5 Best Emergency Window Breakers for Cars 2017

With good fortune, you may never need to use one of these emergency window breakers in an accident situation, but that does not mean that you should not buy one.

On the contrary, it is best to make sure that you always have one of these life-saving emergency escape tools close at hand, just in case the worst does happen and you need to break out of a vehicle window following a road accident.

As well as having a hammer, many glass breakers also incorporate other survival tools, which can prove to be equally as crucial in the event of an emergency. A seat-belt cutter, for example, will enable you free yourself and others quickly. A flashlight will aid vision in the dark, or provide you with the means to signal for help.

Fatalities and injuries caused by vehicle entrapment are very often completely unnecessary. I cannot recommend these tools strongly enough. I hope that you find my list of the 5 best emergency window breakers for cars useful.
LifeHammer The Original Emergency Hammer (Orange). This escape tool set the standard for all the others. Its affordable, neat design incorporates a seat belt cutter, as well as a window breaker. A classic design at a very affordable price
LifeHammer The Original Emergency Hammer (Orange). This escape tool set the standard for all the others. Its affordable, neat design incorporates a seat belt cutter, as well as a window breaker. A classic design at a very affordable price
#1 : The Original Best Emergency Window Breaker: The LifeHammer Original: Classic Design!

With its classic and award-winning design, the LifeHammer Original Emergency Hammer will do the job admirable if and when you need to shatter a car widow to escape.

Possessing a double-sided head and hardened steel points, this tool definitely remains one of the best emergency window breakers in my opinion. You can also use it to cut open a seat belt too, if you need to free yourself or others in the event of an accident.

The LifeHammer Original also has a fluorescent button, enabling you find this life-saving tool in the dark, if you need to, potentially saving lives in the process.

A mounting bracket to hold the LifeHammer in place within your vehicle is included for free when you buy from Amazon, making installation easy.
Car Window Breaker Installation

Once you’ve purchased your emergency window breaker, you will need to install it, of course. Many models come with a bracket for easy installation.

It needs to be somewhere handy, where you can put your hands on it quickly, should you be unlucky enough to need it in the aftermath of a car crash and need to make an emergency escape.

I personally would recommend putting your emergency window breaker tool either in the middle console or above the driver’s seat, the two easiest places to access quickly in a confused or frightening situation.

Carrying your emergency window breaker in your bag, or on your person, risks the possibility that you won’t have access to it, should the unthinkable happen and you are involved in a crash.

That said, many people keep their breaker on their key ring, and some punches are specifically designed for that. If you always keep your keys in your pocket, or close at hand, this may be a suitable solution for you.
Multi-Function Safety Tool: The Swiss+Tech ST81010!

This rugged but affordable Swiss+Tech ST81010 BodyGard PTX Window-Punch is constructed using high-carbon steel components and offers excellent value for money.

Its spring loaded emergency hammer will automatically deploy when pressed against a glass window. There is also a cutter in case the seat belts do not unlatch.

This emergency tool can be attached to a key ring, the rear-view mirror post, or sun visor arm to enable fast and easy access, should it be needed in an emergency.

USB OBDII Laptop Diagnostic Cables Review

The USB OBD II Computer Cable—How to Use It, What It Does, and How to Make It Work for You!

When the check engine light device was started, it was intended to help control vehicle emission to help protect our environment. Now, almost everyone has an OBD II port in their cars. We use these ports to get trouble codes (also known as check engine lights and “CEL”) and diagnose our vehicles.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that we can do much more with our OBD II ports than find out if our engine is having trouble. In this article, we’re going in-depth about exactly what OBD II ports are and how we use them today.
OBD II Code Readers: USB vs. Hand-Held

OBD II has come a long way since 1996 and we now have the technology to own OBD II code readers in our home and office. You used to have to pay a pretty penny (upwards of $50) just to get a code read, but in today’s modern world you can get your own basic OBD II code reader for that same price.

It’s still true, however, that you get what you pay for. That said, the average DIY mechanic won’t need anything too expensive when it comes to a new code reader. You can buy a basic hand-held OBD II code scanner for around $50 from your local auto store or retail store (or even cheaper on Amazon). However, with technology comes new ways of reading your trouble codes and now your personal laptop (equipped with a USB OBD II cable and the proper software) can do all the work for you.

I’ll go into some of the basics of what hand-held readers can do vs USB laptop readers and my opinion on them both.
Hand-held OBD2 Readers

Lets start with the hand-held OBD II readers. For a basic code reader that can read check engine lights, give you the codes (though they don’t usually tell you what they mean), and erase them for you, you’re looking at around $50 at a retail store or maybe $38 shipped from an online vendor.

