Monday, February 28, 2011

Audi Cars - The Germans Always Make Good Stuff

What kind of car do you drive? Certain manufacturers may not be around in a few months and unless you want your car to be a thing of the past, then you might want to get an Audi.

Audi is a German automaker which makes cars that include but are not limited to: the A4, the A6, and the RS. The name comes from the Latin word for Hark. The brand is symbolized by a logo that consists of four overlapping rings (similar to the Olympics but without the fifth ring). The logo is a representation of the merger of four automobile makers from the 1930s (Audi, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer). Together they formed something called Auto Union and the logo came about shortly after.

Today, Audi cars can be bought from dealers that are all over the world. The A4 and A6 are more accessible than the RS because the RS is higher-end vehicle (higher than the already high-end Audi S). The A4 and A6 are more compact Sedan-types and not as luxurious.

But, a simple history lesson is not enough to convince the savvy consumer that they should purchase an Audi auto. So what is? How about a rundown of the cars listed, starting with the A4.

The Audi A4
The A4 is classified as a compact executive car. This is fancy European jargon for a small luxury type vehicle. This car began production in 1994 and is currently still in production today. It comes in a sedan version or a wagon version and features front wheel drive or four wheel drive. The car can come equipped with a V8 engine as well.

The Audi A6
The A6 is the next step up from the A4. It is classified as an executive car, meaning it is larger than a family sized car would be. It also comes in both sedan and wagon version (saloon and estate types). It also began production in 1994 and features 4 or 5 doors, front wheel drive, and four wheel drive.

The 2005 model won an award for World Car of the Year.

The Audi RS
The RS is manufactured by a division called Audi AG. They are made specifically to be luxurious, enhanced sport vehicles. The higher powered cars come with all the features of other Audis, but also an additional convertible form.

And these RS types can look really cool, especially the higher tier ones. It is as if you are looking at a car you would see James Bond driving (and that pretty good considering he only drives the best).

But, that is just a brief overview of those particular cars. In order to get the full feel and information (specs too) one would have find their local Audi dealer and test drive a car. Afterwards you will actually want to answer me the next time I ask, What kind of car do you drive? Because you will be driving an Audi automobile. Cheers.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our Services at Star Tech European

We are a European Automotive Service and Repair facility. We specialize in Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, Audi, Volkswagen, Volvo and Mini.

From minor services like oil changes to major repairs we are skilled and ready to service your vehicle with care and thoroughness. With over 35 years of experience, we have the knowledge to give you the best service possible.

Unlike most repair facilities, the owner of this facility is the head mechanic!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

How To Draw A Porsche

Porsche, founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche, are the manufacturers of world's high performance luxury automobiles ranging from cars, tractors, and electric vehicles to even aircraft engines. It is a well-known brand in motorsport and is currently the world's largest racecar manufacturers. Porsche is a German automotive company with its headquarters in Zuffenhausen and has close relations with the Volkswagen Group. The first Volkswagen Beetle was designed by Ferdianand Porsche himself, which became the most successful car design of all time.

Required drawing tools:
- Pencil
- Eraser
- Paper or Canvas
- Color or paint brush (optional)

Drawing a Porsche: To draw a Porsche facing left, first form a rough sketch of the car lightly, to be able to neatly erase any unwanted lines, as we progress with the art.

- Body: To begin with, draw an oval extending horizontally. The size of the oval determines the size of the car to be drawn. This forms the outline of the body of our car. Sketch another curve just outside the lower part of the oval, following the contours. Now erase a small part of this new curve at two points and connect the broken ends by an inverted 'C.' The size and position of the 'C' drawn should be commensurate with the size of two wheels of the car.

- Hood: The hood of the car will comprise of the windshields, the side window, and a frame to support the hood. Draw a trapezium in the left upper portion of the oval body. The parallel side of the trapezium with longer line will form the upper portion of the windscreen and extends down just covering the upper left quarter of the oval body. Draw a triangle inside the body adjacent to trapezium such that it covers the upper right portion of the oval, this forms the side glasses of our car. Extend the left hand side of the triangle downwards to make it look like the side door of the car.

- Headlights: For the head light, draw two small circles towards the left side of the oval body, adjacent to each other inside the oval. Align them parallel to the windshield.

- Tyres: Draw two more circles below the inverted 'C' we already drew on the car body representing tyres of the car. Draw some fine lines marking the details, thereby enhancing the car features.

