Media post: Seat-Styler: How to uniquely configure your seat cover

If the reason why you want to change your car is your tired car seat covers, no need to spend thousands of dollars on a new car. The old way of renewing you car seat covers wasn’t ever quite right, in other words the one-size-fits-all model didn’t really quite fit and that’s why you have come to think that it might be easier to just buy a new car. This has now changed. With Seat-Styler, you can benefit from tailored designs adapted to your very own car seats. You can either keep it simple and choose one of their basic designs, or put together your very own thanks to Seat-Styler’s configurator.

You start the process by choosing your car among thousands of vehicle types and variants on the Seat-Styler site. Then you can totally redesign the interior of your vehicle, and because Seat-Styler covers are made specifically for your car, each cover fits perfectly. It neither slips out of place not puckers. You don’t need to worry about knowing how to install the covers: a manual and installation DVD explain how your new leather upholstery should be pulled over your old seat covers, as you don’t need to remove the latter.

When it comes to choosing your seat cover, you can either decide for one of their templates or create your own customised design using Seat-Styler’s configuratorIn case your car seat cover should feature the original seam stitching of your carmaker, our covers with OEM seam stitching are the right choice for you. They correspond to an initial upholstery with leather look ex-factory, and huddle around your car seats as a second skin – seam upon seam. Under our basic designs, you can find examples that can be obtained at short notice due to the high demand. With the configurator, you can decide a number of parameters for your cover, from the type of material to the colour and additional options such as head rest design.

Suggestions, examples and recommendations can be found in Seat-Styler’s gallery. And to help you get started with your seat cover design, Seat-Styler is offering BestSellingCarsBlog readers an exclusive voucher to redeem on their website for 50% off on an optional extra and 10 euros discount. Please quote the words “Best Selling Cars Blog” during your enquiry to benefit from the reduction. See below for more details.


Media Post: Necessary Tools: Customization Shops & Auto-Body Repair

car-body-repair. Picture courtesy complete-business-services-uk.over-blog.comThe tools needed for successfully operating a customisation shop and auto-body repair.

Operating a customization shop or auto-body repair is a hefty endeavor to embark on, but finding the tools you need is a necessary step in order for the business to function properly. Thankfully, we’ve provided plenty of information regarding what tools you’ll need so that your shop can function as if you’ve been a motor-head for decades. With this being said, here’s a look at the tools you’ll need to run a spray paint booth customization or auto-body repair shop effectively.

What You’ll Need

If you’re starting from the ground up, there’s a few core essentials you’ll need for your shop to qualify as a proper domain that’s open service. Here’s a look at some of the tools you’ll need to get your garage in full operation:

  • An Air Compressor – An air compressor is needed for general tasks that require compressed air for operation. However, the larger the air compressor, the more time you’ll have to use it – and less time you’ll spend waiting for it to recharge itself.
  • A Spray Gun – Preferably high volume low pressure (HVLP), but automotive paint booths may require a much more intricate system – as it will be used quite often. The power of the spray gun reflects the quality of the paint’s finish.
  • Basic Body or Air File – These are very important tools, as they’re used to smooth and cut excess filler.
  • Pneumatic Orbital Sander – As DA (dual action) work the best, they’re one of the most used tools for body shops and it’s more than likely you’ll be using it on almost every job.
  • “Cheese Grater” aka a coarse filler file – This device removes excess filler before a sand paper (disposable) is used to smooth out the surface and save money.
  • Dollie Sets – These are portable anvils used to shape metal.
  • Body Spoon sets – For hard to reach areas, body spoons are used in the same manner that dollies are used.
  • Vise caps and a vise – A vice is used to keep an object in a secure place as work is being performed on it. The vise caps allow the object to be sturdy in on place with no marks left from the vise.
  • Sanding blocks – Blocks used for sanding.
  • A suction cup – Used for removing dents.
  • Brass hammer – Used for heavy blows that do not ruin the metal.
  • Rubber hammer – Used for getting small dents out of metal.
  • Polyurethane hammer – Used for light or soft blows.
  • Dead Blow hammer – Contains a lead-like shot that causes the hammer to not bounce back after a blow.
  • Ball Peen hammer – Basically a general hammer.
  • Shrinking hammer – Used for the process of “shrinking metal”.
  • Pick hammer – Allows one to knock out dents from the inside, yet the flat side of the hammer allows smoothing.
  • Body hammer – Fall in the same category as a regular hammer.
  • Slide hammer – Used to pull large dents.
  • Finishing hammer – Used to finish a hammering job.

