Thursday, May 30, 2013

France: Bernard Tapie, vers l'annulation de la décision arbitrale?

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                    Bernard Tapie en audition devant la commission parlementaire... 

 
"Finance Offshore", premier site de la sphère francophone internationale sur la finance offshore vous fait une promesse, l'affaire Bernard Tapie va permettre de placer le curseur de la république exemplaire du président François Hollande à sa juste hauteur. Depuis 72 heures, en contact permanent avec nos différentes sources, il ressort une impression de profond changement de paradigme sur le traitement des affaires en France. "Une accélération sans précèdent dans l'histoire du pays, un certain plafond de verre est clairement palpable!" confirme une de nos éminentes sources à Paris.  Le dossier est hautement stratégique pour la politique de l'actuel gouvernement, il semble acquis que la justice dispose "d'un mandat clair sur le respect de ses attributions matricielles, l'affaire qui nous intéresse relève un nombre conséquent de faits graves qui tendent à démontrer les errements passés dans le traitement de ce dossier".

Expérimentale...
 
Pour comprendre, il faut se rappeler que "monsieur Bernard Tapie s'était  (selon certains avis) vu proposer une justice "taillée sur mesure" par une procédure dite arbitrale, et ce en totale contradiction avec les usages pour un tel dossier." Dans le dossier qui l'opposait au Crédit Lyonnais, l'ancien dirigeant du groupe Bernard Tapie Finance avait obtenu une décision d'un collège arbitral "celle qui partageait de nombreux experts internationaux et français,  pour l'avoir  largement considérée comme inappropriée pour les intérêts de la république française, son appareil de justice et notamment dans le fait grave d'une telle opération pour le précèdent qu'elle allait devoir constituer." (Ndlr: Cette pratique arbitrale est souvent pratiquée aux États-Unis, mais elle intervient en général après un long processus et fait l'objet d'un nombre important de garanties, comme l'exploitation de l'ensemble des usages habituels de droit.) Une décision contestée par de nombreux parlementaires français, "...au delà des clivages habituels de la politique française". En ligne de mire, "les efforts supportés par l'ensemble des contribuables français contraints par cette décision, comme pour l'attribution d'une somme record de 45 millions d'euros en dédommagement à l'homme d'affaires!" (Ndlr:Pour préjudice moral.) (...) "Je ne connais aucun parlementaire français capable de justifier telle  somme auprès de la population de sa circonscription!," sans compter les autres sommes liées au Crédit Lyonnais, "...portant l'enveloppe à quelques 403 millions d'euros!" (Ndlr:Il faut dissocier dans ce total  le préjudice personnel, patrimonial, les intérêts légaux calculés sur les bases des différents errements de la banque en référence dont monsieur Tapie s'est avéré victime pour ce qui est du deal Adidas.) , là aussi un record en Europe et pour certains experts, "peut être même au monde du fait de l'accord transactionnel trouvé par le collège des juges de cette démarche arbitrale pour le moins expérimentale en France!".


Le temps de la vérité!

Il faut comprendre à présent qui est bien à l'origine "de la promotion de cette idée" dans quelles mesures objectives cette décision "...pouvait en partie bénéficier à l'idée d'une opération comme moins douloureuse pour les comptes de la nation.", et plus important, savoir "à présent si effectivement les négociations qui entouraient le dossier étaient effectuées dans un cadre propice, c'est à dire légal." Aujourd'hui, la question se pose, est elle trouvera sa réponse, la gravité des faits soulignés par "de possibles conflits d'intérêts "en cascade" risque de sonner la fin de la partie." Cette procédure arbitrale qui se devait irréprochable, s'avère à présent moins vertueuse, les conflits d'intérêts, "la mise en accusation d'un juge pour escroquerie en bande organisée démontre que "la boîte de Pandore est à présent ouverte, il faut aller chercher tous les acteurs de cette  mauvaise partition!" Remettre en perspective toutes les déclarations des acteurs du dossier, "y compris en commission d'enquête parlementaire, (Ndlr: parjure manifeste?) et ne pas oublier de considérer les inquiétudes de tous ceux qui s'étaient clairement opposés au choix d'une telle procédure arbitrale!" souligne une autre source à Paris. Le plus grave dans ce dossier, c'est le parfait autisme des politiques qui à l'époque, " pour certains, défendaient bec et ongles un aménagement spécifique" pour le bien fondé d'un arrangement "qui trouve à présent ses limites." Les risques inhérents d'une telle procédure considérée comme inappropriée, en profond décalage avec l'esprit de la république, son appareil de justice et le besoin de protéger celui-ci par son indépendance la plus totale "...loin de celle de l'exécutif en place au moment de la décision."pour d'autres sources. Il semble que ce dossier va permettre de reconsidérer l'intégralité de la procédure arbitrale, dont l'actuelle directrice générale du FMI "est à présent inscrite au dossier en qualité de -témoin assisté-", madame Lagarde "étant le ministre de l'Economie et des finances ayant validée cette procédure arbitrale." (...) "Son récent passage devant la Cour de justice de la République n'intégrait pas ces derniers éléments, il est donc possible qu'elle soit amenée à devoir s'expliquer à nouveau sur quelles bases sa décision s'est fondée, mais plus important, sur quels dossiers d'experts et nous permettre de comprendre pour quelles raisons sa décision est intervenue aussi "rapidement" (?), c'est à dire dès son arrivée au ministère de l'Economie..."insiste une de nos sources. Certaines sources y voient toujours "le risque d'une présumée et donc possible entremise de certaines élites au plus haut niveau de l'état", l'ancien président français, Nicolas Sarkozy serait clairement "dans le viseur". "Pour de nombreux parlementaires, cette question ne fait plus l'ombre d'un doute, reste à savoir dans quelles mesures la loi disposait bien d'un respect total, mieux intégral! Une polémique grandissante du fait même des derniers rebondissements de l'affaire, notifier -une escroquerie en bande organisée- instigue que cette bande soit composée de nombreux pedigrees, il faut à présent à la justice de notre pays nous dire qui sont ces quidams!" commente une autre source et d'ajouter "Plus personne ne trouvera de sens à cette procédure, nous sommes dans le temps de la vérité, pleine et entière. Il faut clairement entrevoir dans les prochains jours que l'état soit à présent constitué en -Partie civile-, et exige l'annulation -pure et simple- de l'ensemble de la procédure du fait de ces graves annonces. On peut considérer qu'une annulation est la règle en la matière, d'ailleurs personne en France, comprendrait que toute autre issue, d'autant plus scabreuse, puisse être encore à l'ordre du jour." précise cette même source. Il est vrai que de nombreux parlementaires montent au créneau pour qu'une telle décision intervienne "au plus vite", et ce "...dès lors que tous les récents éléments du dossier démontrent un nombre important de présumées dérives ou présumées légèretés pour une procédure dont il semble acquis que l'opération s'oriente bien plus vers un fiasco pour l'ensemble des parties, tout comme pour monsieur Tapie lui même, démontrant l'absence de recul utile pour ce qui restera une "expérimentation de droit", la plus hasardeuse qui soit!" fermer le ban.  
 
 
L'avis de "Finance Offshore"...

On s'étonnera que la procédure arbitrale vantée comme une opération économiquement avantageuse pour le contribuable français et donc les comptes de la nation,  puisse devoir s'avérer aussi scabreuse. Souhaitons juste que ces ardents promoteurs disposent d'arguments aussi puissants pour défendre à présent telle opération... Pour ce qui est des parties, nous ne doutons pas un instant de leur réelle capacité d'argumentation, mais nous ne doutons pas moins de la capacité de la justice française à faire toute la lumière sur cette affaire, comme l'y invite,  au delà des clivages, ce bon sens retrouvé par de nombreux parlementaires français. A suivre.

Pour comprendre: En cas d'annulation de la décision arbitrale, l'affaire reviendrait devant -la juridiction d'appel-, (celle qui précédait l'opération), et donc susceptible de pourvoi en cassation pour toutes les parties concernées, c'est dire que le dossier risque de durer!











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Tips to Select The Right Car - Autocross

The hardest part about autocross (aside from learning how to race) in my opinion is discovering the best auto. Sure, you are able to use a every day driver, but that's not recommended if you're going to participate in numerous events a year. Autocross can develop wear on the tires along with other components really quickly and can get high-priced really quickly. I would recommend to obtain a car that you simply can use for autocross. This might be a "trailer car" or a vehicle which you can still drive on the road, but use only for this hobby.

You will find 4 key components to think about when selecting a car for autocross:


1) What kind of car to get
2) The Cost of the automobile
3) The overall condition of the car (if utilised)
4) Aftermarket upgrades/modifications

WHAT Sort OF Vehicle To get FOR AUTOCROSS:

For autocross racing, some folks would assume that the vehicle has to be extremely powerful, modest, 2 doors and modified. This just isn't entirely correct. While that variety of car could be nice, it truly is not essential to be competitive in autocross.

Remember that most autocross events and clubs have the cars grouped in to some sort of class. The club I participate with follow the SCCA Class guidelines. The classes support group the vehicles so the very same "level" of vehicles can stay competitive inside each class.

This is carried out to prevent the "biggest and fastest is best" state of believed. It could be unfair to place a heavily modified Porsche GT3 up against a stock Ford Focus. This is why they do that.

