Any Man Can Read A Mens Magazine – Cars Magazine

A mens magazine is an essential companion for men because it contains a lot of helpful information. It contains practical information relating to varied topics that men find interesting. Typically the layout and presentation will differ in many respects from that of womens magazines.They will usually contain a mixture of different and varied content and topics. The goal is to appeal to different kinds of personalities. This ensures that the magazine is an item of value since it will contain both serious as well as entertainment content.Hard news takes up little space but it is informative and will mostly be in a form of long features. This type of content might not be popular with some readers but is included because it gives the magazine legitimacy. This will also be accompanied by general features and opinion pieces that are mostly informative.Sport is always popular because it is one of mens favourite pastimes. Such content is also informative because it gives information on the latest developments in national sporting news. It also publishes latest results and league standings as well as top scorers.News on technology is one of the critical types of content. This is usually complemented by news on the latest gadgets in the market. Games and phones and car-accessories are among the most popular types of products which are profiled. There is also a section on movies and the latest DVDs. A guide of movies currently on circuit is published as well as the dates on which their run will end. Different genres of movie DVDs are reviewed to enable the reader to make informed choices of the movies they might want to hire.Cars are also a big attraction. Latest models and vintage models and as well as futuristic designs are profiled with detailed information on models as well as year of manufacture. This section will also usually contain news on motor racing.Music is also part of the content. Profiles of popular artists and bands are done as well as coupled by information on current chart toppers. Profiles of musicians and their bands are done to give more insight into the people who make the music.Clothing fashion and male accessories are profiled as well for the image conscious male. This is usually accompanied by a section on manly perfumes for different occasions. The most prominent and ground breaking designers are also profiled and usually also give tips on topics such as how to make your wardrobe interesting and unique.Sex is also a very popular topic with mens magazines. There is usually a combination of sexual health as well as sex as a form of entertainment and having fun. Topics on how to improve technique are always very popular and usually take up prominent spots on the magazines.It is important however to also keep in mind that one can also opt for magazines specialising in one type of topic or content. Sports magazines, car magazines and Health magazines are some of the prominent examples.

How To Find The Best Car Shows For The Cars You Are Interested In – Cars Magazine

You finding the car show that you want to attend may be hard to you but you can find the car show that you want to go to if you just look and ask around about them. If you can’t get the info out of the people then just go online and look for car shows in your area.If you cannot find the car show of your dreams around town then you just need to go online or on an online forum and look at what they have to say about the car shows in your area. You just need to look and once you find your car show you will be a really happy person.The other option that you may have if you have a magazine subscription because you love cars so much is to look through your magazines for lists about car shows around the United States. All you need to do is go through a magazine about cars and if you do not have a car magazine subscription then you need to go online and buy one. I think it’s like $15 dollars for a set of issues and you will be more then happy once you get your magazines and you are able to find the car club that you want to attend.If you are in a car club then you will be updated about upcoming events and what is going on in the car club. All the members will be talking about the car show if there is one up and coming soon. The car clubs are probably your best bet for getting info around your town. If you cannot get info from the local car clubs in your area then there must not be any car shows where you live. Chances are if you have a few car clubs where you live then you are going to have people that want to see a good car show and the people in your car club will let you know where they are located.Even though they don’t list much the newspaper might be another source for you to try if you haven’t already found the car show of your dreams. So just pick up your local newspaper and flip through it you never know a listing for a local car show might just be on the front page.The last option that you are going to have is going online and going to a search engine and typing in local car shows. You just type in your city or town you live in with car shows and you should have a result. You just go to Google and type in for an example, Miami car shows if you type that in you will see so many results that it’s not even funny even though that is Miami. You just type in the same thing except with your city and you should find out where the next car show is.

