such states in areas has probably been asked by their customers, namely new car dealerships and small used car dealerships, do you know anybody who does window tinting? That simple question spins around your mind like a thought you can control, hey, maybe I should you window tinting, what can I charge, how do you do it? Is it difficult?

Many auto detailers and professional car care specialists or even those that call themselves mobile car washers and detailers have considered such a tact. Some have found that they did not have proper training, that was not as easy as it looked in that they had made a grave mistake. While others seem to have a knack for tinting windows tinting windows is as much an art as a science you have to mistake and a careful I and patience, just the thing for a detailer, well at least a professional one, someone who is into the details. Here are some tips and ideas that may help you decide if you want to go get some professional training, and start offering such services. There are some relatively basic steps that does the profession must follow. It is not easy, but in theory it is simple. First you must prepare the surface of the window, the window must be perfectly clean with not even the finest speck of dust. It saves a lot of time if you have proper tools for window tinting, for instance some hard-cards, a heat gun and some in razor blades.

It is also nice to have a tiny squeegee. Youll see seasoned professionals who also carry around paper towels and dishes soap. You also need to look out for the things like automotive caulking compounds and weather stripping sticking out, these can make for it to install, any need to take care these things upfront. Also, make sure there are no cellular phone or satellite radio antenna components on the inside the window. If there are you're going to the work around us any need to put extra liquid around us area so you can move the tent around to get in the right spot before you start cutting up the shape of the razor blade.

We have often seen old antenna mounts or leftover glue on the windows that we didnt see due to the lighting or shading when we first started, and there you are with a soapy film mass with one hand it is a razor blade to scrape of the other hand, all the while knowing that you dont do everything right, he could easily fold over the window tent and have to start completely over any just by yourself extra material. This is why you should pay extra attention to every square into the surface of the interior of the window before attempting this procedure. Once this is completed while the window film is still dry, you need to cut the film to the basic shape of the window. The easiest way to do this is to lay on the outside of the window and cut into the basic shape in a nylon paper, but leave yourself a little extra room. Then take the nylon paper and slightly moisten the window to the desired amount and lay the paper against the inside of the window and then smooth out the paper working from the center outward in all directions. As you get towards the edges make a few cuts along the edge. Cut the paper to the exact shape and then lay it on top of the film w/liner.

Trace around the outside of the paper on top after you tape down four edges and are sure it is perfectly flat. If you have and areas where you have to go around like the mirrors you have already cut the opening in the paper and will trace that opening on to the film and peel sheet. Once you have the perfect shape you are ready to go and install the tint. Now place this on the window in the right place after you have put some soapy water on the inside of the window, pull back the first 1/3 of the peel sheet and spray the window tint showing with adhesive window solution. It best if you never touch the window film itself during this process. Makes sure the edges are lined up on all sides. Slowly peel and spray adhesive and work any air bubbles out you want to leave about one-eight inch from the top of the window and work downwards. By using the squeegee you need to slowly work downward all the to the bottom and out to the sides, it is okay to let the solution move down with your squeegee, it is better to use a little extra solution than not enough. Once everything is correct use the plastic hard tool too bring down the solution and any soapy water and then pat and buff the moisture left.

To keep the plastic tool from ripping often it is advised to use a paper towel wrapped around it. This is what we have seen most operators do who are seasoned and experienced. One recent problem we have seen in the last few years is those windows with safety glass, which have a dot pattern on the edges. This makes things a little tougher.

You want to use more adhesive on the edges otherwise it will try to peel up. So use more solution as you are working outward and try to work upward on the initial point of contact, some of this extra solution will roll down, but that is okay you need a tight seam at the top. Another issue is to advise your clients of the law in your state if one exists for window tinting.

Many states outlaw black out tinting commonly referred to a Limo tinting, some allow SUVs to have tint like this but not cars, some states SUVs can have it in the back, but not in the front. There are so many laws you need to know what your state says and also and if you live near a border to another state, well? Best to know those laws too. In some stats the operator is responsible, other states the vehicle owner and in some states the installer also. Great more laws, yep. Get use to it you are in an over regulated industry.

