Friday, April 11, 2014

My Rent and Share-Car and Real Estate Classifieds

     It’s almost time to put the Chrysler up for sale; it has been a very good car but as today’s cars get up there in age, they tend to have more problems and the repairs become more expensive than the car was originally worth. That’s not to say that Chrysler’s have a lot of problems as ours only gave us one issue over the 10 years of owning it. Any other things that it needed were normal routine maintenance and usually quite inexpensive. It should sell quickly I would imagine.
     So why haven’t I listed it yet? One reason is that I don’t have the time to go through the selling process and the main reason is that I just don’t like selling things. People come over, they feign interest and try to haggle on the price. My price is my price, it’s fair and that’s that. I don’t like spending time with tire kickers looking to get a better deal than what’s offered.
     When I do finally get time to sit down and list it (I may even post it here on the blog), I am going to list it in only a couple of the more reliable classifieds websites. Ebay? No, too many fees now days. Craigslist? Not a chance, that’s more a waste of time than watching grass grow or trying to see the wind blow.

     I have a couple of “go-to” websites that I like to use any time I am selling things and one of them is called My Rent and Share. My Rent and Share is more than just a classified ads website, they offer some interesting articles and tips on how to buy and sell things online. It’s free to register and list your items and, with the site being worldwide, you will reach a much bigger audience than just your local community.
     They have a new Community feature where you can join like-minded individuals who share a common love for cars and everything automobile related. As we all know, the more car people you know, the better chances you have of selling what you are selling or finding what you are looking for. My Rent and Share makes that all possible with just a click of your mouse.

     Head on over to My Rent and Share’s website and sign up using their easy Facebook platform. It’s free to do and easy to use, what more could you want? 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Street Photos of Motorcycles in San Francisco

     I can say with almost 100% certainty, that most of my readers like motorcycles. Am I right? If not, I have been annoying a lot of people over the years talking about my Buell, the latest sport bikes, dirt bikes and cruisers being offered by today’s hottest manufacturers and all the up-to-date news and information from the world of motorcycling. If that’s the case, I do not apologize and I can only offer you a link to a knitting blog where you can rest easy knowing that there won’t be a single mention of anything motorcycle or motorcycle related. Until then, this blog, and this post in particular, will always have something to do with motorcycles, whether I’m riding and repairing them or sharing new and unique motorcycling websites from around the world with you.

     Today’s post is all about sharing with my readers a new site that I found that has some of the best motorcycle images set in the beautiful backdrop of San Francisco, California. The website is called MOTOSofSF and it has a good mix of new bikes and vintage ones with some perfect looking classics that I haven’t seen in a long time. The bikes are photographed all over San Francisco from the Financial District to the Bay and many of them centralized in Mission which is fast becoming a mecca for motorcyclists in and around San Francisco.
      It doesn’t matter what kind of bikes you like, it could be sport bikes and dual purpose bikes or cruisers and vintage standards, MOTOSofSF has them all and plenty to spare. They even have some old-school chops and a café racer or two thrown in for good measure. If it’s a motorcycle and it’s in San Francisco, chances are you‘ll see it on the site.
     Another thing that I like about MOTOSofSF is the fact that it is motorcycle oriented and that’s all they do. You don’t see random pictures of two people smoking outside a café (seriously, you wouldn’t believe how many so-called motorcycle websites include that kind of stuff!). No, MOTOSofSF is all about the bikes and the people who ride them while they are actually riding them. No more, no less; just good, high quality images of some of the most beautiful motorcycles every built and a few ugly ones just to keep it balanced.

     You can see that MOTOSofSF really cares about their craft. They have hundreds of images across their site depicting motorcycles of every make and model; some pictures are just quick snapshots, while others seem more professional and staged almost even though they are not. It has to be the combination of the motorcycles themselves and the local surroundings because many of the images come off looking like something out of a coffee table book. As a matter of fact, that’s a good idea. When you visit their website today, mention that to them when you leave a comment, if we get enough people that want it, maybe it will happen. I know I would buy a copy or two of it!

     I had a chance to email the owner and chat with him about the idea for the site. The fact that he is able to get pictures of all of these bikes that are scattered across the San Francisco area amazes me. I don’t even have the time to take a picture of my own bike, let alone post it to the internet with some witty rhetoric for all of the world to see. I think MOTOSofSF does a very good job of capturing these bikes in their natural element, with or without the riders, these bikes make a statement about our culture and can provide some history and insight into our life and times and how we lived and played.  