These are very basic and only tell you what codes you’re getting and can clear the check engine light for you. A decent ODB II code reader can cost anywhere from $90 – $200 and they have more data capabilities, such as showing you the freeze frame, which is the captured data that is stored about important sensors at the time a check engine light is triggered. Freeze frame data can show you exactly where a problem is if you understand how a car works and use your knowledge about the symptoms you’re experiencing with the CEL you’re receiving.
Using a USB OBD2 Code Reader

However, a few years back, people figured out how to create USB-driven OBD II cables which hook up to your laptop and can check sensor data and do anything else a hand-held OBD II code reader can do. They can actually do a bit more with the proper software. For half the cost of handheld and the ability to do more, it sounds promising enough already, right?

One of the better things about the USB OBD II cables is that you aren’t limited by the cable, as in one is not better than the other, it simply serves as a link between your computer (which does all the work) and your OBD II port in your car (which will be sending all the data).

For roughly $20 dollars you can get a USB OBD II cable on Amazon or you can try your luck on Ebay. However, you will not find one in your local auto or retail store. Just remember, unless the cable is absolutely poorly made or damaged, there are hardly any differences between one USB OBD II cable and another. The software is what matters! I’ll cover that below.
Sample Screen of OBDII Computer Software
Sample Screen of OBDII Computer Software
OBD II Software for the Computer

Like anything else, you get what you pay for! There are literally tons of OBD II scanning software that is out there. Some of it’s free and some of it costs a good chunk of money. I’m going to briefly talk about a few products, what they do, what features they have and most importantly, how much they cost!
ScanTool — An Expensive but Well-Known Product

Price tag: from $65.99

One of the better known lines of OBD II software scanning products is called “ScanTool” and you can find all their programs and OBD II USB Cables over at www.scantool.net. They actually have a whole line of different types of products, from specially-designed products for different car manufacturers, touch-screen based programs and even your basic checking and clearing codes programs. Their programs range from $25 to roughly $130, with more for add-ons you can get, not to mention their specific OBD II cable for your computer. Not bad, but you can get a very good tuner for about the price of their “full setup.”
ProScan—The One I Use

Price tag: $39.99

Another quality program is called “ProScan” and it’s actually the one I use on my laptop. This does work with a generic USB OBD II cable as that’s what I use. This program is very nice and has just enough features to keep me interested in it and not just as a “okay, time to get the laptop to check the codes” type of thing.

It tells you what codes mean in plain English so you don’t have to spend time Googling whatever code you received. It clears codes quickly and has monitors for pretty much any sensor you can imagine. It has an HP/Torque estimator and can even give you pretty accurate 1/4 mile times. Although I suggest if you want to use either of these features, you do it in a safe environment with few people.
EasyOBDII—The One I Recommend

Price tag: $19.99

The last program I’m going to talk about is called “EasyOBDII.” It’s a rather good program and was one of the first ones I found and tinkered with. It gives you some pretty good sensor and other kinds of car information. However, there is a very limited free trial which only lets you just about read codes and do a few other small things — you can’t even clear your CEL with it unless you have a paid version.

However, the very good news is that a commercial license only costs $19.99! I’m not positive, but I believe that the commercial version unlocks everything you should need (and more). The best bang for your buck is probably with this program and the fact that you can get the free version and mess around with it to become familiar with the program is a very good marketing strategy.

To be honest, I do love ProScan, but if I hadn’t snagged a free copy of it, I would have definitely bought EasyOBDII for a mere $20. However, my best suggestion would be to research, research, research and come to your own conclusions. My opinions are simply that, my opinions! Make sure you can understand and work the software before you even begin thinking about getting a USB OBD II cable!

My Experience Using Allstate’s Drive Wise Device to Save Money on Auto Insurance

Tracking How I Drive With An Automated Device — Will I Save on my Insurance Premium?

It does feel a little strange, like Big Brother is watching as I drive. But, then again, Allsate says I have the chance to save up to 30 percent on my auto insurance (which, for me, would be about $100 every six months) and it makes me more conscientious about my driving habits, which overall I think is a good thing. So I’m giving Drive Wise a test run for six months.

I found out about Drive Wise from my Allstate agent, when he called me just before my policy renewal. He told me that, yes, it would probably feel a bit intrusive at first, but I could give it a try and then return it at any time if I didn’t like using the device. He told me I’d save an automatic, one-time minimum 10% discount for trying this system.

The device arrived by FedEx and was easy to install. I now monitor my driving on the Drive Wise website, along with my projected discount. I’ll keep you up to date on my experience.

Please let me — and others — know what you think of using a device like this to save money in the “duel” comments below.

