How often do you hear of a deadly Volvo car accident? Not very often. They are well known for the safety and have been since day one. It is one of the few manufacturers that actually design their vehicles as sexy and safe. You hardly get the two in such an ideal package. Many people are buying Volvos because of this fact. With the overwhelming amount of fatal car crashes that occur everyday, its no wonder why consumers are now looking for a safe place to be while driving on the road. Manufacturers of other car makes are noticing this sudden increase in this safety trend and are beginning to design their vehicles more reliably.Ford for instance, acquired Volvo car corp. in 1999 and have since then been using their connection with Volvo to raise its safety profile in the auto industry. The auto safety field is very competitive because of the increase in consumer awareness and consumers starting families earlier. When you have children and a spouse your taste in cars change drastically. You no longer want that two-seater or that car with the Lamborghini doors. You want a vehicle that can comfortably fit everyone and that will keep them safe.If you have ever gone to a car show to see concept cars, then you have noticed that Volvo always has a really great vehicle with safety always in mind. For instance the rear view mirror senses when cars behind you get to close and if any cars are in your blind spot. These are known as active rearview mirrors. The mirror is connected to the sensors on the rear of the Volvo. When cars get too close an acoustic warning is augmented. This is a great practical design concept.Another great idea that Volvo has are adaptive headlights. The headlights monitor the cars speed and the steering wheel movements. While the car is driving fast, the headlights switch to a mode where you will be able to see in long distances ahead with longer light beams. And at lower speeds, the beam is shorter. It even adjusts during turns, widening as you go. This great technology is possible through the use of fiber-optic methods.The best so far is the night vision. Most people dont see well at night and require glasses. It has been proven that red lights are easier to see in a dim environment. Utilizing that fact, Volvo makes another good grade in the safety department. Combined with the adaptive headlights, older drivers tend to feel more comfortable driving at night. Not only is this good for safety but it also moves the buyer metrics higher since people feel more comfortable driving and tend to buy at least one more new car in their lifetime. With Volvos infrared night vision, no one would have to worry about those winding dark roads.Volvo safety has been a concept for its manufacturer since the beginning and it doesnt seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Where as some manufacturers rely on gimmicks to sell cars, Volvo has built the reputation as the safest car around. So if you are looking to get a truly safe car with a wonderful track record, Volvo just may be for you.
There are many pitfalls that you can come across when looking for the cheapest car finance quotes yourself - the APR can be confusing, the terms and conditions hard to understand and the hidden costs and charges hard to dig out and unearth. There is an easier way to get cheap car finance quotes and this is to let a specialist do the work of shopping around on your behalf for you to secure the best deal on your behalf. It can be hard to determine if you have got the best deal on your car finance because policies can be filled with technical terms that many of us dont understand. Even determining if you have got the lowest rate of interest can be hard because you have to think in terms of the whole loan. Interest is added onto the borrowing for the whole term of the loan so if you were to take it on a longer basis while the monthly repayments would be less, over the total length of the loan you would of course pay more than had you taken the loan over a shorter term and paid a little more each month.A specialist car finance broker will be able to work with you from the information that you give them to get you the cheapest car finance quotes whilst ensuring that you understand the total amount that your car finance would cost you and also any hidden terms of the loan.While going with a specialist is the best way to secure the cheapest car finance quotes you have to ensure that the loan you take out you can afford to repay as, depending on how long the terms are that you choose this could be a long time and you have to take into account that your circumstances could change.
Used car prices are elusive, despite numerous attempts to harness them. Weve all heard of Retail, Private Party and Trade-in values. But do these help in determining a vehicles real value? When we turn to the web for prices, it gets even more elusive. One web site places a retail value on a car at $18,000. Another puts it at $21,000. What should we believe?If sellers are looking to get the highest price for the car theyre selling, and the buyer wants to get the best deal possible, is there such thing as a fair used car price for both parties?The answer is yes, but both parties have to be on the same page.Well call this page Fair Market Value.That being said, how do we interpret the market to determine fair market value? Since most sellers and buyers are going to try to interpret the market to his or her advantage, lets even the playing field.One of the most profound remarks Ive heard to establish a better playing field for used car pricing comes from industry expert and owner of Medway Imports, Barry Roth. He states:To find market value, you need to take all the pricing data you find for a particular vehicle and throw out the high and low prices. Whats left in the middle is where youll find a fair market value.While this doesnt address the used car pricing problem entirely, it does remove the unrealistic numbers that many clutch to like the drowning to a life preserver. It moves folks to more reasonable prices according to the market.A lot of time is spent on popular web sites (for better or worse) to help determine used car pricing. But one should also follow and watch the market to see what cars are being advertised and sold forif theyre being sold at all.Used car prices are also determined via auction pricing, and industry used car guides such as Black Book and the NADA Official Used Car Guide.Importantly, even these books dont settle the used car pricing debate. Heres a publishers note on the inside cover of the latest NADA guide.It states:The vehicle values in the N.A.D.A OFFICIAL USED CAR GUIDE, are developed by N.A.D.As editors based on many sources of information. These include reports of actual transactions throughout each area for which the guide is published.The values in this guide assume a vehicle is clean. Appropriate deductions should be made for reconditioning costs incurred to put the vehicle in a salable condition. An exceptionally clean vehicle or one that bears a guarantee, warranty, or manufacturer certification should bring a premium price.Please read your guide carefully when determining the value of optional equipment. N.A.D.A.s editors believe that most optional equipment has little or no value on older cars. This is especially true of options that cost relatively little when new and which deteriorate with age or use. Only the more popular vehicle options are listed in the guide. Unless otherwise stated, all vehicles are assumed to be equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, compact disc player (and/or AM/FM stereo cassette,) power steering, rear window defroster, and tilt steering wheel. For other standard options, please review each vehicles listing.As you can see, even the most respected used car pricing guide assumes quite a bit, leaning heavily on the opinions of its editors to determine appropriate deductions and thus the ultimate value of a particular car.So where does this leave car buyers and car sellers? After both parties throw out the high and low prices, it leaves them in the middle of the market. This is where theyll each get a fair shake(assuming vehicles are clean). Finding and picking a good or clean car is another story.
