Car Sizzler Tip and Tale Tip-Tale in CarSizzler How to avoid tyre burst The tyre burst is very common; one should not panic when the tyre of the car bursts. Stay calm and slowly try to reduce the speed of the vehicle and keep the momentum so that you park the car on the side of the road to avoid blocking disturbing the traffic.     Below are the few points we have mentioned to avoid tyre burst:   Always maintain a good speed; never over speed the car when starting at zero. Avoid hard braking as it can unbalance the vehicle and become difficult to handle and also put more pressure on tyres. While cornering, the car tends to pull on one side, therefore, it is recommended to keep the steering of the vehicle in the opposite direction to keep the vehicle going straight and to avoid drifting. Don’t abruptly put off the foot from the accelerator. Always gradually and smoothly release the accelerator pedal. When releasing the accelerator pedal, the pressure of the tyres very strong that is rapidly slows down.     Tyre check: Check your tyre pressure weekly. Check your tyre pressure especially during hot temperatures. Check your car’s user manual for the correct tyre pressure Check your tyre before long journeys. Never overload the car Avoid potholes No Claim Bonus - How to save on insurance premiums No Claim Bonus or NCB is a discount in premium offered by insurance companies if a vehicle owner has not made a single claim during the term of the vehicle insurance policy.   The NCB is a reward to the vehicle owner for prudent use of the vehicle. For example, if you sell a 10-year old hatchback and purchase a C-segment car, the no-claim bonus will pass on to the new vehicle and you can save considerably on your insurance costs. It can be transferred to another insurance company subject to evidence in the form of a renewal notice or letter, confirming the NCB entitlement from the previous insurer.     This discount in the premium is usually 20% for the second year, 25% for the third year, 35% for the fourth year, 45% for the fifth year and 50% for the sixth year. The value of the discount depends upon the insurance claims you have made in that particular year. NCB can be carried forward and will be only allowed provided the policy is renewed within 90 days of the expiry date of the previous policy.   Below are the points to use the NCB and to save insurance premium:   When selling a car, always transfer the insurance lock stock and barrel. Make a photocopy of the new entry in the registration certificate book for insurance purposes. Forward a copy of the delivery note to your insurance company and ask for the NCB certificate or holding letter which is valid for three years.   Forward the NCB letter to your new car’s dealer.  Transferred the NCB to your new car insurance and saved money. The agent at the insurance company should use your NCB to offer a reduced premium and give you a cover note on the spot. The dealership will need this cover note to register your car with traffic authorities. If you are buying a premium car, it would be good to opt for zero depreciation car insurance. How to keep your car in top shape Keeping the car in good shape requires less maintenance and less on the pocket. Many automakers in the country charge too much on services and maintenance of the car.   Therefore, we have put down few points on how to keep your car in top shape:     ·         Always read the user’s manual to know when to get your car serviced. Regular maintenance of the car can solve the small problems before they get big. ·         Always keep your car tyre pressure properly inflated to avoid wear and tear of the tyre before time. The properly inflated tyres provides better fuel efficiency and last longer. ·         Always keep a check on the engine. The car filers and engine oil need to be checked regularly. The filters keep away the dust and other particles from the engine, therefore, it should be cleaned regularly.     ·         Other car fluids such as brake oil and coolant, transmission oil etc, also need to be checked on a regular basis. ·         The car’s battery, wiper blades, washer, lights such as signal lights, headlamps, and taillights should be checked on the regular basis. ·         Timing belts are very important for engines, it should be replaced before it breaks out and to avoid any damage to the engine. ·         Always service your car from a good and dependable service station so that they don’t charge too much and offer good service. ·         Never over speed as this leads to more wear and tear of the engine. ·         Never ignore the exteriors of the car. Washing, waxing, polishing and dents should be taken care off as well. How to get maximum fuel efficiency This mostly depends on how one drives his/her car and how the car is maintained.   ·         Over speeding and applying brakes often reduces the fuel efficiency of the car.  One should drive the car smoothly and patiently. When accelerating and decelerating the car smoothly, the fuel efficiency of the car will automatically increase. ·         Never drive with your foot on the clutch. This results in wastage of engine power which in turn increases fuel consumption and the clutch wears out before time. The clutch pedal should always be used to shift gears. ·         Always switch off the engine when idle or when at a red signal for a long duration. This will save fuel. ·         Always shift gears accordingly. When the gear is at a higher ratio and the speed of the car is low or when the gear is at a lower ration and the speed of the car is higher, the car consumes more fuel. Always change gears according to the speed of the car.     ·         Always maintain a constant speed when driving on open roads. ·         Aerodynamics of the car plays a vital role to maintain the fuel efficiency of a car. When at high speed, it is always good to pull up the car windows and put on the AC, as it maintains the stability of the car. ·         Always keep the tyres properly inflated. ·         Always keep the car properly maintained. One should not ignore the basic things such as engine oil, battery, engine filters etc. ·         Never run your car on an oversized tyres or small tyres. Wider tyres increase rolling resistance and rotation mass thus, resulting in low fuel efficiency. ·         Never overload your car. This put more pressure on the engine and results in low fuel efficiency. Extended Warranties for car An extended warranty is basically an insurance policy for the vehicle that safeguards against expensive and unforeseen repairs of the car.   Most manufacturers usually offer two-years of standard warranty during the car purchase and some offers 3-years standard warranty.   These days, the parts of the cars are expensive to replace, therefore, it is always advised to go for an extended warranty plan.     • It is always good to start the extended warranty with the delivery of your car. One should not wait until later as some plans have restrictions on renewal or one may just forget. • If you plan to keep your car for more than two years, it is also advisable to extend the warrant of the car as the standard warranty is for two years or 50,000 km. • Some extended warranties ends when one sells his/her car. A warranty that lets you transfer it to a new owner is a good selling point for prospective buyers. • Some warranty contracts state that repairs must be performed at the dealership from which the warranty was purchased. Therefore, it is always good to opt for a warranty that gives few service locations to choose from. • Always check before what the service contract covers breakdown as well as wear and tear. Buying new car VS used car People generally get confused whether to buy a new car or a used car under the same budget. We have listed the pros and cons of a new car and a used car.   Pros • Under the specific budget, one can buy a brand new car as compared to a well-maintained used car from a higher segment. The C and D segment sedan loses almost 40% of their value within the first year itself. • When buying a pre-owned car, if the odometer reads somewhere around 40,000 km, it is considered as a good buy and reliable. • Now many authorized dealerships have started offering certified pre-owned cars such as Mahindra First Choice. These pre-owned dealerships has vehicle that carry a premium on their price tags, checked thoroughly and repair the parts if needed to ensure a near-new car experience.     • If the car is just a year or two old, one can take an advantage of an extended warranty. • One can also finance the used cars though financial institution but they may have restrictions on the model vintage.   Cons • Used cars depreciate less as compared to a brand new car and thus, offer fewer tax write-offs. • The best deals are usually offered on cars that are a generation or two old. However, there are still good deals offered for current generations models as well. • The interest rates on used car loans are higher than on financing for a new one. • Pre-owned cars may have been damaged by negligence that is repaired superficially. If one goes back to the car history, it is time consuming. • It requires more time to find a suitable and good car according to one’s need. • The maintenance of a used car cost more as compared to a new car. Beware of fraudulent schemes & promotional offers   Some of us may have understood it the hard way, but the saying holds true for each one of us. While it doesn't happen too often in the automobile industry, Tata Motors has learnt that a few fraudulent people have wrongfully used the company’s registered trademark to mislead innocent people by luring them against juicy offers and promotions.   While the automaker has declined issuing any offers and demanding cash, the company also suggests people to file a legal report against anyone demanding cash under any offer issued in the name of Tata Motors.   While we all know that the correct way of buying a car/bike is from an authorized dealership only, readers are also advised to confirm all promotional offers from the said manufacturer’s dealership and demand a ‘receipt-note’ on any payments made. Carsizzler also advises its readers to try and make payments at the dealership only to ensure that their money goes into the right hands.   In order to boost sales, many manufacturers launch schemes and promo-offers through various print and electronic mediums. However, none of the advertisements ever encourage you to transfer funds. It is therefore advised to reach the authorized dealerships to confirm any offers and make payments at the dealership only.   Also, manufacturers in India do not deliver cars from their production facilities. Cars/2-wheelers are delivered from the authorized dealerships and the registration process is also handled then and there only. So, any money and/or ID proofs required for registration should be handed over to the authorized people at the dealership ONLY (For prize winners or lucky-draw winners).   In short –   1. Confirm any offer/scheme from manufacturers’ authorized dealerships.   2. Make payments at the dealerships only and demand a receipt for the same.   3. All vehicles are delivered at the dealerships only and registration of vehicles is managed by the dealerships. So, any payments made against registration of vehicles should be done at the dealerships only. AC woes - How to remove Bacteria & Fungi Are you experiencing a situation when you switch on the car AC and a distinct smell is what you experience? Isn’t that weird and unbearable? Then there’s definitely something wrong with your car air conditioner.   Well, that’s not to be ignored for it can lead to health problems. You know how?   Certain reasons for the emission of weird pungent smell from the AC can be: Growth of mold and bacteria’s in the ac vents Gas leak Dirty Air Filters Leak in the cooling system, Antifreeze   ‘Sick car syndrome’ as referred by some, is the growth of fungi and molds, a definite sign of a warning. Understanding the reasons of cause is important, as you can’t prevent a problem if you don’t understand how it is developed at the first place.   The consequences to this problem can be dangerous as these days car manufacturers build ac systems with more surface area to increase the AC system efficiency but fail to understand that the bigger room will create the bigger space for these fungi to grow.   Any fungi causes an infectious disease situation, hence to prevent it from happening is a major issue to deal with now. If you are allergic to fungi and other bacteria, then this might increase your allergy.   Isn’t it an issue or concern or a matter to ignore? So, how can you counter it?     Preventive measures to deal with this major issue:   Get the Evacuation system done to the AC unit and fill it with new gas.   An antimicrobial treatment such as the Mist treatment can be helpful, works most of the times to get rid of the vehicles consisting of molds and bacteria.   Regular replacement of Cabin Air Filters is definitely a helpful move.   Run AC on ‘outside air setting’ for sometime, which allows pulling new air, and get rid of the old air full of moisture.   Use ‘max’ setting on very hot days, which gives the re-circulated air.     Don’t be careless to leave ac on ‘max’ setting when the engine is off.   This is dangerous, as it doesn’t allow the outside air to enter the cabin, creating the closed system with the moisture to produce bacteria n fungi.   Water draining from below the car when AC is on is important. If not, check the drain hole. It might be blocked which creates the situation where the evaporator doesn’t dry and creating the best place as breeding ground for bacteria’s.   Park car under the sun once in a while, which helps in killing the bacteria’s inside especially during rainy season.   Use car perfumes to escape from the bad odors.   Clean the car once in 15 days, it is very important to keep cleanliness around you.   Use of AC Neutralizer, a fragrant cleaner with pipe to penetrate into AC vents to spray the cleaner.     As an alternative, spray Hit into the blowers, use full heater for 5 minutes to kill the microorganisms to some extent. 10 must have features for all cars Our cars have evolved with time and features like AC and power-steering have almost become standard in our country. However, there are a few basic features and creature comforts that aren’t yet adopted in cars in India. Such features if incorporated can not only ease the driving comfort but won't be too harsh on anyone’s pocket.   So, here's a list 10 features that are a ‘must-have’ and every standard car should have them.     1.      Rear seat headrests: While doing interiors, manufacturers, especially in the mass segment tend to forget placing full-fledged headrests on the rear seats. Some cars do have integrated headrests at the rear, but they are so small that you can hardly rest your head on it. So, this is something that every car should have.       2.      Dead pedal: Whether a manual car or an automatic one, a dead pedal is something that always helps keep your left foot in comfort. And it isn’t something that would cost a bomb, so why not have it in all cars.     3.      Steering Controls: It might seem like luxury, but steering controls can help keep you focused on the road and still fondle with your playing list at the same time. Every luxury car or a higher variant of a car comes with this feature. So, why not make it standard with all cars that come with a music system.     4.      Triple turn indicator:  It is again a very useful feature, especially when changing lanes. It might not look that important until you actually get the hang of it. Once in use, it makes changing lanes easier and invites users to use the indicators more often and wisely. All you need to do is tap the turn indicator stalk and the indicator flashes 3 times indicating other drivers of your lane change maneuver.     5.      Day/night rear view mirror: During the night, when a vehicle approaches from behind with high beam, it glares the driver’s day/night IRVM. If the car has a day/night IRVM, one just needs to flip the mirror to avoid the blaze of light. This helps keeping a track of vehicles approaching from the rear without getting distracted. The same tech can also be used on ORVMs.     6.      Both side ORVM: Some car makers still don't offer ORVMs on both sides of cars. They are one of the most important features which every manufacturer should incorporate in their vehicles.     7.      Power Windows: Power Windows are available in the top-end variants of almost all cars these days. But if manufacturers offer all their cars with all side power windows, it becomes convenient for the driver as well as the passengers to roll down and roll up the window with ease. More than the ease of operation, it helps the driver to open-close windows at his will when he’s driving.     8.      Driver seat arm rest: Continuous shifting of gears especially in cities often leads to an aching arm. An armrest on the driver’s seat then becomes a boon. Since it doesn't involve use of technology, it can be added to all cars.     9.      Fog lamps: Fog lamps are mainly used during foggy weather. The importance of fog lamps is that they provide visibility to the sides of a vehicle so that the driver can follow road-markings during heavy fog and does not get lost which may cause accidents.     10.  Umbrella: This is something different but not new. Carmakers like Rolls Royce and Skoda do provide an umbrella as a standard feature in some of their vehicles. While not at all a luxury feature, an umbrella, even a small one can have a housing in any car. We’ve seen a lot of cars troubling in rains, at least it can help you get out and diagnose the car in the rainy season. And well, it doesn't need any technology either to hold an umbrella in a car. Insured Declared Value or IDV IDV or Insured Declared Value is the current market value of a vehicle where the maximum assured amount fixed by the insurer will be provided when a vehicles is lost, met with an accident or suffer total loss. During a total loss of a vehicle, IDV is the amount which the insurer will pay to the policy holder.   IDV is calculated by the ex-showroom price of a vehicle minus depreciation.  It also excludes the registration and insurance amount from IDV. If the vehicle’s accessories are not company fitted, are calculated separately at extra cost if insurance is required.   How to calculate IDV? Refer the chart below to calculate IDV value of a vehicle     Insurance companies calculate the IDV of a car i.e.; the manufacturer’s listing of a vehicle where they add the sales tax and deduct the depreciation cost to make IDV. The calculated IDV value will be the vehicle value during the insurance policy. For example; if a vehicle’s calculated IDV is 10 Lakh then you will get the compensation of 10 Lakh.   The depreciation amount keeps changing with the vehicle’s age. If the car is older than five years or so, then it undergoes a complete check up or survey, according to which the vehicle’s IDV is calculated on a mutual understanding.   If the vehicle is stolen or has suffered total loss, the entire IDV will be compensated, excluding the accessories, registration and insurance costs. If the accessories or a car with CNG kit  which are not company fitted does not come under IDV. Alternates to Car Films   In a tropical country like ours, during summers, when the temperature is soaring high, the sunrays emitted can be very harmful to our skin and eyes. Not only our health, the sunrays can damage the interiors of the car as well like dashboard, steering wheel and other parts of the car. When the sun shines, the heat, which is transmitted through the windows, becomes unbearable and eventually becomes dangerous too. It is like a big distraction on the road and can lead to a critical sudden situation of accident. With the rising price of fuels, one has to run the AC at a higher speed for a longer period of time to cool the interiors back to a bearable level leading to higher fuel consumption.   So what do we do?   With complete ban on all kinds of sun films on the car windows irrespective of the degree of visibility, what is the best solution as an alternative to car films?   Here we have few alternatives that can work well when the sun films are a complete ban, to avoid the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.   - Sun Shades/ Chipku:  A car Sunshade often called, as a Chipku is simply a car accessory to be sticked on the windows of the car to prevent the sunlight. It helps in keeping the car cool from the scorching heat when cars are parked outdoor for a very long period of time. A useful piece of equipment, it is a frequently used car accessory.   - Rolling Curtains:  Another kind of car accessory, Rolling Curtains block the sunlight to enter the car during summers. With easy installation, it is very easy to roll up when not in use. It helps to control the temperature and light.     - Fabric Curtains: Fabric Curtains are another way to prevent the UV rays to enter the car and allow not to damage the interiors. Fabrics are definitely easy to install and maintain and is a good way to save your vehicle from getting heated within.     - Oversized Rain Guards/ Door Visors:  Rain Guard fitted over the    window is a very helpful accessory to keep the cabin of the vehicle safe, to prevent from the bad weather damage such as snow, rains and UV rays. It adds to the security, as one can feel more comfortable leaving your vehicle parked even when the cars window is slightly open.   The government has banned the black films. On the contrary, films are allowed to be used only at the rear glass. These alternatives mentioned above can easily be used while the car is on standstill mode or parked outside under the sun.  Discounts galore on 2013 manufactured cars   If you’re in the market to buy a new car and waiting for the best deal, then hurry, because there are a lot of dealerships that still have 2013 stock of new cars waiting for their owners.   Dealerships generally maintain their stock in advance depending upon the demand of various models. However, whenever a calendar year ends, some dealerships are left with last year’s manufactured vehicles. In the following year, the dealers start giving discounts and schemes on the previous year manufactured vehicles.   Whereas dealers of mass manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai generally sell out their complete stock before the next calendar year starts, carmakers like VW, Nissan etc are left with some cars from the year gone by. Not only do these cars attract a lot of discounts, they can be a good proposition if you don’t change your vehicles often.   While the only positive of buying cars manufactured in the previous year is a good deal and discounts, there are some negatives hidden behind a great deal.   1 – Though these new cars will be registered in the current year, manufacturing date is taken into account when selling a car. Therefore, the car would be considered 1 year older than its registration date.   2 – During their rest period in stockyard, these cars are subject to severe dust and open environment.   3 – At times, some cars are also refurbished, though until you have a hawk-eye, you might not be able to spot the touch up.   4 – Since these cars aren’t run, the tires are subject to omni-directional stresses and strains for a long time. Besides these negatives, though, these cars might look like a deal, and can be considered upon acute inspection.   Some cars that are still there with our dealer partners in Delhi from 2013: 1 – Audi A4 2 – VW Polo Petrol 3 – Nissan Evalia Buying new car - Making a selection   Ever wondered what special can the so-called ‘experts’ of the automobile industry suggest you to zero in on a car? After all, the battle is always amongst a handful of cars and not more and importantly all of those are the best going by their respective sales people. So, how do they know which one is better for whom, and which one should you choose?   It’s important to understand what your own expectations are from your new car. Depending upon your needs then, you can finalize a car that’ll keep you happy forever.   Here are a few pointers then that’ll help you pick the best car out of the ones in your budget. Remember, these pointers are applicable for cars falling in any budget. However, if you’re planning to go up & over and buy ultimate luxury wheels like a Rolls-Royce or an Aston Martin, you need not worry. In your case, nothing matters more than your wishes!   Ownership tenure   One of the most important and one of the least thought-about point is ownership tenure. Before making a car purchase, be very sure of the period of ownership with your car. Decide whether you’ll retain your car for say more than 4 years or less than 2-3 years. Now how can it affect your decision?   Remember! Ownership tenure can not only affect your decision, but can also alter it. If you want a car that you’ll keep for more than 3-4 years, go with brands that have reputation of good reliability and after-sales service like Toyota, Honda or Maruti Suzuki. In case you’re planning to keep a car for not more than 2-3 years, go for anything that looks and feels good to you because it will remain under the manufacturer’s standard warranty of 2 years for the most part. Also, cars generally perform well in the first 50 off thousand kilometers if driven well. So, you can go with brands that might be a little expensive to own but are better in terms of features and fit & finish.   Petrol or diesel   The most important and the most talked about point is whether to buy a petrol car or a diesel car. The solution is simple though. Go for a diesel car if your running in high, say more than 50 kms everyday. Otherwise, petrol car will be a better option. Not only will it be cheaper, but will be easier to maintain as well. Yes, the fuel and running cost will be high, but believe me, a diesel car with less running can never be as easy to maintain as a petrol one.   Self driven or Chauffeur driven   Who will drive your new car matters a lot. If its you, what matters the most is the driver’s seat and everything that’ll come in your contact when you’re on the road. Alternatively, the rear seat will be the area of concern if you’re the one who likes to relax before you reach your destination.   So, for the one’s who’ll drive their cars on most occasions, what’s important is the level of adjustment of the driver’s seat as per your stature. If you’re a tall chap for example, a low-set car like will probably not be of your liking. Instead, a car in which you can easily get in and has good headroom will definitely be inviting. If you’re a rear-bencher, you know what matters is the room at the rear seat, best if loaded with features like music controls, rear AC etc. within your reach.   Apart from getting in and out, mechanicals like the steering wheel feel and feedback, gear-lever’s shifts and the pedal-positioning and working also plays an important role. A car that has a heavy steering (at times even cars with power steering can be difficult to steer like the Tata Indica) can be tiring, especially when you park. But at the same time, the steering shouldn’t be too light to offer vague feedback at higher speeds (like the one on the Hyundai Verna). A perfect steering setting is one that weighs up at higher speeds and gives you the confidence that the car is in your complete control when driving fast and is equally light at city speeds for you to maneuver your car in traffic and out of your parking spot with ease (much like the Honda City).   Apart from the steering, a poorly shifting car can be a pain in traffic congestion. In case your selection isn’t an automatic car, drive a couple of test-drive vehicles (of the car that you’ve finalized) to ensure that they have smooth gear-shifts.   A lot of people never pay heed to the placement of pedals. A poorly placed pedal (especially the clutch pedal in case of a manual car) can cause pain in your knee. Apart from the slick movement, also notice the clutch travel. Some cars have enormous clutch travel.   SUV/MUV/Car   We all know what purpose does each car solve and these days all these are available at almost all price-options. In case you don’t carry a family of 5 or more regularly and don’t need a diesel vehicle, an SUV can be a little heavy on your pocket.   Special concerns   If you’re the one looking out for specific features from your new car like a reverse parking aid, steering controls, cruise control etc, then make sure whether your new car gets those particular features or not. If not, just check if the required features can be a good aftermarket fitment or not (like a Bluetooth or reverse parking sensor). If not (like steering controls or electrically adjustable ORVMs), you can opt to refuse a car/variant.   If you’re still confused, write to us at 7 Must-Keep Things When Out for a Winter Road Trip     7 Must-Keep Things When Out for a Winter Road Trip   Heat Source – Unexpected things happen when on-road. You never know when there’s a road-block or fog halts your progress. Be prepared to face the chill and keep a heat source like a heater handy. Don’t forget to carry matchsticks as some lighters can leave you stranded in extreme cold.   Warm Clothing – Layers of clothes help bite cold well. Don’t forget to keep enough warm clothes to face extreme cold. Extra pair of underwear, blanket, socks and gloves come in handy when stuck.   High Calorie Food – High-calorie food like chocolate-bars and dry-fruits provide instant energy to beat the cold. Raisins, nuts and jellybeans are other alternatives.   Flashlight & Batteries – Extreme cold conditions are generally accompanied by low visibility. A flashlight with extra batteries can help when stranded. Also, DO NOT forget to carry your phone charger.   