Auto Navigation Devices Offer Many Installation Options

Auto navigation systems are offering many options to a growing number of consumers each and every year. From systems that are factory installed into automobiles by the automakers themselves to those that simply plug into the car’s battery adapter to use on the go and take along with you, there is a little something for every type of consumer when it comes to these nifty devices and systems. Even those who don’t limit their travels to automobiles can find a device that would work for them as well. There are even devices that are made with water travel in mind and famous for their endurance of less than optimal weather conditions.

While you are not limited to auto navigation systems in order to find your way, they do make being lost a lot easier to handle. In fact, you are never truly lost if you have a reliable auto navigation system. These systems are designed to help you navigate back roads, country roads, city roads, main streets, and out of the way high ways like a pro and they deliver on their promise for the most part.

There are a few glitches just as there are with road maps, the major difference between a common atlas and these navigational devices is that they have up to date information that is quite reliable in most instances (unless there are unannounced road closings and such) and you are limited to the data at the time an atlas or road map was printed when relying on those for directions and navigational input. Additionally you are limited to the combined map reading skills of those in the vehicle. Map reading is a lost art for many and is becoming less and less emphasized as a growing number of people are turning to navigational devices for direction and guidance.

For aesthetic reasons, many consumers opt for auto navigation systems that are installed by the automobile manufacturers. These systems come at a premium price but offer a seamless integration to the interior of the car. This of course makes perfect sense as those devices were literally made for the cars. In the long run it is quite likely that you will pay the most for these devices. Not only are you paying a higher price for the device initially but you are also paying for the service of installing them and the interest on both of those fees. It is a completely personal decision as to whether or not this is the option that is best for you.

Many savvy consumers have discovered that they can have these systems installed in their automobiles by professionals without paying the hefty price tag that comes with interest when purchasing a system and installation along with the vehicle. If you choose the right people to install your navigation system you will find that you save money and have a system that appears natural within the interior of your automobile. You can have the best of both worlds when it comes to auto navigation systems. You do not have to sacrifice your budget in order to get a nice quality system that looks great in your automobile.

For those who are seriously limited on funds but have a real need for the security that an auto navigation system affords there are still many options that might very well fit your needs from a navigation system. You can purchase installation kits and make the installation yourself. This alone could literally save a few hundred dollars on the system. There are also installation kits that include the device at very reasonable rates. Keep in mind that some of the lower priced systems may require a monthly fee for the service. However, many people that cannot afford a large amount of money up front for the system might very well be able to put $20-$50 per month towards the service.

The truth of the matter is that as competition grows among makers of auto navigation systems so do the options available to consumers. Along with growing competition we also see falling prices. It’s a great time to be a consumer when it comes to auto navigational devices.

Finding Bargains While Christmas Shopping

Everyone knows that the Christmas season is all about giving and that no one should be concerned about how much a particular gift costs but most of us also have to worry about our budgets while we are doing our Christmas shopping. While there are truly some people to which money is no object the reality is that most of us simply cannot afford to purchase everything we want during the Christmas season. We all have to make some concessions while we do our Christmas shopping and keep our eyes open for great deals. Fortunately there is a great deal of bargains to be found during the Christmas season.

Finding bargains while Christmas shopping is actually quite easy. In fact it is so easy that finding items which are not a bargain is considered more of a challenge. Although most stores hold sales throughout the year, just about every retailer offers significant bargains in the weeks just before Christmas. These retailers know shoppers will be out in full force during this time and they offer their best deals hoping to attract a great share of the shoppers. The best way to ensure you are receiving the best possible deals while you are Christmas shopping is to spend some time window shopping before the Christmas season. This will give you a good idea of what types of items are currently being sold and will also give you a good indication of the prices of these items. This information can be used when Christmas shopping to determine just how much you are saving by purchasing sale items just before Christmas.

When shopping for bargain items at Christmas it is very important to be aware of the return policy on the item. While you might think the gift is a great idea at the time, you may realize it is not such a good idea later or you may find a defect in the product and want to return it. However, if there was a no return policy on the product you will not be able to get your money back for the item. Even if you decide to keep the item, the recipient of the gift may not like the item and may wish to return it. However, if you bought it in a sale where no returns were allowed, she may not be able to return the gift.

