Car Stickers and Decals – Why People Need Them

That’s a pretty strong statement I made in the title, saying that people need car stickers and decals, isn’t it? I personally don’t use them myself, so I understand people who don’t and I really don’t care if you do put them on your car or if you purchase them from me. Oh… I just remembered… my wife just put an “UPWARDS” decal on our van to support our son’s sports league. company provides cheap, high-quality matt and stickers Sydney anywhere in Australia.

Socio-Economic Factors: Who Puts these Graphics on Their Automobiles?

I have not done a scientific study of socio-economic layers of society to determine what percentage of the population puts car graphics on their vehicles. But as an offhand guess I would conjecture that 80 to 90% of automobiles on the road have decals of some sort on them. Maybe more, but I think that’s a pretty safe guess. There are those that state political bias, insult particular politicians or presidents, past and present; those that tell people where you went to school, humorous bumper stickers; and those telling the world what sports team or teams you root for, business posters advertising where you bought your car, and the list goes on.

I have noted that blue-collar guys (a.k.a. rednecks) like really big rear window vehicle graphic prints, preferably perforated decal material that covers the entire rear window of their jacked-up Chevy Nova or Ford pickup (gotta be careful here as I have a Ford F250 – but the rear window is clean). Usually it’s either an American Flag or a Rebel Flag. Sometimes such stuffs on the rear window are tasteless and tacky on these rigs, but blue-collar guys (and some gals) love their big auto graphic displays.

On the other end of the vehicle graphics socio-economic spectrum are the expensive cars like Mercedes and Lexus and Ferrari. These rarely display anything except maybe interior static clings of the Ivy League school they attended, or maybe the one their kid attends. Except for a friend of mine who owns a bunch of independent Verizon stores who completely decks out his Mercedes, Lexus, and Ferrari with full car wraps! His wife has a great sense of humor.

Then, there’s the middle where most of us live. The ones that we put on our autos tend to vary far more than either end of the socio-economic spectrum hitherto discussed. Whereas the blue-collar guys are thumbing their noses at the Lexus driver, and the Lexus driver is on his way to work to tell the blue collars what to do for the rest of their lives, the middle class is simply trying to belong.

Pride Factors: What Kind of Automobile Stickers and Decals Americans put on Their Automobiles

These image prints tell others that you are proud of your group, whatever that may be. It is programmed into the human psyche to belong – to a family, a church, a civic club, an alumni association, a fan club, and there are those for at least some of those associations in everyone’s life. As I stated in the first paragraph, we even have one now on the mini van for our son’s sports league. We belong.

Of course, geographically, most people around here support local sports teams with their car stickers and decals, unless of course, they’re from somewhere else. They still belong to a tribe somewhere and flaunt their tribe’s sports team’s graphic logos. Downtown there are so many various university and college vehicle decal prints, that to belong downtown, you just need to have gone somewhere. Humans need to belong to a tribe. What tribe do you belong to? I’ll bet I can tell by looking at your car’s graphic stickers.

Barry Brown has been in the Sign, Banner, Decal and Display Business for over 20 years. It isn’t what he thought he’d do with his life, but he says he knows too much now to do anything else!

He has been marketing these products online since 1998, and the company he was general manager of in 1998 was the first sign company to be listed on Yahoo!

Barry is a great resource for information regarding Signs, Banners, Decals, and Displays, and is also an outstanding source of information on how to shop online without getting ripped off.

He invites you to visit Visigraph and check more on stickers and decals designed for cars.

Find a Great Mechanic – Avoid These Common Pitfalls

A car or truck is often your treasured possession. A lot of time was spent choosing it, with even more time spent working to pay for it, but at the end of the day any car is just a machine. And regrettably, the truth about machines is that they eventually break and they routinely require maintenance and service.

Since the cost of maintenance and repair is an inevitable cost of ownership, the challenge for consumers is getting the very best VALUE for every maintenance dollar. The secret to getting this value is simple – find and stick with a great mechanic.

So how do you find a great mechanic? Sometimes, it is better to know what not to do. Avoid these easy pitfalls to find a mechanic that will save you money and deliver value on every dollar you spend at their shop:

  • Don’t go to a dealership
  • Don’t use a quickie lube shop for oil changes
  • Don’t let them guess

First, a car dealership sells service and repair at an inflated price because the brand name of your car is on the garage wall. There is a widely held assumption among consumers that goes something like this, “Well, the mechanics at the Toyota dealership must know the most about Toyotas.”

This assumption just doesn’t hold up. In fact, the technicians inside the dealer’s garage probably have the same level of training and certification as other ASE certified mechanics at an independent garage. However, the dealership is going to charge a premium on their labor and a steep mark-up on their repair parts. So you are not getting value at the dealership. Instead you are paying for an image and a marketing idea that just doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.

Second, don’t go to a quickie lube shop for your oil changes. The allure of getting an oil change for less than $20 is powerful, but this is a waste of money. The quickie lube shop is staffed mostly by minimum wage employees with limited technical training, and they are going to try to sell you something else in order to drive the bill up around $40. You aren’t getting a real “mechanic” looking at your car, and the pre-planned “up-sell” is part of their business model. So in the end you won’t know if your car is developing problems because you haven’t had it looked at by a certified technician and you may end up paying more for oil changes than it would have cost you at an independent garage.

Also, and more importantly, your routine oil changes are like check-ups at the car doctor. Every car has a unique character and seems to develop its own little ticks and fits around 100,000 miles. By having your oil changed at an independent garage instead of the quickie lube shop you will get service by an ASE certified technician that will see your car routinely and begin to take notice of its unique issues. This familiarity with your, car and a solid understanding of the trend lines your car is on, are essential to the long-term maintenance plan for ensuring your car stays safe and reliable for as long as you plan to keep it.

Finally, don’t let them guess. There are really two components to this recommendation. When I say “don’t let them guess,” I am referring to the training and experience of the diagnostic technicians and the reference material they have at their disposal.

To begin with, there are a lot of guys who “have worked on cars their entire life.” This is a great foundation upon which to build a qualified and certified automotive technician. However, this is NOT by itself an acceptable level of proficiency for a great mechanic. With the introduction of computer controlled everything, a great mechanic REQUIRES formal training in automotive diagnostics and repair.

Insist on ASE certification. Look at the walls in your independent garage and make sure you see certificates for their technicians. These certificates are your assurance that the mechanics in your garage know how to read schematic diagrams for the sensor system feedback loops that govern your engine’s electronic controls. Sound complicated? It is, and only a certified mechanic is traines to do what’s required to take care of a modern car.

The final element of, “Don’t let them guess” is making sure your independent garage has access to Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) technical data. What we are talking about here is an online service that provides the technicians will all the manufacturers specifications for sensor voltages, wiring diagrams, component installation and other technical data.

There are a lot of fly-by-night garages, even some with certified technicians, that do not subscribe to an OEM data source. Without this data even trained technicians will be guessing at what a sensor voltage “should” be. Or they will be taking their best shot at the step by step procedure for removing a component deep in the engine compartment. So ask the service desk what they use for an OEM service guide. Some of the more popular national products are All-Data and The Mitchell Guide. Without one of these tools the mechanics in the service bay are guessing and you deserve better.

In the end, if you avoid these simple pitfalls you will find a garage that makes you feel comfortable, appreciates your business, and when they are doing it right, makes you feel confident that they are taking care of your safety and the safety of everyone that rides with you.

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