Rising dragon? How SAIC could emerge as a global powerhouse

When it comes to hidden potential, few can hold a candle to the sheer amounts of it wielded by the Chinese automotive industry. Once a purely domestic curiosity, some of the country’s biggest automakers are now seeking to rapidly expand their presence, and perhaps be able to market their wares in other markets including the U.S. However, are some of these Chinese firms ready to make the proper investments and moves needed to transform into global players? Or are these hurdles still too much of a challenge for them to overcome? We take a deep dive and try to discover …

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Insider: 11 Car Maintenance Checks You Should Never Do By Yourself

Knowing how to perform essential maintenance jobs on your car, like replacing your oil and air filter, can save you hundreds of dollars. Do you have access to the right tools or a work area? With good knowledge and skill in vehicle fixes, you are all set up to cut down your car maintenance cost. However, there are some complicated vehicle fixes you should trust the professionals with instead of fixing them yourself.  With the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) attributing 20% of road accidents to poor car maintenance practices, it is crucial to check your vehicle regularly. While …

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Insider: Tips for Starting a Successful Car Collection

There are lots of things that you may want to collect in your life. Some people will collect toys, others ornaments. It might not be the most obvious collection to start, but, if you are looking for a collection that is definitely a little more on the luxurious side, then you can start a car collection. Do you dream of a car collection of your own? If you do, but you are not sure exactly where to start, then we have the helping hand that you may need. To ensure that your collection gets off to the right start, we …

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Bollinger Motors: moves to bigger digs in Oak Park to expand operations

When we last checked in with our friends at Bollinger Motors, it was in their old headquarters in Ferndale, Michigan. There, we had a chance to meet the firm’s two spearheads in the EV truck wars, the B1 SUV, and the B2 pickup, as well as learn much more about the vision of the company’s founder Robert Bollinger. But with the extra attention and growth that the company has seen recently, it was forced to seek a bigger space to enhance the levels of design and manufacturing that they were capable of doing. This resulted in a move to Oak …

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Road Rage: Getting To Grips With This Common Driving Problem

Many of us have been guilty of road rage at some point in our lives, and a lot of us will have experienced the wrath of another driver too. When we look at recent road rage statistics in the US, many of us will be able to relate to the findings by the researchers behind the stats. According to the study, 82% of drivers in the US have admitted to having road rage over the last twelve months. Many of the people admitting to road rage have retaliated by honking their horn, shouting aggressively at other drivers, and using obscene …

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Insider: 4 Things to Do Before You Drop Off Your Kid at College

Dropping your child off when they start college can be stressful for both of you. You’ll have to take care of moving and leave your kid on their own for weeks or months. Fortunately, you can help this process go smoothly by making sure you’re both prepared. Here are some things you should do before you drop off your kid at college. 1. Spend Some Time Together During summer vacation, spend some quality time with your child. You can go on a family trip, check out a local museum, go hiking, see a movie, shop for dorm room decor or …

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Industry Insider: What Should You Do With A Dead Car?

An old car can feel almost like a member of your family, especially if you’ve had it for many years and racked up over a hundred thousand miles. Despite all the affection that an old and well-used car can warrant, somewhere in the back of your mind, you must know that any car can’t last forever. If you’ve gone to start your old motor and it just won’t start no matter how much you try to coerce it, it might have had its day. However, that doesn’t mean it’s useless. You do have some options when dealing with an old …

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Auto Industry Insider: 7 Car Upgrades to Consider in 2020

Looking to improve your car in 2020? The start of a new year is always the best time for making changes and improvements in all areas of your life, including your vehicle. Whether you want to improve the look, comfort or performance of the car (or all three) there are lots of good options for ways in which you can make improvements which will help to make this the best year with your car yet. You do not always have to spend a fortune to make big improvements to your car either – read on for a few suggestions for …

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Auto Industry Insider: Business Opportunities for People That Love Cars

They say that getting a job in something you love is a bad idea because you slowly begin to hate it, but we just can’t see that as something that will come true. For instance, if you absolutely loved cars and had a job in buying and selling them for big profits, wouldn’t that be the dream? Car lovers around the world possess a lot of knowledge about vehicles. Whether it’s how to detail a car, vintage models or experience in repairing cars, there are countless opportunities that can lead to a full-time job or even your own business. So …