There is, however, one aspect to shopping for Christmas bargains which all shoppers should understand. It is the simple concept that just because an item is on sale does not mean you should purchase the item. Some Christmas shoppers get caught up in the idea of purchasing a bargain item which has been greatly reduced in price but it may be an item they do not really need. When this is the case it is a better idea to not purchase the item. You will be saving money by doing this. Think of it this way, you may find a warm wool coat which is reduced in price by 75%. This may seem like a bargain that is too good to pass up but if you live in a warm climate and will never wear the coat it is actually a waste of money. You may be only paying 25% of the original price but if you do not buy the coat at all you will not be paying anything.

Formula D Racing Series Events and Venues

Formula D Racing, also commonly referred as a Formula Drifting, is a popular sport. That sport has recently started gaining popularity in the United States. In fact, a few years ago, a professional drifting series was created. This group of drivers and the series that they race in is sometimes referred to the Formula Drift Championship. In the Formula Drift Championship, around fifty drivers compete to be known as the best professional drifter in the United States. Like all other professional racing events, these events take place in a series of different locations, namely professional race tracks.

When it comes to all racing events, including Formula D Racing, you will find that it is hard to examine all of the different racing venues. This is because they tend to change. As Formula D continues to rise in popularity, there is a good chance that additional tracks will be added, in the years to come. However, you if you interested in learning more about the tracks which have already hosted an event, you are advised to pick a season and research those specific venues. For this article, we will focus on the 2006 Formula Drifting season.

Atlanta, Georgia is one of the stops on the Formula Drifting series. Their events take place on Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta is known as one of the best road courses in the United States. In fact, it is also known on a worldly level. In 2004, the staff at Road Atlanta added another horseshoe turn just for the Formula Drifting series. This new paved turn helps to add extra excitement to the events being hosted at Road Atlanta. In addition to Formula D Racing, Road Atlanta is also home to a number of other popular racing events. These events include, but are not limited to the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown, the Audi Driving Experience, and the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School.

The Formula Drift series also makes a stop in Sonoma, California. That stop is to the Infineon Raceway. The Infineon Raceway is popular due to its location. It is located near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco; in fact, it is located only thirty miles from there. In addition to the Formula Drift series, the Infineon Raceway is also home to a number of other popular racing events. These events include, but are not limited to, NASCAR, drag racing, and the AMA Superbike tour.

Unlike the above mentioned tracks, Formula Drifting also takes place at Solider Field in Chicago, Illinois. If you are familiar with Soldier Field, the football stadium, you may be wondering how drifting can take place there. Despite what you may believe, the event does not actually take place inside the stadium; instead it takes place outside of it, in the parking lot. During the Formula Drift event, the lot is transformed into an amazing drifting course. Although it may not be on a track, the excitement is still the same, if not better. One of the reasons why this event is so popular is because, aside from New Jersey, Formula D Racing usually does not usually come up to the mid or upper north east area.

In addition to the above mentioned venues, the Formula Drift series also makes stops in Long Beach and Irwindale, California, Seattle, Washington, and Wall, New Jersey. In Wall, New Jersey, the action takes place at the Air Force Reserve Wall Speedway. In Long Beach California, the action takes place in the Streets of Long Beach. In Irwindale, California, the events take place at the Irwindale Speedway. As you can see, a number of these events are hosted at well-known racetracks and others are hosted in other locations, such as city streets or parking lots.

As previously mentioned, the above mentioned venues were on the 2006 Formula Drifting circuit. In the future, additional stops may be added and some of the above mentioned stops may even be eliminated. If you are interested in watching a live Formula D event, you are advised to obtain an up-to-date schedule for the year or years which you would like to attend.

Short history of hybrid cars

The history of hybrid cars is immersed in controversy. Not so much for the product itself, but for the technology it uses. Is it old like the conception of wheel itself, or is it a recent construct of idea, as recent as the embryonic stem cell technology? Your take. Read on.

First of, a hybrid car is a vehicle that uses on-board RESS, or rechargeable energy storage system. This is coupled with a fueled propulsion power source for the automobile’s propulsion. Hybrid car is low-gas consuming vehicle, therefore, a low-polluting vehicle.

