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Boat and trailer security

Marine Security

In this article we talk about easy methods to prevent boat and trailer theft.

The idea of security is to implement simple techniques that make your marine possession “too difficult” or “too high a risk” to be stolen. Some might say you only have to provide enough security so a thief chooses the next boat.

This may not be that far from the truth. A quick scan of ten trailers at a local boat ramp showed only one wheel lock in use and three of ten boat trailers had no security at all.

Lets look as some deterrents to theft-

An alarm system, An upgraded locking system, Marking the boat for easy identification. Methods of immobilizing boat, Reducing motivation includes-



Lowering the amount of perceived gain from theft Reducing the perceived value of the stolen items-IE paint and permanent engravings #1 Rule-Keep valuables out of sight

Keeping valuables out of sight is listed as the number one theft deterrent on every police and insurance checklist. For the owner of a boat this is not really an option. The crew may be living or vacationing inside the boat so the thief may imagine there will be something of value inside even if every cupboard is closed and the table is clear.

Lets look at some other deterrents.

Trailer boats Trailers and boats are particularly easy to steal as they are designed to be drug behind another vehicle. Some common methods of theft prevention are-

Wheel Locks

Wheel locks are a simple device that immobilizes the wheels of a vehicle or trailer preventing movement. Wheel locks are often used by police to immobilized vehicles and have a sound reputation as a theft deterrent.

Wheel locks come in a variety of qualities. In the most basic form they simply clamp around the wheel, but leave the lug nuts and bearing exposed. For the professional thief this is slightly better than no wheel lock. Once the thief has a collection of trailers it’s only a matter of carrying a spare tire in the tow vehicle. By changing the tire protected by the wheel lock the trailer is quickly rolling along behind the new tow vehicle.

Better is a wheel lock that covers the lug-nuts and wheel bearing. The SAS wheel lock made in New Zealand is a prime example of the higher level of protection that covers the wheel bearing and a lug nut. This is good as it prevents the thief from easily changing the tire.

Vulnerable ball hitch

Most ball hitches arrive with some type of locking mechanism. At first glance this may seem sufficient, but is it really?

The lock on the tongue of the trailer must be designed to prevent a pair of bolt cutters from reaching the lock shank. An inexpensive pair of bolt cutters will slice the shank of almost any lock quickly and quietly. For this reason most trailer locks now employ the single shank style of lock, thus preventing bolt cutter access.

Hacksaw the lock

The single shank is still vulnerable to a hacksaw. A short length of pipe placed around the lock shank prevents the hacksaw from getting a bite. Make sure the pipe completely fills the shank width so a hacksaw blade can’t be slid down the side of the lock.

Ball hitch bolts

The bolts that secure the ball hitch to the trailer are the next easily removed piece of the security puzzle. Once a thief is in the trailer theft business keeping a supply of interchangeable trailer parts is simple.

The tongue nuts can be made more secured with red lock tight or tack welded to prevent simple disconnection and re-bolting to another trailer. Leaving extra thread showing on the securing bolts during installation can also increase the difficulty of removing the hitch.

Warning

Recently there has recently had a rash of trailer thefts from boat launch areas. When the unfortunate fisherman returns to the dock to find his trailer nicked he often heads off in search of another trailer. During his absence the stolen trailer returns to load the victims boat (fitting perfectly) making a clean get a way with a double theft, boat and trailer.

One method to help prevent theft like the above scenario is to leave the trailer locked to the vehicle. Back the trailer into an obstacle like a curb or tree so there is less room to maneuver the trailer away from the vehicle.

Trailer load locks

Once the trailer itself is secured now we turn out attention to the load carried on the trailer. Jet skies are a prime theft target. Two or three men can easily lift a jet ski from the trailer and transfer it to another location. For this reason the Jet ski or load itself can be cable locked to the trailer.

Paint

Most law enforcement agencies recommend painting the trailer and boat with a distinctive paint job. This can be difficult for a boat trailer, but the plate number or phone number can be welded directly into a support beam. It’s a good idea for this number to be plainly visible to help reduce motivation.

A detailed paint job can be expensive. Some prefer to simply paint stripes while others use high quality printed stickers. This paint scheme can increase the value of the trailer and boat while deterring theft.

Location

Picking the location to park your boat is an early choice that greatly effects the risk of theft.

Phil McSweeney of “Safe and Secure” (SAS) wheel locks tells us the highest theft risk is light industrial areas during the day. The amount of noise and work normally taking place in such areas can mask a theft, yet this is commonly thought of as a safe parking area.

Parking on the street in front of your house is better, but it’s easy for thieves to notice when the house is vacant. Parking by the side of the house, or between houses is better yet, and a second stored vehicle blocking the departure path of the trailer is an added deterrent.

Best is storing a boat in a well lit, camera-monitored area with one road in and out. Signs warning of passive recording of the number plate of every vehicle can go a long way in deterring the initial theft or locating a stolen vehicle.

Marina Security

Boats stored in the water are reliant on the marina security system. When deciding on a marine consider-

Are security cameras set up? Are they monitored? Have there been thefts recently? Was the security upgraded since the thefts?

It’s common for a company to purchase all the correct security devices only to ignore the system expecting to review the tapes if a theft happened to occur.

Marinas like Gulf Harbor, north of Auckland, have an excellent protection record, while boats on moorings in the adjacent Wade River have reported a string of violations. The difference can be attributed to the Gulf Harbor single road access and monitored security while the Wade River has multiple road access points and little security.

Window Markings

Etching the plate number into the window of a boat can help deter thieves. It should be noted the vehicle identification number should not be used as this number can be matched to the boat key for easy duplication.

A window marking warning of an alarm can help, but the warning should not include the alarm brand name as this gives the thief a clue to the type of alarm he has to disable.

Photos

Take photos of your boat from all angles. Take photos of the serial number, number plate, and engine identification tags. Take another set of photos of each piece of equipment’s identification plate (IE radios, auto pilots, etc) so if the equipment is separated from the boat you have a method of easy identification. By photographing you don’t have to spend time writing long numbers as the serial numbers are stored in a single photo set.

Keep boat photos (and document photos) in a safe place, preferably stored on the net (IE emailed to yourself) so you can find them quickly if needed or away from your home computer.

GPS Tracking

GPS tracking is quickly becoming the prime method of locating a stolen boat. The GPS tracker runs continuously monitoring a pre-determined guard ring. If the boat leaves the trailer park or marina the alarm sounds, and sends a text to a cell phone. The owner can view a web page that shows the vehicle’s progress. It’s a simple matter of calling the police with a description and current location of the vehicle.

GPS tracking can be purchased with two reporting options, satellite, or the less expensive cell phone reporting. This is important as if a vehicle is driven into an area without cell coverage, or a yacht is taken offshore the locating beacon will stop reporting.