     Head on over to MOTOSofSF and see what all the hype is about. You can find them on all of the usual social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and StumbleUpon. You can even register at their website to receive the latest pictures of motorcycles on the city streets of San Francisco straight to your inbox. How much better could it be?

Monday, March 31, 2014

1st Leasing-The UK's Only Choice for Premier Auto Leases

     Here is a post that I am sure a lot of my UK fans will like. If you live in the UK and are looking for a new car this year, you have to read this post as it has some very useful information about the UK’s premier auto leasing company.
     1st Leasing has over 20 years if experience in automotive finance and they can handle all of your personal and business leasing needs. Their innovative way of doing business has made them the UK’s most sought after vehicle finance company and they often have the cheapest leasing deals around. They offer more makes and models than their competitors, better financing options and personalized service with every sale; what more could you want?
     1st Leasing can custom-tailor a funding package that meets your needs and works for you in the real world. Imagine owning a car that you would normally not be able to afford; with leasing, you can and 1st Leasing has hundreds of options waiting for you today.

     Whether you need a vehicle for personal use or a fleet of vehicles for your business or professional delivery service, 1st Leasing can provide you with a lease that you can live with. Their knowledgeable, experienced team of professionals is dedicated to your satisfaction and will work with you to ensure you get the vehicle you need. With leasing, you have a set monthly cost, a brand new car and most other costs can often be included into the lease package itself.

     You can check out their website for more information and if you don’t see a lease package that works for you, 1st Leasing can create one that you’ll like. They will arrange nationwide delivery of your lease vehicle and when the lease duration is over, you just bring the car back and find another one you like.
     The world of auto leasing is often full of companies that don’t care about your needs, endless paperwork, too short or not enough mile lease and other pitfalls that may make your life difficult. 1st Leasing has put an end to all of that and they make leasing your next car easier than ever; they truly care about their customers.

     You can find 1st Leasing on Twitter and LinkedIn or just visit their easy to use website and see what they have for you today. You next car is waiting for you at 1stLeasing, call them today.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Automotive Engineering and Reliability-Tomorrow's Technology Today

     I just found a new automotive related blog that I think you guys will like. It’s a French blog (don’t worry, it is translated for those of you who don’t speak French) and it’s called Automotive Engineering and Reliability. Michel Demko is the author of it and he provides a wealth of information about advanced driver assist systems, in-vehicle infotainment systems, V2X for enhanced vehicle to vehicle infrastructure and anything else related to automotive electronic systems.
     If this all seems highly technical to you, get used to it as this is the new wave of vehicle electronic control systems that are already being used by manufacturers all over the world. With the push towards smarter cars that can control themselves with little to no human interaction, these vehicle subsystems are showing up in vehicles from Europe, Asia, even the U.S. and Automotive Engineering and Reliability keeps you up-to-date and informed if the latest technology coming down the assembly lines.
     With some incredibly in-depth and relevant articles, Michel Demko helps his readers understand the ins and outs of today’s hottest trends in automotive electronic automation. You will learn the many differences in autonomous vehicles, the various classes and the fact that by 2035 we will have a staggering 29% of all vehicles on the road being either a Class IV or Class V autonomous vehicle. If you don’t know the difference between a Class IV or Class V or you just want to learn more about this technology, Automotive Engineering and Reliability is the place to go.
     Right away, when you arrive at the site, you will see that it is easy to use and very user friendly; Michel designed it this way so the reader can better understand the information and perhaps become more involved by leaving comments and asking questions. The website is broken down into many different categories making it easier on the reader to find the information they need and there is even more information available for those who subscribe (which only takes a couple of seconds anyway).