The No Hassle Guide to Buying Budget Used Cars – Cars Magazine

So, you are looking to buy a budget used car? The first step to consider, is whether or not you have a car to trade in the first place, as there are a number of different approaches that you can pursue to get the best deal. If you already have a car, then you can seek out dealers who may possibly give you a good trade-in value for your existing car and offset the cost of buying a new one. In practice, this doesn’t tend to happen very often. Dealers will want to give you the lowest price possible for your existing car, and sell you a new one at the highest price possible! Not a good twosome if you are looking to get the best deal. So in practice, if you are looking to buy budget used cars then you are better off looking at the private market.A good place to start with this, is to determine the book value of the car which you wish to buy. It’s impossible to know whether or not you are getting a good deal, unless you know what the cost of the car should be. A good way to gauge this is to go online and take a look at something called the Kelly Blue Book. This is an off-line publication, but has now become available online, and gives you a good market indication of how much your budget used car is worth. Where this comes in, if you are looking to buy a car, is that essentially, it tells you what is a good price to pay for it!Okay. So you have had a look on line at the Kelly blue book, and have got a price in mind. The next step is to go to your local magazine seller, and get copies of all the different car selling magazines. Good ones of these include magazines such as Auto Trader, Exchange and Mart etc but these may vary depending on your location. Either way, you get my point. Grab a handful of car magazines that actually sell cars! Then go to the section in the magazine that deals with the car you are looking for. Then, before you do anything else, take a look at the prices, conditions, and locations of all the different cars that fit your requirements. In this way, it acts as a double check on the Kelly Blue Book price, and tells you what people are actually asking for their cars in the real world.Only now are you ready to look for budget used cars! You know the type of car that you are looking for, you know the condition that you will accept, and you have a good idea about what price you should be paying. Now it’s time to actually find some of the ads, and take a look at some cars. At this stage, if you are not technically minded, it can be a good idea to get a mechanically minded friend to come along with you. Because a bargain car, is only a bargain, if nothing goes wrong with it! This would be the ideal scenario.However, if you don’t have such a friend, then another option, is to get a feel for what you require, by visiting a car auction. This is not so that you will bid at the car auction, rather so that you can get a feel for the condition of the cars, and also talk to other people who are mechanically minded, and hopefully strike up a conversation about the kind of things that you should be looking out for with the particular type of car you are seeking. Certain cars for example have specific problems, such as dodgy brakes, dodgy boot clips etc and it’s a good idea to find those things out before you go out looking for your own budget used car. Armed with that knowledge, you are finally ready to get that dream mobile! And I discuss some of the strategies to go about that, in the links below.