Lance Winslow, a retired entrepreneur, adventurer, modern day philosopher and perpetual tourist.

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General Motors November Red Tag Sales Event

GENERAL MOTORS RED TAG SALES EVENT Its that time of year again when General Motors is offering select vehicles in the Red Tags Sales Event. GM owners are allowed to pick a certain number of vehicles to discount based on new car sales for the year. Most dealers are offering these red tag savings on all leftover 2006 models. It is a pretty hefty discount on most. For Instance, a GMC Yukon that lists for $35000 is now $27000. This is a nice discount on a new vehicle. After some of these vehicles sell, owners can then allocate more savings to other new vehicles. So go to your local GM dealer to see if your model is Red Tagged! If not, let a few of these red tagged vehicles sell and ask the dealership to allocate the savings to the vehicle of your choice. It could save you thousands of dollars so worth checking out.

Is This A Good Time To Buy A New Car?

This is a question that comes up quite often. Is this a good time to buy a new car? When I say new car, I do not necessarily mean a brand new car, but a new car to you, whether it is new or used.

I think you can look at the market and tell when it is a good time to buy a car. Typically, November thru January are slower months for the auto industry as a whole. So dealers and salesman will bend over backwards to make a deal during these times. When spring rolls around and there is an abundance of customers, salesmen will drop a customer or shortcut the process to get to the next deal that may be easier. It is the nature of the business. Many will disagree and say each customer is important during any selling season, but trust me, on a cold November day at 6:00 in the evening with no cars sold for the day, Managers will go out of their way to make a deal. Owners believe every day should be a good day and look crazy at managers that are not giving them results.

Most dealerships have some type of board where each sell for the day is logged. Take a trip to the dealership, find this board and see how many sells have been made on this perticular day. If there are few sales on this board, you have the bargaining wand in your hand. Make a crazy offer, when they say they have to pass on the deal, head to your car to leave. You will find out real quick the least they will take for the car you have chosen. They will beat you to your car with this offer. Novemeber, December, and January are prime months to get a GREAT deal! Dealers are also frantic to get rid of old age units. When I say Old Age, I mean left over 2006 models when 2007s are filling the lots. Pick out one of these leftover 2006 models for your best deal. If these vehicles are not sold by the end of the year, the manufacturer will give a one time credit to the vehicle and all rebates and incentives will be gone. Most dealers do not want to carry this inventory into the next fiscal year.

So go out now and see how good the deal gets. You will probably be surprised how anxious salesmen are to brave the cold to assist you in any way imaginable. Good Luck and happy buying!

It's Finally Over, Bourdais Wins Mexico City

Bourdais eeked out a win yesterday in Mexco City with a last lap pass of Wilson ( avoidable contact be damned) to end the long (short schedule) Champ Car series season!

Come back soon to read about my thoughts on this season and next season - which is scheduled for an even later calendar finish than this year. I'll be putting forth some yet to be suggested reasons for the way Champ Car is being run and don't miss my rant on avoidable contact - whatever the hell that is!

Maximizing Your Car Insurance Settlement

Maximizing Your Insurance Settlement
By Craig Perry

I have been a Las Vegas Auto Accident Attorney for 17 years. I worked for insurance companies before I switched to handling personal injury cases for the injured parties. After so many years of being in this business, I can tell you from my experience how to get the most from the insurance company.

If you follow these steps, you will no longer have to ask, How do I settle my accident claim? You will have a much better idea of the things you can do. With all of these steps, I still strongly advise you to consult with an experienced accident attorney who can give you sound advice and help you settle your claim.

Action: Secure all available evidence from the accident scene.
Reason: There are three basic parts to a personal injury case: (a) liability, (b) injuries and (c) available money. First, you have to prove the other guy is at fault. So you have to preserve all of the evidence you can. That includes not moving the cars and talking to the police to arrive, taking down their insurance information and license plate and name & address, obtaining witness statements, and photographing the scene. Do not do any car repairs until it is examined by an adjust

: Never say you are not injured at the scene of the accident. At most, say you do not know yet.
Reasons: If you say you are not injured, most soft tissue injury pains take a few hours or days to develop. If you say you were not injured, the adjuster or defense attorney will try to allege that maybe you were lying just to get a settlement.