So, to choose the best auto for autocross, you'd probably want a coupe or convertible Initial if doable. Sedans can work well too, but some sedans aren't geared for modifications, while, the sport sedans of these days are actually starting to take over.

Manual transmission will be recommended, however, if you have an automatic that is OK too. You might want to think about trading it for a manual within the future to remain competitive. Once again, you can find still "sport shift" type automatics on the market that are acquiring far better and better every single day.

Ideally, you would also want a rear-wheel drive automobile for autocross. RWD cars generally offer greater control and handling in most cases. I know some enthusiasts available will disagree with me, but that's OK. On the other hand, I've utilized several front-wheel drive cars that run using the greatest of them.

Price:

The price of acquiring a vehicle for autocross is usually the factor for me. I, like a lot of others, cannot afford an costly car for autocross. There are, even so, those that will afford it and price is still some thing for them to think about.

The $0-$5000 range:

This could be the range most of us beginners want to start. Of course, free of charge is Great, but contemplate the 3rd component (overall situation) when this option comes to mind. Several vehicles that can perform nicely and have a lot of upgradable possibilities are the following:

1989-1997 Mazda Miata - Really good energy to weight ratio. It truly is Quite popular at autocross. 1979-1991 Mazda RX7 - Quick little car, handles nicely. Several upgrades offered. 1989-1998 Nissan 240sx - A number of aftermarket upgrades, handles very properly. 1990-1999 BMW 3 Series - Really versatile automobile. You are able to discover very good models in this range now. 1988-2000 Honda Civic/CRX - I've seen several models compete well in autocross. 1984-1999 Toyota MR2 - Low center of gravity, great performance, mid engine. 1990-1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse/Eagle Talon - Several upgrades, some models Turbo AWD. 2000-2007 Ford Focus - Really competitive vehicles. SVT models accessible in price range. 1997-2003 VW Golf - Hatchbacks constantly like autocross. VR6 models offered in range. 1990-1999 Acura Integra - Like the Civic, really competitive with numerous upgrades on the market.

There could be some far more vehicles that I missed that fall beneath this cost range. The strategy I use to hunt for vehicles can differ depending on the variety I am looking for. I will use local classified ads, Craigslist. I will also use the bigger vehicle searches and expand my common "hunting" area. I've successfully identified great cars utilizing VEHIX, AutoTrader together with Government Auction Internet sites.

But what about the autocross vehicles above the $5000 range? Properly, I am glad you're feel that because I am about to list them below.

For those who have some dollars to work with and need to get some thing newer, you'll be able to contemplate the following cars:

The $5,001-$20,000 range:

This range can include newer vehicles in addition to pre-owned vehicles which are no far more than several years old. Keep in mind, cars generally depreciate very fast, so as the years go by, some of the newer cars can be within reach for less dollars and are excellent for autocross. The cars beneath come to mind in this range:

1998-Current Mazda MX-5 - Still identical fundamental automobile, but a lot more energy as they got newer. 2003-Current VW Golf - Much more modified than the previous versions, compete properly. 1992-1997 Mazda RX7 - 3rd Gen is twin-turbo and can compete in autocross. 1992-2006 BMW M3 - M3's are created for racing. Some newer models will fall in this range. 1998-2003 BMW M5 - M5's are really powerful and compete in their class nicely. 1994-Current Ford Mustang/Cobra - Very versatile automobile. Competes well in class. 1994-2002 Camaro/Firebird - Competes well in class. Several autocross upgrades. 2007-Current Mazda Mazdaspeed3 - Turbo, hatchback, competes well in autocross. 2003-2008 Nissan 350z - Great autocross automobile, really well-known on the track. Unique Autocross Kit vehicles such as the V6 Stalker fall in this range as well.

Now, this cost range can differ in vehicles. Plenty of these vehicles are still new and could require loans to purchase them.

The $20,001 spectrum will consist of a few of the current-day models as well as the obvious "super cars" we all respect such as the Corvette, Viper, Porsche, Ferrari, Lotus and other people. I won't include a list for those simply because if you're buying one of those for an autocross auto, you did your investigation.

OVERALL Situation OF THE Automobile (Utilized):

When acquiring a second automobile for autocross, treat it like whenever you are purchasing your everyday driver auto. You need the auto to be comparatively totally free of key troubles. Autocross racing can place stress on the car's frame, the suspension, the brakes, the tire as well as the overall body of the auto.

You need to be sure that the automobile has not been in any major accidents. Frame repair or frame harm can be quite risky mixture once you autocross. That is probably the most crucial thing to check for when buying a automobile for autocross. I've experienced and utilised the service by Experian called AutoCheck. They supply an unlimited number of VIN checks for one of their service options along with the value is way greater than the other services available. I have employed it when shopping and comes in extremely handy once you are checking the history of a vehicle.

The subsequent essential item to check on the automobile is key component troubles for example smoke coming out of the back of the exhaust, significant oil leaks (little leaks are expected on most utilized vehicles) slight/major overheating of the engine. Autocross is outside and you push the auto to the limit. You want the main components to be inside the best shape they may be. The mentioned difficulties can leave you stranded at the track if you usually do not appear out for them.

I generally have some expectation to complete minor repair or preventive repairs on my vehicles when I am getting to autocross them. As I stated above, small oil/fluid leaks are "OK" and can generally be fixed really quickly. Tiny leaks tell us that the vehicle is just employed and may not be suffering from the leak as a result. Large/major leaks tell us the auto may possibly have been neglected by the prior owner and might carry residual issues unseen at the moment. When looking at a car, commence it up, drive it about using the A/C engaged (even if it does not work). Once you are completed with the test drive, leave it idling whilst you walk around the auto continuing to inspect it. If the automobile has an overheating dilemma, often this is the time it is going to show. This tip has helped me avoid several lovely autocross cars that had an overheating problem.

Belts and hoses are my most frequent "preventive" repair I do, even if they're not a problem. It's often finest to know when an critical component has been replaced as opposed to to "guess" and trust the previous owner. Water pumps, too, fall in this category often.

One issue individuals usually check when purchasing a utilized automobile are the tires. Yes, this is crucial for an autocross vehicle, but not to see how "good" the tires are, but to see if the automobile needs an alignment. Autocross is about handling and you have to be certain the car's stock "handling" potential is exactly where it ought to be.

Why not worry concerning the tires? Nicely, tires need to be one thing to consider getting for your autocross car to begin with, so the existing tires must be removed anyway. Tires are probably probably the most bought wear item an autocross member will buy. Lots of autocross racers will bring a set of tires for racing, one for driving residence (those who don't use a trailer) and some will even bring spares for the racing tires. This is so prevalent that Tire Rack provides tires just for autocross. I've employed them and they are the most effective spot to obtain tires for this.

AFTERMARKET MODIFICATIONS FOR AUTOCROSS:

If you ever look into the aftermarket world of the auto market, you know that you'll find literally thousands of places to look and get. I will list several spots that most men and women don't assume to look, but surprisingly have things for the autocross fans.

Very first and foremost, autocross vehicles do not often will need main upgrades to be competitive. A driver can use a stock automobile and compete against fellow stock vehicles and remain competitive. As soon as you begin to modify or upgrade heavily, you might commence to move into diverse classes and compete with other vehicles which can be equally modified. Maintain that in thoughts when you wish to change some thing.

Generally, I say modify the easy things very first: Intake, exhaust and general tune ups. Most autocross drivers do not go far from that. These must be the first things you try to upgrade whilst you participate in autocross to obtain the most performance out of your vehicle.

If you determine to go additional to be far more competitive, my subsequent recommendation could be suspension and body roll modifications. Please remember, certain upgrades in this area could change your class. Be sure to check your club or groups guidelines with these modifications.

Typically, the fastest upgrade to an autocross automobile would be front and rear strut tower bars/braces. They're generally inexpensive to purchase and straightforward to install. They are also quite modular meaning that when you purchase these, they'll work with other suspension components in location (generally). This modification helps stiffen the car's suspension and frame and helps with cornering.

The subsequent modification recommendation would then be the front and rear sway bars and links. These parts also help the body roll whilst cornering and handling and can occasionally be modular to the suspension program as a entire.

The final suspension upgrade is generally probably the most high-priced: The struts (shocks/springs). This upgrade normally functions well with the above items, but ads much more stiffness, more response to the handling and occasionally lower the auto overall for a lower center of gravity.

Once you have modified the whole suspension, my next recommendation will be to upgrade the brakes (at least the pads). This will aid your stopping capacity for those moments exactly where a tap of the brake is needed in the course of a lap. Please maintain in mind that high performance brake pads generally wear considerably quicker than OEM.

Among the final things I suggest to upgrade may be the tires. Now, I'm not saying which you need to not Very first buy new tires when you autocross, but I am saying not to UPGRADE them to an autocross/race tire just yet. Most autocross enthusiasts will let you know to obtain utilized to the stock/regular tires on your automobile very first.

As soon as you get utilised to stock sort tires, modifying them to a race tire or softer tire will really boost your lap instances (that is the theory anyway).

One final note. I recommend replacing the fluids within your auto with as a lot of synthetics as it is possible to. Synthetic fluids have greater heat resistance and can take the intense moments you'll be putting on the auto during the autocross laps.