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Auto Industry Insider – 4 Things to Consider When Buying Car Insurance

You might be pondering the question: “What is the best and most affordable car insurance out there?” Well, you’re in the right place, because this article will provide you with all the advice you need to find the best possible deal at the lowest price. Here are four things to consider before buying car insurance. 1. Do Your Due Diligence There are more than 100 auto insurance companies in Canada with which to do business. But the only way to determine whether you’re getting the best deal is to comparison shop different providers. There are plenty of online tools to help you …

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Auto Industry Insider: Should You Ceramic Coat Your Car?

Ceramic coating is a form of paintwork protection that is increasingly being used in the automotive industry. More and more drivers, whether casual consumers or professional drivers, are deciding to coat their vehicles in ceramic material for a better aesthetic finish and improved longevity of their car’s bodywork. This article will explain what ceramic coating is, the key benefits for its use, and how it is applied to vehicles. The Benefits of Ceramic Coating If you’ve never heard of ceramic coating before, it’s understandable that you may be a bit lost as to what it is and how it’s used …

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Auto Industry Insider: How To Repair your Car’s Dents and Dings at Home with These Simple Steps

Door dings, scratches and bumper scrapes happen all the time. Sometimes there just isn’t anything that you can do about it, but little things like this don’t always translate to big repair jobs. In fact, most of the time it’s possible for you to make the repairs yourself and without having to worry about a thing. Scratches A paint scratch might seem like a super-simple repair, but this is not always the case. If you have a scratch that is so deep that you can see the primer underneath, then you will almost certainly need to fill the scratch. If …

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Auto Industry Insider: How To Boost Your Car’s Trade-In Value

If your car has seen better days, but you want to sell it on and make a little money, there are some things you can do to get it into better condition and boost the value back up a little. Some of these tips will cost you nothing, whereas others may need some investment. Whether you want to do up your car yourself or to sell it, you can help it to hold its value with these easy tips. Clean It Like anything in life, first impressions matter when you’re trying to sell a car. A grubby, dirty car is …

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Auto Industry Insider: Buying a Used Car for Your Teen

It can be a shock for any parent when their child reaches the age where they can take driver’s education classes. Their newfound independence can be a big worry. Contrary to those worries, these young people are often mature enough to accept responsibility. If your child is one of those, you may be interested in purchasing a used car for your youngster to use, both to help increase their independence and responsibility, while at the same time keeping them from taking their learning curve out on the family vehicle. If this is your preference, here are a few guidelines for …

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Auto Insider: 7 Maintenance Checks You Can Do While Cleaning Your Car

These seven quick and easy maintenance checks can be carried out while you’re giving your car or truck a regular clean. Also included are some bonus cleaning tips for good measure. Windshield The windshield is one of the more important components on your car, so you should check it regularly for chips, cracks and other signs of damage. If you do notice any damage you should determine how severe it is and, in some cases, repair the windshield yourself using a resin repair kit. If it’s a full crack you will need to get a professional to replace it for …

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Auto Industry Insider: Dealing with the Stress of Classic Car Ownership

Owning a classic car is a dream come true for many. Whether you grew up watching Starsky and Hutch on TV, or you have fond memories of the Dukes of Hazzard, we all have a classic car-shaped hole in our heart. All you have to do is to figure out which vehicle fills the void in your automotive love story. However, owning a vintage car doesn’t come without stress. After all, when you drive a vehicle that left the manufacturer several decades ago, it’s only natural to worry about performance, breakdowns and overall costs. Hopefully, this short list of fears …

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Auto Industry Insider: Buying a Classic Car

When it comes to buying second hand, knowing your stuff is likely to save a lot of money and heartache, when it comes to buying second hand classics, this sentiment is magnified times one hundred. Quite simply it’s very easy to have your head turned by some beautiful bodywork, but that same bodywork might mask a multitude of sins under the bonnet. In this blog, we’re taking a look at the very specific practice of buying classics and what on earth you should be looking for and what to avoid like the plague. The Right Vehicle You probably have a …

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Insider: 3 Different Car-Buying Situations – And How to Master Them All