Action: Go to the doctor right away, even if you are not feeling pain.
Reasons: Many people are in shock right after an accident. Some people sustain broken bones in an accident without even knowing it. X-rays can reveal many types of injuries even before you feel pain, such as change in spinal curvature suggesting a possible muscle spasms even before the pain begins. Secondly, insurance companies will question your injuries, no matter how legitimate, if you do not see a doctor right away. I have seen cases lose in court where the injured party waited three or four weeks before seeing a doctor.

Two things happen when you delay care. First, the insurance company will question you were ever hurt. From your point of view, you simply thought the pain would go away. From their point of view, you were not even in enough pain to go to a doctor, or maybe you decided to milk the insurance company for money. You avoid such false arguments by seeing someone right away.

Action: Do not miss or skip medical appointments. Follow through with all recommended care.
Reason: Missed appointments will allow the insurance company to argue that you must not have been in much pain if you though that you could miss appointments.

Action: Document all of your lost wages with a doctors note for every day missed.
Reason: Insurance companies have a standard policy of not paying for days off from work disability unless (a) you actually missed a work and (b) there is a note from your doctor stating that you are not able to work.

Action: When negotiating your case, start high.
Reason: If you approach an insurance company with the lowest amount you will take, they will never offer more than you ask and they almost always offer you less than you are asking. Give yourself room to negotiate down. They start low, so you should start high.

Craig Perry is an attorney practicing law in the State of Nevada since 1989. He has handled thousands of cases and settled millions of dollars in personal injury and workers compensation claims. He does not charge a fee for first consultation. He has a bilingual office staff (Spanish) and he speaks Italian fluently.

For more information about this article or the services he offers, call direct 702.228.4777 or toll-free 1-866-LAW-4HIRE, or visit

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Pickup Spot: Expensive gas, now James Inhofe and Korea - are Trucks screwed?

First, a bit of poli-sci background. James Inhofe was, until just after the mid-terms, chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Because he doesn't beleive in global warming, American drivers have cheerfully been left alone when it came to cutting down on ice cap-melting V8s. And that was pretty good...for us, not the ice caps. Screw those.

Now, James, who compared Al Gore's whale hugging, tree kissing, flick to Hitler's Mein Kompf, is gone. And a democrat is taking his place. Good for the environment, bad for big, fat, fun trucks. Are trucks in trouble? Will we still be able to highlight the quality with which we f*ck using the immense size of our truck? We'll see.

In the meantime, here's the latest in truckdom:

We've been looking forward to the H3T - based on the concept GM showed off like three years ago, before the H3 was even out (left). Now, it looks like we're getting closer to production. And the pictures just posted on AutoBlog (below) made our mouths fill with vomit, as dHummer H3T concept truckreams of our new Hummer H3T pickup fizzled away. Might as well just get a Ranger.

Jeep, meanwhile, also gave up its concept truck ambitions and settled for a bit of welding to chop down the Wrangler into a Wrangler with a pickup bed. Again, the concept - cool. The actual truck we'll be seeing soon? Well, you have to really like the front end of Wranglers (as I do) to give a crap. We've got high hopes for the extended cab. There's no room for stuff behind the seats in this one Plus, let's home a real-Jeep-style soft top is coming too. The convertible Dakotas are getting pretty old, we need a convertible truck! (SSR is not a truck)

Finally, check out what the Koreans are threatening us with now. No, it's not a brilliant white light being the last thing we all see before being vaporised. That's a different Korea. South Korea just plan to nuke America's truck industry. As opposed to Jeep and Hummer, this is the real demilitirized zone right here:

Instead of playing soldier, the concept sketches from Kia and Hyundai look like Titan-style pickups where you sit on leather watching big screens not playing G.I.Joe in a truck based on another truck based on a civilian version of an army truck.

