(45)Bras, For Your Car.



Whoever coined the term, car bra, must have done so to attract a lot of attention. Apparently, they have succeeded. Cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans are all sporting bras and they are a very attractive site. Let's take a closer look at car bras and what they are all about.

Not all car bras are called car bras. Other names you will hear are hood protectors or car masks. Personally, they look like masks more than anything to me in that they cover the front end [or face] of the car, leaving headlights and turn signal lights free. Some are designed so that fog lights can also be bra free.

Besides looking absolutely cool, car bras do have a practical function to them. A properly installed bra will protect your car's front end from flying debris, rocks kicked up by other vehicles while you drive down the highway, insects, and road tar.

Some bras cover the entire hood while others cover the grill and a small section of the front of the hood. In the latter case, two piece car bras allow for you to keep the bra on while still being able to lift the hood, if need be. Some car bras must be removed in order to access the hood.

Car bras are made of a leather looking material, typically vinyl. The underside is usually made of a flannel material to prevent scratches to your car's surface.

Just like a bra you buy for yourself - or for your wife, guys - there is no one-size-fits-all car bra. Make sure that the car bra you purchase is for the specific make and model of your vehicle. Size matters!

Installation is easy and takes fifteen minutes or less. No tools are required as you simply fit everything into place.

So, protect yourself with a bra. Protect your vehicle, that is!
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(46)Bread, Milk & Car Insurance.


With increased competition between supermarkets to gain market share and improve profitability, the range of products on offer is getting ever diverse. Now, the big three chains, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda have caught on to the fact that their brand name can sell just about anything, including of all things, car insurance.

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Car insurance is one of those very boring expensive products that you loathe having to pay for but have no choice if you want to drive a car on Britain’s roads. Why therefore would supermarkets want to be associated with such a seemingly expensive pain in the pocket? Well it seems that the public think it’s a great idea and are buying it from these stores in their thousands with the belief that it must cheap if the supermarkets are selling it. The strange thing is that the companies behind these deals, who are actually underwriting the risk, are the same companies who have been selling you car insurance for years.

Tesco for example seem to be incredibly successful in selling motor insurance to their customers with statements proclaiming that you could save up to £150 compared to some leading insurers. Tesco of course is not an insurer. If you look closely at the bottom of the Tesco car insurance webpage, you will notice it says that the policy is provided and underwritten by a company called UK Insurance Limited. Who on earth is this company you may ask. UK Insurance Limited is part of Royal Bank of Scotland who also own Direct Line along with Churchill and Privilege.

Sainsbury’s state that you could save up to £165 on your car insurance compared to other leading insurers - £15 better than Tesco. Of course, like Tesco, Sainsbury’s is not an insurer either. A quick look at their webpage shows that policies are arranged and administered by Esure, who are part of the Halifax Bank of Scotland group. Maybe Sainsbury’s are about to swap Jamie Oliver for Michael Winner – maybe not.

Asda state that they give you the “very best possible insurance protection” and offer a 10% discount if you buy online. Of course, just like Tesco and Sainsbury’s, Asda is not an insurer. Asda have opted to team up with Norwich Union to provide their policies.

The insurers are desperate to get into bed with the Supermarkets. It enables them to dress up their car insurance product with an already well known and trusted brand name. This is good business and a smart way to gain lots of new customers very quickly. Ironically though, some of those ‘new’ customers may already be with that insurer. Without knowing it, they may end up cancelling or not renewing their existing policy but staying with the same insurance company via the cheaper supermarket option.

>From a customer perspective, the upshot of all this will hopefully be to get cheaper car insurance, which at the end of the day is what everybody wants. Who the insurer is behind the deal is probably not of great concern to people. In the long term, whether the actual underwriting results of these deals are profitable enough for the insurers to continue to offer the supermarkets good rates for their customers, will be interesting. One thing is for sure, I don’t see Direct Line advertising bananas six for a pound anytime soon.

