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5 Luxury cars that failed to live up to the market’s expectations

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We have all heard about those success stories. But we can’t really overlook the failures, can we? 

It all comes down to innovations and what the market can absorb at a particular time.

Many manufacturers of luxury cars have also failed at bringing the change. And maybe we couldn’t see it as they saw it at that time. 

Maybe, they were just an era early to have launched a few of these variants. 

So let’s dive in and explore the five blunders of the automotive industry of all times. 

The BMW blaster-

The name does justice to this car. It was indeed a “blast”.

No, the car did not blast but it had some very strange features- which might not have been practical in the era it was launched. 

The BMW blaster was outfitted with flamethrowers. 

We asked the same question- why would someone need flamethrowers in a car? 

Unless they also worked as barbeque. We don’t foresee a need to roast cars or people on the road for no reason. 

Interestingly, the car had two LPG flamethrowers on each side of the car below the doors. 

So to put it differently, with the click of a switch- the driver could roast whoever they wanted. Weird right? 

Safety and legality concerns did not let this car stay on the road for long.  

Statistically, only a few hundred of this model were sold in the South African market due to high costs and the criticism that it received. 

As argued by BMW, the renowned manufacturer of luxury cars, the car could not kill but gave the driver enough time to save himself from uncertainty. Which was opposed, and the car was never again spotted.

Toilet on wheels-

This one is equally disturbing for us as this is for you. 

Businesses do attempt at solving people’s problems but, some of them are better unresolved.

Cars normally stink so much that carrying a toilet inside them would drive anyone nuts. 

We don’t know what the makers thought- but we surely can not agree with them!

This was the vision of none other than Cadillac. 

They indeed had a vision.

People stopping every mile at a restroom to get light was obviously not agreeing with them. 

They wanted people to keep travelling and cover long distances in less time. 

But maybe they forgot about the car’s ambience. 

Who would choose to carry shit with themselves while travelling and not you know use a public washroom instead? 

Gross for us too!

Mercedes air-balance-

While some did not give a damn to how it smelled inside the car- Mercedes gave serious thought to it. 

The traditional dispensers were not doing it for Mercedes. So they instead tried to give it a shot themselves. 

Creating something that was specific to their brand and that no other luxury competitor was offering was their aim- clearly, it did not work out as they expected. 

Mercedes launched their scent dispensers in a few of their used luxury cars. Even though the concept was great, it was not something for all. 

Comfort is paramount. And this is why it got rejected- since many people from the Mercedes consumer segment faced issues with scents and fragrances. 

In all, the concept was great but didn’t serve the purpose as it was envisioned initially. 

Points for the idea though!

The Sinclair C5 30- 

Just what we talked about initially. We couldn’t see the purpose as the manufacturers did. 

It is believed that the Sinclair C5 30 was a little too ahead of the time. 

People couldn’t picture themselves in a mini electric car. 

The C5 was a single-seater pedal-assist tricycle designed to promote personal transportation. 

While today people are moving towards it-this phenomenal concept was rejected back in 1985. 

Simply because of the design and since people couldn’t picture themselves as the manufacturers did. 

The design was a little too unenclosed to be on the road indeed. But a modified version might work today.

The curtiss-wright model 2500- 

We all envisioned a world with red lights in space at least once. 

Because the new century always brings better advancements- which we all knew for a reason were “flying cars”. 

And while we all were dreaming about flying a car once in our lives- people out there were working to make that possible.  

The Curtiss-Wright 2500 was the only model that ever came close to being a flying car ever. 

This was a dual-engine model with 300 horsepower- which could easily carry four passengers at a time. 

Without actual wheels, axels or transmission- this car could be driven easily by anyone who could drive a normal car at that time. 

Made specifically for the use of the US military- this variant did not stand up to their expectations. 

Only such blunders can lead us to a successful product after all. But honestly, a few of them need to stay as a blunder. 

We would rather use a public washroom than carry one with us everywhere. 

Luxury cars have always been the light bearer for the industry. Their innovations are followed if they stand out. And a few of the above mentioned are worth experimenting with. 

A flying car is still on the list of many, and a compact electric car will surely see a good demand too- provided positive changes are made to the concept. 

We can only wish for a positive shift. 

But apart from these failures, luxury manufacturers have launched many irresistible cars that we all envy. 

And if you are looking for pre-owned luxury cars- now is the time to take the next step. Check out Kings Auto’s collection on their website and book your love today!

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Why should you buy a used Jaguar XJL Portfolio at Kings Auto

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We know how difficult it could get to find your best match while buying used luxury cars. And to be honest, if you know what you want it gets a bit easier to find something that satisfies you. But when it comes to cars the most important thing to know before buying are the specifications. 

