Holiday Specials! EVERY LAST DETAIL – Full in house detailing service

Our detailing package makes a fantastic gift for family and friends who love their rides, contact us today to book and appointment or to purchase a gift card.

Services include:

  • Same Day Automotive Services
  • Interior Detailing
  • Exterior Detailing
  • Wash/Wax/Polish
  • Shine and Protect
  • Restoration of foggy headlights
  • Paint-less Dent Repair
  • Window Tinting

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ELIMINATE THE GRUNGE WINTER SPECIAL

20% off 1st regular detail of your car, truck or minivan OR
20% off 1st “Tricked Out’ detail of your car, truck or minivan – Book your appointment by Dec 31, 2016

Exterior Detail Only – $59.00

Interior Detail Only – $99.00

Full Car Detail – $149.00

Full Detail Truck or Minivan – $169.00

“Tricked Out” Detail – $199.00

(includes upholstery stain removal, intense pet hair removal and Armor All Finish)

Should Driver’s Ed Classes Be Mandatory?

New drivers are often the most excited to be on the road, and they are also the most inexperienced. When getting a beginner’s license, a G1, a driver has two options: either wait one year to take the G2 test, after which a driver can drive alone and on highways, or take Driver’s Education classes and wait only eight months.

Driver’s Ed classes are an optional resource that new drivers can partake in if they would prefer to take a more formalized approach to learning how to drive. For a fee, drivers can take in-car lessons along with in-class lessons. The Driver’s Ed program not only shortens the amount of time that a new driver must wait until they can drive on their own, but also provides a discount on insurance fees for the student.

Recently licensed drivers are often nervous about being out on the road with other cars, and the practice can also make them feel more comfortable around other drivers without the actual pressures of driving. However, the ten hours of in-car lessons are also a time strain and an inconvenience.

Over the years, the steps to getting a full driver’s license has increased to a three-test system that many find tiresome and unnecessary when for decades it had been much simpler and easier to get a license. Teenagers often complain that their parents did not have to work so hard to get a license, having only to pass two or even one test before getting their license, and that it is unfair that they have to do much more for the same reward.

On the other hand, a longer education process when introducing new drivers to the road gives them more time to practice the more difficult skills of driving and improves the quality of road safety for everyone else. Theoretically, it will also ultimately lead to better drivers.

Should Driver’s Education classes be mandatory? Does the graduated licensing system actually produce better drivers? — N.K.P.

Original Shelby Cobra Going to Auction

Having built it and then driven it for the majority of his life, Carroll Shelby’s original 1962 Cobra is arguably the most important sports car in automotive history. From a garage in Sante Fe came a revolutionary vehicle that inspired a love of cars in many people, and this iconic car is going to auction on 19 August 2016 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction for the first time since its creation.

Created in 1962 when Carroll Shelby put a 260-cubic-inch Ford V8 between the wheel wells of an AC Ace, the Cobra has been a staple in the automotive world ever since. To see the original be sold is a buzzworthy event, and the car is expected to bring in a sizeable sum at its purchase. It is estimated that the car will take in over $10 million at auction. The CSX 2000 was the development prototype for the rest of the Shelby cars, and this one-owner car will likely be a hot topic for any car fan.

In honour of the sale, Xcentrick Autosports has picked their two favourite cobras that they have worked on as tribute to the man and car that started it all.

As follows, the two cobras are a 1966 and a 1968 Cobra. The final photo is the original Shelby Cobra to compare to our Cobras.

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Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail and Sotheby’s Auction House.35D0657E00000578-0-image-m-89_1467287284936

Top 7 Batmobiles (So Far)

With the home release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Xcentrick Autosports thought that they would weigh in on the top seven Batmobiles in the film franchise’s history. This does not include any from the animated series or anything that is not a physical car.

7. The Batmobile from 1943

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Though simply designed, the long and streamlined shape of the Batmobile from the 1943 television series is very reminiscent of the Batmobiles to come.

6. The Very First Batmobile

Very First Batmobile 1941

Hitting the screens in 1941, this Batmobile is the beginning of all other Batmobiles. As connoisseurs of vintage cars, XKA loves this one because it’s red trim is so unique in a Batmobile and just so cool.

5. The New Batman Adventures Batmobile

The New Batman Adventures Batmobile of 1997-1999)

Though not particularly extravagant, this model, which was used from 1997-1999, gives us the iconic Batmobile shape. Perhaps it lacks the intricacy of some of the other Batmobiles, but it’s very sleek and definitely bat-ish.