Some tracking systems, such as pivotel.com.au report worldwide through the Global Star satellite system while Geosystems.co.nz and Verifind.co.nz are local NZ suppliers that report through the cell phone network.

Equipment costs start around seven hundred dollars. Short-term rentals units are available.

Outboard security

Yachts from the Caribbean have found themselves in a one-upmanship challenge with local thieves. In an attempt to prevent outboard theft, yachts began using a standard clamp lock on the securing bolts that hold the outboard to the tender transom. Thieves quickly learned to disable the commercial locking devices with a simple crescent wrench.

Specialty shops began making an upgraded stainless version of the outboard clamp. Thieves began using a hand sledge and a large punch made from rebar to break the outboard mounting clamp bolts. Stainless clamp bolts were built and distributed throughout the fleet.

The thieves then began cutting the transom out of the tender with battery operated reciprocal saws to remove the outboard. Yachts started adding a stainless plate on each side of the transom in an attempt to outlast the battery packs.

Yacht crew’s took further precautions by hoisting and locking the tender into davits, but thieves cut the locks. Special davits were designed that clamped the complete tender or outboard. Thieves began using high tech pipe cutters to slice through stainless davits or rails that secured the tender. The yachts began building davits and rails with an inside tube that a pipe cutter couldn't’t reach.

Safes

Traveling by boat means we often carry many important documents with us. Passports, bank cards, ownership paperwork, even the possibility of a document that may allow the thief further access to our lives might inadvertently be kept in the boat. To help secure these valuable papers many install a safe or a strong box.

A safe should be well hidden away from public view and well secured to the hull. The idea is to install the strong box so it takes time to find, and makes noise to remove. Thick bolts that can’t be accessed from the backside are a good start.

One of the most common mistakes in safe installation is talking about it. This is a real case of “loose lips sink ships.” Once the a potential thief knows about the safe their motivation level rises to open the “surprise.”

Electronic safe prices start as low as $75 dollars and a better version with mechanical tumblers can cost upward of $400.

Insurance

Once you have taken all the anti-theft precautions you can simply relax and enjoy the day. If you return to a stolen trailer or boat you will have an inconvenience, but at least you’ll be financially covered.

Or will you?

Phil McSweeney of SAS reports many insurance companies require that some forum of extra protection had been installed and used on the stolen trailer. For this reason Phil recommends checking the fine print of your policy and taking a photo of the anti theft devices in use. Keep these photos stored on your hard drive and emailed to yourself so if the unfortunate were to occur you have simple proof the secondary locking device was used. This can reduce the chances of a delay of payment.

Post theft

In the unlikely event your boat or trailer is stolen you should take the following steps-

Call the local police to file a report. Notify your insurance Post photos of the stolen items on http://www.stolenz.co.nz

Don’t buy a stolen boat

One way to reduce the chances of your boat being stolen is to reject the purchase of a stolen boat. The NZ Police website recommends the following to prevent unknowingly purchasing a stolen vessel-

Expect to pay a fair price. An unreasonably low boat price should raise concerns. Be sure to inspect the serial number of the boat and outboard motor. Look for signs of recent ownership changes. Trace the ownership history. Record the seller’s details. Take a photo of the seller. Contact the local police with the plate number to check if the trailer is stolen.

See- http://www.police.govt.nz/ for more information.

Ten cent solutions

Ten cent solutions are mostly a bluff in an attempt to prevent theft. Still for the DIY here are some simple techniques that have proved themselves in the field.

A common “ten-cent” alarm system is to connect a battery to a siren. A clothespin with contacts on the openings acts as a trigger switch. The clothespin is held open by a bit of plastic sheet. If the skiff is moved the plastic pulls free, and the clothespin snaps shut sounding the alarm.

More simple and inexpensive methods of reducing theft include-

A red LED flasher mounted on the trailer can present an image of an alarm system. Remove the coil lead, or other important part when the boat is left unattended. Engrave your number plate on the engine, parts, and windows in a high profile location. This will lower the motivation, as the vessel parts will be less valuable. Engrave another set of numbers in a hard to find location so if you ever stumble across your engine you have proof the outboard was once yours.

Future

On the horizon are a series of new technologies to help prevent theft.

The advent of computerized engine control systems will soon lessen the value of stolen vehicle parts. Without the manufacturer interface the stolen parts will not function outside the original vehicle thus reducing the “chop shop” value.

GPS tracking and satellite monitoring means the main engine can be shut down by a single push of a button from a remote location. Imagine the surprise of a thief when motoring along and the engine suddenly shuts down. A voice from a manufacturer representative asks why the boat is underway.

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Car Modification - Wide Body Kits

Love handles look better on cars than men, again it is my observation and maybe it's actually vice versa. But Im sure most of you will agree with me that many rally cars and high performance race cars having bulges at the sides do look cool. Needless to say, these love handles derived from Wide Body Car Modification Kits serve a real purpose. Wide Wheels for Cars - Advantages While cars with wider wheels get better grip and traction, you also get better grip with a larger distance between the wheels. Imagine a car with wheels further apart, protruding at the sides kicking up stones all over and threatening pedestrians with imminent contact. The bulges are an effective attempt to contain the wider track and wide wheels, while simultaneously taking care of the safety aspect. Aerodynamics do play a part here and the area between the wide arches needs to be planned carefully. Most cars with wide arches match this with skirts that run the length of the car. Most road safety standards specify that the entire width of the tyre must be contained. Whether this is accomplished with mud guards or wide body kits depends on the type of car you have and your taste buds. Wide body kits can make a car look great providing that your wheels fill the arches nicely. Use spacers and (or) fit wider wheels. It is pretty pointless fitting a wide bodykit to a car if there is going to be a big gap between the wheel and the outside of the arch. The aim is to get the wheel to fill the arch. There are two methods to achieve this and many show car owners employ them both. Body Kit and Spacers Firstly you can get spacers. These are thick metal disks which bolt on to the hub and push the wheel out a little further. A spacer will help provide clearance for brakes in situations where the offset does not match the car. The second method is by fitting wheels which are physically wider. The more adventurous enthusiast may even alter the hubs and fit a wider rear axle. Often the next size car up with provide a suitable donor. Remember that when changing the geometry of the wheel you should get the suspension realigned and set up correctly. You also need to check that there is sufficient clearance around the wheel when the bodykit is fitted although a wide body kit will usually improve the clearance issue. Fitting Wide Body Kits Wide body kits come in parts which have to be seamlessly attached to the car. Typically you can rivet them on or apply fixing studs and then finish with a smoothing compound. Front arches can also be purchased as replacement panels making the job as easy as bolting on a new wing. The last thing you want though is to scrape the side of the car on a post or wall so keep the body kit at least in line with the width of your mirrors. If you do scratch the car, you can get paint for scratches on the bumper without having to respray the entire car, so it isn't the nd of the world. You could always fit wider mirrors and you will appreciate the marker your mirrors give you. Some kits require skirts to be fitted first, others require the arches first and some will require the removal of the front and rear bumpers. Take your time, lay out the parts and plan every aspect of the job in detail.

