Upcoming Car Shows to Check Out

Detroit Car Show

Sports cars, classic cars, the old muscle cars. Car enthusiasts delight every time they see one that is cool, modified, tricked out or with a really great paint job.  Classic car and performance car enthusiasts alike are always on the lookout for any upcoming car shows to check out.

From parking lots to freeways to city streets, every once in a while you catch a glimpse of a car that makes you do a double take. There are also times where even a classic car occasionally slips by, its once shiny armor having lost its gleam.

If you’re like the rest of us though, you still like those older cars whose paint isn’t sparkly any more, because it transcends time and returns you to a place in your youth, helping you recapture those glory days, when you may have even owned one of those old muscle cars. You may have spent hours every week tuning, changing parts, even doing some back street racing.

There are places where car fans can turn back the clock and suspend time. It’s called a car show.

The car shows, where the atmosphere is electrically charged and excitement is all around. Your heart jumps at every turn, when you hear the thrum of a highly tuned engine with that deep throaty power that fills the place.

So where are the upcoming car shows to check out anyway?  How do you find them?

You can Google “car shows” and specify your location, which is one of the best ways, or you can read one of the many fine car enthusiast blogs which provides tips on finding car shows, and things to think about when you go.

Here is a short list of some of the best upcoming car shows to check out, from all over the world. (By no means a complete list of the many great auto events)

  •  Detroit – First major car show each year, held in Motor City, in January
  • Chicago – In early February, started in 1901.
  • Geneva – Early March, 83rd annual.
  • New York – Late March/early April. 113th annual.
  • Frankfort – Mid September, sometimes held in Hannover.
  • Paris – One of the most important auto shows, in October
  • Tokyo – In late November/early December.
  • Los Angeles – In late November/early December.

Some of the most amazing and spectacular vehicles in the world, from production to concept cars, can be found at these upcoming car shows. Be sure to check one out!

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Paint Protection Film for Your Car

2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S - new body style

Auto SuperShield installing paint protection film on a 2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S

Clear paint protection film is a great way to keep your car shiny and beautiful. Keep scratches, salt, droppings and weather away from your paint job with this affordable protection option. If you’ve thinking about trying paint protection, here are five reasons to consider paint protection film for your car.

  1. Protect Your Paint – No one wants to drive around in a car marked with scratches, bird droppings, sun spots or any paint blemish. You take pride in your car’s appearance and want it to last. Clear paint protection film protects your paint job from the elements and vandalism. You don’t have to worry about the sun fading your color in the summer, and salt eating your paint in the winter.
  2. Weather-proof Your Car – Unfortunately we all have to expose our cars to the elements if we want to drive them anywhere. Clear paint protection gives you peace of mind when having to park your car directly in the sun, under a tree populated by birds or during the winter from salt that gets kicked up onto the paint. Protection film safeguards your paint job, making it easier on you.
  3. No more waxing! – A beautiful just-waxed shine makes any car look good. But it doesn’t last. Wax melts in the sun and can be washed off. When you consider paint protection film for your car, keep in mind that it will add a crystal shine to your car, rivaling the shine and protection you get from a good wax job. And it will last much longer than wax as well.
  4. No More Bra! – A car bra is used to protect the front impact zone of a car from damages such as rocks, dust, salt and any other debris that can be knocked up and hit the front. With paint protection film you don’t have to put a bra on your car in order to protect this area. There are also protection packages available just for this area on your car.
  5. Safeguard Your Car’s Value – Your car’s value is affected by it’s running condition and its exterior appearance. When your car looks good, you feel good driving it. Let your car’s paint job show how much you value your car by protecting it from the effects of the weather and the road. Arriving to a destination in a sparking car free of paint chips and damage speaks volumes about your car.

Although clear paint protection will keep your paint job safe and sound, you should still exercise caution when parking your car and washing it. When you consider paint protection film for your car, we have several affordable options available. Find the best protection for your car and enjoy the drive.