Buying a car is always going to be a big purchase- even if it’s not a new or particularly fancy model. Aside from our homes, our cars tend to be some of our most expensive possessions, and so when it comes to purchasing we all want to know that we’re getting it right. There are lots of different things to consider before going on a test drive then signing your name on the dotted line. Here are some of the different car buying situations you can find yourself in, and how to deal with them. New vs Used Most people …

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Insider: 3 Reasons to Finally Buy that Motorcycle

Chances are, you’ve been dreaming about your perfect garage for quite some time. It’s not only about having the best car in there, but having a respectable collection that shows your hard work and efforts. Maybe it’s a car you’ve been saving up to buy your whole life, an old convertible your grandfather gave you or a set of classic cars that are your pride and joy. What about adding a motorcycle to your collection or even yet, making a motorcycle your primary vehicle? It wouldn’t be a difficult challenge to endlessly debate which image would be cooler: a top-down …

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Insider: Top Tips for Getting a Company Car

Choosing the right car can be a tedious process, especially when you’re doing so for official purposes. There are thousands of vehicles out there, so you want to get one that fits within your budget and fits into your company image as well. For this reason, it’s crucial that you take your time to look around before committing to buy or lease a vehicle. Weigh out your options and know that you’re getting both the quality and value that you need. Here are top tips for getting the right company car for your business that could help guide you along …

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Insider: 3 Tips for Avoiding Hefty Car Repair Bills

What with the cost of your insurance premium, the gas that you have to shell out for, and the tax that you have to pay, your car drains enough of your finances as it is. Throw in hefty repair bills every so often, and everything gets a lot more expensive.  The fact of the matter is, however, that if you take care of your car in the present, you will avoid having to pay out for repairs on it in the future. It is crucial that you take the following advice, and that you treat your care with the utmost …

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Industry Insider: Your Guide to Long-Term Car Storage

As you get ready to head out for a trip and place your car in storage, you need to know that you cannot just set it and forget it. In fact, there are multiple steps you need to take to ensure your car runs properly when you return. While it is possible to allow your vehicle to sit for several weeks without any damage to it, it is not often advised, especially if you are not certain you will be back within a certain time frame. The longer you allow the car to sit, the more likely the fuel will …

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4 Supercharged Ways You Can Make Money with Your Automotive Passion

I think we’d agree it’s fairly easy to spot a car lover. Whenever you’re around them, the topic of cars will come up one way or another. You see them customizing their fuel injection system while you struggle to change your oil. They’re the first people you turn to when it’s time to buy a new vehicle. In short, their passion for everything automotive shines through in everything they do. If you’re one of these automotive devotees, your ultimate dream may be to use all of your expertise to make a sustainable career. It’s a great time to do so. …

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Negotiation 101: Your Guide to Buying Below Asking Price

Negotiations can seem intimidating—especially for first-timers. You want to act confident but not overly brass, principled but not too stubborn… it’s a fine line to walk. But whether you’re buying a new car or a used car, the fact remains the same: there is plenty of room for negotiation left on the table. The seller will always try to get their top dollar, usually by setting the initial asking price well above market value under the assumption that the buyer will later negotiate a lower price tag. If you don’t at least try to get them to come down in …

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Why Getting That New Car May Actually Be Worth It

With countless blogs and websites stressing the importance of saving and minimizing on purchases, some may feel reluctant about splurging on a new vehicle. After all, any new vehicle is a significant investment that, for many, requires financing and adds to existing bills. Because of this, some people may have the mindset that as long as their vehicle gets from point A to B, there is no reason to search for something new. However, before the prospects of buying a new car are written off entirely, consider the reasons why it may be worth getting the car you want after …

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Industry Insider: How to Successfully Buy a Used Car

As new cars will depreciate in value the moment you drive them away from a dealership, it makes perfect sense to purchase a second-hand vehicle instead. However, there are many factors to consider when buying a used car. Not only will you need to ensure it is dependable and suits your budget, but you also must organize the appropriate paperwork to ensure you can legally drive the vehicle. For help getting started, here are some top tips on how to successfully buy a used car. Set a Vehicle Budget Before you start browsing the different used cars available near you, …

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Insider: How to Anticipate Long-Term Car Costs

