Local VW Car Show

Once in a while we happen on a cool collection of cars and their owners all going for an impromptu drive. We didn’t have time to really interview anyone but our staff snapped some quick pics. This is the kind of summer fun we like to celebrate here at the Kicker. As cool as the internet is, lets get out and meet some folks who share our passion for vehicles and driving. This was a really great day as I’m sure you’ll see from the pics below.

Best Car Detailing Hacks

Knowing the best car detailing hacks can help you improve the look of your car. These detailing hacks also ensure that you spend less time cleaning your car, especially when it’s dirty on the outside. Here’s a look at these detailing tips you should consider.

Clean the Dusty Air Vents

With the help of a can of compressed air, it can be pretty easy to clean the dusty air vents. You can also use the can to clean small crevices that collect debris and dust. Clean these spaces the same way you would do while cleaning your keyboard.

Dust Your Dashboard With a Coffee Filer

A coffee filter is made of lint-free paper. Therefore, it’s an excellent choice for dusting your dashboard. Use this item when you don’t have a cloth to clean a dirty dashboard. Use a few drops of olive oil on the dirty surface and give it a nice polish.

Get Yourself a Power Polisher/Waxer

Polishing and waxing your car is a great way to give it a shiny look. However, you don’t want to spend countless hours doing this manually. One of the best car detailing hacks requires buying a power polisher/waxer. This machine will save you time and energy.

Use Baking Soda Toothpaste on the Headlights

Cleaning your car headlights is probably the last thing on your mind. However, you can get rid of the brown surfaces by using baking soda toothpaste. This paste is abrasive and will effectively clean your headlights.

Shine Your Dashboard with Olive Oil

As previously mentioned, you can shine your car’s dashboard using olive oil. Doing this can also help to prevent future cracking.

Cupcake Liners in Your Cupholders

Cupholders are known to collect stubborn dirt. To prevent this, use clean out the cupholders using an old toothbrush. After that, place silicone cupcake liners in these spaces. Over time, these liners will collect dirt that would have accumulated in the small areas. It makes it easy to clean your car since you will only have to remove the liners and replace them with new ones or rinse the cupcake liners and put them back in.

Buy Some Handy Wipes

You may have to deal with some messes which miss the cupholders. To ensure you’re prepared to deal with this mess, buy a pack of car cleaner wipes. They cost a few dollars and will keep your car’s interior neat.

Cover Your Back Seat

Consider covering your back seat if you have a furry friend you love to take on those long rides. Investing in a pet hammock can make a huge difference. It only takes a few seconds to keep it in place since it comes with handy buckles.

Keep Things Organized

If you have documents to store in your car, you should keep things organized using an organizer. Keeping all paperwork organized inside the vehicle will ensure you don’t have a messy environment to deal with.

With these car detailing hacks, it should be easy to clean your car and have a less chaotic environment.

5 Car Maintenance Myths

Car owners have heard many times about the best way to maintain their vehicles in good condition. Most people get advice related to engine power, fuel efficiency, and overall car longevity. While some tips seem like practical ways of enhancing your car’s performance or keeping it in shape, most of the maintenance tips are nothing but myths. Here’s a look at the top 5 car maintenance myths.

1. You should change your engine oil after every 3,000 miles

You’ve probably heard it before from your friends or even your mechanic that you should consider changing your engine oil every 3,000 miles. It’s not surprising that certain oil companies are still pushing for the same idea.

However, most modern cars can run up to 7,500 miles before an oil change. Technological advances have helped to develop superior engine designs and better chemical composition of oils. These improvements have helped cars to go for longer miles before oil changes.

2. Premium fuel will increase your car’s performance

Unless your car has an engine that gets hotter or has a high compression, standard gasoline is okay. Even the cheaper 86 octane fuel must meet the required quality standards. Therefore, you can be sure it won’t affect your car’s performance.

3. Servicing your car at different service centers voids its warranty

Manufacturers will recommend specific service centers you can turn to in case your vehicle needs maintenance. A common myth is that going to other service centers will void your vehicle’s warranty. But this is far from the truth.

You can repair your car at any service station without hampering your warranty. What you need to ensure is to have all the receipts for repair expenses in case they are required for further inspection and compensation.

