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    »Tips when Buying Sports Cars Consider Safety Features«

  • TorontoSEO 11:35 PM on March 29, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , Buying Sports Cars, , functional safety, model cars tyco rc cars, modellbau rc cars, mugen rc cars homepage, nitro rc cars fusion, , , , Tips when Buying Sports Cars Consider Safety Features, , , ,   

    Tips when Buying Sports Cars Consider Safety Features

    When buying a sports car, you should consider how safe it is to drive. There are two kinds of safety features that you need to consider: functional safety and inactive safety.

    Functional safety requires the features to prevent the automobiles from accidents. This includes efficient brakes, responsive grips and reliable suspension. Below are some of these functional safety features. You should be aware of each feature so that you know when you have spotted your ideal sports car.

    ELECTRONIC STABILITY SYSTEMS. This feature has the ability to sense when a car is out of control and intercedes the wheels by using discriminatory braking to specific wheels. It includes the traction controls and anti-lock brake system. This feature is seen mostly on luxury sports cars as it is expensive.

    ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM or ABS lets automobiles to halt quickly and still continue to be easy to maneuver. Anti-lock brake systems are activated by using intense pressure so you need to learn how to do this. Do not just rely on moderate pressure to avoid sliding.

    Effective TRACTION HANDLING helps cars maintain their grip even during acceleration. This feature is mostly suggested for rear-wheels as it helps reduce clog and the use of power-assisted brakes to a rotating wheel.

    On the other hand, inactive safety features are those that protect the driver and other passengers whenever the functional safety features are unsuccessful. This includes the following:

    Adjustable headrests are better called head restraints because this prevents the driver’s head from snapping back and forth when there is a collision. It should be compatible with the occupants’ height to be more effective.

    Most vehicles have airbags for a safety feature. Cars that have airbags for all passengers and cover the front and sides are ideal and important.

    When you go for a test drive, remember to check the distance of the airbag from you – the most reliable gap is 10 inches away from the airbag. In order to do so, move the seat back to a relaxed position and check to make sure there is 10 inches between the airbag and yourself.

    Seat belts are also an important feature in car safety. You should also check and make certain that there are workable seat belts. Seat belts can help save you and your family in case of car accidents. Make sure that the vehicle has adjustable shoulder belts so that the belt can be adjusted to correspond to the passenger’s height.

     

  • »The coin price is right«

  • TorontoSEO 12:57 PM on March 29, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , bicentennial coins, , , , , , , , , , The coin price is right, , ,   

    The coin price is right

    There are many resources that can help coin collectors, old or new, in determining the value and worth of the coins they have.

    There are books out, “The Red Book” (A Guide Book of US Coins), “The Blue Book” (A Handbook of US Coins), as well as coin newsletters and catalogues available at any public or private library, coin dealers/shops anywhere in the US. There are also online guides for the prices of US coins available on the web, specifically the NumisMedia site.

    For a synopsis of the price of each coin, the following are the basic values of each cent, penny, or dime in the market.

    The United States wheat-cent, the circulated ones

    The price of these coins made prior to 1958, or those that are dated 1940, are currently being purchased by coin dealers for two cents each, or less. Those made before 1940 command a much higher price – from a few more cents to a few dollars.

    The silver-dollars

    Silver-dollars from the US, especially those made before 1935, have almost an ounce of silver in them. These coins are the favorites of coin collectors and could be sold for more than their actual value in silver if they are undamaged or not worn severely.

    The dollars of Susan B. Anthony

    If by luck you happen to get one of these as a change, the value is more than a dollar and proof Susan B. Anthony dollars command even more. They are not easy to fine as they are not usually being circulated.

    Quarters, dollars and halves – the bicentennial kind

    There were billions of these coins made out, and because there are so many of them, their worth is usually just face value. There are coin dealers however who pay ten percent of the face value as premium for circulated bicentennial coins, and a few dollars more for those that are uncirculated.

    A freak coin

    Believe it or not, there are two-headed coins out there. Basically, these are coins with two different designs on each face. These coins were made in error and mistake was not discoverer until the year 2000. This type of coins is usually called “mules”. In 1999, it was found that a cent with Lincoln’s face on one side and Roosevelt’s dime image on the other existed.