     When you want the most updated news and information from the world of automotive electronics and advanced driver assist systems, Automotive Engineering and Reliability is the place to get it. If you have any inside connection with the automotive world and would like to guest post on his site, feel free to contact Michel and ask as he is always open to new and interesting posts to help inform his readers. Check out his website today and see just how much there is to learn about this relatively new, advanced technology. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Southside Dent Co.-Your Paintless Dent Removal Specialists

  I was just checking over our Chrysler and getting it ready for a possible trade-in soon when I noticed that it had a lot of little dents down the one side of it. These are more than likely the result of car doors dinging it all day long while it sits, parked and seemingly not in anyone’s way. Obviously it was in someone’s way and the dents are very pronounced making me think I won’t get my full trade in allowance for it thus negating the trade-in deal in the first place. I need to get the dents removed but I don’t want to be throwing a lot of money into this car. What do I do? I head to the internet and find a local dent repair specialist and have them handle it for less than a body shop would charge; much less.
     The first one I found was a company out of Chesapeake, Virginia called Southside Dent Co. and they are the best in the business when it comes to paintless dent repair that will make you wonder where the dent even was to begin with.

     Southside Dent Co. is a small company which keeps costs down and guarantees you the kind of personal service you can’t get anywhere else. They have been providing the Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach areas for over 15 years and have built a solid reputation in the industry as being the best of the best. They aren’t a franchise and there are no middlemen, just a team of professionals who work hard to earn your business.
     You don’t even have to leave your home or office as Southside Dent Co. will come to you and fix your dents right there, on the spot saving you time and money in the process. Paintless dent removal is on average 1/3 the cost of a body shop repair and most repairs can be done in less than an hour! It doesn’t get any better than that does it?

     Whether you have 1 dent or 10, Southside Dent Co. will have your car looking good again in no time! The specialize in making lease return vehicle look as good as new; call them for a free quote today and see what they can do for your car now!

     You can follow Southside Dent Co. on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to mention if you are a military veteran for an additional 20% discount. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nardi Wood Steering Wheels for Alfa Romeo


     Where are all of the Alfa Romeo fans these days? You would think with the new Alfa set to come to the U.S. they would be celebrating in the streets or at least shouting it from the roof tops for everyone to hear. I’m excited about a new batch of Alfa Romeo’s hitting the U.S. streets and I might even take one for a test ride and post my review here for everyone. But until that day comes, we will just have to settle for the vintage Alfa’s gracing our streets and garages for now.

     I recently visited a long-time friend of mine who has been into Alfa’s since high school and has always had at least two of them sitting around in his garage, one as his daily driver and the other as a project car. Now that I think about it, they have always been the same color too! His latest project car has been coming along nicely and will be finished very soon; he is working on the interior after he buttons up the suspension issues. I was able to catch him in time before he bought a used steering wheel off of Ebay and had to deal with restoring and or refinishing that one. I told him about wood-steering-wheels.com and that they had one of the biggest selections of vintage wood Nardi steering wheels for many makes of vintage automobile, Alfa Romeo included.

     He just called me today to thank me as he had ordered his Alfa Romeo steering wheel from them and had already received it. He couldn’t stop talking about how high quality it was and how it would be the crowning touch to his Spyder; he even sent over some pictures of the wood steering wheel just out of the box.
     He has always had a wide variety of Alfa Romeo’s and I think wood-steering-wheels.com will suit him nicely as they carry Nardi Alfa Romeo wood steering wheels for almost every vintage Alfa you can think of including the Giulia 1300, 1600 and S models, the Junior/Z, GT, GTA and GTV and all of the Duetto models. If it’s a vintage Alfa Romeo, they’ve got a wood steering wheel for it that will make it look and feel like new again.


     Wood-steering-wheels.com’s website is easy to use and offers detailed pictures of every Nardi Alfa Romeo steering wheel they carry so you know what you’re getting before you purchase it. Your order will be handled by the friendly staff and they will answer any questions you might have about Nardi wood steering wheels; these guys really are the experts!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jaguar Steering Wheels from wood-steering-wheels.com


Jaguar XK120 Derrington Wood Steering Wheel
     One of the good things about this site is that it attracts a lot of readers and these aren’t just your ordinary, everyday car people either; these are people who don’t mind leaving a comment or two or sending me an email and letting me know what I am doing right and what they would like to see here on the pages of my blog. As with anything in the automotive world, you have your purists; those who like only one make or model of automobile and they don’t want to even think that there is anything else out there on the market. These are usually the Ferrari guys, muscle-car of various makes and, of course, the Porsche purists like myself. Everyone seems to think that their particular car company can do no wrong and, if the latest batch of emails is any indication, the Jaguar guys are on board now.