- Shading: Erase unwanted lines using the eraser and darken the remaining sketch using a pencil. Also, shade the drawing to give it a realistic look. Color the Porsche as per your choice.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

At Star Tech European We Do Things Differently!!

Although we use the manufacturer's recommended inspection specifications, we will never sell you something you don't need. At your time of service, we'll inspect your filters, spark plugs and other maintenance issues and make our recommendations based on your car's needs.

Let us inspect your car and tell you what we see your car needs to keep it running at it's best, without spending more money than you need to.

We proudly use Mobil 1 products and original equipment filters.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

How We Feel About Business

The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Volkswagen Beetle

What does The Beatles, hippies, and Adolf Hitler all have in common? They all have something to do with the Volkswagen Beetle.

If you're one of the people who have lived through the psychedelic and groovy era which is the 60's, you've probably seen a Volkswagen Beetle. It can be pretty hard not to see one, it is the car which has the most units sold (20 million Beetles were manufactured, and some are still running today).

One of the proudest moments of the Volkswagen Beetle was when one was featured on the cover of coincidentally, the Beatles album cover for "Abbey Road". The Beetle on the cover instantly became a huge hit among the fans of The Fab Four. The car's license plate was stolen multiple times and went through different hands. The license plate became as popular, if not more popular than the car itself.

That original Beetle in fact, became almost like an icon that represented the era of the hippies. It is such a popular car that when it came up for auction in 1986, it was sold for an eye-popping amount.

Now while the Beetle with its air-cooled Boxster engine may not be have a lot of horsepower to spare, it more than makes up for it with its charming looks and versatility. The Volkswagen Beetle, or "Bug" as it is more affectionately called has a front bumper that seems to resemble a smiling face. And this feature is what made the Bug the hippies' car of choice. This friendly-looking car is used by the hippies not just to get from place to place; they also paint their Bugs with vibrant colours, in an effort to bring their message of love and peace to the masses.

But the Bug's history isn't all love and happiness. Most people don't even know that the Volkswagen Beetle's design was actually thought of by none other than Adolf Hitler himself. Hitler wanted a car that could be manufactured relatively cheap so that the masses could afford to buy one. This is where the company got its name; Volkswagen literally translates into "the People's Car".

But despite being the lovechild of the German Fuhrer, it still became one of the most recognizable car models, ever.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tips For Exterior Detailing On European Cars

When it comes to caring for the exterior finish on European cars like BMW, Audi, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz the devil is in the details. During the winter months most car exteriors stay dirty, at least they do in the Indianapolis area. That doesn't mean it's right. Road salt wreaks havoc on a car's finish so a once-a-week car wash should be mandatory.

Cheer up. Snow and ice covered streets won't be around forever. Summer will be here before you know it, and you can put the top down on that shiny red BMW convertible or that cute little Audi TT.

Let's talk about the basic tools of the trade for making sure the exterior on your car looks great.


Sometimes it's the most obvious things we forget about. Have a couple of buckets handy, or maybe three. One for soap, one with clean water, and one to serve as a toolbox.


Most important thing to consider when choosing what to use on your car is what it will do to the paint job. Do not use a cleaner with any abrasive quality. Check your vehicle manual or the manufacturer's website before making a purchase.


Again, the critical thing to avoid is any sort of abrasion. Start with a clean sponge. Make sure to keep it free of grit or gravel. Most any sponge will do but you might want to check out a car wash mitt. These are a great alternative to a sponge or rag.


You'll want a lot of towels. Drying the car immediately will help avoid water spots. Many kinds of "shammys" are available. They are highly absorbent and non-abrasive. Use separate towels for wiping the tire rims.


Waxing is a labor of love. A little elbow grease will make a big difference. This will protect the paint job, keep dirt and grime from clinging to the finish, and give you a shine to be proud of.

These basic items will get you through the car washing smoothly. Additionally, metal polish, tire cleaner, and bug remover might also come in handy. One bit of advice, don't rub your car the wrong way. Whenever you are cleaning, drying, or wiping use a circular motion. This will work best and help you avoid scratching the finish.

If you discover scratches in the finish don't freak out. There are electric buffers you can purchase to take care of the problem yourself. However, it might be best to go to a local repair shop that is familiar with the finishes on European cars. They will have the tools and know-how to get rid of the scratches quickly without causing any more damage.

Get these tools and get ready to make your car beautiful.

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