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15 Interesting Facts About Audi Cars

15 Interesting Facts About Audi Cars

Since it was founded in 1909, Audi has become a household name, representing luxury vehicles throughout the world. But just how much do you really know about the Audi brand? We’ve scoured the Internet to bring you some interesting facts about Audi. Take a look! About Audi: A Brief History The history of the Audi brand dates back to 1899 when German engineer, August Horch, founded Horch & Cie. in Cologne, Germany. The first Horch automobile was built in 1901. After a dispute, Horch left the company in 1909 and set up a separate automobile company. However, because the name “Horch” was a registered trademark, Horch was not entitled to use it anymore and in 1910, he subsequently came up with a new company name, Audi Automobilwerke GmbH. [source] 15 Interesting Facts About Audi The name, Audi, is actually a Latin translation of the name, “Horch”. Horch made the change after he was told he couldn’t use his name (due to a trademark dispute). The ... read more

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The Importance of Windshields & Windshield Wipers

The Importance of Windshields & Windshield Wipers

History of Windshields & Windshield Wipers In the early days of transportation, when horse-drawn carriages were used, windshields were not necessary. However, as technology evolved and roadways became increasingly crowded, horseless carriages began to use glass to protect drivers from environmental factors, such as wind, rain, and road debris. Mary Anderson, Inventor of the Windshield Wiper Windshields first came about alongside the invention of the first automobiles, sometime around the early 1900s. Back then, drivers had the option of removing the glass pane or propping the glass panes open if they needed better vision. Around the same time, in the winter of 1902, a woman named Mary Anderson was visiting New York city when she observed that motorists were driving with both panes of their double front windows open due to difficulty keeping the windshield clear of falling sleet. The following year, Anderson applied for (and was granted) a 17-year patent for a windshield wiper ... read more

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5 Interesting Facts About BMW Cars

5 Interesting Facts About BMW Cars

There is no doubt that BMW is one of the most popular luxury vechicle brands produced today. Over the years, BMW has become a household name in the automotive industry. However, BMW wasn’t always know for automobiles. Take a look at some of the fun facts we’ve gathered about the BMW brand. How much do you really know about BMW? Fun Fact About the BMW Brand #1 – BMW wasn’t always known as “BMW”. Founded in 1916, Munich, Germany as the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (BFW) #2 – BMW was originally founded as an airplane engine manufacturer. During WWI, there was a massive shortage of cutting edge airplane engines. So a little company called Rapp Motor merged with Otto Werke, an airplane maker just up the street in Munich, combining forces to satisfy the war effort’s needs. Otto Werke was run by the son of the guy who invented four cycle engines, which made just about every fuel-efficient car in history ev ... read more

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8 Facts About the MINI Cooper

8 Facts About the MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper is a popular, small-sized vehicle, produced by the British Motor Corporation. Below, we’ve listed some fun and interesting facts about the MINI. 8 Fun & Interesting Facts About the MINI Cooper In 1999, the MINI was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. All 4 members of The Beatles owned Mini Cooper vehicles. The Mini dates back to 1957 and was named for one of the top names in rally racing, John Cooper. The Mini was the first car maker to turn the engine sideways in order to create more room inside of the vehicle. The BMW-owned MINI is a successor to the hugely popular Mini Cooper produced between 1959 and 2000, but is technically unrelated to the original model. The original Mini Cooper was a distinctive 2-door car, designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis. Issigonis’ first design sketch for the Mini was drawn on a napkin in Switzerland. The record for the most people yo ... read more

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5 Ways You Could’ve Saved Gas Last Summer

