My husband and I live in a recreational area in central Minnesota. As with most recreation areas throughout the country this means many frequently use 4 wheelers around us. We have "4 wheelers" ourselves that we use to plow snow from our driveway, haul wood from the wood pile to the house and to travel the recreation trails of the area. We also use our 4 wheelers during the deer hunting season to get back to our deer stands and to transport the deer out of the woods. I think they are a useful and fun vehicle; however there are so many people who use their 4 wheelers to destroy the natural beauty of our State unknowingly or purposefully.It all starts from the fortunate fact that there are several paths in the acreage behind our home for 4 wheelers. We normally use these paths to go from one neighbors home to another and to simply walk in the beautiful woods. The wooded area where the paths are located has quite dense vegetation filled with very old beautiful hardwood maples and ash trees. This wooded area is classified under tax forfeited land, so it is collectively owned by the State of Minnesota. There is an agreement among the neighbors that we will all do our best to keep the paths clear of brush and fallen debris. However, there are no rules or guidelines whatsoever about the use of 4 wheelers on the paths. Everyone used common sense and was courteous to each other as well as to Mother Nature.Everything seemed to be going well, until one particular day. Recently our path system was discovered by a group of 4 wheelers that are now using it as a connection from one racing area to another. The racing causes an excessive amount of noise and some serious damage to the wooded area, which prompted the interference of the department of natural resources which stepped in and banned the use of ATVs in this wooded area.This has been a great disappointment to those of us who were using our 4 wheelers responsibly. When I mentioned this to some of my co-workers I was surprised to find out a majority of them thought that all ATV trails should be closed. Many people see these trails as dangerous and harmful to the environment. I was amazed that they saw the 4 wheelers as a bad thing per se. A close look at the situation should reveal that the real culprits are those irresponsible people driving them.The woods behind our house are much quieter now. People still use the paths for walking and nature-gazing. The thing that still bugs me is that others are getting the message that [*_*] are bad for nature, when the true message should be irresponsible people are really what are bad for nature. It is unfair that thoughtless behavior by some people is over generalized and affects the entire community. I love Nature. I love my [*_*], too. They can co-exist.
Believe it or not, it is a skill to buy the right vehicle, at a good or better price than what a particular vehicle is sold for in the market.Before you do anything else, apply for a bank loan to purchase a new vehicle, find out what is your maximum loan amount your bank or any lender is willing to lend you. Once you know how much your loan approval is, then you are ready to start looking for the car you want.Decide on the vehicle you will truly be happy or at the least very satisfied with, so that the notes will not feel painful. This is very important.Will your next vehicle be a truck, a car, a SUV? Whichever type of vehicle you prefer start comparing different makes and models and get a general idea of what they are worth in the market. One easy way to do this is by visiting the Kelly Blue Book online at: http://www.kbb.com. Here you can check what the MSRP value is (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, is the price set by the manufacturer).Once you have a check from your lender, that check will good as cash at the dealership. This will give you buying power. You will be able to get the best possible cash on a vehicle you really like.As you shop around do not let car salesmen to intimidate you, remember, you have done your home work, you have research the market value for the car you want, you know a fair price down to the miles of it. Now you have a check in hand and can negotiate a cash deal. Make cash offers and see what reactions you get from salesman. Do not give any information to salesman.Once you are down to a few dealers where you will buy your car from, go to each, or call each of them on the phone, work with the ones that have a decent sense of customer service and who are willing to work with you, and via telephone make a cash offer for one of the vehicle you are looking for. For instance, you have researched a vehicle that easily sells for $15K or $16K with less than 30K miles. Offer $12K cash and gauge each of their reactions and see what happens. Its not for nothing that Cash still the reigning king!
Dont forget youre the owner of that wonderful Chevrolet Venture; so get a nice grip on the only thing that would get it moving your key. I am a proud owner of this great model, and this Chevrolet Venture keychain is a perfect companion reminding me constantly the answer to the question Which one is yours in this sea of parked cars?Keys are designed to keep our valuables safe. But losing our key is as annoying as having our stuff stolen sometimes. Owning a Chevy Venture makes me proud with this badge a leather keychain with a round silver plate engraved with the model name. It reflects my cars personality (and my own, too!). When this treasured possession got lost, I felt like I went to hell in a week.Before, I had no trouble explaining to a car park attendant which car is mine because my keychain has the exact model of my car engraved in it. By just a mention of the approximate location, like It is parked in the second row next to the south entrance and I am pretty sure he would find it very quickly. Within that week, I had this bad experience giving the car attendant my duplicate key attached to a Mitsubishi keychain. The parking attendant gave me a sharp, suspicious look. I nearly lost my cool to tell him, Dont look at me like that! I have all the registrations papers here!When the thought of finding a replacement came to me, I Google-searched the item and my eyes immediately caught the image of a fine black leather keychain featuring my Chevy Venture. Its a not-so-exact replica of the one Ive lost, it being slightly smaller at three inches tall and 1 1/4 inches wide. It still features the Chevrolet logo and the model name Venture highlighted atop a silver round plate with a shiny white plastic backdrop.Every time I remember my experience which the car park attendant, my hands are moving involuntarily to tap my pockets. I am glad my new keychain is still there.Heres another funny anecdote to make you value your keychain more: I had a dinner with my boss in restaurant downtown when it rained like Noahs time. We parked his car right in front of the restaurant. Trapped in the rain after the sumptuous meal, we were forced to wait at the already jam-packed lobby for about an hour. We do not have umbrellas because these were left inside the car. My poor boss is already fuming mad, ran to his car with a plastic folder on top of his head. He was already soaking wet, and yet he cant open the door. When he came back to where I was waiting, he was laughing loudly and I thought he had gone crazy. He whispered to me, Oh my God! What would have happened if the owner of that car saw me? I might have spent the night in jail. Our ride is behind the car I was trying to open like a thief.