4. Tim Burton’s Batmobile

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A definite improvement, though it came earlier, is Tim Burton’s Batmobile from the 1989 movie Batman starring Michael Keaton. Whether you love Keaton’s performance or not, this Batmobile is one of the models that laid the groundwork for the Batmobiles to come in the later movies.

3.The Batmobile from Batman Forever

Batman Forever 1995

Val Kilmer’s performance aside, this 1995 movie provided us with a Batmobile that was intricate and interesting to look at. The ribbing across the front gives it an unusual and unique look that puts it at the top of our list.

2. The Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Though not the traditional silhouette of a Batmobile, this particarly Batmobile is one of the most high tech models so far. Though to some the movie was sub-par, the Batmobile from BVS is a very muscular, complex vehicle that suits a more jaded, more experienced Batman.

1. The Batmobile from the Dark Knight Trilogy

Dark Knight Batmobile 2006-2012

For Xcentrick Autosports, the predecessor of the newest Batmobile takes the cake for being the coolest Batmobile to date. It’s sleek, it’s powerful, and it’s just aggressive-looking enough that it would scare anyone in its path enough that they would move out of their way. Bale for Batman, Nolan for Batmobiles is the way to go.

What is your favourite Batmobile?

 

 

(Images from https://www.buzzfeed.com/kevinsmith/best-batmobiles-in-history-ranked?utm_term=.pr5dLY28RL#.xi22bjAkQb and http://collider.com/batman-vs-superman-batmobile-pictures/)

Should RV Drivers Need Special Licenses?

Summertime is prime vacation time for those looking to take a road trip or a cross-country adventure. Whether it be spending a few days in Las Vegas, taking a family trip to Disneyland, or making that trek to cottage country, most vacationers use personal vehicles and licenses which—one would hope—would be a nonissue.

However, for those few that enjoy travelling more comfortably or on a more independent basis, an RV or trailer is a great option that allows for a more luxurious driving experience. They come in several sizes, can have a multitude of recreational features, and can be personalized in their interiors to match the owner’s personal tastes.

When buying an RV, drivers are not required to have any special training or license qualifications other than the basic rules of the road. Of course when buying a vehicle the assumption is that one knows how to drive it, but there is no guarantee that a good driver on a regular vehicle will perform just as well on a vehicle that is as large and difficult to maneuver as a school bus.

Critics would argue that if motorcyclists, school bus drivers, and professional truck drivers need specialized licenses then RV drivers should as well. It’s a new learning curve to navigate in an RV, a vehicle with different blind spots and orientations. It sits higher up on the road, has to make broader turns, and has to take more precautions when it is stopping or driving on highways. They drive in different lanes, must be parked in specific spaces, and are some of the only vehicles that do not require a seatbelt for every seat. If it is a trailer on a hitch, it still requires special attention and skill to carry it safely.

Some would argue, however, that bus drivers and truck drivers have special licenses as part of their job training, and that personal vehicles do fall under the same category. Other critics have argued that drivers should have the freedom to drive whatever they wish, and that to make RV drivers get specialized licenses would be the same as making minivan drivers get special licenses.

Should RV drivers be required to have a special license to drive their leisure vehicles? Would it benefit them to do so? Would it improve the safety conditions on the road to do so? — N.K.P.

Carless Streets

Before the invention of the automobile, every street was carless. Now, streets are clogged by parked cars, stalled cars, and cars with drivers that desire to be anywhere else than at a busy intersection. Thus, some cities, such as Vienna in Austria, are choosing to close off streets to vehicular traffic altogether.

The automotive industry has had an impression on the Windsor-Essex area since the invention of the Model T.  It has shaped Windsor’s economy and culture for just as long, and the influence of cars has also shaped the way that the city was designed and the way it operates. Transportation by car has allowed Windsor to sprawl and break away from the tradition wheel-like design of older European cities, or the grid-pattern design of large American cities like New York City.

While innovative, the dependence on cars has led the city to have a weak public transportation system, something that does not seem to grow stronger with each year. It has also made commuters reliant on personal vehicles to get to work, home, or any other venue.

Closing up streets to commuter driving would make said parts of the city inaccessible to those who have no other modes of transportation, and this would be very inconvenient to those who pass through those areas on the way to work or home from it. Though environmentally friendly, removing cars from streets would require reworking routes to specific places, or providing alternate routes to displaced drivers.