    It you find a coin of this it must be taken to a legitimate coin dealer and assessed to determine if is genuine. If so, this coin could be put up for auction and command a few dollars more.

    It is therefore true that a coin is basically worth more than meets the eye.

     

  • »Tips to Help You Save Gas Consumption«

  • TorontoSEO 11:35 PM on March 28, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , car windows, expenditure, Gas Consumption, , , , , Tips to Help You Save Gas Consumption, , ,   

    Tips to Help You Save Gas Consumption

    With the constant increase in oil prices, car owners get more concerned about how they can save gas and money while driving. This article gives you tips on how you can reduce your gas consumption and save money.

    Always have your car tuned-up regularly. If you car’s engine is in bad operating condition it will utilize more gasoline. Vehicle maintenance will help your car’s engine run efficiently thus improving your expenditure of money. Clean or change congested air filters to enhance your fuel mileage by as much as 10%.

    • Maintain a steady rate when driving you car. Frequent stops when driving add to your gas expenditure by as much as 30%. Imagine if you spend $3.00 per gallon, you lose $9.00 for every 10 gallons of gas that you consume. Avoid sudden stops and abrupt increases in speed. Make use of “cruise control” when you are driving on the highway. This will allow you to maintain a steady speed and avoid additional gas consumption.

    Another way to keep a steady rate is by avoiding heavy traffic areas. Also avoid unnecessary use of the clutch.

    • Schedule buying your gas during the cool hours. It is ideal to purchase your fuel early in the morning or during the night. You will acquire extra for your cash during these cooler hours.

    • Close you car windows when you are driving on the highway. When your windows are closed the aerodynamics are better and it lessens the drag on the vehicle. Gaping windows cause extra friction and reduce your car’s mileage.

    • Minimize the use of air conditioners when it is not necessary. Use your car’s vents if possible. If you really need to use your air conditioner, try to set it as low as possible. Do not operate your air conditioner with your car windows open – it uses more gas this way.

    • Do not let your engine idle when not driving. Turn off you car’s engine when you need to wait for a time longer than a minute. If your car is idle for more that one minute, it uses the same amount of gas that you would use when you are restarting the engine.

    • Lessen your car’s load. The heavier the car, the more gas it will consume.

    • Check if tires inflated accordingly. Tires with appropriate pressure save fuel better than when under-filled or over-filled with air.

     

  • »How to Earn Your Coin Collecting Merit Badge«

  • TorontoSEO 12:56 PM on March 28, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , , , , Earn, How to Earn Your Coin Collecting Merit Badge, , Merit, , , , ,   

    How to Earn Your Coin Collecting Merit Badge

    There is more to coin collecting than just keeping coins. There is something at stake for those who make an effort to know what they are collecting: the Coin Collector’s Merit Badge.

    A person who wants to acquire a merit badge must prove himself to be someone who knows a lot about coins.

    Here are some of the things that a coin collector must know in order to earn the Merit Badge.

    1. The Grading Scale

    Merit badge aspirers must be very knowledgeable about the different grades of coins. They must master how to assess coins and categorize each coin as:

    • Poor
    • Fair
    • Good
    • Very good
    • Fine
    • Very fine
    • Extremely fine
    • Uncirculated.

    They must also present five examples for each of the categories given above.

    2. Coin Terminologies

    Coin collectors must familiarize themselves to coin terms such as “encapsulated” coins, “proof” coins or legal tender to get the merit badge. They must be able to determine if coins are “buzzed” or “whizzed”.

    They must also show competency in explaining the following:

    • Clad
    • Date set
    • Observe
    • Reading
    • Reverse
    • Type set

    3. Coin Storage

    For a coin collector to achieve a merit badge, it is important that he knows how to take care, store and preserve coins.
    Coin collectors must be able to demonstrate thorough knowledge in coin collecting by showing the councilors different methods of coin storage. It is expected that the advantages and disadvantages of the methods will be provided as well.

    4. Coin Anatomy

    Knowledge of the parts of the coins will give important information. That is why coin collectors who want a merit badge must know where the mint marks are located in various coins and they must also know where to look for the initials of the coin designer.

