First Car Rental’s Top 10 Camping sites in South Africa Part 1

South Africa’s breathtaking landscape, amiable climate and amazing wildlife make an ideal setting for a thrilling camping experience. First Car Rental lists the top 10 camping sites in South Africa.

1. Driehoek Farm, Western Cape Located 240 kilometres from Cape Town on the N7, the Driehoek Farm nestles at the heart of the Cederberg Mountains and offers a picturesque camping site. This camping site makes the perfect base for hiking to well-known landmarks like Tafelberg, Sneeuberg, the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch. Prices: From R150 for up to 5 people Contact: 027 482 2828

2. Tankwa Karoo National Park, Western Cape The 143 600 hectare Tankwa Karoo National Park lies on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape with the Roggeveld Escarpment in the East, Cederberg in the West, and Klein Roggeveld Mountains in the South, and is home to a fascinating diversity of life. Price: From R100 for 2 people Contact: 023 415 2828 / 9

3. Yellowwood Forest Campsite , Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape The grass-covered, forested camping sites at the Yellowwood Forest Campsite in Morgan Bay are an ideal pick for campers with kids. You can enjoy a guided tour on arrival; pick interesting arts and crafts at the gift shop; and the kids can enjoy themselves in the play area. Price: From R170 for up to 6 persons Contact: 043 8411598

4. Glen Reenen Rest Camp Golden Gate National Park, Free State The 11 600 hectare Golden Gate National Park lies at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and is 22km East of Clarens in Free State. The brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs of the Park certainly make it a great camping site. Price: From R165 for two persons Contact: 012 428 9111

5. Magalies Sleepy River Campsite, Gauteng Located just 60 minutes away from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Krugersdorp, Magalies Sleepy River Campsite gives you a quick getaway into a peaceful environment that is surrounded by lush vegetation. The massive shaded campsite on the banks of the Magalies Riversets is the perfect backdrop for your outdoor adventure. This campsite is a good base to visit the nearby Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves. Price: From R100-00 per site per day Contact: 072 674 2291

Rent a car with First Car Rental and you can explore South Africa’s top camping sites. With 46 branches nationwide, your car rental is quick and easy.


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A Guide To Buying Used Cars

Are you automobile shopping? No matter what kind of vehicle you are interested in purchasing, you can likely find a great deal on used cars from a variety of different sources. Whether you want a previously owned sedan, SUV, minivan, or coupe, there are a few different places you can look to find the vehicle of your dreams. The automobile that you want may be found at a local dealership, in the classified section of your local newspaper, or somewhere on the Internet. Purchasing an automobile always takes some careful consideration, but buying used cars can be even more involved. So where should you start?

First, you need to consider your budget. Like with anything, you need to be sure that the payments you will be making are reasonable within your budget. If you have a specific vehicle in mind, down to the make and model, you may want to expand your horizons a bit. It is always a good idea to check out other options within the same class as the vehicle in which you are interested. For instance, if you really want to buy a specific hatchback that is a certain make and model, check out hatchbacks from other auto manufacturers. You might find that another model boasts better features or has a more affordable price point.

Once you have determined which vehicle or vehicles you want to buy, do as much research on the models as possible. Learn as much as you possibly can about the automobile. There are a few different websites that provide very detailed information about automobiles down to the different features within a trim level in a specific year. You should also get an idea of how much each vehicle goes for, so when you start looking, you can have an idea of what a specific model may be worth.

There are a number of different avenues to go down when it comes to buying used cars. Buying locally has its advantages. You always want to be sure that you will be able to see the vehicle in person, test drive it, and have it thoroughly inspected before you put down any money on the automobile. The Internet has a vast array of options, and finding your dream vehicle has never been easier. However, you should be sure that you will still be able to see and inspect the vehicle before you buy, so limiting your Internet search to reasonably drivable areas is a good way to go. Many dealerships also feature their inventories on their websites, so browse them before you stop by in person.


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Bathroom showroom in devon works with reliability and consistency

It becomes vitally important for you to judge the correct infrastructure, space and the design you are willing to make the place most suitable for your daily purposes served. When it comes to listening to the clients and designing in the same way their wishes demands from you, really becomes more typical for an enterprise or a showroom. But, if you are interested in the best bathroom showroom in devon, you may get your wishes fulfilled even in the least opportunities and resources available with you. The showrooms here make you very comfortable and frank in the way they listen to your requirements. This is just the fundamental concept to design your bathroom in the most explicit manner. There are many showrooms here like Devon Aqua Therapy and D.A.T Tile and Bathroom Studio which will make that empty space a luxurious space for you.

