Green Cars: Are they our future?

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Buying a car, will it bring fame or blame?

A true human marvel: the car. Or is it? At one hand a truly magnificent piece of engineering, making everyone’s life easier, but at the same time destroying a little bit of Earth and tiny bit of our health as well. Now, there are ways to make your car’s carbon footprint shrink. A wide range of practical tips regarding driving style and car modification can make you more eco-friendly.

Go eco, go green

To truly take a step forward and stop burning up precious resources, a green car might be the perfect solution. For decades we have been polluting our only habitable planet and now is the time when we have to take action, one way to drastically cut down polluting is to go green. Green cars are not just the fragment of future, but they are the creation of present.

Green cars are the next step in the automotive advancements, a finely balanced combination of the usage of biodiesel, vegetable oils and electricity might just make you more eco-friendly and most importantly at the same time by cutting back at fuel expenses your car can go from a luxury to joyride.

Sure, green cars offer a great deal on car maintenance prices, but take into account that the initial cost of any green car can cost double the amount of any gas guzzling one. In the long run, it will pay off handsomely, think of it as a business investment. Furthermore, the less harmful gas emissions your car has, the less taxes you pay. Also, depending what type of fuel you use you also can also cut your fuel taxes in half.

Not just green but electrical cars are the new hype

Besides the price scare you also need to think twice, whether you are ready to go for that long trip, especially if there are no outlets in the middle of nowhere to recharge your electric car. Sure, electric cars are now a bit more expensive and you cannot plan a tour around the country, but it still offers a great opportunity to change your environment, and the world.

There is only one thing that can really irate a real motor head, the engine sound, better yet, no engine sound. With conventional cars when you pressed the pedal to the metal, you heard and felt the engine purr , you felt the raw power and excitement of a wild tiger. With green cars, this can prove to be difficult as they tend to be calm and quiet as a domesticated kitten, there is technology that simulates the sound of a real engine, but it simply is not the same. Granted, over time this will change.

Do you have the need for speed?

If green cars do become the next best thing, we will have to sit tight and wait for a model that can steam up to a decent speed. Unfortunately green cars as they are now are still unable to dish out more than the average city cruising speed. Although we will not be seeing any supercars racings, these green cars will still take us to our destination. If you do have the need for speed, rest assured that technology will soon make it happen. Who knows, maybe your next-gen green car will also be able to fly.

Your new car is more than just a machine

The future of car is here, green cars are here to help us redeem ourselves in Mother Nature’s eyes and as an investment you can take care of it and cater it to your own needs. Do not think of your new green car as just a means of transport but as a new member of family. Yes it will take some time to fully bloom, but it will be worth it.

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Top 10 Worst Cars Of All Time. 2014 Updated

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If there weren’t worst cars, just how could the entire world get pleasure from the favorable types? As like the best cars we also have learned a lot from the worst ones too. Nicely all of us got a short look at the structure, architectural as well as good quality of each one as well as was standing returning as well as determined if most of these cars was made out of really like, focus on aspect as well as love. We determined that each one of them were designed through people with a lack of awareness as well as a “that’s good enough attitude”. Here I go for our top list, top 10 worst cars of ever. Hope you will enjoy the list.

Here I go with my list, but don’t forget to share your list with me and with others.

10. Chevrolet Chevette:

Manufacturer:  Chevrolet.

Year: 1976

Body Style: Hatchback

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  53

Why? Why it is worst: As many of its customers told its interior is not so comfortable, other than interior it has Bad door handle design, worst engine. It also makes a lot of noise while running, which makes Chevette to stand in our worst car list.

09. Cadillac Cimarron:

Manufacturer: GM

Year: 1982

Body Style: Sedan

Approximate Price: $12,130

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  08

Why, it is worst: The reasons which make this model as one of the worst are it’s poor quality & Ugly interior. Other than this the model has problems like low-class engine cooling system & bad driving experience.

08. Ford Pinto

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Year: 1971

Body Style: Coupe

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  16

Why, it is in our worst list: Few errors in design & ignorance of those are the greatest reason for failure of this model. Putting fuel tank in the wrong place & worst looking style make it to stand in 8th position of our worst car list.

07. Trabant 601S

Manufacturer: VEB Sachsenring

Year: 1957

Body Style: Sedan

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  09

Why we it is in our worst list: This vehicle produces more smoke [Pollution] as compared to other vehicles of its class. Other than smoke reason its reliability was terrible. It was also difficult for the driver to change the gear as its gear shifting mechanism is complex and hard.