Auto Restoration For Your Most Valuable Asset

Owning a car gives the sense of freedom and maturity that nothing else can provide. Definitely, it is the most valuable asset in everybody's life. But, with the passage of time, your automobile may not work with that much efficiency. Sometimes, it may seem to you that the initial charm of your car is diminishing. It is highly essential to take good care of your vehicle and maintain it properly. Therefore, the auto restoration services have been introduced into the market. Certainly, it can give a new look to your car. Actually, it is a niche activity for automobile enthusiasts. If you wish to get back that old charm of your car then this is the best option for you.

No matter which car you possess, with the help of this service you can change your car completely right from the interiors to outer body. Basically, the restoration work is not a hobby; it's a way of living the life fully. This process is like building a house. The first step of your muscle car restoration is to plan out the requirements that need to be done in your vehicle. Make a list of the entire restoration work. This will help you avoid missing some essential tasks like refurbishing bodyline or fresh paint job. Meanwhile, the muscle auto restoration work can be a stock restoration. These services providers offer their services for trucks, vintage cars, antique cars, classic cars, classic muscle cars and many more.

Indisputably, choosing the best custom car paint can be a daunting task. But, your car painting work can be fantastic with the right kind of kits and colors. This could be the final step of the car restoration process. Undoubtedly, this service enhances the beauty of your vehicle. Nowadays, spray painting has become highly popular as it can ultimately bring the best out of your car. It is the best choice when you want to give a personalized look to your vehicle. To last long your asset needs excessive care and maintenance. Car paint, a vital element in the custom car restoration, can provide you total satisfaction. So, choose the best!

Presently, we are living in the age of economic crunches. Everybody wants to save money. Here, the significance of an efficient car restoration service provider comes into picture. Interestingly, these services do not affect your expenses to a great extent. This service will not create a hole in your pocket, since it's cost-effective and affordable.


Essential Tips for Used Car Restoration

Car buffs from all over the world know restoring a car is an exciting activity, especially if it's a classic. It can be a great activity for anyone including you as you'll get to practice your creativity and mechanical skills. Whether you're restoring a newly purchased used car or your old model, here are some things to consider so that you can make the most out of the restoration project. Below is a helpful guide to many of the steps needed before an automobile restoration.

Determine the Type of Project

Before knuckling down your car for restoration purposes, you must list all components that need repair. Your vehicle's model and condition will determine just how much restoration is needed. Decide whether it's a minimal restoration project or a major one.

Set a Budget

By this time, you must already have allocated a budget for the restoration procedure. No one said the process comes cheap. In fact, if you don't set and evaluate your budget, it'll cost you for there are many parts you need to consider. Have a budget set for auto body kits, engine hoist, electrical testers, paint booth, and other car components.

Decide on the Level of Restoration

There are different restoration levels, according to used car dealers in Kelowna.  One is driver restoration which is restoring a car back to its operational condition; the street show is for major repairs of a car's cosmetic problems; the show car is the type of repair done for classic models; and the concours involves major overhaul of the car – from the interior up to its exterior.

Assess Your Abilities

At this point, you must already decide whether or not you're going to hire a professional to aid you in the restoration of the car. It's hefty work, and isn't ideal for novice car owners. If you think you're fully equipped to handle the job, go for it.

Keep the Car Well-Maintained

Your goal is to regularly maintain used cars for sale in Kelowna so that they can provide lasting service. Make sure to clean and tune the car's components routinely. To learn more about car restoration, visit autorestoration101.com.

Where To Get Your Oil Changed Tips

Life can get busy if you are working and taking care of children and family. Sometimes it is difficult to remember to get your car in for that oil change, so you end up doing it much later than you should, and you end up taking it to some random quick lube. These oil change locations can be fine, but you would be better off having an auto repair business that you use regularly for all of your vehicle needs.

You may think that you do not have time to even consider where you could go regularly. It really will not take much time, and you will be glad that you did research and have a regular mechanic. What you will want to look for in an auto repair company is a good reputation as well as attributes of professionalism.

The reputation of an auto repair business will help you to know both the good and the bad of area car mechanics. You will hear where this one left an oil cap off and ruined the engine or another one that did everything right and did not try to convince the customer of a non-existent problem. You will want to simply ask people you know to find out where they take their vehicles and whether they like the business. You can also search online and look for reviews of the businesses.

Professionalism is also important when it comes to finding an auto repair business. You will want to consider several areas when looking at the professionalism. You will need to visit each of the locations you are considering to see if the waiting area is clean and comfortable. You should also check the restroom to see if it is clean. A snack machine and a coffee pot is also a nice addition. It is a good idea to also consider whether a car shop offers a way for you to get to where you need to be during your car appointments. Some may have an actual shuttle. Others may just help you out and drop you off where you need to be. It is also a smart idea to choose a car shop that will tow your vehicle when you break down. Make sure that the management is easy to talk to and seems to want to be friendly to their customers.

After considering these areas, you likely have a lot of reasons why not to use a certain auto repair business or to use it. Once you find the one that stands out from the rest, you will be able to take your car in whenever you need to. If you feel like you need to have a couple of back up car shops around town, then you can still use your results and choose other shops that had a good reputation as well as professionalism. By having a few, you can give the one a call that you are closest to and not need to waste gas.

You will not regret taking the time to research the best car shops around town. You will be such an authority on this area that you might be able to help others find the right car shop for their needs.

Auto Repairs Tips - Most Common Causes Of Breakdowns

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Far too often, drivers do not take their vehicles in for a needed auto repair or maintenance service in a timely manner. Even the simplest preventive measures are neglected, which can lead to a breakdown on the side of the road. Some of the most common reasons for vehicle breakdowns are easily avoidable if you pay attention to warning signs and follow your vehicle's regular maintenance schedule. Many people do not choose to ignore their cars' maintenance needs just because they are being lazy. Usually, they neglect to get oil changes and tire rotations because they do not want to spend their limited funds on those services. Some people may blame their busy schedules for the lack of car maintenance, but it is really something you should find the time and money for no matter what.

Spending money now on those inconvenient maintenance services can save you much more money later on expensive auto repairs. Two of the most common causes of vehicle breakdowns on the side of the road are flat tires and overheated engines. Sometimes, a flat tire is an unavoidable accident caused by a nail or other object in the road that you could not see. Though inconvenient, this type of situation happens all the time and there is not much you can do to avoid it. In other instances, a tire may become flat because of excessive tread wear or improper tire pressure. These circumstances are completely avoidable through preventive care. Check your tires regularly by measuring the tread depth and tire pressure. The tire manufacturer can provide tread depth recommendations, and your car owner's manual will list a tire pressure recommendation. Even if the tire does not blow completely, driving on under-inflated tires can cause other problems, like poorer handling characteristics and longer stopping distances.

Engine overheating can occur for many different reasons, such as a stuck thermostat, a cooling system leak, or a clogged radiator. Many of the causes of overheating are problems with the engine's cooling system, which should be inspected annually. Additives like coolants, antifreeze, and rust inhibitors should be flushed and replaced regularly to prevent overheating. When your car engine overheats it can cause serious damage and lead to costly auto repairs.

Oil changes and oil filter changes are another important type of routine maintenance that should never be neglected. Engine oil acts not only as a lubricant, but also as a coolant. Low oil pressure can cause engine failure, and the resulting auto repair costs will be far higher than the cost of the oil change would have been. In addition to regular oil changes, you should check the oil level routinely to prevent major engine problems. Running an engine with little or no oil will result in major damages, and you may end up having to replace the entire engine. Another advantage of having regular oil changes is that the mechanic will be able to inform you if there are any oil leaks or if the oil pump is malfunctioning.

Unfortunately, too many people do not realize the importance of regular vehicle maintenance. By following maintenance schedules and taking care of your car, you can not only avoid a breakdown but also prolong the life of the car.

Auto Repair: 3 Considerations When Choosing A Shop

Unless you trade your car in on a yearly basis, it's unlikely you'll be able to go long without needing the services of a good auto repair shop. Even if nothing major goes wrong, you'll need a place you can trust to handle your regular maintenance requirements. For some people, this simply means taking it to their dealership. 9 times out of 10, however, you can do better than that with a little research. By shopping around, being cautious, and keeping your options open you can find a mechanic who will give you fair pricing and great service. Here are 3 important considerations to keep in mind when choosing a shop.

Reputation

This is the number one consideration. You don't want to find out after you've paid for service that you've been ripped off. A bad auto repair shop cannot only cost you money, their shoddy work could actually cause additional problems. The thing is, unless you have some idea of what to look for, it may take you a long time to realize that you need to change mechanics in a hurry. Ask around. The internet lets you connect with more people than ever before, so you don't have to limit your recommendations to your circle of close friends. You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against the company.

Your Warranty

If you have auto repair that is covered by a warranty, you'll probably need to take it straight to the dealership. Expense doesn't come into play, since you aren't paying for it. If you're going to take non-warranty maintenance and work elsewhere, however, you need to be careful about keeping your records. Your warranty is often dependent on you meeting certain requirements. If you don't change your oil for two years (or have no record of doing so), you may get a surprise when your engine breaks down and the warranty doesn't cover it. So make sure the shop you choose can provide you with detailed records.

Price


Obviously, price is always going to play a part in determining where you go for auto repair. However, don't let it cloud your judgment. If one place is charging $10 for an oil change and the place down the street is charging $30, what's the difference? Is one place using low-grade oil to do the work? Are the technicians less trained? Is there no difference, other than one shop having more overhead? These are things you need to look into before you automatically decide to go with the lower price.