Classic Cars – A Guide to Buying Online – Cars Magazine

Buying a Classic Car requires thought, research and some planning. Classic cars are usually bought by enthusiasts to use and enjoy. It is not easy to make a profit from buying and selling classic cars.Make a project plan and do your best to stick to itYou may see a tempting classic car restoration project listed in a newspaper or classic car magazine or on the Internet that may only be one or two thousand to buy and could be worth ten times as much once it is restored.Practically though, have you the skills to carry out the restoration of the chassis, engine, interior, and the exterior ? If you need to find a specialist company to undertake some or all the work your ten times buy price may just come down to zero or very little profit indeed. Indeed in many cases the cost of restoration when added together will exceed the market value of the car. If you plan to keep the car and enjoy using it then this is perhaps an acceptable price to pay but do not expect to be able to sell the car at a profit particularly in today’s “credit crunch” economy.Before you start looking – do you have enough storage space ? Do you have enough working area (remember once stripped down, the bits can take up an awful lot of space). No old car likes to be kept out in the open, not even with a plastic sheet to protect it from the rain, frost and snow and even the worst masochist won’t like working out in the open when it is blowing a gale! Lying on a cold concrete garage floor is bad enough but working outside in all elements usually puts a restoration project on hold permanently ! Where to look for your classic car. Look in the your local newspaper, classic car magazines, the Internet or even just take a stroll down your street. There is no shortage of old cars to buy. But what if you are looking for something special? Well, let’s face it, these days the easiest place to look is on the Internet.Go to Classic Lots (link below) and you will find thousands of classic cars from a rusty Mini for £100 to a Ferrari for £500,000. This excellent site also includes all the classic cars available on Ebay.Once you have identified the car that you want, read between the lines and look at the background of the pictures.You can learn a lot from what is not said as well as the way a description is written.I am always cautious when it says “selling it for a friend” and yet there is no contact number for the friend so you can make personal contact. When the subject of mileage is omitted from the specification box and the description… why?Keeping in touch with reality is essential. IF IN DOUBT – CHECK IT OUT!!!! Answer those niggling questions. In the pictures you can see what looks like oil on the ground. Is it from the car you are buying? Is that mud or rust?Ask yourself four questions. Why do I want the car? How much can I really afford? How far do I want to travel to view or collect it? and then the most important question of all… Do I really know enough about these cars to commit X thousands of pounds on a piece of pretty (or perhaps rusty metal)?So, buying a classic car on an online auction? Well, I would advise you to adopt the following rules before commencing such an undertaking, and before you make a bid !Remember if you are the highest bidder (assuming if there is a reserve that it has been met ) and you win the auction then you have entered a legal contract to buy that vehicle (providing the seller has described the vehicle correctly).Do not expect to go to collect the car and having viewed it to be able to haggle over the price or to walk away. Buyer beware, and if at all possible always view the car in person before you place your bids. If do not feel confident in being able to asses the condition of your prospective purchase take along someone who has the skills to give you an honest opinion of the condition of the vehicle. You may also wish to consider using the AA or RAC who both provide professional pre-purchase inspections – if the seller seems reluctant to allow this inspection walk away !Viewing the car before biddingIf you have decided to go and see the car then arrange a viewing and if for any reason you can’t make it, let the seller know, it’s only courteous not to waste their time just as you don’t want them wasting your time.Things to take: a jack, perhaps some axle stands for safety, a torch, gloves and at the very least, a list of points you want to look at.When you get there take a quick look around. Has the car been kept outside or has it been garaged, this can give you a good indication of the condition you can expect of the body and or chassis. Are there other rotting hulks just lying around, maybe the seller just buys any old junk they can find and try selling it on, not much chance of the car you have come to see having had a service any time recently.Take a walk around the car and look for the tell tale signs of sagging which could indicate suspension problems or perhaps chassis problems. Do the doors and panels line up correctly, another indication of chassis problems or perhaps the car has had a bump at some time. Is it even one car or was it once two? Any repairs? Have they been completed well or have the repairs been bodged? Do the tyres match? What condition are they in? Check for rot in the body or in fibre glass cars/panels, look for stress cracks. Check the areas which are most prone to rot ie. arches, sills, doors, boot and bonnet. There are many different