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Automobile Insurance Terminology – Types of Policies Coverage Liability Collision Comprehensive Emergency Uninsured Motorists and Road Service

Automobile Insurance Terminology – Types of Policies Coverage Liability Collision Comprehensive Emergency Uninsured Motorists and Road Service

Home and Travel

Most states require that a vehicle be insured before it can be driven on public streets and highways. It is important to understand the terminology of your auto insurance policy so that you know that you have the necessary insurance coverages for your area. Take time to review your car insurance to make sure you have what you need.

Deductibles:

The deductible is the portion of a covered loss that is your responsibility. The deductible applies to each covered loss. Deductibles vary by state but are typically in the amounts of $100, $250, $500 or $1,000. Usually, the higher the deductible the lower your premiums. Of course, the amount you must pay out of your pocket increase with the higher deductible.  Complete Article


Car Insurance Quotes Online – Money Saving Tips - Automobile Insurance Discounts

Car Insurance Quotes Online – Money Saving Tips - Automobile Insurance Discounts

Online Auto Insurance

Auto insurance is a must for all automobile owners, which repay you in case your automobile is stolen or damaged in an accident. Most people complain about the high prices of auto insurance policy. Here we offer you some money saving tips with the help of which you can get the best car insurance quotes online as well as best auto insurance policy.

If you are a new car owner or your previous auto insurance policy needs a renewal then it’s time for you to search for a new one. You will be surprised to know that different insurance company offers different premium for the same coverage. Thus, it is in your interest to find a low premium, more coverage best auto insurance policy. Local market search will be not enough, go to the websites of auto insurance companies and request for car insurance quote online. Complete Article


Hybrid Car Tax Credits - How do they work?  Better than Deductions - List of Cars and Tax Credits

Hybrid Car Tax Credits - How do they work?  Better than Deductions - List of Cars and Tax Credits

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius offers the largest tax credit out of all hybrid cars on the market.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that the Toyota model is selling so fast that they will run out of credits before the other auto-makers.

Each auto manufacture is allotted just 60,000 tax credits.  This is how it works.  At the end of the quarter, after the 60,000 tax credit is reached, the credit drops to 50% of its original amount.  During the fourth and fifth calendar quarters after the full credit runs out, the tax credit drops to only 25 percent of the full amount.  Complete Article


Government Auctions - How to Buy Seized and Surplus Property Sales At Below Market Value - Houses Cars Boats and More

Government Auctions - How to Buy Seized and Surplus Property Sales At Below Market Value - Houses Cars Boats and More

GSA Website

There are some great deals to be found at government auctions.  Billions of dollars of seized property are sold each year at government auctions, including furniture, cars, real estate, tools, boats and pretty much everything under the sun. You will need to pay with cash in most instances.  They will usually accept credit cards as well but some agencies will not accept a personal check. 

There are numerous agencies with power to seize and sell property.  Plus, the government holds auctions for surplus goods, including army surplus property, office furniture and more.  There are various mailing lists you can join that will inform you of these auctions. Government Auctions - How to Buy Seized and Surplus Property Sales At Below Market Value - Houses Cars Boats and More


IRS Tax Credits for Hybrid Cars - List of Rebate amounts for Federal Taxes

IRS Tax Credits for Hybrid Cars - List of Rebate amount for Federal Taxes

Toyota Prius $3,150 credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the amounts and which Honda cars will qualify for the tax credit which range from $650 up to $2,100 for the Honda’s Insight, Civic Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid.  Other manufacturers such as Ford, Toyota, and Lexus have been added as well.

The Honda Insight continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the only model that will qualify for the credit in this series due to the requirement of air emissions set by the IRS.

Low-emission versions of the Accord Hybrid and the 2005 Civic Hybrid have restrictions for the tax credit; however the 2006 Civic Hybrid does not have any restrictions.  IRS Tax Credits for Hybrid Cars - List of Rebate amounts for Federal Taxes


List of Tax Credits Offered On Hybrid Cars - Prius Lexus Highlander Insight Mariner Civic and Escape Numbers

List of Tax Credits Offered On Hybrid Cars - Prius Lexus Highlander Insight Mariner Civic and Escape Numbers

Toyota Prius

If you have a long commute, or drive around town a lot, you should consider a hybrid car.  It is unlikely gas prices will go down to last years levels, and may even go higher later this year and next. 

Whether you are interested in saving the environment or just saving money, this may be the best year ever to buy a hybrid.  The Federal government is offering a tax credit this year for a limited number of cars, so the sooner you buy, the more likely you get the credit.  Each manufacture is limited to just 60,000 tax credits.  List of Tax Credits Offered On Hybrid Cars - Prius Lexus Highlander Insight Mariner Civic and Escape Numbers


Ethanol Biofuel Manufacturing Plant to be built in New York State

Ethanol Biofuel Manufacturing Plant to be built in New York State

Corn Field

Governor George E. Pataki  publicized on May 8th that the State will fund $6 million dollars to Western New York Energy (WNYE) to help aid in the building of the first dry mill ethanol plant in New York State.  The facility will cost a total of $87.4 million to complete construction.  The location is on 144 acres in the Town of Shelby in Orleans County, New York.