Tips to be Prepared For Breakdowns Wherever You Are

Having your car break down can make you have a difficult day simply because you know you are going to be spending more time and money than you planned, where you had not planned on spending it. You will be best off if you have done some research on car shops in your area so that you have one that does towing where you can have your vehicle taken. If you have one that you normally go to that does not do towing and is further away from where you broke down, you may want to use an option that is closer.

Perhaps the thought of researching auto repair businesses does not appeal to you. It may not appeal to you at the moment, but the moment your car breaks down, you will wish you had a list of locations in your glove compartment. If you have not done this research, you should begin searching today by looking for car shops that have a good reputation and have professional attributes.

When you look at the reputation of an auto repair company you are basically taking the word of others who have gone to the same shops. You will want to ask your friends or acquaintances in the area about their experiences with car shops in the area. You can also do research online and then look for reviews for the car shops that you find.

Professionalism in auto repair is different in some ways than what it would be if you were considering a lawyer. You will probably not be too concerned about the clothing of a car mechanic because you expect that it is a dirty job. Professional aspects of the business that you should consider are things like having a clean waiting area and restroom. It could also include offering a shuttle service for customers so that they do not have to stay there while their car is being fixed. Customer service is an important part of professionalism. You will want a mechanic who will be able to discuss issues with your vehicle at your level and also with honesty.

After considering these areas, you may have quite a list of auto repair shops. From this list, you can find one that you would want to go to regularly, and then from there, you could choose ones that are in various areas of the city that you want to have on a list so that no matter where you are in your town, you will be prepared.

If you are planning on going out of town, you may want to do a quick search of auto repair shops on your route. You may not be able to be quite as choosy, but at least you would have some options if you run into trouble.

Perhaps you are not a worrier and you think doing research like this would constitute being one. It is actually simply being prepared. You and your family will not think you are strange for doing this when they are not stranded by the side of the road for hours.

Auto Repair Shops - Scheduling Software To Improve Customer Service

Everyone is doing now doing almost anything online, as long as the necessary action does not require a physical presence. It is ideal for situations that require an exchange in information, and in the digital age, all information can simply be transferred to the digital format.

Online appointment scheduling can be a benefit to almost any business, including an automotive service and repair business. Automobile owners have become accustomed to having their autos checked periodically. We know that it necessary for proper maintenance and to extend the life of the automobile. The customary way of doing this, is usually to call the automotive service and repair shop, or the location where your vehicle is serviced and book and appointment. You may be fortunate enough to get an appropriate time in which to bring in the vehicle, but many times you may be forced to re-arrange your schedule, without knowing that your vehicle may be unavailable for a certain period.

There is now a way to avoid these inconveniences. Your automotive service and repair shop should have on online appointment and scheduling system. We are now in an age where anyone can be easily connected to the internet. Experts predict that in the coming years, being always online will become a natural part of being alive. Just as we need to continue breathing in air in order to live, we will need to be connected to the internet. The web can now be accessed from anywhere, from boats, planes, trains, autos, and the number of mobile devices that can access the web far exceeds desktop computers. Cheaper prices for bandwidth, and lower prices for electronic products including smartphones and tablets, bring accessibility to everyone. More appliances, and even clothing, will be enabled with access to the web in the very near future.

This means that customers will need fast and easy access to do things like booking appointments for automotive service and repair. The process is simple. You go online and reserve a required time, and get immediate confirmation. You can then re-arrange your other activities with some degree of confidence.

There are multiple benefits in the process, not only for the customer, but also for the business owner, who can then build a very valuable asset of a database of customers. Business owners can fully realize that it can cost up to 8 times as much to obtain new clients than it is to obtain new ones, and with a much valued client database, it can easily be more cost effective to maintain a business with existing customers. These clients can be contacted and notified of special deals or promotions.

It can also be done, by reading Quick Response codes that will re-direct the user to the Online Scheduling application, where the data can be entered. Manual transfer of information which is often accompanied by the opportunity for mistakes is eliminated. The process is secure, as it is now a legal requirement for all sensitive data to be encrypted. The software can even be integrated with your social networking accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook. More businesses of varying sizes are quickly appreciating the benefits that are realized with online scheduling and appointment software.

Auto Repair Shops- How To Improve Customer Service

If there is one thing that is constantly being researched on the internet it is how to improve the customer service of a business. That said; this article is in reference to the auto repair shops and how they can improve their customer service.

Customers visit repair shops for various reasons. For starters, if a customer's vehicle is involved in an accident then a visit to the shop is a must. Vehicle maintenance is another issue. Car owners have been known to frequent repair busineses for routine check ups for their cars. There is also the fact that auto repair shops sell spare parts and other vehicle accessories that might come in handy during travel emergencies especially if the car is about to travel for long distances. These are just but a few reasons why auto repair shop visits are not likely to cease.

While these visits are not likely to nose dive any time soon, one must agree that the level of competition is definitely on the rise. With the increase in the number of cars on the roads, auto repair shops have similarly responded and are popping up at an increasingly alarming rate to cater for this rising car population. That said; some that used to have a lot of clients are suddenly noticing a drop in their customer numbers. This brings us to our main point – auto repair shops need to improve their customer service if they are to safeguard their businesses from going under due to increased competition. Sometimes all it takes is a satisfied customer to spread the word and before you know it hundred of others are flocking to your center.

So, how can auto repair shops improve their customer service? One investment that auto repair shops can choose to boost their customer service is by using an online appointment scheduling service. This is just a fancy word for online scheduling software and online booking systems. This is a relatively new concept that has been in the market for just a few years and hence most businesses are not aware of it. It is a system which can be easily incorporated into your website design. An online booking system helps the customers to be able to book their appointments online without having to do so personally or through another media. It is especially beneficial since there are a lot of devices that customers can use to connect to the internet with.

There are several benefits that come from using online booking systems. Apart from the fact customers don't have to personally show up to book an appointment, customers can book an appointment at any time of the day, there is maximum privacy of all transactions plus is there is no inconvenience of double booking. With the online booking systems customers are actually guaranteed that they will receive service at the time they have been allocated.

Auto repair shop management should seriously take this into consideration. Scheduling software and appointment scheduling services have been shown to have a positive impact on car owners. Just ensure that when you decide to incorporate these services into your business that you choose the right service provider.

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Auto Repair Shop Essentials Tips

Planning to put up an auto repair shop? Before you do, read this article first. It will tell you what you need to succeed.

First you must invest on tools that you're going to use. Aside from having the most basic tools and auto parts, having highly specialized quality equipment will give you an edge in this business.
When buying supplies, consider the manufacturer's credibility, type of equipment, and the technology being used. Here are five things that should be in your list:

Gas-welding equipment - this includes oxy-acetylene tanks, pressure regulators, hoses and torches. Oxy-acetylene tanks are storage tanks for the two gases used in welding. It is available in small, medium, and large sizes based on the diameter of the cylinder.

Pressure regulators are used to control the high pressure coming from the tank to the torch. Hoses should be at least 25 feet so you can freely turn around without moving the tank from one location to another. Torch tips orifice can vary among manufacturers so better read the product manual thoroughly.

Nitrogen tank/nitrogen tire refiller - since purified nitrogen has become a popular alternative to compressed air used to inflate tires, nitrogen tanks should be available in automotive service outlets. The demand for nitrogen among sports cars and aircraft tires is due to precision inclination.
Nitrogen gas in tires is more reliable and has steadier inflation pressure. Compressed air contains oxygen which can catalyze tire wearing.

Timing light - this instrument is used to view cycle-moving things like internal combustion and four-stroke engines. By that automotive experts can benchmark the time of spark in the combustion chamber of an engine. It is typically attached to ignition circuit while simulating running engines to time the spark per piston position.

Car lift/ramp - to have a full view of a car needed for hard to reach areas, auto shops place cars in a platform using lifts or ramps. Car lifts are made of durable steel that is rust resistant. Some auto shops and car repair stations integrate a computerized car lift device. An adjustable elevation level can be made to rotate, raise or incline the car in a desired position.

Air compressor - despite the availability of nitrogen gas refillers, many auto shops still use compressed air since it is much cheaper. Air compressors are used in filling compressed air in tires. They are often specified in horsepower capacity, flow capacity, discharge pressure, and electrical requirements. To ensure maximum air compressing efficiency, air compressors that can operate on lower temperatures are advisable.

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Auto Repair Tips for Smooth Running of the Car

You must be aware of the fact that anything with moving parts requires regular repairs and maintenance. Any automobile requires constant maintenance to ensure its smooth running. It is the responsibility of every car owner to take care of his vehicle regularly in order to prevent huge bill for auto repair. It is very essential to look after it to ensure that you have a smooth and safe journey.

It is important that you have adequate knowledge about car repair so that you know the requirements of your car. When you buy a new car, the car dealer will provide you with free service and maintenance for a certain period; however, you must take the necessary tips from the dealer for maintaining a car. Once the free services are done, the most important step is to find the best automotive repair shop that will take good care of your car. The first thing that you should look for is an ASE Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Also, a word of mouth from friends and neighbors about the garage will let you decide which garage to choose. If the garage has a website, make it a point to visit the portal and gather all the information about the car repair services offered. The car repair service center should have experienced professionals who ensure to offer best service. Make a note of all the dates to do scheduled maintenance of your car. Regular oil change and clutch repair are very essential. Ensure that you do the brakes service and the clutch service on time to avoid any further problems. For proper maintenance of suspension and wheels, you can opt for ABS repair. If you notice any change in the suspension or the alignment of the wheels, it immediately needs to be rectified as it may cause major issues in the future. The quote prevention is better than cure also applies to your car. The car also needs to be treated like a human being.

