Dec 23, 2012

What's not great about Alabama weather?

I'll ask it again: What's not great about Alabama weather? It's December and it's cold, but not as cold as you'd get up north. I have some friends that live in Indiana and Michigan and oh boy, the stories they tell me about snow (I mean look at this). If there's one thing I don't like, it's snow. Nice to look at, but not so nice to drive in. I don't envy my friends one bit in that aspect. Driving on slick roads is not for me. I can't imagine what the traffic must be like in a snowstorm and I definitely would not be taking my Mercedes out in one.

What do we get? We get some cold in Tuscaloosa as I said, MAYBE some snow here or there, but it's usually still nice enough to where you don't hate being outside. What does a snow storm look like to us? Well, this:

You can go for walks and you don't have to brush snow off your car or worry about salting your driveway. People will still roll down their car windows to yell ROLL TIDE ROLL! You don't have to bundle up in full down gear, hats, gloves, and scarves (although some still do). Do we miss the summer nights? Absolutely. Is winter bearable? Again, absolutely (check out the climate facts). The north is pretty, but I'm not a 4-seasons type of guy. I don't care if there's a White Christmas. I want an Alabama Championship and an ice cold beer without the ice cold weather. I want my car sitting in my driveway, snow and salt free. I want to put on jeans and a light jacket, not boots. That's my kind of winter.

Sep 5, 2012

An Overview of Drag Racing

Drag racing is very popular in the United States. Drag racing is a sport in which cars race on a track with a certain distance as quickly as possible. Drag racing is a form of competition in which two vehicles try (usually two cars and motorcycles), fill out a short, straight and level course in the shortest possible time after the arrest as the Sprint name is known. Drag racing is an acceleration contest between two vehicles over a quarter of a mile.

Drag Racing is a myth that some experts, not only attracts but also in adults. Drag racing is exciting events to attend, with speeds comparable only with the incredible noise of the precision machined engines. Drag Racing has asked its name from the slang of the street or on the street as "Main Street", and "is a synonym of street racing. Drag Racing cars are the ones that will move more easily and normal form. Drag Racing is a recognized sport in the 1950s, popular, and stayed there.

Cars can the compressor or nitrous oxide. For fan-limited edition 8th Cars have progressed rapidly, and if you can even seven seconds quarter mile. Cars in street classes (the street is legal) are the only exception to this pre-race ritual, as the grooved tires tend to retain a little water. Drag Racing Cars can turbocharger, supercharger or nitrous oxide are being built. The low-end cars are the $ 20,000 Chrysler Neon SRT-4, with a turbo 230 to do about 00-60 mph in the fifth

Increases strength, depending on the size of the engine changes. A car can really fly halfway around the motor strip and coast to the end of the runway in a victory for the (relatively) slower than its competitors, and more with less elapsed time. There are literally hundreds of different classes in drag racing, each with different requirements and restrictions on things such as weight, type of engine size, body changes, and many others. The faster categories of drag racing "is an impressive spectacle, with engines of more than 5 MW (6700 hp) against the noise (measured in March. Increases the overall increase in energy prices than the speed of the motor (r rpm revolutions per minute) but only to a point before the power fade begins.

If the front tires of a vehicle break the first beam, called the means of the stage, light, before the transfer of the Christmas tree that the driver is about seven inches from the line. If the current pilot phase of the beam, the front tires are exactly on the start line and light in the scene tree is lit when the vehicle is ready for competition. If both vehicles are fully assembled, activated the starter the tree, and each driver will focus on three yellow lights on the side of the tree. The Clock from beginning to end is the time of the vehicle (e. A rider may leave the start line too early will be disqualified, while the streets touching on the border (either by crossing the center line, the wall or the sale or as a grid as sensors), if not on stage, or failing that an inspection is weighed after the race (in NHRA class racing, vehicles are usually controlled and fuel to take place after each race and complete disassembly of the engine after a victory of the events).

Drag Racing is the best show on wheels. Drag Racing "is driving safely, but it is coherent, while driving, it's a little hard-earned money for tires, repairs and modifications to the victims. Drag Racing is a very American sport and is a United States that Americans love . Drag Racing is a business decision and leisure, the sense for everyone.

Aug 13, 2012

Premium Car Brands and Salespeople

RASTATT, GERMANY - JULY 16:  Daimler AG Merced...(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Earlier today I went to my local Mercedes garage to pick up my car, which had needed some work done on it.. As I passed the sales area on the way to the waiting room, I remembered a previous visit when I’d come to try to buy a new Mercedes. The key word here is ‘try’.

When I tried to buy my current car, I was looking for something near the top of the range. I knew what I wanted, and I found the car in a garage north of town for a good price. I then went to my local garage to see the salesman who looks after me. I appreciate service and I like buying from people who help me buy. I had previously bought two cars from him. (A good salesperson would have known by now how I buy and that a deal can be closed very quickly.) He matched the price for the car immediately, so my preference was to buy locally. I wanted to lease the car through Mercedes and the price quoted was reasonable, so I was ready to buy.

However, I found one of the terms of the lease unacceptable and asked for it to be changed. Mercedes wouldn’t do it and the car salesman said he could do nothing to help. I wanted the car and I wanted the salesman to help me buy but he offered no alternative way to finance the car. He finally said, “Let me know when you’re back in the market”. I told him I was in the market and that I wanted a car and I needed his help to help me buy.

The next day I went to another Mercedes garage and purchased a used model. My local garage couldn’t help me to buy: although they wanted to take an order, they were unable to understand how to help me buy. The upshot was that they lost not just one sale because of it but also a subsequent sale when I buy in the future.

The moral here? Stop order taking and help me buy!

I hate resorting to cliché but whenever I look for an example of how not to sell I often end up with car salesmen. In this case, however, it’s not a case of the proverbial used car salesman trying to sell me a crock of crap. After all, Mercedes is a premium brand and everything about them should be premium, including their sales people.