The Rise of The Keyless Theft and How To Power Up Your Security

Auto theft rates have been on a decline for the last few years now, but a recent crime wave in the UK shows that modern vehicles with keyless technology are the new targets of the car thieves.

Keyless car entry is designed to provide convenience for owners but it is now being used by organized crime gangs and opportunistic criminals to break into and steal vehicles that are equipped with the technology. Over 85.000 vehicles were stolen in the United Kingdom with a staggering 56% rise in the number of stolen vehicles compared to last year. What is more worrying is that 70% of the owners claim they still had their car keys on them. Keyless car entry and engine start features are great examples of innovations in vehicle technology but the relay thefts show us that exploitation of technology will always be an issue.

A group of researchers from a German company called ADAC used radio transmitters to test which cars are susceptible to relay attacks. The Munich-based automobile club performed a study on dozens of cars to test a radio “amplification attack” that extends the range of unwitting drivers’ key fobs to gain entry to cars and even start their ignitions. A whopping 110 cars from 27 different manufacturers were found to be at risk. ADAC says it successfully broke into 24 different cars, including European cars like the Audi A3, A4, and A6, BMW 730d, and Opel Ampera. It also found models like the Ford Galaxy, Kia Optima, and Toyota Rav4 were susceptible, among many others. An ADAC spokesman told: “We are revealing this IT problem at more and more brands across different manufacturers. This statement clearly suggests that millions of vehicles are vulnerable to theft.

So, how do the thieves make off with a car without needing the owner’s keys? The relay theft essentially requires a device called a relay box and two people. The device performs a search for the radio signal generated by the key fob inside the house and boosts its range to 15 to 20 meters. One person holds the device within range of the victim’s key while the other perpetrator remains close to the car. Normally, to prevent the abuse of keyless entry, vehicle computer systems have restrictions and can seek out the key signal only within a few meters from the car. The relay box tricks the car into thinking that the key is in close proximity and allows the criminals to break into the car and even start the engine. The whole process takes less a minute. Modern vehicles are costly investments and yet a gadget that costs only £30 lets hackers steal them without even breaking a sweat.

Thieves may seem to have the upper hand in this situation but let’s not forget we live in a modern age where tech and security companies work tirelessly to find alternative ways to prevent relay attacks. Relay boxes need to pick up the signals from the key fob so the first order of business is to put your car keys in a container that blocks the radio signals. Securing the keys alone is obviously not enough; there are still adept thieves that can attempt to steal your car and with their experience, they might just be able to do it. That is why it is important to secure your car and delay the thieves as long as possible in the event of an actual theft attempt.

There are several gadgets and security systems that can help the car owners to fortify their defenses against these tech-savvy criminals. Manufacturers insist that modern-day vehicles are more secure than ever, but criminals prove them wrong all the time and that is precisely why car owners need to adopt additional security measures in place to prevent theft. Most car owners tend to think that car alarms are useless and they only make noise but as a deterrent, they are one of the best solutions on the market. It is worth spending some extra money on a high-end car alarm that can delay or completely dissuade the thief. Steering wheel locks are great visual deterrents as well. Cheap models may not have a chance at stopping the criminals but a top-quality wheel lock can give even the most accomplished thief a run for his money.

When it comes to car security though, there is nothing better than a vehicle tracking system. Vehicle trackers are armed with the best features to deal with the sophisticated thieves committing the relay attacks. State-of-the-art tools such as geo-fence zones, movement sensor, shock sensor and immobilization will ensure that no thief, no matter how experienced or skilled they are, will be able to get away with your car. And in case the worst should happen and criminals manage to steal your car, you can track the vehicle’s precise location in real-time and inform the authorities. No other security system or device can offer the car owners the guaranteed safe return of their cars and that is why vehicle tracking devices are the best at what they do.

Common sense goes a long way in protecting your vehicle against theft attempts. People tend to be careless when it comes to their cars; they leave the keys in the ignition for quick stops, keep the doors open or leave valuable items in plain sight inside the car. You have to make sure not to provide a window of opportunity for theft and keep the security measures active all the time. Unfortunately, even the latest technologies have vulnerabilities that can be exploited by criminals. Cars, especially the new models, will always the favorite targets of criminals; that is why vehicle owners need to go the extra mile and invest in the best security systems on the market. Failure to do so might cost you an expensive car.

Paint Protection Film – What Is It?

Everything you purchase, you seem to want to keep safe from harm. Whether it be screen protectors and cases for your phone, or sleeves for your laptop, you want to ensure it remains scratch and damage free for as long as it can survive. So why then, do people not care the same about their cars? I mean sure, you wouldn’t give two hoots if the car you drive is just some beat up old lemon, but there are more new cars on the road now more than ever (FCAI 2017). New cars today are more fragile, delicate, and quite frankly, aren’t exactly built to last like old cars. No wonder you hear the passing comment of “they don’t make ’em like they used to”. So it makes sense to want to ensure your car will last as long as it possibly can.

