Archive for the ‘Car polisher’ Category

Cost of running a car shoots up

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

While cleaning your precious car is an enjoyable and inexpensive task, keeping your car on the road in other ways may be giving you a serious headache.

A report released by the RAC shows that the cost of motoring has shot up by an incredible 14 per cent in the past 12 months.

This means that on average drivers are now shelling out £128.64 each week just keep their car running. This works out to be £55.74 per miles and means that on the average vehicle costs £1,556 more than it did back in 2007.

And while cars are costing more to run, they are also losing value faster. Figures show that depreciation rose by 16.67 per cent in the last year.

The cost of insurance brought about the biggest year-on-year change. It rose by a staggering 14.38 per cent and is now a whopping 35 per cent higher on average than it was in 2009.

Fuel rises were the next largest factor at 12.4 per cent more than a year ago.

In total, the running costs came to £6,689 compared to £5,870 in 2010.

RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: “This year’s cost index highlights the tough conditions being faced by Britain’s motorists.

"With fuel prices the biggest single running cost, UK drivers want action from the government.

“Last week’s Commons debate showed the real depth of feeling across the country on this issue. At the very least, we are calling for the scrapping of next year’s planned fuel duty increases.”

The figures come at a time when the Association of British Insurers is calling for an outright drinking ban for young drivers as well as a removal of their right drive on the nation's roads between 11pm and 4am.

The government, however, had knocked back the proposal because it would impede some people who need to get to work or college.

Posted by Mark Henderson.

Classic cars could be MOT exempt

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Classic car owners will be pleased to hear that soon your treasured vehicle could be exempted from having to undergo the standard annual MOT.

The proposal has been published for consultation Roads Minister Mike Penning.

The theory is that classic and historic cars are usually very well maintained by their owners, often helped by using the best car polish and scratch removers available, and have a much lower accident and MOT failure rate than the majority of modern vehicles.

At present, the UK's current requirements for vehicles to undergo an MOT test is in excess of the obligations set out in European legislation.

The government say that an MOT exemption for vehicles manufactured prior to 1960 would help underline their commitment to cutting unnecessary red tape, and would also help drivers cut costs at a time of severe economic gloom.

Mr Penning, who is also the Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead, stated: "We are committed to reducing regulation which places a financial burden on motorists without providing significant overall benefits.

"Owners of classic cars and motorbikes are enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well – they don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there every weekend checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork."

It has also been noted that many of the features of the modern MOT test are not suitable vehicles aged over 50 years, although classic car owners will still be legally required to ensure that their cars are safe and in adequate condition to be the nation's roads.

The proposed change is being taken forward as part of Department for Transport's main MOT review and consultation is expected to be completed in January 2012.

Estimates suggest that cars pre-dating 1960 make up 0.6 per cent of total vehicles on roads throughout Great Britain.

Posted by Mark Henderson

Peugeot unveils new 208

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Peugeot has unveiled their new 208 super-mini, which comes in both three and five door styles and will in effect replace the current 207 model.

The 208 range will include five versions, four of which will be equipped with the new Stop & Start system (e-HDi), which saves fuel by pausing the engine when the car stops moving for more than three seconds, making it more environmentally friendly.

The diesel range is green conscious also. It starts at 87g/km of CO2 and delivers a fuel economy of 83.1 mpg.

It’s also slightly smaller than the 107, running seven centimetres shorter and one centimetre lower. However, according to Peugeot it has a Tardis-esque quality because it has a 15 litre bigger boot and more rear leg room.

It will be released in the UK next summer, just in time for owners to get their car polishes out and make it shine in the sun.

Details of the release come in the same week that Subaru revealed they will be showcasing their new BRZ at the Tokyo motor show next month

Posted by Mark Henderson 

Take care of your motor this winter

Friday, October 28th, 2011

With autumn drawing to a close and winter upon us, car care becomes more and more important.

The cold and wet conditions can have a brutal effect on your vehicle, causing you much anguish and frustration.