100 Articles For Car Buying Tips To Save You Money

This is the 100 Article for This Blog-Car Buying Tips To Save You Money. I thought I would dedicate this post to a few of the most popular articles. At least what I thought was some of the most important. One of my favorite is 10 Used Car Buying Tips. One of the most popular Google searches is How to Properly Repair Scratches which was actually written by David Maillie who specializes in car care. This link saved some people some money-New Car Quote. This is a link that you can get invoice pricing on your new vehicle so you can better negotiate a price. This is just a few. I will not bore you with links to articles that you can find here yourself. I do have to give one more. Thanks to my Carnival friends that everyone should check out Here. Thanks to all dedicated readers and 1st time visitors. Just a quick note-to find articles you can check down the right side, go under the months to see all articles for that month. You have to access these from the home page. You can scroll thru the articles you want to read for that specific month. I am not the best of designers, but hope someone gets something out of this project and saves some money. Thanks again.

Acura Buying Tips For 2007

2007 Acura RDX
Acura buying tips for 2007 by Allweb

Acura is one of the hottest selling car brands in the USA and many other countries. Although the competition on the car market is fierce, Hondas luxury division has managed to seize an important segment of the auto industry, so its 2007 models are expected to take the quality even further. Here are a few tips for buying an Acura in 2007, together with a look at their future and current vehicle offer.

Acura RDX (2007)
Priced at $32,995, the 2007 Acura RDX is a medium sized SUV that is slightly smaller than the MDX. The main competitors for the RDX are X3 from BMW and the M Klass Mercedes, together with other mid-sized SUVs. The RDX seems to be a very good choice for a family car that also offers luxury and a bit of sportive feel.

Acura MDX (2007)
The impressive sales of the MDX are expected to rise even further in 2007. Coming from Hondas luxury division, the car-based seven-passenger MDX will most likely have shoppers face waiting lists. The 2007 Acura MDX has some other impressive advantages, more power and improved stability on any terrain with Acuras All-Wheel Drive system.

Acura RL (2007)
The 2007 model shifts some of the equipment that was previously considered standard to the options list, in an attempt to lower the overall base price of the RL. You will still get optional choices such as the rearview camera system or the traffic monitoring system.

Acura TL (2007)
The 2007 model receives a 3.5-liter V-6 with 286 horsepower in its Type S performance edition. Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is still not included with this model.

Acura TSX (2007)
Very similar to the European version (Honda Accord), the 2007 Acura TSX is a blend between the RSX and the TL performance sedan. Not a lot of changes accompany the 2007 TSX, but this is partly because there were no complaints with the earlier models.

Current vehicle offers from Acura:
Acura MDX (2006)
With a price of $37,125 the 2006 MDX offers everything you might be looking for as far as luxury, safety and performance are concerned in an SUV. The 2006 MDX comes with the popular 4 wheel traction system that Acura fits on all its MDX models, plus the added bonus of XM Satellite radio.

Acura RL (2006)
Launched in 2005, the RL model from Acura has done well in the luxury sedan market. Priced between $48,565 and $53,100, depending on options and engine, the Acura RL comes with all-wheel drive and a well built real-time traffic monitoring system. Other improvements added to the 2006 Acura RL are the CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System) and ACS (Adaptive Cruise Control).

Acura RSX (2006)
Priced between $20,325 and $23,845 addresses a much wider target audience thatn the exotic NSX. The base RSX comes with 155-horsepower and the performance Type-S has an additional 46 bhp.

Acura TSX (2006)
The small sport sedan priced at $27,890 is the next step from the RSX sport coupe. The 2006 model comes with changes in the optional equipment and a stylish facelift.

For more information, factual characteristics and photos and wallpapers of the 2006 and 2007 Acura models, please visit or see the links below.

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Pontiac Solstice GXP 260 Horse Power Turbo
Just hitting showrooms in at a dealership near you is the new Pontiac Solstice GXP Turbo. The new model added to the already popular Solstice will come standard with a 260 HP 2.0 Liter Ecotec VOHC Variable Valve Timing 4 Cylinder Aluminum Engine with an impressive 260 FT Lbs of Torque.