The Stunning and Surprisingly Affordable Option: Wrapping your Sportscar in Chrome

Gold Chrome Lamborghini Aventador - Project Au79

Gold Chrome Lamborghini Aventador – Project Au79

Car wraps have been around for years used primarily for automotive advertising and showing sponsorship in NASCAR. Innovative sports car owners who wanted a lime-green Lamborghini without ruining the resale value of their car have also taken advantage of this innovative material. If you’ve always loved shiny things, if you are mesmerized by the bite of well polished chrome on a motorcycle, you can have that look on your sports car and still maintain its resale value. Chrome wraps are a stunning and surprisingly affordable option to bring out the bling in your sports car.

If you love to shine, to stand out of the crowd, wrapping your sports car in chrome will make your car stunning. Your car will outshine the sun, and if you’re suffering from paparazzi problems, your car will make you camera-proof with the amount of light that bounces off the finish. On the inside it will actually be cooler as the wrap absorbs heat. The wrap also protects your original paint against scratches, dings, accidents, and any other dangers of the road. The wrap looks exactly as if the car was painted but is removable, so if you want to change from yellow chrome this year to white chrome next year, it’s no problem. Have you ever wanted a purple chrome finish on your sports car? You can have it. Any color you’ve dreamed of can be created for you.

Chrome wraps are a surprisingly affordable option. A good wrap costs a little less than a good paint job, and it’s well worth it. The wraps are produced by 3M and last for about five years before permanently adhering to the car finish. They can be removed before five years with no damage to your original showroom paint, increasing the resale value of your car by leaving the factory original paint intact and unmarred. The chrome wrap process does require time and expertise to apply so it’s important to choose a reputable vendor. Once done, this stunning alternative makes your sports car easy to clean as well as ding and scratch resistant.

If you’re tired of the same old, same old, and you want to stand out from the crowd, chrome is for you, and now you can have it without repainting your car or ruining its finish.  Chrome wraps are a great innovation in the sports car market that will add to your enjoyment of your car without ruining the resale value.

Window Tint for Sportscars: The Right Way to Do It

Auto SuperShield Window Tint

There’s something special about window tint. The darker windows give your sportscar a classy, elegant look. Many people simply throw on a tint hoping it will look great and stay in place. Window tint for sportscars not only looks great, but can also prevent overheating inside the car and shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays when driving. Window tints keep the inside of your car protected from the heat of the sun and can even hold glass together after a car accident. The right way to tint it begins with a professional and the highest quality of window film.

The right window tint for sportscars begins with knowing the laws about window tint in your area. Don’t tint your windows thinking you can get away with it because it will only cost you more money when you have to remove the tint and replace it with a lighter window film. Every state has a separate law regarding the level of tint while some countries have even outlawed window tinting. If your tint is too dark, you can face a fine up to $500 in some states.

Tinted windows are not just about throwing some window film on your glass and stepping back to admire your work. The right way to tint windows begins with the highest quality of window film that will last without fading, bubbling or cracking. One of the best performing window tints belongs to the Crystalline line of window films. Crystalline is made with high technology and uses multiple layers to perform at its highest ability.

Window tint for sportscars is started by cleaning and prepping the film getting it ready to be applied. The window film is cut customized for your windows. The glass is cleaned to ensure there is no dirt or debris that will get stuck under the tint. Wetting the glass will help the film adhere tightly to the window while the bubbles are all pushed out. Finally, the film is adhered to each window with a special solution and smoothed out. No bubbles should be visible. It seems like an easy process, but to ensure a window tint passes the test of time, it must be adhered carefully and precisely.

Tinting the windows in your sportscar will help protect you and the car while looking great at the same time. Doing it right the first time will save you hundreds of dollars and even raise the value of your car.

Car Wrap vs. Paint Job: Which One Wins?

