Archives for the Category: Fun and Humor

How Can Speed Cameras Help You As A Driver

Posted by admin on September 4th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Fun and Humor, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

If a drivers late for work, meeting friends or family function they will usually tend to speed up a bit, even if you do not have a time to arrive somewhere, sometimes we tend to be speed along anyways hoping to get there faster. However sometimes being faster will end up taking you longer since you were pulled over by the police or even worse if you get in a car accident. For that very reason cities have started putting up speed cameras to show how fast you’re really going to yourself and everyone else around you.

Speed cameras can substantially reduce the likelihood of deadly collisions and result in long-term changes in driver behavior. If all U.S. communities had speed-camera programs like the one recently studied, some 21,000 deaths or serious injuries would have been prevented in 2013.

Those are the main findings of a report released earlier this week by the Insurance, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry.

“We hope this research will help energize the discussion around speed,” Adrian Lund, president of the institute, said in a statement. “We’re all accustomed to seeing posted limits ignored, but it’s a mistake to think nothing can be done about it. Automated enforcement is one of the tools we have at our disposal.”

The study was based in Montgomery County, Md., a large community near Washington, D.C., where speed cameras were introduced in 2007 and used on residential streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less and in school zones. After seven years, cameras reduced the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph by 59 percent, compared with similar roads in two nearby Virginia counties that did not have speed cameras, according to the study.

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Average Age Of US Cars Have Now Surpassed The Record

Posted by admin on July 29th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Fun and Humor, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

The lifecycle of a car can depend on the maintenance as well as the family, s their a teenager who needs their own ride, or a family that needs more than one vehicle to drive to work. These factors can influence the amount of time a family keeps a car and the age of the car itself.

The average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. is rising, even as consumers snap up more new ones — a paradox attributable to substantial increases in reliability.

The typical car on the road in the U.S. is a record-high 11.5 years old, according to a new IHS Automotive survey.

Yet Americans are buying cars at an annualized rate of more than 17 million vehicles, marking a high not seen since before the Great Recession. In fact, U.S. vehicle owners bought 42% more cars than they scrapped in 2014, according to IHS. The number of light vehicles registered in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 257.9 million units.

How are vehicles getting older, while Americans are buying newer cars, too?

Simple: They’re either keeping the old ones along with the new ones — know anyone who bought a new car and kept their old one in the driveway? — or the vehicle made its way into the used-car market, where someone else bought it..

“Vehicles are simply lasting longer than ever before,” Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader at IHS Automotive, told USA TODAY. “The consumer is hanging onto their vehicle longer than ever before.”

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Renting Out A House Sure, But Your New Car?

Posted by admin on June 20th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Fun and Humor, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

In the past many people have rented out housing to young families and students as a way to invest. Recently there has been a suggestion to further this concept to renting out a vehicle that you have recently purchased.

Car manufacturers are desperately seeking new ways to increase sales, maximise financial returns and address the changing needs of new generations like the millennials, but urging people to rent our their own brand new cars stretches credulity and will fall on stony ground.

News this week that BMW’s Mini will offer buyers of its cars the chance to offset the purchase price by renting out their vehicles surely won’t find any takers. BMW itself has a similar scheme called DriveNow, which board member Peter Schwarzenbauer has said is based on the idea from accommodation sharing web site Airbnb. Ford and GM have also joined in.

Schemes that allow people who don’t own cars to rent by the hour make much sense. This allows the young, who either can’t afford to own a new car, or don’t need one very often, to get wheels for specific jobs. It also allows makers of electric cars which nobody wants to buy, to get them off dealer lots and earn some money.

If it was a scheme that allowed, say, students to rent out their old clunkers to generate enough cash to pay for running costs and then some, it might make some sense. But is there anyone in the history of the world who bought a brand new car – whether it’s a little runabout or an expensive limousine, that would ever let a stranger drive off in it? The fact that they could afford a new car in the first place means the financial incentive just isn’t there.