So if you know what you want, sit tight because we are going to explore every car in Kings Auto’s collection to see which one suits your requirements. 

But for this particular read, we’ll be sticking to the used Jaguar XJL Portfolio in our lot. 

The first impression is the last impression- and your eyes will always tell you if you find something appealing or not. So let us start from the car’s looks and exterior. 

To begin with, the car comes in a bright white colour that goes seamlessly with the silvery finish. The overall look of the car is classy and robust. Moving specifically towards the front of the car- the massive grille is the eye-catcher here. 

The huge grilles are the new trend in the market, and if you see yourself making an entrance in a car with “GDFR” in the background. This is the car you need. 

Coming back to the car’s front look, this variant has an extended hood, which was a good call given the huge grille. The extended hood compliments the grilles and the precisely shaped headlights which altogether looks very regal and classy. Not to mention, the back of the car has a very sharp lifted look. 

So overall the car’s look is amazing and we would rate it 9/10. 

Now let us move to the car’s interior. 

The interior that’ll leave you awestruck! 

Look at the car’s snippet on our website, what else do you need to feel comfortable during your rides.The first thing that needs to be spoken about is the space near the front passenger seats. In this space, you can sit cross-legged, straight-legged, or even lie down with your seatback. There is ample room for the armrest on the side and the seats look really well-cushioned, don’t they? Plus, the interior looks quite aesthetic; the different shades of brown and beige gives it a completely vintage look. 

As you can see in the picture, the windshield of the car is very wide-giving the driver and the co-driver a chance to observe and embrace their trip. In all terms, the interior of the car is astoundingly amazing and can definitely compliment someone who appreciates a slight taste of vintage. 

Now that we love the car’s exterior and the interior, the time has come to dig deep and get our hands really dirty here. We know your eyes feel pleased and every cell in your body right now is convinced to buy the car. But hold on- we have more for you!

We don’t want you to lure yourself into a deal just because you think it looks good and comfortable. The main checkpoints are yet to be passed. The major decisions lie in the specifications and now is the time to discuss that. 

So let’s start with the powertrain, shall we? 

The super strong powertrain- 

This used Jaguar XJL Portfolio comes with an engine putting out 237 bhp @5500 rpm and 340 nm @ 1750 rpm of max power and max torque respectively. 

Moreover, this variant comes with an automatic transmission system and a sports mode for people who like to speed up once in a while. This is a perfect car for those who like to experience a blend of sporty and classy spirits. 

Talking about the car’s hold on the road-with a wheelbase of 3157mm this car will be smooth on bumpy roads and sharp cuts. And to stay comfy on roads of course you need a good boot space. Will 520 litres be enough for you? Yeah, you heard it right. 

While safety on road has become the major concern of consumers in today’s time, it will be unfair to not discuss the safety features this used Jaguar XJL Portfolio comes with. 

Safety prioritised on roads –

To name a few safety features of this car, it comes with a cruise control system, a speed-sensing door lock, a park assist system, a parking sensor and 6 Airbags for both the drivers. 

Want more? This car has an electronically controllable sunroof and ambient mood lighting. Which is a terrific combination of amenities if you like to escape the noise by going on rides to find some alone time. 

So what do you think about this used Jaguar XJl Portfolio? Don’t you worry about the car’s quality, because since it is Kings Auto Assured-we are sure it will blow your mind once you take it for a ride! We at Kings Auto ensure you get the best quality used luxury cars delivered to your doorsteps. 

So if you think this is the car you need then head over to Kings Auto’s website and make it yours. You can also visit our store and take it for a test drive. But if you think, you and this variant don’t go along, worry not! Soon we’ll come with a car you’ll fall in love with without convincing at all. 

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How to spot a bad car engine while buying Pre-Owned luxury cars

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Used luxury cars may be affordable compared to new luxury cars, yet the expenditure is not less. 

That is why it is important to cross-check every single thing if you want to get a good deal. 

Even though there are a few proven ways you can use to get a good deal, many times things are concealed voluntarily and that is the reason we want you to know all before you seal the deal. 

To get the value for your money, you need to be sure about every part of the car. And one major part you can never ignore in this process is the car’s engine. 

The quality of the car can be faked even when you’ve checked everything from the vehicle history report to its insurance history. 

So we suggest you do a little digging of your own while purchasing used luxury cars from a private dealer as private deals are iffy. 

But since you need to be digging in the right way to find what you’re looking for, we’re here to guide you through it. 

Thus, here are a number of ways you can spot a bad engine on the first look without the help of a professional. 

Difficulty in running at a stable pace-

If you’ve taken this car on a test drive and had experienced difficulty in keeping it at a stable pace, it could be because of less power production by the car’s engine. 