Lamborghini SuperLeggera with a Satin Paint Protection Wrap by Auto SuperShield

Lamborghini SuperLeggera with a Satin Paint Protection Wrap by Auto SuperShield

Choosing the type of detail for your car is a big decision, and one that requires that you consider all of the factors before you decide. When it comes to big changes, a car wrap vs. a paint job is usually what most people are deciding between. There are both advantages and disadvantages to each of these methods of detailing.

Car Wrap vs. Paint Job Cost

The cost of these items are normally one of the major factors that you will have to look at if you are trying to decide which detail method works best for you. A car wrap isn’t always more expensive than a paint job, and in many cases can be quite a bit less. That is because the quality of a paint job can vary depending upon who is doing it. However, for a quality wrap, you can expect to pay about the same as a quality paint job or perhaps a little less. On the other hand, a quality wrap will cost more than a quick “value” paint job.

Don’t Forget Long-Term Cost

One of the things that you will want to keep in mind is that painting your car might end up depreciating the value drastically, whereas a wrap is removable and will not, since it can be taken off and the vehicle returned to its original color.

Car Wrap vs. Paint Job Benefits

There are a number of benefits to going with a wrap. For example, a wrapping can be done in just a couple of days, compared to a paint job, which might keep a vehicle off the road for a week or more. Also, wraps last for nearly as long as a paint job, with professional work lasting 5 to 10 years, in comparison to the 5-7 year expected lifespan of a wrap. Wrapping can also fit over riveting if necessary.

Car Wrap vs. Paint Job Disadvantages

The only real disadvantage of going with a car wrap vs. paint job is that a car wrap can be much more expensive if the design is complicated and includes a lot of colors. Basically, the more it costs to create the wrap design, the further away from the comparable cost of a paint job you get. Of course, size does matter as well, with some wraps needing to be quite a bit bigger so that they can fit over a larger vehicle like a cargo van.

Whether you go with a car wrap or a paint job is up to you. The decision cannot be made by someone else, because everyone’s needs are unique. If you decide on a car wrap, get in touch! We would love to assist.

Top 3 New Sportscars for 2013

2013 Jaguar XE

Sportscars are cool, fast, and offer great rides wherever you need to go. Every year there are several new sportscars that come available to purchase that are easy to admire. Here are the top 3 new sportscars for 2013.

The 2013 Subaru BRZ

This sporty coupe with dashing looks offers an inexpensive price for plenty of power and control. It has several features worth mentioning including a tilt telescoping steering wheel, power windows, locks and mirror, folding rear seats, a keyless entry and a navigation system. This sportscar is a rear drive only and is packed with AWD. It has a four cylinder engine that receives 22 to 30 mpg and it has a low center gravity to help give more control to the driver. It costs from $25,000 to $28,600.

2013 Jaguar XE

This is a classic two seat rear wheel drive convertible that is expected to help boost Jaguar sales. It has a fabric top and a lightweight body with a front engine that sits behind the front axle. It gives serious competition to the Porsche and BMW. The Jaguar’s dashboard features a touch screen and incorporates internet based driver assistance. It costs about $60,000, which is several thousand dollars cheaper than other types of Jaguars.

Another one of the top 3 new sportscars for 2013 is the Porsche Boxster.

This is the third generation of the second seat mid engine convertible. It was introduced to the United States in 2005 and had gained a coupe companion, the Cayman in 2007. It has a cloth top and the dimensions are slightly different than other Jaguars. It has a horizontally opposed flat 6 inch engine and a 24 inch wide wheelbase. It is 1.5 inches longer and a height drop of about .4 inches. The overall width of the car remains the same. LED lights replace the conventional lamps and the Boxster has more bulge to its fenders, nose, and rear deck. Its subtle exterior is considered a new cockpit with high quality material.

These are the top three new sportscars for 2013, three beauties that will make anyone turn their head. Stylish, elegant with a smooth ride, they may cost a little more than the average car, but they are not the average car! They offer reasonable miles per gallon along with more features than most vehicles. These sportscars are stunning to look at and will make any driver eager to go out for a drive. Make sure you apply paint protection film to keep you car looking like new.