Exploring The Fastest Sports Cars In The World

Whenever anyone talks about sports cars, the first thing, which comes to mind, is the speed. Every sports car in this world is designed to perform at their best. A lot of such sports are available these days which runs at a much faster speed than you have ever thought of. We all probably know that all the sports cars offer great performance and speed but hardly many of us know which ones are the fastest. Well, if you want to know about the fastest sports cars in the world then you are in right place to look for it.



Mentioned below is the list of top sports cars which are gorgeous, eye catching and performance packed.

1) KOENIGSEGG AGERA R

If you talk about the fastest sports car in the world, Koenigsegg Agera R is the one which will come in the first place. With the maximum speed of 273 mph, Koenigsegg Agera R has conquered the top rank status in the list of the fastest sports car. Capable of generating 1140 Horsepower, it can reach the speed of 187 mph in just 1.7 seconds.


2) HENNESSEY VENOM GT

Another fastest car in the Automobile world is the Hennessey Venom GT. It can reach a maximum speed of 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. Impressive isn't it? Well, with Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine, it is possible. It is available at the US $ 1.2 million, which is a considerable price tag when it comes to the performance and specifications.



3) BUGATTI VEYRON SUPER SPORT

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can provide you with a maximum speed of 268 mph. According to the Guinness Book of World Record, Bugatti Veyron was considered the fastest car in the world until Koenigsegg launched its Agera R model. With 1200 Hp and 1106 lb-ft torque, it is indeed and impressive car with all sort of luxury features in it.


Aston Martin One-77 is among the top ten fastest sports cars in the world. The car can attain 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. With 7.3 Liters V12 engine, generating 750 Hp, it has the capability to attain a top speed of 220 mph. No chance of any doubt why One-77 is considered among the top 10 list of the fastest sports cars in the world.


5) PAGANI HUAYRA

With the maximum speed of 230 mph, this Italian supercar is another one of the greatest sports car available in the markets. You probably might not have heard about Pagani a lot but the car has indeed gained a lot of reputation in the sports car world. The car is backed up with twin turbo 6 Liters V12 engine producing 730 HP of power. The performance helped the car grabbing a position in the top 10 list of famous sports cars.


6) ZENVO ST-1

With the capability of reaching 60 mph in 3 seconds time period, Zenvo ST-1 is among the fastest cars in the world. The car was brought to the market in the year 2009 and has since made a considerable impact on the sports car market. With the maximum speed of 233 mph, ST-1 is giving a tough competition to all the other sports cars in the world. The powerful V8 engine generates a Horse Power of 1104, which is quite an impressive number by the way.


Check out the youtube video by Felix 10s on Tops 10 Fastest Cars in the World.

Many mean machines came and gone, some became the iconic numbers and some even could not become popular. Technological innovations in the world of super cars will continue taking place until motoring enthusiasts will keep alive their love for these amazing four wheel babies.

Selecting The Best Mobile Mechanic

With ample amount of experience and expertise, the mobile mechanic will be able to tell how long the services will take and the price quote that will be charged for it. This is an excellent thing, as from beforehand you will get to know the details about the job and plan your day accordingly. However, not all mechanics can offer you an upfront quotation, except for the best ones. So, now you know which are the guys who are the best people in the business.

Provides warranty for services

There are reputed professional mechanics who offer a warranty on labour and parts. The warranty may go up to 12 months or so, depending on the company policy. However, the warranty may also be location-based one, so be aware of what they are offering you. The 'good ones' are those who look at the solutions to your problems when you come with the warranty claim. If their approach is 'blame game,' then steer clear, they are not the right people. Warranty services should be delivered happily, not after a battle of 'blame game.' So, in case you hear anything of that sort from a referral you know whom to avoid.

Communicates well

Well, by proper communication, it is meant that the mechanics offering repairs in Melbourne will let you know the reason for the car breakdown. The mechanics should be telling you how the problem occurred, why did it happen and how will they handle it. After the work is over, they mechanics should also inform you, if further servicing is necessary or not for long term trouble free functioning. Lastly, the essential thing and that is the servicemen should efficiently and honestly communicate the costing. Since you are not visiting the shop directly; the mobile mechanics should freely express the details. If they are non-communicative, probably they are amateurs with little knowledge of the business.

No traveling charges

The mobile mechanics who are into this business for a long time will not ask for any traveling charges at all. A reputed agency will include it all as a part of the business expense and not overburden you with an extra bill. Get away from the mobile servicemen who come along with a long bill as traveling expense.

Not only repairs but also servicing

Repair work is an emergency call, but there may be times when you don't want to get up, but your car needs maintenance. Just try and give a call, if you get the mobile mechanics at your place for servicing, then rest the matter there peacefully. You have found the 'right people' and its time you need to settle down with the best men in the business. When the mobile servicemen are offering you repair work along with proper servicing, then you can be convinced that you are working with real professionals who will be at your services whenever the need arises.

Spare Wheel Covers: Available Options

One of the most popular custom parts for large cars such as trucks, 4x4s, RVs, and campers is the spare wheel cover. It may not seem like much, but this part is one of the more versatile items you can get for your money. Not only does the right cover enhance your rideís looks very well, but it also keeps your spare wheel adequately protected from both natural and human threats. Wheel covers are available in different forms. There are 3 options you can choose from: soft covers, semi rigid covers, and metal ring covers. This article will provide you what you need to know about these options.

  • Soft Covers- The soft variant is perhaps the most basic form of the spare wheel covers. Made by materials such as vinyl, these covers wrap around the spare tire and are tightened by a cord or rope. There are many advantages associated with this type of cover: they are affordable, provide more than adequate protection for your spare wheel, available in different kinds of colors and designs, and can easily be stored when not in use. The biggest drawback of such covers is while they are relatively durable; they are not as durable as the other options listed here.
  • Semi Rigid Covers- A semi-rigid cover can be considered as a variant of the hard cover. It is called semi-rigid because it comes with a semi-rigid center that is usually made of materials such as polythene membrane. Again, there are advantages associated with getting this cover: they are more durable than soft covers; they are lighter and less expensive than hard covers, provide more than adequate weather and UV protection, and they can be easily fitted into any wheel. However, they tend to collect water and they tend to deteriorate under sunlight.
  • Metal Ring Covers- Metal ring covers are considered to be the most premium of all spare wheel covers. They are highly valued in the market because not only do they provide superior protection for your spare wheel, but they also offer better resistance against theft. Also, they are more durable; with proper care, they are expected to last as long as the lifespan of your car. Of course, there are disadvantages to consider: they are more expensive than the other options, relatively heavy, and can be difficult to install and uninstall.
  • Those are the 3 options that you have when it comes to spare wheel covers. You can get any of these 3 types of covers from us. We offer different kinds of spare tire covers and you can get them all at the best price.