If you’re new to shopping for tools for your custom shop or auto-body repair, it’s safe to say that you have some shopping ahead of you. However, if you’re more advanced in the tool market, you should check out tools such as:

  • Welders – Welding is needed for serious metal forming practices.
  • Gas Torch – Used for annealing before forming.
  • Bead Roller – Used for shaping sheet metal.
  • “Bean Bag” aka Leather Forming Bag – Used as a solid for hammering, but has soft backing so it doesn’t alter the entire the entire object.

So now that you have your shopping list ready, it’s time to embark on your custom shop or auto-body repair endeavors!

Media post: The Top 10 best-selling used cars in Dubai

Toyota Land CruiserThe Toyota Land Cruiser is among the best-selling used cars in Dubai.

For once we have a look at used car sales, with information on the best-sellers in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Top 10 most popular used cars in Dubai are dominated by SUVs, with 5 of them inside the ranking, led by the Toyota Land Cruiser. We also find the Mitsubishi Pajero, one Korean – the Kia Sportage – and two Americans: the Ford Edge and Chevrolet Tahoe. The Nissan Sunny and Honda Civic are the most popular compact cars, and as far as mid-size sedans are concerned, the Toyota Camry wins the prize. In the luxury segment the Mercedes C-Class (mid-size) and the BMW 5 Series (large) are favoured, giving Mercedes and BMW one win each.

This post is sponsored by CashYourcarUAE who also provided the best-sellers information. CashYourcarUAE is a family-owned business with 14 years experience and one of the UAE’s leading used car buyers, providing an innovative way of selling your car. All you have to do is get your valuation by providing basic information about your car, book an appointment online for an onsite inspection and leave with cash in hand in only 30 minutes.

How does it work? Follow these three simple steps for an online valuation:

  1. Tell us your car’s make, model, year, mileage, and condition.
  2. Provide your contact information and instantly receive an online valuation and an email confirmation.
  3. If you are satisfied with the given valuation of your car, schedule an appointment right away online to bring your car to us for a free inspection.

Media post: The Best Green Cars of 2015

VW e-Golf Picture courtesy

A few years ago, the media went bananas when GM announced the upcoming Volt hybrid would get an astonishing 230 mpg. In reality, they were doing some creative calculus, and using the automakers rigged formula, the Volt could theoretically achieve infinite miles per gallon. This spring, the annual Eco Marathon showcase allowed engineers to show off super cars that could drive from Rotterdam to Moscow on just a few gallons of gas. These cars really could hit upwards of 1,000 mpg, but they could never, ever (ever) be mass produced for consumer use. And that so-called “Eco Marathon”? Sponsored by an oil company. And, of course, we all had our collective dreams dashed when 2015 came and the flying cars of “Back to the Future 2″ were still nowhere to be seen.

So, IRL, what are the best green cars that are actually road ready in 2015? If you ask 10 auto bloggers what the best green car is any given year, then you’ll get 20 different answers. Even so, we’ve done our best to narrow down the field. For anyone in the market for a hybrid or electric car this year, here are some of the “Top Green Cars of 2015″:

Best New Green Car: the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
Range: 83 miles of electric range

In choosing their green car of the year for 2015, Green Car Reports said there are two types of green cars — “revolutionary” and “evolutionary” vehicles. A revolutionary green car radically pushes the envelope, like the 2012 Toyota Prius. Evolutionary cars represent a smaller technological step, but a giant leap in value for drivers. This year, the website chose the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf as their “Best Car to Buy” (it won their readers’ poll as well). Even the regular 2015 VW Golf was rated at a combined 36 mpg in the United States, with many drivers reporting that it actually reaches up to 48 mpg.