types of panels that can be used to effect repairs on a car and because of this the quality of repairs can vary.Check inside the car. Windows, front and rear screen, are any of them leaking? Is the headlining damaged or dirty? Lift the carpets where you can, check for water and any rot, maybe even holes in the floor? Check the floorpan and joints, don’t forget inside the boot, the floor and spare wheel area. If you are happy so far with the body etc. try the engine (you did check all around the engine compartment didn’t you?). Will the engine start from cold? If the engine is already warm perhaps the seller is trying to hide something, maybe cold starting problems, maybe he had to get a jump start or a tow just to get it going? Listen for any knocks, look for smoke. If you see blue smoke on startup that quickly clears it could mean the valves are tired and leaking oil into the combustion chambers. If the smoke does not clear that could indicate a very tired engine, something that will have to be added to the budget, not only for investigation but for the repairs.Clouds of steam on startup could indicate a blown head gasket or even a cracked cylinder head. Remove the radiator cap and look for “goo”. It is cross contamination and a good giveaway of cylinder head problems. Black smoke, probably just an over rich mixture but could just as easily be a worn carburetter.Knocking. Well, it could be for a number of reasons, light tapping on the top of the engine could be a worn camshaft or a small end on its way out. Knocking from underneath could be a big end bearing breathing its last. An expensive repair. A rumbling noise could be a main crank shaft bearing on its way out, yet another expensive repair. Check the various hydraulic fluids and water levels. Look for any stains around the compartment and on the engine. Does the radiator smell of anti-freeze? Is there any oil lying around? Not a good sign. Keep the engine running for a while, some problems won’t show up until the engine is warm. If the car is driveable, take it for a spin. How does it “feel” on the road, does it “pull” to the right or left? Is the clutch “spongy” or firm? Does braking throw the car into oncoming traffic? (eek!) Wiggle the steering wheel, any clunks? When you accelerate does the car lurch in any particular direction?OK so far so good. Now, the car may be 20 or 30 years old so it is not going to have all original parts. Brake shoes, clutch, spark plugs, points etc.. if they are the original parts, they are not going to be working very well by now! But seriously, if you are looking at an older car, does it have any of the original panels? Is the interior original? These points can add value to the car but the seller may try to pass off parts which were made last year in China as “original parts”.Check the paper work. Does it have all of the required paperwork with it? Check the logbook, a very good place to start and don’t be fobbed of with “We have just moved house and can’t find it at the moment, I will post it on to you..”. Never buy a vehicle without a logbook unless you know exactly what you are doing. It is also useful to have any old MOT certificates and any receipts are good as well.  Valuing classic cars. How much to pay? Well, the actual value of a classic car will vary considerably. It depends on condition, make, model, year and of course, what is it worth to you? Just how much would you pay to have that special car sitting on your drive at home?Be realistic! Just because you can isn’t a good enough reason to buy a chassis of a 1926 Rolls Royce if you have no idea where to get the rest of the car and no idea of what to do with the parts if you can get them. Providing you followed the advice above on checking the car over, you should have a good idea of whether you are bidding for a car you can drive away or one that will take months before it even has wheels.If you read the magazines, talked to the owners club and browsed the Internet to get a good idea of what your aimed for car is selling for, then you should have a price in mind that you will pay for the car depending on its condition.Most classic car insurance policies include an agreed value based on the market value of the car. At the end of the day, it is up to you and your budget. If you feel happy with what you have paid for your car then that is all that matters.The basic rules for Internet Auctions.Identify what you want – and have some idea how much you want to pay. Set a budgetonly you know what you can afford to spend, or borrow. Use classic car magazine price guides and real adverts to see what your classic will cost to buy. Ideally hold back 10 percent to cover any unexpected problems. Calculate running costs by looking at mpg figures. Get insurance quotes: classic cars can be covered on cost-effective limited-mileage policies and are often surprisingly cheap to insure. Remember also that pre 1972 vehicles also have no road fund licence to pay. Talk to owners about how costly your classic will be to run.Join the owners club. A huge resource of expertise can be found in owners clubs. Not only will they have some of the best looked-after cars but they have huge amounts of knowledge on the subject of buying and running your chosen classic. They often have cheap insurance and parts schemes, too.Get an anorak ! No really – buy some books on your chosen classic, read magazines and become a classic-car bore. Research on the Internet and visit Classic Car Shows to talk to