You may think that having your car washed at the local drive through car wash a few times a year is all you need to keep your vehicle looking good. But there are some items to consider, especially if you want to keep your vehicle feeling, looking and smelling new for the long term. There are going to be times when the drive through wash is just not going to give your vehicle what it really needs. Let’s discuss a few of the common things…
The obvious is the protective coating you want to keep on the vehicle. Some sort of wax, sealer or ceramic coating is required to fill microscopic cracks in the paint and provide a protective barrier to the harsh elements. Oxidation, bird droppings, dust, dirt, hard water, acid rain, pollution, fuels and other airborne or road derived contaminants should be kept of the painted surfaces. These contaminants can cause temporary or even permanent damage to your paint, even if left on for a short period of time. Some contaminants can eat throu ... read more
Hybrid Car Fun Facts
Hybrid cars are vehicles that have more than one on-board energy source to achieve and maintain propulsion. Hybrid cars have a traditional internal- combustion system and fuel tank, in addition to one or more electric motor and battery pack. We’ve put together some interesting facts about hybrid engines for you.
The first hybrid engine was built in 1902 by Ferdinand Porsche, yes, that Porsche! It was his second car creation and could travel nearly 40 miles on its battery.
In 1976 Toyota — wins the hybrid car race — built its first hybrid while General Electric was constructing a parallel-hybrid sedan.
In 1997, Toyota wins again and the Prius hits the Japanese market, which doesn’t make it to the United States until 2000.
In 1999 the Honda Insight is the first hybrid car to hit the mass market in the United States.
The quest for hybrid cars w ... read more