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Car Brand Quality – The 7 Best Car Brands in 1990

This article provides two methods for selecting the 7 best car brands sold in North America from late 1984 to 1989. The statistics used in the computations for selecting the seven best vehicle brands are those found within the April 1990 issue of Consumer Reports, likely the most respected and followed source of automobile quality information in North America. The two sections used for ranking brand quality are Consumer Reports’ list of trouble-prone cars and its reliability charts. Reliability is defined by the magazine as the infrequency of serious problems, which it measures annually by a subscriber survey.

The first ranking of the Top 7 car brands is based on each brand’s infrequency of trouble-prone models. This ranking provides a measure of how well each brand’s models successfully avoided the bottom end of the model-quality spectrum.

The second ranking of the Top 7 car brands is based on the average of the overall reliability ratings of each brand’s models. The second ranking provides a measure of well a brand’s models performed over the entire model-quality spectrum.

Brand Quality by Infrequency of Trouble-Prone Models

In each of its April issues, Consumer Reports has listed the most trouble-prone models by model year since 1976. To form a brand quality measure from the 1990 list of Used Cars To Avoid, the first step is to count each brand’s entries on the list. Each model year of each model is treated as a separate entry.

Next, as the number of automobile models sold under a brand name varies greatly from brand to brand, it is necessary to take account of the fact that a brand with more models has a greater opportunity to have more model years of low quality. To compensate for a possibly inflated, or deflated, frequency of trouble-prone model years within a brand, as well as variability in model data sufficiency, the number of a brand’s entries in CR’s Used-Cars-To-Avoid list is divided by the total number of overall reliability ratings for the brand found in the reliability charts of the same issue of Consumer Reports. The overall reliability ratings are found in the Trouble-Index row of the 1990 reliability charts.

By the method of computation, this quality measure begins with 0 and may run to a value some greater than 1. The value of 0 is the highest quality rating attainable by a brand and is achieved only when a brand has no entry on the Used-Cars-To-Avoid list.

The Top 7 car brands by the foregoing computations, together with their quality ratings, are ranked below in descending order, with best first. Only those brands with at least 5 overall CR reliability ratings are included in the list below.

The 7 Best Car Brands by Infrequency of Trouble-Prone Models

Honda’s Acura, with a Worst-Car rating of 0
Honda’s Honda, with a rating of 0
BMW’s BMW, with a rating of 0.05
Toyota’s Toyota, with a rating of 0.09
Ford’s Lincoln, with a rating of 0.11
Volkswagen’s Audi, with a rating of …

Automotive Technology: Active and Passive Safety Systems

A driver is desperately trying to make a business appointment and fiddles with the phone to call ahead that she is running late. Another flips through a portfolio of CDs trying to find just the right music selection. Both overestimate their abilities and swerve momentarily into the next lane.

In today’s busy world, people often find themselves multi-tasking; and unfortunately, drivers are taking this trend to the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), not only do the majority of Americans view driving as a routine task (i.e., not worthy of special attention), 50{5ac0696a5d6b86624174250b289a9e834777577170689bbea019e466bd2df039} of all crashes involve driver “inattention.”

Safercar.gov agrees. It says 90{5ac0696a5d6b86624174250b289a9e834777577170689bbea019e466bd2df039} of vehicles in “fatal, single-vehicle rollovers involved routine driving maneuvers” and 85{5ac0696a5d6b86624174250b289a9e834777577170689bbea019e466bd2df039} of “rollover-related fatalities are single-vehicle crashes.” Based on these statistics, driver behavior seems to play a crucial role in fatal rollover crashes.

At the same time that drivers are being implored to practice safe and attentive driving, automotive engineers are also eager to create new technologies to help increase roadway safety. Isn’t there some fancy device that could warn a driver when he drifts into the next lane? React when another vehicle is in his blind spot? Apply the brakes before a crash?

Pre-crash mitigation systems attempt to combat some of the common causes of automobile accidents through warnings and automatic adjustments. Such systems are the focus of research initiatives into roadway safety and include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and side alert systems.

In a forward collision warning system, the vehicle’s system literally senses the distance between it and the vehicle or object ahead of it in the lane. Predicting the possibility of an accident by sensing the distance between slower moving and stopped vehicles ahead, it warns the driver when appropriate. If a crash occurs, the system initializes precautionary measures – such as pretensioning motorized safety belts and applying brakes. Indeed, active braking in the seconds before a collision can play a major role in crash energy reduction.

According to NHTSA, some 200,000 accidents every year are due to lane changes. To help reduce the number of these accidents, lane departure warning systems have been designed. They caution drivers when their vehicles leave their intended lanes. Using a monocular camera mounted behind the windshield, the lane departure warning system’s software programs estimate lane width and road curvature, determine the vehicle’s heading and lateral position and initialize a tactile, visual or audible alert to its driver when he or she crosses a line.

