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2017’s Top Exotic Cars: Part 1

2017-Top-Exotic-Cars2017 is such an exciting year for exotic cars that we couldn’t fit all our favorites in just one blog post. Whether you’re in the market for an upgrade or just a fan of high-speed, low-drag automotive perfection, you’re sure to find an exotic car among this list that sets your heart aflutter.

Acura NSX

The 2017 NSX is a four-wheel-drive, twin-turbo, nine-speed hybrid-electric with the stunning flair of a futuristic Italian hypercar. As the flagship of Acura’s resurgence in the luxury performance sphere, the NSX offers pulse-pounding performance thanks to three electric motors and a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 that together make a combined output of 573 horses.

Lotus Evora 400

Say hello to your everyday track car. Packed with all of the supercharged muscle and exotic flair driving enthusiasts have come to expect from Lotus, the 2017 Evora 400 adds everyday functionality that makes this the first Lotus drivers can race around the track and cruise around town in. Speaking of track-like performance, the Evora 400 is the fastest road-going Lotus ever produced. If you want to stand out on your daily commutes and know there enough power and scalpel-like precision to get your kicks on the track, the 2017 Lotus Evora 400 checks all the boxes—and then some.

Jaguar F-Type

Sports-car purity, next-gen engineering, heart-racing performance, and head-turning design come together in the 2017 Jaguar F-Type. This combination positions the F-Type at the top of a distinguished class populated with the best sports cars in the world. And with a base price under $63,000, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type is six-figure luxury performance with a five-figure price tag. Oh yeah, and the F-Type is available as a convertible option, which is perfect if you live in sunny South Florida.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Breaking away from the heavier class of sports cars, the new Alfa Romeo 4C is a lightweight street-legal racecar with the sex-appeal typical of Italian exotics. Make no mistake: this car is purely for the driving enthusiast. Thin on bells and whistles, the 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C more than makes up for it behind the wheel thanks to a winning combination of robust power (237 horsepower) and low weight (only a couple hundred pounds more than the diminutive Mazda Miata).

Ferrari 488 GTB

The only thing the 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB needs to compete with the best fighter jets in the world is wings. Aggressively styled to aerodynamic perfection, the Ferrari 488 GTB is the hard-driving hypercar hardcore speed freaks have been looking for (excuse our alliteration, it’s just that this gorgeous automotive specimen puts us in a poetic mood). Driving the Ferrari 488 GTB is worth the price of admission if for nothing else than a front-row seat to the best eight-cylinder sound system money can buy. The 661-horsepower twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 is located directly behind the cockpit, treating drivers to the sonorous wail typical from the very best Italian sports cars.

Whatever you drive, Auto Super Shield can help you take it to next level. From high-performance luxury window tint to custom vinyl car wraps, we specialize in products that make your car unmistakably and undeniable sexy. We also specialize in paint protection film that will keep your new car’s paint job pristine for years to come. Contact Auto Super Shield to learn more.

Window Tint Bubbles After Installation: Causes, Prevention

Window tint bubblesFew things look better on a car than dark, sexy window tint; unfortunately, few things look worse than bubbled window tint. While it’s true that some bubbles are normal after installation and will likely go away on their own over time, some bubbles caused by poor installation or poor quality film may never go away. Here are some things to know about window tint bubbles.

What Causes Window Tint Bubbles?

First, you need to determine if what you’re seeing on the film are water bubbles, air/soap, or contamination. These look the same at first but can be quite different in terms of the steps you need to take to restore your tinted windows.

  • Water Bubbles, or “blistering,” is perfectly normal after window tint installation and should go away over time on its own after the film properly cures. You can tell the difference between water and soap bubbles depending on whether they are the same color from both sides of the film. Whitish, soapy residue indicates air/soap bubbles.
  • Air/soap bubbles will get smaller after the film has cured, but they will never go away completely and therefore require that you have your windows re-tinted (preferably at the original installer’s expense). These bubbles can develop in the film if the installer did not properly prep and clean the window prior to window film application.
  • Dirt and contamination bubbles will get larger as the film cures, which is one way to tell the difference between bubbles causes by air/soap and contamination. Like air/soap bubbles, dirt and contamination bubbles will not go away on their own and, depending on the severity, the window tint should be reapplied.

