10 Insane Facts About Tesla Motors

Interesting infographic from Stanley-R-Harris .

Elon Musk is a South African born investor, inventor & engineer. Many people know Musk from his involvement with Tesla Motors; the American automaker trying to change the world and create some of the first affordable electric-only cars. While being co-founder, CEO & product architect at Tesla, Musk also holds a few other roles in various other multi-million dollar companies. He’s also the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com (Which has now merged and become PayPal). Saying Musk probably has his hands full is an understatement, but even with all the responsibilities that fall on him, he always finds time to take up an active role within Tesla, recently announcing the “Model 3”, the third generation of electric car produced by the company, which has received around 350,000 pre-orders. But, what do you actually know about Tesla & Musk? Well, here’s “10 Insane Facts about Tesla Motors and Elon Musk”. How much did you know? 10-insane-facts-about-tesla-motors-and-elon-musk-0

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ANOTHER TOP BLOGGER AWARD!!!

Top 25 Automotive Bloggers on Thoroughly Reviewed!

See it here: https://thoroughlyreviewed.com/special-interests/top-25-automotive-bloggers/

Don’t Get Wrenched

Author: Elayne Kling

https://dontgetwrenched.wordpress.com

Elayne was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years where her customers included everyone from celebrities to NYPD to FDNY to countless New York City dwellers.  She is one gutsy New Yorker that hopes to instill more confidence in women when it comes to automobiles.  She has prided herself on the special care she offers women whom she feels are often mistreated in the auto repair world.  Today Elayne fills her blog with tips and trick for her readers that she hopes will educate them and save them hassle and money.  She’s even posted an article on how it’s possible to do your own minor car dent repair!

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Another “Best Of” award!

Thank you to the 10 Greatest website for naming us in the ‘Top 30’ best automotive blogs!

Top 30 Automotive Blogs 2016

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Do Yourself a Favor

Today I found out that a friend of mine picked up her car from a repair shop because they told her she needed $2,000 in repairs and drove directly to a used car dealer and traded it in for $500. This was a Subaru that we could have sold for about $3,500 without putting much money in to fix it.

I get that she was irritated and didn’t want to lay out all that money. I get that she really wanted a newer car and she wanted it in that minute. But what I don’t get is that she didn’t even call me on the way and get my advice. Well I guess I get that too, she knew I’d talk her out of it and and she stomped her foot and wanted to get her way.  She of course spent 10 minutes justifying her thinking to me today but lets face it, it was just an impulsive move that cost her a lot of money.

I’d just like to remind everyone that when you trade an old vehicle in like that the dealer is basically throwing you a pittance that they will then add on to the price of the car they sell you. They really have no use for a vehicle that needs that much work and won’t get much money for it. On the other hand she could have invested about $500 and gotten the safety issues addressed (brakes).   Then she could’ve sold the car, making a nice chunk of change, informing the new buyer they had to put a little more in as well.

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Don’t be impulsive, take your time and do the work involved, owning a car isn’t a free ride. I know sometimes you just want the shiny new object and if you can afford to do that then go for it, but if you’re like most of us throwing away a couple of thousand dollars is just plain foolish.

 

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Skip the Body Shop for Minor Car Dent Repair

I love this type of info because it saves you money and you can actually do it yourself. Of course there’s a learning curve but isn’t there with everything?

Automotive Repair Systems in Dubai reminds us that we don’t have to spend a ton of money on small dents.

In the past, small dents and scrapes on vehicles required a full examination and repair at a traditional auto body shop.In recent years, the advent of paintless dent repair (PDR) techniques has allowed car owners to have options beyond the traditional auto body shop. However, in order to properly remove a minor dent, some finesse and experience with the maintenance of cars is certainly required. The perfect answer to your minor dent problem is PDR, which can be performed either on your own with the right equipment and training or by a certified paintless dent removal technician.

What is PDR?

Paintless dent repair is an approach to removing dents that works on the damaged areas from the inside of the car. Where you see the dent on the outside does not necessarily correspond to where the repair of the dent will be focused on the inside, so paintless dent repair is an art of its own. By using the proper tools and ensuring that the dent isn’t pushed too far in the opposite direction, a paintless dent repair professional will work to restore the dented area to its original appearance.

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The Benefits of Paintless Dent Repair

#1: It’s Cheaper

Going to a body shop can result in an extremely high bill, as their time is quite expensive. PDR is a much more affordable alternative. Depending on the size, severity, location, and number of dents, costs of paintless dent repair start at around $75 and go up from there. It is almost a guarantee that a dent repair at a body shop, no matter how small, would cost a great deal more than $75. If you decide to do the repair outside of a body shop, the only purchase you need to make would be the tools involved in the dent removal process and the rate for a PDR technician if needed.

#2: It’s Faster

Taking a car to a body shop for repairs can mean being without a car for days, and dealing with the hassle of coordinating a drop off and pick-up. However, by removing the dent on your own or by using a paintless dent removal technician you will save a lot of time. A highly-trained paintless dent removal technician can remove dents in a matter of minutes by using their box of special tools to “massage” out the dent.