You'll have experienced it before. After spending precious time and money making your car's exterior shine using the best car shampoo and chrome wheel cleaners available, along comes a gritting truck and splashes salt up your doors and side panels.

Or even worse, the temperature drops below zero and you find yourself having to prise your Hydra flexi blades from your windscreen. It's certainly annoying, but with a few handy tips you can go a long way to ensuring your car stays tip top at this time of year.

Speaking with online motoring search engine recently, IAM Drive & Survive's head of training, Simon Elstow, offered his advice on car maintenance for when the cold snap starts to come.

He said that is important to clear out your vehicle's plenum chambers. These are the tray-like areas under the bonnet, just below the windscreen. These can get clogged with leaves and other loose items and then fill with water.

This water can then leak into your cars electronics and cause you to have a hefty repair bill on your hands – the last thing you need in the expensive run up to Christmas.

He added "A patch of wet leaves can be as dangerous as hitting standing water – take care and reduce your speed before driving onto them."

He suggested making sure your wiper blades are in good condition and always remove any condensation and ice prior to setting off on a journey. If your blades are squeaky as they wipe, then it is probably best that you have them replaced,

The weather at this time can take a serious toll on your car battery. The vehicle expert suggested keeping the top of the battery as clean and as dry as possible and also make sure the terminals are free from ware and tight. If a battery is older than three years, get it checked as you may well save yourself many frustrating mornings.

Mr Elstow also said: "Bear in mind that leaves can be slippery, especially when wet. Avoid hard acceleration or braking as it can cause skidding. And be aware that there may be a dip, pothole or other road hazard hiding under those leaves covering the road."

Not mentioned by Mr Elstow, but equally as important is packing a winter emergency kit. It is recommended that you should have at least a snow shovel, brushes, a window scraper and matches in your vehicle. After all, you do not want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere when the snow fall starts.

Having the right tyres is also something you should invest in. Properly inflated, high quality winter tires provide the best traction and can even increase fuel efficiency. You should check pressure of your tires regularly, especially before any long distance journeys.

Vauxhall drivers will be pleased to know that you can have your car checked by expertly-trained MasterFit technician before the cold comes.

Their winter care service includes a full safety check, fluids and tyre pressure checks and a winter care pack – containing 500ml bottle of de-icer, a 500ml bottle of screenwash, and an ice scraper. Prices start from £35.

And the last thing you need to do to look after your car (and yourself) this winter is quite simple – drive carefully. Icy roads are one the biggest causes of accidents at this time of year.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner and head of driving standards at the Institute of Advanced Motorists said: "Remember, the speed that you can stop from in a bus length on a dry warm day can take the whole length of a football pitch on ice."

Posted by Mark Henderson 

RS5 cabriolet is car to care for

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

German car giant Audi is set to unleash its beautiful RS5.

A stunning cabriolet version is set debut next year and Auto Express is reporting sights of it flying around a test track close to Nurburgring circuit.

S5 Cabriolet has the same bulging wheel arches as the coupé model but where it really excels is in its performance.

Built with the same 4.2-litre V8 engine as the coupé, RS5 Cabriolet now boasts 444 brake horse power and 430 Nm of torque.

A quattro drive train enables its four-wheel drive capability and its seven-speed twin-clutch S tronic gearbox should see it do 0 – 62 mph in less five seconds before on to a top speed of 155mph.

One pit fall for speed merchants is the fact that it will be heavier than the coupé as it features the same triple-layered folding canvas roof as the S5 drop top and that means the engineers have had to strengthen the chassis.

But despite the extra weight, drivers will still experience the ultimate sports car experience as the seats are now pushed slightly closer to the roaring V8 engine.

The new model will also include new front and rear lights, a smoother and simpler bumper and a re-designed front grille.

The car is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012 and will retail round the £60,000 mark when it becomes available in the UK next summer.

Such a beautiful piece of engineering must be carefully looked after if purchased.

The Car Care Council recently issues a hand guide for keeping your prized motor in pristine condition.

