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Automotive Fashion Disasters We Would Like to See Disappear (3rd of a series) — Mugen RR / Evo X Bodykit

This series is written by Ice Man, a well known personality in the auto performance tuning circuit. Often a judge in major car shows held nationwide, he is regarded as an expert in car enhancements and styling. Much like Dr. Gregory House on TV, Ice Man is borderline arrogant, painfully critical, and definitely one of the best in the motoring field.

 

WARNING: If you are reading this and have any of the products mentioned, I’m sorry for being too critical but it doesn’t change the fact that your car still looks “passe” and “uncool”.

Auto Fashion Disaster No. 3: Mugen RR / Evo X Bodykit

Ok, this is pretty brand specific for the Honda and Mitsubishi camps; but come on, this is so last 3 YEARS AGO fashion.

The bodykit industry is very much like the fashion industry: everyone wants the latest look that comes out of the runaway — in this case — the car show.

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Automotive Fashion Disasters We Would Like to See Disappear (2nd of a series) — Carbon Fiber Stickers

This series is written by Ice Man, a well known personality in the auto performance tuning circuit. Often a judge in major car shows held nationwide, he is regarded as an expert in car enhancements and styling. Much like Dr. Gregory House on TV, Ice Man is borderline arrogant, painfully critical, and definitely one of the best in the motoring field.

WARNING: If you are reading this and have any of the products mentioned, I’m sorry for being too critical but it doesn’t change the fact that your car still looks “passe” and “uncool”.

Auto Fashion Disaster No. 2: Carbon Fiber Stickers

These were actually cool when they first came out,… for around 3 months. Once again we have a product that tries to emulate the real thing and caters to people who choose to not spend on the real thing.

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Automotive Fashion Disasters We Would Like to See Disappear (1st of a series) — LED lighting strips

This series is written by Ice Man, a well known personality in the auto performance tuning circuit. Often a judge in major car shows held nationwide, he is regarded as an expert in car enhancements and styling. Much like Dr. Gregory House on TV, Ice Man is borderline arrogant, painfully critical, and definitely one of the best in the motoring field.


WARNING: If you are reading this and have any of the products mentioned, I’m sorry for being too critical but it doesn’t change the fact that your car still looks “passe” and “uncool”.

So let’s start shall we?

Auto Fashion Disaster No. 1: LED lighting using DIY strips

Much like the “Euro” and the “Projector” fads that came before it, Audi style LED strips have now appeared on everything from Pajeros to Camrys, and there is no end in sight. But unlike before when you have to buy the whole headlight, now all you need to buy is a brownish colored strip that you stick on top of your existing headlights. In the daytime, these strips look downright ugly, and at night, they look even worse: fake and ugly.

Be smart, don’t ruin what car designers have spent thousands of hours on,… or maybe at least buy the full headlight version which has slightly more polish. Whatever you do, just remember it’s still a fad. After a few months, you may not want it on your car any more.

Next up, Carbon Fiber Stickers…

How to get a “virtually invincible” car

What makes an invincible car?

BPI Auto Loan Concept Cars

It must be:

– collision ready
– landslide equipped
– flood safe
– typhoon protected
– heat resistant
– fire guarded

A vehicle like this actually already exists… It’s called a “tank”.

But I wouldn’t want to drive along EDSA in a car clad with inches of armor and a very small windshield. I’d get claustrophobic, stiff with not much legroom, and my fuel budget would definitely shoot up.

But then I saw this ad from BPI Family Bank.

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How to Preserve Your Tire Tread for a Longer Period of Service

While prices of goods are going up, job salaries are stagnant. Most businesses are tight and everyone is looking for ways to live economically. One way to save money is to keep your car’s proper maintenance. And where’s the best place to start than the tires that supports the motion of the car? This article will tackle the things that we can do to preserve our tire tread for a longer period of service.

1. Always check your tire pressure.

Friction from driving down the road increases the heat or air pressure in a tire. Make sure that you’re still driving with the suggested tire pressure provided by the car’s manufacturer. By having a regular upkeep, you help cut down on the friction between the car and the road you are driving on, consume less fuel and prevent you from hurting the tires.

2. Rigorously rotate your tires.

As each tire carries a different load depending on the passengers and things accommodated by the car, rotating your tires will help your tires wear evenly. This means changing where the individual tires are mounted on the vehicle. Since the front tires generally wear much more quickly than the rear ones, it’s a good idea to interchange them regularly before considering buying new ones eventually.

3. Always check your tires for foreign objects.

Foreign objects often penetrate our tires due to the roads we travel on. Examples are small rocks, gums, wires, broken pieces of glass, pins and other debris which are attached to the tires. These objects will damage the tires and they can be causes of tire explosion which can lead to accidents.

4. Avoid rough roads.

Most people find it harder to walk on rocky roads that sometimes spoil their footwear. The same is true with cars. Driving on rough and bumpy roads can damage your tires. As well, the dirt or gravel will reduce your gas mileage up to 30%.

Realize that you are not king of the road; moderation is. Don’t step on the gas further than what is needed. Step on the brakes with ease. Also, traveling fast in low gears puts heavier weights on tires and can consume up to 45% more fuel than is needed.

