Performance Tires Truly Make Your Next Road Trip Comfortable!

The open road is something that every driver can appreciate. Even if you’re not the type of person that really wants to be on the road a lot, you can appreciate having a vehicle that can be just fine anywhere you go. It all starts with the tires, believe it or not. It’s been said that your tires are honestly one of the top safety mechanisms that you have on the car. If you cannot get the car safely on the road, you will not be driving anywhere anytime soon.

But good performance tires can be hard to find. A lot of people just assume that tires are going to be expensive, so they wait till the last minute to actually get them. It would be a lot better to actually get tires that are going to be able to last for a very long time. The alternative would be to get substandard tires that really aren’t going to last you very long. That’s something that you really don’t want to have to deal with when you really think about it. It would be better to save up, get great performance tires at a good price, and then get back to enjoying everything that life has to offer.

But do you really have to spend a lot of money just to get great tires? Not at all. If you go out of the traditional auto parts stores and go online, you’ll find that there is actually a lot of selection for you to check out. The prices are much lower because it doesn’t cost as much to sell things online the way it does offline. So you’re going to be able to lock in some great savings.

When you go online for performance tires, we suggest heading over to the CarID parts store — this is a store that has some great prices, as well as good sizes. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a hard time actually getting the size tires that work for your car.

Check to make sure that you are getting the size right. Sometimes when we’ve driven so many different cars, it can be hard to actually remember which tires go with which car. This is an important safety issue as well — you have to make sure you get the right size so that you will b balanced on the road.

The time is right to check out performance tires. Once you get them and have them installed, you’re never going to be able to get another type of tire again!


10 Ways To Make Your Car Theft Proof

Did you know it takes about 10 seconds for a thief to break into a car? Car owners all over the US have all experienced this- a quick run into the grocery store, only to return to a car with smashed windows. Some drivers never have to deal with the threat of getting their car broken into or stolen, mainly due to various preventive steps that can be taken. We compiled a list of the best ways to keep your car safe- even when it’s sitting in your driveway.

1. Cover your car.

It takes about 30 seconds to a minute to uncover a car, even longer with a protective lock.  The longer it takes to break into a car, more of a chance of a thief being noticed. Most thieves won’t risk it. Along with adding a delay for the thief, valuables left out in the car won’t be seen.

2. Always keep your car locked.

Even if your car is in your driveway, you should lock it. One of the most careless things a car owner can do is to leave their car exposed, even in the safety of their own front yard. Regardless of how long it will be until you return, or where you are, locking your car is the easiest way to keep it from being burglarized.

3. Keep things out of plain view.

Leaving your purse in your car, even when you just run into the store for a minute, is a huge mistake. Cars with visible valuables- purses, GPS, jewelry, and even a collection of change could attract a thief. As a bonus, keeping your car uncluttered makes it look cleaner.

4. Invest in an alarm or have an alarm sticker in plain view.

Investing in a car alarm is always a great idea. There are a lot of alarms at various price ranges to choose from. However, it’s not in everyone’s budget. Fool thieves by finding an alarm sticker in the window. Chances are, they won’t risk it.

5. Buy a cheaper stereo with an iPod hookup.

Everyone likes having a nice, luxury car stereo with all the bells and whistles. However, this includes thieves. Instead of splurging on a fancy stereo, consider getting a cheaper version that you can hook your iPod up to. You can rest easy knowing your iPod in kept indoors while only a basic stereo system is out in your car.

6. Get a car with tinted windows, or if possible, get your windows tinted.

It’s not a feasible option for everyone, but those with more expensive cars should consider it. Thieves won’t steal what they can’t see. TInted windows offer additional security for your vehicle.

7. Buy a GPS that can be removed.

Installed GPS devices tempt thieves. Even if you leave your GPS in your car, you’re potentially setting yourself up for a theft. Even if you hide your GPS, thieves are smart. The familiar window marking of a GPS bracket, or charger wires leading from your glovebox into your outport, means there’s a GPS in your car.

8.  Park your car in your garage, if possible.

Not everyone has a garage, but if you do, you should use it. Especially when leaving your car for an extended period of time. Additionally, try keeping your car keys in a hidden place. If a thief is looking to steal your car, they may break into your home to find the keys for easier access.

