Monthly Archives: September 2017

Honda 2017 Ridgeline Review

Historically speaking, the Honda Ridgeline has been the worst-selling pickup truck in the US for the last half a decade, but a ground-up redesign for the 2017 model debuting at the Detroit Auto show this week represents a new hope for the nameplate.

In 2014, Honda only sold 13,389 of ’em. For comparison, The Toyota sold more than 155,000 Tacomas and over 750,000 new Ford F-150s rolled into driveways during that same year. Of course, comparing anything to the F-Series, America’s best selling vehicle overall for 32 years running is a bit unfair, but the sales gap with the Toyota is just as telling. With nowhere to go but up, the shiny, new 2017 Honda Ridgeline spinning slowly on a pedestal in Detroit this week is a second chance for the Honda to make its mark on the American truck market.

Honda 2016 Civic Sedan Review

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The dynamic, new-from-the-ground-up 2016 Honda Civic Sedan, 2016’s North American Car of the Year, (www.automobiles.honda.com/civic-sedan/) has received the highest available rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, available on all 2016 Civic Sedan models.

The 2016 Civic Sedan has earned a top rating of GOOD in five IIHS crash test modes, including the rigorous small overlap frontal crash test. The 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation is reserved for vehicles that also have an available front crash prevention system that earns an ADVANCED or SUPERIOR rating from the Institute.

Pothole Alert !!

Carmaker Ford has said it is experimenting with technology to detect potholes and warn drivers of their locations.

Cars equipped with cameras could constantly scan roads during journeys, with resulting data on potholes displayed on other drivers’ dashboards.

The idea is being tested at the firm’s research centre in Aachen, Germany.

One expert said altering routes to avoid potholes might not always be possible.

“A virtual pothole map could highlight a new pothole the minute it appears and almost immediately warn other drivers that there is a hazard ahead,” said Uwe Hoffmann, a research engineer at Ford.

“Our cars already feature sensors that detect potholes and now we are looking at taking this to the next level.”

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Honda teaming up with GM on Hybrids

Honda and General Motors may expand their cooperation on green cars, according to a report in the Japanese media.

In 2013 the two automakers signed a partnership to develop hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, which remains in effect until at least 2020.

Now, it appears they may collaborate on plug-in hybrids as well.

The two companies “have entered final negotiations” on an expanded partnership that would include plug-in hybrid development, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun (via Charged EVs).

At the moment, each maker uses its own two-motor hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology–and the two are differently arranged inside, with Honda’s system nesting one motor inside the other, while GM’s connects two separate motors with planetary gears.

Why sausages can be dangerous …………..

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A German man is facing a fine after damaging a BMW with a 30cm sausage.

Police in Neubrandenburg, in the north of the country, were called to complaints of a bust-up between two men on Saturday evening.

A 49-year-old pedestrian, who was walking with his eight-year-old son, became upset with the way a 47-year-old man had parked in front of them, German website The Local reported.

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Self Driving Trucks

Google’s self-driving car project (now Waymo) has arguably been at the forefront of the autonomous car movement, testing on public roads since 2009. So when its founder, Anthony Levandowski, left to found a driverless truck startup called Otto, the venture was sure to bring important insight into autonomous tech into the trucking world.

Uber jumped on the opportunity to break into trucking. In 2016, it purchased Otto for $680 million, marking one of that year’s most important announcements in the driverless vehicle world. In February 2017, it also became the subject of a lawsuit by Waymo over its driverless technology.

Otto is, it seems, one of the biggest players in driverless trucks. But it’s not the only one.With the trucking industry—and its reliance on long-haul highway driving—poised to have a major impact as driverless technology advances, other companies are joining the race.

Last week, three new startups—Embark, Starsky Robotics and Drive.ai—gave details on their upcoming forays into driverless trucking. Here they are:

Lincoln Goes Luxury

It’s been a long time since Lincoln Motor Co., Ford’s luxury division, has been considered a real luxury car contender. Well, it might be time to start considering it again.

For a very long time, Ford (F) seemed to think it could get away with passing off somewhat nicer versions of Ford (F) car and SUV models as Lincoln luxury cars. In essence, Lincoln was selling what are known as “near luxury” cars.

Ford’s competitor, General Motors (GM), has a separate division for this called Buick. Buick sells some very good cars but they don’t have the expensive materials and painstakingly developed driving qualities of genuine luxury cars. At GM, it is Cadillac that sells legitimate luxury cars.

