Things to Consider With Car Shipping Companies


Confronted with the task of shipping a car? If so, the good news is it is a fairly painless process. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are some key things you need to know about transport companies.

Your car is a valuable asset. When shipping it, you need to take the time to make sure the company you are using is both legitimate and the right one for your particular vehicle. As with any business, some shipping companies provide a quality service at a fair price while others fall short. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you want to look at when evaluating the different car companies.

The first issue is to see whether a company is bonded and insured. These sound like boiling legal subjects, but they are vital when moving vehicles. How so? Well, the simple question is are there going to be funds to pay for any damage to your vehicle should it occur? You know there will be with a bonded, insured company.

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This post was written by admin on January 15, 2010

Front Wheel Drive Versus Rear Wheel Drive – Your Car’s Transmission

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Transmissions are one of the most complex systems your car has. In fact, that’s the reason many auto repair garages will refuse to work on them. Some might perform minor repairs, but will refer you to a transmission shop for anything more extensive. There are a lot of parts involved in the system, and mechanics hate to cause bigger problems.

This level of complexity often makes transmissions one of the least understood components to drivers. Adding to the confusion, they’re designed differently. Some are designed for front wheel drive while others are designed for rear wheel drive. In this article we will look at some of the differences. I’ll tell you all about your transmission’s job and help you understand the pros and cons associated with RWD and FWD.

Understanding Its Job

Your car’s engine generates power through its 4-stroke combustion process. That power must be delivered to your drive wheels in order to turn them. Also, it’s worth noting that your engine has a range of RPMs in which it operates at maximum efficiency. Your transmission has two jobs. First, it needs to deliver the power generated by the engine to the drive wheels. Second, it needs to perform this task while keeping your engine operating within its optimal range of RPMs.

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This post was written by admin on January 12, 2010

E63 AMG – Bound For Mercedes Benz Sydney


Mercedes Benz luxury vehicles high-performance AMG line has come up with an E-Class model built especially for the Australian market and the Mercedes Benz Hornsby team is looking forward to its arrival.

The E63 AMG Sedan received a lot of attention from Australian buyers after it made its debut in the Frankfurt Motor Show. With the previous development of the limited Edition 63 of the C63 AMG model, it did not take long for the luxury car manufacturer to create a Mercedes E63 that met the particular requirements of the Australian market.

Power train
The new E63 AMG is fitted with a 6.3 litre V8 engine, which delivers a distinctive race-like, high revving sound.The powerhouse engine has a maximum torque of 630 Nm, and a peak output of 386 kW.  It accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds and runs up to a top speed of 250km/h.

The V8 engine is supported by the newly developed AMG ride control sports suspension with electronically controlled damping and a new front axle.  The E63 utilises the AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission with 4 driving modes which the transmission shifts automatically.

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This post was written by admin on January 7, 2010

A Bit Of Trivia On How The Mercedes Originated

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Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz set up Mercedes Benz in the 1880’s. It is said that these two men in fact had never met each other! They worked independently of each other with Daimler looking after the racing cars. A dealer from Austria called Emil Jellinek got the cars into races and was very successful. He named the cars Mercedes after his daughter.

Eventually Jellinek placed a large order from Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. They were in agreement that Jellnek could change some of the designs.  1886 Benz built his first motorized tricycle. The first production car was the Benz Velo in 1894 which competed in the first ever recorded car race, Rouen to Paris. It was in 1895 that Benz built his first truck.

It is quoted that Daimler never enjoyed driving! In March 1990 he died which left overall control of the company to Wilhelm Mayback. In November of that year they had produced a special car, the Mercedes which was lighter and smaller than the average car of the day and was able to reach top speeds of 55mph.

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This post was written by admin on December 15, 2009

Chrysler 300C The Stretched Version

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As automakers go, developing well received models is a chore all on its own. When a model becomes a hit, as has the Chrysler 300C, the result is favorable press coverage, high customer satisfaction ratings, and a “halo” effect that will extend to the entire product line. Chrysler’s 300C is a success, but the German-American automaker isn’t stopping there. A stretched version of the car is being developed, one that could find a following among fans, but only if the price is right.

So, why would DaimlerChrysler authorize a stretched version of the 300C? For many reasons including:

The Limousine Market – Although the 300C isn’t on the same level as the Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac DTS, the automobile does battle with the Ford Crown Victoria. Thus , taxi and limousine operators will be drawn to the stretched 300C as the car gives its passengers the room that they need.

The Pursuit Market – The Ford Crown Victoria is the most popular police pursuit auto followed by the Chevy Impala. Chrysler way back conceded this market when they give up building larger rear wheel drive vehicles. The stretched 300C could fit in nicely and give the automaker some further sales to lift market share. Look for a likewise stretched Dodge Charger to also be built once 300C demand has been proven.

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This post was written by admin on October 31, 2009

Why GPS For Cars?


GPS navigation undoubtedly one of the best development for driving no matter what kind of GPS you use e.g palm GPS. But how does GPS navigation work?
How to get to a destination by car? Designed to help with navigation of more complex systems such as aircrafts, GPS devices match all the needs of a traveler. In the situation of GPS for cars, the receiver decodes a satellite signal and based on it, the location of the car is determined. GPS receivers are available in many designs, formats and models, with a higher or lower user-friendly rate. You save money with some cheap GPS units, they are easy to plug in and store, but the operation may be faulty or inconsistent. More money means more quality.

Car design is very important when shopping for a personal navigation system. For instance, the presence of a monitor for map display on the car dashboard may be very inconvenient or uncomfortable with some GPS for cars because of the vehicle design. The air vents should remain clear, and the view from the passenger seat should not be a problem. GPS for cars therefore have to be chosen so as to match the dashboard features and the entire interior car design for maximum of efficiency and convenience.

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This post was written by admin on October 2, 2009