It does not matter whether you are asking for the whole infrastructure or a simple tap; they will listen to you and then think, work and implement their ideas along with your thoughts to convert your bathroom to a pleasant and awesome space. The process will be just straight forward and implementations of their ideas will suit you. These agencies and bathroom showrooms work in co-ordination and full reliability so that you do not have to face any problem in the complacency, quality and the durability of the bathroom elements. There is no shadow of suspicion that people are also liking the services of bathroom showroom in tavistock which fetches you a good style and appealing look to your bathroom space with fewer efforts and saving your hard earned money. Every customer wants to save his or her bucks which become more simple and realistic with the enterprise here. Also, the great service records will add to your benefits of these showrooms in devon and tavistock.

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Ways To Turn Your Car Into Mobile Marketing

Good marketers are always looking for ways to promote their business. If they are not marketing their business in some form, then they feel that the moment is wasted. They use whatever they can to get the message through that they have something to sell, and do whatever they can to sell it. It is thus only natural that they would find a way to use their car as part of their marketing strategy.

The usual method is to use magnetic stickers on the side of a car either owned by the business owner or one hired to drive around with the advertisement on his car. Mobile wraps are also used, but the magnetic stickers are cheaper. In order to work, the ad must stand out, prompting the use of bright colors or color photos to draw attention to the car. Advertising a contest can also work; in some cases advertisers have a random drawing based on entrants that have submitted pictures of the car or information on the car’s location when spotted.

If the business owner decides to hire someone to drive around with the advertisement, then they need to keep in mind certain issues. The advertisement tends to work best on cars that are new or otherwise grab attention, such as older cars or cars that are unique; some companies have actually had a car designed and built or modified specifically for their business. City drivers are obviously preferred, as more people will see the car, and the driver must drive a certain number of miles a day in order for it to be worth the employer’s money. As long as a person is willing to abide by certain conditions, it can actually be profitable to even have their car wrapped as a moving advertisement.

Although vinyl wrap can be used, most people use magnets to turn their car into a company car. This allows the car to switch modes, allowing it to act as a personal car as needed; there are just some times when coming in with advertisements is not acceptable. Also magnets can look more professional than wrapping, especially as wrapping tends to the brighter and more garish. Nonetheless, a company is more likely to get more business, especially in areas where there are constant jams.

One issue that needs to be noted is that the cost of driving may be a possible deduction. Although the IRS frowns on using company cars as a deduction due to their use as personal transportation (the use needs to be delineated, and that is harder to do than most people think), the mileage can still be a source of deduction. Nonetheless, using a car as a roving advertisement can be an effective means of marketing even a small business.


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General Motors Gets Inspiration From Iadt Student Designers

General Motors has invited its five-year partner the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) to take a sneak peek at GMs concept cars and new production vehicles at the upcoming 2007 Chicago Auto Show. More than fifty IADT fashion design students will visit General Motors exhibit on February 9, 2007 during the first public day of the Chicago Auto Show. The theme of the show is Runway to future Design and Technology.

Aside from watching the exhibit, the fifty fashion design students will also create sketches of garment designs inspired by the five GM featured vehicles.

The five vehicles that General Motors will introduce at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show are the following:

-Chevrolet Volt Concept GMs electric-driven advanced technology vehicle
-Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Concept A sport coupe loaded with exciting high performance features, equipped with the best quality auto parts like GM exhaust system and oozing with dramatic designs.
-2008 Cadillac CTS a luxurious and elegant sedan with the charm of a sports car
-2008 Buick Enclave Buicks first luxury crossover SUV that exudes athletic spirit, romantic forms and premium interior
-2007 Saturn Aura Green Line Hybrid voted North American Car of the Year with a demonstration of its environmental commitment.

The sketches or impression gathered and created by the students during the auto show will be used in producing the garments for General Motors for the next two months. Five winning designs are to be chosen and will be showcased at Imagine 2007, an annual fashion show produced by IADT and sponsored by General Motors. The fashion show will take place on May 17 at Chicagos Union Station. Each of the student winners will receive a $500 cash award from GM.

According to General Motors director of advanced design who led the design team of the Chevrolet Volt Concept car, Automotive design and fashion inspire and influence each other. Collaboration between GM and IADT, a school with a strong heritage in fashion, highlights opportunities to expand design vision and fresh ideas.

Kathy Embry, Dean, School of Design Studies at IADT said, We are thrilled to continue our partnership with GM for the fifth consecutive year. We can see a lot of energy in the emotionally compelling designs of all new GM vehicles. The GM Student Design Competition will provide a great opportunity to showcase the talent of future Chicago designers.

Amber Lindlom, senior fashion design student at IADT has also expressed her excitement on the opportunity provided by GM, General Motors exclusive design opportunity is a thrilling chance for IADT students. The challenge to draw inspiration from GMs innovative vehicles and translate them into one-of-a-kind fashion design solutions is a fantastic experience for aspiring fashion designers.