In case of serious damage to the car due to an accident may require parts to be replaced. If the car is damaged, ensure that your mechanic puts genuine parts. A good mechanic will also educate you about some small tricks and tips that you may need in case of an emergency. He will also give you all the details of his work so that you know what to expect from the car repair services offered by him. If you are looking for Honda repair, then you can find the best mechanic online who are specially certified to handle such brands. If you want any modifications done to the car body parts, see to it that you consult a mechanic who has good knowledge about your car model. Finally, it is the owner who is responsible for his car, so see to it that you take your car immediately to a reliable service center the moment you notice any changes in the functioning of the car.

Auto Painters Fix Mismatched Vehicle Repairs

One of the most prominent signs that someone has been in a car accident is physical damage to the vehicle. Those that are mechanically inclined sometimes opt for the do-it-yourself quick fix of taking a panel from a junk car and replacing the damaged or missing parts. Quarter panels, hoods and fenders must be removed from another car or truck of the same make, year and model to ensure a close and usable fit. While it is less expensive, the biggest problem with this method of repair is that the donor car is rarely the same color. This unappealing, eye-catching problem can be remedied with a trip to the local car repair and auto painting center to complete the vehicle collision repair.

 Incomplete Repair
While a donor vehicle repair is a quick fix, it is only part of the remedy. The car is safer and more functional to drive; however, the mismatched single or multiple panels on the vehicle are similar to wearing a neon sign that shouts to other drivers, "I've been in an accident." Since people tend to avoid vehicles that are a sign of trouble, this may lead to other problems. For example, this often results in other motorists making it difficult for that driver to merge into traffic. They may also be the target of false claims of hitting other vehicles. The damaged vehicle is also an embarrassment for the driver when friends, co-workers and family members are present in the parking lot or driveway, staring at it, shaking their heads or rolling their eyes. The best way to fix this problem is to have the vehicle or the panel repainted to match.

 Dent
 When a dent is banged out of the outer panel, it often mars the paint's finish and creates chipping and peeling. Holes and other damage can be repaired with body putty.
 Once this is sanded, the smooth surface is ready for paint. The auto can then be taken to an auto painting center where a professional can complete the repair with a matching paint job. This is difficult for a do-it-yourself repair, because color matching, weather conditions, clean environments and space are all difficult factors for individuals to overcome. A professional shop will have a premier paint booth with the ability to create the right hue with matte, metallic and gloss finishes to match.

 Panel Painting
 Once step one of repairing or replacing the panel is complete, step two is to have it painted by a professional auto painting center. A collision repair center that is up to date on technology is a good place to have the vehicle painted. The existing paint color can be matched almost exactly using a computerized color-matching system. The whole car or truck can be repainted or just one section, depending on the preferences of the vehicle's owner.

Auto Fault Self-diagnosis - Automobile Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance is past the core machinery repair manual skills, the main emphasis on vehicle maintenance technology, and to repair parts for the major maintenance technology, but also assembly and disassembly process to adjust the combination of parts repair process. The tools we can use to launch x431, lexia3, mb star.In contrast, the modern automobile maintenance is based on mechanical, electrical, hydraulic integration of the core of the comprehensive system diagnostics diagnostics.

Automobile Maintenance
prominent diagnostic techniques, and to accurately diagnose faults as the goal, fully demonstrating the "seven diagnostic, one-third of repair" of the modern car maintenance methods; a result, many electronics companies have coveted cars, and equipment maintenance markets, have developed to meet the future automotive self-diagnosis tasks.

In the solid basis of development of automotive electronics automobile self-diagnosis function. Do not overlook the launch x431 of use.Since the beginning of electronic technology and vehicle technology combination, the electronic technology in the car on the increasingly wide range of applications, especially in the field of electronic technology of integrated circuits, large-scale integrated circuits and VLSI development, a car special offers functionality, reliability, fast response, low cost of automotive electronic control systems.

However, the electronic vehicle control, but also brought new problems. First, automobile electronic control systems become more complex, more and more difficult vehicle maintenance, vehicle maintenance capability of technical staff is relatively increased; other hand, the electronic control system security debugging features to prevent car because electronic control system itself fails, resulting in vehicle emissions control and can not run.

Therefore, in order to cope with situations such as these, automotive electronic control technology R & D personnel, conducting Vehicle Electronic Control System design, while increasing fault self diagnosis system. It can run the process in the automotive electronic control systems continuously monitor, including: engine start, engine, electronic ignition, fuel injection and other system operation status.

The basic principle of fault self-diagnosis and composition. Reliability and easy maintenance from the point of view, automotive electronic control system should be equipped with self-diagnostic function; since the 80's GM vehicles the United States developed the first in a new electronic control system malfunction self-diagnostic function to add, the global world-class car manufacturers emulate, have produced in various electronic control systems equipped with a fault in the self-diagnostic function; after a long period of development, self-diagnostic module will not only address the safety of automobile electronic control systems and vehicle storage memory failure also able to provide immediate car produced by a variety of system operation parameters. Also noted that the use of what tools, such as lexia3 of use.Since then, the "car fault self-diagnosis function" has become the new car factory and car repair workshop fault detection problem indispensable helper.

The basic principle of fault self-diagnosis and composition. Reliability and easy maintenance from the point of view, automotive electronic control system should be equipped with self-diagnostic function; since the 80's GM vehicles the United States developed the first in a new electronic control system malfunction self-diagnostic function to add, the global world-class car manufacturers emulate, have produced in various electronic control systems equipped with a fault in the self-diagnostic function; after a long period of development, self-diagnostic module will not only address the safety of automobile electronic control systems and vehicle storage memory failure also able to provide immediate car produced by a variety of system operation parameters. Since then, the "car fault self-diagnosis function" has become the new car factory and car repair workshop fault detection problem indispensable helper.

Currently, for sensors, electronic control systems, implementation of the components are three kinds of monitoring devices to detect the fault reason, fault self-diagnosis module to a different response measures:

When the car of a sensor or circuit failure, its signal can no longer control parameters of a vehicle, to car to run continuously, fault self-diagnosis program in the memory module did give out pre-set transfer the experience of value as input parameters of the circuit response, the automobile will continue to operate in a short time.

When the electronic control system itself produces failure, fault diagnosis module will Chufabeiyong control loop response of Jiandan right control, cars can Kaidao repair scheduled maintenance emergency called fault "Auto failure limp "feature.

When the car took place on an implementation of the components of unknown cause of the malfunction may result in damage or serious consequences for other components, to be safe, self-diagnostic module to take certain safety measures, the implementation of certain functions automatically stop, this function is called fail-safe.Also to consider the use of mb star. For example: When the ignition failure, fault self-diagnosis module will stop the fuel injection system provides the power to suspend the fuel injection nozzle supply, restrain the gas mixture is not burning completely into the exhaust system to reduce accidents occurred.

Auto Body Shop - Tips to Bring Your Car Back to Perfect Shape

Accidents are unavoidable. The reasons behind car accidents are negligence, unfavorable driving conditions etc. Accidents can cause damage to your precious vehicle from small dent or scratch to major body damage or a technical problem. In such situations, it is highly recommended to take the damaged vehicle to a collision repair shop; they will ensure to bring your car back to perfect shape. Most of these shops offer efficient services, like dent removal, dent Repair, accident repair and many more. Damages that happen to a car in road accidents may vary, so it is always better to take your car to a reputed auto body shop.

Car accident repairs cost depend upon the extent of damage caused to the vehicle. Getting a correct estimate of the car repair can help you to make money arrangements accordingly. It is important to take your car to multiple auto repair shops for calculating estimates so that you can avoid overcharges. Some collision repair experts offer free no obligation estimates. You can trust these estimators for their long professional experience and also they have been trained to give you a complete and accurate estimate for the repairs needed to your vehicle. Whether your vehicle has minor or major damage, they will provide you correct estimate for the repair.

Auto body repair shops are specialized in car body repair, car dent repair, auto accident repairs and collision repair as well as general auto body repair. They offer different customized repair plans. Repair shops have good accessibility with insurance companies. If you have appealed to your insurance company for auto accident repairs compensation, these repair shops will also help you to complete all insurance related formalities directly with your insurance company.

There are several auto body repair shops which have been providing excellent customer service and quality auto body repair for more than 25 years, which assures their reliability and trustworthiness. They not only make sure to return your repaired vehicle on time, but also ensure that your vehicle is repaired as per the original manufacturer’s quality standards. They also provide towing services to reduce your hassles of bringing your damaged car to their repair shop. You will be provided with detailed information about your car damages. With such reliable service providers, you can get top notch and hassle-free customer service.

Finding a reliable collision repair shop is not an easy task. People usually look for shops that offer the best service at affordable prices. You can browse through the websites that offer auto repair services. To get an idea about the services offered by various auto shops, you can go through their testimonials and reviews online. Make sure that the shop provides written warranty on the parts that they have replaced or repaired. You can also verify the reputation of car body repair shop from your friends or family members. Rest assured you will not be disappointed by the services offered by a reliable service provider.

