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Archives for the Category: Odd News

Will Lack of New Sales Incentives Affect Car Sales Overall?

What really sets one car apart from another? Are incentives, price, or specific features the most important factor for consumers? If it is the incentives, there is a possibility of them drying up for good.If so, will people still buy as often and what will happen with competition between companies? What will drive people’s decisions?

This has become a concern due to the fact that we Canadians may have become addicted to incentives and recently the amounts of incentives are decreasing. Last year alone the average amount of incentives was only 17.2% of the $29,312 purchase at $5,041.

That’s about as rich in real dollars as the average in 2013, when the incentive money represented 17.6 per cent of an average transaction price of $28,259 — or $4,973.58. Thus, for more than two years now, carmakers and their dealers have used $5,000 to lure Canadians to pull the trigger on a new ride.

The incentive money certainly lit a fire under buyers. In 2014, Canadians bought a record 1.85 million new cars and light trucks. That sales boom broke the previous all-time record set in 2013. As J.D. Power put it in a note to clients, “the doldrums of the recession years are clearly in the rear-view mirror, albeit perhaps closer than they appear.”

We’ll call that a cryptic caveat. That is, J.D. Power and auto analyst Dennis DesRosiers of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants both see reasons to be optimistic about what lies ahead for 2015 – but it’s a cautious optimism.

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Are our cars getting too technical?

Modern day vehicles just keep on getting smarter, in fact car manufacturers seem to chomping at the bit to out modernize the other with whose vehicle is more modern. Have you ever tried to change a clock on a car? The older ones it seems easier, you have two buttons, that’s it. However now that just doesn’t seem good enough.

An example of this is cars with a GPS. Some vehicles require the system to be re-programmed to set the time. The navigation system comes with a CD that contains details of the geographic area and territory as set by the selling dealer. The vehicle then links up with the appropriate satellite that provides the GPS guidance.

This disc must be initialized into your navigation system to set the correct time zone and recognized landmarks. Once the time zone is set, you must activate daylight savings to get the correct time displayed for your location.

Another example is scrolling through your radio tuner one frequency at a time. I’d much rather choose the station myself, not arrive at what the radio thinks is the next best frequency. There are now multiple ways of scanning the radio air waves, and if you do not set the parameters properly, you’ll find you car radio jumping all over the frequency bands.

 

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Driving facts you never would have thought of.

There are some odd laws out there, but there are even more odd facts about driving out there. there’s someones cousin who’s told you about how they were turned away from the boarder for smoking pot once. Which ultimately ruined their cross country road trip with the kids that they’ve been planning for weeks.

There are some other odd ones out there, you can be charged for leaving your older kids in the car, or even if someone takes a picture of you while you are texting and driving.. I think there’s a bit of contradiction going on there but nonetheless, it can still happen.

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How Not to Drive!

This one was seen on the streets in Russia.

We Have all Heard of a Spare Tire?

But with a gas guzzler like this I guess a spare car could come in handy also!

Recycled Tranny

Gotta love this idea!

Super Geek Car

To the junk yard?  Or is this guys car a pick-up machine?

You Know it is Time to Junk your Car when…

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Yep, definitely time to send this one to the junk yard!

Time to Junk your Car?

Ummm, YES!!!!

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Green Car Race

With fuel costs so high you can see the Russians take green car racing to a new level!