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Ford gets into Printing 3D Cars

Ford Motor Company is stepping into the world of 3D printing, using a partnership with Stratasys to test the 3D printing of large-scale auto parts, the company announced Monday—which could have implications for the future of the technology in the enterprise.

The Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator, released in August 2016, produces large, customizable tools and production parts designed for accuracy, repeatability, and speed.

“Capable of printing automotive parts of practically any shape or length, the Stratasys Infinite Build system could be a breakthrough for vehicle manufacturing – providing a more efficient, affordable way to create tooling, prototype parts and components for low-volume vehicles such as Ford Performance products, as well as personalized car parts,” according to a press release.

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Benefits of a Local Ford Dealers Inventory

Buying a new or a used Ford car or truck on credit can be quite a time-consuming process.

One of the best ways to speed up the process to an extent, is to find out which vehicles are currently hold in a local Ford dealers inventory.

This information will be of help to a fair number of people who are quite flexible in terms of what sort of, they are willing to buy, what colour etc. The reason this is important is because if a local dealer is holding a significant number of  cars on site, then it is money wrapped up in them that they will need to shift.

What this means from a consumer’s point of view, is that they have much more leverage  both in terms of the final sale price they pay for the vehicle, and puts them in a strong position to negotiate the finance for it.

Benefits of a Local Ford Dealers Inventory

Finding out which cars are in an inventory allows the customer to decide beforehand what they think is a fair price, and then negotiate with the dealer on that basis.

If buying a used car from a local Ford dealer, it is a really good idea to test drive the car under a lots of different conditions, both in terms of the land and type of road the car will be used on, and ideally in different weather conditions if possible as well. Test driving on hills, motorways and also in  urban traffic is really helpful.

Test driving a used or new Ford car is in different weather conditions can be more tricky, but can sometimes be done is spread over several weeks. In any event it is always a good idea to ask for the cause maintenance record from the previous owner, whether or not the car was bought from the dealership that you are now dealing with.

Because maintenance record making you some indication of any potential problems have been, and whether or not these have been effectively dealt with.

There is often a lot of research to be done, both in terms of what type of car or vehicle you want to buy, where to arrange finance, and how to get the best deal on credit either from Ford or from another lender.

Best Fiesta Insurance Deals

Arranging car auto insurance on a Fiesta is something that is a legal requirement, although how much insurance and what type of insurance will depend to a large extent where you live and what the legal department is in that area.

It is also worth bearing in mind that if you buy out-of-state, with an intent to drive it back to your own home state, then there may be differing legal requirements in both the states and you should make sure that any insurance you by covers both.

State requirements for insurance normally focus on legal liability limits of indemnity, both for bodily injury and physical damage, which are sometimes referred to as a collective form of liability known as third-party liability.

Best Fiesta Insurance Deals

Aside from the legal requirements for the state in which you live and are buying vehicle, if you are leasing a Fiesta, or even in certain circumstances buying a new one, the dealership or finance company may require you to take out additional insurance by way of comprehensive or collision cover. It is worth being aware that these terms comprehensive and collision can mean different things to different insurance companies and in different locations.

In some areas the term comprehensive, normally referred to as fully comprehensive insurance, means that it covers all types of damage to the vehicle and all third party liability as well. In other areas,  comprehensive simply means that it covers damage to the vehicle, and additional insurance needs to be bought in relation to collision damage and third-party liability damage.

The other type of insurance that will likely be needed on a Fiesta is that of gap Insurance. gap insurance covers the difference between the amount paid for the vehicle, i.e. the final amount that is agreed as a loan, and its market value should it be written off or 30 damaged after purchase.

In the event of a total loss of the vehicle, the insurance company is likely to pay an amount that is significantly less than was agreed as a sale price. As such there will be a difference in terms of what is still owed on the loan, and the costs that can be recovered from the insurance company.gap Insurance is designed to cover the difference between the two and may well be a requirement by the dealership that this type of insurance is effected. f

What are Ford Incentives ?

Ford incentives are quite simply inducements or special offers that either Ford will make nationally, or a Ford dealer will make likely, in order to attract buyers into the showroom.

Ford incentives are but often focused on new models and new cars, either selling or leasing them, but they can also be found on used models as well.

Used models can include what are commonly referred to as second-hand cars, and also to models that have been leased to ford customers, and returned to Ford once the lease has finished.

Ford incentives can relate either to the final list price for sale price of the vehicle, can relate to seasonal discounts on particular models, and can relate too low or zero interest rate charges on finance.