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Classics of 2015 Already Predicted in Hagerty Hot List

Posted by admin on March 6th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Fun and Humor, Going Green, Green Cars, Scrap Cars in Canada, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

Here are cars that you can look forward to traveling with you through generation after generation.

Classic cars are made every year, and certain features make them to stand out from others. But what truly makes a car memorable and remarkable enough to stand out from others?

Hagerty Hotlist has truly begun to narrow down the possibilities.Now the predictions are never 100% accurate. But today’s generation will definitely enjoy the range and diversity of vehicles on the list, there’s something for every type of driver.

Want a taut Italian sports car? Try the Alfa Romeo 4C. Supercar performance straight out of Detroit (er, Bowling Green)?Corvette Z06. The perfect balance of practicality and hot-hatch fun? VW Golf R.

None of these are economy-car-cheap, but they all sticker at well below $100,000 (what you do with the options catalog is up to you). Park any one of these 10 cars in your garage, and we think you’ll be a happy customer.

And if it’s worth something in a quarter-century? Consider that a bonus.

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Time Machines Event in CT

Posted by admin on August 1st, 2013 in Category Auto Industry, Fun and Humor (no responses)

Love the classics, can’t get enough of them! If you’re in the New York City area this weekend and have a craving for a good ol’ fashioned summertime car show, take a drive up Interstate 95 to Guilford, Conn., for the 35th annual Time Machines gathering. This long-running show held at the end of July combines the small-town charm of not-so-rural New England with some great classic cars and trucks.

In previous years we’ve seen everything from a Rambler Marlin to a Volkswagen Thing at the Time Machines event, but it was arguably the selection of 1960s and 1970s American cars and trucks that impressed us. Last time we were there not only did we see a Chevrolet 6500 truck we wanted to take home, but we also saw some great 1970s coupes and sedans that we hadn’t seen in ages.

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Fun on Two Wheels

Posted by admin on May 9th, 2013 in Category Fun and Humor, Going Green (no responses)

Great article talks about transportation on two wheels!! Here’s an interesting thought: there are some 200 million motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, and trikes currently on the world’s roads. It’s definitely not hard to see why, especially in countries like India, China, and Africa, where they outnumber cars and trucks. It’s not hard to see why – motorcycles are affordable, efficient, and easy to repair.

Motorcycles also happen to be a whole heck of a lot of fun to ride – they’re nimble, quick, and without tons of metal and glass surrounding you, there’s an unmistakable sense of freedom. That same lack of protection can also make them quite unforgiving and dangerous.

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Winter Fun: Plow Driver Gets Canned

Posted by admin on March 6th, 2013 in Category Fun and Humor (no responses)

Ever feel like your local plow drivers were purposely putting more snow on your car as some sick, cruel torture to make winter even worse?

Well, up in Lowell, Mass., a working-class suburb north of Boston, one guy really was. Because he filmed it and uploaded the video to YouTube. And then the city promptly fired him.

Read the full story and see the video here.

Car Maker Products that are not Cars

Posted by admin on January 2nd, 2013 in Category Auto Industry, Fun and Humor (no responses)

Car companies succeed, more or less, at one thing: creating automobiles. But that doesn’t stop them from chasing brand extension. Whether flexing design muscle or chasing another way to cash in, automakers release products that no one really asks for: redesigned bikes, furniture, iPhone cases, and even boats.

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Vette has it’s Eye on Ferrari and Porsche

Posted by admin on December 3rd, 2012 in Category Auto Industry, Fun and Humor (no responses)

Not that I would not love to own any of them.  It’s long been known as “America’s sports car.” But as Chevrolet gets ready to roll out the latest version of the Corvette, that’s clearly no longer good enough for the General Motors division.

When the all-new model, known to aficionados as the C7, debuts at the Detroit Auto Show next January, Chevy is clearly hoping to deliver the sort of sports car that can challenge global leaders like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini.

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No Flat Tire Technology…

Posted by admin on November 1st, 2012 in Category Auto Industry, Fun and Humor (no responses)

from the 60’s!!