The new Solstice GXP will come standard with a convenience package that will include Cruise, Fog Lamps, and a Driver Information Center. And, a preferred package which will include power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, body colored outside mirrors with power adjust. It also will be Rear wheel drive and come standard with an Aisin 5 speed manual transmission and standard stabilitrak. Other standard features include front and passenger air bags with a passenger sensing system. AM/FM with CD player, Floor mats--yes that is standard and that is unusual because many times is optional. Satin Nickel GXP sport appearance cluster with speedometer, fuel level, and tachometer gauges. There will be a power outlet. It will come standard with cloth bucket seats.

The premium package will be a $525 option that will get you leather seating, 3 spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, Steering wheel mounted audio, Driver Information controls, and cruise on the steering wheel. There will be optional radios with cd changers or an optional 7 speaker monsoon system. Also, XM and Onstar along with sport metalic pedals. Air conditioning is again optional along with a special acoustic headliner. There will be 2 optional 18 inch wheels and spoiler. There will also be other add ons such as tonneau cover, vehicle cover, front end cover, windscreen, and molded splash gaurds. Also, there is an option for automatic transmission, suspension options, and even an option for a luggage rack.

This covers the basics with the information we have been given and may change by the time the vehicle arrives. The base MSRP is around $26996 and has estimated mileage of 22 city and 31 highway.

I believe GM could have increased production on the model they had now before they started adding available GXP models to the mix. We received an average of 2 per month for the last 6 months and all were pre sold! If you try buying a used Solstice, you will pay more than what they sold for new so maybe GM knows what they are doing after all.

Robin Miller on Allmendinger

Sometimes Robin just say's it all!

Reprinted from the CCWS website:

From watching A.J. Allmendinger since he was 18 years old, getting to know him and constantly beating his drum on national television, the one thing I was convinced of is that he had absolutely zero interest in anything with a tin top and closed wheels.

Named after four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, the Dinger was groomed for Champ Car and excelled at every level on his climb up the ladder. He made it clear that ovals weren't his cup of tea and that NASCAR held no interest for him.

As he told RACER's (and our web site's) David Phillips in 2004:
"I race not because I want to make a lot of money doing it, that's a perk I'm not gonna lie and it's nice to have, but I race for the passion of winning. Of beating the other guys on the track, knowing that when I won I drove the best that day. And I love doing it on all types of circuits.

"I love this atmosphere and racing in Champ Car, hopefully it can get back to where it was in 1995. I love Champ Car and I want to win the title. I'm not here just to race, I'm here to dominate. I don't get any enjoyment out of running 10th. And it's my dream to dominate Champ Car."

Of course those quotes have turned out to be the ultimate dichotomy.

Allmendinger did dominate Champ Car this season during an eight-race stretch but, obviously, that still wasn't enough to out-weigh the money bags being thrown at him by Red Bull and Toyota.

The brightest young star in open wheel racing in North America is gone to NASCAR and there's no way to sugarcoat it -- it hurts Champ Car, the fans and the future. A.J. was the lone American in the series this year and suddenly our National Anthem was back on the play list in victory lane.

His three consecutive wins in his first three starts for Forsythe Racing had to be the most impressive and enjoyable story in all of motorsports. It even made old curmudgeons like me happy.

After A.J. won his second straight race at Cleveland I confessed to Gerry Forsythe that I hadn't cared about who won a race since the '60s but I'd silently rooted for that cocky Californian because it was sooooo good for him, the series and open wheel racing in this country.

But, even after his third consecutive win at Toronto, the storm clouds were forming because A.J. had hired CSS Stellar Management and they immediately rubbed Forsythe the wrong way.

The two sides went back and forth with the co-owner of Champ Car telling A.J. he wanted a decision for 2007 by Surfer's Paradise. The two of them had dinner following Dinger's win at Elkhart Lake and he told the Chicago industrialist he just didn't feel comfortable talking about money.

About 10 days before Surfer's I called Gerry and asked if there was any good news on the Allmendinger Front? He replied that CSS wanted $3 million a year and there was no way he was going to pay that amount. I actually wrote a story for that was posted for about 20 minutes with the headline: 'Forsythe Accepts Allmendinger Won't Be Back in '07' before Forsythe called and asked if we could kill that story because he'd just heard from A.J.'s representatives and they wanted to re-negotiate.

