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Kitting Your Car Out With Car Accessories

Posted on 16 December 2010 by bobby

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Now that you finally have your dream car. All that scrimping and saving has finally paid dividend? Well enjoy it for a start, sit back and relax; you’ve done all the boring parts of buying a car like analysing the market and devising a car budget;. Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Why not personalise your car, add some interior car accessories and really tailor the car to your needs.

So you’ve got your sleek new BMW 6 Series now custom fit your new pride and joy. Why not add some flashycar mats to set-off the interior as well providing protective cover for the carpet of your brand new car. Mats will help keep the interior looking like new and enhance the vehicle’s value if you do decide to ever sell or trade it in. Car mats for a BMW are produced from a blend of thermoplyolefin, which make the mat flexible yet durable. They are available in three colours, black, tan and grey.

If you’re a busy person always on the go then it may be worth investing in mobile phone accessories. In recent years, stricter laws have been applied to using your mobile while driving; getting caught on the phone can land you a fine of up to £1000 and even lead to your car being seized. So don’t take the risk, use hands-free calling with a selection of phone accessories on the market. At £149.95, the Motorola T603 Bluetooth is an excellent choice for those busy work-types. Your brand spanking new car may become a target for thieves! So protect it with a car security system. Vehicle tracking systems use the latest technology, such as GPS AND VHF, to pinpoint the exact location of your vehicle.

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Automotive Safety

Posted on 27 May 2010 by bobby

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In this era, who is not involved concerning car safety. Why, it seems that each day, you scan about a replacement terrible and tragic automobile accident on the roadways, which will practically build you would like to become a hermit. No matter how much attention you place into automotive safety, it never looks like enough, as the safest drivers in the safest cars still typically get struck by a tragic fate. Although there’s no perfect answer to the current or any other problem, nonetheless, your automotive safety will be maximized and your chances for disaster minimized if you are willing to require some easy precautions.

One of the most effective things you’ll do to help increase your automotive safety is to learn defensive driving. A heap of defensive driving is very a matter of common sense and courtesy, nonetheless courses will be taken to enhance your driving skills. Though a car with a smart automotive safety rating is a nice investment, it’s a moot purpose if you can manage to avoid having a collision to begin with.

Sadly, no mater how safe your driving, we have a tendency to all understand that typically, through someone else’s carelessness, or through unhealthy luck, accidents can still happen. That is why car safety means, higher than all, having a secure car. There are many wonderful resources which will rank automobile safety in the most popular model. My favorite of these is client reports, which shows NHTSA crash ratings for all of the leading cars, and gives you an overall breakdown of automotive safety, price, and client satisfaction.

Then again, it is vital to not overlook the most important factors in automotive safety: wearing your seatbelt and creating positive that your automotive is in sensible operating order. If you’re in a very crash, your likelihood of survival, according to some specialists, more than doubles if you’re wearing your seatbelt. And one among the leading preventable causes of tragic automotive accidents is a automobile that is inadequately maintained and fails as a result of its equipment fails. Be conscious of automotive safety and don’t drive on bald tires or a misaligned or failing suspension. Don’t put off that oil amendment and risk having that engine seize up on you! Above all, your automobile safety is your safety, thus do not put your life on the line simply as a result of you haven’t gotten around to obtaining those necessary services for your car!

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Does PhotoBlocker Spray really work? or is it a SCAM?

Posted on 21 May 2010 by admin

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Well, this is the $64,000 question.  Lots has been said on this subject and I have to tell you that the answer to this question has become somewhat controversial.

Even at this website –, reader opinions seem to be divided strongly among the pros and the cons.  So, what’s the Bottom Line?

Well, as you know, I am a “bottom line” person, so I will be brief.  The answer is (drum roll please) – “it is a scam, pure and simple.”  Sorry to disappoint you.  And sorry to all of you that have bought this product already.  I am ashamed of it, but yours truly even promoted the product on this very website not too long ago.

