Check out this great new Audi commercial. It was just posted on the 6th of May, but it already has over 5 million views. We’re looking forward to the latest Star Trek Movie, but this commercial is equally awesome. So who do you think will win? The classic Leonard Nimoy or up and coming Zachary Quinto?
It’s an unavoidable part of car ownership, eventually you’ll walk out to your vehicle and find the battery is dead. Whether it’s the result of a cold snap or because you left the lights on, either way the quickest resolve is to jump start the battery. Even though it’s one of the most common car maintenance issues, many people are uncertain on how to properly jump start a battery. While it is surprisingly simple, odds are jump starting a battery probably still makes you nervous when you dust off the jumper cables for the first time this year.
We’ve put together this simple list of steps to walk you through jump starting a dead car battery.
There is a lot of work that goes into keeping your car looking sharp, proper storage and conscientious driving are just part of it. While is may seem rather basic, washing your car is another important factor. Properly washing your car keeps it looking great and alerts you to basic maintenance needs like a new coat of wax or scratch repair. Plus, using the wrong tool or supplies can cause damage to your car’s paint and wax. Don’t think washing your own car that means you need to run out and buy a pressure washer, this detail oriented car wash isn’t very high tech, but the results are rewarding.
A detailed washing requires just a few tools of the trade. Be sure to pick up these supplies prior to washing your vehicle:
For as many commercials out there telling you to take 15 minutes to get a new car insurance quote, we haven’t seen one that says what goes into deciding that quote. As it turns out, the factors that affect your auto insurance costs are a closely guarded secret. While no one knows the exact formula that determines your insurance costs, they have made some pretty good educational guesses in this nifty infographic (courtesy of www.car-insurance.com). Did you know that insurance companies have their own secret “insurance score” similar to your credit score? They also take into account many things unrelated to driving, like your marital status, where you live and your job title.
After your check out this interesting graphic, you’ll have a better idea about what exactly is affecting your insurance costs.
The rate of auto accidents is staggering, did you know that every 14 seconds there is a car accident resulting in injury? In a 5 year period, one in four American drivers will be in a car accident. This can’t all be due to careless driving. Driving defensively is the best way to protect yourself, but even defensive driving can’t be a solution to all road related issues. Even the best drivers will at some point encounter an accident, and we want you to be sure to know what you need to do when that occasion rises. After an accident, adrenaline may have you reacting vs thinking clearly, so having a plan is a great way to ensure you do the right thing.
1.) Remain Calm
When you’re involved in an accident, it is essential that you remain calm. Assess the situation, if all vehicles involved are not terribly damaged move them out of the way of oncoming traffic. This prevents other vehicles from getting in an accident while attempting to avoid your crash scene. Moving the damaged vehicles will also alleviate traffic backing up. When emergency crews are needed you’ll want traffic to continue flowing. If it appears that there is serious damage to the vehicles or passengers, remain where you are and wait for emergency response vehicles. If you notice someone is seriously injured call 911, and remember not move an injured person unless absolutely necessary. You can accidentally cause more damage. continue reading…
Let’s face it, driving at night is challenging. There is limited visibility, blinding lights and shadows wreak havoc with depth perception. Driving after dark can be challenging for even the most experienced drivers. It’s not surprising to hear that while only a quarter of driving occurs at night, more than half the vehicle related deaths happen during this time. Being a safe driver means being able to maneuver after dark, as well as during the day. We’ve come up with 7 simple tips that will make driving at night a little easier.
1.) Adjust Your Headlights
When driving after dark it’s important to have your headlights pointed in the right direction. We know, this is common sense, but you would be surprised how much a little adjustment can improve how you see at night. If you think your lights aren’t illuminating enough space, bring them to a professional or check them yourself. You can adjust your headlights by parking in front of a wall and moving your lights yourself.
Many drivers know texting while driving is a bad combination, but just can’t seem to break the habit. Texting while driving is a growing problem throughout America and the world. Naturally there have been many things that distract our driving, but texting is a uniquely distracting activity. Hands-free devices allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel when talking on the phone, but texting distracts drivers’ visually, manually, and mentally.
Texting isn’t the only culprit when it comes to distracted driving caused by cell phones, the popularity of smart phones means drivers are being alerted to updates on Twitter, Facebook, and other apps. Studies show that more than 25% of drivers admit to using apps on their phone while driving.
Obviously, we’ve big fans of BMW here at Select Auto Imports – but when something like this happens, it really shows why they’re so far above and beyond other auto manufacturers.
Recently, on the automotive website Jalopnik, a reader told one of the site authors about his four-year-old’s dream car. Little Eli told his daddy that he wanted to build a seriously awesome BMW vehicle, with very specific specifications that only a four-year-old could dream up. Jalopnik posted the specs and asked the readers to come up with concept drawings based on the specs.
Incredibly enough, BMW caught wind and posted that they wanted a crack at designing the car. They followed through, and with amazing style. They actually created a computer rendering of what Eli’s car would look like – and it looks totally awesome.
Every car owner has different idiosyncrasies and driving habits. Only 10% of females allow passengers to smoke in their car. Do you expect every passenger in your vehicle to buckle their seat belts? Studies show that 80% of parents expect their passengers to use seat belts – only 75% of people without kids expected belt fastening from their passengers.
Not surprisingly, the most common age for people to get there first car: 16. That special 16th birthday represents a time of freedom, and everybody remembers their first car -maybe you even named your first car. The name “Betsy” is reportedly the most common car name.
We live and breathe luxury cars here at Select Auto Imports. There’s something special about driving a high quality luxury automobile, and we’ve tailored our dealership around that unique experience. We insist on providing the highest level of impeccable service to every customer that we meet, and that’s why we are one of the most popular dealerships in the Washington D.C. area.
We came across this recent study, released by AOL Autos, and thought that it was fitting to share on our blog. The study looked at all of the luxury cars that were researched by AOL Autos readers, and then compiled the results. Without further ado, here are the top 5 luxury cars of 2012: continue reading…