    5. Miscellaneous things about coins

    The councilors will be very pleased to hear stories about what you have learned about coins. These recollections may come from reading coin journals, attending workshops or seminars, joining a coin collectors’ club, or visiting mint facilities.

    It is also expected that coin collectors know a lot about coins from other countries as well.

    6. Counterfeit coins

    A coin collector must have a perception of whether a coin is authentic or counterfeit.

    Reading coin guides or interviewing personnel from mint facilities will be a help in this situation.

    After knowing these things, you are now equipped with the knowledge needed to be worthy of the coin collectors’ merit badge.

     

  • »Tips on Selling your Car«

  • TorontoSEO 11:22 PM on March 25, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: buyers, dealership, , , , , Tips on Selling your Car, , , , ,   

    Tips on Selling your Car

    If you want to sell your car, you need to know a few things before doing so. Here are tips on how you can sell your car the best way.

    • There are different ways you can sell your car. You can go through a dealership or you can sell it yourself. It is more convenient when you sell your car to a dealer, but your car may be priced below what you anticipate. On the other hand, you can get a better price if you sell it yourself, but it will take much of your time and effort.

    • Whether you decide to enter to a dealership or sell your car by yourself, you need to know the market. Research how your type of car sells today and look for what other buyers at looking to buy. This way you can price of your car accordingly. You should highlight the features that your car has in order to match the desired market.

    • Choose how you will advertise your car. You can simply put a “FOR SALE” sign on it so that every where you go you advertise it, or you can be more serious about marketing and place an advertisement online or inn the classified ads of your local newspaper.

    If you decide to place an ad in the classifieds or on the net, provide a photo of your car to make it more appealing to buyers -so get out your camera and take pictures of your car!

    • Use unforgettable statements to give your car “charm”. Match these comments with your markets needs; highlight the excellent features so that they can be easily noticed.

    • Assess your vehicle and price it reasonably. As mentioned make a research on how cars sell are selling. If you price your car too high, chances are you will lose the sale. However, by putting a very low price on it will you will incur a loss.

    • Set up your car for the show. Your car is the star of the show, so it should be in tip top shape. Take the necessary measures to entice buyer have the engine tuned-up so it runs well.

    • Keep a record of all the services and repairs of your vehicle. Some buyers also look at these records to determine how well the car was maintained. These records also tell if the car is in good condition.

     

  • »Sports Car Racing Speeding with Safety«

  • TorontoSEO 11:22 PM on March 24, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: Safety Sports Car Racing Speeding, , , Sports Car Racing Speeding, Sports Car Racing Speeding with Safety, steering wheel, , ,   

    Sports Car Racing Speeding with Safety

    Whether racing professionally or simply enjoying the pace of a race, sports car racing is an activity for just about anyone with the drive.

    However, as all races are competitive, you’re always on the lookout for ways to improve your time. Here are some tips you can take with you next time you hit the asphalt.

    At the start-up

    • If you’re a beginner, try not to floor the accelerator at the starting line. You may still not be used to controlling all that power.
    • For advanced racers, rev your engines as high as it can go within safe limits. When the signal is given, ease off the clutch, letting the engine go.

    On the straight-aways

    • You should be close to your maximum speed on straight-aways, but be very mindful of your steering.
    • Beginners should use both hands for the steering wheel placing them at the “10” and “2” positions.
    • Advanced racers should know how to steer by accelerating and decelerating. Acceleration will bring the car towards the outer track while decelerating pulls it inside. Steering with the wheel is minimal and should only guide the direction of the pull.

    Making the turns

    • Racers approach turns in two ways: gradual and sharp.

    Gradual turns apply towards the outside of the track making for a slightly wide approach. Beginners should get used to this kind of turn first.

    Tight turns tuck in towards the inner track, allowing the car to drift around the corner. This is for more advanced racers as it requires a lot of maneuvering with the steering, brake and throttle.

    • Approach a turn slowly and pull out fast. When nearing a turn, ease off the accelerator, letting the car slow down to a speed that’s easier to steer. Resume acceleration as you reach the apex of the turn.

