Monthly Archives: December 2015

My Car Is Dead, What Do I Do With It

My Car Is Dead, What Do I Do With It

caAs all too many people know, cars can just die on you sometimes for no apparent reason whatsoever. It could be for a number of different mechanical or electrical reasons, but what’s most important to you is figuring out what the heck just happened and what you’re going to do with this junk car? Most people will initially of course take it to a mechanic and have it inspected to see what the issue is, only to find out that the cost to fix it, costs close to or even way more than the current market value of the car. If it’s a new car you may very well just end up paying the costs, because even if it’s something expensive like a transmission, the price to fix or replace it more than likely would not cost as much as it would to buy a new car, and the thought of getting rid of it most likely would not even cross your mind at all.

However, what about all the other car owners out there, the ones that the cost to fix it are extremely high and are close to what the car is actually worth? What are they going to do with their car in this situation? I mean after the towing fee to the mechanic, the outrageous estimate the mechanic gives you, on top of the charge to just have the diagnostics done the costs are already starting to add up, and if you don’t get it fixed because it costs too much, you’ll have to pay to have the car towed back to your home. It’s not a good feeling, and believe me I’ve been there I know. It really comes down to some tough decisions that need to be made, and I’m a real penny pincher so my decision was a tough one.

You can find yourself with many different thoughts and options that may be available to you once you’ve decided it’s not worth keeping the car. I mean you can try to sell it yourself, but that takes time and maybe even more money if you place paid ads. You can just have a tower pick it up which will usually charge you for the tow, or start calling around and finding out what different scrap / junk yards will pay you for it which isn’t usually a lot considering they usually only pay for the amount in scrap weight. Amazingly you may actually find a place that will pay cash for junk cars. They will have your car picked up, towed away for free and actually pay you for your vehicle. So, try to remember that there are companies out there that do this out there before you give your car away for free or end up paying to have it towed away.

Environmental Factors

Environmental Factors

3yNow, don’t get us wrong. We are the caretakers of our environment and it is our duty to make sure it endures for future generations. That being said, environmental factors (including weather) can really do a number on your car, especially the exterior.

Acid Rain

Rain is a pretty big deal for us now in California. We are in the midst of perhaps the most severe drought in recorded history and we really, really, REALLY don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. The fact is, however, that factory pollutants basically convert to acid in our atmosphere and adhere to moisture that makes its way down to our cars as rain or snow. Sulfuric acid and nitric acid are the most common.

Basically, when the water from either rain or snow evaporates, it leaves the acid to eat away at your car’s paint job. Sunlight exacerbates this problem, since acid doesn’t evaporate like water. Some blame clear coat paint technology, which creates a mirror-like finish. Any etches or blemishes would show prominently with such a sheen. In addition, there are certain chemicals that can no longer be used in paint that makes it less resistant to the elements.

The Solution

Marks left by acid rain look like a splattered raindrops, and unfortunately, they cannot be washed off after they’ve made their mark. One way to mitigate the negative effects of acid rain (or snow) is to have your car washed after it rains. Now, we understand that this could get tedious, but thankfully there are some remarkably convenient ways to get your car washed nowadays. Another option is tougher paint. Most of the time though, the “better” paint tends to be used on more luxury models.

Dust, Debris, and Heat

While this does not necessarily count as debris, bird poop has a similar effect on paint as acid rain because of its acidic nature. Leaving bird poop on your car to bake in the sun is a recipe for a pockmarked paint job.

When you don’t wash your car regularly, dust and debris (like leaves) collect in various nooks and crannies. Dust and debris that sit on the exterior of your car have the potential to scratch the paint. This is obviously not like someone took a key to your car (depending on the debris). It’s subtle, but can still compromise the integrity of the clear coat and weaken your car’s defense against the elements. Wiping off dust and debris yourself, without washing your car, will scratch the paint as well. Washing your car is the safest bet.

 

Modern-Day Technology for Sustainable Transportation

Modern-Day Technology for Sustainable Transportation

suThe transport services are in use from ancient times. The services are the very essence of civilization and vital for trade and travel to flourish. Transportation allows people at large to shift at a suitable location, where all the facilities for progress, development and good health are profusely present. In earlier times man and animal power was mainly used for transportation needs; but in present context there is a remarkable development in transportation industry. Nowadays, when technological advancement with computer chips is at its peak; the transport industry cannot remain indifferent and work in isolation. Read on, as the present article throws light on intelligent transportation and the various facets linked to it.

Sheer delight with transportation infrastructure

The transport services are sought in almost every field. For example, it could be the transport of food stock from the area of production to the market, where it has to be finally sold out. Similarly, the manufactured goods of industries like pharmaceuticals, apparel manufacturers, furniture manufacturers, FMCG industries, and so on. In all the illustrated cases, businesses are solely dependent on the transportation services. The manufactured goods, when transported to the hand of consumer in quick succession are a sheer delight. This is because; product is fresh, new and all set for consumption. In this way, the services of transportation prove beneficial for both; the manufacturer who produces the goods and end consumer, who is finally consuming the manufactured product. Here, the infrastructure sought for transportation includes rails, roads, terminals, airports, gas stations, etc.

