Three Automotive Businesses You Can Start

It is a fact that most adults in the United States have at least one car and depend on it to run well and look good to live the lifestyle they desire. Businesses that cater to these people can enjoy a better than average chance of success if they offer the right combination of products and services at competitive prices. Although there are many possibilities out there, here are three automotive business ideas for you to consider.

1. Mobile Auto Detailing – Do you remember what your car felt like when you first brought it home from the showroom? Don’t you wish you could go back to that time when it was perfectly clean, inside and out? Most people feel the same, and the one thing stopping them is they simply do not have the time to go get it done. If there was a way they could get their car clean while they were at work or busy at home they would and this presents an opportunity for your own mobile auto detailing business.

2. Auto Repair – As long as there are cars on the road, there will be a need for someone to repair them. Today’s cars have sophisticated electronics almost no one outside of a properly equipped repair shop with highly trained mechanics can work on. In today’s tough economy, many people are trying to make their cars last as long as possible and this means a steady stream of customers for the well-equipped shop.

3. Pre-Owned Car Lot – No matter the economy, there is always a strong demand for good, pre-owned cars. In fact, the worse the economy is, the higher the demand seems to be. If you are a licensed dealer, you can purchase cars at auction and then sell them on your lot, online, or both.

Go Driving, Go Streaming

Long drives can pretty get on your nerves. You just can imagine driving alone and you have nothing to do. You can also imagine if you were with someone else but you just cannot seem to agree on a topic.

Good thing there is the old fashioned radio which you can turn on any time you choose to. Then, you can most especially appreciate the various music genres and styles as you go along driving to your destination which may be a long way off. At least, it would be able to sooth you and keep the pressure off of yourself.

But you see, you can even add in the fun and the entertainment of driving long distances. There is one gadget from Motorola, Inc. which allows you to enjoy mobile music while you do the drive. Yes, this one may be quite pricey compared to those Geo parts that you are so fond of buying. However, this one sure does have a lot to offer you.

Motorola calls the new mobile music gadget for vehicles the Motorola Automotive Music and Hands Free System T605. This is a car kit which you can purchase from auto dealers and other shops that offer automotive products. And what this one does is that it can actually allow you to access and play digital music as well as make your phone calls. Yes, as long as you have a car sound system which is compatible with the Motorola Automotive Music and Hands Free System T605, you might as well enjoy all of the benefits that this gadget can bring you.

Greg Estell is the corporate vice president which is the Motorola, Inc.’s MobileMe Companion Products. He did say, “The T605 is a fun way to stay connected to the people and the music you love with hands free convenience while driving. The T605 leverages Motorola’s global leadership in Bluetooth wireless technology to deliver seamless wireless entertainment and connectivity.”

If you are interested in purchasing this cool mobile and musical gadget, well, you can make sure you have your resources ready come the first half of next year. This is according to an announcement given out by the company.

Your Next Automotive Purchase May Be a Lease

Your next vehicle purchase may not be an outright sale but rather a lease. With all of the difficulty in the worldwide and domestic American financial markets. Many lenders, financial institutions and banks are now looking to leasing as an easier way of car sales, motorists new or newer vehicles and the financial institutions having a greater measure of security and safety.

Leasing usually involves new cars, but not always. In the case of older vehicles leasing can make even more financial sense to the automotive purchaser. It should be noted and even emphasized that lease payments are based mainly upon anticipated depreciation. New vehicles or any vehicle takes its biggest “hit” by far in its initial “new car” time period. After all it comes down to common sense that when a new car purchaser drives his purchase off the car dealer lot that someone has to “pay” for the costs of the dealership , its employees , its electrical and heating utility costs and of course the commissions of the salesperson.

As a matter of contrast used car depreciation is much slower and more gradual.
The big “hit” so to speak has been taken before it’s your turn. As a result, used vehicles can be seen to be among the most attractive leasing bargains on the automotive market.
On top of that with so many cars that are always on stream, coming off of newer leases there is usually no shortage of stock to pick from.