Water – Whatever be the conditions, carrying water is a must. Remember to keep a metal container suitable for melting ice.   Bright Spare Cloth – Anything that is eye-catchy can be a life-saver when caught in extreme conditions. A bright and reflective cloth might save the day.   Nylon Rope – The best way to tow a car is still by the rope.   Related - 8 Most Important Night Driving Tips Rolls Royce Wraith: HISTORY   Few people would remember that the current generation of the Rolls Royce Wraith is the car’s second generation. The first generation of the Rolls Royce Wraith was built in 1938-39 as a chassis (read platform) and was supplied to coach-builders who could make their own car over the Wraith chassis.   Only 492 Wraiths were produced at that time powered by a 4257cc, 6-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox that sped the Wraith to a maximum of 137kmph. Talk of keeping ahead of times and Rolls Royce Wraith back then had regulated dampers (suspensions) that would change the level of comfort (suppleness) depending upon the car’s speed.   Rolls Royce has now come up with the second generation of Wraith that will be launched in India on 19th August, 2013.   Source- wikipedia Images- wikipedia and gtspirit Leh Ladakh : Travel Guide, hotels, tours, locations, city guide “It's not the destination so much as the journey, they say.”         This is what came out of the philosophical mind of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strangers Tides; and I couldn’t agree with him more. Going to Ladakh, going for sightseeing, chilling out- is all fine. Everybody does it. Wait, let me rephrase: every tourist does it. But this guide is not for tourists, but for travellers. And I, my friend, am going to be your virtual Cicerone on your way to Ladakh.   So why Ladakh of all places? And more importantly, why go there in a car and not by airplane?     ABOUT LEH-LADAKH PREPARATION THE RIGHT VEHICLE PREPARING YOUR CAR GENERAL ISSUES: ACCLIMATIZATION FINDING A HIDING PERMITS CONNECTIVITY MUST VISIT TO-DO LIST   ABOUT LEH-LADAKH : Situated 3500 feet above the sea level, isolated and far away from the craziness of the city life, Ladakh is the region of divine beauty and delight.  Surrounded by mountain ranges, deep valleys, crystal blue sky, resonant waters, barren moorlands, sand dunes and rocks, Ladakh is a magnificent place to visit and forget about your bitchy life for few days.   The distance between Delhi and Leh-Ladakh is almost 1100 Km by road, going via Rohtang Pass. So if you’re planning to go Ladakh by road then you’d be crossing Ambala- Roopnagar- Mandi- Manali- Jispa- Sarchu- Leh. All these places offer travellers a panoramic view and opportunity to experience nature in its full force. The scenic beauty of these places surpasses everything.     Other than the landscape, you could seep in Ladakh’s culture and eat Tibetan food like Thukpa and Skyu, experience the stunning architecture in form of monasteries or cave temples, which have both Indian and Tibetan influences. Or if you’re more of an adventurous spirit, you can rent mountain bikes on your way to Ladakh or go for trekking or camping.   If you have the right car for the journey (there’d be some places where road would be rocky and steep), then this road trip would prove to be one heck of an experience, whether you are going with friends to chill out or you are on your own to lay back in the warm sun of Ladakh.   PREPARATION : For being a really wild spirit, you can just take your backpack, get some cash, jump into your car and be on your way to Ladakh and could not care less about the world.  But that is for the road junkies who know what it is to get on the road. So this preparation list is for two kinds of people: tourists and road junkies.   The preparation list for the road junkies:   Wait, are you still reading? But why? C’mon dude, don’t be silly, go pack your bag and hit the road.   Preparation list for the travellers:   Backpacking   Road trip to Ladakh is going to be a long journey; and especially if you’re travelling for the first time, you should know what to pack in you backpack. Things always go well if you have the right things when you need them the most. So here is a checklist of the things you should pack.   Clothing Multiple layers of clothing instead of heavy and bulky clothes helps. Weather in Ladakh can be inconsistent. At one time you can be freezing below zero, which can go as far as -15 degrees centigrade and an hour later you could be sweating at temperature between 25- 35 degrees. Here in Ladakh, are the world’s three most motorable roads, all varying at the high altitude of 10,000 ft. You can wear thin T- shirt and as you ascend you can keep on adding clothes.   Here is the list of clothes you should put in your backpack Two light jackets Two – three pullovers A pair of woollen gloves and a pair of snow gloves Caps with ear flaps and a muffler Two- three pairs of thermal inners Two- three pairs of socks, two pairs of woollen socks Good water proof shoes A towel Few full sleeves T- shirts to protect yourself from sunburns.   Other basic essential things you should pack A Sleeping bag if you’re planning to camp on your way Chocolates, biscuits and dry fruits Lighter Pocket knife UV goggles Slippers/ floaters Cup, plate and spoon set Hand towel sunscreen with high SPF A cap or hat Zip locks for waterproofing Batteries Water bottles And some toiletries which may include hand sanitizer, soap, face wash, toilet paper, tooth brush, toothpaste, comb etc. Med Kit - It is always a good idea to keep a handy med kit when you’re going on trips for emergencies. You can prepare your own. Here are some essential things you should put in for Ladakh trip. Anti- septic cream Aspirin Anti- vomit medicine Diamox for AMS Dettol Bandages and cotton Medicine for food poisoning- Norfolk Generic Pain killer Camphor   Also carry two bags- one backpack (60 lts) and one handy bag (30- 30 lts). Make sure these bags are waterproof and if they aren’t then buy covers for them.   Essential Documents Compile all your essential documents in one place and keep them in some place handy. Always carry them along with you. The document list mainly includes- Permits Tickets photo Ids (also, carry some copies of the Ids because you might need to submit them) car documents like RC, Insurance, DL and PUC   Cash in Hand It is all good in town but in Ladakh the number of ATMs you are going to find is going to be few. And there is high probability that they might not function when needed the most. So carry some cash with you all the time. And do make sure to withdraw cash early in the morning or late at night and withdraw some excess money. If you’re keeping it low budget, then you can do with Rs 800 (single person) a day- Rs 300 for lodging, Rs 300 for food and Rs 200 for miscellaneous expense. But if you’re indulging in food expenses and other stuff then it may go over Rs 1,400. There are some ATMs in Ladakh; all of them in Leh. Namely- SBI, Axis, J&K Bank and PNB.       Which Car to take - What is the best car for Leh   If you’re the one going to Ladakh by road, it is essential to understand the roads and the cars that can reach there safely and more importantly, comfortable since the travel is going to be long. The most common thing that troubles the travelers is which car they should take for Delhi- Ladakh road trip? Although the road from Delhi to Manali is okay but after crossing Manali, from Rohtang Pass the you would encounter rough terrain. If you want and have no other options then you can even manage this road trip with your small Alto or Swift, but you can be assured that it won’t be a smooth ride. The roads in this hilly region are not flat like Delhi roads. On your way up after Manali you will find that there are places where roads barely exist and you also have cross small streams of water. But by any chance you have take the small car then it is suggested that you take the road trip in a group, so if your car breaks down there’ll be some assistance.     The journey from Delhi to Ladakh is long and arduous and for this kind of ride utility cars like SUVs are the best option, which are especially designed for off- road driving. Here is a list of some SUVs: M&M SCORPIO Toyota INNOVA Toyota FORTUNER Mitsibushi PAJERO SPORT M&M Ssangyong REXTON Tata SAFARI MS GRAND VITARA M&M Thar Toyota Land Cruiser Prado   PREPARING YOUR CAR FOR LEH   Now that you’ve finalized the car that’ll drive you to Ladakh, it’s time for you to prepare your car so that the journey remains smooth. The first thing you need to do before heading off to Ladakh is to get your car serviced so that it doesn’t leave you stranded. It is essential that you check the following things before you embark upon this journey:     Get the engine oil as well as the filter changed. The environment in Ladakh is quite dusty, so it can clog up the air filter while poor fuel quality clogs the fuel filter. Therefore, get the air filter as well as the fuel filter changed. Get the battery as well as all the electrical connections checked while preparing and ensure that the battery is in good condition. Don’t forget to top up the battery water. Check the condition of tyres, wheel alignment and air pressure. If the tyres show any sign of damage such as cuts and cracks, replace them. Make sure that the spare wheel is in good condition as well. Get the Anti-Rust treatment for the car because you would have to drive through snow and water crossings. Don’t forget to change the car coolant at the time of servicing. See if the clutch plates and brake pads are in good condition. Check the brake oil level. Ensure that all the nuts, bolts etc are in good condition. If any nut or bolt doesn’t seem to be in good condition replace it. Check that all the lights, horn & indicators are properly working.     Tools , Spares and Documents to be carried You need to carry some essential tools with you on the trip to fix small problems that may occur on your way. The tools to be carried includes the OEM tool kit, Screw Driver set, Steel wire, Scotch tape, Torch light, Foot or Electric air pump, Puncture repair kit, Jump start cable, a can for fuel and fire extinguisher etc. You can also carry a 1-2 meter long pipe in case you run out of fuel and need to borrow some petrol/diesel from other car.     Do carry spare engine oil, battery water, coolant, a fuse and a bulb. Other spares you need to carry with you are headlight and brake light bulb, rope (for towing the car), electrical wire, few nut & bolts, small wooden plank, windscreen cleaning liquid and a spare key of the car.   You will also need to carry some important documents with you on the trip. Carry the originals as well as 2-3 photo copies of the documents attested by any gazetted officer. The documents you need to carry are Registration papers of the car, Driving License, PUC (pollution under control) and Insurance.   GENERAL ISSUES : Now that you’re on your way to Ladakh, let’s get up close with the problems/issues that people generally face.   ACCLIMATIZATION   AMS aka Acute Mountain Sickness is a common occurrence in regions that are situated on high altitude areas. While ascending up in mountain regions, the level of oxygen in the air decreases, so does the air pressure. First-timers or people who are not accustomed to the low air pressure areas need time to get acclimatized. Usually before 8,000 ft travellers don’t get much affected but at higher altitudes symptoms of AMS surface. A major reason is climbing the altitude too fast to let the body adjust. If the following symptoms occur then it means you’re having AMS: Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Fatigue, Insomnia, Loss of appetite and Shortness of breath   Helpful suggestions regarding Acclimatization on high altitudes Increase the altitude gradually. Don’t go higher than 1000 ft a day; take rest. Drink water and keep yourself hydrated. But avoid over hydration. Check the color of your urine to know if you’re drinking water in plenty Do not sleep in very high altitude areas; descend to low altitude area to take a nap. Avoid drinking too much black coffee or tea. Eat nuts, chocolates and carbohydrates; it helps to keep your body warm. Take medicine to subdue the effects of AMS. Diamox (Acetazolamide) and Dexamethason the suggested medicine but do ask your physician for side effects. Avoid tobacco and alcohol; it will worsen the situation. There is one home remedy that helps in acclimatization. Keep a clove of garlic in your mouth and chew it slowly.   If symptoms persist and it gets severe then descend immediately from the high altitude area.   FINDING A HIDING - How to find a Hotel in Leh   Being spontaneous is not everyone’s cup of tea; but there still exist some control freaks and intense planners. And there is absolutely no harm in being prepared for a long trip. And especially in summer season, the number of tourists increase incredibly, sometimes making it difficult to find accommodation. Here is a never ending list of hotels and guest houses with contact numbers in Leh.   Ladakh Hotels Guesthouses 2013 by CarSizzler   The prices in this list can vary according to season and other reasons.   Ladakh Hotel Tariff-2013 by CarSizzler           GETTING PERMITS Getting the permit to Leh from Manali is very important as you need to cross the Rohtang Valley and you will have to show the permit to the officials at several places. People find it difficult to get the permit but in reality it’s just a five minutes task. All you need to do is when you stop at the barrier to pay the tax just before entering Manali ask them for the permit. You need to show your driver’s license, give details of vehicle, chassis number etc. and name of people travelling with you. If you are not going through the Manali route or you forget to get the permit in Manali, then you need to fill two permit application forms (available behind the DC office in a photocopy shop). Details such as name, father’s name, address and photocopy of a photo ID proof of people applying for the permit are required. Your permit would be valid for 3 weeks. After getting the Inner line permit you need to submit 3 photocopies at the each check post per sector. So, get a lot of photocopies of the permit. You need to mention not only the places but also the route you are going to take for that place, as there are several places for which permits may or may not be given due to various reasons. Therefore, you need to be present at the DC office to get the permit. Except for the permit for the off beaten path, you can get the permit through travel agents or by asking the authority of the guest house/ hotel you are staying at. The DC office works from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Permit for foreigners, NRIs, PIO card and OCI holder is issued maximum for seven days only and they must apply in a group of two or more. It is better to apply through a travel agent if an individual is applying for the permit. Only Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi is authorized to issue permit for citizens from Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Burma.   CONNECTIVITY Phone Services are very important on the trip to the Himalayan Valley of Leh as you need to stay connected to people back home. The phone network works till Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, after that either you need to buy prepaid connection of BSNL, Aircel or Airtel or find a telephone booth to call. But due to Leh-Ladakh being very sensitive region it is quite difficult to get a prepaid connection. So, we are providing you a list of Telephone booths on the way to Ladakh.   Phone Network Works in Keylong Town of Diskit, Nubra Valley Chumathang, Tso Moriri Tangste, Pangong Tso Hanle and Nyoma, Changthang Zanskar valley Man/Merak Korzok Chushul   If you’re going for camping or trekking, or planning to venture into the less accessible territory, then it is advised that you tell someone before leaving and stay in touch with them, even the reception of the hotel or the place you’re staying. So that if you get lost or are unable to get help, they can send help for you.   MUST VISIT   Tsemo Fort Tsemo, the victory fort is a 15 minutes steep and zigzag climb from Chenrezi, Lakhang. It is a place visible from everywhere in Leh. The view from here is spectacular and awe- inspiring.   Pangong Lake   Also called the “narrow and enchanted lake”, Pangong Tso is in fact truly enchanting. It is situated at the intersection of Indo- China, at the height of 14,270 ft. containing blackish water, the view provided by lake is resplendent and heart breaking. But don’t forget that you’re going to require permit to see this place.   Nubra Valley   Nubra valley or Valley of Flowers is actually cold desert located at a high altitude of 10,000 ft. The main attraction of this place is vast barren land, sand dunes and the camel ride along the ancient silk route. Here too non- locals are gonna require permit.         Dras valley Dras is a town in Jammu and Kahmir. It also called The Gateway to Ladakh. During summer time this place has beautiful orchards and shrubbery meadows. It rises near Machoi glacier and is surrounded by a beautiful garden.   Lala’s Art Cafe Lala’s Art Cafe is in the old town Of Leh. It is actually quaint and tiny house restored as cafe. The cafe is up high and you’d have to climb up the stairs but it has some fantastic black and white photography. It is perfect place to relax after a hard day’s trekking; sink deep into the seat and relax with a nice cup of coffee.   Zansakr Valley It is one of the isolated tourist spot of the Ladakh. This place has number of monasteries and  beautiful landscape.   Here is the list of some other places you can visit-   Phyang Monastery Shey Gompa Chamba Gompa Hemis Monastery Monastero Spituk Diskit Gompa Leh Post office Moor plains Jama Masjid Leh Royal Palace Stok Palace museum Hall of Fame Tibetan Market   TO-DO LIST   River Rafting River rafting is one of the most exciting and thrilling activity. There are many rivers in Ladakh where rafting experience would prove to be premium. The chilly waters of Zanskar, Indus and Kayaking are good for river rafting.   Trekking There are many trekking expeditions that take place in Ladakh. the ideal places to go for trekking or hiking are Kayking, Padum, Jhunglam, Spituk Stok, Sabu Nubra Valley and Parang La Trek.   Polo If you know horse riding then you should definitely go for it. Polo is a very popular sport in Leh. There are well maintained Polo grounds in Leh.   Skiing Skiing is one of the most exhilarating and addictive sport. And the snowcovered regions serve the best grounds for Skiing.Here are some Skiing expeditions:  Panikhar to Kanji, Drass to Sonamark, Golab Kangri Ski Down Expedition, Nemaling Ski Down Expedition, Igloo Camp and Rocket Trek, Lamochen Ski Down Expedition and the Zanskar Ski Down Expedition.   Mountain Biking Cycling across Ladakh is one heck of an adventure. The calm and serene Landscape plus such pleasing weather in Ladakh makes you feel alive. You can rent bikes in Leh itself.   Paragliding Paragliding in the stark blue sky indeed makes your wish to fly come true. Many enthusiasts venture this sport to feel the blood rush.   Shopping in Leh      While wandering on the streets of Leh, you must check out the pashmina shawls, stoles and other woollen handmade garments like gloves, socks, sweaters and caps. Other things like Buddhist masks, prayer wheel, Thangka paintings and silver and traditional ladakhi jewellery can also be found in the market. The other activities you can indulge yourself into are motor biking, yak/ camel ride, tasting apricots, jeep safari, photography, eat thukpa, drink butter tea or you could just lie down on your back and gaze at stars or write poetry. WHAT NOT TO DO ON THE ROAD: TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING Getting a drivers licence is an important rite of passage which every youngster goes through as it gives a sense of freedom and independence to them. Undoubtedly, it is an exciting concept to sit behind the wheel and be able to go anywhere but it comes with an added responsibility of not just his/her own life but lives of many others who share the road with him/her.   In 2012, as per the statistics released by State Police, 4,286 people died in road accidents in the State.  It becomes essential that one follows all the traffic rules and drives responsibly. The driving rules should be followed for your own safety and not just to avoid the ticket (challan). To avoid road accidents it becomes important for the driver to understand all the basic road etiquettes and signage and avoid committing the following mistakes-     Never drive without wearing a seatbelt. And also, make sure that the other passengers are wearing their belts too.     Never jump the red light even on deserted roads.   Never overlook the traffic signs posted on the roadside. Always keep them in mind and drive within the limits. For instance, if the board says school ahead, then drive slowly and cautiously within the speed limit mentioned.     Never cross the speed limit mentioned for the area on the traffic signs. Also driving within the limitsgives you a better control over the car.     Never overtake a vehicle without minding your surroundings and especially the blind spots. Use rear view mirrors and signal before making any maneuver. It is very important to honk when you overtake another vehicle and always overtake from the right side.     Never change your lane without giving indicator and change only when necessary. Also, avoid changing lanes if road is congested.    Never make a turn at a junction without honking and giving indicator to the other vehicles behind you. And do not forget to mind cyclists, motorcyclists and other pedestrians who might be crossing the road; and check all your mirrors before taking the turn.     Never reverse your car in a hurry; reverse slowly while checking all around, using mainly rear view mirror. If possible get someone to guide you.     Never take your eyes off the road or get distracted by other things. It is important to keep your eyes on the horizon rather than on the vehicle just ahead of you, it would give you enough time to take control over your vehicle in case of an emergency. Also, avoid eating or texting on your phone while driving. It is always better to pull over and deal with the issue before getting back to driving on the road.     Never get behind the wheel if you are sleep deprived, drunk or under influence of drugs as it might cost you your own life and may prove dangerous for others with whom you are sharing the road.     Never get on the road with broken headlights, windscreen or indicators. Your first priority should be to get the car fixed before hitting  the road.    Never play loud music while driving because it would make it difficult for you to hear the horns, emergency sirens or warning bells.   Never get aggressive while driving, always maintain calm and always avoid road rage. If there is any serious issue then you could always file a complaint against the other person. Driving Tips For Beginners & Learners Going to drive a car for the first time? Sounds thrilling & interesting, but there are several things to be kept in mind while going to drive a car for the first time. Here, at CarSizzler we provide you some tips for the beginners for safe & happy driving.  The first & most important thing is to get familiar with basics. The left pedal is the clutch, middle one is brake & the right one is the accelerator. The next thing is adjusting the seat as per your preference to reach the pedals &have a clear front vision.    After sitting behind the steering wheel never forget to put your seat belts on. Now, press the clutch with your left leg, holding it to the floor & shift the gear-stick to neutral. Start the engine by turning the key making sure that the clutch pedal is held against the floor when you start the engine. You can remove your leg after the engine is started as long as the gear-stick is in neutral.      Now, press the clutch to the floor again and engage the first gear from neutral. Now, steadily lift your foot up from the clutch-pedal. Gentle left imparts a little motion. At that moment apply a little pressure on the accelerator to get the car moving. Don’t remove your foot from the clutch quickly or else the car engine might stall. Excessive accelerator input with a depressed clutch can damage the functioning of the clutch and puts immense load on the engine.    Keep an eye to the RPM, it tells the engine’s revolutions per minute and is directly proportional to the engine noise. When the RPM reaches about 2000 to 3000, it is time to up shift gears (from 1st to 2nd and so forth). To change the gear when the car is moving, press the clutch pedal & hold it to floor while shifting the gear-stick to second, and remove your foot slowly from the clutch pedal.While doing this, don’t applytoo much pressure to the accelerator or the car might abruptly gain more than required speed.Push down on the gas very slightly and slowly release the clutch pedal. Similarly, engage further gears when required.    Don’t cross speed limit while driving. You may lose the control over the car. First get familiar with the car and its controls before driving at high speeds and maintain a decent distance from the other vehicles in order to avoid any unwanted problem on the road.    Avoid excess use of horn while driving. Press the horn only when required. Excessive use of horn creates unnecessary noise pollution & disturbance to other drivers as well.     One more thing to keep in mind while driving is to be attentive, calm & poise. Don’t let your mood effect the driving and avoid any kind of distractions such as loud music, eating, long discussions, talking on phone or sending messages.    Always use the turn indicators when changing directions. It is a very important thing in order to avoid accidents as most of the accidents happen at the turns when the driver is not attentive.    To make a stop, release right foot off accelerator and press the brake pedal with enough force required to stop the car safely. Depress the clutch when the car starts to knock (vibrate because of low engine rpm) and shift into a lesser gear. Night Driving Tips     Driving at night is tougher than driving during the day time. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself more if you’re about to head for a long night journey. Here are some of tips to be kept in mind before heading out for that lovely night journey.   Prepare the car well before going for night driving. Keep the headlights, tail lights, signal lights and windows (inside and out) clean. If any light is not working properly get it fixed before you take your car out for the drive. Along with these, take all the other precautions you take while driving during day time.   Avoid using high beams when it’s foggy & flashing your high beams at another vehicle that has their high beams on. This affects the visibility of the other drivers on the road as well as yours.   Adjust your rear view mirror to avoid the reflection of other vehicles’ headlights and don’t use the interior light of your vehicle while driving.   Never drink when you drive. Avoid smoking also while driving as nicotine and carbon monoxide present in smoke hamper night vision.   Always follow the legitimate speed limit while driving in order to avoid any accident and keep your headlights on low beams when you are following any vehicle so you don't blind the driver ahead. Avoid flashing the lights at oncoming traffic as it also affects the vision.   Always take care of proper ventilation while driving at night as night driving is much tiresome than day driving. So, there should be proper ventilation inside the car.   Try to have enough sleep before going out for night driving to avoid dizziness while driving. Make frequent stops for light snacks, stretch and relax to get some rest.   Avoid fast driving and overtake only when absolutely necessary. Flash lights from behind the car and wait until the driver gives you the signal to overtake. Datsun : An introduction   Datsun is a Japanese automobile manufacturer that originated in 1914, 99 years ago. As it will be completing its hundredth centenary next year in 2014, the company will see a new sunrise in its life, as a completely new brand.   ‘D-A-T’, the first three letters of brand Datsun are the initials of its three financiers who started the company, namely Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi. The word ‘Dat’ also coincidently means lightning fast however the company manufacturers road-going mass-oriented cars. After some time, using the same initials D,A and T, the company promoted itself as D-Durable, A-Attractive and T-Trustworthy.   Datsun originated from within a brand DAT-Go meaning DAT car, Datsun meaning small car division of the DAT car brand. But Nissan stopped the brand Datsun in 1986.   Some of the well known cars for Datsun were 510, Fairlady roadster and Fairlady 240Z coupe. Nissan will now relaunch the Datsun brand in India on 15th July, 2013 and the company will focus on the entry level value-for-money cars in markets like India, South Africa, Indonesia and Russia. Car Maintenance Tips Maintenance of a car is something very important and a matter of concern for the owner. We at Carsizzler not only provide you your dream car but also guide you to get the best out of it. Here are some tips for you to keep your car in pristine shape. Follow these tips and keep your car healthy to experience the enhanced performance of your car for a long time. During winters, maintain a low rpm level (below 2,000) until the engine has reached operating temperature. Not only for winters but you should drive the car keeping the weather in mind.   