#3. You Can Do It Yourself

Paintless dent removal is something that you can do on your own, given you have the proper tools and have some knowledge about cars. By doing it yourself, you save both time and money and can do it immediately, rather than having to wait until someone else can do it for you.

#4. It Actually Works

Massaging the dents out of the car using the correct tools leads to the successful restoration of your car to its pre-dent condition. The “before and after” success stories of PDR are all over the internet, and a certified paintless dent removal technician can help most vehicles walk away with their minor dents properly repaired. However, it is important to remember that the metal that was dented is still damaged after paintless dent removal is performed. PDR is more of an aesthetic fix, but is not a full restoration of your car’s body to its original state. As you can see, there are some great benefits to paintless dent removal. With PDR, you save money, you save time, you have the ability to do it on your own, and you can rest easy knowing that the dent removal was truly successful. Keep in mind, though, that PDR is not for everyone; this method is for minor dent repairs. Major dent removals should be left to professional body shops, as it is likely that the damage to the body is more severe than you know and could lead to some serious car troubles down the line.

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Top 100 Car Blogs 2016

Thank you Washos.com for naming us one of the 100 top car blogs of 2016. We really appreciate it!!!

The 100 Best Car Blogs of 2016

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5 Car Costs You Can Avoid (That Your Garage Might Not Tell You)

Tips from a mechanic friend, Giles Kirkland of Oponeo.

Running a car isn’t cheap but there are often costs that can be avoided if you have a little knowledge about your vehicle. However, some garages might not choose to tell you this, as it means the lose out on the profit. Yet this can stand to save you plenty of money over the years and across the various cars you may drive, so it’s worth learning a few tricks of the trade. Here are 5 car costs you can often avoid, even if your mechanic doesn’t want you to.

Avoid Additional Repair Costs With Receipts and Guarantees

A good mechanic will stand by their workmanship. As testament to this, garages often offer timed guarantees on their work. For example, if they replace your suspension system, they could offer a year or two-year guarantee. In other words, the quality of their repairs should hold up during this time and, if not, you can get free repairs within this period. You should be aware, however, that repair guarantees are not a legal requirement but it’s worth shopping around for this, as it stands to reason garages that offer this are proud of their service. Still, you should always keep receipts of the original work, including written proof of the guarantee, to remove plausible deniability down the line.

Maintenance And Servicing

Similarly, you don’t need to pay a garage every time something needs changing. While it’s not advisable that you start tinkering with your engine without any knowledge, there are some excellent car maintenance guides online that can help you with the simpler stuff. The same can also be said for your tire air pressure. Why pay a mechanic to measure something a cheap sensor can do for you at home? On this note, consider, throughout your driving life, how often you will have to replace bulbs, air filters or engine oil?  Imagine if you had to pay a service fee of $50 for this? Over the years, this could easily add up to a three-figure sum or more. Taking an hour or so to learn a little basic car maintenance will ease your reliance on your mechanic and make it much harder for them to convince you into paying over money for simple fixes.

OEM Parts

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and, as you might imagine, these are often quite expensive. However, most of the time you’re simply paying for the brand name. If your car is long past its original warranty, there’s little to no need to maintain OEM-only equipment. This is beneficial to you, as there are plenty of third-party aftermarket parts that are designed to be competitively priced and with a high level of quality. With a little research, you can find some fantastic options. Many even come with a year’s warranty or guarantee of their own. Of course, your local dealer isn’t going to sell you these, because they only have their own OEM parts stocked. Similarly, even independent garages have a limited selection and may not stock a certain supplier. Yet you should also know that you don’t need to use their parts at all. There are plenty of garages that allow you to buy your own parts online and bring them in. This way, you just pay the garage for the service.

Tire Fittings

When most people think about cars, their tires are the one area that is instantly recognized as replaceable. At some point, you will need new tires and this is where many garages, again, can try and up-sell you in terms of value without any gain in quality. For example, if you only ever drive in city environments, you don’t need tires especially adapted for winter, since the roads you drive on are well maintained. A garage might try and convince you otherwise, because this lets them sell you a new set of tires and a servicing fee to fit them. If you don’t encounter snow or winter conditions, stick with summer or all-year around models. These often improve your fuel economy, too, helping to save even more.

It Might Be Cheaper To Replace The Car

Finally, as any car gets older, the repairs often become more frequent and the annual bills become higher. For garages, this is a good source of money, but you should look at your figures and learn when it’s cheaper, in the long run, to replace or replace your car. If you have a rough idea of the costs of a new car, try comparing this to your existing annual costs. Add up the insurance (including the excess), average annual repair fees and other maintenance costs. If this value is starting to grow past the cost of a new purchase, surely it’s better to just get a new car? This replacement will be in better condition, requiring less maintenance, and may even come with less insurance. If you find this is the case, make the change. Unless your mechanic offers a scraping service, there isn’t any profit in them sharing this advice. Of course, you should always look to recycle car parts, as the various alloy metal, glass, rubber and plastic parts are invaluable.

For one final tip, and Elayne’s #1 tip, is to always find a reliable mechanic when your car isn’t in need of repairs or tests. This way, when the big or surprise events come up, you already have someone to turn to. This way, you’re not walking into garages in a panic and willing to pay more than you need to.

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