Now that you need to use your car to drive back home, you just realized that in your hurry, you forgot to take your car keys with you. And they are just where you left them inside your car. You may not be a locksmith, but if you own a car that has been created before the 1980s or if you may have left a window of your car slightly open, you may have just the slightest chance of opening the car yourself.

Car Keys Locked Inside

Car Keys Locked InsideWhile backing out of your garage or even just your driveway this morning, you surely managed to leave some scratches on your car. Not only that but after a couple of miles, you seemed to have ran out of gas. Luckily, you were near a gasoline station and were able to fill up your fuel tank. However, it seems luck has fled from your side for the day. After filling up, you were able to drive for some distance when a tire of your car went flat. Of course, you had to change the tire yourself. And while you were at it, you noticed that the hubcap you purchased along with some Pontiac auto parts seemed to have fallen somewhere between your current location and your garage. Because you were already late for your work, you hurriedly grabbed your things and rushed out to catch the elevator. Tough luck. Now that you need to use your car to drive back home, you just realized that in your hurry, you forgot to take your car keys with you. And they are just where you left them inside your car. You may not be a locksmith, but if you own a car that has been created before the 1980s or if you may have left a window of your car slightly open, you may have just the slightest chance of opening the car yourself. You do need a wire hanger to do this challenge. Straighten the hanger out and then bend an end. Make sure you form a hook or even a triangular handle. This would serve as the extension of your hand in breaking into your own car. You can also try opening a window through prying. Just use a putty knife and slip it between the window and the door. When you have part of the window open, slip the wire hanger you bent through it. Your task would be to actually move the hanger through your car and try to pull the door lock open. This may be quite difficult but it can be achieved.Now, if you own a newer car model, well, the best move for you would be to actually call a locksmith and let him do the work.

2008 Chery QQ: Sneak Peak!

2008 Chery QQ: Sneak Peak!

Chinas Chery Automotive Group is getting set to import as many as five vehicles into the US starting in the summer of 2007. These 2008 models are reportedly going to be cheaper than competing models in their respective classes, undercutting some models by as much as $10,000 per car. I have been doing a little investigating and have learned more about the Chery QQ, the three door compact that will retail for just $6995. Hold onto your hats as I read off the long list of standard features for its incredible, low price.Just when you think you have seen everything, along comes the QQ. Reportedly, QQ stands for Quality and Quick as the car is made from remnants of destroyed Soviet tanks that battled with China during a protracted border skirmish in 1970. In addition, the car zips from 0 to 48 before the engine craps out. Oh, well zero to sixty would have been nice, but alas...Standard features for the QQ will include:

  • Seats, front and rear
  • Seatbelts with air bags
  • Glass, all around as needed
  • Steering Wheel with horn
  • Dashboard
  • Removable Ashtray
  • Window Regulators {4}
  • Rubber Gaskets
  • Plastic Molding
  • Polyester Tires {4}
  • Hubcaps with lug nuts
  • Door Handles with driver and front passenger keyholes
  • Antenna
  • Truck Key with Keyhole
  • Headlights
  • Tail lights
  • Turn signals
  • Brakes
  • Shocks
  • BumpersDoors, hood, trunk and roof are all standard; body side moldings will likely be extra. Engine, transmission, radiator, exhaust, and countless other parts will also be included once they are removed from junked Yugos and retrofitted for the QQ.Optional equipment will likely include a radio, comfortable seats, air conditioning, and perhaps even a rear window defroster. Oh, by the way, General Motors has sued and won a judgment against Chery declaring that the Chery name sounds too close to their Chevy name. Chery has agreed and will likely adopt the Forg name for all cars imported to the US. Stay tuned!