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Do You Currently Use Drive Wise or a Similar Device?

Yes, I’m currently using Drive Wise.
I’m using a device similar to Drive Wise. (let us know about it in the guestbook below)
I’m not currently using Drive Wise or something similar, but I have in the past. (Let us know in the guestbook below)
No, I’ve never used Drive Wise or anything like it.

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A screenshot from my Drive Wise account
A screenshot from my Drive Wise account
What Drive Wise Monitors

Here are the driving details monitored by the Drive Wise device. Not all of these things are counted toward or against your discount, and not all parameters are given equal weight towards that discount. But we, the drivers, don’t know the actual algorithm.

Hard and Extreme Braking
Hard and Extreme Acceleration (These are not yet used in calculating the savings, because Allstate is still evaluating the risk-predictive value of these events.)
Miles Driven Over 80mph
When You Drive — Days and Hours of the Day
Total Cumulative Miles Driven
Trip Time, Duration and Distance, and Speed

This is what the Drive Wise site says about the risk for various driving times on weekdays and weekends. When you log into your account, you’ll see charts showing you when you’ve been driving based on these time slots…

Weekdays:

High Risk 11pm – 4am
Moderate Risk 4am – 12pm
Low Risk 12pm – 11pm

Weekends:

High Risk 11pm – 5 am
Lowest Risk 5am – 11pm

Notes on the Discount and Hard/Extreme Braking:

Per the Drive Wise site: For your first full policy cycle, you’ll get a 10% enrollment discount on your “major insurance coverages.” (I now need to find out exactly what THAT means. I’d ASSUMED the discount was on my whole policy cost but apparently not.) After that, your discount — if any — will be calculated on a rolling basis, based on the previous 12 months (or 6 months when you begin) of driving.

As the program is currently set up, your performance rating cannot increase your premium, but your rating doesn’t guarantee you a discount either.

Regarding hard braking, the scoring model is said to take into account the fact that some hard braking is occasionally necessary, even for the very safest drivers. (For example, someone might pull out in front of you.) So you’re not supposed to be overly concerned with any one event recorded on your device.

The Drive Wise risk models are designed to look at “the big picture,” and they say that if your driving habits are generally safe, you’ll perform well over the long run. Likewise, if you or someone driving your vehicle could stand to leave a bigger space cushion between your car and others, the device is supposed to help you see that, and then you can monitor your progress.

If you have questions about Allstate’s Drive Wise program, you can contact them at (877)431-7670.
What My Auto Insurance Agent Didn’t Tell Me

I really like my agent and have known him for a long time. But he did neglect to tell me a couple of things about Drive Wise.

First, AFTER THE INITIAL TRIAL POLICY PERIOD, there’s a $10 fee for each 6 month policy period per enrolled vehicle, for the use of the device. So that cuts into any discount right there. IF one gets a discount at all (because it’s not guaranteed). That could mean paying $10 extra! (Update 3/2013: A comment was posted on this page by an Allstate agent in another state, telling us that this $10 is only charged in some states, not others.)

Also, the rules specify a minimum number of days that the device must be installed for you to earn a “Performance Rating.” Specifically, that’s 90 days over the course of the six-month renewal period. And there are no exceptions to this rule, even if your car breaks down or you’re in an accident and your car is out of commission for a while. If you fall short of the 90-day minimum, your Performance Rating will be 0%, and you won’t earn a discount for that policy cycle. (But you’ll still have the $10 fee. At least, I don’t see where it says you won’t.)

After getting my DriveWise device and reading the fine print, I spoke to my agent, and he said he didn’t know about the $10 fee (now apparently discontinued in some states) or the part about “major coverages” and wasn’t even sure what the latter means exactly. He said I’m the first one of his clients to use this thing. He asked me to keep him posted … which I will.
Drive Wise installation
Drive Wise installation
Installing the Drive Wise Device

As my agent said, it was indeed very easy to install the device. But he did tell me that if I had any trouble with it, I could come by and he’d take care of it for me. I didn’t need any help at all.

There’s a port on or just under your dashboard, where auto mechanics stick a device that does engine diagnostics. That’s where you put Drive Wise.

Just be careful not to hit it with your leg or foot when getting in and out of the vehicle, if the port is just to the left and below the steering wheel like mine is. I hit it once and knocked off the back cover. I was able to pop it back on and made sure the device was still installed properly, but there’s the potential of breaking it, I would say.

Maximizing Your Savings with Drive Wise
And being a safer driver

Allstate suggests….

Give yourself enough time to get where you’re going, and “drive easy.”

Eliminate distractions. (I’d say that includes using a cell phone while driving.)