The last character is particularly important because of the growing consciousness of the people worldwide on the need to conserve the environment.

History points to the clear difference of hybrid with all-electric cars. Electric cars use batteries charged by an external source. On this note, almost all hybrids, save for those considered as mild-hybrid, still need gasoline and diesel as their fuel source. Other fuels are also available in the form of ethanol or other plant based oils. Hybrid vehicles also use hydrogen gas occasionally.

But what’s in the history of hybrid cars?

The history of hybrid cars is closely intertwined with the history of automobile itself. In 1898, Ferdinand Porsche, a young Czechoslovakian, designed the Lohner-Porsche carriage, a series-hybrid vehicle that utilized a one-cylinder gasoline internal combustion engine. This engine can spun a generator which powered four wheel-mounted electric motors.

The car was eventually presented at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. The said automobile, capable of up to 56 km/h (35 mph) fast destroyed several Austrian speed records. In 1901, it won the Exelberg Rally, with Porsche himself driving the car. Over Mass production during this time was yet to be developed, but for Porsche’s future-looking design, 300 units of this model were sold to the public.

The first Porsche model however, technically speaking as we know Porsch today, was a hand-built aluminum prototype, and was completed on June 8, 1948.

The development of the first transistor-based electric car in 1959, the Henney Kilowatt, heralded a new development in the history of automobiles as a whole, and that of history of hybrid cars in particular. This transistor-based electric car, paved the way for the electronic speed control. Ultimately, this made the road for the development of modern hybrid electric cars possible.

The Henney Kilowatt was considered as the first modern electric car. It was a product of collaborative work between the National Union Electric Company, Henney Coachworks, Renault, and the Eureka Williams Company. Whilst the sales of the Kilowatt during this time were far from encouraging, its development served as prototype for the other automobiles down the history line of hybrid cars.

Between the 1960s and 1970s, another prototype of the earlier electric-hybrid vehicle was built by Victor Wouk. Wouk is among the scientists involved with the development of the Henney Kilowatt automobile. For this work, some historians bestowed onto him the honor being the “Godfather of the Hybrid” hybrid cars.

For his pioneering work, Wouk installed a sample electric-hybrid drivetrain into a 1972 Buick Skylark, courtesy GM for the 1970 Federal Clean Car Incentive Program. The program was later axed by the EPA in 1976. Hybrid enthusiast and supporters continued building hybrids automobiles. These models however, were not put into mass production.

In the fading years of the twentieth century however, the history of hybrid cars will take on a new course.

1978, the regenerative-braking hybrid, was developed by Electrical Engineer David Arthurs. The said regenerative-braking is to become the core design concept of most hybrids, currently available in the market. The first attempt of Arthurs used off-the shelf components, including an Opel GT. But the voltage controller that links to the battery motor and the DC generator belonged to Arthurs.

Fast forward in the 1990s

The history of hybrid cars took the final step to modernity in terms of mass production during the Bill Clinton administration. Clinton initiated the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program in September, 1993, that involved the Department of Energy, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, USCAR, and various governmental agencies. The partnership was tasked to engineer a modern efficient and clean vehicle.

In 2001, this program was replaced George W. Bush’s own hydrogen focused Freedom CAR initiative. The focus of the FreedomCAR initiative was to fund research that are considered high risk for the private sector to engage in. The long term purpose of which is the development and production of petroleum emission.

The success of hybrid vehicles in terms of mass production however, became a reality, when the Japanese car manufacturer entered the American market. This is when the history of hybrid cars finally took its modern development. Honda Insight and Toyota Prius became the modern progenitor of modern day hybrid vehicle available today in the market.

Sony HDR HC3

Home video enthusiasts all across North America are
impressed with the vast range of recording features
offered by the Sony HDR-HC3 handycam video camera.
With both HD and SD modes of recording, you can make
the move to high definition without retaining
compatibility with standard definition equipment.

The HC3 video camera sets the new standard in resolution
quality with its clear vid image sensor, which
captures precise detail and superior color. The dual
record mode will allow you to capture 2.3 megapixel
stills while shooting high definition video.

The smooth slow recording captures fast movement
with precise detail for playing back in slow motion.
Now, you can record what you want however you want
to record it. The HC3 from Sony is everything you could
expect and more.

