• Aftermarket Car Accessories Can Make Cars Behave Light Into Hot Wheels
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    Aftermarket Car Accessories Can Make Cars Behave Light Into Hot Wheels

    I am not obsessed with cars. There are many things that I think are more important. I have a family, a career, a bill to pay, a television program to follow, a pile of letters, friends to visit, and my voluntary work. These things keep me busy. If I were truly a “Carman” or when I found out they were calling them in the UK “petrol chief,” I would not have time to sleep and I would alienate everyone I loved with my lack of attention. That said, I don’t want my car to be a dirty cellphone. I would hate to hit a mall parking lot in the automotive that is on par with old sweat pants and a dirty tank top. Like it or not you are what you drive, at least in a few minds.

    Auto Aftermarket Parts

    So what does a man have to do when he doesn’t have time to “prepare” the wheels but he also doesn’t want people to giggle about how stupid his vehicle is? The solution that I found was automotive aftermarket parts. These items, such as special floor mats, decorative gear shifters, billet grilles, or T-Rex grilles, are great for making your simple car-like Jane look like a road warrior. With proxies, you can become a street warrior too, at least until you shift the conversation to your interests in scrapbooking.

    I have never known how helpful a specially selected grille is. I got praise from what I found by searching for aftermarket accessories on the web all over the world a few months ago. Since then people have taken my car and the people in it with a little flash in their eyes and far more jealousy. People understand what I’m doing with my car. My friends, many amateur mechanics … READ MORE

  • After-sale, Used, or New Car Parts and Discounts?
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    After-sale, Used, or New Car Parts and Discounts?

    The situation when your car needs to be replaced is not as easy as people initially think. There is difficulty choosing between the two types of auto parts available: new ones and aftermarket goods. Besides, there is the trouble of having to spend much. When it comes to cars, most expenses are significant. People suddenly find their vehicles impossible to use and this means unplanned expenses. Unwanted bills can have a significant impact on one’s budget. The buyer must then strike a balance between the price and the type of goods needed.

    It is human nature to want to solve car problems – or any problems – at the lowest possible cost and by getting the most compatible solution. Auto parts replacement is a problem that requires quick repair. How can customers who have problems go through choices available online or at local parts dealers? The market currently has three main options: aftermarket, used or new parts but discounts.

    Aftermarket Car Parts

    This category refers to vehicle parts manufactured by manufacturers other than the original ones whose signature is on the car itself. However, this specific part is not considered a standard by the original manufacturer and is therefore not among its recommendations, but can be following the ensemble. Because this has not been sampled with all models and brands, a mismatch may arise. Your car may not function properly and, in any case, this carries certain risks such as engine damage. You can buy aftermarket air filters or headlights, but this is not always adherent to quality or performance regulations. However, when you shop with the right features and details in mind, you have all the opportunities to find the right and reliable aftermarket parts.

    Used OEM vehicle parts

    Known as the most cost-effective option, these auto parts come … READ MORE

  • Beware Of These Obnoxious And Rude Drivers
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    Beware Of These Obnoxious And Rude Drivers

    I used to have a grueling daily commute of 20 miles on one of the busiest interstates in the U.S; the infamous 405 freeway in Southern California. It was extremely tiring, emotionally draining and, traffic was customarily moving along at five miles per hour but the worst part was dealing with rude and obnoxious drivers on the road. Top obnoxious driving behaviors include; driving like a turtle in the far left lane, cutting people off at the last minute in order to merge onto the freeway, failing to use turn signals and drivers yapping away on their cell phones.

    Mr I’m Too Cool For Turn Signals

    For some reason this person feels they are above using turn signals unlike normal people. Perhaps they are too important or above the law. For some reason the rules don’t apply to them.   However they have no problem driving like a snake in and out of traffic and expecting me to slow down while they cut me off. All cars come with turn signals for a reason. Use them. It’s really not that hard.

    Slow Fast Lane Hogger

    Slower traffic is supposed to keep to the right while the far left lane is meant for passing and it’s called the fast lane for a reason. There is nothing more aggravating than being in a hurry and getting stuck behind someone who thinks its OK to drive 40mph on the fast lane with a clear and open road ahead.  It completely defies all logic. The end result is that the entire lane gets backed up for miles with unsuspecting drivers stuck behind the lone slow driver.  I am sure that the driver is aware that I would like to pass, but for some reason he decides to just coast along while I’m stuck behind him.… READ MORE

  • Situation About Key Parts of China's Automotive Industry
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    Situation About Key Parts of China’s Automotive Industry

    China’s automobile industry has gained a rapid development. In 2009, annual output reached 13.79 million. And China is one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world. However, some important parts such as bush bearings, axle guides, thrust washers, and auto mold parts mainly depend on imports which bring a golden opportunity and a big challenge for Chinese bearing manufacturers and the automotive mold manufacturing industry.