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Andrew Bowen is the CEO of Accept Direct Limited. Accept Direct offer car insurance to UK customers through their website

Written by: Andrew Bowen

(47)Budget Performance-Car Value -- Honda CRX


Looking for sports-car kicks, but with the abundance of speed parts and vast modification potential of a Civic? Look no further than Honda's feisty little CRX.

These pocket-size coupes made their debut for 1984. Essentially a two-seat version of the redesigned Civic also introduced that year, the CRX was initially aimed at people who sought frugal commuting (base 1.3-liter versions had EPA fuel economy ratings of 51 mpg city, 67 highway).

But the real news for enthusiasts came the following year when Honda gave the CRX its sporty Si version, which included upgraded suspension, performance-oriented tires, and a hotter 91-hp version of its 1.5-liter engine -- good for sub-nine-second 0-60 mph times in the featherweight car.

For 1988, an all-new CRX bowed, based again on a new Civic platform. CRX's wheelbase increased, and this second-generation design was somewhat heavier and bigger overall. Fortunately, performance remained in the same league, with the Si's horsepower rating increasing to 105, then 108 the following year. For 1990, CRX got four-wheel-disc brakes.

As sweet of a car as it was, this generation of CRX was destined to be the last -- Honda discontinued the line after 1991, replacing it with the similar but open-roofed Del Sol several years later.

Today, used CRXs are pretty easy to find, but it can sometimes be hard to gauge their true value -- completely stock ones are showing up less and less since these cars became immensely popular with sport-compact fans. The price of a particular CRX can often depend on the various upgrades it's received.

Popular mods include body kits, custom paint, aftermarket wheels, and hotter VTEC engine swaps. As with any modified car, look closely at how well upgrades are executed. In most cases, the work will have been done by the car's owner, whose talent, budget, and experience are unknowns.

Most CRXs now sell for less than $5000, with many of them below $3000. Those sub-$3k CRXs tend to be unmodified. And unmodified CRXs also tend to be unrestored.

That can be an important point, because all CRXs are at least 14 years old -- a lot them are pretty tired. You aren't likely to find a CRX with less than 100,000 miles at this point. Therefore buyers who want a completely stock example to start with will need to carefully consider how much money and patience they're willing to devote to basic mechanical repairs.

First-generation CRXs are getting kind of scarce, but if you have your heart set on their lighter weight and trimmer dimensions, those cars can be found with a little patience. And one plus is that they tend to show up in the lower end of the price range.

Regardless of what generation or level of modification, Honda's little CRXs can offer big-time fun. They're good performers to start with, there's plenty of aftermarket stuff available, and prices are about as low as performance cars go. Check 'em out.

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About the Author

David Bellm is a seasoned test driver and automotive writer. His work has been featured in a wide variety of online and print publications.

Written by: David Bellm

: (48)Buyers Guide for Aftermarket Replacement Car Seats

Aftermarket replacement car seats come in a variety of
colors and styles. This can be a tricky and potentially
costly decision to make. But it does not have to be. This
is no different than buying anything else. Just do a little
research. We are going to provide a few hints to make your
experience a little easier.

1. Buy from a reputable dealer.One way to check this is to
email them and ask a few questions before you purchase.
How long in business, who their supplier is, what support
do they offer etc.

2. Although you might be tempted to buy the lastest fad such
as new designs and such you are better off staying with
your original color and design as this will preserve the
value of your vehicle.

3. Before you purchase make sure they guarantee that your
new seat covers fit with a money back guarantee.

4. If you are not installing your new seat covers yourself,
find some one in your area to do this before ordering. This is because
some don't like to do this if you do not purchase from them.

5. If you are doing the installation yourself make sure some
concise instructions are included.Some also provide online
manuals to follow.

6. If you are a do-it yourself type person replacing your seat
covers should not be a problem.Basic hand tools are required.

7. Check with your supplier to see what is included with your
purchase and to see if any additional supplies are needed.

By following this short outline this will make your
purchase and installation of aftermarket replacement car seats
go much smoother.

About the Author

Charles Truett worked in the automotive industry for over twenty years. For more info visit:

Written by: Charles Truett

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