Pamper Your Car – Bedeck It with Car Mats

Car owners are a pampered lot; they are free from facing the hassles of public transport as have their own means of commuting. They can use it to go anywhere; they do not need to care whether there is any access for the public transport or not. They can also stick to their schedule as there is no need for them to wait for bus or taxi and thus get late. Above all, there is the comfort of travelling in a ‘room on wheels’.

They are also pampered as far as maintenance of the car is concerned. They have plenty of car accessories to add to their car, thereby to make it comfortable and flashy. Auto accessory market is highly rich in car styling kits. From performance car parts to car alarms, from alloy wheels to security kits, the market is replete with everything that someone needs to bedeck his car with.

An exhaustive list of car accessories available in the market will take a vast space to cover. However, a few important ones include roof racks and roof boxes, car mats, alloy wheels, interior and exterior styling accessories, Lockwood, Sparco, Race X and Pre Woodec. Car rear spoilers, front spoilers and body styling products, lights, strut-races, suspension kits, car alarms and car security products are some of the other important accessories that one can use to make necessary add-ons to his car.

Though some of the car accessories are simple for stylising, some others are important as security kits. By adding them to your car, you can ensure safe driving. Various types of locks, security alarms, seat belts are some of the things that increase the security measure of a car. Lights, car mats, seat flashy cover are among the glamorising accessories. They add to the beauty of a car.

How a Junk Car Shop Can Stand Out

Through its presentation

This may sound superficial to some of you, but customers often judge a business by the way it presents itself. I am not just talking about the physical appearance of the shop. A business’s presentation goes all the way to its marketing campaigns as well.

It means that a lame commercial and an ugly shop can both affect the perceptions of the customers. Even though the shop is mostly dealing with junk cars, it will greatly help the business’s image if it can avoid looking like junk.

Through its staff

Competence is a big reason when one inspects a popular business. A car shop achieves that status only when its staff really is competent. The business’s people must also show the customers that they are reliable.

The junk car shop’s agents, mechanics, clerks, office people, and receptionists must all convince the customers that they are worth dealing with, that the customers can put their confidence in the shop because its people are trust-worthy. Customers are judgmental. They are also self-important. One wrong move from the staff and you can expect them to go storming out the shop.

Through its services

Okay. What is the main service of a car shop? Of course, it has to become buying junk cars from interested sellers. Naturally, that is the main agenda in every marketing or promotional material. However, a business without variety is boring. The business’s customer base will limit to only one consumer group. Continuing with that process can become counter-productive.

The car shop is still in the automobile industry. However, if the business deals with other services too like car reconstruction and recycling, it can tap on a diversified and larger customer base. More people are likely to recommend the business to friends as well.

Through its more products

As mentioned above, the shop does not have to stay with only one service. In this case, offering more products can also help with the exposure and customer reach of the shop. The products can become anything from used or brand new car parts to car accessories.

The shop can even make a deal with a different business specializing in-car parts or similar products. The junk car shop can sell the products in the shop while the other business can make the shop its partner and help promote the business to its customers. This is a sweet deal if the shop does not have enough budget to invest on selling other products.

The New "Curb Appeal" – And We’re Talking Cars!

There is starting to be a new meaning to the phrase “curb appeal.” Traditionally, when you hear that phrase, you think of home improvement shows and real estate, but it’s starting to mean something totally new for the automotive industry.

The idea behind curb appeal started when real estate professionals began creating a “best practices” approach to selling homes. One thing they immediately noticed was that homes with a nice exterior always attract more potential buyers, so they began telling home owners to make small investments in the landscaping and exterior of the home to increase its value, and to get that all-important good first impression. If the first impression is a positive one, then the whole experience of viewing the home tends to be favorable.

It didn’t take long for this phenomenon to catch on in other areas too. Take for instance the automotive industry. Scion was the first to adapt this new approach to selling cars by creating a full line of add-on accessories to ramp up the appeal to a younger, more mobile demographic. As it turns out, that once minority demographic is turning into a fast growing majority, and suddenly automotive personalization is in huge demand. Scion figured out that by adding things to separate their cars from the run-of-the-mill variety, they would attract a new audience, and inevitably, success followed.

In 2009, we have seen a major upheaval in the automotive industry, with new car sales plummeting, GM on the verge of bankruptcy, and Chrysler selling out to Fiat. There are a lot of things that are going to take time to sort out in the new car markets, and this has given rise to a new type of consumer; one who will put off buying a new car and start re-investing in a current vehicle. This means that used car sales will increase and car owners will start ramping up the “curb appeal” of their cars to increase their value and help them sell quicker. Or, they re-invest in their vehicles to make them last longer, refresh the look and feel, or increase the performance.

This new attitude stems from a lack of consumer confidence caused by the underlying economic crisis. For many, this difficult financial time has taken the focus off of living beyond our means to look as good as possible, and put the focus on smart financial planning, reducing debt, and staying employed. Investing a few hundred dollars to prolong the life, increase the performance, and improve the vehicles appearance seems like a smarter decision when weighed against the prospect of buying a new car and taking on a lot more debt.

Even with these hopeful emerging trends, the Specialty Equipment Market Association recorded the lowest demand for aftermarket parts ever recorded for the month of April 2009. The Performance Parts and Accessories Demand Index (PADI) tracks the percentage of consumers who intend to buy aftermarket car accessories within the next three months. The index dropped to an all time low of 26% this month, down from a previous high of 81% just 14 months ago. Even so, experts believe that 26% of consumers intending to buy car accessories within the next three months in the midst of our current economic condition is still quite strong compared to what the index was estimated to be at this time.

The PADI index also showed that of all aftermarket parts sales, over 49% of the parts purchased were for general personalization and restyling, which could also be pointing to the fact that individuals are intending to stay in their cars longer. All of these indicators point to an increasing demand for aftermarket parts, performance parts, and styling accessories over the next few years. Hopefully, new car manufacturers will get on board with the new trends and start offering some new and exciting ways to ramp up their own curb appeal, giving us all something to smile about.

How to Maintain, Diagnose, and Replace Car Batteries

Batteries are designed with a specific life-span and their performance will decline after this time, requiring they be refurbished or replaced. Car batteries appear to be taking the brunt of the demands from all the impressive advances made in the car industry. Many auto accessories, aftermarket car parts, and high tech car stereos use large amounts of electricity which strains the battery.

There are steps you can take to extend the life of your battery so that it will not need to be replaced as frequently. Wash the terminals often to ensure they don’t corrode and cause problems with the electrical current. Try using pressurized water, like a hose, and a wire brush for the best results. Also, you may want to purchase a can of foam battery cleaner at your local parts store to help loosen any stuck on dirt.

Often there will be signs that the battery is beginning to wear out. Maybe the car doesn’t start right away as it once used to, or it needs a jump when sitting idle for just a few days. When you start noticing such signs, check first to make sure the cables are still secure and have not come loose from the battery. The needless shaking in car batteries may cause cells to deteriorate, which has the effect of diminishing the operating life of your battery.

If your battery is truly dead and can’t be revived, you will need to go to an auto parts store for a replacement battery. If you don’t know the battery type your car requires, there are several ways to find out. All batteries should have a “group size” number on printed on them to help with replacement. But if not, your auto parts store will have a manual where you can look up the correct battery type for your car by vehicle make and model.

If you need assistance with the installation of the battery, do not hesitate to ask an employee for help. The people that work in these stores are experts in car repairs and will be happy to assist you. However, some auto parts stores charge a fee for this service, so be sure to ask prior to the installation of your new car battery.