Automotive GPS Price Comparison - Points to Remember While Making a Choice

Automotive GPS are the dashboard mounted electronic devices which tell you your position on an electronic map and guide you to your destination via voice instructions. With a database full of various Points Of Interest (POIs), these 'must have' gadgets of modern day world, can take you to hotels, gas stations, hospitals, airports or even an unknown address, with quite an ease.

However, as easy it is to use these systems, it is equally cumbersome to choose the perfect one for your vehicle, unless you opt for an Automotive GPS Price Comparison.

The reason is simple, these systems come in a wide variety of brands, price ranges ($150 -$1000), features and upgrades. An Automotive GPS Price Comparison, available on numerous sites these days, helps make your decision easier, as it provides you the following information -

• It tells you what all brands are available for the device, along with the different models available with each brand. You can also see the pictures of the devices available with brands like - Alpine, Garmin, Goodyear, Magellon Maestro, Navigon, Nextar, TellyNay, TomTom, etc.
• The Automotive GPS Price Comparison allows you to go through the various features of each product and then compare them with those of the others. Some of the basic features available in all models are - Multi-segment routing facility, text-to-voice conversion, POI database, etc. Some model specific features are - screen size, onboard map database, traffic navigation systems and the multimedia features.
• The reviews and star ratings on the Automotive Price Comparison sites give you a clear idea of the product's performance on road.
• Some of the Automotive GPS Price Comparison sites allow their users to choose from the mapping software, map books and service stations too.

Here are a few vital points to be kept in mind while choosing your system-

• Automotive GPS are of two major types - Stand-alone Navigation Systems and the PC/PDA based systems. The former further are sub categorized into - Entry level navigation systems, advanced navigation systems, fully loaded navigators, multi-purpose navigators and Europe navigation systems, based on their features.
• It is important to know one's specific requirements and then decide on the model, keeping the budget in mind.
• While buying from an Automotive GPS Price Comparison site, ensure your system has all the basic features and its map database should suit your area of movement.
• Before buying also consider the latest products in the market, what they offer and the possibility of updation in the system of your choice. Blue tooth integration, multimedia options and live updating of software's are some of the frills worth considering.
• You'll can get a decent deal on an Automotive GPS Price Comparison site for $200 - $300.

All of Us Get Used to Well Renowned Brands and Logos But the Automotive Logo Is Still Important

The automotive logo or branding is still important, because the automotive logo gets used to connect you to the bigger company and what it stands for over time. Many people only look at the automotive logo and forget to look at the company behind this logo, and how it gets run and what it gives back to the greater good and environment.

Normally these big companies that have created a logo or brand name over the years have a bigger purpose in life. Next time you decide on a brand or logo do yourself a favor and see if you can get hold of the company's mission report. It is humanly to believe in a brand as you start to trust it over the years, due to its quality and reliability.

Now a day the automotive logo for instance became under massive pressure due to all the makes and models entering the market place all of a sudden. Over the years we get used to the renowned auto brands and they were only a hand full well know names. Everybody in the country where the mother company was situated for this logo or brand knew everything about that company.

In the modern world today most of these companies have scattered all over the world having subsidiaries or affiliates. Luckily to the new environment friendly and pollution free laws in most countries these companies have to comply with all the rules. But there started to be companies in one camp that actually manufacture different logos and brands under one roof.

This even happen to the automotive logo as well, and not a lot of people do realize this phenomenon yet. The auto industry has changed completely in reasoned years, as some of the companies merged and have more than one logo in their stable. It became a known fact that one manufacturer produces more than one logo or brand name.

· These companies must have all the tooling for a model and make, due to the fact that new models come onto the market more quickly. This tooling must be replaced for each new model, so the old tools with very small changes gets use to built a different name car.

· All the parts suppliers can carry on making the same parts by just changing the name tag on the part. Some even don't do that so when you look at the parts logo it differs from the cars logo.

· Some people think parts are interchangeable between makes. That is not true due to the fact it is because the same tooling that was used to build a previous make of a certain brand, gets used to build another brand.

· This only happen because tooling are very expensive to replace, so by doing it this way the tooling gets used over a longer period. So more cars gets produced with the same tooling to cover the original cost on the tooling.

· Some of this absolute tooling even gets sold to another company, with the understanding the new company must make a few changes to the tooling and change the final products name.

Different companies have different mission reports and quality standards, so the automotive logo is still important and will forever be. This integration of motor companies cause the automotive logo to look cheap as there is a new one on the market every day.

That is one of the reasons cars became consumable items in the modern world, and you must be very careful how you buy your car today. You can read more about this in my new e-book

Automotive Advertising Agencies Need to Reinvent Themselves to Support Social Media

The role of automotive advertising agencies is changing along with the auto industry that they serve. It is important for automotive advertising agencies to educate themselves and their auto dealer clients about their changing roles in a consolidating auto industry that is shifting onto the Internet Super Highway vs. local car rows.