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Advantages Of Purchasing Car Insurance Quotes Online In Texas

In the previous days, you have to spend your whole day in purchasing suitable car insurance quote. You have to sit in your home and call the various insurance companies in order to get the best possible deal. Now time has change largely and after the invention of internet, purchasing any sort of car insurance in Texas becomes very simple process. By purchasing insurance policy for your car on the internet, you will be able to receive various benefits along with number of advantages. Everyone needs car insurance in Texas, as it is compulsory that every person must buy car insurance otherwise that person will prepare him self to pay heavy fine. Getting car insurance quotes in Texas is not an easy thing but with the help of internet, you will be able to make whole process easy and simple.

You just need to do some search on the internet by typing car insurance quotes Texas in the search engine and you will be able to know number of websites providing car insurance according to your needs and requirements. You will be very surprise by the fact that by just single click you will be able to get the car insurance quotes available in the Texas. Whenever you meet various insurance agents or call the different car insurance companies in order to get the lowest possible car insurance policy, then you have to wait too long. Nevertheless, searching online about car insurance quotes is a very fast process and hence save lot of your time. You not only able to compare the prices but also know about the policy terms and conditions while searching on the internet. You also able to know about various discounts associate with your car insurance policy by doing online shopping.

The online method is better than any other method as when you call the person, then you not able to remember everything that the person said to you. However, with the help of internet, you will be able to see the information number of times you want and you may take print out of whole policy. Some websites spam your email address, as you have to provide your email address for getting car insurance quotes. So, be careful while visiting any website so that your email is safe. If you find such website, do not waste your time on that website and search or try some other website.


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Auto Parts Export Growth Boom

Although the automobile export growth slowing, but the ancillary auto parts business has remained strong. According to statistics, this year, auto parts and accessories manufacturing export delivery value year on year data showed a gradual upward trend over the previous year, the situation looks much better than the vehicle situation.

The industry expert believes that after the financial crisis, the global vehicle companies purchase turn to low-cost areas shift, from the auto parts export data reflected the increase trend is just so so. The future, this trend will become more apparent.

Automobile Association data show that in 2010 the first half of merchandise exports ended the last year auto downturn trend, showing recovery increase, and it exported 23.445 billion U.S. dollars, year-on-year up 50.24 percent. From the seven major types of car situation to see, auto parts export growth rate was significantly higher than vehicle, exported 18.269 billion U.S. dollars, up 54.52 percent, which higher than the export growth rate of 21.48 percent. Of which engine export 467 million U.S. dollars, year-on-year up 73.78 percent; auto parts, accessories’ amount of export volume reached 9.967 billion U.S. dollars exports, year-on-year up 56.03 percent; automobile, motorcycle tires export value was 4.126 billion U.S. dollars, year-on-year up 37.98 percent; other auto-related products export value of 3.709 billion U.S. dollars, up 70.47 percent. Import auto parts in the first half showed the same growth, total imports of 12.724 billion U.S. dollars, year-on-year up 90.65 percent.

National Securities analyst pointed out that the profitability of auto parts section has been restored to the highest level in history in 2007, and a slightly increase in scale is gradually revealed. He expects the overall section revenue in 2010 will reach more than 26%, while profit growth will exceed 50%, the average sales gross margin will reach 23%.

Guangzhou Customs statistics released show that the first half of 2010, Guangdong exported auto parts one billion U.S. dollars, year-on-year up 4 percent. Nearly 50 percent auto parts exports to the United States, Japan and the European Union, and to India and Brazil emerging markets exports doubled. At the same time, the quality of China’s auto parts recognized by auto giant Volkswagen.

Auto sales after the early high growth, began to enter normal growth path, after nearly six months ultra-expected growth, the growth is resumed to steady way. The reaction of auto parts to lag behind the automobile, but the global auto parts procurement system brings China’s opportunity greater than the threat; the demand for auto parts in China is still very wide. In fact, the global vehicle enterprises purchases shift to low-cost regions become a trend, which will be more obviously in future market.


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Auto Insurance And Dui A Dangerous Combination

Today laws have become very stringent about drinking and driving. And the insurance companies are following suit by introducing a strict stance on the offenders. As per the law, the insurance companies are not allowed to give auto insurance to people who have committed traffic violations many times, have got their driving license suspended, and are caught for drinking and driving. The basic response of insurance companies towards consumers (who are caught under DUI) is to cancel their policy or increase the rates of premium. If the customer does not show any improvement, then the company has the right to prevent his car insurance policy from getting renewed.