4. You should replace all four tires

Most car owners also believe they should replace all four tires even when others still have good grip and treads. However, this is another car maintenance myth you should be wary of.

The reality is that you don’t need to incur unnecessary expenses just to replace all four tires. You simply need to check the tire depth and confirm that your wheels haven’t outlived their lifespans. When replacing your tires, ensure you choose the right size, model, and depth for increased durability.

5. Warm your car engine before driving off

Perhaps you’ve been warming your car before driving it in the cold weather. How true is this myth?

Well, it turns out that modern cars warm up faster. Another thing is that other car parts like transmission and wheel bearings warm up once the car is in motion. So, there isn’t any advantage gained by taking a few minutes to warm your vehicle before driving away.

Idling your car uses gas. You’ll be wasting time and money waiting for it to heat up.

Generally, knowing that these car maintenance myths are actually not true helps to ensure you use and maintain your car as required.

4 Best Traffic Apps

Tired of traffic jams? There’s no doubt that running into traffic is frustrating. Often, this happens when you’re in a hurry. Luckily, technology has made it possible to know how to avoid traffic and arrive at your destination in time. This post takes a look at 4 best traffic apps you should consider using on your smartphone.

1. Google Maps

Good things in life are free, right? Google Maps is one such traffic app that can help you avoid traffic jams. It’s a common navigation app that is found on most Android devices. The application has evolved over the years and is more than just a navigation tool. You can use it to know how traffic moves and which places to avoid.

Plus, Google Maps can also be used to find the shortest routes to your destination. So, besides avoiding traffic, the software can help you find alternative shorter routes, saving time and money.

Key Features:

  • Real-time transit information
  • Real-time ETAs
  • Discover places

2. Waze

If you’re looking to join a community of people who are always looking out for each other in terms of traffic, then Waze is the right app for you. Waze has many fans, and it works on the idea that people can help each other escape traffic snarls. When using this platform, you can get real-time updates from community-generated alerts. For example, you can alert others to avoid specific routes when you run into traffic.

So, Waze works best when there are many users on it. One exciting aspect of this app is that it offers better voice directions compared to Google Maps.

Key Features:

  • Superb voice-guided navigation
  • Community-generated warnings and alerts

3. INRIX

INRIX is another good traffic app with amazing features. It comes with a traffic news section that keeps users updated on real-time traffic, accidents, constructions, road closures, and more.

The app provides clear directions to your destination, making it easier for you to navigate. If you have a common route to your place of work, you can save it. The traffic app will keep you updated about your daily route with personalized alerts on the specific road.

Key Features:

  • Good traffic camera feeds
  • Cloud sync for real-time notifications
  • Traffic map with detailed info

4. Apple Maps App

Apple Maps App is a worthy competitor to Google Maps, especially for the millions of people using iOS platforms. Apple Maps app provides enhanced satellite and map imagery, cycling navigation, and city guides.

Having this app on your smartphone can give you regular updates about your routes and the best time to travel. It also provides informative reviews about your points of interest. These can help you make intelligent choices about your destinations.

You can download Apple Maps to your iPad device.

Key Features:

  • Enhanced satellite and maps imagery
  • Real-time city guides

With these traffic apps, you no longer need to worry about arriving late. You can get real-time notifications about the best routes to take. But, it’s always essential to plan your trip early to avoid any inconveniences.

What To Expect When Your Mechanic Makes a House Call

Mechanics have simplified the process of getting car repair services. You no longer need to drive your car to the mechanic to get it fixed. Now, mechanics are going rounds making house calls. Therefore, besides the convenience of having your car fixed right from your doorstep, there’s a lot more you should expect with door-to-door car repair services.

Car Care Made Easy

Driving your vehicle to get it fixed is always a hassle. This sometimes means paying an extra fee to tow it to the nearest service center or a mechanic you trust. With car repair services delivered to your home or office, you will save a lot on additional expenses that you could have alternatively incurred.

Once you book an appointment, the mechanic will arrive with all the required gear to fix your car. You need to provide the mechanic with enough parking space or driveway. To ensure you don’t forget about the appointment, your mechanic or service center will send you a reminder a day before the appointment.