Honorable Mention: The BMW i3 also topped a number of “Top Green Cars of 2015″ lists. Unlike certain other green cars (that shall remain nameless), the i3 can go from zero to 60 in seven seconds. Plus, it’s made in a factory powered by wind turbines and has 81 miles of electric range. But, let’s be real, not everyone can afford to drive a Beamer.

Best New Hybrid Car 2015: The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
MSRP: $29,305 – $35,055; EPA-estimated 50/45 city/highway mpg

Plenty of reviewers loved the BMW i3, VW’s e-Golf, and even the new 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, but not everyone lives in a state or city where it’s even possible to drive a purely electric car. If you’re looking for the best new hybrid car to hit the market in 2015, then the Honda Accord Hybrid is worth a test drive. Not only did U.S. News & World Report name the 2015 Accord their best hybrid of the year, they also ranked it the “#1 Affordable Midsize Car.” And you can trust U.S. News & World Report; they were making listicles way before it was cool.

Sadly, you’ve probably noticed that many “Best Of” and “Top This” lists of green cars throw accolades at high-performance vehicles that get great ratings, while also being completely out of most drivers’ price range. But if you want to see more hybrid cars on the road, then the new Honda is both green and affordable (with great safety ratings besides). And with the 2015 Accord Hybrid, Honda is finally catching up to rival carmakers in the race for better hybrid cars.

2015 Best Luxury Green Car: The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D
MSRP: From $105,000; 691 Horsepower

If you’ve got the money to go green and want high-performance at the same time, then the Tesla Model S P85D is top of the line. The 691 HP battery-electric luxury vehicle can go from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds (allegedly). Reviewers have called this EV’s acceleration “ridiculous” and even “insane.” It can reach 89 mpg in the city and 98 on the highway. Plus, the new luxury EV from Tesla has two motors and all-wheel drive to boot.

Best Used Green Car: 2011 and 2012 Chevy Volt
Average Price Paid: $18,000

Of course, the best used car for your money might not be new at all. While some used hybrids and electric cars have a terrible resale value and you may be better off just donating your cars to charity, hybrids have been on the road long enough for consumers to find quality used models for sale. So if the $100,000 plus Tesla is a little out of your price range, then consider the 2011 or 2012 Chevy Volt for their superior resale value. For those looking for a hybrid car that costs less than $20,000, used Chevy Volts still feature about 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway ratings. For families that only need room for four, the Volt has great safety ratings. It has a reliable electric-only range while the gas engine provides peace of mind for those afraid of getting stranded. Sure, it never quite lived up to its initial 230 mpg hype, but the Chevy Volt is still a great value.

Honorable Mentions for Best Used Hybrid Cars: the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the 2010 Toyota Prius

Media post: The 5 best-selling types of Auto Part so far in 2015


Car brakes. Picture courtesy

While the automotive industry continues to grow year on year, as does the increasingly competitive industry for automotive parts and accessories. With all of this happening at such a rapid rate, Spares Box has shared the info on just what people in the Australian market are purchasing to put in their cars, what they’re replacing and what they’re modifying.

  1. Brakes

Brakes are some of the hardest wearing components on any car, and as such are a busy market for not only need replacements, but are also upgrading. More advanced braking systems are increasingly being sought after by those looking for both added performance in their vehicle, and also longer life for commercial vehicles. Most popular brands: Bendix, Ferodo, Project Mu

  1. Exterior

Keeping the exterior of your vehicle clean and tidy is paramount in ensuring it not only looks good, but is safe both off and on the road. This means the market for car care, exterior accessories and security and safety systems is always growing, especially in areas like sensors and locking mechanismsMost popular brands: BOSCH, NARVA, Hella

  1. Electrical

The electrical systems on vehicles are always going wrong, and for a long time cheap, reliable electrical components have made up a huge portion of the auto parts market. Items range from simple things such as batteries and the various cables and plugs that make up the electrics of any vehicle, to more complex components like alternators and starter motors. Being intricate and temperamental, auto-electrical parts have long been highly sought after at a competitive price. Most popular brands: BOSCH, Hella, AFI, PROJECTA

