5 Reasons Why Having A Mechanic In The Family Is Awesome


Owning a car can be great for your own personal freedom, but it’s hard not to admit that it does come at a price. Not only do you have a fork out a lot of money for the car in the first place, but you’ve always got costs that keep on popping up. And then there’s the price that isn’t the monetary kind. The maintenance. You can often feel like you’re always heading to the auto shop – unless you have a mechanic in the family of course. Because when you have a mechanic in the family, it can be pretty awesome indeed!

You Know How To Change A Flat

How many people know how to change a flat? And how many people could actually get out there on the side of the road and change a flat when it needs to be changed? Well, when you have a car mechanic in the family, you 100% can. What other choice do you have? Whether they’re your brother or your aunt, you’ll find that you’re forced to learn how to do it – for safety reasons, of course!

Your Repairs Are Done Super Fast

You might be able to change a flat, but that might be all you can do. But don’t sweat it, your family auto star has got you covered. Whether your car needs a new part for the engine, or a little tuning, you always know that it’s going to get done super fast. Because your mechanic is going to get to work in the evening or at the weekend and get it done. They really are a super star.

Your Super Old Car Lives Forever

When you have a mechanic close to you, you often know just how to keep your car in good shape – or at least they do. Looking after your old car isn’t always easy, but with expert tips from your auto star, you can just about make it happen. Not only will they guide you, but they’ll definitely be there to keep your car running well, and help it to last a lot longer than it should.

You Actually Take Care Of The Interior

How often do you clean the inside of your car? When you’ve got empty takeout containers left from days ago, and endless bottles of water, it’s probably not going to be that how. But, when you have a mechanic in the family, you can bet that your car interior is super clean. Cleaning your car interior sometimes seems like a lot of work, but with your auto drill sergeant, you’re definitely too scared to let it get messy and be told of for not taking care of it better.

You Save Money

And of course, there’s also the benefit of saving money on the full price auto shop prices that you were once used to. When you have a mechanic in the family, they often cut the cost of labor, and they will charge you cost price for the parts you need. It may cost you an afternoon of baking treats for them, or a pair of tickets or two, but it’s totally worth it.

More Details Emerge on Hyundai’s N Performance Sub-Brand

Hyundai i30 N prototype

While a specific roadmap for Hyundai’s upcoming high-performance N Division remains a closely guarded secret, especially as it pertains to the U.S. market, our first look at the 2018 Hyundai Kona crossover in South Korea also gave us the opportunity to receive a few more lines of information on the project, and to read between them.

Firstly, the hatchback sold as the i30 in Europe and Korea, which is essentially our 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, will be the first N-branded model when it debuts at the Frankfurt auto show in September. This, we knew before. However, Albert Biermann, N-Division boss and overall head of Hyundai’s vehicle testing and high-performance development, confirmed for us that that car will not see American soil, saying only that the U.S. will get its own model sometime next year, and that it may be an even wilder creation.

Hyundai i30 N prototype

“We promise you will be happy (with it),” he told a gaggle of international journalists.

From that we can only assume he’s referencing the Hyundai Veloster, seeing that the funky three-door hatch is due for a redesign on the i30/Elantra’s front-wheel-drive platform, and we’ve already spied it testing in camouflaged N getup. Although Biermann stonewalled us on any further questions regarding such a vehicle, its similarities with the i30 make it a sensible and tantalizing move.

From what we know about the i30 N, a Volkswagen GTI-hunting Veloster would be propelled by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making about 250 horsepower in base trim and around 280 with an optional performance package. A six-speed manual would be the only transmission choice, although Biermann doesn’t rule out N-tuned dual-clutch automatics down the road. Other key bits would include a track-capable suspension setup, high-performance summer tires, a throaty performance exhaust, body-hugging sport seats, and an optional electronic limited-slip differential. As with the i30 N, this Veloster also would feature upgraded performance brakes, just not fancy Brembo units so as to keep costs reasonable. A competitive bang-for-the-buck with a focus “not on the finish line but how you get there” will be a hallmark of future N cars, Biermann told us.

Hyundai i30 N prototype

That last bit is interesting considering that a pair of pre-production i30 Ns fared impressively well in a 24-hour race at the famed Nürburgring—finishing fourth and ninth out of twelve in their near-production class (and 50th and 95th overall, out of 160)—and that Hyundai will compete in European touring car race series with it next year. Perhaps Honda’s introduction of the 306-hp Civic Type R has produced some trepidation ahead of the N brand’s big debut.

Hyundai had a couple of camo’d prototype i30 Ns on hand for brief test drives around the handling course at its Namyang proving grounds. But the press-handlers declined to let the American journalists in attendance join the throngs of international folks in getting a chance to see firsthand how the car behaves on a race track, so we still haven’t driven one.

  • All-New Hyundai i30: A Euro Hatch Likely to Spawn Next-Gen Elantra GT
  • 2017 Honda Civic Type R: The new Type R only looks like a tragic tuner car
  • Hyundai Elantra Looks Set to Be First Model to Get “N” Performance Treatment

There was little justification for this exclusion; even a brief sampling of the company’s first dedicated performance car would have enlightened us on how far the company as a whole has come in the ride-and-handling department, as well as how excited we should be for a hot-rod Veloster. As it is, we remain cautiously optimistic, and hope we’ll have more to go on once the i30 N hits the road this fall.


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