During the specific day when your vehicle should be fixed, your mechanic will send you another reminder that they are on their way. If you’re not around your home or office, you can notify the mechanic where to collect your car keys and fix your car while you’re away.

Your mechanic will strive to keep time, so you should expect them to arrive within the scheduled time. Avoid driving your car during this time so the engine cools down for effective repairs.

If you’re present during the house call, you can use this opportunity to ask your mechanic about any mechanical issues with your car. You also don’t have to worry about disposing of old replaced parts of your car since your mechanic can do this for you.

What You Get

After inspecting your account, your report will be recorded in your account. The report details essential safety items like car engine codes, brakes, filters, fluid levels, tire treads, belts, etc. You can easily access your report at any time. This allows you to maintain your car in good condition to serve you better.

Your mechanic will then bill you for services rendered. You can choose your preferred payment method and won’t be billed until you’re satisfied with the car repair services. Depending on your payment method, your mechanic will send you a digital receipt and update your data on their platform. This helps you to track your car repair expenses and budget for them in the future.

When your mechanic makes a house call, they can send you maintenance reminders from time to time. Plus, you can manage your vehicle online. You get to schedule appointments and review any services your car needs to function at its best.

Car maintenance is easier than ever before, especially now that your mechanic can provide door-to-door services the ‘Uber-style. Therefore, apart from convenience, you can be confident that your car will always be well maintained.

Who Drives on Which side of the Road?

The world of travel and commuting has it’s fun trivia like…the fact that train tracks are as far apart as the width between tires on a Roman chariot, or that there is an interstate highway in Hawaii. Some of the trivia though, could impact you if you travel, like today’s post on which countries drive on which side of the road.

So we decided to take a look at this less critical travel and transportation topic that could possibly cause a lot of confusion if you aren’t prepared for it.

Driving on the Left

The obvious reason most countries that do drive on the left side of the road do is that they were a former British colony. We’ll dive into why the UK does it soon, but it may surprise you how many countries do. 76 according to Business Insider, compared to 163 countries (or territories) that drive on the right. 30% of the population but only 25% of the roads and only one sixth of the worlds land area.

Driving on the left happens around the globe, about one third of the worlds drivers do it in regions like  Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, and Oceania. (Full list and graphics to follow.) In fact, Oceania is entirely left side driving currently.

Why they started driving on the left or right?

If countries formerly associated with England drive on the left because England does, why does England do it. Well, no one know for certain. Theories range from reasonable to ridiculous but the one you’ve probably heard most is that right-handed people draw their sword from the left and passing on the left allowed for a swift repost should the need arise.

Another theory, which frankly sounds more British, is that the upper crust preferred passing on the left and passing on the right was a trait of commoners. It also would explain why the US would decide to do it differently than those stuffy Brits.

One reason we doubt the sword explanation is that horseless carriages drove on whatever side of the road they liked until there were enough cars on the road to bother making a rule, which happened at Least in Brittan is 1835 with the Highway Act.

If train tracks trace back to Rome then does which side of the road we stick to? There isn’t a historical record but examination of cobblestone wear patterns suggests that they drove their chariots down the middle and if they needed to pass each other they did so on the right.

This likely resulted from the fact that right handed people would hold a horse whip in their right hands and have more room to use it if they stood on the left side of their chariot to drive it. Rome had a big influence on England so why would England drive on the left side instead of the right?

Ironically, we have better records of Ireland insisting that drivers stick to the left. As early as 1793, rules required a 10 shilling fine for driving on the right side of the road. This brings some to speculate that the Celts drove their wagons etc. on the left and since Rome was an invader their driving preference didn’t trump the native preference.

At this point its primarily culture and tradition. Well that and switching is a pain.

Countries that Switched

It does happen that countries bite the bullet and make a switch. In the 1960s both Sweden and Iceland made the switch from Left to Right, probably because the overwhelming majority of Europe drives on the right.

In 2009 Samoa switched the opposite direction, from right to left, but for the same reason, New Zealand and Australia both drive on the Left.

Between 1919 and 1986, 34 of the Left-hand countries and territories switched to Right side driving.