    Check out our catalogue to see some of the best wheel covers you can buy right now.

    Getting The Best Fleet Insurance Policy For Your Company

    If your business runs large fleets of vehicles, choosing the right fleet insurance cover is essential. One must be careful when choosing a business fleet insurance policy that they are not led by price alone and simply go for the cheapest policy, you have to look at the needs of your business and match the insurance cover to that. If you have never purchased fleet insurance before then it is advisable that you speak to a reputable broker to run through all available options so that the insurance policy meets the needs of your business.

    You can obviously use the Internet to gather more information and source insurance firms that you would be interested in getting a quote from, that said there is an enormous amount of information to process & there are many pitfalls that one can fall into. With insurance prices being so radically different amongst insurers simply doing your own research may not get you the best price available for your circumstances and the most cost-effective way is most probably to use an insurance broker or comparison service to find your fleet insurance Policy.

    First thing you must do when looking for your fleet insurance quote, is think about exactly what cover your business requires there is no point in being covered for things that you do no not need cover for, this will only increase your premium for parts of the product that you will never use. It is imperative that you have sufficient cover for your fleet so that in the event of a claim you will not be underinsured.

    Here are a few things you should think about considering when searching for your fleet insurance:

    1) The fleet drivers insurance history To be able to get the best price on your fleet insurance policy is important that your drivers are experienced and have had few or no claims in the last three years, typically drivers with no claims history are cheaper to insure than drivers who have been convicted or who have had any claims. Even one driver with a poor driving history can significantly increase your fleet insurance policy costs and it may be worth thinking about moving them to a separate policy.

    2) Insurance coverage you require Much the same as a normal car insurance policy fleet insurance cover is provided as either fully comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Although third-party or third party fire and theft option is cheaper than a fully comprehensive policy it is often not suitable for the businesses needs as there is an increased liability on the business in the event of any claims.

    3) Customised policies Some brokers have the ability to customise a policy to your individual needs, this not only ensures the correct coverage for your business, it also ensures that you are not paying for protection that you do not need and therefore you are more likely to get a cheap policy premium than you would using a blanket cover ensure all off-the-shelf policy.

    In this article we have looked at various ways to make sure that you can obtain cheap fleet insurance that suits your business needs, and not making short cuts just to get a cheaper quote.

    How To Get The Most Out Of Your Motor Trade Insurance In The Uk

    Thankfully, here in the United Kingdom, the motor trade industry is fully developed and the same goes for the insurance policies related to it. In case that you are looking for information regarding motor trade insurance policies right now, it will be much better for you to talk to agents first and weigh your options.

    Instead of looking around for advice in forums, social media, and message boards, talking to the insurance company is your best course of action getting in touch with them does not cost anything. And fact-checking and finding and comparing information after you talked to them are much better options.

    After all, agents and companies provide individual assessments and some of the information you find now might not make any sense. Nonetheless, the key advice when talking to agents is to say no to everything first until you make a sound decision after gathering all the facts you can find. Moving forward, it does not mean that your current search is meaningless and a waste of time. You will still get a few pieces of reliable information that is applicable in your case. And here are some general tips that will surely help you to make your research worthwhile.

    Your Motor Trade Activities Affect the Cost of Your Motor Trade Insurance Policy All the activities that you do while doing motor trade can allow you to get reduced rates. For example, being involved in repair trades that involve bodywork, MOT preparation, and servicing can make insurers provide you with better offers.

    On the other hand, having hazardous activities in your list can instead raise your premium. Hazardous activities include dismantling, vehicle salvaging, and breakdown recovery. Aside from those, handling prestige and performance vehicles will increase your premium and to make sure that you will experience the benefits mentioned here, make sure to be fully transparent with your insurance agent. Hiding some of the activities, even if the activities will reduce your premium, is not advisable.

    The Number of Drivers in the Insurance Will Increase Cost Of course, this is the rule of thumb. If you will be the one frequently driving the cars you deal with most of the time, it is best that you only include yourself in the insurance. If it is inevitable to add other people, try to restrict them to two or three. If you deal with a lot of cars and you will be forced to hire a lot of drivers, it will be much better to get a trailer to make it easier and faster to transport the vehicles.

    Having Voluntary Excess Most motor trade insurance policies have a compulsory excess fee (around GBP250). You can increase the voluntary excess to lower down your premium.

    No Claims Bonus Just like most insurance policies, having no claims under your current or previous account will make you eligible for motor trade insurance policy discounts. Even if you were the driver in the previous record and you are now applying as a motor trade business owner, you will still be eligible for those discounts.

    Best Gps Systems For Courier Work

    A GPS system installed in your car will help you know where it is at all times. Most courier business owners will draw up a route for their drivers before they depart. This helps them to stay on the objective and thus minimise delays. With the internet and technology in general, such systems are in the form of apps and can thus be installed in cars or mobile gadgets. They include:

    It is the modern day satellite-like application. It plots you a map on which you can use to point out stops to make on your way to delivering the parcels. It may be at a gas station or a restaurant in case you want to have a break. The app makes your work easier and that of the driver as they are able to manage their schedule with ease. When it comes to plotting out stops for your route, the app comes in handy. On top of that, it has a free version and is thus cost efficient for small courier businesses.

    It is yet another tracking app that equips your courier business with the utmost visibility. Your drivers can determine or draw up the routes they want to take with the help of HERE. Owned and managed by auto makers, it plans to make your work and that of your drivers easier. You do not have to be online to download maps of countries, cities, and states. You can do this when offline which adds to its reliability.

    RAC Traffic

    It tracks based on the signal of your phone. For example, if you installed this app in the mobile gadgets of your drivers, you will be able to know their exact location. It receives the phone signals to help point out the location the driver is in. Apart from that, it can inform your driver of the condition on the road in terms of the traffic. This form of application allows your courier operations to be smooth as your drivers can divert to a route that has less traffic. It helps you to plan ahead using the maps it provides in the entire of the UK.

    Gvsig Mini Maps

    It integrates well with major search engines including Google and Bing. With this mobile app, you can receive data on where you are or where your vehicle is. It is efficient for businesses in the courier industry. If you have multiple vans on the road on a daily basis, you can keep track of where they are. It offers a friendly user interface which adds to its efficiency. You will be able to get all the information you require regarding where your vans are.