Now, this could be because of many reasons, but it is recommended you don’t ignore it. 

A few causes of loss of power are obstructed air filters and failed fuel pumps. Although these are not major red flags, this could become an unavoidable problem in future. 

Excessive noises-

There are different kinds of noises, and experts say that all portray distinct problems. 

Even though it’s normal for cars to start making noises when their servicing schedule is near or even because of low oil levels, consistent unbearable noises can be a big red flag. 

One reason could be worn-out bearings, if the car’s bearings are in a poor condition they can cause the engine to seize up completely. 

Another major red flag you shouldn’t ignore is “a bang sound”. Such backfires quickly damage a car and this could even mean that there is a problem with the car’s catalytic converter. 

These issues could mean that the owner hasn’t really taken good care of the car, and maintenance has not been done properly. 

Thus, buying a car with any of such problems is not really recommended. 

Excessive fuel consumption-

Although it’s not a child’s play to change the odometer’s readings, it is possible, and that is why it is important to calculate the car’s mileage yourself.

 You don’t have to take it to a mechanic to do that, just divide the number of kilometres driven by the litres of fuel utilized and you should have your answer. 

If you think the mileage of the car is low it could mean that there is a problem with proper fuel combustion 

Excessive fuel consumption could be because of aggressive driving habits too. This is a clear red flag and indicates that the car hasn’t been kept properly. 

Although, this could also be because of other factors like low tire pressure.

The car stops randomly while driving- 

There can be many reasons for this problem. And not all would necessarily mean that the car’s engine is faulty. 

There could be issues with the car’s electrical system or just an overheated engine due to less coolant. 

But another potential reason for this that shouldn’t be ignored, is a faulty fuel pump system. This can raise real issues in the long run. 

Look out for fake parts- 

We’ve been telling you this for a long time now- private deals are iffy!

One major reason that private dealings have very little credibility is that there is a huge probability that the car owner had compromised on the maintenance somewhere.

 And one major factor that contributes to this compromise is replacing worn out parts with fake parts. 

Now you might not spot any replaced parts at first sight, but if you dig a little deep and try to keep an eye for these changes- you might as well catch a few.

Look out for extensive modifications- 

Extensive modifications are never appreciated, and the reason is that modifications include replacing or adding parts in the vehicle. 

With no credibility of these additions whatsoever, it becomes a liability of the person who buys it second hand. 

As the car tends to age, these additions wear out or even damage other parts, leaving behind huge repair costs and decreased engine performance. 

Servicing done from unauthorized service centres- 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the engine is bad but the chances are pretty good. 

Local mechanics keep less knowledge of premium and luxury cars, if the previous owner entrusted them with their vehicle, you don’t want to buy it and increase your headache. 

Moreover, there is zero accountability of these unauthorised service centres, there are good chances that the mechanic had replaced a few parts with local parts to deal with something temporarily. 

But the thing is these temporary repairs kill the car’s life. 

Oil leaks- 

Engine oil leaks can never be good and you should be able to spot a leak easily if you look below the car. 

Whenever a car’s engine starts leaking, it’s a clear sign there’s something wrong with the engine’s gasket. A broken gasket is probably the reason this car is leaking too much. 

Burnt oil smell!

A burnt oil smell indicates an excessive oil leak. The oil is probably dripping on the heated parts of the car because of which you are smelling burnt oil. 

Whatever the reason may be, these leaks are not good and can further deteriorate the engine’s condition.

Excessive smoke-

One thing you should be concerned about is excessive smoke from the engine as this could be because of a poor engine block. 

An engine block is an important part of the car and it is a structure that holds many important parts like the cylinder together. 

Thus any mishappening with the engine block can lead to serious damage. Also, repairing this part could cost a lot of money. 

With this, it’s a wrap! We know it’s difficult to find that one perfect car when there are so many options lined up. But buying used luxury cars is only worth it when you buy them after proper inspections. 

As you could end up paying high repairing costs for the cheap deals you make and it won’t look like an affordable deal for a long time. 

It’s only a matter of time till you start cursing the dealer and the garage is where your car spends most of the time. 

If you take care of these pointers, chances are you will get your hands on a good model. But you will have to inspect several pre-owned luxury cars to find that one reliable fit you’ve been looking for. 

But if you wish to cut short this time and get your dream car with the least effort- go for a certified car dealership!

Buying from a car dealership comes with innumerable benefits, plus, you wouldn’t have to work your fingers to the bone to find a good quality car. 

Trust us and check out Kings Auto’s collection of pre-owned luxury cars, we sell 100% original quality assured Second hand cars and provide the best deals possible in the market!

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