There can also be special offers on things such as servicing and maintenance plans, and also on roadside emergency and extra accommodation plans. Ford will vote often partner with a particular insurance company to offer discounts on auto insurance to certain customers when buying or reducing a new car.

What are Ford Incentives ?

Whilst incentives from Ford are a natural part of the industry, it is also worth remembering that just because a dealer is offering a discount on something, does not mean that you as a customer cannot negotiate and better price. With the list price or manufacturers recommended price of a vehicle, every dealer will expect to discount something off the list price, often in the region of 10/15%. If they are offering this as a major discount or incentive on the vehicle, in reality they are not really offering more than they would expect a discount anyway.

In addition, Ford will I often offer incentives to certain sections of society, although quite limited. They are normally reserved for people who are active have been active in serving in the military, to students and occasionally to other groups of people. These incentives can be significant in terms of cash savings, and should be investigated thoroughly. Ford incentives are often  going to be valuable in terms of cash savings, but any potential customer should make sure the dealer is not recoup in any discount they have given by way of an additional charge somewhere else, such as to dealership fees or documentation fees.

Benefits of a Certified Pre-owned Ford car

A certified pre-owned Ford car is the industry’s way of talking about what used to be referred to as used cars.

There is no doubt that a second-hand or a used car has eight worse image than a new car, although quite often this image is quite unfounded.

A lot of manufacturers  including Ford, now refer to pre-owned  cars as a way of trying to reassure new customers that they used car can be as reliable as a new one is meant to be.

What a certified pre-owned Ford, should mean is that the car has been checked by Ford, by a Ford dealer and 40 mechanics to make sure that it is in good working order, and that the home they remain problems with it.

This should also be reflected in the warranty that will come with the certified pre-owned car. A local Ford dealer should be able to give a much more detailed breakdown of exactly what has been checked and by whom with the vehicle. There should be a specific checklist of all the major items that have been overseen to make sure that no problems with them.

Benefits of a Certified pre-owned Ford car

Having a certified preowned Ford car is meant to reassure potential customers as to the reliability of the car, and whilst this can be really useful, it is also a really good idea for the potential customer to do a number of independent checks both on the vehicle itself, and some more general search on the model itself.

Researching the model will give you an idea of any problems there have been since launch, and whether or not they have been effectively dealt with. Searching a particular model will also give you a sense of what the general maintenance and repair costs should be of the vehicle, and what the overall upkeep costs including insurance unlikely to work out at.

This information can be tied into the certificate by a Ford dealer for a pre-owned Ford car or truck, and should also be reflected in the type and scope of the warranty that should come with a vehicle as well.

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What Are Ford Credit Score Requirements

Applying for finance or credit can seem a slightly daunting process at times.

Understanding how the process works can make it easier what any to obtain any type of credit, by the Ford credit or a loan from another lender, but also give you the confidence to negotiate a better deal with whoever is providing the money.

The application process when applying for any type of loan is fairly similar, and most lenders will use pretty much the same criteria to decide whether or not to send you money, and if so on what terms and conditions.

In that sense, Ford credit score requirements are no different to the requirements that another lender might look at.  Ford credit can also work slightly better in that it can pre-approve  you for a loan, meaning that you have the security of knowing that you can borrow up to a certain limit. When looking to buy all of these a car from Ford this can make the process much simpler.

Ford Credit Score Requirements

Ford credit score requirements for agreeing a loan will be based upon the information provided by you in the application form, which will be used as a basis for producing a credit report, which in erate the credit score.

The credit report is based on a significant amount of personal and financial information that you will be required to provide. This includes information such as your name, date of birth, current and previous addresses, Social Security social insurance number, driving licence etc.

You will also be required to provide details of current and previous employers, and details of all current income from any source. If the  application is a joint one, either with a cosigner or with a business colleague, then they will be required to provide a similar amount of information.

Once this information has been received by one of the major credit bureaus, they will produce a credit report which will generate the credit score. For this reason, it is very important to make sure that all the information that the credit bureau has a new is accurate and up-to-date.

This refers not only to information that you have provided them, but also information that they may have sourced from other areas such as public records, which may relate things like bankruptcy or loan defaults.

What are Ford Lease Specials?

Ford operate a special program called Red Carpet Lease  which reflects their commitment to leasing cars and trucks to individual customers as well as businesses and corporations.

Leasing a vehicle has become an increasingly attractive option with four Ford and for customers. For Ford it secures a long-term relationship with a customer, and give them a number of avenues of making money is short-term and long-term.

