What’s in a Jeep Door Storage Jacket?

Just how customized can a car get? Well, it depends on the type of car and its intended function. However, it suffices to say that nothing beats Jeeps when it comes to customization. This is perhaps tied to the extreme conditions that Jeeps are subjected to especially during off road adventures.

Jeeps are some of the few modern cars that allow for full assembling and disassembling of its various components before and after a ride. The Jeep doors in particular can be stripped off and stored separately to keep the effects of extreme weather conditions at bay. Storage might not be an issue but how the storage is done is what really matters; it is with regard to this that manufactures of Jeep parts such as BesTop thought it wise to design and manufacture suitable and conducive storage jackets.

So what constitutes a good Jeep door storage jacket? Many Jeep owners agree that durability is key but it is important to remember that there is much more that goes into it. Top of the list is probably convenience. A survey conducted by a consumer insight company in the United States revealed that many Jeep owners prefer the convenience of fitting the Jeep door storage jacket onto the door while it is still on the Jeep, unless it is absolutely necessary to detach it from the Jeep.

Other equally important features of a good storage jacket include heavy duty zippers for maximum protection, ease of portability and frost resistance. Ideally, there are two main types of jackets depending on the type of door. The Jeep wrangler unlimited and the Jeep wrangler are commonly fitted with slightly smaller versions of the jacket specifically designed to cover the soft upper parts of the doors. Many of these BesTop accessories are usually sold individually. The best part is that they come with an elaborate installation manual for your use.

The CJ-7 on the other hand is commonly fitted with full steel doors which require a much bigger storage jacket. These are sold in pairs and therefore you need to carefully plan for the purchase. However, it is worth noting that there is usually not much choice with regard to color. These Jeep door jackets essentially come in black color. It’s probably for a good reason; black is the color of dirt resistance so they say.

In a nutshell, a Jeep storage jacket is one of those Jeep accessories that make a lot of sense to any Jeep owner who is passionate about convenience.

They might come as an added expense but if the Jeep you drive comes with an easy to follow installation manual then they are totally worth the purchase. Just make the call, it might be shorter than you imagine!

Upgrading Your Discovery 3 Look With the Discovery 4 Grill

If you are one of the unfortunate Land Rover Discovery 3 owners that purchased their vehicles within the last year before the Discovery 4 was released, then you have probably experienced the bitter taste in the back of your mouth when you saw how similar the two models are, and it seems that the closer you purchased it to the new release the worse the taste gets.

Fortunately, it is possible to fix all that and prevent all the frustration by making a few cosmetic changes with a Discovery kit. The kits that you get these days are all designed to upgrade the way your vehicle looks and in some instances they are also meant to improve some of the performance specifications of the vehicle as well.

The really good news is that you can get access to all of these accessories via the regular supply channels as well as from after-market sales channels that manufacture parts and accessories specifically Land Rover even though they are not a part of the company itself. Generic parts are a cost effective way to replace, repair and upgrade your vehicle when you have a tight budget to work with.

A Discovery Kit is the Order of the Day

Prior to 2004 you could only get your hands on the old Series II models that were boxy and rugged, but they were probably one of the sturdiest and most reliable off-road vehicles you could find. When they released the Discovery 3, it was big change because they had incorporated a sleek, suburban design that spurned popularity amongst young urban professionals, housewives and businessmen alike.

If you had to ask the owners how they feel about their cars, the majority of them would tell you that they love their Landy’s and that they would never part with their Land Rover even if you paid them. That explains the extent of their feelings, and it certainly explains why the bitter taste when they released the newer version.

When you have to compare the two models side-by-side you notice that the overall appearance is virtually identical apart from a few minor cosmetic changes to front grill, the lights and one or two of the trimmings both inside and outside of the vehicle. All the other changes have been made to the engine and on-board electronics which you won’t see at face value and can only be experienced while you are driving.

Once you realise and accept that as a given, you won’t feel so done-in by the newer model and you can go back to enjoying your discovery 3. If you still feel the need to keep up with the changes, you can look for a kit that does the trick nicely, and you can carry on driving your car unabated by the newer model and no one else would be the wiser.

Upgrading Your Discovery 3 Look with the Discovery 4 Grill

The biggest difference between the two models is the front grill, and by simply replacing yours with the new one you would have won half the battle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always stop there because there is so much more you can do to your car than simply keeping up with the Jones’. Why stop with a grill, when you can change your vents, upgrade your lights, add chrome finishes and install side-steps and satellite navigation?

You can find accessories that function as part of the vehicle, or you can simply upgrade the way it looks. The choices are virtually endless – provided you have the budget for it! It’s a great way for Landy owners to keep their vehicles a while longer without feeling the pressure of buying a new car or worrying that their “previous model” is out of date.

Functional Accessories for Your Land Rover

Keeping your car up to date is one thing, but what about all the people that actually take their vehicles off-road? Surely cosmetic appearances are the least of their worries? If you are the type to get outdoors and into the wild with your car, then looking good is not going to help no matter how close you are to the newer model.

If that’s the case, you will probably spend your time looking at suspension coils, winches and all-terrain tyres. No matter what you plan to do with your Discovery, there is bound to be a useful upgrade out there waiting for you.

Automobile Dealers – Do You Really Have a Right to Refuse New Vehicles?