Problems and solution shared at real world venues in the auto industry are having an impact and the slow shift to the new pull/push world of the consumer driven Internet is becoming more obvious. Similarly, a growing number of online social networking communities are also all helping to spread the word and their timing couldn't be better.

The only constant in the auto industry is change. Of course human nature is also a universal constant, but since that is the fuel that powers most change in the auto industry it must be factored in and considered by automotive advertising agencies who can now look to consumers for the answers.

Radio, T.V. and newspapers are no longer the media of choice for today's Internet savvy consumers. B2C messages online are filtered out in favor of C2C conversations in social networking communities that now dot the landscape on the World Wide Web. Automotive advertising agencies must reinvent themselves as the resource that auto dealers rely on to navigate them onto the Internet Super Highway because that is where their customers are.

Keeping ahead of new technologies and applications that integrate selling processes between the real and the virtual world showrooms and inserting auto dealers into the conversations that make up the online marketplace must be job one for automotive advertising agencies who wish to serve their auto dealer clients in today's challenging auto industry. Radio, T.V. and print production has a shrinking role in an automotive advertising agency's tool box and leveraged online production resources will eliminate them altogether in the near future. Similarly, agency commissions earned from conventional media analysis and placement are being absorbed into the media providers as value added services for their auto dealer advertisers. At the same time, automotive advertising budgets are being shifted to online digital marketing platforms with more verifiable sourced R.O.I. that is far superior to conventional media. The writing is on the virtual wall and automotive advertising agencies must either read it, write it or accept their diminishing value in tomorrow's auto industry."

The Internet has empowered consumers to bypass auto dealers and even their most strategically placed marketing message in favor of online information resources that are not dependent on automotive advertising agencies or auto dealers for their content. Initially, third party aggregators captured online auto shoppers attempting to avoid real and virtual world auto dealerships by collecting inventory from hundreds of auto dealers anxious to get their inventory in front of today buyers for new and pre-owned vehicles. Consumers quickly realized the limitations of looking at vehicles in this kind of dealer-centric platform and the technology driven evolution of online marketing platforms soon provided more consumer-centric solutions.

Auto dealers are now able to monetize social media with features that invite car shoppers to share their vehicle selections with their online friends and family to assist them in their car shopping experience. These C2C conversations pushed to Face Book and other social networking communities replace previous unsuccessful attempts by automotive advertising agencies to post B2C messages on the same social media platforms. Automotive advertising agencies need to know about sites that offer a variety of free services and a way to earn a seat at the social media table More relevantly, they need to tell their auto dealer clients about them to justify their agency fees!

Other technology driven applications automotive advertising agencies need to tell their auto dealer clients about that will allow them to sell more vehicles and service for less money and with less staff include dealer hosted personal web sites for their staff, dashboard tools that integrates telephone and SMS text messaging for more comprehensive and cost effective follow up, automated video production platforms that converts the pictures on an auto dealer's website pushed onto the search engines with Facebook applications that allow an auto dealer to display their entire inventory on a non-offensive tab within the customers Face Book page, customer interaction platforms that allow online shoppers to initiate a two way video conversation from within an auto dealer's website that can accommodate a turnkey online transaction without having to drop the glass wall that empowers online shoppers to move forward in the negotiation process and appraisal tools which provide site visitors with NADA sourced values for their trade-in while selecting suitable vehicles from the auto dealers online inventory to find a car to replace the one that they are selling.

Any one of these new online conversion and marketing tools can develop a superior R.O.I. to even the best written and placed conventional automotive advertising messages and/or online digital marketing campaigns. These technology driven solutions and their importance to automotive advertising agencies are needed to justify their agency fees to their auto dealer clients in today's consolidating auto industry. Many automotive advertising agencies still operate under the assumption that if they bring enough bodies to the front door then they have earned their fees. In today's consolidating auto industry; not so much!

Reduced sales volume and profit margins coupled with increased expenses demand that automotive advertising agencies must increase their areas of responsibility to include internal selling processes using systems to increase efficiencies across all departments in an auto dealership in both their brick and mortar facilities and their newly developing virtual showrooms. You have to be in it to win it and for the foreseeable future the game is being played on the World Wide Web. The most active lanes on the Internet Super Highway are those that lead to social networking communities that share information between automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers as much as they do for their customers.

Automotive History - A Tour of Detroit Ruins

Detroit was once the envy of the world. In the early 1900's it was the heart of the automotive industry the pinnacle of luxury and technology. During World War II it was called 'The Arsenal of Democracy' when factories were retooled to build war machines. The Milwaukee Junction, the center of the automotive industry in was vibrant and alive, full of business and prosperity. Detroit is where the middle class was born and the rich ordered cars made to order.