Creating a replacement for the phenomenally successful; Model T Ford will always be recognized as one of the toughest tasks in all the entire history of the automobile industry. Later successes in an established industry are always easier the groundwork has been done. It is early on in the marketing cycle of a car , an industry or a sales territory is where the greatest efforts are usually required and the results success or failure are more dramatic. Mr. Henry Ford was confident and eccentric enough to want the Tin Lizzie to remain in production forever. Announced in 1908, the machine that put the world on wheels was destined to notch up just over 15 million sales before Mr. Ford accepted the fact a new model was vital and essential. Sixty-four today and the biggest job of my life is ahead Ford exclaimed as work began on the Model A, which was given the designation as the first car ever produced by his company , back in 1903. Believe it or not Ford Model T production ended nearly six months before the first of the newcomers was delivered : the hiatus appearing all the more extraordinary when you appreciate was then a one model automotive car company. In terms of cars for sale; the immense River Rouge plant built nothing for the almost a half of 1928. Although far more complex than its predecessor , the parts count was 40 % higher, and most of these automotive components were new - the Model A is a miracle of simplicity by todays modern standards mechanical and of course electronic. Todays vintage classic car fans appreciate the fact the Model A was designed to be fixed by blacksmiths of what was then the outback wilds of North Dakota. Key features of the Model A vehicle included a traditional frame-type suspension, transverse leaf springs, front and rear hydraulic dampers, a conventional ignition system, a safety-glass windshield, and a brake for each wheel. Like the Tin Lizzie, the newcomer was offered with an assortment of two door and door bodies, from a roadster and phaeton to sedan and taxi. Prices started at $ 460 in 1928. It has been said about driving a Ford Model T that the driver should forget almost everything that they know about and are familiar with driving. For a driver sitting at the wheel of a Model T it is as if he is a driving novice. The only thing rather conventional about the setup for driving a Model T is the steering wheel. Not so with a Ford Model A. Anyone who can handle a standard manual transmission with proficiency need have no qualms about driving the Model A. The 3.3 liter engines four cylinders provide strong torque at very low engine revs, so there is no need to work up on down the three speed transmission. When one does, the shifts silent simplicity will make you wonder why a vintage Bentleys cogs can be so difficult to master. The Ford Model A can maintain a cruising speed of 50 miles and hour with top bursts to a maximum of 65 miles per hour. This is all the more amazing when one considers that the engine is a 40 horsepower 4 cylinder engine running at 2200 revolutions per minute (rpm). The Model A was remarkable in that it set a new standard with high quality that provided a rugged , more than reliable and characterful motoring , in an economical fashion all in return for more than a sensible amount for purchase price of an automotive product of its time from the market leader of its day - The Ford Motor Company.
In the performance parts industry, people tend to use the words parts and accessories interchangeably, while others see a difference. So whats the difference, for example, between truck parts and truck accessories if many of them serve the same basic function? It depends on who you ask.Because the words parts and accessories each encompass a large number of products that overlap and can therefore be categorized as either, people tend to the use the words interchangeably without any regard to the difference. In reality, when dealing with the "performance parts" industry, the word only overlaps in certain instances, and even then opinions will vary as to which factors apply. Truck parts and truck accessories each have their own list of included products, which meet in the middle depending on their intended use, as well as their categorization as an OEM or aftermarket product.A "truck parts" advisor for example, may tell you that a truck part has a more generic definition, and includes everything from repair, maintenance, and restoration, to interior and exterior enhancement. Such products may include oil filters, air filters, shocks, spoilers, or headlamps, as they in effect, are part of the truck. So long as they are the original part of the truck, or even a replacement or repair product, it can be described as a part whereas an aftermarket part created to enhance the vehicle after the initial purchase tends to fall into the accessory category.In the meantime, the same parts advisor may tell you that the word accessory is synonymous with the word part when referring to a product in general, but the specific make and use of the product will determine which category it falls into.Car covers, sun shields, make-specific paraphernalia and such products that serve mainly to enhance a car or truck (such as lift kits) would most likely be considered solely accessories. A sport utility rack could potentially fall into either.Even oil filters, brake pads or rotors, or air filters could fall into either category. The standard, OEM version will typically be considered a truck part whereas a performance-based aftermarket version thereof will more likely be considered a Truck accessory (such as K&N oil filters, which take advantage of advanced filtration technology you wont find in its standard OEM counterpart). A lift kit, which isnt something thats included with the truck but rather used as an enhancement will typically be classified as an accessory, though some will still call it a truck part.The items that tend to be categorized specifically as accessories are aftermarket products made to enhance (whether it be performance or aesthetic). For example aftermarket air filters, high quality seat covers, and floor mats for trucks are typically considered truck accessories if they are not the original OEM part. The issue becomes even more clouded once you get into OEM-made accessories vs. aftermarket accessories or even aftermarket parts, but thats a completely different article.In the end, the difference between the two will always vary from person to person, even among truck enthusiasts and professionals within the repair or performance parts industry.