Martes, Marso 18, 2014

The Art of Restoration

When you were still a student, living under your parent’s roof, the car that you can have depends on what they can afford and what they want you to have at the moment. Well, to drive around a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche in high school is just too extravagant right, even if you really want one.

However, when you start earning your own money, you get to start saving up for a dream car that you have been eyeing for so long.

At first you probably desire those Mercedes-Benz convertible that everybody seems to be hooked on, or an SUV with leather seats and a cutting-edge navigation systems but sometimes as you grow older your preferences changes.

You may start appreciating the beauty of vintage cars that you don’t even shoot a single glance before, like the 1955 Chevy Bel-Air your playmates dad when you were 7 drives to work every day, your granddads old Sunbeam Tiger that he uses to take you to the zoo or the Pontiac GTO that you always see in the movies. Or that classic Mustang that you had in high school that you didn’t like very much, but had no other choice but to use it, that had been sitting at your ancestral house for a long time now?

But then, those kinds of cars are hard to find nowadays, used cars on the other hand may be available but may be carrying a lot of mechanical, upholstery and not to mention exterior problems.
Despite all of that, don’t be disappointed, restoration can save your day. Time, money and ambition when combined together can make an old vintage car look and run like a brand new one.

Naturally, you have to realize that restoration is not magic, but if executed precisely and with proper car grooming you’ll be able to lay your hands on that classic vehicle and take it on the road with a condition as if you just bought it at the dealer’s shop the year it was made.

Fortunately for you, the technology of today even made the access to parts of old and obsolete cars easier, even weekend mechanics have sources for all kinds of guides and advice on restoration to give you a chance at that vintage car that you are drooling at.

Linggo, Marso 9, 2014

Hue and Your Car: What kind of a driver are you?

"People can have the Model T in any color - so long as it's black."—Henry Ford

The pioneer of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, might want to crawl out from his grave and review his statement. Black cars fell off short in establishing one’s uniqueness and identity but it’s still the symbol of professionalism and elegance, hence, businessmen are on the road with their sleek, black and envy-worthy cars.

Car industry has now lots of car colors to offer from the staple black, gray and blue to colors such as bright yellow, energizing red and neon painted one. With the outrage for colors, car care is also at its peak as owners look for the best paint protection and grooming care. The physique of the car which includes the color and the overall appearance basically induce sales as 93% of car shoppers’ primary reason for purchasing a car was its visual appearance and 83% says that its due to the car exquisite car paint job and color.

Moreover, a research from the United Kingdom in 2009 relates the car hue to the driver’s attitude towards driving. This research findings concluded that black cars drivers were more likely to be involves in road accidents, whereas, softer or cream colored car drivers were less likely to be in an accident. Dynamic colors like red were highly picked by fast drivers, thus, red hot Ferrari are common in the car racing industry. In relation to this, color psychology argued that colors, indeed, says something about our psyche. Theorists believed distant drivers prefer silver cars, people practices simple living opts for white cars, and pink cars are always associated with femininity.

However, certain factors like culture may tell otherwise on the meanings of colors that color psychology suggests allowing skeptics to not favor the color theory. For example, color pink in other cultural contexts symbolizes masculinity and slain warriors, not femininity. Even with the debate whether color reflects personality, here are some of the colors and what it may tell about you:

White :
You are fastidious, enjoying simple life, have strong attention to detail & are possibly a perfectionist
Pink :
Gentle, loving, and caring
Red :
You are energetic, dynamic and have a lust of life
Purple :
You are creative, unafraid of stepping outside of the norm and happy to be seen as unique
Blue :
You are confident, quiet, and dependable
Green :
You are trustworthy, traditional, and balanced, but can also be lively and occasionally hysterical
Yellow :
You are upbeat, intelligent, and young at heart
You are practical, reliable, down to earth, and pragmatic
Grey :
You are calm, sober, and very career-driven
Silver :
You are calm, cool, elegant, futuristic, and possibly detached
Black :
You are conservative, empowered, elegant and professional

Whatever your reasons are for choosing your car color, may it be the staple sleek black, bright neon yellow, or the forever red hot, one thing is for sure; to maintain its appearance, proper care and maintenance is needed. Right grooming services provider, right paint protection products, and right tools are the keys!