They say, “Practice the art of not being there in the first place.” (But I’m not exactly sure what that means. Stay home?)

Mileage management. (I suppose this could mean planning your trip–ie errands–so you drive an efficient route with the least possible miles.)

Time management. (Kind of seems like the first point to me. That and not driving during the riskiest times if you can avoid it.)

The Latest Update on My Drive Wise Results
Drive Wise
Drive Wise
My Driving with Drive Wise So Far
I’ll track my driving “events” here

I work at home and, on a daily basis, don’t usually drive outside of the small city of Flagstaff. So my average daily mileage and speeds are relatively low. The exceptions are road trips, usually no more than about three or four hours, one way, from home.

Those road trips usually involve driving on the freeway, where speed limits are as high as 75mph. Since the device monitors miles driven over 80mph, I’m expecting to have some distance in that category over time, since I occasionally speed up to pass a slower driver or semi truck.

Here, I’ll keep track of any “events” the device records:

12/29: One instance of hard braking on my first day with the device installed. I was going the speed limit and approaching a green light. It changed very quickly from green to yellow to red as I got close, and I made the decision to brake hard and stop rather than go through the light as it turned red.
1/16: On a long weekend trip to Phoenix (a 2.5-hour drive), my husband did the driving and apparently had 2 instances of hard braking. I was a passenger the whole time, however, and I don’t recall anything that I would have thought qualified as such. I do know other drivers occasionally veered into our lane or made a turn without signaling, and I’d certainly notice that we braked — we had to! — but “hard breaking? Well, Drive Wise says so.
1/12: A hard acceleration event was recorded from about a week ago. I don’t recall doing that, but it may have been when I pulled out into a lane of traffic and needed to get up to speed fairly quickly. Acceleration “events,” however, aren’t supposed to count against our Drive Wise discount, and I don’t see that the recorded event made any difference in mine.
2/17: Hard braking … so it says. I’m so careful these days, I think I would have noticed. That Drive Wise device is either super touchy or lying.
2/27: Hard braking … are you kidding me?! Is this thing programmed to SAY you braked hard every so often? I’ve been ultra careful about this, and I was paying attention on that short drive yesterday. I definitely take issue with the device.
4/3: Well, the device says I have a total of 9 events so far, with two hard braking events added since the last time I updated here and one hard acceleration. I still take issue with some of the “hard braking” events (you might want to read some of the guestbook comments below about strange hard braking statistics with DriveWise), but my projected discounted has remained at 24% for some time now.
4/10: Now, that is TOTAL B.S.! The gizmo apparently thinks I had a hard-braking event today, and I know I did not. Never once in my short trip to town and back did I step on that brake in any way that would constitute hard. I never stopped short or even close to short. Now I’m convinced there’s something fishy about the hard braking results. We’ll see what my discount percentage does in the next few days, but it had better not go down. How bogus.
4/30: Two more totally bogus hard braking events were (supposedly) recorded two and three days ago. I’m convinced that the device is calibrated incorrectly or too sensitively OR dishonestly, penalizing safe drivers for slowing down to stop for lights that turn yellow then red. I’ve been paying close attention when this happens, as I approach lights at or below the posted speed limit. I don’t brake hard when this happens. If I were close enough to the light to require hard braking, I’d be able to legally and safely go through the yellow light. I tried to write to Allstate about this, but their contact form continuously says, “No special characters allowed” in the message when there are not. I’m frustrated with this program, to say the least.
5/16: I think my Drive Wise device is picking up data from someone else’s vehicle. (Sarcasm) Now it shows an extreme braking event that I know did not happen. I looked at the trip it “claims” included the event, and it was a short, slow drive at about 5am, when I was on my way from home to the Search & Rescue building for a non-emergency call. There were hardly any other cars on the road and I was paying close attention to my driving and the way I rolled to a stop for a red light. I barely had to touch the brake. So, I went onto the website and wrote a message to Drive Wise about the bogus results. Here is the response I got:

“Thank you for writing to us. A hard braking event will feel different in different vehicles, but in general, it’s coming to a stop with enough force to pitch the car forward, if even only slightly. A hard braking event triggers when there is a deceleration of at least 8 m.p.h. in one second.

The threshold for an extreme braking event is a deceleration of 10 m.p.h. or more in one second. For the most vehicles this kind of braking event will activate the passenger restraint system (momentarily locking the seatbelts in place). It might also activate the vehicle’s anti-lock brakes – though some extreme braking events are too brief to do that.”

…Which even makes me MORE adamant that NO hard or extreme braking happened. Oh, but my discount went down, and it’s not long before my renewal. How convenient. For Allstate.