Noteworthy: Rotterdam was Left side drivers until 1917, while the rest of the Netherlands were Right-siders.

How to Prepare if you’re Planning a Trip

The side of the road you drive on tends to determine which side of the car gets the steering wheel. So it can be jarring to not only remember which side to be on, but to do it from the “passenger side” of the vehicle.

Source Insider Inc.

The subtle points are deciding where to watch other cars when you are passing them, or remembering which way to watch for traffic when waiting to make a turn.

If it’s too hard to drive from the odd side of the vehicle, you can technically take your own car to a new country. Just as you can drive your car into Canada or Mexico, you don’t have to operate your vehicle from the side of the car most people do when driving on the side of the road it’s legal to drive on. The primary reason most people don’t think to bring their own car is water. More specifically the oceans etc. that tend to separate countries that drive on the Left from those that drive on the right.

Insurance?

If you’ve ever read your insurance policy (some of us nerds do) than you know you are insured for specific situations. If you move your home address, for example, it should really impact your insurance status, but it does. (Mainly because your chance of losing the car to theft might change.)

So it’s worth asking, does my insurance cover me when I drive on the other side of the road (in a country where I’m supposed to–not just for funzies.)

The simplest answer is probably, yes. Insurance companies factor in things like, which country is nearby. So just like your Montana Insurance doesn’t typically stop at the border to Canada, your UK insurance doesn’t stop when you drive the Chunnel into France.

You may be more effected by rules such as enhanced licenses vs passports vs green cards etc. You license and insurance will probably still cover you, but your license may be inadequate to use as identification, which is a real brain twister if you think too much about it.

You should look at the rules before traveling as you may need to show more than license and proof of insurance in some countries. For example when driving in the EU in a rented vehicle, you will need a document that shows the owner knows you are driving it outside it’s country of register.

When taking your car to the UK, for example, they don’t have any problems with the fact that the steering wheel is on the wrong side, but they have strict rules for importing any vehicle and you’ll have to pay many taxes.

Interesting Exceptions

Okay to have interesting exceptions we would need to have a standard rule that we’re taking exception to and so far we’ve only indicated one or two. They are 1) most countries either follow the tradition of a country that once ruled them or 2) They switched to match countries they share borders with.

Here are some exceptions.

In Africa the major influence for left was England, and Portugal. The major influence for right is France. While most of Portugal’s former colonies switched to Right driving at some point, as did Portugal itself, except for Mozambique which stayed Left. South Sudan has it’s independence and despite having two neighbors that drive on the Left they have retained right hand driving. Rwanda and Burundi are Right Hand Driving but are actively considering switching to Left.

All of Canada is Left driving despite being former British Empire. This isn’t so much an exception because they match the US and who wouldn’t want to match the US? Interestingly, Newfoundland, joined Canada in 1949 but had already switched to Right driving just two years before. Of course the former French Provinces were always right driving, but BC, New BrunswickNova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, all changed to the Right in the early 1920’s.

Conspicuously, the US Virgin Islands are the only US affiliated country that doesn’t drive on the right.

Also, we indicated that unless someone brought their car with them, most cars in a country that keeps left have a steering wheel on the right and vice versa. This is not true in certain cases. For example the islands of the Caribbean and nearby. The closest big car maker is the US and while a large number of the islands were former British colonies they tend to import there cars from the US.

(Note US Virgin Islands drive on the left in vehicles that are designed for right sided driving despite being aligned with the US. Some people are just obstinate we suppose.)

Another common exception, right here in the US is commercial vehicles like parking enforcement or mail carriers which were purpose built with a steering wheel on the right.

List of Lefty Countries

Green = Left, Black = Right

Europe

  • Channel Islands
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Malta
  • Cyprus

Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • East Timor
  • Hong Kong
  • India 
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Macao
  • Malaysia 
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
Green = Left, Black = Right

Oceania 

  • Australia
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati 
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Solomon Islands
  • Samoa 
  • Tokelau Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
Green = Left, Black = Right

Africa

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius 
  • Mozambique 
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Green = Left, Black = Right

The Americas:

  • Anguilla 
  • Antigua 
  • The Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Bermuda 
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana 
  • Jamaica 
  • Montserrat 
  • St Kitts-Nevis 
  • St Lucia 
  • Saint Vincent 
  • Suriname 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 
  • Virgin Islands (U.S.) 