Auto Body Marketing - Creative Marketing Tips For Auto Body Shops

Auto body marketing is vital to the success of any auto body shop. If you are running such a business, you may be lost about how to creatively market your shop so people will come to it. While a TV commercial or an ad in the phone book may work for some shops, it is usually the creative ideas that draw in the most customers. For you, that means you just have to think about new and innovative ways to get your name out there. Here are a few suggestions that may get you started.

It is important that your auto body marketing suit the season that you are in. If, for instance, you are trying to market during the summer, you may advertise your ability to install racks on the top of cars for luggage, or you could discuss tinting options for windows to keep cars cool. In some fall and winter months, you can focus on advertising for hail damage as that tends to be a problem during certain times of the year. Just make sure that any signs you put up or ads that you send out are actually fitting to the needs of your customers at the time.

You can always offer to host a car show at your shop to entice customers to come in. This is great if you do a lot of custom paint work and body kits because it allows people to see your work and get inspired for their own projects. If you have examples of cars you have worked on around the shop, you can give other people with nice cars a chance to show off their rides and hopefully want to use some of your services in the end. Post ads about the car meet on local forums and see what kind of results you get.

You can also try marketing your business by having a low price body repair day. You could set a fixed price for fixing damage on people's vehicles that is drastically lower than what they normally would pay. It may take extra work, but it could draw in a lot of potential customers for the future. You can come up with a million other creative ideas like this on your own, and all you have to do is see them through. Hopefully you will find an auto body marketing plan that fits your business in time.

Audi Car Repair Tips

When you decided to buy an Audi, repair work may not have been on your mind. You were likely hoping to buy a vehicle that would be low-maintenance. There is general maintenance with any vehicle. Whether you have to get an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles or new tires every 70,000, maintenance is necessary, and with that necessity is the need for trustworthy mechanics. Those monthly maintenance needs are where you need consistent work to make sure your vehicle is staying in shape to possibly avoid bigger issues or catch them before they become bigger.

You will probably have a few bigger issues with your vehicle while you own it. It is important to have a trustworthy mechanic that you trust before there is a big issue so that you are prepared. You should already have a mechanic to do monthly maintenance. You should trust this mechanic with any bigger problems that you could encounter with your car as well as those monthly maintenance issues.

If you have not yet found a trustworthy mechanic who will be available whenever you need work done on your vehicle, then you should start your search now to find the one that will be best for you. Just because you own a car does not make you an expert, so if you feel like you do not know enough to go alone in your search for the right mechanic, ask someone to join you in your search.

You may be wondering what makes a good mechanic. The same thing that makes a good business person makes a good mechanic. They should be professional as well as have a good reputation. You will not find prospective car mechanics wearing a suit and tie when you go to visit a garage. It is likely that they will be wearing a greasy jump suit or something like that. You should expect them to be professional in the way they deal with you. They should have good customer service, and they should be honest about what your car needs.

Reputation is important for any business. When a mechanic has a bad reputation for over-charging or poor customer service, it will probably not be hard to find out. You can ask around your area for information on car mechanics, and you can also search for reviews on the internet to see what others have to say about a particular garage and mechanic.

Depending on where you live, you may not be able to find an Audi repair business that specializes in this brand of cars. If this is the case, then you will want to make sure that they are familiar with Audi repair and will be able to take care of your vehicle anytime.

As you are searching for the right Audi repair business you will want to be sure to visit the actual locations to speak with the manager or owner in person. This will tell you a lot about their professionalism and customer service. This will also give you the chance to see the waiting area. If you care about where you wait, then you will likely make sure it is someplace that you would not mind waiting.



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History of Car Radiators

When you start your ignition and start driving your car, your internal combustion engine will produce a considerable amount of heat. Put simply, It is the job of the car radiator to remove the heat from the engine via thermal heat exchange. Generally speaking the more the powerful the engine, the more heat is produced so a high powered vehicle needs to have a much larger radiator. Without a radiator, the engine would quickly overheat, leading to parts melting and the vehicle becoming inoperable and potentially hazardous.

Radiators can be constructed from a variety of metals, however aluminium is typically used as it is light weight and dissipates heat more evenly than others such as steel. A radiator actually works by passing a liquid coolant through the engine section, where it becomes very hot, before it is returned back into the radiator where it is rapidly cooled. This process repeats itself for as long as the engine is running so the coolant is continually re-circulated.

Prior to the Second World War, plain water was used as a coolant for the automotive industry. Water was a logical choice as it was widely available as well as being cost effective. However, with the development of high powered aircraft for military and domestic purposes the water would boil leading to engine damage and failure. What was needed was a substance that raised the boiling point of water to a much higher level. Ironically antifreeze, which had formerly been used in winter to prevent the engine freezing over was very effective at doing this, and is still widely used today.
Over time other additives were also mixed with the water and antifreeze, such as corrosion inhibitors which help to extend the life of a metal or alloy by decreasing the rate at which they corrode. This is very useful as it prevents the coolant from doing any damage to the engine.

As with all mechanical devices, problems can develop with your car radiator. A couple of common examples include broken coolant tubing which results in a leak, to a damaged fan belt which stops the coolant from being pumped around the engine block. In some cases these types of problems can be repaired. For example if you have a coolant leak then you might simply need to tighten the radiator hose clamps with a screwdriver.
However, in many cases you are best off simply buying a new radiator. There are a number of online retailers specialising in radiators from a wide range of manufacturers. Try searching for you make and model of radiator part on a search engine, i.e. Subaru Impreza Radiator to see how much a replacement radiator will cost and how quickly it can be delivered to your door.

When your radiator arrives you will need to decide whether to fit the radiator yourself, or have a qualified and professional mechanic to do it for you. While it is possible to do it yourself, make sure you do lots of research before hand and use due diligence throughout, or leave it in the hands of the professionals.

When you start your ignition and start driving your car, your internal combustion engine will produce a considerable amount of heat. Put simply, It is the job of the car radiator to remove the heat from the engine via thermal heat exchange. Generally speaking the more the powerful the engine, the more heat is produced so a high powered vehicle needs to have a much larger radiator. Without a radiator, the engine would quickly overheat, leading to parts melting and the vehicle becoming inoperable and potentially hazardous.

Radiators can be constructed from a variety of metals, however aluminium is typically used as it is light weight and dissipates heat more evenly than others such as steel. A radiator actually works by passing a liquid coolant through the engine section, where it becomes very hot, before it is returned back into the radiator where it is rapidly cooled. This process repeats itself for as long as the engine is running so the coolant is continually re-circulated.

Prior to the Second World War, plain water was used as a coolant for the automotive industry. Water was a logical choice as it was widely available as well as being cost effective. However, with the development of high powered aircraft for military and domestic purposes the water would boil leading to engine damage and failure. What was needed was a substance that raised the boiling point of water to a much higher level. Ironically antifreeze, which had formerly been used in winter to prevent the engine freezing over was very effective at doing this, and is still widely used today.
Over time other additives were also mixed with the water and antifreeze, such as corrosion inhibitors which help to extend the life of a metal or alloy by decreasing the rate at which they corrode. This is very useful as it prevents the coolant from doing any damage to the engine.

As with all mechanical devices, problems can develop with your car radiator. A couple of common examples include broken coolant tubing which results in a leak, to a damaged fan belt which stops the coolant from being pumped around the engine block. In some cases these types of problems can be repaired. For example if you have a coolant leak then you might simply need to tighten the radiator hose clamps with a screwdriver.
However, in many cases you are best off simply buying a new radiator. There are a number of online retailers specialising in radiators from a wide range of manufacturers. Try searching for you make and model of radiator part on a search engine, i.e. Subaru Impreza Radiator to see how much a replacement radiator will cost and how quickly it can be delivered to your door.

When your radiator arrives you will need to decide whether to fit the radiator yourself, or have a qualified and professional mechanic to do it for you. While it is possible to do it yourself, make sure you do lots of research before hand and use due diligence throughout, or leave it in the hands of the professionals.

An Automotive Transmission Overview From A Tampa Mechanic

Car owners are often at a loss when they bring their vehicles to an auto service shop for a diagnostic checkup or car repair, even if it is just for auto AC repair. What more if the problem has anything to do with the brakes, engine or transmission? It would greatly benefit car owners to try to learn about how their vehicles work. This can be done in stages. For a start, here's an automotive transmission overview from a Tampa mechanic.

The car transmission is a mechanism connected to the back of the car engine, sending power from the engine to the drive wheels. Since a car is either a front wheel drive or a rear wheel drive, there are also two basic types of automatic transmission.

Both types of transmission ensure that power is sent to the drive wheels while keeping the engine at its best RPM (revolutions per minute) range. This is done through several gear combinations.

At the lowest gear the engine is turning faster than the drive wheels. At high gear, the engine loafs while the wheels are speeding. At neutral, the transmission disconnects the engine from the drive wheels. With reverse, the wheels are made to turn in the opposite direction for the car to back up. At park, a latch like a deadbolt is locked on the output shaft to prevent the drive wheels from turning.

In a car with a rear wheel drive, there is a hump on the floorboard beside the gas pedal. Beneath this hump is the transmission. The connection between the transmission and the final drive at the rear axle is called the drive shaft. Power from the engine goes through the torque converter and the transmission to be sent through the drive shaft to the final drive. There the power is split to be sent to the two rear wheels through the rear axle.