Avoid rash driving - Try todevelop a smooth driving style since that doesn’t put the mechanical parts of the car and engine under extremely variable conditions. The same would mean less deterioration of the car on the whole.    Avoid tail-gating the car in front when driving in heavy traffic. Maintain a healthy gap to allow your braking & deceleration to be a lot smoother. The same would also reduce the chances of banging into the car in front.   Slow down your car at speed breakers. Try to cross the speed breaker in a smoother & gentle manner. That would ensure that your car is never scraped beneath. The same also keeps the suspensions in good shape.     Fix any issues, whether minor, as soon as possible. Don’t ignore the problem as it can cause heavy damage to your car in future. It is better to fix it when it is small otherwise it might lead to a bigger problem.   Try to avoid potholed roads, instead opt for an alternate route with smoother roads. The same will not only reduce the chances of any unwanted harm to your car, but will also make it return better fuel efficiency.     It is very important to keep bad drivers away from your car. Don’t allow anyone who is a rash driver to drive your car. They can cause unnecessary damage to the vehicle.   Avoid overloading your car with excessive passengers or luggage. It puts extra pressure at the engine, which is harmful in the long run.     Try to fill the tank of your car as soon as it reaches the ¼ level. Dry tank might damage the fuel tank of your car.   Try to visit company-owned & company-operated fuel-pumps for a refill. It will help you save yourself from short fueling as well.     Always keep an eye at the fuel economy of your car. If you find it varying from high to low you will know by yourself that the car needs to be treated.   If you find anything to be replaced in your car then don’t opt for any spurious parts at the cost of price difference. Use the original part only while replacing anything in your car.     Always follow the manufacturer guidelines to maintain your car. So, follow them and make your car smile.   Don’t forget to change the engine oil time to time to keep your engine fit & healthy.Go through the manufacturer guideline and follow it strictly if you don’t want to visit the service station often.     Never opt for the normal oil for your engine. Go for synthetic oil instead. We all know synthetic oil is costlier but it is beneficial for the engine of your car in the long run. Using normal oil will affect the performance of the engine and damages it as well which will cost you more in future.     Always keep the wheels of your car aligned & balanced. You’ll get to know if your car gets pulled to any one right or left side. Keeping wheels balanced and aligned  will also wear out the tires evenly.   Change the windshield wipers every year. A wiper will less rubber can damage your car’s windscreen and will also hamper vision.     It is important to keep your car healthy but it is also very important to choose the right garage as well as service station for the car. You can stick to the authorized service station even after the warranty period.     Maintain a good rapport with the service advisor, so that he knows that you are a well informed owner & will always opt for the best choices.       Always choose the best parking spot for your car. Never park it in direct sunlight as it damages the paint, leather or plastic etc. and makes it hot from inside as well. So always park your car in shade.   Get the air filters clean / replaced as per the manufacturer guideline.   It is not necessary that you take proper care of your new car only. If you own a car you should maintain it whether it is old or new. Keep these points in mind and start maintaining your old car as well. It will help improve performance of your old car as well. Car Care Tips Washing your car daily and thinking that it is clean is okay but is it really clean? There are certain things to keep in mind while washing the car to maintain the ‘brand new look’ for a long time and every time you look at your car it will share a smile with you.  So, here we are going to tell you some tips to nurture the aesthetic beauty of your car.       Soak a cloth in water and wipe the car body with light hands. Don’t squeeze the cloth before wiping. After wiping clean the cloth in water and wipe the car body to dry.    Wash the inner side of the mud-guards whenever you wash your car along with the door panel as well as the inner side of bumper, this is where maximum dirt clogs.   Wash the floor mats as well as clean the floor carpet with the help of a vacuum cleaner.   Washing the car by yourself is good but take it to the service station time to time for professional treatment.   Don’t wipe the windshield with water soaked cloth, instead pour water on the windshield for better cleaning & avoid scratches.    Use newspaper to clean the glass and diesel-soaked cloth to clean the road tar spots.   Clean the Alloys with detergent and soft toothbrush to clean the unreachable areas.    Don’t use hard water to wash your car as it invites rust & fades the paint & shine    Clean the leather upholstery with the help of moist cloth &light detergent, and then use good quality leather cleaner for leather. Do the same to clean the leather steering wheel cover.  Don’t use cleaner in excessive amount as it fades the shine.   Clean the fabric upholstery with the help of vacuum cleaner for a dust free interior.   You can also apply wax polish to enhance the exterior look.   Clean the rubber parts of the car wilt the help of mild shampoo twice a month.  Use detergent to clean the tires of the car and apply rubber shiner afterwards. Rain Guards and Door Visors - Protecting Cars During Rains   Rain guards or door visors are often called as wind deflectors, thanks to multiple purposes they solve. While they are one of the cheaper accessories that get installed on cars, rain guards are highly underrated considering their wide practical usage. Before talking about advantages and disadvantages of rain guards or door visors, let’s first understand their types.   Rain guards can be of different types depending upon their mode of installation and look and feel. While there are in-channel rain guards that fir into the channels of the doors/windows (therefore called in-channel), more popular are stick-on rain guards that can be fixed/stuck on to the door frame with the help of 3M tape. While both work well, stick-ons are preferred due to their easy availability and variety. These days, even manufacturers themselves sell authorized rain guards for all their vehicles.   Apart from the type of installation, rain guards can be of different sizes, shapes and material. While rain guards can have a chrome finish, plastic-finish ones are generally preferred. They also come in different sizes, obviously depending upon cars, but depending upon their arch diameter as well. While some remain close to the car’s bodywork, there are others that stick out abruptly. It is however advised to go for the ones that remain closer to the car’s body since they do not pose an aerodynamic threat to the car.   Some of the advantages of rain guards are:   Rain guards don’t allow rain drops to fall inside the car’s cabin, therefore keeping the car dry. They also work as side sun-visors. With the rain guards installed, windows can be rolled slightly down for fresh air to seep in inside the cabin even when it rains. With the rain guards on, one can keep the windows rolled down a bit during summers to prevent greenhouse effect and keep the car relatively cool. They also act as wind deflectors thereby reducing wind noise inside the car when driving at high speeds. Properly designed (manufacturer recommended) rain guards also aid in improving the aerodynamics of the car. Rain guards can beautify a car’s exteriors as well.   Some of the disadvantages of rain guards are:   It needs some precision to paste stick-on rain guards as they are generally available in particular shapes for particular cars. Improper installation might not serve the intended purpose. Poor design can not only ruin the car’s look and appeal, it can also hamper the dynamics of the vehicle.   While rain guards solve multiple purposes, they’re still not on the top priority when accessorizing cars. But keeping all the advantages in mind, they can be regarded as one of the most value-for-money (a set of 4 will cost around Rs.1,000-Rs.1,600 for most cars) and practical accessories. Maintenance of car engine   Engine is the heart of any car and its maintenance is of utmost importance for a stress-free ride every time. The maintenance of any car’s engine starts from the day of purchase. A well-maintained engine not only performs well for long but also extends the overall life of the car.   The moving parts of a new engine need a warm up before reaching normal operating conditions. Run-in (the initial period when engine is run at lower rpms) involves settling the piston rings and ensuring that the bearings and cylinders wear evenly. It also benefits the transmission, tyres and brakes.   Here are some tips for the maintenance of your car engine.   The engine should be warmed up before putting it under any load – For this, its advisable to turn the engine on for at least a minute or two in the morning (or whenever the car is subject to be driven). Do not rev the engine hard – Don’t allow the RPMs to go over 2,500rpmsat least for the first 1,000 km. Even if required to rev hard, progress gradually. No long distance travel - Long Highway trips are not advisable for the run in process. Subject the engine to a wide range of RPMs and make a point of driving under various conditions by changing your driving style. Change your engine oil after the first 1,000 km and you must stick to the manufacturer recommended intervals. Say No To Synthetic Oil in the Run-In Period – Avoid using Synthetic oil for the first 10,000 Km as it slows down the run-in process. How To Extend The Life Of your Car When it comes to maintaining cars, everything from how you drive, how you park, servicing and washing counts. A well maintained car will not only give an excellent ownership experience but will also pay well in the long run during resale. So, here are a few tips on how to keep your car running in the best manner so that it doesn’t keep you stranded when required the most. 1.       Drive carefully - During start-ups, don’t rev your car’s engine too much, accelerate slowly and put less strain on the engine. Don’t drive at very high speed & avoid accelerating hastily. 2.       Fill gas at reputed service stations - Fill the tank of your car from reputed filling stations where you can be assured about the quality of the gas or fuel since bad quality fuel might affect the performance of the engine in the long run. So it’s better to get the tank of your car filled at certified reputed service stations only.     3.       Park in Shade - Try to park your car in a garage only. If not then it must be parked in shade to protect your car from direct sunlight & harmful UV rays which can cause damage. Parking in shade will also give you a cooler car when you enter. Using car shades is also a good idea to protect your car. 4.       Clean insides -The car not only needs to look good from outside but also from inside. Regularly clean your car from inside to get a comfortable & healthy ride and avoid infections. Clean the dashboard with a soft cloth to avoid scratches and clean the floor mats time to time. 5.       Keep the car Leak-Proof - If you find any kind of leakage into the car, either fix it immediately or change it. Don’t avoid it if it is a small leakage. It can cause big damage to your car. While replacing the weather stripping area, use only the original weather stripping material. 6.       Paint protection - Parking your car in the garage is the best way to protect the paint of your car. If not,a body cover can do wonders to protect the car from bird droppings and other harmful elements to maintain that showroom glossy finish. You can also go for wax protection to the car.     7.       Protect the lights- Lights play a very important role to avoid accidents. Therefore it is important to protect the lights of the car to last long. In case of cracks and leakages, at leasttape the light till a new one is fixed. 8.       Windshield washer fluid tank- Try  not to fill the washer fluid tankwith water since it might freeze inside during the winter season and cause damage to the windscreen.     9.       Tire maintenance - Maintaining tires isvery important to avoid excessive heat and tire blast.Keep your tires inflated as per manufacturer recommendations. To extend the life of your tire, rotating tires helps for even wear and extended life. Use a tire cleaner to keep the tires clean and avoid dirt. The wheel alignment of your car should be checked as mentioned in the user manual.   10.   Engine maintenance – Engine is the heart of the car and it’s important for the engine to be in a good shape. For this you need to keep an eye on things such as changing oil frequently, avoiding overfilling of the crankcase with oil, cleaning of the oil pan plug, change of spark plugs etc.   11.   Car battery - Keep your battery clean to avoid any kind of current or corrosion. Use mild detergent with water or clean it with brasswire brush dipped in the solution made from baking soda & water. Before cleaning remove the cables attached to the battery and after cleaning connect the cables again. It the battery requires water, check the amount of electrolyte while filling. The Right CNG Kit For You Installing a CNG kit is the right option for you if you’re driving more than 50-60 kms in a city where CNG is readily available at pumps and if this was year 2003 when petrol was Rs.30/lt and if this article was written back then, the title would have read- “Alternate Fuel Types of the Future” and I would have probably also added that CNG fitted cars isn’t the way I would like to drive. But its 10 years later now, its 2013 and today, even the cost per liter of diesel is much higher than the cost of petrol back in 2003. It is almost impossible to even hope for the prices to come down in the near future. One time investment on CNG Kit, price per kg is reasonable (when compared to other fuel types), maintenance costs and  extended life are almost similar to that of a petrol engine.  All you have to do is, get a CNG kit installed in your car and you’ll be one step closer to make a smaller hole in your pocket every 4-5 days. Which Particular Kit Should You Get ? Two types of conversion kits are there in the market: 1- Conventional CNG Kit  and 2- Sequential CNG Kit Conventional CNG Kit A conventional CNG Kit is a basic manual tuning kit with minimum requirement.  There is no computer to manange the flow of CNG gas into the car engine. The in-uniform flow of CNG is sucked into by the engine which burns inside with the help of spark plugs. If the driver isn’t happy with the average acceleration then it can be helped with a Timing Advancer nowadays with some improvements in the CNG kit technology and newer engine, is the cheapest of the both, costs approx. between Rs.25,000 – Rs.30,000, however regular maintenance is required. CNG  Kit fitted engines were earlier known for poor air-conditioning and not so great acceleration, but nowadays with kits fitted with a Timing Advancer, the performance is much better now, more and more drivers are now switching to the CNG kit as now the performance is more or less similar and also, the use of A/c don't affect the engine. Sequential CNG Kit New and a better option today in terms of performance and longevity of engine are the Sequentian CNG Kits, a fully-computerised kit, has a separate ECU for gas function managements. The Sequential Kits mix the CNG and air in the right amount for optimum performance. Multiple CNG gas injectors manage the flow of the gas for better performance that Can only be installed in cars with electronic fuel injection system. Cost between- Rs.45,000 to Rs.70,000. These kits cost more because of the quality and better performance. The only complicated part of the sequential kit is that the installation process of the kit, some amount of modification in the intake manifold of the engine and requires some amount of drilling as well, which certain drivers are afraid of, which is of no worry if you get it done from a good and popular CNG kit seller. Then of course there is the price point, this kit comes at twice the cost of a conventional kit. In expert opinion, the sequential CNG kit is the better option between the two.  You might say, “Hey, there’s always diesel. Its still cheaper than petrol, well in terms if cost per liter it is, but when you take in account all the running costs, you’re well off with a petrol engine along with a preferable pick up (which is a good thing in day to day city traffic) rather than too much torque that you don’t actually require if you’re simply driving your hatch-back or sedan to work. While petrol engines do have a good life, diesel engines aren’t exactly known for a long life. Petrol has many pros but its only con is its cost per litre and it is soaring new heights each day, globally. Used Car Purchasing Tips Buying a used car is a completely different experience than buying a new car. Though emotions remain the same, but with a used car one has to spend a little initially to enjoy the ownership experience. We have compiled a few pointers to help you make the right decision. Budget- Same as buying a new car, budget comes at the top. Plan your spendings in order to get the best deal within your budget. The initial asking price of the car, a routine check-up, some additional accessories and a regular service should be added in the budget. Then comes the running costs, insurance and maintenance. If you’re planning on getting the car financed, then you may have to make a few calls to the banks and look for the best deal that suits you well. But remember, a used car is financed at a higher ROI than a new car. Which Car?- Again, you need to decide whether you’re looking for a hatchback, an SUV or a sedan. A lot depends on your routine running, the purpose that the car will solve and so on. People also buy a used car to upgrade to a higher segment car. However, one thing should be kept in mind, a used car will generally demand some care in the beginning, like a routine check-up and service. Where To Look?- Nowadays, online shopping seems to be the flow of the river. But, things like cars are best bought after visual check-up and a test drive. Since the car will be used for a few years, so it makes sense to visit the local used car dealer or even the manufacturer authorised resellers such as True Value. You are more likely to get a better car from these guys than your local used car seller. This however does not mean you wouldn’t get a good car and a good deal from the local used car seller. What we mean is that if you’re the type of buyer who trusts the authorised resellers more, then that is an option to vouch for. What To Look For- If you have decided on which used car to buy, now is the time before you make any payments or put anything on paper to check the car for anything strange. Check for any damage, accidental regions, dents, dings and scratches, drive the car. Taking along a friend, a relative or even a mechanic is a good idea. Check for braking issues, engine vibrations and noise, handling, suspension and gearbox functioning before buying. Service record of the car, if available, can provide important feedback like major work on the car, its running condition and also reassures the odometer reading (number of kilometers the car has done). How To Pay- If you’re pretty sure about buying the used car you just zeroed in on make sure to negotiate a bit since that might save you some money. Convincing that you’ll have to get the car serviced and will have to make a few aftermarket purchases, can work while negotiating. The seller is always going to try and squeeze every last dime off your wallet for that used car, while your part in the whole game is to try and bring the asking price as low as possible. How To Finalise It- Once you’re done negotiating the price and everything, there’s one final and very important thing that you absolutely cannot avoid. Make sure that the used car that you just finalised and bought is still insured before you plan on driving into the sunset with it. Insist on a duplicate key with your car’s delivery. Make sure all the paper work is in order and most importantly, make sure its not a stolen vehicle! Otherwise, this is going to bring nothing but a whole lot of trouble for you. Never make any payments without seeing the car and also, never send money online to any unknown seller and insist the dealer to get the car registered on your name as early as possible. We here at CarSizzler hope that our pointers help you out while making the right decision for purchasing a used car. Nitrogen Or Standard Air For Tyres  A tiny bit of information about nitrogen to start with: Fighter jets, commercial planes and some armored vehicles that ferry VIPs around the world go with nitrogen in their tires. Ever wondered why?   The fact that nitrogen is more stable than compressed air and is also less corrosive that further results in increasing your tires’ longevity. Not convinced? Nitrogen can also play an important role in increasing and maintaining your fuel efficiency. It has bigger sized molecules as compared to air, so it’s less likely to seep through the tires, meaning you’ll be driving at a stable psi most of the time, again resulting in better fuel consumption.   While Nitrogen forms 78% of normal air that goes into our tires, it also has 21% oxygen along with some water presence; hence it is more likely to rot your wheel than nitrogen. However, another point to it is that modern day cars come with alloy wheels, which are resistant to corrosion.   While air fill ups are free in petrol pumps in India, nitrogen fill ups will set you back by around Rs.25-50/tire. However, the same will further reduce your stops at the pumps for air refilling and will give you linear fuel efficiency figures for long. The same can further increase the life of your tires. Wonder why? The thing is that all tires gradually lose pressure over time, regardless of the fact whether you drive your car regularly or not. So the 21% of oxygen that’s present in the tire’s air is known to escape the permeable tire body which is why overall handling of the car feels a bit heavy after sometime. Reason- air isn’t stable enough and is very volatile. Oxygen is also one of the reasons for the wear and tear of your tires, as it causes oxidation (eats through the rubber just like metal). Getting Maximum Fuel Efficiency From Your Car Times are very turbulent as far as fuel prices go. Almost every month or so you’ll see the fuel prices reach new heights. So we here at Carsizzler have jotted down a few headers for you to save some money for yourself when on the move.   FOR THE DRIVERS     Take It Easy- Feather touch   Speed thrills but kills, not only literally but also monetarily. While it might be hard to resist driving fast for some, especially across an empty stretch of road but gentle acceleration can save some money on the fuel spends. The same will allow gradual deceleration to further aid fuel efficiency. So, make a note to go gentle on the accelerator pedal for the car to reward you with good efficiency figures.   Be Farsighted-   An attentive driver will not only reach his/her destination quicker but will also consume less fuel. So, anticipate traffic signals (red lights) and slow down or quicken pace accordingly. Also finding gaps between the traffic can be useful to keep the car moving constantly. Beware though; use your rear view mirrors to keep a check before changing lanes. Plan your route, a congested shorter route might burn more fuel and take more time than a longer but relatively empty one.   Engine Idling-   People have this habit of either parking on the side of the road to talk on the phone or wait for someone while the car is on or sitting in the driveway with the car and its air-conditioning turned on, resulting in more fuel consumption. So, make a note to switch off your car if you’re about to stop for more than 60 seconds.   Intelligent Shifts-   If you drive a manual transmission car, try shifting up to higher gears in order to achieve a better fuel consumption. However, do not up shift if the engine is already revving low, that would make the engine ‘knock’ or stall.   While driving an automatic car, accelerate reasonably and let the transmission shift the gears a couple of notches up, feather touch comes to the rescue here as well.   FOR THE CAR   Correct Tire Pressure-   People generally pay a visit to the petrol pump only when out of fuel and most of the time they are in hurry when they go there. However, right inflation of tires can also reduce the fuel consumption by an incredible margin. Do resort to the manufacturer’s specifications to get the right air pressure in your tires. Less tire pressure means the tires generating more friction, prompting the engine to work harder, which in turn returns less fuel efficiency.   Breathe Right- Get your air-filters checked regularly. A dust-filled air filter will bottom-up the flow of air into the engine harming its performance. It’s like working throughout the day without a lunch and tea break. Checking the filter is easy, either do it yourself or reach the workshop to do it for you.   Wheel Balancing & Alignment-   While balanced wheels and aligned chassis will reduce your effort to steer the vehicle in the right direction, it will also allow the car to sip lesser fuel without straining the engine much. So, keep the wheels balanced and the car aligned to get better returns from engine.   Reduce Weight-   The lesser the car weighs, the better will be the fuel efficiency as the engine will have to work that bit lesser to pull the vehicle. So, make a note to run light. (Health tip included - Light drivers might get a little better fuel efficiency, hit the GYM!).   Leave Your Car At Home-   Yes, you read that right, you reading this article on how to get maximum fuel efficiency from your car (otherwise read as- how do i save money) :) , one straight answer to that is, leave your car home. Try carpooling, take the air-conditioned bus, and use the metro/subway. It’ll save you a lot of money while increasing the life of your car. So, drive only on weekends when the traffic is next to zero while enjoying driving your car as well. When Is The Best Time To Buy a New Car in India? Indians love to buy a new car and they consider the entire process very auspicious. We consider buying a new car as a sign of prosperity, success and happiness. Therefore, we never rush the process. In fact, we take as much time we possibly can to make a decision on our new car. To further help you all in making an easier decision, we folks here at CarSizzler have laid out a few points to help you in your planning.   Best time to avail the most discounts in India is undoubtedly during the festive season of Diwali and then New Year. The month leading to Diwali when the Navratras are on, the festive season reaches its peak for best deals for the increasing number of interested customers during or before those 9 auspicious days of the festival.   You’ll find the dealerships normally giving discounts to every customer, but if you can manage to negotiate the best during that time then you’d be a champion negotiator because dealerships tend to stick to their discount on offer. Year end period is also considered a good time for buyers as the dealers want to clear stocks.   If you are among the religious buyers then you might already know of this that; “Pooranmashi” or full moon day is considered a very auspicious day of the month. So you might want to check your calendar for full moon day dates.   Little secret, what nobody ever thinks of is that if everybody buys cars during the festive season then what happens during the rest of the year at all the car dealerships. Then I have some piece of knowledge I would like to drop on our readers. Car discounts and good deals keep fluctuating on the popularity of the car. For example- currently Renault Duster & Toyota Innova are selling like hot cakes, so forget about any discounts, these cars are also selling with an added premium for a quicker delivery. But if you were to go and buy a Mahindra Scorpio right now, chances are good that you might get a hand to hand delivery of your car along with the best discount possible. However, if you would still like unbeatable discounts and top notch price in the city with any of the cars no offer in the Indian market, then call us. We here at CarSizzler, guarantee you the best price for the car of your choice, color, manufacturer, model, variant. You name it and we have got it. Visit our contact page for a word with our executives who will give you the bang for your buck. Will Mercedes Benz Take Back Its Indian Throne With The A-Class Mercedes Benz, the German car manufacturer under the parent company Daimler AG, has been around since 1886, 126 years to be precise and they have been the best for quite some time now. Their throne in India was rattled by BMW and Volkswagen owned Audi.   The fresh E-Class was just revealed. Mercedes Benz C-Class took a direct hit from the BMW 3 Series and also from Volkswagen owned, Audi A4. In terms of sales as well as a fresh design and a fresh set of cars for the Indian buyer. The people, who went for a BMW or an Audi, were the ones who were already driving a Mercedes Benz and probably even upgraded 2 cars from their stable, now wanted to go for something that was new in the Indian market, like the BMW and Audi.   