Used Lexus – The Prestige Car Competition Heats Up!

There is a great deal of competition for the same individual marketplaces in the automotive world. For every trailblazing supermini or SUV, there are literally hundreds of pretenders snapping at its heels. The particular example I would like to focus on here would be that of the executive saloon; chiefly populated by the popular German car manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz.

There are competing manufacturers for the top three manufacturer spots and they are emanating from all over the world. The Ford Mondeo has yet to raise its profile enough to compete in this particular market, but is improving greatly in every incarnation it has. The same could be said for the Saab 9-5 which could become a fantastic contender in the next few years. There is one overriding competitor to the executive saloon that is turning many more heads than the majority and that is Lexus.

Lexus, finally made their appearance at the 1988 Los Angeles Car Trade show and have been trying to grab a sizeable share of the saloon market ever since. Test driving the new Lexus IS220d would confirm that they definitely have the capability to challenge for greater things. Smooth luxurious driving and all mod cons ensure that this car is one to look out for in the future.  

If you are looking for a more affordable alternative then there are plenty of much cheaper Used Lexus models appearing at dealerships throughout the UK. Although I would recommend avoiding their diesel engines as they do feel much more sluggish compared to the quick and zippy petrol alternatives.  

You Can Now Get Online Car Insurance Quotes For Your Modified Or Imported Car

If you have an imported car it can be a hassle to get registered and insured in Australia. Your state’s registration body will often need an engineer’s report or site inspection before you can get your vehicle on the road. Then finding insurance is a nightmare. Most insurance companies won’t insure imported vehicle and you end up finding it impossible to make a comparison and save. If you have a normal car, online car insurance is easy to find. But for imported cars or modified cars it is important to know where to start looking.

Companies that insure modified cars either specialize only in modified, unique, custom and import cars or are such large companies that they deal in everything. When you get you online quotes you may have to wait 24 hours as each request is usual unique and unlike simple car insurance you can’t get live quotes. Some insurance companies in Australia that deal in such insurances include;

Dawes (owned and underwritten by Calliden): Dawes deal in prestige, high performance and high value vehicles and high end bikes. They also insure unique workplace vehicles such as film set vehicles.

Famous (owned and underwritten by Calliden): Famous insurance high performance, grey import, and modified cars. Famous acquired Young & Cool which was a popular insurance company for young drivers with custom and modified cars.

Just Car (Underwritten by AAMI): Tailored for young drivers with modified cars, high performance cars and imported cars. These types of cars can almost be impossible to insure at almost all other companies.

LSV Lumley Special Vehicles (owned and underwritten by Wesfarmers): LSV insure classic, prestige car and special vehicles.

Shannons (owned and underwritten by the Suncorp Group): provides innovative and flexible insurance policies for the special needs of motoring enthusiasts

State Motoring Bodies: In addition to the above, the motoring bodies of Australia such as RACV and NRMA offer at least one, and sometimes 3, types of unique car insurance products covering most situations.

Some features that are common to unique car insurance policies are things save as salvage and agreed value. Salavge means that if your car is written off, they will pay you out the agreed amount and you get to keep the wreck. So if you want you can get to work and rebuilt your old car. Agreed value comes as a result of unique cars not really having a market value. Some are so rare they hardly ever come up for sale, therefore the insurance company will negotiate with the owner a price in case of a write-off.

Getting online car insurance for your import or modified car is now going to be so much easier. Just make a comparison from a few of the companies above and you are well on your way to a better and cheaper car insurance policy.

Prestige Car Hire

When an important client comes to visit your business, it can make all the difference if you wine and dine them. This is particularly important if it is a new client that you are wishing to bag. This may be their first impression of your company, and the way you treat them will go a long way to deciding on how your business relationship will go forward.

This does not end simply in the boardroom. If the client is coming from a distance to meet you, then you may need to pick them up from the airport. This is one of the first impressions the client will get from you, so how should you proceed?

