How to Protect Your Ferrari from Theft

As a Ferrari owner, you know that after you have added this prized vehicle to your investment portfolio, it pays to take care of it properly. Routine Ferrari maintenance, appropriate insurance, careful driving and care all play a part in how well your Ferrari drives into the future. However, one important aspect of Ferrari care that you will not want to forget is protecting your automotive treasure from theft.

Much will depend on how you use the Ferrari. If it is a show piece that stays indoors, then protection is much simplified. If you drive the vehicle outdoors, then some steps are in order to ensure that your vehicle remains safe from harm.

Simple precautions can help prevent big crimes, such as auto theft. When you leave the vehicle, always secure it, and make sure to park in well-lit areas where there are a lot of people walking around. When you park the vehicle, turn the wheels sharply toward the curb, to make it harder for car thieves to tow away the car. Don’t leave Ferrari accessories in open view inside the vehicle. Also do not leave the registration or title inside the car.

Other steps that can help prevent theft include adding visible and audible anti-theft devices to the car. Brake locks can help. Steering wheel locks that keep the wheels stationary make your car more theft-proof. Tire locks and deflators can deter a thief, because they take too much time to deal with, thus making your car less attractive to a would-be thief. VIN etching, when the VIN number is etched onto the glass of the windshield and windows can be one option you might consider in protecting your vehicle. Loud alarms also let a thief know your car is safeguarded against theft.

Computer chips can help deter a thief from stealing your Ferrari. Some ignition keys come equipped with chips that do not let someone bypass the vehicle’s ignition. Preventive devices such as cut offs to the fuse; kill switches; disablers that deactivate the fuel pump, ignition and starter; and wireless ignition authentication all help to prevent theft. Tracking devices are very useful in assisting police in finding stolen vehicles. Some of these combine wireless capabilities with GPS systems, so that if the car is moved, it can be tracked on the computer. Many Ferraris also come equipped with peripheral interior monitoring anti-lift anti-theft protection, which is a camera system that is used within the car to detect movement inside the vehicle. Even when you are not with your new Ferrari, your vehicle’s computer system is working round the clock to protect your car. Employing several or all of these ideas can keep your car safe.

Automotive Insurance Assurance

To protect yourself from loss in the event of an accident you must purchase insurance. In the automotive realm this is an easy thing to do but there are a lot of options that you need to consider first so that you can get the most for your money.

You are bombarded everyday with advertisements from insurance companies on television, radio, magazines, and newspapers, not to mention the unasked for envelopes in your mailbox from insurance companies who know nothing about you offering to save you up to $497 dollars per year on your auto insurance.

Let’s look at some interesting insurance history first. In an ancient treasure called the Code of Hammurabi we find that in Babylon around 1780 B.C. that if a merchant ships cargo was lost, traders were protected from financial responsibility in exchange for 20 percent of the cargo’s value.

The first car insurance policy was written in England around 1895. The first car insurance policy in the United States was written in 1898. In the year 1927, Massachusetts became the first state to require mandatory automobile insurance. All fifty states now require automobile insurance but it is up to each state to determine the minimum amounts of required coverage.

Coverage- Certain coverage may be costing you more money than you need to pay. An example would be carrying physical damage coverage on a vehicle with a low value. Another example would be having double coverage when a health insurance policy is in force. Find a knowledgeable insurance agent to guide you in making these decisions. Always get more than one quote. Get a second and maybe even a third estimate.

The vehicle that you drive is generally the second most expensive investment that you have purchased and it should be protected by an insurance policy just as you have protected your home against damage. Did you know that it is a good idea to get an insurance quote prior to purchasing a vehicle as some fall into a higher risk category.
Adding additional vehicles on the same policy can help to reduce your rates with a multi car discount. The amount of miles that you put on a vehicle in a year has a direct impact on how much your insurance premium will be. MileMeter Insurance Company, based in Dallas Texas, sells insurance per mile and has over 100 pending patent claims.

There are some insurance discounts available to good drivers that year after year do not turn in any claims. These discounts are issued as a result of having a good driving record with a certain minimum amount of driving experience. A good student discount can help younger drivers with a discounted premium. Some things that cannot be controlled, such as age and sex, can impact prices also. Discounts for seniors can be attained by taking and graduating defensive driving classes.

