Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Car Wash Tips for the Summer Months

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    As the summer months begin, it is the perfect time to give your car or truck a good washing. You could always take your vehicle to be professionally washed and detailed, but it can also be fun and easy to wash the car or truck yourself.

    Dirty Car Wash

    Here are some rules to follow for the perfect car wash.

    1) Everyone should know this already, but first you need to wait for the perfect weather. Obviously, you should not try to wash your car in the rain or inclement weather. You also shouldn't wash your car in full sunlight, as the light can leave streaks on windshields and bake the soap into the exterior paint.

    2) Start your car wash with a rinse, not soap. Rinsing off your car first helps loosen and remove some of the caked on dirt. This means less scrubbing for you later.

    3) Work on the tires first. Because the tires are usually the dirtiest part of your vehicle, it's best to start with them. First, you may need to use heavier-duty cleaners on your tires. You definitely don't want this residue getting on your newly cleaned car. Also, tires often require the most scrubbing, so it's best to get the harder work out of the way first.

    4) Then it is time to move on to the rest of your vehicle. Many people wash their car horizontally, that is, from front to back. Car washes work this way, so it seems logical. However, you should really be washing your vehicle vertically, from top to bottom. As the runoff from washing up top makes its way down the vehicle, it helps clean away some of the dirt and grime on the lower parts of your vehicle. Because the lower areas are usually dirtier, this is a much more efficient cleaning method.

    5) Finish it off with a good rinse. The last think you want is to leave left over suds.

    Clean Car Wash

    Any other car wash tips to add? Let us know in the comments!

  • Jeep Wrangler or Grand Cherokee, There Is A Jeep For Everyone



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    There is a Jeep for everyone, young or old drivers, men or women, Jeep has something to offer, from the Jeep Wrangler to the Grand Cherokee.  SUVs like the Grand Cherokee and Liberty to the smaller, everyday models like the Compass, Jeeps are suitable for every type of driver. Adventurous types generally prefer the iconic Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Jeeps have a classic look that is very recognizable to most people. If you want a car that stands out and makes heads turn, get a Jeep.  From the classic Jeep, to a more modern city-style SUV — there is a Jeep for every kind of lifestyle. Knowing what you want to do in your Jeep ahead of time will assist you in picking the right Jeep vehicle for you!

    The Jeep lineup is geared towards users who want tough and reliable rides. One of the most iconic Jeeps, the Wrangler, is designed to be a rugged, off-road vehicle. It can be driven year round rain or shine and even snow a beast on almost every type of terrain.  Wrangler owners are frequent travelers who love to experience the outdoors in the Jeep — and camp, attend music festivals, go hiking, and explore all parts of America in their Jeep.

    Thanks to its excellent on- and off-road performance, good safety scores and well-designed interior, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the top midsize SUVs for families along with the Compass and Patriot.  The Jeep SUV line gives you more of a comfort ride as well as cargo space for your kids sporting equipment.

    The Jeep has a classic design with a unique look. If you like your vehicle to stand out and get noticed, the Jeep will do just that. The styling of a Jeep is rugged and ready for action. It's an exciting combination of an SUV and a convertible, giving you the best of both worlds. The superior handling of a Jeep makes getting around the city or country stress-free. Weather or road conditions aren't a headache when you are steering a Jeep in rain, mud, or snow. The acceleration gives you the power to pass slow moving cars, and the excellent visibility gives you a safety advantage. There are many things that set Jeep brand owners apart from everyone else: a love of off-roading, living in the “Go Anywhere, Do Anything” spirit and having respect for our heritage. The Jeep is not just a vehicle — its the vehicle that allows you to escape, unwind and have new adventures.


    Barbie Jeep


  • Be Kind to Animals Month - Good Samaritan

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    If you did not already know, May is Be Kind to Animals Month. One Good Samaritan in Racine, Wisconsin did his part by helping a stray kitten. The man, Wayne Clingman, was at home with his wife when she saw a kitten dash under a car. Clingman went to investigate, and discovered a small group of children with rocks watching the kitten. He decided then and there that he needed to save the cat.

