How Will iPhone 5 Affect Your Driving?

This topic may not have have anything to do with car detailing, but if you love your car enough to get it detailed, you must also spend a significant amount of time driving around in it. It's the hottest topic right now and it's a relevant one for everyone who uses a cell phone, more specifically, an iPhone.
As some of you may know, iPhone recently released their new iPhone 5 with iOS6 technology. You may not realize it now, but this is going to alter the way you drive while utilizing your smartphone. Here's why:

1.) Bye Bye Google Maps:
Apple plans to kill off Google Maps and replace it with Apple Maps. You'll still be able to use Google Maps but not by default, you'll need to download the app from iTunes and manually enter in addresses. However, Apple plans to incorporate apps like Waze, Tom Tom, and Yelp into their Apple Map program.

2.) Do Not Disturb:
The new iPhone 5 will include a safety feature called Do Not Disturb. The iOS6 technology will allow for the phone's accelerometer to determine when the device and (it's owner) are moving at certain speeds. When the speeds are reached, the phone will automatically slip into Do Not Disturb mode which will silence alerts and keep the phone's screen black.
As much as we love this app, we're not too thrilled about what it will do to passengers.

3.) Up-Side Down:
We agree that the most frustrating change of all is the fact that Apple has decided to move the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone. This could be a real annoyance to those of you who plug the phone into a car stereo via Auxiliary cord. We have a feeling the new iPhone will be spending a lot of time upside down with this new feature. But you could always invest more money in buying a dock to attach to your dashboard. Who doesn't want more clutter in their car?

We want to know what you think about the new iPhone and if you're concerned about how it will affect your daily driving and cell use. Let us know by leaving us comments.

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Cars Need Bras Too

North West Auto Detail up in Oregon does a great job of putting together time lapse videos that show different options of auto detail services. This particular video shows the process of applying Clear Bra to a Ferrari Scuderia. Clear Bra is a thermoplastic urethane film applied to a car to protect from rocks, bugs, and debris that can damage the paint on your car. In simpler words, it serves the purpose of a screen protector on your cell phone.
Clear Bra serves as a huge shield against small debris your car will encounter every day, but it won't prevent the damage caused by larger rocks, hits or bumps from another item. It also protects the aesthetics and value of your car because if you ever decide to remove the film, the paint underneath it will still be in factory condition. But this is only the case if the clear bra has remained unbreached.

Would you ever want to put a Clear Bra on your car?


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Are Car Detailers Trained?

Dropping off your car to a random stranger with the expectations that when you're handed back the car, it will look great, may seem like a thoughtless act to you, but if you stop and think about it, who are you really handing your car over to?
Some auto detail businesses don't take the time to train their professionals or employees and that results in accidents, mistakes, and poor quality auto detailing. However this is not the case for our professionals at . Be it a boat, RV, or car, our professionals have gone through an extensive amount of training to learn the art that is Auto Detailing. The training provided includes details such as the correct amount of water pressure for your car, detailing the interior and exterior, attention to tires, and how to use clays, waxes, and all other car cleaning products.
Next time you leave your car with us, be confident in the fact that our experts know what they're doing. If you're still a little unsure, let us show you how good of a job we can do, you won't be disappointed.

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Bullied Teen Gets a Brand New Ride

Jordan Addison is speechless when he sees his newly improved car.

Jordan Addison, a college student in Roanoke, Virginia had his car vandalized on 4 different occasions, including times when he had his car parked outside of his Virginia home and on campus. When Addison totaled up the cost to repair the damage, the cost was around $2,500, a price Addison stated was well out of his range, and saying "for a college student that's a lot of money."
Luckily, Jordan's story quickly got the ears of the press, and managed to get to the manager of a local auto shop. When the manager of the shop, Richard Henegar Jr. saw the damage, he was quick to respond, saying, "Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it I said that's uncalled for we're gonna fix your car that's the least we can do." Henegar enlisted the help of 10 other auto specialist shops in the area to not only fix Jordan's car, but give it a substantial upgrade, giving the car a paint job, tinted windows, new tires and rims, a subwoofer, and a brand new security system. An estimated value of about $10,000.

When the car was given back to Addison, he was speechless, only muttering, "It looks great. It hasn't looked that great the entire time I've had it." Catch Jordan's reaction @yahoo.com.

applauses the efforts made to fix the car of this young student.
If you're in the need of a car transformation, whether it be tinted windows, detailing, new rims and wheels, etc. Lake Havasu Auto Detail is here to cater to you car's needs.

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Library On Wheels

Have you ever seen a library on wheels? The people of Argentina certainly have. Car artist Raul Lemesoff has built a mobile library from a welded frame sitting atop and 1979 Ford Falcon. He drives around the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, pulling over for anyone who has an interest in books. He doesn't sell the books, he gives them away. Pedestrians and motorcyclists have even taken books right off the car while Raul is stopped at a light. Raul has loaded his car with 900+ books, all of which he gets from private donations. He calls his car the Weapon of Mass Instruction, his goal is to, "contribute to peace and understanding of people through literacy." Raul makes sure to drive his tank through Argentina's rural area, that way he bring his message and books to children who are less likely to go to school or have access to books. He is embarking on a journey to Bolivia and Peru next.
Raul is doing quite a remarkable thing, if he were to bring his tank into our location, we would definitely be faced with a challenge but, no challenge is too great for our staff here at the shop. We can handle any dirty or damaged car that needs a detailing.