Dodge Main, Ford Model T plant, American Axle, Murray Body. Pole town, named for the community GM bought to build its plant; a huge sprawling facility. The Ford Piquette building built in 1904 was the prototype for the assembly line. There men walked the line, the line did not move. The most fascinating ruin was the old Packard plant in the Milwaukee Junction.

Milwaukee Junction was the heart of the automotive industry in the early 1900's. Packard was a brand with the cache of Lexus or Mercedes. In the beginning of the automotive industry, the manufacturing model was outsourcing. Packard built Chassis. You could order the frame, the engine, transmission. Then you had a catalog to order the body from a number of body manufacturers. What you actually ordered were the body components. There was a good deal of customization. You literally designed your own car. Truly a bespoke business model. Packard was an elite brand priced for the wealthy. You'd order your car like a fine suit. They only built around 200-1000 cars of any one model a year. At their peak, they built 55,000 vehicles per year.

During WWII Packard built Rolls Royce Merlin engines for our fighter planes. Detroit and the automotive industry were called the 'Arsenal of Democracy'. Without the industrial might of Detroit Germany would have won WWII. It was surreal to stand outside and to walk around the decrepit ruins that used to be the pinnacle of luxury and technology in another era. You could almost imagine what it must have been like so many years ago. The Packard plant ruins must be a mile long and they're as high as eight stories. Vehicles moved from floor to floor in an assembly line using huge hoists. Giant sliding doors separated sections of the assembly. Thousands of middle class Americans must have worked there, coming and going during shift change. Imagine at lunch, thousands of people leaving the factory to eat at the restaurants, shop in the stores or enjoy the beautiful Michigan day. Today hardly a soul lives in the Milwaukee Junction, it's a ghost town.

Detroit is a melting pot of humanity. The waves of immigrants influenced the culture and fabric of life in the city. The first wave was from Europe. Germans, Finnish, Dutch, French, English, Irish. The next wave was from Eastern Europe, Poles, Ukraine, and Serbs. In the 1930's and 40's blacks immigrated to Detroit from the south to escape oppression. Each culture brought with it their customs and cuisines, their religions and values. There were micro cultures. Each wave of immigrants built their own churches and clustered together. You'll find four catholic churches in one area. One for Germans, one for the Irish, one for the English and so on. Many of the churches and buildings still stand. Many are crumbling like the Packard plant.

There's a bridge over the road by the plant, it used to have the Packard emblem on it and the tag line ' Ask the man who owns one' above the door to the plant. During the depression, Packard decided to 'go down market', to produce a cheaper car for a larger audience. They built the 120 model. The 120 had the Packard quality, and looked like a Packard but it was at a lower price point. This move marked the demise of Packard. They lost their cache and exclusivity among the wealthy.

Their timing was off. In 1941, they built and introduced the Clipper. Then came the war and they had to retool for the war effort. Four years later, after the war, they reintroduced the Clipper. They sold a lot, and even through the late 1950's they sold more Packards that GM sold Cadillac's but the management was too conservative. The new Clipper design for 1949-1950 was nick-named 'the pregnant clipper' . They had some supplier problems when Chrysler bought Briggs one of their body suppliers. What finally killed Packard were quality problems.

In 1952- 53, Packard brought in Jim Nance to run the company. He was talented and brilliant, but he saw the multi floored Packard plant as an albatross. He moved manufacturing to a new facility that was nicknamed 'the cracker box'. It was just too small. It was so small men couldn't move around, it was dangerously close. Quality suffered. The final Packards ever produced were beautifully designed with amazing engineering. Bu they fell apart and by 1956 the public had had enough.

Today the Packard plant ruins are stripped of almost all metal. A few frames remain with shards of broken glass. A musty smell exudes from the entry ways filled with garbage. Strange things like a boat, computer equipment, tires, shoes and plush toys. We didn't see any vagrants, bodies or animals. Packard is the most decrepit.

We also went to the Rouge plant which is still operational. Raw materials go into the plant and cars come out. Raw materials like steel, rubber. Huge piles of coal sit ready to heat the furnaces to melt the steel , which is then rolled and formed and cut and assembled. Ford Rouge is the only plant where raw materials go in and a finished car comes out.

Outside the Rouge complex is a memorial. There's a bigger than life bronze statue of Henry Ford. Along the courtyard are etched marble photos of historical events in Ford's history. The images are not all favorable to Ford. They tell an amazing story. Then there's the bridge where 'the battle of the overpass' took place. This is the very place where the UAW was born. Workers battled with Henry Ford's goons and won the right to fair work conditions and pay. Since then the UAW has grown too strong and fallen out of favor, but there is still a need for unions. There's a need for bargaining strength for the small and weak against the strong and rich who hold all the advantages. That's another story.