  • The Volvo S40 Package

    The Volvo S40 Package

    Volvo Cars is the brand under which the Volvo S40 is running under. The Volvo S40 is a sedan and it is a compact car. This vehicle actually filled the spot and niche that the Volvo 440 left behind when its production was halted. Going back to its history, automobile aficionados could definitely say that there has already been two distinct and different models for this vehicle line. The first generation was actually launched back in the year 1995. As per the second generation, they have been launched just recently, in the year 2004. At present, this second generation of Volvo S40s are still being continuously manufactured, marketed, and sold to the general public. It has been said that its main and primary competition in the market are the Acura TSX, the Audi A3, the BMW 2 series, as well as the Infiniti G20. Volvo Parts and Used Volvo Parts gives Volvo owners, aficionados, and enthusiasts the finest Volvo replacement parts, performance parts, and accessories that is unmatched anywhere else. By simply visiting Volvo Parts and Used Volvo Parts, one could actually choose from their extensive stock of Volvo parts like a/c condensers, front bumpers, rear bumpers, front fenders, grilles, hubcaps, front lights, radiators, radiator fans, starters, and wheels among many others. These parts are available for customers and patrons at great discount prices and whole sale deals at Volvo Parts and Used Volvo Parts.If you do have some $24,040 for a vehicle, then you can most certainly own the Volvo S40. Volvo markets this vehicle as an attainable sports sedan which not only delivers power and has a good handling, but it also provides its drivers and passengers fun every time it is driven. As per the color of the exterior of the Volvo S40, the choices are Black, Ice White, Passion Red, Silver Metallic, Flint Gray Metallic, Barents Blue Metallic, Brilliant Blue Metallic, and Electric Silver Metallic. The Volvo S40 parts has been made available with various features so as to provide not only a superb driving and riding experience but also to give its passengers a comfortable and entertaining one as well. The list of features that this vehicle hold include the Stability and Traction Control system, daytime running lights with projector type low beams, rear fog lights with auto off, headlight washers, bi-xenon headlamps, a collapsible steering column, energy absorbing interior, driver and front passenger supplemental restraint system, inflatable side curtains, an overhead-mounted seat belt reminder lights, padded head restraints, a security system, a safe approach and home safe lighting system, an emergency trunk release, a cruise control system, a trip computer, and an outside temperature gauge among many others. Volvo has also made sure that Volvo S40 owners and interested parties could have choices with regards to sprucing up the vehicle and this is the very why the company has created a line of Volvo S40 accessories to not only provide customization and personalization but also add to its functionality and also its aesthetic features.

    Brake Calipers, Car Blogs, and You

    Brake Calipers, Car Blogs, and You

    If you are big fan of the internet, as I am, you likely appreciate having access to much of the information you read online. Where else can you find information that is accurate, easily obtainable, and above all else: free? The library, perhaps. Still, reading some of the car blogs out there can be a risky proposition especially if you are prone to taking everything you read as the gospel truth. Blogging certainly is fun and it is all the rage. You dont have to know how to design web sites and you dont even have to know how to write especially well. Therein lies the rub. Over the past several months I have had occasion to read information that is not only suspect, but downright inaccurate. Of course, if the writings are simply someones opinion about something that is one thing. However, when the writings give explicit instructions [or leave out pertinent information] on how to fix something, such as brake calipers, those instructions must be correct otherwise the reader could be obtaining information that isnt just factually wrong, but dangerous.Concerning "brake calipers" , if you are blogging about brakes, please make certain that when you discuss a brake inspection that you include brake calipers in the discussion along with pads, rotors, ABS, and more. Yes, a reputable mechanic will check all of that out, but diminishing that information in your blog entry can make the reader think that a brake caliper isnt important. Indeed, they are important: brake calipers squeeze the brake pads onto the rotor to stop your car. Over time, brake caliper seals can wear out and your car can lose its braking capability.I have several rules I follow when reading stuff online, particularly that which is posted on blogs:1.Who is the author? Is that information given or is it someone simply posting anonymously?2.Who manages the blog? Does this person know cars or not?3.What is the source of the quoted information? Is it from another author or is it simply company material regurgitated for all to read?4.Most importantly: is the site a bad neighborhood? Meaning, is it set up simply to capture cheap pay per click ads and not much else? I have a real problem with any site that is over run with advertising!Ultimately, if you read something online check its veracity with at least one other source. You can easily google a few keywords and check the results for similar content. Of course, if someone is spreading inaccurate content all over the internet, then you know what the answer is!