In a car with a front wheel drive the final drive is in front, between the two front wheels. The transmission is combined with it and the combination is called a transaxle. The engine is mounted sideways in front of the transaxle. The front axle, on the other hand, is connected to the transaxle. Power from the engine goes through the torque converter and has to pass through a chain that brings it around to the transmission which, in turn, sends it to the final drive. There the power is split to be sent to the two front wheels through the front axle.

Aside from these two basic transmission types which are the most common, there are other variations. In some front wheel drive vehicles, the engine is not mounted sideways but front to back. In the rear wheel drive system used often by Porsche, the engine, transmission and final drive are all mounted in the rear. The new Corvette's rear wheel drive, on the other hand, the engine and torque converter are in front but the transmission is mounted on the final drive at the rear. A different set up altogether is used on four wheel drives.

The transmission system is made up of the mechanical planetary gear sets; the hydraulic system that sends the transmission fluid; the torque converter that behaves as the clutch; seals and gaskets that prevent oil leaks; the governor and modulator or throttle cable that determines shifting; and, on newer models, the computer that controls oil flow.

With a general knowledge of your car's transmission, you will be better equipped in discussing your car's performance and any of its problems with your Tampa mechanic whenever you drive into your auto service shop.

Tips for Alloy Wheel Repair and Replacement.

For years, car and motorcycle enthusiasts have been replacing their standard steel wheels with larger alloy wheels and hubcaps. At a glance, it's easy to see why these alloy wheels have become so popular. Not only do they provide a smoother ride than regular steel wheels, but also they look flashier and allow vehicles to stand out. This trend has not been lost on manufacturers; even new SUVs, compact cars and vans are coming equipped with large and flashy alloy wheels.

Unfortunately, there is a downside to alloy wheels. While they do look great and run smoothly, they are also softer and less durable than steel wheels. Many come in two or more parts as well, which can make the problem worse. They can be damaged easily, and replacement wheels can be very expensive. Replacing a damaged wheel may be the safest and most efficient solution to the problem, but why would you want to replace a wheel that is only slightly damaged? Alloy wheels can be repaired, and a repair will always be a lot cheaper than a replacement.

Of course, repairing a damaged alloy wheel can be tricky. Many believe that a cracked or bent wheel can simply be bent back into place, but it isn't that simple. Fortunately, our team of experts has a method of safely repairing a damaged wheel that will remove even unnoticeable cracks or other weak spots. The wheel is mounted on a vehicle simulator, and as heat, pressure and light vibrations are applied to the wheel the alloy moves back into place without cracking. The wheel retains its original strength once it cools. It is also washed thoroughly, since brake dust and rust can hide small cracks. Once the wheel is restored and cleaned, it is inspected thoroughly by our team of experts.

Your safety is our top priority, and we understand that some wheels simply cannot be repaired. Cracked wheels can be very dangerous, and if we believe that a crack in a wheel simply cannot be repaired we will recommend a replacement wheel from our wide variety of chrome-plated alloy wheels that are all available at affordable prices.

Don't let the high cost of wheel replacement tempt you to drive on damaged wheels; your safety is at stake, as is the integrity of your car. Bring us your cracked, bent or dented alloy wheels for safe and cost-effective refurbishing.

Airbags: Safety Device or Safety Hazard

Drive, she said. Get behind the wheel of a car or SUV and you probably have many things on your mind. Airbags is not one of them.

Most of us automatically trust that the brand of car we purchased whether new or used will transport us from one place to another. Airbags are just not under scrutiny. Since airbags are invisible, we put them out of sight, out of mind until an airbag deploys when we drive over a bump; slam the door too hard; or an airbag fails to deploy when we're in an accident and need it most; or when the airbag does deploy, we or our children and other passengers are gravely injured.

Now if you haven't thought about airbags before -- here are a few things to consider: Airbags detonate with around 2,000 pounds of force at speeds that can exceed 200 miles per hour. Airbags were developed for the average 5-foot 8-inch, 180-pound male. If you're shorter and heavier or shorter and weigh less or taller and heavier and sit closer to the steering wheel; you will have to take your chances. Hopefully, you don't have a heart condition or osteoporosis as an exploding airbag can be fatal.

What vehicles have been recalled for airbags?

You name it and it most likely has been recalled. Since 1997, at least 3,000,000 vehicles have been recalled due to airbag related problems with BMW 3-series, Chevrolet Silverado, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Focus, Scion TC, Nissan 350Z, 720,000 GM recalls, Toyota Camry 2007, Saturn, and Volvo.

Of course, airbag problems are not detected until it's too late.

What are injuries sustained by airbags?

Though rare, serious or fatal injuries can occur when the driver or passenger is very close to or in direct contact with an airbag module when the airbag deploys. Brain injuries can happen to unconscious drivers who slump over the steering wheel or improperly restrained occupants who slide forward in the seat during pre-crash braking, and even properly restrained drivers who sit too close to the steering wheel. Side-impact crashes are three times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury than people involved in head-on or other types of collisions. Brain injuries from side-impact crashes are usually more severe.

Crashes on the side of a vehicle cause 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.

Data came from real accidents, rather than from crash tests with dummies. The difference is critical because it's difficult to accurately simulate a brain injury in a dummy. One of the most common causes of damage to the brain is trauma from a blow during a car crash.

Other airbag injuries from being hit by an airbag or exposed to its contents include eye injuries such as blunt trauma to the eye causing corneal abrasions, sub-retinal hemorrhage, blurred vision, retinal detachment. Chemical injuries include burns to the face and other parts of the body as well as breathing and asthma problems gases emitted from the airbag. Facial scarring may be caused when by an exploding airbag driving or grinding broken glass into the victim's face or upper body.

What can you do about an airbag complaint?

As a consumer you have the right to file an airbag complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The complaint information will be entered into NHTSA's vehicle owner's complaint database and used in conjunction with other complaints to determine if a safety-related defect trend exists.

Do you have an airbag failure lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by an airbag or a family member has died from an airbag injury, contacting a law firm about filing an airbag lawsuit is the sensible thing to do.

Top Affordable Fuel Efficient Cars Of 2013

With the rising prices of essential commodities, problems with distributor countries, and the imbalance between supply and demand, it becomes an inevitable experience for motorists to start considering the use of fuel efficient cars over popular, super-powered counterparts. If the automobile industry has anything to say about it, it is clearly that people should begin opening their minds to green options. The last five years have given way to the creation of hybrids, electric cars and smart cars for the new generation of responsible consumers. If you want to become part of the trend and help alleviate global warming, as well as lessen your normal gas expenditures, here are some of the most fuel efficient SUVs and cars of 2013 you can consider buying.

First on the list is the Hyundai Accent. This retails at $9,985 and entails a total cost of $11,464 on its first year of use, with the budget for gas already factored in. It has a fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon, and is considered the most affordable and low-maintenance car on the market as of today. It may not be as elegant as a Ferrari 360 Modena, but it certainly saves you a bundle on gas payments, since the latter can only run 11 miles per gallon.

Next up is the Kia Rio. At $12,295 per unit, this fuel efficient car offers more savings than the Accent running on 31 miles per gallon. The annual fuel costs for this machine reaches around $1,434. Even though it is less attractive, it is fully functional and will take you wherever you want to go.

Next, the Scion iQ. This is a smart car at only ten feet long, offering not only fuel efficiency, but also top-of-the-line safety features including 11 airbags. It gets 37 miles per gallon, with a 1.3 liter engine and has 94 horsepower, which is not at all bad for a car its size and a price of $15,995.

Fourth on the list, is the Toyota Prius. This is probably the most popular of all the fuel efficient cars released within 2011 and 2012, with a sticker price of $24,760 and a fuel economy of 51 miles per gallon. The best hybrid car so far, this midsize vehicle can accommodate a family of 5 and run with 134 net horsepower using a 1.8 liter engine.

Lastly, there is the Nissan Leaf SV. One of the latest fuel efficient SUVs released, this vehicle is actually the first mass-marketed electric one of its kind in the world. It has a fuel economy of 106 mpg that cuts about $700 off of the usual power expenses incurred for this type of machine. Like all 2012 models, it has high-tech navigation and connectivity specs. Although it is quite expensive with a $36,050 price tag, it does receive $7,500 federal tax credit.

Some of the high-end green cars that did not make this list are the Audi A6 2.0T Premium and the Infiniti M35h. Although they are competitively stylish, their price ranges of $40,000 to $60,000 do not justify their use. For one, they have less fuel economy ratings than a $10,000 car at 33 and 32 mpg, respectively. If you want to secure fuel efficiency and the best value for your money, you do not need to sacrifice a lot for an attractive mold.

Advantages Of GPS Systems

Humans main goal in life has always been to determine his position in the world and also of those around him to explore, find the new ways and know his surroundings. Now after the invention of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) the process has become much easier.

GPS systems came into existence when the US Ministry of Defense was planning for a more reliable way to locate a man or vehicle in the world. For this they invested billions in a sophisticated satellite system to exactly find the position of a device on the earth's sphere. There are three essential components required for the success of GPS systems. These components are made up of 24 satellites, GPS Receivers and the ground stations. It is vital that all the components must work in harmony with each other or there will be incorrect results or readings.

Undoubtedly this technology has become common part of modern day devices that range from boat mapping systems and car navigation systems to modern computers. Its main uses are:

1. Location - Now one can easily locate his/her current location anywhere in the whole globe. This is particularly helpful if you need to find someone in remote areas of the world or at sea.