The ethanol will be made from cellulosic plant tissue which comes from organic materials.  Some examples would be pulp and paper mill extras and corn stalks. Ethanol is a high octane fuel that is able to be used in flexible-fuel cars.  There are approximately 180,000 flex-fuel vehicles in New York State that are on the roads today that could benefit from the alternative fuel.  E85 is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline.  Ethanol Biofuel Manufacturing Plant to be built in New York State 


Hydrogen Fuel – Sensor Node detects leaks may be used in Hydrogen Cars of the Future

Hydrogen Fuel – Sensor Node detects leaks may be used in Hydrogen Cars of the Future

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Hydrogen fuel offers environmentally friendly benefits and could become a cost effective solution in the future.  Hydrogen gas is invisible, odorless and is highly explosive.  Safety concerns are one of the obstacles preventing consumers from using it as an alternative fuel source.

A research team from the University of Florida has developed a way to detect the hydrogen fuel inexpensively by setting an alarm off if a leak occurs.

The sensor would be able to detect hydrogen leaks and sound an alarm via wireless communication.  This sensor node would be able to use the power that comes from small vibrations, which would continually work without replacing batteries.  Cars, refrigerators, pumps, motors and any other motor that vibrates could use the sensing node without batteries.  Hydrogen Fuel – Sensor Node detects leaks may be used in Hydrogen Cars of the Future


Smart Car is a fuel efficient Vehicle – Not a Hybrid or Electric Car it’s just small and uses 40 miles per gallon

Smart Car is a fuel efficient Vehicle – Not a Hybrid or Electric Car it’s just small and uses 40 miles per gallon

Zap's Smart Car

The Smart Car is now going to be sold in the USA by a company called ZAP.  It is a tiny car that you may have seen in the new Pink Panther movie with Steve Martin you may also see the Smart Car in the just released, “The Da Vinci Code” movie.  The car that is featured in the movies is called a ForTwo model which fits 2 passengers.

The Smart Car has been sold since 1998 throughout the world.  ZAP is the company that wants to distribute the automobile in the United States.  Currently they are looking to set up dealerships across the country.  Smart Car is a fuel efficient Vehicle – Not a Hybrid or Electric Car it’s just small and uses 40 miles per gallon


Hybrid Cars Can Save Money on Taxes and Insurance – Credits Offered But Not On Leased Vehicles - Ford and Toyota Numbers Available 

Hybrid Cars Can Save Money on Taxes and Insurance – Credits Offered But Not On Leased Vehicles - Ford and Toyota Numbers Available 

Toyota Prius

With gas prices on the rise and the Federal Government offering tax credits, this may be the year to buy a hybrid car.  Hybrids do cost more money up front, but over time buyers can expect to save, especially if gas prices continue to rise.  Those with a long commute will likely save more than those who use the car less.

The tax credits are not the same for every vehicle, and not all hybrid cars qualify for a tax credit.  Do your homework before you purchase your hybrid to make sure.  Owners may also save on auto insurance.  According to www.kanetix.ca, drivers in Canada who are looking to save money at the pumps might also find they can save money through their auto insurance.  Automotive Body Repair News (ABRN) magazine says US buyers might be able to save as well.  In a May 12th article, ABRN says some insurers now even offer special discounts for hybrid vehicles.  Hybrid Cars Can Save Money on Taxes and Insurance – Credits Offered But Not On Leased Vehicles - Ford and Toyota Numbers Available


Credit Card companies offer 5% Gas Rebate Cards – Could help save money with High Cost of Fuel

Credit Card companies offer 5% Gas Rebate Cards – Could help save money with High Cost of Fuel

Ethanol E85
gas pump

The cost of gas just seems to go up to a new high every day lately.  The price at my local gas station was $3.49 for the cheapest gas.  This price seems to keep creeping up and putting a dent in the budget.

One way that you could save a little bit of money despite the high prices of gas is by using a credit card that offers a 5% Gas rebate.  You get a 5% credit back when you buy gas with their card.  With a 5% discount the $3.49 per gallon price would be $3.32 per gallon.  If you have a 25 gallon gas tank you could save $4.25 in just one stop.  This could add up over time.

Discover, Chase and AAA credit cards are just some of the different credit cards that offer the 5% rebate on gas purchases.  There are probably more credit cards that offer this promotion.  The Hess credit card offered by Chase is offering a 10% rebate on purchases for Hess gas locations for the first 90 days of opening an account with them.  Credit Card companies offer 5% Gas Rebate Cards – Could help save money with High Cost of Fuel


Ethanol E85 Gas Powered Vehicles - Both 60 Minutes and Dateline Cover Story - E-85 Mixture Flex Car List - Corn and Sugar Cane Hybrids?

Ethanol E85 Gas Powered Vehicles - Both 60 Minutes and Dateline Cover Story - E-85 Mixture Flex Car List - Corn and Sugar Cane Hybrids?

Corn source

Now that gas prices are passing $3 per gallon, drivers are considering alternatives to save money.  Some people are considering moving closer to work, while others are looking into the purchase of a hybrid car.  Since the Federal government is offering tax credits, this might be the best year to buy a hybrid car.  Not all hybrids qualify for a tax credit, so make sure you buy a car that has the credit available. 

