CarReview's Tire Shopping Guide – Don't ignore the most important thing between you and the road!

Thursday March 4th, 2010 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

flat tire -- calling for a tow truckBy Greg Gaillard

Tires are basically four patches of rubber between you and the road. Often ignored or neglected, those four contact points are ultra-critical to the safety and performance of your car. If you think about it, tires are crucial to keeping you ON the road and avoiding potential hazards. The condition and quality of your tires affect the ride quality, fuel economy efficiency, the amount of traction, and the braking distance. We might go so far as to say that a good tire choice can be the single best upgrade for improving the performance of your favorite ride, whether it be your daily commuter, family urban SUV, or your garage queen. Wouldn’t you want the best when thinking about safety, performance, and fuel economy for something you rely upon almost daily?

Over the past 20 years advances in tire technology have dramatically improved the modern driving experience. The latest tires enable vehicles to deliver a smoother ride, sharper handling and better mileage than their predecessors. As important, today’s tires deliver these improvements with extended service life and improved safety.

Since today’s tires are so refined and have effectively become an integral part of a car’s suspension, choosing the right replacement tire is more complex than it used to be. Add to this increased importance choices of style, specialized performance and cost and the process can feel overwhelming. Most people just want to quickly pick up new set of tires at a fair price. That is certainly possible, but a little extra homework can go a long way in making an efficient, informed choice.This overview offers some general guidelines to consider when shopping for new tires and will provide basic insight into reading the Rosetta Stone of tire sidewall markings.

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Choosing The Best GPS System For Your Car

Tuesday December 15th, 2009 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

3.5 inch portable GPS

Automobile GPS navigation systems provide drivers with dynamic street and highway maps, driving directions, and directories of restaurants, hospitals, car services, and other points of interest (POI). Voice prompts and alerts let the driver keep his attention on the road.

The newest and best GPS systems have full-color 3-D street maps, traffic alerts and rerouting, integrated hands-free cell-phone use, and easy touch-screen controls. Some of the best GPS models, such as the Garmin Nuvi 1690 and 1490, have wide-screens, FM transmitters so that you can hear your voice prompts and alerts through your car stereo system, Bluetooth wireless connection to your cell phone, theft prevention features, long-life battery operation, and more.

People who use such systems for the first time are usually amazed at the devices’ incredible accuracy and almost-magic capabilities. They often wonder why they didn’t get one sooner and how they could possibly do without one in the future.

There are three ways to acquire a car GPS system.

One is to buy a new vehicle with the navigation system already installed. The second method is to buy an aftermarket in-dash unit (e.g., Pioneer) that replaces your standard radio or stereo system. And the third method is to buy a separate portable unit, such as those by Garmin and TomTom, that can be easily mounted to your vehicle’s dash or windshield.

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CarReview Holiday Shopping Gift Guide For the "Car" Guy in Your Family

Tuesday December 8th, 2009 at 8:1212 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

red car wrappedBy Greg Gaillard

Shopping for a car enthusiast can be a challenge as they tend to dream about seemingly exotic and expensive purchases. While others may wish for simpler things, the car buff dreams of pricey performance parts, specialized tools and exclusive driving schools. While it’s fair to say that everyone at CarReview would love a $1400 gift certificate to drive a Lamborghini for a day, we also believe that there are simpler and less expensive ways to celebrate the season with your favorite car enthusiast.

The list below includes relatively inexpensive gifts that should be appreciated by anyone who loves cars and driving. Note that this list is a bit unconventional in that it is quite specific and developed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. No advertisers or government committee was involved.

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Top 5 Portable GPS Navigation Systems and Buying Guide

Thursday December 3rd, 2009 at 9:1212 AM
Posted by: m35man

best car GPSBy Edsel Rollin (Updated December 2010)

Choosing the Best GPS System for the Car

Several few years ago, satellite-based navigation systems were available only as expensive, built-in options on new vehicles. Nowadays, portable GPS devices that can be hooked up and fully operable in minutes have become accessible and affordable to every driver, not just those with cash to spare. I was amazed at how quickly the portable GPS technology has progressed.

I have a factory installed GPS in my Infiniti that I rely on more everyday to tell me where to go. I used to have problems finding places. I would get lost all the time and it ended up being a real issue. Getting directions from people is time-consuming and MapQuest isn’t always 100% accurate, so having a reliable GPS has undoubtedly saved me tons of time and gas money.

top 5 GPS devicesThere are a few things to seriously consider prior to purchasing a portable GPS. Hopefully we can assist you in locating the portable GPS that’s ideal for your particular needs and specifications. For most folks, price is the first thing to consider. Portable GPS navigation devices (PND) range from as little as $129 to more than $2,000. Fortunately, there are a lot good portables available for less than $500. The second question is what you want your GPS to do. If you want all the bells and whistles, you’re obviously going to pay more. The more pricey models feature things like Bluetooth handsfee technology, live updates, turn-by-turn directions, and more. But, if all you want from your GPS is for it to get where you’re going, accuracy and ease-of-use are obviously the top priorities.

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Hidden Costs of Online Vehicle Purchases

Friday November 14th, 2008 at 5:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

vehicle transportAlthough numerous consumers are now shopping for vehicles online, many still prefer to personally inspect their prospective purchases before buying. If you happen to share this disposition, several additional costs should certainly be factored in before signing any deals. On top of the vehicle shipping rates, you must also budget for travel, a professional inspection and shipping insurance.

Airfare and hotel accommodations will probably compose the majority of travel expenses and for the sake of this article all costs must be estimated. While rates fluctuate widely and date, distance and carrier all come into play; we will take the average round-trip flight to be $350. Similar variables affect the cost of a night’s stay, so we will settle on two nights at $75/night. Throw in $150 for car rental, food and everything else, and the trip comes in at somewhere in the neighborhood of $650.

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Auto Delivery in the Era of Online Car Shopping: Terminal to Terminal Vs Door to Door

Tuesday November 11th, 2008 at 6:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

The internet has given shoppers a great new landscape for finding a vehicle, and with so many options at the touch of a button, chances are good that the right car at the right price is only a click away. Unfortunately, odds are also strong that the car you want is in another state and you are now faced with the reality of contracting a shipper to deliver it. What now? Well, when faced with this issue you should consider several options. Depending on your budget, time frame and desired level of service, you can choose between terminal-to-terminal shipping and door-to-door delivery.

Terminal-to-terminal shipping involves transporting your vehicle, along with many others, to the shipping company’s regional storage facility. By consolidating your vehicle in a bulk shipment you will be able to save money. Read the rest of this entry »

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