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Best OBD1 Scanner Reviews Posted for Auto Owners at Got Engines

Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 19, 2013

On-board diagnostic scanners and programs have been used by mechanics for more than two decades to diagnose automobile problems. The Got Engines company sells replacement engines that are inserted into used vehicles and is now reviewing popular scan tools for consumers. A best OBD1 scanner reviews guide is now published online at .

This new guide examines the OBD1 and OBD2 scanners that are in use by many consumers to locate issues with modules and other parts installed in vehicles. This company has examined many of the top brands that can be purchased through retailers online.

“Auto scan tools are one way that could reduce the price of auto repairs for any motor vehicle,” said a reviewer for the Got Engines company. Vehicle diagnostics completed by a professional mechanic can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to define a problem.

The OBD1 scanners and OBD II counterparts that are now reviewed range in price from $ 10 to $ 299 for higher end units. The functions of each unit as well as the requirement of diagnostic software is examined inside the review. Immediate links to third party retailers are provided to help car owners take advantage of discovered incentives online.

“The digital technologies that are now used by manufacturers have lowered the cost for owning an automotive scanner to detect vehicle problems,” the reviewer added. Price incentives and shipping discounts that are included in the review are based on current offerings by retailers.

Car owners can still continue to purchase used engines directly from the Got Engines company online. New inventory has recently been added and announced apart from the series of reviews that are now used to educate consumers. The toll-free number at 1-866-320-1065 remains active as a national support line.


The company provides instant access to pricing details and other information from its website online. This company retails engines that are previously owned and sourced through top distribution agencies in the U.S. Hundreds of different engine types are required by this company on a monthly basis to sell and ship units directly to buyers. The website now features intelligent quotation systems designed for automotive use to shorten any research or price inquiries that are made by automotive owners, mechanics or body shops nationwide.

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Michigan Furniture Manufacturer to Open Showroom in West Bloomfield

West Bloomfield, Michigan (PRWEB) August 28, 2013

Traverse City-based Woodland Creek Furniture is proud to announce the grand opening of their handcrafted, fine-furnishings showroom, URHOUZZ, on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Located in West Bloomfield, Mich., URHOUZZ will be the first retail location in metro Detroit for the family-owned Michigan business.

URHOUZZs parent company, Woodland Creek Furniture, is located on East Bay in Traverse City and has been devoted to crafting unique and custom furniture from local and sustainable sources for nearly 12 years.

Woodland Creek Furniture offers an artisan approach to furniture making. With the rise of globalization, most local furniture manufacturing jobs in the past 50 years were sent overseas for the nearly non-existent environmental laws and inexpensive labor. Robert Evina, President of Woodland Creek Furniture, has been quietly working to bring some of those jobs back home. Evina is part of a burgeoning micro-manufacturing movement taking root in this country. New tools and technologies enabled him to not only support his philosophy of sustainability and the use of environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques, but they also ensured the creation of jobs in the state of Michigan.

Evina founded his business more than a decade ago because he wanted to design unique, handcrafted furniture, while traveling the world during his career. Hes visited most of Eastern and Western Europe and Asia in search of unique accessories and furniture made from exotic woods.

Every piece manufactured by Woodland Creek Furniture and sold in their brand new West Bloomfield location will be beautifully crafted from reclaimed woods or responsibly harvested materials. More than 50 percent of their products are made in the U.S., and theyre proudly committed to manufacturing more than 30 percent in their Michigan workshop. Pieces purchased from the Michigan workshop will include a certificate identifying the builder and shop manager. If the customer is ever in the Traverse City area, theyre invited to stop in and meet the builder for a private, guided tour of the space. In the near future, Evina hopes to take it one step further — hes investing in live Internet streaming of the furniture making process. Customers will soon be able to log-in and watch their customized furniture being built.

Woodland Creek Furniture is exclusively found in metro Detroit at the new URHOUZZ showroom, and because there is no middleman, theyre able to pass along incredible savings to the customer. Setting them apart from their competitors, approximately 90 percent of the furniture URHOUZZ sells will be entirely customizable in both size and finish. We do not want people to buy from us just because most of the furniture is made in the U.S. Rather, we want them to fall in love with our designs, our competitive pricing, our customization — the fact that it is made in America should be just icing on the cake, says Evina.