    Racing attitudes

    • Assess your performance every time. Take note of how you performed each time and determine how you can improve on them. Did the lines you take improve your times? Did you accelerate smoothly or did you race in bursts? This will take patience on your part, but will pay off in the long run
    • Finally, although it is a race, develop the attitude of working on improving your technique, rather than beating other drivers’ time. Focusing on being faster than the other guy takes away your concentration on what you need to do right. Remember that you’re running at speeds around and over 100 mph. Small mistakes can make for big accidents.

    With these racing tips, you can be well on your way to sports car racing with satisfaction and in safety.

     

  • »Sports Car Accessories and Gadgets Perfect for Road Trips«

  • TorontoSEO 11:22 PM on March 23, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: DVD, , Gadgets, , , , , Sports Car Accessories, Sports Car Accessories and Gadgets Perfect for Road Trips, , ,   

    Sports Car Accessories and Gadgets Perfect for Road Trips

    There are options of adding accessories and high technology devices to the car. These can spice up the look and increase your driving pleasure. Many drivers put accessories on their cars to enhance and convenience and ride of their sports car.

    Road trips can sometimes be boring if you always on the same route and no longer enjoy the sights. It would make the trip more enjoyable if you had an entertainment system that would provide diversion and help keep the driver alert while driving. Here are some recommended accessories that can bring both enjoyment and convenience to a drivers ride on the road in their sports car:

    1. The GPS or Global positioning System can be installed as a route guide for the road. This high tech device has built in maps of the United States and Canada. It contains specific details and information for more than 2,000,000 destinations. It will help the drivers find points of interest, their destination, the nearest gasoline station or even a bank for cash withdrawal.

    2. A portable DVD player can provide a nice and peaceful ride especially if the entire family is in the car. The children may watch their favorite movies for the whole trip. It is not advisable to have a DVD that can divert the driver’s attention and cause a high risk of danger on the road. But as a personal choice it may be valuable for the whole family to enjoy a long trip.

    3. A jumpstart system can be important to the car. A driver must always have jump-start cables in the car when on a road trip. There are instances when a driver may encounter battery problems, and will need the help of a mechanic or a fellow driver. However with jump-start cables and the assistance of another traveler, the driver can get back on the road quickly and conveniently without the assistance of a mechanic.

    4. A car entertainment system would be a good choice if set up in the back of the car. It is recommended rather than having a DVD player in the car. Packages of $1800 for the audiovox that will let the kids play video games and watch movies on built-in media system player.

    Accessories and gadgets are resources for convenient and enjoyable driving. There are many more devices that can be included in the car, which may not be mentioned above. Gadgets and accessories for sports cars are beneficial because increase the car’s value and provide for an enjoyable ride.

     

  • »Hottest Sports Car Brands«

  • TorontoSEO 11:22 PM on March 22, 2008 Permalink |
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    Hottest Sports Car Brands

    There are many top of the line sports cars in the car market that are available in different price ranges. The prices range from $20,000 for a compact car up to the $1,250,000 price of the Bugatti Veyron that can perform as a luxury car or for racing as well.

    Since the sports car was introduced in the world of automobiles, the sports car has become one of the best sellers of every car manufacturer that produces any version of its kind. The sports car is still the hottest seller and one that many car enthusiasts want to own. The desirable appearance and extravagance it portrays makes every sports car stunning in the eyes of any driver. Here are some models that are ‘top of the line’ in the category of sports cars:

    1. The Aston Martin DB9 Volante has features similar to the Jaguar, especially their external appearance. There are some similarities between the cars but the DB9 is more classical and the Jaguar XKR can be more handsome if you look at the details very closely. The DB9 comes with a 6-liter and 450-hp V12 engine that can satisfy every driver’s need for speed.

    2. The Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is capable of reaching 400-hp with smooth steering wheels and track-ready handling. It is affordable with its price of $50,000. The pricing is low compared to other sports cars that have similar features and performance. The current release of the Corvette is still the fastest in its class and to previous Corvettes that were released.

    3. The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Roadster comes with a power ignition hardtop, which is a modification from the previous SL design. It is probably the most extravagant aspect on the design. However, the most awesome feature in this car is its mechanical features that come with a V12 engine and produces 604-hp. The car can blast you away in a glimpse because of its speed.

