From time to time, TTAC will highlight automotive products we think may be of interest to our community. Plus, posts like this helps to keep the lights on around here. Learn more about how this works. This post will be prefaced with two huge caveats. First, your author has exactly a single experience with this type of tool, meaning the recommendations contained within this article are drawn upon that brief encounter, opinions of others who have more experience, and consultations with a battered Ouija board. The second? We can’t be responsible if you use one of these tools on, say, a leased vehicle only to completely fubar the paint and bodywork. Repairs are at your own risk, folks. If you’re not sure how to use these tools, go find someone who knows what they’re doing. With that nonsense out of the way, let’s take a gander at what’s on the market for those who seek to straighten out that huge dent in the family whip. Do it right, and your better half … [Read more...] about Work That Body: The Best Dent Repair Kits for Your Car
Fixing hail damage on car
An hour before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 1985, a bunch of Harley executives sat in a room at a bank with two stacks of papers, one for bankruptcy and another for recapitalization, if their last gasp ask for fresh investment came in. They had given themselves until midnight to get new money or go bankrupt, and time was running out. Many of the executives had, four years earlier, personally invested $1 million or more—while borrowing tens of millions more on top of that—to buy the company from the conglomerate AMF for $80 million and take it private. AMF itself had acquired the motorcycle manufacturer for $14 million in 1969 (about $100 million today) with a plan to expand production and squeeze out maximum profits. But a decade of labor trouble, declining build quality, and the dominance of Japanese motorcycles—Honda, in particular—had, by 1981, left Harley in dire straits. It was kind of a miracle that Harley had lasted that long to begin with and, … [Read more...] about How Harley-Davidson’s All-In Bet on Its Past Crippled Its Future
Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle Published 7:36 am CST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 PHOTOS: 10 inventive ways to avoid hail damage The National Weather Service predicts a marginal chance of hail tonight for the Houston area. Thunderstorms are expected to bring a cold front on Wednesday and Thursday.>>> See ways to avoid a large repair bill from hail damage less PHOTOS: 10 inventive ways to avoid hail damage The National Weather Service predicts a marginal chance of hail tonight for the Houston area. Thunderstorms are expected to bring a cold front on Wednesday and ... more Photo: National Weather Service Here are 10 inventive ways to avoid hail damage:1. Buy a Hail ProtectorThis inflatable car cover blocks projectiles like hail from damaging the vehicle's exterior and alerts owners of an approaching storm — plus, it looks pretty cool. Read more here. less Here are 10 inventive … [Read more...] about What the hail? How to protect your ride when ice falls from the sky
Do you have a damaged Vehicle that you want to sell but don’t know how to go about it? Are you thinking about scrapping it? Or are you thinking of getting it fixed to get a better value? It is normal if your mind is flooded with questions and considerations about your damaged car. It can be challenging to decide how to toss off a vehicle without claiming its value. If you don’t know your options, the chances of selling off a damaged car can be very slim. Thus, the first step is to find out your opportunities and compare them to see if you can still gain something out of your damaged car. Should you really sell it? If your car is in a non-operating condition or had been in a nasty accident lately, you might want to sell it off immediately. If you think about repairs, collision repairs can be quite costly when compared with the value of your car in its current condition. Indeed, selling could be a better option over repairing. But before you make that decision, it is crucial … [Read more...] about What Can I Do With My Damaged Vehicle?
Being a cylinder down and having a whiffle ball body makes today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Legacy a bit of a daunting proposition. Let’s see if its price can turn things around. My brother gave me a metal sign a few years ago that’s says ‘Still Plays With Cars.’ I put it up in the garage—or as I call it, the playroom—and smile now and then as I pass by it. It’s a testament to the fact that while I have grown older, my maturity level remains a bit stunted. We’re lucky if we manage to grow old. We’re even luckier if we do so without really growing up. The seller of yesterday’s 1992 Isuzu Amigo claims to have aged out of both his car tinkering and camping days, and has hence put his flawed friend up for sale. Hopefully someone with a little time and the wherewithal will be able to fix the truck’s stumbles and stalls and make it a reasonably reliable driver. That seemed to be the opinion of fully 65-percent of you, … [Read more...] about At $3,000, Might This 2005 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon’s Awesomeness Let You Excuse Its Flaws?