The secret of car ownership is that the cost of the car is just the beginning of your car-related expenses. Most people know to budget for the fixed expenses like a car payment and insurance, and even for somewhat variable fuel costs, but how do you save for unexpected repairs and maintenance? Although maintenance and repair costs might seem random, with some careful planning and assessment of your vehicle, you can anticipate and budget for these expenses, too. Here are three steps to help you anticipate long-term car costs. 1. Assess Your Car The average car maintenance, tire and repair …

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Insider: The Best Ways To Finance Your Next Vehicle

Buying your next vehicle can be a decision made by necessity – you need a larger car due to an expanding family, or you want a smaller one because you have less space to park after a house move, for example – or through choice. Whatever your reasons for wanting a new vehicle, you are always going to need to finance the purchase. Here are some of the best ways you can do that; get your finances in order before you buy, and you will be able to make the process a much quicker and easier one. Sell Your Car …

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Insider: What To Get A Car Lover Who Has Everything

Christmas is fast approaching which means that now is the time to start thinking about gifts for loved ones. If you are looking to get something for a car lover who seems that have everything that they need then it can be difficult to know what to buy as you will want to get something that they genuinely like and appreciate. Car enthusiasts can often be difficult to buy for particularly when they are fussy or have every gadget under the sun, but there are a few gift ideas which they are sure to enjoy and will be relevant to …

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Industry Insider: 3 Questions about Car Insurance Answered

One of the most important things to do when buying a new car is to make sure that you have the right insurance. Not only does the correct policy protect you from accident or theft, but it also protects other road users as well. What’s more, having valid car insurance is a legal requirement, but it can also be incredibly confusing. With the wide variety of options available and the different types of insurance necessary for different uses, here’s a rundown of some of the most commonly asked insurance questions among new car owners. If you want to stay protected …

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Insider: Tips on Choosing Your Dream Car

Cars are without a doubt one of the most aspirational purchases you can make in your life. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, or somewhere in between, driving a better car is something most people yearn to do. The problem is that better cars cost more money, and as you need the best, most reliable car possible for general use, that often doesn’t leave any funds for a dream car. Unfortunately, most dream cars aren’t the types of vehicles you want to use as everyday run-around or to commute to work in. That means you’ll need at least …

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Industry Insider: 5 Mistakes People Make When Buying a New Vehicle

For most people, buying a new vehicle is a huge investment, and one they’ll have to deal with for years to come. When it comes to buying a new vehicle, you often have two different approaches. You have those people who will spend hours and hours looking at performance numbers, oil consumption, and at all the maintenance issues there are with different vehicles. At the other end, you have those who will simply rely on the dealer’s advice or get information from someone they know without getting hands-on knowledge about vehicles. However, the more well informed you are, the less …

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Insider: Four Ways A Car Improves Your Life

Learning to drive and taking to the highway in your own car can open-up so many opportunities, from getting to work and carrying out family duties to going on a road trip, the benefits are endless. Yes, you should try and keep active by walking and cycling too, but here are four ways that a set of wheels can improve your life. Boosting work prospects If you don’t have your own car then, when it comes to work, your career prospects can be quite limited, in a few different ways. If you’re restricted to public transport or your feet, then …

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Insider: How To Keep Your New Car In Pristine Condition

If you have a new car, then you’re going to want to keep it in pristine condition for as long as possible. Doing so isn’t especially difficult; all it takes is time and some financial investment. You shouldn’t struggle to do this if your car is your pride and joy. Keeping your car in pristine condition can help it maintain a high resale value, so it’s in your best interests to keep your car looking, smelling, and feeling new. Looking after your car mostly involves being smart and keeping on top of the cleaning schedule. You also need to be …

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Insider: Choosing a New Car to Suit Lifestyle Changes

Life can change quickly, and even small alterations to your lifestyle can have a huge impact in different areas. Many individuals find that a change means that their current automobile no longer fits the bill, so it is worth considering how these alterations will affect your driving needs. As an example, if you have recently found out that you will have a child, a two-seater sports car is no longer a good idea! It does not even have to be a change this big – a new hobby could mean that you require more storage space or moving to a …

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Insider: How to Get the Most Out of Your Vehicle