Does Drive Wise actually encourage unsafe driving?

I feel like Drive Wise encourages running red lights. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but if I’m driving along at or even slightly below the speed limit, and the light I’m approaching goes from green to yellow to red very quickly–which seems to happen a lot around here–I have to make a decision to brake a little harder than usual or speed up and go through the red light just after it turns. I don’t SLAM on my brakes to do that, but I sometimes have to slow down rather quickly. And each time that happens, Drive Wise records an “event” and lowers my projected discount. I’d be concerned that people who install Drive Wise might be tempted to run through those lights more often.

Obviously, Drive Wise can’t detect someone talking on a cell phone or texting while driving, or doing other distracting things while behind the wheel, and those are much more dangerous habits than some hard braking. And, believe me, it doesn’t seem to take much for Drive Wise to record hard braking.

One year later:

After all of the above, this might seem strange, but I haven’t had a recorded hard-braking event in many months. I don’t know if it’s the new vehicle which drives differently or MY driving or what. Still, my discount won’t go up beyond 20%. The max is supposedly 30, but I guess that, even though I’ve had no events, I must be doing something wrong.

And several months later: Turns out, my device was apparently on the fritz. I kept getting emails from the program, telling me there was no communication from it, thinking I’d taken the device out, which I hadn’t. So they ended up sending me a new one, along with postage to return the old one … and now the new thing is recording hard braking events, which I STILL don’t think are accurate at all. But there goes my 20% discount.
Tracking My Projected Auto Insurance Discount
The website shows that percentage as it changes

As I check in with my Drive Wise account online, I’ll update my project discount, cumulative miles driven and cumulative “events.” My renewal date for my auto insurance is 6/24/12, so that’s when my first discount will be finalized.

12/29 — 10% enrollment discount showing
1/10 — 24%: 86.1 total miles driven, 1 event
1/12 — 19%: Strange. Why did my discount go down 5% in two days when I’ve hardly driven and had no “events”?
1/16 — 12%: Down 7 percentage points after a long weekend in Phoenix — drove down from Flagstaff — with apparently 2 instances of hard breaking but never going over 80mph, even on the freeway where the speed limit is often 75mph.
1/19 — 5%: What!? How did it go down even more when I’ve done only a few miles of driving since Phoenix and with no events? And if I’m guaranteed a 10% discount for the first policy period using this device, HOW can it go BELOW 10%? Hmm…
1/23 — 14%: Going back up. The more I drive without any events, the more the events the Device has recorded are “diluted.”)
1/30 — 17%
2/12 — 21%: One “event” was added, but it’s a “hard acceleration,” which they say doesn’t count against you.
2/23 — 24% even with a hard breaking event added
4/3 — 24%: Nothing new to report. Says I have a total of 9 events–2 hard accelerations and seven hard brakings.
4/30 — 24% but waiting to see if this will drop, because of two BOGUS events supposedly recorded
5/16 — 21%

Review Of Powerful Dual USB Car Chargers Which Charges Your iPhone While Navigating

The best car charger ever

You may have read my article regarding the “Bluetooth Audio Car Adapter“ from last year, where I was on the quest for a reliable audio bluetooth connection from my smartphone to my car which only supported a headphone jack.
(Click here to read it.)

Back then I continued using a car charger I ordered years ago, called “PowerJolt Dual Universal Micro“ by Griffin. This car charger was just perfect for my needs.

It was extremely small. In fact it „disappeared“ in the hole of the cigarette lighter completely, leaving a flat and closed surface with the impression the car manufacture built in a USB port.

Dual port, so I could charge my phone and something else at the same time.

Most important, it was powerful enough to charge my energy hungry iPhone 5, while using my beloved Navigation App.
This alone is very rare!

It was dirt cheap, costing me only a hand full of bucks.

Source
A reliable iPhone accessory – gone

This year I took my setup with us on vacation.

Plugged it in the rental car and off we went with a fully functional, loaded to the brim with features and familiar navigation solution. Which we conveniently transferred to the next rental and the next without paying the ridiculous fees the rental companies want to charge us every time.

And then it happened, bad luck stoke us!
As the car charger was so small and flush to the surface, I forget to take it out of the last rental car. I only realised it when we already have been thru security at the airport.

It was to late… my reliable little friend was gone, helping out the next soul who picked up the rental with their energy needs.
Researching a new Dual USB car charger

I was so happy with my old car charger that I just ordered the same model again.

When I got it, it looked just the same (as expected), but unfortunately it didn’t work.
I couldn’t charge my phone with it. There was the flash next to the battery symbol, but the percentage didn’t go up as I expected.