    Courier Exchange System

    It works as your third eye in tracking what your drivers are up to. It offers a reliable tracking service to know where your drivers are. With the courier exchange system, you will be able to receive a live feed of the whereabouts of your drivers. It is also a mobile app which can be installed in the driver's phone or your phone to help with the tracking. It also helps the drivers to sell jobs to potential clients and thus good for business.

    A Simple Analysis In The Needs Of A Towing Services

    However, if the snow is very deep, one will be forced to hire a professional who has a special vehicle to tow the car that has stuck in snow, out of the snow. Forget about the hassles of road tax, Servicing costs, maintenance schedules, insurance premiums, depreciation, etc!.

    Notwithstanding, there are some different scenarios where expert aid may be needed. Our company, Jardine Services, we work 24/7 and professionally. Apart from all the quality factors, you should look into the cost effectiveness as well. They will help you if you run out of gas suddenly or get locked out of your car.



    Towing services jump in here to provide assistance and remove your car from the middle of the road to somewhere safe where it can be kept or worked on for mending purposes. The solution to this trouble is not only the repair of your vehicle but bringing the car to safety. There are other breakdown services which include auto glass repair, fuel injection, minor body damage repairs, and repairs of minor air condition and transmission problems. These specialists must adhere to safety pointers when it comes to pulling stalled vehicles to avoid further damages and causing destruction to others. With the muscle to do the job.

    One alternative of members is that the technician replaces the flat tire if a serviceable spare tire is available. For the most part, it is a good choice to have an insurance plan that will provide you with towing if you need it. This is one of the common examples where one might need such a service. Mechanical flop once in a while happens in an advantageous instant, and sometimes regards regarding your fiscal scenario. Be it an emergency breakdown or a delivery from the car showroom - anything related to individual or private towing can also be taken care of by a professional towing companies.

    At the present time, Bronx towing providing flat bed truck is one of the most efficient equipments. This gives you the benefits of using a professional service as explained above, accompanied by unmatched flexibility. The service is available any time of the day and night. Owning custom vehicles can be a very rewarding hobby, but it also comes at the cost of quite a bit of inconvenience. However, we don't recommend it for any long distances.

    Further, you should search for the company which has an experienced team of experts to do the work. And our roadside assistance includes everything from fuel delivery, to flat tire changes, lockouts, and jump starts. These are more liable to utilize the wheel lift tow trucks, which are equivalent to hook and chain tow trucks but employ a metal strap up instead of a chain up. They will only end up being referred to as to the telephone, and a pickup will come along to take that car or truck. Salt Lake City tow truck make it a point to arrive at the scene of the accident very promptly.

    How To Find Good Auto Body Shop

    Not knowing what to look for, choosing a quality auto body Calgary auto body shop is difficult to any car owner in Calgary. It is important to choose the right auto body shop to make sure that the vehicle is properly corrected the first time it got dent. It is also advisable to ensure that the shop is honest and reliable. There are many important characteristics of a good shop, including experienced staff and certifications. It is also good to read customer comments about the shop before making the right choice.



    A Certified Shop A quality auto body shop is certified by the largest car organization. Facilities for the approval by the organization have proven their skills as certification is often a long process. In order to be approved, an auto body shop must demonstrate the latest equipment, skilled technicians with the adequate facility. They must also show that they provide a proper training to their employees. The major associations collected customers feedback before issuing a license to the shop. Some manufacturers and organizations also award certificate to auto body shop which makes them to meet certain requirements.

    Qualified and Experienced Staff A good auto body shop must have qualified staff that has numbers of certifications. Certificates from ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are particularly important. This is a non- profit organization that award certificates to automobile technicians that are excellent in their trade. Automobile technicians may also get certifications from manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan, Honda and BMW, demonstrating their knowledge and experience with the particular car brand. There are some other organizations that also give automobile technicians training on after market. Most training requires a lot of knowledge and experience and shows a technician is a professional in his field.

    Positive Customer Reviews Where it is possible, existing customers should be consulted on their experiences about the auto body shop. The resources to get comments are online, so it is easy to decide whether a shop has a good feedback from the public. Comments should mention that the vehicle is properly fixed for the first time and the work was completed at the right time. Positive comments should also discuss whether a warranty was given by the shop and if the shop was clean and tidy. A shop that has the approval of a major automobile association has shown a positive feedback story on the part of customers, but it is always a good idea to consider checking on the shop regularly.

    Accept All Insurance Another important aspect of a good auto body shop is acceptance of all forms of insurance. A shop that does not reject any insurance policy shows that it has experience in dealing with insurance companies to settle claims quickly. An auto body shop that does not accept major insurance is a warning that something is wrong. The ability to select the right auto body shop requires some patience and consideration. For example, the choice of the first store available can be a disaster if employees are not adequately trained. A good auto body shop is clean and up to date with friendly and efficient staff. The store should have positive comments and certified employees and certified shop.

    Commercial Truck Insurance Shopping Tips

    If you're seeking commercial truck insurance, you will want to think about which company you're going to use for your insurance. Not all companies are the same. Some companies will sell great coverage and others won't. There are some specific things to consider when seeking truck insurance. Whether it's your personal truck or a fleet truck, you'll have some things that you might want to upgrade on your coverage. Some insurance companies offer short-term or even single-trip insurance. Those with commercial truck insurance can offer this as they are aware of the consequences if you don't have it as well as the benefits that it can offer if you do have it.

    There are five basics that you should consider when you're thinking about truck insurance.

    1. Experience: How long has the company been in business? How long have they specialized in truck insurance?

    2. Stability: Can the company really pay things if you get into a wreck? What if multiple drivers have wrecks at the same time?

    3. Enough Coverage: You'll want to ensure that you can adapt your needs if you need more coverage or less.

    4. Reasonable Premiums: What are the rates? What are the rates for more coverage and is it affordable?

    5. Value: What is the value in terms of how convenient and timely the policy is? Will you get the services that you're paying for?

    When it comes to truck insurance, the premium is often the most deciding factor. This isn't always the best route to go. Always make sure that you're getting what you think you're getting. Make sure that you're not just taking the lowest premium because it's the most affordable, you want to make sure that it also gives you the coverage that you need on your truck. Check the coverage and make sure that you fully understand what they are covering.

    Remember that there are many regulations dictating your insurance coverage. Liability is a must for any auto insurance of any type. You may also wish to explore property damage as well as under insured motorist and comp and collision. There are varying rates for these coverage and one company may be drastically different than another. Don't forget personal injury protection either, this can be vital if a passenger or someone in another vehicle is seriously injured. Many companies also require cargo coverage so that any load being hauled is automatically covered. Other things to consider are garage liability and general liability as well as occupational hazard and health.