2.1 megapixel clear vid CMOS sensor
The clear vid CMOS sensor provides a level of stunning
detail and clarity with amazing video and still
image performance. Unlike the traditional CCD
imagers, CMOS sensors require much less power, which
provides better performance for your battery.

Dual record
While you record in HD, you also have the ability
to capture a 2.3 megapixel still image directly to
the memory stick duo media.

HDV/DV format recording
The HDR-HC3 is capable of recording and playing back
both HD and SD video recorded on the standard
Mini DV tape.

Real time HD codec engine
Sony developed a real time MPEG encoding and decoding
system with a reduced energy consumption along with
a compact size to fit inside of a personal video
camera. The codec engine provides MPEG 2 compression,
with the recording and playback of clear HD images
at the same bit rate of DV.

10X optical/80X digital zoom
The optical zoom provided by the HDR-HC3 will bring
the action up close from far away. The digital
zoom interpolation will make the digital zooming
clearer, with less distortion.

Touch panel
The 2.7″ wide (16:9) LCD screen will provide an
excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The 211K pixel LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees
for multiple viewing angles, while providing a
sharp, detailed image for monitoring or playback.
The widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode
and composing shots easier than ever before.

With amazing features and video quality, the Sony
HDR-HC3 high defintion video camera is truly one
of the best Sony offers. If you’ve been looking
for the perfect HD camera, the HDR-HC3 offers you
more features than you can shake a stick at.

 

Finding Low-Cost Air Purifiers

Are you interesting in purchasing an air purifier? A large number of individuals are. Unfortunately, many mistakenly believe that they cannot afford an air purifier. While air purifiers, at least a good portion of them, can be considered expensive, not all are. In fact, with a little bit of research, you should easily be able to find an affordable, low-cost air purifier.

Perhaps, the easiest way to find a low-cost air purifier is by using the internet. Shopping and browsing online can easily be done, sometimes in as little as a few minutes. That is why if you are pressed for time, you are advised to search for low-cost air purifiers online. Doing so will prevent you have from having to drive around to your local retail stores, just to compare prices.

When shopping or browsing for air purifiers online, you will find that you have a number of different options. Online, air purifiers are often sold directly through their manufacturers, online retail stores, as well as online auction websites. Each of these shopping methods are ideal, when it comes to finding a low-cost air purifier to purchase. Although it is important to note that you are cautioned against purchasing a used air purifier. Despite the fact that used air purifiers are available at a lower price, you never really know what you are getting until you actually get it. Therefore, when using online auction websites, you are advised to purchase new.

In addition to using the internet, as mentioned above, you should also be able to find affordable, low-cost air purifiers in your local retail stores. The only problem with his is that you will have to visit the store to see. Depending on where you live, it could be time consuming to travel to one or more stores and, honestly, you aren’t even given a guarantee that you will find affordable air purifiers in stock.

Whether you make the decision to shop or browse for low costing air purifiers online, you will want to compare prices. This will help to ensure that you get the lowest costing air purifier that is available for purchase. When examining the cost of an air purifier, it is important to examine the cost of as a whole. In many cases, you will find that air purifiers need to have replacement filters. These replacement filters, which commonly need to be charged yearly, tend to cost a fairly large amount of money.

In addition to examining the whole cost of an air purifier, even the cost of an affordable one, you will want to keep the quality of the product in mind. While it may be important to spend as little as you possibly can, you do not want to waste that money on something that will not work. That is why you are advised to research the air purifier of your choice. You should be able to do this online, by speaking to those that you know, or by speak to store employees. This inside information may prevent you from wasting your money on a low-cost air purifier that wasn’t even worth your money, in the first place.

As a reminder, don’t forget to compare prices, before you buy. Without comparing the prices of numerous air purifiers, you really have no way of knowing if you are actually getting a good deal.

Start Ups’ Dreams of Delivering Future Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles have really galvanized its foothold and stance as the future of the thriving global car industry.

When the first hybrid vehicles were introduced by giant car makers, including Toyota, Honda and Ford, the market response was so overwhelming and promising that other car manufacturers abruptly followed suit to seize the opportunity to snatch up market leadership.