It seems I got a bad egg.

So I returned the item and ordered another one. Same procedure as before, go to garage, plug charger in cigarette lighter, plug cable in charger, plug cable in phone. This time it charged the phone. The next day I wanted to go on a ride and use the navigation app on my phone. Within three hours my battery was dry. Despite showing the flash symbol, the charger didn’t load my iPhone while I was using the navigation app at the same time. The double-check confirmed this. As soon as I stopped the navigation, the phone was getting charged again.

I got the impression it was pure luck that my first car charger worked flawless.
Quest for a really working car charger for iPhone

I had to find something that works.

I started researching a lot of car chargers that claimed to be able to charge an iPhone while using a navigation app, but I found many with customer reviews saying that it does not really charge while navigating.
Comparison table

Auto Reconditioning Is The Best Alternative To New Car

Buying a new car because the present car has worn out is not an inviting proposition to many of us. Given the recent recession scenario and the steep prices of new cars, it would be better you gave a completely new look and feel to your existing car.

If you are planning to trade in your car for a new one, think again. New vehicles are more expensive than getting auto body repairs. Instead of paying for the vehicle installments for four to five years and counting when these installments would be over, if you spend some on reconditioning your car will be as good as new.

Auto Reconditioning is a way of repairing all those small problems you have been ignoring all these days. Even though these minor repairs cost some amount of cash, they are worth the expenditure as they help restore the shine to your car.

Auto Reconditioning includes car interior repair. Whether you are looking to improve the sound and comfort levels of your vehicle’s interior, or restore it to like new condition, Eastwood has the products you need. From hog rings and hog ring pliers, vinyl paints and interior dyes, plastic welders and plastic repair kits, to sound deadening products like Dynamat, Lizard Skin and Hushmat. We even offer steering wheel restoration kits that allow you to repair cracked steering wheels.

If your vehicle has dents in the auto body your vehicle would benefit from paintless dent removal. The paintless dent removal process uses reflective sources, rods and special tools to massage dents out from the inside leaving a smooth service as the result. There are no fillers or paints used so the original finish of your vehicle will not be compromised.

Eastwood’s Unique Paintless Dent Removal System allows a few tools to do the work of many, saving money while providing full capabilities
Many people do not realize that plastic covered bumpers can be repaired. This was not always the case but that is why they are now covered with a hard plastic. Your bumper can easily be repaired. Airless Plastic Welder Kit from Eastwood helps you make easy plastic repairs on plastic bumpers, grills, virtually any of your car’s plastic parts
Scratches on car windshield and window glass look ugly no matter how shiny the auto body is. Scratches also are a safety hazard. Scratches deflect light. More scratches could mean a hindrance to visibility specially when there is direct sunlight on windshield scratches or reflection of approaching headlights on the scratches.

One of the cheapest ways to remove scratches from your car windshield is to buy a glass polish kit. Eastwood’s Glass Polishing Kit For Deep Scratches includes 3 abrasive discs, buff and polishing compound is ideal for any superficial and deep scratches.

If you have any cracked or chipped paint on your vehicle you definitely want a new car in its place. On top of this if you have been exposing the metal frame to water and other elements which can cause it to rust, you definitely should think of a paint touch up. Eastwood has the latest technology to match your vehicle paint and protect your vehicle from further damage.
But if you think of giving it a make over, then It is possible to do powdercoating on your car at home using Eastwood’s HotCoat Powder Coating Gun. The hotcoat powder coat is sprayed on a surface to be coated. Powder coating is cost effective, competent and Eco friendly. A very good alternative to liquid coatings, this does not have any solvents and produces negligible amounts of substances like volatile organic compounds (VOC) as opposed to their liquid counterparts that emit a substantial amount of VOC.

Auto And Car Insurance- Guidepost About Auto And Car Insurance

If you are looking for information about auto and car insurance, you will find the below related article very helpful. It provides a refreshing perspective that is much related to auto and car insurance and in some manner related to group health insurance quotes, dental insurance quote, pa automobile insurance or free auto insurance rates. It isn’t the same old kind of information that you will find elsewhere on the Internet relating to auto and car insurance.

Teens may also receive car protection discounts by going to get faced in community-oriented companies this as the Boy or Girl Scouts. You can do an online Automatic indemnity comparison to see that organizations issue out teen discounts and the prices of each policy. You may find better discounts through auto protection online as opposed to in your local area. It won’t do any burn to compare policies and prices.

Don’t claim fender bender accidents – While insurance businesses frown on such a practice if the cost of the damage to your vehicle is less than the cost of your deductible you’ll end up paying off for the damage anyway and your Automatic insurance costs is able to go up because of the accident. If you’re in a fender bender and there is only tinier damage pay for it yourself and won’t end up paying for the damage and paying off higher Automatic insurance rates too.

