Autel Maxidas DS708 Review – Pros And Cons Of a Vehicle Scanner

Are you are planning to buy an Autel Maxidas DS708 vehicle scanner to diagnose any problems with a vehicle? If you own a car repair shop then one of these is absolutely necessary for your work. This vehicle diagnostic system costs upwards of $1000 depending on who you buy it from and therefore you need to be absolutely certain that it will meet your needs.

It has to be admitted that the advantages of the Autel Maxidas DS708 vehicle diagnostic system are many in number. They include:

• Coverage of a large number of automobile makes from domestic and foreign car manufacturers. Interestingly, if a particular car model does not feature on this scanner’s database, then you could always program the scanner to use a similar vehicle’s features.

• Fast and accurate diagnosis with intuitive features ensuring that problems with various components and sensors of the vehicle can be identified correctly. The sensor is able to scan various vehicular systems such as air conditioning, airbags, navigation etc.

• Wi-Fi feature with enables the scanner to have increased functionality

• Offers regular software updates to include newer models of cars as well as fix existing bugs.

The drawbacks of the Autel Maxidas DS708 include the fact that it takes some time to get used to. The menu options are sometimes very confusing, especially at the outset. However, these are minor problems considering that the user can quickly work around them. As a matter of fact, most people who buy this device are very clear that they do not mind dealing with these problems considering that there are so many advantages offered by the device.

The Launch x431 Diagun is another excellent scanner that has been getting rave reviews from users. It has a great many useful features that ensure ease and versatility of use. This scanner also has a large memory thanks to a 4GB card that it comes with. At the same time, you do need to be aware of the fact that enhanced memory alone will not be of much use unless it comes along with a large database. In fact, this is the main factor that causes the Autel Maxidas DS708 to score higher than it.

Overall, each scanner has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is best to buy one only after considering all factors so that you can get the best performance from it. After all, the quality of service you offer to your customers will depend on your ability to diagnose the problems with their vehicles.

Lexus LS 600h L Review – The Pros and Cons

The Lexus LS hybrid was much anticipated on the market, unfortunately it seems overall to be a disappointment. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about new hybrid offerings. With gas prices rising as rapidly as they are, fuel economy and miles per gallon are major concerns of the American Automobile consumer. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to strike a balance between the efficiency and environmental friendliness of a hybrid car, and the large powerful cars that up until recent years Americans have loved to buy.

The Lexus flagships of luxury sedans are always spacious, incredibly comfortable, and stylish. And the LS 600h is no exception. The long list of features and comfort items that the LS 600h comes with seems like it will never end, offering everything from radar-guided cruise control, self-parking, and a highly detailed but very intuitive to control console. Where the 600h falls flat isn’t in luxury, but in performance. Its competition tends to put powerful V12 engines in their sedans, and Lexus placed the most powerful V8 engine available on the market, and combined it with a Hybrid synergy drive, hoping to give the same performance as the V12, but at much better gas mileage.

Unfortunately, the addition of hybrid components adds a fairly considerable weight to the Lexus’s already hefty build. The increased weight of the engine and corresponding energy it takes to get the car moving, means that despite the increase in horsepower, the acceleration and performance is only about on par with the LS 460. And even though the fuel economy is 4 miles per gallon better in city driving, its gas mileage on the highway where you try to get the bulk up to high speed is actually /worse/. A lovely idea, and a beautiful car, but ultimately a disappointment in the hybrid market.

You can find out more information about Hybrid Cars at ProHybrid.com along with video news, reviews, and tools such as price quotes and an automotive loan calculator.

GMC Yukon Hybrid Review – The Pros and Cons

The 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid has been described as “impressive”, “stunning” and “magnificent” by both reviewers and owners. They’re not talking about the Yukon Hybrid’s performance, amenities or looks, although all are average or above. They’re talking, instead, about the fuel economy figures they see with this hefty hybrid.

Both of GM’s 2009 full-size SUV hybrid models, Yukon and Tahoe, feature the innovative, 2-mode hybrid system, introduced in 2008. Combined with GM’s active fuel management technology and a unique late-intake valve opening system, the computer-modulated 2-mode electronic variable transmission (EVT) technology translates into real savings at the pump.