owners. You can never know too much.Select a range of examples available… and do not let the cash burn a hole in your pocket. There are thousands of cars for sale every day so be patient, if it is not there today, it will be soon.Check the sellers location – are you prepared to travel to inspect and then collect the car if you win the auction. Do you need to consider the cost of having your new pride and joy collected by a car transport service or could you hire a trailer and collect it yourself ?Check out the seller. Read all the feedback for the last three months, negative feedback should ring alarm bells Ring him/her and get to know about your seller. Why is it being sold etc. Things like “Why are you selling the car?”, “Does it come with any spare parts?”, “How long have you had it?”, “Is there any rot?”, “Does it have any history?” MOT’s, receipts etc. can be helpful for the rebuild. If you know any specifics about the car you are enquiring about then ask any of the questions you feel you need answers for. It could save you a long drive and time away if you have the necessary information before you leave.If a vehicle has less than 3 months MOT ask the seller if they would be willing to send the car for a fresh MOT – to correct an MOT failure could be expensive.In the event of a car being sold as an MOT failure, ask the seller to specify the list of failures, then give your local garage a ring and ask them to give you a quote for the work that needs to be carried out. this will give you some idea of the costs involved in getting the vehicle through its MOT It will save you time and money in the long run, no point in bidding on a vehicle that is going to be to costly to put back on the road.Keep copies of all emails sent and received between you and the seller. they will come in handy if a dispute or conflict arises over the description of the item or any promises the seller makes you.Check if the seller is a private individual or a dealer – there are many people who buy junk from car auctions and then simply try to pass them off as their own vehicles for a quick profit.If the seller is a trader passing themselves off as a private seller and they are willing to lie about their status what else are they willing to lie about!!If the vehicle is being sold by a private seller, ask them how long they owned the vehicle for? is the logbook registered in their name and at their home address? if it is a genuine private sale, then the answers to the above questions should be yes!! if the answer is no to any of the above walk away.A few examples of the excuses usually given by traders posing as private sellers for not having the vehicle registered in their name “I bought the car for wife/husband or family member and they don’t like it” “insurance to high” (people will usually always get an insurance quote before buying a car)”wife/husband did not like the car” “too big or too fast” or “they failed their driving test” “I bought the car as a stop gap”ring any bells? I am sure you have heard at least one of the above and I have heard them all.Remember it is a Legal Requirement to register a vehicle in your name regardless of how long you intend on keeping the car.A reputable trader should and will disclose the fact that they are a trader, remember if you buy through the trade they may have certain obligations to rectify any problems with the car.In the event that you have bought the car without prior inspection, before you go to collect the car, print out the item page and take it with you. If the seller has mis- described the item in anyway, you will have proof in your hands to argue your case.If buying from a private seller, always meet the seller at their home address which should match the address the car is registered at. If there is a problem at least you will have an address to go back to. Do not agree to “meet on the Tesco car park as it will be easier than finding my house “When you go to collect the vehicle if you are unsure about the vehicle or the seller walk away. Never part with your hard earned money until you are satisfied.Once you have handed your money over, you will not be able to get it back! If you have not viewed the car do not pay prior to collection, if you do you will have little choice but to take the car away or lose all your money.What’s the worst that can happen if you walk away? the seller will give you negative feedback. its better to have one negative feedback than a car which is going to cause you lots of problems and cost you time and money. You can always argue your case with the online auction site and you may get the feedback comment removed.As a winning bidder you have a legal obligation to complete the transaction,however the seller has a greater obligation to be honest about themselves and the item they are selling. If the seller has misdescribed the vehicle and you do not complete the transaction they are very unlikely to take legal action against you for not completing the deal. Remember however if you simply change your mind and walk away without good reason the seller may take steps to recover the money from you.The basic rules apply even if you are buying from a trader or private seller if something sounds to good to be true then it usually is !!!I hope that you have found this guide helpful and that using this advice when purchasing a classic car online will help you to avoid the pitfalls and hopefully you will end up with a classic car to use and enjoy over the coming years.