Is Onstar Really Worth it?

Yes, Onstar is worth it. Developed 25 years ago, Onstar offers beginner and seasoned drivers the security and safety they need while driving. As more and more people get their driver’s licenses, the number of road accidents soars. Therefore, having a reliable application or measures to ensure you can easily reach for help is essential.

Below, you will find out how Onstar works and the benefits of having the in-vehicle application. But first, we’ll go over what Onstar is and why you should consider using this system.

What is Onstar?

Onstar is an in-vehicle system offering drivers safety and security assistance in the light of accidents or breakdowns. You can use it to acquire an automatic crash response, road assistance, and locate stolen vehicles. The services are always available 24 hours daily, assuring stakeholders to arrive each time safely.

Benefits of Onstar

There are multiple benefits of having Onstar as your in-app vehicle safety app. Here are some of the perks you can expect to enjoy as an Onstar user.

  1. It boosts safety – You can use Onstar if you are in a crash or emergency to get out or in any vehicle. Drivers rely on the system to unlock doors and obtain emergency assistance. The services will notify police or medical personnel and call you to check on your status.
  2. It helps in security – Suppose you lose your car, you can use Onstar to locate and recover your vehicle. The application comes with an inbuilt Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and wireless phone technology that helps locate stolen cars.
  3. It’s used in navigation. You cannot get lost if you are using Onstar; its extensive services provide directions to its drivers. You can also use it to make reservations for accommodation hands-free.
  4. For vehicle diagnosis. The system regularly checks your vehicle’s operating systems and provides reports. You can easily pinpoint your car’s issue without going to the garage. In addition, the app will also remind you of routine services with your dealer.
  5. Improve your driving skills. You may not be the next Charles Leclerc; however, you can use the Onstar Smart Driver feature to gain new driving skills.

Onstar Subscription Plans

For only $49.99 per month, you will gain access to Onstar premium features. You can expect an automatic crash response, emergency services, crisis assist, or roadside assistance. Premium drivers also enjoy stolen vehicle assistance, voice services, vehicle status, remote personalization, connected navigation, and on-demand diagnostics.

There are other Onstar subscription plans which cost less than the premium option. However, you will not have access to some of the premium benefits. The essentials subscription plan costs $39.99 per month, while the Safety and Security subscription costs $29.99. The cheapest Onstar subscription plan is the Connected Vehicle is $24.99 per month. It will give you access to the voice service, vehicle status, vehicle locate, remote personalization, Alexa built-in, and connected navigation.

Auto Makers: US Little Known (Part 4D)

You probably think after writing a post on the big three automakers and three new, start-ups making Electric Vehicles we’d be ready to close out the series with some phased out/defunct car makers, but we have one more post on companies that still make cars–these are the ones you might not of heard of or maybe thought were out of business entirely but they’re not.

DeLorean Motor Company

Vital Stats: 1995-Present, Headquartered in Humble, TX. Founded by Stephen Wynne.

Wait, what? DeLorean still exists? And it started in 1995? What!?! Okay, here’s the story.

As you likely know, if you’ve been around the automotive world for awhile, or if you lived through the 1980’s in the US, DeLorean Motors was started by a man named John DeLorean, an American automobile executive. The company was founded in Detroit, MI, late in 1975. The stainless steal sports car (named after the company owner) featured gull wings and an iconic look, and became the one and only car model for the company.

John DeLorean was already known as an innovator for his work at GM, and raising funds in part through Hollywood connections helped add to the car’s automatic celebrity. The owner ran short on funds and DEA undercover agents offered offered him a quick fix if he’d bankroll a giant drug buy. DeLorean sought to offset the costs of building a factory by government incentives in exchange for locating the factory in a zone of high unemployment.

The UK Government leapt at the chance to build a car factory in Northern Ireland, to the tune of $120 million pounds. They’d easily make their money back on export taxes, a fact they didn’t tell John DeLorean. Upon finding out he’d make $20,000 dollars less per car just to sell it in the US Johnfound himself in a bind. Unfavorable exchange rates didn’t help, nor did the early models terrible reputation for breaking down all the time.