It is expected that in a few years time, the market for cars would be greatly overhauled in favor of the hybrid cars, which are rapidly gaining popularity as gasoline prices continue to soar and the impact of engine combustion to the environment is started to be felt.

Thus, after the launch of pioneering batches of hybrid cars, many other companies have sprouted and showed their guts to pit head on against the industry leaders.

There are more start up car manufacturing companies today that are aiming to get the strong market hold in the car industry amid fierce competition posed by the long-time veterans.

Thus, it would be important to not that these new or start ups would potentially be the next important companies of the future. They have been ramping up their research and development initiatives to come up with product offerings that are not only at par with the current hot cakes, but also are pitted to be much better.

Thus, most start ups in the car industry are focused on developing and eventually selling their own versions and modifications of hybrid vehicles.

Several of these new and merging firms more than deserve sheer and great appreciation for taking the nerve and the guts to against the strong current and potentially face the challenges and setbacks of competing with major and giant rivals.

Some start ups

Because there are numerous start ups that offer future hybrid vehicles, the message is further beamed clearer across the industry.

Hybrid cars, indeed, are the cars of the future, the hope of the start ups to penetrate the intense and demanding market.

Here are some of these new companies that are aiming and hoping to enter the important market for the futuristic hybrid cars.

Tesla Motors.

The company is based in Silicon Valley and is aggressively making waves to solicit orders for its future hybrid cars, high-performance sports and utility cars, to be delivered by spring of 2006.

The future hybrid car models of the company would be mainly manufactured in the United Kingdom but would be greatly and widely distributed in the United States.

Tesla said its future hybrid car model would use sophisticated lithium-ion batteries that would last until the car runs a mileage of about 250 miles at 130 miles per hour.

Wrightspeed.

Wrightspeed is another start car making company based in Sillicon Valley in California. The company used to make computer parts and also used to be an amateur racer car maker.

Now, Wrightspeed has decided to take full gears in manufacturing cars, not just average and traditional cars, but hybrid cars.

The company has its own list of flagship future hybrid cars, which it is selling on a pre-ordered basis. Those future cars are estimated to last 200 miles before the next recharging is required.

Zap.

Auto importer specialist Zap in June 2006 started selling three-wheeled hybrid cars, which are actually made and imported from China. The future cars of the company are said to be able to reach a speed limit of 40 miles per hour.

Zap said its future hybrid cars are not just functional and economical, but are also fun to ride at and very sophisticated and chic.

The company’s future hybrid car is named Xebra, which is initially priced at $9,000 each. The car can seat four, with four doors and comes in striped colors, barely relative to its namesake.

Tomberlin Group.

The group is actually not that new in the industry, but has been failing for some time to gather pace to create a niche in the car making and selling market.

The company’s future hybrid cars are also sold on a pre-order basis at about $5,000 to $8,000 each, depending on the model, color and design.

How to get out of a lease before your contract expires

When your lease is up, you can simply turn in the keys and lease another
car or buy a new one. But how about getting out before the lease ends?
Maybe you can’t afford the sky-high payments on that silky Jaguar JX V6
model anymore or you’ve just had a baby and you need a larger and more
spacious vehicle?


Unfortunately getting out of a lease is not as easy as getting in! A
leasing contract is difficult and expensive to terminate early. Simply
turning in the keys and walking away from a lease can result in stiff
penalties. You credit could be ruined and you could even get sued for
breach of contract.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Actually, there is a number of
options available to you.
You can sell the car yourself and pay off the bank. This can be cost
effective if the market value of the car is close to the buy-out number.
Do not hesitate to exercise this option even at a loss if it happens to be
lower than the termination fee.
Your best option, though, is to transfer your lease for someone who would
“assume it” and take it off your hands. There is a whole set of potential
buyers looking for short-term leases without all the hassle and extra
costs. Check with family and friends or use the services of lease-
assumption websites, like swapalease.com, to list your car. Make sure you
check the credit worthiness of the new lessee and provide the car in good
condition.

 

Oahu Vacation Ideas

The island of Oahu in Hawaii is both beautiful and
diverse. A majority of people are drawn here to
the excitement of Waikiki Beach with its colorful
clubs and taste filled restaurants.