Since its ’08 debut, the GMC Yukon Hybrid has boosted gas mileage nearly 30% compared with non-hybrid Yukon models. EPA estimates of 21 mpg/city and 22 mpg/hwy for the 2WD Yukon Hybrid and 20/20 for the 4WD model are, indeed, impressive.

A comprehensive list of standard amenities comes with the ’09 GMC Yukon Hybrid, including 8 passenger seating, leather 6-way adjustable front power seats and a sound-system-integrated GPS with back-up camera. In addition, the Yukon Hybrid features 6000- to 6200-pounds of towing capacity, anti-lock brakes and stability control.

With its 2-mode EVT system, a bit of aerodynamic tweaking and a 350lb-plus weight reduction in the wheels, body and cabin, yet still weighing in at nearly 5300-pounds, the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid is both big and “green”.

Starting at $50,945 for the 2WD ’09 Yukon Hybrid, and some $2,810 more for the 4WD, big and “green” is also pricy.

You can find out more information about Hybrid Cars at ProHybrid.com along with video news, reviews, and tools such as price quotes and an automotive loan calculator.

Autozone Franchise Review

AutoZone is a retailer and distributor of automotive spare parts and accessories. The company is located in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a well established brand in the market place, providing franchise store with instantaneous recognition as the ‘Automotive Store of Choice’ in their area.

The company has an access to the widest variety of products in the premium brands and their own range of Exclusive Brands. This gives an opportunity to franchisees to differentiate their store from the rivalry, and also allows them to increase their margins.

  • Dedicated VIP Loyalty Program is designed by the company in order to encourage cash customers to approach franchise stores repeatedly.
  • In combination with a retail optimization consultancy, AutoZone also assists franchisees in order to find the best location for their store. This ensures that franchisee’s store is positioned in the highest catchment area, and this eventually ensures more feet coming in franchisee’s store.
  • Designing and customization of a store layout, is done by their Store Development Team with a floor plan, to make sure that the location suits the franchise store, franchisee’s needs and the market.
  • With immediate access to company’s progressive computer system, ordering products at all times is ‘just a click away’.
  • Their long history in the market place explains that they have deep-rooted and strong operational relationships with the suppliers in the automotive parts industry.
  • Company’s Marketing Department is persistently structuring the AutoZone brand with television advertising, leaflets and various other promotional techniques. This ensures that franchisee’s customers are always being reminded that the company is the best suitable for shopping for automotive parts and spares.
  • The AutoZone Family comprises the AutoZone Service Centre that assists franchisees with developing and launching of their store. Other facilities available for franchisees include multi-media Call Centre, Buying Department, Legal Department, and Marketing Department.
  • Company has got a dedicated Buying Department whose role is to ensure that franchisees are supplied with the best quality products at economical prices.
  • Company’s product range lists over 90,000 Stock-keeping units, and its top-notch warehousing facility makes it possible for franchisees to order all of the products from just one place.
  • In order to ensure financial and banking services more accessible & affordable to franchisees, Autozone has conferred special rates and services from leading financial institutions.
  • Company’s strong sense of Family has ensured that franchisees’ workers will have an access to enhanced services such as health care, pension funds and funeral cover.
  • Additional training in a variety of business skills is offered by AutoZone’s newly opened Business Skills Development Training Centre. This training covers Catalogue Training, Income Statement Analysis and more.

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Chips Away – A Simple Review

The ChipsAway (CA) franchise was started in 1988 with several people who had over 65 years of automotive restoration experience saw a vast need for a professional and economical way to solve chipped paint and other automotive problems caused by everyday driving.

The system was initially developed for professional use only, but subsequent research and development has simplified the CA system, thus allowing anyone to be trained to make high quality repairs.

CA’s reputation for delivering superior quality, and unsurpassed training and support has allowed CA to spread worldwide with hundreds of CA licensees who enjoy earning a tremendous income.

