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    How to Store a Car during Winter | INFOGRAPHIC

    Winter brings with it quite a few difficulties- lower temperatures, icy streets, snow days, and more- and unfortunately, many of these irritations make it harder than usual to drive a car. Instead of waking up thirty minutes early every day to shovel the snow around your car, warm it up, and scrape the ice off your windshields, why not consider putting your car in indoor self storage unit for the winter?

    Storing your car indoors for the winter will save you the time and hassle of trying to care for and drive a car in dangerous winter conditions. However, don’t think you can just park your car in the garage for the winter and toss your keys in the junk drawer- that could lead to damage to your car’s engine, exterior, and interior. You need to prepare your car for winter storage so that when the temperatures rise and your windows go down, your car is in tip-top shape and ready to drive. Here’s how to do it.

    First, make sure your engine is ready to hunker down for the winter. Your spark plugs, when left unattended for a long time, can rust and seize, so you (or a mechanic) should spray the cylinders with fogging oil. The gas in your tank can oxidize when not used, which will clog up your gas lines, so fill your tank with premium, non-alcohol fuel and add fuel stabilizer to stop oxidation.

    Similarly, you want to change and fill up all of your fluid levels to reduce condensation; this includes your coolant, clutch, brake, and windshield fluids. The condensation can rise after forming beneath your car, causing fluid leaks that stain your garage or storage unit, so park your car on a plastic drop sheet. Change your car’s oil and filters, since old oil can become acidic and cause engine damage. Finally, in older vehicles, disconnect your battery. If you have a newer vehicle, your onboard computers need constant power, so keep the battery connected and use a trickle charger.

    Your car’s body and interior also needs a little prep work before hibernation. Store your car indoors, if possible, since sun damage can crack vinyl and cause leather to fade, and drying of paper can cause speakers to blow. If that’s not possible, cover your entire vehicle with a cloth. Close your vents and roll up the windows (cracking one window slightly if stored indoors), and stuff a rag in your exhaust and cover it with a metal screen; this will deter small animals from making your car their warm winter home.

    Your windshield wiper blades can stick to the windshield, especially if left outside, so store them in the “out” position or wrap the blades in plastic. Wash and wax your car thoroughly before storing it, paying special attention to the dirt in wheel wells- corrosion and paint damage are a major concern in coastal areas and during winter.

    Exposure and changes in temperature can break down your tires, so inflate your tires to the proper pressure level and check to see if over-inflation is recommended for your car. Instead of leaving your parking brake on (which can cause your brake pads to stick to the rotors), disengage the parking brake and use wheel chocks. Finally, unless you use bias ply tires, don’t store your car on blocks; leaving shock absorbers extended and exposed to the elements can cause them to rust.

    Your car is one of your most valuable possessions, but if you store it improperly for the winter, you’ll end up spending extra money to fix the damage that’s been caused. Instead, take these few basic steps that can be seen in the infographic below to store your car safely for winter, and until then, daydream of warmer times when you get to crank the AC instead of the heat.

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  • News

    U.S. Auto Theft Facts That Will Shock You (Infographic)

    LoJack — the maker of security and recovery devices for cars — has put together some statistics on auto theft in the U.S. They’re not as thorough or as useful as stats from the FBI or the National Insurance Crime Bureau because they focus solely on vehicles with LoJack systems (obviously, to tout their strengths). However, the data does re-affirm one or two important pieces of information that we’ve gleaned from other sources.


    For instance, LoJack notes that more vehicles were stolen and recovered in California in 2013 than any other state. That might not come as a shock: California is the most populous state, so it stands to reason that it also has the most vehicles for thieves to steal (and thieves to do the stealing). However, LoJack’s numbers are in keeping with NICB data, confirming that California remains a serious trouble spot for car owners and insurers.

    The other top-ten car-theft states on LoJack’s list are Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Arizona, Georgia, and Washington. Curiously, those don’t align with state population rankings, nor do they provide direct matches with NICB data on theft hotspots, which include only cities in California and Washington state. (Granted, the comparison isn’t entirely apples-to-apples, but the differences are interesting.)

    This proves what real estate agents have known for years: it’s all about location, location, location. While some states may score lower on overall theft rankings — as Washington does — there can be hot spots within those states that are far more active among auto thieves than the statewide data might suggest.


    As far as specific stolen vehicles are concerned, there’s a good bit of overlap between LoJack and NICB’s lists of most-stolen models. In both cases, the Honda Accord is tops, and the Ford F-Series and Honda Civic make the top five.

    Also of interest: LoJack says that black cars are the most often stolen and recovered in the U.S. That’s a little surprising, since black is usually #2 or #3 on the popularity list, typically coming in below white and occasionally, silver. (In Europe, the situation’s reversed.) Do thieves really prefer black cars? Or are people with black cars simply more prone to buy LoJack systems? Maybe both?

    Beyond that, LoJack’s stats aren’t very interesting or enlightening. If you’re in California, though, and you drive a black Honda Accord, it might be time to invest in a theft-prevention system.

    Checkout LoJack’s infographic here.

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    via thecarconnection

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  • News

    Head of State Cars: Cost Vs Corruption (INFOGRAPHIC)

    Head of State Cars: Cost Vs Corruption: This infographic explores the vehicles powerful leaders from around the world travel in, comparing the cost of the car with the corruption in their country.

    Do the most corrupt countries have the most expensive State cars? Which head of state cars is your leader driving?

    Find out below:

    Head-Of-State Cars Cost vs. Corruption

    Head-Of-State Cars Cost vs. Corruption [Infographic] by the team at Wish.co.uk

    The Winners:
    obama head of state cars
    USA: President Obama

    the queen's carUK: Queen Elizabeth 

    The Losers: 
    equatorial guinea stare cars

    Equatorial Guinea State Cars

    putin state carRussia: President Putin’s Presidential Car

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    Square Wheels? Is This The End Of The Circular Wheel (INFOGRAPHIC)

    square wheels are the future

    For far too long we have had to deal with the tyranny of the circle.

    However, the domination of the circle could be over and circular wheels could soon be dead. This infographic explains that boffins are at reinventing the wheel. The old-fashioned round wheel is out and they are bringing the future through the cubist revolution: viva la square wheels!

    Remember that squares are the shape of things to come.

    Square Wheels
    infographic via wish.co.uk All blogged out? Go check out our super-duper four wheel experience days!

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  • Features/ News

    Iconic Movie Cars Lovingly Illustrated – Can you name them all? (INFOGRAPHIC)

    These iconic Movie & TV cars are so lovingly and beautifully illustrated in this cool inforgaphic. This is defiantly one for you Pinterest lovers – get pinning now!

    Also, see if you can name the cars and films/movies they appeared in. Yes, without cheating!!Movie & Television - Iconic Cars

    by DWildish.

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