BMW arrived to the Indian party very late (2006) and Audi a year later (2007), all three manufacturers have seen a huge success in India. But in 2010, the scene changed in favor of BMW, it overtook the sales of Mercedes Benz and this was just the starting point,. In 2012, Audi stormed the beaches of both Mercedes Benz and BMW, with their sales soaring new heights each passing month, although, Audi didn’t exactly overtake BMW’s sales in India.   Mercedes Benz has been at war ever since BMW and Audi have set shop and their sales figures speak the same language. Audi came out with the Q3, that was in direct competition with BMW X1 (a car that gave a pretty good boost to BMW’s sales) and recently Mercedes Benz launched their B-Class, which hasn’t been that much of a hit.   What Mercedes Benz feels is that they are a company who is happy with the profits and not the number of units sold each month like BMW and Audi. The newer segment already looks fresher and more with the time as probably the main reason why BMW and Audi are selling more units is that their cars be it the new “ BMW Ultimate 3 Series” or the fresh “Audi A4” look very sporty and more 2013. The new S-Class Saloon from Mercedes Benz surely will be a show stopper when it will be revealed in Hamburg on 15 May. More importantly the S-Class will be aimed at the Rolls Royce Ghost in the super-luxury segment.   Mercedes Benz is soon to come out with their A-Class, which will be in the price range of Rs.18 Lakh and upwards, obviously, this wouldn’t be a volume seller, but Mercedes hopes to sell this particular one like hot cakes, as it needs a win, I wouldn’t use the word desperately for Mercedes, but a win should surely be able to bring Mercedes back on the top chart ahead of BMW and Audi.   BMW will attack Mercedes Benz’s A-Class with its 1 Series (which is again a very promising car), while Audi will counter both Mercedes Benz and BMW with their A3, but the A3 will have to be priced very strategically, Volkswagen already has a their Jetta and Passat in a very similar price range, also the Audi Q3 is in the same space. So this will be interesting to see how Volkswagen manages to save its Passat while also making their Audi A3 come in their cheapest price range ever. Mercedes Benz surely has a lot banking on the success of their A-Class. The A-Class, although is a very strong contender in this premium hatch segment among the other two enemy manufacturers.   Hoping for the A-Class to be a runaway success. Come back for more scoop on the European car war front and remember, you read this piece first on CarSizzler. How ABS Can Be a Lifesaver What is ABS   Almost every new car these days comes with ABS either as standard or an option in the top of the line variants. Even 2-wheeler manufacturers have recently started advertising ABS in their vehicles. So, what exactly is this popular term ABS? ABS stands for “Anti-lock Brake System”,  a safety feature that prevents wheel lock ups while braking, something that has resulted in many accidents worldwide. It works synonymously with the car’s regular braking system by pumping them automatically. The system pumps the brakes that allow to safely steer the vehicle to a safe halt. The system also works perfectly when there is less traction. For example, panic braking on even a wet tarmac or ice won’t skid the vehicle if car is equipped with an ABS system. Additionally, the vehicle will also steer during panic braking and change lanes effectively. After reading all this, there’s a chance you might start thinking that all this technology might lead to quicker and snappier braking. However, the purpose of ABS is not to provide you with a faster braking system because that’d be meaningless as faster braking comes from how fast the driver’s reflexes are and nowhere close to being related with the braking module of a car. What ABS‘s purpose is to help you in controlling your vehicle in an emergency panic braking situation. No matter how much advancement is made in the automobile industry, eventually it all comes down to the driver. You still have to be careful while driving, braking, parking, reversing your car or doing regular maintenance of the vehicle. ABS or no ABS, braking will still be a livewire thing, one that you’ll have to perform with concentration. While ABS does help in reducing the stopping distance to an extent on wet tarmac, doesn’t actually mean that you can now drive faster without worrying about the stopping. One still needs to be careful while driving on wet or iced up tarmac. Manufacturers Shy From Metal Bumper Guards, Why? While many of us may have resorted to fixing metal bumper guards on our cars, manufacturers still tend to limit their use. Ever wondered why? Modern day cars get a lot of sensors, for the airbags, for parking assists and so forth. It’s these bumper guards that tend to interfere in the sensor operations making them ineffective.   You must have by now understood why dealers generally decline to offer any such parts from the manufacturer. However, Indian driving and parking style is so erratic that every now and then there are chances that some auto-rickshaw or a motorcyclist can bang into your beloved car’s bumper making you sulk with an ugly dent or many different artistic scratches.   But if you have a bumper guard installed, then chances are that the bikers banging your bumper will end up simply hitting your metal bumper guard. However, as the bumper guard sits right around the region where the park-assist sensors are installed, they might render them useless. Same is the case with front airbags, since the guard will tend to reduce the impact (in case of a collision), there are chances that the airbags won’t deploy. What we believe is that if car manufacturers can design and manufacture such beautiful cars and many other good things that aid in better driving, then they should also design something similar to an aftermarket bumper guard, which while looking good could also protect your beloved car’s bumper and save you a good amount of money that you usually end up spending on repairs and new bumpers for the cars. Will Luxury Hatchbacks Be Successful in India? The Indian automotive scene has been experiencing a new high with the coming of almost all premium car manufacturers and all the supercar manufacturers setting up shop in the country. So is the Indian car buyer, it has made many buyers happily come to a decision with plenty to choose from.   And before all this happened, the Indian buyer associated a bigger price tag with a bigger car (in terms of size), things have changed a lot in the last few years.  Volkswagen was the first one to hit the premium hatchback party in India with their flagship and iconic car Volkswagen Beetle back in 2009. It is simply much more than a car. It’s an icon with thousands of fan clubs running around it. The Beetle was originally supposed to be a people’s car (meaning it was supposed to be cheap so that everybody could buy it). But the beetle today with a price tag of Rs.25 Lakhs, is nowhere even close to what I just said above. Even with a 2000cc, 115 BHP petrol engine, it didn’t exactly catch the eyes of the buyers more than it did with its exterior. The moment you look at a Beetle, you would immediately want one, the rounded corners, the big eyed headlamps; the overall curvy appeal of the car is enough to make you write that fat cheque.   BMW came out with another famous iconic car in the hatch segment, the Mini Cooper. What is interesting is the fact that both the Volkswagen Beetle and the Mini Cooper were originally meant for mass volumes and an economical way to drive about town. The Mini Cooper with its price range starting from Rs.25 Lakhs and going all the way upto Rs.35 Lakhs, depending on the variant you choose ranging from the standard Mini Cooper to a Mini Cooper Convertible, is in no way close to being an economical way to drive around town. It is if you have deep enough pockets to show off your small puppy with a peppy and souped up engine and great looks. But all the die-hard Mini fans would tell you otherwise. The car is amazing no questions asked and then Indian buyer’s mentality is also changing with time passing by of associating the price tag with the size of the car. With BMW running the Mini Cooper, the brand already established well enough in India, the road ahead should be smooth. The market response has been average for the premium hatch segments so far, but not as average as the manufacturers thought it to be.   Mercedes Benz recently came out with their sports-tourer “B-Class”. They aim at the youngsters who are willing to enter the premium segment but not with sedans or SUVs but smaller cars that look way cooler and pack more punch in the engine are easy to drive around it, also youngsters who are also willing to spend Rs.21 Lakhs upwards. B-Class packs a 1600cc petrol engine; the car was recently launched by the German manufacturer in India. So far we have seen a few cars on the road. The sales-figures are hard to guess for the moment.   CarSizzler Viewpoint   With the success of premium car manufacturers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz in the country, the fact is well established that people are willing and liking to drive in luxury cars. The hatchback scenario in India is already on the top with more and more people wanting to buy a feature rich and compact Hyundai i20/ Maruti Swift over a sedan Toyota Etios. For the premium hatchback segment to see any success, the prices will need a bit revising and more marketing. Criteria And Documents To Purchase A Car On Finance While many of us are applying for a car loan, we have made a list of all the paperwork, documents required and the criteria fulfillment to file for a car loan.   Simply go through the checklist to make sure you aren’t missing any of these before you drive all the way to your bank to fulfill the loan criteria. Starting with the age criteria, an employed individual of age between 25 - 58 years and a self-employed individual between 28 - 65 years is eligible for to apply for a car loan. Any bank whether in public or private sector has criteria that state the requirement that the loan candidate has a preferable credit-rating and also depends on their income. Private Limited companies applying for a car loan should have a minimum profit of Rs.200, 000 (Rupees Two-Lakh) after taxes and everything. Both private as well as nationalized banks in India maintain criteria requiring their loan applicants to have an annual income of at least Rs.250, 000 (Rupees Two-Lakh and Fifty Thousand). For a company applying for car loans, they are required to be in existence for a minimum of three years.   Documents Required-   Passport sized photos, Photo ID Proof, Date Of Birth Proof, Residential address proof, Form 16 copy (salaried employee), Income Tax Report for last 2 years with computation of income and complete financial of company (self-employed or Pvt. Ltd. companies). Proof of job continuity for the past 2-3 years (salaried employees), 3 years of business continuity proof (Self-Employed or Pvt. Ltd. companies). Latest 2 months salary slips (salaried employee), residence or office ownership proof, residential proof of authorized partner or director (self-employed or pvt. ltd. companies). Latest 6 month salary a/c bank statement copy (salaried employee), 6 month bank statement or 6 month current a/c bank statement copy (self employed or pvt. ltd. companies), Pan card copy, address proof and partnership deed of the company (partnership firm) and 1. List of director, 2. Share holding pattern on letter head of company (Pvt. Ltd. companies). Pan Card copy, address proof and MOA of company with board resolution on letter head of company. Why is Zero Depreciation Cover Beneficial? Zero Depreciation or Zero Dep covers are nowadays the popular choice for more and more car buyers and insurance renewal clientele. Car buyers in the top and mid-segment are the majority of buyers who opt for a Zero Depreciation cover for their cars.   Zero Depreciation Cover basically gives an assurance that in any case of an accident the claimant receives full claim on the spare parts that will be replaced or are bought new for the repair of the car without any depreciation on their value. The Comprehensive Insurance or the standard insurance covers just about 50% of rubber/plastic parts and 10-50% on metal/glass parts.   Zero Dep covers are usually covered easily for new cars up to 3 years. One downside for Zero Depreciation Cover is that it costs higher than a comprehensive insurance. Zero Depreciation has been successful in India so far since it was allowed by the IRDA in 2007.   Some insurance companies have restrictions on the number of claims a customer can claim in a policy period. Some keep it to two (2) claims a year and some provide three (3) in a year.   Although, there are a few things that are not covered by Zero Depreciation Cover, like information that no agent might tell you without asking. CarSizzler has penned down a few of them below for you to always keep these in mind when renewing your insurance policy or upgrading to a Zero Depreciation.   Damage due to breakdown mechanically. Accessories damage incase they’re not insured. Wear and Tear. No claim for an accident caused due to drunken driving. The moment you enter a racetrack, your zero depreciation cover does not cover you, neither will your standard cover. Petrol Vs Diesel, How To Make The Right Choice? Making a choice between diesel and petrol car can get a bit difficult when planning to buy a new car, especially when petrol prices are soaring new heights each day. Certain buyers base their decision on the fuel consumption and mileage basis. While others base it on their preferred fuel of choice, certain drivers are very particular about buying only petrol cars, saying they drive better, while others prefer diesel for being cheaper than petrol. But the trend these days seems a lot in favor of the diesel cars, no matter their higher price than the petrol variant.   But how would you choose between the two fuel types? That’s where CarSizzler steps in, to help you make the decision in a simple manner. A few pointers for you to work on:   Ask yourself whether you really need a diesel car just because it is cheaper per litre even when initially the car itself is expensive than its petrol variant. What kind of driving does your daily commute consist of? Long distance? Short-duration drive to work or highway trips to other towns daily? Work out an approximate amount of fuel that your car would normally consume in a year and calculate your average fuel consumption. The reason why diesel engines cost more than petrol is that their manufacturing costs are more than normal petrol engines; they require an extra measure of strength to withstand the higher compression of diesel as it has a higher combustion rate. You really don’t need a diesel car if you don’t drive more than 30-40 kms in a day’s running. A diesel car turns out to be more expensive in the time. For example: a full tank for a Maruti Swift Diesel costs around Rs.1700 whereas a full tank for Swift petrol runs up to around Rs.2400-2500. A cost-difference of Rs.700. Now, say, you bought a diesel car, the EMI for your diesel car on per lakh works out to approx. Rs.2200-2300. So, even Rs.1400 that you saved on tank top twice a month will leave you paying almost Rs.700-800 extra. The only reason why you are seeing many people buying a diesel car against petrol is that it’s more a trend nowadays. We’ll give you some number to prove it. The share of petrol cars in the overall market constitutes to about 81% back in 2008 and the 2012 petrol shares speak otherwise to 58%. The maintenance and repair cost needs to be kept in mind as well. Diesel servicing works out more than petrol.   Now, a simple calculation.   Take an example: Price of petrol in your city = Rs.70/lt (say) Price of diesel in your city = Rs.50/lt (say) Your daily running = 40 km (assume) Diesel car average = 18kmpl (say) Petrol car average = 15kmpl (say) Money spent on fuel in case of a diesel car for a month (40x30 = 1200 km) = (1200/18 x 50) = Rs.3, 333 Money spent on fuel in case of a petrol car for a month (40x30 = 1200 km) = (1200/15 x 70) = Rs.5, 600 Difference in money spent on both cars for fuel = Rs. 2,300 Price difference between a diesel and petrol car for the same car = Rs.1, 00,000 Difference in monthly EMI for both cars if financed for a term of 5 years = Rs.2, 300 This is exactly the same. Add to it the extra you pay for the diesel servicing and you’d definitely end up paying more for a 5 year term. That means if you’re driving at least 40 kms daily, you end up paying as much for diesel as you would have for petrol. So, make an informed choice and go with the car that suits your needs. 10 Must Have Features For Any Car There was a time when features like power-windows or central locking were considered a “top variant only” feature but now they are almost standard in most modern day cars we buy. This is a good thing, people love feature rich cars, happy driver = happy car. CarSizzler has made a list of Top 10 must have features for any car here, so that maybe 5-7 years down the line we can hope to see many of the feature listed as standard.   Keyless Entry-   How many times have you reached your car door with groceries in both hands and then struggling to find keys from your bag or pocket to open the car? Now, keyless entry is no space age feature here, many cars come with it but only top variants mostly. Wouldn’t it be nice if this came as part of standard feature?   Automatic Transmission-   Again, automatic transmission is nothing new and I know it can be a little less fuel efficient. But, if you keep all those points apart and then think about the auto gearbox, isn’t it relaxing? Just sit there in the air-conditioned cabin of your car, listening to music and zipping through city’s stop and go traffic without having to continuously switch gears every 2-5 seconds? Maybe in the near future automatics gearboxes will be designed in such a way that they churn out a better fuel efficiency with all the advances happening in technology nowadays.   Reverse Parking Assist-   Reverse Parking Assist is by far the best thing that’s happened till now. I can’t count the number of times I used to bang the rear bumpers of my Daewoo Cielo while reversing it in my driveway or at the mall. The car was so long, made it difficult for me to park sometime, I wish I had the parking assist whether in the form of beeping sensors or camera assist back then. But these days park assist sensors cost less than Rs.3000 for the beeping ones or the camera ones come part of the top variant. Really helpful features like this should be made standard.   Airbags-   Airbags are a very good safety feature in modern day cars. Crash sensors in the bumpers or also on the side pillars of cars activate the airbags in case of a crash/accident. Most cars come equipped with these but some are still considered a top variant feature. What I think, if this is such a good life saving feature, then why not make it a part of standard variant?   More Than One Power Outlet-   I have many friends along with me while we’re going somewhere and most of us have the same kind of phone and sometimes two of us need to charge our phones at the same time and since my friends know I always keep a car charger, they ask for it. Now, one problem, my car has only one 12V power outlet. We go through a tiff whether whose phone gets charged first. Maybe manufacturers could put in maybe at least two outlets, One for the front and one for the rear should be really helpful.   GPS Navigation System-   I know there are third party options for SatNav these days which cost approx. Rs.6000 upwards and they are good at their job. I don’t like them hanging right in front of my face under the rear view mirror or on the side which makes me look in a direction different from my driving view. What I would like is the manufacturer designed in dash SatNav, like in the higher segment cars and certain top variants in the mid-segment cars. Also, voice guidance would be highly appreciated. I know people who wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for manufacturer fitted navigation in the future.   Defogger-   There are times during monsoons or winters, the rear windshield fogs up from the inside of the car. Now this is the most hated phenomenon that happens in every car and every driver hates it as it just blocks the rear visibility. But in higher segment cars a defogger comes standard, so no problem, at the press of a button the fogging is gone like Osama. For mid-segment or hatchbacks, this comes as a top variant only feature.   Cooled/Heated Seats-   Seats with air-conditioning can be a really great feature depending on the geographical region you live in. In Delhi summers, it gets so hot that even with the A/C on it gets really sweaty. The back and trouser regions get all sweaty resulting in you looking bad when you reach your destination with clothes all sweaty even after driving there in an a/c car sometimes.   iPod Connectivity-   Personally, I am one of those who hate the local radio and the constant gibberish by the radio jockeys irritates me while driving in the already bad traffic conditions, i prefer my own music, my choice of song on demand when and where I want to listen to it. But not all cars come with factory fitted iPod Connectivity. If only this became standard feature, I am sure many drivers would love it.   Power Seats- Ok, this last one is just a wishful thinking because this feature is only for luxury sedans/saloons and while this feature might also add to the price of the car but the power adjusted seats are so comfortable to adjust with memory that saves 2-3 preset adjustments. Top 10 Driving Tips To Improve Your Driving CarSizzler has penned down 10 of the most noteworthy points that you may want to keep in mind while driving.   Rest-   Driving needs a lot of concentration. While it is not as difficult as a brain surgery but it demands proper alertness. In order to enjoy your morning drive to the workplace amid heavy traffic conditions and harsh weather, your brain needs a good amount of rest before it can stay alert and help you avoid any conflict throughout your drive. So, make sure that you have had plenty of sleep the night before.     Understand Your Car And It’s Limitations-   Make sure that you drive your car well within its limits. Every car has different limitations, so before going all out on any car, it’s advised to familiarize you with its interiors, exterior dimensions and key components. For e.g., the turn indicators on most of the German and American cars will fall on the left side of the steering wheel, unlike those on the Japanese’. Also different cars have different response timings and behave differently to similar inputs. So, acclimatize yourself before hitting the road.   Give The Engine A Breather In The Morning-   When you switch on the ignition of your car for the first time in the morning, give it at least 3-5 minutes of breather. While most of the manufacturers instruct not to idle the MPFi cars these days, the first kilometer or two should be driven slow. Once the temperature needs to returns to normal engine temperature, drive normally. Since the engine oil is colder than its operational temperature in the morning, it takes time for the engine oil to reach every nook and corner of the engine.   Stability-   Keep your sunroof and windows closed for proper stability of your car and to avoid the dust from seeping in your car and spoiling that fine beige interior. Also maintain a proper air-pressure (as per manufacturers’ guidelines) in your tires to help in better fuel efficiency and smoother handling of the vehicle.   Acceleration-   Try to manage your acceleration; a quick jump will only result in more fuel burnt. You might as well know that your accelerator manages the amount of fuel that enters your engine. Therefore, if you’re used to changing gears at around 3.5-4000 RPM, you might want to shift up well before 3000 RPM and after 2000 RPM, meaning higher revs will send more fuel into the engine to burn more fuel, resulting in a lesser fuel efficiency.   Music-   Music keeps you awake and aware while good music also keeps your mood happy, in turn helping you drive smoothly and peacefully. If you aren’t a big fan of your local radio stations, then get the music of your choice and hit the roads singing. But make sure you don’t play it too loud, as it might be a hindrance if other drivers are honking you from behind, you might not hear them if your music is too loud.   Navigation-   If you just moved to a new city/country, then getting a satellite navigation device (GPS System) for your car is great idea. Instead of continuously stopping and asking for directions from strangers, just get a GPS for your car, they don’t cost that much and are also fairly easy to use. GPS devices also give you alternate routes helping you avoid traffic laden routes.   Load Up On The Necessities-   If you’re planning a long drive and especially if you’re headed to a place that’s new to you then plan in advance and always carry plenty of water and some snacks along, you may not know where or how far your next pit-stop/petrol pump is. Just as a precaution.   Keep A Kit-   Nowadays, almost all new cars come with a First-Aid kit in the boot, in case you’ve lost yours or don’t have it then just make one. You just need a couple of pain killers, an anti-septic, some band-aids and tape. Just in case of emergency!   Wash Your Car- Make sure you either clean your car yourself or hire someone to do it for you. A dirty and dust laden car not only ruins the start of your morning but the dust laden windshield is somewhat of an hindrance while driving, I know you’ve got the wiper-jet stream for this exact purpose, but even your wiper blades need some cleaning so that they don’t catch dust particles which tend to put some pretty harsh scratches on your windshield every time you run the water-jet stream to wipe your windshield. Ten Fastest Production Cars In The World There’s always been a debate about which supercar being the fastest or quickest. There’s a difference between being fast and being quick. Fastest means having the highest top speed achieved by the car and quick means how quickly it can go from 0-100 Km/Hr. We’ll talk about the fastest of them all. Supercars have always been a thing that we all have loved at least once in our life. Twelve year olds worship the big sized posters of Lamborghinis on their bedroom walls while teenagers watch every possible video on all the supercars out there on you tube and adults visit the racetracks to catch a glimpse of these fast, mean and beautiful machines while few end up spending their life’s savings in exchange for a supercar that is both uncomfortable and nowhere close to being economical yet being very proud and happy about their decision. But even then, supercars (fastest or not) are loved everywhere no matter the age or sex.     We here at CarSizzler HQ were having a discussion about the fastest car out there, so without arguing too much over it, I was told to do a write-up about these beautiful and expensive beasts. So here’s the list.     We’ll start from #10. #10 Aston Martin One-77 British Astons are known for being fast, luxury rich and exclusive supercars and the One-77 is the fastest Aston Martin, so its very special. Also very special as only 77 of these were made, also making it the most expensive Aston Martin ever, this Aston work of art that can go up to 354 km/hr and go from a full stop 0 - 100 in 3.4 seconds also comes with an extremely fat price tag of Rs. 20 Crores. It has a 7.3L V12 engine that produces a 750 BHP of power.   #9 Lamborghini Aventador LP-700-4   This beautiful looking raging bull from Italy is the replacement for the previous beast “Lamborghini Murcielago” and it has done a pretty good job at it.    Don’t mistake this car for being at #10 for being bad, we’re are listing only the fastest car and not the most famous and loved supercar otherwise Aventador would rank #2. This baby tops out at 356 km/hr, goes from 0-100 km/hr in 2.9 seconds and costs between Rs. 3.90 - 4.78 Crores, powered by 6.5L V12 engine giving out 700 BHP power.     #8 Noble M600   Small scale British sports car manufacturer, Noble, virtually has nothing inside in terms of technology, no air conditioner, no music system and airbags are out of the question. With only 50 made each year and a price tag of Rs.1 Crore 60 Lakhs and upwards it can reach a top speed of 362 km/hr and a 0-100 km/hr in 3 seconds with a 4.4L V8 Volvo engine giving out 650 BHP of power.   #7 McLaren F1   Best part about this car and also my favourite is the fact that it has a central driving position, meaning the driving seat is right in the middle of the car. A perfect driving position if you ask me and many other McLaren F1 lovers, although I have never driven one but I can only imagine how awesome the drive would feel considering an equal viewing angle on both sides of the street. The car looks stunning as well while reaching speed of upto 372 km/hr and capable of going from 0 - 100 km/hr in 3.2 seconds. It has a 6.1L V12 from BMW churning out 610bhp.   #6 Koenigsegg CCX   Runs on a Koenigsegg developed 4.7L V8 Twin-Supercharged producing over 800 BHP hitting a top speed of 400 km/hr with 0 - 100 in 3.2 seconds. I know you are wondering where the Swedish car maker’s latest mean machine, the Agera is, we’ll come to that, patience. :) The CCX was a close call for the rank #1 car back in the day.     #5 Ferrari LaFerrari   You got it right; the car is actually as awesome as the name goes “LaFerrari”. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2013, this was a definite show stopper. Only 499 of these will be built. Hasn’t been tested yet but Ferrari claims it will cross 300 km/hr. Gives out 950 BHP of power from a Ferrari developed 6.3L V8. The chances of you ever actually seeing one on streets is very less, since only 499 will be made and I don’t think those owners will be driving to work in this car each day!   #4 Pagani Huayra   A hypercar who’s name you can’t pronounce? We’ll help you out- Its pronounced “Wai-Ra”. Meaning “god of the wind”. The name sounds right as this Pagani can reach speed upto 375 km/hr from it Mercedes AMG 6.0L V12 engine producing 720 BHP. Cost Rs 7.10 Crores and upwards which can go from 0-100 km/hr in 3.3 seconds. The Huayra came after Pagani’s previous beast, the Zonda.   #3 Koenigsegg Agera R   The Agera R can reach speeds of 418 km/hr and from 0-100 km/hr in 2.9 seconds and flies on a 5.0L V8 giving out 1099 BHP. The Agera is the most hated by the Bugatti family! As it has a higher top speed but no place to test it.   #2 Hennessey Venom GT   The Venom GT is not that famous as far as the supercar fame goes. But still can do a 418 km/hr from its 6.2L Turbocharged V8 producing a 1200 BHP. This supercar might be the only thing close to a Veyron killer.   #1 Bugatti Veyron SS The Bugatti Veyron,with the SS meaning “Super Sports”. The unrivalled fastest production supercar with a top speed of 431 km/hr. It was tested at Volkswagen’s test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany. It set a Guinness World Record for the fastest production car. 0-100 km/hr in 2.3 seconds is actually very quick as well. The engines specs are as follows- 8000cc (8L) W16 engine with 1200 BHP. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.12, 00,00,000 (Rs. 12 Crores). Why Did Honda Take So Much To Introduce Their Diesel Engine in India? When Honda entered India, petrol was the preferred fuel, with time, the difference between petrol and diesel prices magnified. However, till 2013, Honda fared well without a diesel car in its portfolio. As almost all the major manufacturers in India have diesel engine cars in their portfolio, even Honda had to join the party, but why so late? Why now when the market is already flooded with so many diesel vehicles?   From a buyer’s point of view, Honda might have lost the battle somewhere owing to a lack of diesel in their portfolio. But one look from Honda’s perspective suggests that diesel wasn’t even the need of the hour when the company was selling petrol vehicles like hotcakes. Look at the sales of Honda City, Accord and Civic in their respective segments and it becomes clear that Honda almost led all the segments as far as sales of petrol cars were concerned. Another important point to note is that India is still not the market where Honda sells majority of its vehicles. So why change strategy for such a small market? However, Honda has extended a warm hand for India and has come out with an engine and a car specially made for India, the Amaze. The 1.5 litre i-Dtec engine that makes entry in the Amaze is also specced keeping Indian mindset in mind. Honda Amaze will be made in India and hopefully it should bring a significant rise in numbers with many Honda loyalists in the country and Honda basically being good at its job with the car quality and comfort. Expected to be priced at Rs.6 lakhs onwards the Amaze should be a tough competition for the current segment king, Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Car Wraps And It's Benefits Ever wondered if your car remained scratch less for lifetime? And while selling it off, the usual dealer response that he’ll have to get the paintjob done would vanish? Also, many of us get bored with the color of our cars after 3-4 years. While we can always get our cars painted to the color of our choice but there’s a whole lot of paperwork. For one, you’ll have to change it in your RC (Registration Certificate) and we all know how easy that is (pun intended). So, does Car Wrapping come to your rescue? Let’s find out.   What is a Car Wrap?   A car wrap is a vinyl decal that basically wraps onto your vehicle. For example, say your car is white and now you’re bored with it and you don’t want to go through painstaking process of a fresh paintjob. Then a car wrap is for you. You can choose any color/decal of your liking and go home with it applied on your car in less than a day. The best part about these wraps is that you can easily remove them completely without it ever affecting your car’s original paintjob, not even a little bit.   Good news is, these last for around 2-5 years.   Why should you consider a Car Wrap?   Paint jobs are actually expensive. In order to perform a proper new paintjob, everything will have to remove from the car, every nook and corner needs to be painted. Requires a lot of work beforehand as your original paint has to be removed first which can take some time. Takes a long time to finish off the complete paintjob. It works like a skin for your car, remove it and the new-like paint still exists, even after years. No worries for minor scratches. It can also save a few bucks as there is no need for paint protection of the car. While not exactly cheap, but for the end results, spending close to Rs.3, 000 for getting a bumper wrapped is nominal. These pointers should serve you enough on why you should consider car wraps if you’re in the market for a paintjob. How To Drive Safely During Monsoon? Who doesn't like the monsoon season, that freedom from the scorching heat and the cold winds. But then, our Indian roads are particularly anti-monsoon to say the least. Open manholes, fresh potholes awry traffic signals and what not.   So, how you drive in the rains is something very crucial, for your car, family and for yourself. We here at CarSizzler have some tips to help you drive safe and enjoy your monsoon drive whether on the highway or stuck in city traffic.   ·         Check your tires first. Enough tread is a big must-have during the monsoon. A good tread makes a lot of difference in terms of handling and stability.   ·         Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Trust the manufacturer’s recommendations, the given psi levels are achieved after thorough testing. An under-inflated tire will give you a lousy pick-up and drag filled drive while an over-inflated tire will keep the car jumping around at the smallest bump or pothole making the drive uncomfortable.   ·         Keep a check on your headlights and brake lights. Make sure they function properly, especially during monsoons as during a heavy shower visibility goes down for the drivers ahead and behind you, blinking hazards and brake lights work as guides.   ·         New wiper blades are a must. A ripped wiper blade will not only scratch up your windshield but will also hinder sight.   ·         Concrete tarmacs are quite slippery during the rainy season, wet tarmac, speeding car; rain shower is a recipe for a crash. So, avoid driving fast, drive at decent speed and let the wind blow in your hair.   ·         Maintain a good enough distance between the car ahead of you as well as behind you. Braking distance increases (meaning it takes longer for the brakes to halt your car) during rain due to wet roads.   ·         If you see a big puddle ahead of you, avoid driving fast over it or even avoid driving over it at all. Because it’s topped with water, you can’t know its depth, could be a ditch or a small puddle and it can also damage your car’s suspension if you hit it hard.   ·         Heavy traffic jams are a common thing during the monsoon season, the only way to kill it is by starting early if you have to reach work on time.   ·         In rains, cars usually mist when driven with shut windows. Keep the inside temperature ambient, use AC to keep mist away from windscreen.   ·         Keep your car’s paintjob up to date especially in moist regions as there are greater chances of rusting. Car wraps can be another alternative. Happy Driving! Choosing The Right Car For Yourself Buying a new car can be very exciting but can also very confusing process. You might have the funds required ready and some time to browse around for the new car as well. But, what you might not be sure about is which car you actually want to buy. Need not fear, CarSizzler is here to help. Look through the points and it will help you come to a decision.   What Car Suits All Your Needs   What kind of safety features do you want? How many people do you seat in your car? The parking space that you have is it fit for an SUV, a sedan or a hatchback. DO you go for Long highway driving regularly? Do you really need a boot? Do you need it for work or just pick and drop kids from school or a trip to the grocery store? Diesel or petrol engine? Automatic or Manual Transmission?   Budget   Even if you’ve managed to decide which car fulfills all your needs, you will still need to decide how much you are really willing to spend on your new car. Car prices fluctuate in different seasons. So also plan the time when you want to purchase the car. Festive season is the preferred time with most car buyers as discounts are flowing with every dealership.   Ownership Cost   In some cases, one car might turn out to be cheaper at the time you purchased it than the other but in the long run, it might also turn out to be costlier to maintain with its high service costs and insurance. If you are concerned about those sorts of things then you might want to do some research or you can call us folks here at and we will be happy to help you out with anything ranging from choosing the right car to actually getting you the best deal on your new car as well.   Choose a car keeping in mind the purpose of buying. If it’s for family then you might need an MUV (Example: Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova), drive to work then sedans (Example: Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid), car for teenagers for college/mall then hatchbacks (Example: Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i10 / i20).   Test Drive Always test drive a car before actually zeroing in on the car of your choice. The car you like might look very good on the outside but the drive may not be as good. Drive it yourself, take a feel of the car, and see if you’ll be comfortable with it in the city traffic, open roads. Don’t rush your decision just because you are getting a good deal with it. Evolution Of Small Diesel Engines Diesel engines are on a roll in the Indian automobile scene. Every other new car buyer is tilting towards a diesel engine car. Be it luxury sedans, family MUVs or hatchbacks, diesel engine is a prerequisite these days. Moreover cars like Renault Duster are an even bigger hit nowadays, with Duster bookings soaring sky high.   Renault has never been this happy since the year they first entered the Indian market. Duster has also won many Car of the Year awards in 2012. The reason behind Renault Duster’s success, it’s an affordable mini SUV. Yes, an SUV, the young Indian buyer loves an SUV and even more if it’s priced at an affordable rate while also being smaller with a not so huge engine.   Renault will be facing its toughest competition before this year ends. Ford EcoSport, the car looks promising, rugged, tough, good looking (way-better than the Renault Duster). Ford EcoSport is one of the most awaited cars this year. When Ford unveiled its official production ready vehicle at Select Citywalk mall in New Delhi earlier this March, people were willing to book one on the spot.   Ford will come out with three engine variants for their EcoSport and eight or so colors.   Ford EcoSport EcoBoost Petrol 1.0 L Manual, 120PS Ford EcoSport Petrol 1.5 L Automatic, 108 BHP. Ford EcoSport Diesel 1.5 L Manual, 90 BHP. Ford’s EcoSport looks pretty good for a compact SUV loaded with all the features and a decent engine under its hood and a grand ground clearance. This sub-four metre car will be a strong contender against Renault’s champion car Duster. The 1 Litre engine is said to work like a 1.4L engine so should be good. Ford never gave out any details regarding the exact launch date or the price for the EcoSport. Price is expected somewhere in the range of Rs. 900,000 (Rupees Nine Lakh) upwards and is expected sometime around June/July’13. Etios & Etios Liva, Where Did Toyota Go Wrong? Toyota launched its entry level sedan Etios back in 2010 with a 1.5 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel variant. The Toyota Etios Liva (hatchback) also followed in 2011 with a 1.2 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel engine later that year. Both Etios and Liva come with a very competitive pricing almost forcing other manufacturers to cut prices.   Etios as well as Liva have been selling well, but there’s a lot of talk about both cars regarding interiors as well as its exterior looks. Both cars might not be the best looking when compared to other competing cars in the same segment of both Etios and Liva, it seems that Toyota managed to keep prices so low by cutting costs on the interiors and exterior designing of the car.   The moment you enter the cabin of any of the two cars, first thing you’ll notice is the quality of the plastic used in the dashboard that is not up to the mark. So, if the driver somehow forgets to check the fuel meter, other passengers can remind him about it, since they can see the console right in the centre. Although a similar setup can be found in the MINI Cooper as well, but in the MINI it looks classy and stylish and doesn’t make the car dash which is supposed to look sleak and solid and not boring & cheap plastic like in the case of both Etios and Liva. Cost cutting seems very obvious in these cars. Even the insulation seems weary as road noise and engine noise is very prominent. Although the engine covers up for every spot the car lacks in other areas. Maybe the only reason Etios and Liva just came out with a moderate facelift recently. Toyota launched its entry level sedan Etios back in 2010 with a 1.5 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel variant. The Toyota Etios Liva (hatchback) also followed in 2011 with a 1.2 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel engine later that year. Both Etios and Liva come with a very competitive pricing almost forcing other manufacturers to cut prices.   Etios as well as Liva have been selling well, but there’s a lot of talk about both cars regarding interiors as well as its exterior looks. Both cars might not be the best looking when compared to other competing cars in the same segment of both Etios and Liva, it seems that Toyota managed to keep prices so low by cutting costs on the interiors and exterior designing of the car.   The moment you enter the cabin of any of the two cars, first thing you’ll notice is the quality of the plastic used in the dashboard that is not up to the mark. So, if the driver somehow forgets to check the fuel meter, other passengers can remind him about it, since they can see the console right in the centre. Although a similar setup can be found in the MINI Cooper as well, but in the MINI it looks classy and stylish and doesn’t make the car dash which is supposed to look sleak and solid and not boring & cheap plastic like in the case of both Etios and Liva. Cost cutting seems very obvious in these cars. Even the insulation seems weary as road noise and engine noise is very prominent. Although the engine covers up for every spot the car lacks in other areas. Maybe the only reason Etios and Liva just came out with a moderate facelift recently. Should Audi Slot Their Upcoming A3 Saloon Under The Volkswagen Passat? Audi has some very nice and good looking surprises planned for its customers and others to just ogle at this year. Volkswagen owned Audi recently unveiled its A3 Saloon in New York, USA. This saloon A3 is the third member of the A3 generation. In other words, yes, it used to be a sportback hatch but now an even better looking saloon. Audi actually knows better how to simply add a boot at the car’s rear without making it look strange like in some cases with the cars in the India stable being converted from a good looking hatchback to a disastrous sedan (Swift to DZire). The Audi A3 is expected to reach India before the end of this year. Audi A3 Saloon will be a direct competition to the Mercedes Benz CLA and BMW 2 Series.   But the million dollar question is that how is Audi planning to put a price tag on the A3 Saloon as currently their A3 Sportback costs around Rs.15 Lakhs abroad (in the price range of Volkswagen Jetta). Okay, so you might say that it can be priced around Rs. 20 Lakhs onwards, but there is one more problem. Volkswagen Passat diesel 2.0L starts from Rs. 22 Lakhs and goes on to Rs. 28 Lakhs, which is Volkswagen luxury saloon. Also keep in mind that the Audi A4 price range starts from Rs. 28 Lakhs (A4 being the cheapest Audi available in India currently) also the highest selling variant from the Audi stable.   Audi A3 Saloon Will Offer Three Engine Types-   1.4 Litre TFSI Petrol, 138 BHP.                                                 1.8 Litre TFSI Petrol, 178 BHP. 2.0 Litre TDI Diesel, 148 BHP.   So basically, at the price of Volkswagen Passat’s 2.0 Litre Diesel highline variant you will then have an option instead to go for Audi’s cheapest car and also the base model, the A3 1.4 Litre Petrol, if Audi plans to price it higher than the Volkswagen Passat. Currently if you’re in the market for a VW Passat highline, you have a choice instead to go for the premium label Audi A4. Now with the coming of Audi A3 Saloon, things are about to change.   Another important thing to keep in mind before jumping the gun and making up your mind for the Audi A3, I’ll suggest you to go through the Mercedes Benz CLA catalogue as well. Mercedes Benz is desperate to catch the young generation sporty saloon kind of mindset and with the CLA it might as well be successful in doing just that. The CLA looks very promising and probably the best looking mean machine in the segment (also the most powerful if you go for the AMG version). Audi is in for a tough competition either way. On the right is Mercedes Benz with their bad boy beast the CLA and on the left is BMW with their 2 Series, although not as mean looking as the Mercedes Benz CLA, but it’s definitely in the club. Come back for more on the launch dates and reviews of these cars along with some very beautiful photographs. E10 Petrol And Compatible Vehicles What is E10 Petrol?   E10 petrol is any petrol with 10% of ethanol added to the fuel. Using pure hydrous ethanol in car engines is possible with either modifications to the engine or a new engine being developed altogether. Used mainly for the cars to manage emissions.   In India, as for currently, Maharashtra is the only state that has approved the E10 (10% ethanol blend with petrol), the rest of the country seems to be still struggling with E5 (5% ethanol blend). Ethanol is a type of alcohol which is actually a renewable source of energy which is also not as harmful to the environment as other fuel types. E10 has an octane rating of 94 or 95. It also delivers a bit more zippy drive than the usual unleaded petrol, but there is one tiny problem, your car tends to use it faster as E10 doesn’t have as much energy in unleaded petrol, resulting in generally increasing your consumption     Who can use E10 Petrol?   Most modern day car engines since the early 90s are compatible with ethanol added petrol. At present Honda Cars India Ltd., General Motors India makes all their cars already compatible with E10 norms. You can visit this link and check the listings- What exactly are the BS IV Norms? BS IV or Bharat Stage are emission standards that are set by the Government of India, these norms regulate the output of pollutant car engines. These stringent norms are based on the European regulations since 2000. All the car manufacturers have to comply with these regulations in order to get a go certificate from the regulating authority for their car. India 2000 (2000), Bharat Stage II (2003), Bharat Stage III (2005) and at present Bharat Stage IV (2010) norms are placed in more than 20 major cities across India and Bharat Stage V on the way.   You might already be aware of the production being stopped for the iconic Maruti 800, this was due to Maruti not willing to comply with the recent Bharat Stage norms, so was the end of life for the 2-stroke engines and also the inclusion of many electronic controls in modern day cars. The emission norms are good in the way that they help bring down the pollution levels but at one place they’re bad is the cost factor, they increase the cost of the car due to the added advancements and high fuel prices.   Some car manufacturers who weren’t willing to comply with the Bharat Stage IV norms resulted in some of their non-complying cars being denied license. Maruti 800,Hyundai Getz, Skoda Fabia and Octavia, Fiat Palio, Tata Sumo Victa and Indica V2, Chevrolet Tavera, Ford Ikon, Mitsubishi Lance and Pajero and Hindustan Ambassador. Now with Bharat Stage V in the pipelines, it will only be implemented once the Bharat Stage V fuel is available on a pan-India basis. Why Are Hybrid Cars Expensive in India? These days the hybrid trend is on the rise, more in the western countries, if you’re seen driving around in a gas-guzzling Chevrolet Camaro then you’re considered an anti-earth! Whereas if you’re in Toyota Prius Hybrid or a Honda Civic Hybrid then you’re one of those green-peacekeeper folks and are actually trying hard to go green. But at a cost, read on for more on that. The hybrid babies are being sold in India as well and the trend is far from growing.   Every year you might have noticed a ranking of some sort or the other used in either advertisements of car companies or some articles on one of the hundred auto-blogs, marking the most popular car of the year, highest selling car of the car, least selling car of the year, most expensive car of the year and so on. Well, we can tell you that the highest selling car for the year 2012 in India was the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800! Yeah, it’s for real.   Chances are you may already be aware of the fact. But what you might not know or didn’t even bother to know is what happens on the other side of the scale. Toyota Prius was the least selling car over all the categories. So, yeah, if you’re a Honda Civic Hybrid owner reading this article, don’t feel too proud, your car might have been a close second to the Toyota Prius, just because the Civic probably is a very good looking car and the petrol version is quite a success even today.   One primary reason for the Hybrids being not so hot selling is the fat price tag on them, for example, a Toyota Prius costs around Rs. 33 Lakhs on-road in New Delhi, now, if I was a car buyer with this budget, I would simply walk into an Audi, BMW or a Mercedes Benz dealership with eyes closed and simply buy an A4, a 3-Series or a C-Class but not a humble Toyota Prius. But that’s just my opinion. Also the high excise duties force the price to go so high. Countries like United Kingdom give a special tax incentive if you buy an hybrid car there. Such things improve the chances of getting a hybrid for folks like me. Road tax for a hybrid car is also lower since they have lower CO2 emissions The Indian Government has a Rs.4 Billion plan to boost the electric and hybrid vehicle production and bring 5-6 Million hybrid vehicles on road by the year 2020. Now hybrids are alright, but if all these electric cars and motorcycles start plugging in and sucking all the electricity then I have no idea how or when will our current electricity demands be met, as it is India faces a severe electricity crisis during peak summer months of the year. Maybe the government has a “plan” for that as well. Car manufacturers say that high prices of hybrid vehicles will immediately come down once hybrids start making big enough volume sale figures. Till then keep thinking whether you want a BMW or you want to save the planet. Chink in Toyota's Armour Japanese major car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation set up shop in India in a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group in 1997 and came out with their first car in India in 1999, Toyota Qualis, which was a huge success until being shut down in 2006. For the most part, Toyota has seen success with their new cars, including the 2002 launch of the Toyota Camry, 2003 for Toyota Corolla and 2005 for Toyota Innova, being even successful till date with over bookings.   However, one thing hasn’t changed a bit ever since, be it there higher segment cars like the Toyota Camry or recent hatchbacks like the Toyota Etios Liva and entry segment sedan like the Toyota Etios. It’s their interiors; they have always been very dated and dull.   For example: pick up the Toyota Camry, it costs around Rs. 24 Lakhs upwards. 2.5L petrol engine (no diesel option), good exteriors looks, performs fairly. Just the interiors look plain bland, steering wheel might be the only place where real leather is used apart from all the fake looking woodwork and plastic feeling to the overall package, not at all worth the price tag instead Volkswagen Passat in the similar price band looks fantastic, feels like a tank and interiors are a dream along with a diesel engine. Then there’s Toyota Corolla Altis, 1.8 Liter (petrol and diesel), dated looks on the outside and as dull as it can get on the inside which costs around Rs.13 Lakhs while the Skoda Laura 1.8 Liter petrol costs around Rs. 14 Lakhs have a far better and with the time kind of interior as compared to an Altis.   If we talk about the hatchback and entry segment sedans then Toyota Etios Liva and Etios are none better. The cars might get a point for fuel consumption or build quality, but their interiors are no match for competition like Maruti Suzuki Swift/ Hyundai i20 and Hyundai Verna/Honda City/Volkswagen Vento. A car interior should be very inviting, in my opinion, in such a way that the moment you open the doors you immediately want to enter the cabin and drive away.   Recently Toyota came out with the fresh Fortuner 5-speed automatic, (the previous automatic Fortuner was 4 speeds), 3.0 Liter diesel, the transmission is solid, Fortuner is already an established and a great SUV, also gets to the 5th gear and never misses any. Although improved than before, still lacks that Rs. 22 Lakhs worth of interiors and craftsmanship. Hyundai Santa Fe, ranging in a similar price band, looks far far better than the Fortuner, Santa Fe has a fluidic interior which simply invite the driver into the car and fall in love with curved lines and sleek dashboard.   News was that Toyota was up to some cost cutting, hence the strange interior design/styling, but I would say they have gone as far as they can with the gloomy interiors. Their upcoming cars might have some freshness on offer in order to keep their loyal customers happy. Automatic Manual Transmission - Future of Pocket Friendly Automatics? Two basic types of gearboxes are in existence in the market, one is the standard manual transmission and the other is the automatic transmission. Now, we all know how the manual transmission works, driver presses clutch pedal and shifts the lever into the new gear position releasing the clutch pedal and initiating the gear. In case of the the automatic transmission, driver puts the lever into D mode and simply use punch the accelerator to drive around without any fuss.     However, Automatic Manual Transmission, is the new kid on the block, it’s an automatic gearbox mated with a manual gearbox, while the driver enjoys the fun of an automatic gearbox while being able to shift gears like in a manual gearbox, also getting a better fuel efficiency than a standard automatic gearbox.   In an Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT), there isn’t a clutch pedal, so the driver doesn’t actually get to decide the gear but simply shift up & down. Theres an onboard smart computer that will manage all the gear numbers, all the driver will manage is the up & down shifting. The usual automatic gearbox use something known as a “torque converter”, like in manual cars there’s a clutch that disconnects the gearbox from the engine, in automatic transmission cars there is a torque converter which allows independent movement of the engine.   For example: When you have stopped on the side of the road on neutral, the engine passes small amount of torque through the converter, because at idling the engine doesn’t need much power, which you do by applying less pressure on the brake pedal in an automatic transmission car. So, basically if you try to press the accelerator while the brakes are applied, you’ll have to squeeze the brakes harder for the car to not move from its position. Why this happens is because, when you pressed the accelerator pedal, the engine pumps in more fluid to the torque converter, meaning more power to the wheels. Meaning the torque converter decreases your fuel efficiency. The automatic manual transmission gearbox doesn’t have a torque converter, hence giving better fuel efficiency from your car. Fiat Group’s component division “Magneti Marelli” makes this gearbox for them. Chances are AMT will enter Indian scene sooner. With automatics being accepted by the Indian buyer nowadays more than earlier when even the knowledge of a car variant offered in automatic was dreaded just because of its low fuel efficiency. Low Profile Tires, The Goods and The Bads. Low Profile Tires are similar to any performance enhancing product in a car or supercar. Low-Pro tires have a very short sidewall, which means they have a very less amount of rubber on the outer edge of the wheel; the tire sits very close to the wheel rims and looks very slim. While they are slimmer, Low Profile tires are also wider at the base, hence maintaining better contact with the tarmac. How do you know whether a tire is low-profile or not? Manufacturers maintain a size code on all the tires they make, the tire code goes like this- 235/35/19, the aspect ratio is the 2nd number after the first slash, in this case 35, the smaller this number is the lower profile your tire has, meaning shorter the sidewall.   