Nick's Auto Blog

Hello, my name is Nick. This is my new auto blog. Have you ever wondered about how you can improve the look and functioning of your auto? If so you are in the right place. I live in a large house in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and my house has as many garage parking spots as it does rooms. And believe me, it has a lot of rooms. I like to collect classic cars and then work on them to restore them to their former glory. In doing this, I have learnt lots of cool tricks. I would like to share some of these tricks with you here.

Four Unique Items to Check for When you Purchase a New Car


Purchasing a new car is a huge step that you should prepare yourself for. You likely are already prepared for the negotiating price game that is present on most car sales lots. Something else you should be prepared for are the new accessories and items featured in most newer car models. If you haven't purchased a car in a while, consider these four unique items or accessories to check for when you visit the car sales lot.

USB Port

An added bonus that many cars are featuring is a USB port. This is ideal for charging your mobile devices or hooking up a device for music while driving. The USB port uses the charge from your car battery in a similar way as a cigarette lighter or other charging option available on most vehicles. Most cars that feature this port generally offer only one, but you can purchase plug-ins that allow you to charge multiple devices or listen to the music on one device, played through your car speakers, while charging another.

Hydrophobic Glass

A new development, available on cars like the Kia Cadenza, is hydrophobic glass. This glass is designed to allow water to shed off which increases your road visibility in heavy rainstorms. This is a key feature if you live in an area where heavy rains are common most of the year. You will still need to use your wipers, but the need for adding waterproofing options to your glass will be a thing of the past.

Brake Power

Though the name of the feature is not "brake power," the idea is to use kinetic energy from your car brakes to power the car. The feature is actually known as Eloop power and is a feature on new model Mazda cars with hybrid technology.  This feature takes the stored energy from each time you hit your brakes and uses it for things like your headlights and stereo system.

Detection Options

The ability to detect if someone or something is in your way when you are backing up or when you are parking is something many people have wanted for decades. That dream is finally being realized by companies like Volvo who are now offering Pedestrian and Cyclist detection on their vehicles. This is an ideal option if you work or live in a busy area where pedestrian accidents can occur.

These are just a few of the many new features car companies are developing for new vehicles. Keep these in mind when you visit car sales lots like Performance Automobiles and ask if any newer model cars have these features. You may be surprised at what other features are available as well. 


5 January 2015