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Signs and Banners of the Season

When I drive my auto around the District of Columbia during the holiday season I keep a special eye out for any uniquely festive signs and banners I might happen upon. The holiday season is a wondrous time of the year when abundance rejoices. This abundance is reflected in the spirit of giving, in the food we eat and the people with whom we gather together. It is reflected in the lights and other decorations that sprout up all over our nation’s capitol. But most of all it is reflected in the various signs that hang about our fair city extolling the blessings of the seasons.

Signs and Banners Extoll Merry Christmas

Now it does not take a D. C. Auto Geek or even a reader of the D. C. Auto Geek Blog to know that there are certain sensibilities one must be aware of when choosing to display a sign that reads “Merry Christmas.” We live in politically correct times and there is a certain segment of the population that becomes uncomfortable and dare I say offended upon the sight of such a sign. I suppose the thinking is that the non Christian peoples who do not celebrate Christmas might be somehow put upon or otherwise marginalized by such a display.

Part of me can understand this sentiment. It comes from a place of politeness. That is the intention is not to offend, insult or otherwise step on the toes of another. On the other hand, I cannot help but be a bit annoyed by the P. C. culture. Who are these people who feel so entitled to be offended at every little gesture? Who are these people who feel so entitled to be offended on another person’s behalf? If it were up to me, I would take the P. C. out of D. C. if you know what I mean.

Merry Christmas from all of us at D. C. Auto Geek!

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How to Get Around the Doppler Effect

If you live in the Washington D. C. metro area and love autos like I do then I assume you also employ signs and banners to get your message across. The reason I assume this to be the case is that Washington D. C. is a town where everyone is trying to get their message across. Moreover, if you are driving past a another person to whom you are trying to communicate you probably need a sign to communicate effectively because your voice will not be an efficient means of communication. This is the unfortunate situation because of a little thing called the Doppler Effect.

The Doppler Effect is defined as “an increase (or decrease) in the frequency of sound, light, or other waves as the source and observer move toward (or away from) each other. For example, the effect causes the sudden change in pitch noticeable in a passing siren, as well as the redshift seen by astronomers.” Because of the Doppler Effect, the sound of your voice will sound distorted to the person to whom you are attempting to communicate as your car passes by them. This distortion might be enough to make the substance of your communication incomprehensible to the intended object of your communication. For this reason it would probably be more effective to communicate with this person through the use of signs and banners.

By using a sign to communicate your message to the person you pass in your vehicle you will be more likely to effectively communicate your message. I think the Washington D. C. metro area would definitely be a better place if we were all more effectively communicating our unique messages. I hardily believe this to be true because it can be frustrating to try to communicate and fail in the endeavor. Happy Holidays from all of us at the D.C. Auto Geek Blog!

 

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Questions That Go Without Saying

It goes without saying that when two cars collide, one or both of them will be taken to a collision repair Salt Lake City. Although this causal relationship does in fact go without saying, it goes without saying that it has been said in the first paragraph of this blog post. The obvious question then arises, if it is in fact true that this statement goes without saying, why then was it said in the first place? Although this question is indeed obvious it does in fact go without saying that it was none the less asked despite the fact that it was obvious.

Accordingly we now find ourselves in the problematic position wherein an obvious question that goes without saying has been asked and therefore said. Moreover (returning to the actual substance of the question), two cars that have found themselves in a state of collision and then subsequently taken to a collision repair Salt Lake City the next obvious question is then very likely to be asked. That question of course also goes without saying. But if the question was to be said it would sound very much like the following question that I will type in the sentence following this one. That question is, what specifically are the repairs that need to be made to the two vehicles in order to return them to the pristine state in which they existed prior to the accident which brought them to the collision repair shop in the first place?

We live in a universe of many questions many of which go without saying. The reader of this article (if he or she or it) has made it this far will quite likely know that the questions related to the subject of this post that were described as going without saying have been very much said.