For a customer, leasing a vehicle should be thought of as a long-term rental with certain but important differences. As the customer doesn’t actually own the vehicle they are not able to make any alterations to it, and there will be certain charges is likely to be levied at the end of the lease period.

These charges will relate to any excessive wear and tear, and any excess mileage. As part of any lease agreement, a certain mileage will be agreed either on an annual basis, or for the total period of the lease itself.

Ford Lease Specials

If that mileage is exceeded then there will be a penalty charge at the end of the lease agreement. Additionally with wear and tear costs, the vehicle will be assessed at a certain point nearing the end of the lease period, and a number of specific items will be assessed to ascertain any damage or excessive wear and tear. The basis for assessment should be spelt out specifically in the lease agreement itself.

Ford are honestly keen to promote leasing as an option to any customers who they feel qualified for it. Whilst they are not actually selling the vehicle at the time, they are developing a relationship with the customer which ties the moon for a fixed number of years.

At the end of that time the customer is likely to be given the option of either buying the vehicle at a discount, or signing up for another lease agreement with another vehicle.

Ford will likely offer a significant number of lease deals at certain times of the year, again as a way of promoting the advantages to the customer of leasing a vehicle. The main advantage that his always promoted is that the customer gets a chance to effectively own a new car or truck ( which they don’t actually own) on a basis where they would not be able to buy one outright.

Best Place to get Ford Deals

People are often attracted to trying to arrange finance with Ford credit, because of an assumption that if they are buying or leasing a car from a Ford dealer, they are likely to get better credit terms and a better overall deal.

In reality, the credit arrangements that are likely to be offered will  probably not differ significantly from quotations they might receive from other potential lenders.

Ford credit is arranged pretty much like any other credit or finance arrangement, and the terms and conditions are likely to be reflected in the terms and conditions offered.

That is not to say there is not significant room for negotiating a better deal, there always is with any potential finance arrangement.

Negotiation can focus on the interest rate, the length of the loan, the size of the down payment or any other terms and conditions. A Ford dealer is likely to be in a position where they will be able to offer some degree of movement.

Where then there will be a benefit to the customer is on the vehicle side of the equation. This will not necessarily be tied to any Ford finance or credit arrangement, but for all I could offer special deals on certain vehicles at certain times of year to certain people etc. Ford is in the business of selling and leasing vehicles, and one of the best ways of doing this is to try and make every customer feel special.

Ford Deals

This means they will be deals that Ford will offer nationally, and deals that local Ford dealers offer on their own. This is why a potential customer is willing to do the footwork, there are a number of good deals that could be had.

During the footwork in today’s world means using the Internet. Most main dealerships will have a special Internet division where they should be able to respond to any queries in a reasonable and timely manner.

This means that any potential customer can approach any dealer pretty much anywhere, and depending on how far they are willing to travel can secure a negotiated price that is acceptable to them. They can also link this to arranging finance which gives them an extra special advantage.

What are Best Auto Loan Refinance Rates

It is very natural to want to get the best auto loan refinance rates, and the simplest way is to go through the process that you went through when obtaining the original auto loan, although your original lender is unlikely to give you a quote or change their rates, although there is no harm in trying.

When applying for any auto loan refinance, it is a good idea to be aware of who is your market in terms of who is likely to be able to offer you a loan.

Many people will have gone to Ford credit for that original loan, as dealership financing and provide a number of attractive options but in terms of combining the finance with the sale of the car, and also the integration of other potential benefits such as warranties, servicing and maintenance plans etc.  There will be a number of other lenders out there, and it is worth being aware of who they are.

Best auto loan refinance rates

In the main they will be banks, credit unions and other finance houses including some online lending bodies. When considering alternative sources of finance, especially when refinancing an auto loan,  it is worth avoiding what are referred to as payday lenders, where the interest rate is extortionate high.

It is difficult to justify these sorts of loans anyway, but at best they should only ever be used for very short term one-off credit arrangements.

What is important, is to be aware of different lenders and to obtain quotes to refinance the original loan from different companies and from different sources. What is important is to be able to compare quotes on a like-for-like basis.

Obtaining different quotes need not be complicated, three or four is probably all that you will need. If you have poor credit or bad credit, or do not have a credit history at all then it may be advisable to go to a specialist lender or broker who can shop around companies that specialize in helping people with credit problems.

Bear in mind said earlier that payday lenders, and bear in mind that companies that specialize in helping people with poor or bad credit are likely to charge higher interest rates that would otherwise be the case, and may in some cases require extra  collateral to secure against the loan.