A more complete answer with the caveat is this:  There is no caveat…Photoblocker Spray does not work, period. Don’t fall for their trap when they tell you that people who had bad results simply did not apply is properly.  The product was tested at Mythbusters using highly sophisticated scientific methods, and the myth was busted!  In other words, the product did not work.

The company loves to cite this fact to support their claims:

A television station, WTV09 performed a study to test the effectiveness of photoblocker spray.  Their testing showed that spray DOES in fact make a license plat unreadable when a digital camera with a flash was used to photograph it.  They did a side-by-side comparison of a plate with and without the PhotoBlocker Spray.

I and many others believe that the testing by the TV station was flawed.  It was not done by scientists and it was effective on only one type of camera and flash set up (and I also believe the lighting conditions were just perfect).  However, the type of camera and flash used in the TV example is NOT the kind used by most municipalities.

Besides, you don’t have to take my word for it.  Numerous people on the internet will back up the fact that this spray just does not do what it is purported to do.  It does not work.  Don’t waste your money on it.

For real protection, buy a radar detector.  Read my article on the world’s best radar detector on this site.  And if you want to buy one, your best bet is RADAR BUSTERS….their link is right on this site.  They are a reputable company.

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World’s Best Radar Detector? Revealed – with and without GPS

Posted on 03 May 2010 by admin

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Escort 9500ix

Okay, I’m not a wordy writer.  Like many of you, I’m a “bottom line” kind of guy.  My mantra is usually: Spare me the technical details, just tell me what to buy.

Well, I will do that.  But to be fair, I will follow up with the rationale behind my recommendations.  I am not going against my mantra, but I do think it is important to show you that this is not based on my opinions, but rather real world testing.

So here it is:

  • #1 with GPS – Escort Passport 9500i – Price: $460 – usually not sold at a discount anywhere
  • #1 without GPS – Escort Passport 8500 X50  – price: $345

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And Now for the Details…

Here are the details behind the recommendation above.  If you don’t like technical details or don’t care, you need not read further.  Just buy one of the units above and you will not go wrong.

Now, for those of you who what to know about the rationale behind the ratings, read on…

What is “best?”

First, to truly rate what is best, the word “best” needs to be defined, because you could mean “best” as in “I think is the best games site”, or you could mean your car has the “best” brakes, because specifically, you believe it to be the best that you have experienced.

Best can mean a number of things in the world of radar detectors – highest in sensitivity, longest in range, best in selectivity and best in eliminating false alarms. But I can tell you from real world experience that “best” is always a compromise of all these attributes, i.e., there is no detector that is best at all the qualities that matter – sensitivity, range, selectivity and false positive elimination at the same time.

These attributes are by their very nature competing attributes.  If engineers design a radar detector to be exceptionally sensitive, they have to compromise on its ability to detect false positive signals.  If they design the unit to have the greatest selectivity, it will not have the longest range, and so on.

Three premier brands are usually mentioned when any expert talks about the best radar detectors – Escort, Beltronics (BEL) and Valentine.

Valentine V1

Valentine V1 fans love to tout about the Valentine V1’s ultra high sensitivity – this is true – it can detect a police radar in the next state (I exaggerate for dramatic effect here).  While it may be super sensitive and will not let you miss a potential radar trap, the darn thing can not keep its alarm from going off at the slightest provocation from any radar source – such as radar detectors in passing cars, cell phone towers, Little Timmy’s glow-in-the-dark wrist watch (again I exaggerate for dramatic effect).  This gets old quickly.  By the end of a 500 mile trip, you either want to surrender this thing to a cop, or smash it over and over with all four tires of your car.


