So with these in mind, people started making some adjusting to powerful vehicles and turn them into hybrid SUVs. When you make up your mind to buy hybrid SUVs, keep in mind the fact that not all of them are advantageous when it comes to the costs, which means that you have to look for information before choosing among the various hybrid SUVs. To assist you with the choice, analysts at automotive-cost tracking Web site IntelliChoice.com ran a study for CNNMoney.com, in which they analyzed and compared projected 5-year ownership costs for specific vehicles the average expected costs of which were similar to SUVs. The elements followed in this study were fuel, maintenance, finance costs and depreciation. Analysts wanted to learn whether specific costs measured up to their expectations. They also compared the difference amounts between non hybrid and hybrid SUVs. According to their findings, hybrid SUVs beat the broad expectations by about $4,000.
Among the hybrid SUVs advertised on the market at present, we could count certain vehicles like Acura RD-X, BMW X5 Hybrid, Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Durango, Ford Escape, Lexus RZ 400h, Saturn VUE, to name just a few models. This richness
Performance of the vehicle is bettered
Once you attach the correct spacers for rims, performance of your vehicle will be enhanced. After you ride the car, you will experience a far smoother rider than before. As the spacers make the wheels push out, you can also attach wider tires. This enhances the road grip. The suspension system works better with the bigger tires. You will find lesser impact when the wheel falls into the potholes when the car is in motion. Some people feel that with the addition of wheel spacers, the overall weight of the car is increased. They fear that the efficiency of the car may go down. This does not happen in reality. With addition of the light weight and strong spacers, you can take sharp turns easily.
Tire life is increased
When the spacers are inserted between the wheel and the hub of the car, the overall fitting becomes tighter. This brings down the jerking and the feel of the ride is also enhanced. If the tires are of the larger variety and the spacers are absent, there is always the possibility of the tires to rub against the body parts.
With US Automakers under the careful eye of investors and analysts they realize that they must adapt to the changing market. With fuel prices up and Japanese Automakers capturing another 4-5% of the United States Auto Market it is clear that car buyers want more efficient vehicles. It is quite evident with the 284 million dollar loss at Ford and the Delphi bankruptcy that it is time for a change. General Motors is even discussing dumping GMAC and has already made a deal with the Unions to cut back on some of those healthcare benefits and start discussing the under funded pensions.
As a sign to shareholders and analysts General Motors announced its plans to come out with a new small SUV, as well as introduce some new cross-overs, as many as 14 by 2010. Will it be enough? That is for time to tell, but it shows that GM is serious about fixing some of its ills. There will be smaller versions of the Saturn Vue, Chevy Equinox and the Pontiac Torrent. It is hard to say if this is enough to get buyers to take their names off the waiting lists for Hybrids at the
The first option , primarily for more extensive damage – is to take your car to a paint repair specialist (bodyshop or crash repair centre) to fix the damage and repaint the affected area. Usually this type of repair job can take several days.
The second option , primarily for minor damage (and if the car paintwork is not damaged) – is to have a paintless dent removal technician work on it, which will be much faster, cheaper and convenient as their mobile service personnel can come to you at a suitable time, rather than you going to them during your working hours.
The third option is to use a SMART repair technician (small to medium area repair technique) as these paint repair technicians specialise in minor repairs such as bumper scuffs and small scratches.
The fourth option is to attempt to do the repair job yourself, although this only solves the paint repair, not the actual dent or scratch itself. It goes without saying that if you’re not experienced in this type of work, you could end up doing more harm than good, with a result that is a lot worse than when you
The best way to avoid an emergency is to be prepared for an emergency. If you can set aside a little bit of money each month in case of any emergency (be it medical, automotive, or accident), then you will be able to manage any unexpected situations. However, if the time has come and you haven’t planned ahead, there are still some ways that you can get money.
One of the most common mistakes that is made during emergencies is to lose your cool. If you lose your cool, you might forget to use common sense. Use your common sense to shop around. Even if you need a tow right now, consider calling a few places for quotes before having them send someone over. The ten minutes that it takes you to make some comparisons might save you twenty dollars or more. That makes the use of time well worth your money. Remember, you will be late anyway, so take your time in getting there.