Cars And The Media – Interest In Cars Gets Into Top Gear – Cars Magazine

Whether it is Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, Vicki Butler-Henderson, or any other media car reviewer or online amateur, it seems as though everyone has an opinion on what the best cars to be driving (or seen to be driving) are.Looking back, it seems as though just a couple of decades ago, there were only a few real mainstream magazines on the shelves, most notably Motor magazine which merged with AutoCar, and Performance Car which then became Car magazine; now it is difficult to escape the mass of car magazines which fill the shelves of the nation’s newsagents.The current best selling car magazine, Top Gear was first published in 1993 as a spin off to the Top Gear TV series, which first came into being in 1977 as a 30 minute BBC Midlands TV programme, which reviewed new car models and covered other car-related issues such as road safety, classic cars and motorsport. Since this time, the two biggest mainstream UK Car programmes, Top Gear and Fifth Gear, have become important parts of media car culture in Britain.Over recent years there has been a change in the way that cars have been dealt with by journalists in the media. As time has gone on, and following a major revamp in 2002, Top Gear has moved away from a standard journalistic show and focused on a more light hearted and quirky based entertainment style of programming. The actual motoring information provided on the show has been decreasing, as global ratings have been increasing.It still remains one of the most entertaining shows on TV and provides essential viewing to both petrolheads and millions of non car enthusiasts alike. However, with the inclusion of celebrity challenges, outrageous stunts and challenges, and the regular destruction of caravans, the focus these days is very much on entertainment and personalities rather than cars.Fifth Gear was originally intended as a replacement for Top Gear, which went into a period of lull around the start of the century following Clarkson’s departure before being cancelled. But the new programme on Five was launched just as the BBC announced they would bring back a new modified 60 minute version of Top Gear. Although achieving nowhere near the viewing figures that the Clarkson lead show has managed, Fifth Gear is generally less outrageous and more of a straightforward informative motoring show.Now interest in motoring has also gone online, with Top Gear being the most pirated TV show in the world, beating programmes like Lost and Desperate Housewives. The BBC reported that one video of Clarkson achieved 938,000 downloads on YouTube before they asked for it to be removed. Even interested non-journalists are now able to find videos and offer advice through car forums, motoring blogs [http://www.motoraddicts.com/blogs], general car sites and the many online owners clubs.With the future looking rosy for professional motoring journalists both on TV and in print, and as the public appetite becomes increasingly voracious to get involved in the action, and sites provide more interactivity, it is hopefully only a matter of time before we get fully immersive interactive super car test drives with a background commentary by Clarkson.

Useful Tips For Starting A Classic Car Restoration Project – Cars Magazine

Classic Car Restoration When purchasing a classic car you need to establish what work needs to be done and list the parts that you are going to need.Assessment of body work.What work is needed to be carried out?Is it a replacement or repair?Can you carry out the work yourself or will you require professional help?Do you have all the specialist tools needed to carry out the repairs and work?Do you have all the correct certification to carry out the work? Welding work will require a certified welder to carry out the work.Do you have adequate space to carry out the work required?TimescalesHow much time can you devote to your restoration?CostWhat is the estimated cost taking into account the timescales you have given yourself?How much money do you have to restore your car?How much work will you have to do yourself?Road TaxIs the car permanently off the road? If it is not of a certain age will you need to make the car SORN whilst carrying out the restoration?Acquiring parts To purchase parts for your vehicle maybe difficult as many parts become discontinued stock.It maybe possible to replace the part with a modern alternative.Second hand parts could be an option although if you can find the part you need it maybe in the same condition as the one you already have.Where to find parts. There are many ways to find parts if you are restoring on a shoe string.Car parts suppliers.Some modern suppliers may still have certain parts. Most parts after a certain period become discontinued, although there maybe a modern equivalent that is suitable although not authentic. You might even be lucky and there might be some old stock!Specialist car suppliers maybe your next option as they specialise in classic cars.Newspapers and newsagent windowsYou never know what will be advertised. You may want to advertise a Wanted space yourself, but that can be costly. If you want to keep the costs down ask them for a late space advertisement. If they have spare spaces to fill and you can negotiate a better advertising rate.Newsagents window are cheap and effective although localised. Keep a look out for adverts in your local newsagents for garage clearances, motor parts and vehicles for sale.Car magazinesCar magazines can be costly but great for information. Have good look in the shop to make sure you have the right magazine to suit your car. Many of the magazines are now online and you may be able to find out details of specialist repairers and restorers free of charge.Another cheap way of buying car magazines is to have a look at boot sales and local newspapers. It is amazing what information, books or manuals you can find for very little money.Scrap yardsGet to know your local scrap dealer or car breaker. Tell them what you are looking for and they can contact you if anything suitable comes in.Specialist car parts suppliersCar Associations Their members have been there and done it. You can find out details of associations in specialist classic car magazines and on the web.They will be able to provide you useful advice. Possibly have access to parts and specialist repairers.Car jumbles Look out for car jumbles or classic car jumbles. They are always great to have a look round and you never know what useful part or tool you will be able to pick up.Internet The web is a fantastic source of information. The internet provides copies of manuals, reference books, association feedback, newsletters and forums as well as purchasing essential items such as parts, tools and specialist classic car insurance.Insurance. Do you have the correct cover for your classic car whilst being restored to its former glory and when roadworthy? It is important to check with a classic car insurance broker for advice.

