How Well Do You Know Your Car?

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How well do you know your car? No one likes to think about the worst-case scenario of either an accident or a vehicle break-down on the road. Taking simple precautions now can go a long way in helping to avoid accidents and costly repairs in the long run.

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3D Printing in the Automotive Industry

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The basic premise of 3D printing involves a process in which a person creates a physical object from a given three-dimensional digital model. Its wide application has changed the way we design, create, and ultimately use parts. Although 3D printing has found a purpose in several different markets, nowhere is its use more profound than in the automotive industry. In fact, it’s said that 3D printing will completely revolutionize the auto industry in the next decade or so! But why is that? What makes 3D printing so beneficial to auto manufacturers and aftermarket companies? Well, as it turns out, a number of things, which we will discuss below:

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The Pros and Cons of a Vehicle Subscription Service

Have you heard of General Motors’ new service called BOOK? BOOK is a car subscription service that enables users to pay for access to any type of Cadillac vehicle any time they want.

With BOOK, users pay $1,500 per month with an additional onetime initiate fee of $500 paid upfront. Industry experts have compared it to a Netflix subscription, but the only current options are for Cadillac vehicles, ranging from an Escalade to a CTS-V. Subscribers can swap vehicles up to 18 times per year through their app. Once a driver has selected the vehicle of their choice, it is delivered by a concierge service.

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Everything You Need To Know About Car Lease Agreements

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While many people are currently choosing to lease a vehicle over owning one, quite a few people still don’t fully understand what they’re agreeing to when they sign the dotted line. It is very important for a customer to understand what a car lease is, and discuss the details of their specific agreement with the dealership prior to agreeing to a term and specifics.

Leasing a car is the act of renting a vehicle for a set period of time at a fixed or agreed price, after which the car is returned to the dealer upon expiration of the lease period. It is considered the alternative to physically buying a car.  Below we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions that each person considering car leasing versus buying should know.

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How Car Manufacturers Are Creating Vehicles That Understand Human Emotions

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The technology and innovation in the vehicle manufacturing industry is changing as each day passes by. The invention of the autonomous car has left the automotive industry in a shaky state as manufacturers try to catch up. Automotive manufacturers and their components suppliers are working tirelessly to catch up with these recent innovations that define the cars of the future. This technology features cars that are driverless, semi-autonomous or human-operated.

The introduction of these vehicles brings a shift in the interaction between humans and machines. The automotive industry has taken into account that humans prefer having conversational and relational interactions with devices; this has been proven with the popularity of chatbots. Virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri are also very common apps being utilized by consumers today.

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It’s Time to Say Goodbye: Death of the Manual Transmission

Depending on how old you are, the death of the manual transmission likely means something different to you. For older generations, drivers grew up on the manual transmission, learning how to properly shift gears while their parents taught them to drive.

For younger generations, this may not be on your radar at all. You may have had a friend or two who drove stick shift during college, and they were considered a rare and cool breed of driver.

According to car experts and trends, less and less cars will have the option of a manual transmission until they are extinct altogether. In fact, many believe that by the end of this decade, manual transmissions will be completely dead.

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A Closer Look at the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV Electric Car

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is a car that is wonderfully and perfectly shaped. With a price range that begins at $29,995, it represents an amazing opportunity for the common consumer. This is a car with the potential of going 238 miles on a 60 kWh battery. Another spectacular detail of this car is the 266 lb.-ft. of torque and 200 horsepower produced by its electric motor.

For a car the size of the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV, you have to agree that’s quite an amount of torque. Although, it is noteworthy to mention that at 3,580 pounds, the Chevy Bolt EV significantly outweighs your regular hatchback, with the car’s battery alone almost weighing 1,000 pounds. Chevrolet has done a remarkable job balancing the car by ensuring the weight is evenly distributed to the four sides of the vehicle, which in turn makes the car well-balanced on the road.

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Driving Scams Everyone Should Be Aware Of

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Today’s technology has provided seemingly countless advantages for individuals looking to enhance their own lives and increase their work efficiency. On the flip side, however, some of those same technological advances have opened doors for scammers , hackers, and the like.

When it comes to the world of driving, road travel, and car sales, many would hope that the auto industry would be safe from scams. Unfortunately, from getting cheated on taxi rides to uncovering Mastercard data, driving scams exists all over the world. 

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How Going Over the Speed Limit Costs Arizonans

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Just like every other state, the state of Arizona has its own jurisdictional traffic violations statutes and its own legislation with regards to fines and penalties. The offense of speeding may appear to be a minor violation, but in Arizona, it is a common but very severe criminal violation.

When it comes to Arizona speeding laws, drivers should take them very seriously. Many speeding violations, especially those categorized as criminal speeding, have punishements ranging from a $500 fine to 20 days in jail. So while getting pulled over for going over the speed limit may seem minor at the time, it could cost drivers a significant amount of time and money.

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Is Car Ownership Actually Decreasing In The U.S.?

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The first half of the twentieth century witnessed the domination of Americans in the automobile industry, with three big auto companies (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler) emerging by the 1920s. History has shown us that automobiles had their greatest economic and social impact in the U.S. in 1980, when about 87.2 percent of American residents owned one or more vehicles, 51.5 percent owned more than one, and 95 percent of domestic car sales were for a replacement.

Recent studies and trends, however, indicate that Americans won’t be needing or purchasing as many automobiles in the future. But why is that?

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