Thursday, June 26, 2008

Need a good Mechanic?

Female Friendly

Ever needed a car mechanic and have had no idea how to find a good one?
Well the girls at Female Friendly have come to the rescue!
Female Friendly Accreditation is a company that uses certain criteria to rate mechanics and those who pass the test get the FFA tick of approval.
Female Friendly Accreditation was established late 2007 after an Adelaide housewife and mother of 4 children discovered the need for Female Friendly mechanics to be recognised.

By logging onto the website you can look for an accredit ted mechanic in your area, leaving you with a feeling of confidence that you’re not going to get ripped off. You can jot the mechanics details into your Galmatic Handbook and have them ready in time for your next service.
If you know of a business, trade or service that you feel is Female Friendly™, visit and nominate them today. If you are the first person to nominate a business that successfully becomes Female Friendly™ Accredited you will receive a $50 Coles/Myer gift voucher! For more information visit the Female Friendly™ website or phone 1300 PINK TICK™.

Cleaning your Car Carpet

Here are a few tips to clean the most common carpet stains in cars.

Vomit – Vomit is acidic so neutralise it with a mixture of water and baking soda. Remove lumpy vomit with a paper towel and then mix the water and baking soda into a paste and rub into the stain, vacuum up the remainder.

Alcohol – Wash immediately with cold water as allowing the alcohol to sit for too long may change the colour of your carpet – never drink and drive

Blood – do not use hot water as this will set the stain. Make a paste of laundry powder and cold water and rub into the stain. Blot with paper towel and vacuum remainder.

General stains – Vacuum carpet. Dampen a rag with cold water and detergent and rub over your car carpets and follow with a dry cloth. Leave car windows and doors open to ensure the carpet is thoroughly dry. Do not soak the carpet as this will give it a mouldy smell.

For more great car care tips grab yourself a copy of Galmatic - the Car Care Handbook for Girls

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hybrid cars

There is quite a lot of hype about Hybrid cars in the news at the moment, so we thought it was a good idea to give you a brief rundown on them.

A hybrid car is a car that uses electricity as well as petrol to power the motor. It uses a conventional petrol engine which is supplemented by an electric power plant.
Hybrid cars are more environmentally friendly as they use, on average half the amount of fuel of a traditional petrol car of the same size.

Having smaller petrol engines, the electric power plant will kick in when you need more acceleration. It means you can drive a bigger car whilst still being fuel efficient.

Hybrid cars do drive a little differently as you can feel the engine switching from petrol to electric as you drive, especially in traffic.

Currently (2008) there are three hybrid cars available in Australia:
Toyota – Prius
Honda – Civic Hybrid
Lexus – 400h