    Remember, insurance may be a tangible investment however, you'll never get the compensation that you deserve if you don't explore your options and make sure that you're getting the coverage that you think you're getting. You don't want to risk going bankrupt if you're in a wreck so be sure that you get the right insurance. If you want more information about tow truck insurances click here: www.buriedcar.com/tow-truck-insurance-cost

    It's important to remember that commercial truck insurance is typically higher than that of car insurance. this is due to the fact that a larger vehicle can cause more injury. You'll also want to ensure that you have a decent credit rating so that you won't have to pay even more. Having a good credit rating can drastically cut the premium of your insurance.

    I Had To Hire An Auto Electrician To Help Me

    I was having some problems with the electrics in my car. My doors were locking on their own and they were doing it frequently. I had to hire an auto electrician to fix it for me and here is how I found the cheapest one.

    First, I was telling a friend of mine about the electrical problems I was having with my car. My friend is the one that told me I would need to hire an auto electrician to help me out. I asked him if he ever hired one before or knew of any and he said no. He said I could ask around about one or call them.

    I went to Google and started searching for auto electricians in my area. I found several phone numbers and also saw reviews about them right on Google. I called each one of them to tell them about the problems I was having and asked them if they could fix it for me. I also asked what they would charge to fix it. I found that some of them were very helpful and others were quite rude and not at all helpful.

    After making several phone calls to different auto electricians, I was able to compare prices to find the cheapest one. The cheapest one also had great reviews on Google which made me feel even better about hiring them. I called them back to schedule an appointment with them and they told me I could go ahead and bring it in when I am ready and they would have it fixed in just a few hours.

    I took my car to the auto electrician and only had to wait an hour for them to fix it. They said this was a common problem in this model car and they have had to fix a few of them. They said usually after they fix it, their customers don't have any other issues with it.

    I am glad I had an auto electrician fix the electrical problems in my car. I haven't had any problems with it so far and it's nice to not have the doors automatically lock. Hopefully I don't have any other problems with it because I am getting used to leaving my car running while I am out of it. Before it was fixed, I locked myself out of it while it was running a few time and I really hope this doesn't happen to me again because it's such a pain.

    Guide To Getting Approval For Poor Credit Car Finance



    Is it still possible on poor credit Car finance to speed up application approval?

    Car finance companies are more hesitant to approve loans of this kind. An applicant with poor credit will have to do a few extra steps in order to secure a good auto loan. These steps aim to convince the lender that the applicant has the capability to pay off the loan. These steps also aim to assure the lender that the applicant can be relied on to make timely payments.

    Most people with bad credit seeking for car financing are often vulnerable to getting bad deals. They are more prone to signing a loan deal with interests that are too high. They are also more prone to take on extras with their loan terms. Some feel too desperate or too grateful that a lender is giving them a chance to secure a loan. Avoid falling for these and get a fair terms with these tips.

    Step back and assess if the car is really a need

    Seeking for a car loan on bad credit is a huge risk. Apply only if the car is a real need and not for luxury. Be mindful that this situation has a huge chance of bringing the credit score to an even lower level. An untimely payment or forfeiture will further lower the credit score and make future loans even more difficult to secure.

    Most financial advisers recommend waiting for 6 months to rebuild the credit before applying for a car loan. That is, if the car is not an immediate need. Merely waiting for a while can greatly help in improving the credit score and securing better loan terms and lower interest rates.

    During this waiting time, the applicant is also recommended to pay bills on time. This will greatly improve credit score. A month or two of timely bills payments can go a long way to bringing up the score. The difference can make a real difference in securing lower interest rates in car loans.

    Check the credit report

    It is always better to personally check the credit score. Lenders will check the applicants score for themselves. An applicant who knows his own credit score is less likely to get pulled into bad loan terms.

    Check for activity/ies that affected the credit score. Take note of any activity that may have brought the score low. Bring the report when meeting with a potential lender. During the interview, the applicant can justify or explain the cause of the low credit score. Lenders are willing to work things out if the applicant can adequately explain these items.

    Look for different lenders

    Desperation is common among those who have poor credit. Car finance for this situation are available across the country. An applicant should not think that a bad credit is impossible to secure a fair loan term. Shop around and look for the best deal before applying and signing up for one.

    Check the credit score and look up the different interest rates currently in place for that particular score. Compare this with the rate offered by the car dealer.

    Feel free to negotiate to get a fair deal. Remember, a bad credit isnt necessarily a reason to agree to be taken advantage of.

    New Cars Of 2016: The Hottest Trends

    Yesmobilemechanic website issued a new report lately that 2015 was the best year for American car sales ever. The American car industry, like so much of the manufacturing sector, was struggling to stay competitive less than a decade ago. Now, it has rebounded to an all-time high. However, those statistics may be lacking that 2015 was a great year for new cars across the globe, with car makers of every nation selling record or near-record quantities. Part of this high sales was a return to some semblance of economic stability after the global recession of 2008, but it's also attributable to an industry that is more attractive to its consumers than ever. The adaptability and innovation of 2015 looks to continue at high speed in 2016 with these hot trends for new cars.


    Safety First

    Safety has, of course, always been a major aspect of this industry. Now, however, technological advancement makes it easier than before to incorporate safety without reducing the driver's enjoyment. While we may be some years from fully-automated autos, the technology on which it is predicated is already being incorporated into current models. 2016 new cars will continue to enforce this envelope with motion sensor technology that automatically decelerates or stops the car when impact is large. Other safety features are made to take the driver into account. For example, some manufacturers are outfitting their products with a "teen mode" that allows parents to restrict the stereo use, as studies show a correlation between loud music and new drivers getting into accidents. With this teen mode, the kids will hopefully focus more on the road.

    Goodbye Gas Guzzlers

    Expect oil use to keep improving. Some analysts might urge a careful look on this point, and it is possible that the recent drastic fall in gasoline prices could affect sales of new cars in the short term. Still, the time period for design, engineering, and manufacturing doesn't really sync with short term dips and spikes in the fuel market. Add to that the fact that climate change is moving from the environmentalist edges to front and center of the wordwide political discussion. In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has worked with the EPA to craft Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that require each automaker to hit average miles per gallon goals across all models (within a given class i.e. cars, light trucks, heavy trucks). So while low gas prices might temporarily make gas guzzlers more affordable, the overall trend will continue towards fuel efficiency.

    Everything Connected

    Wireless connectivity is here to stay. New cars are being standardized with Bluetooth connectivity, cloud-based entertainment to be connected with all your devices, and smart technology that learns as you drive your car. Moving to broadband connection will even improve the safety and fuel economy as automobiles are able to process larger and larger amounts of data and information from a variety of sources.

