Do you love the Nissan GT-R? Ever wished you could own one? Then you are in luck because eBay, the world’s largest auction website, is giving away a 2013 Nissan GT-R in their Fantasy Car Sweepstakes.
eBay is trying to promote their new social platform, eBay Garage, as a tie-in with this sweepstakes. The idea is to connect gearhead and auto enthusiasts all while you can buy stuff on eBay. Pretty smart if you ask me and giving away a Nissan GT-R is a good way to get thing going if you ask me.
To enter the contest it is not surprising that you need to open up an account on eBay Garage. I guess that is a small price to pay for a sweet supercar like the 2013 Nissan GT-R. Considering the the blog post about the contest generated 268 comments as of this writing it seems I am now the only one that wants a Nissan GT-R and will bend to eBay’s criteria for the Fantasy Car Sweepstakes.
The Nissan GT-R features 545-horsepower engine and can go from 0-60 in around 3.2 seconds. As well the engine is turbocharged V6 with All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) which makes it a really good on twisty roads. The chief engineer’s said it was designed to be driven by “Anyone, anytime, anywhere.” Sounds good to me!
Best part of winning a Nissan GT-R? Well it would be somewhat possible for an average Joe (or Jane) to pay the taxes on it. Since the Nissan GT-R is about $100,000 the taxes would be about $33,000. Probably more since the Nissan GT-R starts at $100k. Hopefully whoever wins it will have some money saved away and can pay the insurance on that a beautiful supercar.
The eBay Nissan GT-R Fantasy Car Sweepstakes runs from June 6th-July 4th. eBay will also be giving away $50 gift cards to to a lucky person each day the contest is open. That is a nice prize but I am pretty sure everyone is going to want to win the 2013 Nissan GT-R. The winner will be announced on July 22nd. Of course it is going to be me and not you!
[Source - eBay Blog]
Hey Everyone, I am listing Gypsy Jack’s 2001 Yamaha R6 Champions Edition for sale. This series of R6′s were a Limited Edition run and this is the #175 model that was made. This specific Yamaha R6 is heavily modded and contains numerous upgrades and special parts too. Here is a breakdown of what is on the motorcycle;
- Full Akrapovic exhaust system – $1,100
- Top of the line Marchesini wheels made of lightweight magnesium- $2,000
- Ohlins rear shocks – $900
- Brembro brakes (top of the line for racing) – $600
- Yoyodyne slipper clutch – $800
- Crg, lever – $200
- Scotts steering dampener - $475
- Zero gravity windscreen – $65
- Gaifer steel brake lines
- RK chain
- Renthal sprockets
… and even more!
The bike has $10,000+ worth of parts installed on it, some of which I will list later. On top of all these parts the body panels are made of carbon fiber. There is also a Quarter Turn throttle meaning to get to full throttle on this R6 you only need to turn in quarter turn. This Yamaha R6 only has 14,000 miles on the odometer and it was always garage kept.
Remember this is Jack Moschetto‘s (Gypsy Jack) R6, a friend of mine who I posted about on this blog a few times and he was well known amount the “gearhead” community in Baltimore and surrounding areas. You can see in the pictures below that this R6 is in immaculate condition. Jack would clean this bike anytime he took it out to ride. Often he would use toothbrushes to clean it up and make sure there was no road or dirt grime on it.
Jack took incredible time to build rolling pieces of art and anyone who would want to buy this would be getting a great deal on a one-of-a-kind motorcycle that you won’t find anywhere else.
If you are interested in the motorcycle you can email me – email@example.com – with any questions. Let me know if you’d like additional information and pictures and I will try to provide you with as much as I can, but should let you know upfront I will probably refer you to a friend of Jack’s who is much more knowledgeable about motorcycles mods and this particular bike than I am.
Currently we are accepting reasonably offers on this bike but there is a reserve price set on the bike and it will not be sold any lower than that.
UPDATE: The asking price for the bike is $8,000.
Note: I will update this post with additional pictures and parts information as needed and requested.
Today I helped a family member change the headlight bulb in their 2008 Volvo S40. At first I thought this was going to be an easy job, like replacing most headlight bulbs, but as with everything on Volvos you need to know the special tricks to do anything basic.
First I had to search around for the hood latch, which is a red lever but has no hood or car marking on it. Most cars have this so I was thrown already just trying to open the hood. Thankfully I figured it out but I am sure a lot of people get frustrated by the fact this isn’t straightforward. I certainly did and I have been working on cars for awhile.
After that I got the hood opened and started looking at the headlight housing I wasn’t sure how to get at the bulb. It was clear there was a door but there wasn’t enough clearance to release the springs to open it. I started looking around the headlight housing and thought, “Ok… how do I remove this thing?” That was clearly the only way to get at the headlight bulb but there weren’t any screws. This is where your best friend comes in when you don’t know how to do something on a car comes in, Google.
Yes, I Googled it! There is a metal piece and bracket mechanism that holds the Volvo S40 headlight housing in. No screws! Very smart and very Swedish in it’s design. I thought it was quite cool actually and removed the headlight no problem once I knew how to do it. Then I undid the electrical connection when I had the headlight off. I removed the housing, got out the old headlight bulb, and then made a quick trip to the local auto parts store to get a new H11 and put it back everything back in.
Now I know how to replace headlight bulbs on these Volvo S40′s and it will be hella easy next time. It was sort of annoying though having to figure it out, but that is how it is working on cars sometimes. You got to figure things out as you go since some cars are completely different than what you are used to.