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The D. C. / Salt Lake City Nexus

It is perfectly reasonable for a reader of this blog to ask the question why an article regarding collision repair Salt Lake City is found in a blog entitled D. C. Auto Geek. This is a reasonable question because the District of Columbia (our nation’s capital) is very far away from Salt Lake City. In fact, the distance between the two cities is 2,083 miles according to Google Maps. Moreover it would take a driver approximately thirty one hours to drive the distance assuming he or she remained in compliance with all applicable traffic laws and ordinances. Incidentally (and conveniently), the aforementioned, law abiding driver would use US Route 81 for almost the entire trip.

I (as author of this blog post) will be perfectly honest with you (the reader). The only possible reason why an article pertaining to collision repair Salt Lake City could be found in a blog entitled D. C Auto Geek is that the blog is not intended to be read by an actual person. For you see, gentle reader,  the sole purpose for this blog post to exist are the links embedded within the content. This post serves its purpose so long as it is (1) between three hundred and five hundred words, (2) includes a picture, (3) contains the specific key words (try to guess which words in this post are the keywords!) and (4) contains two links to the website whose content it is my intention to optimize.

But you might then ask me (the author) why I am telling you (the reader) all this information. That would be a good question had you actually asked it. However paradoxically, since you do not exist (at least not in human form) there is no “you” to ask the question. Furthermore, since you do not exist there is no way that you could have read this post thus keeping my search engine optimization strategy a secret. Good day to you.

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Questions Related to Vehicle Wraps

Many businesses in Washington, D.C. employ the use of vehicle wraps to get their message across. A vehicle wrap is a type of advertising that can be applied to the exterior of an automobile. It has the appearance of an actual paintjob but is actually an applied graphic that can be removed once it is no longer needed. Any auto geek living within the city limits of Washington, D.C. who owns a business as well as a car and is willing to advertise their business upon the surface of their car would almost certainly be interested in this type of service.

There is certainly a question as to efficacy of vehicle wraps. The question (put more specifically) is to what extent does the appearance of an advertisement displayed upon the exterior of a vehicle actually influence its intended audience. The answer to this question depends upon a number of factors including but not limited to (1) how clear is the advertising displayed, (2) how compelling is the advertising displayed, (3) is the advertising displayed in an area where its intended audience will be in a position to see it, and (4) will the appearance of advertising displayed upon the exterior of a vehicle annoy its intended audience?

In addition to the question of efficacy there exist other questions related to the use of vehicle wraps as advertising. Among these questions are (1) how durable is the vehicle wrap, (2) how professionally has the advertising been applied to the exterior of the vehicle upon which it is displayed, (3) to what extent does the use of vehicle advertising relate to the content of the advertising, (4) how much does the vehicle advertising cost, (5) are there any additional services provided in conjunction with the application of the vehicle advertising, and (5) is there a better or more effective means of advertising?

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A Strange Conversation with an Auto Body Mechanic

TD : Why did you bring your car into my auto body repair Salt Lake City shop?

 

BS : I need the front right bumper of the car repaired because I accidentally ran over a large Canada goose walking across the street last night.

TD : Mr. Sackman, your “side” CANNOT CONCEIVE of objective Supremacy and so can only delusionally attempt to “perfect” one’s self.

BS : What do you mean? What does that have to do with the damage to my car?

TD : And there is a marked difference between striving towards objective Supremacy and working to “improve yourself” ESPECIALLY when one rejects objective Supremacy as a “first principle.”

BS : I don’t understand. What is objective supremacy?

TD : I have told you many times that Objective Supremacy means Perfection.

BS : What does that have to do with my car?

TD : In order for me to make your car Perfect, you must believe in objective Supremacy.

BS : I believe in perfection.

TD : As I said, there is a difference between striving towards objective Supremacy and working to improve yourself.

BS : What is the difference?

TD : Striving towards objective Supremacy means to strive towards the Perfection that is God. Self improvement is a vanity.

BS : Are we talking about me or my car?

TD : You brought your car into my collision repair Salt Lake City for a reason. You want to make your car perfect again. You should want to make yourself Perfect again.

BS : I don’t really understand what you are talking about. I brought my car here because I accidentally hit a Canada goose. I was driving too fast because I was late for a meeting. It was dark outside and I wasn’t paying attention and so I hit that goose. I feel horrible about it. I wish I could take it back but I can’t.