The CBS News program 60 Minutes and NBC Dateline both ran stories about an alternative to regular gasoline.  Dan Rather mentioned that Brazil has been able to curtail much of their gas imports by adding ethanol to their gas.  Brazilian gas stations still offer straight gasoline, but the new blend E85 (85% ethanol) is now much cheaper.  Ethanol E85 Gas Powered Vehicles - Both 60 Minutes and Dateline Cover Story - E-85 Mixture Flex Car List - Corn and Sugar Cane Hybrids? 


RV Rentals - How Much Does It Cost to Rent for A Summer Vacation – Compare Options and Companies to Save Dollars - How To Pick

RV Rentals - How Much Does It Cost to Rent for A Summer Vacation – Compare Options and Companies to Save Dollars - How To Pick

Luxury 35 Footer

The new movie R.V. staring Robin Williams has spurred interest in RV Rentals. So how much do these rentals cost and what can you get for your money.  A lot has to do with timing.  When do you want to rent an RV?

RV rentals during the off season can be 70% less than prime vacation time.  Prime vacation time runs from mid-June through mid-August in most parts of the country.  If you are flexible in your vacation timing, many of the rental services offer online price quotes where you can compare dates. 

While shopping you should consider the size and capacity of the RV. RV’s can sleep between 4 and 7 people usually.  Of course the larger the RV, the more it will cost.  Some luxury RVs may cost $500 per day or more.  Other less luxurious RVs may cost as little as $100 per day during prime season.  RV Rentals - How Much Does It Cost to Rent for A Summer Vacation – Compare Options and Companies to Save Dollars - How To Pick


Hybrid Cars – Selling out due to High Gas Prices

Hybrid Cars – Selling out due to High Gas Prices

Ford Escape Hybrid

The United States is reaching new highs in gasoline prices due to Iran issues as well as the aftermath from Hurricane Katrina damaging fuel refineries.  Going to the pump in California you can expect to see $3.00 a gallon for the cheapest gas, which has stirred the State Government officials to investigate possible price gouging.

It is traditionally known that fuel prices tend to go higher during the summer months.  With price hikes so early this year, it will be very likely that the end of the fuel rise will not be over for quite a few months.  Hybrid Cars – Selling out due to High Gas Prices


Hybrid Cars Becoming More Popular as Gas Prices Soar - Tax Credits Coupled with Higher Fuel Costs Make Hybrids In Demand

Hybrid Cars Becoming More Popular as Gas Prices Soar - Tax Credits Coupled with Higher Fuel Costs Make Hybrids In Demand

Toyota Prius

As gas prices continue to rise, purchasers of new cars are looking a little closer at the hybrids.  Some areas around the country have seen the price of self-serve regular hit the three dollar mark, and above.  Analysts say the price hike is due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, instability in Nigeria, and the addition of ethanol to the fuels.

All of the major networks including ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN have run stories on the high cost of gas, and new wave of hybrid cars becoming available.  The only problem is that dealers are selling out of these new cars faster than they are getting them in.  ABC News Nightline correspondent John Donvan interviewed some car salesman that say they are lucky to have one hybrid on the lot at any time.  The dealers may have hundreds of traditional gas-only cars, but only a small number of hybrids.

So how can hybrids save you money?  First off, hybrids are not an alternative-fuel vehicle.  They run off regular gas from the local filling station.  Hybrids incorporate an electric motor that is charged by the gas motor.  The efficient hybrid also uses the braking system to help charge the batteries.  Hybrid Cars Becoming More Popular as Gas Prices Soar - Tax Credits Coupled with Higher Fuel Costs Make Hybrids In Demand


Hybrid Cars: Chariots of the New “Metrospiritual” - Save the Environment and Save Money With Tax Credits

Hybrid Cars: Chariots of the New “Metrospiritual” - Save the Environment and Save Money With Tax Credits

Honda Hybrid

Recent media buzz has suggested that people looking to buy a hybrid car to save money would be better off putting change in their piggybanks. But what these pundits don’t seem to understand is that it’s not their purse-strings that motivate the hybrid buyer; it’s their heartstrings.
 
In the world of marketing, hybrid cars appeal to a specific demographic category known as LOHAS: Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. A more trendy term for this group of Whole Foods-shopping, Prius-driving, tea-drinking, yoga-practicing men and women is “metrospiritual.” It’s a $227 billion market segment that strives to make sure its buying habits jibe with its values—and it’s growing.
 
Car manufacturers recognize the buying power of this group, as evidenced by the increasing number of hybrid models being launched or planned. Toyota alone says it will introduce 10 new models in the next five years, and J.D. Power and Associates predicts that there will be as many as 52 hybrid models on sale in the next six years.
Hybrid Cars: Chariots of the New “Metrospiritual” - Save the Environment and Save Money With Tax Credits


Amount of Tax Credits For Hybrid Cars Announced - Toyota and Ford Hybrids Eligible for Up To $3150 - Limited Time and Number Available

Amount of Tax Credits For Hybrid Cars Announced - Toyota and Ford Hybrids Eligible for Up To $3150 - Limited Time and Number Available

Mercury Mariner Hybrid

There are many reasons to buy a hybrid car, including saving money and the environment.  Last year the Federal Government offered a tax deduction which made buying a hybrid appealing.  This year, the Feds have gone a step further by offering a tax credit.  The tax credit is deducted directly from the taxes you owe, not just your total income like a deduction.  These credits will likely save the hybrid buyer much more than a deduction would.