That was Oct. 13 but, by the time we were in Australia, the handwriting was on the pit wall. A.J. kept deflecting questions about his future and his fiancee told people they were going to NASCAR. One of A.J.'s subordinates even acted liked she was still trying to "negotiate" with Peter Davies, the senior VP of business development for Forsythe, during the weekend. When A.J. got back to the USA he called Forsythe, along with agent Adrian Sussman, to inform the co-owner of Champ Car he was heading south.

I won't tell you the lame excuse they offered for their final decision but I can tell you that Forsythe is still laughing about it.

The diehard Champ Car fanatics now refer to Allmendinger as a "traitor or hypocrite" or worse but, let's be honest, you can't fault him for taking the big NASCAR money. It's human nature, it's security and, unfortunately, it's the trend for most of the good young racers in this country.
And you certainly can't fault Forsythe for not matching that figure. He felt like he not only made a fair market offer, he'd saved A.J.'s career by picking him up after he'd been fired four races into this season. Does he have a right to feel a little betrayed? Damn straight he does.

I think Paul Tracy spoke for most of us when he said that Allmendinger just didn't handle things professionally with the guy who had given him the chance to shine in a Champ Car.

In the final analysis, racing is a business and two business decisions were made. But it doesn't make it any easier to accept. Something none of us thought possible has become a reality:
A.J. Allmendinger, Cup driver. Sickening isn't it?

WickerBill sez;
Thanks Robin you saved me the trouble writing it!

Honda Ridgeline, 2006: The Weekly Driver

Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline, 2006: The Weekly Driver
By James Raia

A friend recently made the comment: You never really look at a pickup truck and say, Wow! Thats a good-looking vehicle.

Id never thought about it his terms, but his words rang true. His comments also made me laugh because we were discussing the Honda Ridgeline, the new compact pickup truck.

When I first noticed the truck, I immediately thought, Well, thats the first Honda I dont like.

Introduced last year at car shows and first made available nationwide earlier this year as a 2006 model, the Honda Ridgeline could be categorized as the anti pickup truck. But I didnt know that until my weekly test drive.

The Ridgeline just doesnt look like a Honda, and it looks more futuristic than functional. But just like the Element, which didnt fit the sports utility mold when it was introduced, Hondas new pickup up distinguishes itself quickly and on many levels.

My weekly test vehicle was the RTL version, the top of the line of five options. Like the lower priced RT and RTS models, the RTL features a 3.5 liter, 255 horsepower V6 with a 5 speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive. Its the only powertrain available.

The four door Honda Ridgeline also features a five foot long cargo bed. It includes independent rear suspension and a unibody construction. The cargo box is made from dent free plastic with a steel enforced floor and locking trunk bin.

Standard throughout the line are 17 inch wheels, bucket seats, a 60/40 split rear bench seat, anti lock, four wheel disc brakes and a rear window with a power sliding center section. The RTL edition also includes a navigation system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated power mirrors and universal garage door opener.

The standard features inventory is long and varied, and includes: AM/FM/6-CD changer, MP3 player, satellite radio, automatic air conditioning, alloy wheels, map and cargo box lights and steering wheel radio controls, among numerous other equipment gadgets and technology.

Driving the Honda Ridgeline, however, is even more impressive. In short, it drives like a car. And while Consumer Guide describes the ride as exemplary for a pickup, the qualification isnt necessary.

With its upright, firm seats, fine steering and handling, expansive leg and head room, smooth and sturdy steering and handling and quiet ride, the Ridgeline simply shines.

A few unique offerings, including deep, plentiful and perfectly located storage compartments and trays, and a cavernous, sliding console between the front seats further add to the Honda Ridgelines fine use of space.

The front backs seat rubber floormats are secured with easy to use toggles. When not needed, the mats remove easily, revealing stylish carpet.

Honda uses the marketing motto: We put everything we know into the Ridgeline. What will you put into it?