Buying a Sportscar: Private Party or Dealer?

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That sports car you’ve always wanted is an investment. It involves a lot of money, costing two or three times more than a normal car. But like any other costly investment, there’s significant risk involved. Don’t let your excitement distract you from finding your best pick. Take time to research and know your options before buying.

Will you buy a sports car from a dealer or a private party? There are pros and cons for each. And you have to weigh them both according to your situation. Here’s a brief guide.

Buying A Sports Car From A Dealer
There are many reasons why auto enthusiasts and collectors buy from dealers. Chief among them is the convenience buying from a car dealer affords. Talk about needing a loan and drawing up a bill of sale. Dealers know all the nitty-gritty of a sports car sale and many are even willing to do the legwork themselves.

When buying from car dealers, you don’t have to worry about: (1) time spent looking for options; (2) mechanical maintenance; (3) financial documents; and (4) legal documents and other paperwork.

If there’s one disadvantage to buying a sports car from a dealer, it’s the price. It’s no secret that they cost more than what private parties are willing to sell.

Buying A Sports Car From A Private Party

The buying process is a bit different when you’re dealing with a private party. Buyers are warned to take extra caution since, unlike car dealers, there’s no guarantee that you get exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re not careful, the seller may misrepresent the car’s year model or simply be a scam artist.

This isn’t common though. Many still prefer buying a sports car from private sellers. You’ll surely get one at a better price. One reason is due to the fact that you don’t have to pay a sales tax to a private seller (although you may have to pay one at the Department of Motor Vehicles, if it’s taxable in your state). Private sellers also tend to be more flexible when it comes to negotiating price.

If you don’t know the individual seller personally, bring a mechanic with you for a third-party inspection.

There’s no right way of purchasing a sports car. At the end of the day, once all the pros and cons are weighed, you’ll need to make a decision that’s in line with your budget, taste and way of doing business. Good luck!

The Best Way to Wash and Wax your Sportscar (#2)

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The choice of what type of vehicle we drive is often influenced by our lifestyle. People from all walks of life commonly prefer the thrill of a sleek two-door sportscar, in lieu of the bulkier midsize and full size vehicles. And age is definitely not an option with regard to the sports car enthusiast. In many cases, you can argue that some of us probably love our sports car as much as our job and/or pet. So when our automobile needs a major repair, we can only imagine how many panic attacks ensue! Even worse, what if the sports car is our only mode of transportation?

That brings us to the discussion of which is the best direction to pursue if you need emergency auto repair for your sports car. A Popular Mechanics article, “Confessions of a Car Dealership Service Manager” posed the issue of where you should take your vehicle for repair, a dealership or your local mechanic. Although most know dealerships charge up to 30 percent more, there are still advantages for this option. Regardless which you choose, the key is to immediately prepare a checklist for your sports car.

An excellent strategy for finding auto parts for an old or new sports car, is to thoroughly learn the good and bad of buying used against buying new. For example, it might be wiser to purchase certain electrical parts new, because most used parts dealers do not offer warranties for items like spark plugs. Unfortunately, the only option for some is to buy used, because sometimes the only place to find an alternator for an antique or rare sports car is in salvage yards. That is because auto parts commonly fall under the circumstance of being discontinued, or have to be ordered from overseas.

One of the best strategies for avoiding problems with regard to auto parts, is to budget ahead of time. Budgeting at least three weeks in advance for something as simple as an oil change, is essentially prolonging the life of your vehicle. Now planning an emergency repair might not be inviting if your sports car is malfunctioning, but thankfully you can use some of tips discussed to correct your issue. After you fix your vehicle problem, initiate an easy checklist by comparing the prices for new and auto parts at junkyards, and auto parts shops. This may increase your chances of securing deals for the future. Also, get acquainted with your local mechanic’s skills and prices, just because they can repair an auto body, does not necessarily mean they can repair automobiles.