Earlier this year most hybrid buyers knew they would get a tax credit, but the exact number was not known.  On April 7th the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has come up with some figures for Toyota / Lexus and Ford / Mercury hybrid vehicles.  Remember, not all hybrids may qualify for the tax credit, but according to the IRS, these models will.  Amount of Tax Credits For Hybrid Cars Announced - Toyota and Ford Hybrids Eligible for Up To $3150 - Limited Time and Number Available


Hybrid Cars, Hydrogen Fuel, Ethanol – Comparison of these New Technologies for Automobiles

Hybrid Cars, Hydrogen Fuel, Ethanol – Comparison of these New Technologies for Automobiles

Smart Fuel Cell A-50

With the price of gas on the rise and potential shortages this summer, not to mention the news reporting that the global warming is actually melting the ice in the arctic, you might be thinking about what other alternative fuels exist.

Hybrid cars are currently on the market today.  Hybrid cars are a combination of electric powered along with a gas power engine.  The hybrid car will switch from battery power and back to electric power during the drive as the car changes speed automatically. 

Ethanol fueled vehicles that are currently on the road have the ability to use regular gas or ethanol based fuel.  Ethanol is derived from usually corn.  Gas stations that offer ethanol based gas are most often found in the Midwest of the United States.  There is an effort by GM to expand the awareness and the ethanol pumps across the US.  Hybrid Cars, Hydrogen Fuel, Ethanol – Comparison of these New Technologies for Automobiles


How Hybrid Cars Work - Limited Number of Tax Credits - What to Look For When Buying a Hybrid-Electric Vehicle - Honda Insight and Toyota Prius

How Hybrid Cars Work - Limited Number of Tax Credits - What to Look For When Buying a Hybrid-Electric Vehicle

Honda Insight

Why are hybrid cars better than traditional all-gasoline powered cars?  Unlike the all-gasoline powered cars, hybrids use both electric batteries and gasoline.  Unlike electric cars, hybrids do not need to be plugged-in at night, and you fill up with gasoline at the filling station just as you do now.

Hybrids have both a small gas motor and an electric motor.  The electric motor is powered by a set of batteries that are charged when the car is decelerating and sometimes while stopped.  Essentially, the hybrid is an electric car with a built-in recharger for longer range.

The big advantage is gas mileage.  If gas prices continue to rise, hybrid owners will save substantially more money at the pump than all-gasoline powered vehicles. How Hybrid Cars Work - Limited Number of Tax Credits - What to Look For When Buying a Hybrid-Electric Vehicle - Honda Insight and Toyota Prius


The Scoop on Automotive Intake Systems - Buying Auto Parts Online

The Scoop on Automotive Intake Systems - Buying Auto Parts Online

Cold Air Intake

Intake systems are a vital part of your vehicle. If you are concerned with horsepower and optimal engine performance, it is imperative that your vehicle’s intake system operates at its full potential. There are also a number of custom and high performance replacement parts and systems that will boost your vehicle’s performance. Here is a brief description of some of the components of stock and specialty intake systems and why they are so important to your vehicle’s operation.  The Scoop on Automotive Intake Systems - Buying Auto Parts Online

 


Hybrid Cars Save More Than the Environment – Hybrids Will Save You Money on Gas and Taxes

Hybrid Cars Save More Than the Environment – Hybrids Will Save You Money on Gas and Taxes

Lexus Hybrid

This may be the best year to buy a hybrid car.  There are tax credits and more models available than in years past.  Last year the Federal Government offered a tax deduction which could save the buyer money, but not nearly as much as a credit.  Unlike tax deductions, tax credits are deducted directly from your taxes, not your income.  Typically, tax credits will save more money. 

Recently Consumer Reports sent their Auto Issue which included a claim that none of the new hybrids cars could save the buyer money over a five year period.  After the issues were sent to their subscribers, Consumer Reports admitted they were wrong.  They now say that the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrids can save purchasers money over five years.  Evidently their calculations were erroneous. Hybrid Cars Save More Than the Environment – Hybrids Will Save You Money on Gas and Taxes


Are All Replacement Car Parts the Same? - What to Look for When Buying Auto Parts Online

Are All Replacement Car Parts the Same? - What to Look for When Buying Auto Parts Online

AutopartsWarehouse.com

It is obvious that each different make and model of vehicle has different parts required. Each different vehicle has varying features, unique performance components and packaged characteristics to be addressed in terms of replacement parts, or in terms of custom and/or high performance offerings from the after-market parts industries.

It is rare to find a line of vehicles that utilize the cookie cutter method of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) parts, that is, a one-part-fits-all type of approach. This was how the automotive industry started out, but it hasn’t been seen for nearly a Century. Variations are not just common for parts, but for entire systems.