    If you're looking for a new ride this year, keep an eye out for these hot new trends!

    Getting The Right Wheels And Tyres From Streetwheelsandtyres.com.au

    There are various types of cars these days when it comes to style and design. Cars designed for young people are usually the sporty and fast types of vehicles that they enjoy modifying in order to fit their personalities and style. With a bit of creativity, this can be a lot of fun. The car experts at streetwheelsandtyres.com.au are aware that the mag wheels are normally the first thing that people modify so that their car would have a new look. If you have the perfect set of mag wheels, it could instantly improve the style of your car.

    Obtaining the Right Wheels

    You will need bigger or wider tyres if you want to grip a bigger surface area on the road. This means that you will also need bigger mag wheels, but you need to check that the mag wheels and tyres you buy would be suitable for your vehicle and have the right fitting sizes. It does not make sense obtaining wheels that would not fit your car.

    When to Change Your Wheels and Tyres

    Once you are able to obtain the right wheels and tyres, you need to take care of them. An apparent sign that you need to change your mag wheel or tyre is when it is damaged because this is quite unsafe and reckless. If it has a huge visible damage or a hairline crack, streetwheelsandtyres.com.au suggests that you take your car to the nearest wheels and tyres centre. It is risky to drive long distances if you have a damaged mag wheel or tyre.

    Your wheels could be damaged beyond repair if you drive into a pit too hard, too fast, or at a wrong angle. This kind of accident may cause the wheels to be broken up to the point that you may not be able to get to a fitment centre. As such, your car will be towed and you need to replace your wheels and tyres.

    Getting Durable Wheels

    Alloy wheels are now available in most fitment centres. These wheels are durable because they can withstand various conditions like dust, rain, and many more. However, remember that you also have to take care of your mag wheels. If possible, you need to clean it weekly.

    If your wheels and tyres are in good condition, you can drive with them for a long time and you do not need to change them often. When they get damaged, simply go to streetwheelsandtyres.com.au and visit their fitment centre to have your wheels and tyres replaced.

    Benefits Of Choosing The Right Auto Glass Tinting In Bellevue Wa

    Having your car window tinted by a professional can lead to a number of benefits for your vehicle. By choosing the best auto glass tinting in Bellevue WA, you can protect your car from premature damages, as well as experience greater comfort as you drive even if it is during mid-day. So, check out the benefits you can expect from this type of service as presented below.

    1. Prevent your car glass window from shattering easily.

    The intense heat of the sun and other harsh elements can cause serious damages to your glass window, which makes it more prone to shattering and breaking into pieces in case an object hits it. Moreover, in the event of an accident, you are putting yourself and your passengers at greater risk of injury if your glass window tends to shatter easily. With this in mind, having the glass tinted can give it added protection that will also prolong the life of your vehicle.

    2. Shield yourself from harmful UV rays.

    Although you are not under the direct heat of the sun, harmful UV rays can penetrate on the glass, which can cause dangers to your health. This is why it may be worth thinking about having the glass window tinted by a professional, so you have ample shade from the damaging effects of UVB and UVA. You will also find it more comfortable to drive when there is no glare that obstructs your view of the road.

    3. Keep your interiors in great condition for several years.

    The more your leather interiors are exposed to intense heat, the higher the chances that they will deteriorate quickly. Since you have invested on your gorgeous leather seats, you do not want them to wear prematurely, which will impact the overall quality of your vehicle. If you have tinted car glass windows, you can protect your interiors from premature wear and tear or warping. Thus, you will enjoy the chic appearance of your car for a longer time.

    Bottom Line

    Getting your car glass windows tinted offers a number of benefits. This is why it is important to choose only the experts for this type of service, so be sure to do your search to find the right company for your needs. Consider doing your research, learn about the products and services of an esteemed auto tint shop, and expect the outcomes you want for excellent value for your money.

    I Want To Sell My Van. What Should I Do?

    If you've never sold a vehicle before, trying to sell a van can seem overwhelming. You may be wondering, what do I do if I want to sell my van. There are a lot of options out there, but not every choice is a good one. Thankfully, if you follow this simple guide, you're sure to have a positive experience.

    Step One: Figure Out What Your Van Is Worth

    The value of your van will have a big impact on your options. If your van is in great condition, you'll be able to sell it to a dealership, a used car lot, or a private seller. If your van is in bad shape, your options will be a lot more limited.

    However, even a damaged van can be sold. If your van has a nice body, a private seller may want to buy it for its parts. You can also sell it to a company that buys junk cars. The choice is up to you. Evaluate all of the options that you have, and figure out what makes the most sense.

    You should know that selling privately can be more work than selling to a buyer that works with the company. You'll have to field all of the offers yourself. If you find the prospect of this overwhelming, don't be afraid to explore your other options. There are lots of ways to sell a vehicle.

    Step Two: Get Some Offers

    Put your van out there and see what you can get for it! Call potential buyers and find out what they would be willing to pay. If you get a promising offer, make sure you take advantage of it. While you shouldn't necessarily take the first offer that you get, you don't want to miss out on a fantastic deal.

    If you're listing your vehicle, you'll have to set a price in advance. It's a smart idea to set the price slightly above what you hope to sell the van for. A lot of buyers will try to haggle you down. If you back down from your original price, they will feel like they're getting a better deal.

    Step Three: Sell Your Van

    After you've gotten an offer -- or several offers -- you can go ahead and sell your van. Show some caution during the selling process, especially if you're working with a private buyer. Make sure that someone is with you when you sell your van, and read over any paperwork before you sign it.

    No matter what your van looks like, you should be able to sell it very quickly. Selling a vehicle doesn't have to be a complicated process. If you know what you're doing, it should actually be very simple.

    If your goal is to sell your van, then follow the steps laid out in this guide. You can use this guide to sell all kinds of vehicles, no matter what kind of condition they are in. Selling a car isn't as challenging as you might think it is. There are a lot of great options available to you.

    Limo Driving In Hollywood

    The film Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg, gives exposure to the day-to-day life of one of Tinseltowns less glamorous professions: the limo driver. Chauffeurs, like waiters, are often those whove come to L.A. to try their luck in making it big as an actor. Others are writers as well, and the flexibility of working hours is a major perk drawing them to the job. Some freebies they may wind up enjoying include a new Armani suit or an invitation at a clients summer place for a week. On average, these dedicated hard workers earn a yearly salary of 30,000 US dollars.

    Luxury Road Events employs chauffeurs who are just as competent and committed as their Hollywood counterparts. With their services, you and your companions get a pseudo-celebrity experience while riding one of the many available party buses. You can do whatever you want inside, provided its safe and legal. Your driver acts as your confidante and is nothing short of professional and accommodating the whole time (just be respectful). To get this experience, visit www.luxuryroadevents.com and book a vehicle for your next wedding, birthday bash, bachelor/bachelorette party, night out clubbing, airport pickup or corporate event.