Most likely I will post a guide with some pictures in a couple of days. I am sure there are a lot of Volvo owners who would like to know how to do this right. I might even shoot a video if I have time as I think a lot of Volvo S40 owners would appreciate this.
Driving can be far more than something you do because you need to. Aside from having to drive for basic transportation learning to really drive a car can be an exhilarating experience. Even the most placid drivers have a hard time not smiling on a wide open road with some sweeping curves on a clear day. Inevitably in those situations or equally on busy days on highways at 70mph your mind goes to the movies – for example, Fast and Furious movies, Ronin, The Italian Job, C’était un Rendez-Vous and similar car genre films. It’s easy to start fantasizing about driving around like a racecar driver but how would you go about learning how to safely execute such maneuvers?
Learning Performance Driving
In terms of getting started, the way you should not learn it is by trying it yourself on impulse with a car full of friends. (Youtube can show you plenty of bad drivers doing this btw.) This would be like not knowing how to swim and jumping from a boat while 2 miles from shore- far more likely to end badly than not.
Many different people are taught performance driving for a variety of reasons. The most common being police officers, whose driving skills are severely underrated by most until they see an actual police chase on TV, Youtube, or on the streets. Ambulance drivers also learn to truly control cars so they can get to an injured person quickly and safely. Something you need to keep in mind is that performance driving is not all about speed, but gaining the ability to avoid accidents.
Schools and Available Performance Driving Programs
There are a lot of different driving schools where you can go to learn and practice car control and learn some fun driving skills in the process. Some insurance companies may even offer discounts as advanced driver training reduces the likelihood your will be in an accident.
- Emergency Driving Programs are generally run by AAA or other driver organizations. Typically learning skid control is involved in these couses (the fun part is you need to do skidding/drifting to learn how to control it, it’s not something you can learn in the classroom) in closed open lots and pylons instead of having trees and cars to avoid. Many of these courses are affordable since they cater to the general public and the knowledge of car control and how to gauge a vehicle’s momentum, level of grip, getting used to the G-forces that are exerted are all things that are usually taught and gone over.
- Police Driving Programs usually involve becoming acquainted with pursuit methods, stopping a pursued vehicle, advanced braking and acceleration control, and accident avoidance. Look for a class that is modeled after the NAPD program for actual police officers in order to gain maximum benefit. These type of course is probably most ideal if you want to be stunt driver!
- High Performance Driving Schools are normally geared toward racing enthusiasts and will typically take place at racetracks. Instructors are usually retired racecar drivers and get to use high performance and sports cars. These range from 1 day affairs to week long camps. There are several nationally known Race Schools around the country that should fit the needs or budget of anyone looking to learn to “race.” Just do some Googling to find the closest one in your area.
- NASCAR Driving – Much like the race schools but specific to NASCAR style racing. These programs and schools usually include actual NASCAR drivers as instructors or for at least a visit. There is one in Orlando that’s impressive, currently sponsored by NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Admittedly these are rather expensive schools to take part in.
While looking at performance driving schools consider a defensive driver course as well for a break on insurance and reality check of your driving skills. In addition to Performance driver education programs and schools there are a lot of very good programs for teen drivers, inexperienced drivers and driving theory such as those at sites like Book Your Theory Online. Remember to keep your performance driving skills (well if you have any, which you probably don’t) on a track, under safe and supervised conditions and not on the street where you could hurt yourself or worse someone else.
Recent new car sales numbers have shown the auto industry is in a rebound. Even with the recession still hitting many people hard it seems some people still need to buy new cars. The rise in consumer confidence may have triggered this growth in new car sales, which is good sign for the economy.
It is important to remember that when purchasing a car one’s own financial situation remain the most important consideration. Even if you are able to buy a brand new vehicle, it is important to be frugal and strive to strike the best possible deal whatever your financial situation.
Saving Money on your New Car Purchase: 3 Tips for Success
With this in mind, what practical steps can you take to shop frugally and make an affordable new car purchase? Consider the following: -
- Choose your Buying Resources Wisely: If you are motivated by finding an affordable new car, then dealerships should not be your source of information. Instead, you should visit online resources such as Exchange and Mart or Consumer Reports to access a wide range of vehicle information across a range of brands. In addition to this, it is also easy for you to offer your existing car as a trade-in on the new model, which can drastically reduce the cost on your new car purchase. Keep in mind dealerships make my money on used cars than new cars so be careful how they structural the deals.
- Pay Attention to Financing Plans and Agreements: When buying a brand new car, the majority of consumers are forced to pay with a fixed financing agreement which may not be their best financial choice. While this spreads the cost of the car over an agreed period of time, you need to be able to commit to making regular payments. Failure to do this will trigger late payment fees and headaches. You should find a good car loan rate through a local bank or credit union. In addition to this, be sure to read the financing terms in full and review these carefully to make sure there are no hidden catches that will come back to bite you later.
- Choose a Medium or Low Trim model for you New Car: There are numerous Trim levels on certain car models, which cater towards a range of budgets and expectations. While each Trim is going to offer different features, there won’t be that much difference in the overall car. Buying a car with all the “bell and whistles” won’t necessarily keep the value if the car or automaker doesn’t have a good reliability rating and depreciation outlook. It’s best to choose a lower Trim model and pay a little more fore certain features you want without going over you budget on a car that is not that different.