    Clingman got the kids to leave and set to work luring the kitten out from its hiding spot. After a little coaxing, the kitten came to Clingman. He wrapped it in a towel and put it in a spare kitty carrier. They gave her food and water and kept her overnight. The next morning the Clingman's headed to the local Humane Society. The kitten, now named June, was checked over by a vet, and is now available for adoption.

    June was sure lucky that animal lover Wayne Clingman was willing to step in. Be Kind to Animals Month may not seem like a needed thing; we have so many "month" celebrations already. However, the kids who were chasing the kitten, could probably use a reminder about Be Kind to Animals Month.

    For more information, check out this article.

    Do you have any Good Samaritans you’d like us to mention on the blog? Let us know in the comments!

  • Summer Time Car Maintenance


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    Summer time is here, time to look over your car and take care of that summer car maintenance. Just like any new item, every car has the tendency to dull over the years, leaving the car just looking old and worn out. For most of us, our car is a reflection of ourselves, so why do we start looking for a replacement car when the miles start to rack up or some scratches appear when the car still has the ability to perform well for many more years? Just because the exterior has deteriorated and minor fixes need to be done, it is always better to opt for repairs rather than scrapping the vehicle completely. Give your old car a facelift that will not only give it a new look, but will also improve in performance and handling.

    Let’s start with the inside, replace the dimmed dashboard that was once glowing with lights, giving your car a refreshed look each time you enter the car. Simply replace the relays, lamps and dashboard meters, (if they are not working), and get that new-and-improved look for your car.

    Taking care of common repairs and replacements like oil filter and air filter, keeping up on fluids as well as bearings and seal replacements will certainly show positive results in your car. Check the battery condition, electrical wires and relays for any damage making sure that the electrical systems work in the manner they are supposed to.

    Remember how your car first road well cars tend to lose their handling and steering abilities after time.  Common problems like worn out steering pumps, improper wheel alignment and balancing, and worn out wheel bearing can all result in bad handling. Replacing these parts as well as having a wheel alignment and balancing done will bring back that riding experience you enjoyed when you first purchased your car.

    We all know a good washing and waxing help with the appearance of your car but you want more. Don’t have the money for a paint job you can think of replacing the fenders, bumpers and spending a little money on dent removal.  Replace headlight and taillights for brighter ones. Try using some chemicals or scratch removers on those noticeable scratches which damper your cars looks.

    Luckily, there are aftermarket accessories that have equal quality and reliability at a much lower cost than the original ones. . A new grille, chrome accessories, wheel covers or rocker panels will add some nice shine to your ride. Making use of aftermarket accessories will give your car the ultimate new look. If you take care of your car, your car will take care of you.

  • Classic Car Museums for Classic Car Lovers


    Classic cars are a staple of Americana. In just about every area, enthusiasts get together to show off their beauties and trade stories and tips. If you love these mini exhibitions, but want to see more, there are plenty of classic car museums where you can get your classic car fix.

    Classic Car Museums

    Possibly the greatest classic car museum is the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. What started as a simple hobby grew into quite the collection. The museum first opened in 1966 as a simple mom and pop operation. Over 45 years later, it now holds over 400 vehicles, as well as an old train station, old service station, and collection of hood ornaments.

    The Northeast Classic Car Museum is located in Norwich, New York. It is comprised of five building that holds over 160 classic cars. Though some of the cars are owned by the museum itself, many are loaned by local owners. One of the highlights of this museum is the 1928 Ford Model T, where you can sit and get your picture taken!

    The Museum of Automobiles in Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas features some real antiques. The oldest car in its permanent collection is a 1904 Oldsmobile French Front. It also has a small collection of classic motorcycles, including a Harley Davidson model from 1913, as well as an antique license plate collection. The museum also holds numerous shows and swap meets throughout the year.

    A list of automobile museums in the US is compiled by the National Association of Automobile Museums. Check to see if there are any classic car museums close to you!

    Though all of these museums are enticing, they cannot completely replace the joy of watching the owners themselves talking about their prized vehicles. So, have you ever been to one of these classic ca museums? Do you have another museum to recommend? Let us know in the comments

    Do you have a classic car yourself? If so, be sure to check out these Cover King car covers, which will protect your classic car from dust and rain.