    4. The Jaguar XKR Convertible is a ‘looker’ with its external appearance. Its awesome look does not end there. The mechanical features resemble the other great features of the car. Compared to other versions of the Jaguar, the XKR is highly tuned and has a 390-hp V8 engine that generates the great performance of the sports car.

    There are far more sports cars that can be categorized as ‘top of the line’ in their class and in their price categories. Other sports cars that can be classified as super exotic cars include the Ferrari F430, Porsche Carrera GT, Cadillac XLR Star Black Limited, BMW 645Cic, and the Lexus SC 430.

     

  • »Rental Services as Business for Sports Cars«

  • TorontoSEO 11:21 PM on March 21, 2008 Permalink |
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    Rental Services as Business for Sports Cars

    The option of earning money through the sports car rental services can be a good idea for business. Sports rental cars are leased to people that can not afford to own a sports cars. These cars are most often rented for special occasions where a person feels the need to be extravagant and feel the pleasure of driving one. Here are some tips that should be considered when entering the business of sports car rentals:

    1. Get the best deal for customers that are willing to rent such expensive cars. Most people who are willing to pay the price of the rent are those people who will be attending business meetings or for special occasions where they need to look successful and/or glamorous.

    2. Make three different kinds of rates for the rentals. First, make a rate for all additional used mileage; second, charge a rate for unlimited mileage; and lastly, provide a rate that will include free mileage for drivers who rent for longer periods of time.

    3. Aside from the mentioned rates, make a special rate that will charge the customer when the car is used for a specific destination or on special occasions. It is important to have a variety of rates everyday, every week, and during weekends. They should depend on the terms that were agreed upon and disclosed by the owner and agreed to by the customers.

    4. Require the customer to pay the expenses for airport charges, fuel expenses, and the additional driver insurance. All disclosures and terms should be in printed documents and they should not be handwritten. It is safer when these terms are properly written and signed by both the owner and the customer. These are the standards that were set by the Consumers Protection and Regulation law to insure the safety of the car and the customer.

    5. Other factors that may affect the rate of the sports car includes the type of the sports car that is rented. Applicable taxes will add to the rental fee of the rented sports car. If the location of the delivery of the car is too far from the rental service office you may want to add an additional fee. The day of the week can be a factor – special rates for weekends and/or holidays.

    Just remember to be fair on the rates that you charge for the sports car rental service. Sports car renting is a good business to consider. Aside from the pleasure and extravagance that is benefited from the sports cars, sources of income and good money will be earned by having them rented.

     

  • »Feeling the Need for Speed«

  • TorontoSEO 11:21 PM on March 20, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , Feeling the Need for Speed, , reliability, , , , , , , ,   

    Feeling the Need for Speed

     

    Getting a sports car is an investment since it involves a lot of money. If the person has enough money to buy one, then there are other things that a person can think about before driving it off the dealer’s lot.

    • Sports cars usually have only two-seats. If you want to have more than one passenger then you must choose another style of car.

    • Cars come with different transmissions that can be from 5 to 6 speed or automatic. If you do not mind stepping the pedal then a stick shift will do just fine, however if you find this to be inconvenient especially in traffic, then choose a car with an automatic transmission.

    • Sports cars are built for speed and not comfort. If you decide to add a little comfort when driving the vehicle with friends, then the location of engine is another deciding factor before buying.

    • A sports car is an expensive one that is two or three times more expensive than a regular car. If there is the possibility that you might lose interest in a sports car, then it is best to purchase a different style of vehicle available in the market – one that will retain it’s resale value so that you are not spending your money for just a ‘new toy’.

    • Since there are many brands of sports cars that are made locally and/or imported, it is best to test drive a vehicle to check how much horse power the car will have, or you desire, for the value before choosing that particular sports car…

    • Doing some research will help you get the best deal possible. You can do this by surfing the internet or going to a dealership for brochures. Auto magazines can also provide useful information to assess a vehicle’s performance, technical specifications and reliability.

    • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has data on crash tests for certain vehicles. You can check with this office to ascertain the reliability of the car you are considering.

    The sports car is truly one toy that is for the ‘big boys’. Finding one will take some time but it will all pay off when you are finally driving it.

     
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