Car Dealers – The Aston Martin DB9

Within thirty seconds of discussing this car in the office, all windows are open, heavy jumpers removed and the air con is begging for a fan. Coveted by every man and car dealer worldwide, you certainly don’t need us to tell you the divine attributes of this prodigy. The mighty Martin is lust incarnate, and in the Quality Street of cars, this would be the purple one.

The DB9 is a gorgeous combination of sticky fudge and black caviar; deliciously indulgent and exquisitely put together. The kind of artistry that Monet would be hard pushed by, there’s no better word than scorching. This motor is so supersonic it reaches an impressive 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds. Fair to say we’re in love? The sharp lines are nipped and tucked to precision, whilst the polished body makes it look like something from a friendly H.G. Wells novel. Although slightly (and massively) pretentious, the sporty persona of the DB9 tones down what could easily be a theatre on wheels. Your ego will inflate to astronomic heights, but if Bond approves, there’s really no arguing.

Kitted out with sat-nav and personal media station, the ‘hand-trimmed’ interior makes for a more than agreeable ride (mahogany or walnut, we’re not picky). It’s is also up to 590 kg lighter than previous models, granting a divinely delicate drive. There’s a super-human quality to the DB9 that’s so electrifying, you’ll hear its pulse from the garage. Admittedly, it’s fairly costly, but did you ever really want that conservatory? (Or the TV, new bathroom, villa in Spain…) Fantasy, perhaps, but we’re happy to romanticise this once.

New dampers and revised suspension have propelled the DB9 to further heights, as recent motor critics grumbled about cost versus quality. Conscious of negative press, Aston Martin has made sure there are no misgivings to be found this time, and things, if possible, can only get better. We’d happily take it over the synthetic styles of the Lamborghini Murcielago or Audi R8 (although we’ve zero complaints where these are concerned).

If you think you can cope, check out the DBS for even more sizzling chic. The latest Carbon black model will leave the Batmobile thoroughly demoralised, and you doubting your self-worth. The V8 Vantage Roadster is equally as impressive as the Volante convertible for those who like their St Tropez tan.

Truthfully, this beauty is a petrol catastrophe; you’ll need sterling patience and some even sturdier plastic to stay friends with it. Judging from the aesthetics, however, you probably won’t even care, as the ‘swan-wing’ doors speak for themselves. Aside from the scanty baggage room, we’re picking little fault with this treasure and are more than happy to call it ‘cosy’, seeing as a weekly shop is unlikely to ever be its agenda.

The awesome Aston excuses any mid-life crisis and makes even Lewis Hamilton’s ride look economy class. Superbly smoking, it won’t hurt to seek out your car dealers favourite whisky (and we’re betting it’s a vintage).

Sports Pedals and Footrests Don’t Make You a Rally Driver

One of the iconic camera angles from inside a racing touring car is the one from behind the driver’s pedals. Watching his feet moving in unison is like watching a dancer. The footwork is effortless, quick and precise. Watching them heel and toe the brake and accelerator to keep the power up as the car slows down is a skill that takes years to perfect, and in many modern cars with their automatic gear boxes, it is a thing of the past as left foot braking now becomes more and more common. One of the things that can help these drivers confidently perform their manoeuvres is the sports pedals fitted to the vehicle. Supplied in aluminium, the sports pedals they use provide them with extra grip and feel from the pedals. Now you can get that same feel and grip from your vehicles pedals by fitting a set of accessory sports pedals to your car. We are not expecting you to suddenly start heel and toeing as you drive, but fitting a set of these to your car will at least give the appearance that you can perform like a racing driver.

Most of these sports pedals come in an aluminium finish and are designed in the same style as those you would find in the same car in a race version. Providing that extra grip and feel these pedals replace the standard pedals that are supplied with the vehicle. All of the manufacturer’s sports pedals are supplied with full fitting instructions to allow you to make the change yourself. Most can be changed in under half an hour, even by inexperienced people. In addition, some even offer the option of a sports footrest to complement the pedals. Finished in the same style as the pedals, the sports footrest fits alongside them and gives the driver a comfortable position to rest his left foot when not being used.

When deciding to purchase new pedals, it’s important to remember that you ask the retailer about the opportunity to return them if you’re not satisfied. The last thing you want is to discover that they don’t suit your driving style and you’re unable to return them. As with any part of the car, if you’re not completely comfortable with them, you should change back to what you are used to and what will provide the safest journey. On the other hand, if you feel that they seem fine, the return policy will not be needed but it is good to have it there if necessary.