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Why Use a Concept Book

Putting ideas together in a book or collection is not a new concept. People have been doing this for ages from the new bathroom remodel to the landscape in the backyard. I haven’t seen it done too often with auto interiors. I’ve also seen a lot of people unhappy because they didn’t get exactly what they wanted, mostly due to mis communication.

I run an auto interior business and If a customer doesn’t bring in pictures we always make an internet search part of the design process. It’s too difficult to get into someone else’s mind. A good concept book gives focus and direction to your project and helps the designer/upholsterer get a better grasp on what you really want.

I love when a customer comes in with a hand full of pictures of what they want and don’t want in their interior project. Most of the time we come out of the design meeting with fresh ideas inspired by the book without copying someone else’s designs directly. Custom interiors should be custom to the owner of the vehicle and their personality and style.

What is a Concept Book?

A concept book doesn’t even have to be a book, maybe it’s a computer file or a folder full of pictures and upholstery material ideas. I’ve had customers come in to a design meeting with pictures saved to their phone. Whatever works for you, is what works for me. It’s always easier for the auto interior designer to have an idea of what you want and even what you don’t want. The communication will be so much clearer and you are far less likely to be disappointed because the picture in your mind translated to something different when you explain your concept to the designer or upholsterer.

What to Include in a Concept Book

Some things that you should keep in your “book” are definitely color ideas and color combinations that you are thinking about. This will narrow down the fabric choices you have to make with the upholsterer and they will more than likely know what fabrics to show you based on your color choices without wasting your time and theirs looking at things you don’t want. Upholstery material type and fabric texture is also something to consider. After all, a high shine vinyl will have a different effect than antique leather.

Save lots of pictures of different interior ideas from the internet and magazines, this is probably where most of your ideas will come from. The beauty of auto interior design is that it can be applied to any type of vehicle. What looks good in a new model BMW will look just as good in a 46 Chevy, Ford, etc. so look at everything.

Other sources of Inspiration

If you can make it to a car show in your area, I highly recommend it. Car shows can give you lots of ideas and inspiration for your project and the best part is you can meet the car owners and get their advice too. Anyone you meet at a car show is a good reference. It’s a given that they love cars and more than likely they like talking about their car and any new car projects that might be coming up (your car). Most of these guys and ladies have built a car or two and will probably have pointers for you beyond just your interior concept. It’s always better to learn from someone else’s experience than your own hindsight, they will also have leads on good mechanic’s, paint & body shops and upholstery shops in your area. So have fun, look around, take pictures and then get started!

Steal a Look at Volvo’s Upcoming All-New C30

The new Volvo C30, which is the latest car of Volvo Car Corporation, will be officially released this September at the prestigious Paris Motor Show. In preparation for said grand event, Volvo has recently released the official photos of its new car.

Volvo C30′s design is evocative of the C30 Design Concept which was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show early this year. Said car retains the sporty and aggressive character of Volvo. It also features an exceptional frameless glass tailgate, solid stance and the broad shoulders that have become Volvo’s hallmark.

According to Fredrik Arp, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, “the new C30 is an ambitious new car for Volvo. It is a car that aims for a group of young singles, or couples, with intense urban lifestyles. These people prioritize excitement in design and driving characteristics, and this car should suit their varied tastes perfectly.”

“The new Volvo C30 plays an important role in our push towards a volume of 600,000 cars a year. We are broadening our model program to make it possible for new, younger customers with an intense, urban lifestyle to choose a Volvo with the right appeal as early as possible,” Arp added.

In addition, Steve Mattin, design director of Volvo noted, “the C30 has plenty of muscles in a sporty and compact package. Anyone who recalls the Volvo SCC (Safety Concept Car) or the classic P1800ES will recognize the exclusive and convenient rear tailgate. The distinctive tail lamps ensure that no one will be uncertain about which car they are following.”

All-new Volvo C30, which is the smallest in Volvo’s model range, has 218 horsepower to the front wheels. It is powered by a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine that produces 236 pound-feet of torque. It also has four sport bucket seats positioned comfortably inside the car, 160-watt stereo system, and other Volvo car parts and accessories that imply Volvo’s excellence and style.

Having Trouble Paying Your Auto Loan?

There are many people out there, who are just like you, that cannot afford their vehicle payments any longer. In today’s economy that concept is certainly believable, and you can expect the number of auto loan defaults to be in the thousands. I, myself, was in this exact predicament not too long ago. I felt like my auto payment was too overwhelming and that I needed another way to pay or end up losing my car. The panic and frenzy begins when you are feeling that you have just dug yourself a 12 ft. hole in the ground with no chance of escape. You are 2 or more payments behind and the loan company is hounding you for money. The problem is that you can’t pay. So what are you going to do?

One of the worst things to do is to just ignore the calls period. This will only make your 12 ft. hole deeper than what it is already. I know what you are thinking, “If I pick up the phone and talk to them, they are going to be rude, nasty, and demand prompt payment.” Mostly likely the chances of that happening are very high, but you could also be polite, even when they aren’t, and explain your situation to them. When I finally did pick up the phone, after avoiding calls and eventually receiving a letter stating pay up or we will take the car, I was polite and explained that I am just having some financial hardship right now that is preventing me from paying this higher auto loan payment. Explain that you are trying very hard to catch up late payments but you are getting to a point where it is becoming more and more difficult. Worst case scenario they tell you it’s not their problem and you need to figure something out, or best case scenario they agree to work with you on deferring a couple of payments to get you back on track or creating a more comfortable payment schedule that fits more with your needs.

There are several ads out there promoting the fact that they can reduce your auto loan up to 50% or more and even create a plan where you can skip 1 or 2 payments. Ok, first off this is completely true. There is a way that this can be done, but would you believe that you can do this all on your own without spending any money? I was driving in my car, which I was still 2 payments behind on, when I heard the first of these ads. “Wow,” I thought. “This is exactly what I have been looking for to help me with my money problem.” I played it safe, though, fortunately and discovered that what these people are soliciting is provided on the auto loan company’s website under a different name. My savior? Auto Loan Remodification. Say it with me, “Auto…Loan…Remodification.” I bet you are thinking that you should have thought of this before, since it is also the suggestion to mortgage loan problems as well.

So what’s the big hype about these auto loan remodifications anyway? First off, these are the gems that actually do reduce your auto loan payments 50% or more and can also help you defer some payments as well. I called the bank, where my loan was established, and simply asked if there was something available to help during hardship etc. The answer was yes, and then I was redirected to the hardship department. All they asked me for was a copy of my bank statement, a months worth of pay stubs, asked me what bills I currently pay and how much, and a form that needed to be filled out and signed. Yes, it was that simple. No paying someone else a percentage of reduction for doing something that easy. These radio advertisement gimmicks are just trying to get money doing the one thing that you haven’t discovered you can do yourself. So within a day I got approved for my loan remodification, my car payment was reduced more than a half, and I am finally able to breathe again.

So the moral here, folks, is to just make that call. Don’t get pressured into too good to be true advertisements, because you will end up paying more in the long run. For 20 minutes out of your schedule you could be saving yourself a lot of money and reducing those anxiety attacks from money problems. I just wanted to share my experience with everyone just to show you how easy it is to just talk to someone about your problems. I figured that if everyone could see how I went about things, then it would encourage you to do the same thing.