Archive for July, 2010

I Took My Car in For Repairs but I Can’t Afford To Pay the Bill

Most people use their cars everyday and they depend on them to get them from point A to point B. We rely on our cars to get us to and from work and when they break down it can be very costly. We sometimes take our cars for granted and we just assume that they will work properly every day. However, that is not the real world and if you own a car it will break down at one point and time.

Car repairs can be very costly and consumers often do not realize how costly they can actually be. Before purchasing a car you need to factor in your monthly payment along with the cost of maintenance. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case and people will purchase a car without ever thinking about the cost to keep them running. When your car breaks down you will take it to an auto repair shop to be fixed. The auto repair shop will look at the car and give you an estimate to fix it. Before checking the car into the shop you will be given the estimate and you will be asked to sign it. Once you sign the estimate the repairs will begin and your car will be fixed. The full payment will be due in order for you to pick up your car but what happens if you don’t have the money to pay the bill?

If you are unable to pay the repair bill you will be given thirty days to come up with the money. If you don’t pay the bill within the thirty days the auto repair shop can place a mechanics lien on your vehicle. If there is an active loan attached to your car the finance company will be notified and they will be given thirty days to pay the amount of the repair bill. At that point if the finance company does not pay the full amount due the car will become legal property of the auto repair shop. Is this allowed? Can they do this? The answer is yes to both of the questions. This is why it is very important that you make sure you have the money to pay for the repair bill before signing the estimate. If you are given an estimate and you are unsure if you will have the money to pay for it, simply take your car back home and wait until you have the money.

Retro Models — What is Old is New Again

Some car manufacturers have recently tried to re-introduce models that have long been dormant. These manufacturers are attempting to reinvent a classic model and not simply rebadge a new model. Some classic examples are the reborn Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. These newer versions of classic American muscle are retro-modern interpretations. Another car company that has jumped on the retro return is Audi with a possible revitalized Quattro Coupe.

Chevrolet Camaro
The newest Camaro was introduced to auto enthusiasts in 2006. The actual car made it to production in 2009 and is now on sale at Chevrolet dealers across North America. A new convertible and high performance versions are due for release later this year. The new version harkens back to the earliest Camaros of 1967 through 1969. The body is larger and appears more muscular in its latest rebirth but the car is still classic American muscle at its best.

Dodge Challenger
Never a great seller when it was first on the market between 1970 and 1974 this twin to the Plymouth Barracuda gathered a cult following after production ended. The large engine models with hemi engines and 440 Magnums with six barrel carburetors were some of the most sought after collector cars during the booming late 90s and early part of the twenty first century. This prompted the reintroduction of the Challenger in 2008 as a competitor to Ford’s redesigned Mustang. The Challenger is a high performance car in its current format. The car is larger than the original model. Hemi power is still available.

Audi Quattro Coupe

The first coupe Quattro was introduced at the Geneva show in 1980 and went into production for European markets later that year. The Quattro was Audi’s all wheel drive rally car, designed and built to take advantage of new rules in the World Rally Class competitions that were popular in Europe. The introduction of all wheel drive to the coupe provided better traction on the rally courses. The turbo charged engine propelled the car to a seven second quarter mile and a top speed over 135 miles per hour. These were fantastic numbers for a production coupe in 1980. The latest Audi Quattro concept returns to the roots of Audi’s driving heritage. It is a two door sleek coupe styled body over an intricate all wheel drive system. The turbocharged and intercooled engine is rumored to be a five cylinder just as the original one was over thirty years ago. Whether Audi builds this car or not, the concept made a splash on the show circuit in 2010 and 2011. Rumors are that a production model will be available in 2012 or 2013.