  • American Muscle Cars and American Music

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    With Summer time now here I can't wait to go to the car shows, American muscle cars, and some good old American music equals a good time. Over the years, American cars have often been celebrated in song. Music aficionados are familiar with “Mustang Sally,” but would “Celica Sally” produce the same nostalgia someday? It seems from the very beginning that muscle cars and music were tied together. An entire generation grew up with rock and roll on the radio, and a hot car in the driveway. For the first time, a hit song could help sell cars in the dealership and some manufacturers actually supported musicians that sang about their products. Here are just a few of the songs that helped define and popularize the muscle car.

    The Mustang has been a symbol of speed among American motorists for many years, helped along some by Steve McQueen’s car chase through the streets of San Francisco in a GT 390 Fastback in the 1968 film “Bullitt.” However ‘Mustang Sally’ is about a lady driving her car at fast speeds.

    Beach Boys paid tribute to drag racing with ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ which is an ode to a ’32 Ford with a big V8 that is custom made to blow the doors off gear-headed rivals.

    Prince wrote ‘Little Red Corvette’ A more modern twist on the classic muscle car which again compares a woman to a hot muscle car. Chevrolet put up a billboard in 2001 with a picture of a red 1963 Corvette Sting Ray and the caption, “They don’t write songs about Volvos.”

    In 1955, by a band called Charlie Ryan & the Timberline Riders. Ryan wrote the song about his own 12-cylinder hot rod Lincoln and a road race he embarked on in ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’

    Chevrolet 409, which contained a 409-cubic-inch engine that could be modified by racers to generate more than 400 horsepower had a song written for it. The Beach Boys recorded “409” in 1962

    Sometimes songs about muscle cars actually helped to sell the cars from the dealerships, and this is one of those songs.  “GTO” describes the thrill of speed that muscle cars promised, and like many muscle car songs, mentions drag racing.

    These are just a few of the famous songs that have immortalized the muscle car experience over the years.  What are your favorite muscle car songs?

  • Truck Farms Are Rolling Urban Gardens


    A crew in Tampa is taking urban farming to a whole new level. Technically, it could probably be considered a “container garden”, but rather than the traditional pots, it uses something new. This garden is planted in a truck bed! There is a similar truck farm in Chicago. The current Tampa owners saw the truck, and knew that they had to try it themselves. Not only does the truck make a cool container, but it also allows this garden to go mobile. The truck farm makes the rounds at various farmers markets and Chipotle residents. It also goes on field trips to elementary schools, and has been featured in various newspapers and TV spots around the Tampa area.

    As mentioned above, there is a truck farm in Chicago, and there is also one in New York City. The New York truck farm was part of a documentary aptly called Truck Farm. The documentary took the truck on tour to meet other “urban farmer pioneers”. The documentary and the publicity surrounding it started getting others from around the US interested in truck farms. There are now truck farms in over a dozen states across the US. To see if there is a truck farm near you, click here.

    The Tampa truck is owned by Fit Kids Playground, a group who works to combat childhood obesity. They teach about healthy eating in schools and hold events in area parks that encourages play and physical activity. The Tampa truck farm is also sponsored by Chipotle, which was originally started to revolutionize fast food into more healthy food.
    Truck Farm from Tampa

    Do these truck farms intrigue you? I don’t know about turning a nice new truck into a farm, but an old truck might be fun to use. Although, when you think about it, is soil and seeds any worse than some of the other stuff we cart around in our truck beds every day? I know if I ever did decide to start my own truck farm, I would definitely need a bedliner to protect my paint finish, and maybe even a truck toolbox to keep my gardening supplies in. After all, if you’re going to have a truck farm, you might as well have a truck farm in style!

  • Add Some Color With Painted Accessories

    Plast Dip


    Want your car to stand out, maybe add some color, painted accessories is a great fix. Are you looking for a big change? Plasti Dip it. It seems to be the new trend for adding or changing the color of your car. Obviously it's not going to be a replacement for a quality paint job but this may be a good option for people saving up for a paint job but still want their car to look decent in the meantime or for those who want to temporarily change the color of their car.  When people hear about a plasti dip car, it often confuses them. When most people think of painting their car, they think of using some sort of spray paint, but definitely not rubber. In fact, when you think of rubber, you wouldn’t think of a paintjob at all. Plasti dip allows you to give your car a sleek, unique looking color-change to your car without harming its original paint or messing it up. It is also more durable than paint when applied correctly, and if it peels off, it won’t hurt the original paint under it. Plasti dip is not actually made of rubber, it is simply made of a mix that has the same look and feel as paint, with the durable qualities of rubber. Even better is the fact that plasti dip comes in a wide spectrum of colors, so your creativity isn’t limited because of the product that you are using. Want your car to appear glossy? Plasti dip also comes in metallic silver and gold finishes. Pearl has started to make its way into the market and is becoming a very popular plasti dip finish.