Drive carefully if you are truly prepared on getting cheaper auto protection rates. Please, ensure that you make it a personalized principle not to drive if you even sip any alcoholic beverage. Driving while drunk, howbeit slightly, will make you get very costly rates if you are lucky or be made to stay without auto insurance if you are not so lucky. And don’t ignore little things want speeding tickets due to the fact that they are valued at you far more than the wonderful you pay. They add up to increase your rate. Therefore, if it’s breaking traffic laws, avoid it notwithstanding how negligible it may appear at the time.

Don’t forget that you are only a step away from getting more information about auto and car insurance or such related information by searching the search engines online. Google.com alone can give you more than enough results when you search for auto and car insurance.

Safeco offers coverage through independent agents. These agents have a local office in the community in which they reside. They deal insurance for strange companies, and are able to determine which of the companies they represent provides the highest quality deal for a premium. Another option for attaining Safeco Auto Insurance is through the internet. The company offers users the ability to receive a quote and purchase a premium online at such a website. Policyholders can pay bills, print new insurance cards, and complete many other tasks at home.

When you are in a place at which you are coming across as to getting Automatic protection coverage, you can give who you are not in point of fact prepared. There is a lot to recognize and discovering out how type of Automatic coverage indemnity is going out to produce you the coverage this you difficulty along amidst buying low Automatic indemnity the is planning to fit to your budget is consistently a bit stressful, truly if you own not wrapped up it before, but you is planning to bring in overly in just recently a tiny bit of time, you may be able to halt and in reality contemplate how your opportunities are. Look at the data presented under and stay it in mind as you guide yourself within that new and occasionally bewildering territory.

Doing business online is cheaper and more efficient. This also applies to buying and selling auto insurance. Expect to save up to 15% (when compared to what you’ll pay if you went to a physical office) if you get your quotes and buy your policy online. This makes it obvious that you’ll save a lot more if you buy online. If you choose to buy online, don’t forget to do due diligence: Check with your state’s department of insurance to ensure the company you’re buying from is licensed to sell auto insurance in your state. Don’t also fail to check their rating. You can lower your auto insurance rates by asking for and evaluating quotes from at least five good insurance quotes sites.

Many people that searched for auto and car insurance also searched online for free auto insurance rates, compare auto insurance quotes, and even commercial auto insurance.

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Luxury Sports Car Review

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was designed by Ian Callum. When you think of GT vehicles, the V12 Vanquish is considered quintessential. The Vanquish was introduced to the general public in 2001. 2007 was the last year for production of the car. Throughout all that time the V12 Vanquish served as the flagship vehicle for Aston Martin. The car became a part of pop culture when it was featured in the twentieth James Bond film, “Die Another Day.”

In 2004, Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish S model at the Paris Auto Show. Newly designed rims, an upgraded body styling, and more power outfitted the upgraded Vanquish model. In 2005 Aston Martin not only put the Vanquish S on sale, but they made the Sports Dynamic Pack a standard part of the car. The Sports Dynamic Pack gives the Vanquish (S) sportier suspension, better steering, and braking power. During 2005 the Vanquish S and the base Vanquish were sold alongside one another. In 2006 Aston Martin only sold the Vanquish S in the United States. By 2007 Aston Martin only sold the Vanquish S in Europe.

Ironically the last of the V12 Vanquish production run was celebrated with the creation of the Vanquish Ultimate Edition. Aston Martin decided that the last 40 cars produced the Vanquish format would have a new Ultimate Black exterior color. The cars would also have upgraded interior as well. The Ultimate Edition Vanquish, comes with a standard manual transmission. Previous owners of the Vanquish applaud this upgrade considering the sloppy shifting mannerisms of the floppy paddle gear box found in the standard V12 Vanquish.

Extended Auto Warranty Reviews – What You Should Know

Extended auto warranty reviews – a car warranty can be bought to extend the coverage of the bumper-to-bumper warranty. Should you be typically hard on a vehicle, if you tend to incur a significant number of bills for auto maintenance, restoration and so on, an extended and expanded warranty program that will provide broader coverage may be a perfect idea for you. You’ll be able to immediately take advantage of your plan’s advantages: towing, lost key/lockout, and rental car discount rates. This will assist in their appraisal of your car’s condition. Your car will likely be rejected should they discover severe engine and transmission problems.