    At present, China’s resource-efficient bearing manufacturing technology, which is an independent intellectual property, is more material-efficient and energy-efficient than conventional bi-metal bearing manufacturing technology. It requires less investment and less usage of equipments. Thus, it is an excellent opportunity for development. Until the end of the patent license of “Automotive mold self-lubricating composite metal embossing die V block” in 2009, China had completed the restructuring of the traditional and existing sintering bi-metal manufacturing technology of sliding bearing through twenty years’ accumulation and efforts. And then China realized the form of making various categories of bearings made of steel – copper alloys. There are bushing bearings, thrust bearings, sliding bearings with special shapes, and sliding bearings with solid lubrication, etc.

    The rate of utilization of the steel and copper alloy materials has reached nearly one hundred percent. Since then, the manufacture of sliding bearings have changed from the rough shaping of the material removal into a net shape processing which has high efficiency, light weight, and low-cost and so on. The method of making clean shapes helps save material and energy so that it can provide sliding bearing accessories for the development of China’s automotive industry.

    The automatic mold industry is known as “the mother of the automotive industry.” To some extent, the mold industry is a sign to measure the level of development of car manufacturers or even the national automotive industry. Despite years … READ MORE

  • 10 Top Uses For Excel in an Auto Shop
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    10 Top Uses For Excel in an Auto Shop

    The world’s most-used spreadsheet shows up in such a wide variety of places that it’s sometimes easy to forget just how much it can impact a business. Far beyond just tracking the bottom line, even a relatively straightforward business like an auto shop can find several uses for Microsoft Excel.

    Tracking the Bottom Line: Yes, it’s true! You can put Excel to use by giving it your income and your outgo and having it chart your profits over time.

    Inventory and Ordering: With a little bit of wizardry, Excel can not only keep track of how much inventory you should have, but it can Email you an alert when you get too low on a particular product, making ordering a breeze.

    Doing the Schedule: Of course, Excel can be used to graphically display what times any given employee will be on the clock and thus make it easy to ensure that all of the necessary coverage is there for you.

    Customer Tracking: Few businesses need to track customers more accurately over a longer period of time than an auto shop; Excel offers you the power to do just that. By setting up an entry form that gathers the necessary information and then stores it deep in another sheet, you can easily keep records on hundreds of customers and their vehicles over months and years.

    Receipts: Because of an auto shop’s specific needs when it comes to breaking down parts, labor, taxes, and other charges, Excel makes for an excellent receipt-making program.

    Invoicing: Speaking of templates, Excel comes equipped with a wide variety of templates for invoicing services — like laundry service for your work grubs.

    Create Recommendations: Whether you put it on your receipts or on your work orders, Excel’s ability to add drop-down menus to a cell can make … READ MORE

  • Employees Coming in Late
    Automotive Technician

    Employees Coming in Late

    When you start to see a pattern in behavioral issues; such as an employee coming in late, here are the things you need to consider:  1) If you don’t nip it in the bud it will get worse. 2) Employees need to be responsible for their own behavior. 3) They need to know why you have a special policy. So, next time an employee starts developing bad behavior patterns, such as arriving late, calling them to the private environment and asking them why they are late. When they have given you their explanation, say something like this …

    “Mike, I realize you’ve been late four times now this month, and let me tell you what concerns me. First of all, if you’re not here at 7:30 in the morning, the first thought that comes to mind is that you or someone in your family might be sick or injured, and you might need my help.my second thought was that your car might be damaged, or you might be in an accident, and I began to wonder if I should send Larry or Frank out to look for you. complicates matters even further, when you are not here on time, and I stand at the service counter, I don’t know what to tell customers who ask me if their car will be ready for the day, and then there’s one more thing, Mike. I just can’t expect anyone else here at Acme Auto Body to be here on time when you don’t, now that I know old habits are hard to break, so this is what I will do. Next time you are late, I will ask why, but it really doesn’t matter because that one will happen to me. If you are late, once again I will ask why, and … READ MORE