That seems like the perfect question. It also quickly defuses any disparaging initial comments made about the vehicle, whether from the public or from an unknowing car review whos now been enlightened.

The Weekly Driver: 2006 Honda Ridgeline

Safety features
Dual front airbags (standard); front and side curtain airbags.

Fuel Mileage (estimates)
16 mpg (city), 21 mpg (highway).

Bumper to bumper, 3 years/36,000 miles, Powertrain, 6 years/60,000 miles, Corrosion, 5 years/unlimited miles.

Base price range

Take A Ride To The Future In A Hybrid Car

Honda Hybrid Motor
Take a Ride to the Future In A Hybrid Car:

By utilizing the latest in advanced technology, hybrid cars might just provide a glimpse into the future of automobiles. Hybrid cars sport sleek and futuristic looks, but these cars arent just for show. These scientific marvels make use of both electric and gas power to make for a cleaner, more cost efficient, and environmentally friendlier car.

As the worlds supply of oil inevitably runs out and the prices of gasoline continue to skyrocket to staggering new heights, more and more people have begun to look for an alternative way to power their cars, as well as to save some money. Thankfully, the rise of hybrid cars are providing a much needed solution to these problems and more. The popularity of hybrid cars continue to grow as more people begin to realize the many advantages that hybrid cars hold over conventional ones.

So, what is a hybrid car and how does it work?

As the name suggests, hybrid cars utilizes a combination of different technologies. Hybrid cars use an electric propulsion system together with of a gas propulsion system to great effect.

Hybrids cars consist mostly of the same basic parts as normal gas cars. They contain a gasoline engine, a fuel tank, batteries, and a transmission. The difference is that hybrid cars also contain an electric motor and in some cases a generator, that work in conjunction with the gasoline engine to run the transmission.

A hybrid car can work in different ways.

In a parallel hybrid system, both the gasoline engine and the electric motor are connected to the transmission. The car alternates between the two and sometime uses them together. It typically works by using the electric motor to power the car at lower speeds and once the car reaches a certain speed, the car will automatically switch to the gasoline engine to give it extra power.

Other cars use what is called a series hybrid system. In this method, the gasoline engine is used to power a generator. The generator is responsible for charging the batteries that power the electric motor, which in turn, turns the transmission causing the car to move. The gasoline engine in a series hybrid never actually runs the car directly.

Some of the later hybrid models have a feature that stores up the kinetic energy that is built up when braking and uses it to further charge the car's batteries.

The biggest advantage of a hybrid is that it uses a lot less fuel than normal cars. Hybrid owners will be very happy with the mileage that these cars are capable of.

It also helps that hybrid cars tend to be built with lighter materials like aluminum and plastic. The engine is also typically smaller and specially designed to consume less fuel.

Environmentalist will also be very pleased with hybrids seeing as how they emit far less air pollution. Using a hybrid car helps makes our world a cleaner and more beautiful place to live in.

The government is also very fond of hybrid cars. So much so that theyre offering buyers tax incentives and other benefits. In some states, hybrid car owners can drive their hybrids in the high occupancy lane, even if theyre all alone in their cars.

The earlier hybrid car models tended to have unique and special designs, but as more and more manufacturers are catching on to the hybrid craze, they have begun to create hybrid versions of their normal cars. The Honda Civic Hybrid for example, looks more or less exactly like a regular Civic.

Buying a hybrid car will inevitably cost more than a regular one. However, the money that is saved from the lower fuel consumption, along with the tax deductions will eventually make up for the extra cost of a hybrid. Those who drive frequently will be the ones that benefit most from this.

With all the of the benefits that hybrid cars give, its no wonder that theyre so quickly gaining in popularity. Hybrid owners figure that its an excellent way to save money on gas and it gives them a good feeling, knowing that theyre making a difference in the environment.

So those who are in interested should go seriously consider owning one and join the ever growing number of people who are stepping into the future with hybrid cars.

Lee Dobbins writes for where you can get more news and information on hybrid cars.