Regardless of who pays for the repairs, the consumer or auto dealer, they have to choose one of the following three options:

The Body Shop – In order to insure a high quality, permanent repair, current body shop paint technology requires entire panels to be repainted, even for the small scratches or chips. With labor, material, and environmental waste removal expenses, the average body shop would have to charge hundreds of dollars for these types of repairs, and normally require the vehicle in their shop for several days.

Touch Up – Paint touch-up systems normally consist of conventional auto body paint being applied in a very un-conventional manner. Some dab paint on with a brush or a Q-tip, others spray it through an airbrush, and others shoot it through a hypodermic needle. Most repairs done in this manner are inexpensive, but the quality of repair is normally very poor.

The unique CA process allows you to offer retail consumers, auto dealers, rental car companies and insurance companies with high quality, permanent repairs for approximately a third of what would be expected at a body shop. With the CA paint restoration process, most repairs are completed in less than an hour, right in the parking lot or even the retail customer’s driveway. CA’s exact match blended paints are designed to mix and test within minutes, right in front of the customer, assuring total quality satisfaction.

ChipsAway offers you limited markets…

– Retail Mobile Services

Many CA licensees provide services at people’s homes and offices, repairing scratches and scuffs on late model automobiles. The customer receives high quality, reasonably priced repairs within hours instead of days, and with guaranteed color match.

– Wholesale Mobile Service

Each mobile unit establishes a route consisting of five to eight automotive related customers, like new and used car dealers, lease companies, detail shops and body shops, that will grow to depend on the weekly visit from their CA licensee.

– Market Potential

CA research indicates that each market of one million people has an average of 450 new and used car dealers and 1500 secondary type customers like auto body shops, car washes, reconditioning shops, auto customizing shops, and automotive repair shops.

– Store Front Location Services

Insurance studies indicate that the average vehicle with more than 15,000 miles has between $250 and $500 of cosmetic paint damage. Damage like small scratches, bumper scuffs, damaged wheels, wheel covers etc. Commonly, people are disappointed to find that almost all of these types of repairs fall below their deductible, thus creating a public relations problem for insurance companies.

As an Authorized CA Repair Facility you can make repairs to key scratches, bumper scuffs, damaged wheels and wheel covers for a fraction of the normal cost.

The system includes International Paint Formulas, and over one hundred CA tints and special additives to mix paints for all current and late models automobiles sold throughout the world.

CA even has a Spot Repair System which extends your capabilities to include repairing key scratches, bumper scuffs, wheel covers, etc.

While I am not a CA franchise owner I do have over 20 years of experience in the paint repair industry, and the CA system appears to be top notch in my book. The only thing missing is knowledge on how to market yourself online. This would include regional internet marketing at no, or very low cost

As with all franchises, do your own homework on the company. Check the referrals on their website and be sure to talk to a licensee.

With proper internet advertising, the Chips Away method could be a winner for you! A good internet marketing and mentoring coach can show you how to do this at a fraction of the cost of the CA franchise.

Using proven training and consistent effort, Kevin A. Ewing is a successful entrepreneur and online business owner.

Actron CP785 – An Interesting Review

Actron 7875 has become a favorite desk toy to most of us. You can measure electronics, windows, AC vents, or even for ghost hunting. Actron CP7875 has a very nice interface that allows you to easily read the result display from bright sunlight to middle of the night. It’s a very useful gadget to carry around in a car, office, home or even when you’re going on a camp.

It would be wise thing to keep these infrared thermometers in your cars. So whenever needed you can use these CP7875 to check for spark plug or a hot manifold. It’s also very helpful to find air leaks around your home using this Actron. It will help you save some amount of money on power bill.

These infrared digital thermometers have 1:1 spot ratio, it means that if you hold them 10 inches away from any surfaces, they will check a 10 inches circle, much bigger than your hand. So, in case you want to know the temperature of your hot coffee, you may hold it about an inch away from your coffee cup or nearer.

For fun (please don’t laugh), you can also check your inner ear temperature which is somehow difficult when using conventional thermometers, but for Actron CP7875 it’s a piece of cake.