    A Guide To Comparing Used Car Loan Rates

    If you want to get the perfect car loan that fits your budget, it is foolhardy to just sign-up when you have not determined all of your available options. Before doing so, you might to consider first the figures that you will be working with.Once you have determined the model of the car that you want, where you will be getting the loan from, and your monthly allowance for the used car loan payment, you may proceed with signing up. Then you will be on your way to owning the vehicle that you want.There are a lot of web sites online which offer auto loan rate calculators.These rates vary by state and city. There are also online lenders who offer a cheaper rate, as compared to getting car loans via banks who - more often than not - deny your loan application, especially for used vehicles.Research online and visit the used car dealers in your area. Collect the price quotes first to determine the current rates for the used cars available in the market.You can also ask around for the rates. You are bound to get more results by word of mouth, especially if you know car enthusiasts.Take the following as an example of the current used car rates:In California, three lenders who offer used car loans are the Bank of America, Capital One Auto Finance and Wells Fargo Bank.For a used car loan, the Bank of America offers 20% down payment and an 11.2% rate. You would add to this a $75 fee and a .25% discount with auto debit.The second lender, which is Capital One Auto Finance, offers a 6.25 % rate and a 20% down payment. There are no application fees and prepayment penalties.Wells Fargo Bank offers an 8.88% rate and a 20% down, a $50 application fee and a .25% discount with auto debit.At the end of the day, just compare these three rates and determine which offer would fit your budget.Also consider the distance, mileage and the final asking price.One more thing that you should consider when comparing rates is the number of months for you to make the payments.There are several options. Some lenders offer a 36 month used car loan. For higher asking prices, longer payment terms are available.For a 36-month used car loan, for example, the rate offered is 8.31%. This rate increases as the number of months increase.After researching and looking through all of your options, choose the lowest rate that you can get and remember not to overspend when you have already reached a certain target budget.

    Prepare Your Car For Mother Nature

    The most recent Farmer's Almanac calls for a winter season that is unusually cold with plenty of snow. For drivers, that could mean some difficult and dangerous driving conditions.First, be prepared for winter driving by taking your car to a certified automotive technician, like those at a Firestone Complete Auto Care. A vehicle checkup will help ensure that the engine, battery, exhaust system, heating and defrosting systems are all in good working order, and will make sure that the vehicle's main fluids are at the right level. If you are on the road when bad weather hits, there are things you can do to stay safe. First, slow down. Taking it slow gives you more time to stop and improves tire traction.Try to avoid abrupt movements when braking, accelerating or turning. Never pump the brake pedal on a car with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), since the system itself "pumps" the brakes automatically. ABS is designed to allow you to continue to steer the vehicle while in a panic stop by not allowing the wheels to lock up. Apply firm and continuous pressure to the brake pedal to activate the ABS operation. Always use your headlights to help other drivers see you.In addition, outfit your vehicle with the right tires during inclement weather. Winter tires, such as the Bridgestone Blizzak, are technologically advanced to handle harsh winter driving conditions.Winter tires have tread patterns and compounds that reduce the risk of slipping. Deeper treads on winter tires allow the tires to dig into the snow and propel your vehicle through it. Remember, the only part of your vehicle that touches the road is the tire.Don't forget to check your tire pressure weekly during the colder months. As outside temperatures drop, the air pressure inside a tire decreases. Check your tires when the vehicle has been driven less than a mile or has not moved in more than three hours.By following these simple steps you will be better prepared when Mother Nature strikes.


    Now that you need to use your car to drive back home, you just realized that in your hurry, you forgot to take your car keys with you. And they are just where you left them inside your car. You may not be a locksmith, but if you own a car that has been created before the 1980s or if you may have left a window of your car slightly open, you may have just the slightest chance of opening the car yourself.