Cheap Used Cars

Cheap Used Cars

There are always many kinds of car buyers. Some love to get brand new cars with the best designs, logos and latest technology. Others are just looking for a medium of transport and would sway towards the used cars. Most of the top car brands in the market are also leaders in the used cars Utah section.

The new drivers who recently got their licenses are one of the top buyers of used cars Utah. The low investment allows them to drive the vehicles with that much more confidence than a new car. Besides, mishandling would not cost them a lot monetarily as compared to a new car too. This is one of the primary reasons for new drivers to look at used cars. Once they get confidence of driving on roads, they can then look at newer cars with latest technologies.

One of the biggest advantages of used cars Utah is their price. They are much less than a brand new car with similar features and ratings. One of the striking facts about brand new cars in the showrooms is the depreciation they see in value in the first year. It starts from the time the car is driven out of the showroom, when it goes down by 10% in value.

With pre owned cars, the steep depreciation of the first year is already accounted for. The subsequent depreciation is not that high and hence there is a lot more value left in the car even after use. The secondhand cars are generally older models and hence may not have the cool looks or some of the mind boggling technology that new cars have. However, if you can tradeoff some latest features for a handsome discount, then the pre owned cars are great buys.

The price points make the used cars a favorite for many new drivers too. The secondhand car market is quite vibrant with ample variety and competition. As a result, there are many dealers that would offer attractive perks for selling their pre owned car inventory. With the perks and the car price are clubbed together, the deals are get quite attractive.

Given the perks and advantages associated with the secondhand cars, it is worth the while to look for great deals from various dealers. If you look long and deep, there will always be a used car that suits your needs and fits your budget too. It is all about research for great offers.

In conclusion, the used cars Utah are one of the best ways to own a vehicle. They are as good as any new car in terms of standard features and even performance. The price points for these cars make them a really great buy. Of course, there are many cars that may not be in best condition or are not priced well enough. One must carry out the due diligence to ensure a good deal. Cheap used cars must be in sound condition. The engine should be well-maintained and the mileage should be average. Inspect the condition of each area of the vehicle including tires and rims, carburetor, radiator, lights and the brake systems. Inside the car check every knob possible to see if everything electrical works.

Great Benefits of Car or Commercial Vehicle Wraps Salt Lake City

Great Benefits of Car or Commercial Vehicle Wraps Salt Lake City

Vehicle or car wrapping service, as the term itself suggests, is a service to wrap your car or any other vehicle. These days, people love to decorate their cars, particular company’s car since it’s great to advertise the brand. Vehicle wrapping services are preferred all over the world and numerous companies want commercial vehicle or car wrapping service promote their brand. By choosing a good car wrapping service, companies can get their marketing material with logo printed on paper and wrap it around their company vehicles. It looks great when you wrap your commercial vehicles such as the truck or big van in order to attract people’s attention towards your products or service. By wrapping your personal cars or commercial vehicles, you can easily promote your company’s brand everywhere the vehicle goes.

There are many great benefits of vehicle or car wrapping services and following are some important ones.

Low Initial-Investment

Car or vehicle wraps Salt Lake City require less investment in comparison to other channels of advertising such as commercials on television, newspapers, and radios. What’s more, it is economical in comparison to advertisements on billboards. The difference in costs is considerable. It’s a great advertisement tool for newly established businesses or company besides those who are low on budget.

Money-Spinning

You will be overwhelmed by the return over investment that you will get after investing in vehicle wraps. Some obvious benefits of investing in car or vehicle wrapping are that you will notice a good rise in products and business awareness, strong presence in the market and great increment in sales and revenue.

Reach Wider Audience

Since the advertisement is attached to the moving vehicle that can go anywhere, vehicle wrapping can reach a wider audience. Contrasting billboards which are installed to a specific place, vehicle wraps can follow your targeted audience by going anywhere you want. When the vehicle will move on street and expressways, more and more people will see them and become aware of your brand. The biggest benefit of vehicle wrapping is that even the vehicle is parked, it will be still visible to the people passing around it and your message will be still conveyed to the targeted audience. A wrapped car or vehicle can be easily noticed when they move across the streets because they are attractive colors and uniqueness. Through vehicle wrapping, you can do round the clock advertising without worrying about the weather.

