Your Worst Driving Nightmare! Driving Instructor in Ireland Reveals the Secrets of Gallic Charm

One of the first articles we published in 2005 commenced the story of a little Gallic number and the horrors of being on the receiving end of a Monday Morning car, or perhaps it was a Friday afternoon example and Les Fran├žais were about to demonstrate their Rugby prowess by annihilating their favourite enemy thereby emptying the Factory in record time.

Either way it didn’t make much difference because in all the years of Automotive History there has never been such a car! However if anyone after reading this current chapter can beat the list of faults and eclipse the dissatisfaction rating, we will be glad to hear from them. We might even publish it on our Garage Horror Stories Archive on the Web Site! You are going to have to come up with something the equal of Frankenstein meets Alien or you are simply not at the races! Actually we never got to the races because with just 70 miles on the clock on day two the car went into self destruct mode and refused to take us any further!

Sadly, the Main Dealer who supplied this poorly constructed example of Automotive construction at its worst, had not been attending the Classes for Irate Customer Retrieval which are run regularly throughout the Autumn and Winter months when Car sales are a little slow and well, the Certificate of Attendance looks good on a C.V. ! We are talking here about the little list of accomplishments that accompany Job applications and Career advancement not the enigmatic and thoroughly charming Car of the same name by a certain French Car maker! Perhaps if we had purchased a little C.V. (although few examples existed at that time) we wouldn’t be writing this current chapter of the saga!

Still Life is full of Surprises and even fuller when it comes to parting with hard earned cash for those money eating, brain numbing, heartbreaking bits of Technology with the four little black bits that go round and round. (Phrase courtesy of Gary Anderson who for those of you not familiar with Motor Sport is a Formula One Designer and now fascinating Commentator)

Classes in dealing with all kinds of upset Car customers should be mandatory for all Car Sales Personnel and should be paid for by the Manufacturers. After all, without the Car Salesman, the Manufacturers would have a helluva lot of inventory to shift and since they created the problems in the first place it seems only fair that they should solve them don’t you think?

After the first few return visits to the said Dealership as parts imploded, shut down or just plain fell off, it was obvious that an early warning alarm system had been hurriedly cobbled together to announce our proximity! When someone did have the unfortunate experience of facing us head on, there were the usual expressions of incredulity and amazement that such a car could possibly be giving trouble. “Oh we never have any problems with this model” or “You have been spectacularly unfortunate with this Car” and so on…As anyone will tell you, the fact (disputable!) that no one else is having problems with a particular car or that you have been unlucky, doesn’t do anything at all to ease your own particular pain. In fact I think it makes things worse if anything!

What was sadly lacking but all too common was the need to appreciate that when things go wrong… Hell… they gotta get fixed and Pronto AND with a smile AND some suitable apologies. Then and maybe only then a Customer might be saved for another day. But what the heck we don’t need to bother with customers OR their problems… we’ve got a never ending queue of victims waiting to part with their cash for the latest model that’s been well advertised on T.V. so why worry?

I think this must be the derivation of the commonly used phrase now “No Worries” Picture the Car salesman viewing the queue of Customers waiting at the door come opening time…all he has to do is chant the personal mantra quietly to himself “No Worries” and all will be well . Did you ever hear of a Car Salesman being lynched?

The gruesome details would make a grown man weep…I should know I was there! Do you want the shortened version or the Directors Cut? The fully unexpurgated version will be available shortly on the web site but it is being digitally enhanced as we speak… so here are just a few titbits to keep you amused:

Week One … All Electrics Down …No Can fix! Temporary replacement for booked holiday!

Month One… Front Shock Absorber ceases to Absorb! Head Mechanic says there is no problem. Delighted when after insistence by customer that car be looked at there is a problem after all! Customers don’t know squat about Cars! That’s what you think!

Month Six… Steering Rack decides not to Steer any more! Why should the Shocks have all the fun? Obviously didn’t like the way I took our local corner every day on two wheels! No Part available in Ireland …so Coffee and Croissants for four days while car waits patiently on the rack! It’s a bit like the Spanish inquisition only French! Driving skills becoming atrophied through lack of use!

Month Eight…Accelerator Cable decides all this speed is just too much for comfort and …just like that …Snaps. Bank Holiday weekend ends in confrontation with Lady Friend and a Taxi home and complete misery.

I think that’s enough to be getting on with don’t you?…keep your ear to the ground for further instalments!

An In Depth Look At Auto Detailing

If you are a car owner, you must have heard of auto detailing. It is an excellent way of making sure that your car looks good and runs better for a longer period. Auto detailing refers to the usage of special equipment and tools such as car shampoos, car wax, chain lubricant, car polish, windshield washer, air conditioner cleaners, etc. to comprehensively clean your vehicle. Both the interior and the exterior of the vehicle are cleaned. As opposed to normal car washing, auto detailing is a much more thorough service.

There are a number of benefits to taking your car to an auto detailing service. However, to enjoy these benefits, you should know exactly what you should expect. Here are some of the salient features of auto detailing.