Tires are what hold the body of the car. Maintaining them well can be a matter of life and death, both for you and your vehicle. Take proper care of your tires and preserve them by conducting regular and consistent checks.

Maintaining your car will require tools and equipment. For these needs, you can check out Harbor Freight Tools, which carries power tools, automotive maintenance tools, gardening supplies, and such. Air compressors at Harbor Freight are one particular set of tools useful for any car owner, in cleaning out dust and particles from the engine bay, and for checking tire inflation.

Barbie Lee is an open-minded woman with boundless interests. She is a lover of animals, a fan of great music, and an enthusiast when it comes to fast, furious and feisty automobiles. When she isn’t cheering for her favorite basketball team (Go Mavs!), she’s busy writing for the blog site, Automotive Part Suppliers.

The Best Car Insurance for 2012

The best car insurance in the Philippines for 2012 is a comprehensive insurance policy. Third party liability insurance is mandatory by law, but that is not enough to eliminate all the risks involved in driving. A comprehensive policy will cover bodily injury, property damage and unnamed passenger personal accident. The car is protected and the people in it are protected.

There is also total protector insurance that includes the compulsory third party liability and loss or damage of car and theft as well as protection from acts of nature such as an earthquake, typhoon or flood. Then there is also finance available for loans for people with bad credit. It can also give legal assistance and bail bond, road assistance, towing expenses, a waiver of deductible and depreciation as well as many other options.

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Is casa maintenance worth it?

With my next PMS (preventive maintenance service) coming up, I’m beginning to think whether or not having the car “casa” (or dealership service) maintained is the most economical way of owning a car. If you’re driving a five-year old car or older, the quick answer will be no. Casa maintenance won’t be worth it. But for cars under warranty, should you risk it?

Let’s face it. Casa maintenance usually costs higher since they charge for each and every work and you have no choice between repair or replace since casa, and you’d be stuck with genuine parts too.

Here’s an interesting take on choosing between dealer service or other car shops. Summarized are the factors to consider:

  • Cost – Casa maintenance will (almost) always be higher both in parts and service charges.
  • Warranty Conditions – Warranties are usually voided when you have the car maintained elsewhere. Is it practical to waive  three-year protection to save thousands of pesos?
  • Quality of Work – Dealerships usually have trained personnel and the proper equipment to diagnose your car though this isn’t a guarantee that the dealership will do a fine job with the car.
  • Speed of Work – Dealerships take their time in keeping your car while in service.

Aside from the warranty, all indications point to having the car maintained elsewhere. However, if you decide to do so while the car is under warranty, weigh the risks of the major parts of the car (the engine and transmission) giving out and the savings you’d get on having your car maintained some place else. Me? I think I’m sticking with the casa until my warranty expires.

Your thoughts?

What makes a good driver?

Although this is Pinoy Auto Blog, being a good driver encompasses the whole world.

Gaby Dela Merced, just one of the PH best drivers

This infograph shows what a good driver should be (that is, according to the insurance world that is)

A good driver should be:

  • Licensed
  • Without more than one violation point
  • Without more than one dismissal of charges for incidents that would have resulted in one violation point
  • Without DUIs during the past seven years

Is there such a driver in the Philippines? Are you one? If you have yet to drive, then it would be best to make this your goal. If you are already driving then maintain your pristine record. If you are missing one or a few of the qualities above, don’t give up being a good driver.


How Good is Your Driving

How good is your driving? by Car Insurance Comparison

Image By SpoonerTuner (Spooner Tuner) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Quick Fix: Easy Ways to Save Fuel While Driving

You can’t stop oil prices from going up but you can still save money spent on fuel by maximizing the car’s fuel efficiency.

Start driving right away. Don’t wait, don’t idle the car. Save fuel by driving right away once the engine starts.

Turn off the car only when needed. More fuel is consumed when starting a car vs. keeping it running. If you are stopping for just a short time, it may be better NOT to turn off the car. 

Switch the ignition off when stuck in heavy traffic. If you’re stuck anyway, it makes sense to turn off the car. With this, you prevent unnecessary utilization of fuel.

Let us be responsible on minimizing our fuel consumption as much as possible.

 

Quick Fix: Reducing the Carbon Emission of your Car

There is still time for us Filipinos to help the environment by reducing the carbon emission of our cars. Here are some helpful pointers on doing so.

Change the bulbs. Save four times the energy with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s). These lamps even last eight times longer.

Inflate the tires regularly. For every liter of fuel, you save 2.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide. Radial tires work the best because they save up to 7% of fuel.

Drive less. Your car is an important asset but do not forget the health benefits of walking and biking. Commute through public transport once in a while. Driving less means saving 3 kilograms of carbon dioxide for every 10 kilometers of not driving.

Move up your A/C thermostat. In essence, just use your A/C when needed at the level that you find most comfortable. Save about 3 kilogram of carbon dioxide per day of driving.

Never hesitate on taking small yet helpful steps on reducing the emission of carbon dioxide. In the end, everyone of us will benefit.

[via Light Green]