Fix Falling Ceiling Upholstery

It used to be common to see the ceiling upholstery of older models of vehicles falling down over time. Part of this stems from gravity and wear, while the rest of it comes from how vehicles used to be manufactured. Today, this is less common, as different processes are used in automotive manufacturing. However, it is still possible. If your car’s ceiling upholstery starts to fall, you can use these tips to get it back into shape.

Clean Upholstery

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Before taking any other steps, make sure to clean your car’s upholstery really well using a cleaning agent specifically created for car interiors. This will help you get the best fabric color match if you plan to replace the upholstery or the lowest quote when it comes to repairing it. Plus, it makes a lot of sense to start with a clean surface if you use upholstery glue to re-adhere the fabric to the car’s ceiling. (more…)

Tires: The Ultimate Mod for Your Dallas Ride

Dallas, Texas, drivers understand the value of high-quality tires. Whether driving daily commutes within the city or outbound on the LBJ Freeway, they recognize worn, ill-fitted, or mismatched rubber falls short of expectations. Although each person’s driving routines are unique, the cure for poor tire performance is the same across the state of Texas. Low quality, poorly sized tires need to be replaced with correctly matched versions, capable of handling anything Texas roads have to offer. Switching to a better set of tires can be the ultimate mod for your Dallas ride.

Performance Perks

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So What Really Is the Best Hand Position on Your Steering Wheel?

Hand positioning is a major point in driver’s education, but the lessons you may have learned years ago aren’t necessarily relevant with today’s modern vehicles. Air bag positioning and car capabilities have changed over the years, and modern steering wheel techniques have changed with them. If you’re not sure how to best place your hands for safe driving, read on to learn more about how you can stay safe on the road.

Adjusting for Airbags

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The traditional “10 and 2″ hand position is no longer the safest go-to for drivers due to the positioning of air bags in today’s smaller steering columns. Airbags inflate at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. As the plastic cover pops off the airbag, nitrogen gas flashes super hot, (more…)

How Car Safety Has Changed Over the Years

Driving or riding in a car is the most dangerous thing you’ll probably do all day, but it’s much safer than it used to be. In 2015, for every 100 million miles driven, only 1.12 people died. Compare that to 2.08 in 1990, 3.18 in 1981, and 5.04 in 1969. 1921 saw 24.09 deaths per 100 million miles. How is safety improving? The major factors are a combination of high technology and brute mechanics.

Better Steel

The steel that makes up the skeletons of our cars has become much stronger over the last two decades. Around the turn of the millennium, automotive steel had a tensile strength of about 500 megapascals. Now, that number is around 1,500. To put that into perspective, you could hang 100 tons on an inch-wide strip of today’s steel without tearing it (more…)

How to Test a Used Vehicle’s Reliability

Used cars are a great way of getting a car at a reasonable cost. They are nearly always sold for a lower price than a comparable new vehicle. Because of this, you are more likely to buy a used car than a new one. However, there are special considerations that need to be made before buying a used car. You need to know if it is well maintained and reliable. There are several simple things that you can do to ensure that a used car is reliable before you buy it. If you are looking for a used vehicle, here is how to test a used vehicle’s reliability.

Check the Report

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The first thing that you should do when looking at a new vehicle is to check its history report. This report can tell you a lot of things about a car that you cannot see. For example, car accidents will show on the vehicle’s history report. While being in an accident may not result in a faulty car, it is often a deal breaker since most people assume that the repairs are not as good as the original manufacturing. History reports are pretty reliable since they are reported by the vehicles license and vin numbers. It is very difficult to hide important information on these reports. Plus, many dealers will get that report for you. You can also get them from companies like Carfax.

Inspect it Inside and Out

Before you spend any money on a used car or test drive it, inspect it thoroughly inside and out. Some dealers work hard to hide details in a car’s care and maintenance. The smallest details could tell you a variety of problems. Always check under the hood and under the body. Mechanical issues often leave clues such as a smell, rust, or stains. Also, look in all of the small, hard-to-see places to make sure that shoddy repairs weren’t covered up. Once you buy the car, it will be your responsibility to fix any of these issues. The extra effort upfront can save you a lot of money in the end.

Test Drive It

The most important thing that you can do is to test drive the vehicle. Nothing will tell you as much as actually driving it. Listen for noises and other clues that components are wearing out and will need to be replaced soon. A used car, regardless of its age, should drive reasonably well. If the owner won’t let you drive it before buying, it is not a car that you should own. Walk away from the deal immediately. Finding a used car that meets your standards can be hard if you are looking in the wrong places. Any reputable dealer will have used cars that of a respectable quality. Only work with car sellers that you can trust, but make sure that you back up their claims with your own research. Make sure that the car that you are purchasing has the right history, performance, price, and qualities that you need in a vehicle. Anything less than that is not worth the money that you would spend on it.  

Spring Has Sprung in Irving

If the harsh Texas heat tends to keep you indoors near an air conditioner in summer, spring is the best time to make the most of the outdoors in DFW. When the last winter chill is gone, Irving celebrates the arrival of spring with a few events and festivals to get you out and about.

Dallas Blooms

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Can You Sell a Car With an Open Recall?

An alarming 46 million cars in the United States have an open recall that’s never been fixed, according to a report by Carfax. Electrical faults, overheating, defective airbags, and engine problems are common issues. The highly publicized Takata airbag debacle saw faulty airbags exploding and injuring over 100 people and causing the deaths of 11. It also put the spotlight on the issue of motor vehicle recalls.

How Do Open Recalls Impact Dealerships?

