Apparently, thefts of Honda's are on the rise throughout Metro Vancouver.
But no matter what vehicle you own, it's always good to make sure that your car is as unappealing to car thieves as possible.
1. Always keep your car locked, even while driving. 2. Never leave your keys in your car when parked, and make sure the windows and sun roof are closed tight. 3. Never leave your car idling and unattended. 4. DO NOT leave your vehicle title in your car. If the thief gets pulled over, he/she can produce that documentation for the cops and will often get let go. 5. Avoid high crime areas and know where you're going.
What should you do if your car has been recalled, but the parts aren't available?
The answer is NOT panic!
Get your VIN number (found on the dashboard near the windshield on the driver's side) , and go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website (https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/). It will tell you where there are recalls on your car that haven't been fixed, and if the car maker is waiting for parts.
If the parts your car needs aren't available, do a little bit of research and see if those parts could cause injury or crashes if they break. Check to see if your car is displaying symptoms of the problems that caused the recall, and head straight to your dealer.
Here's 10 useful things that you may not have known about your car before:
1. Did you know that you can tell which side of your car your fuel tank is on by looking at your fuel gauge?
Car manufacturers have begun to design fuel gauges with a 'secret' arrow next to the fuel pump icon pointing the direction it's located.
2. Holding you car key fob next to your head increases its range, because the human skull acts like an amplifier.
3. You can turn your old, unused in-car ashtray into an iPhone dock.
4. You can improve fuel economy by 'hypermiling'. That means giving the car in front of your more space on the road. If you do that, you'll be able to coast to a stop at red lights, instead of slamming on your breaks. In addition, you can use cruise control to maintain your speed and turn off your engine if you'll be stopping for more than a few minutes.
5. Take photos with your smart phone of where you parked when you go shopping. This way, you'll be able to retrieve your car if you forgot where you parked it, and you'll know who cause any new dings or dents in your car too.
6. You can use a staple remover to open tough key rings when you need to update your keys.
7. A bulky, heavy key chain can actually wear down, and damage your ignition switch over time. Lighten it up a little, and save money!
8. Clean out your trunk to improve your gas mileage. Items you don't use everyday should be taken out to lighten the load a bit.
9. You can use cat litter to give you traction when road conditions are slippery. It might even be better for you car's paint, and the environment depending on the brad you buy.
10. You can put reflective tape on the inside of your car doors to make them more visible to passing motorists when you're parking on the street.
Have you heard about the car that runs off of salt water?
It's called the QUANT E-Sports Limousine. It's an all-electric vehicle that runs off of... you guessed it... salt water!
It debuted at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, and it is NOT a prototype! In fact, the car has been approved for on-road testing in Germany!
It works with a technology developed by nanoFLOWCELL. Each vehicle has 4 electric motors, and 2 tanks that contain up to 400 liters of salt water. Electricity is generated from the salt water and is then stored in capacitors until it is used up.
Essentially, the vehicle is self-reliant and can produce it's own energy! Can you believe it?