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Chevrolet Spark

You will soon be seeing an unusual little car on the road from Chevrolet that is sure to spark a lot of discussion. Perhaps sensing this, Chevrolet has actually named this new car the “Spark” and it is bound to get a lot of press real soon. It’s a neat little car.

First, the Spark is a funky looking thing with a broad body and little wheels. And it’s small – a full 14 inches smaller than Chevy’s present smallest model, the Sonic. Most that see the Spark in person declare it a car “brimming with personality” and that will likely make it a hit with younger buyers. Another strong plus for the younger set is that the Spark is one of the least expensive cars on the market. Monthly payments on Sparks are especially striking with the low loan rates now available. If you are in the Philadelphia area, be sure to consider a Chevy loan, at Reedman Toll Chevrolet.

Chevy Spark


The 2013 Spark will be offered in three trim packages; the LS, 1LT and 2LT trims. The standard LS features include 15-inch alloy wheels, AC, power windows, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering wheel, GMs OnStar system and a four-speaker radio. Moving up to the 1LT trim adds quite a few features. You get power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, remote keyless entry, the MyLink touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, a six-speaker audio system with USB/iPod integration, satellite radio and Internet radio. The top-of-the-line 2LT model adds fog-lights, roof rails, a sporty front and rear fascia, chrome exterior trim, high-quality faux leather upholstery, front heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Powering the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is a super thritfy 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 84 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque. Transmissions available are a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 32 city/38 highway and 34 mpg combined for the manual and 28/37/32 mpg for the automatic.

Chevrolet Spark


Standard safety features on the 2013 Chevy Spark include four-wheel antilock brakes (front discs, rear drums), hill-hold assist, electronic stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat knee airbags. GMs OnStar is also standard and includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

With only 84 hp — less than many motorcycles — it’s clear that the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is not intended to excite those into performance motoring but there is adequate acceleration for merging onto freeways and that’s what counts for most motorists. Road and wind noise are a touch noticeable, but no more intrusive than in other cars in this price range. Although far from a sport sedan, this small Chevy still manages to deliver well-mannered driving characteristics overall and is bound to be a hit for Chevrolet.

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Dodge Has Not Delivered

We’ve all been thinking it, Dodge just has not delivered on what could have been.  When other car makers were throwing back to what was, Dodge decided to tone down and drown out, essentially.  Compared to the new Mustang and Camaro, the Charger does not deliver.

How could Dodge engineers decide that this was the best design?  Didn’t at least one person on the board ask, “What made the Dodge Charger an Icon?”.  Thankfully I think they took the hint with the new Dodge challenger, but only barely.

Not A Charger

Not A Charger

The Scoop on Autonomous Vehicles (Infographic)

Google has been making the rounds in the news because of their recently announced work on autonomous (driverless) vehicles. While questions remain as to why Google would want to get into the automotive space, driverless cars are fascinating. The experts from the CarInsurance Blog dug up the scoop on autonomous vehicles for us.

Autonomous Vehicle Infographic

Autonomous Vehicle Infographic


Buy A New Hybrid Car Guide

This is a guest guide on purchasing a new hybrid car.

[ad#Google Adsense]The hybrid car, also known as hybrid electric vehicle is equipped with two types of engines including electric and combustion. The car will take turns to use the two engines unless the driver needs to drive in a faster speed than it can be handled by them. Hybrid cars are environmentally friendly because of the low emission and fuel efficiency.

Buying hybrid cars can help to stop the global climate change because it emit lesser pollution. With lesser emission, the air will become cleaner which promotes a healthy lung. Conventional internal combustion engine will emit hydrocarbons, nitrogen and carbon monoxide in the air which causes poisonous smog. Nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide are the main causes of climate change around the world. Hybrid cars also help you to save money on fuel at the petrol pumps. Because hybrid car produce lesser emissions, it will cost less to fill up the tank.

New Hybrid CarThere are three hybrid car varieties including full hybrids, mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Full hybrid uses 1 – 3 electric motors to power the vehicle with full electric charge. If run at electric power, full hybrids can operate at a low speed of 25 mph. When using the gas engine, the electric motor will contribute power when you attempt to accelerate the car. There is a wide range of full hybrids from sedans to SUVs. Example of full hybrid includes Toyota Prius. Mild hybrids are not as efficient as full hybrid. The difference between a full hybrid and a mild hybrid is that mild hybrid can only operate in electric mode. The electric motor in mild hybrid is small size.  Mild hybrid can automatically turn off the engine when it is not moving but it will not drive in electric power during a slow traffic. Mild hybrid is cheaper than full hybrids but they don’t deliver the as much fuel efficiency and emission reduction.

Before buying a hybrid car, you must decide the type of hybrid you want. There are three types of hybrid cars including Super Ultra Low-Emission Vehicles (SULEV), Ultra Low-Emission Vehicles (ULEV) and Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV). Partial Zero Emission Vehicle is the cleanest hybrid car model except for models that operate with battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell.

You must determine where you will be using the hybrid car. Hybrid cars are suitable to be used in the urban or suburban settings. If the cars run at low RPM, you will benefit from the fuel savings while driving in traffic jam because of the many stop and go traffic short trips.

The hybrid electric car is more expensive than the gas powered vehicle because of the limited production numbers. The high price tag is also due the higher mechanical complexity compare with the standard car.

After you have decides on a hybrid car, you must find out if your local car dealers have the model. You can visit the online car comparison sites to find out the cost of the car on available models. You must also find out where you can send the car for repair in case it breaks down.

To save on hybrid car, you can check with your local tax department to see if you are qualified for any tax deduction. Some cities offers free parking space for hybrid electric car as an effort to increase environment awareness. Hybrid electric car will automatically recharge the batteries as you drive and brake the car. Therefore, drivers will never have to plug the car into an electric outlet to recharge the power.

Tinting Car Windows

[ad#Google Adsense]Every automobile I’ve ever owned has had custom tinted windows.  To me, nothing can be done to a car to make a more noticeable difference with plenty of cool factor.  In addition, the price is extremely reasonable if you tint the windows yourself.  However, tinting a window is not for everyone, it requires patience and the ability to avoid putting down your windows for at least 24 hours. 😉

To start off, keep in mind that each state has different rules in regards window tinting.  Window tint is measured by how dark it is in percentages, meaning 5% would be very dark window tint, where 35% would allow more light through and be easier to see through.  35% can be a safe bet for most states that require safety inspections to be licensed.  However, use what you are comfortable with, no cool factor is worth not being able to see out your windows.  Think safety first.

Prepping the window can also lead to individuals doing a bad tinting job.  Using amonia free cleaner and a lint free towel is required to clean the window and then dry.  Any type of residue left on the surface of the window will have an affect on the window tint.  Generally residue or particles can lead to a bad tint job where creases take over and you have to start over.

The next step is buying the proper window tint.  Many local auto stores provide rolls of window tint, which then need to be cut to match the window.  However, the best pricing can be found online, where kits can be purchased and individual rolls can be bought.

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As mentioned previously, the key to properly tinting a window is having patience. It is generally recommended to liberally apply a soapy water solution to the window when applying the film and then using a squeegee to remove the water, allowing the film to stick to the window. After you are confident you have all the bubbles removed, you begin cutting the film, leaving about an 1/8″ around the corners. The more time you spend on this step the less time you will spend redoing the entire car because you left too many air bubbles in the film.