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Rolls-Royce Loves Legos Too

Rolls-Royce, who also produces airplane engines, unveiled the newest version of its Trent 1000 recently. Although the engine doesn't exactly produce any thrust, it's a fairly accurate, half-scale model of the real engine, with the exception that it's made entirely of Legos - 152,455 of them. The Lego engine weighs 675 pounds and features a fan with a diameter of almost 5 feet. The real engine weighs a whopping 12,710 pounds and has a fan diameter of just over 9 feet.
The Lego version of the engine shows the inside of the engine, complete with the complex fan blades that are located in the front to produce thrust. The compressor blades and a combustion section can also be seen, made out of plastic brick detail.

The engine was built to inspire a younger generation. Rolls-Royce Chief Scientific Officer, Paul Stein, said, "We are very pleased some of our own graduates and apprentices have contributed to building it, ensuring it is as realistic as possible." He added, "We hope that this representation of our technology will help to enthuse and inspire the potential scientists and engineers of the future about the career opportunities they could pursue."

Rolls-Royce has definitely invested a lot of money and time to this project, and it's definitely a great way to inspire young ones. The project took a team of four people eight weeks to complete the full engine.
We've certainly had our share of Rolls-Royces come through our detailing shop, and each one boasts something beautiful. If Rolls-Royce brought us its engine for a detailing, we'd be a little baffled but no project is too big for us here at .

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We Now Detail Spaceships

Right now, the hype is all about Electric cars. They use a minimal amount of gas and reduce noise pollution. While the idea of getting rid of all those annoying, noisy cars, and replacing them with electric cars might seem nice, these electric cars are now posing a problem too. Blind people heavily rely on the noise of cars to be able to navigate their way through streets, if you take away the noise, you take away the safety blind people have. They would no longer be able to leave their homes alone.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has mandated that car producers add an alert sound to the electric car, so that it is loud enough to be heard by pedestrians, but still quiet enough to be driven and enjoyed. While the government can't mandate a standard on what that sound should be, car companies, such as Ford, have turned to their customers to vote on a sound.
A few samples have been released by Ford and are available for listening on YouTube.
You should be warned though, these samples sound like a spaceship more than they do a car. If you happen to purchase one of the new Ford Focus cars, with the spaceship sound, don't be afraid to bring it in for a detail, if we can detail cars, and motorcyles, we could detail your spaceship car.
You can find the test sounds @fastcoexist.com. This is our favorite sound:

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New Saftely Rule to Follow

Yahoo! recently published an article addressing multiple lessons learned while in driving school. One of them called our attention, not because people really follow it because they learned it in driver's ed, but because it really could ensure your safety and save your face (literally).

When we were all learning how to drive, we were taught to hold the steering wheel at 10 and 2. Now, I've had instances where I'm fiddling around with something in my car while holding the steering wheel at 12 (top of the steering wheel). The Yahoo! article tells readers about a cop who was once doing the same, crashed, and had his hand flung back by the force of the airbag - right into his face. The officer broke all of his front teeth with his own hand. The new safe position to drive is 9 and 3 or even 8 and 4, and hand over hand turning is out as well. It can be very dangerous if you get caught up in an accident. When you're driving below 14mph, put your hands wherever you want, but going faster than 14mph is fast enough to deploy an airbag.

If you happen to get into an accident and your car is banged up enough to pay money to fix (we're not talking totalled here) bring into and we'll make it look brand new.

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Metallica’s love for Classic cars

HetfieldVoodooPriest-courtesy of hemmings

For those of you that keep track of heavy metal and the car scene you probably know that Metallica lead singer James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett are car guys. In the upcoming Orion music festival to celebrate their love for cars they will have a motorcycle and car show. According to Hemming's classic car the show is free. Hemmings reports the following:according to Hetfield, “so everybody can get a taste of the automobile passion and obsession that I have. The idea is for a Metallica fan to come in and experience stuff they wouldn’t normally see if they wouldn’t normally go to a car show.” Awards will be given for the best custom, hot rod, muscle car and custom motorcycle at the show, and selected participants will receive two two-day general admission passes to the festival.

The festival takes place June 23 and 24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but the deadline for applications is May 15. For applications and for more information, visit Orionmusicandmore.com. It's probably a little too far to drive your classic car across the country but it would be a good excuse to jump on a coast to coast flight, sounds like fun. For all your Mobile classic car needs call Nathan at Havasu Detail 928-231-6678


What comes first Polish or Wax?

During the car cleaning process we often think that it's the natural progression to Wash, Wax and then Polish. Could that be right?

What's your guess? Well if you thought that it should be Wash, Polish and then Wax - You're right! The logic behind this is actually quite simple. Washing the car first is a no-brainer, you need to get rid of the dirt before you can actually do anything to the paint job. The reason for Polishing next is because polishing's function is to bring out the shine in the car. The polishing step is where you get the show car shine which we all aim for. Waxing serves as a protective coat on your paint. Think of waxing as sealing the previous 2 steps. So if you answered Wash, Polish then Wax you were right but if you wanted to save time and have a professional apply a new car shine to your car we're always here to help. Call us at (562) 438-1572 to schedule an appointment, please ask for Mitch and remember that we're always here to help at Long Beach Auto Detail.