  1. Ignition

Like electrics, the ignition is one of the most temperamental systems in the automotive world. Because of this, ignition parts are very heavily sought after. The ignition system is made up of many components such as spark plugs, glow plugs, coils, modules and pick-ups. Often expensive to replace and very specific to vehicles, anyone who can offer competitive value and range on ignition parts is bound to do well. Most popular brands: BOSCH, Hella, AFI, Top Gun, NGK

  1. Filters

Every service, most cars need at least one filter changed, and naturally they fly out the door of almost every retailer of car parts. Options extend from value filters, to premium original manufacturer-spec oil filters, cabin filters and air filters, all the way up to racing filters, which are a quick and easy way to boost the performance of any vehicle. With such a wide array of choice for consumers, it’s no surprise that filters are the best selling car parts by a wide margin.

Most popular brands: K&N Filters, MANN Filter, Ryco, Wesfil

Best Selling Cars Blog is AA Cars Auto Blog Awards 2015 Nominee


I am honoured to announce that Best Selling Cars Blog has been nominated for the AA Cars Auto Blog Awards 2015 in the “Rising Stars” category. AA Cars (for the Automobile Association) is a British motoring association founded in 1905 and an institution in the UK. The Rising Stars category is described as “the blogs which have recently come to prominence and continue to go from strength to strength”. We are running against heavyweights such as carwitter, EngageSportMode and The Car Expert.

So although it is last minute as voting ends today Friday 19th June at 12pm midday UK time, if you like this website please vote for Best Selling Cars Blog by clicking on the link below, scrolling all the way down to the bottom category (Rising Stars) and ticking the BSCB box. Thank you, it is very much appreciated!

Media Post: Car Giant celebrates Volkswagen infographic

Cargiant celebrates Volkswagen

Volkswagen has a great history of selling millions of vehicles across the world in a plethora of car models. On February 17, 1972 Volkswagen claimed that the previous holder of the record for most cars sold, the Ford Model T, had been overtaken by the Volkswagen beetle after they manufactured over 15 million of them! This number has now risen to 21 million.

The Volkswagen brand have also become a national bestseller of cars in various countries. In Brazil, the Volkswagen Gol is the best-seller of the past 3 decades, having sold over 4.5 million cars, in China, over 1.6 million Volkswagen Santanas have been sold and in Germany they have managed to sell an astronomical 25 million Volkswagen Golfs.

Volkswagen is currently ranked third in worldwide sales with only Toyota and GM sitting above them. However, Volkswagen recently stated that by 2018 they intend to become the world’s top selling car maker. A feat they could quite realistically achieve, especially considering in 2011 they broke a record of selling the most vehicles in a first yearly quarter by selling 1.2 million of them.

Take a look at the infographic below outlining the history of the Volkswagen company, made by Cargiant, who are the world’s largest used car supermarket.

Media post: A new type of driving test – sat nav included

Sat nav. Picture courtesy

Using a sat nav and not having to do the dreaded three point turn in the driving test sounds like a dream for learner drivers. In fact, one imagines that many L-plate drivers are tooting their horns with joy (though only to warn other road users of their presence of course). This dream could become reality in a proposed shake up of the 80-year-old UK driving test by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Indeed it’s already become the case for some. A trial conducted at a handful of test centres in the UK saw a Scottish teenager recently passing his test while using a sat nav for part of the time.

Why sat nav testing?

The use of sat nav testing is the biggest change proposed since the advent of theory testing in 1996, and is designed to reflect the changing methods of driving. Sat navs are recognised as a common part of motoring for many and their use in the driving test is designed to ensure they’re deployed safely once drivers head out onto the roads alone.

The driving test examiner loads a route into the sat nav and the candidate then follows it and is assessed accordingly. The candidate is judged on how competent they are at responding to the voice commands and keeping their focus on the road rather than using the screen too often.

The changing driving test

Since its inception in 1935, the driving test has been revised periodically to reflect changes in driving. Hand signals were dropped from the test in 1975, a video hazard perception test came in during 2002 and the ‘show me’ ‘tell me’ vehicle safety questions were introduced in 2003. As more and more of us went online, the way we learnt the rules of the road changed – with websites replacing traditional books.