CarSizzler has the oldest way in history to sort differences out without making you read a boring paragraph, the mighty PROs & CONs list below for your knowledge.   PROs   One major reason why most people are inclined towards getting a low-profile tire set is simply because they look really cool on the car and give it a very stylish appeal. From a technical point of view, low-profiles are great with an electric handling, while at a good speed the steering is very responsive and the cornering response is much better. Since they’re wider, when applied on supercars/sports cars, who are accustomed to higher speeds, they require more grip from the tarmac and if your tires are wider than your supercar gets a good hold from the road, which low profile tires are wide it’s a good thing for that purpose.   CONs   Low-Profile tires are expensive, simply put. A set of four low-profile tires will cost more than your usual set of tires, so that makes one point for the cons list. Another thing, unless your car was actually designed to work with low-profile tires like all the Ferraris and Lamborghinis, your family sedan or even a hatchback is more likely to be less stable with low profile tires fitted. Since your usual tires are thicker on the sidewall, means more cushioning for between the tarmac and the car, resulting in a softer ride. Whereas in a low-profile tire, the sidewall being very thin, meaning less cushioning between the car and the tarmac resulting in a stiff and harsh drive and ride comfort. In case of a pothole filled drive or bad roads then your tires as well as the rims are more prone to getting damaged.   PRACTICALITY If you’re among those who simply drive to work in the morning at 10 through bad and pot holed roads and drive back home at 5 using the same road, then low-profile tires are a big no for your car. You’ll be driving bumpy every day then as most of the time we’re driving on bad city roads. But in case you plan to go around some twisty bends on the highways and some mountain ranges, then low profiles is the way to go providing superior handling. HID Headlamps HID (High Intensity Discharge) Lamps uses a gas fillet replacing the usual filament of a bulb, an electric charger is used between two electrodes to ignite the xenon gas sealed in airtight capsules. HID lights are also known as Xenon lamps since they have the gas xenon filled in them. HIDs are known to last longer than the incandescent lights.   HIDs also give a very uniform throw of the beam of light. If you aim HID lights directly on a wall you’ll see sharp line at forming atop the light pattern. Unlike the standard bulbs, which tend to fade out after a travelled distance. Another good thing about these lights is that they tend to make the road signs glow more than from the conventional lights as HIDs produce ultraviolet light, helping in spotting the signs at night time easier.   First manufacturer to imply HIDs to their cars was BMW back in the 90s. Since then many 3rd party car accessories have tried to duplicate the light color by applying blue/white filter to filament using standard bulbs. These can never be compared to the HIDs. If your car didn’t come factory fitted with xenon lamps then there are true aftermarket HID conversion kits easily and inexpensively available. You might have seen those bright white lights on many cars on the streets, those are the HID lamps. An HID kit comes with a pair of HID bulbs, its wiring and a pair of something called the blasters or ballast. True HID lamps work at high voltage of 15,000 volts to get through the gap right after turning on, a ballast helps in this transition and further managing of voltage as well.   Also, what’s good is the fact that these HID lamps are durable as well. How? Well, normal halogen bulbs have a filament that breaks in case of a rough drive or bumpy roads if the car is going fast enough, the filament is prone to get damaged. But a HID lamp’s bulb has no such thing as a filament in it, its light source is the arc that moves around between those two electrodes to throw out the bright light rays, as I mentioned earlier above. Also, the temperature at which these HID lights operate are fairly daylight temperatures of roughly 4300K to 6000K, meaning at night when you turn the xenon lamps on, you will be able to get day like visibility in the dark where in certain regions it becomes very important for the road visibility. Run-Flat Tires Tires, no matter how expensive you buy them, tend to go flat sometimes or punctured. Then if you spot the flat before starting from home then you change the tire then and there and it becomes really messy when you have to change one while driving. Run-flat tires, as the name goes, can manage to run while flat. In case you’re driving somewhere away from the urban lands and the tires go flat then you need not worry about stopping on the side of a deserted non-urban surroundings in the dark to switch to the spare wheel since run-flat tires are capable and actually designed to go on for about 150 Kms so that you can reach your home/hotel or a petrol pump, while driving at speeds of up to 70-80 km/hr.   Although the technology has been in existence since 1940s but the major production was reached in early 1990s and come in two-types mainly being- Self-Supporting and Auxiliary Supported. Self supporting tires can carry heavy weighted vehicle while flat because of its stiff and tough rubber. Auxiliary tires have a designed steel ringed rim attached to them that takes the weight of your car while flat.   Benefits include saving time, now, if you’re on run-flat tires, then obviously you don’t have to stop since you can go another 100+ km and fix the tires later, you save extra boot space and the added weight of a spare wheel in the boot, considering you don’t need one since you now have run-flat tires, they provide the ultimate feeling of safety for women drivers in India with not having to stop anywhere incase their tires go flat while driving back home from work.   Like anything in life, even run-flat tires have some cons; they can burn quite a hole in your pocket since they cost more than the basic tires. In case you are fuel efficiency conscious then forget about these run flats as they are heavier and thicker meaning they reduce your fuel efficiency, so another hole in your pocket in terms of fuel expenses. Lack of availability is another big problem, in case your run flats get damaged then chances are you wouldn’t find a new one of the same size same manufacturer very easily as they aren’t easy to find.   It’s not like every time your run flats puncture you’ll have to buy new tires, run flat tires can be fixed just like the basic tubeless tires. The usual puncture repair will keep the run flats working normally. But if you’re a BMW owner (most BMW cars are equipped with run-flat tires with the exception of some M series models) and if you have a punctured run flat, if you go to the dealership folks then they will definitely tell you to replace the damaged run flat since that’s the BMW policy, they don’t want to be ones who suggested you to not buy a new tire and then you go and crash your car and by chance anything bad happens to you so the blame doesn’t come on them as they DID suggest you to buy a new tire. Another thing is that they also run like a rock, meaning the ride is quite stiffer and bumpy, almost every debris can be felt. Even after one or two extra cons, the run flat tire technology is evolving each day and will be coming factory standard equipment soon in many other cars to come. As the primary concern driving is safety of the driver and the car occupants. Run flat tires provide just that. Might burn a hole in that fat pocket of yours but saves your life as well and provides utmost peace of mind. Mahindra & Mahindra's Love Affair with the letter 'O' Superstitions can make people do funny things, especially in India. People change their names, fix dates and what all. People add an extra alphabet to their names while some remove an alphabet. Even auto manufacturers are not less. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), the SUV manufacturer, might not admit it, but is no less. Ever since the Mahindra Bolero came out, the company has been particular with naming their new cars with “O” at the end. Since then the list goes on like this:     ·         Mahindra Scorpio ·         Mahindra Xylo ·         Mahindra Verito ·         Mahindra XUV500 (pronounced five double “O”) ·         Mahindra E2O ·         Mahindra Genio ·         Mahindra Quanto   And the affinity for the word 'O' isn't contained to the cars. Mahindra's two wheelers also abide by the same nomenclature.     ·         Mahindra Rodeo ·         Mahindra Duro ·         Mahindra Stallio ·         Mahindra Pantero ·         Mahindra Gio ·         Mahindra Maxximo Even the recently launched electric baby Mahindra E2O wasn’t spared with the “O” badging. Mahindra & Mahindra believe that the “O” has now become more of a tradition than a superstition, since the success of Mahindra Bolero and Mahindra Scorpio. Hyundai Following The Lines of Maruti In 2012, Maruti hiked the wages for all its workers in the Gurgaon plant by almost 50%.  Following similar lines Hyundai announced and signed a similar wage hike agreement, agreeing with a hike close to 45% for three years. Both #1 and #2 car manufacturers of the country set a fresh trend over the previous hike in 2009, all this while the industry already making terms with the fall in sales figures.   Hyundai employees United Union’s settlement is active since April 2012 and will be carried till March 2015. Hyundai has set on an increased fixed pay and reduced the incentive based scheme (where a worker makes more money if he/she does more work). Pressure was ever mounting with the labour union and the non-stop rise in prices of daily commodities. Country’s major manufacturers had to pave way for the worker’s demands. Hyundai feels that this hike in wages will not only cover the inflation for three years but will also make the workers happy in return them working happily for the car plants hence improving productivity.   The medical insurance is contributed by the employee’s welfare amounting to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs and critical illness cover of up to Rs. 6 Lakhs. Hyundai employees get a monthly canteen allowance and conveyance fees of Rs. 5000. Costs are rising by the day, with labour costs skyrocketing in India considering how expensive labour is abroad. Companies are willing to take a tiny hit if that keeps their labour happy and gives an uplifted morale in return their labours are at peace and the plants keep churning out new cars every day. Once Upon A Time-The Mitsubishi Tale Mitsubishi came to India in the late 1990’s; Hindustan Motors (HM) was the one who brought the Japanese rally specialists to India with their first car being the Mitsubishi Lancer. Although initially the Lancer was well received by the tech community and car lovers but not so much with the buyers in terms of sales figures and that too at a time when Maruti Esteem, Daewoo Cielo and Honda City being at the top like today’s Hyundai Verna and Honda City (till date). Hindustan Motors market share was on a steep decline when they came out with the Lancer. HM was heavily banking on the success of Lancer although the Lancer did receive the J.D. Power award for three consecutive years (1999, 2000 and 2001) for least number of defects and highest customer satisfaction throughout the country.   Even then, the high reputation and awards were short lived, Lancer’s sales couldn’t take off as Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi had expected. HM’s own car the iconic, Ambassador and Contessa were taking a hit too. Ambassador’s two-decade long lifetime in the country was shaking as well. Sales were going down. The company even launched the famous and loved Mitsubishi Pajero SFX in late 2001-2002; the Pajero SFX was aimed at reviving the company’s falling graphs. Experts thought otherwise, the Pajero SFX might not be able to turn company’s fortune around.   And recently Pajero Sports was launched in the same price range as the Pajero SFX, which automatically pointed towards the SFX to be axed and that is what exactly happened. Recently the Pajero SFX was axed along with the Lancer.   The Lancer and the Pajero SFX were both iconic as well as top performance machines, especially the Pajero, it was known very well for its off-the-road capabilities and heavy duty performance. Also, with the Lancer gone, Mitsubishi has no offering in that segment to compete with its other Japanese counterparts. While the Mitsubishi Cedia (petrol) is the only option they have to offer currently, this makes Mitsubishi open to attacks from other manufacturers, in terms of sales. While other companies have at least one car or more to offer in every segment, Mitsubishi has just two SUVs and one petrol sedan to offer. No hatchback, no sub-four metre sedan and no premium segment contender.   Although the most famous and hugely successful Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X was launched in India in 2011 with many EVO lovers were waiting for with mouth open. But what they didn’t expect was the price tag that actually kept their mouths open. Lancer Evolution comes with a price tag of Rs. 49 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom) of course. Now, one might think twice before paying that amount for a convertible BMW, but Rs.50 Lakhs for a spruced up and rally type Lancer. There weren’t any takers for this beast. Enthusiasts were expecting a close to Rs. 25 Lakhs price tag, which would have actually had many takers for the famous beast, especially since the car was thrashed about in the famous Hollywood flick- “The Fast & the Furious”. Mitsubishi needs an Indian perspective if they actually want to revive their lost image in the country. A good hatchback, a nice looking and performance similar to the Lancer diesel with an economy diesel engine should be a good start for the HM and Mitsubishi on the way to regaining lost glory. How To Know That You Need A New Car? Before I start on a full write-up, I’ll try and answer this in the simplest way possible. If you have ever had a thought like how or when to decide that you need to buy a new car, simply think of it in this way. If your existing car is running you big bills on maintenance, repairs and upgrades with an amount close to half as much you paid for it when you bought it then you surely need to sell off that bill mounting junk of four wheels and get yourself a new chunk of shiny metal (new car) that will be brand new and your kids should love the feeling of going to school in a new car and the wife should also be happy, considering you wouldn’t be spending much time now at the garage getting that old car repaired every month.   Few points that you can keep in mind when you’re thinking about making a decision are, One being, if you have always maintained your car well since the starting, like proper and timely servicing then your car will generally last longer and will result in fewer repair bills.   If your old wine (as we here at CarSizzler like to call old cars) tends to conk out a lot on even the shortest of drives to the grocery store and leaks all over your garage even when you just got it back from the service station, you probably need a new car. Sometimes people have difficulty identifying what kind of fluid is leaking from their cars, CarSizzler makes your life easy again, with these few points you can know what your car is lacking.   If you see green (sometimes pink or bright orange also) liquid all over your garage then that’s most probably the coolant which keeps the engine cool, basically regulates the temperature of your engine and has a sticky and viscous feel to it.  Seeing yellowish brown (new engine oil) fluid underneath your car indicated that your car’s engine oil is leaking. In case the oil is old then it’ll be semi-black or dark brown. Petrol leaks are also common in old wines, nothing to be too worried about but yeah, getting it fixed as soon as possible is a definite YES! Petrol leaks are easy to spot as everyone is very familiar with how it smells (some people also love the smell of petrol) so if your garage floor smells nicer for you then it’s a petrol leak perhaps. Old wines with automatic transmission tend to leak a red colored fluid which is fresh and dark red if the fluid is old.   If you are the manly man you think you are then probably you will be able to fix your car up yourself (to an extent) and save some bucks on the constant repairs. I am not saying that’s a bad thing but after a while even a mechanic will suggest you to get a new set of wheels and save all the hard work for many other important things in life. For some people, cars are a mere means of transportation, for them it’s just a comfortable air-conditioned cabin on wheels probably with a luxury symbol on the rear that they use to reach their destination, while for some, cars are more, much more than a simple mean of transportation. For example, if you tell a Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Gallardo or a MINI Cooper fan to simply go and buy a new car just because his ride is leaking, chances are he might never speak to you ever again! Now, for such men, trading in their beloved car since their teenage years is more of an ending of an era, making decisions might be difficult. But you have to be practical sometimes. Old car spare parts also tend to be expensive; since that car isn’t in production any longer probably, therefore workshops tend to charge more for such old wines. Trading in your current car for a new one might be a good idea after all (if you do face similar high repair bills). New car means new trips and a whole lot of new memories. Alloy Wheels Vs. Steel Wheel - Who's better? Alloys and steel wheels are two of the most common types of wheels that are widely used in cars. You might have read a car brochure in which the sometimes the base models come with standard steel wheels while the top of the line variant has alloy wheels as standard factory equipment. Alloys are basically considered better than the steel rims. However, there is a third choice out there as well, carbon fibre rims, but these are rare in the terms of pricing. Carbon fibre rims cost way, way more than the already expensive alloy rims.   Alloy rims are made out of aluminum, which we all know (due to the science classes in elementary school) is lighter than steel, in general. Now, anything that can save added extra kilograms while making a car is considered godly. The lighter your car weighs, results in a better fuel economy and even your suspension has to sustain lesser weight. Similarly, alloys rims weigh less, making your car lighter, agile, good handling. Reasons why performance racecars come with only alloy rims.   Heat is also a concern in car tires. Alloys are usually spoked in design; you might have 5-spoke alloys or the famous 15 spoked BMW 7 Series alloys rims. These spokes let in more air into the wheels, keeping the brakes cooled and hence resulting in somewhat of a better braking as compared the steel rims. Steel rims are flat with few holes on the overall design. Aluminum doesn’t get heated as quickly as steel, therefore, more chances of a tire blowing off if mounted on a steel rim instead of an alloy rim. This scenario is exceptional and not a deterrent to make you buy an alloy rim.   Everyone has once in awhile seen a bend in a rim, usually a steel rim for that fact. Alloy rim is the mixture of aluminum with other strong metals, making it very strong, meaning they don’t usually don’t bend over simply running through a big pothole. Steel rims aren’t as strong, considering they are only a flat bend of a sheet of metal and welded at the end.   Steel rims cost less than an alloy rim. On the other hand, while alloy rims look really cool and give fancy look to your car. Whereas steel rims give your car an appeal of your dad’s car. Alloy wheels come in a huge variety. Many colors, designs, number of spokes and sizes catering to everyone’s liking. One might think that steel rims have no takers, but many classic cars till date look the best with steel rims and alloys will only make them look like a Japanese toy, killing its vintage appeal. So if your car comes packed with alloy rims as part of the variant, then it’s good. If you like the appeal of the alloys and your pocket allows that small burn then you can get a set of four wheels anytime, in return your car will look good and perform a tad better. If not, the steel wheels isn’t really a game changer technology, remember, steel wheels are the most widely used after all. Why Has Maruti Started its Own Workshop Despite A Huge Dealer Network? Maruti is India’s biggest car manufacturer, formed in 1981 with current market share of close 37%, which is huge, has the maximum number of happy customers throughout the country. With being able to manufacture more than 14, 00,000 (fourteen lakhs) cars in a year, they better have happy customers, otherwise it’s all downhill. Now how does one manage to keep so many customers happy? Better customer service, good after-sales service and most important, providing best service possible at all the workshops spanning throughout the country?   In a word, yes. The servicing experience a customer receives at one of these workshops is one way which he’s more likely to incline towards making sure his next car is a Maruti car as well. But, one problem, all the service station that you might have ever gotten your Maruti serviced are all “Maruti Authorized Dealership/Workshop” and not “Maruti Owned Workshop”.   Now, there is a huge difference between the two. For one, Maruti literally has a huge dealership and workshop network in the country. Therefore, what they do is, once the car is sold, you’re at the mercy of some private but authorized workshop. For example: you gave your car repairs for maintenance or repairs and it probably come back with your problems fixed sometimes not fixed but yet charged for. All you can do is go and argue/fight with the dealership with your word against theirs. They’ll say they did it while you know they didn’t fix the issue you’re referring to.   Your only way, give the dealership a very bad customer satisfaction review on their forms and probably on a few social networks and advise your friends never to go to that authorized workshop ever again. Also, spares and lubricants, every accessory that you might buy from here is expensive. The dealership obviously has to buy these parts from Maruti first and then add their own margin and sell it to you (the customer). Although Maruti still manages to keep its prices only a fraction lower than the rest of the manufacturers while lacking some quality too, the parts are still sometimes costly. And many customers reported against such exact issues to Maruti’s customer care, which is exactly why Maruti has recently started its company owned workshop in Naraina, New Delhi. The plus point for this company owned service station is that you will get all the repairs, maintenance, accessories at a reasonable price along with top notch company guaranteed services. For example: if Maruti sells one spare part at Rs. 50 to the authorized workshop, the authorized workshop then sells the same spare part to the customer at Rs. 110. Therefore, the new Maruti owned workshop is here, even if they sell the same spare part at Rs. 70, the customer is still able to save some money and hence is more likely to get his/her car serviced at regular intervals and also more likely to come to the Maruti owned workshops for his future maintenance. Octane Number Of Fuels - Is it Really Better For Your Car? To start with, what is Octane Number? Well, it’s a standard measure of the fuel type for the way it performs. Higher the octane rating for the fuel type, more amount of compression it can sustain before detonating. The rating is the fuel’s ability to actually resist a process known as engine knocking. The higher the Octane number, the more resistant it will be to knocking. Knocking is harmful and something you DON’T want in your engine. It is an uncontrolled explosion of fuel in the combustion chamber of your engine.     Knocking happens when the fuel ignites by the compression instead of being ignited by the spark plug (which is how it should be). The regular unleaded 87-octane fuel that most of us buy is capable of withstanding the least amount of compression before burning up in the chamber. Fuels with a higher octane rating are used in high compression engines having basically a higher performance. The Octane rating basically tells you how much the fuel can be compressed before it will ignite. People also have this belief that putting higher octane fuel into their cars will result in a better mileage.   The compression ratio of your engine is what determines the kind of fuel you should use in your car. A high performance engines (bigger engine) usually have a high compression ratio (it determines the octane rating your fuel should have) and therefore require a higher-octane fuel.   Going higher than the recommended octane fuel won’t exactly help your car achieve better mileage or even take full advantage of it. Also, the higher octane fuel actually contains kind of less energy, while it only actually offers a more controlled explosion that a higher compression engine can actually take advantage of. Bigger engine cars, preferably in the luxury segment or superbikes (1000cc and above) that do require this higher octane fuel at the higher price because their engines compress the fuel a lot more before it can actually ignite it. Similarly, if unleaded fuel is added to a car that requires a high octane fuel then the knocking phenomenon will tend to occur damaging your car engine which is bad for it. The reason why it’s expensive is because it is harder to refine the fuel to make it contain more number of octane. We would suggest you to only fill up your car tanks with the manufacturer recommended fuel octane. If they say use the 87-octane fuel then that would be your standard unleaded fuel and if a higher octane is advised then use that instead. You don’t want to be messing with your engine’s compression ratios. Not advised. Car Accessories To Be Avoided A car buyer in an accessory store is just like a kid in a candy store. Chances are you’ll definitely want to buy the most cool looking accessory for your car and the idea might seem right at the time but maybe after few days you might as well regret it. Some examples:     Body Kits- Car accessories have always been somewhat or the other inspired by racecar themes. Body kits are one such example; you might think they look so much like that exotic Lamborghini you drive in some racing video game. But think practically, if you drive a sedan in a city and you have body kit installed, it’ll get scratched and rubbed completely from the bottom on all four sides by continuously getting bumped with the tarmac and the speed-breakers and you’ll hear a “thud” noise when that happens.     Car Vinyls- Again, car vinyl doesn’t look good on your average city sedan. Unless you’re a teenager who drives to college/ mall with his spiked hairdo friends while head banging to really loud music. If you buy some of the cheaper options then chances are it might also affect your company paint job.     Shiny Chrome- Upgrading to alloy rims or wider tires is a decent option. But overdoing it with more than a splash full of chrome and that too fake chrome is not a good idea. The fake chrome will chip off after a couple of washes and heavy rain shower. Your car looks beautiful as it is which is why you bought it in the first place.     Spoilers- Woahh, you would be surprised to know the size of spoilers I have seen on a few Maruti 800s, Altos, Swifts, Santros and whatnot. Even Batman would remove the spoiler on his Bat mobile if he will come to India. Now, if those drivers have put them there thinking the spoilers add somewhat of a better appeal in terms of looks then I would say they are true; spoilers make the car look good (at times). But the real-world actual spoiler’s purpose is to create down force at high speeds on the back of a supercar/race car which provides a cornering grip. If anything, the after-market spoiler is an added weight and also adds drag as the car cuts through air, meaning lesser mileage, bad fuel efficiency. Ten Cheapest UVs Money Can Buy In India SUVs, MUVs, MPVs have always been a big trend in the west while it’s rapidly growing here in India with people buying Porsche Cayenne and Range Rovers worth Rs.1.50 Crore as well. But this price bracket doesn’t see a volume sale as far as figures go. Manufacturers love to see high volume sales figures. UVs are slowly steering towards that road. Volume sales are achieved from budget SUVs. We have listed the ten UVs that money can buy in India and are also competitively priced.   ·         Mahindra Thar- It still hoards the retro look with the Jeep lineage, fantastic off-road capabilities, long travel suspension for that extra bit of traction, power steering added freshness to the beast with standard four wheel drive and the top is removable for that gang appeal with 2.5L diesel and 105 PS of power and costs Rs. 6.8 Lakhs.   ·         Tata Sumo Gold- Tinted windows, very spacious interiors accommodating 8 people, ample stowage space, and keyless entry as well, with superb Sumo lineage to follow. With a 3.0L diesel and 70PS of power, Tata Sumo GOld can be yours for just Rs. 5.81 Lakhs.   ·         Mahindra Quanto- Micro Hybrid technology, best in class high ground clearance, child locks, digital immobilizer. Powered by a 1.5L diesel engine churning out 100PS and costs Rs.  6.09 Lakhs.   ·         Premier Rio- Comes with a headlamp leveling system to give the car an up market feel, with a 1.5L diesel engine giving out 64.8 PS of power, Rio is also very feature rich and equipped while costing competitive Rs. 6.31 Lakhs. Although the design could have been better.   ·         Tata Safari Dicor- For Rs.8.34 Lakhs, you get the most popular SUV in the Indian market with a 2.2L diesel engine churning out 140PS of power. Safari is an excellent highway cruiser with a plush cabin, is well equipped and 16-inch wheels.   ·         Mahindra Bolero- Bolero might have very dated looks but now comes more equipped and the cabin has a moderately modern appeal to it while also looking very rugged and giving it the proper off-road feel. Bolero still doesn’t come with ABS or airbags. It costs Rs. 6.60 Lakhs with a 2.5L diesel engine giving out 63 PS of power.   ·         Tata Aria- Auto Headlight feature is probably the best in class and also the only one in the segment. Aria is also India’s first four-wheel drive crossover, comes with reverse camera and airbags and the interiors are quite luxurious for the segment. Price- Rs. 9.95 Lakhs, Engine- 2.2 L diesel 140PS.   ·         Mahindra Scorpio- The Scorpio has got to be the most iconic Indian UV ever. Mahindra has achieved some serious volume sales numbers with the Scorpio. India’s first BS IV compliant car, micro hybrid technology, fire retardant upholstery. Price- Rs. 8.37 Lakhs, Engine- 2.2L diesel, 122PS   ·         Mahindra XUV 500- Made to appear like a pouncing cheetah, although a good looking SUV for this price range with State of the art equipment, SAT-NAV system with full touch screen, Electronic Stabilization Program, Engine- 2.2 L diesel with 140BHP, Price- Rs. 11.71 Lakhs. The interiors are simply class leading with the XUV 500, just that it’s too plasticky feeling. The LEDs are an added bonus.   ·         Renault Duster- With 1.6L petrol & a 1.5L diesel engine option and priced at Rs. 7.69 Lakhs, the Renault Duster has literally captured the Indian market. The car looks fairly standard from the interiors as only the top variant comes well equipped. Duster is also not a proper 7-seater. But looks alright from the outside. The car lacks that futuristic appeal and you cannot call it a proper SUV. Keep in mind that this list here focuses on affordable UVs available in the country. If we were doing a list of good SUVs, the list would have been a whole lot different. Amazing Formula 1 Facts Formula One is the technological pinnacle of the world. In every possible term, it is by far the richest, most expensive, difficult, and a truly international motorsport. Not to mention it is a luxury event and highly glorified thanks to million dollar Formula One cars and the high end race tracks costing billions of dollars to make and maintain. Best drivers, best designers and world-leading engineers in a team together form a Formula One team.     So here are some really amazing facts about the glamorous motorsport.       Normal road car tires can last up to 100,000 - 120,000 km. But Formula One car tires are designed for utmost performance and they last just about 100-120 kms !   During the race, Formula One tires lose about 0.5 kg due to heavy wear.   A Formula One car is made up of approximately 80,000 components and even if the technicians assemble it 99% accurately, the car might even then start the race with something or the other wrong.   A F1 car can go from 0 - 160 km/hr and then back to 0 (full halt) in approximately 4 seconds.   Formula One car engine last only about 2-3 hours of heavy duty racing after which they have to be replaced while our normal road car’s engine will last about 15 years or so and performing under normal road driving conditions.   You might be going to the gym and chances are you might be losing about 2 kg in a month. Whereas a Formula One racecar driver loses 4 kg after completing one race due to longer duration of exposure to G-Forces and high temperatures. So you might say that driving a Formula One car is the best form of workout, but in reality it also isn’t that easy to drive something that goes on to speeds of 300km/hr and beyond.   Mini Cooper weighs 1200 kg, a Lamborghini Aventador weighs 1625 kg, whereas a Formula One car weighs just 550kg.   Aerodynamic design and added down force is very, very important in the case of a Formula One car, small planes usually take off at speeds slower than Formula One car on a track.   Without aerodynamic down force, performance race cars have sufficient power to produce wheel spin and go out of control at 160 km/hr. During the race the cars go around 300 km/hr.   While racing on the streets of Monaco during the Monaco Grand Prix, the down force provides enough pressure to make the manhole covers lift off. Therefore, all the manhole covers on the street are sealed off by welding them to the ground so that they don’t lift off.   Formula One car enters the pit lane in order to get the tires changed or to get refueled. Formula One crew has refuelers who can fill in 12 Litres of fuel per second. Meaning, it would take just 4 seconds to fill up your normal road car’s 50 Litre tank.     Formula One crew is capable of changing tyre in 3 seconds approximately. If you go back and try to read this line again, it would still take you 3-4 seconds; they manage changing HOT race tires and fixing them securely for the race. Honda Amaze - Amazing Facts Honda just launched its most awaited sedan in India, the Amaze, priced at Rs. 4.99 - Rs. 7.60 Lakhs (petrol variant) with two engine options, 1.5L diesel engine and a 1.2L petrol engine. This will be Honda’s first diesel engine ever. Honda has also designed the Amaze sedan mainly keeping in mind the Indian market which is a good thing. Honda claims that the Amaze will give a mileage of 25.8 km/L, quite higher than other competitions in the segment. The diesel variant starts at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs - Rs. 7.60 Lakhs.     Honda Amaze is directly aimed at the Maruti Suzuki DZire, which is priced at Rs. 4.92 - Rs. 6.74 Lakhs for the petrol variant and Rs. 5.99 - Rs. 7.5 Lakhs and also with the Toyota Etios priced at Rs. 6.60 Lakhs - Rs. 8.04 Lakhs with a 1364cc engine which is comparatively a smaller engine than that of the Honda Amaze.     Things you might like about the Honda Amaze-     Brilliant Honda packaging with bigger backseat than the DZire. The 1.5 L Honda i-DTEC engine gives top notch drivability. Company claimed fuel economy @ 25.8 km/L seems higher than any car in India at the moment. Automatic gearbox option is a good thing in this segment. Honda’s known reliability.         Things you might not like about the Honda Amaze-   Based on Honda’s Brio hatchback. Sometimes looks like just a Brio with boot attached. Dashboard could have been better considering the Amaze is one segment higher than the Honda Brio. Climate control air-conditioning still nowhere to be found in the Honda Amaze (not surprising as even the Honda City doesn’t have one). Automatic gearbox option available only in the petrol variant. Full MID missing. Conditions To Buy A Rolls-Royce Rolls Royce, name that is the pinnacle of luxury automobiles and the ultimate statement of power, position and prestige. If you arrive at a place in a Rolls-Royce, people immediately know that you are a man with some seriously ravish taste and class, not to mention extremely wealthy. The BMW owned Rolls-Royce is of course an expensive car to even plan about buying. Therefore, it’s not just for the rich but the wealthy. Wealthy folks know how to make money whereas the rich just have a lot of money, there is a huge difference between the two words, but we’ll stick to the Rolls-Royce for now.   The massive chrome edifice and the “Spirit of Ecstasy” (commonly known as the leading lady) are sure enough grand in the appeal. But, let’s just say that you have Rs. 3.50 Crores to spend on a Rolls-Royce Phantom and you feel like buying one so all you would have to is simply drive to your nearest Rolls-Royce dealership and book a test drive. Urrm, a big no that is not how it works. No matter how much money you actually have or even if your company is listed among the fortune 500. Sadly, there is a process.   A process where it is decided if the person wanting to buy a Rolls-Royce is “fit” enough to be its owner or not, the amount of money is not the only thing they take into consideration. Rolls-Royce carries out a complete background check of you, your entire history, profile, social standing for the past many years, including your past generation. Forget about even getting a test drive, they meant for the select few only.   Famous owners include the likes of- Indian businessman Yohaan Poonawala (has 8 Rolls-Royces) Sylvester Stallone, David Beckham, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Amitabh Bachchan (was gifted one by Vidhu Vinod Chopra), P.Diddy, Eddie Murphy, Donald Trump, 50 Cent, Jay Z, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud, Prince Abdullah, The Sultan Of Brunei.  Another interesting story/myth about the Indian Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala is how he wanted to buy a Rolls-Royce car and was refused by the company. Reacting angrily to the refusal, the Maharaja later ordered several new Rolls-Royces and put them to work as garbage cars used to haul dung and filth in Patiala city. Although, many consider the Rolls-Royce as a really expensive and flashy cry for attention. But since it’s a car and we here at CarSizzler love all cars, therefore we love it. If you have the money, why not flaunt it with a beautiful car? HSRP License Plates- Benefits? HSRP- High Security Registration Plate, will be a standard in license plates throughout India, started on May 1, 2012. As the name suggests, is a high security number plate that will form a uniform pattern of displaying your vehicle’s registration number throughout the country.   These HSRP plates are made of aluminum, with unique details other than the registration number itself. Featuring a unique seven-digit laser code, a chakra hologram to prevent counterfeiting, a self destructive sticker with engine and chassis number of your car. “IND” inscribed in the color blue. India will be inscribed at a 45 degree angle in hot stamping foil across all letters and numbers on the plate. The HSRP plates also feature a non-removable snap on lock and if in any case somehow removed then also it will remain non-reusable.   You might ask, that what is wrong with your existing number plates, they seem to serve the purpose just fine. But those same number plates are very easy to tamper with and make stealing a car very easy as the thieves usually remove the number plates first thing right after stealing a car. While some people like to customize their number plate and sometimes the customization is so strange and arty that it makes difficult for the police to catch some of those vehicles who also happen to break the law like jumping red-lights among other things. The cops can’t track down a car if they aren’t able to even read the number plates of the absconding car. Therefore, the uniform styled HSRP plates will serve that purpose pretty well. HSRPs are tamper-proof, serving as a deterrent to car thieves.   HSRPs will also aid in creating a national data of all the motor vehicles as currently all the data is managed by hand, which is actually a very primitive way to manage and keep record of all the cars, motorcycles and trucks in the country. HSRPs will be mandatory even if you reside in some remote village of the country. The good thing about the HSRP plates is that they don’t cost that much. For four-wheelers, it’ll cost Rs. 334 and four two-wheelers its Rs. 111. Commercial vehicles HSRP plates will cost Rs. 134 and for the heavy commercial vehicle, it’s Rs. 258. HSRP come with a guarantee of five years.   New car buyers need not worry about the long queue at the registration authorities as all new vehicles sold in the country will come fitted with HSRPs. The registration of new vehicles will also be applied on the rear as well as front windshield. Whereas existing cars have been given a two-year time period between which we all have to comply. HSRP installation is just a 5 minute job at your RTO. All you have to do is visit the RTO, where your new plate will be issued in 48 hours. The whole process will be soon streamlined by making it available online. Advance Or Arrears? Which Finance Scheme Is Better? Getting a car financed is not a very simple process. For starters, there are two types of financing schemes out there.   Advance EMI Scheme- means that you pay one advance installment to the bank; the bank deducts the amount equivalent to the EMI from the disbursement of loan in Advance EMI.     Arrears EMI Scheme- means you don’t have to pay an advance installment to the bank.   For example:-   Let’s say you’re buying a car with a net on road price of Rs 4.5 Lakhs, your loan amount is Rs. 3 Lakhs at a rate of interest of 12% for a tenor of three years (36 months) with a processing fee of Rs. 3000.   EMI (with Arrears Scheme)- Rs. 9965, bank disbursement is (the loan amount - Processing Fees) which works out to Rs. 2,97,000. Whereas, EMI (in Advance EMI scheme) - Rs. 9866, bank disbursement is (the loan amount - Advance EMI - Processing Fee) which works out to Rs. 2,87,134.   Extra EMI outflow in the next 3 years in the Arrears scheme as against the Advance EMI Scheme- Rs.99x36 (three years) = Rs. 3564.   Amount payable as down payment- Arrears Scheme- Rs. 1, 53,000, Advance Scheme- Rs 1, 62,866.   Therefore, Saving in down payment Arrears Scheme - Rs. 9866. And the EMI in arrear scheme- Rs.3564. Total savings - Rs. 6, 302. Hence, you end up with Rs. 6300 extra in Advance EMI on a small car loan of Rs. 3 Lakhs. The bank disbursement is always in favor of the dealership that is selling you the car and never in the favor of the buyer. So, arrears scheme is the right choice. Global Cars That Should Come To India We have a list for you all to ogle at and also to help you plan for your next buy (if you’re waiting for some better options to choose from that is). Before you check out the list, I’d like to tell you that if you thought all the good stuff came out in 2012, then 2013 is going to be a far more awesome year for the entire Indian automotive scene. There are cars that till date you only saw when you went abroad and thought “Man, this one should come out in India”. Well, slowly but surely, they are coming. We’ll proceed alphabetically:   AUDI The Germans have a good list of cars to be launched in India for 2013.  We will see the upgraded and face lifted variants of the A6, A7 & A8. Also, Audi will be launching its cheapest sedan ever, the Audi A3, the car’s concept has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, obviously the concepts are always great looking but keeping in mind the concept car, the production car should be equally good looking. The Audi Q7 V12 TDI will get a 6.0 Litre, V12 diesel engine churning out over 500bhp of shear madness. Audi TT Roadster, a fresh version of the standard TT was launched early this year. The much awaited S series from Audi will bring the- S5, S6, S7 and S8.   BMW A new version of the BMW X1 was recently launched and it is much better than the previous one and as the year proceeds, BMW 7 Series will greet us with all its fresh and new elegance & beauty. Followed by a late launch of the BMW 1 Series, the 1 Series is BMW’s hatchback and will come in both petrol & diesel variants and will touch the price bracket of approximately Rs.18 Lakhs+. Then there is also the BMW M6, coupe and convertible, the entire M range is an awesome sports offering from BMW, the M6 in particular, is simply magnificent.   CHEVROLET A facelift Chevrolet Beat will be launched in June, the Beat still looks good, and the engines from the existing models will be retained. The Sail UV-A was launched two months ago but a sedan version wasn’t hinted. The all new and great looking Chevrolet Trax (mini SUV). Chevrolet’s Captiva, although a great car, wasn’t able to cover the Indian market like the Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra XUV-500. The Trax made its debut at the Paris Motor Show, just one look at the car and you know it has been planned and designed on the Captiva.   FIAT A new Linea T-Jet might be heading straight for India. Fiat desperately needs a hit and a fresh batch of cars to fix its scenario in the Indian market. They plan to do so with the FIAT BRAVO, this one’s aimed at Maruti Swift, VW Polo and Hyundai i20. Also coming is the FIAT 500L, this will be in the price band of Rs.8- 11 Lakhs, but with Fiat looking to start a fresh, the 500L is a loved car, should do some good to the company. The company will also be coming out with an all new Fiat Punto, mid-2013.       FORD Ford Fiesta Hatchback is in the cards for 2013, the Fiesta, a great car, failed to entice customers even with all the bells & whistles loaded, probably the hatchback version should be a hit. The most awaited mini SUVs in India right now are the Chevrolet Trax and the Ford EcoSport and I can tell you this, the EcoSport will definitely set the charts on fire, the car looks amazing, bares a decent price tag and was recently unveiled in a New Delhi mall, while Indians love SUVs (love them even more if they’re smaller). The mileage shouldn’t be an issue with the 1.0 Litre petrol engines that amazingly works just like 1.6 Litre Petrol? I have to drive the EcoSport just to believe this part. A new Ford Endeavour is also on the cards later this year. This time it will be all new.   HONDA Now, Honda lost quite a lot of its boss like market share with the whole diesel craze that India is into lately. Well, not to worry, they have fixed the problem; the Japanese manufacturer has built a brand new diesel engine for all its already awesome petrol cars. An all new Honda Civic, to debut in 2013, will also have a diesel variant and trust me, the new Civic looks as awesome as the existing model. An all new car, the Honda Amaze (Brio Sedan) will also run on Honda’s new diesel engine. The Honda Amaze will compete against Maruti Dzire and Toyota Etios. The Amaze was recently launched with a fantastic response from the market; the car is already on 4-5 months waiting period. Honda Accord, just got a whole new look, still looking deadly but not so sure to set the charts on fire (again) in India in 2013, might also a get a diesel variant. Now, one of the most loved SUVs in India, the Honda CR-V, just got a brand new design that looks uber cool and breathtakingly beautiful with all the cuts & curves at all the right places and this time the CR-V will also run on Honda’s new diesel engine. The CR-V will have a 2.2Litre diesel engine. The CR-V has also been well received by the buyers.   HYUNDAI Hyundai i30, a midsize hatchback from the South Korean manufacturer, should be an instant hit. As Hyundai has already had phenomenal success with all their “i” series cars, i30 wouldn’t be any different. Hyundai Tucson, now this premium segment SUV couldn’t do anything big in India when it came out few years back, but now with the new version of the Tucson, Hyundai seems confident about its success this time around, will come in early 2013. Hyundai Veloster, now this is what I am waiting for, a luxury sports coupe from Hyundai, the car that has looks to die for. Touching a price range of Rs.20-25 Lakhs, the Hyundai Veloster will give the company a whole new sporty image in India. But this one wouldn’t be breaking any sales figures, I guess. Hyundai New Sante Fe is also expected to launch in the summer of 2013 with a price tag of Rs.22 Lakhs, also the Hyundai Sonata, however good looking the car is, should be given a diesel powerhouse.   JAGUAR If you’re an ardent Jaguar  fan (like me) and have been following every news that surrounds Jaguar, then I know, that, the moment you read the above headline “Jaguar” it brought that nasty grin on your face, coz’ you know there is no other big launch in 2013 from Jaguar other than the Jaguar F-Type. YESSS, it’s here, and its going on sale worldwide in mid-2013 flaunting a price tag of Rs.60-70 Lakhs. The Jaguar F-Type is a sports car in a totally different segment. It’s a successor to the Jaguar E-Type.   JEEP JEEP, a part of the American, Chrysler Group in association with FIAT, will be making its debut in the Indian market in 2013 and part of their debut will be the Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a price tag of approx. Rs. 25-35 Lakhs, the Grand Cherokee will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.   LAND ROVER Land Rover just launched its all new Range Rover in India, redefining luxury SUV standards and luxury all over together, with a price tag of Rs.1.75 Crore in India; you can read all about it in our exclusive cover post for the new Range Rover. The awesomeness doesn’t stop here, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is also launching a convertible version of its most beautiful car ever the Land Rover Evoque, imagine that, a top-less version of an already mean looking SUV. Well you don’t have to imagine it; Land Rover has released its photographs for us to ogle. It will be priced at Rs.50-65 Lakhs. A New Land Rover Freelander 2, with upgraded equipment package and LEDs, new colors, various options to choose from, a fresh design as well with a price tag of Rs.35-40 Lakhs.     MARUTI SUZUKI India’s leading car manufacturer has a whole lot of new cars just waiting for the New Year to kick in and you will be surprised to see what all our favorite company has for us. Maruti Cervo, a small and cute looking hatchback, this one will become a girl’s car for college, I guess. It will either get Maruti’s KB10 engine or the smaller 800cc engine, either way it will get the sales charts rolling. Maruti Ertiga CNG, the MUV will is already a success and adding a CNG to the lineup will only make it better for the company. Maruti XA Alpha, an SUV from Maruti, what more do the Indians want? The look of this car will be very famous with the younger generation, especially those who are looking for a low-price band (Rs.8-10 Lakh) mini SUV. A diesel variant of the Maruti WagonR is also expected sometime in February 2013. Maruti Grand Vitara, another great car from the Indian manufacturer, but not so great with the sales, reason = petrol engine, Maruti’s solution = put a diesel engine in this new one, Price -Rs.17-19 Lakhs. Now, the top seller,true hot-hatch, super successful and class leading- Maruti Swift Sport, this new sporty version of the Swift will come with 2-doors and probably a bigger engine (which we have to wait & watch), this will be again, very successful among the youth, who prefer buying a small yet sporty car and nothing better than the Swift, can do the job, Price- Rs.5-7 Lakhs. Maruti SX4, the SX4 just got a freshed-up design and was recently launched.   MERCEDES BENZ Mercedes Benz A-Class, a luxury sedan, will be the first ever affordable Mercedes Benz ever, yet being true to its name, the A-Class surely looks stunning and will attract a lot customers looking to buy a Mercedes (yet not being too tough on the pocket). A new Mercedes Benz GL, facelift done and that too very nice one, the GL, a successful car for the German manufacturer, more on it, later. Mercedes Benz B-Class was also launched and has been going good.   MINI BMW announced on April 17, that the MINI Countryman will be made in the company’s Chennai plant. This will bring down the prices by almost Rs. 200,000 (rupees two lakhs).The true British icon of the 60s, MINI, owned by the German manufacturer BMW, just brought us the MINI Roadster, this is by far the best and meanest looking MINI on the streets, it’s a MINI convertible with a soft-top. Is it selling volumes in India?- No, Will it be popular?-  YESSS! It’s a MINI after all and it’s a convertible one, do I need to do some more explaining?-No. Price- 30 Lakhs, Do I still want one? - Yes.   NISSAN Nissan Murano, a luxury SUV from the Japanese car manufacturer, should be a game changer in the premium SUV segment, the Murano looks stunning and will definitely create a lot of confusion for the new SUV buyer in India, Price- Rs.40-45 Lakhs. Nissan Sunny Automatic, a fact that automatic cars aren’t very fuel efficient, high maintenance costs, blah blah. Even then this trend of not buying the perfect/automatic car is slowly and thankfully decreasing. If you live in any of the metro cities like especially New Delhi or Bombay and you’re sick and tired of shifting between the 1st gear and the neutral while driving back home from your workplace and you’re also in the habit of abusing the traffic then you need to buy a car with automatic transmission, I mean, you can’t avoid traffic, but what you can avoid is a headache while driving back home every evening. Just get an automatic variant and give your mind some much required PEACE. Nissan GT-R, yes the 2-door luxury and menacing sports car and also Nissan’s flagship car is coming to India in 2013 to join its younger cousin the Nissan 370Z. Price- sadly, Rs.1 Crore onwards. Nissan is also coming out with a competition to the Maruti Ertiga, its called the Nissan Note, its an MUV, although Nissan is also to launch its Nissan Evalia (MPV), but the Nissan Note will be smaller and more practical, Price- Rs.8-10 Lakhs. Other cars expected for 2013 from the Japanese manufacturer- Nissan Leaf (luxury hatchback and electric). The Nissan Leaf has won many awards worldwide; it will be interesting to see how the car does in India (a market obsessed with Hyundai and Maruti’s hatchbacks).   PORSCHE Porsche Boxster, this German sportscar is Porsche’s candidacy against the Mercedes SLK, Nissan 370Z and the BMW Z4. The Boxster is probably the cheapest two-door sports car Porsche has to offer. The new Boxster is expected to come out in late December 2012 (still counts as a 2013 car). The new 2013 Porsche Cayman is also on its way to the Indian shores. SKODA Volkswagen owned Skoda has met success many times in the Indian market and it plans to continue its streak in 2013 as well. The Czech motor company plans to introduce a new hatchback into its stable. Skoda Citigo, a small hatchback based on the Volkswagen UP!, this will be Skoda’s second car that will be rebadged from a Volkswagen to a Skoda, just like the Volkswagen Vento is rebadged into the Skoda Rapid. Most of the major car manufacturers have realized that small hatchbacks such as the Citigo, are the only type of cars that can make big volume sales a reality for them, which is why in 2013 many new small hatchbacks are expected to come out, Price- Rs. 3.5 -5 Lakhs. Skoda Fabia Combi, this MUV is set to come out in the less than Rs.10 Lakhs price range, with the MUV segment growing in the India, this will be Skoda’s candidate in 2013.   TOYOTA Toyota Fortuner, the Japanese manufacturer came out with a facelift early this year, but in 2013 they plan to come out with a smaller 2.5 Litre engine. The Fortuner is a loved SUV in the country. Hopefully the smaller engine will be liked by many other potential buyers as well. Toyota Vios, when you see a Toyota Corolla Altis and the Toyota Etios, what you may or may not have noticed is that Toyota doesn’t have any good sedan in the middle. Now, this space was covered by other cars like the Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna & the Honda City (since petrol is losing many wars these days, we’ll leave the City out from this one too, as Honda City comes only in petrol). Well, Toyota will be filling the gap in 2013 with their Toyota Vios, price- Rs.7-10 Lakhs.   VOLKSWAGEN The German giant (giant, cause they own almost every top notch car company, including the Bugatti ), Volkswagen arrived to the Indian party scene a bit late, but, better late than never. VW gave our streets that elegance with a luxury sedan like the Volkswagen Passat and at the same time a great everyday hatchback like the Volkswagen Polo and not to forget their world famous and iconic car the Volkswagen Beetle. The company has some good cars waiting for us in 2013 as well.  Volkswagen Golf is another much awaited car in India, it starts at Rs. 9.50 Lakhs abroad and is widely successful and should definitely come to India.   The most-awaited, Volkswagen UP!, a small hatchback, talks about the UP! coming to India have been on for quite some time and now with the company showcasing a 5 door version, things are looking up for the small hatchback segment. Volkswagen Tiguan, I have always wanted to see the VW Tiguan on Indian streets, the SUV just looks awesome and perfect. Probably in 2013, I might actually see one of these here, Price-18-25 Lakhs.   Volkswagen Beetle, the company gave the Beetle an all new face and body with many features added to this iconic and expensive package. The Beetle never met success in India, just because of its pricing, the car is actually expensive. But with the new Beetle with all its new bells & whistles coming out, who knows, it might see new heights, Price- Rs. 20-25 Lakhs. Volkswagen Polo TSI 1.2Litre, now this is my kind of car, I loved the Volkswagen Polo 1.6, and I drove it around town for many days and I can tell you this, that nothing could even come closer to me when I was driving that car, but being in Delhi, you are presented with an opportunity to take part in a quarter mile drag (cutting through traffic J) every now then, some dude did try and catch me but soon I guess he must have seen the 1.6 branding on my Polo, so he backed off (is what I think, maybe he took the next exit J) But sadly, Volkswagen had to kill the Polo 1.6 as it wasn’t setting the cash registers in Germany ringing. But not to worry, VW is bringing the hot hatch version of our favorite hatch back, this time it’ll run on a 1.2 Litre powerhouse and will clock approx. 105 bhp !!!