Preventive Maintenance Is Better Than a Cure

Most classic car owners cover relatively few miles in their cars both because they are owned as hobby cars but also because they are generally covered by limited mileage insurance policies. Mileage could be anywhere from a few hundred to about 3,000 miles per year. If a problem starts to manifest itself, the owner usually gets plenty of notice and has plenty of time to fix the problem. And unless they have a specific classic run or rally planned then there is no urgency.

Renting out a fleet of classic cars brings us a set of different problems. Firstly the mileage is much higher. Some of our cars will cover 10,000 miles per year and 6,000 to 8,000 is quite normal. This means that problems that may creep up on the average classic car owner fairly slowly appear a bit quicker on our fleet of classic cars. Add to that fact that by the nature of our business, we have cars hired out on definite dates, we have developed a culture aimed at avoiding problems rather than waiting for them to happen and then fixing them.

When we add a new car to our fleet we give it a thorough service including replacing all hoses, whether they need it or not, replacing the flexible brakes hoses with Aeroquip ones which do not degrade, and fitting electronic ignition to avoid the slow degradation that happens with good old contact breaker points.

We also drive our own hire cars regularly as our customers will not always report anything unusual as they tend not to know how the cars drive normally. In this way we can usually pick up symptoms as they start to develop and have them fixed before they become a problem to either us or the customers.

This is illustrated by a piece of work that we are currently having carried out on our 1970 Jaguar E-Type Roadster. As well as hiring this out, we use it quite a lot ourselves and drave it across Europe to the Czech Republic and back in September 2010. The MSA Euroclassic is not a normal road run and is set to take in the most scenic routes possible , including in this instance crossing the Alps via the famous Stelvio and St Gothard passes.

The Stelvio has been featured on the BBC Top gear program as one of the best drives in the world and having completed it twice we can verify this accolade. This year on a few of the 49 hairpin bends, when turning in tightly under load, there was a slight knock, knock coming from the right rear. We have a team of mobile mechanics with us on the Euroclassic so I asked them to have a look and they said it was a small amount of play in one of the four universal joints on the rear drive shafts. They pumped in a load of fresh grease, to the offending UJ and the other three for good measure, and the problem disappeared.

The E-Type has now gone in for it is annual pre hire-season service and I asked our garage to check it out. They confirmed the mobile mechanic's diagnosis that there is a small amount of play in just one of the four UJs. If this was a normal classic car their prognosis is that the UJ would be fine for anywhere from five to ten thousand miles which for most classic car owners could be anywhere from 3 to 10 years motoring.

However for the Open Road this could have been done in a single year. There are not any tight, stelvio type, hairpin bends for many miles and it is unquestionably that a customer would hear so much as a slight clunk during the coming year. However I do not want a customer to be either worried if they were to hear such a noise or, still still, to be inconvenienced if it were to fail.

I gave the garage instructions to replace the offending UJ. Based on the assumption that the other three UJs in the drive shafts are of the same age, and have been subject to the same driving stresses it is reasonable to assume that they might be starting to deteriorate. I therefore instructed them to replace the other three UJs at the same time to remove any risk of premature failure.

About once a year, a customer will say that charging over £ 300 for a day's hire for an E-Type feels a bit expensive. This is one of the reasons why. I would rather spend money in advance on preventive maintenance that a normal classic car owner would not think was strictly necessary.

At the end of the service our E-Type will be setup and ready for what I am expecting to be a very busy year. The E-type was launched in 1961 so this year celebrates its 50th birthday. It has already been featured in a number of the classic car magazines and I expect it to receive huge amounts of coverage through the coming year which should generate loads of requests to hire this icon of the British automotive art.

Luxury Hong Kong Hotels

Hong Kong is known to be one of the most hospitable tourist spots today. The hotels in Hong Kong, which are famous for their world-class facilities, are one of the prime contributors to the growth of Hong Kong as a tourist destination. There are many kinds of hotels in Hong Kong that cater to all kinds of people, budgets, and needs. From the business traveler to the casual tourist, these hotels offer all kinds of amenities that would fit into any budget.

Hong Kong is the ultimate tourist destination for the gourmet traveler. There are several hotels in Hong Kong whose facilities are synonymous with luxury. These include the Peninsula hotels, the Excelsior, the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the Conrad luxury hotels and resorts, the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott hotel Hong Kong, Marco Polo Hong Kong hotel, Regal Hong Kong hotel, Renaissance Harbor view hotel, Empire Hotel Kowloon, Hotel Inter-continental, the Grand-Stanford Inter-continental hotel and several others.