Actron CP7875 is very ergonomic and fits perfectly in your palm. Basically there are two buttons on this thermometer. First button is to read the temperature, and the other one is to change the degrees from Fahrenheit to Celsius. To read the temperature you simply press the first button and it starts reading, when you release it the reading stops and displays the temperature for 3 seconds.

The highest temperature is recorded and displayed on the top right corner of the screen. This CP7875 can read from -27 degrees of Fahrenheit to 428 degrees.

Actron CP7875 is designed to take the temperature samples of engines and heating elements, that’s why it can read such high temperature. The only problem is the battery’s cover that’s screwed on, in order to replace the battery you need a precision screwdriver and a cell batteries. I think it’s more practical if the company decide to use “Triple A’s” batteries on Actron CP7875.

Lexus GS 450h Review – The Pros and Cons

In today’s fuel economy driven car market, manufacturers are increasingly offering hybrid designs and pushing the boundaries of the technology to deliver better gas mileage. Lexus is well on their way to leading the pack with the Lexus GS 450h, which ranked #3 out of 12 in the Large Luxury Car class in a recent U.S. News ranking. It has won numerous awards for fuel cost, retained value. The Washington Post even called it “a happy mixture of better and best.”

What can you expect out of the GS 450h? It has a smooth and powerful acceleration both from a stop and when moving up to highway speeds. The Hybrid Energy drive puts out an eye-popping 340 horsepower and yet remains smooth and as quiet as a pin drop in almost any highway conditions. The handling is smooth and excellent with crisp balance in the turns. Overall between this blend of performance and a roomy and luxurious interior, the Lexus GS 450h is an amazing pleasure to drive.

You do pay for that pleasure though, the MSRP on the Lexus GS 450 is 55,000 dollars in the United States. And because of its size and power, the fuel economy is only so-so for the typical hybrid car. The large luxury nature of the Lexus means that even with the Hybrid synergy drive it gets only 25 mpg on the highway and 23 on the city. Overall it is an excellent luxury car for those who want the touch of class and elegance in their vehicle, at a slight compromise on fuel economy over other hybrids.

Grundy Classic Car Insurance – A Review of Their Benefits and Restrictions

Specialty insurance from a classic car insurance company offers a number of benefits for those who own and drive collector cars. Companies that specialize in antique car insurance can offer better coverage with lower premiums than a standard auto insurance company, but the better coverage and lower premiums come with some restrictions. There are a lot of points to consider when choosing a classic auto insurance provider, so it is important that you do your homework in order to find the antique auto insurance provider that is the best fit for you.

Grundy Worldwide is one insurance company that specializes in collector car insurance. They have been in business since 1947 in Horsham, PA just north of Philadelphia. Since their beginning, Grundy Classic Car Insurance has covered over 1.5 million collector vehicles, and they are one of the fastest growing classic auto insurance companies. The owner is a car collector and restorer himself, having won awards at several of the major collector car events in the US. His involvement in the hobby helps him to understand the wants and needs of other car collectors.

Grundy Classic Car Insurance is the originator of the Agreed Value policy, in which the insurance company and the car owner set an agreed value on the vehicle before the policy is initiated. If there is a total loss, the car owner receives the full value of the car, instead of what the insurance company decides the car was worth after the fact. Grundy will insure any year vehicle, even late model cars as long as they are used for show, hobby and pleasure purposes only. Many other collector auto insurance companies will only write policies for vehicles of a certain age or older.

Grundy only uses underwriters with an A.M. Best rating of A+ or higher, which means the companies are very stable financially. They offer liability up to one million dollars, and have a single liability charge for collectors with more than one vehicle. Grundy’s antique auto insurance policies have a number of built-in coverage perks, which include towing and labor expenses, car show medical reimbursement, automatic 30-day coverage for new acquisitions, and coverage for the loss of spare parts. They even have “Trip Interruption” coverage for costs incurred from a breakdown on the way to a show (such as transportation, lodging, and meal expenses). One feature that Grundy provides that many others do not is their “Inflation Guard”, which automatically increases the amount your vehicle is insured for by 4% each year.