Drivers of modified cars are finding it more and more difficult to show off their artistic masterpieces on streets all across the US. California may have led the way in cracking down on what the state terms as traffic offenses, but other states are following suit. No one can argue that the modifications in these "modified cars" have gone way beyond what was being done to the original hot rods, but should these modifications really be illegal? Are they really hurting anybody?While it is true that some enthusiasts have juiced up their engines using illegal means, it is also true that most of those modified cars that have been singled out were not initially pulled over for speeding infractions. In fact, the crackdown on modified cars seems to stem more from an aesthetic problem than anything else.Many of the violators have been ticketed for exceeding the noise pollution laws. Drivers of modified cars counter that they are being singled out because of unfair comparisons to the drivers in such movies as The Fast and Furious. They claim that the portrayal of modified car enthusiasts in that movie series has caused a backlash against real life owners.The police forces of not only California, but various other states deny that charge, however. They say that the new breed of modified cars presents a safety risk at high speeds whether it involves racing or not. They point to the increased level of accidents involving modified cars sporting darkly tinted windows, custom rims and wheels, and exhaust pipes. California has, of course, long been the center of the hot rod and modified car universe in America, but the crackdown is spreading all across the country.But owners of modified cars dont appear ready to roll over and play dead. In addition to flooding the internet to increase support for their side of the argument via blogs, forums and web sites, they are also attacking the problem via Americas greatest legacy: dissent.For instance, modified car owners are attacking the crackdown in the state of Virginia with an online petition. The petition identifies the problem as stemming from the vague terminology in Virginias laws for modifying exhaust systems and suspension.Modified cars have been targeted by law enforcement officers for decades. And it is certainly true that drivers of modified cars may be more tempted to engage in high speed racing than the rest of us.The debate is sure to rage for some time as owners of [*_*] feel unfairly singled out and as law enforcement officials feel compelled to make the streets as safe as possible for everyone. The divide between car enthusiasts and the police is likely to grow wider, however, as new and more exciting modifications are discovered.
Truck bed covers are attachments to the pickup truck bed and serve as protection against all weathers and of course from theft. Such protection allows you to store items in the bed away from the damage of weather and from the prying eyes of thieves. Unlike truck attachments such as camper shells, bed covers do not provide additional vertical cargo space. Bed covers are most useful when you want your truck to maintain a low profile or when you wish for your truck to have be able to move the cover for its beds easily. Truck bed cover helps save gas! As air flows over the front end of your vehicle, it careens into the hollow bowl of your bed and produces opposite force to your truck moving direction. This could easily save several miles from your gas mileage every time you use your truck. These types of covers also provide extra gas mileage by reducing the air drag that is exacerbated by the truck bed - an aerodynamic nightmare. You could easily save about 10% on your gas with a good truck cover! There are many types of bed covers - Strong, rigid canopy covers. These type of cover protect your transport items. Where some are detachable. Such cover is easy to install.So who invented truck bed covers? Well, no one can really claim to because it has evolved from a number of versions that was designed for different uses. Soft covers gained popularity on major speedways. Sport truck racers used soft truck covers to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag to increase speed. Hard top truck covers rose in prominence as an alternative to the traditional camper shells. These highly-customized truck bed lids has evolved to suit the various needs of the truck drivers. When you need to transport items ranging from groceries, to some heavy furniture, the truck cover can help. The cover shields your items from view of public, from the weather and from damage. In some instances, truck covers employ strategically-placed weather seals that can channel the moisture away from the covers. With such equipment, truck owners have a greater peace of mind when transporting items that is sensitive to such moisture. With most models currently, installation requires no drilling into the truck bed. Black is the standard color offered by most manufacturers, but many do offer a variety of other more exotic colors. When purchasing a truck bed cover, you need to decide whether a hard cover (solid fiberglass) or a soft cover (vinyl) is the more appropriate one. The differences between the two are that the hard covers are firmly attached, they do not get blow off even at highway speeds. They are available with hinge systems to allow an easier lifting of cover to put or get the cargo. It is also secure and lockable. These hard covers weigh about 100 lbs. Hard covers are also much more expensive, durable and weatherproof than vinyl covers. The soft covers on the other hand, are easy to remove and install. They often just snap on to the truck rails and are ready to go immediately. Although they may not be as tough as the hard covers, they are still strong enough to provide protection for 1 to 2 people. If you are hauling large cargo, these covers come off easily to accommodate the extra space needed.