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5 Green Cars for Irving Drivers

More and more people in Irving, Texas, are starting to invest in green cars. These vehicles have much less of an impact on the environment, meaning Irving’s beautiful surroundings won’t be spoiled in years to come by excess pollution. While green cars used to give you pretty poor mileage, all that has changed, thanks to the latest developments in energy-efficient technology. Because of that, you’ll find they are kind to your wallet as well as the planet.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

First up on our list is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a car that gets quite frankly incredible mileage — the equivalent of 126 mpg in the city and 99 mpg on the highway. That makes it a great option, whether you’re cruising through the streets of Irving or exploring some of the farther-flung parts of Texas. For just 90 cents per 25 miles, it’s extremely affordable to run, making it the perfect choice for those who want a green car on a budget.

Chevy Volt

Gas-powered cars use a huge amount of fuel for relatively little power. The Chevy Volt, on the other hand, uses an average equivalent of just 0.4 barrels of fuel per year. It also gets a pretty great mileage out of that low usage too. When operating in electric-only mode, you’ll get the equivalent of 94 mpg. Definitely not a figure to be sniffed at!

Toyota Prius

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The Cars That Flopped in 2016

As in any industry, product engineers don’t always get it right the first time. We’ve reviewed some of the lowest-selling cars in 2016, and considered which of their features were not well-liked by the public. Here are the cars that flopped in 2016, along with the possible reasons why.

Volkswagen Golf R-3947

The sleek and compact Volkswagen was well-liked in Europe but certainly had less success here in the US. Only 4,000 were sold here in 2016. Some complaints were about the price. More than likely, however, it’s a matter of competition: other cars in the industry were either too similar–while being lower in price–or just slightly more compelling.

Alfa Romeo 4C-457

Its engine roars loud enough to wake the neighbors, and it has dual-clutch transmission, too. Sounds great, right? Sadly, there were many overlooked problems that held back this suave ride from succeeding. In America, only 457 of them were sold. One reason could be that although it’s known as a supercar in training, it still has a 4-cylinder, turbocharged 1.7-litre engine, which puts it behind its competitors. Plus, it has a 42 mpg average fuel consumption, which is less than impressive.

Ford Fiesta

No car sold better in Europe than the Ford Fiesta. Therefore, it came as a surprise that it didn’t fit the bill elsewhere. 45,000 have been sold in the US, but that’s still low in comparison to Ford’s typical numbers, and especially given its sales abroad. What are the downsides of the Ford Fiesta? Firstly, it hasn’t been known to have the ideal resale value, so the public may assume that if they’re going to invest in a car, it is best to skip over the Fiesta and buy one they can change their minds about in the future. Also, there’s no all-wheel drive system, which can prove a problem for those who journey through snow and need all their wheels engaged.

Chevrolet SS

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The Chevrolet SS looks beautiful, sleek, and steady. It has rear-wheel-drive and is V8 powered, making for an intense and efficient trip. It also sports six speeds and magnetic ride control. Still, it didn’t fare well last year in the US. One downside of the Chevrolet SS is that, despite its impressive force, it comes in sedan model only. Even though it’s a tempting automobile to have, there are no options for a sleeker look.

Mini Cooper

The sleek and sexy Mini Cooper has, in fact, grown in size over the years, mostly due to increased safety requirements worldwide. Unfortunately, it is still small enough to feature only two doors, which was its look in 2016. That being said, the chief complaint about this classy, tiny ride is its high cost of maintenance. Although the initial fee is reasonable, any trip to fix what’s broken can cost a bundle. Given that it’s smaller than most rides, many customers simply looked elsewhere. What makes a car sell well or poorly? As you can see, even the greatest car manufacturers can’t always predict that. These are some beautiful cars. Hopefully, despite their 2016 downturn, their upcoming models will take the US by storm.  

See Irving in Winter

Winters in Irving offer a wealth of activities that you can enjoy. From festive celebrations to cultural attractions, there’s something to entertain residents and visitors of all ages. Check out these winter picks.

Experience the 12 Days of Christmas

From November 6 through January 8, you can celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This exhibit is on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the regular daytime admission. The exhibit features elaborate gazebos standing 25 feet tall with music, characters, and animals that embody the spirit of each day of Christmas, from the bejeweled pear tree to the 12 drummers.

See the Trains at Northpark

The second level of Northpark Center features a stunning train display that runs from November 19 through January 8. These trains roll across 1,600 feet of track as they zip through miniature cityscapes of Dallas, New York City, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, and more. The exhibit covers more than 4,000 square feet. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children and seniors, and free for kids under two.

Catch a Dallas Stars Game

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The Dallas Stars hockey team has a packed schedule for the winter season. You can catch it at home playing against the Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and more. The Dallas Stars play at American Airlines Center, where you’ll find enough space for more than 18,000 hockey fans, including 112 luxury suites, 22 theater box suites, and two party suites for up to 50 people.

Remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15 at the Irving Arts Center. This annual observance highlights the achievements of this revolutionary man. It will include live musical performances, theatrical presentations, and a radio show tribute. Listen as pre-recorded radio callers receive answers to their important questions between excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

Celebrate Frost Fest

The end of the holiday season doesn’t have to mean the end of winter fun. Irving’s Frost Fest takes place on January 28, with a host of exciting winter-themed activities to enjoy. Head to Cimarron Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy ice skating, train rides, and snow tubing. Stop by the petting zoo to say hello to the reindeer, or explore the park to find live characters from popular children’s movies. A giant snow globe makes the perfect spot for a family photo at this exciting event.

Enjoy First Friday at the Modern

When the weather is still a bit chilly, indoor activities are a welcome find in the Irving area. Head to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on the first Friday of the month for cocktails and live music performances. At 6:30, you can enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of the galleries for a deeper appreciation of the museum’s pieces. Hop in the car and head out to one of these area highlights to make your winter an unforgettable season in Irving.