In today’s market a case can be made for a movement toward standardizing of auto parts across the board. Many new items are engineered from the ground up, and it is expensive to do so. Are All Replacement Car Parts the Same? - What to Look for When Buying Auto Parts Online


Advantages to Buying a Hybrid Car – Consumer Reports Was Wrong – Some Hybrids Are Worth the Extra Money – Save on Travelers Insurance

Advantages to Buying a Hybrid Car – Consumer Reports Was Wrong – Some Hybrids Are Worth the Extra Money – Save on Travelers Insurance

Honda Civic Hybrid

There are many motivational factors that might entice people to buy hybrid cars.  First off, they can save money on gas.  Hybrid cars use less gasoline than conventional non-hybrid cars, and buyers will continue to save money every year they own the car.

Consumer Reports recently looked at hybrid cars and came to the conclusion that none of them would be worth the extra cost.  Hybrids do cost a few thousand dollars more than conventional cars.  After considering the savings in fuel and adding the extra cost of registration, interest on the price difference and other factors, the magazine concluded that hybrids were not such a bargain.

It wasn’t until Consumer Reports mailed out their special Automotive Issue to their subscribers that they realized that they had made a mistake in their calculations, and two hybrids were actually worth the extra initial cost.  Advantages to Buying a Hybrid Car – Consumer Reports Was Wrong – Some Hybrids Are Worth the Extra Money – Save on Travelers Insurance


The Three Fundamental Efficiencies of Hybrid Technology - Why Are Hybrid Cars More Fuel Efficient than Regular Cars

The Three Fundamental Efficiencies of Hybrid Technology - Why Are Hybrid Cars More Fuel Efficient than Regular Cars

Lexus RX330

        In transportation based hybrid power production ­ How the power is produced takes a back seat to how the power is processed. The three fundamental efficiencies of refined wheeled vehicle hybrid power processes are "Prime Mover Power Averaging", "Regenerative Braking," and "Peaking Power."

Power Averaging:

        "Power Averaging", also referred to as "load averaging or load leveling", allows maximum power output of the prime mover to be reduced to that slightly greater than that needed to cruise on level terrain at maximum sustained velocity. This reduces prime mover (engine) mass and volume; offsetting the mass and volume of the required temporary storage device. The Three Fundamental Efficiencies of Hybrid Technology - Why Are Hybrid Cars More Fuel Efficient than Regular Cars


Hybrid Car Benefits – Why buy a Hybrid?

Hybrid Car Benefits – Why buy a Hybrid?

Lexus RX 400h SUV

Consumer Reports admitted they were wrong in their recent Automotive issue which was just released.  Consumer Reports magazine said that hybrid cars were not that good of a deal and later admitted that 2 of the models were ok.  It got me thinking of the calculations that they did not consider when they reviewed the hybrid automobiles.

One consideration is that the gas prices may still skyrocket.  This factor is very real.  There is a great amount of instability in the Middle East that threatens the cost of gas.  Iran is threatening to block routes that deliver the oil which could add an extra expense.  In a five year period we may see outrageous gas prices.  This could become real savings.  Hybrid Car Benefits – Why buy a Hybrid?


Consumer Reports Admits Some Hybrids Cars can Save Buyers – Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Best Savings – Stop and Go Drivers Save Most Money

Consumer Reports Admits Some Hybrids Cars can Save Buyers – Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Best Savings – Stop and Go Drivers Save Most Money

Toyota Prius

There has been a big controversy as of late about the economic benefits of hybrid cars after Consumer Reports stated in its April auto issue that no hybrid vehicle can save money compared to a gasoline peer.  The special issue has already been sent out to their subscribers.  Now the magazine says they were wrong. 

Now the magazine says that some hybrids will save you money over a five year period.  The Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid, will save their owners $406 and $317, respectively.  

Consumer Reports says that the other four hybrids it looked at are still more expensive than their gasoline counterparts, but the estimates were wrong on those as well.  The loss estimates are less than originally reported.  Consumer Reports Admits Some Hybrids Cars can Save Buyers – Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Best Savings – Stop and Go Drivers Save Most Money 

Radiator Maintenance - How to Do Car Maintenance Yourself

Radiator Maintenance - How to Do Car Maintenance Yourself

Radiator Fluid

Maintaining your vehicle is essential if you want to keep it running well and operating at peak performance. The usual maintenance procedures, such as oil changes, are usually not issues for most people ­ but performing basic maintenance operations to keep your radiator and engine running well are just as important yet more often overlooked. Radiator maintenance is an integral part of the overall “health” of your vehicle because the engine has to remain at a prime operating temperature in order to work properly. If your engine overheats, for example, you’ll have a lot more headaches than if you keep up with important maintenance tasks on a regular basis.

