Most automobile afficionados know that Hyundai and Kia are both South Korean car companies. They may also know that Hyundai is a part-owner of Kia, as a result of the latter’s 2007 bankruptcy. It should come as no surprise, then, that comparable models of each car maker share similar if not identical basic body structures. And while Kia does still operate independently and has a separate design workshop, marketing, and branding, both companies offer the same 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Some car owners are loyal to the Nissan brand. Others swear by Infiniti. Yet, at first glance, the Nissan and Infiniti model lineups look very much alike. Aside from the fact that Infiniti vehicles cost somewhat more than equivalent Nissans, what’s the difference?
When it comes to vehicle quality, INFINITI is a brand that’s recognized around the world as the epitome of luxury. Combining advanced mechanics with high-end amenities, INFINITI models embody the zenith of style, safety, comfort, and drivability.
Luxury—that is why you chose INFINITI, isn’t it? When it comes specifically to technology, the brand is a leader in many aspects that make it appealing to drivers and passengers alike. And you’d be hard-pressed to pick out which of its advanced luxury features is your favorite:
- The car’s Intelligent Key technology, which automatically unlocks the vehicle when it detects the key is nearby?
- The Forward Emergency Braking system, prevents fender-benders by calculating the distance between the car and the vehicle in front of it?
- The Around View Monitor technology, which irtually eliminates all blind spots for the driver?
- Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that allows the driver to choose one of three steering modes best suited for the situation?
- Intelligent Cruise Control
- InTouch Services, which can help vehicle owners remember appointments or automatically call for help in the event of an accident?
But…but…what if the unthinkable happens? What if, in spite of all those advanced safety and driver-assist features like the InTouch system, your INFINITI vehicle is somehow damaged in a collision or other unexpected mishap? Who will you call to repair it?
From Steel to Aluminum
Aluminum was not the first choice for Henry Ford, designing his first car in 1896. Several years later his Model T, affectionately referred to as Tin Lizzy, was fashioned from vanadium alloy steel, offering superior strength. This first Ford vehicle was self-starting, much like its inventor. Ford’s first truck followed in 1917, based off the Model T and named the Ford Model TT. The truck had a cargo capacity of one ton, which was no small feat for that era.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. – Henry Ford
The Ford F Series trucks were introduced in 1948, and the company reveled in its success for many years. Today’s Ford F-150 allows for as much as 3,270 pounds of maximum payload with the Heavy-Duty Payload Package. As an innovative company, Ford debuted the aluminum body F-150 to a skeptical public, inviting claims from rival manufacturers that it was no longer a serious contender in the pickup market, as real trucks have steel beds.
I am so obsessed with the cars that sometimes I feel like my heart is not a muscle, it’s an engine.
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
Keri Coach Works’ promise to our customers is commitment to providing exceptional auto body collision repair for all makes and models of vehicles. Exceptional service requires evolution. Our growth is directly related to that promise to our customers. Which means that we’re proud to announce that we’ve joined the newly expanded network of BMW Certified Collision Repair Centers. These centers have no equal when it comes to restoring your BMW to its original specifications.
Owning a BMW is not simply a financial investment. It’s an emotional investment. Your heart has a direct connection to that engine. Maybe you’ve always been a proud BMW owner. Or maybe your BMW is your first luxury vehicle. The car you’ve always dreamed of owning. BMW is not just a car, it’s a lifestyle. And to preserve that lifestyle, you take care of your BMW. You’re careful about where you park. You’re a conscientious driver. But no matter how responsible you might be, some things are out of your control. You have a minor or major accident. And that’s when you need Keri Coach Works.
A body shop is a body shop is a body shop. Right? Wrong! As with any human skill, levels of expertise and experience will vary from shop to shop and from individual to individual. Some mechanics are just better at it than others; and the collective skill of all the mechanics working at a single facility can vary—often significantly—from one to the other.
Similarly, a car is a car is a car. Right?! Wrong again! A long time ago, in an automotive galaxy far, far away, when the car industry was relatively young, one vehicle was more or less indistinguishable from another. Sure, some makes and models were simply better than others right off the assembly line. Some were known for their superior performance on the road, while others could boast about their extra-eyecatching stylish or sporty looks no matter where they were.
But aesthetics and engineering aside, underneath it all most automobiles could be characterized as “generic”: that is, they were all basically a collection of seats inside a box bolted to a chassis mounted on a set of four wheels—a self-motile machine equipped with lights and mirrors, propelled by a petroleum-fueled internal combustion engine, and controlled by a steering wheel, gear shift, gas-pedal, and brake. If it broke down, was involved in a collision, or otherwise damaged in some way far away from the dealer from which it was first purchased, no problem! Pretty much any competent mechanic could fix it. And if it needed new parts, again no problem: a good many of those parts were more or less standard and interchangeable from one make/model to another, and could easily be obtained from any well-stocked auto parts supplier.
Well, those days are long past.