2. Navigation - It is quite obvious that if you are aware of your current position and also of the objects around you then you will be able to navigate the best way from one place to another.

3. Tracking - One can even check the movement of people and objects in the world.

4. Mapping - Now the complicated or tough maps can be made in a more correct way with the help of GPS systems. It is mainly used in areas that have not yet been properly mapped.

Take for example if GPS systems are there in your car, the device can immediately pinpoint your exact location in the world. And if you tell where you want to finish up, the GPS system will find out the best route for you. It would be really great if all mobile phones too have GPS systems in them. Fortunately nowadays GPS systems are now available at more reasonable prices.

Hence we can say that GPS systems are continuing to grow in popularity. It is considered that one day GPS systems will become as common as the telephone or television. If used properly, GPS systems can do wonders for you.

Advantages Of Buying Used Ford Fiesta Cars

Consider buying a second hand Ford car? Tired with your old ride and wants to shift to a performance level vehicle? Are you somehow limiting your budget but would still want to go for Ford? These are probably few of the questions you might get yourself thinking. If you prefer a vehicle equipped with the latest features then you might want to consider getting a used Ford Fiesta car.

There are several benefits a used Ford car can offer you. One of which is the convenience of getting it from any dealer. Most of these used cars are made available in automobile stores, online dealers and Ford direct markets.

Second advantage is its affordability. As compared to other brands, Ford cars are more reasonable. Their prices are within everybody's means and can be considered an economical investment. Worry not because there are several dealers that offer loan schemes allowing customer to purchase the most affordable Ford model.

Along with its affordability is its ability to last for several years. Used Ford Fiesta cars are known to have excellent interior workings that could remain reliable through the years. Contrary to traditional beliefs, pre-owned Ford fiesta cars are unlikely to break down. They don't necessarily require expensive repairs that often cause rip offs among customers.

Fuel efficiency is one advantage used Ford Fiesta cars can offer you. This feature can definitely save you from added problems that usually come with the purchase. As for the fuel consumption, buyers don't have to fret as Ford Fiesta cars are fuel efficient in nature. They were manufactured in such way that they won't rip you off with too much fuel consumption.

One more reason why most buyers are drawn to buying used Ford Fiesta cars is because of its appealing exterior design. Its sleek exterior definitely adds up to this vehicle's overall quality.

Some of the car owners are still torn between buying a brand new car or a used Ford Fiesta. Although both share the same technical and mechanical details, each still offers their own advantages and disadvantages.

There are a wide range of used Ford Fiesta cars made available for your personal selection. Take for instance Ford Fiesta 1.6. This Ford model comes with leather steering wheel and gear knobs, front fog lights, driver and passenger airbags, remote central locking and other features typical among Ford vehicles. Price range is usually from £15,200 to £16,000 which makes it one of the most affordable Ford models.

Ford Fiesta 1.4 shares the same technical details with that of Ford Fiesta 1.6. It uses petrol for its fuel and has a manual transmission. For detailed engineering, there are several online sites that you can provide you additional information.

Comparing the features of all Ford Fiesta models across all brands can help you pick your ideal vehicle. Check on the upgraded features as well as the technical details of these used Ford Fiesta cars. It is important that you get hold of a quality vehicle paired with quality services.

Advantages And Disadvantages of Buying Used BMW Cars

When looking to shop for a BMW, there's ton of decisions to be considered. Apart from choosing what model of BMW to purchase, one should decide on a price range as well. Your budget for the purchase will find out whether to buy a new car or else a used car. The used car market is again divided in 2: certified pre-owned BMWs and simply used BMWs for sale.

It is essential to learn the difference between certified pre-owned vehicles plus used vehicles for sales. Understanding this difference is a good idea in much better selection making in a significantly essential purchase, for instance a car; especially when thinking about shopping for an expensive brand such as a BMW. Certified pre-owned and simply used BMWs have their pro and cons. These needs to be evaluated as well as weighed very carefully to make an educated buying decision.

Used BMWs for Sale

A used car, be it a BMW or any other make, is really what it looks like. It's a car which has been used by one or more than one person. These cars can be sold by individuals who previously held them; independent used car dealers and moreover specific brand dealers for used cars. If hunting for a used BMW for sale, it's better check out local classified ads, craigslist postings, or visit a BMW dealership near you.

Certified Pre-Owned BMWs for Sale

A certified pre-owned car is a used car, which goes through a detailed verification and also certification program by the manufacturer of the car prior to it is put for sale. To get a tag of "certified pre-owned", a car goes through lots of tests and also vigorous assessments to make sure that it is in best condition for its age and mileage covered. On passing the certification process, the car is given an extended warranty, as well as is all set for sale. In case, for whatever reason the car is not up to the mark in any area, it is sent to get fixed and so conditioned bringing it up to certification benchmarks. If looking for a certified pre-owned BMW for sale, check out local brand specific dealers plus used car dealers.

As with any selection, choosing whether to get a typical used car or a certified pre-owned car features its own pros and cons. It is best that one weighs these advantages and disadvantages to consider which alternate is a better purchase choice.

Benefits and drawbacks of Certified Pre-Owned Cars:

* These cars come with a manufacturer's certification and even assurance that the rigorous inspection has taken place, and that the car has passed the battery of tests.

* These cars will be very well serviced and detail cleaned just before put up for sale.

* Additional services like oil changes, roadside assistance, and so on will be given.

* Dealers will offer loans options.

* Additional mileage and an extended warranty by the manufacturer and/or the dealer are provided.

* Certified pre-owned cars will surely cost much more than their regular used car counterparts.

* Negotiation on rates will be restricted.

* Maintenance plus repair costs could come out lower.

* The dealer is held accountable for any kind of difficulties regarding the condition of the car.

Benefits and drawbacks of Regular Used Cars:

* Such cars do not come with any type of a certification, thus there's a specific amount of risk associated with the purchase.

* Such cars can look fine on the outside though might have interior problems which may go unreported.

* Additional services are a not part of the purchase deal.

* Extended warranty from the manufacturer or dealer is not offered.

* Prices for these cars might come out less expensive.

* Negotiations for an affordable price may be easily carried out with an independent party.

* Liability is of the buyer in case of any maintenance or repair issues.

Choosing whether to purchase a used BMW for sale or else chose from the certified pre-owned BMWs available for sale could made easier through weighing the pros and disadvantages listed above. In any case, if driving with enthusiasm and in luxury is exactly what you expect, BMW certified used cars should be on the top of your list.

Acura - History Of Luxury With Honda

In March 2006, the Honda Motor Company celebrated an important milestone: the 20th anniversary of their luxury brand, Acura. Created to give Honda aficionados an opulent make that they could be proud of, Acura has successfully expanded the company's reach far beyond more prosaic models such as the Civic and the Accord. Today, Acura is a very different brand than the company that was birthed in 1986. Let's take a glimpse at Acura's past, their present line up, and what the next 20 years may bring for this esteemed Japanese automaker.

Back in 1981, Honda saw an opportunity opening up for itself that no one in Honda's headquarters wanted to miss out on: building and selling luxury cars to American consumers. Mercedes and BMW were both gaining traction in the U.S. as American luxury brands Cadillac and Lincoln sputtered and lost market share. Honda was already receiving widespread consumer acceptance and critical acclaim for the three models it was then selling in the U.S., so the decision to market more expensive and upscale cars was viewed as a strong possibility.

When Honda management decided to go with the upscale brand, they did this knowing that the cars would eventually have to stand apart from Honda in order to command the higher prices. Simply selling up market Hondas as Acuras would not work. Instead, each car was outfitted and retuned to compete directly against the leading luxury cars of that time.

The first two models to be sold as Acuras were the Legend, a V6 powered sedan and coupe, and the Integra, which was essentially a three door coupe based on a Honda Civic platform. Later, the NSX two seat roadster was brought out to battle Porsche and the Vigor sedan was introduced to fill the gap between the Integra and the Legend.

Over time, the various model names were dropped and replaced by vehicles with 2 or 3 letter designations. The Vigor became the TL, the Legend became the RL, and the Integra the RSX. Today, the MDX SUV, RSX sport compact, and TSX sedan, join the three other models to comprise the current Acura line up. A slightly smaller SUV, the RDX, will be joining Acura's line up later in 2006.

The future of Acura looks bright despite strong worldwide competition. Although Honda jumped into the market a few years before Nissan rolled out it Infiniti division and Toyota its Lexus line, Acura has trailed its Japanese competitors for over a decade now. Some critics have contended that this misstep has hurt Acura, while others see it as a typical conservative Honda decision to expand the Honda brand instead.

Future changes for Acura are sketchy, but model changes will likely include the introduction of diesel powered vehicles and more hybrid offerings. Some auto critics have suggested that Honda has the capacity of outflanking BMW and Mercedes by producing super luxury sedans and sports cars. Renowned Honda quality combined with European styling, luxury, and engineering have fueled Acura's success so far. An expansion of this theme to even larger and/or sportier models could vault Acura forward.

Truly, Acura has helped reshape the original perception that many motorists had about the Japanese brands, by delivering vehicles that are high in luxury, tops in engineering, and strong in refinement. If the last 20 years have proved anything it is that enthusiasts can expect much more from Acura over the next two decades. Kudos to the Honda Motor Company for developing a brand that has been so well received.