Radiator maintenance is mostly about the fluids. Other problems with the cooling system can arise, for various different reasons, but for basic maintenance and upkeep properly maintaining the vital fluids in the radiator is what will keep your vehicle humming with life for years to come. Whether you utilize the services of your local shop to perform key maintenance and repair processes or do everything yourself, it is recommended that coolant is replaced every year or so. In addition to coolant replacement, it is also a good idea to flush and refill the radiator every 1 to 2 years to ensure the cooling system will run well, even if your mileage is low after this period of time. Following such a maintenance schedule is vital if you want your vehicle to be properly and consistently maintained.  Radiator Maintenance - How to Do Car Maintenance Yourself


Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Automotive Blue&Me debuts at Geneva International Motor Show

Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Automotive Blue&Me debuts at Geneva International Motor Show

Robert J. Bach

Microsoft Corporations Automotive Business Unit showed off their Windows Mobile for Automotive today at the 2006 Geneva International Motor Show.  This is a software and hardware solution that will allow car manufacturers to include infotainment systems in their new automobiles.

Fiat Auto Group showed the first Blue&Me in-car infotainment system using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Automotive.  The Blue&Me allows for voice activation for talking on their phones, and listening to music.  It makes it safer by being hands free.  It currently supports over 140 types of mobile phones using the Bluetooth technology.  It has ability to upgrade the software as the industry changes.  It will support nine different languages and will be available in the following cars in Europe; Fiat Grand Punto, Alfa Romeo 159, Alfa Romeo Spider, and Alfa Romeo Brera models.  Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Automotive Blue&Me debuts at Geneva International Motor Show


Car Sharing – Zipcar and Flexcar is a new way to save Money and Time

Car Sharing – Zipcar and Flexcar is a new way to save Money and Time

Zipcar in New York

Car Sharing is a new way to get around.  You can get around a major city with a car sharing. You pay a membership fee to participate and you book times and places when you will use the car.  The good part about this is that a person has a parking spot for the car, and can avoid parking tickets and expensive parking fees.

There is an estimated 80,000 people that are participating in the car sharing services.  Flexcar is mostly on the west coast covering major cities including, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.  Flexcar also services Washington D.C. and Chicago.  Flex car has the best support at this time in Seattle.  A person in Seattle is only a 5 minutes walk from a Flexcar.  Car Sharing – Zipcar and Flexcar is a new way to save Money and Time


Review – Lexus luxury Hybrid the GS 450h Sedan

Review – Lexus luxury Hybrid the GS 450h Sedan

Lexus GS 450h Sedan

Lexus has the first luxury hybrid sedan called the GS 450h shipping this spring.  The Lexus GS 450h has certification for Super Ultra-Low Emission (SULEV) standard.

The GS 450h has a 3.5 liter V6 engine along with the high-output electric-drive motor.  The combined force of the two motors delivers over 300 horsepower. You can accelerate from 0 – 60 in less than 6 seconds.  It has large 18 inch stylish wheels.  You can expect around 35.8 miles per gallon fuel usage.  Review – Lexus luxury Hybrid the GS 450h Sedan


General Motor’s “Live Green Go Yellow” Campaign to Fuel the Ethanol Industry

General Motor’s “Live Green Go Yellow” Campaign to Fuel the Ethanol Industry

Ethanol is made from corn

General Motors said that the “Live Green Go Yellow” campaign launched at Super Bowl XL is getting a lot of recognition at the Chicago Auto Show today.  In Chicago there will be several major buildings that will be illuminated in yellow lights during this auto show to remind people of their campaign. 

GM has also have made a personalized marketing effort in the streets in Chicago letting everyone know about the “Live Green Go Yellow” campaign by offering giveaways and having a major presence in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and promotions with 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion, Tony Stewart. General Motor’s “Live Green Go Yellow” Campaign to Fuel the Ethanol Industry


Lexus RX Hybrid Car - Save on Gas Mileage and Estimated Tax Credit with Luxury

Lexus RX Hybrid Car - Save on Gas Mileage and Estimated Tax Credit with Luxury

Lexus Hybrid

Lexus has jumped into the hybrid car market with their Lexus RX.  Now consumers can have both luxury and fuel economy.  Front wheel drive models start at $45,000 and all wheel drive models starting at $47,000.

There are some options with this model.  One factory option is the DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System (RSES).  This includes two pairs of wireless headphones.  The RSES will set you back $1,840.  You can also get heated front seats with rain sensing wipers for another $665. 

If you are into great sound systems, Lexus can accommodate you there as well.  You can get the Mark Levinson® 11-speaker, 210-watt Premium Audio System with in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD changer for $980 as a factory option.  Lexus RX Hybrid Car - Save on Gas Mileage and Estimated Tax Credit with Luxury


Ford Escape Hybrid E85 Car will Run with up to 85% Ethanol Gas Mixture -  Auto Shows

Ford Escape Hybrid E85 Car will Run with up to 85% Ethanol Gas Mixture -  Auto Shows

Ford Escape E85 Hybrid

Ford has been doing a lot of advertising for their hybrid Escape lately, but did you know they are also developing an ethanol version?  Ford unveiled their Ford Escape Hybrid E85 at the Washington Auto Show.  This vehicle is being touted as the first hybrid car capable of operating on blends of fuel containing as much as 85 percent ethanol.  That is why they call it the E85.  The E85 means it will run on the 85% ethanol blend fuel.