Upcoming Auto Races you Should Attend (Part 2)

car raceRacing season will be rising soon in warm climates, so we’re looking south for winter and early spring action. Are we happy with Chevrolet’s base choice of electric blue for the 2013 nationwide paint scheme on their Camaro’s? You bet! Think what kind of motor sport wraps we could do on those babies! If you want to see what NASCAR Sprint Cup cars are going to look like this coming year, check out Jayski’s paint schemes gallery and try not to drool on your keyboard. We’re pumped about the approaching races, so if you’ve a mind to travel or want to hunker down in front of your flat screen and enjoy it all in High Def, here are some of the coming events to check out…

There’s some nice pre-Christmas action at Homestead-Miami Speedway when the inaugural Miami International 500 KM road race will be held on December 15 and 16. Stash your snow shovel, come on down, catch some rays, and watch them burn up the 2.23-mile track. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 17th the first sprint run is slated for late afternoon with qualifying laps beginning at 1:00pm. The next day, on Sunday the 18th, there are sprint races at 10am and noon, with an enduro blasting off at 3:00.

Daytona will start to rock on January 4th for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions. Order your tickets online and decide where you want to catch the glory – from turn 1, turn 4, the start/finish line, Pit Road, or from the superstretch. Cars from the Continental Tire Challenge and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will take the twists on the 3.56-mile course to get ready for 2013’s first biggie. On January 26 – 27, The Rolex 24 will be run with international racing stars in Daytona prototype and GT class cars, always a thrilling challenge for drivers and their machines. The Daytona Shootout will cap a doubleheader on February 16, beginning with the season opening ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 80-lap race.

Then, on February 24th, NASCAR’s Daytona 500 will take place with 43 of the world’s top drivers, the most prestigious, richest, largest motorsports event in America. If you can’t make it to Florida, you can always watch it on FOX, but it won’t sound or smell as good. Will Tony Stewart finally get his victory? Will a fight break out between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer? Will recent new daddy Kevin Harvick be inspired to drive to a triumph? And how about Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne’s chances? Or will Brad Keselowski, 2012’s driver of the year, push through ahead of the auspicious pack? There’s no doubt it’s going to start out to be a great year in car racing..Don’t miss it!

Don’t Paint your Car Yourself (#2)

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You want your precious car to always look shiny and bright. But everyday wear and tear has caused it to become less attractive. You asked your wife for an opinion. All she said was there are far more important things to do than paint your car.

You need to upgrade the looks of your car by giving it a fresh new coat of paint. I have a tip. Please don’t paint your car yourself.

The DIY kits around suggest that painting your car is easy and convenient. The offer is tempting, based on the amount of money you can save. However, you have seen many cars with bad painting jobs. Risking the looks of your precious car to save some cash is a no-no.

Don’t paint your car yourself unless you have the proper equipment in your house. A good painting job requires a paint booth, an airless spray gear, and an effective ventilation system. These are the components you may need to enhance the looks of your car.

The labor factor comes next. In order for you to make a long lasting paint job, you need to meticulously sand your car before painting and between coats. This task is very exhausting, so don’t paint your car yourself.

You have to spend a lot of time sanding every nook and cranny of your car. It has to be done not only once, but every time you give it a new coating. Not only that, your sanding job has to be even throughout the surface of your car so that when you place a coat of paint, the result is a smooth finish. Uneven sanding lends rough and disastrous effect, so don’t paint your car yourself.

You should take it to a professional car painter. The old paint of your car has to be removed to create a longer lasting paint job. If you haven’t noticed, DIY kits have hidden costs. You need spray cans, primers, drop cloths, rubbing compound, clear coats, and others. In the end you realize that you have spent this much already and the job is not finished yet.

The last factor is the curing time. During warm days, quick dry paints retain their softness for days and for cooler days, one or more weeks. You cannot wax your car to a beautiful shine if you do not allow it to cure completely.

The best thing to do is to leave the painting job to Auto Super Shield. We can give the car painting job your car deserves.

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