Original Coverage

In addition, an extended auto warranty has a deductible, much like accident insurance coverage. You can purchase an extended auto warranty from your dealer, but odds are it’ll be a lot more costly than one secured at a well-established company such as Warranty Direct. Make sure you understand what you’ll need to do in order to reap the benefits of your extended auto warranty plan. Although brand, make, model and price are common crucial areas of your purchase decision, the automobile warranty was very likely one of the contributing factors in your decision. The differences between the various plans might seem slight, but they can prove quite important. Transferable – If your extended auto warranty is transferable, there is an option of transferring the warranty should you ever sell the car, or give it to someone.

Overall Savings

Therefore, by spending a smaller amount of money initially you could save yourself quite a few dollars ultimately should repairs or substitute parts be essential for your automobile. A failure to acquire such service will result in the voiding or cancellation of the warranty. Extending the warranty may not make practical sense in a few instances. One example is, for those who have obtained a new automobile that is included with a typical 3 yr warranty coverage, you will not want to obtain extended protection if you will not own the car much beyond the three year term.

Roadside Assistance

You want an extended auto warranty that offers a free nationwide kerbside help. Generally, tacking wear and tear coverage on your car warranty increases the price only minimally. And, find an automobile service plan offering nationwide coverage and roadside assistance since a running vehicle is what most of us count on for travel. Gather all the information you need to select an extended auto warranty package before you purchase the car.

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Auto Warranty Review – Know What You Have

Every new car that rolls off the lot these days has some variety of warranty coverage. The funny thing is, most people pay very little attention to exactly how much coverage they have, and never do an auto warranty review for themselves. So, when the regular manufacturer’s warranty expires, many people are caught off guard.

This is the worst place to be. You want to be prepared at all times, and when your original warranty is nearing its end, you will want to be ready to get set up with an extended warranty that works for you, and your car.

Aside from the usual concerns to keep an eye out for – the cost of the warranty, the coverage it provides, and other such concerns – there are a few points that people often miss that you should strongly consider when you sign up for extended coverage.

You love this car, and you want to drive it for years to come. But there may come a day when you and your car decide to part ways, and you will sell the car to someone else. If you do so within the time frame of your extended warranty, you’ll want to know beforehand if the new warranty you’ve purchased is transferable to the new owner. If it is not, that might make your car less desirable to potential buyers.

Another rarely considered question is where you can take your car to have repairs done. If you purchased your extended warranty from the dealership, they may insist that you go through their repair shop, and only their shop, to have any covered work done on the car. Other third-party warranty providers may have exclusive programs with certain shops. Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to ask where you can go to have work done on your car. Your best bet is an extended warranty that allows you a few options of where you can go for repair work, to minimize the hassle for you. Also, if you move or are on a road trip, having only one shop authorized to perform repairs can prove to be detrimental.

These are but two of the many questions you should be asking before you sign up for an extended warranty, not afterwards. If you are unsure as to what you’re signing up for, ask questions first. Any reputable company will allow you to do a full auto warranty review before signing, and will take you through the policy, step by step, to make sure you fully understand the quality of service you are paying for.

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Auto Warranty Review – Know What You Have

Every new car that rolls off the lot these days has some variety of warranty coverage. The funny thing is, most people pay very little attention to exactly how much coverage they have, and never do an auto warranty review for themselves. So, when the regular manufacturer’s warranty expires, many people are caught off guard.

This is the worst place to be. You want to be prepared at all times, and when your original warranty is nearing its end, you will want to be ready to get set up with an extended warranty that works for you, and your car.

Aside from the usual concerns to keep an eye out for – the cost of the warranty, the coverage it provides, and other such concerns – there are a few points that people often miss that you should strongly consider when you sign up for extended coverage.

You love this car, and you want to drive it for years to come. But there may come a day when you and your car decide to part ways, and you will sell the car to someone else. If you do so within the time frame of your extended warranty, you’ll want to know beforehand if the new warranty you’ve purchased is transferable to the new owner. If it is not, that might make your car less desirable to potential buyers.

Another rarely considered question is where you can take your car to have repairs done. If you purchased your extended warranty from the dealership, they may insist that you go through their repair shop, and only their shop, to have any covered work done on the car. Other third-party warranty providers may have exclusive programs with certain shops. Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to ask where you can go to have work done on your car. Your best bet is an extended warranty that allows you a few options of where you can go for repair work, to minimize the hassle for you. Also, if you move or are on a road trip, having only one shop authorized to perform repairs can prove to be detrimental.

These are but two of the many questions you should be asking before you sign up for an extended warranty, not afterwards. If you are unsure as to what you’re signing up for, ask questions first. Any reputable company will allow you to do a full auto warranty review before signing, and will take you through the policy, step by step, to make sure you fully understand the quality of service you are paying for.

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