Along with changes seeing the possible introduction of sat nav use as part of the test, the dropping of the three point turn and reversing round a corner would be replaced by common manoeuvres such as reversing out of a parking bay. Other revisions to the test could include candidates being asked safety questions while on the move, and being asked to use other controls and switches – for example, turning the heated rear window on and off while maintaining their concentration.


While learner drivers might rejoice at being able to use a sat nav and not having to spend hours practicing their three point turns in quiet cul de sacs, others aren’t sure it’s a good idea. An RAC director cautioned against removing basic manoeuvres from the test, telling the BBC: “We rely on our sat navs but they are not infallible, and it is when they have led us down a dead end that we need to know how to do a three point turn.” The DVSA says that, along with the trial recently conducted, there will be full public consultations before firm changes are made.

Media post: From forgotten treasures to rocket science inventions

1923 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8. Picture courtesy
A fully restored Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
Did you know a mysterious Australian invented a car powered solely by water back in the nineties called the Joe Cell? This car isn’t a traditional fuel cell powered by hydrogen derived from water but is said to accumulate controversial “orgone energy”. See the full article here. You can find your own car with a difference on Gumtree.
Another fascinating find is this 1923 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 found in a chicken shed on the outskirts of Melbourne. Once regarded as a rival to Rolls-Royce there are only a handful of Isotta left in the world, and once fully restored it could fetch more than $1 million. See the full article here. Find your own treasured car on Gumtree.

Media Post: Four Things You Should Know About Safety Ratings

Crash Test. Picture Wikimedia

When buying a car, there are so many factors that consumers have to consider, sometimes it can be overwhelming. Variables like price, power, size, and brand name just scratch the surface of the different variables involved.

But what about safety? Safety is probably one of the most important things to consider when researching a vehicle, and yet some might not even give it a second thought; however, it can have a considerable impact on your car insurance premium, so it’s important to factor it into your decision!

About Crash Testing Companies

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the rate of motor vehicle crashes and the rate of injuries and amount of property damage that occurs in crashes. They are recognized as a leading resource for crash test ratings in North America, funded by auto insurers. Their crash tests are more stringent than the government-funded testing done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Types of Tests

The IIHS tests each vehicle in six areas: small front overlap, moderate front overlap, side impact, head restraints and seats, roof strength, and forward collision prevention. The IIHS rates cars as “good, acceptable, marginal, and poor” in all categories.

The overlap testing done by IIHS is considered superior to the NHTSA’s frontal collision testing as it is a better indicator of the strength of the vehicle—as the entirety of the front end isn’t there to cushion the blow, it shows how well the cabin can withstand an impact.

In the small front overlap test, 25 per cent of the vehicle’s front end is subjected to a crash at 40 miles an hour. The moderate test does the same test using 40 per cent of the vehicle’s front end.

The side impact test measures the impact from an SUV or pickup truck (which now comprise around a quarter of all new cars sold) hitting the driver’s side of the vehicle. Again, the NHTSA only tests an impact from a smaller passenger vehicle.

The other three tests look at how effective the vehicle’s head restraints and seats are, roof strength (rollovers) and frontal collision avoidance technology.

How Safety Rating Affects your Premium

Car insurance companies have a stake in reducing injuries and property damage resulting from a crash because they payout these losses. That’s why non-profits like the IIHS exist.

Car insurance companies factor the vehicle’s statistics into their premiums, as some vehicles are more expensive to repair or have a higher rate of injury or death. While this higher rate of injury or death might have more to do with who buys these cars (people buying sports cars are more likely to get in accidents), the safety ratings can bring down premiums.

What You Can Do

When you’re looking to buy a car, make sure to research the car’s safety ratings at the IIHS or NHTSA before you buy. Often you can save money if you invest in a vehicle that’s less likely to result in injury or death after an accident.

If you’re looking for a car in Ontario, car insurance is another important consideration. Ontario car insurance premiums often vary by hundreds or even thousands of dollars, so it pays to shop around! Sites like give you the ability to compare rates from up to 15 different insurance companies in just a few minutes.