Now, there are preventative measures, such as ensuring it’s well maintained, cleaning it, and driving carefully. But, what about factors you can’t control. For instance, a small piece of gravel that’s been kicked up by a semi-trailer, and ricochets off your bonnet, or roof, or mirror, or any part. This is where paint protection film steps in. Its purpose is similar to that of bulletproof glass (please do not shoot at a car with paint protection film). It’s job is to absorb the impact by acting as a barrier. Its composition is made up of a polyurethane film, not too far off the stuff used on armoured glass. The use of paint protection film is to ensure that little to no harm comes to your vehicle. I mean, it’s not going to protect you if you another car slams into you at 60km/h. That job is reserved for your seatbelt and airbags. It will, however, stop those unruly scratches, stone chips, and even minor abrasions. It even protects your paint work from pollutants and contaminants, such as bird droppings, tree sap, dirt, dust and other unfavourable things that could damage your paint. Paint protection film can save you a tonne of money in the long run. While more affordable alternatives, namely ceramic coating, are available, they do not provide the protection against scratches and rock chips. Paint protection film does.

Paint protection film is also a fantastic way to preserve your vehicles colour, especially if it’s a custom colour! It’s a preferred product for classic cars, you know, the ones that were “made like they used to”. These cars are often high end classics, with discontinued paint finishes, so it’s no wonder they would want paint protection.

Simple Modifications to Enhance the Performance of Ferrari Cars

Tuning the car engine for enhancing its performance has become the hottest topic in the cyber world among the motors throughout the world. An interesting fact about the tuning is that it is not able to enhance the performance of old cars but also in the newly launched cars, that are endorsed to empowered with powerful engines. Well, this is quite surprising that why an owner of the newly purchased car will prefer to enhance the power of his car that is already equipped with a powerful engine. Interestingly an answer to this question in simple words is to enjoy its full potential.

This is mainly because of the strategy adopted by the manufacturer of the particular car, that restricts them to launch their car by minimizing its actual performing parameters. The reason behind this logic is the driving conditions like the quality of fuel, condition of the road, traffic condition etc prevailing in different countries. Let for instance talk about the cars developed by Italian car maker Ferrari. The cars manufactured by maker are known for their powerful engines that are capable of touching the mark from 0 to 100 km/hr in the span of fewer than 5 seconds. Going through this these cars are mainly purchased by expert motorists, who prefer to drive their car competing with the speed of wind.

But, surprisingly some of the Ferrari owners are not even satisfied the delivered performance and wish to get more their beloved car, and therefore going through this requirement they are always on hunting the methods that are able to derive desired results from their car. One more interesting factor about tuning is that if you own any of the classic Ferrari cars, then by getting it tuned through an expert technician you can convert it into the F1 sports car.

Let us now move towards the Ferrari tuning methods that are helpful in enhancing its performance according to the expectations of its owners.

  1. Tuning and upgrading the existing engine system: Tuning engine refers to updating the existing software program installed in the engine control unit with a new software program. This can be done by either replacing the existing tuning box with new tuning box or by rewriting the existing program with a new one. Both these methods have their individual pros and cons, where the former is easy to carry out and facilitates the car owner to re-install the rolled out tuning box back if he is not satisfied the results delivered by the new box. The latter method is complex and needs to be carried out by an expert technician. The drawback of this method is that you cannot install the phased out software program, in case if you are not satisfied with the new program. It would be interesting to know that both the methods are helpful in enhancing the power and torque generation efficiency of the vehicle.

Apart, from both these methods, there is one more method which generally is related with replacing the existing engine configuration with the more powerful engine. The worth mentioning the feature of this process is that you are able to enjoy the results that are endorsed for the newly configured engine.

  1. Upgrading the transmission system: Once you have got your car Ferrari tuned according to your requirements, it will be imperative for you to change its existing transmission system, that is suitable to its newly tuned engine. Doing this will help you in driving your car to its fullest speed at top gears according to engine requirements.
  2. Cosmetic updates: Tuning the car although refers to upgrading the engine configurations, it also requires additional updates also. To enjoy the expected results of tuned engine you also need to modify the existing infrastructure of your car so that it does not put extra load on the performance of the upgraded engine. For that, you should try to minimize the weight of your car by installing carbon fibre wheels rather than existing carbon alloy wheels.


How Much Does It Cost To Wrap My Car?

Cars come in all different shapes, sizes, models, colours and brands. I often get asked many times, “How much would it cost to wrap my car?”, and all those times, I have to go in depth with these potential customers about their different needs and wants. Many first timers often think that car wrapping has one uniform pricing, which changes on size, but there is so much more to it than they realise. Let me break it down for you here.

Car Model:

As mentioned above, all cars are different. Take, for instance, a Volkswagen Golf. Others may see just a standard hatchback, but as professional car wrappers, we have to look beyond the body type. Firstly, we have to break down the trim level. Does the car have a body kit? Are there any distinct changes in the styling? Is there a sunroof? What sort of bumpers does it have? Are the headlights different? Are there any prior scratches, dents or marks on the car? These are just some of the questions we must be able to answer, which is why we never are able to give out proper quotes, unless we see the vehicle in person. Sometimes, we can give quotes on the spot as some vehicles don’t differ, but this is a rare case.