If you are new to the concepts and advantages of automotive leasing be reassured. Leases are more complex than standard, “old fashioned “car payments but it hardly a case of rocket science or brain surgery.

First of all ask about the annual percentage rate which may be referred to as the “APR”. The APR is Annual Percentage Rate, which is the full annual cost of a loan, including all administrative and service charges & fees. You have the right as a purchaser or signer of the lease the all important APR. If the salesperson is evasive or even refuses to divulge this information remember that you are entitled to this information.

Without the APR and especially without knowing what the maximum (or cap) can be how on earth can you or the leasing agents determine what your costs will be. Next in step if you do not know what the cap are you will not be in a position to determine at what point and at what costs early termination penalties will be. These are important determinants and policies should you wish to terminate the lease early for what ever reasons you have as an automobile lessee.

One last point in the leasing process is to ask for what is referred to as “gap protection”. More than one proud and happy driver of a leased vehicle has had the misfortune of being involved in an vehicular accident , which while not even their fault left them with a vehicle that was written off. In these cases, where the car is written off by the auto insurance provider and a settlement given, the lease company may well treat this situation as an early termination of the lease. What this means to you in real life terms you may have to pay a substantial penalty to the leasing company, out of your own pocket, for “early termination ‘of your vehicle lease. In your lease negotiation phase it is best to ask for ‘gap protection”. Often leasing companies will throw this in as part of the deal or at the worst only charge you a minor fee.

All in all you may well find that your next automotive purchase may be a leased vehicle.

Avoid Pollution From Washdown Activities at Automotive Salvage and Recycling Yards

Owners and operators of an automotive salvage or recycling business are required by the Clean Water Act to obtain a stormwater permit. There are very few exceptions to this rule so if you own or operate such a business; you are out of compliance unless you have this permit. As part of your Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), you must describe potential on-site sources of pollution and develop measures and controls as well as the Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will be put into effect.

The EPA considers a BMP for washing areas for salvaged vehicles, parts and equipment as essential and makes the following recommendations:

    1.    Avoid washing equipment or parts outside.

    2.    Use phosphate-free, biodegradable detergents.

    3.    Consider using detergent based or water-based cleaning systems instead of organic solvent degreasers.

    4.    Designate a specific area for these cleaning activities.

    5.    Contain steam cleaning wash waters or discharges under an applicable NPDES permit.

    6.    Ensure that wash waters drain well and do not drain into a surface water body or a separate municipal stormwater sewer system.

    7.    Do not discharge waste water into a dry well.

    8.    All discharges which are authorized by your general stormwater permit must meet all applicable water standards.

    9.    Inspect cleaning areas regularly.

    10.   Install curbing, berms or dikes around cleaning areas to confine spills.

To comply with your stormwater permit, you must implement Best Management Practices to prevent polluted wastewater from being discharged into the storm sewers. Wash water from salvage yards can be harmful to humans, animals, plants, and fish if it is released untreated. In addition, if this wastewater is allowed to soak directly into the ground, it may contaminate both the ground water and the soil. Some newer systems in cities have separate sewer systems and when waste water is discharged into a storm sewer, it is directly discharged into a body of water – with its load of pollutants

Find out if the storm drain and sanitary sewers are combined or separate systems. Some are combined before the final discharge point, resulting in the treatment of most wastewater before it is discharged to surface water bodies such as lakes, rivers, or streams. If you do not know or are uncertain, take the following steps:

    1.    Use plugs on all floor drains.

    2.    An alternative measure is to install a sump, and see that it is pumped regularly.

    3.    Update your facility’s schematics accurately reflecting all plumbing connections.

    4.    Install safeguards to prevent vehicle washwater and water from cleaning parts from entering the storm sewer.

    5.    Inspect and maintain all underground storage tanks and replace when necessary.

Because regulations vary widely, contact the city’s storm water department or water department to determine the exact local requirements.