The luxury segment hotels are the last name in stylishness and lavishness. All the rooms, suits, restaurants, and every nook and corner of the hotels spell wealth. Their fleet of limousines, helicopter shuttle services, elegant bars and restaurants, personalized sightseeing services, personalized shopping facilities, and enviable cooks who dish up the most scrumptious dishes, are a treat to the senses.

Most luxury Hong Kong hotels feature additional amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools, heated pools, poolside leisure activities, sun terraces with incredible views, a diverse array of dining options, elegant bars with the finest wines, gourmet cuisine, temperature-controlled spas with A-class massage treatments, saunas, and facilities for Yoga, Tai Chi, oriental healing, relaxation, and other ancient exercise techniques, as well as treatments for “jet lag relief”, slimming, anti-cellulite treatments and even non-surgical facelifts.

Impressive meeting rooms and ballrooms make every party and conference a memorable occasion. 24-hour concierge services, 24-hour front desk, and valet parking are some of the regular wonders. The rooms themselves have their own spectacular views of the city. High-speed broadband Internet access, 24-hour room service, and mini bars are some of the amenities. Room decoration and ambience is a treat to the eyes, with a blend of classic and modern. Deluxe suites even have their own living rooms, two bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a dining room, private balcony and even a kitchen.

Luxury Hong Kong hotels can be expensive with prices starting from HK$1,000 for a standard room. Suites are priced at around HK$7,500 (around $1000) per day. Deluxe suites can cost around HK$12,500.00 ($1603.00). There are however, some luxury hotels where prices start at around HK$ 500-H$700 (less than US$100). Reservations for most luxury Hong Kong hotels have to be made in advance, especially in the peak season. There are many online agents who have exclusive websites that enable online reservation to most of these hotels. Some hotels also give instant confirmation, based on the availability.

Quick Debt Relief – Debt Consolidation May Be Your Own Personal Financial “Bailout Package”

As the economic recession continues to worsen, the last thing you want to deal with is the burden of debt. If you are deeply in debt and looking for quick debt relief, then debt consolidation may the answer. It may very well be your own personal "financial bailout package".

As the name implies, a debt consolidation agency consolidates your debt . In other words, the agency rains all of the information about your income, who all of your creditors are, and how much you owe to all of your creditors. They then contact each of your creditors, acting in the capacity of an agent on your behalf. You no longer have to deal directly with your creditors. In fact, soon after you sign up for a debt consolidation plan, you can expect that the harassment phone calls will stop, and the collection notices will stop filling your mailbox. This is quick debt relief at its finest.

The agency will negotiate with your creditors for lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, and even a lower payoff balance. You will then send one monthly payment to the agency for the total amount due, rather than sending a payment to each one of your individual creditors. The agency will then be responsible for disbursing the funds to each creditor, after taking a small percentage of your payment as a fee for providing this service.

Within a few short years, your debt will be paid off in full. One point to be noted, however, is that for the duration of the time that you are on the debt consolidation plan, your credit score is likely to take a hit. However, the upside is that your debts will be paid off sooner, and will show up on your credit report as paid in full, so improving your credit score in the long term.

Would You Like To Download A TV Series?

The internet has given us the ability to purchase so many things. From books, novelty items, electronic gadgets, music and even to videos, these can be purchased online. You’re not even limited to this country alone; you can go as far as Asia if you want to order in bulk or just something in retail as long as you have the money to pay for it.

One of the easiest things to purchase online are movies. You don’t need to pay for the shipping fee since it will be downloaded directly to your computer. The list of movies is virtually unlimited; you can watch any movies produced in any year. Even the lesser known movies are on the catalog in most of the movie sites that offer pay per download.

But these sites are not only limited to movies alone. These sites also feature TV series. As easy as you can download movies, it’s also easy to download TV series that you always liked. For people on the go, the ability to download these series and watch them at our own convenience is heaven sent.

When we have the ability to download TV series, we’ll be able to watch them anytime and how many times that we want. This advantage has been realized long ago, even before TiVo was introduced to the general public. Instead of letting your TiVo all the work of recording your favorite show or if you don’t have TiVo at your home, you can just go online and watch the show that you like anytime. After you download the series, you can just burn them and watch them with your friends in your very own home theater.

Now, it has even been made more convenient. There are lots of TV fanatics right now that are so busy they can’t just sit down in front of the TV to watch their favorite series. It’s now changed because of the PMPs (portable media players) that we can bring where ever we go. Instead of burning to DVDs after we download TV series, you can transfer the TV series to your iPod or any other media players that you can bring anywhere. While traveling you can catch up on the shows that you missed or even in your break time you can watch an episode or two.

With the ability to download TV series directly from video sites, it’s practically impossible to miss any single episode of your favorite TV series.