Vinyl Type:

This, thankfully for me, is much easier to breakdown for us. A good car wrapping company, such as ourselves, should have a database complete with all our available material. Material can alter the price quite a bit. Depending on the finish, such as matte black, gloss blue, metallic red, satin yellow, chrome orange etc… all of which can affect the pricing. The material brand also can affect the pricing. Depending on where you go, some workshops may use cheap, inferior brands of vinyl. Fortunately, companies that have a high degree of care only use the best, with vinyl coming exclusively from 3M and/or Avery Dennison, both of whom are some of the biggest vinyl and adhesive product suppliers in the world. It’s important to ensure that wherever you get your car wrapped, the workshop uses brands such as 3M, Avery Dennison, Oracal and/or Arlon. These are the top shelf brands that ensure your wrap not only looks good, but can look good over a long period of time

Body Panel:

This may be an odd consideration, but sometimes, car wrapping business may get customers who just want specific parts of their vehicles to be wrapped. Parts such as the roof, door handles and bonnet are the most popular option that is requested. There are also requests for stickers and/or decals to be put on, mainly stripes that run down the body panel, or side skirts. This, combined with the different custom stickers we can design, often go into the final decision making part of the costs of car vinyl.

Car Floor Mats Materials – Which Material Do I Need For My Vehicle?

Automotive Floor Mats are the first line of defense for your car, truck or SUV’s precious factory flooring. That presents floor mats with the tough task of being able to withstand varying levels of abuse on a regular basis whilst providing an additional level of comfort and complimenting the vehicles interior aesthetic.

Vehicle manufacturers have attempted to solve the unique problems floor mats face by creating a multitude of material types, each aimed at providing adequate protection for a vehicle’s intended use.

Aftermarket carpet and floor mat manufacturers offer products using materials and colors designed to match the OEMs whilst offering improvements upon the originals.

What Original Materials Are Available?

Cutpile

– Cut Pile is composed of 100% Nylon yarn.

– Tufted to a 1/8 gauge cut pile, it contains 14 ounces of yarn per square yard.

– Cut Pile has been an original material in most domestic vehicles since around 1974.

– Cut Pile material can have Mass backing. Mass backing is an approximately 45mil thick EVA material. It’s a great sound and heat barrier and increases the overall appearance of the carpet after installation.

– Cut Pile material width is 78 inches.

Loop

– Loop material is composed of 100% 6,6 Nylon yarn called Raylon

– Tufted to a 1/8 gauge, Loop contains 20 ounces of yarn per square yard.

– Loop material was originally used in vehicles that were manufactured before 1974.

– Loop material can have Mass backing. Loop material width is 78 inches.

Nylon

– Nylon is composed of 100% Nylon yarn.

– Tufted to a 1/8 gauge, Nylon contains 12 ounces of yarn per square yard.

– Nylon material was originally used in the late 1960 model Fords.

– Nylon material is available with our optional Mass backing.

– Nylon material width is 78 inches.

Truvette

– Truvette is composed of 100% Nylon yarn.

– Tufted to a 5/64 gauge, Truvette contains 14 ounces of yarn per square yard.

– Truvette material was introduced in the early 1990s for Corvettes.

– Truvette material can have Mass backing. Mass backing is an approximately 45mil thick EVA material.

– Truvette material width is 78 inches.

Daytona

– Daytona weave carpet is composed of Cotton, Nylon, and Rayon yarn.

– Daytona contains 27.5 ounces of yarn per square yard and is a loop style carpet.

– Daytona weave carpet was introduced around 1954 for GM vehicles.

– Foam backing only, Daytona cannot be molded or Mass backed. It is hand cut and sewn with the utmost quality control.

– Daytona material width is 54 inches

Tuxedo

– Tuxedo is composed of Nylon and Olefin filament yarns.

– Tufted to a 1/8 gauge, Tuxedo contains 23 ounces of yarn per square yard.

– Tuxedo material can have Mass backing.

– Tuxedo material width is 52 inches.

Gros Point

– Gros Point material is composed of 100% Nylon yarn.

– Gros Point contains 31.5 ounces of yarn per square yard and is a fine loop style carpet.

– Gros Point was developed for the early model classic muscle and full size passenger cars build in the 1950s and 1960s.

– Foam backing only, Gros Point cannot be molded or Mass backed. It is hand cut and sewn with the utmost quality control.

– Gros Point material width is 54 inches

What Are The Aftermarket Options?

Essex

– Available as an optional upgrade for the majority of our ACC Floor Mats

– Essex is composed of 100% Nylon yarn.

– Tufted to a 1/10 gauge cut pile, Essex contains 22.5 ounces of yarn per square yard giving it a luxurious and plush look and feel.

– Essex has been available as an aftermarket material choice since the late 2000’s. It is a premium, modern version of the Cut Pile material. It can be specified for almost any model vehicle.

– Essex material can have Mass Backing. Mass backing is an approximately 45mil thick EVA material. It’s a great sound and heat barrier and increases the overall look of the carpet after installation.