06. AMC Gremlin

Manufacturer: American Motor Corporation [AMC]

Year: 1970

Body Style: hatchback

Approximate Price: $1690

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  19

Why it was worst one: It consumes more fuel, Handling is difficult & really terrible. Other than this the worst thing about this car is its design, just awful.

05. Chevrolet Vega

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Year: 1971

Body Style: coupé

Approximate Price: $2850

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  05

Why it is worst: Its body surface easily catches corrosion, bad design & engine overheating  makes it severer.

04. Ford Probe

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company.

Year: 1990

Body Style: Hatchback

Approximate Price: $2000

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  Not in top 100 worst cars list of Edmund’s.

Why we think it is worst: Certain performances of Probe like operating, accelerator & brakes are too hard to run. The driving experience of Probe also not so good or you can call that as below average driving experience. All these make Ford Probe 4th awful car of ours.

03. Ford Mustang II

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company.

Year: 1974

Body Style: Coupe

Car Sold: 2,96,000

Approximate price: $3700

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  02

Why it is in our worst list: You can’t believe that Mustang II had got a commercial success, but unfortunately some of its short comings made it histories one of the worst car that was ever made. Those are it’s anemic acceleration, below average ride quality and uglier look. But some people like its look too.

02. Pontiac Aztec

Manufacturer: GM

Year: 2005

Car Sold: around 5000 pieces only.

Body Style: SUV

Price: $5200

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  01

Why it is worst: Ask anyone those have an Aztec, they definitely told you their bad experience of Aztec. It’s worst because of its lesser comfort inner, and high maintenance that it requires.

1. Yugo GV

Manufacturer: Zastava a subsidiary of Fiat

Year: 1991

Body Style: Hatchback

Approximate Price: $3900

Car Sold: < 4000

Edmund’s 100 worst cars ranking:  04

Why it is our worst’s top one:

  • Just low quality engine
  • Disastrous aerodynamic design
  • And worst motor.

There are many harrowing stories of this one, All these makes The Yugo GV our best of worst cars.

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Is Buying Used Car Parts Really Safe? 5 Things to Know Before You Buy

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There are many ways to save money on car repairs, and buying your own parts is one of them. However, it’s not always the best idea. Most car owners believe that purchasing used auto parts is a great way to save money. This goes for off-brand, re-manufactured parts that are sold at reduced prices. Before you invest in any used part for a vehicle there are some things you should know about the drawbacks and implications that used parts can create. Naturally, the best thing about used parts is the savings and recycling, but at what cost? Here are some facts and information to consider before you invest in used car parts in hopes to save yourself a few bucks.

Warranties

The chances of getting a warranty on a used auto part that guarantees service and fit are slim to none. Especially if the part comes from a salvage yard. Even some reconditioned parts do not come with any type of guarantee or warranty. For example, many new electrical components like alternators, computers, radio, DVD players and batteries will come with a 90-day warranty against defects. Reconditioned parts may come with a very limited warranty (or none), and salvage or privately bought used parts usually have zero warranties. Make sure you know the details of the warranty on any parts that you buy so that you are clear on the parameters before you spend money on it and install it into your vehicle. This should not be overlooked.

Fit

Buying a used or rebuilt auto part is risky because there is a chance that it will not fit the vehicle properly. The part may be too large in profile to accommodate a precise fit. Any component that has a bolt pattern like rims, water pumps, oil pans, manifolds and cylinder heads have precise and exacting bolt patterns that must match up. The thickness of the component bolt face must also have the proper depth to insure correct torque strength and fit. Engine designs change from year to year and all it takes is for one design change to keep a part from fitting properly, even if the engine and car model are the same. These parts do not comply with the standards set forth by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). For example, subaru baja parts are designed to fit precisely and follow normal installation procedures for that particular foreign make car and no other. If you are unfamiliar with car parts, changes are you might end up with a part that doesn’t fit as perfectly as it should. If this is the case, don’t rely on guessing to get the right part—consult a professional so you get the right size the first time. If it doesn’t fit, you can’t make it fit, so basically the part is useless to you.

Damage

The history of a used auto part will be highly questionable. Reconditioned or knock-off auto parts usually use the same outer or main casing, and the casing itself can have flaws such as small cracks, deformities and worn surfaces. Installing these parts can cause serious damage to the engine or vehicle if they suddenly fail. The wrong used electrical part (different voltage and amperage) can cause permanent damage to the entire electrical system. Alternators, computers and batteries fall into this category. A slightly bent rim or worn steering part may cause an accident by failing during operation. A used caliper or wheel cylinder (brakes) may fail, causing a dangerous stopping maneuver.