Henry Ford while no philanthropist did see the benefit in paying his employees well. You could say he was the father of the middle class. He was the first to pay his workers enough so that they could afford to buy his products. He paid them enough so that they could afford to buy his cars and one of his homes. The basis of the Ford family's wealth is the belief that the good of many is most profitable; much more profitable than today's culture of 'everyone for themselves'.

Those were the days.

Check out original pictures of the Detroit ruins tour in Club Fossati

Automotive Advertising Agencies Drop Conventional Media in Favor of Social Networking by Consumers

Old school wisdom like 'the customer is always right' have often taken a back seat to automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers who presumed to talk "at" customers rather than listen to them. Hard sell tactics built on that presumption may have sold cars in the past but with the rise of the Internet and social networking media -- not so much!

Today's educated car shoppers are bypassing the auto dealer's real and virtual showrooms in favor of visiting other online information resources. Auto dealers are being replaced by consumers in the formative stage of their buying cycle who turn to trusted friends in social networking communities. These online groups of like minded consumers share their car buying experiences before, during and after the sale and customers find that they are able to provide far more transparent and relevant information than any self serving auto dealer; real or imagined.

Similarly, the reach and frequency of the best planned automotive advertising campaign can be trumped with the click of a mouse by a car shopper who can get the information they need to buy a car without having to listen to a sales pitch from a self serving auto dealer. The solution for automotive advertising agencies challenged by a shrinking economy and a consolidating auto industry is obvious -- if you can't beat them, join them.

Social networking on the World Wide Web is an extension of an equally established wisdom that people like to do business with people that they like. The social part of this growing online marketing phenomenon is built on trust in friends which is an element of human nature that has survived on the Internet Super Highway. Networking references the value of word of mouth advertising that delivers a single message to a sphere of influence that used to be limited to close friends and family. The Internet now distributes that same message virally on channels like You Tube, My Space, LinkedIn, Face Book, Bebo, Twitter and too many others to list that are growing exponentially.

Automotive advertising agencies have been challenged to monetize social networking with mixed results primarily because they attempted to apply best practices learned from their past experiences on conventional media like radio, T.V. and print. Initially, it was assumed that the only adjustment needed was to post the same retail messages that worked in conventional media on the social networks. That was accomplished through the use of banner ads linked back to the auto dealer's website or with an invitation for the customer to call or visit their real world dealership to get the information they needed beyond the low ball price or payment that was often offered but rarely trusted. These banner ads were seen as an easily avoided nuisance by community members who opted not to play. However, evidence does suggest that they did/do provide a residual impression that adds to the auto dealer's top of the mind awareness with the car shopper; although sometimes the impression was tainted by the dealer's intrusion into the community of friends.

When the R.O.I. of the banner ads did not meet expectations, automotive advertising agencies attempted to register their auto dealer clients as members of the community to promote themselves from within. Auto dealers were quickly discovered as the wolves in sheep's clothing that they were and the unwritten rules of etiquette of these social networking sites drove them from the community with their tails between their legs.

Automotive advertising agencies have since learned that the elements of human nature that drive word of mouth advertising are fragile and they require transparency to survive in social networking communities. As is often the case, the solution has been provided by the developing technologies that have matured along with the Internet as a marketing media.

One such solution is provided by, a game changing customer centric marketing platform with proprietary applications including vBack and SellersVantage that generate Intelli-Leads with market and consumer intelligence not previously available to auto dealers. vBack is a social media engine that is embedded on the vehicle postings on ronsmap as well as the auto dealer's website and linked marketing channels with an Ask-a-Friend/Tell-a-Friend feature functionality that develops viral messages trafficked through the social networking communities that the customer belongs to and trusts. In addition, related comments from friends solicited by the customer are attached to the Intelli-Lead as part of their SellersVantage application that also accumulates data on comparable vehicles from the auto dealer's inventory in accordance with the customer's stated preferences as well as related real time product and pricing information from local competitive dealer inventories posted on the Internet. This added information is sourced from within the social networking community by the customer -- not the auto dealer -- preserving the anonymity of the dealer while providing the auto dealer virtually unlimited access to members.

This method of C2C marketing from the inside out vs. the now dated B2C marketing from the outside in is unique to ronsmap and it promises to allow automotive advertising agencies access to this growing online media. Conventional media is, and will always be, an integral component of any comprehensive marketing plan, however access to leveraged viral messaging offered by consumer driven social networking channels is the best way for budget challenged auto dealers to sell more for less. After all, what are friends for!