    Based on Maps to the Stars screenwriter and novelist Bruce Wagner (who drove around celebrities like Mick Jagger and Orson Wells in the 90s), Robert Pattinsons character is seen juggling the careers of an actor, a writer and a limo driver when he gets to see firsthand the struggles of a family in show business. As depicted in the film, its common for chauffeurs to be running errands that enable celebs to do their deeds discreetly. Theyre similar to plastic surgeons and life coaches in the sense that they see both the good and ugly sides of wealth and privilege. The leather-coated room inside the vehicles they drive is essentially a stars second home, where they can completely be themselves.

    Maurice Dean, 50, who has been a driver in Hollywood since his 20s, knows discretion and flexibility to be the keys to getting the best tips. You can say hes gone through his fair share of experiences that some people would envy. He recalled a moment that wouldve potentially made him richer by the millions with just one photo being in the same room with actress Katie Holmes as she tried on her dress right before her wedding to Tom Cruise. Dean was tasked to safely keep her $50,000 wedding gown and her bridesmaids dresses in his vehicle until the morning of the big day. He was also the lucky driver who had to line up at a hot dog stand to buy a chilidog for Britney Spears, who said she would trade a million bucks if it could her get to stand in that same line unrecognized by anyone.

    Dean has served clients of all kinds, from those too drunk to enter the bedroom on their own to those who would cry on his shoulder. Another odd job he took on back in the day, he said, could be compared with Hollywood chauffeuring: ambulance-driving. He mentioned how there is quite a similarity between driving with people who were either dying or thought they were and people who were either famous or thought they were.

    Advice To Make Shopping For A Car Easy

    Where some individuals relish the thought of heading to a dealership to select a new vehicle, others find the process to be extraordinarily daunting and stressful. In order to get the best experience possible when looking for 1968 Dodge Charger for sale, it is advisable to conduct a bit of early research on the subject. Keep reading for some terrific advice.

    Keep the overall price in mind, rather than the monthly payments. Dealers can alter monthly payments to fit your budget, but that doesn't mean the car is costing you any less. Negotiate the best price total you can for the car. After doing that, you can work out the monthly payments. Its all going to depend on whether you are looking for a project Charger or one that has been restored or original. Price is going to vary greatly based on that.

    Don't ever pay full price. No sane dealer or individual believes he or she will get full sticker price. If you aren't a good negotiator, bring a good negotiator with you. Know what the fair selling price is before you go so you have some idea of what you want to pay.

    Before signing any contract take the time to read every line, including the fine print. If there is anything listed that you do not understand, do not sign until you get an answer that you understand. Unsavory salesmen can use a contract to insert many fees that were not discussed.

    If the price of a car is non-negotiable, see if you can negotiate on other terms. Some dealerships will agree to provide several months' worth of free gasoline or a year of free oil changes, for instance. It never hurts to ask if a salesman can sweeten the deal.

    Always take any used car you are thinking of buying to a mechanic that you trust. Do not take the dealers word that the car is in good condition. They might have only owned the car for a few days or bought it from an auction. They really have very little knowledge of the vehicle you are trying to buy.

    Those of you who are in the market for a certified pre-owned vehicle would be wise to check the cars certification checklist. This will allow you to be sure that all components have been inspected and everything is in order allowing you to buy with a great deal of confidence.

    If you're worried about your credit score, you can check your credit report before you go to the dealership. It's free to check your credit report once a year, so take advantage of that. By knowing your credit before you go to the dealership, you'll be able to determine if you'd be able to qualify for any low interest financing offers.

    Never shop for a car based on what you want to pay monthly. Most car sellers will try to help you shop around a monthly payment. This means they can put you in a car that is not what you want by telling you it is what you can afford. The only one who wins is the dealership.

    You should test drive the car you want with every feature you desire. For example, test driving a manual model when you want automatic won't show you anything. If they don't have the exact model on the lot, go to a lot which does for the test drive as you can always go back for the purchase, if you want to.

    Find out all you can about rebates. You can either get a cash rebate, low loan interest rate or the dealer themselves gets the rebate in cash. It is the manufacturer who offers these rebates, not the dealership. This will only be available on cars available on the lot, of course.

    Take your time when shopping for a car. It can be very tempting to purchase the first car you see because it looks nice or it has nice seating. However, there may be a car out there that is even better for you. Shop around and make comparisons before making a purchase.

    New car buying has an element of excitement to it, but it can also be characterized by nervousness and uncertainty. Conquering the doubt the process can engender simply requires some education and knowledge. With any luck, the tips above have left you feeling prepared and confident about your next visit to the car dealership.

    Award Winning New Hovercraft Design From Hovery In Brazil

    Personal hovercraft manufacturers over the past 10 years or so have tended to copy the construction techniques used in the early days of hovercraft design, that is, rigid hull with a skirt fastened all the way around it with engines of various types blowing air underneath to create pressure and lift. The tendency in manufacturing is to follow the crowd on the basis of what works for one will work for another, but every now and again someone thinks outside the box and innovations arise which can save a lot of money for the consumer. Such an innovation has recently surfaced in a small aero shop in Brazil. Ex-pilot and aero engineer Pilot Alberto Dei Castelli developed a small hovercraft that is easy to operate, packs away into the trunk of a car and is much less expensive than similar models.

    If you decide to see a hovercraft kit for sale, or any kind of diy hovercraft plans, please be very careful in what you buy. Remember that safety is paramount, particularly if you're going to be transporting members of you family. Hovery's new design makes a radical departure from normal construction methods and is a refreshing approach to this great new pastime. First of all, the hull design moves away from the idea that a rigid shell is needed, and replaces the normal mono-shell concept with an inflated hull. A large diameter tube is filled with air at low pressure, so that it gives if it hits an obstacle, and is basically used as the container for the pressurized air cushion.

    One obvious and glaring issue is the need for rigidity, so an aluminium tubular frame that just slots together like a tent frame is place over, and fastened, to the the top of the inflated hull. The frame provides the stiffness needed, and also holds the operator's seat and control panel, which is very simple - just a joystick! The engine, or engines, depending on the model type, are then added at the rear and it's ready to go. The remaining issues are lift and forward thrust.

    The rear engine(s) have two functions in one, and their output has been used in an ingenious way. Most of the air flow is used to drive the hovercraft forward, while flaps built into the inflated hull re-direct a portion of the air flow into the skirt container, which is surrounded by the inflated tube running around the periphery. All that remains is to start the engines using the pull rope, just like a lawn mower, and off you go. the whole thing can be packed up into the trunk of a car within 15 minutes.