When the tow truck driver arrives, be sure that you know where you want to have your car towed. You should also do some comparison
Ding and Dent Repair: Paintless Dent Repair
Ding and dent repair is called PDR, short for Paintless Dent Repair. There are many companies that perform this service: Ding Doctor, Ding King, No Dents, Dent Wizard…the list goes on. Some are better then others, although ultimately it’s up to the skill of the PDR technician. Prices are similar.
How is it done?
Most PDR techniques are non-intrusive. The PDR technicians use specially designed tools and gadgets to slip behind the damaged panels and manipulate and massage the damaged metal back to its original form.
Does it work?
Actually, it’s incredible! It works so well that in the majority of cases the dings and dents are completely removed. They’re invisible, gone, can’t-believe-your-eyes fixed.
I saw a soccer-ball-sized dent removed from the rear fender of a $120,000 car. The dent also had a large crease, which makes repairs even harder. After thirty minutes there was no visible detection that a dent was ever there. The repair cost the client $400. Traditional body shop estimates were hovering at $2700.
- Very low cost compared to traditional body shops
- Same day repairs–even while-you-wait service
- No paint
A sedan, which is sometimes called a saloon, is the standard passenger car that has a bonnet at the front, a boot for luggage in the back, and usually four doors. This is one of the most popular types of car and they are ideal for families, as they usually seat four or five people comfortably.
Hatch-backs are the types of cars that have no rear boot, but they have a rear compartment that can be accessed via a door that swings open at the back. The other feature of this type of car is that rear luggage compartment is not sealed off from the passenger compartment. Hatch-backs are usually smaller cars and they often have only three doors, including the swing door at the back.
Estate cars, or wagons, are like a larger version of a hatchback with an extended rear compartment for storing luggage. Like a hatchback, this type of cars luggage area is not separated from the passenger compartment and, usually, the rear seats can be folded down to accommodate a greater amount of luggage when it is required. Due to the extended rear compartment, estate cars
- Stay alert and stay on the road. That sounds elementary, but remember that most SUV rollovers occur when the vehicle goes off the shoulder, down a hill, into a ditch, or any of the other places where its high center of gravity puts it at high risk for rollover. You’re more likely to stay on the road if your full attention is on your driving. Talking on your cell phone, even with a hands-free device, arguing with passengers, putting on makeup, shaving, or arguing with the talk-radio speaker are all significant distractions. If you need to make a phone call or settle the kids in the back seat or finish getting dressed, find a place to pull over safely. Take care of business. Then get back to the business of driving with your full attention.
- Know how your SUV handles. If it’s an older model, 2005 or earlier, or if it’s a very large one, it’s probably built on a pickup truck chassis, and it’s going to handle like a pickup truck: high center of gravity, not great on curves, not as nimble as a passenger car. Don’t ask it to take curves at high speed, and allow more
What kind of car do you drive? The wear and tear you put on a tire is proportionate to the weight and power of the car you drive. Some types of cars have types of tires specifically designed for them.
Where do you live? If you’re located in a more rural area and do a lot of off-road driving, you might need tires that have more traction and resilience. Similar needs can arise if you live in an area that has lots of ice on the roads – you’ll need tires designed for that environment, or that can easily handle snow chains. For that matter, plenty of tires are designed to work best on dry pavement, perfect if you’re in the city or suburbia.
How often are you willing to maintain your tires? Some types of tires might need frequent rotation or replacing – which is difficult for people who are more interested in getting in and driving away.
There are many other features to look for in tires as well. First, if you’re looking at older tires, try not to buy anything more than six years old. Second, check your owner’s manual to see
The idea of using a SUV gasoline saver kit is using hydrogen gas (H2) as a supplementary power supply. The hydrogen gas can easily be generated from water through an electrolysis process. It is just basic science. We know that water is made from 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen thus its name H2O. Hydrogen gas is produced when the electrolysis device is running with power from the battery. The next step is to vent to H2 into the engine air filtration system.
When the engine is running, fresh air and the hydrogen gas will be sucked into the combustion chambers. H2 in the chambers will combined with gasoline vapor and ignited. The explosion caused by the gas mixture is much greater due to the high potency of hydrogen gas. When a car is using the same amount of gasoline and is achieving higher engine output, the vehicle will travel further thus increasing its MPG. Higher mileage equals to better fuel cost savings for the SUV owners. In essence, the system converts a SUV into a hydrogen hybrid vehicle.
To implement a SUV gasoline saver is not a complicated process. The are no major modification