Like the entire world, the car industry is also evolving. New systems are being invented or adapted for car use all the time and, whether we like it or not, this means that many features we are so used to will soon be history. The carmakers are doing all they can to draw attention to their models and technology has already reached an incredible level. Almost all of these systems are designed to make life inside the car easier or more pleasant and that’s why some things just had to go. For example, when was the last time you listened music from an audio CD instead of a flash drive or your iPhone or iPod? Or when was the last time you saw a car with a retractable (telescopic) antenna? Yes, it’s sad to see these go, especially for older drivers who grew up using them, but the new stuff is absolutely amazing. So let’s take a look at top ten features our children will think of as “antics” or will probably not even remember when they’ll be old enough to … [Read more...] about 10 Features We Won’t See on Tomorrow’s Cars
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It has been reported recently that Ferrari dealers had access to a proprietary device which allowed them to “reset” odometers on cars from the Italian marque. Since lower mileage readings make a vehicle worth more, a “reset” odometer would be something a Ferrari owner might desire. Of course, “resetting” an odometer is generally illegal in the United States. There is a Federal statute forbidding it and many states have laws outlawing it as well. The problem here is that device–called a “DEIS” tool–was allegedly provided to the dealers by Ferrari, along with instructions on its use. All of this became public recently in litigation in Florida. And without getting into the nuances of that action, we need to take a look at the one big factor everyone has missed so far. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The Federal statute is quite clear. 49 USC 32703(2) says a person may not “disconnect, reset, alter, or have … [Read more...] about The Legality of Odometer Tampering Comes Down to a Sticker
In the past, I’ve warned you about buying used cars “as-is” and pointed out how doing so can leave you without a remedy if the car is defective. But what about used cars sold with warranties? If those turn out to be lemons what can the buyers do?While most used cars sold in America are sold as-is, some used cars sold by dealers are sold with warranties. For the purposes of this discussion, I am not talking about late model cars which come with the remainders of the first owner’s new car factory warranty. I’m talking about a five-year-old three-owner car with 100,000 miles on the clock. Suppose you buy that car from a dealer who offers it with a 3-month/3,000 mile warranty. And it turns out to be defective. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This is a call I get all too often. But the good news is that you are better off than the person who bought the same car as-is. First, the state Lemon Law will not apply because the car is not new and I don’t … [Read more...] about What Happens If Your Used Car Is a Lemon?
Preston Tucker is best known for his ill-fated car company which produced 51 “Tucker ’48s," the "Car of Tomorrow." While many people associate the man with his car, those who knew him best knew that he was an inventor at heart. Tucker loved to tinker with things, trying to find ways to improve them. And while launching his car company, Tucker was granted more than a few patents for his inventions. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Shortly before the US entered World War II, Tucker thought that aerial combat – that is, airplane vs. airplane – would hinge on better gun control mechanisms. Tucker designed a working prototype of an electrically-controlled gun turret which he demonstrated for the US military. He was granted two patents for the invention and although it was widely believed that Tucker’s design was used by the US, it was not. Not because it was impractical but simply because Tucker’s company was not equipped to manufacture the … [Read more...] about The Man Behind the Failed “Car of Tomorrow” Wanted to Revolutionize More than the Car Industry
Hero MotoCorp is all set to launch the Hero Xtreme 200 S tomorrow i.e. January 30, just a few days before the Auto Expo 2018. The flagship motorcycle was first showcased as a concept at the 2016 Auto Expo but is now set to become the company's most powerful motorcycle in its current portfolio. Although Hero has been very tight-lipped about any pricing details, we are expecting it to be priced around Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of styling, the bike isn't too radical and looks like an elder sibling of the Hero Xtreme 150cc motorcycle. It comes with beefy fuel tank extensions that add a dose of muscle to the overall look. To balance the masculine appearance, Hero has offered a large headlamp with integrated DRLs. The multi-spoke alloy wheels get a bright red treatment, along with the tyre hugger, to make it stand out of the crowd. The concept bike showcased a semi-digital instrument console, which is also expected to be carried forward to the production … [Read more...] about Hero Xtreme 200 S To Launch Tomorrow