Jaguar XJS 1987 to 1994 Gold Plated Original Nardi
     So, to keep everyone happy, I am going to focus the first of many posts on the Jaguar crowd and this one will focus on those of you in the vintage car scene. If you own an older Jaguar E-Type, XK120 or even an XJS, take not as you will undoubtedly be restoring it one day and you will need the expertise and quality products if this company. Wood-steering-wheels.com has some of the best looking and highest quality Jaguar wood steering wheels in the industry and their products have been used by professional restorers all over the world.

     The Nardi Jaguarwood steering wheels at wood-steering-wheels.com were designed to make your vintage Jag look as good on the inside as it does on the outside. These aren’t your ordinary, run of the mill Nardi steering wheels either, these are all authentic, hand-made with beautifully textured mahogany and polished to a brilliant shine; worthy of any restoration project.

     When you buy your wood steering wheels from wood-steering-wheels.com, you can be sure that you are getting quality parts and excellent customer service. They have been in the business for many years and the only thing they sell is steering wheels so they know what they are doing and they are the experts. When you need a Nardi Jaguar wooden steering wheel for your E-Type, XK120 or any other vintage Jaguar, contact the guys at wood-steering-wheels.com and see why they are the number one choice of professional automotive restorers everywhere. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Net Direct Auto Sales-Your Used Car Destination

     I want to give you guys a quick update as to how things in and out of the shop have been going. I haven’t been posting as much as usual due to more cars coming through the shop and a lot of big orders for parts as well. The winter projects are coming along nice and you can look forward to seeing the articles and how-to guides being posted soon. With that being said, it means that I am finally getting caught up in the shop and I can get back to work finding a new car this summer. I think I have settled on the new model Camaro as finding the right vintage Porsche 911/930 project has been slow going and every lead leaves me coming up empty handed anyway. So a new Camaro it is and it should be fairly easy to find. Problem is, you know how much of a fan of dealerships and their over-priced “sales” usually are. That leaves me searching online even though I still want a dealer experience.
     I think I have found a solution to that problem; I can get the car I want online and still have the dealer experience to fall back on if any issues arise. That solution comes in the form of a company called Net Direct Auto Sales, and they have over 35 years combined experience in the automotive industry.
     Headquartered out of Fort Worth, Texas, Net Direct Auto Sales is one of the largest independently owned and operated used car dealership in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They have a real brick and mortar dealership but do most of their auto sales online to customers all over the country. The process is easy; you find the car you like using their easy to use search feature built right in to their website. Then make the deal, fly in to the DFW International Airport and pick up your new car. It’s quick, it’s easy and, best of all, the cars are affordable and you won’t get a better deal anywhere else. (And I wouldn’t mind a quick visit down to the warmer weather of Texas right about now!)
     Net Direct Auto Sales has built a solid reputation as an industry leader and they only sell the highest quality automobiles to ensure that your needs are met and you are 100% satisfied with your new car. They have literally helped thousands of people all over the country find the car they need at the price they want. Many of their customers are repeat buyers or have told their friends and family about Net Direct and they have bought cars there; a lot can be said about word of mouth advertising and Net Direct Auto Sales knows how important that is.
     Every vehicle Net Direct Auto Sales sells is Carfax certified and given a comprehensive inspection by Net Direct’s experienced technicians; you can rest assured knowing that the car you buy will be reliable and give you many years of dependable motoring.
     Net Direct Auto Sales offers easy financing that is designed to fit any budget and they can work with any credit situations including good, bad or nonexistent. They have financ
ing rates as low as 2.99% and loans from 3 months to 72 months. You can even fill out your credit application online through their website.
     Not only will you find the car of your dreams at Net Direct Auto Sales and get some of the best financing in the industry, but you will also get one of the bets warranty plans available anywhere. You can purchase an extended warranty on any car Net Direct sells and have that added peace of mind knowing that your car is covered if anything does go wrong. Offering warranties through Preferred Warranties Inc., one of the biggest names in extended warranties, Net Direct wants to make sure you get the protection you need at a price you can afford; they are even able to add the price of the extended warranty into the loan financing or separately at 0% interest with 25% down! What could be better?
     Find Net Direct Auto Sales on Facebook and Twitter or check out their website at netdirectautosales.com and see what they have to offer you today. You can’t go wrong buying your next car from these guys, they have the experience and knowledge you can depend on and an unmatched selection of cars to choose from. For more information, contact them at 817-337-4700 or go to their website and check out their informational blog full of many tips and advice on how to choose your next car.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cash For Cars Long Island-Buying Any Car, Any Condition