9. Think about buying OnStar, or a similar service.

OnStar and similar services provide ease of mind. With an installed device such as OnStar, a representative can alert you if your car has been stolen, and furthermore, track it.

10. Get a quick release hub steering wheel.

A quick release hub steering wheel could be the wisest investment you ever make. Even if a thief breaks into your car to steal valuables, they won’t steal your car without a steering wheel. This may be more functional when your car will be exposed for a long period of time, but be sure to remove the actual wheel from the car first.


A guide to the Volkswagen brand

Volkswagen is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading car companies and, since the German brand’s establishment in the 1930s, has gone to become a global brand, synonymous with reliability, style and performance. Translating as “people’s car” in English, Volkswagen vehicles are really suitable for all needs and tastes. Find out a little more about how this motoring icon has developed over the years, read on.


Somewhat unfortunately, Volkswagen is intrinsically linked with the Nazis, namely as Hitler was keen to establish a brand that would offer affordable cars capable of transporting families. After several trial runs saw initial models successfully tested on the country’s autobahns, it was decided in 1937 that mass production would begin in Wolfsburg, where the company’s main headquarters remain to this day.

Although the company’s official title was KdF-Wagen – which was derived from the German phrase kraft durch freude or ‘strength through joy’ – most Germans simply called the cars Volkswagens. However, production of consumer cars did not last for too long as the outbreak of war saw the Wolfsburg plant used to produce ammunitions and military vehicles.

Following the Nazis’ defeat, the company was taken over by the UK government and returned to its original purpose of producing cars. Among the earliest models manufactured here was the Beetle and while it was the biggest selling car of the 1950s, at the time it wasn’t looked on favourably by Britain. In fact, it was described by the British Motor Industry Commission in 1956 as being “a toy not to be taken seriously” as it predicted its popularity would soon plummet. How wrong they were though, as new versions of it are being made to this day!

Achieving global popularity

Eventually, Britain did come around to the Beetle and, by 1964 100,000 models had been imported into the country. Of course, it wasn’t the only vehicle to receive mass acclaim and in 1950 the company released the Transporter, a campervan that continues to be synonmous with adventure and free spirit.

Since that time, Volkswagen hasn’t looked back and the amount of cars it’s produced and sold over the years is simply staggering. In 2007, it reported that it had manufactured 25 million Golfs and that’s just one of its models!

Its other most notable cars have included the Polo – which started out as a supermini upon its launch in 1975, but has also been produced in estate, coupe and saloon variants since then – while Sharan is among its MPV range. Unveiled in 1995, the car’s name is a Persian word meaning “carrier of kings” and as its movable seats allowed up to seven adults to travel in comfort, it was definitely deserving of its title.

Ambassadors and advertising

Millions of its vehicles are sold each year, whether at Volkswagen car auctions or through other means, with the brand’s popularity over the years being cemented by its relationships with various celebrities. Popstar Katy Perry helped to launch the firm’s Jetta range at an event in New York where she sang on top of a car, while former cricketer Andrew Flintoff became a brand ambassador for the Touareg 4×4 model in 2005, putting a V10 TDI version through its paces on an off-road course, where he tested the vehicle’s all-terrain capabilities.

The company has also produced a memorable range of adverts incorporating everything from a young boy dressed up as Darth Vader trying to use ‘the force’ to turn on the headlights of a Passat to a recreation of a scene from Singin’ in the Rain where Gene Kelly steps into a Golf GTi. In fact, the company won the Advertiser of the Year prize at the 2009 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, so it seems the quality of its adverts are doing the job!


Checking Out Your New Car Purchase

Buying a new car – whether it’s your very first, or a replacement for your current vehicle – is one of the biggest spends that most people face, apart from a house purchase.  So it’s important to get it right, both to make sure that the car that you are interested in is right for you and your circumstances, and that you don’t fall victim to a fraudster.  You may think that this is unlikely, but you would be wrong!  Using an online service like Auto Check from Experian to run a vehicle history check also throws up the information that 1 in 8 of the cars that they are asked to check have been recorded as insurance write-offs, and 1 in 14 show unexplained mileage discrepancies.

All this goes to show that it pays to do your homework and to check your intended new car before you hand over your money.  If you are buying a recent model, you can also find out if it is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, and make quite sure that the current owner hasn’t invalidated the warranty by acting outside the terms.

