Tuesday, 31 May 2011

How To Get A Discount On A New Car

When you love cars and are prone to instant gratification, it’s tough to stick with the same car more than a year. We get that, because we’ve been there. But we also hate wasting big bucks on an impulse purchase instead of waiting a few months to get a generous discount on a new car. In general, it’s wise to buy during early or late months of the year, when most folks’ monetary focus is elsewhere despite the traditionally great car deals that can be had. Some of those incentives, like rebates, sales events and low-rate financing, are now appearing in the middle months, so don’t let your awareness down the rest of the year.

While you’re at it, drop by the dealer and see your would-be salesperson periodically to stay on his radar, showing you’re serious about a new car, but not desperate. Just don’t wait too long, like until your old car dies and you absolutely need a new car immediately.

We've got more tips on how to save money on a new car next...
How new does it have to be?

Be honest with yourself, and decide if you really must take delivery of an absolutely new car fresh off the truck. If you can live with a few numbers on the odometer, you can save big numbers on the bottom line while still being the first guy to register it. To get a discount on a new car this way, look at dealer demos or unsold cars from the last model year. It’s even more to your advantage when a model is redesigned. That’s when dealers become especially eager to clear any remaining inventory they have before the next-generation models arrive.
Get a referral

For all the online reviews of any given dealer, you still can’t drop a username and expect to get a discount on a new car (“Um, bigdaddy69 told me to see you about a deal on a minivan…”). Instead, this is one time when old-school tactics still have relevance today. For this, you’ll need a longtime customer referring you directly to his longtime salesperson. Even if it means prolonged digression into grandkids, sports and weather amid a commingled fog of Brut and English Leather in a too-small office with no ventilation, hang in there. Your resolve could have you inhaling New Car Smell in no time.
Shop around... really around

There’s a lot to be said for keeping your dollars local to your own community, but we caution against doing that at all costs without at least considering alternatives. We are talking about one of the largest transactions you make, after all. So by all means, see what a smaller dealer is willing to do for your business; just don’t stop there. Get quotes from competing dealers around the area and region. Jump online and browse high-volume dealers, even if they’re out of state. Many can and do ship cars on a regular basis while still offering substantial discounts. Sites like AutoTrader, Vehix or even eBay and Craigslist let you compare multiple dealer inventories at a time.
What’s it going to take to get you in this car today?

The safest and most cost-effective way to get a new car is through an authorized and licensed dealer. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re stuck paying sticker price, nor does it mean you have to roll up your sleeves and go into extended haggling. Knowing how to get a discount on a new car is as much about education as it is mediation.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Eco-friendly cars

More and more vehicle manufacturers are focusing on their eco-friendly cars. Today on this community, we focus on hybrid cars (hybrid-electric vehicles), and explain the pros and cons of eco-friendly hybrid cars. Many of us know hybrid cars from Toyota Prius.

Why do we choose eco-friendly cars? The reasons may be different for different car owners. But high gasoline fuel prices and bad environmental affects may be the major ones. Hybrid cars are essentially car with 2 engines, namely our conventional gas driven motor, as well as eco friendly electric motor. They are so popular now. In fact ad the global market leader, the United States is registered with 1.6 million hybrids by December 2009.

Eco-friendly hybrid cars (hybrid-electric vehicles) have its intelligence to switch to the more optimal motor, which will give your driving speed, thus, helping you save on gas mileage.

Hybrid cars (hybrid-electric vehicles) are really environmentally friendly cars, helping us keep our environment clean and green, reducing tailpipe toxic emissions by about 90% and 50% less greenhouse gas emissions.

One advantage of hybrid cars (hybrid-electric vehicles) is that when it is in stationary mode, the gasoline motor shuts down, and electric one takes over.
The disadvantage of hybrid cars (hybrid-electric vehicles) is that it will obviously cost more than our conventional gasoline guzzlers. And in some areas and countries, insurance packages of this kind of eco-friendly vehicles will cost a bit higher than our conventional cars as due to higher maintenance cost of the new technology, and should the batteries fail.

There are so many things we can do to live a green, eco-friendly life. Eco friendly hybrid cars are one good choice for all of us

Thursday, 5 May 2011

BENEFITS OF FUEL CELLS

New Markets.