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Find The Parts You Need For Your Car At Online Auto Parts Stores

Find The Parts You Need For Your Car At Online Auto Parts Stores
by Gregg Hall

Here is some great news for you car owners: Online automotive stores are now offering parts for your automobiles at rock bottom prices. Along with absolute customer satisfaction, you can experience excellent performance and quality from your auto parts, all while saving money. Up to a 50 percent discount is offered on your choice of newer or older model parts for your car with many online sites.

Lets take a gander at the great deals that online automotive parts stores have for your cars exhaust system.

Emissions are the Mission

Over the years, the automobile industry has taken an active part in helping the environment. There is a firm belief that the smog emissions from automobiles are the major cause of ozone depletion and smog. Online automotive stores are combating this by offering the highest quality in exhaust parts on the market. These web stores believe that the exhaust system is very important to the maintenance of the car, therefore they only offer the most reliable parts.

In the past few years, the requirements for emissions testing have risen due to the overflow of concern for the environment. Since the late 1970s, all automobiles have been required to add a catalytic converter to their exhaust systems. The catalytic converter is the part of the exhaust system that filters out the excess gas produced by the combustion. This cleaner air is then sent out of the automobile via the exhaust pipe.

With two different kinds of exhaust systems, The Dual Exhaust System, and Emission Control System, you are more than likely going to find something you like. The DES features 2 tailpipes, which allows the engine to exhale easier. This exhaust system also reduces the pressure on the engine, which allows the engine to inhale easier for a more effective thermo genesis.

The ECS centers on diminishing the amount of smog released by the exhaust. This system can be broken down into two subcategories: elimination, and alteration. This system keeps the smog from forming, and alters the spin off before the exhaust is discharged into the environment.

Get Your motor Running Efficiently

When you make sure that your engine is running properly, you are helping to reduce the release of smog. For example: if you own an old car, you can upgrade its exhaust system, engine, and electrical parts. This helps your car run more economically and helps reduce needless combustion waste.

You can also help keep your car running efficiently by reducing any unnecessary weight. Keeping it light and tight helps keep your engine from having to work harder to pull all the extra poundage around. You can lighten your cars load by purchasing high quality body parts that are more durable, but made from lighter materials. Log onto a store and find what you need.

Online automotive stores that feature parts can offer you exactly what you deserve the absolute best auto parts on the market at the best possible prices. Not only do they offer top quality exhaust system parts, there are parts for almost any make, model, and year you own.

Online automotive stores offer dependable, heavy duty parts for trucks, sport utility vehicles, and larger work automobiles. Because these automobiles are used for the more tough jobs and have the highest emissions requirements, they deserve the toughest parts and the best possible exhaust system parts. Additional auto parts are available here as well: headlamps, mirrors, coolant systems, brake lights, and tires, all at a reasonable price.

Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as car parts at

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General Motors 100000 Mile Warranty

GM offers all new car buyers of the 2007 model year a 100000 mile warranty. This is great for buyers, but what is covered in this warranty.

You still have your standard factory bumper to bumper warranty. For instance, Pontiac still offers 36 months, 36000 miles of bumper to bumper warranty. Buick still offers 4 years or 50000 miles of bumper to bumper warranty. But, on top of this, you get a 100000 mile powertrain warranty that will cover engine, transmission, and drive train. The extra warranty will not cover radios, window motors, and the like. This is still great news for buyers that were spending an extra $1500 to $1800 and more for the extended warranty.

The only one that is not happy about this is the finance manager, as this is a large profit center and a large portion of their pay. It will be hard to sell a bumper to bumper warranty on cars that are already covered for major components.

In my opionion, you still need to weigh the options of buying a certified used car that you can purchase for $5000 to $10000 less than new. You can still add the $1500 warranty and be covered, and save thousands. Look at both options when purchasing your car, truck, or suv. Rates on certified used are awesome as well. I just sold a 2006 Chevy Malibu, saved the customer $7000 from a new one and was able to get them a 3.9% interest rate as it was a select unit. A Select Unit is certain vehicles that GM decides will receive special rates for the month. Others receive 5.9% which is still a great rate on a used car and the certified program gets you a car that is like new. If you want more details on certified used, click here. If you decide to buy certified used, dont miss this article. It will definitely help you save some money.

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