Makes Your Ad Unique

Car wrapping or vehicle wrapping adds uniqueness to your advertisement. Unlike billboards or advertising mailers, where your advertisements share commercial, a wrapped car or vehicle owns the space completely. This will help in attracting the attention of people would not be divided.

Easy & Quick to Change

Car or vehicle wraps are quite convenient when you want to change them with a new one. You can easily and quickly replacement with a new advertisement. You just need to peel off the sheet and it will require a few minutes. The great thing is that this process won’t even damage the finish of your car or commercial vehicle.

Discover the Different Services in Collision Repair Salt Lake City Offers

Discover the Different Services in Collision Repair Salt Lake City Offers

When considering collision repair Salt Lake City has offerings for all situations the require a collision repair shop. Maybe you have never used a collision repair shop. This is a great place to see both what a collision repair shop would offer and what benefits you can get from a collision repair shop. Here are a few mainstays.

Repair of the Bumper

This is one of the most common types of issues a collision repair shop would solve. The reason is because vehicle design places the bumper closest to impact to save the rest of the vehicle body at a lower cost of repair to you. Collision repair shops can also benefit you by volume discounts on common repairs on items like bumpers.

Dent Removal and Repair

Just think of all the ways your vehicle can get a ding or dent. From the supermarket parking lot to slippery roads to poles lower than your vehicle windows you can get dents that require removal. Because of this you should expect any collision repair shop to be very experienced in dent removal and repair.

Repair of Hail Damage

This is another type of dent removal and repair. If you have recently experienced hail damage you will quickly see the many smaller dents across the top surfaces of your vehicle. In this type of damage caused by hail storms many repair shops have a reputation for being experts in the repair of hail damage. In fact some times temporary hail damage repair experts will pop up. But these experts are not equipped to handle most other repairs that a collision repair shop can whereas a collision repair shop offers both.

Repair of Auto Paint

Whether you have paint damage from external factors like road debris or shopping carts you can expect a collision repair shop to be able to fix this. Auto paint and blending it with existing paint is another service offered by collision repair shops since the beginning of the industry so this is an area of benefit you can expect to find.

These are just a few common benefits you can find at a collision repair shop. With a little research you will be amazed at how advances in the collision repair shop industry will find ways to save you time and money.

The Importance of Taking Your Used Car in for Regular Maintenance Checks

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The first car I ever owned was a white 92 Ford Escort. I bought it used in 1994 freshly graduated from college. I needed something to drive to and from my job as a truck driver with a whole sale flower delivery company. The car was great for this task.

I made sure to change my oil every 3,000 miles but I did not give it regular maintenance checks. Usually I waited for a part to fail before I took it in to get fixed. I did not have a great deal of disposable wealth at the time so I did not make regular maintenance checks a priority. This, however, is not something I would recommend to anyone thinking of buying a used car because regular maintenance checks can prevent small problems from developing into larger and potentially more expensive or dangerous problems down the road. Luckily I emerged from the experience unscathed.

The car actually lasted a long time. I drove across the country twice in it. It finally died in 2001. I had taken my dog to a state park for a walk in the woods that day. I remember driving 70 miles per hour on the interstate to get to and from the park. That night I arrived home and parked my car on an inclined street in front of my house. I made sure to turn the wheel into the curb so that it would not roll down the hill unexpectedly. The next day I came out to the car to see one front wheel pointed towards the curb but the other pointed straight. The tie rod had broken. Luckily this happened after I arrived safely home with my dog. I shudder to think what could happen if the tie rod broke on the highway at 70 miles per hour.

I was lucky, but it could have easily been different. All this is to emphasize the importance of regular maintenance checks. When you buy a new car from a dealer it is usually easier to set these maintenance appointments up. Used car dealers can be hit or miss with this. A broken tie rod is a relatively inexpensive fix. Flipping a car on the highway at 70 miles per hour will certainly be more expensive.