                              The current market for fuel cells is about $218 million and will rise to $2.4 billion by 2004, reaching $7 billion by 2009, according to studies by the Business Communications Company.

The studies estimate the 2004 markets for fuel cells to break down as follows:

• $850 million - electric power generation

• $750 million - motor vehicles

• $200 million - portable electronic equipment

• $200 million - military/aerospace

• $400 million - other

Energy Security.          

                               Passenger vehicles alone consume 6 million barrels of oil every single day, equivalent to 85 percent of oil imports.

• If just 20 percent of cars used fuel cells, we could cut oil imports by 1.5 million barrels every day.

• If every new vehicle bought next year was equipped with a 60-kW fuel cell, we would double the amount of the country's available electricity supply.

• 10,000 fuel cell vehicles running on non-petroleum fuel would reduce oil consumption by 6.98 million gallons per year.

One study forecasts that there will be millions of fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2010.* Fuel cell power will reach tens of thousands of vehicles by 2003 to 2004.

• ABI estimates that, by 2010, automotive fuel cells will have a nearly 4 percent market share - 608,000 vehicles.

• Market penetration in 2010 could rise as high as 1.2 million vehicles, representing 7.6 percent of the total U.S. new car market.

Clean and Efficient. 

                                Fuel cells could dramatically reduce urban air pollution, decrease oil imports, reduce the trade deficit and produce American jobs.

On the stationary side, fuel cells are ideal for power generation, either connected to the electric grid to provide supplemental power and backup assurance for critical areas, or installed as a grid-independent generator for on-site service in areas that are inaccessible by power lines. Since fuel cells operate silently, they reduce noise pollution as well as air pollution and the waste heat from a fuel cell can be used to provide hot water or space heating. They are highly efficient and low maintenance.

Fuel Cell Emissions. 

                                 Fuel cells running on hydrogen derived from a renewable source will emit nothing but water vapor.

Why Are Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Important?

                                 Widespread use of hydrogen as an energy source in this country could help address concerns about energy security, global climate change, and air quality. Fuel cells are an important enabling technology for the Hydrogen Future and have the potential to revolutionize the way we power our nation, offering cleaner, more-efficient alternatives to the combustion of gasoline and other fossil fuels. These benefits are explained in more detail below.

Strengthen National Energy Security :

                                                       Hydrogen and fuel cell technology have the potential to strengthen our national energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The U.S. uses about 20 million barrels of oil per day, at a cost of about $2 billion a week. Much of this is used to power highway vehicles. In fact, half of the oil used to produce the gasoline you put in your tank is imported. Hydrogen can be derived from a variety of domestically available primary sources, including fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear power. This flexibility would make us less dependent upon oil from foreign countries.

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions :

                                                    Greenhouse gases are thought to be responsible for changes in global climate. They trap excess heat from the sun's infrared radiation that would otherwise escape into space, much like a greenhouse is used to trap heat. When we drive our cars, and light, heat, and cool our homes, we generate greenhouse gases. But if we used hydrogen in very high efficiency fuel cells for our transportation and to generate power, we could significantly reduce the GHG emissions - especially if the hydrogen is produced using renewable resources, nuclear power, or clean fossil technologies.

Reduce Air Pollution : 

                                                   The combustion of fossil fuels by electric power plants, vehicles, and other sources is responsible for most of the smog and harmful particulates in the air. Fuel cells powered by pure hydrogen emit no harmful pollutants. Fuel cells that use a reformer to convert fuels such as natural gas, methanol, or gasoline to hydrogen do emit small amounts of air pollutants such as carbon monoxide (CO), although it is much less than the amount produced by the combustion of fossil fuels.

Improve Energy Efficiency :

                                                    Fuel cells are significantly more energy efficient than combustion-based power generation technologies. A conventional combustion-based power plant typically generates electricity at efficiencies of 33 to 35 percent, while fuel cell plants can generate electricity at efficiencies of up to 60 percent. When fuel cells are used to generate electricity and heat (co-generation), they can reach efficiencies of up to 85 percent. Internal-combustion engines in today's automobiles convert less than 30 percent of the energy in gasoline into power that moves the vehicle. Vehicles using electric motors powered by hydrogen fuel cells are much more energy efficient, utilizing 40-60 percent of the fuel's energy. Even FCVs that reform hydrogen from gasoline can use about 40 percent of the energy in the fuel.