It suggests you should wash your car at least once a week and polish a minimum of every six months if it's bodywork is to keep the shame shine it had when it was in the showroom. 

Posted by Mark Henderson

Orbital polishers ‘should be used once a year’

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Car polishers are extremely useful tools when it comes to eradicating swirl marks and other blemishes on the bodywork.

Faster than the human hand, they can work the surface and breathe new life into it within a couple of hours.

Mike Sutton, writing for Car and Driver, said that wheeling – which involves using a rotating wheel like those employed in detailing shops around the globe – heats the clear coat on the paint, softening it to a viscous liquid that covers up scratches.

However, using them on a regular basis could do more harm than good, the expert stated.

"To prevent permanent damage to the paint, limit this method of polishing to once a year and wax your car every couple of months," Mr Sutton noted.

Alec Gutierrez, from Kelley Blue Book, told that car polishes are the best way of getting rid of minor scratches on a vehicle's bodywork.

Posted by James Robson

Orbital buffers ‘key to getting professional results’

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Drivers who want their car to boast a professional-looking shine need to use products and tools that experts use themselves.

That means items such as top-grade car waxes, microfibre cloths and wash mitts, as well as another device that will make the paintwork shine in the sun – orbital buffers.

These are tools motorists need to think about, as these machines can spruce up the bodywork in a way the human hand cannot, with their rotations gently bringing out the best in the paint.

This is a point reinforced by the kemPlink Auto Detailing blog, which stated that with practice car enthusiasts can get a great finish with car polishers.

"A vehicle owner who learns how to use an orbital buffer, compounds and waxes can perform a partial or full polish restoration with professional-looking results," the source added.

AsiaOne's Darren Chang recently praised car polishers for the wonderful finish they can deliver.

Posted by Simone Williams

Car polishers not for the faint-hearted?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

When it comes to applying car polishes, drivers can either do it by hand using microfibre cloths and lots of elbow grease, or they can invest in car polishers, which will do the hard work for them.

While the latter may appeal in terms of speed and effort, motorists must not think they can just pick it up, plug it in and set off.

There are some orbitals that are pretty straightforward, however, there are others which are anything but.

Darren Chang, writing for AsiaOne, has made this same point, stating that there is a steep learning curve involved with such devices.

"Centrifugal speed, pad pressure, heat dissipation, torque loading and a host of factors can vary the results," the writer stated.

Michael Burk, owner of a car detailing business, told the Seaside Signal recently that car polish is like sunscreen for cars and is vital to achieving a good overall look.

Posted by Simone Williams

Car polishers ‘deliver an even finish’

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Car polishes are the difference between a vehicle looking good and it having that glistening showroom shine.

Using microfibre cloths and applying them by hand is one way of doing it, however, the truth is that this is a time-consuming way of going about it.

The other option is to use car polishers, which are machines designed to shine up the car and save the driver from arm ache in the process.

One of the biggest benefits of using an automatic tool to do the job is that the finish will be the same from front to back, according to AsiaOne's Darren Chang.

"You can't beat it for an even finish for every square inch, letting you concentrate on finessing your technique and exploring the different detailing products available," he added.

According to Auto Express, using car polishers is not only quicker, the quality of the work is often superior to what it would be hand it been done by hand.

Posted by Anne Simpson

Car polishers ‘can work wonders’

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Spring could be the perfect time to get a motor in tip-top condition in preparation for long outdoor drives in the summertime – and car polishers could be the ideal products to get vehicles looking their best.

Bob Forward of Ens Toyota has claimed this time of year is ideal for giving an automobile a deep clean, the Star Phoenix reports.

The industry expert noted: "Wash off all the soap and give the body a good polish job. Does wonders for it."

He explained that a good hand polish is required at least once a year, adding that car polish can help to lift off industrial fall-out and brings off any grime that has built up on the surface, before resealing the paint.

Those looking to reduce the likelihood of suffering from allergies while driving this spring may also want to use car wax, as Carolina Live recently reported that the method is an easy way of keeping a motor pollen-free.