Some people think that hiring a prestige car for a client arriving at the airport may seem extravagant. For example, the client may think that you are a company that is willing to throw away money on unrequired expenses. They may also feel intimidated that you are clearly trying to butter them up for what you want from them.

These concerns are really very far from the truth though. Hiring a prestige car is generally for a small period of time, and does not cost that much money. As long as you are consistent in your treatment of customers, they will appreciate the extra effort. Do not be thrifty with customers until it is time for them to renew their services, they will see this a mile away and not appreciate the extra effort you have put in.

If you commonly have prestige clients arriving, you should have a prestige car hire company ready to call upon. You will be able to negotiate a discount with the company if you are planning on using their services regularly. In the end, this can make the price of hiring a prestige car with a driver about the same price as expensive airport taxis, or having members of staff taking lots of time out of their day to cater for these clients.

Above this need, you could start to use the prestige car company for your own uses, so that when you go to visit clients and suppliers in your local area the car company can drive you, or you can hire the prestige car. They will commonly be able to drop off the car at your location, ready for you to use. It is a great symbol of your company’s success for your business partners to see.

What You Need to Know About Prestige Car Hire

Sports cars and prestige cars are pretty powerful. In fact, if you’ve never driven one before, you’ll be surprised by the power under the hood. Hiring a prestige car for your big day, for a photo shoot or even just for a particularly luxurious weekend away can be a fab idea, but if you’re not used to driving a powerhouse there are a few things you’ll need to know before you get behind the wheel.

All of the Controls Will Probably Be Different

Many supercars have a “flappy paddle” gearbox – which, if you’re not familiar with it, is completely different to a regular stick shift gearbox. Flappy paddle boxes have the paddles on either side of the steering wheel, and to change gears, you have to “flap” the paddle. It’ll take a little getting used to, so keep it in mind. Another difference is the handbrake, so-called because it’s conveniently located to the left-hand side and you can access it with your hand. In many prestige cars, the handbrake is either on the floor (a completely separate pedal to the footbrake) or it’s a button on the dash. Again, it’ll take some getting used to, so familiarise yourself before you set off.

Petrol and Diesel Will Run Out Fast

Most rentals allow a mileage of 100 miles per day, with additional miles available for a surcharge. That might seem like loads. But, depending on the make and model of the car that you choose, you’ll need to fill up before you reach the 100 mile mark. Plus, you’ll usually have to return the car with a full tank of fuel, so fill up only about a mile before you reach your location to make sure you don’t have to pay any surcharges.
Under 25? You’ll Have to Pay

Some companies let those that are under 25 drive premium cars. But it’s a select few – generally, the consensus is that the younger you are, the more risk and therefore the more likely it is that you’ll damage the car or get into an accident. As such, premiums for the day are usually extremely high for those under 25 and some companies will veto you altogether. If you’ve held a valid driving license and had no driving offences or tickets since you were old enough to drive, then you’re in with a better chance. But be prepared to pay and to pay rather handsomely for it.

You’ll Have to Change How You Drive

Put your foot down to accelerate the tiniest bit and you’ll jump forward very, very quickly. Brake, and you’ll screech to what feels like an emergency stop. Steering will be far more responsive, and you only need to turn the wheel a fraction to go where you want to go. You’ll also find that because everything feels so different, your driving style will have to change and you’ll need to take a half hour or so to familiarise yourself with the car before heading out on your journey – learning how to change gears, how far down to press the accelerator or the brake and even, as silly as it sounds, where the indicators are.

Be Careful

It might sound jaw-droppingly obvious but prestige cars can be worth upwards of £100,000, so it’s really important to be as careful as you can. Of course, you’ve got to have a bit of fun. But virtually no companies will let you take the car onto a racetrack – which also means that you shouldn’t compensate by running it at 120mph down an empty motorway! Many companies install trackers in their vehicles and they’ll be able to tell exactly how fast you’ve been driving.