Windsor has already adopted this idea in the summer months by closing off parts of the downtown area in the evening, making them accessible only to foot traffic. This has allowed the nightlife there to prosper in the summer months without fear of injury or a lack of parking spaces.

Will a continuation of this trend in the Windsor area lead to an even more prosperous city scene, or will it lead people to flock to other parts of the county? — N.K.P.

The Banning of 20 Year-Old Cars on Streets

Whether they are 1934 Fords, 1968 Cobras, or DeLoreans from the 80’s, we love our vintage cars. They give us a usable piece of history that can be eye-catching, personal, and engaging—looking at, driving, and fixing up old cars is a hobby in itself!

However, countries such as France are beginning to initiate policies that certain cities should not allow cars over the age of twenty to be on the road. Of course, for safety reasons it is understandable that driving twenty-year-old cars be a cautionary exercise. However, these cars are still being driven.  Be it out of financial necessity, sentimentality, or a lack of desire for a newer model, older cars frequent roadways, and it would be increasingly difficult to filter them out of the roadways completely.

Canadian insurance companies have special insurance policies for cars that are of an advanced age, and drivers are required to have tests done by mechanics to make sure that the cars are still safe to be on the road. While reasonable, one would think that that would be enough for other countries to allow antiquing cars onto the roads, but clearly it is not.

In circumstances such as France’s, what becomes of the beloved relics that have been showed off as trophies for decades? Does the trade of relic shows and automotive restoration fade away to the confines of showrooms and private collections? Do the tradesmen that specialize in kit cars and specialized retro parts lose their business because there will not be a market for the cars anymore?

Southwestern Ontario and Michigan were once known for their automotive industry: it is a part of our history, industrially and culturally. Relic cars are remnants of what once made us great, and what is slowly being rebuilt again. Would it be right to take away that part of our heritage, if Ontario or Canada ever made the move to do so? Is that fair?  — N.K.P.

Self-Driving Cars

Whether you love or hate them, self-driving cars are the vehicles of a future that is coming sooner than some of us would like to imagine. To those of us who are used to the manual actions of stopping and starting the machines that we love, it’s difficult to imagine giving up control when driving down the highway at 100km/hour. For some, it’s down-right terrifying. Given their mixed reviews and even more controversial track records, the impending nature of the new technology does not bode well for the general public.

It’s easy to look at a self-driving car as a new toy that’s not particularly practical and idealistic in the most basic sense of the word. It’s also easy to see why it has such an appeal to car enthusiasts and novice drivers alike: theoretically, it should take the guesswork out of driving. Years ago, scientists had predicted that there would exist a computer that was smarter than the human brain. Well, our time of reckoning has come. Self-driving cars can supposedly navigate traffic, parking, and directions with just as much accuracy as we can—if not more. It has something to do with geometry and physics, but the outcome is simple: our own skills when it comes to driving may become obsolete. Naysayers would have you believe that the cars cannot account for the human aspects of driving – road rage, impaired drivers, and the occasional animal streaking across the freeway—but it is perhaps more likely that the cars have not been fine-tuned enough yet to be able to do so. The cars can do what we seemingly could not have imagined a car being able to by itself: it can parallel park, adjust its speed before it begins to tailgate… the possibilities are seemingly endless. Companies such as GM and Google are investing millions of dollars into these machines in hopes of immersing it into our everyday lives the way that computers once did; slowly, and with a haze of unease.

With hundreds, if not thousands, of new engineering jobs riding on the success of self-driving cars, it is hard not to see the economic benefit of the vehicles. In areas like Michigan, which are close to home enough to benefit us, can we really afford to be picky about what kind of cars are repopulating our auto industry? Do you have to agree with something in order to be paid to produce it? They’ve been known to crash and get into accidents in a way that perhaps a manually-operated car would not have, but if they were truly dangerous, would they really be being pushed full throttle into production? Probably not.

The vehicles bring to rise a whole host of questions that would mean a change in societal norms on immediate and important grounds. If one were to get into an accident, would the driver be at fault? The car’s manufacturer? Both? Will Driver’s Ed classes be necessary anymore when the cars might not even have steering wheels? Will mechanics need to become versed in the electrical happenings in a self-driving car in the same way that a computer technician is familiar with the circuitry of a motherboard?

Whether you’re for them or against them, the self-driving car is coming in a fashion that science fiction novelist Aldous Huxley would be familiar with. Only time will tell if the cars survive the scrutiny under which they were manifested, or if they will fizzle out like other tech-related fads.    — N.K.P.