Ultimately, DeLorean was acquitted of drug charges due to entrapment. But the damage to his reputation and by proxy, the highly recognizable car names after him, was too much to overcome. The car went into receivership and bankruptcy in 1982.

In 1985, America was reminded of the iconic car when Universal Studios made a time machine out of it for their blockbuster movie, “Back to the Future.” The car was modified and used twice more in the sequels (1989 & 1990).

Beyond the reliability issues, DeLorean faced a innate problems. The stainless steel body made them all look alike. It was shaped lie a sports car, but didn’t have the speed you’d expect from one (it was a manual transmission), and it cost $25,000 ($70,000 in todays money.) DeLorean seems to have overcome its mechanical issues and found a place in the hearts of Americans which is likely why Stephen Wynne, a mechanic from Liverpool, decided to buy up all the remaining stock, parts and the rights to the name and logo.

Wynne began marketing hats and tee shirts with the logo, and was soon able to distribute parts to existing DeLorean owners. By 2007 you could homebrew your own DeLorean for about $57,000 US by mixing new and factory leftover parts. So the new DeLorean began selling factory “refurbished” models.

When the enterprise became successful, DeLorean’s widow, Sally Baldwin, sued. They originally settle out of court for an undisclosed amount. Her second lawsuit didn’t go anywhere. What made her sue? The new DMC decided to create a brand new model that was all electric. Believe it or not, government red tape has slowed the creation of a DeLorean EV, but the EV climate has massively improved so don’t be too surprised.

Hennessey

Vital Stats: 1991-Present, Headquartered in Sealy, Texas. Founded by John Hennessey…no relation to the cognac.

We’ve included car tuners before when covering UK automakers. So, before we leave the great state of Texas we thought we’d take a look at Hennessey. As a tuning house Hennessey mainly works on sports cars including  FerrariPorscheMcLarenChevroletDodgeCadillacLotusJeepFordGMCLincoln and Lexus. However, they’ve been known to also sup-up pickups and SUV’s, luxury cars and muscle cars…so everything really.

Venom GT by Hennessey, based on a Lotus Exige.

Hennessey is also famous for running a Tuner School where they train mechanics to do what they do. But if you click the tab in the middle you’ll see some of their specialty cars–the venom line. What makes us consider the Venom line it’s own car model as opposed to just a juiced up car is that they use different base cars for different models.

At the Kicker, we’re partial to the Venom GT, built from a Lotus Exige. twin-turbocharged V8 engine that is rated at 1,244 hp in a car that weighs 1244 lbs creates a worlds fastest car three times over. It’s also quite pretty. The original Venom GT came about in 2010, but a 2012 roadster version name the Venom GT Spider was built at the request of Stephen Tyler. Only 6 were made. If we were celebrities we ight steer clear of cars named spider, but Stephan Tyler can make his own decisions.

Commuter Cars

39″ Wide

Vital Stats: 1998-Present, Headquartered in Spokane, WA.

Commuter Cars makes an ultra-narrow electric sports car, the Tango, designed and built by them in their facilities in Spokane, Washington. Well, one of their cars was made in England during an attempt to get manufacturing going, so they’ve only really made a few prototypes, about 20. But they sold them so they are a car maker.

The very 1st Tango was sold to actor George Cluny in August 9th, 2005. The range of the Tango is under 100 miles and it was initially designed to seat only the driver. Car and Driver gave the company a 1.1 out of 10 on survivability. So why are we featuring it. Well this little company did some innovative things. They had some good ideas and are victims of a couple bad bumps of circumstances.

Rick Woodbury and his son Bryan Woodbury founded the company, financed in part by the sale of Ricks yacht. The goal was to produce a vehicle purely for city commuting, with tight, expensive parking. The also banked on continued increased cost of fuel and that the hydrogen fuel cell would be developed by the time they went into production.

Gas prices have climbed, but electricity is also expected to climb in price. The Fuel cell seems to be harder to create than originally estimated and the decision to go ahead an make a standard battery EV meant they entered competition with many other (better funded) startups. Competition is made worse by traditional automakers deciding to also produce EV’s in response to warning signs from the government.