Premature Failure

The quality of reconditioned parts is highly suspect, since the manufactures can originate from foreign countries or come from manufacturers that use inexpensive materials to build their parts. Cutting corners in the production of used parts lessens the longevity, performance and quality, regardless of the savings involved. A salvage part may come from a car that has flood damage history, rendering the part ineffective from performing properly. Precise parts like alternators and starters might have under-gauge wiring and substandard capacitors or transistors, leading to a premature failure. A used transmission might have 300,000 miles on it and the potential customer would not know this fact.

Availability

It could take forever to find a used part, whether it comes from a salvage yard or online Internet source. Most of the time, pictures and some limited specifications are all the customer has to go by in determining the proper replacement parameters. Visually matching up a salvage part is difficult at best, even when the old part is used in comparison.

Buying used or reconditioned auto parts is risky. A customer should research the company and the history of the part when applicable. Use parts sold cheaply can actually double or triple the expense in cases of failure and damage, not to mention the extra time required to rectify the problem. So if you want to cut corners and save some money on your car repairs, don’t always rely on going the route of buying used parts. As with any auto-related problems, you should consult a professional to figure out what options are best for your car as well as your finances.

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Winter Car Care Tips- How To Take Proper Care Of Your Car In Winter

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Car owners need to use their vehicles, even when the temperatures plummet, So here how you can use your car in winter without many damage. There are a number of steps that they should take before and during winter in order to ensure that their vehicle is in top shape. A lot of the information is available in the car manual, while others are taught in driving schools such as my driving school and North side driving schools. Some of the tips that will help individuals to care for their car even in frosty conditions have been highlighted below.

1. Read the manufacturer’s manual

The manufacturer’s manual always has tips and information on how to maintain the specific car during winter. The car owner must read the manual comprehensively, and do everything that is required so that their vehicle can work perfectly for them during the winter. The manual will also recommend service schedules for the specific vehicle. They can also provide information on how to deal with common problems that the driver may experience during winter.

2. Service the vehicle before winter begins

The car owner should ensure that their car is serviced before the onset of winter. They should take it to a car dealer who will check the performance of the engine and take care of any drive-ability issues. They should also check the filters to ensure that they are not dirty or clogged so that everything works as it should. All the problems should be rectified before the weather becomes colder, because cold weather will make any existing issues worse.

3. Consider purchasing all-season tyres

There are a number of all-season tyres that are perfect for driving in various weather conditions. During the winter, the roads can get slippery, and the vehicle should have anti-skid tyres that make it easier to drive on wet or frozen roads.

4. Pack the vehicle in a garage

A vehicle that is packed outside in winter conditions throughout the night is less likely to work in the morning. This is because the engine and the radiators usually freeze more if they are outside in freezing temperatures. It is therefore better for the car owner to look for an indoor garage so that snow does not fall on their vehicle.

5. Check the anti-freeze levels

A lot of vehicle manufacturers fill their vehicles with anti-freeze liquid which ensures that the radiators and engines do not freeze during winter. The car owner should regularly check the levels to ensure that they are not below the required minimum. If the anti-freeze liquid is too low, they should contact their car dealership in order to find out how they can get more anti-freeze for their vehicle during winter.

6. Check tyre pressure of the car

The tyre pressure of the vehicle is very important in all seasons, as it is an important factor for increasing the lifespan of your tire including in winter. A car owner should ensure that they check the pressure of the tyre at least once a week during the winter months. The pressure should reach the levels that are recommended by the manufacturers. The car owner should not forget to check the spare tyre as well so that they are not faced with any problems when they are forced to replace their tyres.

7. Apply car wax to protect car paint

Snow and extreme cold can have a very negative effect on the car’s paint. Therefore, the car owner should regularly wax their car in order to protect this paint from any of the rain, snow or salt. The price of purchasing a car wax will definitely be cheaper than the cost of repainting the car after it has been damaged by snow or rain during winter.

8. Ensure improved visibility during winter

Poor visibility is the cause of most accidents during the winter. The car owner should ensure that the wiper blades are in good working condition. The car owner can even purchase rubber-clad blades which are perfect for removing ice. They should ensure that their windshield is clear before they start driving. They can use a scraper to remove any of the accumulated snow on the windshield. As an extra precaution, they can purchase a windshield fluid that has de-icer treatment. This will help them to fight defrosting during the winter months.

It is also best to check the car lights as this also help visibility during the winter. A lot of times, winter nights are dark, and rain can and snow makes visibility even poorer. The driver will need all their car lights in order to drive properly during winter. They should therefore replace any broken tail lights, driving lights, headlights, brake lights and signal bulbs.

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