    Maybe that might be a big step and you are just looking for a little color. For a little “street style” you can add on a hood scoop or maybe some side vents which can all be painted to match your ride. Want something sporty for your car add on a custom painted wing. Maybe you own a truck and want to add a little something to it for style and function you can get a sunvisor or match.

    No matter how big or how small, adding color to your ride is never a bad thing it just lets you stand out from the rest.



  • New Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra

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    GM is upgrading its pickups this year! Are you ready for a new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra? These pickups have been redesigned both inside and outside. GM is advertising the pickups' fuel efficiency, with the EcoTec3 5.3L V8 engine being more fuel efficient that Ford's EcoBoost V6 (which Ford was mighty proud of when it first came out). The engine uses Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing, and Active Fuel Management to provide fuel efficiency without sacrificing power.

    New Chevy Silverado

    Inside the cab, seats are more comfortable, there is more leg room in crew and double cabs, and the new MyLink system's 8-inch screen features large icons, bluetooth, and USB connections. The front console has also been redesigned and the steering wheel has integrated controls. To improve handling and provide a better ride, new higher lateral-rate body mounts were developed and coil-over-shock front suspension are used. Even the truck bed is redesigned, with available under-rail LED lamps and an integrated tailgate spoiler.

    Larger axles increase towing capacity, and vehicles with the Max Trailer Package will have a maximum towing capacity of 11,500 lbs. The Driver Alert package featured both Lane Departure Warnings and a Forward Collision Alert system to help prevent accidents and improve safety. The warranty is for 5 years / 100,000 miles.

    The 2014 new Chevrolet Silverado starts at $24,585, and the 2014 GMC Sierra starts at $25,085. Once you get your brand new 2014 truck, make sure you stock up on all new accessories, like the Duraliner Bed Liner.

    New GMC Sierra

    Click here for more info on the new GMC Sierra

  • Watch Your Step with Nerf Bars

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    Over fifty years ago side bars made their debut on race tracks.  How did they get the name Nerf Bars?  Actually quite easy!  “Nerfing” is a racing term used to describe an inevitable, small collision that happens when one driver is trying to pass another driver.  Nerf Bars were installed on the race cars to deflect some of the damage caused by “nerfing”.  What the racing world didn’t know at the time was that they would catch on by the general public and be a staple on any pickup truck or SUV that wanted to look sharp.  Today Nerf Bars are also known as Step Bars, Tube Steps, Step Rails, Truck Steps, or Step Tubes.  Boy, that’s a lot of aliases for a vehicle accessory!

    Nerf Bars are attractive on a vehicle and absolutely make people take notice of your ride.  However, nerf bars are also functional.  Nerf bars allow you and your passengers easier access to your vehicle by giving you a step up.  Loading cargo on top of an SUV has never been easier or safer because most Nerf bars come with anti-slip pads that are made from a resilient rubber to provide stable, non-slippery support while stepping on them.  Now, imagine that they protect your vehicle.  That’s right.  They are stylish, functional, and now a protective measure.  Nerf Bars guard your paint finish and protect the vehicle from being dented and dinged.  If that’s not enough, Nerf bars also deflect street debris and slush which may cause damage and erosion to the sides of your truck.  The end result is that installing Nerf Bars will help your truck or SUV look cleaner and newer longer.

    Nerf bars have become one of the most popular truck accessories on the market, coming in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes – from round to oval wheel bars, to the more covert side step. Nerf bars come in a variety of finishes including chrome, black powdercoat and stainless steel to match the trim on any vehicle.  Now that you know a little more about nerf bars, get a leg up on the competition and define your ride with a set of your own.

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