Any products that are sourced from abroad have been strategically selected based on a shared commitment to unique design, quality, and sustainability. These companies have pledged to manufacture furniture using reclaimed woods or fast-growing, sustainable plantation woods. Lead times are a bit longer for imported designs, but most of our customers do not mind after they discover the benefits of working with the companies from which we source, says Evina.

URHOUZZ and Woodland Creek Furniture will work to introduce fresh, new interpretations of classic furnishings and craft innovative new pieces that serve beautifully in both form and function. From contemporary to rustic, URHOUZZ has a style for every aesthetic.

Evina presently operates three retail stores and has a growing internet business. Thanks to this little invention called the Internet, small businesses can compete with the big box stores, says Evina. In the past year, thousands of customers found Woodland Creek and URHOUZZ online. Hundreds actually got in a car or on a plane and visited the store and workshop from other states, in order to have us design custom furniture for their homes, says Evina. It is quite humbling to know that they are passing by hundreds if not thousands of furniture stores to come see us. We will keep doing what we know how to do listening to the customer, and designing and crafting quality furniture that makes the customer smile. Its a simple plan, but it seems to be working.

Last year, Woodland Creek Furniture shipped more than 2,500 custom pieces of furniture to points all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. This, their fourth store in West Bloomfield, will soon be followed by a fifth store in Ann Arbor in 2014.

URHOUZZ is located at 6648 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, Mich. 48322, near the corner of Orchard Lake and Maple Roads. URHOUZZ is adjacent to Sherwood Studios, a fine contemporary furniture store and interior design studio. For more information, visit URHOUZZ is open seven days a week. Monday, Thursday, and Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. Urhouzz

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FlowStop Now Offers Golfball as well as Football-sized Repair Plugs That Instantly Stop Leaks Even Under Water

Denver, NC (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

In response to the enormous reception for FlowStops new Football pipe plug, FlowStop has now introduced a smaller version, the Golfball. This new polyurethane impregnated, water-activated foam plug is designed to contain spills in holes up to one and one half inches in diameter.

Both the Golfball and Football plugs have revolutionary qualities that will temporarily stop the flow from a leak in anything from a pipe, to a tanker, to a rail car — even a boat hull! What makes both products so unique is that they start as a pliable plug that can be easily inserted into a void. Then it quickly expands and hardens to fill the void, taking the shape of a golf ball or small childs football. The versatile repair plug can even be applied below the water line!

The FlowStop Golfball and Football provide many significant benefits to the spill containment and marine industries as well as fire departments, HazMat teams, first-responders and clean-up crews. They are ready to use immediately, with no mixing or other prep work required. The application is fast, simple and mess-free. Most important of all, they set rock hard in under three minutes and work for all types of accidents, punctures and leaks.

FlowStops Golfball and Football plugs are also making a major impact in the towing industry when large truck fuel tanks are damaged in roadway accidents.

The new plugs are now available in Kits that come in a 3 ? gallon portable plastic water bucket with lid along with step-by-step instructions and protective gloves. Each Kit can be customized to include a mix of both products or just one size, up to six in a bucket. The Golfball and Football plugs come in foil packets. Once submerged in water for just 5 seconds the yellow-foam is used to plug the hole — curing in less than three minutes in temperatures ranging from 32 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remaining Golfballs or Footballs can be easily stored in the bucket for future use.

Both plugs provide excellent resistance to gasoline, kerosene, diesel, formaldehyde and other urethane chemicals and toxins.

When a leak needs to be stopped fast, nothing works better than our new Golfball and Football plugs, says Perry Beaty, president of FlowStops manufacturer, Logos Inc. Theyre amazingly fast and have proven to abort crisis situations more effectively than anything else on the market. Everyone who has used them is impressed by their speed and effectiveness. Were proud to add the FlowStop Golfball along with the Football to our product line of pipe plugs.

FlowStop is an industry leader in handling flow control, spill response and the evacuation or flushing of hazardous liquids. Its signature product is a unique inflatable pipe plug designed to make flow control, containment and remediation faster and more effective than any previously available solution. FlowStops Round and Elliptical models

are light weight, compact and simple to use. The innovative design technology includes Thermo PolyUrethane construction which, unlike rubber, wont gum up or eat through the plug and is impervious to hydrocarbons and 99% of known chemicals.