If you have put a significant amount of money into your vehicle, it is important that you see a return on your investment. As a car owner, you need to show respect for your ride, rather than taking it for granted. Luckily, there are plenty of straightforward ways for you to get the most out of your vehicle. Below are seven suggestions that will help to get you started. Find the right make and models If you are still in the process of looking for your car, it is important that you find the right make and model to invest …

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Insider: How to Have Fun when Buying a New Car

If you are looking to buy a new car, it is vital that you get as much fun out of the experience as possible. This is especially important if you are someone with a passion for driving and a deep admiration for all kinds of vehicles. Of course, it is important to make sensible decisions, but this shouldn’t stand in the way of you getting excited about your upcoming purchase. In order to fully appreciate the process, you should take on board the following five tips. Start your saving early on The first step is to start your saving early …

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Insider: What Your Car Color Says About Your Personality

  When we buy a car, there are many things to consider. For some people, it’s all about horsepower and style, and for others its practicality and fuel consumption. Although we do think about the color when we select the perfect make and model, there is a hidden aspect of the choice you make and how it matches your personality. You may think this choice is just determined by your favorite color or how you think a particular car should look but in fact, this choice is actually determined by a number of physiological aspects and can give you an …

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Insider: Proactive Safety Tips to Reduce Chances of Car Accidents

The last thing anyone wants is to get into a car accident. In some cases, the accident will leave a minor cosmetic flaw on your vehicle. In the worst case scenarios, however, car accidents could mean the end of your life. Nothing is more tragic than a life that ended too soon due to carelessness. Nothing is more frustrating than learning to live with a severe disability due to someone else’s carelessness. Proactive safety can help you avoid these accidents, because it trains you to actively look out for suspicious behaviors or road conditions that will put you at risk. …

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Industry Insider: Social Events To Showcase Your Showroom

If you’ve got some cars in the showroom you want to show off to prospective buyers, or you’ve got some that need a little push towards being sold, then you should consider holding an event to get people onto your site to fully appreciate the cars you have to sell. Since there’s no better way to sell than face-to-face, it’s about time you took out the polish and the chamois cloth and cleaned up your garage and your best little numbers. In order to host a good and hopefully lucrative event, you’ll want to learn how best to get buyers …

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Industry Insider – Car Loans: Understanding Your Options

Regardless of whether you are considering a new car or one that is used, it is important that you understand all of the options available when it comes to auto loans. Because a vehicle is one of life’s major purchases, taking the time to research and determine the best loan type for your situation is a vital step in the process of buying a car. The Most Common Types of Automobile Loans Simple interest loans may be the most widely used type of auto loan; this kind of loan has an interest rate that is based on the outstanding balance …

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Insider: Don’t Buy a Used Truck Without Completing This Checklist

Many auto dealerships only sell “certified” used cars, but you should still go over the vehicle with a fine-toothed comb. Kicking the tires isn’t enough. Perform the following eight actions before you say, “I’ll take it.” 1. Shop in Daylight Don’t shop for your used truck at night. Examine any vehicle in full daylight on level ground. This ensures you see all defects and levels out engine fluids. When you browse Southwest Motors full line up of used Trucks or any other dealer’s inventory, it’s best to do it in bright daylight.   2. Inspect Joints Run your fingers along …

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Insider: 7 Luxury Car Brands That Can Be Affordable Through Leasing   

If you’re ready to visit the car dealership and pick out your brand new car to purchase, you may want to stop yourself and consider leasing. With a vehicle lease, you can potentially pay much less and drive a higher end car. A car with a reputation for luxury may not be in your reach for an outright purchase, but a lease agreement may help you drive home with it today. Here are seven luxury brands that offer affordable options for consumers who lease. 1. BMW One of the top luxury brands that consumers strive for is BMW. This German …

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Industry Insider: 4 Considerations When Buying UTV Parts

There are many reasons you might be in the market for UTV parts, but unless you’re an experienced mechanic, you’re probably wondering where you should begin. How do you know you’re buying the right parts for the right prices? How can you be sure you’re investing in something that will last? Here are just a few things to consider as you shop for UTV parts. 1. Price First things first: How much can you afford to spend on your vehicle? Keep in mind that the listed price of the part isn’t always the final price that you’ll pay. You might …

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