How to Prevent Window Tint Bubbles

When most people think about window tint bubbles, what they are actually thinking about are blisters. These can look like bubbles at first, but over time these blisters will mushroom out and spread across the entire film. Blisters also take longer to develop than normal bubbles, sometimes developing months or even years after the film was installed. Blistering results when the film’s adhesive fails, which is sped up by the sun’s UV rays.

If you live in sunny South Florida, the best way to prevent window tint film blistering is to purchase a major brand name window tint that features a high-temperature adhesive system and superior UV protection capabilities. These kinds of window tint films are usually backed with a guarantee against fading and bubbling.

How to Remove Window Tint Bubbles

If you think you’re only dealing with simple air bubbles, you can easily enough get rid of them on your own using a few simple tools around the house.

  1. First, prep the window tint film to make it easier to manipulate. To do this, start by warming the window by either parking in the sun for a few hours in the afternoon or using a hair dryer to warm the surface.
  2. After the window is warm to the touch, lightly mist the film with room temperature water (a spray bottle is a must for this step). Get the window moist but not soaking wet.
  3. Using a very tiny pin, poke a very small hole in each bubble. Take your time and be careful so as not to rip the film or poke through and scratch the window.
  4. Reheat the window tint film slightly and use the edge of a credit card (or some other sturdy, straight-edged tool) to gently smooth out the bubbles from the film. Holding the card at about a 45—degree angle, smooth out the film toward the closest window edge.

If you’ve had a bad window tint experience or just want to make sure it goes on right the first time, visit the expert window tint installers at Auto Super Shield. We carry and install the very best window tint film from brand names like 3M, Prestige Film Technologies, and SunTek. Stop by our shop in Boca Raton, contact us online, or call 561-367-0101 to get a quote on tinted windows today.

Should You Tint Your Car Windows?

Tinted car windowsFor some drivers, window tint is a no-brainer; for others, it’s an important decision that requires some thought. If you fall into the second group of people, use this article as a starting point for your decision. If you’re just looking for the short answer, it’s rarely (if ever) a bad idea to tint your car windows. There are of course some factors that may prevent you from tinting your windows—such as a lease agreement that prevents any vehicle modifications or aesthetic concerns about how your car will look with window tint—but in almost all cases the benefits of window tint far outweigh the very few drawbacks.

Questions to Ask Yourself

If you’re on the fence about tinted car windows, answering these questions can help you decide once and for all whether it’s right for you—and your car.

  1. Do you have a leather interior? Automotive window tint film can extend the life of your leather seats and upholstery by blocking UV rays that can cause leather to warp, fade, and crack.
  2. Do you want to stay cool while driving? Infrared-blocking window tint film can make a noticeable difference inside your car, especially during the summertime.
  3. Do you want more privacy inside your vehicle? Tinted windows help guard your personal privacy and can even help prevent break-ins by hiding valuable items that might attract an unsavory criminal element.
  4. Do you want to upgrade your car’s looks? Let’s face it, tinted windows are sexy. Dark window tint films in particular can transform your ride from mild mannered to mysterious and menacing.
  5. Do you have the budget for premium window tint film? We’re not suggesting you take out a second mortgage to buy 24-karat gold tint film, but as with most other things you get what you pay for. Cheap window tint film is more likely to bubble, peel, turn purple, and simply not perform as well as a premium film from the likes of 3M, Spectra, or Suntek.

Pros and Cons of Window Tint

Although this is not an exhaustive list of pros and cons, these are some of the most noted benefits and drawbacks of window tint that can help you decide if this option is worth pursuing.

Benefits of Window Tint 

  • Some automotive window tint films can significantly reduce the heat inside of your car during the summer months. 3M Crystalline window films, for example, reject up to 97% of the sun’s heat producing infrared light and block up to 60% of the heat coming through the windows.
  • During a car accident, jagged shards of glass can cause serious cuts and lacerations. Although window tint film will not make your windows shatter-proof, it will help hold little pieces of glass together in the event of a car accident, minimizing the risk of cuts and scratches.
  • You probably don’t think about putting on sunscreen when going for a drive, but you can easily get a sunburn sitting in traffic for a few hours with non-tinted windows. Top-of-the-line window tint films block 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, significantly lowering your risk of skin damage.