Also before going to view and try out a car, there’s lots of research that you can do online to find out more about service intervals for that make and model, fuel consumption, and even tyre size.  Some tyres are surprisingly expensive to replace.

If you’re not a mechanical whizz-kid yourself, it’s also a good idea to get one of the motoring organisations to inspect the vehicle on your behalf, especially if it’s high mileage and has a few years on the clock.  If the £200+ that you will have to spend on an inspection is more than you want to invest then consider asking your friendly local garage to check the car over for you.  [Read more…]


Get a good deal when selling a damaged car

There are many ways that you can earn a good sale when you sell a damaged car, and there is a high demand for vehicles that no longer work. Depending on the year and the make of the car, you may be able to sell many different parts of the car for a high profit. The first thing that you want to do is see what is still good on the car. If there are some large mechanical problems that are causing the vehicle not to run then the body may still bring you a profit. If there is body damage you may be able sell the different parts of the vehicle of under the hood.

Many times someone will back into something and damage a tail light or a door, and that is all they are looking for. You can sell them these pieces off your vehicle. There are also other times when you’ll want to sell other items like a motor, transmission, tires you just had put on before the car stopped running and more. There are many sites on the Internet that are dedicated to these types of sales, and you can also take the vehicle to a scrap location and they will give you one set price for the non runner. This is the easiest way to do business because you don’t have to spend a large amount of time looking for buyers for the different parts on the car. Find a good scrap cars for cash service and you will be pleasantly surprised at the deal you get.

The scrap yard is going to give you cash or a check for the vehicle and you can use that to buy a new car, or to do whatever you want with it. If you feel that your vehicle is worth more than the scrapping company wants to give you then you may want to try a few different locations to get a few different quotes. You may also want to sell some popular items off the car that you put on it that are special features like rims, spoilers and decoys before you take it to the scrap yard to get the most money when you sell a non runner.

When I sold a car that din’t run anymore, I found the internet the best place. I was able to find someone to buy my car very quickly and they even collected it for free. There are now services online which offer fair prices and free removal of the vehicle. A quick search online will provide you with some local or national options. They often give you a free quote online or over the phone which makes things much easier.


Five Essential things you should look for in Breakdown Cover

Having your car break down is always a nuisance, and can result in hefty costs. As a recent article shows, vehicle breakdowns are on the rise. It’s important to make sure your vehicle is seen to promptly, so you and fellow passengers can get back on the road as quickly and as safely as possible. This means you need to get a breakdown cover policy which covers most eventualities to ensure your breakdown doesn’t turn from a slight inconvenience to a full-blown nightmare. This is why you should visit, for breakdown cover you can rely upon. Below are five essential provisions any policy for breakdown cover should include.

1.    Extensive roadside assistance

Your main priority should be getting your car up and running and back on the road again so you can get to your destination – especially if you’re planning a day or evening of fun activities. Your policy should cover the call out of a trained mechanic that will spend up to an hour on your car attempting to get it working again, so that you and your passengers incur the minimum inconvenience and can get on with your planned activities.

2.    Vehicle recovery

If the engineer is unable to fix your car at the roadside, moving it to a suitable destination can be a costly and stressful procedure. Make sure that your policy covers your vehicle being towed to a local garage or to your preferred destination.

3.    Passenger recovery

Being stuck at the side of the road can be a frustrating and potentially dangerous situation, especially if you break down at night. If your car can’t be fixed by the roadside, you may have to arrange alternative transportation. An adequate breakdown policy should ensure that you and your passengers get home quickly and safely.

4.    Emergency driver

You should ensure that your policy covers all eventualities should the worst happen. If your driver becomes injured and unfit to drive (and none of the other passengers in the car are licensed on the car), the company should send an emergency driver to ensure you get home safely.  If your car can’t be repaired within eight hours, you should be entitled to the use of an emergency 24 hour hire vehicle in the UK to get you where you need to go.

5.    Repatriation of your vehicle when abroad

Nothing’s worse than breaking down when on holiday. If you go on a driving holiday in Europe and your vehicle breaks down, your policy should cover the transportation of you and your family as well as your luggage home. Your insurance company should then arrange for your vehicle, once fixed, to be brought home to the UK, or pay for your journey back out to the country to collect the car yourselves.