According to a recent article in the NY Times:

The Chrysler Group said Monday that it had not yet accounted for tens of thousands of cars in its inventory numbers, which are already considered high by industry standards. Chrysler said it had routinely excluded these vehicles, worth billions of dollars, from its tally of unsold cars and trucks because they had not yet been assigned to a specific dealer or ordered by a customer. (New York Times, October 24, 2006)

When I began learning about the automotive industry, dealers and manufacturers had a name for manufactured, but unordered vehicles. That name was: “sales bank.” The “sales bank” is a practice that the manufacturers allege they abandoned after being ravaged by the system during the oil crises of the 1970s.

By the early 1980s, when the dust settled, Automotive News was running stories like:

Ernest D’Agostino of Rhode Island filed suit, in the U.S. District Court against Chrysler Corporation, alleging Chrysler terminated his franchise because he refused to buy “gas guzzlers” — large cars with low gas mileage. A federal court jury found against Chrysler and Chrysler, in an unreported case, appealed. Chrysler agreed to drop its appeal and paid D’Agostino a settlement (Automotive News, October 1982); and

Fred Drendall, of Drendall Lincoln-Mercury/Pontiac sued Ford Motor Company alleging that when he attempted to cancel orders he was intimidated by Ford spokesmen and when he bowed to the pressure and ordered the vehicles, the high flooring costs forced him to refinance his dealership. He was eventually was terminated and suffered a heart attack. (Automotive News, December 1982).

Those were hard times in the car business.

Today, most Sales and Service Agreements have provisions such as the following:

2. (D) STOCKS. The dealer shall maintain stocks of current models of such lines or series of VEHICLES, of an assortment and in quantities as are in accordance with Company GUIDES therefor, or adequate to meet the Dealer’s share of current and anticipated demand for VEHICLES in the DEALER’S LOCALITY. The Dealer’s maintenance of VEHICLE stocks shall be subject to the Company’s filling the Dealer’s orders therefor. (Ford Motor Company, Mercury Sales and Service Agreement, Standard Provisions.)

Most states, however, have Dealer Day in Court Acts with provisions such as:

Art. 4413(36), SUBCHAPTER E. PROHIBITIONS. Sec 5.02. Manufacturers; Distributors; Representatives. (b) It is unlawful for any manufacturer, distributor, or representative to: (1) Require or attempt to require any dealer to order, accept delivery or pay anything of value, directly or indirectly, for any motor vehicle, appliance, part, accessory or any other commodity unless voluntarily ordered or contracted for by such dealer. (Texas Motor Vehicle Commission Code)

It shall be unlawful and a violation of this code for any manufacturer, manufacturer branch, distributor, or distributor branch licensed under this code to coerce or attempt to coerce any dealer in this state: (a) To order or accept delivery of any motor vehicle, part or accessory thereof, appliance, equipment or any other commodity not required by law which shall not have been voluntarily ordered by the dealer. (Section 11713.2 California Vehicle Code)

In addition to state laws, the National Dealer Day in Court Act also proscribes manufacturer and distributors from coercing a dealer into accepting “automobile, parts, accessories, or supplies which the dealer does not need, want or feel the market is able to absorb.” 1956 U.S.Code.Cong. & Admin.News, page 4603.

But, the law is always a two-edged sword and there is generally a fine line drawn between actions that are proper and actions that are improper. For example, it has long been settled that a dealer’s refusal to take all of the manufacturer’s line of vehicles, choosing instead to sell a competitor’s models, is grounds for termination. See, for example: Randy’s Studebaker Sales, Inc. v. Nissan Motor Corporation, 533 F.2d 510 (10th Cir. 1976), at 515.

Consequently, prior to deciding whether to accept or reject delivery of vehicles, a dealer should check with a competent automotive attorney, that is familiar with the laws in the jurisdiction where the vehicles are to be delivered, with respect to his or her particular circumstances.

Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice, nor should it be interpreted as so doing.

When to Replace Brake Pads

Worn brake pads can adversely impact your ability to bring your car to a halt. This can be especially dangerous in an emergency situation when adequately working brakes are a must to help you stop your car promptly. There are some telltale signs of pending brake problems; do you know what they are? Awareness of a problem is the key to avoiding potential harmful consequences; let’s examine some well known warning signs.

Signs of pending brake trouble include the following:

  • Squealing brakes
  • Pulling of the car from one side to the other
  • Wheel grabs
  • Brake pedal pumping
  • Sudden and hard brake pedal
  • Spongy brake pedals
  • Grinding of the brakes

    While some of these problems may necessitate you replacing other brake components, an inspection of your brake pads should reveal that they are worn and are in need of immediate replacement.

    Your next course of action depends on your expertise, your time, and on your wallet. Most garages offer a free brake inspection and this can be a wonderful opportunity to have someone else inspect your system to confirm your findings.

    Ask your mechanic for a complete diagnosis of your brake system and an estimate on what parts and repairs will cost you. A good garage will give you a print out showing a fairly close estimate of what your costs will be. Throw in your local taxes and the price quoted should be within 95% of the final cost, barring an unforeseen additional problem being detected [for example, brake master cylinder failure].

    If you feel reasonably confident that you can do the work yourself, you stand to save yourself plenty of money, at least in labor costs. You can save money with parts, too, by shopping around; the highest prices you pay will likely be through your dealer’s parts department. Prices at a national auto parts supply store should be lower, while prices through an online wholesaler should be about the lowest available as they purchase directly from the manufacturer.

    If you decide to purchase online, only obtain parts from a reputable dealer selling parts from trusted manufacturers. Be careful of those sites selling generic parts from overseas merchants. Make sure that you can return what you purchase, if needed, to address in based in the U.S.