The FlowStop units combine to contain contaminants in pipes from 6 to 48 inches. All models are housed in a waterproof, weather-resistant case containing all the components necessary for quick and easy operation. There are no other products comparable on the market.

About FlowStop

Based in Denver, North Carolina, FlowStop is originally known for its inflatable pipe plug designed to manage flow control, containment, remediation, spill response and evacuation/flushing. It also simplifies drain line maintenance. Fema Grant-approved, the patented design includes single and dual 2 inch flow-through ports for serving non-pressurized pipes. The models not only arrest unwanted contaminants in storm drains. They also turn the storm drain into a containment tool thereby simplifying the control and remediation process!

The new FlowStop Golfball and Football Plugs are the newest products in the line, controlling leaks more quickly, easily and accurately than any other product available anywhere. To learn more, visit or call 877 356-9767.


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Cartelligent release Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Analysis

Sausalito, California (PRWEB) August 14, 2013

Cartelligent has released its analysis of the decision to consider a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle. The service, based in Sausalito, California and with branches in East Bay, Silicon Valley and Orange County helps thousands of people purchase cars each year across all manufacturers. Its team of professional car buyers has put together a guide to help consumers understand the pros and cons of choosing a green vehicle.

With California gas prices consistently among the highest in the country, its no surprise that Cartelligent clients ask a number of questions about hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. These vehicles not only can they save money at the pump, but they also reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the environment and our reliance on fossil fuels.

The Toyota Prius, Cartelligents perennial top seller among all makes and models, recently hit the 3 million mark in worldwide sales and was the best-selling car in California in 2012. Sales of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are also on the rise.

The car buying experts at Cartelligent have compiled a list of questions car-buyers can ask themselves in order to determine whether a green vehicle may be a good option for their needs.

How many miles will the vehicle be driven in an average year?

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are often priced somewhat higher than their gas equivalents. The time required for savings at the pump to offset this initial price disparity (also known as the payback period) can vary from under a year to over eight years depending on the make and model selected. The more the vehicle is driven the faster the savings from increased fuel economy can add up to shorten the payback period.

How far will the vehicle be driven on a typical day?

Plug-in hybrids and 100% electric vehicles have a limited electric range (the distance they can be driven on a single battery charge). While the number of EV charging stations is growing, they are by no means as prevalent as the traditional gas station. A plug-in hybrid will simply shift into gas-mode when the battery is drained, but the 100% electric vehicle will need to be charged before it can be driven further.

What percentage of the vehicles drive will be city vs. highway?

A recent Carnegie Mellon study found that commuters who spend a majority of their drive on surface streets or in stop-and-go freeway traffic can cut their lifetime costs by 20% by choosing a hybrid and cut their greenhouse emissions in half. Plug-in hybrids can save even more by increasing the amount of time spent in electric mode.

Can the carpool lane shorten daily commute time?

A number of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are eligible for Clean Air Vehicle Decals that will allow you to use the carpool lane with only one person in the car. The savings in time spent driving on a daily basis can more than justify the decision to buy a qualifying vehicle.

Is the option to install a home-charging station available?

Many city-dwellers may not have the option to install a home-charging station. Those who own older homes should be aware that there may be significant rewiring required as the home may not have enough power to handle a plug-in hybrid or electric car. It may be a good idea to speak to an electrician beforehand to discuss your options and estimate how long it will take the vehicle to charge.

How important is vehicle performance?

With a hybrid car or plug-in, aggressive driving such as heavy acceleration and higher speeds, will increase the amount of time spent in gas mode (as opposed to electric) and result in greater fuel consumption. Some electric vehicles and plug-ins may also feel less responsive to those used to the auditory feedback of a traditional vehicle.

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles are all great choices, but the wide variety of options available can be confusing and time consuming to decipher. Diesel vehicles have come a long way in recent years while conventional gas models have made huge strides in fuel efficiency. Its important for consumers to weigh the pros and cons of each option against their vehicle needs in order to make an educated decision.

We welcome inquiries about these tips or about car buying in general. To set up an interview with one of our experts, please contact Jessica Carstens at 415-339-4562 or email jcarstens(at)cartelligent(dot)com.

About Cartelligent: For over thirteen years, Cartelligent has connected car buyers with the new car they want, at the right price. Thousands of satisfied clients have saved time and money while avoiding the hassle of the traditional dealer experience by working with Cartelligent to help them enjoy the car buying experience like never before.

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