Then there’s BEL (Beltronics) .  Fans of this breed love to tout about the BEL GX65 – particularly its photo band sensitivity.  We agree, this is impressive.  But in the all important category of Laser radar detection, this brand tends to fall short.  Having said that, there is one model that stands out – the BEL STI Driver – because it is mysteriously undetectable by the most sensitive police radar detector – detecting equipment.  So this makes it ideal for places where such devices are banned, such as Washington DC and Virginia.  But other than this specialized model, the brand does not stand out against Escort for everywhere else where radar detectors are legal.


This brings us to Escort – the brand of choice.  Why are their products superior?  Well, in a nutshell, they are the “best” in our view.  For example, compared to the Valentine V1, the units above are extraordinarily good at eliminating false alarms or false positive signals and they have a lot more features to boot.  And compared to the BEL detectors, the units are nearly equal in our view for photo band detection, but offer superior camera location detection in the Escort 9500ix (the GPS enabled unit) and both the Escort 9500Xi and Escort 8500 X50 offer higher sensitivity while eliminating false positives.

So there you have it.  The two Escort products – the 9500ix and 8500 X50, because of their extraordinary sensitivity, superior features, user friendliness and exceptional elimination of false signals reign, at least for the time being, the best radar detectors on the planet.

*****I give them 5/5 starts, by far great choices.
If you decide to buy, do yourself a favor and buy them from the BEST AND MOST RELIABLE website on the net (we know because we have looked at them all!!!), right here:

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Whistler PRO-73 Review

Posted on 27 January 2009 by admin

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Whistler PRO-73

The Whistler radar detection unit is designed to do what every radar detector is made to do: detect radars and indicate if the driver is overspeeding or not. The industry has been creating and manufacturing these types of electronics for quite a while and yet there is still no model that has really made a difference in terms of functionality, pricing, and longevity. This review aims to analyze if the Whistler PRO-73 radar detector is a model to look into.

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Whistler FUZION Review

Posted on 26 January 2009 by admin

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Whistler FUZION

A lot of people have been looking for good radar detectors, but frankly there are so many broken down and ineffective brands and models being sold in the market that it is difficult to tell anymore if a new radar detector works or not. The Whistler FUZION radar detector has proven to be one of the unique units being sold, so this review aims to see why.

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Whistler DE-3500 Review

Posted on 23 January 2009 by admin

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Whistler DE 3500

Radar detectors are the “in” thing when trying to avoid overspeeding and getting ticketed, but with so many brands and products being sold in the markets, it’s now harder to know which brand or which model detects all radar bands and effectively signals during times of overspeeding. This review aims to learn about the Whistler DE-3500 radar detector and to see if it is as effective as other brands being sold in stores all over the country.

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Escort Passport 8500 x50 Review

Posted on 21 January 2009 by admin

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Escort Passport 8500 x50

To avoid speeding when on the road, people nowadays are turning to radar detectors to determine how fast they are going and to avoid the possibility of speeding and getting caught speeding on the road. One of the companies who pioneer in the development and manufacturing of radar detectors is Escort, Inc., with its latest product, the Escort Passport 8500 x50. This is the updated version of the Escort Passport 8500 and is equipped with the latest technology known as POP for optimum protection.

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Escort Solo-2 Review

Posted on 18 January 2009 by admin

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Escort Solo 2

Escort© has long been a trusted manufacturer of radar detectors, which are electronic equipment used to detect if a driver is speeding in order to avoid being ticketed by traffic enforces and accidents from overspeeding. The Escort Solo-2 is a cordless radar detector that has worked for many in detecting all radar bands, one of the new updated versions of the Escort Solo.

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Reflector Cover Review

Posted on 17 January 2009 by admin

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Reflector Cover

During the times when you’re in a hurry to get along past all the cars on the road, there’s an urge to violate traffic rules and beat that red light. Fortunately, there are products such as The Reflector Cover which are made of high quality plastic that reflects light using a material called reflecting crystals. These crystals are known to overexpose photo radar and red light cameras. Manufacturers of these reflector covers have thought of making these to evade traffic unfair rules designed to pad the pockets of the companies who make red light and speed cameras.

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