The island activities around Oahu range from
surfing lessons and canoeing to swimming with the
dolphins and scuba diving. No matter what you or
your family like to do on vacation, you can find
something for everyone on Oahu island.

Adventure
Those that like adventure can choose from a wide
variety of water sports and land activities on
Oahu. If you would like to spend your vacation in
or near the water, you should try surfing, scuba
diving, or windsurfing. The land activities here
include hiking through rain forests, biking along
the mountain ranges, even parachuting.

If you happen to be staying on Waikiki Beach, there
are many shops that rent outrigger canoes, surf
boards, and other gear on the beach. You can even
go to the Kapiolani Park for tennis, archery, and
even jogging.

Romance
Romantic beach vacations on Oahu Island range from
renewing your wedding vows to luxurious beach service
at one of the several hotels. If you’ve never
tasted pink beer or champagne, Mai Tai Bar is the
place you should check out.

If you would rather stay in a more secluded area,
Kahala Mandarin Oriental is 10 minutes away from
Waikiki Beach and offers a long sandy beach, great
service, and swimming with the dolphins – which is
something everyone is sure to enjoy.

Family beach vacations
Oahu is a destination that offers many different
activities for the entire family. You can choose
from children’s programs at Waikiki Beach hotels,
hands on programs, and a variety of watersports.
The Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the
See Life Park of Hawaii are just a few of the
attractions the whole family can enjoy together.

The Waikiki Beach is shallow and water is calm
almost year round, especially in the winter months
when the surf stayes under three feet. There are
certain parts of the beach that have a life guard
on duty watching over swimmers and surfers.

Culture
If you are interested in Hawaiian culture on your
beach vacation, Oahu Island offers a selection of
museums, historical attractions, and several
exhibits. With several villages and culture
exhibits, you can learn anything you desire about
the culture of Hawaii.

When the time comes for your beach vacation, the
island of Oahu is a dream come true. The entire
family will love it here, with the island also being
perfect for just a lovers vacation. If you’ve
never had the pleasure of going to Hawaii – there
is no better time than now.

Hybrid Car Myths

If you are thinking about a hybrid car, you may be hearing quite a bit of “talk.” Some people think the hybrid car is the best thing on the market. Some people say it’ll just pass. Other people say they think they can save a lot of money, but you’re not sure it’s really worth it. What’s the truth, and how do you separate myth from fact with all of the stuff that is being thrown at you? Below, you can read and understand the common hybrid car myths.

Hybrid cars are the same as electric cars

This is not true because hybrid cars are fuel-powered for the most part. They have what are called battery assists. The assist is powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is rechargeable.

You are guaranteed to save money with a hybrid car

If you are doing city driving, you may save gas and you may not. The same goes for highway driving. There are just many different factors. It has been said that if everyone bought hybrid cars, the gas consumption would decrease by only 10%. That’s not a very big difference.

A hybrid cars battery can run out

A hybrid car’s battery should not run out while you are driving it. The engine in a hybrid car does not idle when stopped (at a red light for instance.) What does it do instead? It recharges its battery. So there’s no need to worry about a hybrid car stopping you.

The hybrid cars rechargeable battery only lasts for 2 years

A hybrid car certainly would not be worth purchasing if this was the case. A hybrid car’s rechargeable batteries usually come with an eight-year warranty.

If I run out of gas, I can keep driving on the hybrid car battery

Keep in mind, a hybrid car’s battery is an assist. That means that hybrid car’s still run on fuel. After you run out of gas, the battery may keep the car running for just a little while. However, the car will stop very soon.

Hybrid cars will soon put conventional car sellers out of business

This probably won’t happen anytime soon. The reason for the delay has to do with the how much a hybrid cars. Many people simply can’t afford one. Also, people just aren’t too sure whether they will really save money on hybrid cars. Therefore, they are slow to join the rush of people who want a hybrid car.

Hybrid cars will only save you about 88 dollars a year

I did hear something on the news about this once, but it may not be true. If there’s something you really want though, and there’s a lot of smoke surrounding it, you simply have to start digging and do some of your own research. There are many different models of hybrid cars, and many different manufacturers make them. This means that there may be many more variables involved than the ones discussed here. A hybrid car may help you, and it may not, but the final decision is up to you.