5 Ways You Could’ve Saved Gas Last Summer

Summer is one of the busiest times for drivers. Between road trips, vacations, and running the kids to and from summer activities, you can really burn up a lot of gasoline in your vehicle. So, what lessons have we learned from our driving experiences this past summer? We break down some of the ways you could’ve saved on gasoline. 5 Ways You Could’ve Been Saving Gas Last Summer #1 – Drive Less Aggressively. We all have those few times where we’re in a rush to get somewhere or are just having a bad day. However, it’s no reason to take it out on your car (or the people around you). In fact, did you know that poor driving habits (i.e. road rage, or rapid accelerating) can cost you a small bundle? According to Edmunds.com, accelerating slowly from a green light and slowing down gradually for a red light cut fuel consumption for someone driving a Land Rover by more than 35%! #2 – Use Cruise Control. As mentioned befo ... read more

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10 Amazing Honda Car Facts You Never Knew About

10 Amazing Honda Car Facts You Never Knew About

Everyone knows Honda’s are quality, reliable and affordable vehicles, but do you have any idea just how innovative this Japanese car company is? Check out some of these amazing Honda facts to wow your friends and family at your summer picnic this year. 10 Amazing Honda Facts You’ve Never Heard! #1 – The Honda CRV came with a picnic table or shower! A folding table was included in the trunk of this SUV, and the first generation version also had an optional shower kit that connected to the back for easy camp cleaning. #2 – Honda has been the worlds largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959! Its lower price point on commuter bikes gives it a great advantage. #3 – Honda created the world’s first four-wheel drive car. The Honda Prelude was a sports coupe that as produced from 1978 until 2001. #4 – The Honda Civic has been named one of the top ten best cars by Car and Driver magazin ... read more

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Why Are Gas Prices Higher in the Summer?

Why Are Gas Prices Higher in the Summer?

The temperature is not the only thing on the rise here in Raleigh, NC; gas prices have been increasing significantly as well. It’s unfortunate because we are about to get into that beautiful beach weather, and are ready to burn some extra fuel on summer road trips. Unfortunately, it looks like these higher gas prices are here to stay for a bit – but why is this? Why do gas prices increase in the summer so significantly each year? 3 Reasons Why Gas Prices Are Higher in the Summer There are several secondary factors that cause fuel to be more expensive in the summer versus the winter: #1 – TRAVEL People are traveling more so there is a higher demand. #2 – PRODUCTION Energy companies conduct maintenance on their refineries that limit their production until late May. #3 – NATURAL DISASTERS More hurricanes and other natural disasters occur that can slow fuel production. But the main reason summer gas i ... read more

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7 Super Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car, Truck or SUV

7 Super Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car, Truck or SUV

It’s finally spring! I’m sure you’re just as excited as we are that the weather here in Raleigh, NC seems to be taking a turn for the warmer, this has certainly been a rough winter. The winter weather is not just hard on you, however, it also does quite a number on your car, truck or SUV! As you are getting ready to spring clean this year, make sure you do not forget to show your automobile some TLC. It worked very hard these past few months, braving the snow and ice to get you home safely (maybe not quickly, but at least safely.) Cold temperatures, rough road conditions and salt take a toll on everything from your car’s brakes and tires to its suspension, steering and even wiper blades. To help your vehicle take you seamlessly into the warmer months ahead, make sure you follow these seven important tips from the expert mechanics at Reliable Import Service on how to properly spring clean your car! 7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Car, Truck or SUV #1 &ndas ... read more

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6 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop in Raleigh

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop in Raleigh

Needing auto repair services in Raleigh, NC, or wherever you might be, aren’t always convenient. Whether your car has broken down on the side of the road, or you just need an oil change or brake repair, being without your car for any amount of time is annoying. There is one thing you can do ahead of time, however, that makes getting your car repaired much easier: choose the right auto repair shop. When you find an auto shop that you really trust, and that has extra convenience services to make your day easier, you’ll find that keeping your automobile well maintained isn’t as difficult as you once thought. 6 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop #1 – Ask friends and family for their recommendations. You trust your friends and family, and you value their opinions, so this is a great place to start looking for the best auto repair shop. A great experience getting your car repaired isn’t something that alway comes up in normal co ... read more

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