Intelligent transportation for quality life

The airplane, train, trollies, trucks, ships, and vans are some of the common mode of transportation vehicle that is used for transporting goods from one place to another. In this regards, the fast moving bullet trains, hydrogen powered tram, and recently launched Apple Car – is one step ahead in serving people in smart fashion. This intelligent transportation using artificial intelligence will leads to smart city with more efficiency and quality of life.

Vehicle propulsion

Further to add, decades earlier it was only fossil fuel and steam engine that was exclusively used in moving vehicles for the transportation needs. But, nowadays, electricity, wind energy, solar energy, and even the nuclear energy have come into the picture for vehicle propulsion. Here, it is important to note that transportation can only exist, so long, as there is advancement in technology. If there is no technology then, transportation cannot exist, and trade at global level cannot flourish. Last but certainly not the least, the transportation industry is directly related to the technological breakthrough, bringing zero delays, zero accidents, and total environment conservation.

 

Brief Overview of the New Tata Tiago Hatchback

Brief Overview of the New Tata Tiago Hatchback

tTata’s ambitious new small car, Tata Tiago has arrived in the Indian automobile markets. This hatchback from Tata Motors is a result of joint collaboration between company’s design studios based in Pune, Italy and United Kingdom. It comes with a new design language unlike other models of the company. It was first unveiled as Tata Zica a few months back, but was renamed as Tiago. This hatchback looks very stylish from both inside and out, as Tata’s engineer’s have put in their hard work and efforts on building a quality product. Now let’s begin exploring the car to the fullest.

Styling:

The new Tata Tiago hatchback is a good-looking car unlike most car models of the Indian automaker. Like mentioned above, Tata motors have put in lot of efforts on the quality part and it shows off. As you can see, there is no sign of cost cutting in any section of interior or exterior. It comes with a solid construction with quality build down to the closest detail.

Exteriors:

It is needless to say that the all-new Tata Tiago has the best exterior design in its segment. This car looks better than other flimsy looking cars in the entry-level segment. It has a bold front fascia with a new signature-design, complimented by a lot of chrome inserts. This one, unlike ‘Indica’ or ‘Bolt’ has a newer design language that surely grabs the attention of onlookers. Even the body to wheel ratio looks finer than the other Tata models. In our opinion folks, the Tata Tiago is the best looking car ever designed by Tata Motors.

Interiors:

Moving to the interiors, this car has a premium quality cabin unlike most of the entry-level cars of today. The color scheme is in dual tone finish and comes with glossy black and metallic highlights. The only disappointment about the cabin is that its interior space is suitable for four adults rather than five. This car has premium audio system designed by Harman with 8 speakers on board. Also, it comes with a multi-functional steering unit that aid driver.

Engine and performance:

This small car comes with petrol and diesel motor options like any other small hatchback. Its petrol motor belongs to the Revotron family, but the cylinder configuration has been reduced. While the diesel motor is an all-new motor that looks promising.

1.2-liter Revotron Petrol:

Despite reduction in number of cylinders, the motor pumps out the same power output like its 4 cylinder counterpart. This 119 produces a healthy power output of 85 PS at 6000 rpm and a torque of 114 Nm at 3500 rpm. The engine does feel noisy at times, but overall it does the job well. Driving experience on city roads is fine, but on highways, it could do much better.

Another specialty is that the engine comes with two different driving modes; Eco and City. The City mode is regular driving mode, while the Eco is designed for more fuel efficiency.

Transmission: As of now, it comes with only a five speed manual gearbox

Mileage: The petrol version of Tata Tiago offers a healthy mileage of 23.84 kmpl, which is exceptional.

1.05-liter Revotorq Diesel:

This is a gem of an engine that won’t let you down. This 1047 cc power plant is based on common rail fuel injection technology and comes integrated with an ‘ECU’ engine management system. This motor produces 70 PS of maximum power at 4000 rpm along with a 140 Nm of peak torque between 1800 to 3000 rpm.

Transmission: Like petrol motor, this one too comes with a five speed manual transmission.

Mileage: As per the company’s claims, this engine can return a mileage of 27.28 kmpl, which is perhaps the best in its class.

Features:

The car is currently on offer in five trim levels; ‘XB’, ‘XE’, ‘XM’, ‘XT’ and ‘XZ’. Among these, XB is the base variant, which gets a few essentials such as a blower, electric power steering unit, remote fuel and tailgate opener, 7 speed front wiper, driver foot rest and internally adjustable outside mirror. The next-in-line XE variant gets an AC unit along with front power outlet and a few optional features.

XZ is the top-spec variant that gets most number of features such as an in-car entertainment system from ‘Harman’, cooled glove box, alloy wheels, LED fuel & temperature gauge, electrically adjustable outside mirrors and much more.

Safety:

In this section, dual front airbags comes as standard for the top end XZ variant only. However, variants like XE, XM and XT gets front airbags as optional feature. Disappointing fact is that features like ABS with EBD and cornering stability control are available for the top end variant only. Besides, features rear smart wiper with washer, rear de-fogger and front fog lamps have been offered only to the top-spec model.

Verdict:

The all-new Tata Tiago is good car for families and Individuals, who are looking to buy their first car. Besides, it is one of the most stylish and affordable cars in the entry-level segment. Despite concerns over the reliability, you can place your bucks on the new Tiago hatchback, since the company focused heavily on its build quality.