Ethanol is a renewable fuel resource that can be produced from American-grown corn or sugar beets.  According to the Guage Magazine website “ethanol use releases no fossil-based CO 2, so its use as a fuel in place of gasoline reduces the release of greenhouse gases”.  Ford Escape Hybrid E85 Car will Run with up to 85% Ethanol Gas Mixture -  Auto Shows


Hybrid Car Advantages – How to Save Money with Easy and Less Frequent Fill Ups

Hybrid Car Advantages – How to Save Money with Easy and Less Frequent Fill Ups

Toyota Highlander

There are many advantages to the hybrid car. This year the US Treasury has offered a tax credit when drivers purchase a hybrid car.  Last year, only a tax deduction was available.  Hybrid cars will save you money on gas, compared to conventional models.  Also, the hybrid car provides fewer emissions, improving the air quality.

Unlike hydrogen or natural gas cars, the hybrid can be filled-up at any gas station.  They use regular gasoline.  You don’t have to charge the batteries every night like electric cars.  In fact they operate almost identical to conventional gas powered cars.

Hybrids use the breaking power to help charge the batteries, thus conserving energy.  Hybrid Car Advantages – How to Save Money with Easy and Less Frequent Fill Ups

Hybrid Car Tax Credit Breakdown by Model - Chart Shows What Cars will Save You Most

Hybrid Car Tax Credit Breakdown by Model - Chart Shows What Cars will Save You Most

Toyota Prius

With gas prices and insurance costs on the rise, many Americans are looking for ways to save money. Credit cards minimum payments have doubled and credit card interest rates are on the rise adding to the burden.  There is a lot of talk about the hybrid car tax credit, but can these cars really save you money?

Some buyers have complained that the cars do not get the mileage that the sticker claims.  These mileage numbers are calculated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using a standard dynometer (dyno) test. Recently Consumer Reports found that all cars may not get the mileage claimed on the sticker.  Most drivers use their air conditioner and heater and may travel up and down hills.

Hybrids will give you better gas mileage than standard non-hybrids in the same class.  Power is conserved in the breaking system and new drive-train technology has added to their efficiency.  Hybrid Car Tax Credit Breakdown by Model - Chart Shows What Cars will Save You Most


New Tax Credit Numbers for Hybrid Vehicles - Savings Breakdown by the Car and How much you will save

New Tax Credit Numbers for Hybrid Vehicles - Savings Breakdown by the Car and How much you will save

Prius

Tax credits for hybrid cars and other fuel-efficient cars took effect January 1st.  The tax credits will vary according to the car you buy, and this can cause some confusion, but it can benefit you to figure it out.  The goal of the federal government is to encourage the purchase of fuel efficient (green) vehicles.

If you purchased a hybrid vehicle last year you should check with your tax man to see if you qualify for a tax deduction.  But if you buy a hybrid car this year you will receive a tax “credit” that will likely save you much more money.  The credit is deducted directly from your tax bill and not just from your income.

There are two elements that the new tax credit is based on.  The first element considers the fuel savings of the hybrid compared to the same style non-hybrid vehicle.  The second element is based on the estimated lifetime fuel savings. New Tax Credit Numbers for Hybrid Vehicles - Savings Breakdown by the Car and How much you will save


Hybrid Cars – new designs on display at Auto Shows

Hybrid Cars – new designs on display at Auto Shows

Saturn VUE Green Line

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit had Toyota Motor Sales and General Motors Corporation (GM) and other manufacturers showing off their new hybrid automobiles. 

Toyota showed off its 2007 design of the Camry Hybrid car which has an estimated 43 mpg city driving and 37 mpg highway.  Hybrid Cars – new designs on display at Auto Shows


Hybrid Cars are More Affordable than Ever with Tax Credits and Deductions

Hybrid Cars are More Affordable than Ever with Tax Credits and Deductions

Honda Hybrid Car

This may be the year to buy a hybrid car, truck or SUV.  New tax credits have made the energy efficient cars more appealing and will help offset the cost.  You may need to act quickly though because there are a limited number of credits available and for some car manufacturers the credit may last just a few months.

The credits are based on how efficient the car is compared to others in its class.  For instance, if a Lexus gets 16 miles per gallon (mpg) and the Lexus hybrid in the same class only gets 18mpg, the credit would not be that much.  But if you compare a Toyota Prius gas mileage to other vehicles in its class you may find the Prius beats the competition by a large margin, thus acquiring a larger tax credit. Hybrid Cars are More Affordable than Ever with Tax Credits and Deductions


2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck and 2006 Honda Civic wins Best of the Year

2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck and 2006 Honda Civic wins Best of the Year

2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck

This is the first time that an automobile manufacturer has won both the best car and truck of the year awards in the same year.  Motor Trend magazine’s 2006 Truck of the Year award was given to Honda’s Ridgeline Truck.  The Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award for 2006 was the Honda Civic.