It’s not difficult to guess, then, what side alert systems do. Using infrared sensing and other technologies, such systems help drivers become aware of vehicles in side blind spots. In some models, these sensors are integrated into mirrors, taillights and side fascia. The side blind spot region is scanned for temperature changes to detect a vehicle, a visual indication can be given in mirrors, and, when necessary, an audible alert can be issued. The technology is so advanced, sensors ignore stationary roadside …

Different Types of Undercoating for Used Cars in Burlington

One of the ways of maintaining and protecting your car’s exterior is through undercoating. It is a process of rust proofing and protecting a car from damages caused by sand, gravel, and road salts stuck in the crevices of the car’s exterior. Undercoating is performed on both new and used cars not only as a protective measure but also to reduce the road noise while driving. Take a look at the different types of undercoating performed at dealerships and auto body shops in Burlington, Ontario.

The first type of undercoating is known as water-based undercoating. It is a popular DIY solution as it can be purchased in many automotive parts stores in aerosol form. Water-based undercoatings are very thin when applied and dry easily. It can also be offered in auto body shops that offer inexpensive vehicle undercoating services.

The second type of undercoating is paraffin-based; these are stronger than water-based coating. Purchased in different automotive parts stores in spry and paint formats, this type of undercoating is also fast drying and must be replaced every year. Paraffin-based undercoatings are offered upon purchasing a new or used car at the dealership or can be performed by independent auto body shops.

The third type of undercoating for both new and used cars in Burlington is petroleum-based undercoating. It is an undercoating made from oil and helps repel water and ice better than the other types of undercoating. Petroleum-based undercoating is offered as part of professional services in dealerships and auto body shops and must be replaced once a year at the car owner’s expense, just like water-based and paraffin-based undercoatings.

The fourth type of undercoating, the rubber-based, is the second strongest undercoating for new and used cars in Burlington. Available in spray and paint form, it provides more flexibility in the undercarriage and durability in rough terrain. It is strongly advised to let a professional apply this type of undercoating to maximize its benefits.

The last type of undercoating for new and used cars Burlington Ontario companies and dealers use is asphalt-based undercoating. It is the strongest and thickest undercoating with the most effective resistance to damage. Once applied, asphalt-based undercoating will last longer than any other types of undercoatings. Most dealerships and auto body shops offer this type of undercoating with limited warranty.…

Different Types Of Mechanics At Auto Repair Shops

As long as there are automobiles, there will always be auto repair shops. Each town will have several automotive Repair Shops. They offer great services to meet and solve people’s vehicle problems.

Since people are not the same, you will encounter different kinds of mechanics in these repair shops. Each one will have their specific expertise when it comes to automobiles. Repair shops pride themselves in giving you expert care through these mechanics. After reading this article you will have an understanding about your mechanic. It is practical hands on information straight from experience at my auto repair San Diego.

First type are called Automotive Service Technicians aka auto mechanics. It is their duty to inspect,maintain and repair automobile parts. They repair vehicles with mechanical and advanced technological defects. These auto workers must have a broad and deep knowledge how different automobiles work. Digital manuals is just an example of heir reference materials.

Another little known aspect of auto service technicians are the smog technicians like the ones at my San Diego smog check.

Automotive air-conditioning repairers and installers are also a different set you will meet. Installing and repairing airconditioners is their job description. It is their job to ensure that the airconditioning unit is working properly. Wheel-balancing machines is one equipment that they use. Some auto mechanics know how to do this specific work, too. But usually automotive repairers and installers prefer to do this installing and repairing airconditioning units only.

We also have the auto repair assistants. They usually do various things. They help out the aircondition repairers and installers. Any small task that is tasked to them must be followed. Including tasks of repairing brakes like those in my San Diego brakes service

So there you are with the different kind of employees in your automobile repair shop. They are very important since without them your car won’t get repaired. The next time you call a technician or repairer, make sure he has the full knowledge about automobile repairs from mechanical work to electronics.…

Accident Damaged Cars for Sale

Accident Damaged Cars are one of the most common type of salvage vehicles available on the open market.  These accident damaged cars are usually  vehicles that have been taken over by insurance companies for reasons of not having to pay auto body companies from repairing damage that would cost more than the vehicle itself.  The insurance companies would rather pay the owner the value of the vehicle that may be considerably less than having the vehicle repaired.

Once the car has been taken by the insurance company it is usually priced out to junk or salvage dealers who tend to either strip the cars and sell the parts or if the car is not damaged to far resale it to the public.  Once the accident damaged car for sale is sold it still has a long way to go before it is able to be driven on the open road.  When sold these vehicles are deemed un-drivable by motor vehicle associations.  The vehicles need to go through the process of being repaired and brought back up to standards that each country deems necessary.

Now the repairs are done and you feel that the repairs are all that you need. Well, the vehicle is still not ready for the open road.  Meaning, you still will not be able to register the vehicle just yet.  Now, you need to have the car inspected.  You don’t want to drive around a car that is unsafe.  I know that I would not.  The inspection should be done by an authorized inspection station of the state.  This inspection station will tell you if the repairs are up to par. If the repairs are not then they will recommend what repairs are still needed and which are not.  If no repairs are not needed then they will give you passing paper work that you take with you to a registration station.  If their are still problems that have to be taken care of either the inspection station will take care of it or you will need to take it back to the place were you had the initial work done.  Once completed go back and have a final inspection done.  Now you are ready for registration.

Accident damaged cars for sale are great deals but you really need to know the process when bringing these cars back to life.