Used Cars – Few Steps to Consider – Cars Magazine

Buying a used car is a more challenging task in comparison to buying a new car. We needs to check different things such as condition and usage details while buying used cars. You require some important tips to make your purchasing hassle free.Some of the decisions required before the short listing of a car. These steps include budget, requirements and fuel economy. First important thing is your budget that is important to consider before your purchase decision. According to your budget, you can select a model according to your requirements. Whether you need a small or family car, you need to select a model accordingly.With changeable fuel prices, mileage has turn into a key concern while making decision. You can take help of online car portal to find out the estimated mileage car.After that, select a seller match your requirements. Today, most of the reputed car manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, and Toyota entered into the used car business so become an easy task to find a second car with good features. You can directly contact of the car dealer of the manufacturers of your car purchase via the internet. You can also use contact the car dealers who are not associated with any car brand but ensured about the reliability of dealer.You can also browse through different classified in the newspaper and magazines to find out a good option. Such advertisements have the name and contact address of the seller. Most of these sellers works as private sellers and therefore allow you to bargain to a great extent.It is important for you to check the history of the chosen vehicle includes distance traveled, age of the car, number of car ownerships and original car papers and certificates.

Luxury Sports Car Performs Best Over Others – Cars Magazine

Consumer Reports has tested the vehicles that it has purchased. And they are checking the range of expensive machines. And what they found out was that the Porsche 911 took earned the right to be called one of the best vehicles there is in the market. In fact, it topped the list of vehicles of Consumer Reports’ list of high performance sports vehicles and cars.David Champion is the senior director of the Auto Test Center of Consumer Reports. He even assesses the Porsche 911 by saying, “The 911 wowed us enough with its acceleration, handling, and braking for us to rate it our top sports car. The 911 is also easy to drive, but its much less expensive Boxster sibling performed almost as well.”The automotive magazine tested the Porsche 911 in all its Porsche car parts glory against other high class and high performance vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Dodge Viper. Aside from these two, the Porsche 911 competed eleven other performance vehicles that are currently available in the market. The vehicles went through a series of tests so as to see who performed best and who topped all others as a luxury sports car.You certainly would not believe the kind of prices these vehicles hold. The cheapest in the lot is the Lotus Elise that can be purchased in the market for $45,545 while the most expensive machine tested by the auto magazine was a Mercedes Benz SL550 vehicle that could cost you $105,855.All these vehicles had to go through tests that would give Consumer Reports data on who should be declared the best among the lot. The vehicles had to go through public roads. They also were driven through the Consumer Report test track facility which is located in Connecticut. The vehicles also had been tried using various tests like one for high speed maneuvering as well as braking and cornering while driving at high speeds.The criteria included various angles of checking an automobile. Aside from those mentioned, Consumer Reports also included areas like safety, acceleration, trunk space, comfort, and convenience.