The Ridgeline truck was first introduced in March of 2005, and is a mid-size truck. It is a 4 door pickup that has received the 5 star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  This is the first time a 4 door truck has been given this safety recognition.   It also is has the recognition of having the best rating for a rollover resistance of any pickup ever tested by the NHTSA.  2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck and 2006 Honda Civic wins Best of the Year


Hybrid Cars up to 90 Percent less Pollution

Hybrid Cars up to 90 Percent less Pollution

Honda Insight Hybrid Car

Hybrid cars still have better fuel mileage than a regular gas powered car.  The miles-per-gallon as reported by Consumers Report says that you can expect around 35 miles per gallon versus the sticker that claims 60 miles per gallon. An SUV will use around 15 – 20 miles per gallon.

The interesting thing to remember about Hybrid cars is that they are up to 90 percent more efficient on emissions.  That adds up to a lot of pollution.  A website called travelmatters.org has a calculator to figure out how much emissions your vehicle is putting out.  It was very interesting to see the difference in the amount of emissions of a large family vehicle verses a hybrid car.  This website offers a lot of insight into the pollution factor of driving a vehicle.  Hybrid Cars up to 90 Percent less Pollution


New Consumer Reports Tests Question EPA Mileage Numbers

New Consumer Reports Tests Question EPA Mileage Numbers

Honda Insight Hybrid

With higher insurance costs and gas prices many consumers are looking for ways to save money.  Budding automobile purchasers are considering hybrid cars as a way to achieve that goal.  But are the hybrids really worth it?

It depends on who you talk to.  Some buyers complain that they are not getting the advertised gas mileage.  On an ABC World News Tonight story buyers are seen grumbling over what they perceive as a misrepresentation. 

The cars are put through a standardized Dyno-test that other cars go through to get the gas mileage figures.  The EPA has been doing this for years, but now that gas mileage has become an ever increasing factor for buying a hybrid, the numbers are being heavily scrutinized.  New Consumer Reports Tests Question EPA Mileage Numbers


Honda Insight Hybrid car is the most Fuel Efficient car

Honda Insight Hybrid car is the most Fuel Efficient car

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight Hybrid car as rated by the EPA, rates at up to 66 miles per gallon.  Insight was the first gas-electric hybrid offered in the US and has been in production for over 6 years.

The Honda Insight Hybrid car has options available.  You can choose from four colors, Silverstone Metallic, New Formula Red, Navy Blue Pearl, and Interior/Beige.  You can also decide if you want a 5 speed stick shift or an automatic CVT transmission. 

If you go with the stick shift model you will get better gas mileage with 60 mpg city driving and 66 mpg highway.  If you decide to go with the automatic transmission it will be 57 mpg city and 56 mpg highway.  To get optimal mileage the stick shift is the way to go.  The gas tank holds 10.6 gallons and uses regular unleaded gas.  The Toyota Prius has the gas mileage as follows, 60 mpg for city and 51 mpg for highway driving.  Honda Insight Hybrid car is the most Fuel Efficient car


Hybrid Cars cost effective solution Environmentally Friendly

Hybrid Honda

Hybrid cars are becoming more popular as an alternative power source for cars.  They are environmental friendly alternatives that are further given a boost with government perks.

A hybrid does not need to be plugged in to charge the battery.  The battery is charged when you put on the brakes.  The hybrid cars use both gas as well as batteries to work.  The hybrid method is using the best of both the electric powered cars and gas powered cars. 

The gasoline is used to power a small generator; it only has 10 – 20 horsepower and is used when the car is at a continuous driving speed.  When the car accelerates it uses the battery power for this.  When the car decelerates and sits idle the battery is recharging.  The nice part is that the car is constantly recharging from the gas powered generator which will easily allow for long distance travel.  Hybrid Cars cost effective solution Environmentally Friendly


Tax Deductions and Credits make the Hybrid Cars More Appealing

Tax Deductions and Credits make the Hybrid Cars More Appealing

Toyota Prius

Anyone buying a car should consider all of their options.  Should they concern themselves with gas mileage or do they have a large family and need a large vehicle?  If you have a long commute and drive solo or with a coworker to work, you should consider the hybrid option.

Why are hybrids becoming so popular?  There are a number of reasons.  First the carmakers have figured out how to capitalize on their efficiency. Toyota developed a very efficient technology, patented it, and now licenses it Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Corp. 

There is another big advantage to the hybrid: You don’t need to plug it in.  The car charges itself and even uses the braking system to produce electricity to charge the batteries.  You don’t need special filling stations like you would if you owned a car run on natural gas or hydrogen.  Hybrid cars could be the wave of the near future. Tax Deductions and Credits make the Hybrid Cars More Appealing


How to Choose a Hybrid Car and Why

How to Choose a Hybrid Car and Why

Ford SUV Hybrid

Even though gas prices have fallen, hybrid cars still look like an attractive investment.  Many purchasers have long commutes and figure that if they can save just a few bucks everyday the total savings over a year could add-up. 

If a driver can save just 5 dollars a day on gas he can save $1300 a year (calculated on a 5 day work week).  According to the website How Stuff Works hybrids can get you 20 or 30 more miles per gallon.  Hybrids also emit less pollution.

For the short term the hybrid technology has won out.  Hydrogen cars are unpractical because it requires so much energy to produce the hydrogen.  Natural gas cars may be more practical in the future, especially if you can fill your car from home.  But what if you run out of gas away from your home?  How to Choose a Hybrid Car and Why

 

 
 
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