A person who has committed violations for many times, needs to keep a proper record of his auto insurance for a span of three to five years and then present it to the motor vehicle department of the state. To remove the suspension from your driving license, you need to seek an SRS-22 form from the car insurance company so that it can be submitted to the motor vehicle department. This SRS-22 form is a type of proof given by the insurance company which states that you are the owner of an auto insurance scheme. The presentation of SRS-22 form also means that the insurance company is responsible for informing the motor vehicle department if the car insurance scheme gets cancelled in the future for some reason.

Most of the offenders in DUI are required to present a SRS-22 form and therefore there is no way to hide these kinds of details from the insurance company. When you seek for a SRS-22 form, then immediately the insurance company puts you in the category of a perilous driver. This can eventually result in the company to cancel your policy or they will simply refuse to renew your policy once the current term for the policy expires. At the event of cancellation of your policy, the insurance company will send you a notice where the exact reason for terminating your policy will be stated. Then you can start looking for another insurance company who will be willing to provide you with auto insurance despite your past record with the previous company. All the insurance companies are not equipped to provide its customers with a SRS-22 form. So in such cases you have to get car insurance from a different company. Certain auto insurance does not provide auto insurance to people who are charged under DUI. Such customers can only expect to get their auto insurance after the completion of five years (from the date of DUI).

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Custom Tailored Car Seat Covers The Snug Fit Auto Accessories For Greater Car Interiors

Seats of your car must be comfortable and well maintained when it comes to enjoy the environment inside your car. Riding a well maintained car adds pleasure and fun to your journey. Since seats are the single most important factors inside your car, its necessary that you need to take care of your seats. Though seat protection is not a hard task, there are many car owners who find it hard to maintain their car upholstery. If you are struggling hard to safeguard your seats, custom car seat covers what you need to rely on.

The custom made auto seat covers are very effective auto accessories when it comes to protect your original upholstery and add look and feel inside your car. The quality of the seats of your car determines the quality of ultimate experience you get inside your car. Since seats are exposed to tons of abuses and hazards such as frictions, abrasions, dust, water, kids, and pets etc, you need to safeguard your original upholstery with the effective car seat cover.

Custom made seat covers provide the most effective protection to your original upholstery. Though the markets are full with the varieties of seat covers, getting any seat cover may not serve your purpose. Therefore, its crucial that you get car seat covers that are precisely tailored for your automotive make and model.

Prepared keeping the specifications of your car make and model in mind, the custom car seat covers fit right and embrace all the contours of your car seats. Snug fitting is the first and foremost condition that the seat covers of your car must come with. Besides providing desired protection to your original upholstery, the snug fit seat accessories add convenience and appeal to your car interiors as well.

The custom car seat covers you get must be made of strong, breathable, soft, and flexible materials. The seat covers should be strong enough to deal with UV rays, abrasions and frictions. Available in a wide range of car makes and models, there are varieties of car seat covers. So, whether you want Leatherette seat covers, Neoprene seat covers, Tweed seat covers, NeoSupreme seat covers, Genuine Leather seat covers, or Velour seat covers, you have the luxury to select the best accessory of your choice.


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Car accessories – the good, the bad and the ugly

When you spend so much of your time behind the wheel, adding a little personal flair to your surroundings can go a long way towards making you feel more at home. Accessorising your car can help you stand out from the crowd, but you need to be careful not to go overboard on the dcor – especially as poorly thought out accessorising could harm your vehicle’s resell value in the future. .

You can avoid this problem by choosing temporary improvements to your car that can be easily removed without leaving any tell-tale marks once they are no longer needed, or when it’s time for you and your car to part company. Permanent accessories can be like tattoos for your vehicle – they seemed like a good idea at the time, but you may come to regret them further down the line.

If you’re keen to make a striking impression, you can choose stick-on graphics for your car, avoiding the problems that can arise from getting a whole new paint job. However, the choice of precisely which images you use to decorate your vehicle can create an instant impression on anyone who sees your car – so choose wisely.

Among the more popular gaudy car stickers for young drivers are flame stickers and bullet holes, which often end up looking more like something from a cartoon than a style statement to be taken seriously. On the other hand, bullet hole stickers that look too realistic could lead to run-ins with the law, and any stickers that leave behind a permanent mark or scratch on your bodywork or glass could mean you have to pay for services like windscreen repair to undo the damage.

Even more of a statement than colourful decorations are ornaments attached to the outside of cars, which can sometimes have the opposite effect to what was intended. Featuring highly in the list of car accessory faux pas are rear wings and bonnet ornaments. A much more pleasing alternative is ornaments affixed more subtly on the back of cars, near to the make and model. Choosing symbols such as the Christian fish can indicate your lifestyle or beliefs, rather than shouting about them.

If you’re looking for car accessories that really add value to your vehicle, you should investigate options that actually improve the driving experience. This includes fog lights to improve visibility and mudguards to offer improved protection to your vehicle’s lower body, as well as technology that aims to make the driving experience more pleasurable, such as MP3 player docks.


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