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Force the Change in the Automotive

It is time for you, the average consumer, to take a stand!

Fellow consumer, for years we have been taken to the cleaners from the automotive industry: It is time for us to demand change in product quality and how the automotive industry conducts business! As consumers, we need to pressure the industry to change course and give us the best product and service they can or let them die – let them go bankrupt! If a few American companies survive they might just get it – they might finally understand that Americans deserve and expect more.

Do not be fooled by the stories of bad economy and poor sales! The U.S. automotive industry has done this to themselves!

I am not saying that a bad economy does not exist but they have been on this road to destruction for a long time. I used to work in an Oldsmobile, Subaru dealership: in 1986 we sold all models from both manufacturers’, please allow me to cite two models from the 80’s to make my point.

1) The Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra wagon came with a 4-cylinder motor, air conditioning, A.M. radio, power steering, power brakes, the approximate retail price was 10k to 11k.

2) The Subaru GL wagon came with 4-cylinder motor, air conditioning, F.M. stereo, power steering, power brakes, 4-wheel drive, power windows, power locks, split rear seats, rear defrost, multi position front seats with tilt, roof rack and more: the approximate retail price was 10k to 11k.

The Olds had a reputation for having major motor problems and often would not survive past 100,000. By contrast, the Subaru was well known for surviving 200,000 miles plus with little motor troubles. In addition, there was a massive difference in standard comfort features for the same price – we sold Subaru’s at a rate of 40 to 1 compared to the Olds.

The U.S automotive industry continued down that path for several years, as the price of vehicles rose dramatically they started to use financing tactics to sell their inferior products. The inevitable happened and many of the vehicles sold failed to last the term of the loans without major repairs and the resale value of a U.S. vehicle was poor so you could not trade them in without going financially backwards.

Around 1990 U.S. automotive manufactures started to take heed, they produced some better quality vehicles and kept the prices more stable. Unfortunately, along with the better quality product came a substantial rise in part costs. Thus, repair bills began to skyrocket and continued to stay behind foreign competitors’ and their technology. Around 2000 it seemed we went downward again in the Quality department, around 2005 we started to rise some but I think it was far too little and a little too late.

In 2008 Ford Motor Company had an ad campaign on stating they now had cars that with equivalent quality of Toyota. I don’t know about you, but if I owned a Ford I would feel like “Oh great, so the Ford I bought prior to 2008 was admittedly inferior!”

U.S. automakers sponsor racing teams at a cost of millions of dollars per year: they continue to grossly overpay their executives: they have wildly exaggerated union worker compensation: and still, after at least 2 decades of foreign competitors nipping at their heels, they still stay so far behind in technology and quality. Quite frankly, I don’t understand why!

Now, after years of inferior products, higher repair bills, exuberant executive payouts, must have unions in order to work in the plants, they put their hands out for the taxpayer to bail them out? There should be no question about the answer: a resounding NO!

Thank you Mr. Ford for making the model T and further ushering in the industrial age, thank you U.S. auto manufacturing for providing good jobs for so many years: But you are a business after all and must hold to do or die like the rest of the business world!

I am not advocating Americans should buy foreign products – especially in our current economic crisis! However, the majority of the working U.S. public has a limited amount of money for automobile purchases necessitating we use that limited amount wisely. With past and current conditions in the automotive industry higher quality, better comfort, more options for the same price suggests the foreign automotive makers provide “more bang for the buck”.

Automotive Seat Covers

Automotive seat covers are a great idea if you want to preserve the interior of your car. They will help to keep the car clean and tidy as you can easily remove them for washing. They are generally available in two types. Universal car seat covers are those that can be used on any make or model of car. You can find them to cover bucket or bench seat and in large or small sizes. They do the job but they will not usually give you a great fit. If you choose this option due to budget constraints, you should choose a material that will stretch well such as velour or poly cotton to help you get the best fit possible.

The alternative is to buy custom made automotive seat covers. These will give you a more professional looking finish as they will be cut to fit the seats in your car. They are the preferred option from a style point of view but also from safety. They will accommodate the head rests and other accessories in your car as well as the exact location of the air bags. Generally they will be made from higher quality fabrics and usually come with a two year warranty. You may find that although they are more expensive initially, they will last longer and may ultimately work out cheaper than universal covers.