Paint maintenance

The paint of the car is extremely delicate and it should be taken care of. Auto detailing involves comprehensive steps which are designed to restore the overall glow of your car paint, add protection to the paint and correct any anomalies such as small dents and scratches. It usually consists of a three step process which includes cleaning the body using special shampoos, application of a clay bar and to finally polish the car. Car wax should also be applied to give the paint a greater glow.


If the taillight and the headlights of a car run for a long time, without being cleaned properly, there is a chance of oxidation kicking in, dimming the brightness of the light. Auto detailing services clean all the lights in a vehicle to prevent oxidation. Cleaning the windshield using special washing liquids is also a part of this process.

Wheels and chassis

Expert auto detailing services take care of your car’s chassis and undercarriage. This involves a thorough cleaning of the wheel wells as well as the cleaning of spaces around the suspension system. Wheels are also thoroughly cleaned to ensure that there is no debris stuck to the treads and it is dressed with special chain lubricant to guard against cracking and to improve their appearance.


The level of interior detailing depends on your preferences, with the minimum being the vacuuming of carpet and seats. More comprehensive options are also available. To completely clean the interior, lathering agents such as car shampoos can be used. If you have leather interiors, special care should be taken to avoid damage. After the interior surfaces have been cleaned, an air conditioner cleaner may be used inside the vehicle to remove any lingering smell of detergent.

Apart from auto detailing services, some companies also provide highly specialized services such as engine detailing which might be part of the overall package or need to be opted for, separately. Engine detailing involves the cleaning of your car’s engine to remove any contaminants and improve its efficiency. No matter what the kind of service you choose, it is important that you approach only a reputed car detailing service. Also make sure that the amount you pay is reasonable as well.

Selecting the Best Pressure Washing and Power Washing Equipment for Car Washing and Auto Detailing

Car washing and auto detailing professionals seeking commercial grade pressure washing and power washing equipment must evaluate the various technologies on the market while critically examining features and components. Only then can they begin to select the best pressure washing machines for their particular applications. Many in the car washing and auto detailing industry often make a mistake by selecting low-priced, under-featured power washing equipment that will absolutely not last. Pressure washing equipment pricing is a consideration, but not at the risk of negatively impacting quality and performance.

Unfortunately, many feel pressure washing and power washing machines are similar, but that could not be further from the truth. Retail stores like Lowes and Home Depot offer a variety of pressure washing equipment, but the reality is the system components, motors, pumps and other parts are just not designed to for heavy-duty usage over time, especially when one considers car washing and auto detailing. Logic rules when the one compares the pricing of one of these light-duty power washing machines to commercial and industrial pressure washing systems selling for hundreds and even thousands of dollars more.

Commercial pressure washing machines are excellent for the car washing and auto detailing industry and sold in a variety of configurations and technologies. A car washing or auto detailing business can purchase a cold, hot, or even steam power washing machine powered by electric, propane, gasoline, and even diesel technology. The pressure washing machines’ psi and flow rate will also impact car washing and overall auto detailing performance and cleaning results. The best pressure washing and power washing equipment can last for more than twenty years.

Professional car washing and auto detailing work should involve hot water power washing equipment as the goal is to wash cars and vehicles more quickly and effectively. Cold pressure washing systems simply lack the higher temperatures that are so necessary to help clean the car surfaces more deeply and dissolve substances more quickly. Only higher temperature power washing machines are capably of delivering that kind of performance.

Certainly, auto detailing and car washing success is dependent upon the customer’s satisfaction with the cleaning job. Pressure washing and power washing cleaning chemicals are a critical aspect of any car washing and auto detailing business, but the type and safety of the chemicals is important as well. The EPA closely monitors the car washing and auto detailing industry to help ensure runoff is captured without pouring down storm drains. Car washing and auto detailing professionals must employ whatever systems are necessary to ensure regulations are met, or else the EPA will impose stiff fines.

Green cleaning chemicals and solutions have become the buzzwords in the car washing and auto detailing industry. Be very careful to carefully review and evaluate the green cleaning chemicals presented to you to help ensure they perform as well as the vendors claim for your car washing and auto detailing business. The car washing and auto detailing industry is laden with traditional cleaning chemicals as well as the more popular green cleaning chemicals, but many do not work well. Your task is to weed out the good from the bad before making a decision. Nano technology is the latest offering in green cleaning chemicals and will make a dramatic impact in the car washing and auto detailing industry.

Your car washing and auto detailing business may require the use of electricity rather than fossil fuels to power as well as heat a power washing machine. Many in the car washing business wish to use pressure washing equipment with a lower flow rate, especially if drainage is a consideration within their facility. Fortunately, all electric, hot, low flow, high pressure washing equipment is available on the market to meet your needs. Often these high-performance power washing machines require a minimum of 220 volts of power, so you may need an electrician to make the necessary changes within your facility.

Make an informed decision before purchasing pressure washing and power washing machines for your car washing and auto detailing business. Your customers’ satisfaction and the success of your operation depend upon it.