Drawbacks of Window Tint

  • If you select a very dark window tint film, you may experience lower visibility, especially at night. Although this is not an issue for many people, if you are worried about lower visibility you can go with a lighter tint film—there are even completely transparent window tint films!
  • In rare cases, window tint may get you in trouble with the law. Each state has restrictions on how dark window tint can be, which means you might accidently go beyond the legal limit if you tint your own car windows or hire a shady installer. Reputable car window tint shops will tell you the exact amount of window tinting allowed and where it can be installed so you can drive with confidence that your tinted windows are legal.
  • Low-quality tint film may crack, bubble, or peel over time, which is unsightly and may have reduce your visibility. Fortunately, there’s a way around this: purchase well-reviewed, high-quality window tint film and have it professionally installed by experts.

Get a Window Tint Quote Today

If you live in South Florida, visit the premium window tint experts at Auto Super Shield and let us tell you exactly how much it will be to tint your car windows. We can also explain all the different types of window tint so you can feel confident selecting the best tint film for your vehicle. Browse our automotive window tint films online or call us at 561-367-0101 to speak with a tint expert today.

How to Personalize Your Car: 4 Ways to Stand Out

How to personalize your car Vehicles are rarely tailored to one driver in particular, and even limited-edition models and rare exotics can easily blend into the milieu of luxury cars in South Florida. The good news is that you can easily inject some personality into your ride that will help it stand out. The even better news is that some of these aftermarket customization options can even improve your car’s performance and resale value. Talk about a win-win-win scenario.

Aero Kits

Also known as body kits, aero kits typically consist of front and rear bumpers, spoilers, and side guards. In addition to giving your ride a unique aftermarket look, aero kits can also make your car sportier and more fun to drive. Side skirts, for example, reduce drag by preventing underbody airflow from disturbing side airflow. Although aftermarket body kits are available online, we recommend you leave the installation to professionals as it sometimes requires the removal of factory parts and components. BodyKits.com has a large selection of aftermarket body kits for virtually every make and model, including luxury and exotic brands like Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Jaguar, and Lotus.

Aftermarket Wheels

New wheels can give your ride a new look, but the wrong wheels can disastrous. When shopping for aftermarket wheels, look for designs that aren’t overly-gaudy so as not to completely dominate your car’s appearance. There are lots of buying guides that can help you select the right wheels for your ride, but in the meantime here are some quick tips:

  • High-quality, long-lasting wheels aren’t cheap, but they are built to endure different temperatures and environments better than cheap aftermarket wheels.
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy wheels can improve acceleration and braking, which is especially noticeable in larger vehicles.
  • A general rule of thumb when sizing up or down—or rather, when choosing a different size than the factory-issued wheels—is to stick within three percent of the original equipment specification to prevent problems with transmission shift points and fuel efficiency.

Custom Upholstery

Want to ride in style and comfort? A sexy car interior complete with leather upholstered seats, soft-touch headliners, and plush carpeting will wrap you in luxury and turn heads while you cruise around with the windows down. A bold, unique interior will definitely garner comments from envious passerby, not to mention the first impression it will make on a first-time passenger. Investing in a custom interior may even increase your car’s resale value, although you should design the interior you want and not the interior you think a potential future buyer might want.

Vinyl Wrap

Want your car to be as original as you are? Although you might at first consider a custom paint job, vinyl wrap is in fact a much better option. For starters, wrapping your vehicle is cheaper than painting it, and because vinyl wraps are easy to install and remove you can change the look of your car as often as you wish. Milder color-change wraps are popular, but you can really turn your ride into a one-of-a-kind head-turner with a custom vinyl wrap featuring a personalized design or theme.

If you want to stand out and turn heads, Auto Super Shield can transform your ride with a luxury vehicle wrap. We offer all the color-change wraps you can imagine, in addition to unique designs and finishes like chrome, carbon fiber, and velvet—that’s right, velvet car wrap. We also specialize in 100 percent custom vehicle wrap designs, so come to us with an idea and we can help turn it into a reality. To learn more about our luxury vehicle wraps, call us at (561) 367-0101 or contact us online.

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