If you have young children, cheap and cheerful works best as then you won’t get stressed when they spill their juice or wet their pants. If you travel with pets it is not a good idea to own the best quality car seat covers as they will get ruined with pet hair not to mention claw or bite marks. The moral of the story is that you should always choose the right automotive seat covers for your personal requirements.

Pinterest And Automotive

Pinterest is a rapidly growing social network founded in 2009 by Ben Silbermann. In December 2011 it hit the top 10 largest social network services with over 11 million visitors weekly. One month later, in January 2012 Pinterest had more visitors than YouTube and Google+. In March the same year, Pinterest became third most popular social network after Facebook and Twitter. In February 2013 it already had 48.7 million unique users worldwide, which means that it grew at 400 percent in just one year.

Before August 2012, Pinterest was not user-friendly as it is today, because a registration was not so simple. For user to register, an invitation was required. So if you don’t have a friend who is already a registered member, you need to send a request to the administrator, which would later be approved, and you would get the invitation from the admin. Now it’s not so complicated, you just need to type in your basic info and you’re a registered member.

Pinterest and Automotive Industry┬áis a social network based on pictures and videos you ”pin” on your pinboard. You create Pinboards based on the content you want to post, and in that way you connect with users with the same interests. It’s simple, user friendly and interesting. The dashboard is vivid and full of content, but not unnecessarily cluttered.

That makes Pinterest ideal for promoting products and services to the audience with right interests. But brand owners are not using Pinterest for this purpose as they should.

Automotive is a word which represents any form of self-powered vehicle. Automotive industry covers companies and organizations involved through the design, and selling motor vehicles.

The Automotive industry began in the 1890, and for many decades the United States led the world in automobile production. In 2009 China produced more twice the number of cars made by the USA in second place. As do most industries, and automotive industry had many rises and falls. For example, car production in 2009 was 12 percent less than it was in 2008. But in 2010 it grew by 26 percent compared to the previous year.

Automotive GPS Systems

More than likely there has been a time when you slid in your car and suddenly wondered if you knew how to get where you were going. Well, today with the great automotive GPS systems, you don’t have to worry about this any more. With automotive systems, you can easily get to any destination you may need to go for. There are a variety of excellent GPS systems available today – so how do you pick the best one? Well, here are some top tips that will help you pick out the system that is best for you.

Tip #1 – Figure Out How Often You Need to Use It – First of all, when looking for the best GPS device, figure out how often you are going to need to use it. If you aren’t going to need it very often, consider one of the inexpensive systems available. Many are very small and plug in to the cigarette lighter in the car. However, on the other hand, if you need to use it often, you’ll want one of the better GPS systems that is user friendly.

Tip #2 – Consider Your Car’s Layout – When trying to choose automotive GPS systems, consider your car’s layout. Many systems have monitors that displays directions and maps on them. Usually the monitors are placed in the dashboard or on an attachable pedestal from the dash. You’ll find in some vehicles, that certain GPS systems can block important vents for air or make it difficult for a person in the passenger seat. So, you want a system that works with the layout of your car.

Tip #3 – Look for Multiple Ways to Get Where You’re Going – Choose systems that allow you to use multiple ways to get where you are going. Many automotive GPS systems allow you to get directions by an address back, an address you type in, a location you select on a map, or even by the nearest intersection.

Tip #4 – Ensure You Get Vocal and Graphic Directions – Having both vocal and graphic directions in automotive systems is definitely a wonderful idea. When choosing a system, this is important. It allows you to see where you will be going, but the benefit of the vocal directions is that you don’t have to take your concentration off the road to get the directions you need.

Tip #5 – Find Automotive GPS Systems with Great Features – If you’re shopping for a unit, make sure that you find a system with great features. Consider looking for features like Bluetooth, 3D maps, real time updates, or even data on points of interest.

Tip #6 – Keep the Installation Time in Mind – Last of all, if you’re choosing automotive GPS systems, you should keep the installation time in mind. This is especially important if you are on a very tight budget. The longer a GPS systems take to install, the more it will cost. So, keep this in mind.