Like any other vintage car insurance provider, Grundy has some restrictions. Your car must be stored inside a locked garage when not in use; you must have a daily driver vehicle for each licensed driver in your household in addition to the classic vehicle; and the car must be in excellent condition. The vehicle should only be used for collector activities, but one feature that sets Grundy apart from many other classic antique auto insurance providers is that they do not have a mileage limitation. Many antique classic car insurance companies have limits ranging from 1,000 miles up to 6,000 miles per year, but with Grundy Nationwide you can drive the car to as many distant car shows as you like without worrying about exceeding a yearly mileage limit.

Grundy also offers specialized insurance for restoration shops. It provides Agreed Value coverage for the Garagekeepers portion of the policy, instead of the Actual Cash Value coverage that other insurance providers offer. Since they don’t offer this policy to mainstream collision repair shops, the premiums are lower than they would be for the often inadequate protection a specialty shop gets from a standard insurance provider.

Grundy Classic Car insurance has a lot to offer for the car collector. Whether you need muscle car insurance, antique car insurance, or collector car insurance for a late model specialty car, Grundy can provide an Agreed Value policy that will most likely suit your needs. However, they are just one of many different classic auto insurance providers out there. Do some research on several different specialty insurance providers to find the one that is right for you.

Honda Civic Hybrid Review – The Pros and Cons

Are you worried about how high gas prices are affecting your budget? Is caring for the environment important to you? Do you want a reasonably priced car that looks great and is fun to drive? The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid is the car for you.

This hybrid vehicle uses both a gas powered engine and an electric motor. This combination gives its owner better gas mileage. It also helps with air pollution since emissions are lower. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid is a 4 door, 5 passenger sedan that achieves 40 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. You don’t have to sacrifice looks to get the great gas mileage.

The interior and exterior features mirror the Honda Civic. This car comes with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM)* with voice recognition, and a 160 watt cd audio system. The exterior is described as futuristic and sleek. Long windshields and a rear deck spoiler add to the modern look. You will be saving money and commuting in style.

Safety is an important factor when purchasing a vehicle. The 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid has side curtain airbags, dual stage airbags in the front, side impact beams, anti lock braking, the latch system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitoring system. You will never have to plug this car in to recharge its battery, it doesn’t need special gas and it comes with same warranties as a regular Honda. Prices range from 22,600 to 24,350.

You can find out more information about Hybrid Cars at ProHybrid.com along with video news, reviews, and tools such as price quotes and an automotive loan calculator.

Actron CP785 – An Interesting Review

Actron 7875 has become a favorite desk toy to most of us. You can measure electronics, windows, AC vents, or even for ghost hunting. Actron CP7875 has a very nice interface that allows you to easily read the result display from bright sunlight to middle of the night. It’s a very useful gadget to carry around in a car, office, home or even when you’re going on a camp.

It would be wise thing to keep these infrared thermometers in your cars. So whenever needed you can use these CP7875 to check for spark plug or a hot manifold. It’s also very helpful to find air leaks around your home using this Actron. It will help you save some amount of money on power bill.

These infrared digital thermometers have 1:1 spot ratio, it means that if you hold them 10 inches away from any surfaces, they will check a 10 inches circle, much bigger than your hand. So, in case you want to know the temperature of your hot coffee, you may hold it about an inch away from your coffee cup or nearer.

For fun (please don’t laugh), you can also check your inner ear temperature which is somehow difficult when using conventional thermometers, but for Actron CP7875 it’s a piece of cake.

Actron CP7875 is very ergonomic and fits perfectly in your palm. Basically there are two buttons on this thermometer. First button is to read the temperature, and the other one is to change the degrees from Fahrenheit to Celsius. To read the temperature you simply press the first button and it starts reading, when you release it the reading stops and displays the temperature for 3 seconds.

The highest temperature is recorded and displayed on the top right corner of the screen. This CP7875 can read from -27 degrees of Fahrenheit to 428 degrees.

Actron CP7875 is designed to take the temperature samples of engines and heating elements, that’s why it can read such high temperature. The only problem is the battery’s cover that’s screwed on, in order to replace the battery you need a precision screwdriver and a cell batteries. I think it’s more practical if the company decide to use “Triple A’s” batteries on Actron CP7875.