(Reason= turbocharged) J What’s more, there is news that Volkswagen might even add a DSG automatic gearbox, but this I doubt, I would love to buy a Polo with an automatic transmission. More details on the hot German later, Price- Rs.6 to 7 Lakhs. Ways To Keep Your Car Cool In Summers Summer season is here and every person who drives in New Delhi must know that there comes a time when it gets so hot that even the air-conditioning becomes useless. Since, the law came out banning the tints that really helped in keeping the car cool and also look cool, a lot of the people who simply applied tints just for these two reasons have been suffering, because some evil folks in the society who used the tints for the wrong reasons are to blame.   Even then we have few tips to help keep your car cool.   Park in Shade- You’ll be happy to find your car cool when parked in a shaded area if you have to go somewhere for a longer of time. Cover your steering wheel with a steering cover or some sort of towel, leather strapped steering wheels tend to get very hot when parked under the sun. Park your car in a garage if possible; even if you feel that your garage is hot too, it is still better than parking out in the open. Keep your car windows a little bit open, just enough so that your arm can’t get in. Cracked windows make sure there is ventilation and will help in keeping the car not that hot. Since tints are no more an option these days, only way you can keep a little privacy and the car a bit cooler is by getting removable sunshades. They come cheap so get one for all the windows. In order to keep the cabin cool, make sure your air-conditioner temperature is cool enough and if it isn’t that cool as it was last year then maybe it’s time to get your A/c serviced. If your car has a sunroof, then tilt it open slightly, but keep the sun visor closed. Important Things To Know About A Car Before You Learn To Drive One Learning how to drive a car at first might seem a bit difficult. But once you know how to, you wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from driving around every day. For that, learning how to drive is important but keeping in mind certain pointers before you get behind the wheel is also a good idea.   Go around the car you will be driving. This tells you what kind of vehicle you’re driving, whether the surroundings are clear to reverse and drive, no animal is underneath your car, sometimes stray cats and dogs tend to sleep under a car as the area is shaded. Also, if there are any scratches or dents, you’ll be aware about it. Check your tire pressure, an important part of learning how to drive, make sure none of the tires is punctured. Check the fuel lid, if open then close it. Keep your car clean, a clean car looks good on the road and also it feels good if you’re driving a shiny car with 100% visibility from the front and rear windscreen. Adjust your driving seat first thing after getting behind the wheel. You should be able to see the road clearly and also close enough to the accelerator and the brakes. More importantly, make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable driving position, you should be totally comfortable while driving, and otherwise you will be continuously fidgeting while driving. Every car tends to have a blind spot; side view mirrors help in reducing the number of blind spots, always adjust these every time you get behind the wheel, it helps you when you’re switching lanes or taking a turn, by showing every car behind you in traffic. The headrest on the car seats is not just there to give your head some comfort, but its purpose is to support your head and keep you from getting whiplash. So position it properly before you start your car. Position it squarely behind your head. If your steering wheel is rack & pinion then adjust it exactly. Adjusting the steering wheel is important because it is your control over the car, you should be properly able to handle it comfortably. So position it according to your height and distance. SEATBELT- You can never ignore seatbelts. The moment you enter the car, simply put these on. Seatbelts are your life saving system during the crash, they prevent your head from banging on the dashboard and also in severe crash, and it also prevents one from being thrown out the windshield. Inherent Difference Between German & Japanese Cars Among the many automobile manufacturers from different countries, Germany and Japan are the two most preferred and loved. Italians are known for their Bugatti, Lamborghinis (both now part of a German giant “Volkswagen”) & Ferrari, America is known for their Ford Mustangs & Ford GTs, Britain is known for Aston Martin and India is known for Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti and Tata Motors, while Germany is known for Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Maybach, Open to name a few and Japan is known for Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, Mazda, Lexus, Mitsubishi, again to name a few.   You got the picture, Right? Germany and Japan are two of the most iconic and the best when it comes to making cars or even motorcycles for that matter, since German manufacturer recently acquired Ducati, which is in direct competition against Japanese goliath motorcycle maker, Yamaha.   But there’s an inherent difference between the two country’s cars. No matter how good or how fast and agile the Nissan GT-R Egoist is, it still lacks a certain level of precision and craftsmanship that German cars such as the Porsche 911 Carrera or the BMW 640i Gran Coupe have, the Nissan GT-R, however is very refined and fast and actually a very good looking Japanese beast while also being the most expensive among the noted three cars, somehow doesn’t have that solid tank like German build quality.   Japanese cars are efficient, reliable and value for money but lightweight, average built when compared to German counterparts. German cars are rock solid and have a heavy and confident feel to them. If I was a young boy and was asked by my father to choose between a Nissan GT-R and a Porsche 911, hands down it would have been a Nissan GT-R, I was sold the moment I saw all those Japanese cuts at the right places, being a kid, I would go for just the look of it. but, if I am in the market and I am again supposed to choose, my choice would be the rock solid Porsche 911 Carrera or even the masculine BMW 6-Series for that matter.   Now, if I was paying so much for a car then obviously I would want something rigid and with a tank like build quality and the evergreen Porsche design. Because I wouldn't be racing all the time on a race track, I’ll be probably driving to work in my car and as much as I would like my car to look good, I would also prefer it to drive good and feel strong as well.   But then Japanese cars are very reliable in the long term, maintenance wise too, as Japanese spares cost half the price than German spares. Therefore, even the cars are comparatively cheaper than the lot. The Japanese don’t make proper sports car, in fact, they make luxury cars with significant technological innovation inside the car. For example, if you sit in a Nissan GT-R, and if you’ve ever played on a Play station, then chances are you would be easily able to figure out what button does what as they both are practically the same. Yes, a Nissan GT-R can be compared to a Play station remote control.   Whereas the German cars also have advanced tech. gizmos in their cars but also come with class defining luxury such as premium Italian Leather, wooden finished  interiors and everything will be packed in like a tank, no matter what speed you’re driving, however bad the roads are, your car will remain solid and chances of it making squeaky noises is lesser compared to a fancy and technology wise advanced Japanese car. There will always be one difference or the other between every car manufacturer. In the end, it’s the customer who decides whose side to go with. :) So, German or Japanese, Happy Driving. India's Most Fuel Efficient Cars CarSizzler has compiled a list of some of the most fuel-efficient cars in India at present, helping you in making your new car buying decision a little bit easier. Take a look and read for yourself, so that when you make that visit to the dealership, you would know your facts rightly.   Tata Nano-     Tata Nano has an ARAI claimed mileage of 25.4 kmpl, making it the most fuel efficient petrol small car (hatchback) in the country. When the Nano first came out, it was advertised as the cheapest car in India, it still is the cheapest car in the country. Although the sales aren’t as Tata hoped they would sell the units, Price- Rs 1.64 Lakhs- Rs. 2.25 Lakhs. It runs on a 624cc engine with 37 BHP. Minor facelifts are expected sometime soon.   Maruti Suzuki Alto 800-   Maruti cars will always make a mark in every fuel efficiency lists. The new Alto 800 is by far the most successful car for Maruti since Swift. Alto has an ARAI rating of 22.7kmpl. The Alto is Maruti’s competition to Hyundai Eon which costs Rs.2.71 Lakhs- Rs. 3.30 Lakhs. The 800cc engine produces 49PS and the car overall is fairly average from inside, although still better from the older version of the Alto.   Hyundai EON-   The Hyundai EON is simply a fabulous looking car for the amount of money that it’s available for. The overall entry level hatchback scene in India should be changed since the EON came. ARAI has rated Hyundai EON’s fuel consumption at 21.1kmpl. EON has been pretty successful since it came out, costs Rs. 3.07 Lakhs to Rs. 4.14 Lakhs. The EON has been made on a totally new platform, meaning it’s not based on any of the current model from Hyundai. Only the sheer look of the car gives it an up market appeal.   Hyundai i10-   Hyundai was famous in India for its Santro and the Accent. The coming of i10 was a fresh start for the company and a newer batch of cars overall. The i10 was so fresh to look at since the outdated and boring Santro (although a successful car). Hyundai i10 has an ARAI rated mileage of 20.36kmpl. Runs on a 1.2L Kappa engine producing 80PS of power and the 1.2L engine starts at Rs. 4.81Lakhs-Rs.5.94 Lakhs. Hyundai i10 is also exported to over a 100 countries from India. Overall the car is great and fantastic for city drives.   Maruti Suzuki Alto K10-   Alto, being the highest selling car in India, also has a 1000cc engine with 67BHP of power; it’s called the Alto K10, which costs Rs. 3.53 Lakhs- Rs. 3.67 Lakhs. Has an ARAI rating of 20.2kmpl. Basically it’s the same as the previous Alto, but Maruti tried to give it a newer appeal by changing some shapes and angles.   Maruti Suzuki A-Star-   Alto’s international replacement model is the Maruti Suzuki A-Star. While Maruti continues to make the Alto, but the A-Star, simply put, is a better looking car than the Alto and also in the driving factor as well. A-Star has a mileage of 19.59kmpl and is priced at Rs. 4.14 Lakhs- Rs. 4.80 Lakhs. A-Star is also the most unusual looking car in the entry level hatch segment with alloy wheels in the top of the line variant too. Also runs on the same engine as the Alto K10, a 1000cc engine producing 67PS of power.   Maruti Suzuki Wagon R-   Wagon R is probably the highest sold car in India after Alto. Roughly 14-15,000 Wagon-Rs are sold every month. Even when the car doesn’t look any good at all from an angle possible, by far the ugliest looking hatch in the market right now, after Alto. The price and comfort are its only sell points. Wagon-R is, however, a spacious car, has decent ride quality and an ARAI rating of 19kmpl, Price- Rs. 3.89 Lakhs to Rs. 4.85 Lakhs. Also runs on a similar engine to the Alto and the A-Star, which is a K10- 1000cc engine producing 68PS of power.   Chevrolet Beat-   Chevrolet Beat, Powered by a 1.2L petrol engine that produces 80.5PS of power and has an ARAI rating of 18.6kmpl. It is 3-4 years old now, but till date is the best looking hatchback in India after Maruti Suzuki Swift, Price- Rs. 4.17 Lakhs-5.28 Lakhs.   Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo-   Zen was probably the most celebrated car from Maruti throughout the 90s. Recently it was sent out of production losing out to other modern day hatchbacks. But then Maruti felt nostalgic and reinvented the Zen and came out with the Zen Estilo. Has an ARAI rating of 18.2kmpl and a K10 1000cc engine producing 68PS of power, Price Rs. 3.78 Lakhs- Rs. 4.13 Lakhs.   Tata Indica e-V2-   Tata Motor’s Indica was its first car ever in the market probably the most comfortable car in this segment till date. Tata sells over 8000 Indicas a month and also exports the car to many countries in Europe, Africa and some other countries as well since 2004 which Runs on a 1.4L diesel engine churning out 70PS of power, Price- Rs. 2.95 Lakhs- Rs.3.95 Lakhs. India's Most Capable 4x4s Cars Mahindra Scorpio-   The iconic Scorpio is undergoing some serious facelift, and W105 is the code name that has been given to the project. The refreshed version of the new Scorpio should come out by 2014. It is expected to lose some serious weight and Mahindra has planned some serious changes that will take out some extra 250kg of weight from the car by incorporating fibre body parts which will increase the fuel efficiency over all. Mahindra might also add a new engine to their already successful Scorpio. Chances are that the 2.2L engine from the XUV500 might get transferred to the Scorpio as well.   Renault Duster-   The Duster doesn’t come in the 4 wheel drive version for India, while it’s being sold everywhere else in the international market. Main reason being its high price is now, with coming of Ford EcoSport, Renault might as well have to come out with the 4x4 variant for the Duster.   Mahindra XUV500-   There was a rumour of price cut in the Mahindra XUV 500 range, the officials just confirmed it. Mahindra is also planning to come out with a top end automatic version for the XUV 500. Mahindra might as well strip some of the features in the XUV 500 in order to justify the price cut. The car is actually very good looking and people seem to love it. An automatic variant will be good for the car. 4x4 is on the cards.   Ssangyong Rexton-   Mahindra and South Korean manufacturer, Ssangyong joined hands and their first car for India is the Ssangyong Rexton. Price tag- Rs. 17.6 Lakhs for the manual and Rs. 19.6 Lakhs for the Automatic variant. Good thing Mahindra thought of bringing in the Rexton as a CKD unit (Completely Knocked Down). Rexton is powered by a 2.7L diesel engine and yanks out a 184 bhp.   Mahindra Thar- The four wheel drive variant is out with air-conditioner and everything. But this has brought an increase in the prices; Mahindra Thar 4x4 can be yours for Rs. 6.75 Lakhs. Mahindra Thar has this all time classic appeal to it, although the looks could have been a little more present but overall the Thar is a classic and powerful 4x4.   Tata Safari Storme-   Tata Safari Storme was freshly unveiled and was also the much awaited SUV from Tata. The new Safari Storme comes in four variants, one of which is a 4 wheel drive variant and is priced at Rs. 13.66 Lakhs. The Safari Storme is based largely on the Tata Aria platform, Powered by a 2.2L diesel engine giving out 138 BHP of power. Where Did Maruti Go Wrong With Their Kizashi? Back in February 2011, Maruti Suzuki ambitiously tried to change its image of budget oriented, small car maker. How they did this was, by bringing in the Suzuki Kizashi. Now, the car is great, looks good, drives fair.   Then where did Kizashi go wrong OR where did Maruti go wrong? Some say the Indian buyer is very pricing conscious buyer, which I personally, strongly disbelieve, since we have the biggest automobile market in the world. People are buying cars worth crores of Rupees. The luxury segment has seen a strong rise in the sales figures comparatively than earlier. I feel the Maruti went wrong with the whole campaign for Kizashi.     Maruti wasn’t really sure about how the Kizashi would do in the market, so decided to make the whole car back in Japan, put it on a plane/shop, send it to India and then they gave the keys to the customer, meaning the Kizashi is a CBU (Completely Built Unit). This meant, obviously, that since Kizashi would be a CBU, it would become expensive. For example- If you go and buy a top of the line variant of Suzuki Kizashi in USA today, it wouldn’t cost you more that approx. Rs.13-14 Lakhs. Now, back in India the same car costs the buyer between Rs.18-19 Lakhs.   Obviously, we would then compare it with the likes of the mighty Honda Accord or even the Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat, all of whom come for that price and are far superior to a Maruti Kizashi. The price tag made people think that it was a D-segment car, automatically in India, that means a chauffeur driven car, while Maruti was marketing the Kizashi as a “driver” oriented car.   While Maruti was selling less than 10 Kizashis a month, Honda and Toyota were selling more than 500 plus cars each in that segment, the sales figures weren’t exactly impressive for the Kizashi. Only if Maruti could make the Kizashi in India and then pitch it against the Volkswagen Jetta, Chevy Cruze, Skoda Laura, Honda Civic. The Kizashi has a 2.4L petrol engine churning out 185 BHP or torque, monster, is what I would call it. There is an option in the transmission as well, both Manual and Automatic variants are available, would have been another win-win car for Maruti. IF they could manage making the car here instead of giving the car a long plane ride all the way from Japan. The fit and finish of Kizashi is remarkable, very unlike the typical Maruti car. Since, it was made by Suzuki in Japan and not by Maruti in India? You should also know the fact that Suzuki has Volkswagen as a partner and the Kizashi till now, doesn’t have a diesel variant on offer anywhere in the world. What if Volkswagen put up their diesel in the Kizashi? Would that be something that you’d be interested in buying or driving? World's Fastest Roads   Fast is all what everyone wants these days, fast phones, fast food, faster travel, fast internet speeds, faster cars, fast money, then why no faster roads? Well, prayer is answered, not in our country at least, where even a normal road isn’t good enough, forget about a faster road. We have listed some really fast roads for you to enjoy and wish harder so that it starts happening in India as well.         German Autobahn   The German Autobahn is known by every speed freak, every kid has driven on this road in “Need for Speed” games. The Autobahn has no speed limit, literally. Over the 12,000 km stretch that is spans, more than half of the Autobahn has no set speed limit. You can actually drive at whatever speed you desire or whatever speed your car can achieve. I know exactly what you’re thinking and the answer is YES! If you have a Bugatti Veyron, then you can go to the Autobahn and drive it as fast you possibly can, but try not to kill anyone, because your stupidity might kill the “no speed limit” law for the others to enjoy.   Nurburgring Nordschleife   This German circuit at Nurburgring is another legendary speed lover’s paradise. The 21 km track is known for its 170 turns, gigantic elevation differences and literally no room for error. Several top-level sports and touring car races still use the full ‘Northern Loop’ and many manufacturers have special on-site test facilities and use the Nurburgring as a key tool in enhancing their cars.   Bonneville Salt Flats   The Bonneville Salt Flats is known as the Mecca for setting land speed record runs. A 100 square kilometre of salt flats is available to play with. These salt flats in Tooele County in Utah, USA, attract many big time competitions and land speed record races and trials. Sir Malcolm Campbell is the first man to drive over 483 km/hr in 1935 and Gary Gabelich’s famous Blue Flame topping of over 1000 km/hr back in 1970.   Ehra-Lessien-   Volkswagen has this secret and enormous facility in Ehra-Lessien, Germany. Most companies have their own proving and test tracks. But this one in particular is the best and legendary. Volkswagen also created and tested their Bugatti Veyron at this very track. The 20 km long top speed straight stretch has two nine-kilometer long straights and the track has also earned some serious reputation as many high powered machines have been tested here. Famous cars tested and driven here include, the McLaren F1 hitting 391 km/hr back in 1998. Now this record was shattered by the Volkswagen’s Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4L engine having 1001 BHP and hitting a top speed of 409 km/hr in 2007. Then later in 2009, Bugatti shattered its own record with the even more powerful Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which is 1200 BHP and hit a top speed of 431 km/hr. Only one problem, you simply cannot afford the Ehra-Lessien’s one day rent!!! Yes, it’s for real.   Monaco One weekend, every year and that too since 1929, the streets of Monaco are closed off so that the Formula 1 races can come to town. The most famous and also the most important races commence on the very same streets as the city commuters drive on each day of the year. The race circuit is through the Casino Square, around Grand Hotel hairpin. 10 Indian Roads To Drive Before You Die You must have seen some Top Gear episodes showcasing some of the most beautiful roads to drive in and around Europe. Roads like the Nurburgring in Germany, the famous Stelvio Pass in Italy and the Autobahn, Germany. One tends to wonder, then where to go for a drive in our own motherland! The great India! Well, need not worry, because we too have some of the most beautiful roads in the world. All the roads that I just mentioned above are some of the most travelled and are known for many years. The roads I am about to mention from India, are great as well but unknown to the world and are ours for the taking.   You never know, CarSizzler might as well come up with a drive series on each of these roads! So stay tuned.   Bombay-Pune Expressway The Bombay-Pune expressway, when first open to public, was India’s first truly world-class expressway. This road made the drive from Bombay to Pune a cakewalk and that too a quick one. The expressway has it all, long straights, some curves and Ghat sections that make for a pleasant drive during the monsoons.   Leh to Nimmu The route from Leh to Nimmu, is a real test of manhood and character! Made by the Border Roads Organizations, drive down the mind-boggling landscapes is pure bliss. But be prepared for all kinds of terrain filled with hard rocks and knocks. Breakdowns are common, low-temperatures, rain, landslides. Once you reach Nimmu, you will immediately understand why it was so hard to drive up here.   Pipariya to Panchmarhi- Madhya Pradesh Panchmarhi is probably the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh; it’s got the good old winding roads. The road from Pipariya has a beautiful view of few milky waterfalls, streams, Satpura ranges, thick forest. The drive is scenic.   Kaza to Gramphu- Anybody who has driven/rode this road, swears by it, a friend did this road on his Yamaha R15, which isn’t exactly an off road specialist, but the drive is scenic throughout. Across alpine pastures, snow-clad mountain peaks, glaciers. The tarmac is not that great but be patient throughout but the panorama will surely take your breath away.   Leh-Manali Highway- The Leh-Manali road built by BROs (Border Roads Organisation) connects Leh to Manali. Open only for four months or less in a year during summers when the snow is cleared by the BRO. The road is studded with the Himalayan ranges on both sides. Beautiful goes without saying.   Yamuna Expressway- Delhi to Agra- It’s a 6-six lane expressway, formerly known as the Taj Expressway, Runs for around 165km and cuts down the travel time by four hours from New Delhi. There are a lot of people who need to go to Agra almost every other day for work, this beautiful 6-lane road, makes the drive a pleasure and cakewalk. While you are on it, you will also get to see India’s first and only F1 circuit- The Buddh International Circuit on the right side when going from New Delhi towards Agra. The circuit structure is gigantic and awe-inspiring as well.   Guwahati to Tawang- North east India has many unexplored and magnificent routes; among them is the route from Guwahati to Tawang route. This route covers Cherrapunji, the wettest place in India, their “living bridges” that are made from roots, the Kaziranga National Forest. The road has a beautiful view of the snow capped peaks, rivers, grasslands, at all.   Kalsi to Chakrata- Approximately, 40 kms winding stretch up with many hairpin bends, Kalsi to Chakrata used to be a one way route controlled by two gates from both ends. Nowadays, it’s become a two-way route. The narrow route has a spectacular view of the Shivalik range, making it a very memorable ride.   Masinagudi To Ooty via Kalhatty- The Kalhatti ghaat has approximately 36 hair pin bends, if thats your thing. The route is 20 km. Starting outwards of a small town of Masinagudi, the road is kind of narrow, but smooth and very beautiful with forest all around you.   Bombay To Goa- NH17- The Bombay to Goa is the evergreen classic route of our country for the past many years now. Nowadays, people driving to Goa prefer taking the good tarmac route Bombay- Pune- Kolhapur- Sawantwadi route, now this route is very boring. The NH17 has that classic appeal, especially during the monsoon. Another cool fact about this route is that if you keep driving straight downwards, you’ll reach the edge of India, Kanyakumari. Paint Protection & Anti-Rust Treatment- What Exactly Is It, Should It Be Done When Buying A Car Most of us have had this experience one time too many. You buy a new car; the dealership will show you a range of different products that will do something or the other to keep your car as good as new for a longer period of time. This includes things like paint protection, anti rust treatment, the famous Teflon coating, undercoating and what not.   But what exactly are these services and products?   Paint Protection-   Paint Protection Film (PPF) is actually a urethane film that is applied throughout a car’s painted surface. This film basically protects the paint from road debris like stones, pebbles, abrasions, etc. A PPF is also applied on airplanes, LCDs, mobile phones among many other electronics. Not only are PPF available as aftermarket accessory but manufacturers also apply the film sometimes as part of factory equipment as well. Porsche applies PPF to its cars near their arches.   There are many car products out there in the market that claim to protect your car’s paint work. But, not all of them are the same, similar to not all cars being alike. There is a difference between paint protection, car wax and car polishes. They all do give some sort of a shiny result.   Anti-Rust Coating-   Anti-Rust Coating, as the name suggests, protects against rust, your car is a big chunk of metal, while the car is out in the open air, air is filled with oxygen, which basically tends to corrode metal. Water, salt, battery acid also tends to speed up this reaction between your car metal and oxygen. Now, this corrosion travels from the outside to the inside of your car. The Anti-Rust coating protects against this corrosion phenomenon, an extra protective layer of undercoating prevent the contact of air with your car metal, hence prevention from rust. Should Car Dealerships/Workshops Be Open 24/7 ? You want to buy a new car and most likely you would visit the car dealership along with your family. So, no problem, visit the dealership in the morning at 10 am, because that is when they open it but, you also have to reach your office at 10 am, your kids are at school and the wife too could be at work or busy in other chores.   In order to make a visit to the car dealership, you’ll have to call in late at work, so will your wife and your kids will definitely want to miss school for a day because they are excited and happy just by the news of you getting a new car. You might say that, everybody is free in the evening so you can always go after work and everything, but by that time right after work, you’re already so tired and frustrated with the traffic on your way back home that you might not want to go anywhere once you’re home. There are weekends as well? But who really wants to waste one holiday in the whole gruesome week driving to a car dealership and spending the day trying to negotiate with the car salesman.   There you have it, no time at all? The dealerships close around 7 PM. Another scenario goes like this, your car wouldn’t start when you’re at home in the evening and you have a really important meeting early next morning. What do you do unless you have a second car? Or your car needs its annual service and again you don’t have time the whole week and you definitely don’t want to waste your Sunday at a service station, again what do you do?   But, think about it, only if both the car dealerships and the workshops could remain open 24/7? Of course, their staff could work in two different shifts and the workshop labour might charge a little extra since you obviously have no time during the day and the labour will work through the night and burn the midnight oil JUST to fix your car up in time for the morning.   You could visit the dealership at night right after having dinner with your family. This way, you wouldn’t have to check in late for work, your kids wouldn’t have to skip school and even your wife might be free from work/home chores and wouldn’t mind a drive to the car dealership? Maybe you can all go for some ice-cream afterwards? :)   This 24/7 workshops or car dealerships aren’t in existence anywhere till now. But what if they existed? We feel there’s a good chance of people liking the idea? What do you think about it? Drop us some comments below. Tell us what you guys think about it?