     I am beginning to think that it might be time to drive our Chrysler more often; we don’t really use it much, having the other car and the motorcycle seems to be enough for us. Recently though, someone had to come to the door offering to buy our “junk car running or not”! Really?! Because we don’t drive it, someone else considers it a junk car? Time to either drive it, sell it or trade it in I guess.
     The person at the door got me thinking though; why not look around and see what’s for sale? Just because it doesn’t have a sign in the window, someone’s car somewhere, just might be for sale at the right time and for the right price. I looked online to see just what kind of deal I could make for our aging sedan as I think a new Camaro might look a lot nicer in the garage instead. I found literally tens of thousands of independent car dealers and dealerships that offer cash for cars whether they are running or not; some were even buying junk cars that had no chance of being back on the road. That got me thinking some more that if I could get the right price for my car, I would sell it today and start looking for something newer.

     Of all of the dealers that were buying cars for quick cash, there was only one that really stood out among all of the rest. It’s called Cash For Cars Long Island and they are offering the best service and prices around. They cover the Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Brooklyn and entire NY Metro areas and they are the easiest way to get the right price for or on any vehicle.
     Cash For Cars Long Island will buy any car in any condition and they’ll give you the best price, guaranteed! Whether your car is a junker or a brand new one that you can’t afford the financing on any more, Cash ForCars Long Island will give you at or above trade in value enabling you to buy your next car without the hassles of trade-ins or lowballing from “buyers” who say they are interested.


     With cash For Cars Long Island, there are no hassles and they will give you the best price possible. Click HERE for some impressive customer reviews and see what thousands of others have to say about Cash For Cars Long Island. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter and online at: Cashforcarslongisland.net. Call or visit them today and see how much you can get for your car now.

Shark Motorcycle Audio-Premium Audio for Your Motorcycle

     It’s not uncommon here in Michigan to see motorcyclist back on the road even though the nighttime temperatures are often back below zero by midnight. What is odd is to hear concert quality sound coming from one of these bikes that actually drowned out my old-school Van Halen yesterday that was coming from my car! What am I talking about? I am talking about a Harley sitting next to me at the light and I couldn’t hear the rumble of his exhaust, the guitar riffs of Eddie Van Halen or even myself think; all I heard was incredible concert quality Rush pumping out from his bike’s sound system. It was unbelievably clear and sounded truly amazing.
     Many of you have heard the sound quality of motorcycle stereos and may have even wondered why people by them because they sound so bad. I used to feel the same way; I like the sound of my Buell’s exhaust (or lack thereof) and don’t think I could ever use earphones while riding so a stereo or an iPod are out of the question for me. That was before I yesterday though. When the rider pulled in at the gas station, I asked him about his sound system and he said it was a Shark and then proceeded to tell me about the features of it which I didn’t realize could come on a motorcycle sound system in the first place! Bluetooth connectivity, 1,000 watts and a USB port! I had to know more so when I got home, right away I looked up the Shark Motorcycle Audio website and found that they offer a very comprehensive line of motorcycle, and snowmobile, audio systems that were affordably priced.

     Shark MotorcycleAudio has been around for almost 10 years and they are located right here in the USA. They have built a solid reputation as the industry leaders in motorcycle and ATV audio systems. They offer a full range of audio systems, speakers, headsets and accessories, all designed by riders, for riders and they know what the people want.
     Right away, when you visit their website, you will see that it’s easy to navigate and every item has an HD image and complete specs and information about the item and its use. They have an installation corner where you can show of your bike and, most importantly, your new audio system install. There are also some useful how-to videos over on their YouTube page that will help you get your sound system installed quickly and easily.

     You can find Shark Motorcycle Audio on Twitter and Facebook and watch their YouTube videos for additional information. Head on over to their website and see what they have to offer, maybe you’ll even find a system for your bike that will let you crank out the tunes and enjoy more of your riding time.