How to Buy a Sports Car For Under $3000 – Cars Magazine

Sports cars care luxury cars for average people. The most affordable ones can cost as high as $20,000. And that is just a rough estimation. If you want more power and more performance to your car, the price will surely soar.But that does not mean that you will have to say goodbye to your dream of having this car. There are a lot of ways to acquire a decent sports car without busting the bank. Let me tell you a way on how you can buy your sports car for only under $3000.Step 1: If you have a penchant for the vintage car models, you can look online. A couple of British vintage sports vehicles are sold and most of them are in mint condition. You can refurbish as you wish. Buying a second hand car is ideal as you can work on it little by little. Change the paint, or change the motor to help it catch up with recent modernizations.Step 2: Scour automobile magazines for good finds. Look at the page of the magazine where they list a number of sports car sold for under $3000. You can find the most affordable cars Mazda and Nissan costing less than that.Step 3: You will be surprised of the number of junkyards that have decent sports automobiles. You can also ask about their services on refurbishing old cars. Most of the time, it should not cost you a lot. You can also ask the opinion of an expert on how much the refurbishing of the car you are eyeing at will cost. They can give you a rough estimation.Step 4: Another website you can look for is Craigslist. Just key in the amount you want. This is like an online junk shop. You can easily find what you are looking for. Plus, you can get it directly from the previous owner. Ask questions about is current condition and what repairs are necessary. eBay is also a nice site for scouring previously own automobiles.Step 5: Widen your car network. If you are really enthusiastic about cars and everything that has got to do with that, you can join clubs and go to showrooms. Chances are, you can meet a lot of people who knows a thing or two about refurbishing cars and where you can buy cheap but decent ones. They might even have a few cars they want to sell and you can get one for a cheaper price.

Meineke Car Care Center – Franchise Review – Cars Magazine

Meineke was founded in Houston, Texas, in 1972, by Sam Meineke. He started with one store and a single product line. The initial idea was to provide quality exhaust service at discount prices. Since then, it has grown and evolved. It is no longer a “muffler shop,” but is a well-known car care franchise. Its services include brake service, oil and lube service, front-end alignment, shock and strut service, and Catalytic converters. In the United States alone, there are more than nine hundred service centers. These centers are all geared toward perfect customer service and complete satisfaction. Meineke is a subsidiary of Driven Brands, which is the leading automotive franchise in the United States.Meineke has very high brand recognition and customer loyalty is extremely high. This is because of the high quality customer service that is provided. The automotive aftermarket is a huge industry, which is recession proof. With so many cars on the road that need parts and service, Meineke has always grown, even during the recession.The brand name is recognized by 92% of people living in the United States, and has been a strong presence for over thirty years. The wide range of services and the excellent customer service means that customers remain loyal to Meineke for all their automotive needs. Franchise opportunities are everywhere, as this is a continually growing industry which relies and thrives upon its franchises. It was ranked #55 in the Franchise 500, and #48 in America’s Top Global Franchises. Other media that give Meineke high ratings include Hispanic Enterprise Magazine, Franchise Times Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, the American Association of Franchises and Dealers, and National Minority Franchising Magazine. “Meineke Car Care Centers staff has board and committee seats on many franchise and automotive organizations including the International Franchise Association (IFA), the American Association of Franchises and Dealers (AAFD) and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). Meineke fully supports the IFA’s Vetfran program and is a founding charter member of their MinorityFran initiative.”The initial cost to start a Meineke franchise is between $15,000 and $30,000. The estimated total cost of the franchise is between $167,214 and $398,243. The ongoing royalty fee is between 3% and 7%. To qualify to start a franchise, applicants must have a net worth of at least $150,000, and liquid assets of at least $60,000. They must also have experience in supervision and general business.Car care experience is not needed, as training will be provided. This training course lasts four weeks in the main headquarters, and four days at the franchise location, with ongoing online training courses and a technical hotline for emergency help. Ongoing support also includes a newsletter, security and safety procedures, internet, meetings, and field operations and evaluations. The company manages the advertising, leaving each franchise free to focus upon providing the perfect customer service that the company strives to achieve.When looking to start any business it is important, particularly considering today’s market, that you look for specific ways to cut minimize or reduce overhead and risk. Any business is going to have risk, but it is important to have a full understanding of the amount of investment, startup cost and “ROI” (Return on Investment).Most people are not aware that 80% of ALL franchise endeavors fail in the first two to five years leaving large debts looming for years thereafter.One way and in my opinion the best way to cut overhead, startup and investment cost is to take advantage of the new age of entrepreneurship and start a business from the comfort of your home. Opportunities have emerged in the online market that are creating millionaires every single day. Learn more about the exciting opportunities tied to a business model that begins profitable by visiting: http://whatsbetterthanafranchise.com.