What did they do well? This car is tiny. You can see the specs below, but put it this way–you can split lanes like a motorcycle and park more than one in a standard parking spot. You can also charge it from a standard dryer plug in about an hour. They also put more than one engine in, which is an obvious miss on the parts of almost every major EV maker in the market right now.

Commuter car made sure the heavy batteries are low giving the car stability even at 39 inches wide.

Finally, they got smart and manufactured a separate generator cart that can be drug behind to extend the range. If this seems comical, well it is, but it’s also practical. It allows the owner who lives less than 50 miles from work to drive it normally all week, and still be able to use it to get out of town on the weekend.

Gen Cart (not specifically for a Tango)

Now if the pandemic hadn’t made it so we all work from home…

  • Width: 39 in (990 mm)
  • Length: 101 in (2,600 mm)
  • Weight: 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) (claimed)
  • Batteries: 12 V * 19 Hawker Odysseys or 25 Exide Orbital XCDs or Optima Yellow Tops. Lithium-ion battery options available
  • Nominal voltage: 228 V with 19 Hawkers, 300 V with 25 batteries, 250 V with lithium-ion batteries.
  • Charging: 50 A Manzanita Micro on-board charger with Avcon conductive coupling. 200 A off-board charger under development.
  • Motors: 2 Advanced DC Motors DC FB1-4001 9″,[13] one driving each rear wheel with claimed 1,000 lb⋅ft of combined torque at low rpms. 8,000 rpm redline. or 4 motors, one for each wheel, lithium batteries.

Performance (claimed)

  • 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h): 3.2 seconds
  • 14 mi (0.40 km): 12.25 seconds @ 106 mph (171 km/h)
  • Top speed: 150 mph (240 km/h)
  • Range: 40–60 miles (96–128 km) with lead-acid batteries. 150 mi (240 km) with lithium-ion batteries.
  • 805 hp claimed.

Should You Trade-In Your Car?

After saving up for a new car, you may be considering a trade-in for a potentially ‘better.’ Car. Heading to the dealership and trading your old vehicle sounds like a viable option, but is it worth it? Before you take the old car to the dealership, it might be a good idea to evaluate your finances in relation to your desired car.

There are a few considerations that you should look into before heading to the dealership. For instance, it would be best to price your trade-in before heading to the dealership. Letting the dealership owners put a price tag on your car might not be the best option, especially when you’re on a tight budget.

Trading it can be wise, but if you are not well informed about how it works, you may be ripped off. The following are some of the pointers you need to focus on. It’s entirely okay to trade off your car, but you must consider the following.

It isn’t ideal to trade your BMW or Range Rovers at the dealership. You ideally want to sell such cars on Craigslist. Craigslist is a better way to find potential buyers who will give you a better deal or make a profit.

Again, it will not be prudent for you to go to a dealership and trade in a damaged car. The chance of you making a loss in this kind of situation is like 100%. Suppose the only option for you is to go to a dealership.

Another thing you need to consider is the state of your car. Ensure you have serviced your vehicle because, at the dealership, they will probably consider the cost of the repairs and double that value plus the time invested in it. Then minus all that cost from its current market value.

It is essential to trade your car at the most suitable dealership. For instance, if you have a Toyota, don’t take it to a BMW dealership. The point is to change a vehicle that allows the dealership will find accessible for them to put in their lot. When you take a car that fits their inventory and no repairs are needed, you will likely sell the car at a better rate.

Don’t trade with a value difference more significant than 20%. For instance, the dealership appreciates your car to allow the price of the vehicle to match similar cars on the lot. If the dealership is offering you a trade-in value that is more than 20% lower than similar cars on their lot it’s not a good deal for you. Understand that they will often spend some money bringing your car up to snuff before turning it around. However, they need to justify it if they’re expecting you to take the hit on a vehicle they intend to flip for a quick 25% profit.

When trading with a dealer, remember to look for a discount from the dealership. You may have found a better deal, but it will be much better if they give you a discount of about 5% to 10% for your new car.

Finally, if the dealership has to take your car for an auction, it is not worth the fight to squeeze the fair price from such a deal. Constantly looking for a third-party buyer could also save you a great deal.